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Volume 18, Number 20 By Islanders, For Islanders Fort Myers Beach, Florida May 18th, 2018 FREE An Honor To Serve You! Cereceda Recalls Towns BeginningBy Gary Mooney was a pivotal year for Fort Myers Beach, and a challenging one, as we incorporated the Town, said Council member Anita Cereceda to a packed house at the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at Charleys Boathouse Grill on Thursday, May 10. Cereceda, who owns The Pier Peddler, Local Color and The Islander gift shops & boutiques, became, upon Mayor, serving on Town Council through 2000, before being elected again in 2014 and in 2017. I had nothing to do with incorporation, as that was led by a group called the Civic Association under Ted Fitzsimons, a wonderful person of whom I have fond memories, as he passed away about 10 years ago. Opposing incorporation oddly enough was the Chamber of Commerce, and a few of us managed to stay in the middle, as I saw both sides. What worried people was that incorporation would result in more government, and many people still worry about that 22 years later!Contd pg.5 Final Council Vote on TPI-FMB May 21 Outcome Uncertain By Gary Mooney After Hurricane Charley devastated downtown Fort Myers Beach on Friday the 13th of August 2004; the Great Recession plummeted property values; the failure of six previous developers; a Town Council election two years ago that essentially revolved around this issue; the Fort Myers Beach Local Planning Agency providing its majority Staff reports; a unanimous and immeasurable debate, disagreement, dialog, public meetings and angst, Town Council members will the controversial TPI-FMB Downtown Redevelopment Proposal in Town Hall on Rendering of TPI-FMB project viewed from Crescent St. and 5th Street, showing resort entrance. Courtesy of TPI Hospitality. Early Wednesday morning, workers removing a palm tree at an undisclosed location on Fort Myers Beach discovered buried treasure in the sand under the tree! Silver U.S. coins from the 1930s were discovered. Photo by Mark List. Treasure Found on FMB!EITA Forum Talks Code EnforcementProactive Versus Complaint-DrivenBy Gary Mooney Roughly 75 people and a live Facebook audience watched the May Estero Island Taxpayers Association (EITA) meeting on the Town of Fort Myers Beachs controversial new policy of proactive Code Enforcement on Wednesday evening, May 16 at the Beach (First) Baptist Church, cohosted by the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Beverley Milligan, EITA Executive Director, and Jacki Liszak, Executive Director of the FMB Chamber, introduced the panel of Anita Cereceda, member of Town Council; Rexanne Hosafros, Attorney and past Town Vice Mayor; Amy Loughrey, coowner of Distinctive Beach Rentals; Joe Orlandini, island developer & owner of MoJoes Caf; Rae Sprole, co-owner of Sun Deck Inn & Suites; and Jessie Titus, owner of Fort Myers Beach Realty and a previous Local Planning Agency member. We hope to educate ourselves tonight on Code Enforcement, said Milligan. The Town has a relatively new and sophisticated Town Manager in Roger Hernstadt, who is a longtime politician who worked for a lot of other Towns throughout his career and knows how to manage this issue. We asked him or another Town representative to join us, but since Council will address this at its Management & Planning Session on Thursday morning, June 14, he did not feel it appropriate to participate at this time. We encourage everyone to attend that meeting and provide suggestions and positive feedback, so Council can base their decision on our input. Beverley then gave a brief history of the Towns Code Enforcement policy, stating that the current written law dates back to 2013. Something is broke and to do that, Titus admitted. Loughrey added, Town staff are driving up and down the streets. We notice Code peoples homes with open laptops, comparing properties to previous photographs, to look for changes. Code Enforcement used to work Monday through Friday, so people knew they could make changes on Saturdays and Sundays, and now we see them out taking pictures on Saturday nights at 9 p.m., under the direction of the Town Manager and Council. I have not been on Council for a while now, recalled Hosafros, but I remember Code Enforcement started with the Noise Ordinance based on Friday night problems, so not about building but noise issues.ANXIETY VS. PROTECTIONThis is creating a lot Contd pg.8 Contd pg.12


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Page 3The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 LETTERS to the EDITOR SIDEWALK SPEED LIMIT? I just found out (Town Council) intends to either injure or kill me. I need to ride my electric bike in the street. I did not make the decision not to have bike lanes and make the sidewalks huge. That was the towns doing. I have a car that can go 140 mph. Yet I only drive it a max of 25 mph on Estero Blvd. My E bike can only go 12 mph and I need to pedal assist like crazy to make it go that fast. I do realize some of the new and more expensive bikes can go 25 mph. Yes, very dangerous on a sidewalk. So I suggest a 10 mph speed limit on the sidewalks. It will not be hard to tell when someone is zipping along at a high speed. I would love to ride a regular bike, however I had hip surgery and sometimes I just cannot do it. Dont tell me to walk because that hurts more. Id like to see my grandkids grow up. Please help me do that. Don Hirhager Fort Myers BeachDISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS I am disabled and ride a power assisted bicycle to get around on Ft. Myers Beach so when the new law prohibiting power assisted bicycles on the sidewalks and beach went into effect I tried riding on the street. Without exception I was in fear for my life as every car and truck bullied their way around me as if I was just in the way. A few intentionally squeezing me against the high curb or off the road completely (no bike lane). After riding only a mile I got off the road and broke the law by riding my power-assisted bicycle on the sidewalk on the return mile. accommodation for my disability that would allow me access to the sidewalks and beach. I asked to speak to the ADA coordinator for the Town of Ft. Myers Beach about an accommodation. They were polite but had no clue what or who an ADA Coordinator was or the procedure for making any disability accommodations. I asked if they needed more time to look into my request and they said yes and would contact me. I have not received a call or email follow up from the Town of FMB yet. That was two weeks ago. Im sure Im not the only person, disabled or not, with concerns about the new ordinance, lack of bicycle lanes and lack of proper signs Just throwing cars, trucks and bicycles (without a bicycle lane) on the same road is unthinkable from a safety standpoint for everyone. Quoting a Town Council member regarding the ordinance, TOO BAD!! The ordinance 18-02 makes it impossible for a disabled person to access the sidewalks and beaches. Tom Nielsen Fort Myers BeachBEACH WEDDING years, now. I fought a little breast cancer when we came this year (all is good for now). Fortunately we were able to have our wedding here on the beach at our home on April 8th 2018! Joe and Carol Pugliese


Page 4The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 Beach Botanyby Jim RodwellBEACH LEAVENWORTHS TICKSEEDLeavenworths Tickseed, Coreopsis leavenworthii, a member of the Asteraceae family. A slender perennial that can main stem grows from a taproot with Leaves are opposite and widely spaced on the stems. Leaf shape is linear and margins are entire. Flower heads grow in the leaf wind. the grasses of a coastal strand in by Patrick M. Rose Aquatic Biologist, Executive Director Save the Manatee Club collisions, which have been record-setting in recent tionally harm a manatee, collisions with boats continday, many manatees come within an inch of losing protected, the majority of the manatees habitat refers from a lack of enforcement for those boaters who sence of a greater enforcement presence for those careless boaters who endanger both manatees and their fellow boaters. manatee. the waters safer.For additional free resources, visit Commentary: Watch For Manatees During Hurricane Charley a manatee washed ashore into Times Square. Islanders kept her wet and carried her back to sea on a sheet of plywood. Photo ISP archives


Page 5The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 An Honor To Serve You!Cereceda Recalls Towns Beginning, Contd from pg.1She recalled that the original Town Council was an interesting mix, as three members favored incorporation and two of us were either against it or neutral. We literally had no idea what we were doing, so I bought a copy of Roberts Rules of Order, but that was what made it so exciting! It was a period of dramatic change and a lot of work and planning and tremendous community building where we had many work sessions to build the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code. For me, it was a magical time, where we experienced an uptick of hopefulness and excitement. Cereceda said that while there were frustrations, I only seem to remember the good moments I met the Towns original Town Manager, Marsha Segal-George. She is tall and always impeccably dressed, with her hair just so, while my hair was huge and all over the place, wearing purple Birkenstocks and a toe ring! We just looked at one-another, each thinking, What am I going to do with her!? We had we interviewed John Gucciardo to Manager, it was on a bench outside of Dairy Queen in Times Square! We were all in the same boat, so there was such camaraderie. Perhaps the best part was we did not know what we did not know, so learning it together was wonderful!THAT MAYBERRY FEEL In comparing the Town then to now, Today we are undergoing another period of tremendous growth and change, but are still small enough that you know the guy who owns the marina or barbershop, so it still has that Mayberry-type of feel. That said, we are losing our little cottages in favor of large mansions, so there is a changing physical character. We are on the verge, I believe, of soon approving a major downtown redevelopment that will have a tremendous impact on the Town, that may spur additional redevelopment and hopefully make people clean up their act a bit, because when your neighbor adds a new coat of paint, you tend to do the same thing. When asked about her current Council role, where she is often the minority vote and dissenting voice, Cereceda said, I may have a different point of view, but regardless of the vote, we as Council are a united group. It is unusual for me, however, to be collaborator by nature, but being the No Vote isnt necessarily bad, and for right now that is me. Two Council seats come up next year, with the other three in 2020, so everything may change again. If anyone has time to devote to the job, I encourage you to run, as you will impact your life and those around you, as it is an exciting way to serve your neighbors and yourself thinking, What the heck am I doing here? but mostly I cannot imagine anything better. Fort Myers Beach, Cereceda said, My Dad used to tell me to remember that I am not the smartest person in the room, and to listen to what others say, as they may have better ideas, and that helps you to make better decisions. I love this town, and every time I come over those bridges, there is still a jump in my heart! I love it in the good times and bad, I love what I do, I love what we accomplish together, and it is an honor to serve you! It was a perfect day for a run last Saturday as some 350 eager runners took to the trails, bridges and beach for the 13th annual Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K fun race. Perfect temp, slight overcast and gentle breezes were in store for the runners as the race, sponsored by Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) and the Fort Myers Track Club, departed the start line at 8:00 a.m. and continued through 5K of scenic welcoming snacks, drinks and welldeserved awards awaited. It was a family fun event with skill levels all the way from serious time trial competitors to mom and pop just walking the course with kids of all ages in their Race Day shirts made possible by over a dozen area line awards were presented in over 17 different categories. Winners included: Best Male time: Jordan Maham, 18.02; Best Female time: Beth Schadd, 22.10; and Best Senior time: Rocky Madden 28.03. So on your mark, get set and plan for next year, which will be the 14th annual Fun Race. FOLKS and the Track Club hopes to see you there.Turtle Trot Draws Crowd New Chamber MembersThe Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce welcomed new members at its May membership luncheon held at Charleys Boathouse Grill on Fort Myers Beach. From the left are Chamber ChairHardware; Jessica Hernstadt, and probate services, 305-4953333); Steve Bray, Home-Tech (offering service agreements for major appliances, 239-565-3111), Southwest Florida Symphony Patron Relations Manager (239-418-0996), and Sherry Mearns, Member Services of Fort Myers Beach Chamber. See www. for more info on Chamber events and member


Page 6The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 Peter Pan Takes Flight At Beach School Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and all the Lost Boys came to life on the Beach Elementary stage last week as the Fort Myers Beach Elementary School put on their Spring Play, Peter Pan. A spring tradition at the Beach School, students practiced for weeks preparing for two performances presented in the Dolphin cafeteria/theater on May 10 & 11. This year participants included 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Directing the play were Heather Lodovico, Lori Zamniak and Tammy Benton. Photos Sarah List.


Page 7The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 By Gary Mooney gary@fortmyersbeach.newsA half dozen people gathered at the historic Mound House on Saturday morning, May 12, to savor a continental breakfast while enjoying the always-entertaining Dexter Norris discuss Spiny Skins, about the types of marine animals found on Fort Myers Beach. Break in with questions at any point, encouraged Dexter, the biologist, naturalist and environmental educator for the Mound House, as this is to be a conversation and not a for these animals is Phylum Echinodermata; if you break that down, it means hedgehog and skin. You can usually recognize these by their radial symmetry, that includes such well known animals as sea stars, sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers. All of these are in salt water, and they are great at regeneration. They have asexual reproduction, without needing a mate, so they are quite plentiful in the oceans. Sea stars in particular specialize in regeneration. They not only grow back an arm, Dexter explained, but if you divide them by each arm as well as getting a center chunk of of these on our beach or even kayaking. Many at all. Sea stars are carnivores and scavengers that feed on clams and oysters, and digest them by turning their stomachs inside-out, as they do not have a mouth or teeth, so they are really impressive. Urchins get their name from their hedgehog-type appearance, with Dexter pointing out that there are some in our area but they are not super-common, and you can get a good prick if you step on one. They decorate themselves with little snail or clam shells attached to their Sand dollars are in the same class as sea urchins. When you break them open, that shaking noise you hear when you dry them parts of what people think of as their mouth that they use for a scraping mechanism for algae. They have no backbone as they are an invertebrate. Dexter calls sea cucumbers the least attractive of them all, but then everybody has The nicest term you could give this guy is to call They are basically hollow tubes and fairly good at regeneration. They are kind-of gross when they their intestinal tract from their body, shooting it out like spaghetti, then can regenerate their guts.SCARE YOU INTO CELIBACY There are 7,000 different species worldwide of the Phylum Echinodermata, Dexter related, and most are doing well, with only a couple on the endangered species list. There are a few uses, however, that threaten their sustainability that are just weird. Some sea cucumbers disappear because people use them as a natural Viagra, if for no other reason than they look phallic, so they must be good for your sex life, but if you actually take an unbiased look They are food in places, like China, even though they are not a tasty thing to chomp down on. Some urchins and cucumbers are quite colorful, making them highly prized in the aquarium trade. For some reason that no one quite knows, sea This is a huge concern for sure, because everything interconnects in the natural world. He reminded everyone it is illegal to take live shells: This is still new in many peoples lifetimes; that you cant kill something just to collect it. There is a big movement with tourism to collect the most beautiful shells, but only do so when they are dead. Conservation Caf returns on Friday, May 25, with Coyotes at 9 a.m. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for all others, with advanced registration required. The Mound House, Estero Islands oldest standing structure, and now a museum, offers educational programs each month. Admission is $10 for ages 13 & up, $8 for students with IDs, $5 ages 6 to 12, and 5 & under free, with Town residents receiving a 50% discount. It is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Mound House is at 451 Connecticut Street, with additional parking at 216 Connecticut; for information or reservations, call 239-765-0865 or see Caf Mound House Program Educational & Fun Join Dexter for the next Conservation Cafe on May 25 to discuss Coyotes. Photo Gary Mooney


Page 8The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 Final Council Vote on TPI-FMB May 21 Outcome Uncertain, Contd from pg.1Monday, May 21 at 9 a.m. Torgerson Properties, Inc., known as TPI Hospitality for 40+ years and now employeeowned, includes over 40 hotels and restaurants. Tom Torgerson, former owner of TPI Hospitality and currently Chairman of the redevelopment of approximately 5 acres of downtown Fort Myers 2015. While that plan, Grand Resorts, never reached the Town application point, the new TPI-FMB the Town of Fort Myers Beach in March 2017. Although Council provided a unanimous 5 to 0 vote for the First TPI-FMB Ordinance at its April 10 meeting, this merely forwarded the issue to the May 21 session for the potential Second Reading initial vote was unanimous, Mayor supporters, the former over resort room density and the pedestrian the Matanzas Pass Bridge, and I wont do it! The TPI-FMB design team felt they could reduce the Town staff had its own issue, over resort parking spaces. TPI-FMB stated it needed 366 spots, while the Town issued three different reports, indicating required parking spots from 371 to 601 to over 800. surprisingly reducing its requested did not expect this, Vice Mayor Joanne Shamp said to TPI-FMB Board Chair Tom Torgerson. You upped your game and have my attention. Throw in the deed to the the Town has control over it, and of the Matanzas Pass Bridge, now houses the Greater Fort Myers would like to get this done, said Torgerson, quickly agreeing to her request. Council then addressed the 254-room density. I dont want to overwhelm the small town character of Fort Myers Beach explained aspects in the Comprehensive donation of Ocean Jewels that has can award density.STRONG THREE VOTESShamp then stated to the The applicant needs to know you have a strong three votes for this, referring to herself, along with and Anita Cereceda. There are two done this way, and there is a lot of changed her mind. Council then worked through Floor Area Ratio, Streetscaping, the Pedestrian Bridge, Future Land Property Development Regulations, Schedule of Uses, Parking Circulation and Loading, Rental of Beach Furniture & Personal Watercraft & Parasailing, Signage, Alcohol Consumption on Premises, Stormwater Management, and Concurrency. Following that, Town Manager Roger Hernstadt reassured Council that we will do all the positions you took. If we through with the applicant, we can with you to resolve. Any of those Torgerson, Dont you let us down! At its May 7 Council meeting, Cereceda asked Hernstadt if there at the May 21 session, with him replying, We are working on TPI conditions, as it is our intent to go over everything with them. There are a couple of issues that will come as no surprise to you. We will make our determination on these dont agree on, you need to know what these are. I would not say in there to help protect the Town, if they say oranges and we say apples. Parking needs to work for us. Shamp discussed two a canal marina for the resort, and during the site preparation and construction phases. Meanwhile Tom Torgerson told supporters via email last week that after negotiations with Town staff, TPI is not expecting to need to renegotiate items we agreed upon with Council. He also said that Town staff had informed him that an opposition contingent planned to attend the May 21 hearing and ask Council to renege on the agreement or deny it. He asked supporters of the project to attend the May 21 Comment.


Page 9The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 Your Hometown Newspaper for over 18 years Missy Layeld, Editor Editor@fortmyersbeach.newsWe live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics ruled by Frankenstein logic. David Russell Mike Buster Circulation Manager c/o Info@fortmyersbeach.newsDisconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future. Kathleen Norris Mark List, Production ManagerProduction@fortmyersbeach.newsWhen you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, its best to let him run. Abraham Lincoln Sarah List, Gerry Spence Sandy Sandness, Advertisinginfo@fortmyersbeach.newsThe here and now is all we have, and if we play it right its all well need. Ann RichardsThe Island Sand PaperAn independently owned and operated island newspaper. FAX Signed letters up to 300 words are welcome. All letters should be the original work of the author & include a phone number for verication. No pseudonyms. We reserve the right to edit for clarity, brevity, accuracy, good taste and to prevent libel. No attacks on private individuals or letter writing campaigns, please. Repetitive letters from the same individual on the same subject will not be printed. We will publish a maximum of two letters from the same individual every 30 days. Submissions over 300 words will be considered for Guest Opinion publication. e Island Sand Paper encourages all Islanders to submit original articles and photos. Publication is based on space and takes into account relevance and quality. e Sand Paper uses artistic license for humor and to amuse its readers. Nothing contained in this paper is intended to embarrass or oend anyone. No parts of this newspaper may be copied or reproduced without the written permission of e Island Sand Paper. Editorial Bob Layeld, Publisher Publisher@fortmyersbeach.newsThere is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we dont know. Ambrose Bierce Gary Mooney Lead Writer info@fortmyersbeach.newsIm an idealist. I dont know where Im going, but Im on my way. Carl Sandburg Is our Town at a turning point in its growth into a mature sustainable community? Or are we on the precipice of a fall into the abyss of Miami-esque development and the end of our small-town lifestyle? All depends who you ask these days. Council will hold the Final Hearing for the TPI-FMB downtown redevel opment project. A month ago, they unanimously approved sending the project to this second hearing. Three members indicated then that they supported approval of the project. Two expressed reservations but voted to move it to the Final Hearing. ters. Your voices are important, so plan to show up and let council know what you want for the future of Fort Myers Beach. Our Town is overdue for some redevelopment. Those empty storefronts downtown have been empty a very long time. If this project is not approved, theyll stay that way for another very long stretch. No business is going to purchase commercial land at todays prices and put a small, elevated penny-candy or art store on it, just as very few people are interested in purchasing a 60-80 year old 500 sq. ft. cottage and building a new elevated 500 sq. ft. cottage on the site. The economics of land values just dont allow it. Its time to get real and stop the magical thinking that we can somehow sustain a village of old buildings and quaint cottages. This is not the Island that time forgot. People who live here, buy here want a comfortable home, with space and more than one bathroom. They want new commercial options. They dont want a downtown that looks more ghost town than vibrant commercial district. Theres nothing wrong with waxing nostalgic for those old days of a slower lifestyle, old cottages and the places that were here when we were all much younger. Everybody enjoys a trip down memory lane. But we cant live in a memory and our economy is hurting as a result. A favorite Island pastime is complaining about how big new homes are these days. Yet, new home construction must follow the building code that our council controls. Its time to stop the hand wringing and do something. We have the opportunity to preserve some of those cottages, but Council needs to make it a priority and work to establish a historic cottage village before they are all gone. Recognizing them is not enough; we need to save some of them. Council also holds the key to the size and design of new homes on our Island in the Land Development Code (LDC) and it desperately needs review. Council recently asked the LPA to look at some of the glitches in the LDC. The LPA plans to do a more holistic review, assuming Council allows that. If not, then the hand wringing over lost cottages and big houses will continue until we have no more cottages left to save. TPI-FMB, if approved, will offer our Town a turn in the direction of a vibrant beach town. Watch how fast other properties are cleaned up and refurbished in our downtown if TPI-FMB is approved. Our beach town can hold onto its unique character without being stuck in the past. Lets more forward and that starts Monday with the Final Hearing for TPI-FMB. During the First Hearing April 9-10, TPI-FMB and Town Council laboriously negotiated detailed changes to the TPI-FMB ordinance. We hope those changes appear in the ordinance for Mondays Final Hearing. Why wouldnt they? Experience has shown that when our Council is working on an ordinance, the Town Manager has a tendency to forget what council agreed to and place the same thing in front of them again and again. We experienced that with the newsrack ordinance. We dont know if the manager is unable to recall councils decision or hopes council will make a different decision the next time or is following direction from a Council We sincerely hope that our Town Council and TPI-FMB do not face that problem on May 21st. This is much too big an issue for the future of our Town to be playing control games. the practice out. Under our Town Charter, the Town Manager is tasked with carrying out the decisions of council as a whole, not the wishes of individual members or his own preferences. Councils time is valuable and being asked to debate the same things over and over is a waste of that time. Lets move our Town forward. Editor


Page 10The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 In 1982, Lee County citizens voted by referendum to form a tourism organization that would promote Lee Countys off-season vacation assets in the United States and abroad. A two-percent tax on short-term accommodations was approved to fund the new Lee County Tourist Development Council (TDC). In the past 36 years, that 2% tax has grown to 5% and is widely known as the bed tax. Tourist Development Council is a nine-member Council appointed as an advisory committee to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC). TDC members oversee the entire tourist development tax fund, provide direction on programs and budget and review the expenditures of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) quarterly. While taxing districts with a heavy tourism load would like to be able to tap into the bed tax to cover some of their increased costs related to tourism, bed tax revenue is restricted by county statute to be tourism advertising and promotion (VCB operations and Lee County Sports Development operations); 26.4 percent for beach and shoreline improvements and maintenance; 20.0 percent for stadium debt service (for the CenturyLink Sports Complex and JetBlue Park), as well as major maintenance for both. tax revenues. The TDC meets monthly, providing the VCB an opportunity to report monthly tax collections, travel data, reports from research providers and other relevant tourism information. March bed tax collections over the same month last year, over the prior year. Airport travel and average daily rates were up 10.2% and 8.5% respectively. The data suggests a solid month and in accommodations that collect the tax. Despite any known or suspected negative weather, water conditions or road construction, bed tax collections are one indicator of a strong visitor base. FMB FEATURED FOR SEASHELL DAYVCB Executive Director, Tamara Pigott reported that plans National Seashell Day celebration to be held on Fort Myers Beach this year. Last year the event captured national attention last year with the local beach broadcast of Good Morning America morning television show. This year, pending focus on breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for a human seashell formation using 1,000 participants. Pigott promised more details would follow. Jeff Mielke, Executive Director of Sports Development, provided a 1st quarter report on the events and impact of the Lee County Sport Development, along with its partners consisting of the VCB, Lee County Parks & Recreation & Lee County Sports Housing Bureau. Mielke reported that historically, January to March have not been primary months for marketing and recruiting of sporting events and tournaments to the area, because of the heavy visitor events during this period generated the following staggering impact on Leading events included team training, camps and tournaments in swimming, softball, gymnastics, basketball & volleyball. These activities included athletes from youth, high school, collegiate and adults up to seniors. Mielke reminded taxpayers that many of these events take place due to the three world class Park, CenturyLink Sports Complex & City of Palms Park. Another report of interest to visitors and residents alike was the Beach and Shoreline Funding 2019. Twenty projects totaling $9,009,913 were approved. Fort Myers Beach fared well with an access and interpretive signage and replacement of utility vehicles to service the beach accesses and purchase of new utility vehicle to handle watering native plants at beach accesses. These plants provide natural aesthetics to the beach accesses, but primarily erosion control from wind and storm activities. In addition, $405,015 was approved to replace the boardwalk at Matanzas Pass. Lastly, the Friends of Lovers Key for interpretive signage for the FOLKS Welcome & Discovery Center Exhibit. Fort Myers Beach Town Manager Roger Hernstadts announcement to the TDC that on May 21st, Town Council would a downtown Fort Myers Beach development that would add over 250 rooms to the island was met with applause from the audience. The next meeting of the TDC is on June 14, 2018 and will include a review of rider data and next years funding of LeeTran to continue the free downtown trams added this year to the trolley system on Fort Myers Beach. Originally scheduled to end in mid-April, the free trolley service has been extended to run through the end of May. TDC Forecast No Clouds, Only Sunshine Ahead


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Page 12The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 of anxiety in the Town, and it really shouldnt, Cereceda said. I know people feel very intensely about this, but we are trying to protect the good nature of the Town. Dont expect me to speak negatively about Town Council because we need Code Enforcement to protect the integrity of our streets and neighborhoods, and how they look. Some residents feel this is an overreach in some cases, but this law is in place for a reason and has been in place for quite a while. When I drive down Alligator Alley at 90 miles-per-hour and get a ticket, I grouse about it, but I also slow down for a while. Drive down Estero Boulevard and you can see this Town is changing, so this is an effort for the Towns protection. Titus and Loughrey both said people should be able to do routine maintenance without acquiring a Town permit or worrying about a replace a commode or paint a dining room wall, sometimes we are told we need a permit, and other times we hear we do not, said Titus, so that creates confusion. Cereceda responded, It is ridiculous to think you need a permit for those things; I have painted and repainted the interior of my house many times and never acquired a permit. People stress to me we should run Code Enforcement on a Common Sense approach, but Common Sense is a very subjective term!PEOPLE LIERather than employing Common Sense, Hosafros said the consult it and see which 20 or 30 violations require citations, which can be less invasive and which can be much less invasive. Cereceda responded, That is a good idea! Sprole said she wishes someone would communicate with us, rather than just coming up and saying, Here is your ticket! Orlandini said he wants the Town to offer verbal warnings, in a friendly approach, rather than issuing citations that require appearances before the Special Magistrate, I think I might hold the record for tickets from the Town, as well as Code Enforcement hearings, drawing hearty laughter from the crowd. Hosafros stated that when she was on Council, We would have months when we would not have any infractions. The Magistrate is under contract, meaning we pay for that whether there are any hearings or not, and a Town this size should have some violations. Cereceda said, The Town goes like this, and always has since Day 1, making an up-&-down wavy motion with her hand. We have periods with low enforcement, then high, like we have now, and at some point in the future, it will go the other way again. Orlandini responded, I get more than my share, and some before the Magistrate over a bogus Stop Work Order the Town issued over the wrong property, and that is frustrating. In a friendly approach, you could take care of that in a simple way rather than wasting everyones time. In Code Enforcements defense, countered Hosafros, a lot of people lie!PARKING ISSUESMilligan shifted the topic to parking infractions in the Town Right-of-Way. Titus pointed out that when you see is a huge No Parking sign, with Sprole adding, We want people to enjoy our community, so be a big beautiful positive sign? Cereceda stated that she addressed that at the last Council meeting, using as an exaggerated example the former sign on the Fort Myers Beach pier that said, No Fishing; No Shark Fishing; No Ice Cream Cones! It was humongous, listing everything prohibited on the public (Those signs) set the wrong tone; (they) should say, Welcome to Fort Myers Beach, and by the way, do not park in our Right-of-Way. I dont EITA Forum Talks Code Enforcement Proactive Versus Complaint-Driven, Contd from pg.1 Jacki Liszak introduces the EITA panel, from left: Rexanne Hosafros, Jessie Titus, Anita Cereceda, Joe Orlandini, Rae Sprole and Amy Loughrey.


Page 13The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 The only decisions made during the Fire Boards near-record 18 minute meeting on Tuesday night was to approve monthly checks and an easement for Lee nal to be placed in front of Station 31 at Donora Blvd. Fire Chief Matt Love explained to the four board members present (Chair Carol Morris was absent) that during construction, the station equipment was pulling onto Estero Blvd., was removed. Lee County will pay for the replacement signal, but needs the easement to install and maintain the system. The board approved the easement 4-0. Love presented the Chiefs April Report which included a report of 273 incidents or calls for service, 76% of them EMS, 15% Good Intent, 7% Service and 2% Fire. (Good Intent calls include situations where someone calls 911 and it isnt actually an emergency. lated.) Year to date calls total 1305. April staff service anniversaries with the Fire District include: Lt. Cody Chilson 11 years; Fireyear and Executive Assistant Angie Snyder 5 years. Michael Annunziato Facilities & back Administrative Assistant nandez. The districts Collective Bargaining Agreement with District 3 of IAFF Local 1826 was posted for members this week. If approved by union members, the board will vote tract. The next meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners is the Fort Myers Beach Public Library. Fire Board Approves Estero Warning Light personally have a Right-of-Way issue, but feel this will be a very Sprole stated that her Sun Deck Inn opened in 1968 and employed Right-of-Way parking that entire time, so when Code Enforcement ticketed her property, That was a punch in the gut, so it is hard not to be emotional over why the Town discourages Right-of-Way parking rather than saying, All visitors are welcome! We have such little parking as it is, so why dont we make it easy for people to come to our Loughrey stated, The Town is coming after businesses now, will they come after homeowners COUNCIL NOT THE ENEMY Liszak stated that many island businesses cannot afford parking agreements with the Town for Right-of-Way spaces. If you charge $1,000-perspace-per-year, while we insurance increases, you will lose businesses. I have been Chamber Director for a year-andphone never rang over this; now I get calls all the time because people are frustrated, so we must our members and residents and Loughrey commented that it was puzzling that Town Council does not seem to respect the opinions of the majority of its residents, saying, We show up and we talk and nobody listens, long applause from the audience. Cereceda replied, You must stop assuming that Council are your enemies! These are decent human beings, so take the time to have genuine conversations with them, and not at Council meetings when you are on the three-minute where you can speak to them at length. We are in this period of change, but I encourage you not to be discouraged, because who would have thought we would approve TPI-FMB by a 5 to 0 vote and yet we did. I dont have any answers for you right now, but promise we will talk about these & Planning Session for sure! This Town incorporated because we are scrappy people, but I dont think that anything positive ever When an audience member stated that once the Town turned 21-years-old, she hoped that it would start making adult decisions. Cereceda replied, What kind of decisions do most 21-year-olds make not the best! I am not saying to back down, but EITAContd from prev. pg.


Page 14The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 SHORT TERM RENTALS REGULATIONS All dwellings and dwelling units utilized for short term vacation rentals must be registered with the Town of Fort Myers Beach, unless an individual condominium association board chooses to opt out and register on behalf of each building. Please visit the Town of Fort Myers Beach website at fmbgov. com and access Short Term Rental information and application from the home page. Questions can be emailed to or call Town Hall at (239)765-0202. By Bruce Raynor President Trump has prompted a new era of attacks on journalists, emboldening other politicians across the country and around the globe to follow suit. These assaults on the credibility of the news media have already had an alarming impact: Two months before the 2016 presidential election, Gallup found that Americans trust in mass media fell to its lowest levels in the history of its polling. But Trump is just the latest in a long line of threats to effective journalism. Across the country, many communities lack a single newspaper that uniquely serves their area. The growth of these news deserts ence of Facebook and Google in the advertising industry, and by billionaires who buy news outlets and then gut them. change, journalists are asked to produce content that will attract clicks and advertisers, instead of stories that expose corruption, spotlight the marginalized, or alert the public to injustice and abuse. These times call for renewed recognition and support for journalism dedicated to serving the common good. And for the past 68 years, thats precisely the kind of journalism the Sidney Hillman Foundation, which I lead, has dedicated itself to honoring. Named after Sidney Hillman, who founded and led the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, the awards have come to be known as the Peoples Pulitzers. The winners of the 2018 Hillman Prize who were honored this month are uncovering the truth and creating change on some of the great issues of our times, from labor abuses to war crimes to Take, for example, the relentless reporting from USA TODAY journalist Brett Murphy, who documented an extensive network of abusive lease-to-own contracts from port trucking companies. Those deals turned tens of thousands of mostly immigrant truck drivers into modern-day indentured servants. Workers have been trying to organize for years with the Teamsters to correct these abuses, and Murphys work helped spur immediate changes. It prompted internal audits by major retailers including Target, Home Depot, and Walmart to ferret out abusive port trucking companies in their supply chains. And it spurred the introduction of federal, state, and local legislation to improve safety conditions for port truckers. And consider a joint investigation by reporters from 60 Minutes and the Washington Post that exposed a war within the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department over whether to hold the powerful drug industry accountable for fueling the opioid epidemic. The report forced the Trump administrations would-be drug czar Rep. Tom Marino, who helped pass a bill making it harder to crack down on companies that sold opioids to suspicious pharmacies to withdraw his nomination. And it prompted investigations by Congress into the DEAs failure to aggressively pursue the worst offenders in an epidemic thats claimed 200,000 lives and counting. From Nazi Germany to the sign of a foundering democracy has always been the erosion of a free press. This is why our nations founders enshrined the right to a ment to the Constitution, and why today we must amplify the work of journalists who force transparency on powerful institutions from City Hall to Capitol Hill, despite increasingly strong headwinds. Since 1950, the Hillman Prizes have recognized journalSidney Hillmans belief that a free press was essential to a fair and equal society. These journalists are activists for the truth and accountability that underpins our democracy and in this moment, we must be advocates for them. Bruce Raynor is president of the Sidney Hillman Foundation. Courtesy of OtherWords Photo: ShutterstockGuest Commentary: Journalists Activists for Truth


Page 15The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 By Dr. Leroy Hommerding Beach Library DirectorThe Hearts of Men, by Nickolas Butler (BUT), is a novel of a young scout whose life experiences lead him to the Vietnam War and an eventual return to his childhood camp, in the role of scoutmaster. Bravery in the face of challenge, strength of character and spirit are driving forces. Over a lifetime of cold and warmhearted experiences, deep scars are mended and relationships evolve. You Say it First, by Susan Mallery (MAL), is a love story about a wedding planner and a sculptor. The highs and lows of their creative life is the perfect design for love. The novel is an amusing and heartwarming addition to Mallerys many successful and entertaining works. Love and Other Consolation Prizes, by Jamie Ford (FOR), is inspired by a true story. The setting for the novel is the 1909 Worlds Fair where a Chinese American orphan is auctioned as a fair prize. The boy is awarded to a madam who sets him up to be the houseboy in her brothel. His story begins in Victorian Seattle and continues on into forty years of bittersweet life experience. Charming and gripping are regular reader emotions during this read. The War Brides Scrapbook, by Caroline Preston (PRE), is an enchanting wartime love story of Lila and Perry Weld. Their love blossoms and blooms in this rich and multilayered novel. The difference between this story and so many other novels is that author Caroline Preston illustrates with original vintage full color scrapbook style. The author is inspired by collecting old scrapbooks and her work in Harvards archives. In his previous work author Andrew Keen has warned his readers of the risks and pitfalls of our new virtual world. In his new book, How to Fix the Future Keen (Science, Keen), he writes about his many international experiences searching for positive workable solutions. Social responsibility, competition, digital literacy, regulation and education are his focus for creating a safe and strong future. The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi account by Author Arun Gandhi (Philosophy, Ethics, Gandhi). As a child he attended his Grandfather Gandhis Ashram Sevagram for two years. This rich experience enabled him to harness his anger and see it as a gift to motivate him and help him bring about good. This has prompted the eleven valuable life lessons found herein dealing with self-discovery, identity, anger, depression, loneliness, friendship and family. The reader is also able to get a rare, three-dimensional portrait of the person behind Mahatma Gandhi. Dr. Mithu Storoni s book, Stressto Protect Your Brain and Body (Psychology, Storoni) is extensively researched yet easily understood information. Dr. Storoni writes about new stress prevention solutions and strategies. Translating cuttingsimple advice can help reduce the impact of stress on our bodies and minds. Author Dan Harris book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (Personal Growth, Harris), introduces the process of creating a meditation practice. His book is helpful as common rookie mistakes. Many try meditation and give up for a variety of reasons. Harris helps solve the mysteries and elusiveness of In The Usefulness of the Useless author Nuccio Ordine (Philosophy, Ordine) invites the reader to consider the value of lifes minor thoughts and activities. In suggesting that our curious, creative, experimental moments have hidden value, Ordine supports his research by writing about classic philosophies that illustrate and support this idea. Power Kids Press series, How Your Body Works, is a set of author Jacqui Bailey (J 612.1 BAI). Each book includes easy See for yourself! experiments, glossary, key word index and the publishers web address with current links. This series was designed to inform curious children about the facts of their own body. The six titles are, What Happens When You are Born and Grow?, What Happens When You Eat?, What Happens When You Move?, What Happens When You Use Your Senses?, What Happens When You Breath? and What Happens When Your Heart Beats? Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (J 740.92 STE) is a biography written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. The artist Basquiat people throughout his art career with the most important being his mother, who this book introduces. Basquiats mother encouraged him to learn and create; details of their bond are shared throughout the story. Basquiats mother inspired him predicting that one day he would become a famous artist. The Impossible Clue, by Sarah Rubin J M RUB), is the tale of Alice Jones, a successful junior detective, code maker and crime breaker. Her detecting skills are put to the test when a scientist who invented a cloaking invisibility suit disappears. Little Alice Jones is on the case, and most middle-schoolers will be along for the adventure!Library Treasures


Page 16The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 Each week Around & About features community announcements and events nizations that are open to everyone. Check the events listed here and pick up a copy of SAND LIFE entertainment LITTLE LEAGUE Tee-Ball and Minor Softball Thunder will play at 9am; Minor Cubs will play Storm Baseball will play at noon and MEDICARE 101 ries are invited to attend a free presentation about the ins & outs of Medicare at Chapel by the Sea on TU May 22 at tion is not necessary. The Florida Dept provides free, unbiased information and assistance for Florida Medicare uate health care options. This presentation will cover the basics of Medicare Parts A, B, C & D and cover the options available. For more information about this presentation or to receive one-onMEMORY FADING?Join Beach Library Reference Librarian Beach Library for some helpful tips on BAY OAKS PLANNINGThe Fort Myers Beach Department of Parks & Recreation invites everyone to decide the future of Bay Oaks and Parks & Rec events, activities and deat this interactive session. Parks & Rec needs YOU to be thereBIKE SAFETY EVENTCome to the Bay Oaks Rec Center on and meet with a bike mechanic. In adFREE kids helmets, a bike rodeo, ice BRIDGE MOUND HOUSE KAYAK TOURS and museum admission is included in ervations are required for all tours by Mangroves by Kayak Tour is offered and hidden backwaters of Estero Sunset Kayak Tour is offered FR estuarys abundant life in the quiet of Family Fun Kayak Tour is offered SA SUMMER CAMPThe last school day for Lee County non-members. Scholarships available. Bay camp is offered at the Marine SciFREE TRAM CONTINUESThe Free Beach Tram will continue to run from Bowditch Point Park to Matanzas Pass Preserve until May Lovers Key) will also continue a seaA Publication of A Daily Guide to Fun on the Beach FREE


Page 17The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 Government Meetings Monday, 5/21 9:00am Town Council (TPI-FMB Final Hearing; Change Order for Estero Blvd.) Tuesday, 5/22 9:00am Historic Advisory Committee 6:30pm Library Board, 2755 Estero Blvd., FMBAll meetings take place in Town Hall, 2525 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach unless otherwise noted. Meeting times are accurate as of press time. Town meetings can TU May 22 9am Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 10am & 1pm Guided Tour; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour. WE May 23 am Tools of the Calusa; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour. FR May 25 9am Conservation Caf; 7pm Sunset Kayak Tour. SA May 26 9am Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am Archeology of the Mound House; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour. LOVERS KEY STATE PARKGuided nature programs are offered in the park. All programs require registration, are free with park entry and take place at 10am. To register call 239-463-4588. Upcoming programs include: FR May 25 Kayak Tour FR June 1 Sea Turtle Talk FR June 8 Sensational SharksKIWANIS SCHOLARSHIPSThe Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club invites students in the 33931 zip code area to apply for $2,000 scholarships that can be used for tuition, books, room & board at the vocational technical school, college or university of choice. Applications available at Applications and all required materials must be postmarked by July 16. LIONS SCHOLARSHIPSThe Fort Myers Beach Lions are soliciting candidates for their 2018 WE SERVE scholarships. Cash awards for college or vocational educational assistance are given to local students who demonstrate ability, need and a solid record of community service. Applications for this years students can be found on the Fort Myers Beach Lions Website: Please make sure you receive an e-mail contion. All completed applications must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2018. DONATE BLOOD NOWThere is a critical need for blood donations in SWFL. Can you help? Do you have 45 minutes to spare to save a life? Drop by the Lee Health Blood Center at Summerlin Crossings, 15880 Summerlin Rd, Suite 113 anytime MO FR 8am-4:30pm. On WE theyre open until 7pm! All blood donated at Lee Health Blood Center saves lives right here in Lee County. Questions? Call 239-343-7122 schedules or buy discounted passes visit 6TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWThe Americana Community Music Association will celebrate 6 years of original Americana Music Concerts & Songwriting with an Anniversary Show on SA June 30 from 7-9:30pm at the All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Founding ACMA members will perform during this special night of music. ACMA musicians were the featured performers during the Lovers Key Songwriters at Sunset series. In the past year ACMA musicians have performed over 90 times, sharing their original songs and the stories behind the songs.SEW N SEWSEach TH from 10am-2pm a group of volunteers gathers at Chapel by the Sea to work on various mission projects. All are invited to join them whenever they can. No sewing skills required. Bring a bagged lunch to eat during a lunch break at noon. For more information call 239-463-3173.BEACH LIBRARYThe Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the librarys sign up for some time on the librarys the artwork of the artist of the month or stop in the Friends Used Book Store. The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Some upcoming programs include: TU May 22, 10:30am Memory Improvement, pre-register WE May 23, 10:30am The Moth II More True StoriesMOUND HOUSEA unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay, the Mound House offers a variety of programs for local residents & visitors. Open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm at 451 Connecticut St. Call for costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include: SA May 19 11am Guided Tour; 1pm Shell Mound Tour. FORT MYERS BEACH NESTS................... 3 FALSE CRAWLS... 16 HATCHED............. 0 BONITA SPRINGS NESTS.................. 11 FALSE CRAWLS.. 9 HATCHED ............. 0


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Page 19The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 Bay Oaks Reopens Planning Session & Bike Safety Events in MayBy Gary Mooney gary@fortmyersbeach.newsMay is a month of rebirth for the Town of Fort Myers Beach Parks & Recreation Department. The Bay Oaks Recreational Center renovations, said Sean DePalma, Director of Parks & Recreation. These include a new surface and absorption membrane for the updated strengthening and cardio center, modernizing pickleball nets and updating the gymnasium sound system and scoreboards, with its reopening on Friday, May 18. We selected this timeframe to match the start of off-season, while allowing us to be back up for Summer Camp that begins in early June. Parks & Recreation is in the midst of its Long-Range Planning Program, with a Public Engagement Session at Bay Oaks on Thursday, May 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. We want to gain the publics insight for future events, activities and growth of the Department, including Bay Oaks, explained DePalma. Our facilitator, Michelle Marchand Canseco, will ask open-ended questions to draw out your opinions. There will also so this is very much an interactive session. The more input we obtain, the better we will serve you, both in the near-term and long-range timeframes. Long-Range Planning began with an in-house forum on May 3 and concludes with a wrapup in June. The Department will host the Bicycle Safety Awareness Event at Bay Oaks on Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to Noon. There will be bicycle demonstrations, safe riding tips, giveaways including free bike helmets, opportunities to join a Bicycle Club and speak to a professional mechanic and a bike rodeo on an obstacle course, with ice cream for everyone, said DePalma. Come early with your family to take a group bicycle ride to Bonita Beach Road at 8 a.m. or on Fort Myers Beach at 9 a.m. As this is National Bike Safety Month, the Town is actively advocating bicycle safety, especially with its recent Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan, as well as to navigate our many roadways that remain under construction. This is a free program that does not require reservations. The Bay Oaks Recreational Center is at 2731 Oak Street; for additional information, call 239-765-4222 or see its link on the Town of Fort Myers Beach webpage at www. Photos provided.


Page 20The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 | Open Daily 11 a.m. 11 p.m. | Next to the Public Pier Share your food and drink photos with #PierSideEats High Tea with Dad A little girl is serving her father tea while her mother is out shopping. The mother comes home and the father says, Watch this! The little girl goes and serves the mother tea. The mother turns to the father and says, Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?Life After DeathDo you believe in life after death? the boss asked one of his employees. Yes, Sir, the new recruit replied. Well, then, that makes every


Page 21The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 Every weekend I draw a cartoon and put it up on my FB page, and ask my friends to contribute captions for the cartoon. I also ask they vote for the ones they think are funniest (Like as many as you like). (The uncaptioned cartoons can be found on the FB pages of Mark List.) I know youre proud of them honey but the last time you showed up at the beach like this you cost me a fortune at the dermatologist and caused three CPR runs for the Ft Myers Beach Fire Dept. Eric M. Huntsman Jazz Vancooser dont own a pair of shorts baby, Im from New York City. Thomas Tom Kat Fahey Jazz: Im going to see the Clanton Gang tonight @ Lani Kai! Chic: Im an A200 fan Keith Clanton


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Page 23The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 By Gary Mooney gary@fortmyersbeach.newsMajor League Baseball in 2019 will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its inception in Cincin nati, Ohio. The Fort Myers Miracle, sota Twins, are now in their 26th season. On Sunday, April 29 they played an historic game that may change the game has seen since its 1869 founding. On that afternoon, the Miracle and the Daytona Tortugas, appropriately the Single A team of the Cincinnati Reds, completed nine innings tied at 2, leading to extra innings in a format no one here had yet seen. Under a new rule, implemented to speed up the pace of play, each team began their extra frame with a runner already on 2nd base! ball made this monumental change for several reasons: to reduce the number of pitchers used in extra innings; the corresponding shortage of pitchers available for the follow ing games; eliminating the use of position players as pitchers; and the transfer of pitchers between say baseball is experimenting with this radical shift because of the short attention span of Millennials, who cannot tear themselves away from their cellphones long enough to pay attention until a game comes to its natural conclusion!GETTING TO 2ND BASE by in a spiffy 2 hours and 20 minutes, with the Miracle scoring twice in the 2nd, and Daytona matching that in the 7th. TJ Friedl began the top of the 10th on 2nd base for the hit a grounder to Miracle shortstop Nelson Molina, allowing Friedl to advance to 3rd base, then relief pitcher Sean Poppin uncorked a wild pitch to score Friedl in a completely unexciting manner, with the Miracle escaping further damage. In the bottom of the 10th, the Miracles Luis Azzaez started on 2nd base, as he made their previous last out. Jared Foster laid down a 3rd base, before Travis Blanken retie the game. The Tortugas started the 11th with another runner on 2nd base, retaking the lead, again in a totally boring way, with a passed half, Caleb Hamilton began on 2nd base, with Molina bunting him to 3rd before pinchhitter Lewin Diaz pounded a long home run to right center for a 5 to 4 Miracle victory, sending the roughly 1,500 fans home happy! I am a baseball purist who I have Undergraduate and Masters degrees in History, so the traditions of Americas Pastime mean a great deal to me. While I should have been on the edge of my seat during extra innings, I spent most of the two additional frames complaining about how much I hate this new rule! While Daytona did score a run in each, they did so without even seem more a gimmick than real baseball. Although the Miracles set the table seemed like another cheap run as well. In reality, Lewof extra innings, and that still would have won the game in the 11th, only This innovation in fact worked against one of its stated ofsave any pitches, but the pitchers already in the game had to immediately throw more stressful ones, with the potentially winning runner already on 2nd base. At least this Run Averages, as the addition al runner does not count against them, being considered the same as an error, though neither team receives one. I do not believe this rule leads to any added excitement from the fan perspective. Had Miracle pitchers held Daytona in check in either extra inning, it is easy to imagine that Fort Myers could have scored the winning run just as the Tortugas did in the 10th, with a fans would shout with joy and playgratulate each other, but that would pale in comparison to the sheer excitement and electricity that ignited the crowd when Diaz launched his game-winning Home Run!LETS PLAY TRUE!Since the Miracle won, that tempered my anger and disappointment, but as a new era for baseball you can have it! As for nie Banks said it best when he said, Lets Play Two meaning games but to paraphrase Mr. Cub, Lets The Miracle this weekend begin a 6-game homestand by hosting the St. Lucie Mets from Friday through Sunday, May 18 to 20, before taking on the Braden ton Marauders of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from Monday through Wednesday, May 21 to 23. Saturday has the Joe Mauer Bobblehead giveaway, and Sunday is Youth Baseball Day with kids in their team shirts receiving a free ticket, pre-game catch on the the game. Monday is Dollar Dog Days; Tuesday -for-1 tacos, domestic beers, and sodas; and Winning Wednesdays features prizes from the Miller and Moulton sports broadcasting team. Tickets range from $7.50 to $12 and are available at www. that opens 90 minutes prior to each game, or by telephone at 239-7684210, with a $2 processing fee. Monday through Friday contests start at 7 p.m., Saturdays 6 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m., with parking $5-per-car. Hammond Stadium is at CenturyLink Sports Complex at 14100 Six Mile Cyrus Parkway in South Fort Myers, roughly a 15-minute drive from Fort Myers Beach. The Fort Myers Miracle The Best Game in Town! Extra Inning Innovation or Devastation?Miracle Plays First Game Under New Rule Another beautiful Southwest Florida eve ning saw the Fort Myers Miracle in action at Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex. Photo by Gary Mooney.


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Page 26The Island Sand Paper FortMyersBeach.newsMay 18th, 2018 Doors open at 1:45 PM. Beach Theater Coast Guard Open House Saturday Safe Boating Week May 19-25 The Town of Fort Myers Beach recently proclaimed May 19th through May 25th as Safe Boating Week. This proclamation is an important step in building awareness of the need to follow safe boating practices. The Town Coun cil encourages citizens to learn and follow safe boating practices such as wearing a life jacket, taking a Safe Boating Class, getting a Vessel Safety Check, operating their vessels responsibly and saving consumption of alcoholic beverages for after the trip. Many water-related deaths can be prevented by simply wearing life jackets, especially when using paddleboards, canoes and kayaks. Every year, boating and water safety advocates around the world team up to promote the importance of safe boating and life jacket use during National Safe Boating Week. Fort Myers Beach events begin with an Open House at the Coast Guard Station on Saturday May 19th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 719 San Carlos Drive, Fort Myers Beach (San Carlos Island). Guests will tour several Coast Guard vessels at the station and members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available to answer recreational boating safety questions. Free vessel safety checks will be available for all registered vessels. No violations will be issued during the safety checks. The Lee County Sheriff Marine Unit, Fort Myers Beach Fire District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Safe Kids Lee County are also scheduled to be part of the Open House event. There will be instruction in knot tying and a maritime environmental game. Kids will enjoy meeting Coastie, a remote-controlled low endurance class cutter. Free hot dogs will be served during the event. The Safe Boating Campaign is led by the National Safe Boating Council, with support from boating safety advocates around the world. Encouraging boaters to always wear a life jacket, the campaign reminds boaters to make respon using an engine cut-off device, knowing navigational rules and more. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The auxiliary is the lead agency in recreational boating safety, saving countless lives and hundreds of thousands in property every day. For more information, please visit www. Islanders are invited to visit the US Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach on Saturday, May 19 from 10am-3pm. Guests will have the chance to board USCG rescue vessels. (Left) Coastie will be on hand to entertain the kids (Above) USCGC Marlin during a previous Open House.




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