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Volume 18, Number 21 By Islanders, For Islanders Fort Myers Beach, Florida May 25th, 2018 FREE TPI-FMB YESProject Receives Final Council ApprovalBy Gary Mooney The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council once again unanimously approved the controversial TPI-FMB Downtown Redevelopment Resort Proposal, after a three-year process, and nearly 14 years following the devastation from Hurricane Charley on Friday the 13th of August 2004. While roughly 75 citizens packed Council Chambers, the Town did there any organized opposition, as occurred for the First Reading and Public Hearing for the Ordinance on April 9 and 10 when Council unanimously voted to move the ordinance to this weeks Final Hearing. Prior to Councils discussion and its subsequent vote, 27 people addressed them, with 18 favoring TPI-FMB, 7 opposed, and 2 indifferent; of the 7 against, 3 represented the Lani Kai Island Resort, including owner Robert Conidaris. Of those supporting TPIreally excited about how TPI will change and beautify our Town in a wonderful, wonderful way, so when you come across that bridge, you will say, WOW! Kevin Johnson, who lives at the islands north end, needs to be done downtown after years of neglect and TPI is the developer like TPI, so please allow them to build this, to clean up this island and make it attractive to families and businesses. Bobbi Kemp put her comments succinctly: Fort Myers Beach! Of those opposed, Christine Patton, a Primo Drive resident of changes over the years, mainly in the increase in population. Who wouldnt want to live in paradise? But paradise is being threatened. When DiamondHead was allowed to be built because we were part of the county, the people of Fort Myers (Beach) Whats Up, Neighbor? Mayor Tracey Gore and Tom Torgerson congratulate each other following the vote. Photo by Gary Mooney. Contd pg.4 Save Our Water2nd Summit Examines Water Issues & ProjectsBy Gary Mooney Several hundred people gathered at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Conference Center on Friday, May 11, for the 2nd Summit, hosted by the News-Press, where water professionals and environmental advocates discussed the condition and progress of local and regional water quality issues. This was a follow-up to the initial October 2016. After opening remarks, the summit began with News-Press photojournalist Andrew West and detailing their 9-day, 134-mile canoe trip along regional waterways. near Orlando and continues all the way south to the Florida interconnected, including Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades, so clean and safe water means we all need to work together to balance a multitude of issues and needs. of open pastures and wildlife, including raptors, bald eagles and an amazing variety of animals, thousand or more, between 12 to 14 feet, on the second half, and that was scary, so it Contd pg.12 Several hundred people pack the 2nd Save Our Water Market Watch Summit.The Price of FreedomMarauder Crash Families By Gary Mooney The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend means different things start of summer. The end of school. Neighborhood picnics. For Southwest Florida, a weekend soaker from the 2018 Hurricane To many families, however, it is a time to honor those who served our nation in the military, especially those brave souls who made the freedom, even if that occurred decades before. A B-26 Marauder left Fort Myers Page Field on November 16, 1942, shortly after 6 p.m., with its last radio transmission at 6:55, over the return, the military initiated search & rescue efforts. Six crewmen lost their lives; the pilot, Lieutenant Lt. Fred Dees, were able to bail out, but ultimately drowned, with Authorities never located the other four: Staff Sergeant Contd pg.6 A Good Way to Spend A LifeSteiger to Retire as Park ManagerBy Gary Mooney In the mid-1990s, two Lovers Key State Park (LKSP): the property that the State of Florida acquired for preservation in 1983 merged with the existing Carl E. Johnson County Park to form the 1,616-acre state park, and Bob Steiger became the manager of Wiggins Pass State Park in North Naples. Though Bobs career would take him to other State Parks over the next quarter century, he would return to Lovers Key as its manager again in December 2016, and now wraps up his 35-year career with a July 31 retirement, with his actual last-day-on-the-job of May 30. after May 30, I will still be here. As manager, I live in a house on-site, but will relocate to North Carolina to start my new life with my partner, Shannon, who works in Campus Recreation at Elon University, so I need to move my personal things. I am going to load up one of those big pods, and need to drag my boat as well!Contd pg.14


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Page 3 LETTERS to the EDITOR GOOD JOB Council Members and Town Manager Roger Hernstadt, for your time, efforts and hard work to come together for a unanimous vote to approve the TPI-FMB Resort. You were diligent in protecting our codes and zoning regulations forward to negotiate and compromise on your vote. It was very emotional for everyone concerned. Thanks to Tom Torgerson and the entire TPI-FMB team for respecting our Council and the FMB residents as we presented our concerns. Thanks for negotiating and compromising and being so willing and open to work together to make it work. A job well done by all. ect started! Bobbi Kemp Fort Myers BeachREMEMBER WHEN As being a frequent visitor to the beach i have seen a lot ,and very little, What is the problem with this development? Is it there is to many people who enjoy seeing the large storage lot that used to be seafarers mall? is it they like to see tax dollars roll down the sewer? Or is it that the city council has no idea what they are doing and have no business city members even remember the day when you could get a hotel room at a reasonable price? Or a nice gift for the kids that we leave at home? Here is my idea. Why not give up on the plastic straw and newspa per box problem and just let the builders put the resorts in and TAX them so you can pay the city staff to clean the beaches, that means JOBS, INCOME and A place for tourists. seems simple enough to me. maybe then Dont get me wrong i still love to come and see my friends, have a cool cocktail and watch the world cruise by. Just look at reality, it takes money to be a destination and you have that ability, or leave it alone and complain about the small things like shoes on the beach, and stealing sand Just a thought. Matt Leonard IowaCOUNCIL-BIASED ARTICLE Enforcement, Island Sand Paper May 18, 2018), a very lop-sided acget along philosophy, so much so, it made me gag when I read it! I was there that night at this forum, and I dont recall Mr. Mooney ever asking any of we, the angry resident citizens of FMB, our frustrated side of the story! Mr. Mooneys article wouldve been much more honest and relevant if he had, instead of his town council biased article, Why? The anger in that Baptist Church hall was palpable! Yesit was. J.D. Burdge Fort Myers BeachSunset with May clouds, taken in front of Sandarac on Fort Myers Beach, May 21, 2018 by John Hall of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Page 4 Beach Botanyby Jim Rodwell WALTERS GROUNDCHERRY walteri, is a perennial herb with slender stems that anywhere else but the beach could be two feet high. The plant in the picture is less than six inches in height. Walteri is both drought and salt tolerant but it still struggles to survive like many other beach plants. Walteri make its home on sand hills and coastal strands where I found the specimen in the picture. A coastal strand is the upper portion of the beach that is usually covered with grasses and trees. Leaves are alternate on the stems. Leaf shape varies from ovate to lanceolate. Margins are entire to slightly toothed. Tiny star-shaped hairs are found under the leaf. A hand lens is needed to see them. downwards. Five stamens also hang from to long. Fruit is a berry that is encased in a lantern like calyx. Blooming occurs year around. Walteri is a member of the Solanaceae (Nightshade) family. There are 10 species in the genus Physalis including walteri that grow natively in Florida. TPI-FMB YES Project Receives Final Council Approval, Contd from pg.1voted to incorporate to control its own destiny. Now is the time to implement that controlthis is worse than DiamondHead. She added that the Lani Kai and Pink Shell are already considering large developments based on TPIs project that will effect the entire island. Dave Ennis, also of much density. Your vote today will determine if the Comp Plan will live or die. Most vocal was Conidaris, who complained about now I have a lawsuit against you people that youre allowing illegal parking next doorwe dont need anybody else to come in here and help with parking that we have. I own the Lani Kai and Ive been here for 40 yearsthis is the worst I have ever seen it with parking. comments should focus on TPIFMB, Conidaris said the project should not have more than 80 rooms as it does not have enough what hes doing you cant allow it he does not have what he needs parkingIf you do that I know Ill get the whole town and everybody is gonna sue you. Following Public Comment, Council addressed the 4 TPI-FMB Deviations and 27 Conditions in minutia for over three hours and 45 minutes, including a 45-minute lunch break. They set several stipulations and made minor changes, though none of it seemed Council member Dennis Boback would not support the Ordinance, over building heights, room density and setting a potential precedent.MARATHON MOTION Shamp made a motion most likely not heard before in the Towns 22-year history, as it took her 39 minutes to read. contentious years, and it is nice we people who will love this and some who will hate it, but the great thing about Fort Myers Beach is we will all come together because we are a community. Council member Anita Cereceda, who favored TPI-FMB throughout the process, turned to Boback on her immediate right: right-handed partner here! And to anyone and everyone who wants to stand up and say, Well, now I can do this. There are 19 pages of stipulations, that have been addressed, readdressed, massaged, manipulated, transcribed, rescribed for almost 3 years on this project. There are of another location on this island where you could achieve these same conditions. So in order for someone to stand up and say, I can do this, too, they would have to meet ALL of these criteria and until they can meet ALL of these criteria, I think they should do everyone a good favor of just settling down a bit because this match. Never in the towns 22-year history has something this profound occurred; this comprehensive occurred and Im proud to be in the room today. Then, in an almost a personal plea, she Council Chambers was packed before the TPI-FMB vote. Photo by Gary Mooney. Contd next pg.


Page 5 TPI-FMB YES Project Receives Final Council Approval, Contd from pg.4 cant do it, Dennis!HORSE LEAVING BARN? and too denseI still think we set a precedent and when we do an to leave the barn, replied Boback. but Im fearful that it will. That said, Tom (Torgerson), I want to thank you and your team. You have done a tremendous job of working with the residents and the Town and the Town staff, so youve done an excellent job on that. Like Ive said Ive had my issues with this whole thing, however in a sense of unity with my council members, I will bow to their will. As he said that, the audience let out an audible gasp. to Tom and will say it again I respect my Council and there was a consensus reached. I wouldnt have reached this consensus. I think its too big and too high as well. But there are extraordinary things that nobody else can match, em have it. I am just so thrilled to get past this so this community can heal. The people who really wanted this, now have it. The people who dont like whats happening, I promise you, theyre going to be ok, because this island is just so awesome like that. I want to thank everybody. Council member Bruce Butcher stated his colleagues already said anything he might add, then jokingly thanked Shamp Shamp replied that with TPI-FMB is looking forward to a little more attention from me! Cereceda joined probably wont want you to read anything to him in the near future! Turning serious, Shamp This is really monumental for our Town and an exciting time and I look forward to all of us working together. We have a fabulous community. This is just one of many issues, that we always seem to work out, so lets remember to be, indeed, good neighbors -everyone at all times and at every opportunity. I feel, as a lover of the Comp Plan and Land Development Code, that we have done what we need to do to identify that this is an extraordinary circumstance and opportunity for our town, that I highly doubt can be replicated. I appreciate Town staff for making sure that we had this buttoned up, you took a lot of heat for it. Thank you, that was your job. And for TPI, for all of you, for your investment, ongoing investment and future investment in this town, Welcome! We look forward to having you all as new neighbors. Before the vote, Town Manager Roger Hernstadt thanked council for their understanding of thanked Bill Spikowski for his help on the project. Addressing council, that everything we do, up to the last minute before you cast your vote, is to make sure that you have thoroughly and completely considered all the possible factors that we can anticipate on what might be happening to the town in the future and give you every opportunity to solve any problem we anticipate in advance and we appreciate your understanding in support of our efforts TPI Moves Forward San Carlos Village Planned Following Town Councils approval of the TPI-FMB downtown project on Monday, May 21, 2018, Tom Torgerson announced that the project would move immediately into Phase II, which includes permitin Naples, FL, to begin that process. Torgerson announced that their proposed schedule includes completing all permitting and beginning construction on the project by early 2019. At that point Phase III would begin, including construction and pre-opening operations that are expected to take two years. If this schedule holds, the as yet unnamed resort would open to the public in early 2021. The TPI-FMB project is expected to select and announce a marsions with Town Council, a residential community to provide housing options for resort employees, was released Tuesday. The purchase ing the Resort operations while simultaneously enhancing its immedi ate surrounding neighborhood, Torgerson explained. A market study is underway. Contd pg. 23 Vice Mayor Joanne Shamp, reading her his toric 39-minute-long TPI-FMB motion. Photo by Gary Mooney.


Page 6 BATISTAS GOLD captain Tim Wicburg discovered a crashed airplane, thinking he found a United States Central Intelligence Agency craft long rumored to have gone down in those waters, carrying millions of dollars stolen from Cuba by its former dictator, Fulgencio Batista, who Fidel Castro overthrew on New Years Eve 1958, hence the he would one day be a rich man, Captain Tim kept the location to himself, waiting for the perfect opportunity that would not occur for 17 years. In May 2008, he felt he teamed with divers from the Fort Myers-based Underwater Historical Explorations (UHE), including UHE cofounder Tom OBrien, legendary Fort Myers Beach Hall-of-Fame diver Jon Hazelbaker, and retired Air Force crash investigator Major extensive crash site excavation. but something even more important the missing B-26 from 1942!NIGERIAN PRINCES Mark Casey is the nephew cofounders Tom OBrien and Tracy Miller contacted my Mom, Abigail, in 2008. She was then 84-yearsold and still alive, telling her they found the airplane of her long-lost brother. Unfortunately, Mom was quite elderly and tended to believe in Nigerian Princes, so I became concerned when she contacted me about this almost unbelievable story, so I called them to learn what was going on, and we had a pretty intense conversation, but they convinced me they were telling the truth. This was on a Wednesday, with Mom and my sisters in Pennsylvania and I in Arizona, and by that weekend, we were in Southwest Florida, where UHE took us to the crash site to hold a beautiful memorial service. While Mark is not sure this gave his Mother complete closure, loop, to understand what happened to her brother, because her Mom, really believed her son was gone. She was already a widow, and losing William was devastating. There was a rumor around the base at that time, that the military found the airplane and everyone was still alive somewhere, but kept this secret for security reasons, and she believed that until the day she died in the 1980s.ONE A DAY IN TAMPA BAY! Many B-26 Marauders called the Sunshine State home throughout the 1940s, conducting preparation for service in the Second World War. Marauders at nearly 300-miles-per-hour, with slightly over 5,000 produced between 1941 and 1945. Pilots had at the recommended 150-milesfaster than other planes, causing them to try to slow it down, resulting in stalled engines and crashes. This originally earned them the while coining the Southwest Florida Following design changes and improved pilot training, the B-26 Marauder ended World War II with the lowest loss rate of any United States Air Force bomber. war, despite being an isolationist President Franklin Roosevelt sold it to the American people by saying it would be mostly fought by the Air Force, with few ground troops, so we produced a lot of planes rapidly, with little testing, meaning crews conducted the tests while learning Marauder Crash Families Contd from pg.1 Bill Kittiko stands with a B-26 during World War II. Kittiko, a turret gunner, was one of six crewmen lost when their plane went down in the Gulf of Mexico on November 16, 1942. Photo provided UHE divers inspect the wreckage of the B 26 Marauder aircraft lost in 1942. Copyright UHE Divers by Valerie Chelley/Paradigm Productions


Page 7 case, whatever occurred happened out over the water, in the dark. A subsequent Air Force investigation The UHE team, based on their investigation, came to a different conclusion, especially after they raised one of the propellers in 2008. Their analysis leads them to believe the propeller lets it accelerate in a rapid and uncontrolled fashion, forcing the proper training, he would have shut off the improperly-operating engine, with the disabled aircraft having enough maneuverability to safely return to Page Field. Despite this theory, the United States Air inquiry, with no plans to do so. the Air Force seemed to forget they had families. The government ended up admitting there was a the Marauder being a very effective aircraft, particularly over Europe, but too late for these pilots.TEN YEARS AFTER With the 10th anniversary of the crash sites discovery approaching, UHE contacted Mark, suggesting another memorial to relationships with many of the other families over the years, so I contacted them. Fred Dees III was all in favor, and we actually discovered Christine Spitz, the in Cape Coral, with no knowledge of this. Members from the other families could not attend, and unfortunately we have never made any connections with the Mikes family, though we continue to research them. The families gathered from together on Friday, Mark related, for the memorial on Saturday, and on Sunday we dedicated a refurbished exhibit to the mission Center at 2000 Cranford Avenue, near Downtown Fort Myers. Those 12 memorial included prayers, in the water, with divers taking family items to the crash site. On Sunday, Mark gave a presentation, discussing the deceased crew. For more information on the mission, exploration and exhibit, see uhexplorations.comYOUNG MEN, WITH BRIGHT FUTURES with bright futures, who left behind grieving families, Mark explained. Lt. Dees was to take over his familys pharmacy business when Treat was to do the same for his winner who planned to be an athletic coach. Perhaps Lt. Mikes was the most tragic, as two months earlier, his brother Emil passed away in another military air crash, with neither body being found. The irony is they were what the military called a Replacement Crew. The US was really ramping up its war effort, so they came to Fort Myers to train as replacement members for other crews already in service. The Air Force put this group together quick, so they did not really know each other well. Mark could not be more complimentary toward UHE. for gold, and came up with a dry hole. It would have been so easy to just walk away, but they got involved completely, and treat our lost relatives with such honor and respect. In our society, where people seem to care so little about one-another, this speaks volume about their character! He is happiest for Fred III memorial. I also think this story reminds the average American men, and now women, make for our nation. War is not a movie or people, for the good and sometimes not so good of our nation. These six young men gave their lives in an experiment, to prepare their country for action. In our modern world, fewer families have a direct military connection, as we no longer have a draft, so not everyone supports the military the way we used to. For many, Memorial Day is a day off work or time to buy a new car on sale, and they forget that actions like this cost the lives of real people, so I am glad Fred III and Christine participated, to understand that reality, and the price of freedom.Marauder Crash Families Contd from pg.1 On Memorial Day 2016, a ceremony at the Fort Myers Beach VFW, honored the six crewmen who perished in the 1942 crash. One large memorial for the crew, plus six smaller individual memorials were placed near the site of the crash in the Gulf of Mexico afterwards. Photo by T.M. Jacobs.


Page 8 By Gary Mooney one of the most important days in the long history of the Mound House, said Cultural Resources Director for the Town of Fort Myers Beach and Mound when Mound House representatives, including myself, appear before the four-person Florida National Register Review Board, who will consider accepting our application to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)! Joining her will be Becky Werner, the President of the Friends of the Mound House and Ceel Spuhler, one of its earliest proponents and volunteers. We submitted it in February, after learning last November we passed the initial step in the process. The Division of Historical Resources from the Florida Department of State informed us on three of its four potential criteria. Max Adriel Imberman, the Florida Historic Preservationist, stated the Mound the local level for its contribution to the exploration and settlement of the community of Fort Myers Beach; example of Tudor and Bungalow/ Craftsman-style architecture; and the potential of archaeological study of the 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian mound. State approval is huge, as attaining the NRHP is a strenuous, multi-step process. from the National Parks Service; U.S. Department of the Interior, properties throughout the country that includes districts, sites, buildings and objects of importance to American history, architecture, archaeology, prehistoric occupation and historical development of our national, state and local communities. A NRHP listing encourages resources in three ways: by providing historic value in future developmental planning; imposing limited protection from activities involving funding, licensing or assistance by federal agencies that could result in damage or loss of its historic value; and making incentives for historic preservation.A LONG STRANGE TRIP Over 2,000 years ago, Calusa dominated Southwest Florida, and gatherers whose lives depended on their rich and diverse habitat, but by the 1750s they vacated the area. In 1898 what is now the Mound House that, over the next century-plus, underwent numerous owners and renovations. The construction of the Shell Mound subdivision partially destroyed the mound and it received further damage in 1958 with the installation of an outdoor swimming pool. Roughly forty years later, the newly-formed Town of Fort Myers Beach acquired the Mound House in 2000 to save the structure and its 2.77-acre grounds from demolition for prospective villas and condominiums. Today it is a walk through time where ago. Improvements since the Town purchase include the Shell Mound Exhibit where visitors walk inside the Calusa Indian Mound and landscape signage to identify the propertys Islands oldest standing structure and restored to its 1921 grandeur, the Mound House opened to the public on November 14, 2016, as a cultural and environmental learning center. It is a unique historic and archeological attraction that sits atop an ancient Calusa Indian shell mound, directly on Estero Bay, offering a variety of programs for residents, visitors and school groups. 14, 2016, and exactly one year later, on November 14, 2017, learned inclusion!PRESERVATION IS PROGRESS in her testimony is how the Town took such a chance on preserving the resources to undertake such a monumental purchase. When you think of it that way, it is an amazing achievement, and speaks well of the Towns leadership, then and now. One I will mention for sure is the late Ted FitzSimons, who spearheaded the original effort under the phrase, Preservation is Progress! That should be the mantra for every organization like ours! preservation programs from the federal government, to ensure our long-term existence. This is, quite simply, the highest possible historic designation. We have Letters of Support from the Town, Lee County Review Board and Bill Marquardt, Director of the Randall Research Center and Florida Museum of Natural History for The University of Florida, as well as Paul Palmer, a noted architect who worked on Mound House renovations, and the Lee Trust for Historical Preservation. Of special only for their Lee Trust assistance, but because Bill is the great-grandson of William and Milia Case, the Mound House owners from 1906, so in a way we are preserving their family story. Mound House 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 call 239-765-0865 or see The Mound House contingent will immediately learn at the conclusion of the Florida National Register Review Board whether its application moves forward to the Federal Level; if it does, and tribute to our site, staff, volunteers and to the Town, for its vision that was far ahead of its time, so a big Thanks to everybody who has helped us get to this point, and stay tuned!National Treasure Mound House Seeks to Join National Register


Page 9 Your Hometown Newspaper for over 18 years Missy Layeld, Editor Editor@fortmyersbeach.newsThere can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. Freya Madeline Stark Mike Buster Circulation Manager c/o Info@fortmyersbeach.newsIf you tell the truth you dont have to remember anything. Mark Twain Mark List, Production ManagerProduction@fortmyersbeach.newsHe will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little. Horace Sarah List, Photographerinfo@fortmyersbeach.newsIf you dont make mistakes, youre not working on hard enough problems. And thats a big mistake. Frank Wilczek Sandy Sandness, Advertisinginfo@fortmyersbeach.newsHonest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. Mahatma GandhiThe Island Sand PaperAn independently owned and operated island newspaper. FAX 855-886-3568 (toll-free) MAIL 450 Old San Carlos Blvd. Unit G-108 Ft. Myers Beach, Florida 33931 E-Mail WEBSITE SUBMISSIONS POLICY 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.DEADLINE FOR LETTER SUBMISSION IS NOON WEDNESDAY. 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. COPYRIGHT 2000-2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.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.newsWhen a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest. William Hazlitt Gary Mooney Lead Writer info@fortmyersbeach.newsLife is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope a slight change, and all patterns alter. Sharon SalzbergOFFICE HOURS MON-FRI 10AM-3PMSubject to change due to story assignments. CALL TO BE SURE! HONOR THIS MEMORIAL DAY mattress sales, shoe sales, car sales. Wait, those last three dont belong, do they? Memorial Day is observed on Monday, May 28. The traditional date before Congress opted in 1971 to convert it into a three-day weekend for federal employees, was May 30. That conversion over 45 years ago is still a sore spot for some veterans organizations as they feel the switch to a three-day weekend took away from the spirit and meaning of the day. And they have a valid point. Memorial Day was set aside as a day of remembrance for those munities, not as many as there once were, hold services or mark military will each hold a Memorial Service at 11am on Monday, May 28th and invite everyone in the community to join them. Since the late 1950s, 1200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry blan stones in Arlington. The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis benear Fredericksburg National Cemetery place luminaries at over 15,000 graves while taps is played. These touching exhibitions of respect and honor are often lost in summer the three-day Memorial Day weekend. The airwaves are full of Memorial Day sales. Need shoes, a refrigerator or how about a new car? Weve got you covered with a Memorial Day sale. Not to say that we should all spend the entire weekend at a local cemetery. Our military dead gave their lives to preserve our American way of life and summer weekends with friends and family are surely a part of that. While youre enjoying that BBQ or that cold one or the lazy day with the kids at the beach however, take a moment to remember those who Moment of Remembrance at 3pm Monday. Take a moment to remember those in your family who died in military service, or those from your hometown, or those who have no one to remember them. We all owe each of them a debt of gratitude. The numbers who have died in our countrys service are staggering, well over a million and worth noting as we ponder Memorial Day and the meaningful remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sac20th century wars. But the major wars (is there such a thing as a minor one?) alone account for thousands on thousands of lives lost. in just 2 years 1917-18. World War II -405,000 dead, 1941-46. Korean War -36,000 dead, 1950-53. Iraq -4497 dead, 2003-2011. Afghanistan -2,271 dead, 2001-present. These numbers can be numbing and our national attention span is short. Memorial Day often conjures up visions of elderly World War II sociate our war dead with those lost in long past battles: Battle of the Bulge, Brittany, An Lao or Saigon. I wonder if this is not one of the reasons that we feel so removed from the true remembrance of Memorial Day. So few of us have a personal connection. haps its time we focus on more recent battles that have claimed American lives: Fallujah, Nasiriyah, Kabul, Syria or Kandahar. It might help still arrive at Dover Air Force Base, though thankfully not as often as they once did. And that there are over 700 American military bases in more than 70 countries overseas, staffed by American service members, ready to defend our country at a moments notice. This Memorial Day weekend, remember those who gave all for their country. Editor


Page 10 By Gary Mooney Chances are, if you recently received an email from, made er Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, the young lady who assisted you is studying Resort & Hospitality Management! Four different college interns have served the Chamber over the past few months, interacting with members and visitors while gaining valuable experience. Three of the ladies atPalm Beach, who graduates in December; Danielle Egeland of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, who will enter her senior year; and Anna Prodoehl of Cecil County, Maryland, a junior. Lexie McClure of Tecumseh, Michigan, traveled from Central Michigan University, where she is a senior. Danielle wrapped up her internship May 15, Chris while Anna and Lexie are just beginning. They learned about the Chamber opportunity in varias Jacki Liszak, the Chambers Executive Director, is a busy person. I wanted a different experience than I could get in Michigan, she explained what the Chamber offered, and I said I would be down in two weeks! Danielle heard reached out to Jacki and she interviewed me. At that time, Anna was to begin her internship, but suffered a foot injury that required surgery, so we switched places. the National Sand Sculpting Championship last November, recalled Jacki. I told her about school and she offered me the internship on the spot, beginning last December! Anna found out about it at the Resort & Hospitality Management Jacki. I immediately fell in love with her enthusiasm and was thrilled when she offered me an internship. I began on May 7, then attended the Chamber luncheon on May 10, to hear the Towns original Mayor, Anita Cereceda, discuss the founding of Fort Myers Beach.IGNORANCE IS BLISS! One thing the interns have in common was they did not know a great deal about Fort Myers Beach, and even less about its Chamber! school, I would sneak away to Fort Myers Beach! That said, I knew almost nothing about the Chamber. I never worked at one before, so it was sink-or-swim for a while, and but being a student, I dont have enough spending money to go to the nice restaurants, so it was a real crash course. I asked a lot of questions, and Christi helped a lot, as she was already here. I did not get much training, because Anna was to have the spot until her injury, so the previous interns were unable to pass the torch to me, as usually happens. what makes it so special! Danielle told me how we network with and connect to the membership, and community, and that we are a key focal point so, to me, that sounds just like the spectacular opportunity I hope to experience, so I am super excited. Being from Michigan, Lexdidnt even know this was an island, or that Fort Myers Beach wasnt told me a little about the Chamber in our calls, but other than that, I am coming in blind! With six months of experi ence now behind them, it is differworking! Networking! Networking! about beach businesses and all they offer, and developing the tools through that door, they never leave unhappy, as they are here to experience the best vacation of their life, so when you provide them with that fun information, that is a great feeling. Personally, how to act like a business leader and present myself in a professional manner, as Jacki stresses this is extremely important. This is such a small island, and everyone is so friendly and looks after you and helps you. I also learned a valuable lesson in small town politics, especially concerning the potential TPI-FMB Downtown project. ships with island business owners and Chamber Board members, and know all the people Jacki namedrops. I can answer most visitor questions and even how to acquire Town permits, as fun as that is!WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS As for their career aspira in December, I would like a position with a convention or similar compaown company in partnership with a friend, including our own venue, to host a variety of events. I am really good at making personal and professional connections, and hope want to get into the event industry and own my own company as well, in what exact aspect, but would like to also be a serial entrepreneur, to have a side gig, as those go handin-hand. And I love to travel, to see where life takes me. planning is a broad category, so I am considering convention centers and sports arenas and large chain resorts, because you never know when a door opens at the last minute, like it did for me three weeks ago with the Chamber opportunity. Management is my future, I dont yet know where I belong, admitted encing internships to determine your exact niche, as the more positive experiences you have, the more you grow, develop, and change, to discover what eventually clicks for me. A Youthful OutlookFMB Chamber Utilizes College Interns


Page 11 VIEW POINTS Ask About Our Private Event Packages! MATANZAS ON THE BAY has that special just ask the locals! LET US BE YOUR CATCH OF THE DAY! Live Music Daily Free Boat Dockage Indoor & Outdoor Seating Call Ahead Seating Available Happy Hour Everyday Private Event Packages Upstairs Sports BarCALL (239) 463-9258 FOR WATERFRONT ACCOMMODATIONS RESTAURANT INN MARINA 416 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach, SLEAZE NEVER CHANGESBy Bob Franken A couple of generations ago, there was a story about a well-connected went away. The delighted executive insisted that he be charged for the favor, and very soon thereafter, received a bill for $10,000 (remember, this was way back when). er: Knowing who to call: $9,999.90. by attaching themselves to Donald Trump have proven, now that hes in power, that theyre just the latest gang that couldnt drain straight. How else to explain the millions of dollars that major companies, already employing tons of lobbyists, tossed at the likes of Corey Lewandowski and particularly at Michael Cohen? Neither of them has any policy chops whatsoever. Lewandowski latched on to the Trump whale early on. Never mind that he had been tossed aside in one of The Donalds nonstop purges. He knew the players like few did, and now it was time to be paid. So he set up shop, and the money came rolling in. er, the one who cleaned up the mess after the Trumpster indulged one of his appetites. Suddenly he, too, was taking on new clients and raking in the bucks eliminate. Then Stormy Daniels, porn star, suddenly spotted her own opportunity to make a quick buck, angling to tell the story about the one-nighter shed once had with Trump. The problem was that Cohen -acting, as it turns out, on Trumps behalf -had paid her $130,000 not to in 2016. That escapade, and others, led to federal agents raiding various Cohen properties and seizing tons of documents. Suddenly, Cohen had become a pariah, a huge embarrassment to those who had thrown money his way. The heads of AT&T and Novartis both hastily retaining him. those who have held public jobs or somehow accumulated a network of contacts among those who operate the government? Thats not just the case in Washing ton, but at the state and local level, too. Wherever theres a jurisdiction, there will be lobbyists. One can argue that the entire United States is a swamp. Every once in a while, something or someone particularly smarmy gets outed. Those who are splattered quickly get as far away as possible and clean off. Then it blows over, and everyone goes back to the same old unprincipled way but it always has been and always will be true. Bob Franken is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who covered Washington for more than 20 years with CNN.(c) 2018 Bob FrankenDistributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.DONALD TRUMPS JERUSALEM TRIUMPHBy Rich Lowry In the second century A.D., Jewish rebels who had stunned the Romans and liberated a portion of Judea overstruck imperial coins with images and a of a united Israel with Jerusalem as its capital, which had been the exception during the prior millennium, thanks to the depredations of the Assyrians and Babylonians, among others. But such was the power of the national idea -and his messianic zeal -that Bar Kokhba ventured all on regaining it. And lost. Not for nearly another 2,000 years would the vision come to fruition. At a ceremony in 1982 burying bones of some of those long-ago rebels Judea are reborn. We have redeemed Jerusalem. King David conquered the city in 1000 B.C. and made it the capital of the kingdom of Israel. His son Solomon built the First Temple. But Jerusalem would Nebuchadnezzar and then by the Roman Emperor Titus). The Jewish people never forgot. In one of the miracles of our age, after long centuries of exile punctuated by genocide at the hands of the Nazis, they re-established Israel in 1948, and then gained control of all of Jerusalem in 1967 (prior to that, when Jordan held East Jerusalem, Jews couldnt visit the Western Wall). The notion that the City of David isnt the capital of Israel was an impolite the very idea of the Jewish state. Its prime minister, parliament and highest court are based there, and its unimaginable that Israel would ever agree to any peace deal that didnt recognize it as the capital. The tired, conventional arguments against it havent held up well in the wake of President Donald Trumps decision to move our embassy. The Arab street hasnt exploded. The West Bank has been relatively quiet. Arab capitals been rewarded with constant attacks emanating from a territory where the infrastructure of mayhem and destruction -rockets, tunnels and the like -is the only growth industry. Hamas has goaded rioters to storm the Israeli border, defended by Israeli border with peaceful migrants seeking asylum, but a violent provocation that is a function of Hamas commitment to Israels destruction. For now, that poisonous ambition looks more fantastical than ever. Trumps move is an acknowledgment of reality. It is also a symbolic statement of permanence, that Menachem Begin was correct when he said at the ceremony will not budge from here. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. (c) 2018 by King Features Synd., Inc.


Page 12 Save Our Water 2nd Summit Examines Water Issues & Projects, Contd from pg.1was pretty amazing to witness they encountered so many people happy to see us, as there are not a lot of newspapers in these areas, and they thought it was great that a large newspaper was concerned a way of life to many of these folks, as it seemed like everyone was pulling or driving a boat.FUTURE IS NOW Phil Flood, the regional representative of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Reynolds, the Deputy District Commander of the South Florida U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, spoke during a segment titled, Updates. 8.1 million residents that covers over 18,000 square miles in 16 water quality projects to ensure an adequate water supply, while interconnecting natural systems. We do this through a variety of methods, such as canal and estuary protection deep wells, Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation, 10,500 acres of Everglades Agricultural Area storage reservoirs, and similar strategies. The C-43 Reservoir, just outside LaBelle, will improve the estuary during rainy season, to limit water releases down the Caloosahatchee River, then release water during dry season to retain its salinity. This project is massive, going 6 miles east-to-west, and 3 miles north-to-south, with construction to be complete in 2022. Another important component is the Lake Okeechobee Restoration Planning Project that will capture water for storage before it ever reaches the lake. made a huge commitment to the U.S. Corps for the Everglades, future is now, with a lot of these projects that have been on the drawing board for 20 years now becoming a reality. What hasnt control system in Central and South Florida, to help us to live here, our ecosystem to thrive. This is an even greater concern than during the planning of these projects over 2 decades ago, because we estimated the area population to grow to between 2 to 3 million people, and now we are already over 8 million, with no slowdown in and we must accomplish that with the cooperation of our many local partners. Our track record proves that these completed projects work; we just need more of them! She listed several important components, such as more Tamiami Trail bridges to allow them to the Everglades National Park; as well as the massive C-43 and C-44 reservoirs to control basin runoff, to store and release water at the right times to move water from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir, to Florida Bay and Everglades National Park and Big a fantastic job in working with us to coordinate federal, state and local projects, to be more successful and make the system function properly. This is not easy, because if it were, we would already be done.ONE VOICE Eric Eikenberg, the took the science to the decisionmakers at Washington, DC and Tallahassee, explaining what needs to occur, and we now see these leaders coming on-board, turning policies into projects, and that is great. It was a long haul but just two years ago, when we had off the states of emergencies from the Lake Okeechobee releases, that affected anglers and boaters and manufacturers and realtors and businesses, and said to our government leaders, enough is enough! We have had so many groundbreakings, and now is the time for ribbon-cuttings, and we are getting really close to hosting those! Eikenberg Steve McQuillen (L) asks Andrew West and Chad Gillis about their 134-mile canoe trip. Photos by Gary Mooney. Contd next pg.


Page 13 Save Our Water Water Issues & Projects, Contd from pg.12said Florida Senate President Joe Negron led the charge to create a storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that began over 17 years ago, steering the passage mark on Tallahassee, but on DC as well. Now many national legislators know that our Everglades are really Americas Everglades, and they are increasing federal funding to various projects, so that message come through loud and clear. The real key is that local groups speak with one voice, to deliver clean and safe drinking water to all our citizens, to solve this problem now! Marisa Carrozzo, Senior Environmental Policy Specialist for the Conservancy of Southwest about water quality and wildlife habitat teaches us how we can tackle the challenges facing our estuaries and associated down to the Ten Thousand Islands, as this is critical to our recreational and local economies. We look at the entire estuary watershed, as what happens upstream is just as important as the downstream areas, to maintain a healthy environment for our Southwest Florida tourism and economy. We translate this into grades for Wildlife Habitat and Water Quality. For the Caloosahatchee River, unfortunately, both are a D-; for the Estero Bay, it is good and bad news: Wildlife Habitat is a B-, but Water Quality a D.BE PART OF THE SOLUTION and agriculture, making water secure is the issue of our time. A healthy ecosystem produces life, recreation, a functioning habitat, so a resilient ecosystem is extremely important. But waterrelated hazards like climate change, rising water and more and stronger hurricanes chip away at our 421 miles of coastal zones, and due to our system interconnectivity, when one thing goes wrong, it sends tremors throughout the entire system, impacting human health, economic growth and social development. Rising sea levels already impact many South Florida areas, putting billions of dollars of property at risk as early as 2050. All water is valuable, so we must conserve and recycle it, meaning we need to take advantage of the newest technologies to harvest more, to avoid the consequences that plagued us in the past. Jim Beever, Principal Planner for the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, offered us individually can do four things to address Southwest Florida water quality issues: Avoidance, Minimize, Mitigation & Adaption. Avoidance is source reduction, fertilizer ordinance compliance, retaining native landscapes and the water we use in our homes, like for irrigation. Mitigate means the restoration, recharging and retention of native habitat through things like conservation easements Floridas native landscaping, but using it. If you long for a Midwest yard, go north to visit one, but live in Florida! Public participation should not be forced upon you from the top down but built from the bottom up! Mitch Hutchcraft, the a long way to go. We must identify our priority projects and see them through to completion. For me, the C-43 Reservoir is a major necessity, to get water down the Caloosahatchee River when it is dry, and store it during peak season, to address water quality treatments and challenges. Our water network is a big complicated system, and we together into a complete solution, attack the problem from a variety of answer, including taking a personal responsibility in everything we do, as we all have to be a part of the solution. Memorial Day Observances Begun as Decoration Day following the Civil War, as a day to ate holiday traditions were later merged to become Memorial Day in the 20th century. Celebrated on May 30th for years, the celebration of Me morial Day was moved to the last Monday in May in 1971. Set aside as a day to honor the men and women who died while ty has three active veteran organizations, each of which will be holding a Memorial Day ceremony at 11am Monday, May 28th. The public is welcome to attend all of them.VETERANS CLUB OF AMERICA, Post #1, 16701 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers. 239-466-3177VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, Post 10097, 17770 Pine Ridge, Fort Myers Beach. 239-466-6400AMERICAN LEGION Post 274, 899 Buttonwood, Fort Myers Beach 239-463-6591


Page 14 Dont expect a rocking chair in Major in college and look forward to getting back into that, and already checked into volunteering at the local County park. I am a lifelong Floridian, so I want to explore North Carolina, as we will live between the mountains and the Outer Banks, with the state full of small towns and local festivals. Roy Underhill from PBS runs a small nearby school, so I would like to take woodworking classes, as there are a lot of crafts in the area, like glassmaking and pottery, and those appeal to my creative side. Plus we want to visit our kids and grandkids, get back to gardening, and of course there is these require time, and now I will have that.50 CENTS-A-PERSON In addition to Lovers Key and Delnor-Wiggins, Bob spent Island, Tomoka, Anastasia and Paynes Creek Historic State Parks, building an impressive list Honeymoon Island up-&-running. Before we built the Ranger Station, there was no entrance fee, with over a million in attendance. We started charging 50-cents-a-person, and the next year that fell in half, with people so mad they swore they would never return! Those numbers rebounded over the years, and now it is Floridas most visited State Park with about 1.5 million people per year. At Tomoka, we implemented Parks! While at Anastasia, Bob helped add the Fort Mose property African settlement in the United the system, with braille booklets and cassette players for those with hearing issues. We brought Delnor-Wiggins up to accessibility standards, including restrooms, boardwalk and picnic pads. One of beach into designated swimming, swimmers safe from vessels. Then there is Lovers Key! negotiated with Lee County to merge it with their Carl E. Johnson County Park. Lovers Key, Black Island, and Inner and Long Keys compose the park that includes shelters, swimming, picnicking, boating, sunbathing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bicycling and wildlife viewing for manatees, dolphins and over 40 bird species. Today, Lovers Key ranges between the 2nd to 4th most-visited State Park, with roughly 1.2-million visitors, and that presents its own can literally love a park to death. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to sundown, with $8-per-car admission for 2 to 8 people, $4 for single occupant vehicles or motorcycles, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. It is at 8700 Estero Boulevard, just south of Fort Myers Beach; for information call 239-463-4588 or a lot here, its future most excites Welcome & Discovery Center that breaks ground this year will be fabulous when complete, and a real plus, not only for the park, but Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, as it will be a wonderful tourist attraction. We hope for a Fall 2019 ribbon-cutting, and I certainly plan to return for that!THE BEST IMPACT While proud of his construction accomplishments, good people over the years and it is a tremendous satisfaction to see them succeed in their own right and move forward with the Park System. I had opportunities over the years to move into other areas, but determined long ago I could make the best impact by remaining in the park manager role, to get others started, and to see them move up, so they will implement good things for our visitors. So many are more like family than co-workers, and such good people. As for what he foresees for Lovers Key, Bob hopes people appreciate the importance of of undeveloped ones left, and they are crucial natural storm buffers, as we learned from Hurricane Irma. Weather patterns are changing and climate change is real, so maintaining barrier islands is their wisest use, from my personal point-of-view. They are estuary nurseries, the future for sea life and we can never replace them. We are already losing shorebirds because they lack suitable places to nest and rest, as people on the beach push them out, and if they go away, we all lose something special. two kids in the State Parks, and no one had a better backyard; this has been a good way to spend my life!A Good Way to Spend A Life Steiger to Retire as Park Manager, Contd from pg.1 Bob Steiger, near the water at Lovers Key State Park. Photo by Gary Mooney.


Page 15 In an unusual second meeting during May, the Local members (Chair Hank Zuba and Jane Plummer were absent) this week to hold two hearings. Dullard Residential Planned Development (RPD) at 764/768 Estero Blvd., Agent Charles Capps told the LPA that his clients, Robert and Dana Dullard, had considered the LPAs previous suggestions, consulted with town staff and decided that they just wanted to their request to Town Council. appeared in front of the LPA on April 17, 2018 asking for rezoning to an RPD to allow redevelopment of a lot that currently holds a single family residence and two duplex buildings with an estimated total square feet of 3,570, into a single family residence and a 3-unit building, with an estimated 9,520 sq. ft. with 6 deviations. Robert Dullard told the LPA that they have been working on the project for over two years and sought assistance from town staff, who suggested he utilize pre-disaster buildback provisions. The staff report, prepared by Jason with conditions. Dan Hughes and Jane applicant at the April 17 hearing that the Comprehensive Plan does not allow an increase in square footage in residential pre-disaster buildback. Dullard and Capps emphasized that their plan reduced density by going from the current 5 units to 4 units and preserved the neighbors view corridors. On April 17, the LPA told them that their choice was to apply pre-disaster buildback with the original square feet or go to new development, which would allow only two units on the property. The LPA continued the hearing to allow changes to be made. At the May 8 meeting, the suggested changes had not been made and the Dullards received the same response despite he suggested was a precedent. approve a deviation in pre-disaster buildback, but LPA members said that the Comp Plan tied their hands and they could not approve an RPD based on pre-disaster buildback that had a large increase in size. The hearing was continued a second time to allow changes to be made to the plan. No changes were made and at this weeks continued hearing Capps asked for a vote so they could take their request to Town Council saying that the with the LPA on the interpretation of the Comp Plan and LDC. He got a 5-0 vote rejecting the RPD request based on inconsistency with the Comp Plan. NEIGHBORHOOD FLOODING The second hearing was for an ordinance change regarding Dan Hendrickson introduced the change was that we were trying to neighbors. The ordinance amending the Land Development Code Chapter 6, Article 1, Section 6-14 requires stormwater management or impervious material is added. It 67% of the lot area in a residential zoning district could be covered with impervious surfaces. The addition of impervious surfaces, such as a pool deck or patio, requires an engineering study to indicate how the lot would hold 1 inch of rainfall for an interior lot or 1.6 inches for a waterfront lot. That requirement has led to multiple pool installation plans being held up as costs for engineering and drainage studies became build pools and pool companies are not wanting to build on Fort Myers Beach or are raising the price of pools as a result of this ordinance, said Scott Safford. was part of the glitches that we wanted to talk about in August or September, but it needs attention now. Town Manager Roger to recognize that there is not Based on the cases coming across our desks, we have a problem, inadvertently created unintended consequences. reading of this ordinance June 6, 2017. The LPA held their hearing on June 13, approving it 6-1. Council then held a Public Hearing on August 21, 2017, approving it 5-0. At that time Hernstadt and then Director of Community Development Kara Stewart presented the ordinance new construction and modeled the ordinance after Marco Island and Marathons codes. Hernstadt both indicated that staff might bring back additional changes as they work with the ordinance, line that staff could use to evaluate plans. The solution proposed was square feet of impervious surface is proposed, to the drainage plan requirement. The LPA approved the change 5-0. The next LPA meeting is scheduled for June 12 at 9am at Town Hall. Its going to be Christmas in July at the Fort Myers Beach Library on July 25 & 26 this year! At their May 22, 2018 meeting, Library Director Dr. Leroy Hommerding told the board that staff is working on plans for the new event that will involve other community organizations, some of which are encouraging their members to put up Christmas lights that week to get in the spirit. The library will have special holiday programming, holiday puzzles and holiday treats. Hommerding said he hopes to continue gathering ideas during May and community group that would like to work with the library is invited to contact him at the library. Anyone who has visited the library in windy weather knows that getting into the library in those conditions might require a detour through the parking garage. Wind often causes the front entry doors to blow open and stay open, allow ing wind, rain and debris to blow into the foyer. The board discussed plans for an entry canopy at their May meeting and Dr. Hommerding showed sketches of a proposed canopy with retractable sides that would shield the existing power entry doors from wind in most cirshutters would allow us to continue using the front doors in windy conditions. A planned Tesla solar tile roof for the canopy was scrapped for now, as the tiles are not avail able. Board members suggested not using solar panels on the canopy, as they would not match the roof or the aesthetics of the build ing. Hommerding said he would take their requests back to the architect for suggestions. During the Directors Report, Hommerding reported that April saw a 7% increase in those using the library and items checked out compared to April 2017. A survey offered during material check out September 2017 April 2018 revealed that library patrons would biography titles. The survey also showed that classes on computers, history and travel were in demand. Board President Sallie Seabury gave each member of the Library Board a Library Director evaluation packet and asked that they return them to her prior to the this. We will review them at our next meeting.Library Plans Christmas in July RPD Applicant Hears No from LPA Hopes for a Yes from Council Secretary Mark LaFave.


Page 16 Each week Around & About features community announcements and events held by charitable are open to everyone. Check the events listed here and pick up a copy of SAND LIFE entertainment magazine! MEMORIAL DAY FUNDRAISER Lani Kai Resort are teaming up to help the Lopez/Ramos family, after their family suffered a fatal car accident. Funds raised will go toward funeral expenses and medical bills. Funds will be raised through a dual day at both locations. Winners announced at the Lani Kai Beach tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Lani Kai the A200 show in Club Ohana FR and SA nights) or at the Salty Crab. Contributions can also be made at SWIM LESSONSSummer is swim lesson time. The Beach pool offers lessons for just $20 thanks to the support of the a Swimmer program. All classes are 30-minutes for 8 sessions. The next Sunday lessons will be held June 3July 22. Start times 11am-12noon. The next weekday lessons, Monday Thursday, will be June 4-14.Start times 8:15am9:15am. For more information and class times call the pool 239-4635759.WOMANS CLUBThe FMB Womans Club will hold their monthly meeting on June 6 at 6:30pm at 175 Sterling, FMB. All are welcome. The Womans Club is also sponsoring a meeting of Island 6 at 10 am at the Womans Club. They hope to launch a community calendar and discuss opportunities to work together and support the community. MOUND HOUSEThe historic Mound House needs immediate volunteers to serve as Museum Store Assistants, who help guests with tickets, memberships and Museum Store products, with on-site training by staff and volunteers. The Mound House, at 451 Connecticut Street, is open TU, WE & SA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Dexter Norris, Mound House Environmental Coordinator, at 239-765-0865.NATIONAL SEASHELL DAYMark your calendar now for the morning of June 21! Be a part of an Record for the largest human image tor & Convention Bureau is hosting this attempt at the Outrigger Resort on FMB and asking volunteers to sign up now at Check in is from 6:30-8:30am with the event wrapping up by 11:30am. All volunteers will get a free hat and ter and check in at the event ill receive a special gift. Registration is mandatory. There will be no parking at Outrigger. Free trolley shuttles from the Beach Park & Ride at Summerlin Square Drive and the Lovers Key Park & Ride will be available. Watch for details in the Sand Paper or visit MEANDERJoin an experienced Bird Patrol olus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA June 2 at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binocu lars. For more information call 239533-7580 or 533-7576.PUBLIC SAFETY SEMINAR will offer a free community presen Active Shooter & Mass Casualty Events on SA June 16 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, from 9am-1pm. Doors open at 8am. Be part of this compelling presenta tion by law enforcement and public your level of preparedness should allowed. All bags subject to search. orgGOLF TOURNEYJoin the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce for their 2nd 8 for an 8am shotgun start at the A Publication of A Daily Guide to Fun on the Beach FREE


Page 17 Springs. Registration is $100/per son or $350/team. Entry includes a BBQ lunch, amazing prizes, $10 To register or for more information contact the Chamber at 239-4547500 or email events@fmbcham ber.comLOST & FOUNDThe FMB Chamber of Commerce is now serving as a depository for lost and found items on FMB. Anyone who has found an item is asked to bring it to the Chamber 4pm. Their phone number is 239454-7500. After 7 days, items will be turned over to the Lee County MOUND 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 parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include: SA May 26 9am Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am Archeology of the Mound House; 11am & 2pm Tour. Walk at Newton Park; 11am & 2pm Tour. WE May 30 am Tools of the Tour; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour. FR June 1 8am Mangroves by Kayak Tour SA June 2 9am Family Fun Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm Shell LOVERS KEY STATE PARKfered 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 June 1 Sea Turtle Talk FR June 8 Sensational Sharks FORT MYERS BEACH NESTS................... 10 FALSE CRAWLS... 29 HATCHED............. 0 BONITA SPRINGS NESTS.................. 20 FALSE CRAWLS.. 16 HATCHED ............. 0Focus on Bike Safety Saturday Morning at Bay Oaks May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. Established in 1956, National Bike Month provides an opportunity to showcase the many encourage more people to give biking a try. The Parks & Recreation Department of the Town of Fort Myers Beach cares about the safety of island residents and all those who come to visit our island. As a result they are hosting a Bike Safety Awareness event this Saturday, May 26 from 10am to noon at Bay Oaks Rec Center. Earlier that morning there will be a couple of group rides offered: At 8:00 am a group will ride to Bonita Beach Road or at 9:00am a FMB Fun ride that stays right here on the beach. Both rides begin at Bay Oaks, 2731 Oak St., Fort Myers Beach. 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 Sean DePalma, Fort Myers Beach Director of Parks & 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. Riding a bicycle on Fort Myers Beach can be fun, but it can also be a challenge. Come to this Bike Safety event and learn how to ride safely and enjoy the Island!




Page 19 Last week a federal judge reluctantly refused to keep secret the identity of a 19-year-old Alachua County woman who wanted to state law that raised the minimum and other long guns. In seeking to keep the iden for the NRA relied heavily on a groups Florida lobbyist, Marion Hammer, who detailed threatening emails she had received featuring derogatory words for parts of the female anatomy. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker wrote that, if it were up to harassment suffered by some of the Parkland shooting survivors infected public discourse about guns. But legal precedent --which limits the use of pseudonyms to issues such as abortion, prayer and personal religious beliefs --forced him to side with the state, the judge wrote, prompting him to note that the courts havent kept up with the times. net, social media, and the 24-hour news cycle. What this means is that if a person attaches their name to a lawsuit --and especially if that lawsuit is sensational --then everyone will quickly be made aware of it. Articles get posted online, and the responding comments, tweets, and whatever-else-have-yous often devolve into a rhetorical barrage of hate, he wrote, adding what might be the understatement of the year. net just doesnt always bring out the best in us. The dispute over Jane Doe, gave notice that it will take the anonymity issue to a federal appeals court.SMOKE EM IF YA GOT EM? A Tallahassee judge heard arguments last week in a case focused on whether Florida patients can smoke marijuana if their doctors recommend it. One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Cathy Jordan, credits smoking pot with helping her defeat the odds in the battle against Lou more than 30 years. The plaintiffs are challeng ing a state law that bans smoking pot as a route of administration for the hundreds of thousands of patients who are eligible for medical marijuana treatment in Florida. With her husband, Bob, serving as her interpreter, Jordan told Leon County Circuit Judge room that she started smoking pot a few years after she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 1986. Last weeks hearing came more than 18 months after voters overwhelmingly approved the constitutional amendment that broad ly legalized marijuana for patients with debilitating medical conditions like Jordan. Lawmakers last year enacted the prohibition on joints --derid --largely to protect the public from the ill effects of smoking, lawyers for the state argued. Senior Assistant Attorney ministration for any medicinal prodthat delivers harmful substances. The amendment nowhere specifically authorizes smoking while it ity to regulate medical marijuana not rule on the challenge immedi ately.DOGGONE IT A U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a federal law prohibiting states from allowing sports betting wont have an immediate impact in Florida, where lawmakers say theyre not going to bring up the issue before voters weigh in on a constitutional amend ment in the fall. The ballot propos al, Amendment 3, would give voters control of gambling expansions, decisions now largely left up to the Legislature. But opponents of another amendment asked a judge this week to strip from the ballot a proposal that would do away with greyhound racing. Amendment 13, placed on the ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission, would outlaw greyhound racing at dog tracks by pling, but would allow tracks to continue to operate other, more lucrative gambling activities, such as slot machines and poker rooms. sociation and its president, breeder James Blanchard, maintain that the proposed ballot title and summary dont fully inform voters about the impact of the amendment if approved. The proposal does not advise voters that dog tracks still would be allowed to broadcast live greyhound races from other states, dog racing, which means that kennel clubs would be allowed to continue dog competitions, according to the complaint. The lawsuit also alleges that the text of the proposal --which voters wont see on the ballot --could have implications far beyond the greyhound-racing industry and could apply to racehorses as well as hunting dogs.GUNS, GANJA & GAMBLINGFLORIDA NEWS


Page 20 | Open Daily 11 a.m. 11 p.m. | Next to the Public Pier Share your food and drink photos with #PierSideEats A mother make her son intelligent in 20 years, but a woman can make him stupid in 30 seconds. 1st man: It is sickening the way my wife keeps talking about her ex husband.. next husband. After an accident .... 2nd Driver : I also started the wipers and said NO NO....


Page 21 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.) Not to worry my sweet little gherkin. Just smile and all will be kosher, Dilly Dilly. Eric M. Huntsman Nothing like chilling to some Vlasic Rock Yeah we relish some Bob Dill-on! Renee Massie Hose At least we are pickled instead of hammered Teresa Williams Did you hear the one about the pickle who walked into a jar? Jojo Wolf Rub-a-dub-dub, Two pickles in a tub ...At the Pickle & Pub...Now THERES a rub! Mike Popeye Dearden


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Page 23 TPI-FMB YES Final Council Approval, Contd from pg.5in that regard. thank you to the towns citizens, apparently for voting in the 2016 the Fort Myers Beach citizens for coming out and voting and doing what you did because this would have been a monster three years ago. The citizens came out and asked for us to, Drop a Benadryl on it, and we did. With that, Council unanimously approved the TPIFMB Ordinance, and then received a prolonged standing ovation from the audience, before they rushed the dais to offer hugs, handshakes and congratulations. As they lasted over 10 minutes, before most of the crowd dispersed and Council concluded the meeting.2021 OPENING PLANNED TPI-FMB will be a 254-room resort, with 224 rooms on the bay side and 30 on the beach side, with a beach side waterpark, two and related amenities. Construction is to begin in Spring 2019, with a 2021 completion date. In other matters, Council unanimously approved an Estero Boulevard Phase 2 Change Order hydrants and relocating an existing Connecticut Street Right-of-Way force main at a Town cost of $38,700; and unanimously passed a Letter of Support to place the Mound House on the National Register of Historic Places. Hernstadt announced that Administrative Services Manager Marta Hernandez resigned for personal reasons on Friday, May 18. With that, Council adjourned its historic session at 3:32 p.m. Tom Torgerson and John Dammerman celebrate the approval of TPI-FMB with supporters Monday evening. 5th Graders Leave Their Mark There is no surer sign of spring and the end of the school year than the concrete signing at Fort Myers Beach Elementary School! The Beach School tradition, going back 46 years to 1972, is for each 5th grade student to leave their name etched in fresh concrete before they leave for middle school. Its part of being a beach kid. School staff also sign their names. For the last three years, Shannon and Joe Orlandini have contributed the concrete and site preparation that make this continuing tradition possible. The last day of school is May 30. 5th graders and school staff put their mark on fresh concrete in an annual Beach School tradition. his name in concrete there in 1976.


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Page 26 Doors open at 1:45 PM. Beach Theater Coast Guard Open House The United States Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach celebrated Safe Boating Week by holding an Open House on Saturday, May 19, welcoming the community to the station on San Carlos Island. Guests toured a variety of Coast Guard vessels and met with both Coast Guard members and volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The theme of the day was life jacket use and boating safety, with free vessel safety checks offered. Photos by Sarah List. Heights Elementary second grade student Jalysa Pierce of Fort Myers, was honored last week at recognition ceremony. Twenty-four Lee County School students were honored at the May 17, 2018 ceremony. Each month throughout the school year, the Lee Coun Thing student recognition program. The goal of the program is to recognize humanitarian concern, hones ty, integrity, positive decision-making and heroism and to reinforce positive behavior among youths and establaw enforcement, local government, the business and Lee County educa tional community together in an effort to make a lasting positive impact on our communitys young adults. In Jalysas nomination letter Dorothy Troy wrote, a lottery ticket and discovered it was worth $100. At the location where this occurred there was a homeless man. Jalysa saw him, made eye contact and they smiled at each other. Her heart immediately went out to this person. She felt bad for him, as he had no shelter or food. As they went into the store to redeem the lottery ticket for cash, she insisted that they spend some of the winnings on the homeless man. She got him bottled water and food and presented it to him. He was very grateful. Jalysa actions for others is to be commended. Heights Student Jalysa Pierce Wins Do the Right Thing Award Little League Closing Day The Fort Myers Beach Little League celebrated their Closing Day baseball and softball teams began play in early March and have played thanked players, families, volunteer coaches, managers and concession workers for their part in making this a great season for all the kids partici pating in Little League this year. Photo by Sarah List.




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