Volume 18, Number 32 By Islanders, For Islanders August 10th, 2018 FREEFortMyersBeach.news STUDENTS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL! DRIVE CAREFULLY!Council Reacts to Water Crisis Algae Outbreaks Far From Natural Mote Marine sign at FMB beach access providing Red Tide information. By Gary Mooney email@example.com The effects of a persistent Red Tide bloom and blue-green algae related to Lake Okeechobee water releases continued to effect Fort Myers Beach this week. The Fort Myers Beach Town Council returned from its summer break that began public meeting since the twin outbreaks of Red Tide and blue-green algae on Tuesday, August 7. Four Council members and Town Manager Roger Hernstadt addressed the issue; with Anita Cereceda on an excused absence, though she participated in an earlier part of the session via Skype from Spain. Mayor Tracey Gore joined the session rough ly two hours late, as she attended the Lee County Board of County Commissioners meeting that morning, join ing her fellow Lee County Mayors to ask that the Commissioners extend their local State of Emergency over the areas water quality issues, persuade the State of Florida to extend its State of Emergency and request a Federal one from the President. Lets be real, however this is a bigger problem than our little Town can resolve, even if we sign resolutions all week long, so we need the right people area mayors are the greatest group to work with, and they are so concerned about our communities. We are trying our hardest, and anyone who says the opposite, its just not true. Vice Mayor Joanne Shamp thanked Gore for her time and support of water quality and her work with other Lee County mayors. Town Council should go on record to provide you with the authority to act with the other mayors, to sign any necessary proclamations, without having to wait for two weeks to return to Council to give you permission to join in on all of these things; would that be helpful to you? Other mayors have permission to do certain things, like sending messages to the Governor or President, agreed Gore. We take our lead from Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane, who has all sorts of connections on this. He has been doing this for a long time, and we need to continue to act all year long, even when the water imbacks up against it again, no matter what it takes. Today, I am asking for us to declare a State of Emergency for the Town of Fort Myers Beach, and to sign off with the other mayors to request that the Governor hold more water to the north of Lake Okeechobee, send more water south, and seek funding to reimburse businesses for their losses Contd pg.14 Bay Harbour HearingMarina Village Seeks Zoning ApprovalBy Gary Mooney firstname.lastname@example.org The Fort Myers Beach Town Council provided its unanimous approval for the new Margaritaville Resort on May 21. The equally-ascontroversial Bay Harbour Marina Village, for 1195 Main Street on San Carlos Island, faces its next hurdle, before the Lee County Hearing Examiner, on Wednesday, August 15, at 1500 Monroe Street in Downtown Fort Myers, at 9 a.m. If necessary, this will continue on Thursday and Friday, August 16 & 17, at 9 a.m., with the public welcome to attend. The Lee County Hearing Examiner will hear the request by Bay Harbour developers Jack Mayher and Nick Ruland to convert the areas zoning to Destination Resort Mixed Use Water Dependent Future Land Use (DRMUWD FLU). I have no idea if the Hearing Examiner will conclude the case in one day or take all three, said Mayher. This zoning request is directly from our conversations with the Beach Area Civic Association (BACA), as it is a category that already exists on San Carlos Island. We worked with BACA very closely over the past 18 which everyone can live. BACA formed Contd pg.7 Comp Plan Game-Changer Council Counters LPA DecisionsBy Gary Mooney email@example.com The Fort Myers Beach Town Council returned from its summer break in an unusual session, rotating in-and-out from to 3 to 5 members, with only 4 ever at the actual dais. In between its musical chairs, the panel made a divided decision to approve a Rezoning Ordinance that, according to a Local Planning Agency (LPA) member who spoke before the roughly 30 people in attendance, may forever change home reconstruction on Fort Myers Beach. Vice Mayor Joanne Shamp called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. Council members Bruce Butcher attending the Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting with area mayors, asking that Board to extend its State of Emergency over the regions water quality crisis. Hovering over them all in council chambers was the face of Anita Cereceda, on the rooms gigantic television screens, resembling something out of The Wizard of Oz without the pyrotechnics, as via Skype from Spain. Shamp began on a somber note, calling for a moment of silence for slain Fort Contd pg.8 Pastor Ivan Corbin Joins Beach Methodist FMB His Third Island ParishBy Gary Mooney firstname.lastname@example.org I was at Merritt Island for the new Pastor at the Beach United Methodist Church, and I was at Key West for seven years, so being at an island church in not foreign to me! Whoever said, no man is an island never followed me from assignment to assignment! Pastor Ivan grew up in Holland, Michigan, but his family moved to Zephyrhills. I was so excited, because I always loved the beach, but I was disappointed that the nearest one was 75 miles away, and it was unbelievably hot in the summer. My calling came while in the First Church of the Nazarene in Zephyrhills, and I fought it a little bit but not a whole lot, and it. I originally studied architecture in college, but soon shifted to Kentucky Wesleyan College, where I fell in love with basketball and became the mascot, Wesley P. Anther, because we are the Panthers! Next came the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, and Contd pg.4 End of Summer BashBeach kids gathered at Bay Oaks for the End of Summer Bash. More photos on pg.22
Page 3 Letters to the Editor FIGHT BROWN WATER Perhaps because Im a resident of just two years, no matter how much I love FMB and how happy I am living here, I have no idea how everyone is so overjoyed about Margaritaville and all the plans for downtown, when our beautiful Caloosahatchee River regularly carries of billions of gallons of brown, tainted water released from Lake Okeechobee into the Gulf of Mexico coating the very shore where Margaritaville will be located politicians when we need them?) When I walked along the beach in June, I was wondering why TPI left and right. By burying our heads in the contaminated sand and not facing up to and attacking the travesty of what is happening in front of our very eyes leaves us vulnerable to a catastrophe worse than Charley. Denial is not the answer. Mary-Ann Tirone Smith Fort Myers BeachVOTING NOT THE ANSWER I must take issue with Alice Macks Letter to the Editor (Vote This Year, Island Sand Paper August 3, 2018). Ill tell you what voting gets you A Mad-Hatters Tea Party of domineering amateurs now running Town Hall, here on FMB! And how about that new Town Manager they hired, Wow!! What a piece of work he is! Thats what voting gets you! The ongoing problem being, is the questionable quality of candi dates we are given to vote for, wether its on a local, county, state or federal level. Most, if not all, candidates we are presented with in any election, make promises that ring hollow, and rarily ever come true. The only exception to this, that comes to mind in recent times, is Donald Trump, wether you like him or not! But of course, hes not a career politician. When Im presented with candidate choices I dont believe in, nor trust, I wont vote for the lesser evil! I believe (the letter-writer) was absolutely wrong in saying not to vote for 3rd party candidates, thats exactly what we need to do to keep the other two corrupt parties in power, honest! I also take issue with her broad-brushed biased charactorization of right wingers! I am a Bill of Rights conservative, who happens to believe in womens rights to choose, and I dont have a religious bone in my body! But lastly, if youre not happy with the choice of candidates given you in any election, remember these infamous words declared by radical activist Abby Hoffman, Show your contempt! And dont vote. Amen Brother! J.D. Burdge Fort Myers BeachTHANK YOUR CLEAN UP CREWS! Thank you to all involved in cleaning up the red tide mess on our beach. The beach was empty, except for the beach clean up crews! Photo taken Friday, August 3, 2018 by Geoffrey Allespach. Geoffrey Allespach Fort Myers Beach CORRECTION: In the Short-Term Rental story in the August 3, 2018 issue, the council vote total cited was wrong. The Short Term Rental Ordinance was passed May 7, 2018 with a 3-2 vote, Cereceda and Boback Against.
Page 4 Beach Botanyby Jim Rodwell FLORIDA CLOVER ASH The Florida Clover Ash, Tetrazygia bicolor, is a long-lived perennial that is only found in the pine rocklands in Miami-Dade County. Bicolor is a multi-trunked woody shrub that can grow into a 20-foot tree. Curved lanceolate leaves are arranged in an opposite order on the branches. Leaves are 4 to 8 inches in length. There are three lengthwise veins on the leaves. A main vein and two lateral veins. Leaf color is a dark glossy green on top and sliver below. Margins are entire. rests on the calyx. At the center of the calyx is a greenish throat with an extended female style. Flower diameter about inch. There are 8 to 10 yellow male stamens in a clawlike cluster that dangle over the style. summer. Fruit is a purple berry. Tetrazygia bicolor is categorized in the Melastomataceae (Melastome) family. The genusTetrazygia has only one species, bicolor. This species is on the State threatened list. The specimen in the photo was found in Everglades National Park. Pastor Ivan Corbin Joins Beach Methodist FMB His Third Island Parish, Contd from pg.1because I had never lived in a large city, but wanted to stretch myself. While there, I met Daddy King, the father of Martin Luther King, Junior, who taught that preaching is hard and preaching is hollering! Joining Pastor Ivan is his wife of 34 years, Debbie. Our wedding anniversary is on Saturday, August 18. Oddly enough, I am marrying a couple that day, so our anniversary celebration will have to wait for another day! We met once prior, but oddly enough, did not remember each other until we crossed paths again at Candler, when that clicked in. She was a year ahead of me at school, as Debbie studied the ministry as well, though she is not ordained. We rediscovered each other in November, were engaged by February, and married that August. We got engaged in a Shoneys parking lot, as we had a table right by the door, and I did not want people standing there looking at us, so I escorted her outside. Ironically, our daughter and son-in-law own a house right down the street from that Shoneys at Stone Mountain. Debbie has ended up being a staff person just about everywhere we have gone, as she has fantastic technical skills, and it may end up being that way here too, as the former so we obviously need someone. I dont like the phrase that you get two-for-the-price-of-one with us, but jumping in to help is something she enjoys. They are the parents of two grown children. Christopher is himself studying for the ministry, and he and his wife are parents to our only grandchild, Louisa. She is just shy of 2-years-old, and we miss her so! Debbie visited in May, and I just returned in July. They live in Pierre, and South Dakota is a wonderful place to explore. Rachel is our daughter, and she is married to Nick, and they have our granddog, Hooch the Pooch!US 27 & US 41 Pastor Ivan has had numerous assignments over the years, including Boca Raton, Fruitland Park near Leesburg, Land O Lakes, DeLand and Hunter Creek near Orlando, along with Merritt Island and Key West. I joke that I could write a book about serving in every Methodist church along US 27, and now I think I have to add US 41! Each has its own interesting experiences. When at Hunter Creek, an imagineer for Disney was our praise leader and Disneys professional musicians played for us. While in Key West from 1988 to 1995, I was at what was known as the Old Stone United Methodist Church. Believe Churches on that small island back then! I was Pastor for its 150th anniversary, then facilitated its merger with Key West United Methodist, so I had the unusual distinction of being the last Pastor new one! Grace United Methodist in Merritt Island brings strong memories. Our claim-to-fame there is we were in the shadow Pastor Ivan Corbin began his ministry at Beach United Methodist Church in July.
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Page 7 Bay Harbour Hearing Marina Village Seeks Zoning Approval, Contd from pg.1in November 2015 to oppose the original Bay Harbour proposal, with 100 or more people jamming its initial meetings, almost all in opposition to the development over too much density into too small an area. Over the past year, however, BACA meeting attendance has dwindled to a dozen or less attendees, with most seemingly in support of or neutral to the concept. Despite working closely with BACA, Mayher expects some opposition at the Hearing Examiner meetings. I think, however, we will have many more people in support. As this plays out, more people accept that San Carlos Boulevard and Main Street are full of empty structures and older building stock. Change is inevitable and part of life, because if you are not growing, you are dying, and if you live in a dying neighborhood, your property values plummet, leading more residents to realize that Bay Harbour will revitalize and renovate the entire community. Building stock does not last forever, and a lot of what is currently there has outlived its time. New buildings will bring a big epiphany to the entire island.HEARING EXAMINER, PART I Bay Harbour Marina Village on March 24 received a 5 to 1 approval from the Lee County Local Planning Agency (LPA) to convert the 7.47-acre site from Industrial & Suburban Future Land Use to DRMUWD FLU, among other items. That was to receive approval for the Comprehensive Plan Amendment, said Mayher, in explaining the difference between the two meetings, while this is for Zoning. Lee County Commissioners forwarded the LPA approval to the State government on May 2, and once it receives approval there, it comes back to the Lee County determination. In 2015, Bay Harbour initially proposed a 175-foot-high, 14-story residential building with 113 rental units, 38 for workforce or moderate income housing, with a 286-space boat barn, 29 wet slips, a 520-space indoor-outdoor parking garage, four two-story residential townhouses, and rooftop amenities such as a pool, restaurant, garden, and childrens play area. The Oak & Main Streets site was home for years to Compass Rose Marina, until Hurricane Charley destroyed that in 2004. The Lee County Hearing Examiner in late 2016 issued a scathing 53-page report against the project, stating it was too dense and out-of-character with the islands working waterfront heritage. Shortly thereafter, the Lee County LPA did not recommend it, as it was inconsistent with the Lee Plan based in the Coastal High Hazard Area. Bay Harbour then asked Lee Commissioners, who agreed, to remand it back to application to rezone the property. Bay Harbour since then residential units; 37 for workforce or moderate income housing; 15 canal houses as an additional buffer from existing residential neighborhoods, 30,000-squaremini-storage; a marina with 29 wet and 286 dry slips; 4,000-squarefeet of civic space; and 200 public parking spaces; with a maximum height of 145 feet. These compromises are the result of working closely with BACA, Mayher explained. We discovered we had a lot in common. We still do not agree on everything, but in working with the BACA Board and Focus Group, we are much closer than many thought possible, and I can say without hesitation that all our conversations have been most cordial, without a single cross word. When zoning is done, we will continue to work with BACA every step of the way.MARGARITAVILLE & WATER QUALITY The Fort Myers Beach Town Councils unanimous approval of the Margaritaville development is softening opposition to Bay Harbour, Mayher felt. Margaritaville will be great, and will revitalize Fort Myers Beach, and more people here realized this community would look even worse-for-wear once that shiny new resort is complete. Hurricane Charley ravaged both neighborhoods over a decade ago, and it is time to revitalize. Margaritaville will be a huge new economic engine for Fort Myers Beach, and Bay Harbour can do the same for San Carlos Island. Jack is undeterred by the recent water quality issues. Something must be done at the State and National government levels, as this is a potential economic and environmental catastrophe for Florida, where \Bay Harbour Marina Village plan showing site plan with townhouses along canal. Contd pg.11
Page 8 Adam Jobbers-Miller, who gave his life in service to the community and was laid to rest the previous day. Shamp suggested that Council move up an agenda item to accommodate audience members there for the Discussion of the Settlement Offer in Shanosky and Steck Versus the Town and Florida Department of Environmental Protection over the proposed reconstruction of the Hercules Drive replacement dock. The two petitioners will receive a Department of Administrative Hearing in these chambers on Thursday, August 23, said Town Attorney John Turner. They propose a settlement where the Town can rebuild the dock, but at 24 rather than the original 49 feet, arguing the longer one is a navigation hazard. You can accept this, make a counteroffer, or reject it for trial on August 23. Three neighbors addressed Council, all favoring the rejection of the settlement. Butcher stated that it sounds like the two homeowners are asking for this hearing to reduce the pier to 24 feet, but the majority of the people on that street protest that, and the Judge may say OK to 49 feet. Cereceda suggested a 44foot counter-offer and asked for a show-of-hands from the neighbors, but no one agreed, prompting her to say, then I am going with the neighborhood, receiving a transAtlantic round of applause! Clap for me, too, said Shamp! All docks there are 44 to 54 feet and are not navigation hazards, so why would this one be? I see no reason to delay this, so lets get this done, go forward with the hearing, and reject this settlement. Council then did just that with a unanimous 4-0 vote. After more applause, most of the audience exited, with Shamp recessing Council at 10:25 a.m., to await Mayor Gores arrival.APPLES VS. ORANGES Mayor Gore reconvened Council at 11:05 a.m., under Public Hearings, for the 2nd & Final Reading for Dullard Rezoning Ordinance for 764-768 Estero Boulevard that Council postponed on June 18. The Dullard Family wants to construct a single family home plus a three-unit multi-family dwelling utilizing Pre-Disaster Buildback Provisions from the Comprehensive Plan (CP), with Land Development Code (LDC) deviations for height, stories, and interior square footage, among other items. The lot currently holds 2 duplexes and a single family home totaling 3,570 sq. ft. The request was to build a single family home plus a three unit building totaling 9,250 sq. ft. according to Deviation 2 of Ordinance 1 8-10. Jason Green, the Towns contract Community Development Director, stated that staff favors the proposal, but the LPA met three times on this issue, before denying it 5 to 0 at its May 24 meeting. I like this project, said Cereceda, but cannot overcome the Pre-Disaster Buildback in our Comp Plan. This will set a precedent, making approving it a bad decision, as the Comp Plan blocks this. The LPA tried three times to do that and could not. We recently approved TPI-FMB from 84 to over 200 room, countered Gore, and that did not set a precedent. Shamp added, You all know my love of the Comp Plan, so I struggled with this, but I evaluate this projects positive impact on the neighborhood, so for that reason, I will approve it. Gore agreed, If we allowed TPI-FMB to do this, we must allow our residents to do that, too, with Cereceda countering, That is apples to oranges! If the Pre-Disaster Buildback blocks it, it blocks it! LPA member Jane Plummer addressed Council: Commercial and residential are not the same. Pre-Disaster Buildback is there to safely improve existing properties, not to extend them sand-to-sand, so what you do today does set a precedent. If you allow this, take the Pre-Disaster Buildback out of the LDC. Like you, we loved the project, but couldnt approve it with the Pre-Disaster Buildback in there, without destroying that provision. I hate to think of the number of units we turned down that will now come back, as this changes the entire ballgame. I am just really shocked! Butcher was unswayed, This sounds like a winner to me! Sometimes the LPA and Council just see things differently, added Gore. This will have smaller square footage and less buildings than today, so it is actually smaller. Shamp said, The real intent of the Comp Plan is to do what is best for each neighborhood. Boback, however, stated that he has all kinds of concerns! It is a great project but does not meet the Comp Plan and LDC so I am not in favor. Council then approved the Rezoning Ordinance 3 to 2, with Boback and Cereceda Against, with Cereceda exiting the meeting at 12:10 p.m. Contd pg.11 Comp Plan Game-Changer Council Counters LPA Decisions, Contd from pg.1 Anita Cereceda may have been in Spain, but her Skype projection dominated the Town Council Meeting.
Page 9 Your Hometown Newspaper for over 18 years Missy Layeld, Editor Editor@fortmyersbeach.news Mike Buster Circulation Manager c/o Info@fortmyersbeach.news Mark List, Production ManagerProduction@fortmyersbeach.news Sarah List, Photographerinfo@fortmyersbeach.news Sandy Sandness, Advertisinginfo@fortmyersbeach.news The Island Sand PaperPHONES Oce: 239 4634461 FAX 855-886-3568 (toll-free) MAIL 450 Old San Carlos Blvd. Unit G-108 Ft. Myers Beach, Florida 33931 E-Mail Info@fortmyersbeach.news WEBSITE fortmyersbeach.news 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.news Gary Mooney Lead Writer email@example.com OFFICE HOURS MON-FRI 10AM-3PMSubject to change due to story assignments. CALL TO BE SURE! ALGAE CRISIS NOT SIMPLE OR NATURAL Everybody wants a simple answer. Is the water safe? Is Red Tide still here? Lots of questions with no simple answer. Oh, wed all love to be able to answer our visitors and residents with a simple reassuring answer. But our water crisis is not a simple, nor even a single problem. Its complex. As are the solutions. The blue-green algae that came our way via Lake Okeechobee water releases has found its way into canals and bays connected to our estuaries. Its worse in North Fort Myers and Cape Coral canals where the salinity is clumps back and forth with the tide in canals. The Red Tide bloom coming at us from the Gulf of Mexico is a separate problem, a natural one, were told. Thats just code for not our fault. Kind in those lake releases are nutrients. A natural Red Tide would not last this long were it not for those nutrients, that feed algae, both Red Tide and blue-green varieties. A natural Red Tide bloom would have died back last winter like most historical Red Tide events. It didnt, partially thanks to Hurricane Irma and the massive rainfall it brought, washing nutrients into the Gulf in enormous amounts, so the Red Tide bloom was primed for some really explosive growth this June when the Army Corps opened the gates and sent all that nutrient-rich water our way and out into the Gulf, where the Red Tide bloom just ate it up, expanding until it drifted right up sharks, turtles, birds, crabs and a variety of sea life that many of us have never seen before. While history assures us this bloom will end sometime and our beaches and water clear, but we dont know when. We dont know the long term effects of living with this much algae in our environment. Is there enough in the air to harm us? We dont know if the water or the beach sand itself is safe now. No one Its green in some areas. Is that sand dangerous? We just dont know. We on the beach, its not a good day to be there. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could help us answer these questions. Florida only needs to ask. So far, they havent. Nor has our Governor pushed for a federal State of Emergency declaration to assist in algae response and recovery. Might that have something to do with the fact that our Governor is running for Senate and blaming the feds for our water issues? If the feds show up and actually help, that might ruin an area to suffer without answers to serious health questions just to further his campaign? These are all critical questions. We need answers. Its time to bring in every federal resource available. People, sea life, jobs, businesses and the primary economic driver of our area, tourism, are all suffering. The time to pull out all the stops has passed. Send help, now. Editor
Page 10 firstname.lastname@example.org With just three members present for their August work session, the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District Board of Commissioners discussed a proposed Life Safety Services Fee Schedule and Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget updates. Commissioners Ted Schindler, Larry Wood and Bob Raymond were present with Carol Morris and Ron Fleming absent. Vice Chair Schindler chaired the meeting. The meeting began with a moment of silence for Adam Jobcer killed in the line of duty recently. Several members of the Fire District attended his memorial service held earlier this week. FEE INCREASE In recent months the board has discussed the need to hire a new inspector, plan reviewer and administrative aide to handle the plan reviews that Lee County no as well as the districts backlog of term Rental Life Safety Ordinance. The board has heard options to pay for new Life Safety staff which include increasing fees so those using Life Safety services, pay more for those services so they are subsidized less by district taxpayers. Theyve also approved a tentative increase in the tax rate from the current 2.5800 to a Truth in Millage rate will be set during Public Budget Hearings in September. The duced from the TRIM rate, but not increased as per Florida statute. Last month Fire Chief Matthew Love explained that fees are critical to funding the Life Safety (Prevention) Division. That division like inspections and reviews, taking about 75% of their time, with community-wide services taking 25%. Ideally, he explained, funding for those services would be split 75% fees and 25% taxes. However, the of Life Safety services via fees and 92.5% from taxes. The proposed fee schedule aims to raise that to 30% from fees and 70% tax-funded. Love explained that the fees, interconnected. Ron Martin, Executive Assistant Fire Chief of Life Safety & Support Services presented the results of his extensive research regarding fees, saying that he found Marco Island Fire Department to be very helpful in sharing their data and experience, as well as most comparable to Fort Myers Beach, though he gathered information Martin provided two exOne, a $1,246,000 renovation of a 3500 square foot commercial space would currently face review and inspection fees totally $815. If proposed fees are adopted, the same project would pay $2,766. In Marco Island the fees would be $3,207 and in the South Trail Fire District $1,448. The second example was a complete renovation of a 1500 square foot residential condo. Current review and inspection fees would total $275, with the proposed fees $625.75 2018-2019 BUDGET Finance options for reimbursing district reserves for the cost of Engine 32, recently put into service, and the cost of a new ladder truck were discussed by Finance Director Jane Thompson. She had inquired about the possibility of using a state loan pool and learned the district was not a candidate as it has limited income sources. She also spoke with commercial banks, learning that interest rates are expected to rise over the next 18 months. If we can accelerate the combine it with the Engine 32 truck the interest rate on the combination loan of $1,415,000. Thompson also learned that the district should have no problem obtaining funding for Station 31, faces replacement or rebuilding in the next few years. Love presented budget options to lower the tax rate. Postponing the debt on a new ladder truck would save $127,000 but cost the district $124,000 in additional interest, metal tariff fees and lost discounts. Moving monthly board meetings from Town Hall to the Library would save $6,300. The board opted to delay funding for a new position for 2 months ($57,740) and decrease the budget for legal fees by 50% ($44,675). Combined, the savings would translate into a tax rate decrease of 0.0268 from the TRIM rate, or a rate of 2.6152 ($261.52 per $100,000 taxable value). The board agreed to move the Fire Chiefs annual evaluation to May to allow any new board members time to assess the chiefs job performance. Three board seats are on the November ballot. They also agreed to alter the meeting cancellation, job description and super majority vote was postponed until more board members were present. The Fire Board will meet next on Tuesday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Beach Library. Fire Board Considers Fee IncreaseFort Myers Beach Ladder Truck 33 is due to be replaced next year.
Page 11 Bay Harbour Hearing, Contd from pg.7tourism is everything. You get a $500 ticket for speeding in a No Wake Zone, yet they allow these conditions to occur, and that makes no sense, so I am hopeful that long-term solutions are already in the works. Mayher said he hopes that our public hearings will be done by the end of 2018, that we will break ground in the fourth quarter of 2019, and open by Summer 2021, just shortly after Margaritaville. Together we will transform Fort Myers Beach and San Carlos Island into a gleaming new tourism mecca! Aerial view of proposed Bay Harbour Marina Village. Comp Plan Game-Changer Council Counters LPA Decisions, Contd from pg.8NOT THIS BIG Under Public Hearings: Council considered a request to reduce a 25-foot setback to a 15-foot setback for a new swimming pool and screen enclosure for 3188 Shell Mound Boulevard, that Town Staff recommended and the LPA unanimously approved at its June 12 meeting. Gore said the parcel by right can have a pool, but not this big a pool! Boback inquired if the homeowner did due diligence prior to the purchase, as the conditions do not seem extraordinary to him, calling this a serious intrusion into a residential area, so I cannot support this. He wants to cram in a bunch of stuff in here, with residential all around, agreed Gore I am worried you will have a blind spot to roadway I am inclined to go with the program here, so I dont see a problem. My concern is this is not a de minimis request, countered Shamp. A large pool increases the impact on the surrounding neighborhood, it is fair to say they can have a pool; just not as big as they want, as this is not a hardship to them. Perhaps we can pass a variance they can or cannot use, that meets the existing nonconformity to satisfy the applicant. Following additional discussion, Council authorized an 18.8-foot variance that passed 3 to 1, with Boback Against. In other matters, Council unanimously passed a Red Ribbon Week Proclamation, heard Advisory Committee Reports from the Bay Oaks Recreational Center and the Public Safety Committee, and unanimously approved its Consent Agenda to authorize a $43,000 Boating Infrastructure Grant Application to upgrade the Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field; proclaimed August as Childrens Vision & Learning Month; authorized $25,000 to Crowder Gulf for Emergency Red Tide Debris Removal; and authorized a contract with Thompson Consulting & Rostan Solutions for Disaster Debris Monitoring by a 3 to 0 vote, Cereceda from participating.THE 7 PERCENT SOLUTION Council removed four items from the Consent Agenda, to individually address these. Under the Town Right-of-Way Resolution, Council passed 4 to 0 an updated version allowing businesses in existence prior to the Towns December 31, 1995, incorporation to continue to use Right-of-Way parking, while updating its Annual Permit Regulations and Fees for those after that date. It passed 4 to 0 Special Event Permits for the First Baptist Farmers Market every Wednesday from October through May; a private wedding and reception on December 8 for Mound House and Newton Park rentals; and the Santini Farmers Market every Tuesday and Thursday from October through April. Under the Administrative Agenda, Council approved 4 to 0 the previously-scheduled 7% Water Rate Increase for the Towns drinking water line replacement, with Town Manager Roger Hernstadt commenting that for an average waterbill, this equates to roughly a $5-per-month increase. Under Town Manager Items, Mayor Gore and Hernstadt discussed the water quality crisis, and steps they and the Town are taking regarding the situation, including recommending the passage of a Town of Fort Myers Beach Local State of Emergency, details that appear in a related article in this edition of The Island Sand Councils Meeting Schedule for the balance of 2018. Under Town Council Member Items, Council discussed an improved method to remove property liens, once homeowners pay the real estate transactions, with the meeting adjourning at 2:18 p.m.
Page 12 HANDS ALONG THE WATERFort Myers Beach Pier will be the site of a Hands Along the Water event on SU Aug 12 at 10am. Begun as a Facebook event with an emphasis on a peaceful gathering, this is NOT a protest or rally. Local events are planned on both the east and west Florida coast. The event is one of many along the Florida coast that day to show peaceful solidarity in defense of clean water and wildlife. Gather at the pier at 10am. At 10:15, for 15 min. participants will stand along the beach and link hands. Participants are urged to wear a mask if concerned about their health/immune system, wear shoes and a blue shirt. Do not bring signs/banners of any kind or pets. For more information search Facebook for Hands Along the Water Fort Myers Beach.OSTEGO BAY VOLUNTEERSOstego Bay Foundation invites all adults over 18 who are interested in volunteering at the Marine Science Center to attend a volunteer buffet dinner on TU Aug 21 from 6-8pm at Bonita Bills Waterfront Caf. Learn about the Science Center and the volunteer opportunities available. Everyone welcome. No need to have a background in marine biolo gy. Volunteer opportunities include front desk, gift shop, tour guides, aquarium maintenance, curators and more. Space is limited and reservations required. Call Volunteer Coordinator Dan at 239-425-7914.RENEES CLOSETA new school year has begun for Beach Elementary School. Its those things that students will need but their families may not be able to provide during this school year. Needed are childrens size socks & underwear, also gift cards for Walmart and Target and of course checks made out to Beach Elementary School. Donations may be dropped off at the school or mailed to Renees Closet, Beach School, 2751 Oak Street, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931.YOGAThe FMB Womans Club is now hosting a Yoga Flow class every WE morning from 8-9am. Open to all. Bring a mat, plus towel, water, block and strap if desired. $8 members; $10 non-members.POOL FUNThe Fort Myers Beach Community Pool is open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm. The pool is a great place to cool off on hot summer days for a nominal fee. The pool offers 7,000 square feet of cool, clear water, a lap pool with accessible lift, a shallow family pool with play structure and plenty of shade. A Water Aerobics class is held every MO, WE & FR at 9am. ICE CREAM CONTESTMake-A-Wish Southern Florida has announced the third annual ice cream Flavor Event at Royal Scoop, 2307 Estero Blvd, FMB on SA Aug 18 from noon-6pm. Three to taste and vote on: Lalas Dream, Java Jitter and Chocolatenator. Fifty present of all ice cream sales at the FMB Royal Scoop for a full ing Make-A-Wish. Make plans to be there for this Ice Cream Flavor Event!TALENT SEARCHCreative Minds Records (CMR), a Fort Myers indie record label is hosting a CMR Talent Search Show on September 18 at approximately 7pm at Broadway Palm Theatre. Enter for a chance to win $2500 plus a chance to sign a record deal. Artists may register and send a demo to CMRTalentSearch.com or call 239980-5674. Submissions must be received by midnight September 8. Artists selected to participate in the 11. Attendance at the Sept 18 show is open to the public for $10/ticket. Lewis P. Tabarrini Childrens Music Outreach Foundation.BRIDGE The Womans Club of FMB invites all bridge players to join them every TU & FR from 9:30am to 2:30pm for a day of social bridge, Players rotate throughout the day competing in six rounds. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy good company and great bridge. Cost: $5/non-members, $3/ members. Proceeds support community activities.WATER QUALITY LINKSLee VCB: http://bit.ly/LeeRT SCCF Reports: recon.sccf.org Lee County Algae Status: leegov. com/waterqualityinfo TRILLIUM PIANO TRIOFounded in 2003, the Trillium Piano Trio has been inspiring the local musical community for over a decade. Even if you dont know much about classical music, the trios highly personal approach to their performance includes a signature talk that explains the stories behind each piece. TH Aug 16 at 7pm at Shell Point Retirement Community in the Grand Cypress Room. $21. Call 239-454-2067 for tickets and information. A Publication of FortMyersBeach.news FREE rfntb
Page 13 FUNDRAISER FAMILY OF FM OFFICER Miller of the Fort Myers Police Dept. lost his life while serving as a police will hold a fundraiser for his family every Tuesday in August from 7-10pm during their Drag Queen bingo game. A Go Fund Me page, is also accepting donations.FUNDRAISER CAPTAINS FOR CLEAN WATERParrot Key Caribbean Grill has created a tasty fundraiser to support Captains for Clean Water a special cocktail called Fish Kill 100% of sales will be donated. The cocktail will be available through the month of August.ART GALLERYThe Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) The Summer Art Show is currently on display. Free admission. Gallery Hours: WE & TH 9am-noon. 239-463-3909. www.fortmyersbeachart.com.ADVISORY COMMITTEESThe Town of Fort Myers Beach seeks interested volunteers to serve on eight advisory committees that serve to advise Town Council: Anchorage Advisory Committee, Audit Committee, Bay Oaks Recreational Campus Advisory Board, Community Resource Advisory Board, Cultural & Environmental Learning Center Advisory Board, Local Planning Agency, Marine Resources Task Force and Public Safety Committee. If youd like to get involved in our Town, you are invited to submit an Advisory Committee Application Form to the Town Clerk, either in person or by email by 4:30pm Sept 7. Town Council will consider applications at their October 1 meeting. Find more information on what each committee does and the application form on the Towns website FMBgov.com under News > Calling All Islanders or via direct link: bit.ly/FMBadvisoryBEACH LIBRARYThe Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the librarys many collections, use the computers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork on the 3rd 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239765-8162. Upcoming programs include: TU Aug 14, 2:15-3:15pm, Dog Day, pre-register WE Aug 15, 10:30am, Windows 10, pre-register TU Aug 21, 10:30am, Book Discussion The Lying Game by Ruth Ware TU Aug 28, 10:30am, Old Time Radio, pre-registerMOUND HOUSEThe oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including an observation pier, kayak launch and amazing back bay views. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. Museum is open TU, WE & SA from 9am-4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut St. with cut. Call for exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include: SA Aug 11:30am Sunrise Kayak Tour; 10am Exploring Archeol ogy; Can You Dig It?; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour TU Aug 14 9am Beach Walk FORT MYERS BEACH NESTS................... 66 FALSE CRAWLS... 148 HATCHED............. 29 BONITA SPRINGS NESTS.................. 202 FALSE CRAWLS.. 191 HATCHED ............. 84 at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 1pm Shell Mound Tour; 2pm Guided Tour WE Aug 15 pm Shell Mound Tour; 2pm Guided Tour SA Aug 18 pm Shell Mound Tour; 2pm Guided Tour TU Aug 21 9am Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 1pm Shell Mound Tour; 2pm 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 Aug 17 Walk on the Wild Side FR Aug 24 Bike Tour Fr Aug 31 Kayak Tour GOVERNMENT MEETINGSTuesday, 8/14 8:00am Mosquito Board, 300 Lazy Way, FMB 9:00am Local Planning Agency 3:00pm Community Resource Advisory Board (CRAB) All meetings take place in Town Hall, 2525 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach unless otherwise noted. Meeting times are accurate as of press time.
Page 14 The Print Shop Inkhas moved to 19221 San Carlos Blvd!Between Sunnylands Trailer Court and the Sunoco gas station! Watch for our signs!239-463-7744 email@example.com Council Reacts to Water Crisis Algae Outbreaks Far From Natural Contd from pg.1from the blue-green and Red Tide Algae, as well as to reimburse us public relations to let people know when the clean-up is done to come back to our community, as we need to push the State to do more for us this and help people out right now. Those are the key points the mayors talk about. Council then unanimously passed the Towns State of Emergency, as well as providing Mayor Gore the authorization to sign any resolutions or proclamations that she deems appropriate in consul tation with her fellow mayors. In a related matter, Town Manager Roger Hernstadt stated that the Town in late July waived the Fort Myers Beach Community Pool admission fees, because beach visitors and locals who couldnt use the beach due to the heavy equipment necessary to clean it could go to enjoy the water in comfort, as a good alternative. Now, however, beach conditions are returning to normal, so we need to return to our regular pricing, as the pool is a revenue source, with Wednesday, August 8, being the last free day.FROM FLORIDA TO WYOMING We need to stop backpumping polluted water into Lake Okeechobee right now, said Coun cil member Bruce Butcher. Somebody needs to carry that message. Mayor Gore said it is imperative that people who visit Southwest Florida contact their local represen tatives. There are 535 people in Congress, so if you are from Ohio or Michigan or Idaho, you need to tell your congressman that this is a priority at a Federal level. If you visit here from Wyoming, get your local person to join the Florida congressmen to do something. When I see children out there, I get so worried about their health and the government needs to take action, said Shamp. This is beyond my comprehension; I am so angry. As Gore and Shamp made their comments, their voices broke with emotion, with Gore sighing in exasperation: I just dont know how we got to this level. I dont know what else we can do; we can sign a million resolutions, but someone needs to act at a higher level. We need a short and long-term hit list of actions, said Butcher. You can write your congressman all day, but the permanent solutions are 10 to 15 years down the road. To me, the C-43 Reservoir under construction is nothing but a big holding tank for algae, and when it turns from bluegreen to purple, they will just release it down the Caloosahatchee River. If this was a steel factory, added Shamp, and they pumped it into a lake, we would shut the factory down, but because it is not an industry like that, violators can backload pollutants into any body of water, so someone needs to say to them, stop it just stop it! Butcher added, Our best solution is at the ballot box. Make sure we do not put anyone with connections to Big Sugar in the Governor or Agriculture Commissioner chairs this fall! Council member Dennis Boback said, They all take Big Sugar money!BULL SUGAR There are many voters who are looking for Florida candi dates who support water quality for this August and November elections, said Rae Ann Wessel, the Natural Resources Policy Director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conserva tion Foundation. I refer them to sugar.org/vote2018. It is set up in a cool way and they do a nice job with it! It has a great graphic where you can see checkmarks next to the terms Democrat, Republi can, and Water, like on a ballot, with the check next to Water. It offers easy-to-understand advice for both Democrat and Republican candidates on various water issues for Governor, Attorney General, and Agriculture Commissioner, including those who are sugar free, and will include Independent candi dates once the closed primaries are over. They are one group that tries to assist voters in tracking down the laws today allow contributions to or entities like the Florida Chamber of Commerce to candidates, so you cant track it back to sugar, so this is a helpful guide. Wessel encouraged turning up the pressure on those in
Page 15 rfnttb bb rffn SALES CENTER OPEN DAILYtbbbr f f PRIVATE LABEL LIVING DEVELOPED BY r fntbrbbbb bbbtbtt bbbtb bbbbt tt bbtb b b bnb bb bb bbbb bb n f questions about who is allowing backpumping and why, as the fact of the matter is that this does not seem to be happening in this crucial political cycle. We need to know why politicians do not hold agriculture up to the same stormwater standards as they do urban environments, why agriculture can get away with simply signing a Best Management Practices document and operate under the assumption they are regulating their industry up to 80% of the available storage area with polluted nutrient water, in taxpayer-funded facilities that require additional taxpayer dollars to clean up, and all of that spells trouble. We need candidates and enforce water quality regulations and stormwater requirements, and provide those answers to you on the campaign trail, and dont let them walk away until you get those answers. She reminded, This is primarily a State of Florida responsi bility, as the Federal Government through the Clean Water Act places the rules and regulations and stormwater initiatives and water treatment plans under the states, and all Florida has done over the past few years is roll back every layer of protection. As such, Florida should be concentrating on preven tion, as cleaning up water takes up a lot of taxpayer time and money, and is horrible for the public health and our economy.EAA WATER FARMS We can clean the beaches and make them look great again, Wessel continued, but we just dont know the long-term health the sand for long periods of time. I would like to see us disperse Lake Okeechobee water over the 484,000 acres south of the lake. We pay willing landowners to hold water on their land, and keep it out from where we do not want it, to retain it at its maximum level, so the time has come to ask the govern ment to start doing this on a large scale, to develop water farms in a big way in the Everglades Agricul tural Area (EAA), rather than paying for crop insurance and all that goes with that, rather than spend ing a lot of money cleaning up all this mess. In growing sugar cane, we have lost 9 to 25 inches of soil since the 1940s, as those farmers pump water underground 18 inches to grow it, so that type of agricul ture is horrible for the environment in ways that are independent of the of water farming in the EAA, and tell them that you support that. In the past three weeks, Wessel sees mixed results in the areas water quality. In our simple scale of 1 to 10, with 1 the best and 10 the worst, I said back then that we were between an 8 or 9. For the blue-green Algae in the main stem of the Caloosahatchee River, I would actually say that we have seen an improvement up to a 3 or 4, though the cyanobacteria blooms in places like the backwaters and and there remains outbreaks as far west as the Sanibel Causeway and Back Bay. The Red Tide bloom, however, remains as bad or worse, though we have yet to receive the latest updates for this week. Wessel explained that Lee County and Cape Coral are now working with contractors, to use suction trucks to pull out the bluegreen Algae from the most pollut ed waterways, though the results remain uncertain, particularly over how these companies will dispose of the algae, as that is still an uncertain process. One theory is they will pump it into deep injection wells, down into the boulder layer, or they will clean the water, then bury the remaining material into to be perfect solutions, and I dont understand why they do not consider incineration, so we will have to wait to see how that plays out, answer. That is the problem when you deal with situations like this on an emergency basis; you take acconsequences, because you need to do something fast for the general health and welfare of the popula tion. Despite any recent improve ments, Wessel described the Red Tide conditions adjacent to the islands as gagworthy and tragic! It is frustrating as well, especially when you hear environmental organiza tions like the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Health describe the Red Tide bloom as a natural occurrence, when a bloom of this length, magnitude, and severity is anything but natural. No one in their right minds should be describing it that way this is far from natural!Council Reacts to Water Crisis Algae Outbreaks Far From Natural Contd from previous pg.
Page 16 Just Wondering about stuff...A total naked woman rushed in a taxi. The taxi driver turned back and stared at her so keenly. The woman asked the taxi driver, Why are you staring at me that way, havent you ever seen a naked woman? The taxi driver replied, No, I just wonder where you have my money. My memory has gotten so bad it has actually caused me to lose my job. Im still employed. I just cant remember where.
Page 17 Each week I draw a cartoon and put it up on my FB page (Mark List) on Saturday morning, and ask all my FB friends to contribute captions for the cartoon. I also ask that everyone vote for the ones they think are the funniest. The ones with the most Likes by Monday or Tuesday get printed in the funnies pages that week. We do it simply for the fun of it. Americas Got Talent and now a street entertainer in Times Square, he
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Page 20 For all tides go to www.saltwatertides.com Tides Matanzas Pass Ft. Myers BeachDay High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible F 10 High 2:16 AM 2.0 6:58 AM Rise 5:57 AM 3 10 Low 5:11 AM 1.7 8:08 PM Set 7:45 PM 10 High 12:10 PM 3.7 10 Low 7:34 PM -0.2 Sa 11 High 2:47 AM 2.0 6:58 AM Rise 7:05 AM 0 11 Low 6:08 AM 1.6 8:08 PM Set 8:37 PM 11 High 1:04 PM 3.7 11 Low 8:16 PM -0.1 Su 12 High 3:14 AM 2.1 6:59 AM Rise 8:12 AM 0 12 Low 7:04 AM 1.5 8:07 PM Set 9:23 PM 12 High 1:57 PM 3.5 12 Low 8:55 PM 0.0 M 13 High 3:39 AM 2.1 6:59 AM Rise 9:17 AM 2 13 Low 8:00 AM 1.2 8:06 PM Set 10:06 PM 13 High 2:49 PM 3.3 13 Low 9:30 PM 0.4 Tu 14 High 4:05 AM 2.3 7:00 AM Rise 10:20 AM 8 14 Low 8:59 AM 1.1 8:05 PM Set 10:47 PM 14 High 3:42 PM 3.0 14 Low 10:04 PM 0.6 W 15 High 4:33 AM 2.4 7:00 AM Rise 11:21 AM 15 15 Low 10:02 AM 1.1 8:04 PM Set 11:26 PM 15 High 4:40 PM 2.7 15 Low 10:36 PM 1.0 Th 16 High 5:05 AM 2.6 7:01 AM Rise 12:19 PM 24 16 Low 11:11 AM 1.0 8:03 PM 16 High 5:47 PM 2.3 16 Low 11:09 PM 1.2 F 17 High 5:43 AM 2.7 7:01 AM Set 12:05 AM 34 17 Low 12:27 PM 0.9 8:03 PM Rise 1:16 PM 17 High 7:13 PM 2.1 17 Low 11:44 PM 1.5 BEACH CLASSIFIEDSA Better Bugman LLCA Full Service Pest Control Company Residential & Commercial MOSQUITO + SPIDERS CONTROL PROGRAMS Call Today for FREE Estimate. Phone: 239-454-BUGS(2847) Fax: 239-415-BUGS(2847) PEST CONTROL HANDY MAN HANDYMAN For Small Jobs & HOME WATCH Call EMMY THE HOME DOCTOR 239-233-2587 BEACH CLASSIFEDS $20 / WEEK $60 / 4 WEEKS 239-463-4461 HELP WANTED ANNUAL RENTAL FOR RENT 2 BR/2 BA Condo Furnished Gated Community Near Beach Amenities include Jacuzzi $1,350/mo, includes water 239-645-0307Do Your Part Support Water Quality1. Make water quality a part of your daily conversation this election year. 2. Ask candidates if they support stronger water quality stan dards and what theyd do to raise standards and represent the publics interest in clean water. 3. Limit your own fertilizer use in yards and gardens. 4. Plant native landscapes, reduce turf and the use of fertilizers. 5. Pick up after pets. 6. Contact your elected representatives and let them know that water quality is an important issue to you. Florida needs to update water standards for everyone. A single call or email might not seem like it would make a difference, but when they get hun dreds of calls and emails, it does. Governor Rick Scott, FLORIDA SENATORS FOR LEE COUNTY: Lizbeth Benacquisto 239-338-2570 Kathleen Passidomo, 239-417-6205 Denise Grimsley, 863-386-6016 FLORIDA HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES FOR LEE COUNTY: Ray Rodrigues, 239-433-6501 Dane Eagle, 239-772-1291 Heather Fitzenhagen, 239-533-2440 Matt Caldwell, 239-694-0161 U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, 202-224-5274 U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, 202-224-3041 U.S. Representative Francis Rooney, 239-573-5837 ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE) Col. Jason Kirk, District Commander Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, Deputy District Commander Jennifer.email@example.comSOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT (SFWMD)Ernie Marks, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org Federico Fernandez, Governing Board Chair email@example.com Rick Barber Local Governing Board Rep firstname.lastname@example.org Jaime Weisinger, Local Governing Board Rep email@example.com
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Page 22 Doors open at 2:00 PM. Beach Theater End of Summer Bash Lee County Schools resumed classes Friday, August 10. A week earlier, on August 3, beach kids gathered at Bay Oaks for the End of Summer Bash to give their carefree days of summer vacation a wet and wild sendoff. There was plenty of water fun, plus a slip & slide, games and free ice cream courtesy of Love Boat. The Bash was sponsored by the Town of Fort Myers Beach Parks & Recreation Department. Photos Sarah List Moose on the Loose A whole herd of them! The Fort Myers Beach Moose Lodge #964 brought 1,000 stuffed Tommy Moose to the Golisano Chil drens Hospital on Wednesday, August 8. Tommy Moose was originally created to provide hospitalized children with something to hold on to for comfort during their hospital stays. This gener ous donation provides a supply for current and future patients. Armando Llechu, Golisano Childrens Hospital Chief Administra Moose members, including Ed Connor, Moose Lodge #964 Administrator.
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