Gary Mooney firstname.lastname@example.org I was in graduate school in the mid-70s, at Johns Hopkins, working on my Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences, recalls Geoff Coe, who is the Fort Myers Beach Library Artist of the Month through October. Around the end of my and said graduate students do a presentation on their research for the faculty and I said, no problem! I was all smiles when he said, it would be really good if you had photographs to accompany your photography, but my best friend, to use, then showed me how to decame to life and was the coolest By Gary Mooney email@example.com The Island Sand Paper periodically asks a community lead an in-depth look at a topic of local interest. This edition features Rob Moher, who is the President & CEO Florida for the past 4-1/2 years. For 1: What is your biggest environmental concern at this time: Red Tide, Blue-Green Algae, Lake Okeechobee releases, all of the above, or some other issue? My primary concern is the tem, as that ties all those together. The Blue-Green Algae blooms are more man-made, while Red Tide is a natural occurrence that generally begins deep offshore, shore and interacts with the microcystins produced by human-related from agriculture and fertilizer, and those things make Volume 18, Number 39 By Islanders, For Islanders September 28, 2018 FREEFortMyersBeach.news Contd pg.12 Contd pg.5 6 QuestionsRob Moher of Conservancy of SW Florida For The Birds!FMB Library Artist Geoff CoeDry Clean Only. Photo by Geoff Coe. By Gary Mooney firstname.lastname@example.org The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council held a split-session meeting on Monday, September personnel, continued discussions a new Town Magistrate, and most interesting were two items not on the agenda that came up during Public Comment. Recent reports of a potential against Mayor Tracey Gore and Council member Dennis Boback, by resident Chris Patton to halt TPI-FMB Resort, led to a packed or against those Council members. the two Council members, while four offered their encouragement, including Joanne Semmer, Gores mother. Public Comment began with TPI-FMB spokesperson Contd pg.8 Complicated Council Session Controversial Topics DominatePerformers enjoy the bay view before a show at Matanzas on the Bay during last years Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. Photo courtesy of the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, fortmyers-sanibel.com More info on page 15 Mayor Moves to Sue Sand Paper Claims Defamation email@example.com Following last weeks Island Sand Paper article about Mayor Tracey Gore and Council member Dennis Bobacks meeting with the plaintiff in two lawsuits against the Town (Gore, Boback Support Patton, Island Sand Paper, a demand through her attorney that the Sand Paper publish a statement of retraction of a supposed statement in the article that Gore was acting unethically by supporting a legal action against the Town. The letter, which you can read for yourself in this issue, stated that unless a retraction was published by Monday, September Facebook page and in print in this issue, Gore had instructed Island Sand Paper and the Estero The Island Sand Paper has not published a retraction and has no plans to do so. As of press time, neither Sand Paper nor the EITA defamation lawsuit. to our community, we would like came to publish it. THE TAPES audiotapes totaling about 40 minutes last weekend, along with a The photo ran last week on our front page and shows Mayor Tracey Gore and Council member Dennis Boback at a bar with Chris Patton, the plaintiff in the two lawsuits photograph. There is no law that says cant get together for a drink anytime theyd like. But the law does clearly say that if two or more of them are on the same elected board or council then they are prohibited from discussing anything that may come before them. For our Town Council, which will be asked to make decisions regarding that would prohibit them from discussing anything to do with TPIother or within hearing of any other council member. three times. In that 40 minutes of audiotape, the words lawsuit, TPI Contd pg.11 Mayor Tracey Gore and Council member Dennis Boback at a Town Council meeting. File photo.
Page 3 H a l l o w e e n F R I G H T N I G H T C OSTUME C ON TEST PAR TY "hALLOW EE N N I GH T" 31 st a n n ua l o ver $1 000 in p riz es O N HALLO WEEN N I GHT Letters to the Editor FOOD BANK DONATION Myers Beach and other areas of South Florida is hurting local busirestaurants. One of the consequences of this is a reduced income for the employees who work in these industries. These employees are trying to pay their rent, car payments, utilities, and food bills on incomes that dont know, you cant cut back on rent, care payments, or utilities, so the only logical place is food. That is what is happening here on Fort Myers Beach Last Friday morning at our regular scheduled Kiwanis meeting, our guest was Richard Leber the President and CEO of the Harry Chapin and fresh poultry and meat. Edward McCarthy FMB Kiwanis Club Editors note: The Harry Chapin Mobile Food Pantry will continue to be available on Fort Myers Beach each Wednesday from 10am-noon through October 31 at 1510 Estero Blvd., FMB.CENSURE NEEDED I am sure I am not alone at feeling embarrassed to be represent action is to surreptitiously support contrary opinion thru third party fronts. that history. cil members may take seriously their oaths and also respect differences of opinion, they need to now speak and challenge their fellow members. They need to put forth a motion to censure them. They also need to ensure that discussions about the pending litigation not include these members who may not feel compelled to abstain as would be appropriate. Ms. Cereceda to ensure this does not happen. Hank Zuba Fort Myers BeachONE OF OUR OWN one of our own. Tracey Gore has done nothing but look out for the best odd woman out to protect the islands best interest. Im pretty certain that if you saw her out in public and had a concern about anything that was being discussed, she would be straight with you. I will say that this is one shooter. If any one of us saw someone who has been a neighbor for a long time out in public on this beach, we would sit down and shoot the breeze with them. Only a coward would stand by, making assumptions, and attempt to destroy the career of one of our own. I cant imagine the disappointment she must feel in representing and working for an island Fort Myers Beach Letters contd pg.4
Page 4 Beach Botanyby Jim RodwellPYGMY FRINGE TREE This week we are back on the sandhills in the middle of the State with another rare and endangered species. The Pygmy Fringe tree, Chionanthus pygmaeus, is a perennial that can be a shrub or a small tree to 10 high. Height depends on the conditions of its habitat. Pygmaeus is supported by erect woody stems that are often buried in sand. Stem bark is a dark gray with noticeable leaf Margins are entire. Length 2 to 4. and narrow petals that are separated. Color is white to green. Flowers are in are about in length. Fruit is a purple drupe 1 long. Blooming occurs in the spring. Pygmaeus is found in sandhills, It is endemic to central Florida. Family two species in the Genus Chionanthus. Unfortunately, Floridas central counties Populations of pygmaeus are smaller and horizon. The specimen in the picture was Letters to the Editor, Contd from pg.3 COME ON DOWN Id like to send a big shout out and thank you so greatly appreciated by us all: -free parking for guests -the Harry Chapin Food Bank -the Tapa Hop! The Tapa Hop seemed to be a success for all. I know from my position behind the Pinchers bar, I come up to the bar 50 at a time! and businesses participate.its a win/win. There are so many restaurants on the island friends from inland down to the beach! Donna Swatscheno Fort Myers BeachRE-ELECT FIRE BOARD important that we re-elect the three incumbent Fire Commissioners, Carol Morris, Chair, Ted Schindler, the support of these three Commissioners that the Marshal, in supporting our efforts to replace the Big Carlos Pass draw bridge with a similar drawbridge, rather than the proposed 60 foot high, Matanzas Their assistance and support will ensure, we miniums will not occur and that the Fire District will on Fort Myers Beach, including the residents of Islands End. As President of Islands End Condominiums Fire District Board on many issues. Prior to these if not impossible to get fair treatment from the good the Fire District Board back into the hands of the peocreate a well-run department that works for the needs of all residents of Fort Myers Beach. Electing three would be foolish. I would suggest that you re-elect Robert Raymond, Fort Myers Beach Fire 1, Carol Fort Myers Beach Fire 5. George Repetti Fort Myers BeachESTERO BAY SUNRISE I would like to share this photo, Estero Bay Sunrise with your readers. Great job reporting about our polluted water. I thought your readers would enjoy your readers enjoy. Thanks! Stephen Staack Fort Myers Letters contd pg.7 T h a n k Y o u t o O u r L o c a l s a n d G e n e r o u s S p o n s o r s f o r M a k i n g O u r 5 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y B e a c h B a s h a H U G E S U C C E S S Join us at the Tiki Bar for Happy Hour! 11am -4pm Daily in October
Page 5 weeks later, I did not renew my scholarship. The freelance business for two years, then I worked in-house publication employee and not a staff ty, though, and learned a lot to perfect my craft, particularly with color photography, as not a lot of people were working with that, as color was pretty cutting-edge back then.ALL THESE COOL BIRDS ily here. I did white-water kayaking in Colorado, or 16-years-old and already a well-known bird months later, to get me off his back, he mailed me The Golden Book of Birds, with a note he it! Social media was just getting going, around 2004, so I posted my work and people asked why I did not sell them. job taking photographs at a Downtown Fort Myneeded to start my own business, including imtent, signed up for some craft shows, Plan B beBeach. It is a little bit under the radar, a great spot for migratory shorebirds, and I always recommend it to budding bird photographers. I tell back of your hand. Stay there at least through life but the lighting and related conditions, and you will be amazed how much better your phopress Slough, as it is a wonderful place. ence and as a writer, this is an indispensable part of the artist-customer relationship, as when you learn the inspiration behind the picture, it this so much, they often end up liking the backstory as much as the photo!I HAVE DONE MY JOB! They called again a few months back, since it running September through October, though second month. All the works are shot locally in shots yet, but they will be of great quality and well worth the wait! Geoff comments on his bird photography, in relation to current water conditions. Until we start understanding the things we see in nature, we wont know how to come to grips with what it would mean to start to lose them. My work hopefully educates people, and that is my real gift. I feel, in some small way, that in buying my crisis with the insight as to what our quality of life would be without our wildlife. I am hearted that keep in the back of my mind. If my photographs done my job! to 1 p.m., and closed Sundays and holidays inFor The Birds!FMB Library Artist Geoff Coe, Contd from pg.1Ibis gathering. Photo by Geoff Coe Roseate Spoonbill feeds in a freshwater pond. Photo by Geoff Coe.
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Page 7 Letters to the Editor, Contd from pg.4 DOUBLE DEALINGS Theres no misunderstanding about what the social gathering/ meeting was about when Boback, Gore and Patton got together. Its time for the resignations of the Mayor Gore and Councilman Boback. Fort Myers BeachSHOCKED home on the beach. I met Tracey Gore many years ago before she became a council member and mayor. She always amazed me with how much knowledge she had about the island and the rules and codes. How fund raisers, part time teacher, and manages Gore Seafood. My mom called me and said pull up the local newspaper on my computer I was shocked to see her picture and the story about her. This EITA clan should time. Danielle Hopkins ISLAND DESERVES BETTER You were at a Bar! You were with a person in a lawsuit with the City! (Gore, Boback Support Patton, Island Sand Paper, September 21, Fight for what you want but dont hide behind a town that wants to grow! Carolyn Hardy Fort Myers Beach TAKE A WALK & SEE As I sit behind my desk and read the Sand Paper I am so shocked hotel employee to describe Town Square and the not so beautiful walk to get there. I just cant wrap my head around why the people cant see this. I as hell wouldnt be opposing this project! GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE I was shocked to read about our Elected Mayor and Elected Coun Gore and Dennis Boback as there may be a lot more crooked business ing to Jail. better of Ft. Myers Beach and you realize they do just the opposite. Im hoping at this moment Mayor Gore and Mr. Boback, that you the community and you should be ashamed! Sandra Collins Fort Myers BeachISLAND DIVISION My husband and I are friends and neighbors with Chris Patton and Mayor Gore. Dennis Boback is also our friend. The island is only 7 miles these folks. To see their picture on the front page of the newspaper and that they were recorded by the EITA clan shocked me. Mayor Gore is a she is for the residents. She is our Trump and the EITA clan is the opposition. Certain go to eat and drink, the EITA clan may be watching and recording. Bonnie Ennis Fort Myers Beach
Page 8 John Gucciardo reporting that the resort team will demolish the former Ocean Jewels and Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce building on Tuesday, September 25, per its agreement with the step in the project going forward. Andrea Carriere, of the that you are my neighbors, but we baby is born. Lets get this thing built! Gore replied, Just for a note only thing we are talking about now is someone asking for it to be checked. There is nothing we can do about that. Marty Harrity, an owner of comparing TPI-FMB to the Sanibel Causeway Bridge reconstruction during his terms. You want there were lawsuits hundreds of thousands of dollars that were absolutely wasted, but we wound me that was a mistake. This TPIFMB project talk about scrutiny 1, but 5 to 0, not once but twice, ground! It was analyzed, it was but we need to grow the city and anyone that thinks it will not help the city is making a major mistake. Former FMB Mayor Ray Murphy took it a step further. You ignored the elephant in the room here today and that is what I am going to talk the Pattons almost that long, but two council members are together, and talking to other people about something that is coming up, from can cut it no matter how you want, and with so much more to come, we got a problem here! Dennis Boback, you too, and Tracey. Do the right thing if you know in your heart of hearts that you were discussing that meeting that was to be held today, Do not drag the Town through this agony that is sure to come here in At this point, Gore attempted to reply, but her fellow Council members shouted in unison, Council members do not react to anything under Public Comment. not the time to respond, with Gore saying, I will say it under Council Member Items then I did not do anything wrong! Bobbi Kemp supported the Mayor: This whole situation in the newspapers has my heart broken. Thank you and we support you and let the process go on and be lets get on with it. Summer Stockton emotionally came to Gores defense. Tracey, you are a strong woman and people dont like strong women, but you are a better person than they will thats been on this Council since incorporation. You represent the residents on Fort Myers Beach and the silent majority supports you, and you did know it in March of 2016, by a landslide, because the silent minority. To quote the great Taylor Off shake it off, Tracey! Gore, now in tears, called a recess, stating, I need a minute. see, I am only human!WEAPONIZE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Council pulled two items from its Consent Agenda: a contract from Engineering Group contract for Jason Green as Community Council member Anita Cereceda stated to Town Manager respect to Jason and Sarah, my beyond this, as we are going to Town Hall. Hernstadt replied, Fort Myers Beach is that folks in unfortunate part is that whether a recommendation is for or against a particular item, it appears the common enemy is the Staff. Until the Town accepts that the professional recommendation Contd pg.10 Complicated Council Session Controversial Topics Dominate, Contd from pg.1Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane, at podium, asks for Town Council support over Water Quality issues. Photo Gary Mooney
Page 9 Your Hometown Newspaper for over 18 years Missy Layeld, Editor Editor@fortmyersbeach.newsWe are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I dont know. W. H. Auden Mike Buster Circulation Manager c/o Info@fortmyersbeach.newsSelf-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves. Nathaniel Branden Mark List, Production ManagerProduction@fortmyersbeach.newsParents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore. Ogden Nash Sarah List, Photographerinfo@fortmyersbeach.newsIve never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Anne Tyler Sandy Sandness, Advertisinginfo@fortmyersbeach.newsWe dont know who we are until we see what we can do. Martha GrimesThe Island Sand PaperAn independently owned and operated island newspaper.PHONES 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 LETTER SUBMISSION POLICYThe Island Sand Paper welcomes letters from Islanders on local issues. original work of the author, include city of residence and a phone number at fortmyersbeach.news or mail to address on this page. 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.newsIt is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret. Jackie Joyner-Kersee Gary Mooney Lead Writer firstname.lastname@example.orgNever hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. Sir Winston ChurchillOFFICE HOURS MON-FRI 10AM-3PM Subject to change due to story assignments. CALL TO BE SURE! CROSSROADS rection we go from here affects all of us. Two weeks ago, two members of our Town Council, Tracey Gore and Dennis Boback, sat down with the plaintiff of two lawsuits against the town and had a lengthy discussion, part of which included mention of the two lawsuits against the Town as well as an interesting commentary on how our Mayor feels about representing the entire Town. Our role as the community newspaper carries a responsibility to but that would be misdirected anger. are the facts. This editorial is our opinion. business that will indeed come before the council. In fact council was set to hold a closed session just four days after that bar gathering to discuss defense strategy for the lawsuits. That is the primary issue. Two people whose elected position requires them to make decisions on how the Town defends itself against as a joke. These are not personal lawsuits, this is against the Town they about how many people shes spoken to that shes encouraged to support Council members can certainly continue their friendship with the that they shouldnt be discussing the lawsuit with her. REPRESENT ALL not a social club where the most popular person gets to run the show and riously. This week has shown that is not the case with some of our council members. speak as if they represent the majority of residents in their ongoing oppo sition to the project, but they dont. Some history: Gore and Boback won their council seats in 2016 mandate and majority. Its just not so. and enforcement, but we now know thats been only an act for our maywhether its good for the entire island of not. members. to water quality. It does not need a protracted council drama and more dysfunction. them to seriously consider resignation from council. Spare our community Editor and Publisher Island Sand Paper
Page 10 based on the Code, where people are not attacking the Staff, we need to continue to utilize consultants, with their future job security and will just do their jobs. If the Town decides staff to perform that function here, where Staff recommendations are taken as intended, as the best professional recommendation, and people are not being utilized must continue to use professional staff from outside. It is more but unfortunately these are just the growing pains communities go through, and we are in that phase. Hopefully we will come out of it and can use inside Staff rather than consultants. Cereceda said, That is not at all what I thought you would interesting comment! I suggest you force the growing up, because these that as a Town weakness, it is time is as important an agency to the Town as anything, so I will support this, but I encourage you with the it forward! She asked if the Town replying, I hope not, but I dont know not. There is an opportunity for this community to come together and hopefully that will occur. The Staff is just trying to interpret and implement the policies of this Town as set forth by Council and I think we made a lot of progress in the ways to go, so I am hopeful we will transition off of that this year, but two contracts. LAWYERS & STREET PERFORMERS After a spirited discussion Council member Bruce Butcher and Cereceda Against, issued another new Town Attorney. As this takes roughly 60 days, The Peterson Law Group will remain Town Attorneys throughout the search process. Boback recommended that the Florida law as a requirement rather than a preference as in the last RFP, saying Marco Island is they got that many and we did not, I dont know. Council then unanimously Law PA of Pompano Beach, as the Towns new Special Magistrate, session of the current Special Magistrate, Joe Madden. They who will remain Town Co-Counsel during the Town Attorney selection process, and Thomas Thanas, who recently turned down the Town Attorney position due to the lack of Florida law. In other matters, Council Ruane, who asked them to sign a Letter of Support to the South to increase the minimum water dry season, to mitigate the effects of Blue-Green Algae and Red Tide. Should that fail, he asked the Town to join other Southwest Florida Appeal legal proceeding that Committee Reports from the Cultural Sculpting Championship permit, Hearing on October 15 a potential Moratorium for residential units in schedule. Under Council Member Moratorium on Times Square merchants and the community. Gore concluded the morning session by saying, I dont know if I want to address the whole scandal Shamp. It is putting a cloud on the Town and I dont like it, replied 2018-19 TOWN BUDGET Under the Second Public more than the rollback rate of Final Operating Budget, Capital Budget & Fee Schedule, with Public Hearing on September 10. Finally, Council unanimously Town Personnel Policy to adjust adjourning at 6:12 p.m. Complicated Council Session Controversial Topics Dominate, Contd from pg.8
Page 11 Sue Sand PaperClaims Defamation, Contd from pg.1 times. was no apparent effort made to others at the bar and the bartender on the tapes. All of those people And the person who recognized the The tapes are simply a record of what that person heard. Pattons lawsuit against the Town: who was supporting her in the lawsuit, who wasnt, who Gore and Patton were shunning as a result of her public support for TPI during the May Public Hearings. There is a discussion of why Patton was approached by Robert Conidaris for the lawsuit and how wonderfully Conidaris treated Gore and her friends when they were kids. At one about it, and Gore challenges him with, You didnt just tell her that. meetings as what Patton is doing is not a council thing. Beyond the potential bring up a question of a possible Town Council will make decisions about how to defend the two Patton lawsuits. Those decisions will affect the outcome of those lawsuits and members of Town Council to openly support the plaintiff, talk about the lawsuits with her and encourage others to support the plaintiff, as is heard on the audiotapes, appears make that call. nor the EITA were following council members around, recording their concerned about the presence of two council members recorded of the Florida Sunshine Laws. The to them and determined that they were recordings of two council the information we heard with our community in the pages of this newspaper. to release the entirety of the audiotapes. The person who made the recordings, passed them on to on to an attorney. That attorney assigned to the case. Both Gore and Boback were to questions or offer comment on this story and neither responded. DEFAMATION Defamation is a Contd pg.13 Signs of Progress Corner Building Down The former Ocean Jewels building came down Tuesday ner on Fort Myers Beach Estero reached during a Public Hearing on the TPI-FMB downtown redeTPI donate that lot to the Town after it was cleared, asking that it be remainder of the demolition and the donation is on hold pending resolu resident, TPI chose to go forward with this demolition as the most recent tenant, the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce already preciated the effort and the symbolism, cheering as the building came down. Progress, baby! Progress! Beach.
Page 12 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 6 Questions Rob Moher of Conservancy of SW Florida, Contd from pg.1it much worse and longer lasting than it should be. That means we concerns, because right now, our ecosystem is completely out of balance and that is the big problem. to get the system back in balance, response, and not just working on each of them piecemeal. Another major concern is the health implications from the Blue-Green Algae, as it can not but research indicates it can lead to ALS and other neurological problems. Those type of human impacts clue yet how much it can impact human life, as the science is still out. tins are fatal to wildlife and seem to be for pet health, and now we need more research on its impact on human health. That is why it was so encouraging to see Senators Bill million in funding for the Center for Disease Control to do additional studies. Another piece of recent good news is the Red Tide seems to be decreasing, though a lot of that literally depends on which way the wind blows, while the BlueGreen Algae is something made by mankind, so mankind can manage it, once we get serious about water know what we need to do, we just need to get about the business of doing it! 2: How much of our current water quality issues are related to Lake Okeechobee releases, as opposed to other sources, like the Caloosahatchee River watershed? According to the DepartBasin Action Management Plan watershed, and that is 2-1/2 times the size of Lake Okeechobee, so that means only 40% comes from the lake, so this tells you again there is no one single solution. Another issue is that nitrogen and phosphorous are not new but historic problems, so there are huge amounts of them trapped on the storms can whip up and increase their discharges. People must look at our enCube, where you systematically lem is not just Lake Okeechobee the entire system, as it all links together. The good news again is that BAMP offers a solution through its cator, that says there should not be more than X amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous going into any nical information to accomplish that goal. It is important to remember that all Floridians are part of the problem, so we all need to be part of the solution, and not just here in South Florida. That is why the ents come from upstream, from agriculture and around Orlando and Tampa, so those folks need to feel some of the pain, to understand not just the responsibility of our local residents. It will take lifestyle and business changes, as well as the ecosystem. 3: There seems to be a great deal of water quality testing by various agencies, but none for air quality or cyanobacteria in material like beach sand. How much of a concern is this to you? about these gaps, and we need to work much more closely with the Center for Disease Control and other health agencies that are the science, to protect human beings stances, such as a lifeguard near Green Algae outbreak. He was precontaminated water when a little boy ran past him and jumped in. The lifeguard went in after him, and polluted water for just a couple of minutes, he felt so bad so quick, he went to the hospital, where they icity! He is a 22-year-old lifeguard, just doing his job to protect people, and he comes down with this lifelong disability after just two minutes Dr. Larry Brand of The Uniright now, to try to close this air monitoring gap. That said, we should be doing a better job of monitoring water quality than we are right now, because we are only testing areas where there is Blue-Green Algae watery eyes or scratchy throats. It is often the times you dont feel that bring about the biggest health issues and no one seems to worry about that. This should be a point
Page 13 6 Questions Rob Moher of Conservancy of SW Florida, Contd from pg.12ment, as the health of its citizens should be its #1 concern, and where it should place its greatest resource emphasis. 4: You led right into our next question! Some of your fellow environmental professionals say they are not so sure our present conditions are an environmental issue but a political one what is your reaction? Red Tide is a natural occurrence, so to blame that on anyone seems disingenuous, but it becomes worse when it interacts with nutrients from the coastal waters, ership policy failure, in both regula tions and enforcement. The South tal Protection need to take better conditions, but things like Climate us into the future. Our current State wetland permitting, as they are the rifying water at the same time. That is probably not a good idea, espe5: What steps can the average person take to improve our environment? Lifestyle changes, political initiatives, community involvement, etc.? more! Look into your own backyard and employ sustainable Florida-friendly landscaping practices, including the suspension of nutriyour regulations allow for Florida-friendly practices. My own aslow grass in my yard! Be smart with how you dispose of chemicals and septic tank, inspect it to make sure there are no leaks. Become a memthere is power in numbers, to produce a change in State policy. 6: What is the Best Part about being the President and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida? who work long hours day-in and day-out without a second thought, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. I am an optiour current conditions. I know there are a lot of angry people out there, but if we can channel all that anger and frustration into something posilegal term meaning that someone has damaged anothers good reputation by saying something about them that is untrue. In Florida, a public malice which in laymans terms means the true, known it was untrue and printed it anyway. CHAMBER STATEMENT Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met and discussed the allegations against Gore Roger Hernstadt for distribution to the full Town Council: The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of with either sunshine laws or pending litigation, then appropriate actions must be taken. which will allow for a timely resolution. Due to the economic hardship the Ft. Myers Beach community is currently facing, we this so that we may get back to the business of Paper and the EITA from Mayor Gore and her attorney. Mayor Moves to Sue Sand PaperClaims Defamation, Contd from pg.11 To hear a clip of the audiotape, see fortmyersbeach.news Transcription of clip: Tracey Gore: Okay, so now the good news. Theyre getting together with the City. Tracey Gore: TPI Attorneys. Dennis Boback: TPI Tracey Gore: So, now. And now these I won. Youre against, you went. the attorneys. replace them.
Page 15 Newspapers Relevant? Does Advertising Work?Island Sand Paper August Audience Stats Say Yes!August Facebook Posts mostly refer readers to website story and reached audience of over 89,000 August 2018 Print Issue Readers: 30,000 August 2018 Website Visits: 25,000 August 2018 Web Page Views: 110,954 Call us today to start planning a campaign to tell your story via ads in our newspaper, magazine, or website Call Sandy Advertising Manager (239) 463-4461 Wed say thats pretty relevant for any month. The Fort Myers Beach to kick off the celebration with a capital campaign to restore their historic clubhouse. For the past 54 years, the small meetings and local bridge be 55 years and we are going to Campaign because the building and property need updating., statthe perfect time to resurrect the purpose of this club, as well as restore the historic beach clubhouse for the community of Fort Myers bership up to anyone interested in center. As we looked to the future, we knew that our community need ed to come together and create a Community Center for years, a fundraisers and meetings at little place to support cultural and othporate meetings. The new and imadded Mari Torgerson, Chairper The club has a new webinformation on upcoming fundrais ers planned for the refurbishing of the historic building. It also has a community calendar which allows SUNSET CRUISE The Fort Myers Beach are welcome to attend. The Cruise begins at Fish Tale Restaurant at 5pm with e Pre-Cruise Social before encouraged to bring snacks and part from the Fish Tale Restaurant at Fish Tale Marina. Tickets may Womans Club Celebrates 55 Years This weekend is primed to be the best weekend in months for the Island as the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest wraps up its 10sic here by nationally-recognized per began last weekend on Capbefore heading to downtown Fort Myers September 24-27. Fort Myers Beach shows lies, Matanzas on the Bay, Yucatan Beach Stand, PierSide Grill & Tiki Bar, Cabanas Beach Bar at DiamondHead, Pink Shell Resort and Pinchers Tiki Bar. Most shows are an hour long and feature two singer-songwriters. All shows are free at Pink Shell on Sunday, SeptemThese Fort Myers Beach atmosphere for these successful singer-songwriters to share the stories behind their songs as they perform them for a small audience. will host performances on Saturshow Sunday. Pinchers Tiki Bar will 4pm. A full, updated schedule of performances can be found at IslandHopperFest.com or on the ers. Parking at meters and lots owned by the Town of Fort Myers Beach and Lee County is free This includes Lynn Hall Park, Old bridge, as well as beach accesses and Bowditch Point Park.Island Hopper Arrives on FMB This Weekend Songwriters at Yucatan in previous festival. Sand Paper archives, Sarah List
Page 16 Candidate AnnouncementsCECIL PENDERGRASSDISTRICT 2 LEE COUNTY COMMISSION spending, staff recruitment and transportation. This year we are confronted with algae blooms and red tide. As a lifelong Lee County resfunding ALL projects necessary to store water north of Lake Okeechobee er funds. I questioned Algenol for lack of honoring their agreement with two company principals. Additionally, as chairman, I negotiated new counthis by using growth increment funding, where growth pays for growth, Thank you.TED SCHINDLERSEAT 5 FORT MYERS BEACH FIRE BOARD California. This year, hes putting his hat in the terms as an FMB Fire District Commissioner. steps that were unprecedented for the district. The budget Ted and his fellow commissioners and economic stagnation. To get the district back on track, Ted and the board made major and has been able to grant modest pay raises. Ted authored a clause not increase enough to support new pay raises, the raise is reduced or County. major San Francisco Bay Area credit union. In all of these capacities, Ted dealt with budgets and, in some cases, unions. These are two of the areas that still need addressing in the FMB Fire District. long-term economic stability. Ted is a highly decorated combat-disabled Space for Candidate Announcements in the Island Sand Paper is provided without charge to local candidates as a way for readers to learn more about those on the November ballot. All announcements are provided by the candidates. Sand Paper election coverage will include Ask the Candidate questions for Fort Myers Beach Fire Commission candidates during October. Readers are invited to send their questions to email@example.com
Page 17 Candidate Announcements BETSY VAUGHN AT LARGE DISTRICT 6 LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD earned a B.A.in English from Upsala College at a large suburban Dallas high school and the last eight years of her career in Lee County as a Language Arts teacher at Estero High School. teachers. At Estero High School she was a Summer Cadre participant, scholars. Committee. community resources so that these organizations may work in tandem to enhance the quality of life in our community. Her priorities include: beginning teachers and by offering teachers meaningful input into making. single entry with updated security measures to protect from intruders CAROL MORRISSEAT 3 FORT MYERS BEACH FIRE BOARD I am Commissioner Carol Morris, Chairperson of the FMB Fire District Board of Commissioners. I am running for reelection to Seat recognize me as the woman that often rides in the area on her white Can Am Motor Trike, but I want you to know me as the woman that has seriously helped to change the FMB good old boy department to a highly professional well run district. 12 years and debated about running again for reelection but this is what made me decide to do it. I and my two fellow incumbents, Bob Raymond and Ted Schindler, were the ones responsible for making most about the areas of importance, were to be elected, I worry that the debest professional Fire Chief in charge of this District and we did that by scrutiny as if it were my personal budget. I could make this article quite I am limited by the papers editor. If you want to ask me questions or
Page 18 ISLAND HOPPER FESTThe 5th annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will begin on Sept 24-27 and wrapping up on 75 singer-songwriters at multiple perfest.comFREE FMB PARKING Parking at FMB meters in beach accesses and downtown are free through this Sunday, September on FMB (Lynn Hall Park, Bowditch ing in those lots during the Island Hopper Songwriters Fest on Fort applies only to Town and County parking lots.CYPRESS LAKE 70S REUNION School Reunion is being planned in conjunction with a Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches fundraiser the company of 70s CLHS grads, while you help support fundraising pieces of the iconic FMB arches. The imaging will allow the remain ing arch pieces to be incorporated into a new Arch Project. For more information see bit.ly/CLHSRe Beach Arches on Facebook.MEET THE LCSO hold a Celebrate Safe Commu residents to a meet & greet with and how to work with the LCSO to keep out community safe. FOOD BANK The Harry Chapin Food Bank will continue to bring their mobile food end of October to help local resi dents faced with decreased earn ings related to our water quality problems. Choice Market is also TIP THE BILLThe Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce is challenging the community to participate in a Tip the Bill Challenge to support our are economically impacted by Red #tipthebillFMBCC on the bill and share on social media Facebook double their bill, the community is encouraged to tip what they can and try to patronize beach busi nesses.BEACH KIWANIS CLUBThe Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis supporting the community to join them for breakfast on FR Oct. 5 at Kiwanis Club supports the com munity by donating the proceeds from their Thrift Store located at the intersection of Pine Ridge Road and Summerlin Road. Some of the causes the Beach Kiwanis supports each year are: Golisano Childrens Hospital, local student scholarships, Beach Elementary School, Little League, Beach Soc Swim Lessons and other projects as they surface. All are welcome to attend their breakfast meeting or more information.MORNING MEANDER lus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Oct 6 at walk along clear paths with an hot spot and crucial nesting area shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and bin oculars. For more information call REGISTER TO VOTE Election. Florida law requires Flor ida residents must be registered in a General Election regardless Registration Application or use the mit an application and update an online application, you will need Florida Department of Highway here to access the Florida Online protect a persons identity and per sonal information. For more infor mation on registration or legibility, POOL FUNThe Fort Myers Beach Communi A Publication of FortMyersBeach.news FREE rfntb www.FishTaleDining.comNow serving breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am 11:00 am. Happy Hour from 11:00 am 6:00 pm dailyFish-Tale MarinaBehind Santini Marina Plaza7225 Estero Boulevard (239) 747-6500 LOCALS NIGHT is the place to be on Wednesday nights! Join us for half-priced drinks and $6 Marina Bites, along with our regular menu from 6:00 pm 9:00 pm. Bring your friends, meet your neighbors and enjoy a night of fun! Want to test your smarts & win prizes? Tuesday nights are trivia night in September at Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining beginning at 7:00 pm. Join us in the Tiki Bar for all the fun!
Page 19 FORT MYERS BEACH REMAINING NESTS.................. 4 BONITA SPRINGS REMAINING NESTS.................. 14 Mound Key, Capital of the Calusa. Learn the rich history of the Calusa society. Guest will disembark and hike the trails of Mound Key. Along of Estero Bay. This trip requires Dates include Oct 6 & 24; Nov 3 & 20; Jan 25; Feb 8 & 23; Mar 9 & 24 and Apr 10 & 23 FARMERS MARKETThe Beach Baptist Farmers Market selection, local arts & crafts, hand made jewelry, soaps and specialty foods, plus BBQ and local sea food. 160 Connecticut. St. FMB. GOVERNMENT MEETINGSMonday, 10/1 Tuesday, 10/2 Thursday, 10/4 ers Beach unless otherwise noted. Meeting times are accurate as fmbgov.com. & SU from 10am-4pm. 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 Aqua Strength class is offered MO at 10am. WATER QUALITY LINKSSee what the latest water testing results are by using these links: com/waterqualityinfo COASTAL CLEANUPThe annual Coastal Cleanup on FMB, sponsored by Keep Lee County Beautiful and the Fort My ers Beach Community Foundation has been postponed until October Park, Bunche Beach and Dog klcb.orgMOUND HOUSEThe oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a histori cal museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including an open sunrise to sunset. Museum 4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut include: SA Sept 29 7am Sunrise um Tour TU Oct 2 Tour WE Oct 3 um Tour TH Oct 4 6pm Sunset Kayak Tour SA Oct 6 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. Upcoming programs include: WE Oct 3 Sensational Sharks FR Oct 5 Sea Turtle ProgramBOAT TOURS TO MOUND KEYThe Mound House hosts boat tours to Mound Key October from Fish Tale Marina aboard the the Mound House and then onto Anne Fossum captured this beautiful full rainbow looking down her canal between Randy Lane and Williams Drive just before a storm.
Page 20 Good DogA woman was with a group of friends talking about their summer Jeanie: Um, no, not really. Just then as he heard the word, the dog jumped up in Sheryls lap and put his paw on her forehead.
Page 21 WHAT IS COMMUNITY COMICS 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. FMB town council meetingRenee Massie Hose Corri Brown Francisco You guys are 2 weeks early!Mike Popeye Dearden
Page 23 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 firstname.lastname@example.org By Jay Light Somehow, I was not surprised to see Fort Myers Beach. that Mayor Tracey Gore and Councilman Dennis ed by an alert citizen discussing and offering support to Chris Patton, the local resident who The story was released in a bombshell report in last weeks Sand Paper. The whole recording is damning. One only needs to read the transcripts erybody at a local bar, to conclude that both ing gun. And reportedly, there is more damag Gore is now doubling down against the allegation, claiming that she has done nothing wrong. If shes done nothing wrong, why does Im going to jail. Another quote, I dont know if she knew damned well that what she was doing was illegal, or at least, wrong. Her statement a strategy, can only be seen as willingness to conspire with Patton against the Town, of which she is mayor and has sworn an oath to support and defend. was stunned, and doubted that the recording the town in a public place, records it, and Gore This lawsuit is likely to drag on for of thousands of dollars. The idea that she and Boback could participate in Council strategy sessions on how the Town should defend the suit, while conspiring with the plaintiff to support talk about the lawsuit and Gore replied, I dont care. I might quit and join you. She should follow her instincts. dismissing the importance of people speaking in that reason that I didnt bother to say anything to hear her mother and some close friends tell she didnt dismiss those statements. (Im sure former mayor Ray Murphy for telling Gore and Boback that they needed to resign and spare betrayal is going to cause. Boback apparently didnt say much, at least on the part of the recording that was retelling the reporter that he knew what the Sunis, the owner of the Lani Kai, who is funding the lawsuit and that Patton is fronting it for him. Pattons husband said that one of Conidaris attorneys grabbed Chris for the lawsuit. Bobacks statement, Conidaris couldnt sue. It had to be someone else, says it all. Furthermore, Gores attorney has sent a letter to the Sand Paper and the EITA demand ing that they retract what they are calling debad news for her: The moment she announced opinions, criticize others, and comment on matters of public interest. The other point is that, for any criticism to be defamatory, it has to be unreally should get a new lawyer. ly cared about the well-being of the town, they to drop the lawsuit and refuse to be Bob Coni daris pawn. Instead, they did the opposite. They should resign. citizen is who took the photo and made the recording, should be nominated for Citizen of the Year. Third, the Sand Paper should join the nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for being willing to Finally, the best quote came from a local resident who said about both Gore and Boback: Treason.Commentary: Voice of Treason
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Page 26 Water Conditions FMBSept 26, 2018 email@example.comRed Tide: The mid-week Septemlife Report continues to show Red miles out into the Gulf, the same distribution as last week. or offshore of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counCollier County. Fish kills and respiratory irritation were reported from Collier to Pinellas counties. According to the September was done on Fort Myers Beach in the last week. The report lists only west of Estero Island that showed port will be posted on Friday, Sepdead sea turtles from Sanibel beaches in the past week: 5 logger heads, 7 Kemps Ridley, 1 Green and 1 unknown due to decomposi symptoms, including birds and turtles. Earlier this week, hundreds of dead crabs washed ashore at Bonita Beach and Barefoot Beach clear, with some red drift algae ondish color. Fort Myers Beach and Lee County continue to clean the beaches as needed. Blue-Green Algae: On September mental Lab documented sparse cyanobacteria blooms of Microcystis at Franklin locks, upstream. Microcystis was not present at the Shore Park along the Caloosa Summary: Some decrease in the were noted in the past week in the continues to be present along the tends more than 10 miles out into of Collier County. about 25 square miles offshore of Lee County. Beach Dead crabs washed ashore location and time, as it has for the past 2 months, depending on wind and water currents. check the latest water quality reports: SCCF Reports: Lee County Algae Status: September 26, 2018 FWC Red Tide map. Courtesy of FWC. Dead crabs washed ashore at Baref oot Beach and Bonita Beach earlier this week. Photo courtesy of Calusa Waterkeeper.
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