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Volume 18, Number 42 By Islanders, For Islanders October 19, 2018 New State Park Manager Katie MosesCoastal Girl at HeartBy Gary Mooney I am originally from the West Coast, said Katie Moses, the new Lovers Key State Park (LKSP) Manager. I grew up in California and Oregon, then my family moved to Colorado, near the Denver Metro area. College brought me to the East Coast, to Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where I received my Marine Science degree, with a minor in Coastal Ecology. After graduating, I started my career in environmental education at an aquarium, then became a part-time interpreter at Myrtle Beach State Park and fell in love with that! Katie remained there for a couple of years, I was young, wondering what to do next with my life, including returning to school, when my Mom suggested the Peace Corps, so I joined, spending two amazing years in Fiji. The Peace Corps was perfect because I always enjoyed volunteering, and I was so isolated way about myself. Fijians are so friendly everyone talks to you and there is no electricity, so you establish interpersonal relationships, and for people of my generation, who spend so much time on their cell phones, that is a lost skill and helped me in my career today, as I work with many retiree volunteers, and I love talking with them and feel I better understand why they do what they do. I already know when it becomes my turn to retire someday, I will volunteer, too! Unfortunately, Katies father passed away in 2004, so she returned to Colorado to help her Mother. We had 5 acres and a restaurant that was more than she could handle alone, but that was not how I wanted to spend my life. As luck would have it, my old job at Myrtle Beach popped open, and I returned, with Mom selling the house and business and coming along. I did that again for another few years, until I was ready for a permanent position. The Florida State Park System has an excellent reputation nationwide, so I began to look down here. On top of that, from my time in Fiji, I love coral reefs and mangroves, so a diverse island habitat appealed to me, and when a Park Service Specialist position opened at Lovers Key State Park, I went for it. That was back in 2011 and I stayed until 2016.RELIVING ADVENTURES What made Southwest Florida even more attractive was a family connection: My grandparents years earlier lived in Port Charlotte, and always wrote us letters about how beautiful it was, and as kids we visited and did stuff like Christmas light shows, so it was fun to return and reread their old letters, while reliving many of their same adventures!By Gary Mooney Halloween 2018 is buried right in the middle of the week, deep in the graveyard of Wednesday, October 31. As a result, local Halloween events fall on a variety of evenings, to let you pick your thrills-and-chills or turn your enchanted adventure into a frightfully long Halloween spooktacular experience! Your Halloween fun actually begins this weekend. Ghosts and goblin, cowboys and ballerinas take over the Bay Oaks Recreational Center on Friday, October 19, when the Town of Fort Myers Beach Department of Parks & Recreation hosts the 29th annual Fright Night at 2731 Oak Street from 6 to 9 p.m. Fright Night is $4-per-person or $10 for a family of four, and it features the famous Haunted House, The Haunted Trail, costume contests divided into various age groups, candy, karaoke, fun, games, and much more, including Love Boat Ice Cream and food vendor sales. The Pumpkin Patch at Lakes Regional Park at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in South Fort Myers offers a host of frighteningly fun events. In addition to literally tons of pumpkins, there is the Haunted Express Train Ride that passes beside the lake and mini villages, through a waterfall, and crossing a bridge. Enjoy a Haunted Hay Ride through the Pumpkin Patch and a Haunted Carriage Ride to explore the park. Other activities include Scarecrows in The Park, ghoulish games for kids, bounce house, and scary slide, with several spots set up for family photo opportunities, By Gary Mooney Near the end of the Fort Myers Beach Town Council meeting on Monday, October 15, the four members present addressed the alleged Sunshine Law and Ethics issues involving Mayor Tracey Gore and Council member Dennis Boback, over a September 13 gathering with Chris Patton, the the Town to halt the TPI-FMB Resort construction. Council member Bruce Butcher was on an Excused Absence. A member of the public and Estero Island Taxpayers Association (EITA) member overheard their September 13 conversation in a crowded local pub and recorded it, turning it over to the EITA who passed it along to the States Sunshine and/or Ethics Laws were Island Sand Paper was also provided the audiotapes and reported the incident and released two audio clips and numerous quotes from the tape in the September 21 and 28 issues. As of press time there has Council member Anita Cereceda, during Council Member Items, stated, An issue I have been called about more times than I care to speak of over the past few weeks has to do with a pending issue with potential Sunshine Law violations. The reason I am making a statement right now is because I have felt like a hypocrite by being silent. There are many people who are extremely angry, extremely frustrated. I have been told there are individuals who feel frightened to come to the podium and make a statement. At this point, Boback laughed. that voice Cereceda continued. I want to tell people who have not contacted me that my silence is not consent or support. I have expressed my personal concerns Contd pg.10 Contd pg.8 Contd pg.4 Council Members Address Sunshine & Ethics Allegations Happy Halloween!Local Venues Host Events Katie Moses returned to Lovers Key State Park last month, as its new Manager. PHOTO BY GARY MOONEy.


Page 2 Departs From 4765 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach Located Behind Publix at Snook Bight Marina


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 LOCAL RUNNER Local beach 80-year-old resident, Jay Gray continued his winning running ways by winning his age group in the 11th Annual Fort Myers Cops & Joggers running race. This was Jays 4th consecutive winning of his age group. The nite time race was held in downtown Ft .Myers and dedicated had about 1000 runners. The course ran over the Caloosahatchee River barking being held back to insure the runners gave it their all. Jay Gray is a 20 year Ft Myers Beach snowbird resident from Atlantic City. At one time, he and wife, Charlotte, lived on a sailboat anchored near our skybridge. He continues to run the Ft Myers Beach in the dark at 5:39AM followed by a bike ride to & from Bowditch Park. Jay is a US Marine Corps vet and a cancer survivor. In January, he completed the Naples half marathon and was the oldest to complete the event. Jay Gray Fort Myers Beach COMPROMISES EARNED VOTES Humble and kind is a great way to live life respecting others opin ions yet being your own person. Not ever an easy line to walk, especially in a society that has become so divisive the past 10 years. I have heard the audios, read the transcripts, viewed the photos and video of that September 13th evening. I believe in the process that is to make a claim as to its outcome. On the other hand, I am really proud that TPI-FMB earned Dennis Bobacks vote by reducing the height of the buildings by 15. I am also proud that TPI-FMB earned Tracey Gores vote because of the 22 condi tions placed on the project, and as she said, it was in the best interest of the island and what the Community wants. I dont think either Dennis or Tracey entered the 22 hours of hearings over 3 days thinking they were going to vote for TPI-FMB, I feel we earned their votes when all compromises were considered. Mari and I, and TPI are members of the EITA. We support and nancial and volunteer assistance. The recordings were not a pre-planned event by EITA but rather a reaction of a member innocently being at the scene of something that was troubling. That member texted Beverly and sent her a photo. Bev then asked if the member could hear the conversation and if so try to record it. Dennis and Tracy could be cleared of any wrong doing, they are innocent unless proven otherwise. Lastly, I do not look forward to the recordings being made public as community citizens, other council members and staff are named within them. Tom Torgerson TPI Chairman Fort Myers BeachLEE ISSUES Lee County School Board wants to provide the best education for its students, but that means retaining and recruiting the best teachers. Low salaries and high rents does not make this an easy task. Lee Coun ty had plans to build a teachers apartment complex offering reasonable rents. Wont happen. No money. Incredible. Taxpayers are upset about the Luminary Hotel mess. It might be a good idea to send Land Deeds for Dummies to City Hall. Maybe the time has come to break out Dr. Rorschachs ink blots and check the anxiety levels.Letters continued on pg. 13


Page 4 Beach Botanyby Jim RodwellSOUTHERN FOGFRUIT Fogfruit, Phyla soecharifolia, is a rare and endangered species that is endemic to only Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Soecharifolia is a small shrub about two feet high. An evergreen perennial with vine like stems that grows along the ground and then upward. The stems are woody on the lower part and herbaceous on the upper part. Leaves are opposite in order on the stems. Linear to lanceolate leaves have lateral veins from base to tip. Margins are heavily toothed and leaves are covered with white hairs on the top and bottom surfaces giving the plant a gray look. one to four inches long from the leaf axils. At the tip of the peduncle is a cylinder about one or more inches in length. The occur at the top of the cylinder. Colors are white to purple and blooming occurs all year. Soecharifolia resides in a prairie next to last weeks Pine Rockland in the Everglades National Park. There are four species in the genus Phyla. One species, quite common on the lawns of Fort Myers Beach. 10/26/18 Happy Halloween!Local Venues Host Events, Contd from pg.1 and fees for the various events. There is food available for purchase, including cotton candy, caramel corn, and candy apples, as well as the Whistle Stop Ice Cream Shoppe. Activities are daily through Sunday, October 28, with hours weekends 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., though the Haunted Express Train Ride is through Halloween Night. Parking is $1-per-hour or $5 for the day; 239-533-7575 or Adults can raise the dead as the Nauti Parrot Dock Bar at 19001 San Carlos Boulevard hosts Fright Night on Saturday, October 20, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The night features musical entertainment on two stages as well as a Costume and more. Call 239-314-5667. Shuckers at The Gulfshore & The Cottage at 1250 Estero Boulevard have two spooktacular Halloween events, on Friday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Steve Farst Band provides the entertainment with Costume Contests that pay $100 with a $100 gift card for the Individual winner and $150 cash and $150 gift card for the Best Group! Return on Halloween for a scary good time with The Steve Farst Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be over $1,000 awarded that night, including $100 and a $100 gift card and $75 and $75 gift card for Individual 1st & 2nd Place respectively, and $200 and $200 gift card and $150 and $150 gift card for 1st & 2nd Place Group winners. Telephone 239-765-5440 or see Castaways Bar & Grill at 7205 Estero Boulevard, in the Santini Marina Plaza, has its Halloween Party on Saturday, October 27, beginning at 8 p.m. Electric Lipstick provides the music. Its Costume Contest pays $300 for 1st Place, a $200 gift card for 2nd Place, and a $100 gift card for 3rd, with costume judging at 10 p.m. The night features surprise giveaways, drink specials, and a tarot card reader. See www. Salty Sams Pirate Cruises, docked at 2500 Main Street, will A Pirate Cruise with the Pieces of Eight entertains all ages. File Photo.


Page 5 CRAFT BEERFOOD LIVE MUSICFEATURING TASTY BITES!SATURDAY, NOV. 10NOON 4:00 PM WATERFRONT DECK Tickets $50 Visit or stop by the restaurant to purchase!The full afternoon of festivities will be on the waterside deck. Rain or shine, the show will go on! Should weather require, live performances will be moved to Peteys Upper Deck, the restaurants upstairs sports bar. Tickets include beer tastings, food offerings and live music.416 Crescent Street Fort Myers Beach, FL(239) 463-3838Bene tting Operation Open Arms, a 501(c)3, provides postdeployment support to military personnel returning from combat or foreign duty stations. Fan Favorite Indie Rock & Soul Noon:00 PM Fan Favorite SOULIXERSinger/Songwriter & The Voice Contestant 2:00:00 PM Singer/Songwriter SHEENA BROOK Happy Halloween!Local Venues Host Events, Contd from pg.4have a Spooktacular Halloween Celebration aboard the Pieces of Eight pirate ship throughout October, with themed cruises, costume contests, prizes, and games, with all children and adults encouraged to wear costumes during the entire month. The pirate ship is decked out in Halloween splendor, with an interactive show featuring ghosts, ghouls, sea monsters, and magic. Events culminate on Saturday, October 27, with a Kids Halloween Cruise & Costume Party at 11 a.m., with children at $24.95 and adults at $29.95. The Adult-Only Halloween Cruise & Masquerade Ball is $25-per-person at 8:30 p.m. Red Headed Witches provides Best Costume prizes for each cruise, with a special barrel of Wicked Dolphin Rum for the adult excursion. Seating is limited so reserve your space ASAP at 239-765-7272 or at The annual Zombie Beach Crawl is Saturday, October 27, so get your half-eaten ideas for another fun Zombie Crawl to various beach establishments! Meet at Petes Upper Deck Bar at 416 Crescent Street, to get your wristband for drink specials at each location, by 6 p.m. There is no cost but donations are appreciated for the Beach Elementary School. Nervous Nellies at 1131 First Street hosts its Yappy HowlO-Ween Party with a Pet Costume Party on October 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Your Best Friend can win a free pet meal for Scariest Dressed & Funniest Dressed Pet, with the Best Dressed Pet & Owner receiving 2 round-trip tickets aboard the Key who contribute pet food or a cash donation receive a complementary order of chips-&-salsa. Portions of the evenings proceeds go to Roof for Roofus and Team Moose. Call 239-463-8077. Just in time for Halloween, visit Petes Time Out in Times Square for some Bewitching Beverages from The Magic Kettle, including Bloody Valentines, Black Widows, and Beetlejuice, all in an Evil Vessel! Petes is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; call 239463-5900. Halloween, of course, is really to make sure area kids get their share of candy and more and two churches are hosting Trunk-or-Treat that night! The First Baptist Church at 130 Connecticut Street commonly referred to as Beach Baptist has its annual Trunk-or-Treat on October 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to the candy, children can enjoy the Bounce House, Scary Slide, and Haunted House, with all activities free of charge! If you can donate bags of unopen candy, please bring them to the church 463-6452. For those who are offisland, the Zion Lutheran Church at 7401 Winkler Road in South Fort Myers features its Trunk-or-Treat for children on Halloween night from 5 to 7 p.m., and that is free of charge as well. 239-481-4040. The Mound House at 451 Connecticut, is offering halfprice admission for all that come in costume on Halloween. Visit a site where pirates and Indians actually roamed. The Mound House Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers a Birds, Bees & a Shell Mound Tour at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a Guided Museum Tour at 1 p.m. Learn more by calling 239-765-0865. There are howlingly good times and ghoulish delights all around Fort Myers Beach leading up to and on the enchanted evening, so Happy Halloween to princesses and pirates of all ages! Sandy Sandness contributed to this article.Trunk or Treat at Beach Baptist draws some elaborate trunk dcor. PHOTO BY SARAH LIST.


Page 6 By Gary Mooney I am not a speaker, nor do I do questions-&-answers, began Lee County District 3 Commission er Larry Kiker to the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at Charleys Boathouse on Thursday, October 11. I prefer a conversation! Commissioner Kiker could not predict what will happen with the County-owned property at the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge, ments. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is wrapping up its $2 million study including San Carlos Boulevard, so it is good we did not jump the gun down there. I would like that to be the gateway to Fort Myers Beach, with safety entrians, perhaps with safety islands to funnel people so they only cross When addressing Conser vation 20/20, the Commissioner said, voters approved it over 20 years ago, and sometimes after that long, you must revisit it to see if it still works properly, and in this case it was not, as we had over $120 million in the bank. Now we can acquire property rather than waiting for owners to come to us, with funds earmarked for new water quality parcels and wildlife corridors, so today it is a better program. In discussing the reFRESH Estero Boulevard Projects, Kiker stated the bulk of the work should be complete by 2021. This was to last 13 years for $50 million. The that up, we increased the Countys commitment to $80 million to get your road done years earlier.TRAFFIC, BRIDGE & WATER Former Town Council member and Mayor Ray Murphy addressed the audience, I was Councils, and we addressed Fort am back then, with question after question at candidate forums. I answered to be careful what you wish for, because if there ever is no Esnesses will be in trouble, and this summer, due to water quality, we got a taste of that. With that said, what is the latest on the Big Carlos Bridge? I think it will either be the 60-foot replacement or leaving it at 35 feet with enhancements, said Kiker. This is a $50 million project to be cofunded by the State and County that FDOT previously ranked as its #1 priority, but now they dont have the money, so Lee County may loan the State $25 million that they can pay back over 2 or 3 years to start the project. I know people are passionate about this, but there is no decision yet and may not be one until the end of next year. quality. It stinks literally! This is the most mismanaged project I have seen over the last 20 years. When BP Oil did what they did to your businesses, they paid if you could justify your losses, and maybe the government should do the same, because this will take 10 years to clean up. The water qual ity management we need does not yet exist, and that is nonsense! You are mad and should be, but people have been working on this for 7 or 8 years now, and are more frustrated than you, but if you bring in someone new and they start all over again, you must be careful about that. Jacki Liszak, Chamber Executive Director, stated, The water quality ticks me off! We have an alliance of 7 area Chambers going to Tallahassee, then to Washington DC and then we go individually, so we are looking for people to attend with us for 2 to 3 days, so see me. If you cant personally go, call, and get your mother and brother and sister and cousin to call. Everyone comes here to vacation and play, so have them call their represen tatives and tell them we need their Get involved and hold their feet to Kiker Addresses FMB ChamberLee County Commissioner Larry Kiker spoke to the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce last week. PHOTO BY SANDY SANDNESS.


Page 7 Tourism Numbers in the Red Local Artists Recognized The Tourist Development Council (TDC) regular monthly session met last week, and reported an initial wave of red numbers associated with the water woes of Lee County. The TDC oversees the management of 5% tourist tax collected on accommodation rentals of six months or less in Lee County. Roughly 50% of the over $40 million collected annually is used to fund the Lee County Visitors & Conven tion Bureau (VCB), whose mission to develop Lee County tourism. The balance of the tax collections goes to Lee County beach maintenance and debt associated with City of Palms, Jet Blue and Century Link baseball stadiums. Preliminary August 2018 Bed Tax collec tions reported in at -16.4% compared to 2017. This was after July 2018 showed a slight -2.2% in yet. This marks one of the rare two month stretches in recent years showing declines in commodations. Obvious causes were the double whammy of the salt water Red Tide growth and spread on Lee County coastal locations. In addition, seasonal rains brought the fresh water Blue-Green Algae blooms originating from increased polluted water discharges into the Caloosahatchee River from the northern Kissimmee River Basin and Lake Okeechobee. showed the decline in room sales resulted even RSW showing 5.1% more passengers in August 2018 vs 2017. One possible explanation offered for these plus 500,000 RSW passengers was that a higher number of residents chose to depart and return in August, perhaps another reaction to the water conditions. Executive Director Tamara Pigott reported the annual tourism marketing programs have continued without interruption. The $1 million additional emergency marketing funding approved in August is in the process of being deployed. A digital campaign has been completed, TV advertising in selected markets has been purchased for showing after the November elecand crisis management. The logic has been and still is that this emergency marketing campaign should not commence until relative certainty that the waters have cleared. Accuracy in the messages and credibility with the audience cannot be compromised.LOCAL ARTISTS In other business, Fort Myers Beach Resident Don Hutchison was honored as the outgoing Lee County Resident Artist. This program offers Lee County artists a 3-month residency opportunity to develop their work and connect with the people and nature of Lee County. Artists are paid a $5,000 stipend, and must provide the VCB with a minimum 30 images plus social media posts and attend meetings with VCB manag ers. Hutchison, a photographer, expressed gratitude for the opportunity and encouragement to expand his focus areas and subjects, with special thanks to Alison Giesen, Fort Myers Beach Director of Cultural Resources, for encouraging him to apply. Hutchisons photography can be viewed at Another artist with Fort Myers Beach connections, R.J. Snider, was named the incoming Lee County Resident Artist. Snider has worked in marketing and sales for several businesses on FMB, and is a member of the FMB Chamber of Commerce. R.J. Snider Photogra phy focus has been on wedding, family and real estate photography, with expansion into outdoor and landscape subjects. Local graduates of the latest VCB sponprogram were also recognized and congratulat ed at the meeting. They included approximately 25 representatives from Boykin Management Company & Pink Shell, Diamond Head Beach Resort, Doc Fords, Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, Mango Street Inn, Mound House, RAL Resort Property Management, Outrigger Beach Resort & Zoomers. ISLAND HOPPER Lastly, TDC board members thanked VCB staff, BMI, and iHeart Radio for a very writer Fest that was held September 21 30 in Captiva, downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach. The event shattered attendance records, with 23% more attendees compared to last year. Featuring 79 singer-songwriters in 155 performances, the event entertained over 18,000 guests. Captiva drew attendance of 6,130, downtown Fort Myers 2,424 and Fort Myers Beach 9,550, more than the other two locations combined. Eight Fort Myers Beach venues participated in the Island Hopper, hosting performances September 28-30. TDC board members said that the strong room sales and growth in food and beverage sales were appreciated, but the big value was the morale improvement to all in the hospitality industry, who had suffered from declines in July and August. VCB Annual Sales & Marketing Meeting will be held November 15 at the Westin Cape Coral Resort in Marina Village 9am. All Lee County tourism industry marketers are encour aged to attend. Fort Myers Beach Sunset, photo by R.J. Snider, Lee County Resident Artist.


Page 8 to the Town Manager and Town Attorneys, and I felt compelled to put that on the record, because I received some very hostile calls about why am I not doing anything; why am I not saying anything; why am I being quiet; how can you let this happen; why arent you making you learn in any political or public endeavor is how to count to three, in this case, a majority of the council, because that is what it would take for any motion to go forward. You are so out of line right now, interjected Gore. Im not. This is my comment, countered Cereceda. For those of you who have contacted me, those of you who have been a little out of line in your demands of me, I simply make that statement. I would not normally make a statement, but I think it is imperative to do so in this situation, said Vice Mayor Joanne Shamp. In this country, we have a doctrine of law that when individuals have allegations, legal allegations, against them, we have a presumption of innocence and those facing allegations have the opportunity to represent themselvesThe process for this is being followed. I do not believe that the Town Council is currently part of that process and I just stand by that we have a doctrine of law thats very important that you are innocent until proven guilty in this country. Thank you. God bless America, Gore added. ISLAND TOILET PAPER Normally I wouldnt say anything; Ive tried not to say anything. said Boback, I dont believe that theres anybody thats afraid to come up to the podium thats ridiculous! Anybody that wants to can come to the podium so long as they are as civil as everybody else. Number two, I would challenge Miss Beverley Milligan to publish the full content of this tape that some lowlife took and put it out there for everybody to see. I would like to know why, Miss Milligan, the only single news entity that has a copy of the tape or heard the full tape was The Island Toilet Paper! (apparently in reference to the Island Sand Paper.) That is out of line, scolded Cereceda. We have rules of civility! Boback barked back loudly, Im talking! Youre calling names! responded Cereceda. Mayor Gore made no comment. No, I just called it what it is what most people on the island call it, replied Boback. Most people, I wont say a majority, but a good portion of the people on this island know there is nothing to this. They know it is just a matter of a way to try to cloud the next election. Now my understanding is the State Attorney has received a complaint. I would urge him and request from them to take a look at it and get it over with as quickly as possible, because I didnt do anything wrong, I didnt say anything wrong, and I dont believe the mayor did either. So get it over with. Put the tape out there, the full tape. Have the State lets end this faade. Im not going to say anything about that, Gore added, because Ive got people to do that for me.LETTERS LEAD TO SUICIDE? Later however, Gore did comment, I wasnt going to say this, but Ill say it now because of this crap! On Fort Myers Beach, we are a community and everybody like, takes care of each other. Theres some mean people out there but I want everybody to recognize that when you write Letters to the Editor, when you come into Town Hall and youre mean to people, theres some nasty stuff being said that people wont say to your face. You dont know when you write that Letter to the Editor, that opinion or whatever it is, thats the last thing thats gonna make somebody blow their brains out. I am a strong woman; not going to happen to me, but you dont know the next person that youre writing to isnt going to be strong, like me. Words are just be nasty when people are just trying to be helpful is cruel. Ive seen it when people come to Town Hall and yell at the staff because they got a parking ticket. People just need to take a chill pill! I dont think that anyone is out to purposely hurt anyone, except for the little, small clan running around. Just be careful with your words and try to be kind to each other.ROUTINE BUSINESS In other matters, Council received Community Resource Advisory Board and Marine Resources Task Force reports; and unanimously approved its Consent Agenda to create the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, authorize Clifton Larson Allen LLP to conduct the 2018 Town Audit, execute the 2018-19 Tourist Development Tax Funds Agreement for Beach & Shoreline Maintenance, allocated $38,148 to purchase a mini-excavator from Kelly Tractor, and auction surplus Town items. Under Public Hearings, Council unanimously moved to a 2nd Hearing on November 5 a request from the Council Members Address Sunshine & Ethics Allegations, Contd from pg.1Contd on pg.15 Mayor Tracey Gore. Town of Fort Myers Beach Council Member Dennis Boback. Town of Fort Myers Beach.


Page 9 Your Hometown Newspaper for over 18 years Missy Layeld, Editor Editor@fortmyersbeach.newsReading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Sir Richard Steele Mike Buster Circulation Manager c/o Info@fortmyersbeach.newsYou live and learn. At any rate, you live. Douglas Adams Mark List, Production ManagerProduction@fortmyersbeach.newsThe grass is always greener once you dont have to mow a lawn anymore. Randy K. Milholland Sarah List, PhotographerThere cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. Henry Kissinger Sandy Sandness, Advertisinginfo@fortmyersbeach.newsGood manners will open doors that the best education cannot. Clarence ThomasThe 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 WEBSITE LETTER SUBMISSION POLICYThe Island Sand Paper welcomes letters from Islanders on local issues. Signed letters up to 300 words are welcome. All letters should be the original work of the author, include city of residence and a phone number length, accuracy and to prevent libel. 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 may be considered for publication as a Guest Commen tary based on available space, relevance and the quality and coherence of the piece submitted. Deadline for letter submission is noon Wednesday. Submit letters via email to, online at or mail to address on this page. Islanders are invited to submit original articles and photos for publication. Publication is based on available space, relevance and quality. The Sand Paper uses artistic license for humor and to amuse its readers. Nothing contained in this publication is intended to embarrass or offend 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.newsNever judge a book by its movie. J. W. Eagan Gary Mooney Lead Writer Rita Mae BrownOFFICE HOURS MON-FRI 10AM-3PM Subject to change due to story assignments. CALL TO BE SURE! STICKS AND STONES Lets begin with some basics. We are the local community newspaper. We take our responsibility to provide accurate information on local issues seriously. We have no ax to grind with anyone. While we take editorial positions on local issues, we also provide a place where our community can share their opinions whether they agree with us or not. After 8+ years at the helm of The Island Sand Paper, readers should know where we stand on fairness and accuracy by now. Council meeting in this issue. You might want to read that before going further, Council Members Address Sunshine & Ethics Allegations. Those are the facts. This is our opinion.***** Our beach government, or at least certain members of our Town wallow in the mud and then climb out and lecture the rest of us on how we should all be nicer to each other, meaning primarily them. This week we were all treated to Mayor Tracey Gore referring derogatorily to taxpaying members of our community, the EITA, as a little, small clan running around. She then warned that Letters to the Editor could cause someone to blow their brains out. And she attempted unsuccessfully, to silence Council Member Anita Cereceda as she spoke of the phone calls she had received on the Gore/Boback Sunshine Ethics issue. But wait, theres more! Council Member Dennis Boback verbally attacked the Executive Director of the EITA and then, in a move right off the third grade playground, called the Island Sand Paper, the Island Toilet Paper, insisting thats what most people on this island call it. Gore sat mute through Bobacks name-calling rant, so it appears that her later plea to be kind to each other was just so much BS and meant only for those criticizing her. Two elected members of the governing body of our community, We really couldnt make this stuff up. beach resident, a member of the local organization Estero Island Taxpayers Association or EITA, wandered past the bar at a busy, local watering hole and noticed Gore and Boback in a discussion with the plaintiff of two lawsuits against the town AND they seemed to be talking about the lawsuit. Those members of Town Council were scheduled to attend a meeting to discuss and presumably make decisions on the Towns defense of that lawsuit just four days later. The resident recorded the conversation, which was perfectly legal, and then turned it over to the EITA Executive Director who passed it along to the States Attorney seeking an answer as to whether that conversation rose to the level of a violation of the Sunshine Law, which prohibits two members of any board from discussing any topic that may come before that board in the future, or Ethics Law, which may apply to decision-mak ing members of a public body meeting with and publicly supporting the plaintiff in lawsuits that they themselves will decide how to defend. The States Attorneys decision is expected soon. Possible outBoth Gore and Boback have vehemently denied they did anything wrong. Their supporters have insisted that the EITA should not stalk and record anyone in public. Theyve characterized the bar meeting as just friends talking. Theyve called the EITA a clan in a manner that implies they are doing something wrong. And, of course, the Sand Paper is evil because when provided the tapes, we listened to them and reported what we heard. There was no stalking. Nobody left their home thinking that theyd track down council members and record them that night. A bar is a public place with no expectation of privacy. No one is running around town recording everyone. The next time you hear that, ask who elses conversa tion has been recorded. We have and the answer is no one. As for the Island Sand Paper, wed handle it exactly the same way if we were presented with tapes implicating Sunshine or Ethics violations this one, despite the mayors threatening to sue us for defamation, something which has not yet happened. We are concerned that our town has a council member who is unable to recognize the difference between a community newspaper that has supported this community for 18 years and toilet paper. Maybe Town Hall should hold a Toilet Paper Drive so Mr. Boback learns to tell the difference. Most disturbing is Gores comment that Letters to the Editor can inspire someone to blow their brains out. How incredibly insensitive and ignorant to invoke the specter of suicide in an attempt to quiet critics! The topic of suicide is not something to ever be used as a political tool. It is a horrible, deeply personal and tragic nightmare of loss that affects many families. You dont know who has had to live through the suicide of a loved one. We sincerely hope that Mayor Gore never has to do so herself. If she had, she would never, ever be so cavalier with terms like, blow their brains out. Editor


Page 10 During Katies initial LKSP stint, she was the Volunteer Coordinator, as well as doing a great deal of resource management. We developed many interesting programs, and I regularly interacted with the Friends Of Lovers Key State Park (FOLKS), so I saw and appreciated how a passionate volunteer group like them can make such a positive impact, as they do so much for Lovers Key. This was just about when the dream of an indoor Welcome & Discovery Center was taking shape, so it was wonderful to exciting dream. That makes it even more special today, to be here to see that through to fruition. Katie, however, left LKSP for just under two years. I was ready for the next step in my career, when the opportunity opened at Koreshan Historic State Park, right down the road in Estero, and that appealed to me for several reasons. While it is only a few miles away from Lovers Key, it is an entirely different type of park. Up to then, I only worked at coastal parks, while Koreshan offered a bit of everything, from maintaining an historic district with buildings over 100 years old, to the responsibility over Mound Key and the Estero Bay Preserve, while offering programs and camping like at other State Parks. A fascinating part for me were the controlled burns, to properly maintain the habitat, because, in growing up out settings on purpose!A SPECIAL PLACE Lovers Key, though, held a special place in her heart. When I left for Koreshan, I knew at some point I wanted to return as Manager, and when Bob Stieger, LKSPs previous manager, announced he would retire at the end of July, I State Park System is in reality a small community, where you know everybody, so I basically knew everyone who applied, and that they were all excellent candidates who would do amazing jobs if they received the position, so in a way, that made it easier. Katie learned she received the promotion around September 15. I was just so excited and shocked, all at the same time! Now that she is in the big chair, her mission is to maintain LKSP as a top-notch facility for its 1.2-million annual visitors. My primary challenge is the community around LKSP continues to grow, with no best balance between serving their needs while maintaining Lovers Keys natural beauty. Coastal parks are really the last places in Florida on water free of development, where you enjoy the habitat and wildlife and return to nature. Everyone knows we have a great beach, but they need to discover as well our fabulous kayaking and trail systems. That said, there are manmade enhancements that require updating, like expanded restrooms and an improved main entry, to get guests during season quickly into the park. The biggest manmade enhancement will be the new Welcome & Discovery Center for which Katie was in on the ground We will host the groundbreaking on Thursday afternoon, December 6, and that is suddenly right-aroundthe-corner! The architectural plans and Split Rock Studios recently interpretive display designs that you will soon see on the FOLKS website. The Welcome & Discovery Center will become the heart of Lovers Key, where you can get answers to all your questions. In our State Park surveys, the #1 issue is that visitors rarely interact with the staff, as everything is so spread out, so the Welcome & Discovery Center will serve that role perfectly and, of course, having a place with air conditioning wont hurt at all! We hope it will be complete by late 2019. Katie concluded by saying, I am really happy to be back! I am a coastal girl at heart, so it was hard to be away from the beach. Lovers Key State Park is always such a tranquil place to be, to turn off your phone, shut out the stress of life and just take a walk, so I hope to see you on the trail! New State Park Manager Katie Moses Coastal Girl at Heart Contd from p.1


Page 11 During their regular monthly meeting this week, the Board of Commissioners of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department approved their 2019 schedule of meetings, moving both the work session meetings and the regular monthly meetings to Wednesdays. The regular Fire Board Meetings will be held at Town Hall at 6pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month except for January, November and December. The Work Session Meetings will be held at 9:30am at Beach Library on the 2nd Wednesday of the month except for February, June and September. During the Fire Chiefs Report from Chief Matt Love, he congratulated the winners of the Fire Departments Annual Awards, presented at an Awards event held recently. Captain Chris Morgani received the Mermedic Tate Sturtevant the Outstanding Service Award and Eric Tibbs the Outstanding Support Award. Following Hurricane Michael, two FMB Fire Department members have deployed with the Lee County Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) team to the hurricane-effected area: Battalion Chief Terry Brunson and Engineer Billy Galewski. Love explained that Executive Assistant Fire Chief of Life Safety & Support Services Ron Martin will be part of a team of Fire Inspectors who will deploy to the same area to assist with commercial inspections soon. During the Fire Chiefs report, Love recognized service anniversaries for Executive Assistant Fire Chief Scott Wirth (1 year), Captain Chris Morgani (17 ber (1 year). September 2018 incidents (calls) totaled 177 with average response time of 5:01. 68% of them were EMS calls for service; 25% Good Intent; 6% Service and 1% Fire. (Good Intent calls include situations where someone calls 911 and it isnt an emergency. Service calls to date calls total 2316. By unit in September, Engine 31 had 67 responses; Engine 32 had 58 responses; Truck 33 had 41 responses. Ambulance 32 had 70 responses and Ambulance 33 had 46. Vehicle number general ly depicts which Fire Station that vehicle is stationed at, though the district participates in a closest response agreement with neighboring districts, meaning that whichever vehicle is closest to the incident is the one that will be directed to respond, regarddistrict. In September the Life Safety and Support Services Branch provided 56 inspections related to the Life Safety Ordinance. Assistant Chief Martin explained that due to low occupancy, more inspections were accomplished. The FMB Fire Department will participate in the 2018 SWFL Water Safety Symposium planned for October 25 at Bay Oaks and focused on improving water safety through education of those who manage pools or businesses near or on water. Eighty participants have signed up to date. The board also approved updates to their Policy Manual after rejecting a suggestion from Chair Carol Morris that violations of board policy should include a Vice Chair Ted Schindler was not present at Tuesdays meeting. The next meeting of the Fire Board will be November 13 at 9:30am at the Beach Library. Fire Board Sets 2019 Meetings The Estero Island Garden season this week with speakers Bernie Hamera, president of the Fort Myers Lee County Garden Council and Laura Jibben, Director of District 9 explaining the Garden Club organization. Second Vice-president and membership chair, Louise Close shared information about the plant of the month, Tropical pitcher plant, and Louise had a beautiful specimen to show to the members and guests. Meetings are held at the FMB Womans Club, 175 Sterling Street. On October 29, speaker Jim Rodwell, Florida Master Naturalist will present a slideshow and lecture about vegetation on the beach and native plants at 9am. The November 5 program will be on weeding your garden. Newcomers and snowbirds are always welcome to attend the Garden Clubs fun and informative meetings with refreshments and time to meet new friends. For more information please call 978-4601814.Garden Club Louise Close discussed the Tropical Pitcher plant and shared this beautiful specimen with the Estero Island Garden Club at their meeting this week. Photo submitted.


Page 12 By Gary Mooney The Calusa Waterkeeper hosted the inaugural Florida Economic Water Summit (FEWS) on environmental and economic fallout produced by the recent water quality crisis on Monday evening, October 15 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers. K. C. Schulberg, Calusa Waterkeeper Executive Director, moderated the panel that included John Cassani, the Calusa Waterkeeper; Wayne Daltry, the former director of the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council; Dave Jensen of Jensens Twin Palm Resort & Marina on Captiva; John Lai, president of the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce; Corey McCloskey, career development director for John R. Wood Properties; Adam Vellano, west coast sales manager of BEX Reality; Dr. Shelton Weeks, departof the Lucas Institute for Real Estate at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU); Captain Daniel Andrews of Captains for Clean Water; and Jacki Liszak, Executive Director of the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the summit, environmental nonprof its hosted a Clean Water Fair. Members of our community are suffering respiratory illnesses, and we dont know to what extent, cials are not holding up their end, so versities are picking up the slack. Hotels, restaurants and bars lay off employees, and summer rentals are decimated, so this is a story of great economic distress. Red Tide is still in our water column, so it will come back with a vengeance next year, as we are not taking any meawait 10 years, but must do so in the next 2 or 3. This is the most harmful algae bloom in Southwest Florida history, said John Cassani. Red Tide began last October, and the Blue-Green cyanobacteria started in Lake Okeechobee in May. They overlapped in a mile-and-a-half of water, and that never happened before. This 2018 bloom is the worst ever in Florida, with the next worst in 2016, and severe outbreaks in 2013, 2015, and 2017, so this is a trend. When can we expect relief I hate to say this, but the short answer is not for years.LIPSTICK ON A PIG I was born and raised in Southwest Florida, recalled Captain Andrews. Fishing kept me out of a lot of trouble, and every job I industry. People told me for years reached a tipping point in 2016, so I became involved. People would say brown water was natural, but Lake Okeechobee discharges are not natural! We must stop polluting Lake Okeechobee, treat the water, and release it south through the Everglades, as this is not rocket science. This isnt a science problem, where we dont have the scientists where we dont have the politicians jection Wells as the solution but I havent found a scientist or hydrol ogist yet who doesnt cringe when you bring these up, and anyone who tells you they are the solution is lying. They discovered the public does not like Deep Injection Wells, so now they call them Emergency Estuary Relief but that is bullcrap, like putting lipstick on a pig! We advocate science-based solutions. Dave Jensens family business dates back 42 years. I did not take water quality very seriously at ent today. I purchased 100 signs in this election year, saying to cast your vote For Water, as political afsorts are now 100% fertilizer-free, because it is the right thing to do. ers, because we are all part of the problem so we need to help each other to become part of the solution. The good news is we have the power together to change the future!WE ARE NOT DISPOSABLE Prior to Jacki Liszak speakHarry Chapin Food Bank pantry truck on Fort Myers Beach each Wednesday, with one grateful FMB worker stating, We are not dispos able, and our lives are important, so thank you so much! These are my friends and neighbors, she emotionally related. These are people I Florida Economic Water Summit Environment & Economy IntermixCaptain Daniel Andrews of Captains for Clean Water addresses the Florida Economic Water Summit, as other panel members look on. PHOTO BY GARY MOONEY.


Page 13 Newspapers Relevant? Does Advertising Work?Island Sand Paper September Audience Stats Say Yes!September 2018 Facebook Posts (mostly referred readers to website compete story) reached another 59,059 September 2018 Print Issue Readers: 25,000 September 2018 Website Visits: 27,379 September 2018 Website Pageviews: 119,607 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. know and love coming through that food line, and I cant explain to you how hard it is to see! We help 150 to 200 people each week, as Fort Myers Beach businesses and employ ees lost over $41 million in the past 10 weeks. Reach out to your family and friends in other states, because while we live here, this is their playground, so ask them to contact their legislators to support Florida. If we all act locally but think globally, we now, so we cant wait to welcome everyone back! John Lai added that Sanibel-Captiva businesses lost $27 million over that same time, noting, Tourism is our Golden Goose and everyone thought it was recession-proof, but if water is your product and we let it deteriorate, your resources diminish. We have three priorities: stem pollutants at the source; build the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir in 4 years, south to the Everglades. Corey McCloskey noted that 491 Cape Coral canal-fronting homes went up for sale in the last 120 days, increasing the total to 725 houses, with only been 363 sales. She implored everyone, Vote for water! Dr. Shelton Weeks described Southwest Floridas economy as at a tipping point. Some businesses wont make it and employees will move out, miss car payments, incur debt or worsen their credit. We are losing vacationers and even family visits, and on a recent trip to recruit new faculty for FGCU, everyone wanted to know about the water because it is national news. The worst part going forward is if this is not just a one-off thing, because the lack of any substantive progress on current conditions will produce a greater long-term cost. Speaking last, Wayne Daltry said his job to close the forum was to say that water quality is not as rosy as the previous speakers made it seem to be! Not long ago, restoring the Everglades was the nations environmental monument and we were it, then Florida got stupid! We prospered, passed a lot of good laws and the funding to pay for them, then we didnt implement what we passed or did what we said we would do.TOXIC TESTING Prior to FEWS, Florida Atlantic Universitys Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute research ers from Fort Pierce took nasal swabs, urine and blood samples, and questionnaire information from roughly 70 community volunteers, including this reporter, to test for trace exposures to Blue-Green Algae cyanobacteria from local waters. These toxins can lead to neurological conditions like ALS, Alzheimers, and Parkinsons disease, with other risks ranging from cold-type symptoms to liver disease. The Harbor Branch Institute under took these tests because the Florida Department of Health declined to do so. Last month, Harbor Branch tested 100 people on Floridas east coast, with 100% having detectable levels of the toxin microcystin. The screening results are not individual ized but only calculated to provide a group result.Florida Economic Water SummitEnvironment & Economy Intermix, Contd Letters, Contd from pg.3 Alas, hand-wring hysterics carry their placards and bull horns, all of which brings us to the GenLee Syndrome. Cure is simple: re place old statue with an elegant marble monument showing General Lee and General Grant hand-in-hand both displaying cordial smiles. Convictions can best be supported with experience and clear thinking. Its perhaps a pity, and certainly a shame, that our elected leaders cant see things as they are, and not as they appear to be. If you are in deep despair, take a dip in the Red Tide it may color your point of view. Joseph A. OBrien Fort MyersDISSOLVE THE TOWN This morning (Oct 16) the Town of FMB had a Public Safety Committee (PSC) meeting scheduled for 9 am. Since I was at the Magistrates hearing scheduled for the same time, I heard only two board members showed for the PSC, no quorum, no meeting. If you cant have people who make a commitment to be on a board and keep their word, then you cant have government! This is why this Island does not deserve to have the right to govern itself, and should be dissolved by the State of Florida. The Town also appears to be failing to post notice of meetings on their website calendar. The town claims that by stating at the beginning of the year that a particular board will meet on the second Tuesday at 9 am of every month, that they have lawfully complied with the Sunshine law. That is not the intent of compliance, to make one proclamation for the entire year, but rather to have current dates and times posted in a publicly accessible location, which is the Towns web site. The paper copy of the PSC agenda that was available today in the town hall lobby, had the incorrect month on the paper, stating September 18th instead of October, making it an unlawful notice to the public. Besides, this was the THIRD Tuesday, so there was no compliance with their annual notice either! How sad that a few folks on this island want to play government, but cant even get people to become involved in committees! Since the take over? Dissolve the Towns charter! Leon Moyer Fort Myers Beach


Page 14 In preparation for the November 6 election, the Sand Paper has contacted the seven candidates running for a seat on the Fort Myers Beach Fire Board with a question regarding a topic of interest to Island residents. Their answers are printed here in their own words, in alphabetical order by last name and seat. This weeks question: Please explain your top the Fire District in the next four years?SEAT 1Robert Raymonds response: vice goals for the next four years station on Donora. It was past its time many years ago. The cost of repairs are very expensive to bring it up to town specks. With all that is going on in town we really need this. I want to see our taxpayers get the best deal we can afford. This have. A second item is main street on san carlos island. We have to plan for all the new development planned now with more to come. We also have the new life safety ordinance just past. If it saves one penny. For this service our taxpayers should not have to pay all of this. The owners of these properties, should pay for these investment properties. I would appreciate the privilege of working for you. Thank You. Bill Santomas response: Financial goals and service goals are reliant upon the quality of the personnel appointed to the orvery good. I believe it can improve upon its solid foundation to being a best in class emergency services department. ISO Class 1! To hire and expensive procedure. To lose these trained individuals to another organization is a drain on the department, in morale and funds. Recently the department completed a survey of the community. Its top two priorities were to maintain a competitive comsecondly to hire and keep quality ers union and the district reached agreement on a three-year contract. This contract addresses both priorities. The contract also puts the district in the position to accurately forecast costs of the labor group and to budget accordingly. The battalion chiefs union is soon to renegotiate their contract. My top also reach agreement to a contract and the dedicated professionals performance of their duties. Service goals are expen sive and must be rationalized as to their cost verses reward. I believe the best use of additional funds is spection and education programs. The district passed an ordinance mandating inspections of rental properties but did not assign any funds for the program. The new budget addresses this but more inspectors are needed. No response was received from Forrest Critser.SEAT 3Jacki Liszaks response: My top goal for the next four years is to maintain and continue the progress the department has seen with its budget strategy. It is critical that current levels of funding are continued and that new oppor tunities for funding are researched and developed. The Annual review and work plan that the department has embarked on is based on iden decisions and create a roadmap for the team to follow. Each year, the strategic plan is reviewed, which I believe is critical. This will balance activities and achieve the best short and long term outcomes. The plan also provides a critical benchmark for accountability at all levels of the department. My second priority, without a doubt, is the continued recruitment professionals. The men and women are the most critical resource we have. By maintaining our millage rate, the department projects it will be able to offer an excellent level of service while providing competitive wages for retention and recruitment of new talent. Overall, we must continue to create and administer strong policy, listen to feedback, collabo rate with the community and continue to work on the capital asset and replacement plan. A strong Fire Department is one that is integrated within the community it serves and demonstrates a teamwork approach. Carol Morris response: In my previous articles in the Sand Paper, I touched on the answer to the question posed by the editor to all candidates. As a long standing FMB Fire Commission er and Chairperson of the Board, I have worked long and hard with the Fire Chief, his staff, and my fellow board members to change the face of the Fire District. To date we have made tremendous progress. My goals over the next four years are that we become the best Fire District in Lee County and perhaps in the state of Florida, with no increases in the milleage rate which the taxpayers must bear. The details to the primary goals are as follows: Our response times will be as good as or better than today. Our training and professionalism will be second to none. Our equipment will be replaced on schedule with the best and latest for life safety. The will be a top priority. Salaries and will be commensurate with other districts. Fires in the area will be minimal with no loss of life and our treat and transport services (EMS) will provide patient comfort and the medical expertise required to save lives. Perhaps this sounds overly ambitious but we are already on our way. With four more years the current board that has worked well together can achieve my goals. Please reelect me, Commissioner Carol Morris and the two other incumbent commissioners. SEAT 5John Bennetts response: The coming years for the Fort Myers Beach Fire District are full of challenges. As with most be asked to do more with less. Station 31 is at the end of its serviceable lifespan, equipment standards will change with technological advancements and additional personnel will be required to meet the needs of the community. All of this will have to be accomplished while maintaining the lowest possible tax bill for the people of the district. The FMBFD is within a community surrounded by water, but yet we have no on-water capability vices. The use of drone technol ogy is an increasing technique in sponse and search & rescue. Both of these additional resources would be of great value to a coastal community. But most importantly, the districts most valuable asset is its sionals in the state, yet retaining these individuals has been a common issue. We ask a tremendous accept nothing less than excellence in the performance of their duties. We owe them the best training, equipment and the best quality of life we can provide. If elected, two of my goals for the coming four years would be improving employee satisfaction/retention and increasing response capabilities through the use of new technologies, while maintaining the long term planning & budget goals of the district. Theodore (Ted) Schindlers response: The questions posed are service goals in a small district are contingent on each other. With personnel costs at approximate ly 80% of our budget that must be the local districts in our pay scale. Thus, we became a trainer for other districts, some on the east coast of FL. Our income in based on fees charged for some services and property tax. Years ago, with real estate appraised values decreas ing we had to curtail pay raises, in fact make some cuts. We did not raise millage rates; Real estate values have gradually increased and we have been able to make pay increases for better retention. Red tide and other factors may decrease or even stop the property value increases so we must be prudent with the budget. I authored a clause in the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that limits future pay raises to appraisal values. Therefore, limiting our liability. Regarding service goals-we are at the highest level the district has ever achieved. This includes life-saving results and ISO rating (ISO rating can affect your property insurance costs). I support spending on the other 20% of the budget for equipment, facility improvements as long as we can just to the budget. Raising taxes is the absolute last resort, controlling expens es is the key. Please vote for incumbents: Morris, Raymond and Schindler this November.Ask the Candidate Fort Myers Beach Fire Board


Page 15 Engineers, Environmental Scientists, SurveyorsBean, Whitaker, Lutz and Kareh, Inc. is now a division of CES, Inc., a respected Learn more at Gullwing Beach Resort at 6620 Estero Boulevard to change Zoning from Commercial Resort to Community Planned Development additional units; and unanimously approved resident Hank Incognitos request to resume construction on a family duplex at 3552/3554 Estero Boulevard, with Boback approving simply because the Letter previously supplied by the Town, and no other reason. Under Legislative Public Hearings, Council unanimously forwarded to a 2nd Hearing on November 5 a State of Emergency Ordinance extending the 7-day period; and Denied 3 to 1 a proposed 180-day Moratorium on constructing more than one residential dwelling in existing subdivisions on lots less than 15,000-square-feet, with Boback Against, as Council expects to Under the Administrative Agenda, Council unanimously approved a 2017-18 Budget Amendment; a $56,209 Supplemental Task Authorization to Coastal Engineering Consultants for dune walkovers on Chapel, Mango and Pompano Streets; and up to $10,000 to Ocean Habitats for a canal pilot project to install to clean out Karenia Brevis toxin to help clear local waterways of Red Tide.SAFE WATER In another matters under Council Member Items, Cereceda asked Rae Burns, the Towns Stormwater & Environmental Technician, about Fort Myers Beach water conditions, with Burns reporting no Red Tide, Red Drift Algae, or abnormal air conditions. Is Red Drift Algae, the beach or water dangerous to human beings, asked Cereceda, with Burns People on Fort Myers Beach are safe, stressed Cereceda! I had at least a dozen telephone calls asking what people can do to not be harassed on the beach by a supposed water advocate. A couple from Canada came into my Times Square store on Saturday, asking if they were in danger, because this activist said they were. There are many people who have been told they are in danger, so I said I would ask that question on the public record today. I spoked with the West District Sheriffs Department to ask what people who feel harassed can do and the Sheriff reported there is a right to free speech so people can say what they want; even if it is untrue, so I want to put it out there that they are safe on our beaches. She explained that the sheriffs felt harassed, should call 911. Council adjourned at 1:18 p.m.; its next meeting is Monday, November 5, in Town Hall at 9 a.m.Council Members Address Sunshine & Ethics Allegations, Contd from pg.8EITA RESPONSEGORE, BOBACK SHOULD APOLOGIZE Beverley Milligan, Executive Director of the Estero Island Taxpayers Association responded to Council Member comments after Mondays meeting. The EITA is a not a clan, as Mayor Gore and others have said. It is a 501(c)4 composed of people who are taxpayers on Fort Myers Beach. Our mission is to educate on issues impacting this wonderful Island of ours. To have our organization attacked in a public meeting by and completely unacceptable. Mr. Boback referred to an EITA member as some lowlife. We do not need to defend our member who made the recordings after hearing two council members discussing Town issues in a public place. This member did not break any law. Does Mr. Boback think all town taxpayers are lowlifes? His attack on our member, our organization and myself personally is an abuse of his position as a council member and shows hes unworthy of that position. The members of EITA deserve an apology from both Mr. Boback and Ms. Gore. We respect the States Attorney process and await word on their decision. The EITA will continue to welcome all taxpayers on Fort Myers Beach to our monthly meetings.Bill Veach provides an Advisory Committee report to Town Council. PHOTO BY GARY MOONEY.


Page 16 Coastal Clean-Up FMB Community Foundation Last Saturday morning, October 13, the International Coastal Clean-up was held on Fort Myers Beach and several other locations in Lee County. Over 400 pounds of trash was collected along the beach and roads of Fort Myers Beach, with cigarette butts and plastic bottle tops the most frequent item picked up. The number of straws collected was noticeably down this year according to volunteers. The Fort Myers Beach Community Founda tion (FMBCF), along with Keep Lee County Beautiful coordinated the beach clean-up. The FMBCF is a charitable foundation dedicated to working cooperatively to improve the quality of life in Fort Myers Beach and surrounding communities. Meetings are usually held the 3rd Wednesday of the month from October May. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov 14. Anyone interested in attending a meeting or joining can get more information at www.fortmyersbeachcf. com Local Cub Scout Pack 93 helps with the Coastal Clean-up. Photo provided. FMB Community Foundation volunteers for the Coastal Clean-up. Photo by Sarah List.


Page 17 For more information, sponsorship opportunities and tickets, call (239) 463-3600, connect with us on Facebook or visit CELEBRATE SUSTAINABLE Please join us for this chef-driven event which highlights sustainable seafood samplings from such restaurants as Chloes Seafood & Steak at the DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spas Cste Island Cuisine Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining Charleys Boat House Grill Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille e Whale Dixie Fish Co. Castaways Bar & Grill Truly Scrumptious and more. Tickets are $50SUSTAINABILITY PRESENTATION by Dr. Rick Bartleson, Research Scientist, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. CASH BAR SILENT AUCTION Live Music by Pearl Street Band. ursday, Nov. 1, from 6 8:30 p.m. DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa 2000 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach Last week, the US Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan, comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislation-the federal water bill-that authorizes the EAA Reservoir! The 2018 Water Resources Development Act, WRDA Bill, is the bill clean water advocates have been working on to move forward a critical and fundamental Everglades restoration and estuaries enhance ment project that will enable excess water to be directed south out of Lake Okeechobee instead of west and east to the Caloosahatchee and St Lucie rivers and estuaries. The project is designed to move water from Lake Okeechobee 10,500-acre reservoir. The reservoir is estimated to cost about $1.3 billion, which will be split evenly between the federal government and the state. The bill also directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to imple to identify and develop improved strategies for prevention and manage ment techniques, early detection and procedures to reduce harmful algal blooms. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) worked to gether to get the project included in the bill. The bill now goes to President Donald Trump for his signa ture. As soon as the bill is signed, the Army Corps will complete the documentation process. Community support will be needed to continue the momentum to support project funding in the 2019 and 2020 federal budgets to keep the project moving forward. At the state level, a commitment from the new administration to get the project started will be needed. Information provided by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.Water Bill Goes to PresidentThis diagram shows the EAA Reservoir, which the Captains for Clean Water organization would like to see expanded. Courtesy of Captains for Clean Water. Hurricane Michael Help Local response to Hurricane Michaels devastation in the Florida panhandle has been swift. Two members of our Fort Myers Beach Fire Department have already deployed with the Lee County Urban Search & Rescue team. Fishing Captains at Fish-Tale Marina banded together and left Wednesday, October 17 with building materials, bottled water and money for fuel purchases. Another group left the Fort Myers Beach Lodge, but then they learned it was in need of repairs and couldnt accept or hold supplies, so the truck headed to the Marianna Lodge near I-10 The UPS Store, 16970 San Carlos Blvd, is accepting donations through Saturday, Oct 20. They are asking for personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, baby supplies and pet food. Their truck is leaving Sunday morning, October 21. SUPPLY DRIVE AT SANTINI FRIDAY SUNDAY 9AM-6PM There is still time to help and contribute to local efforts to help those suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. An island-wide Supply Drive will be held at Santini Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd, FMB, from Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21. Donations will be accepted at the truck from 9am-6pm daily. They still need some volunteers to accept donated supplies. If you can help, visit to sign up for a time slot. What to donate? Essentially anything you have in your own hurricane kit. Items needed include Bottled Water, Non-Perishable Food, Diapers (Adult & Children), Baby Wipes, Toiletries (including womens hygiene), Cleaning Supplies, Antibacterial Gel, Flashlights, Batteries (all types), Gloves (work or latex), Pet Food, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Matches, Scissors, Can Openers (manual), Plastic Garbage Bags, Insect Repellent, Citronella Candles, Sunscreen, First Aid Items (bandages, Neosporin, aspirin), Disposable Dining Items.


Page 18 OSTEGO BAYJoin Ostego Bay Foundation for their Special Founders Day Open House 27th Anniversary Party on SA Oct 20 from 10am-2pm at the Marine Science Center, 718 Fishermans Wharf on San Carlos Island. The Science Center offers interactive exhibits, aquariums, a touch tank, one of a kind collec tions and unique displays. The foundation is known for its summer camps, Florida Master naturalist programs and weekly Working Waterfront Tours. Learn more at their Open House or visit Ostego DRIVESpend a few minutes of your time and save a life. Lee Health blood mobile will be at the Chapel by the Sea parking lot on SU, Oct 21 from 9am-noon. Your donation stays in dents and visitors in need. You can time at 239-463-3173, but walk0ins are always welcome.BEACH PARTY FUNDRAISERIslanders are invited to attend a Beach Party Fundraiser for the Walk to End Alzheimers on MO Oct 22 from 5-7pm at Fish Tale Waterfront Dining. Entertainment will include Keith Raygor, Musical Mindreader. The party will also include free appetizers, soft drinks/ baskets and the chance to sign up on a team for the Walk to End Alzheimers. Sponsored by Fish Tale Waterfront Dining and Interim Healthcare. All proceeds go to the Alzheimers Association.BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOONThe Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will again be offering a monthly Moon Walk in the Preserve this season. This is an experiential hands-on program where participants can awaken and sharpen their senses of smell, touch, hearing and night vision. Come join volunteers carrying can dlelit lanterns through the Preserve as night descends and celebrate the darkness and the Full Pink moon. We will meet at the en trance to the Preserve behind the Historical Cottage on Bay Street at 6:20pm on WE Oct.24th. Reservations required by calling Jim Rodwell at 239-565-7437. Max of 12 participants, so call soon.WATER SAFETYThe Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Golisano Childrens Hospital, will host the 2018 SWFL Water Safety Symposium on TH, Oct 25 at the Bay Oaks Pool and Rec Center, 2600 Oak St, FMB from 9am-1pm, with lunch provided. Designed for homeowner associations, property rentals, hotels and condo asso ciations, pool operators, realtors, business owners, boat clubs, water sport and tour companies, rental boat businesses and marinas. Learn about your liability, local drowning statistics and how your community, business or organi zation can prevent drowning and other water-related injuries. Reser vations required. Register at www. or call 239343-6199 for more information.OPEN HOUSESt. Raphaels Historic Episcopal Church will host an Open House on SU, Oct 28 from 2-4pm, welcoming the public, their contrac tors, Town Council and County Commissioners to celebrate recent renovations to the historic struc ture. SPOOKAHATCHEEJoin the Ostego Bay Foundation at the Marine Science Center on Hal loween night from 5:30-7:30pm for a trick-or-treat sea monster hunt and a Wish I Was a Fish special showing of the Incredible Mr. Limpet. Stop by the Marine Science Center for this free family-friendly spooktacular Halloween party for kids. Includes pizza dinner, snacks and, of course, candy. CELEBRATE SUSTAINABLEJoin the Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts for Southwest Florida Sustains, celebrating sustain able seafood on Thu, Nov 1 from 6-8:30pm at DiamondHead Beach Resort. This chef-driven event highlights sustainable seafood samplings from local restaurants such as Chloes at DiamondHead, Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining, Char leys Boat House, Doc Fords, The Whale, Dixie Fish, Castaways, Truly Scrumptious and more. Dr. Rick Bartleson, Research Scientist with the Sanibel-Captiva conser vation Foundation will give a short presentation on Sustainable Sea food. Live music by Pearl Street Band, Cash Bar plus Silent Auction. Tickets are $50 and sell out fast. For tickets or more info, call 239-463-3600 or see FMBARTS. org.MARKET SEASON The Island is currently home to three Farmers Markets: -TU and TH 8am-1pm; The Santini Farmers Market at Santini Plaza through April. -WE 9am-2pm; Beach Baptist Market at Estero Blvd and Connecticut ART GALLERYThe Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) Hours are now MO SA 10am 3pm. Two new shows are on exhibit until Nov 1: Summer Gallery Painters Group in A Publication of 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 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 TOTAL NESTS...... 68 REMAINING NESTS.................. 1 BONITA SPRINGS TOTAL NESTS......... 203 REMAINING NESTS.................. 3 Fort Myers Beach with a histori cal 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 9am4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut Connecticut. Call for exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional information. 239765-0865. Upcoming programs include: SA Oct 20 1am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour TU Oct 23 am Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 1pm Shell Mound Tour; 2pm Guided Museum Tour WE Oct 24 10am Shell Mound Tour; 12:45pm Mound Key Boat Tour TH Oct 25 5:30pm Full Moon Kayak Tour SA Oct 27 8am Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am Exploring Archeology; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Muse um 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. Up coming programs include: MO Oct 22 Manatees FR Nov 2 Sea TurtlesBEACH 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 FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include: MO Oct 22, 10:30am Memory Improvement, pre-register WE Oct 24, 10:30am The Moth Studio 2 and Fall Member Show in Studio 1. Free admission. 239463-3909. www.fortmyersbeachart. com.WATERFRONT TOURSOstego Bay Foundation have resumed their seasonal Working Waterfront Tours, featuring a look inside the local Shrimp Industry, combined with a tour of their Ma rine Science Center. Offered every WE from 9am to noon, weather permitting. The tour begins with a 90 minute guided visit to the Marine Science Center Muse um followed by a walking tour of working waterfront. Reservations required. Call 239-765-8101 or register at Cost is $20/adults and $10/children over 6LAKES MARKETThe weekly Farmers Market at Lakes Regional Park is now open every WE from 9am 1pm through April 2019. The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, in conjunction with Local Roots, LLC, hosts the Farmers Market, which features growers, producers and suppliers of fresh fruits, vegeta bles, organics, seafood, meats, and more. There are breakfast and lunch items to choose from while enjoying the park and market. Parking is free for market shop pers. For more info visit BuyLocal Lee.comFOOD BANK The Harry Chapin Food Bank will continue to bring their mobile food truck to 1510 Estero Blvd every WE from 10am-noon through the end of October to help local resi dents faced with decreased earn ings related to our water quality problems. Choice Market is also available every TH from 10am3pm at Beach Baptist. WATER QUALITY LINKSSee what the latest water testing results are by using these links: Lee VCB: SCCF Reports: Lee County Algae Status: leegov. com/waterqualityinfo RECYCLE SMARTLee County Solid Waste urges Island residents to be sure they are putting ONLY approved items into their recycling bins. Putting non-approved items in the bin can result in the entire truckload of recycling going to the trash. The ONLY things that can be recycled are CLEAN: non-coated paper (no waxed drink cups), metal cans, plastic containers with a #1-#7 on them (no straws, hangers or pool noodles), glass bottles/jars, cardboard and paper (no soiled or shredded paper). Learn more at HOUSEThe oldest standing structure on GOVERNMENT MEETINGSTuesday, 10/23 6:30pm Library Board, Beach Library, 2755 Estero Blvd. Thursday, 10/25 1:00pm Cultural & Environmental Learning Center Advisory Board All meetings take place in Town Hall, 2525 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach unless otherwise noted. Meeting times are accurate as of press


Page 20 A shopkeeper was dismayed when a store opened next door with a huge sign that said, BEST DEALS! To make things worse, another store opened on the other side with a huge sign reading LOWEST PRICES! He nearly panicked until he had the idea to put up his own sign, bigger that the other two, that read, MAIN ENTRANCE. One night a man walks into a bar looking sad. The bartender asks the man what he wants. The man says Oh just a beer. The bartender asked the man Whats wrong,why are you so down today?. The man for a month. The bartender said So whats wrong with that? The man siad Well the month is up tonight.


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. Hey George hunny, Im pretty sure that is not what they mean Renee Massie Hose Wow Joey, Your dyslexia brings such creativity. Youve got a lock on the most original category at this afternoons Kite competition. Eric M. Huntsman I think you deserve an award for your efforts of cleaning up the beach here at Red Coconut Mike Johnson MacGuyver, enjoying retirement. Melissa Schneider


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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 Pirate Pub CrawlThe inaugural Pirate Pub Crawl on Saturday, October 13, drew a bevy of pirate beauties along with a few scalawags, as pirates began at the Beach Bar and made their way through the downtown area. The costume contest was won by Joy Keim and Daymon Utterback, with numerous other prizes awarded. Additional Pirate Crawl priz es will be awarded on Friday, October 19 at Petes Time out beginning at 5pm. Photos by Mike Popeye Dearden.


Page 24 For all tides go to Tides Matanzas Pass Ft. Myers BeachDay High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible F 19 Low 3:42 AM 1.7 7:29 AM Set 2:50 AM 68 19 High 9:47 AM 2.6 6:56 PM Rise 4:15 PM 19 Low 4:21 PM 0.6 19 High 11:33 PM 2.4 Sa 20 Low 4:33 AM 1.5 7:30 AM Set 3:43 AM 77 20 High 10:52 AM 2.6 6:55 PM Rise 4:52 PM 20 Low 5:00 PM 0.7 20 High 11:51 PM 2.4 Su 21 Low 5:15 AM 1.2 7:31 AM Set 4:36 AM 84 21 High 11:44 AM 2.6 6:54 PM Rise 5:27 PM 21 Low 5:33 PM 0.9 M 22 High 12:07 AM 2.6 7:31 AM Set 5:29 AM 91 22 Low 5:52 AM 0.9 6:53 PM Rise 6:02 PM 22 High 12:30 PM 2.7 22 Low 6:02 PM 1.0 Tu 23 High 12:22 AM 2.7 7:32 AM Set 6:24 AM 96 23 Low 6:27 AM 0.6 6:53 PM Rise 6:38 PM 23 High 1:13 PM 2.6 23 Low 6:27 PM 1.1 W 24 High 12:39 AM 2.8 7:32 AM Set 7:20 AM 99 24 Low 7:03 AM 0.4 6:52 PM Rise 7:15 PM 24 High 1:55 PM 2.6 24 Low 6:51 PM 1.3 Th 25 High 1:00 AM 3.0 7:33 AM Set 8:18 AM 99 25 Low 7:40 AM 0.1 6:51 PM Rise 7:56 PM 25 High 2:40 PM 2.4 25 Low 7:15 PM 1.5 F 26 High 1:26 AM 3.2 7:33 AM Set 9:18 AM 98 26 Low 8:22 AM 0.0 6:50 PM Rise 8:40 PM 26 High 3:29 PM 2.3 26 Low 7:40 PM 1.6 BEACH CLASSIFIEDSA Better Bugman LLC A 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 SERVICES For Small HOME REPAIRS Call EMMY THE HOME DOCTOR 239-233-2587 BEACH CLASSIFEDS $20 / WEEK $60 / 4 WEEKS 239-463-4461 HELP WANTED HELP WANTED Outrigger Beach Resort Host/Hostess Bring your smile & charming personality to wel come our guests. Cocktail Servers Know your liquors & wine or want to learn more? Join our professional serv ing team. Dishwasher Need night time work year round? We need you! Evening hours, holidays & weekends available. Apply at 6200 Estero Boulevard. Background & Drug Check Required HELP WANTED PART TIME PACK & SHIP STOREDuties are packing & shipping customer sales & service 3-4 days / week Plus 1/2 day on Saturday Call Jo Ann 239-466-8878 PART-TIME CHURCH AUDIO VISUAL OPERATOR Exp. with analog & digital sound mixers, video cameras & basic video editing. Working knowledge of Pow erPoint. Must have strong organiza tional & communications skills & be able to troubleshoot under pressure. Be available for Sunday & Holiday worship services, concerts, wed dings & funerals. Avg. 5 hours/wk off season; more Jan Easter. Send resume w/qualifying exp, refer ences, contact information, availabil ity and compensation requirements via email to:, mail to: Chapel by the Sea, Box 2997, Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33932 or call 239-463-3173 ext. 26.




Page 26 Water Conditions FMBOct 17, 2018 The mid-week Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Founda tion (FWC) Red Tide report continues to show clear Lee County and Fort Myers Beach beaches, with just one location near the Lee/Col lier border with very low Red Tide level (>1,000 10,000 cells/liter) Otherwise Lee FWC testing sites registered as not present/back ground (0-1,000 cells/liter). This is the second week with just background Red Tide in Lee County. While Red Tide blooms persist in patchy concentration from Pinellas to Monroe counties in Southwest Florida, only two sites, one each in Pinellas and Sarasota counties, tested at High levels, with Medium levels limited to these two counties also. Red Tide blooms persist in Northwest Florida and on the East Coast, but patchiness was seen in all regions this week. On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, some marine debris had washed ashore at Newton Park. Fort Myers Beach Environ mental Technician Rae Burns explained that the debris was made up primarily of red drift algae, sea grasses and worm casings, none of which is a hazard to humans, though it might smell a bit. She added that the Town had received DEP approval to rake so the beach near Newton Park should be clear soon. The weekly Caloosa hatchee River Report from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Founda tion was not available at press time. Residents and visitors are urged to check the latest water quality reports: Lee VCB: SCCF Reports: Lee County Algae Status: Oct 17, 2018 FWC Red Tide map. Courtesy of FWC. View from FMB Pier October 17, 2018. PHOTO BY M. LAYFIELD. Marine debris, consisting primarily of red drift algae and seagrasses pile up on the beach at Newton Park on October 17. PHOTO BY M. LAYFIELD.




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