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6 days ago, 06/25/2015 at 4:28pm Delete

Whew! Theyre Done!

Is there any good news coming out of Tallahassee lately? Anything?

After botching the regular session and failing to do the one thing the Florida constitution demands of them – pass a budget – the Florida Legislature came back to Tallahassee for a special session June 1. The Constitution gives them a maximum of 20 days for a special session. They used 19 of them at an estimated cost of $65,000-$75,000 per day. Thats well over $1 million, of our money, all because they couldnt get their work done.

Every job Ive had in my life has had required duties. If I failed to fulfill those duties, the result was certainly not a no-consequence do-over that cost $1M. No wonder they dont understand us common folk back here working for a living. Their rules are not the same as ours.

There may yet be another special session before the Legislature convenes in January 2016. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether lawmakers need to redraw congressional districts. Remember those Fair District Amendments to the Florida Constitution that voters passed in 2010? Our legislators struggled to create "fair” districts and the courts ruled that they had failed in at least 2 districts. Challengers claim its much more than two districts and would like the whole Congressional map tossed.

Meanwhile, the state Senate district map has also been questioned and a challenge is before a circuit judge now, which could be appealed to the Supreme Court.
Who's Playing On The Beach

Issue-750's Top Story 6 days ago, 06/25/2015 at 3:56pm

Trip To CubaBeach Traveler: Cuba

Last month Island residents Joanne and Dan Shamp enjoyed an 8-day trip to Cuba with their two sons, Mark and Steve. Planned as a celebratory graduation trip for Steves graduation from medical school, and also for Marks earlier graduation, they booked a private tour for just the four of them and saw a good portion of the island nation 90 miles south of Key West.

"My husband and sons love old cars and love to work on old cars,” said Joanne. "And they all love cigars, so this was a perfect trip for us!”

With Steve a physician and Joanne, Dan and Mark all prosthetists (professionals who craft artificial limbs), the trip included a visit to an orthopedic hospital and a private presentation by its lead physician.
Beach Patrol 5 days ago, 06/26/2015 at 7:18am
Gator On The BeachA Day in the Life of Beach Patrol

This spring, Town Council decided to bring the Town’s Beach and Street Enforcement (B.A.S.E.) in-house. These hardworking folks are responsible for everything from parking enforcement to beach patrol – our readers are no doubt familiar with them driving their golf carts around the island in their bright green shirts – and serve as the Town’s ambassadors to our visitors and first line of defense when it comes to violations of Town beach and parking rules and regulations. This week, we decided to visit with three of these gentlemen and find out what kinds of things they encounter on a daily basis.

Larry Kiker 5 days ago, 06/26/2015 at 5:51am

Larry KikerKiker Discusses State of the County

Last week the Sand Paper met with Mayor Anita Cereceda to get her thoughts on the Town of Fort Myers Beach’s strengths and challenges. This week we sat down with Larry Kiker, District Three Lee County Commissioner and former Mayor of Fort Myers Beach to discuss his thoughts on county projects, including his opinions and concerns about the upcoming Estero Boulevard Reconstruction project, the recent purchases of land in the downtown area and what the county is doing to prepare for a predicted period of rapid growth.

Estero Blvd

First was Estero Boulevard. The commissioner confirmed that the County is waiting for the Town to break ground on the waterline replacement project first.

Estero Blvd Project3 weeks ago, 06/11/2015 at 3:21pm

Segment OneChris-Tel, Molnar Meet
With Chamber Members
Discuss Estero Blvd Project

The Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce invited representatives from Chris-Tel Construction and Kaye Molnar of Cella Molnar and Associates to speak at their monthly luncheon on Thursday in an effort to keep business owners informed and to address their concerns about the upcoming Estero Boulevard Reconstruction Project.

Chamber Chairman Dave Anderson first told the group (which included Mayor Anita Cereceda and Vice-Mayor Dan Andre) that the Chamber plans to approach Council to ask for a relaxation of the sign ordinance to allow businesses affected by the project to hang banners so they can remain visible to consumers and keep them healthy. He then introduced Chris-Tel founder and president Howard Wheeler II, who told Chamber members that his company will do everything in their power to help them through this project.


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