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Peak Season

Now that we’re past the Primary Election, we can look forward to peak season for campaigning. And hope that a few more voters take an interest in the November election than voted in last Tuesday’s Primary.

While the Primary gave registered Republicans and Democrats a chance to pick their nominees for Governor and a handful of other races, most of the races were on everyone’s ballot, including those who are not affiliated with any party. Apparently that was not enough to stir much interest in voters. Which is too bad because those who did vote, elected a state senator a county commissioner and two school board members-all of them will be in position to affect voters’ tax bills for years to come. That’s enough for me to want to have some say in who’s elected.

The November election gives voters another chance to weigh in on a number of important races, U.S. Congressional District 19, Governor, State Attorney General, State Representatives, a whole slew of judges, plus county races for School Board, Lee Memorial Health System, County Commission and a local race for two seats on the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District Board.

If you are not yet registered to vote, or you’ve moved and need to change your registration, note the deadline of October 6th.

While you’re looking at your voter registration card, check the party affiliation. Florida has about 4.6 million registered Democrats, 4.1 million registered Republicans and 2.7 million No Party Affiliation voters. Beyond that there are 13 other parties in Florida ranging from the Justice Party with a mere 68 members to the Libertarian Party with over 22,000 members to the Independent Party with over 265,000 members, though most (nine) of them have under 2,000 members.

When you registered, and were asked "What party?” did you say, "I’m independent?” If so, you might find that you are a registered member of the official Independent Party or the similar sounding Independence Party, when what you meant was you are "No Party Affiliation.” The Independent or Independence Party may reflect your political leanings and be exactly where you want to be. But the numbers seem unusually high for a third party-more than 10 times higher than the next party that does not have a form of "Independent” in its name.

Independent is the word most people use to describe themselves politically if they are not a registered Republican or Democrat. With the usual pandemonium that are our county offices where many of us register to vote while we’re getting a driver’s license...
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Issue-707's Top Story yesterday, 08/28/2014 at 4:03pm

Chef Tim HenkelChefs of the Beach-Tim Henkel
Charley’s Boat House Grill

The restaurant business is not for the faint of heart.According to an article on the website citing a study done at Cornell University and Michigan State University, "After the first year 27% of restaurant startups failed; after three years, 50% of those restaurants were no longer in business; and after five years 60% had gone south. At the end of ten years, 70% of the restaurants that had opened for business a decade before had failed.”

It is impressive to find a restaurant that has been in business for more than a decade or two. It is even more impressive to find an eatery that has been under the same ownership and management for the duration.
Being Green yesterday, 08/28/2014 at 4:31pm
Mango Street InnBeing Green on Fort Myers Beach

Green, green, green - it's all the rage these days, which is great because it means more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of protecting our natural resources, but what does it actually mean to be green? For some, it may mean simply tossing their beer cans into the recycling bin instead of the garbage. Others go a bit further - they replace their light bulbs with more energy-efficient ones, install low-flow toilets and drive hybrid cars. But what does it mean for a business to go green? How about a hotel with new guests every day? For those folks, going green means making a serious commitment.

Water Experts Speak yesterday, 08/28/2014 at 4:26pm

Estero BayWater Experts Speak
to Those on 'Front Lines'
of Hospitality Industry

On Monday morning, Town Environmental Science Coordinator Keith Laakkonen, Rae Ann Wessel of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), Dr. Richard Pierce and Dr. Emily Smith of MOTE Marine Laboratory and Diane Holm of the Florida Department of Health gave a presentation on water quality to hotel workers, eco-tour providers and others on the front lines of our tourist industry.

Council Workshop2 weeks ago, 08/19/2014 at 3:51pm

Craft Beer FestivalCouncil Workshop Discusses
Budget, Craft Beer Festival

At their workshop on Monday morning, the Town Council looked at a preliminary budget for the coming year and discussed the possibility of having a Craft Beer Festival at Bay Oaks to generate income for their teen and youth programs.

As Council ran through the list of all the budget items, Mandel questioned a $20,000 increase in the Town’s contract with Central Parking and voiced a concern about the Town’s legal expenses.

Teen Challenge4 weeks ago, 08/06/2014

Teen Challenge StoreTeen Challenge More Than
Just a Thrift Store

Two years ago, the Sand Paper did a story about a pretty amazing faith-based recovery program that enjoys a whopping 87% success rate. Today we are happy to report that the southwest Florida chapter of Teen Challenge International is opening the doors of their brand new Super Thrift Store - conveniently located across from Big Lots at the corner of San Carlos Boulevard and Gladiolus in the building formerly occupied by Furniture World. This mega-store will feature everything from clothes to cars (yes, cars) and will be staffed by the program's students, so shoppers can see first-hand how their dollars are helping others.


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