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5 days ago, 04/16/2015 at 3:35pm Delete

Who Do We Want To Be?

Its time again for our Town to decide who we are and who we want to be.

Are we a live music destination for SWFL?

Are we a quiet residential town?

Or are we both or something in between?

The subject of noise is not a new one. With an existing ordinance crafted years ago that has been deemed unenforceable, you know noise has been an issue for a very long time. If anyone thought a new ordinance could be crafted quickly or easily, they certainly know better now.

The Towns draft of a noise ordinance has gone through more changes than a Vegas showgirl as it wound its way through the LPA and Council work sessions on its way to a probable Public Hearing at a Town Council meeting on May 18th. At this point the May 18th agenda and a copy of the exact ordinance being proposed is not yet available as its with the Town Attorney. A copy will be available when it is placed on the agenda and the agenda is published, so watch the Towns website.

There is some confusion on the noise issue and that is not helping the discussion. Recently Nervous Nellies was told they were not allowed to have amplified music outside based on a COP provision for the property from over 10 years ago, dating from before it was Nervous Nellies. Realizing that only a few tables right next to the musicians would hear non-amplified music, they opted to cancel all outside music. They still have inside music. The next step looks to be a request for a COP variance that would allow amplified music outside.
Who's Playing On The Beach

Issue-740's Top Story 5 days ago, 04/16/2015 at 3:19pm

DB MeterSound of Music Stirs Debate

In May, the Town Council of Fort Myers Beach will hold a public hearing on a controversial new noise ordinance that was created to take the place of the current one, deemed unenforceable by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The discussions on what should be included in the ordinance language has brought to the surface some long simmering issues between local businesses and residents who have different ideas of what constitutes noise.

After Nervous Nellie’s was forced to stop having amplified outdoor music after an unenforced resolution from 2003 was discovered, local musicians joined the fray fearing that their livelihoods are in jeopardy. This week, we spoke with some of those musicians, the creator of a Facebook page called 'Save the Music' that is serving as their sounding board and to some members of Town Council to see what their opinions are on the matter.
Mound House 5 days ago, 04/16/2015 at 3:32pm
Mound House Landscape PanelsLandscape Panels Installed
at Mound House

On Monday morning, Museum Director Alison Giesen invited us out to the Mound House to check out the new landscape panels being installed this week on the grounds. Part of the finishing touches being done before the soft opening of the William H. Case House planned for later this summer, the landscape panels feature the beautiful drawings of botanical illustrator Megan Kissinger and are designed to give visitors information about the plants and trees they will see when touring the Mound House grounds.

"This is not just a normal sign installation,” said Emily Powlen of SEARCH, Inc., the archeological service provider for the Town of Fort Myers Beach. "Since this is an archeological site, you can't just dig a hole with an auger and be done with it.

Film Fest 5 days ago, 04/16/2015 at 3:26pm

Film Fest Float9th Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

For one week every year, Estero Boulevard literally becomes lined with stars. Beginning Tuesday, April 21, independent film fans, filmmakers, distributors and stars will come to our emerald shores from all over the world for the 9th Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. This event continues to get bigger and better every year as our humble little island is becoming known as a place where ideas and creativity flow as free as the balmy Gulf breeze, and that's thanks in large part to the dedication and hard work of the volunteers and organizers who make the Film Festival a reality each year. One of those organizers is Executive Director Janeen Paulauskis, who offered our readers a sneak peek into what they have in store for the festival this year.

Relay For Life4 weeks ago, 03/24/2015 at 12:52pm

Relay For LifeReel’n For Relay
Fishing Tournament This Saturday

Our Fort Myers Beach community has been a strong supporter of the Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society for many years, drawing both visitors and residents to our unique Relay event on the beach with the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop. This year the Relay event will be held Saturday, April 11 from Noon-8pm on the beach at DiamondHead Beach Resort.

This weekend, Islanders can jump start that Relay support and have a lot of fun at the same time, while getting out on the water. The inaugural Reel’n for Relay Fishing Tournament will be held this Saturday, March 28 and there’s still space for a few more fishing teams!


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