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Elevated Pool Controversy Delete 5 days ago, 07/18/2014 at 2:57pm

Settlement EndsControversy Ends With a Divided Vote

The elevated pool controversy appeared to finally come to a close Thursday night when the Town Council voted 3-2 to accept a slightly revised settlement agreement between the Town and Developer Joe Orlandini - where he will take down the elevated pool already constructed at 301 Palermo and agree not to build any accessory structure within 25 feet of a seawall if the height of that structure exceeds 42 inches - in return for a payment from the Town of $250,000. Council had already accepted most of the agreement at a special meeting on June 20th, but asked staff to make a few adjustments. That work was completed earlier this week, so Vice-Mayor Dan Andre - acting in Mayor Anita Cereceda's stead as she is out of the country - called the meeting so that Council could finally put the matter to rest.

Save A Turtle Delete 3 weeks ago, 07/08/2014 at 7:16pm

Turtle HatchlingsTurn Off a Light and Save a Turtle

Town Environmental Science Coordinator Keith Laakkonen is worried. Turtle season on our island officially began May 1st, so the first nests should be hatching any time now since the gestation period is normally between 55 and 65 days. The problem is - and what's got Laakkonen and his staff working after hours (note, Town employees are paid a salary so they do not receive overtime) - is that some beachfront property owners are still not either shielding their lights or switching to turtle-friendly lighting, and he fears this will result in the death of many baby turtles.

Water Quality Delete 4 weeks ago, 07/01/2014 at 1:53pm

Water ForumCaldwell, Judah Speak
on Water Quality

With the sparkling blue waters of the Caloosahatchee River as backdrop, Representative Matt Caldwell, Representative Dane Eagle, former Lee County Commission Chairman Ray Judah, Sanibel Director of Natural Resources James Evans and South Florida Water Management Chief of Staff Dan Delisi spoke at a luncheon panel hosted by the Tiger Bay Club at the City Pier building that once housed the Art of the Olympians Museum in downtown Fort Myers. Each of the panelists were given five minutes to explain what they believe needs to be done to fix our water issues, after which they were given several minutes to answer questions from the audience.

Crime Prevention Delete 4 weeks ago, 06/28/2014 at 4:26pm

Crime PreventionBe Aware, Be Safe This Summer

Fort Myers Beach is a wonderful community. We are a small island town filled with folks who look out for each other, take care of each other and who take pride in the fact that they are Islanders. But, especially during the sleepy summer off-season, some seem to forget that we are different from most small towns in that our community also serves as a playground to those who come from far and wide to enjoy our emerald waters and white sandy beach. While the vast majority of our visitors love and respect our island as much as we do, there are some who come over our bridges with darker intentions in mind.