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City Hall Delete 3 weeks ago, 01/14/2015 at 2:08am

Megan Will & Matt NobleNew Planners at City Hall

It's hard to believe, but it's been nearly a year since Town Manager Don Stilwell was first hired as Interim Town Manager. Since that time, Stilwell has remained committed to his plans to flatten the hierarchy at Town Hall and utilize employees so that their jobs intersect with one another, something he says makes things flow a lot easier in a Town government as small as ours is. Recently, he added two new faces to the Community Development Department - Senior Planner Megan Will and Principal Planner Matt Noble, who will work with Development Services Manager Belinda Smith (promoted from within last August) to service residents' building and planning needs.

"This is what I call 'taking the collegial approach' to town government,” Stilwell told us. "Using people more broadly saves the Town money and also gives our employees more opportunities.
 

Estero Blvd Delete 4 weeks ago, 01/07/2015 at 3:07pm

Estero BlvdCommissioners Deny Bid Protest
Estero Boulevard Reconstruction
to Move Forward

The long-awaited reconstruction of Estero Boulevard will likely begin on schedule as the Board of Lee County Commissioners voted to reject a Bid Protest filed by Wright Construction and move forward with negotiations to hire Chris-Tel as the construction manager. They also agreed to add regulation of fracking to their 2015 Legislative Agenda.

The commissioners began the meeting by discussing whether or not to continue the moratorium on impact fees for "change of use”, meaning properties that have already paid the fees would not have to pay them again should they change the use of their building.
 

County MPL Delete 12/17/2014 at 6:11pm

The United WayKiker Gives 2014 Chairman’s Award
to Chris Heidrick

Lee County Board of County Commissioners got a little surprise at their final meeting of the year on Tuesday morning, as County Manager Roger Desjarlais and County Attorney Richard Welch –in full 70’s attire - strutted into commission chambers to the tune of the Bee Gees’ ‘Staying Alive’ and proudly announced that Lee County employees raised over $70,000 for the United Way in 2014, exceeding their goal of $50,000.

"Lee County is proud to take part in the United Way,” said Chair Brian Hamman.

Next, Commissioner Larry Kiker asked Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane to come to the podium.
 

Bed Tax Delete 11/26/2014 at 2:02pm

Tourist Bed TaxFort Myers Beach Leads
Tourist Tax Collection Again

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB), representing The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, reported record-breaking tax collections for the fourth year in a row, with $33 million in tourist tax on paid accommodations for fiscal year 2013-2014, which ended Sept. 30.The new record is a 16.5 percent increase over last year’s record-breaking $28.6 million in collections.

"This is the largest increase we’ve ever seen in any given year,” said VCB Executive Director Tamara Pigott. "The combination of savvy industry partners and additional marketing dollars are paying off.”

Reports indicate that Fort Myers Beach led all municipalities in tax collections again for this past fiscal year.