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LORS Delete 08/29/2013 at 4:32pm

LORSWater Releases 101: LORS

There has been a lot of information in the news lately about how excess water releases from Lake Okeechobee are the reason why the water on our beaches is smelly and brown. Fresh water laden with excessive nitrogen and phosphorous from the lake and runoff from farms and cities along the river has been pouring into our sensitive estuaries at a rate much higher than normal. But who decides to release that water and why? While many of our readers are aware that it is the Army Corps of Engineers who have the power to open or shut the gates at the Caloosahatchee River's Moore Haven Lock on the lake's western shore, there has been little information as to what guides them in their decisions.

County Commissioners Delete 08/28/2013 at 5:13pm

Commissioners Purchase 3.2 Acres
on Sanibel for Conservation 20/20

At their meeting on Tuesday morning, Lee County Commissioners unanimously agreed to spend $3 million on 3.2 acres of land adjacent to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. The first such purchase using the Conservation 20/20 program since controversy over the program erupted last fall, the decision followed a lengthy discussion as to why such a small parcel should be part of a program which has traditionally been used to purchase large, undeveloped properties.

Fire Board Delete 08/21/2013 at 5:54pm

9/11 WreckageFire Board Approves 9-11 Project

The August meeting of the Fire Commissioners of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District brought approval of a request to proceed with a 9-11 memorial project, along with decisions to delay purchase of replacement vehicles and unpaid ambulance fee write-offs.

Two years ago Lieutenant Randy Kraus obtained two pieces of steel from the 9-11 wreckage of the Twin Towers in New York City. Kraus, a former NYC paramedic, applied for a piece of the steel framework after learning it was available to fire and police departments.

Coast Guard Delete 08/01/2013 at 4:42pm

Station Chief Robert GarrisNew Coast Guard
Station Chief Robert Garris

Chief Warrant Officer Robert M. Garris has assumed the leadership of Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach located on San Carlos Island, Fort Myers Beach.

One of Garris’ early assignments was at the Fort Myers Beach Station as a small boat coxswain. His return to the station as Commanding Officer puts him in charge of nearly 50 highly qualified personnel.