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Water Woes Delete 09/26/2013 at 6:06pm

Rainy Day FMBWater Woes: News From the Water Front

After a drier than normal August, September has been a soaker - dumping rainfall that is 40% higher than average for this time of year. That, of course, has caused our summer-long water woes to continue as last week the Army Corps of Engineers once more increased releases from bloated Lake Okeechobee - now back up to a dike-threatening 15.9 feet and rising. There have been several recent developments in the local water wars, however: Tuesday, folks from throughout the state - including Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane - spoke at Senator Joe Negron's second meeting of the Senate Select committee on the Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin, held in Tallahassee.

Beach Library Delete 09/25/2013 at 2:12pm

Beach Library BookstoreLibrary Sets Tax Rate;
Announces Construction Surplus

During the Final Budget Hearing on Tuesday, the Library Board approved a mil rate of 0.4599.This represents a decrease from both the 2012-13 rate and the rollback rate and is the lowest tax rate since 2004-05.

The final budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year was also approved at $1,394,881.

During Pubic Comment, Jim Stevens asked the board if taxes would be going down since the library was now fully paid for.

Advisory Committee Delete 09/17/2013 at 4:41am

Act Now - Advisory Committee Seats Open

This Friday, September 20th is the last day to submit your letter of interest to serve on a Fort Myers Beach Town Advisory Committee and be considered on October 7th when Town Council makes their selections. Every committee has at least two seats up for appointment and some have four openings. But you must get your letter of interest to Town Hall before 4:30pm Friday.

The Fort Myers Beach Town Council benefits from the active participation of many volunteers who serve on eight different advisory committees. Working with a staff liaison, they delve into a variety of challenges, offering suggestions and solutions to staff and Council. All advisory committee seats are volunteer positions. Most are two-year terms. Each October, Council makes appointments and reappointments to advisory committees. If there are open seats, Council will consider letters of interest at any time during the year, but the major appointments occur in October.

Google Glass Delete 09/09/2013 at 3:52pm

Google Glass at Doc FordsGoogle Glass Comes to Doc Fords

Doc Fords played host last Saturday to a unique marketing concept that is the very epitome of cutting edge. Called the 'Find Your Island' challenge, the event was a contest where six tech-savvy Facebookers and Tweeters won a free trip to Lee County because they agreed to test drive a fascinating new product and share the entire experience with their social network followers.