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Environmental Bills Delete 03/27/2014 at 2:24pm

Audubon GroupBills Opposing Home Rule
Pass Two Committees

Two bills currently making their way through the Florida State House and Senate have drawn the ire of local lawmakers and environmentalists alike. House Bill 703 and its companion in the Senate - Senate Bill 1464 - the bills are called the 'Environmental Regulations Bill' in both sides of the state capitol and have been panned statewide as they strip local governments' of their abilities to enact ordinances regarding wetlands - along with retroactively prohibiting the enforcement of any local ordinance regarding springs, wetlands and storm water that were approved after July of 2003 ...

Film Festival Delete 03/26/2014 at 9:42am

FMB Film FestivalFilm Festival Sneak Peek

April is an extra special month on Fort Myers Beach as one of the island's most exciting events takes place this month: Estero Boulevard will be lined with stars for six days beginning on Tuesday, April 22 as the 8th Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival comes to town. The hard-working organizers and volunteers responsible for this wonderful event that gets bigger every year have scheduled all kinds of fun things designed to please everyone from young kids to budding filmmakers looking to get into the business ...

Flood Insurance Delete 03/20/2014 at 4:23pm

Florida Flood InsuranceReform Bill Passes Congress

A bill designed to give homeowners some relief from high premiums triggered by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 has now been passed by both the House and the Senate and awaits the President's signature to become law. While this is wonderful news and will provide relief for at least 25% of Lee County policyholders, we decided to sit down with insurance experts Chris Heidrick of Heidrick and Co. Insurance and Rickard Karger of Fort Myers Beach Insurance Brokerage to see exactly what this will mean for island homeowners and prospective buyers.