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Issue-750 Delete 5 days ago, 06/25/2015 at 3:56pm

Trip To CubaBeach Traveler: Cuba

Last month Island residents Joanne and Dan Shamp enjoyed an 8-day trip to Cuba with their two sons, Mark and Steve. Planned as a celebratory graduation trip for Steves graduation from medical school, and also for Marks earlier graduation, they booked a private tour for just the four of them and saw a good portion of the island nation 90 miles south of Key West.

"My husband and sons love old cars and love to work on old cars,” said Joanne. "And they all love cigars, so this was a perfect trip for us!”

With Steve a physician and Joanne, Dan and Mark all prosthetists (professionals who craft artificial limbs), the trip included a visit to an orthopedic hospital and a private presentation by its lead physician.

Issue-749 Delete 2 weeks ago, 06/18/2015 at 3:50pm

Noise WalkCouncil Approves
Noise Ordinance 3-2

In a split decision, Council narrowly passed a controversial noise ordinance after agreeing to re-visit the issue in December should any problems arise. They also addressed a number of other things during their final meeting before their July break – including a denial of a rehearing request on a rezoning amendment for Matanzas Inn that was approved on May 4th and agreeing to send an ordinance regarding use of vehicles on the beach by disabled persons to the Marine Resources Task Force advisory board for review.

At the beginning of the meeting, Council agreed to allow Councilwoman Summer Stockton to participate via Skype as she was out of town for an employment obligation.

Issue-748 Delete 3 weeks ago, 06/11/2015 at 2:52pm

Our FlagOld Glory

What national holiday will be observed around the country this Sunday, June 14th? This is the question we asked around town this week. Not surprisingly (these days, if you dont see it on television or read it on Facebook, it hardly exists), most of the folks asked had no idea. Unlike other official patriotic holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the 4th of July, this upcoming holiday is not subject to a month-long media blitz promoting barbecues, sports events and special retail sales, along with a coveted Monday off, and quietly goes about its business with very little fanfare. This is particularly ironic considering the day is set aside to honor what is arguably one of the most powerful and enduring icons in existence on this planet - Old Glory, The Stars and Stripes, the American Flag.

Issue-747 Delete 4 weeks ago, 06/04/2015 at 2:30pm

Dad And His GirlsDaddy’s Home

Last November, when Fort Myers native Tony Tipton, E-6, Petty Officer 1st Class, U.S. Coast Guard, shipped out on his fifth deployment - this time, a year in Bahrain - he left a loving family behind to keep the home fires burning.

One of the first friends the twelve-year-old Tipton made in the sixth grade at Cypress Lake Middle School, his true love since their sophomore year at Cypress Lake High, and his wife since 2008, Katy Plummer Tipton was well prepared for her husband’s absence; this wasn’t her first experience as a military wife with a husband on deployment. It’s not a walk in the park, one could imagine, but you could find ways to make it work. Katy makes it work.