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Issue 606 Delete 09/20/2012 at 4:59pm

Michael BeckerBecker Sues Fire District and Union

Former Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District Chief Michael Becker filed a lawsuit on August 21, 2012 in Lee County Circuit Court against the Fort Myers Beach Fire District, International Association of Firefighters (national), IAFF Local 1826 (Lee County), Troy Mesick, Walt Stevens and Sadie Bynum. The complaint includes seven counts including libel and violation of Becker's rights in the handling of his departure from the District in March 2012. He asks for damages that exceed $15,000.

Mesick is the Vice-President of IAFF Local 1826 and the District 3 representative in the Fort Myers Beach District. Stevens is the President of IAFF Local 1826 and Bynum is the woman who was allegedly romantically involved with Becker and who filed a complaint against Becker in February prior to his exit from the Fort Myers Beach District. At that time she was employed by Lee County as a County Emergency Management Services Coordinator and the County CERT Program Coordinator.

Issue 605 Delete 09/13/2012 at 3:36pm

Mango Mangrove PropertyDeveloper Requests Permission
to Build on Mangrove Land

The future of one of the island's last undeveloped areas may once again be in question as the owner is attempting to get the rights to develop it, despite the fact that part of the land was granted to the state as a Conservation Easement in 1989 and most of the property is covered in mangrove swamp. At issue are 40 platted lots along the unpaved portion of Chapel Street and adjacent to Mango Street. Last month, the owner, local real estate developer James Jamieson, went before the Town's Local Planning Agency to request a Minimum Use Determination (MUD) that would allow him to build one or more single-family dwellings on the property. The LPA denied the request. This week the Sand Paper learned that Jamieson is now planning to appeal the issue to Town Council.

Issue 604 Delete 09/06/2012 at 4:11pm

Captain Rob ModysFishing with the Pros

Fish Tale Marina, located at the south end of Fort Myers Beach, offers fishing charters by appointment that are led by an expert team of captains, some of the island's best inshore and offshore guides. Now that area waters are back to normal in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, the captains are back to doing what they love, including Captains Rob Modys and Brad Brown.

Captain Rob is a full-time backcountry guide with over 45 years of experience fishing the waters of Southwest Florida. His lifelong love of the sport began when he was just five years old. Growing up in the Clearwater area, Captain Rob became familiar with fishing the Gulf of Mexico, bay waters and inlets. He became a full-time guide in 2001, turning his recreational pastime into his profession, though he doesn't get to fish when guiding charters. At the time he started, he was guiding other anglers around the bay waters near Matlacha and Pine Island.