Volume 6 Issue 30a_Sun Bay Paper

Doing away with no-fault in- surance and requiring Florida drivers purchase mandatory bodily injury (MBI) coverage won’t lower Florida’s nation-leading auto insur- ance rates but increase them further, another auto insurer maintains. Water quality testing for Estero Bay program was authorized and initiated in early 2018. According to an article that appeared in the Island Sandpaper in March 2018 : “The Town of Fort Myers Beach began its own water quality testing in late January 2018,” Rae Burns, Environmental & Stormwater Technician for the Town is quoted as saying that: “We conduct this (testing) once-a- month at 13 different sample sites from the Town’s outfall system into the Back Bay, to get a better idea of what is running off our streets and yards into the water, with the Lee County Environmental Laboratory doing the testing for a fee, and they have an extremely high-rated water quality testing laboratory” According to that same article, Ms. Burns stated that : “The Town approved water testing in late 2017 but it had to set a budget to begin this process, and that just recently kicked in, so the first tests were at the outfall locations on January 23. The Town budgeted just over $16,000 to conduct these monthly water qual- ity tests, with a fee to the Lee County Envi- ronmental Lab of $1,352 per month. It won’t be until sometime early this Spring before you can see the results on the Town’s website, however, as we need at least four months of water quality testing data to develop a base- line.” It is now four years since this program was launched. Its mandate included testing locations at the outfalls at Bayview Avenue, Buccaneer Drive, Donora Boulevard, Driftwood Lane, Dundee Street, Eucalyptus Court, Glenview Manor / Williams Drive, Hercules Drive, Jefferson Street, Lagoon Road, Lazy Way, and Mound Road. Testing was to be conducted for Ammonia, Nitrate + Nitrite, Organic Nitrogen, Ortho Phosphorus, Kjeldahl Nitrogen, total Nitrogen, and total Phosphorus. Questions need to be answered: ● What were the results of these tests? ● How can citizens access these results? ● Where is this data stored? ● Have the results been shared with water quality experts and scientists to get their feedback? ● Where the results analyzed in accordance with state water quality standards? ● What is the status of this program? Is it still operating? Knowing the status of our water qual- ity is the first step toward its restoration. Lets get this program up to date and the informa- tion gathered out to the public! From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume 6 Issue No.30 Take us home with you! TheSunBayPaper.com April, 23, 2021 - May 6, 2021 Cont. pg 11 If you enjoyed the movie starring Robert De Niro, in which he made his directorial debut, then you will love this play, the actors did a great job, the choriography was ex- cellent and our group truly enjoyed the production and the food as well. This streetwise musical is based on Academy Award® nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry” it's a combination of Jersey Boys and West Side Story. This hit crowd-pleaser takes you to a working class Italian Ameri- can neighborhood in the Bronx in the 1960s where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he would love to be. Burst- ing with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes, A Bronx Tale is an unforgettable story of loy- alty, love, respect and most impor- tantly, family. Broadway Palm is continu- ing to follow CDC guidelines while providing a delicious meal and ex- ceptional entertainment in a safe and socially distanced environ- ment. For a list of the extensive health and safety measures they have taken, please visit Broadway- Palm.com. It is important to note that guests are required to wear masks while not eating or drinking. A Bronx Tale is playing at Broadway Palm now through May 22, 2021. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278- 4422, visiting BroadwayPalm.com or in person at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. On a quick side note: the community Pool hours on the beach have been extended as requested by locals in previous town council meetings... Kudos to town council for listen- ing to its residents and increasing open hours at the pool while improving council - resident relations! New pool hours are Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 5pm, Wednesday 10am till 2pm and Closed on Tues- days and Thursdays. Speakers at the meeting during public comment were: Robert Howell, had put his appli- cation for the marine task force, is a nonresident of the beach, but works as a naturalist on the island, present to ask for council's vote/support. Ellen Vauhn, resi- dent, endorsing Myerside resort. John Heim, resi- dent , discussing the water testing program for back bay. What happened to the results of our water testing program that was approved by previous town councils. What is its current status. Eddy Foster, resi- dent, asking again about moving handicap parking at town hall closer to hand- icap ramp to second floor. Spoke again parking issues coming to the beach, spoke again mentioning cigarette butts on the beach, and again mentioning debris on the sidewalks. Wendy DiGaetano, long time resident, was an- other applicant for the Ma- rine resource task force, looking to help keep our island a beautiful place and is hoping for the opportu- nity to give back. Water Quality Questions Carriers: No-Fault Repeal Will Increase Florida Auto Insurance Rates Fort Myers Beach Town Hall Meeting Report A Good Night Out! Cont. pg 12 Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach