Volume 7 Issue 3_Sun Bay Paper

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Aug. 19 ruled against President Joe Biden’s immigration policies and or- dered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deport criminals in the country illegally upon release from jails and prisons. The decision is “an impor- tant public safety ruling,” said Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody who, in March, also sued the Biden administration in a case on appeal in the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for issuing directives that suspended deportations of certain criminals in the country illegally. In an Aug. 19 memo to Florida sheriffs, Moody outlined the ruling and drew their attention to guidance issued by the U.S. Immi- gration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after the ruling “to resume the transfer of custody of criminals in the country illegally upon comple- tion of their sentences.” “For the safety of our com- munities throughout Florida,” she wrote, “I encourage you to immedi- ately resume coordinating with your law enforcement partners at ICE, who are now required by court order to follow federal law and cooperate with you in getting criminals in the country illegally off the streets. If you become aware of any officer of the federal government refusing to do so, please bring it to the attention of my office.” From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume 7 Issue 3 Production@sunbaypaper.com www.TheSunBayPaper.com August 27, 2021 - September 9, 2021 Right... All Along Cont. pg 6 After a one-year hiatus, the annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is returning to Southwest Florida Sept. 17 – 26. The Is- land Hopper Songwriter Fest (IHSF) is a 10- day music festi- val featuring performances by the greatest singer-song- writers from Nashville and nationwide. The festival is bro- ken up into three locations with the first week- end kicking off on Captiva Island (Sept. 17 – 19), then moving to downtown Fort Myers during the second weekend (Sept. 20 – 23), and ends with a weekend on Fort Myers Beach (Sept. 24 – 26). IHSF is produced by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, BMI, iHeart- Media and Cat Country 107.1, and was recog- nized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. It is an award- winning festival. The 2017 Island Hopper Fest re- ceived three Sun- Sational Awards through the Florida Festival & Events Association (FFEA), and the Southeast Tourism Society named Island Hopper one of their “Top 20 Events.” The diverse lineup is what makes IHSF different Island Hoppers Songwriter Fest Ed. Note: I know we keep hammering this subject matter, BUT it is one of, if not the most important issue we have ahead of us, Water! Clean Water! I’m not asking you to send in any money... or volunteer to hold signs by the side of the bridge either....but this matter requires not only your attention, but your participation is needed too! https://captainsforcleanwater.org/losom -optimizations-1/ to join letter writing campaign U.S. Army Corps of Engi- neers is working on finding ways to reduce harmful discharges to the Caloosahatchee River when new Lake Okeechobee management regu- lations are finalized later this year. "For Southwest Florida, one of the main drivers of our optimiza- tions is to reduce the stressful re- leases to the Caloosahatchee and we’re going to do that in a couple of ways," said Army Corps Col. An- drew Kelly during a press conference Friday. "One way is to get additional water flow south that could poten- tially reduce stress to the Caloosa- hatchee. And we’re looking at raising the top line in the lake levels, so that could reduce releases. We're also looking at additional releases to the St. Lucie to reduce stresses as well." The Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers were connected to the lake long ago to help drain the lake. A 10-year guide that will dictate lake levels has been created called the Lake Okeechobee Systems Operat- ing Manual, or LOSOM. Kelly, who was verbally ac- costed in Fort Myers earlier this month when he announced the pre- liminary choice of options, is trying to do better. That option, called CC, sends damaging discharges to the Caloosa- hatchee River during high water events and when blue-green algae is most likely to be present on Lake Okeechobee. Florida Sheriffs to Work With Feds to Deport Criminals On Friday the 13th, 2004, Hurricane Charley ravaged large swaths of Fort Myers Beach, includ- ing the island’s Downtown, destroy- ing four beachfront hotels and many beloved bars, shops, and restaurants. After an almost inconceiv- able 17 years to the day and date, the first sign of Downtown Fort Myers Beach resurgence occurred on Friday the 13th of 2021 with the long awaited and anticipated groundbreak- ing for the Margaritaville FMB Re- sort that will feature 254 hotel rooms, waterpark, restaurant, and bars, many that will have Margaritaville themes inspired by musician Jimmy Buffet. The actual groundbreaking ceremony occurred on Fort Myers Beach, behind the former Pierview Hotel and Cigar Hut, where roughly two dozen business, community, and political leaders grabbed gold shovels to fling two helpings of beach sand, accompanied by joyous cheers from roughly 350 invited The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday denied the Biden ad- ministration's request to stay a lower court's ruling reinstating a former President Donald Trump's "Stay in Mexico" policy. The Trump-era policy re- quires immigrants seeking asylum to remain in Mexico while they navigate the court system to legally gain admittance into the U.S. The states of Texas and Missouri filed suit against the Biden administration, which had reversed the "Stay in Mexico" policy, and won at the district-court level, which the Biden administra- tion appealed. U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Trump-Era 'Stay in Mexico' Policy Corps Considers Raising Lake O levels, Sending Water South & East to Protect Caloosahatchee Parrotheads Celebrate! Cont. on pg. 5 I need a distraction! The world is going to hell in a hand-basket and I just would like it all to stop, if even for just a few hours! Enter Baseball!!! I grew up watching The Red Sox, ...Carl Yazkrempsi, Carlton Fisk, Rico Petrocelli, and the like, at home with my dad or listening to it on the radio at my dads barber shop on the weekends, there was no TV there. I have to be honest, I haven’t watched a pro game since the whole MLB/Atlanta fiasco a few months back, but I have been going to watch our local Twins affiliate. the Mighty Mussels, play live! All-American Baseball Clean Water is especially vital to all eco systems... especially ours Cont. pg 15 Cont. pg 5 Cont. pg 5 Cont. pg 6