Volume 6 Issue 12_Sun Bay Paper

Dec. 11, From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume 6 Issue No.12 On Vacation? Take us home with you! Read our digital Flipbook version at www.SunBayPaper.com Dec. 11, 2020 - Dec. 16, 2020 According to the Florida Department of High- way Safety and Motor Vehi- cles, 63 Florida cities were operating 638 red light cam- eras in 2018. On Nov. 24, the Florida Supreme Court re- fused to take up a case chal- lenging the South Florida city of Aventura’s red-light camera program, ruling in essence that the cameras do not violate state traffic laws and are constitutional. With legal attempts to prohibit cities and other agencies from installing red light cameras failed, Florida lawmakers will again see bills to do away with them legislatively. Rep. Anthony Saba- tini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills, who has filed bills the last two years to outlaw red light cameras, has again submitted a measure that would pro- hibit local governments from installing them. Sabatini’s House Bill 6009 would ban “traffic in- fraction detectors” by repeal- ing 2010’s Senate Bill 294 that created the Mark Wan- dall Traffic Safety Program, which authorized the use of red-light cameras throughout the state. The Mark Wandall Safety Act was named after Mark Wandall, 30, who was killed in October 2003 when the car he was in was struck – ’T-Boned’ – on State Road 70 in Sarasota after a mo- torist ran a red light. Fort Myers Beach Town Council began their meeting with a discussion of a "Crash" in their email system, probably due to a power outage from hurri- cane Etta. Emails are now working again, if you sent one recently, it's probably a good idea to resend it again. First public com- ment was from Len Lem- mer from Nervous Nellie's who was representing a group of citizens and busi- nesses that surround Bay- side Park who seek to have some input on its design, to put their concerns on the public record, mentioning honoring our Veterans. Next Peter Ennis, co owner of Snug Harbor Restaurant, who also ad- dressed suggestions about stage and bleachers among other concern about the de- sign of Bayside Park. Nick Ruland spoke next, co owner of Snug Harbor Restaurant, bringing up lighting issues in the area among other issues. Laurie Russell manager of Marina Village also located by Bayside Park added suggestions for a Splash Pad she saw during a visit at Babcock Ranch and also spoke about a Veterans Memorial Walkway. Jan Lee spoke about Leonardo Arms bringing con- First Round Of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Expected In Florida Next Week Cont. pg 11 Florida Senate Democ- rats demanded Thursday that Gov. Ron DeSantis lift his pre- emption of local governments’ capacities to enforce COVID- 19 restrictions, such as mask mandates, to avoid mass lay- offs and the collapse of the state’s economy. “We see a growing ice- berg coming towards us, and the lack of a coherent statewide policy has only contributed to the growth of this virus and the harm to our economy,” Senate Minority Leader Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, said during a virtual call with members of the Senate Democratic caucus. Senate Democrats is- sued their call for a more ag- gressive response from DeSantis after new filings for unemployment Armando’s Celebration Florida could receive up to 2 million doses of the Pfizer COVID- 19 vaccine within days and will offer inoculations to high-contact health care workers in five urban hospitals next week and to at least 145,000 residents of 4,000 nursing homes and long-term care centers by month’s end, Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed. “We could have every resi- dent of nursing homes and long- term care facilities vaccinated in December,” DeSantis said during a White House panel dis- cussion. “That’s within our grasp FM Beach Town Council Meeting Florida Lawmakers Again Ponder Pulling The Plug On Red Light Cameras Cont. pg 19 Armando’s Day Spa cele- brated it’s 20th anniversary with party held at the Bayfront Bistro last Tuesday. We had about 35 people show up but we were having such a goot time that we forgot to get a pic- ture of the whole group before more than half of the guests had already gone home. My appologies to those who didn’t get into the picture, you know who you are and I am very glad you were able to come share this milestone with us. We love this beach and could not have survived the ups and downs of the past two decades with- out all our locals and our visitors as well. I would also like to thank my staff for being so loyal and so dedicated to the success of our Spa. Bobby Armando Mimmo Cont. pg 12 Cont. pg 16 Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. This is a Red Light Camera This is,’t a Red Light Camera Senate Democrats Demand DeSantis Act To Save Florida's Economy