Volume 6 Issue 21_Sun Bay Paper

A bill requiring addi- tional authorization before Florida public employees, including teachers, firefight- ers and law enforcement of- ficers, can have union dues deducted from paychecks could be ready for Senate adoption soon after the leg- islative session begins in March. Senate Bill 78, filed by Sen. Ray Rodrigues, R- Estero, was approved Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 6-4 partisan vote. SB 78 would require government employers con- firm with workers they want union dues taken out of pay before deductions can start. This would be in addition to the existing requirement that unions submit written re- quests to employees to begin deductions. The bill requires a public employee who wants join an collective bargaining unit sign a membership au- thorization form with this acknowledgement: “I acknowledge and understand Florida is a right to work state and union membership is not required as a condition of employ- ment. I understand union membership and payment of union dues and assessments is voluntary and I may not be discriminated against in any manner if I refuse to join or financially support a union.” SB 78 has stirred-up the same battles between the same proponents and oppo- nents that HB 1 From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume 6 Issue No.21 Take us home with you! TheSunBayPaper.com Feb 12, 2021 - Feb. 18, 2021 A couple days ago, I found myself humming along to a Supremes song. Then I did what everyone does today, in the age of the inter- net: I logged onto YouTube, found a music video and lost myself in some vintage footage of the 1960s super- group performing some of their greatest hits. It was a soulful trip down memory lane, and I lin- gered online for some time, soaking up images of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Flo- rence Ballard performing much-loved, high-energy fa- vorites such as "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Baby Love." Hours later, in an eerie stroke of coincidence, I learned that singer Mary Wil- son had died that same day at age 76. Ms. Wilson was one of the group's original mem- bers, and the news sent chills down my spine. The timing was uncanny. It Check-Out Romance “I met my husband while I was working in a science library. He came in every week to read the lat- est journals and eventually decided to take out the librarian instead of the books. After a year and a half of dating, he showed up at the library and started rummaging through my desk. I asked what he was looking for, but he didn’t answer. Finally he unearthed one of the rubber stamps I used to identify refer- Cont. pg 5 Officials in Florida say a hacker remotely gained access to a local water treat- ment plant, attempting to in- crease the amount of sodium hydroxide in the water to “po- tentially dangerous” levels. Fortunately, no one was harmed by this cyber age equivalent of poisoning the well, and the problem was quickly resolved. How- ever, police are still on the hunt for those responsible and remain unsure whether the attack came from within the US or beyond. The attack occurred on Friday, February 5 at the water treatment plant of Oldsmar, a city of around 15,000 people found in the northern part of Tampa Bay, Florida. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, offi- cials report that an operator for the city's water treatment system first saw an attempt to access the system on Fri- day morning, but assumed it was their supervisor who has remote access to the com- puter. Fort Myers Beach Town Council Meeting Report Cont. pg 16 My Funny Valentine Action by Town Council at its regular meeting on Monday, Feb- ruary 1, involved enhancements of the Mooring Field, an upcoming traffic signal at Old San Carlos and Estero Boulevard, and ap- pointments to two of the Town’s advi- sory boards, among other items. Public com- ment about Lee County’s plans for the Big Carlos Pass Bridge, consulting with FWC to find out if window tinting is an op- tion for compliance with turtle light- ing regulations, the ongoing dune walkover dispute, report from the Town Attorney that mask mandates have been ruled constitutional, con- ducting landscaper fertilizer training modeled after the City of Sanibel’s, joining with Lee County to receive FEMA funding to help pay utilities for lower income families that have been impacted by COVID, and con- firmation that pan handling is illegal in the Town. Council ap- proved Resolution 21-02 to update the Matanzas Mooring Field Management Plan and add lan- guage about the expansion of the Mooring Field. These actions were necessary for the Town to complete the final steps in the permitting process with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the expansion. The Army Corps of Engineers has already approved the engineering permit. Cont. pg 8 Cont. pg 13 A Tribute to Mary Wilson of the Supremes Florida ‘Union-Buster’ Bill Poised For March Senate Adoption Cont. pg 8 Hacker Attempted To Poison City Water Supply In Florida Florida state Sen. Ray Rodrigues, R-Fort Myers