Volume 6 Issue 35_Sun Bay Paper

Florida lawmakers have pondered repealing the state’s 1970 no-fault insur- ance law for more than a decade, coming close to doing so in three straight ses- sions before approving a hotly-debated, but ultimately overwhelmingly supported, revamp this year. The debate, however, didn’t end when Senate Bill 54 was adopted on April 30, the last day of the legislative session. In fact, it intensified as insurers and state officials lobbied Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto SB 54, which would have required Florida’s 16.5 million do away with personal injury protection (PIP) and se- cure mandatory bodily injury (MBI) coverage by Jan. 1. Although SB 54 passed the Senate 37-3 and House 100-6, the convincing tallies belied ambivalence underscored by concerns ex- pressed by state officials. In February, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said repeal would increase uninsured driving and in March, state Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier said more study was needed to deter- mine if repeal would benefit Florida drivers, The concept is simple enough: match the world’s best bull riding athletes against the toughest animal athletes on the planet in an 8-second man versus beast duel. Put the cow- boys against one an- other in a season-long battle to claim the year-end title of PBR World Champion, and with that, a share of more than $10 million in prize money includ- ing the $1 million year-end bonus and the golden buckle for the season’s best bull rider. Of course, it’s only simple until you strap a tough and determined 159-pound cowboy to the back of a temperamental 1,600 - 2,000-pound bull, a beast, 10 times or more their size, only to see the bull get up off the ground and climb into the air, snort, kick, buck, twist & turn, ...... well .... it's one of those 'you have to be there, to truly appreciate it' moments! You say you've never have seen it live? Then check out these athletic beasts yourself when PBR returns for its annual visit to Hertz Arena on Friday and Saturday, July 23rd, & 24th, these tickets go fast so if you want to get in, you'd better hurry! Both riders and bulls will compete to earn points and money while working to move one step closer to the World Finals. Bulls get points for bucking and kicking and generally putting up a good fight. The riders get them for staying on board long enough — at least eight seconds — and for look- ing good while doing it too. Good form is everything. The result is unparalleled action, where danger, drama and heroic accomplishments................ are just a part of the game. Hertz Arena is located at 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, FL For more information, call 239-948-7825 or visit: germainarena.com. From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume 6 Issue No.35 Production@sunbaypaper.com www.TheSunBayPaper.com July 2, 2021 - July 15, 2021 Cont. pg 12 Gas Prices Hit Seven-Year High Ahead of July 4 Weekend 239-267-4000 As Americans pre- pare to hit the road for Inde- pendence Day weekend, gas prices hit a seven-year high. An expected 43.6 million Americans are set to hit the road this holiday weekend, and they'll pay the most they have to fill up their tank since 2014, the American Automobile Asso- ciation (AAA) says. “At $3.09, the na- tional gas price average is at its highest of the year and not stopping,” AAA said. GasBuddy data puts the na- tional average at $3.11 a gal- lon. As of Monday, some 89% of U.S. gas stations were charging $2.75 per gal- lon or more for regular un- leaded gas, AAA found. “That is a stark increase over last July 4 when only a quarter of stations were sell- ing gas for more than $2.25,” AAA spokesperson Jeanette McGee said. The national average gas price over the holiday weekend in 2014 was $3.66. It dipped down to $3.171 per gallon by October 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. While some gas sta- tions have run out of gas ahead of the holiday week- end, GasBuddy notes, it’s not because of After last year’s lack of Independ- ence Day due to COVID, big events are making a comeback. That in- cludes most of the major annual fire- works shows in Fort Myers, Naples, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs but not Sanibel Is- land this year. FORT MYERS Downtown Fort Myers Freedom Fest: The downtown Fort Myers block party returns with fireworks, food trucks, vendors and the Thun- der Beach Band. It all starts at 6pm and the fireworks will be launched off Lofton Island in the Caloosa- hatchee River about 9 p.m. this is a Free event in Downtown Fort Myers. FORT MYERS BEACH Fort Myers Beach Fireworks: choosing to err on the side of caution, the annual Fourth of July festival and parade were canceled, but the fireworks show is On. It starts at about 9 p.m. Sunday, July 4. Beach chairs are encouraged. The Matanzas Bridge (a great place to see the fireworks if you don't want to be down in the crowd) will be closed from 9-11:30 p.m. Big Carlos Pass Bridge on the south end of the island will remain open. Personal fireworks are prohib- ited. Times Square, Lynn Hall Park and Fort Myers Beach Pier, 1000 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. fortmyersbeach.org Cont. pg. 17 DeSantis Vetoes Repeal of Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Law Fireworks Are Back! Cont. pg 5 Pro Bull Riding Returns To SW Florida! Right, All Along