Volume 7 Issue 1_Sun Bay Paper

The Grouper Grapple Offshore Fishing Tournament was founded in 2013 as a way to give back to the community and show support to veterans that have served our country. The tournament teams up with Reunite The Fight to sponsor a group of Military Veterans and provide each one with the opportunity to experience fishing freedom on the water! This year the event will benefit the Jeff Sommer Memorial Scholarship Fund and Reunite The Fight. The Captains meeting will be held on Thursday night, July 19th at 6:30 pm. at Fish-Tale Restaurant in Santini Plaza on Ft. Myers Beach. At least one angler from each team MUST attend the Captain’s Meeting. • There will be a shotgun start from San Carlos Pass at 6:30am under the Matanzas Bridge. Teams will be required to check in with Official Tournament Boat between 6:00 am and 6:25 am prior to the shotgun start. • Boats must return to Fish-Tale Restaurant by 6:00 pm on Friday August 20th. The weigh station will be located in front of the Fish-Tale Restaurant. The Weigh Station will open at 4:00PM for any teams return- ing early, but ALL boats must be within sight of tournament officials in order to qualify no later than 6:00pm. and all fish must be brought in by boat. The Tournament consists of two categories: Grouper and Snapper. From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume 7 Issue No.1 Production@sunbaypaper.com www.TheSunBayPaper.com July 30, 2021 - Agust 12, 2021 239-267-4000 Right... All Along "I just don’t know what my purpose, what my mission in this life is!," a friend wrote me in an e-mail recently. For some reason her letter awakened an old memory in me so I wrote her back and shared this with her. When I was a young Dad my family was strug- gling just to get by. I was getting a few days work here and there as a substitute teacher. I was teaching every subject and every grade from kindergarten to seniors in high school. Then near the end of the school year I got called in at the last sec- ond to teach at a local grade school. I got there late wor- rying about the Summer to come and the lack of work it would bring. The class I got had a bad case of Summer break fever too. To say they were rambunctious would be un- derstating it. They were bouncing off their seats, talking in class, and not playing attention to anything I said. Finally, it was time for recess and I was as happy as Bacon lovers will judge the "Best Drink" and "Best Appetizer" in the 7th Annual South Cape Bacon- Fest Trolley Event on August 14th. A bacon themed pub crawl in Cape Coral's Entertainment Dis- trict, from 7pm to 11pm, whereby guests will take trolleys to various locations to enjoy bacon themed drink and appetizer samples. At the end of the evening they'll cast their votes for the worthiest contenders. Hosted by South Cape Hospitality & Enter- tainment Association (SCHEA), the heavily attended event takes place in a no driving atmosphere, but rides home are suggested. "South Cape busi- nesses and attendees are ex- cited for the return of BaconFest," says SCHEA Board Member David Townsend. "I mean who doesn't love bacon? Partici- pating locations are getting creative for your palate this year - from salty, spicy and savory to sweet and so much more! It continues to be a flavorful event." Participating loca- tions include BackStreets Sports Bar, Cruisers, Dixie Live, Dixie Roadhouse, Good Intentions Uncorked, Monkey Bar, Rack'em Spir- its & Times, Ralph's Place, Rusty's Raw Bar & Grill, Sidecar Treats, The Dive and Tiki Hut. BaconFest is a 21+ nightlife event. Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased Cont. pg 5 Cont. pg 6 The Silver Lining The Grouper Grapple: Cont. pg 12 7th Annual Bacon-Fest Lets Guests Be The Judge Florida Power & Light Company (FP&L) in March submitted a proposed rate hike that would cost its 5.6 million account holders up to $6.5 billion in in- creased electric bills over the next four years. If approved in Au- gust by the state’s utility regulator, the Public Service Commission (PSC), the rate hikes – the largest in Florida history – go into effect in January. Opposing FPL’s pro- posed rate hike are the AARP, Earthjustice, Envi- ronmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Florida Consumer Action Network, Vote Solar, the Florida Industrial Power Users Group and the Florida Retail Federation. But now a new ad- vocacy group stocked with heavy hitters has emerged to challenge FP&L before the PSC. Orlando-based Floridians Against Increased Rates (FAIR) was registered with the IRS as a 501c4 in March and claims on its Facebook page to have more than 500 members. FAIR’s members in- clude former PSC Commis- sioner Tom Herndon, who served as adviser to former Govs. Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham; former PSC Executive Director Tim De- vlin; former chief lobbyist and Jacksonville Electric Authority board member Michael Hightower; Nancy Watkins, a Tampa-based cer- tified public accountant and Republican candidate adviser; and FP&L’s Bid For Largest Rate Hike in Florida History Cont. pg 15 Bacon Rose: A cullinary, tasty work of ART! A Local Offshore Fishing Tournament