Volume 6 Issue 9_Sun Bay Paper

From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume 6 Issue No.9 On Vacation? Take us home with you! Read our digital Flipbook version at www.SunBayPaper.com Nov. 20, 2020 - Nov. 26, 2020 In its regular bi-monthly meeting on Monday, November 16, Fort Myers Beach Town Councilors finalized the $10 million loan that has been secured through First Florida Integrity Bank to fund the improvements for Bay Oaks Recreational Campus, Bayside Park, and Times Square. Resolution 20-51 was adopted at the meeting and authorizes the closing on the tax exempt loan. In other discussion, Town Councilors com- mented on the previously approved design concepts for Bayside Park prepared by the design firm DRMP, Inc. The Council empha- sized their preference for more shade trees and an en- hanced veterans tribute. Further discussions by Town Councilors on the design concepts are slated for the Management and Planning Session on Thurs- day, December 3 at 9 a.m. Discussion is to include the Times Square clock replace- ment and the iconic feature - decorative sails - that are in the design plans from DRMP. As a follow up to resident comments made at previous council meetings, Council plans to discuss if there is a suitable location for the historic arches. In other business, Vice Mayor Rexann Hosafros, who was leading the meeting in the absence of Mayor Ray Murphy (Councilor Dan Allers par- ticipated by telephone), asked Town Councilors for an update on their efforts to recruit members FMB Town Councilors Finalize $10 Million Loan For Improvements Reports on Florida’s Biggest Road Building Proposal in Decades on DeSantis’ Desk Three task force re- ports on the Florida Legisla- ture’s tentative multibillion dollar plan to build 340 miles of toll roads by 2030 have arrived on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. All three include the same statement: “The Task Force did not reach a con- clusion based on the infor- mation available at this time that there is a specific need for a completely new green- field corridor or modifica- tions of existing facilities through the study area to achieve the statutory pur- pose.” The Florida Depart- ment of Transportation (FDOT) submitted the re- ports to DeSantis on Thurs- day, three days before Sunday's deadline set by lawmakers when they cre- ated the panels to study the proposed Multi-Use Corri- dors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) plan. The three 40-mem- ber committees studied the three proposed M-CORES toll roads for more than a year but were unable to as- certain a need for them, cit- ing “a preference for improvement or expansion of existing major highway corridors.” M-CORES outlines construction of: • A 150-mile Southwest- Central Florida Connector from Lakeland to Naples; • The Suncoast Connector, a 40-mile span linking the Florida Turnpike and I-75 with the Suncoast Parkway; • The Northern Turnpike Connector, which would ex- tend the Suncoast Parkway 150 miles north to Georgia. Construction would begin in 2022 and end in 2030. M-CORES would be funded through license plate tag revenue – $1.1 billion over a decade to finance a bond; estimates range from $10 billion to more than $24 billion. Lawmakers in 2019 approved Senate Bill 7068, which called for the creation of the task forces to study the proposal and allocated $45 million for the studies. SB 7068 authorized $90 million for M-CORES in this year’s budget, $135 million in fiscal year 2022 and $140 mil- We announced that Armando’s Day Spa would be celebrating it’s 20th year with a party at Bayfront Bistro. The date has now been set for Tuesday Dec. 8th from 4pm till 6pm, upstairs in the bar area of the Bistro. “I would like to per- sonally invite any past and present clients, friends and family to celebrate with us.” “Attendees will be able to choose one appertizer each from the party menu and one complimentary drink each.” “We will need a head count so please RSVP directly with Armando’s at 239-463- 1200 by Dec.5th” said Owner, Bobby Armando. Based on virtual and in vitro antiviral screening that began in the earlier months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the researchers led at UTHSC by Colleen Jonsson, PhD, identified zu- clopenthixol, nebivolol, and amodiaquine as promising therapeutics for the virus in its early stages. Dr. Jonsson is a pro- fessor and the Endowed Van Vleet Chair of Excellence in Virology in the College of Medicine at UTHSC. She also directs the UTHSC Re- gional Biocontainment Lab- oratory (RBL), where this research was conducted. The university's RBL is one of roughly a dozen federally funded labs authorized to safely study contagious pathogens. In a paper published in ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science, the re- searchers propose the drugs as possible candidates for testing in future clinical tri- als to improve immune re- sponse to the virus. Amodi- aquine is an older antimalarial, zuclopenthixol is an antipsychotic, and nebivolol is a blood pressure medication. "Particularly in the context of this pandemic, there is a stringent need for high-quality studies that can provide critical knowledge concerning the COVID-19 disease and reliable treat- ment proposals," the paper states. "With these caveats in mind, we conceived a com- putational workflow that in- cluded independent in vitro validation, followed by as- sessing emerging candidates in the context of available clinical pharmacology data with the aim of proposing suitable candidates for clini- cal studies for early stage (incubation and symptomatic phases) patients infected by SARS-CoV-2." "Given the need for improved effi- Armando’s Anniversary Party Set For Dec. 8th Researchers Identify Three Drugs as Possible Therapeutics for COVID-19 Cont. pg. 15 Cont. pg 15 Cont. pg 15