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Friday, 18 September 2015 12:54

Trip

By Tom Crosby

On Sept. 20th the USA Rugby national team will kick-off against Samoa in its first match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Cam Dolan, a Ft Myers native, is one of the 31 players on the USA Eagles team. Cam began his sporting career playing roller hockey at a rink on San Carlos Island.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:19

Lee County Looking for Coastal Cleanup Volunteers

Lee County is looking to do their part in helping to keep our coastlines free of debris, but they need a hand. Keep Lee County Beautiful has put the call out for volunteers for the upcoming Coastal Cleanup event this Saturday, September 19th, beginning at 10 am.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:11

Lee County Commissioners Set Final Budget

In an afternoon meeting on Tuesday, September 15, the Lee County Board of Commissioners adopted a $1.9 billion budget for the fiscal year 2015-16, with a millage rate of 4.1506. The rate is a 5.59% increase over the rollback rate of 3.9308.

The budget and tax items passed in 4 - 1 votes. Commissioner Frank Mann dissented on the items, citing his objection to the county’s reduction of impact fees as the reason.

The Town of Fort Myers Beach selected a new Town Attorney last week, on September 9th. In a 3-2 vote, the Council elected to go with the services of Dawn Perry-Lehnert, an attorney out of Cape Coral. A motion was originally made by Vice Mayor Dan Andre to retain the services of then-current Town Attorney Derek Rooney, but his only support in the vote was Council-member Alan Mandel, and that motion was defeated in a 2-3 vote.

The City of Sanibel is encouraging its residents to take a tour of its City Hall in order to promote the use of native vegetation in local landscaping.

“We show them the variety of ground covering plants we have,” Jason Cull, an Environmental Specialist in Sanibel’s Department of Natural Resources, said. “We show them flowers, trees, and shrubs. We leave it fairly open to any questions residents have on a particular plant, like a coco plum, so that we can guide them to look at it.”

The Village of Estero hosted a reception for the six finalists for the Village Manager position this past Thursday, September 10, at the Estero Fire Rescue Administration Building. It gave the Village Council an opportunity to meet the candidates face to face, and allow the candidates to introduce themselves to the public in attendance.

Over 10,000 people marched in Houston this past Saturday for a Police Lives Matter rally.

Friday, 11 September 2015 20:30

Google Announces Plan to Deliver Fresh Food

Google Announces Plans to Expand Into Fresh Grocery Delivery Service

The House on Friday rejected a resolution to approve the pending Iranian nuclear deal. The vote underscored how controversial the accord has been even with President Obama’s own party.

Though most Democrats voted to approve the bargain, 25 voted against it including three from Florida.

All House Republicans voted against the resolution, except libertarian Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who voted "present." The vote tally was 162-269.

While the defiant vote against the resolution will not prevent the nuclear pact from taking effect, the vote is a rebuke of Obama's foreign policy legacy and his claim to having defused the Iranian threat through diplomacy.

Friday’s vote fell on the anniversary as the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, something Republicans were quick to highlight on the House floor as they accused Democrats of backing a “bad deal” that would jeopardize U.S. security interests and abandon our role as an ally of Israel.