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Items filtered by date: Sunday, 26 June 2016
 
You might remember the giant pink elephant on top of Goben Cars, located at San Carlos Boulevard and Broadway Avenue across the street from the Beach Bowl.This iconic elephant had to be taken down because it violated the county's code regarding signage.  The plastic Elephant had to be taken down by crane and hauled into the showroom.  Where, oh where did that pink elephant come from are you asking yourself?  Don Goben the owner bought it from a guy who runs an estate and antiques yard along with a giant plastic bull paying $5000 and another $2000 for the custom paint over on Pine Ridge.
"Someone called it in and complained" said Pat McCaig, manager of Goben cars."I assume it was one of the neighbors, but I'm not sure.  I'm willing to pay for the information."  "At first I did not like it " said McCaig, "But maybe we can get it into the Fort Myers Beach parades."  "It certainly gets us noticed and people talking, so it started to grow on me."
McCaig had to live with the beast for three months in his home after Goben had closed on the business in November.  Out of excitement he purchased this one of kind decoration, "So once again its back in my life," said  McCaig.
The building was an abandoned appliance store that was remolded into a car dealership with the neighboring DeHays Automotive where they were going to repair the cars they would sell. 20 years ago the building was a gas station and since then it has constantly been changing hands.
The building is home to as many as 20 stray black cats which the neighbors fed on a regular basis, "It has been a Zoo of sorts" said McCaig.  "As a result of the food the birds flew in and we all know what they drop on cars, so this wasn't good.  The neighbors had planted Areca Palms across the canal to serve as a cushion between them and Dehays, "Which we had to tear down for the room so there was a good flow between properties," said McCaig, "So I'm not sure the neighbors love us"
A lot of people were upset about the removal of the elephant like Jeff Burdge, a painter as well as the cartoonist for the Sun Bay Paper who actually wrote a letter to the editor in reference to the removal of the elephant.  Maybe in time things will get better for Goben Cars considering they gave life to an abandoned property.
 
Caption: It brings an element of sadness to no longer see the DeHays automotive sign on this building. For several decades, Larry DeHays was a fixture off San Carlos Boulevard right across from Beach Bowl Now that three buildings in a row have been purchased by Goben Cars, we expect that this spot will remain the place to go when the inevitable breakdown occurs. The sale of DeHays is but one on many changes transforming the main artery to Fort Myers Beach. Just last week, the Sun Bay ran a story on the sale of Sunnyland RV park and the week before covered two developments on San Carlos Island. With the limited amount of land and buildings near the desirable Gulf of Mexico readers can expect this trend to continue.
Published in Business
Monday, 27 June 2016 10:45

Bill Nelson

Earlier today, I spoke with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota about the new bipartisan gun bill Sen. Susan Collins and I recently introduced to prevent anyone who is on the No-Fly List from buying a gun. To me, it’s common sense — if we don’t let someone on a plane because the FBI thinks they may have ties to terrorism, then we shouldn’t let that person buy a gun. 

Another provision included in the bill is one I introduced last week to ensure that the FBI is notified if someone who was once on the terrorist watch list purchases a gun. 

We’re not saying: don’t sell guns to someone just because they were investigated. But having a system in place that alerts the FBI if someone they once investigated is suddenly trying to purchase multiple assault weapons is just common sense. 

Sadly, if we had such a system in place before the shooting in Orlando, it could have been prevented. 

The FBI previously investigated the gunman responsible for the attack in Orlando at least three times prior to the shooting and even placed him on the terrorist watch list in 2013 and 2014.

But because the FBI closed the case as inconclusive, the shooter was taken off the watch list. So when he walked into a gun store in Port St. Lucie, Florida to purchase two firearms — including an AR-15-style assault rifle — which he then used in the attack, the FBI was never notified. 

As FBI Director James Comey told reporters the day after the shooting, “once an investigation is closed there is then no notification of any sort that is triggered by that person then attempting to purchase a firearm when the cases were closed as inconclusive.” 

That’s something that has to change. We owe it to the people of Orlando and the nation. And that’s what I said on CNN earlier today.
 
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
Published in Politics

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