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Items filtered by date: Monday, 05 September 2016

Tonight in Carmel, Calif., Mercedes-
Benz unveiled the latest of
its Maybach line: the Vision Mercedes-
Maybach 6.
The gullwing 2+2 concept has a
low, sleek hood, a massive touchscreen
inside, and an all-electric
powertrain. It’s meant to show
what a Mercedes-Benz car could
look like, and do, in 10 or 15 years'
time.
Named for its 6-meter
length, the Mercedes-Maybach 6 is
totally electric, with a massive battery
pack located along the bottom
of the car. The engine can achieve
750 horsepower; the car will hit 60
mph in less than four seconds. It
has an automatic driving function,
although Mercedes executives said
it’s meant to be driven.
“This is a car you want to drive
yourself,” Gorden Wagener, the
Daimler AG head of design, told
attendees at a cocktail-heavy debut
event held on the lawn of the famous
Pebble Beach Resort. Mercedes
VIP buyers and media drank
champagne and ate canapés while
white private yachts floated in the
nearby bay.
“We see a big movement in analog
things, and they are sustainable. …
This is something you pass to your
children, like a Leica camera or a
chronograph watch. Driving has
been a pleasure since 130 years
and will stay that way another 130
years.”
The grille on the front is
made to look like the pinstripes on
a suit; the 24-inch rims, dual rear
window, narrow side “mirrors” and
spine-like divide along the back
make the car extremely distinctive.
Mercedes executives said it is
meant to evoke emotion and intelligence,
hot passion and cool rationality:
“The key is to combine
them,” Wagener said.
Inside, although media were not allowed
to open the doors to the concept
model, the car apparently has
spacious seating for four. It has
dials behind the steering wheel
made to look like the dial on a mechanical
watch and warm, polished
wood accents. Executives say it
can charge to a range of 62 miles
in five minutes, if you use the
strongest charger.
This is the latest product
unveiled since Mercedes reignited
the Daimler-owned Maybach line.
Maybach had discontinued its
standalone cars in December 2012
after years of making the type of
stately European-style schooners
that power players such as Jay-Z
and Swizz Beatz drove around
New York City. It launched the $1
million Mercedes-Maybach S600
Pullman and the $192,000 Mercedes-
Maybach S600 sedan last
year.
Mercedes executives wouldn’t
comment on if, or when, they
might produce the Mercedes-Maybach
6, but they certainly picked
the right time to introduce such a
statuesque car. The Pebble Beach
Concours d’Elegance—the world’s
premier car show and auction site,
which showcases the most beautiful
and expensive cars ever
made—starts Sunday.
Hannah Elliott
Bloomberg

Published in General/Features
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 15:38

A Voice For The People

It's been said that the times
makes the person and 2016 is calling
out for Dick Anderson,
candidate for Lee County Commission
District 3.
Dick is devoted to his loving
family and is motivated to
work as a public servant to leave a
legacy for our children and grandchildren
that protects our unique
natural environment and provides
high quality educational and employment
opportunities.
Having worked in the public
and private sector, Dick brings a
balanced perspective in operating
local government as a business but
with the vision to ensure responsible
stewardship of our land and
water resources. Dick worked as a
Land Planner for Lee County Government
and WCI Communities as
well as for the Little Pine Island
Wetland Restoration and Mitigation
Bank.
Strongly immersed in our
community, Dick has served as an
Adjunct Instructor at Florida Gulf
Coast University teaching courses
on Economics and the Environment
and has volunteered on
numerous organizations including
American Red Cross, Lee County
Chapter, Calusa Nature Center and
Planetarium and Edison Learning
Center Board.
Given that his opponent, incumbent
Larry Kiker is strongly
supported by U.S. Sugar and
developers relentlessly pushing to
increase the density and intensity
in Lee County, Dick offers an exceptional
opportunity for voters to
challenge the status quo and elect a
representative of the people not
special interests.
While Kiker has been noticeably
absent and ineffective in
the effort to address our dirty water
crises, Dick understands that it is
the state that has jurisdiction over
water quality and the overriding
need to hold the state legislature
and South Florida Water Management
District accountable by buying
land south of Lake Okeechobe
to store, treat and convey water to
the Everglades to alleviate the excessive
release of polluted water
that continues to destroy the
Caloosahachee and our coastal estuaries.
Kiker and the majority of
the Lee County Commission supported
an 85% reduction in
impact fees costing the county and
school board approximately $50
million over three years for necessary
infrastructure. Dick well understands
the need to balance the
budget with equitable revenues that
reduce the reliance on property
taxes. Impact fees are an important
source of revenue to ensure that
new development, not the existing
taxpayers, pay for the infrastructure
to accommodate growth. Furthermore
impact fees equals jobs as
the funds are used to pay the labor
workforce to build roads, parks and
schools.
Kiker's recent support of
the Grand Resorts on Fort Myers
Beach not only led to an
state ethics investigation but would
have given away Cresent Beach
Park and jeopardized beach front
homeowners with a half-mile sea
wall that would have exacerbated
coastal beach erosion.
Dick's primary reason for
running for the Lee County Commission
seat is to restore integrity
and honesty to local government
and serve as a Commissioner that
is accountable to everyone and beholden
to no one.
In his campaign literature,
Kiker states that preserving our
pristine environment is a top
goal yet, his actions are contrary to
what he says. In violation of the
public trust, Kiker and the majority
of the Board of County Commissioners
(BOCC) voted to raid the
Conservation 2020 Trust Fund in
the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal
years, in excess of $40 million
dollars, to balance the budget. In
the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the
BOCC
shifted the 0.50 mils, designated
for Conservation 2020, to the General
Fund, effectively undermining
a uniquely successful program.
Dick Anderson was on the
original grass roots organization
that worked with our community to
support Conservation 2020 and he
well understands the importance of
revitalizing the program to conserve
our precious land and water
resources, enhance property values,
and provide open space for public
enjoyment and quality of life.
Shame on Kiker in receiving significant
financial support from Big
Sugar when he was elected in 2012
but, shame on us if he is re-elected.
Make the right choice.
Vote for Dick Anderson.
Ray Judah

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