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Items filtered by date: Friday, 15 December 2017
Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:11

HOLLY JOLLY SWFL Compilation Recording Jam!

Beach Records, actually located just off the beach at 16120 San Carlos Blvd Unit #10 Fort Myers Fl 33908 is presenting Holly Jolly SWFL, a live and local compellation recording show, 12 original live acts will perform original and holiday themed music.

They will be recording it LIVE and making TWO compellation albums from your favorite local musicians with original artwork from some of SWFL's very own art community!

By attending this show, you too get to be a part of the album's live recording including cheers and clapping too for that ‘live’ sound.

2 original live artists will be creating the art for both albums as the various acts perform.

"Come be a part of a very special FREE event where we record some very talented local musicians playing their favorite originals as well as their renditions of Christmas classics for a couple live & local compilation albums to be released shortly after the evening. All proceeds and donations will help support our growing local art and music scene so that we can continue share the love that we create." Marty Bourgeois, Beach Records.

This will be a great time and a good opportunity to hear and see some talented local artist.

Al DiPasquale

Published in Lifestyle
Friday, 15 December 2017 23:45

House Approves National Carry Bill

Once upon a time, Missouri gun-rights activists proudly upheld this state's right to pass and enforce its own laws. If you didn't like them, well, you were free to move to another state. That concept of states' rights used to be a bedrock philosophy of the Republican Party in its campaign against federal overreach.

Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives, amidst pressure from :proved a bill that would allow federal law to supersede the ability of individual states to enforce their own gun laws.

The bill would allow concealed carry permits to be issued, like driver’s licenses, making a permit from one state, valid nationally. Even six Democrats supported the bill and 14 Republicans voted against it.- perhaps mindful of being labeled hypocrites - The bill, HR 38, or the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017," effectively allows states like Missouri with the loosest gun laws to impose their will on states that impose tighter restrictions.

Missouri and Kansas are among the 12 states that allow permitless concealed carry, which means qualified adults can buy a handgun, conceal it, and under this bill go to any public place the law allows in other states, no questions asked. Illinois requires a permit. But under HR 38, Missouri would get to impose its laws on the people of Illinois, like it or not.

National concealed carry reciprocity “would end abuses in anti-gun states like California, New York and New Jersey and allow law-abiding concealed carriers to exercise their rights nationwide with peace of mind,” the NRA stated on its website. Although the NRA argues that Second Amendment rights should apply uniformly throughout the land, different states have conflicting interpretations.

Kansas, for example, expresses specific concerns about the existence of armed militias referenced in the Second Amendment. Kansas law states clearly: "The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security, but standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated."

In other words, Kansas specifically reserves the right to add clarity where the Constitution is too vague. Other states, such as California, impose far more restrictions on gun ownership, choosing to interpret the Second Amendment's reference to a "well-regulated militia" as meaning that the right to bear arms is not absolute.

But neighboring Arizona, like Missouri, seems to embrace a philosophy of the more guns, the better. Under HR 38, California would have to honor Arizona's concealed-carry laws.

Passing the Senate’s version SB 446, was submitted by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in February will be a different battle considering the measure would need 60 votes to pass and there are only 52 Republican Senators.

So get ready for a bunch of Fake News! as Michael Bloomberg, New York’s former Mayor has committed $25 million to finance a hysteria campaign against the bill, and Gabby Gifford, former House of Representative from Arizona who servived an assisination attack in January of 2011, where she was victim of a critical gunshot wound to the head, six people were killed and thirteen were injured in the shooting. said her group with spend “six figures” buying ads against eight Republicans in the House that supported and voted for the measure.

The Fake News has already begun: Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.) tweeted "There are 12 states that don’t require permits for carrying guns. Under HR 38, someone from one of those states could travel to your community and walk right into a school zone with a loaded weapon, no matter what local laws say.”

When you look up fake news in the dictionary... that should be there as an example.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 clearly states that it does not supersede state law. Under the bill, permit-holders are still subject to any state or local laws that restrict carrying a gun in a school or a designated zone around it.

The wording of the bill reads: "This section shall not be construed to supersede or limit the laws of any state that permit private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property, or prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms on any state or local government property, installation, building, base, or park."

So buckle up folks, the ride is going to get bumpy.

Published in General/Features
Friday, 15 December 2017 23:45

House Approves National Carry Bill

Once upon a time, Missouri gun-rights activists proudly upheld this state's right to pass and enforce its own laws. If you didn't like them, well, you were free to move to another state. That concept of states' rights used to be a bedrock philosophy of the Republican Party in its campaign against federal overreach.

Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives, amidst pressure from :proved a bill that would allow federal law to supersede the ability of individual states to enforce their own gun laws.

The bill would allow concealed carry permits to be issued, like driver’s licenses, making a permit from one state, valid nationally. Even six Democrats supported the bill and 14 Republicans voted against it.- perhaps mindful of being labeled hypocrites - The bill, HR 38, or the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017," effectively allows states like Missouri with the loosest gun laws to impose their will on states that impose tighter restrictions.

Missouri and Kansas are among the 12 states that allow permitless concealed carry, which means qualified adults can buy a handgun, conceal it, and under this bill go to any public place the law allows in other states, no questions asked. Illinois requires a permit. But under HR 38, Missouri would get to impose its laws on the people of Illinois, like it or not.

National concealed carry reciprocity “would end abuses in anti-gun states like California, New York and New Jersey and allow law-abiding concealed carriers to exercise their rights nationwide with peace of mind,” the NRA stated on its website. Although the NRA argues that Second Amendment rights should apply uniformly throughout the land, different states have conflicting interpretations.

Kansas, for example, expresses specific concerns about the existence of armed militias referenced in the Second Amendment. Kansas law states clearly: "The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security, but standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated."

In other words, Kansas specifically reserves the right to add clarity where the Constitution is too vague. Other states, such as California, impose far more restrictions on gun ownership, choosing to interpret the Second Amendment's reference to a "well-regulated militia" as meaning that the right to bear arms is not absolute.

But neighboring Arizona, like Missouri, seems to embrace a philosophy of the more guns, the better. Under HR 38, California would have to honor Arizona's concealed-carry laws.

Passing the Senate’s version SB 446, was submitted by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in February will be a different battle considering the measure would need 60 votes to pass and there are only 52 Republican Senators.

So get ready for a bunch of Fake News! as Michael Bloomberg, New York’s former Mayor has committed $25 million to finance a hysteria campaign against the bill, and Gabby Gifford, former House of Representative from Arizona who servived an assisination attack in January of 2011, where she was victim of a critical gunshot wound to the head, six people were killed and thirteen were injured in the shooting. said her group with spend “six figures” buying ads against eight Republicans in the House that supported and voted for the measure.

The Fake News has already begun: Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.) tweeted "There are 12 states that don’t require permits for carrying guns. Under HR 38, someone from one of those states could travel to your community and walk right into a school zone with a loaded weapon, no matter what local laws say.”

When you look up fake news in the dictionary... that should be there as an example.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 clearly states that it does not supersede state law. Under the bill, permit-holders are still subject to any state or local laws that restrict carrying a gun in a school or a designated zone around it.

The wording of the bill reads: "This section shall not be construed to supersede or limit the laws of any state that permit private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property, or prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms on any state or local government property, installation, building, base, or park."

So buckle up folks, the ride is going to get bumpy.

Published in General/Features

Three weeks ago we reported on the Lee Tran Park and Ride nearing completion at 11101 Summerlin Square Drive, Fort Myers Beach diagonally across Pine Ridge Road from the Walgreens. We reported that we tried to reach out to Lee Tran marketing manager Katie Meckley, but we're unable to reach her, first thing last Thursday morning we did hear from Katie via email.

She informed us Lee Tran will be a hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on location Monday December 18th at 10 am. and invited us to attend.

The grounds have improved much in the past three weeks, grass seeded areas are now lush green and the remainder of the parking lot has been finished to one hundred and twenty five parking spaces for beachgoers to park free and take the trolley to the beach. The trolley provides a stress-free way to travel to the beach and eliminates the need to sit in traffic and find parking on the island.

The ribbon cutting on Monday is open to the public but the facility is scheduled to be fully operational as of Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The Beach Trolley, as well as routes 130 and 50, will use the new Beach Park & Ride. Route 50 travels from the Beach Park & Ride to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and the Route 130 travels through south Fort Myers between the Beach Park & Ride and the Edison Mall Transfer Center. The five and a half acre parcel new facility cost of more than $5 million, and was designed to resemble the Edison Mall Park n Ride.

 
It has space for five bus terminals with overhead canopy for covered walkways, passenger info kiosks, an employee office, restrooms and was planned to be able to expand it's parking to 240 spaces.

The facility offers WiFi, has a PA system, surveillance cameras and a detention pond, it will be fully ADA compliant and even offer electric car charging stalls

Published in General/Features

Josh Turner comes to Top Rocker Field at Six Bends Harley Davidson this Sunday, Dec 17th at 5:30 pm 9501 Thunder Road Fort Myers, FL 33912 . with special guests "A Thousand Horses" and "Brooke Eden". Doors to the venue will open at 4 PM.

Josh is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, From his 2003 platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. He has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits Turner’s hits include Your Man, Why Don’t We Just Dance, Firecracker, Would You Go with Me, All Over Me, and Time Is Love, the most played country song of 2012.

Turner released his sixth studio album Deep South in March featuring the #1 hit single Hometown Girl. Turner shares, “I’ve lived a lot of life since the release of my last album (Punching Bag) and I’ve learned a lot during the making of this album. I have grown as a writer and as an artist. It’s been cool to see this culmination of life and lessons and age boiled down into this project and I am really proud of Deep South. Turner wrote four of the 11 tracks on the highly-anticipated album including the title track and he is impressing fans and critics alike.

Rolling Stone declares that Turner, with his river deep baritone, delivers an eagerly awaited album from a country purist. PEOPLE Magazine says the Nashville veteran flaunts his deep bass on Deep South and that the album is an ode to down-home staples, from finding that perfect love on Hometown Girl to savoring the laid-back life on the title track.

Born in Hannah, S.C., Turner has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, but he had very little access to music education, he realizes first-hand the importance of arts in the schools and in support of music education, he has created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts/music.

A Thousand Horses: Drive across the rural South with the window down and the radio on. Hit scan and listen as muscular country, drawling rock, high gospel harmony, low-country blue and old school soul meld together into something special and distinct.

That’s the sound of A Thousand Horses and the exciting new band’s debut, "Southernality". The 13-track Dave Cobb-produced album has already given the Republic Nashville group their first major hit, with No. 1 single “Smoke.” Fans have responded to the unique hypnotic song in a way that shows the band’s all-genre mix of classic influences remains in the DNA of young music fans in the digital age.

“Subconciously, our audience grew up listening to those albums that we all love too and the reaction so far has just been exciting,” lead singer Michael Hobby said. “To me country music’s always been cool. I grew up on it. There’s a wider audience now. The lane seems to be a little bit wider for artists like Eric Church and Jason Aldean to push boundaries. People call it Southern rock or people call it country or people call it rock ‘n’ roll. To me it just feels like it’s all just music now” Joining Hobby as the creative core of A Thousand Horses are guitarists Bill Satcher and Zach Brown and bassist Graham DeLoach. Their friendship and similar interests have helped them create a distinct swamp boogie that fits right in with country music’s current party paradigm.

Brooke Eden, this young Loxahatchee, Florida native came up the artist ranks by paying her dues, performing in clubs and learning the craft of songwriting from the tender age of four. Lauded for her commanding stage presence and brassy straight-shooting style, Eden has performed over 500 shows in four years, including opening for superstars such as Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line.

In her brazen new single “Daddy’s Money,” Brooke Eden concisely lays out her doctrine: work hard, use what you have and never ever rely on someone else for your success. While the young singer has always had the support of her father and mother, she didn’t benefit from the parental pocketbook. In fact, as the daughter of a carpenter who moonlighted as a drummer in a country band, Brooke adopted the scrappy underdog mentality and stamped it all over her soulful and bluesy brand of country music. “My parents never had a lot of money, but they made sure I had their support behind me: ‘We can’t buy your way in, but you can do it — you just have to work a little bit harder,'” says Brooke, recalling her folks’ insight.

Clearly, the Florida native — who grew up midway between the sands of West Palm Beach and the swamps of the Okeechobee — was paying attention. “You don’t have to come from a super affluent family to become what you want to be,” she says. In songs like “Daddy’s Money” and the clever girl-power anthem “Sunday Morning,” as well as live onstage, Brooke is a confident and commanding vocalist, poised to follow in the footsteps of her chief country inspiration and BBR Music Group labelmate, Jason Aldean.

“I like strong voices,” says Brooke, who cites vocal influences ranging from Shania Twain to Etta James. “Women didn’t always get to sing about receiving respect, but those women commanded it. And with Jason, I just love how he mixes rock into country. As a musician, you’re constantly studying other artists and making things your own.”

General Admission is $35, (plus service charges) provide entrance to the concert only - bring a lawn chair or blanket. No, coolers, cans or bottles permitted. Food trucks on-site. Parking is available adjacent to Top Rocker Field - a parking fee will be charged at the venue. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Veterans Benefits America Foundation Inc. - a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization whose trained volunteers, including Accredited VA Claims Agents, are dedicated to helping Veterans, their Spouses & their Widow(er)s learn more about and qualify for the Department of Veteran Affairs. http://www.vetbenamerica.org/

Patsy Berliner

Published in News Around The Bay

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