With the passing of another anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, it is important to remember those who served in World War 2, whether it be those who have passed on or those still with us. With them lies the memory of a great conflict that shaped the second half of the twentieth century and beyond, and there service ensured that freedom and opportunity championed by our ountry would be the foundations that future was built upon.
Many residents of San Carlos Island are strongly opposed to the Bay Harbour Marina Village proposed for the site of the former Compass Rose Marina. The developer is requesting changes to the land development code to allow currently prohibited uses on the site. The proposal includes; a 14 story high rise residential building, a two story residential facility along Oak Street, a 520+ car parking structure and a boat dry stack storage facility for 286 boats, 29 wet slips, a launching facility and a ships store.
While the Council and Staff of Fort Myers Beach have no shortage of issues to look after on land, from development to traffic to parking, their meeting on Monday kicked off with a presentation by members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on sharks, and their relationship with humans in our area. Nancy Sheridan and Brent WInner, scientists with the FWC, stood before the audience and the Council to give a quick list of facts about local sharks, and the results of human interaction with them.
For the most part, the presentation’s purpose was to allay fears that people may have in sharing these waters with sharks. As Sheridan explained, sharks are not only an apex predator, but also a keystone species that proves vital to our ecosystem.
Winner went into detail about shark attacks in our area, explaining that Lee and Collier Counties combined only recorded 8 shark bites since record keeping was started. Winner also stated that most shark bites are exploratory, where the shark tests to see if what they are biting is a member of its usual prey species. Most time, after a shark bites a human, they do not sustain an attack.
The Council unanimously approved a cutoff date of March 1, 2016 for entering into a contract to this year’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration. This means that the town will not enter into a contract with a service provider for the fireworks if $10,000 of contributions have not been collected by this date.
The Town has previously collected 20,000 for this year’s New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration, and is currently processing a contract.
The long, controversial story of Florida’s gerrymandered districts entered another chapter this week, as the State’s Supreme Court made a significant decision on the drawn boundaries that can often decide the makeup of our State Legislature before votes are even cast. Last week, on December 2nd, the Court passed down a ruling in favor of a hybrid congressional map that they felt answered to the call voters made in 2010 for fair districts.
A large crowd packed into the Sunset Beach Tropical Grill’s Playmore Tiki Bar this past Tuesday evening, December 8, with hundreds of Fort Myers Beach residents looking to raise money for local children in need. The reason for the gathering was the Spirit of the Holiday’s annual Dinner Auction, a charity event put on by the Beach Kids Foundation.