I have read several articles in the Sun Bay calling the local Chamber to task for mismanagement of its finances. I also know you served on the Chamber Board for many years and if fact, was its Chairman just a few short years ago. Do you no longer feel a Chamber of Commerce is good for businesses on the Beach? We are thinking of buying a business near the Beach and was wondering if we should join the Chamber.
Concerned (Name asked to be withheld)
Ed. Note; It is true our Publisher was on the Board and served as the Chairman of the beach Chamber. He ceased being a member over four years ago. We do think that a properly ran Chamber of Commerce can be a real asset to a community and we belong to the Bonita Chamber of Commerce as they are located in Lee County and have members on Fort Myers Beach and elsewhere. They are quite professional and vastly differ from the FMB Chamber in how the handle finances, memberships, etc. We are one of approximately a thousand members of that Chamber so feel others are putting their money where their mouth is as well. The Beach Chamber is, in our opinion, too much under the control of a handful of people with special interests to promote. They also owe unpaid bills to people known to us and refuse to acknowledge them publicly. Accordingly we are not a member.
It’s great to see a newspaper print hard facts about what’s going on in the world without worrying about special interest groups and political panderers. We especially like your coverage about how Muslims are migrating into Democratic countries and using our system against us. National Security should come FIRST! Considering the current conditions in many countries, the USA should be on alert and put a hold on accepting any Refugees. Also, we should review all visas more carefully and implement a better visa follow-up system. Plus, all who are caught or surrender themselves crossing the border without proper papers should be turned around and sent back across the border they just passed. We can give them water and food, but we should not allow them into the USA.
Ed. Note: We agree with you and thanks for being a reader.
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