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To The Editor:

If memory serves me correctly when Diamond Head bought up a handful of quaint cottages on the beach, and tore them down to build that monster of a building in their place, the residents of Fort Myers Beach freaked out and organized to stop that from ever happening again...putting in place restrictions on future construction to be limited to 40 feet in height and enacting a 'same use clause' that requires the new construction to put in place only the same type of structure as was previously there (if you tore tore down a one-family, you could only build a one-family...you can make it the largest one-family you've ever seen but it still has to be limited to a one-family, thus the huge homes going up on the beach).

If the Town Council allows this development to be approved, it shatters those two founding principles and opens the door to any future developer to acquire the same variances as would be given to Torgerson Properties via lawsuit.

Patsy Berliner

Published in Letters To The Editor
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:37

Signed...NO ONE in Their Right Mind

I think it's great! It's about time that the beach open up more to the big chain hotels! This will bring a lot of money and needed jobs into our area.

I can't believe the opposition I am hearing about this, don't people realize how great this can be? Five hundred or so new hotel rooms, wow, just imagine the volume of cash that equates to!

"The project would create some 500 jobs and have "a direct, indirect and induced" economic impact of $1.5 billion," developers said.

Fort Myers Beach needs to take this seriously, not only for the beach but the impact it would have on all of Lee County.

This could get the attention of other resort-type developers, maybe a Orlando-type theme park could be attracted to take over Bowditch Point! Wouldn't that be great? Ferris wheels, roller coasters, etc., etc.

Let's see...500 new hotel rooms...500 new jobs...just image a thousand more cars on Estero... these are exciting times!

NO ONE in their right mind
(Name withheld by request)

Published in Letters To The Editor

Among the dreadlocked protesters, Birkenstock-shod environmentalists and bleary-eyed negotiators gathering at the Paris climate summit, you’ll find a less- expected cohort: besuited corporate types.

Published in Environment


For years, the Railroad Museum of South Florida, located at Lakes Park in Fort Myers, has been a popular destination for children and train enthusiasts alike, drawing in those that wish to glimpse the glory days of these historic machines. Small but packed, the interior of the museum is a haven of memorabilia for the numerous ways that rail has impacted and influenced the growth of Lee County and surrounding areas since tracks were first laid down.


Published in General/Features

Obama is painfully out of touch with reality when it comes to the threat posed by radical Islamic fundamentalists (who, as we all know, infamously referred to them as the "JV").

More recently, including about an hour before the San Bernardino attacks and a few weeks after the Paris attacks, he again proclaimed that ISIS is "contained." This is an attempt to shore up his political narrative that he's effectively fighting them. Lastly, ISIS is the "religious warmonger" with the "perverted world view," not us. As Mr. Spock would say, that's just pure logic.

Daniel & Linda Lutz

Published in Letters To The Editor
Monday, 14 December 2015 10:31

Affirmative Action Needs to Go

I’d like to see you do an article on how well Affirmative Action is working in the US today I feel colleges should not use race as a factor, it should just be based on ranking, and test scores in my opinion. Race should only be used when deciding living accommodations in residence halls. Affirmative Action hurts minority students because it lets them into programs that may be too tough academically for them. Eventually they will have to pass licensing exams and if they can't pass, they will be stuck with tons of student loans and no job. Everything should be based of merit and intelligence when it comes to college and graduate school admissions.

Barb McCluskey
Affirmative Action Needs to Go

Ed. Note: The US Supreme Court will be hearing arguments about the day this issue of the Sun Bay Paper is published on Wednesday. It will be the second time in three years the Justices have taken up the issue. The current case is a white Texas woman who was rejected for admission at the University of Texas.

Published in Letters To The Editor

The positive view that many people have towards Muslims is based upon 1) knowing a Muslim personally and/or 2) interpreting our nation's values (i.e. First Amendment, Declaration of Independence) literally and without reservation. However, basing one's perspective solely on these reasons fails to recognize the history of a culture that is incompatible with western culture.

Contemporary western culture is driven by Christian as well as Enlightenment values. For the first 500 years of Christianity, the Gospels were spread peacefully through disciples, for instance Paul. It wasn't until Frankish Kings such as Clovis and Charlemagne where spreading Christianity through war was practiced. These wars were also equally driven by political gain. The Enlightenment provided the West the balance between faith and logic. These two forces have created a largely rational society that respects its religious roots.

In contrast, Islamic culture was and is driven by violence and suppression. When Muhammad returned to Mecca from Medina, he had an army with him. He ordered these people to attack which resulted in several Meccans dying. The typical Muslim apologist will find countless passages within the Koran that support peace. However, the actions of their prophet established an irreversible precedent that justify violence within this religion for perpetuity. If the alleged "Messenger of God" believes that violence was acceptable, why wouldn't his followers? Due to the lack of impactful "Enlightenment," the Middle East today is a breeding ground for Fundamentalism and the violation of human rights that the West values. Crucifixion and stoning as a consequence for violating certain laws such as renouncing Islam exemplifies this point.

Therefore, if Americans and Europeans truly value their "natural rights," they need to reject Islamization because if not, the cost could be the very rights that are currently citing to allow these people in.

Oliver Wolcott

Published in Letters To The Editor
Monday, 14 December 2015 10:25

Friends of the Mound House “Thank You”

We may be a small 7 mile barrier island, but every week our Town Council, local businesses, newspapers, residents, visitors and restaurants receive letters of appreciation in regard to how they support events on the beach. Well, the Friends of the Mound House Fundraiser on December 5, 2015 had positive response from all of the above. A special “Thanks” to South Beach Grille, Local Color, One Flight Up, Laurie Neinhaus and Carmen Pachino, Gifts By The Sea, The Print Shop, Edwina Raffa, Mound House and CELCAB Members, The Observer, Island Sand Paper and The Sun Bay Paper. When one considers all of the activities going on at this holiday season, how fortunate we were that all facets of our Town came out to support our Fundraiser. “Thank you all” from the Friends of the Mound House Directors and members.

Published in Letters To The Editor

Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane's recent commentary " The Facts about Water Quality" issued a
challenge to "any advocate to come to the table and propose an alternative approach that
addresses both the high- and low-flow challenges in the Caloosahatchee".

I accept the challenge!

Published in Environment

An article I read last night said that the 'migrants' at the French 'refugee' camp at Calais are resisting efforts to close the camp and disperse its 'residents.' Here, too, the 'refugees' who were crying that no jobs are available at home and lamenting their 'persecution' are turning into a threat.

Some comparisons may be drawn, perhaps, to the uprooted in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." But that dealt with regional migrations of the impoverished within the US.

Here you have the products of an alien, and generally hostile, culture making their presence on European borders and indicating that they won't go away. A hard rain is gonna fall, I fear.

Richard Reintz

Published in Letters To The Editor

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