Two months ago, the Sun Bay Paper, in an article entitled "Farmed Shrimp Industry Built on Slave Labor", chronicled the lives of people forced to work in foreign seafood industries under appalling and inhuman conditions in the Shrimp Sheds of Thailand.
This past February, the Lee County League of Women Voters made a stand against a lack of transparency by Lee County Commissioner Larry Kiker in regards to the Grand Resorts Development on Fort Myers Beach. The project, proposed by developer Tom Torgerson and his company TPI Hospitality, is a quarter million dollar transformation of the Downtown commercial district of the island that will contain multiple resorts, shops, and a multi-level parking garage.
The Grand Resorts project has caused great consternation on Fort Myers Beach over the past year just by its scope alone. Regardless of what shape it takes, should it find approval from officials it will change the face of the north end of the Town. The height of the resorts, the realignment of the Boulevard, and the nature of the Coastal Protection System, seen by many as a seawall, has raised questions and concerns throughout eastern Lee County, as a development of this size should.