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For 15 years residents of Estero have been fighting to keep the 4,000 acre Edison Farms property, located across I-75 from the Brooks, free of development and the CR951 roadway, we have a real opportunity to see it acquired for permanent conservation.
 

On Tuesday morning at 9:30 at the Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main St., downtown Fort Myers, the Lee County Commissioners will make their decision on the current opportunity to purchase the Edison Farms property. 

 
Background
 
The property known as Edison Farms is adjacent to Hidden Cypress Preserve--a Conservation 20/20 preserve--and lands maintained by the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW). County commissioners have made preserving Edison Farms a top legislative priority for the past two years and have made prior attempts to acquire the property as a Conservation 20/20 site.During its January 24, 2017, regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners authorized staff to again explore the possibility of acquiring Edison Farms. County staff responded to Land Solutions' call for offers issued on January 16, 2017, and has been corresponding with the broker since that time. In addition, the County has obtained three appraisals from state certified real estate appraisers. The resulting valuations are $35,160,000; $37,000,000; and $42,435,000. The property seller (Investor's Warranty of America) has represented through Land Solutions, Inc., that it will convey the property to Lee County under the terms specified in Option 2 below.Options at this time:
  1. Do nothing more at this time;
  2. Agree to Seller's terms of $49,000,000 plus documentary stamps and title insurance costs (estimated to be approximately $450,000); no modifications to existing Oil, Gas & Mineral rights (below 140' with ingress/egress held by Collier Land and Cattle Corp. and Barron Collier Resources, LLC); and close no later than October 30, 2017 (this action requires an affirmative vote of 4 Commissioners per Section 125.355, Florida Statutes);
  3. Authorize staff to present an offer to purchase - a) Highest appraised value - sale price of $42,435,000 would ultimately require 4 votes ("extraordinary vote" per Section 125.355, Florida Statutes) b) Average appraised value (or less) - sale price up to $38,198,333 would ultimately require 3 affirmative votes.
 
What's at Stake:
3,900 acres of quality wetlands critical to Estero's future water supply, flooding control, and wildlife. 

What You Can Do:
Contact commissioners in support of obtaining the entire Edison Farms property in perpetuity. You may also attend the meeting and speak before the Commissioners. 

When:
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 20

Where:
Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main St., downtown Fort Myers
from ECCL Actions newsletter sharing Village of Estero's original post 
https://estero-fl.gov/lee-county-commissioners-to-consider-options-relating-to-the-sale-of-edison-farms-at-their-meeting-on-tuesday-june-20/
Published in Environment
Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:12

Medical Advice To Live By

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? 

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap. 

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables? 

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products. 

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up! Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? 

A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc. 

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? 

A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good! 

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you? 

A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!! ..... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you? 

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? 

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach. 

Q: Is chocolate bad for me? 

A: Are you crazy? HELLO! Cocoa beans ! Another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around! 

Q: Is swimming good for your figure? 

A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me. 

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle? 

A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!

 

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets. 
AND.....

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies. 

1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine 
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

5. The Germans drink lots of beer, eat lots of sausages
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

CONCLUSION
Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Published in International
Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:10

The Impeach-Trump Conspiracy

 
 
 
Pressed by Megyn Kelly on his ties to President Trump, an exasperated Vladimir Putin blurted out, "We had no relationship at all. ... I never met him. ... Have you all lost your senses over there?"
 
Yes, Vlad, we have.
 
Consider the questions that have convulsed this city since the Trump triumph, and raised talk of impeachment.
 
Did Trump collude with Russians to hack the DNC emails and move the goods to WikiLeaks, thus revealing the state secret that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was putting the screws to poor Bernie Sanders? 
 
If not Trump himself, did campaign aides collude with the KGB?
 
Now, given that our NSA and CIA seemingly intercept everything Russians say to Americans, why is our fabled FBI, having investigated for a year, unable to give us a definitive yes or no?
 
The snail's pace of the FBI investigation explains Trump's frustration. What explains the FBI's torpor? If J. Edgar Hoover had moved at this pace, John Dillinger would have died of old age. 
 
We hear daily on cable TV of the "Trump-Russia" scandal. Yet, no one has been charged with collusion, and every intelligence official, past or prevent, who has spoken out has echoed ex-acting CIA Director Mike Morrell: 
 
"On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. ... There's no little campfire, there's no little candle, there's no spark."
 
Where are the criminals? Where is the crime? 
 
As for the meetings between Gen. Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner, Sen. Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, it appears that Trump wanted a "back channel" to Putin so he could honor his commitment to seek better relations with Russia.
 
Given the Russophobia rampant here, that makes sense. And while it appears amateurish that Flynn would use Russian channels of communication, what is criminal about this? 
 
Putin is not Stalin. Soviet divisions are not sitting on the Elbe. The Cold War is over. And many presidents have used back channels. Woodrow Wilson sent Col. Edward House to talk to the Kaiser and the Brits. FDR ran messages to Churchill through Harry Hopkins.
 
As for Trump asking Director James Comey to cut some slack for Flynn, it is understandable in human terms. Flynn had been a loyal aide and friend and Trump had to feel rotten about having to fire the man.
 
So, what is really going on here? 
 
All the synthetic shock over what Kushner or Sessions said to Kislyak aside, this city's hatred for President Trump, and its fanatic determination to bring him down in disgrace, predates his presidency.
 
For Trump ran in 2016 not simply as the Republican alternative. He presented his candidacy as a rejection, a repudiation of the failed elites, political and media, of both parties. Americans voted in 2016 not just for a change in leaders but for a revolution to overthrow a ruling regime.
 
Thus this city has never reconciled itself to Trump's victory, and the president daily rubs their noses in their defeat with his tweets. 
 
Seeking a rationale for its rejection, this city has seized upon that old standby. We didn't lose! The election was stolen in a vast conspiracy, an "act of war" against America, an assault upon "our democracy," criminal collusion between the Kremlin and the Trumpites. 
 
Hence, Trump is an illegitimate president, and it is the duty of brave citizens of both parties to work to remove the usurper.
 
The city seized upon a similar argument in 1968, when Richard Nixon won, because it was said he had colluded to have South Vietnam's president abort Lyndon Johnson's new plan to bring peace to Southeast Asia in the final hours of that election.
 
Then, as now, the "t" word, treason, was trotted out.
 
Attempts to overturn elections where elites are repudiated are not uncommon in U.S. history. Both Nixon and Reagan, after 49-state landslides, were faced with attempts to overturn the election results. 
 
With Nixon in Watergate, the elites succeeded. With Reagan in Iran-Contra, they almost succeeded in destroying that great president as he was ending the Cold War in a bloodless victory for the West.
 
After Lincoln's assassination, President Andrew Johnson sought to prevent Radical Republicans from imposing a ruthless Reconstruction on a defeated and devastated South.
 
The Radicals enacted the Tenure of Office Act, stripping Johnson of his authority to remove any member of the Cabinet without Senate permission. Johnson defied the Radicals and fired their agent in the Cabinet, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. 
 
"Tennessee" Johnson was impeached, and missed conviction by one vote. John F. Kennedy, in his 1956 book, called the senator who had voted to save Johnson a "Profile in Courage."
 
If Trump is brought down on the basis of what Putin correctly labels "nonsense," this city will have executed a nonviolent coup against a constitutionally elected president. Such an act would drop us into the company of those Third World nations where such means are the customary ways that corrupt elites retain their hold on power.
 
Patrick J. Buchanan
Published in Politics

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