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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 21 March 2018
The Lee County Local Planning Agency is scheduled to hear the Bay Harbour Marina Village project developer Jack Mayher's second suggested Bay Harbour Marina Village DRMUWD Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA2017-00005) on Monday, March 26 at 8:30am in the County Administration East Building, 2201 Second St, Fort Myers, FL 33901, Room 118 (First Floor). Any concerned residence are suggested to attend.
 
The height of the condominium tower has been cut back 30 feet from 175 feet to 145 feet; about 15 units were changed to townhouse style housing along the canal; and the building moved 35 feet off Main Street, with a Free to the public "civic space" with tennis courts and other amenities. 
 
The townhouse housing will act as a residential buffer between Oak Street neighbors and the condominium tower.  A bike lane and some on-street parking was suggested for Main Street.
 
LPA's commissioners will be considering changing the property's land category to Destination Resort Mixed Use Water Dependent (DRMUWD). This use is already at play on the island: EbbTide was approved with this use, but it has not yet been built.
 
DRMUWD technically requires at minimum an 8-acre property. The Bay Harbour site is only 7.58, and the applicant proposes an amendment with the DRMUWD text to admit the decrease in acreage and an increase in density when the additional density is dedicated to workforce housing. Of the 113 residential units proposed, 38 are dedicated to workforce housing.
 
The Bay Harbour Marina Village project would place 113 residential units, 38 workforce units, a marina, a 500 plus space parking garage and other commercial space on a 7.58-acre piece of land, which now houses Southern Comfort Storage. It needs a comprehensive plan amendment and a rezoning approval to be built, two steps which the developer has requested are kept concurrent.
 
"It's the second time we've had a full staff recommendation," Mayher said. "I think that's pretty telling that it's the right thing for that property." Mayher also added, "The LPA and the HEX were buffaloed by people who cried wolf," he said. "The land use classification already exists on the island." 
 
The president of the Beach Area Civic Association, Charlie Whitehead, has opposed the creation of additional island density on Bay Harbour's property, stating,  "That adding more homes on a barrier island is a mistake." Whitehead said, "It's not a popularity contest, the LPA's job is to evaluate a project based on its consistency with the county's document. I think they're too smart to stack that much density in a hurricane evacuation zone."
 
If you are attending go early: Parking for this meeting is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Administration East Building for a fee. (entrance at Hendry Street) Validated parking can be provided for up to 30 people on a first come, first serve basis. To get your parking validated, see the receptionist in the lobby of the building.
Published in News Around The Bay
Thursday, 22 March 2018 11:40

Secret Debate Tip For GOP

On CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night, Lesley Stahl asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the "institutional racism" in school discipline.

It was like neither of them had ever heard of Nikolas Cruz. The Parkland, Florida, school shooter is our most recent case study of what happens when liberals start babbling about "institutional racism."

There's never been such an incredible paper trail as there is with Cruz, leading straight from idiotic liberal ideas directly to mass murder. We know that Broward County Public Schools knew about Cruz's felonies. We know that his behavior wasn't reported because it would negatively impact the record of a student of color. The school district bragged about the policy.

Perhaps having no criminal record would have helped Cruz get a good job someday. But it is a fact that one of the consequences of not reporting his crimes was that HE COULD GET A GUN.

Unless liberals are going to say that guns had nothing to do with the Parkland shooting, it was the racial bean-counting in school discipline that unleashed this psychotic on innocent students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School four weeks ago.

Stahl treated as cold hard fact the idea that schools punish "students of color more harshly than their white classmates," citing this real-world example:
"Let's say" -- lots of serious journalism begins with "let's say" -- "there's a disruption in the classroom and a bunch of white kids are disruptive and they get punished, you know, go see the principal. But the black kids are, you know, they call in the cops. I mean, that's the issue: who and how the kids who disrupt are being punished."

I remember this plot on "Law & Order," but there aren't many examples of it in real life.

Teachers in St. Paul, Minnesota, have been hospitalized and permanently disabled by their "disruptive" African-American students, thanks to former St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva's commitment to ending the "school-to-prison pipeline."

One kid was "disruptive" by punching and strangling a science teacher, John Ekblad, giving him a concussion and permanent brain injuries. The African-American student walked away from Ekblad's body splayed out on the floor, saying, "Did you see me slam that white-ass teacher?"

This "disruptive" rascal was sentenced to 90 days house arrest and probation. Luckily, he wasn't punished more severely, or he might have ended up on the "school-to-prison pipeline." I'm sure he's doing well now.

A popular grade-school teacher, Debbie York, had to undergo repeated surgeries after an 85-pound first-grade student of color assaulted her when she tried to intervene as he was throwing furniture and biting other children. He threw a chair at York, missed her, then body-slammed her, causing permanent injuries.

While on sick leave after the incident, York emailed parents to explain why she was gone. For informing parents about the assault in class, she was promptly cashiered from her 30-year teaching career.

What matters isn't the safety of teachers and students. Nor is it whether anyone is learning anything. All that matters is that no one ever writes down the bad behavior of black and brown students.

When public school teachers -- not a conservative bunch -- in Minnesota -- not a conservative state -- are showing up in a boiling rage at school board meetings to complain about their African-American students having carte blanche to bully and defy them, the problem may not be that our schools are being run by Bull Connor.

One teacher, David McGill, complained that an out-of-control African-American fourth-grader had "significantly compromised an entire year of science instruction for the great majority of his classmates." He said there was nothing he could do about it because of the school's racial quotas on student discipline.

Superintendent Silva's response was to get snippy about the teacher's word choice:
"You said they are 'infecting' other children. I almost fell out of my chair," Silva said.

"I didn't mean it --""Doesn't matter. You said it."

Eventually, the school district had to buy off Silva with a $800,000 severance agreement just to get her to leave. It was her or the teachers.

CBS's Stahl is either an ideologue, intentionally painting a picture that is the polar opposite of the truth by implying that students of color are the true victims here -- or else she is so stupid and untutored in the subject that she has no business reporting on it. I could go either way. Your choice. (We need an expression for this sort of broadcast. Something like ... FAKE NEWS!)

A smart Republican would be dying for liberals to bring up the "school-to-prison pipeline." The more it is talked about, the more ripe the insanity becomes.

A kid expelled from high school is twice as likely to end up in prison!

Yeah, because he's a thug. He's a thug when he's in high school and he's a thug a few years later, when he's an adult.

NO! It's keeping a record of his crimes that's the problem! By the time he becomes an adult, he has no choice.

No Democrat should be allowed to run for election this year without taking a position on Parkland's "school-to-prison pipeline" policy.

Worried about suburban moms, Republicans? Make the Democrats defend a toxic ideology that prohibits students of color from being arrested for their criminal acts. They'll either defend it and lose the parents, or they'll oppose it and lose their George Soros funding.

Republicans should pray that the Parkland shooting comes up in debates. You hear "Parkland," and you say: "Let's talk about the 'school-to-prison pipeline.'" You hear, "equity in school discipline," and you say: "Nikolas Cruz."

 

Ann Coulter

Published in Politics

Nathan’s Famous will host the Florida qualifier for the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at 5:30PM on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The event will take place at Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

The top male and female finishers in the event will qualify for a seat at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on July 4th, 2018, where they will face reigning champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.

“The launch of the annual Nathan’s Famous hot dog-eating contest circuit signals the arrival of summer,” said Scott Harvey, executive vice president of Nathan’s Famous. “Some of the most accomplished eaters in the world will compete at this event, but we also are seeking new talent in Fort Myers to represent our nation on the most patriotic day of the year.”

“Competitive eating is the lens through which our humanity is revealed,” said Major League Eating Chair George Shea. “Competing against world champ Joey Chestnut on the big stage in Coney Island on July 4 is the dream of any patriot.”

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, currently holds the title of hot dog-eating world champion after defeating rising star Carmen Cincotti with a Coney Island record of 72 hot dogs in 2017. Chestnut’s all-time best is a world record 73 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, NV, will defend her title as female champion, having consumed 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in 2017, a new personal best.

In recent years, an estimated 35,000 fans have traveled to the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island to watch the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in person. The live telecast of the event has consistently attracted millions of viewers since ESPN first aired the contest in 2004.

Nathans Hotdogs

According to legend, the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest has occurred each July 4th in Coney Island, N.Y., since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the beloved restaurant. MLE, the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, sanctions the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and that safety standards are in place at each event.

Those interested in competing in the Florida qualifier should visit www.majorleagueeating.com to obtain information and register. All competitors must be over 18 years of age.

Published in News Around The Bay

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