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Monday, 30 April 2018 13:45


Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Cinco de Mayo 2018 occurs on Saturday, May 5. A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
In 1861, Benito Juárez—a lawyer and member of the indigenous Zapotec tribe—was elected president of Mexico. At the time, the country was in financial ruin after years of internal strife, and the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments.
In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz, Mexico, demanding repayment. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew their forces. France, however, ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to carve an empire out of Mexican territory. Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large force of troops and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat.
Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a ragtag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla.
The vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans, led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza, fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez gathered his army—supported by heavy artillery—before the city of Puebla and led an assault.
The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.
Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s success at the Battle of Puebla on May 5 represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement. In 1867—thanks in part to military support and political pressure from the United States, which was finally in a position to aid its besieged neighbor after the end of the Civil War—France finally withdrew.
The same year, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, who had been installed as emperor of Mexico in 1864 by Napoleon, was captured and executed by Juárez’s forces. Puebla de Los Angeles was renamed for General Zaragoza, who died of typhoid fever months after his historic triumph there.
Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, where Zaragoza’s unlikely victory occurred, although other parts of the country also take part in the celebration.
Traditions include military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla and other festive events. For many Mexicans, however, May 5 is a day like any other: It is not a federal holiday, so offices, banks and stores remain open.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations.
Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans (such as Juárez) over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla.
Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.
Many people outside Mexico mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican independence, which was declared more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla.
Independence Day in Mexico (Día de la Independencia) is commemorated on September 16, the anniversary of the revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s famous “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”), a call to arms that amounted to a declaration of war against the Spanish colonial government in 1810.
Published in Lifestyle
 Just in time to kick off the end of season, when more of us locals come out to play, Popeyepalooza IX returns to the Beach Pub on Sunday, April 29th. It’s host and founder Michael ‘Popeye’ Dearden has been busy getting everything together to make this annual island tradition even better than last year!
For those of you that are not familiar with this event we asked him to give us some history of what exactly is a Popeypalooza anyway, and how did it begin? Here's how he explained it.
“It all started nine years ago as a party! Every year, I throw a Memorial Day BBQ for my friends. One year I had 75 people attend, and I turned to good friend Jim DiMilia, at the time president and a coach for the FMB Soccer League, and said, This is nuts! If I'm going to get this many people together for a party, we'll have to raise money for something!"   "Well, how about my kids' league?", he replied.
We were halfway planning this for the following year, when somebody hollered, "Hey Popeye, you're on the radio!" Another friend, first time attending my BBQ, was having the time of his life, and called a DJ friend of his and was on the air, telling people, "If you're looking for something to do today for Memorial Day, go check out the POPEYEPALOOZA BBQ on Eucalyptus Ct. on Fort Myers Beach!" .......Now we had an event, AND a name!
I held that 1st Popeyepa-looza at my home back then, and with 150 people attending thought, "I'm gonna need a bigger boat!" The next 3 years we enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the Mermaid Club and Valerie's Lounge. 
Something was still "missing" though, as I'd always envisioned a "Beach Party" event.... Enter the Beach Pub.... This is our 5th year at the Pub, and we've grown exponentially on the sand!
That first year we raised $1,100 for the Soccer League. After Popeyepalooza IV, then club president Rick Loughrey requested we split our earnings, adding the little league. We ramped up the event and gave EACH league $1,600 in 2014.  After raising a record shattering $6,841 at last year's Popeyepalooza VIII, our 8 year running total for youth sports on Ft. Myers Beach is $25,951! Our goal, as always, is $1 more than last year!
Festivities will include our incredible beach BBQ. At $10/plate. You get my Capt. Morgan BBQ chicken & ribs, beans, pasta salad, chips, and bread! We will have live entertainment from noon to 7pm! We give away thousands of dollars in goods and services in our raffles, silent auctions, and live auctions! There are also 50/50 raffles going on all day! Hats and t-shirts will be available for $10 each! " he said.
A new addition to this years event is the Popeyepalooza Bazar and Crafts fair which is co sponsored by the Sea Gypsy Inn. "We're introducing our first ever Popeyepalooza Bazaar that morning! We're calling on artists and craftspeople who would like to participate in this years fundraiser. For a mere $50 table fee and 25% of your proceeds you can have a table at the bazaar in the Sea Gypsy courtyard right on Estero Blvd. Interested parties can contact me at (239)645-2402. The Bazaar will begin at 9am." he added.
'Popeye' modestly left out one very important fact, he is currently the grill master at the Bayside Grille on San Carlos Blvd and he will be smoking all the meat for Popeyepalooza IX himself.
Not only will there be great food, prizes and givaways, but as all "Palooza"  parties around the globe, Popeyepalooza is founded around great local live music and will feature live performances by
Tommy V and Sean, DVS Trio, 10,000 Views, and Smack Daddy.
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"Tommy V once again will start the days live entertainment with Sean, followed by DVS Trio, and Yes, that's right!!! local faves...10,000 VIEWS are in town for that weekend from Vegas and are giving Popeyepalooza a set!!! Do these guys rock or WHAT!!! Everybody loves these guys because of their high energy show, and SMACK DADDY!!! will be closing out the event!!! What a lineup!"
"The night before Popeyepalooza IX was to be Patrick (of Smack Daddy) McGuire's last gig, as he is resigning from the music industry to pursue his real estate venture wholeheartedly with his lovely lady and better half Suzanne McGuire!!! These two are ROCKING their business!!! From the bottom of my heart, I wish Patrick N Suzanne McGuire the best of luck!!! Now we have the honor and privilege of sending our Beach Brother out with a bang at the Popeyepalooza IX, I cannot tell you how amped and thankful I am to announce this news! IT'S GONNA BE HUUUUUUUUU--never mind. I think you get it!!!!!" Popeye added!
As soon as Popeyepalooza VIII ended, 'Popeye' started thinking about this year's fund raiser, he continually beats the pavement, telling people about his charities and collecting prizes, money and raffle gifts to ensure the following year's event is a success.
'Popeye' told us of some of the raffle items he’s already collected from generous local businesses, and they are plentiful and quite amazing. They will be giving away thousands of dollars worth of goods and services, spread out in raffles, silent auctions, and live auctions, including several hotel and resort stays! The Grand Prize in the raffle is an $800 3-day/2-night stay at Diamondhead Resort!
He also wanted everyone to know that his event is once again getting back-up from the Florida Helps Foundation – a 501c3 organization that allows those making cash contributions over $250 to write off as donations on their taxes.
Those who can't attend but would like to contribute to the fundraiser can write a check made out to ‘Florida Helps Foundation’ and put ‘Popeyepalooza ‘ on the memo line and mail to: Popeyepalooza, PO Box 6056, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, 33932. “They reimburse the charity penny for penny, and that way it’s tax deductible,” Popeye told us.
Adding “Each year this event has raised more and more money for our kids, and this year we’re hoping to shatter records like we do every year. And I’m so glad to be holding the event at the Beach Pub again – I love having them as a sponsor,  it has been a great association. 
The Sea Gypsy Inn is located on the corner of Avenue E and 1698 Estero Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach and the Beach Pub is at 1668 I street, on the beach sand, behind the Sea Gypsy, just down Avenue E.
In closing Popeye wanted to personally invite you all to enjoy the party at Popeyepalooza IX and added "We have a fantastic, fun day planned for all, and can't wait for what we've got in store for our 10th anniversary next year!!!"”
Save the date:  Sunday, April 29th!!! This is a MUST ATTEND if you like Amazing BBQ!, Great Music!, and want to be a part of a Funtastic Fundraiser!
Published in News Around The Bay
We the people, elected Donald Trump to be the Chief Executive Officer of the United States to “stop” the corruption” that has been Washington’s “Rule of Unlawfulness”. The people elected President Trump to drain the swamp and to make the tough decisions that go alone with the change that is necessary. These decisions take more than a strong President to face the onslaught that the red, commie, pinko, left will rain upon anyone who is willing to upset the corruption “cart”. The president should have known that Jeff Sessions is not a person who would make a strong Attorney General, even if he hadn’t recused himself. But the president is a loyal man and stuck with someone who stood alone, supporting the then candidate Trump. The president cannot allow his loyalty to Sessions to ruin his Presidency, which it will do “unless” the President either convinces Sessions to: unrecuse himself, fire Ron Rosenstein outright, suspend him for his “many” questionable…even criminal acts or…take control of his DOJ himself! I am saying… the president must use his Article 2 authority and in the very least suspend all the current DOJ (justice and FBI) employees who signed/participated in the FISA warrant process regarding Carter Page! Suspend them now and order FBI Wray to open Administrative Inquiries on all, as well as Criminal Cases on Strzok, Lisa Page, Rosenstein and Bruce Ohr…NOW! When the DOJ and FBI had the strict integrity they demanded, anyone who withheld discrediting information on a Title 3 Application or Affidavit, for a wiretap, would have been fired on the spot! Follow that with the appointment of a replacement for Rosenstein like Chris Christy or Trey Gowdy. Make whoever is appointed, the temporary, until approved by the Senate and place Mueller’s team, which is of out of control, illegal, and outside our Rule of Law, on temporary hold! In order for there to be a Special Prosecutor appointed, there must be a Crime specified, that he is tasked with investigating. There was none and there is none! Give me the Title and Section of US Code Mueller was directed to investigate! Collusion is not a Crime and Conspiracy cannot stand alone, there must be a substantive Crime associated to the Conspiracy, what is it? A sitting President cannot be charged with any crime, unless he is impeached first. A sitting president cannot be charged with Obstructing anything if he is carrying out his Article 2 Constitutional Authority, like firing an employee. Mueller is an employee!!! He may be criticized and, no matter who he fires, he probably will be critisized . That’s politics, just like exercising his Executive Power by pardoning someone…but you cannot make everybody happy…that’s why we all have a boss! Just ask your wife! Let the House and Senate take sides but there is nothing that the president would be doing that is not supported by Article 2, numerous presidents, and our Rule of Law. The President was given the authority to hire, fire and discipline to prevent unethical, as well as illegal acts from being perpetrated by his employees. That is what Rosenstein and Mueller… employees…are doing, unethical acts and operating by some imaginary premise…Russian Collusion. ..Enough is enough! Suspend what they are doing until the President can determine what happened in the FISA court and related matters…it’s the President’s responsibility and his Congressional duty!!! J. Gary DiLaura Retired FBI Agent
Published in Politics

It's an experiment on a vast scale, with Florida's hydrological future on the line.

Florida's economic future depends heavily on the continued availability of fresh, clean, affordable drinking water. Any measure that could endanger the state's already-stressed water supply should be viewed with extreme skepticism. Florida legislators dance nervously around that concept, paying lip service to conservation while knocking down restrictions that could help the protect the Floridan aquifer, the vast network of underground caverns the state relies on for fresh water.

The apparent goal: Keep Florida development from being hampered by concerns about available water in the short term, even though it could mean serious trouble for the state in decades to come.

The state needs solutions. But it shouldn't rush into reckless experimentation. Gov. Rick Scott's veto Friday of a bill that would have allowed large-scale injection of treated wastewater into Florida's aquifer gives the state a chance to explore this option cautiously, with limited test sites and scientific evaluation. Scott made the right call.

Opponents of the bill relied heavily on the gross-out factor, calling it the "toilet to tap" bill and asking if Scott wants to be known as "Gov. Poopy Water."

It's not that difficult to clean reclaimed water of what are euphemistically described as "bio-solids" before the water is injected into the aquifer; some cities, including ones in the U.S., already mix reclaimed water into their drinking-water supply. It's a far trickier task to ensure that other contaminants, including prescription medications, petroleum-based pollution, radioactive material and heavy metals, are removed from the water before it's forced into the state's water supply.

What will happen to those contaminants once the wastewater mixes with drinking-water supplies? Will it stay where it's put, or migrate to other parts of the aquifer, potentially spreading contamination? What will the impact be on Florida's freshwater springs and water bodies, which are already showing signs of trouble in higher bacteria counts and other pollutants? And what will happen to the soft limestone lacework of underground caves that comprise the aquifer? If the water is injected with too much force, will they be damaged?
The answers to these questions could indicate that Florida's found an affordable, sustainable way to secure its water supply. But the state doen't have those answers yet. The process the bill would have permitted, known as "aquifer storage and recovery," is only active in three states: Oregon, Colorado and Texas, where ASR wells are serving the water-starved cities of San Antonio, El Paso and Kerrville. None share Florida's unusual underground geology. When Florida was considering experimenting with aquifer storage in South Florida, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers raised multiple concerns.

In the long run, aquifer storage and recovery might be the right answer for Florida. But diving headfirst into the practice -- in a state with multiple other options on the table, including capturing some of the billions of gallons of fresh rainwater that fall on the state every year -- should be approached with extreme caution. By wielding his veto pen, Scott hit the reset button, not the kill switch.

Published in Lee County & Florida

On Tuesday council members voted unanimously to move forward with plans to build a luxury resort on the north side of Fort Myers Beach. The council’s decision came after two days of discussion and sparked conversation from both sides of the debate. Council members said the decision will shape the future of Fort Myers Beach.

Council member Anita Cereceda said, “Everybody will be able to either get over being mad, or celebrate their happiness, but at least we move on, hopefully, 20 years from now people will be glad with the decision we made today.”

“This was a huge first step and now we’re excited to get on to the planning and building,” TPI consultant John Gucciardo said.

The TPI Development plan will add more than 250 hotel rooms, restaurants, shops and a water park near Crescent Street and Fifth Street.

The second and final public hearing on the project is set for May 21, 2018. Construction is scheduled to start in 2019.

Published in News Around The Bay

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