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05.15.17 Meeting Minutes

Brief highlights from the May 15 Town Council meeting.

May 16, 2017
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Fourth of July: Council approved a contract with Garden State to provide this year's fireworks and agreed to help pay for a portion of the event, with the FMB Fireworks Committee promising to pay for its half. Led by Jacki Liszak, the committee has already raised $20,000 and she said she is confident they'll meet their goal. Look for a full story tomorrow.

Man of Steele: Jim Steele finally gets to hang up the "interim" title and retire. The Town Council honored Steele's almost year-long assistance to the town as the interim town manager and approved a resolution to commemorate his work on the town's financial and operational needs. Mayor Dennis Boback granted Steele with a key to the town - and Vice Mayor Tracey Gore joked that it doesn't work as the council members use fobs now to get inside. Steele stepped up to the interim position in the middle of budget season last June after the council fired former manager Don Stilwell

"You've not only stepped up to the plate but you've done a great job," Boback said. "He's been the best thing to happen to this town in a long time.

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Jim Steele was presented with a key to the town for his dedicated work as interim town manager.

Passed to second hearing: The following were approved to move to second hearing: the moratorium on the sale of medical marijuana; the amendment to the 50 percent floodplain regulations; and the amendment to add permitting survey requirements. These items will be either approved or denied at the second public hearing.

Walking the line: The Lee County Metropolitan Organization (MPO) has finally reached the stage of funding and designing a sidewalk for Connecticut Street. The sidewalk has been planned for years to promote a more walkable community as well as provide a safe path from the beach to the Mound House. At this Friday's meeting, the MPO will be discussing the sidewalk and moving forward for surveying, and Vice Mayor Tracey Gore asked the council if she should support it as the town's representative. SHe was concerned however because the residents had not recently been consulted and may no longer want a sidewalk. Council Member Anita Cereceda said the sidewalk had been "on the books" for at least 10 years, and some residents were against it, but that the path was important to the walkability of the community. Town Manager Roger Hernstadt suggested the council support moving forward and request that a public meeting be incorporated into the MPO's plan to get resident feedback, and the council supported his suggestion and asked Gore to take that solution to the MPO.



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