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04.01.17 Meeting Minutes

Brief highlights from the May 1 Town Council meeting. 

May 3, 2017
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Funding for Delmar: The proposed improvement to the Delmar Avenue observation deck was approved unanimously. The new deck, which will have two benches and a better view of the water, will cost approximately $28,000.

Lighting up Bay Oaks: Bay Oaks Recreation Center got the spotlight at the meeting when the council approved a $25,910 contract to replace the lights in the gymnasium.?

No decision on info booth: The council heard presenations from the two vying vendors for an information booth at Times Square, Moss Marine and Tours and Information Center, Inc. Moss Marine owner George Freeland estimated his vision for his booth would cost him about $150,000 annually to operate, as he planned to hire new staff and have top-of-the-line equipment, such as touch screens. Jessica Duncan and Debbie Dean, owners of Tours and Information, had run the Times Square spot previously, before the Chamber of Commerce's "Roxie," and said it would not be that expensive. However, the council members decided to further discuss their vision for Times Square at the May 4 workshop, so no vote was taken.

Moratorium on marijuana: the council voted 4-1 to pass a resolution placing a moratorium on the opening of any medical marijuana dispensaries in the town's jurisdiction and also directed the attorney to review the LDC's drug paraphernalia language. Council Member Bruce Butcher voted against the resolution because he felt it "a waste of time." Even though the residents of Florida passed Amendment 2 in November, supporting the legal use of medical marijuana, state legislators are still hashing out the details. Council Member Joanne Shamp thought a dispensary could end up being a zoning issue, but Council Member Anita Cereceda said not all dispensaries also sell paraphernalia, which complicates the zoning side of the business."This issue intrigues me from a business point of view," Cereceda said.



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