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Civic talks 7-Eleven, Lee Voter Freedom

December 13, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

At its monthly meeting Dec. 5, the Greater Pine Island Civic Association and discussed a number of topics. Approximately 75 people were in attendance.

Ryan Faust of Bates Architects delivered a presentation on the new 7-Eleven store to be located on Pine Island Road, east of Nikkis Lane. At the previous GPICA meeting, residents voiced objections regarding the appearance of the building and Faust's presentation showed some changes in the design with added decorative features to give it a more "island" look.

A vote was taken and 26 members approved of the updated design and 25 disapproved.

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The design of the front elevation of new 7-Eleven store.


Former Lee County Commission candidate Dick Anderson spoke about "Lee Voter Freedom." Lee Voter Freedom is a grassroots effort to place a referendum on the November 2018 ballot that will open up the Lee County Commission election to all Lee County registered voters. To get the item on the ballot, Lee County Voter Freedom needs 30,000 signatures from 7 percent of the county's voters by Feb. 27, 2018.

"Right now the five Lee County commissioners are elected in a partisan election and it's one of the few county elections that's done that way," Anderson said. "All of the cities in Lee County have elections that are non-partisan. That means everybody can vote."

In a letter to the editor, former County Commissioner Ray Judah said, "A local Primary that treats all registered voters as Americans, without political labels, would enhance voter participation and provide a viable field of candidates that would represent the public interest, not the special interest."

Learn more about Lee Voter Freedom at:

Woodstock Road resident Ndakhte Ndiaye delivered a report on the proposed Mosquito Control District's purchase of the Woodstock Airstrip and announced that an injunction has been filed against Mosquito Control to stop the sale of the property.

St. James City resident Carol Crane is a Fish and Wildlife biologist who has worked for U.S. Fish and Wildlife and others. Crane is totally opposed to rezoning Woodstock airport from Agriculture to Community Facilities because of the potential pollution from the storage of pesticides and air fuel in the event of a hurricane.

"The site is within the highest danger area in the event of a hurricane," Crane said.

The president of the Matlacha Civic Association, Birdi Smock, requested that the MCA appoint two Matlacha representatives to the Greater Pine Island Civic Association Committee. The two representatives appointed by the GPICA, Mike Shevlin and Greg Stuart, have both resigned.

The Matlacha Civic Association invited two guest speakers from Islamorada - Villages of Islands to speak about their experiences with incorporation at its next meeting Dec. 20. Chris Sante, vice mayor, and Councilman Mike Forster will speak about the 20-year history and present day status of their township.

The MCA meets at the Matlacha Art Building in Matlacha Park starting at 6 p.m.



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