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Beach Library proposes lowering millage rate

August 3, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour starts at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Knitting & Needlecraft group meets Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Activities

Wednesday, August 10 at 1:30 p.m. we are privileged to have a session devoted to fall gardening. Elaine Livingston and Sandy Schofield will share new information, hints and tips on what to plant in Sept, Oct and Nov. They will also address multiple other issues such as micro gardening/sprouts, what to expect and look for regarding fertilizer, and good/bad pests. They will also share options available and their experience at the Lakes Park Community Garden.


Continue to enjoy Pauline Healey's paintings in the Conference Room. The ease with which she paints contributes to the ready local scenes one can appreciate in her works.


Progress continues. You may have observed the pavers recently installed with fine touches getting near the end of that section. They add a pleasant look and are environmentally friendly since rain can work its way through the paver set-up instead of running off into a puddle or flooding a road.

We are beginning the pilings for the foundation, which is exciting to think that construction in terms of foundation, walls and floors will be starting. There is still a bit of prep as we are waiting for FPL to transfer some high voltage wires, which it indicates, is on the schedule for next week.

The rain-harvesting tank arrived this week. This is the huge reservoir that will hold the rainwater from the facility, which will be used for irrigation and the flushing of toilets.


The Library Board met last week dealing with construction updates and details, as well as putting their careful hand to the budget for next year. We are proposing to lower the millage rate, which, as always, requires care and attention to stretching each dollar. The rate has been set for 20 percent reduction from the rollback rate, which will mean less revenue. However, you are probably aware that we have done long-range planning so this is simply a step in our efforts to be efficient and serving.

I am proud that we are reducing millage while in major construction, a consequence of good and long-term planning.


Consider picking up a title by Richard Rohr. He's a Franciscan priest, inspirational speaker, spiritual director and author of more than 20 titles. He blends insights from Carl Jung and the Gospels, arguing that the structure and ambitions of the first half of our lives should be as a "container" meant to hold the more meaningful "contents" of the second half of our lives. Check out "Hope Against Darkness" (248.4 ROH) and "The Naked Now" (248.22 ROH).

Library Hours

When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours of operation, either on 765-8162 or on 765-8163. Except for holidays, we are open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5; and Saturday 9 to 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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