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COP Ordinance? Where are they?

May 23, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

Last week I went to the Town's website to brush up on the Town's ordinances - the two that are now being discussed and rewritten. It seemed that they have been removed from the website. I wanted to check on some of the things that the Town manager and land development code director are re-writing as compared to what Council should be following until a different ordinance has been prepared to replace the old ones. I couldn't compare them. Why? They were not online or at least a friend of mine and I could not find them.

How can the town operate without ordinances posted and in place? What was found were when these ordinances were passed and signed by previous and current Council members, but not the actual ordinances with detailed operations. I must confess that I am not a computer expert. But going to a site and exploring it is not that difficult.

Council and staff, especially staff, are into this COP thing in full force. A supposedly volunteer COP Task Force is now delving it into. Many of us probably would have liked to have had a shot at this committee. I wasn't asked. I did not, and could not find out when they would be meeting. I ask the chairman, Councilman Kosinski, about it but he could not give me any meeting times but would call me. I didn't hear from him. I ask a person serving on the committee and he told me the next meeting would be in town hall on May 16, 1 p.m. I arrived to attend the meeting, but no one was there. I went upstairs and checked with town desk clerk. He was out for lunch, but the person working the desk quickly checked out things, and I did attend the next meeting on May 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday. Thanks for the help.

Please forgive all of the above rhetoric. I could go on, but I hope you get the picture. The frustration is silently deafening! Meanwhile, two of the strongest and interested town resident leaders of this community have resigned from the COP Task Force and stated several reasons for their actions. Does everyone know why the resigned? Maybe you heard from one of them explain 'why' to Council at the last meeting and from the second gentlemen in a recent article in the local news. Fellow residents don't give up on this beach alcohol issue. In my opinion, this should be considered more of a Fort Myers Beach community issue than a business issue, but yet we residents are basically forgotten. You are needed in front of these resident Council members to observe first hand of how your elected Town Council members are not representing you.

Garr Reynolds

Fort Myers Beach

Former FMB Town Mayor



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