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Eye to the future, ear to the past

February 26, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

Estero Island is built-out, the economy is improving, more baby boomers are retiring, and winter up north has been particularly harsh. That can mean only one thing the pace of our town redevelopment will continue to rapidly increase.

While I accept that change that is inevitable, I seek representatives on Council who will respect the foundation and vision of our Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code and use these documents to protect our community character throughout every aspect of proposed re-development. As we approach the March election, I am pleased that our slate of candidates include those with a firm grasp on where we have been that will serve to inform where we are going.

Chuck Bodenhafer is a candidate who knows and respects our LDC and is experienced in land planning. His many years of service on similar city and county boards in Indiana prepared him well for his current service on our own LPA. He is an independent and creative thinker who has earned my support by demonstrating a strong work ethic, professional demeanor, respect for public input and thorough understanding of our COMP PLAN and LDC. Chuck has immersed himself in our island community, understands and loves its unique character, and is highly qualified to serve in a Council leadership position. He has earned one of my three votes.

Get out and vote the future character of our island community depends on it!

Joanne Shamp

Fort Myers Beach



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