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Little Known Facts

  • Temp Extremes on Earth's surface on 7-20-2016!
    These ARE "everyday" & NOT Record Temps!
    Iraq: 126deg. F.
    Antartica: -91deg. F.
    217 deg. spread
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  • Sea Levels in Pineland have NOT gone up 1 inch in
    50 years - But
    the Atlantic Ocean,
    150 miles away
    has risen 3 feet?
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  • The Dollar's Value IS Tanking!
    '92-'05 ~ $400 oz.
    2011 - $1800+ oz.
    The Gold Story
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  • Money Isn't Counted in Venezuela, It Is Weighed:
    10-31-16; Wall
    Street Journal,
    1 Doz. eggs, $150
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In 1757, Lomonosov fathered the theory crude oil originates from biological material. The Story
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Little Known Arab Facts
The Story
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The REAL “Cellular Therapy” Story
The Cell Story
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Read: Climate Change "Consensus" a Fallacy
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Read: Astronauts Object to Global Warming "Crisis" Assertion
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17,000+ children and teens are treated for lawn mower injuries each year. The Story

Lee County to Drop - For Now- the Proposed Pine Island MSBU or MSTU Taxing Authority

Phil Buchanan states in an email dated 10-15-15;

"Attendance at the presentation was very good for this time of year--in fact, the hall was loaded to capacity. I know of some people that left because they could not find a parking space.

The Lee County Staff, led by Commissioner Manning, did a very professional and effective presentation. Practically all questions reflected skepticism heir contention that our present evacuation procedures are adequate.

County Attorney Richard Wesch made two very exciting surprise announcements. He said they had settled all eight Bert Harris cases for some $4.2 million, including attorney fees and all, plus Lee County will become the owner of the development rights on all of those properties. He also said they were going to (at least for now) drop the provisions proposing a tax (MSBU or MSTU) on Pine Islanders to buy development rights. Both items are great news!

I submitted, on behalf of the Pine Island Planning Committee, two proposed changes to the draft plan rewrite. One restoring the requirement for open space in new developments and one providing a suitable replacement for the 810 rule (which prohibited new development that would significantly increase traffic through Matlacha). I labeled both provisions critical to our approval of the rewritten Plan."

It is possible that an MSBU (Municipal Services Benefit Units) or MSTU (Municipal Services Taxing Units) taxing authority would be instituted in order to reimburse Lee County for the legal costs incurred settling the Bert Harris law suits and raising further funds to settle future such claims of large, tax exempt agriculture property owners. Individual property owners on Pine Island have had no extraordinary problems permitting residential homes on as little as 50x80ft lots.

The original estimates for settling such claims were upwards of $250 million.

Revenue in an MSBU comes from non-ad valorem (non-value) assessments. The cost of the program developed by the MSBU's appointed or elected Advisory Committee is divided by the total number of equivalent residential units (ERU's) resulting in an assessment per ERU. A single residential lot is often defined as one ERU. .
Revenue for MSTU work programs is produced by ad valorem (value) taxes and based upon he millage rate.

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Items of Note

  • NOW! 4th of July, 2017 -- Here for 4th of July, 2017 Parade video
  • ClamJamSWFL Video video link
  • 4th of July, 2016- Here for 4th of July, 2016 Parade video
  • Actual Photo of the Calusa Golden
    Mask
    discovered over 40 years ago

Relevant Quotes

In 10,000 years no one ever sacrificed their arms, their legs, their family or their life for "progress."

Speaking of Iran's crude nuclear bomb technology and inaccurate delivery systems, "If I were the (west bank) Palestinians, I'd be a little nervous." --John Wohlstetter, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute
  
"Goodbye, my beloved friend. A great voice falls silent. A great heart stops. " --Salman Rushdie (On the death of Christopher Hitchens, Dec.,16, 2011)

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."...."To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."-- Thomas Jefferson


"If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare… The powers of Congress would subvert the very foundation, the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America."--Alexander Hamilton:


“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else." --Winston Churchill