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  • 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
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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

Walls Go Up on the New Pine Island Chamber Building

The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce held its Monthly board meeting on October 8th at Stonegate Bank in St. James City. In attendance was Jennifer Jennings, Director of the Chamber, President: Steve Timcak- from Island Visions, President Elect: Jim Roach, from TSI Strategies, Secretary: Lee Cankar – from Stonegate Bank, and Treasurer: Dave Bucceny: from Champion Storage. Also in attendance was the following board members: Wayne Reed, from Bubba’s Bush Hog, Mark B. Rudolph, from Edward Jones Matlahca office, Pat Hutchinson, from Reid Hutchinson Construction, Inc., Lou Demek – from Footprints in the Sand, Cynthia Welch, from Bokeelia Fishing Pier and Bernard Johnson: from Bert’s Bar and Grill. Absent Board Members were Jay Johnson: from Coastal Realty, Buzzy Phillips: from Raymond James Financial Services and Mel Brinson: from Adams & Brinson Attorneys. Guest who attended the meeting was Pat Burman: from Ad&PrintCraft Printing & Marketing and Guest Speaker was Ron Marra, President of Marra Construction and contractor of the new Chamber Building.

On Friday morning, Jan. 13, 2012, the Sheriff's Department called in a fire at 3640 S.W. Pine Island Road this is the location of the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Building. The Pine Island Fire Department responded with nine firefighters and four trucks. Also called to the scene was the Cape Coral Fire Department who had six firefighters and three vehicles. But by the time the fire department arrived it was too late to save the building the building was a complete lost.

After more than a year since the fire, the chamber rebuilding project is well under way. On June 12, 2013, the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce held a ground- breaking ceremony for its new building at the original site on Pine Island Road. Steve Timcak, the president of the chamber, began the ground-breaking ceremony by telling those in attendance that June 12, 2013 was a new beginning after the tragic loss of their building to arson.

The new chamber building will provide approximately 1,428 square feet of space, which is the same size as the original building. The building will have a handicap ramp that will rap around the side a the building with the entrance in the back. The main entrance will be in the front, which will be a set a concrete stairs.

Once visitors enter the new building they will be greeted at the Welcome Center Command Center by director Jennifer Jennings and her great team of ambassadors. the inside layout will be a little like the old building. With a directors offices to the right of the building and on the left side will be a handicap public bathroom and a small kitchen.

Timack, President of the Chamber, said . “If you drive by the Chamber location now you will see that a lot of work has been done. I have asked Ron Marra from Marra Construction to come and give the board an update on how things are going and when he feels the building will be completed.”

The new chamber building is an open air plan. The design offers high, vaulted ceilings, tinted energy efficient windows for natural light. The chamber's building committee, chaired by Pat Hutchinson said "we worked very hard in the planning of the new building, we didn't want just another concrete building, we wanted something that would make a difference in the Eco system this is why we are going green".
The Chamber decided on a new Fox Blocks technologies and new green, heating and cooling systems that will reduce the costs and reduce the effects on the environment.

Ron brought in some of the construction materials that are being used on the new building. The walls are made of Styrofoam blocks that interlock.
They kind of look like your kids Lego’s, just a lot bigger, these will be filled with concrete.

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• Special corner brackets for additional strength and easy application of veneer finishes.

Fox Blocks Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) is an integral part of the movement towards green construction and sustainable buildings. Due to its high continuous insulation value, Fox Blocks walls provide homes and businesses with excellent thermal performance, resulting in lower energy consumption and costs of operation, while maintaining a very comfortable interior environment.

It is acknowledged that the Fox Blocks ICFs have significant embodied energy; however over the service life of the building, the savings in energy consumed in operation of the building will be many multiples of the embodied energy in the Fox Blocks wall systems. Further, concrete structures are very durable and so should remain in active service many years longer than a typical frame structure. This means the Fox Blocks walls provide the opportunity for continued beneficial returns in the form of reduced energy requirements for decades longer than typical construction. Quite simply, decisions made in the design of a building can determine the energy cost of the building for decades. Fox Block insulating concrete form walls is part of the movement towards sustainable buildings. The Chamber decided to use this technology to keep the cost down; they hope to be able to stay in budget which is $140,000.

Timcak said “We may not be able to tile the floors yet and hold off of some of the interior beautification, but it will all come together."

"What makes our Chamber work is our members and volunteers. Our Chamber has a great marketing committee that is working on a beautification project that will help us cover the inside construction cost . We hope to have it ready for the annual dinner in January." said Timcak.

"Plans to have the building completed by December looks good as of now It would be great to have our Christmas party and celebrate the completion of the new building. Our building will again be the gateway to the island communities and everyone will be proud of the work and time that went into it for many years to come." said Timcak.

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Items of Note

  • NOW! 4th of July, 2017 -- Here for 4th of July, 2017 Parade video
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    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