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VOL. 23, NO. 20
SANIBEL & CAPTIVA ISLANDS, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Sanibel & Captiva Islands
Update Heard By Council
by Jeff Lysiak
Aproposed ordinance that would revise the city’s code for surrey vehicle dimen-
sions was rejected by city council after a discussion on ways that would allow
island businesses to continue renting surreys without being restrictive both
presently and in the future.
The second reading of an ordinance which would have increased the code for surrey
vehicle maximum width from 36 to 47 inches – the “standard” manufacturer size for
such carriages – was challenged by Vice Mayor Mick Denham. In objecting to the pro-
posed change, Denham instead suggested grandfathering the current code for 15 years,
which would allow both businesses that rent surreys to their customers – Billy’s Bike’s &
Rentals and Finnimore’s Cycle Shop – to continue that practice.
“These vehicles have been operated safely for the past 10 years,” said Denham, who
also cited that surrey dimensions may change in the future, altering the “standard” of
Billy Kirkland, owner of Billy’s Bikes & Rentals, who initially supported altering the
city code for a 47-inch maximum, told the council that he didn’t want to see more sur-
reys on the island. Mayor Kevin Ruane agreed with him, adding that he preferred that
the city limit the number of surreys on Sanibel and grant a 15-year period for existing
businesses to maintain surreys for rent.
According to Kirkland, he and Finnimore’s have a combined inventory of 16 surreys.
City Attorney Ken Cuyler suggested that the current code not be changed, but a
clause grandfathering the existing businesses a 15-year period for their surrey rentals
could be added, as well as limiting the number of surreys not to exceed their current
inventory. That suggestion was approved unanimously.
In other business, council rejected all three bids received from a Request for
Proposals (RFP) for the City of Sanibel Dark Skies Education Program after the staff
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Mayor Kevin Ruane, center, is joined by firefighters, EMTs and commissioners of the Sanibel Fire & Rescue District, who were recognized for their 60th year of service to the islands during
Tuesday’s city council meeting
photo by Jeff Lysiak
Taste Of The Islands This Sunday
OOn Sunday, November 8,
CROW’s 34th annual Taste
of the Islands will return to
Sanibel Community Park, located
adjacent to The Community House
at 2173 Periwinkle Way, from noon
to 5 p.m . Admission is $5 for adults
and free for children 12 and under.
The family-friendly fundraiser
features 16 of the islands’ most
popular eateries, who will be serving
tapas-sized portions of their culinary
specialties. There will also be games,
giveaways, a silent auction and live
This year’s judges are:
• Elaine M. McLaughlin, CEO,
McLaughlin Tourism Management
• Ken Piech, avid shell collector
and gourmet food aficionado
• Andrew Pritchett, Dick Pritchett
Real Estate/SWF Eagle Cam
• Robyn Bell-Valenti, interim
business manager, Harborside Event
• Gwendolyn Howard, owner and chef at Gwendolyn’s Café and Catering Co.
• Cathy Arentz, Publix food demonstrator
This year’s participating restaurants are:
• Bubble Room
• Cip’s Place
• Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille
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Sanibel Veterans Day Ceremony
The City of Sanibel and the Lee Coast Chapter of the Military Officers
Association of America (MOAA) will conduct its annual Veterans Day
Ceremony to honor military veterans on Wednesday, November 11. It will
be held on the grounds of Sanibel City Hall, located at 800 Dunlop Road, with
military music beginning at 10:45 a.m. and the ceremony starting at 11 a.m. Fred
Bondurant, MOAA Chapter president, will officiate. Mayor Kevin Ruane, city council
members and City Manager Judie Zimomra are expected to participate.
The guest speaker is former naval aviator and Sanibel resident Ed Sieber. He flew
his Curtiss Helldiver in the initial attack wave against Japan’s super battleship Yamato
and made a hit on the ship in the second attack a day later. The ship was sunk in
that attack. The Yamato was being sent from Japan’s home waters to break up the
American invasion of Okinawa late in the war. Sieber is a recipient of the Silver Star,
two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals.
Sanibel’s BIG ARTS Concert Band will provide music.
For those who have never attended, one of the most touching aspects of the ceremony is
Remembrances, where veterans recall their military experiences and how they and others
were affected by them. Any veteran who wishes to participate is welcome to do so.
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