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Phantom Fireworks hopes everyone enjoys a wonderful family Independence Day holiday, and, if you use consumer fireworks, please use them safely. There is no good consumer fireworks experience if it does not emphasize safety first.
Phantom advises everyone to follow the safety rules, obey the fireworks laws where you are using them and have the products used by a sober adult who conforms to the rules.
Phantom asks anyone using consumer fireworks to familiarize themselves with the fireworks use rules posted in the Fireworks University section of www.fireworks.com.
The primary rule is that a designated adult should handle, control and set off the fireworks. The designated shooter must refrain from using alcohol until after the fireworks show.
There should be an adequate water supply in case of emergencies. A connected hose is best, but a fire extinguisher or even a bucket of water will do.
The audience should be a safe distance away from the launch site. Phantom advises a minimum of 35 feet from any ground-based product and 150 feet from any aerial product.
Use only one firework item at a time.
Never tried to relight a product that does not work the first time.
Never place any part of your body over a firework item.
Soak spent fireworks in water overnight, then dispose of them in a nonflammable container away from the house and outside of any structure.
Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday with your family, and do so safely. Thank you.
William A. Weimer Vice President, Phantom Fireworks
Ahh. but Tom Rooney’s a Republican. That’s the only thing that counts with the Republican leadership. My conscience said no, and I resigned from the Charlotte County Republican Executive Committee, and my Chair position on the Ted Cruz Campaign.
Written by Kevin Henderson
Wondering where the U.S. Sugar ads have gone?
All those full-page color propaganda sheets blaming someone else (septic tanks, Orlando, etc.) for our bad water? Yes, the ones that don’t mention decades of the Everglades Agricultural Area’s back-pumped pollution that brought Lake Okeechobee to its knees.
Today Lake Okeechobee is too high for safety. Oddly, no one worried much about Lake levels of 17 feet and higher until two things happened. Hurricane Katrina was one. The other was Hurricane Wilma, which nearly broke the Herbert Hoover Dike in 2005. I raised the alarm after personally inspecting Wilma damage.
The South Florida Water Management District was so sure I was wrong they commissioned a $250,000 private engineering study. That study reported the dike had a 1 in 3 chance of failure any given year under the existing regulation schedule.
Written by Jemzee Barrett
Wow…what a sad world we live in when all anyone can focus on is money. Why must people always want more and more and never care who gets hurt from babes starving from not having money for food to elderly getting sicker due to not having money for food or their medications? And people wonder why the world is slowly falling apart.
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The seven deadly sins are vices that were and are still used by some to educate and instruct many religions concerning humanity’s tendency to sin. The sins symbolize how a human truly is on the inside and determines what their undoing will be in the end of time due to those actions.
The sins are as follows many of which we encounter in life today:
Letter to the Editor,
I have noticed that there is some possibly incorrect information that is being circulated about the LAFD and ISO ratings so, I thought I would share my personal experience with ISO ratings with you. I do not work for ISO, this is my opinion only. I have no control over what they do or will do.
Prior to Lehigh opening the 2 new Fire Stations (Sunshine and 16th St SW and the Bell Blvd station), properties in Lehigh were either a Protection Class 4 or 9. Both require that you be within 5 miles of a fire station. A PC 4 meant that you were within 1000 ft. of a fire hydrant. A PC9 meant that you are more than 1000 ft. from a fire hydrant.
A few years ago, the PC9 rating was changed to a PC8B (I believe this had to do with the capacity and availability of pumper trucks). This did not affect most premiums and if it did, it was minimal.
Unless any of the 3 original Fire Stations (Joel Blvd, Homestead Rd and Gunnery Rd), the ISO ratings for Lehigh residents should NOT ever be a PC10. A PC10 means you do not have a fire hydrant within 1000 ft. AND you are MORE than 5 miles to a Fire Station. A PC10 is where you will probably see a significant increase in your Homeowners premiums or have it affect your ability to find coverage.
I am sharing this information so that all residents can make an informed decision about the proposed Amendment. The LAFD is an important part of our Community and we owe it to ourselves to have ALL of the information before we choose how to vote.
To the editor:
Following the 2013 Florida Legislative Session, I wrote a commentary concerning the passage of HB 7065 and SB 768 which amended the 1994 Everglades Forever Act.
Representative Matt Caldwell sponsored HB 7065 under the guise of increasing the sugar industries funding commitment to Everglades restoration when in fact his proposed amendment was a smoke screen to ensure that the sugar industry was able to limit their long term obligation to fund Everglades restoration.
The 1994 Everglades Forever Act, which was ostensibly written to restore the Florida Everglades, capped the sugar industry’s clean-up costs at $320 million and obligated the public taxpayers for the remainder of the multibillion dollar restoration project. The so-called privilege tax of $25 per acre that the sugar industry pays to continue their discharge of pollution runoff to the Everglades, as well as the Caloosahatchee and coastal estuaries amounts to approximately $11 million per year. A truly insignificant sum in contrast to the billions required by the public taxpayers to restore the Florida Everglades.
To the Editor:
On Friday May 2, some 41 Republican senators voted against increasing the minimum wage to an hourly rate of $10.10. ($404 weekly). Lehigh Acres has many workers that could have benefitted from this increase. Many work low-rate, no benefit jobs.
* If these workers made more, it follows that they could spend more; ultimately helping other businesses in Lehigh.
* Their school children would not be saving their lunch food for others at home.
* Even at the $404 weekly wage, it is an impossible budget to provide a living.
* 25 percent of the budget for food with prices going up, up, up!
* 25 percent housing
* 50 percent for doctors, drugs, car insurance, shoes, clothing, expensive childcare, and gas also going up, up, up.
* We have a challenge to raise the wages of the middle class, but the minimum wage of the working poor must be elevated to a livable wage NOW.
I would ask these 41 senators which include Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: “What is the percentage of working people living in poverty in their states.”
Do they not feel obligated to help their own? Do they not feel obligated to represent all the people in their state? It is really just the right thing to do.
Written by John Wayne Fire Chief Lehigh Acres Fire Department
I am requesting that you make a correction to the recent article you posted (May 1, 2014) regarding the possibility of a “Sunshine Law” violation between Fire Commissioners Danis and Becker. It is important to have all the facts straight when publishing an article, not make misstatements and accusatory remarks about public figures that can be damaging to the Fire District.
The District has this position to forward regarding the matter…
The next to the last paragraph of the Lehigh Acres Gazette article which reads as follows:
|“Commissioner Jackie Danis told the Lehigh Acres Gazette after meeting that Chairman Larry Becker told her, he is going to schedule a special meeting middle of next month to fix the so called mistake. (This communication between Commissioners Becker and Danis could be a Sunshine law violation since they must vote.)”|
Letter to the Editor,
In response to your inquiry, attached is the resolution the Board voted on last night that outlines the fee rates per category and the actual ballot language that will be presented at the polls in November.
The vote was 4-1 in favor of the resolution and fee schedule.
The estimated net revenue generated from the assessment would be approximately $13,442,604.00. The District needs approximately $15,000,000.00 per year to sustain the same level of coverage we provide today. The difference here will be accomplished through our ambulance transport fees that we budget at approximately $1,500,000.00 per year.
Thank you for your inquiry and we would appreciate any coverage you may be able to provide on this matter. The main thing to remember is that this fee will be replacing the fire taxes already paid by the residents. It IS NOT in addition to what they are paying now. The amount they would pay in the future could be greater or less than what they are paying today. They will only be paying or saving the difference between the two (2) fees. Currently, the District WILL NOT be charging a property tax (ad valorem tax) on top of the assessment; this has been a point of confusion lately.