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Fate of Lee Civic Center left up to the County

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS FORT MYERS, Fla.– If you’re a Lee County native, you might remember the Lee Civic Center hosting your graduation, gun show or even the County Fair. But now County leaders are deciding the Center’s fate. For 42 years, the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair have been held at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, but with its lease expiring, the county is now prepared to hear two different proposals for its future.Randy Crone, operations manager for the fair, has worked as a volunteer for it for over a decade. He said everything he and his staff do is for the community. “The fair is not a money maker for us, the fair is here because it’s for the community.” He said.  By Huntington Bancshares Incorporated Lee County officials to accept millions for homelessness relief June 13, 2021 Sponsored Content AdvertisementTags: Lee Countylocal news Huntington Announces New Strategic Community Plan with $40 Billion Pledge to… All-electronic tolls to stay on certain Lee County bridges June 17, 2021 Lee County Commission could allocate over $3 million to fight homelessness June 16, 2021 AdvertisementNow, he and his staff are competing for the renewal of the lease at the Civic Center, with Kitson and Partners, the developers behind Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County. “The demolishment is what Babcock wants to do. They want to demolish the whole grounds and look at hotels and restaurants for this area.” Crone added. “Lee County issued an Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) – for the purpose of identifying qualified parties interested in redeveloping and or managing the Lee Civic Center property. With Babcock Ranch located just up the road, we share a vested interest with the county in ensuring that whatever is done there adds value for the region – so we accepted the invitation to reimagine what could be done in collaboration with the county. It is up to the commission to determine what best serves the citizens of Lee County. We fully understand the county may choose to go in a different direction and will completely support whatever path they choose to pursue,” said Kitson and Partners in a statement. Commissioner Hamman also tempered concerns about the Civic Center’s future, saying staff still need to review both proposals at a Public Meeting this Friday.  AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement “It will be a Civic center, but hopefully in a lot better shape than it is right now. It needs a lot of TLC in order to host all the great events we used to see there.” Hamman said. That meeting is Friday at 1pm at the Public Works building in downtown Fort Myers. Hamman also mentioned that County staff will be hearing both proposals, as well as public comment.  Balloons from your outdoor celebration could be dangerous to wildlife June 16, 2021 The plan will focus on affordable housing, small business loans and increased capital to historically disadvantaged… Advertisementlast_img read more

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Study group to review how the profession is regulated

first_imgStudy group to review how the profession is regulated Dec 12, 2019 Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories In response to the “rapidly changing” environment in which legal services are provided, the Florida Supreme Court has asked the Bar to launch a comprehensive study of issues related to the regulation of the legal profession in Florida.President John Stewart announced the initiative at the Board of Governors’ December meeting in Orlando. At Chief Justice Canady’s request, the Bar will focus on lawyer advertising, referral fees, fee splitting, entity regulation, regulation of online service providers, and regulation of nonlawyer providers of limited legal services.“Additional topics consistent with the subject of the study may also be addressed,” Canady said.Stewart will chair the study group that will consider “whether and how the rules governing the practice of law in Florida may be revised to improve the delivery of legal services to Florida’s consumers and to assure Florida lawyers play a proper and prominent role in the provision of these services.”Stewart said the “foundation of our efforts in this arena is the recognition that The Florida Bar exists to serve the people of our state.”Writing about the effort in his President’s Page in the January/February issue of The Florida Bar Journal, Stewart said the study has no predetermined outcomes, “as Florida is unique, and it is incumbent upon us to define what should change, if anything, in this state before change is dictated by other states on a national scale. We intend to follow the specific direction the court has set, and we will meet its request thoughtfully.”The study group will begin work in January and has a July 1, 2021, deadline to deliver a final report, including recommendations for any rule changes or other actions, to the Supreme Court and the Board of Governors. The committee will also be required to file quarterly updates.“We are committed to ensuring a strong and vibrant Bar to meet the legal needs of the people of Florida and to enforcing appropriate ethical standards for Florida lawyers,” Canady wrote. “We believe that the study we are asking the Bar to entertain can assist us in carrying out this important constitutional responsibility.”last_img read more

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