What you need to know about Pine Island
and the Pine Island Plan
Pine Island is the very last Florida Island that is not over developed.
Pine Island represents the "last frontier" in searching for the best
of the gulf coast Old Style Florida link here
The current legislation called the Pine Island Plan prohibits high density
high-rise development in the foreseeable future . . .designed to preserve
the unique atmosphere and rural island heritage for generations to come
and the Pine Island Plan has now come under attack.
You could almost call Pine Island the "anti-Florida".
No crowded beaches. No high rise condos. No fancy resorts. No sprawling
subdivisions. And for those who live here, it represents all of what Old Florida used to be. It's more than just an Island; it's a way of life, much as it's been
since the first white settler Captain John Smith (link) put down his roots here in 1873.
This is our web site and it belongs to all of us here on Pine Island Pine Island needs your help spread the word - http://Pineislandplan.Com
I'm running for Florida's State House of Representatives, District Seat 76 as an NPA. The political
Left/Right nonsense makes accomplishing anything nearly impossible in our current political climate. I wish
to work to protect our environment, provide quality education for our children, to promote sustainable
commerce and to help keep our taxes low while providing superior services to the public.
Like many Floridians, I love the outdoors - Our mild climate, our once pristine beaches and prolific
estuary waters. Our Environment provides the attraction to residents and visitors alike. Mostly all
our commerce here in South Florida is due to our environment. It is what makes our economy thrive.
Hopefully, we could share this beauty with our loved ones for generations to come. Wouldn't that be
grand? Don't you too look forward to sharing this beauty with your own grand children...
With the news that toxic blue-green algae has come to our waterways it's clear those hopes will not
become a reality if unwise powers continue to pollute with reckless abandon. Visitors will not come
or stay for brown water. We've been dealing with this issue for a long time now, but it is happening
"In Season" now and it's absolutely shameful that in 2016 we are just merely talking about this issue.
SFWMD has been ineffective.
I'm running for State Representative, because I cannot sit idly by. We need action that ensures our children
will not inherit a waste land with dead waterways and estuaries, once teaming with all kinds of aquatic life now dying.
In order to solve this water crisis, independent scientist who study such issues agree that buying the land
south of Lake Okeechobee to restore the natural flow of fresh water into the Everglades is a key factor
in correcting the mistakes of the past.
My opponent Ray Rodrigues has all but ignored the issue and the well publicized solution. I don't ever
remember him speaking of it. Never once mentioning it on his campaign literature or lists of policy he
supports. He added his name to a letter recently, now fearing the voters wrath. Too little to late I would say...
I hope to give this issue a voice in our state legislature and bring all vested parties to the table to hammer
out a plan, moving forward from where we are now. We need a change. We have to make a change occur, for
inaction will end our tourism economy as we know it.
We must send the water south and in order to do that we must have the land needed. We will obtain the land,
either by purchase, or by taking through Eminent Domain as suggested by our Senator, Bill Nelson.
It will be for the public good, there is no question.
To coin a line of a song " Put Me In Coach, I am Ready to Play." In my own words, "I want the ball."
I hope the good people of Florida State House District 76 see me fit for this task. Pray for my success.
I could use all the help I could get.
Thank you. Charles Messina
Lee County Commissioner District 3: ----- Vote for Dick Anderson (R). Do not vote for Larry Kiker (R).
No Democrat, but 1 write in will be on November 8th Election Ballot.
Phil Buchanan wanted to see Dick Anderson get elected.
Lee County Commissioner District 5: ----- Vote for Frank Mann (R). Do not vote for Ken Dobson (R).
No Democrat will be on November 8th Election Ballot.
U.S. Congress District 19: ----- Vote for Chauncey Goss (R). Do not vote for Francis Rooney (R). Robert Neeld is a Democrat that will be on November 8th Election Ballot.
But no word on where he stands on the clean water issue.
Florida State Senate District 27: ----- Vote for Jason Maughan (R). Do not vote for Lizbeth Benacquisto (R).
No Democrat will be on November 8th Election Ballot.
NOTE: In Florida, you must be listed as a REPUBLICAN on your Voter Registration to be able to vote
in the Republican Primary on August 30th. If you are Democrat or INDEPENDENT, you must change your
"Party Affiliation" to vote for the above candidates. This is easy to do, and you may switch back
to the party of your choice before the next National Election. You can do this the same way after the August 30th Primary.
You can also pick up a form to fill out at any library to change your "Party Affiliation" , then just mail it in.
Or go to the Florida Division of Elections Website, click on the link below CLICK HERE
Scroll down to paragraph 4: "How to Update Your Voter Registration". Go to instruction; "1.
Fill in your Voter Registration Application online by clicking on the link; (English PDF).
Type the information on the form, and "X" the "Party Affiliation" box, "Republican Party of Florida".
Then print the form, sign, date, stamp and
mail it to: Sharon L. Harrington, Supervisor of Elections
2480 Thompson Street, P.O. Box 2545
Fort Myers, FL 33902
If you are a Snowbird, and are North of Florida, you should request an "Absentee Ballot".
The Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office told me that you can include it in the mailing envelope for your "Update Voter"
Registration form. Type or print a note, "I request an Absentee Ballot to be mailed to me for the
August 30, 2016 Primary Election." Include your name and Summer address, and hand sign and date it.
Technically, the mail in Absentee Ballot Request deadline is July 26. To be safe, you should mail
our "Update Voter Registration Form", if your note requesting an Absentee Ballot by July 19th.
Celabrate Pine Island - Pine Island is Paradise
Phil Buchanan, Pine Island's environmental watchdog, has died
Phil Buchanan worked to protect and revise the Pine Island Plan, Gene and Ellie Boyd wrote the original plan.
It wasn't just Pine Island that lost a champion when Phil Buchanan died. So did the Caloosahatchee,Pine
Island Firefighters and Tom the Cat at the Stringfellow Road in front of Winn-Dixie.
"Such a tragic loss," said longtime Southwest Florida environmental educator Bill Hammond.
"He's always been an inspiration to me, with his passion and commitment."
Buchanan, 72, was found dead in his Saint James City home Thursday. He had a massive heart attack and hit his head on a yard ornament.
A major lesson of Buchanan's life, Hammond says, is how much one motivated person can accomplish. Phil Buchanan helped defend and revise Pine Island's original plan, written by Gene and Ellie Boyd in the late 1980s.
Thanks in large part to Buchanan's efforts, Pine Island retains much of its laid-back, low-rise rural character.
Also a board member of the Calusa Land Trust, Buchanan helped the nonprofit buy and preserve environmentally sensitive land.
That meant writing grants, going to endless meetings and chatting up potential donors.
Phil Buchanan was recognized on May 3 2016 for his many years of service
to Pine Island and was given a cane with the
Link about the Key Marco Cat here below....................................................................................................... Key Marco Catmounted on top of the cane
This was the last picture taken of Phil Buchanan The Key Marco Cat - is a half human,half panther thought
to have religious significance. This 6in figure is a pristine example of the fine CALUSA Indian's Artistry.
This is a near perfect hand carved copy, the original is at the Smithsonian Institution
Phil was somewhat shocked to see The Key Marc Cat on top of the cane.
The Pine Island Plan was started by Dr. Gene Boyd and his wife Ellie
then later Phil took over from there
by Retired Attorney : Phil Buchanan
Phil Buchanon's explanation of Original Pine Island Plan below - 810/910 rule
Starting back in the late 1980's Dr. Gene Boyd and his wife Ellie, gave their
time and did it for us so we can enjoy what we have today, it's no accident that Pine Island still looks rural..
Dr. Gene Boyd, upon his death in 2003
was hailed by many as the father of smart growth in Lee County.
by Retired Attorney : Phil Buchanan This is one of the biggest reasons why Pine Island's beauty hasn't been destroyed yet. A 30 year review of the history of the Pine Island Plan : March 18 2015
30 year History of the Pine Island Plan link
Cards should be sent here to Phil's wife
3861 Galt Island Rd
St. James City, FL 33956
We need to get Dick Anderson elected to honor Phil's memory.
This was one of the last things Phil Buchanan was working on - lets get this done for Phil
Elect - Richard Anderson to replace Larry Kiker Lee County Commission
This may be one of the best ways to honor Phil's memory...
PHIL WANTED TO SEE LARRY KIKER REMOVED FROM OFFICE
PHIL BUCHANAN - REST IN PEACE
Phil Buchanan's untimely death is a tragic loss to our Pine Island
Community. Ray Judah said that, "Phil was a genuine soul and a
relentless guardian of our environment."
There will be several memorials and celebrations of Phil's life, but
until then consider the following invitation. It is for one of last things
Phil was working on with Ray Judah. It is for a fundraiser for Lee
County Commissioner Candidate, Dick Anderson.
Sign, Roger Wood
These are the proposed improvements at the
vacant lot next to the D & D Bait Shop
Pine Island Commercial Project on Pine Island Rd.
This is the property across from where Bank of America use to be.
A supermarket-anchored commercial center located along Pine Island Road.
Retail space and outparcels available for lease or purchase
also a 156 unit condominium community - Orchid Cove at Pine Island
Development Order in hand for a 156 unit condominium community close to future shopping center.
Pristine setting near Pine Island Creek with many units overlooking untouched native habitat.
City water and sewer available. Building Permit ready!
Matlacha Bridge protest highlights water issues - May 15 2016
A handful of residents from Matlacha, Bokeelia, St. James City and Fort Myers took up a spot on the Matlacha Bridge
on Sunday to raise awareness for issues linked to water quality. Those who took part in the peaceful protest that
started around noon swished signs, yelled slogans and offered information on why water quality was important.
Gabriele Solterra, of St. James City, was adamant that the estuary that is part of Matlacha Pass be kept clean.
"It really helps us all to have clean water. That's what the estuary is for," she said.
Karen Doyle of Fort Myers urges drivers crossing the Matlacha Bridge to honk in support of clean water on Sunday.
(Photo: Michael Braun/The News-Press)
We need your help
- there are about 10 different Facebook sites about Pine Island
and everyone visiting these Facebook sites have tons of questions. It's been very
overwhelming we need to bring all of this all under one Facebook site so there will be
less confusion, it's a real mess. Please bring all your questions here to one place
to this Facebook Group called PineIslandPlan sign up and join here
We have an Executive Board and it already has 125 members.
And our Facebook PineIslandPlan sign up
and join here it now has 873 members and still growing.
Make your voice heard - E-Mail the Commissioners When you email your BOCC
(Board of County Commissioners)
The following formula is suggested:
1.) The first sentence should be polite, but firm.
You should state your objection as clearly as possible.
Do not type in ALL CAPS, this is considered shouting, and don't use foul language.
Do not use "maybe", "perhaps",or "conceivably"; the statement becomes less dynamic.
2.) Your subsequent sentences should present your view on the corrections the commissioner should consider.
These need to be realistic and say something that's within the limits of the commissioner's responsibility.
3.) You should invite the commissioner to correspond his thoughts about your suggestions. Ask if there is a mailing list you can get on. Ask if there are copies of the documents
he used to come to his conclusion. Ask if you can have access to them.
4.) Close on a positive note, "I know you'll do the right thing..." But include a reminder
that the commissioner is a servant of the people and not special interests.
Your BOCC is elected county-wide, so you vote for all of them.
We are taught that our government is of the people
for the people, and by the people.
But, in order to make this true, we must be the people.
How hard is that?