Page 1 The Sun Bay Paper The Lee County Procurement Management Department recently selected Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for the design and permitting of the new Fort Myers Beach Pier. This selection represents a significant milestone in the reconstruction of this iconic landmark. Devastated by Hurricane Ian, the pier’s rebuild is a complex, multifaceted project, now poised to gain momentum with Stantec’s involvement. Stantec, a globally renowned firm with a presence in 400 locations across six continents, was chosen from a competitive field of four finalists, which included WGI, Inc., Coastal Engineering Consultants, Inc., and Kisinger Campo & Associates, Corp. The selection process, culminating on January 24, was rigorous, involving meticulous evaluation of proposals from seven companies that responded to the county’s solicitation for an engineering and design firm on January 10. The selected firm’s approach prioritizes community-centric designs and innovative solutions and was pivotal in their selection. Stantec’s philosophy of integrating diverse perspectives to foster shared success aligns with the ambitious goals of the pier rebuild. Their track record in pier construction and reconstruction, both in the U.S. and internationally, further bolstered their candidacy. Stantec’s selection initiates a crucial phase in the pier’s reconstruction. The following steps involve contractual negotiations and obtaining approval from the Board of County Commissioners, anticipated in April. This process is expected to set a comprehensive design and permitting phase in motion, underlining the intricate and lengthy nature of such a significant undertaking. The project currently sits in the FEMA Public Assistance Environmental/Historic Preservation (EHP) queue, a status that, while placing the project on hold, does not impede the county’s funding or construction timeline. Once Stantec finalizes the design and submits it to FEMA, the agency will commence its review processes. It’s important to note that FEMA’s Public Assistance is a reimbursement program, meaning that Lee County will not receive funds until invoices are submitted. FEMA’s involvement is crucial, as the agency prefers restoring structures to their pre-disaster state. However, Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman has indicated possibilities for a more resilient reconstruction using FEMA funds, although these details are yet to be finalized. Florida’s high school graduation rates reached a historic peak in 2023, as reported by the Florida Department of Education. Governor Ron DeSantis disclosed that the graduation rate for the 2022-23 academic year set a record at 88%, marking a 0.7% increase from the previous year and surpassing the pre-pandemic rate of the 2018-19 school year by 1.1%. Notably, graduation rates soared to 90% in 2021 and 2022 due to exemptions from standardized testing requirements. Governor DeSantis attributed the consistent improvement over the past fi ve years to a dedicated focus on academics in the classroom. The data revealed positive trends across various student subgroups. Students with disabilities experienced a notable 4.9% increase in graduation rates, reaching 85.5% in 2022-23. I am elated to see ten top FBI executives addressing the dangers created by the Administration’s neglect of Immigration and Naturalization Laws. Their failure endangers our citizens and law enforcement. The exlaw enforcement officials’warnings to Congress could not have been more ex-plicit. America faces a “new and imminent” border danger; “The country has been invaded,” they said. This comes as Homeland Security and ICE reported over 300,000 encounters at the border in December. The actual number of illegal border crossers is estimated to be much higher. Yet, the border dereliction is just a fragment of a larger issue, as this opinion piece explains. I have extensively investigated Hussein Obama’s presidency. He promised to “Fundamentally ChangeAmerica” but never explained how. My investigation reveals what I believe to be the greatest fraud in history. I see a deliberate plan to transformAmerica into a Socialist state. This includes open borders, fossil fuel reduction, loss of private business ownership, and military weakening. One of the key facilitators of this agenda is a government-issued and monitored digital currency used to subdue the citizenry and deny them their rights. Let’s look at the facts. Obama’s presidency saw drastic changes beginning in 2008. He issued Executive Orders (EOs) that severely weakened our National Grid, closing 45% of our electric grid with no replacements. As an engineer, metallurgist, and organic chemistry graduate, I can affirm that solar and wind are not viable alternatives to fossil fuels. In the mid-1970s, I played a pivotal role in establishing the Environmental Crimes program in the Western District of NY. February 2, 2024 Volume 9 Issue 10 From Island to Bay, News on the Level Right... All Along Digital Version AMilestone in Fort Myers Beach Pier Rebuild Florida High School Seniors Graduated at Record Rates in 2023 Cont. pg 15 Cont on pg 2 RIGHT SIDE ALERT: A SINISTER AND DELIBERATE STRATEGY! High-Ranking FBI Executives Speak Out about Dangerous Conditions, Intentional Actions and Inactions by America’s Leader, President Joe Biden. Cont. pg 3 One suggestion makes the pier longer and has Lynn Hall Park totally reconstructed with a parking garage and a park on top

February 2, 2024 The Sun Bay Paper Page 2 Obama also opened the Southern Borders, establishing camps for housing Muslims. He allowed the formation of 50 radical Muslim military-style training camps, with a notable one in Binghamton, NY. FOX News’ Shawn Hannity exposed these camps. These camps, complete with fences, armed guards, and military training, deeply concerned the local citizens. But by far, one of the most signifi cant issues is the globalist push for a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The “One-World” currency has gained considerable traction with the Davos crowd. The United States, under President Joe Biden’s administration, is making strong moves in implementing a digital version of the US dollar. Their move has already begun. Biden’s March 2022 EO on “Responsible Development of Digital Assets” represents a signifi cant shift in the fi nancial landscape and will “Fundamentally ChangeAmerica.” The White House has emphasized the urgency of researching and potentially developing a US CBDC, aligning with the global, socialist trend. Because he can’t speak for himself, OBiden Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued a statement lauding the move. She said the EO will “help” the government make markets fairer and more transparent. “This approach will support responsible innovation that could result in substantial benefi ts for the nation, consumers, and businesses,” Yellen said. “It will also address risks related to illicit fi nance, protecting consumers and investors, and preventing threats to the fi nancial system and broader economy.” Remember Ronald Reagan’s words: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.” Biden isn’t bringing “Help” any more than Obama was bringing “Hope.” This is a full-fl edged snow job on theAmerican people to buy into the Globalist, Socialist agenda of a “One-World” digital currency packaged as “consumer protection.” It’s a move out of the Saul Alinsky playbook – and the OBiden criminal partners are complicit. The mainstream media repeatedly parades “experts” who see the shift towards a digital dollar with optimism. Only bird-brained CNN viewers would see these “TV experts” as pioneers in fi nance and technology. The benefi ts they advocate for are increased convenience and broader fi nancial inclusion. Their model digital currency: China’s renminbi!!! They say the transition to digital currency is “inevitable.” If they like it so much, maybe they should move to Beijing and get their talking points directly from the Chinese Communist Party. It would save the step of “laundering” their propaganda through the DNC! Not only do concerns linger around cybersecurity risks, privacy threats, and the potential impact on traditional banking systems, but most fail to see the big picture. The OBidenAdministration is using technological advancements not for progress but for CONTROL. The shift to a traceable, digital currency will inevitably lead to a loss of privacy and personal freedoms. Such a move will be a stepping stone towards disarming the populace and further weakening the country’s foundational principles. This OBiden digital currency “shift” is part of a broader, more sinister agenda to “Fundamentally TransformAmerica” into a Socialist nation. Such changes are part of a deliberate strategy to undermine traditional American values and structures…INMYOPINION! The FBI Executives did well to come forward about the border, but I question if they fully understand the gravity of the situation. And the problem isn’t only uncontrolled illegals or the globalist’s digital dollar. Their strategy proceeds on every level and is meant to subdue, impoverish, and then enslave theAmerican populace through Socialism. On December 23, 2023 Biden announced his plan to shut down “all the remaining fossil fuel fi red power plants which is 60% of what we now have”. His error, either intentional or not, is that his action will result in a complete shutdown of the remaining grid and not “Brownouts”. The remaining Grid will be 6 Hydro plants and 54 Nuclear plants.. He needs several hundred more nuclear plants, depending on confi guration, to make up for what he shuts down, in fossil fuel! A single nuclear plant draws on more than one reactor and they vary from a few to a dozen reactors. Bottom line is neither Biden nor his advisors have any idea of what they are going to do to our grid and our country. And for those who say he would not do that to our Country…look at what he’s already done to our country and continues to do at our Border. It’s so serious 10 retired senior FBI executive are issuing a warning…the same warnings I’ve been writing about for 10 years on what’s coming…well it’s here!! He has ceased oil and gas drilling and plans to switch to a digital currency. This strategy could disarmAmericans – not by taking our guns, but by disabling our electric grid. Everything we rely on, from water to military operations, needs fossil fuel. I succeeded in the FBI by recognizing that too many coincidences indeed make a fact. For example, Niagara County, NY, had the cleanest coal-fi red plant in the US. Obama closed it, dictating laws via Executive Orders and forcing the EPA to shut down plants. I worked closely with the Cont. from pg. 1 High-Ranking Ex-FBI Executives Speak Out Cont. pg 3

Page 3 February 2, 2024 FMB Pier EPA, teaching search warrants and investigating a DOD nuclear cleanup site. My fellow retirees must understand what this Administration is doing. Our Grid consists of three interconnected parts: the East and West Coast Grids and the Texas Grid. When one plant fails, others try to compensate, which can lead to widespread blackouts. This has happened unintentionally before – but now, it seems deliberate. Obama used Global Warming as a pretext to shut down fossil fuel plants. When he took offi ce, the grid had 125% capacity. After closing 45% of the plants, we’re left with only 80% capacity. We’re now 20% short of what we need. The remaining grid comprises hydro and nuclear plants, making up only 20% of the total. The rest, a complete 60%, are all fossil fuel plants. Biden’s plan to close these remaining plants would leave us vulnerable to attacks by foreign adversaries. They could use EMP devices to fi nish what Biden started with Obama…my opinion! This move could potentially lead to our destruction, leaving nothing for our enemies to rule over. The destruction of the United States from within has been the Globalist/ Socialist agenda for a long time. Every day that their minions and puppets control our government is a day closer to our national demise. Therefore, I urge immediate action. We must enact the 25thAmendment now. There’s no time to There’s no time to wait. Gary DiLaura, Retired FBI Special Agent and Supervisor The Sun Bay Paper The design process, a critical rebuild component, will take 12 to 18 months. This phase is not just about architectural and engineering specifics; it also involves navigating new code requirements and contemporary construction materials and processes. The county has provided pre-disaster construction plans for the pier to FEMA, but changes are anticipated due to these factors. The Fort Myers Beach Pier, a popular tourist destination known for its scenic sunsets, is set to transform beyond physical reconstruction. Stantec’s selection heralds a new chapter that promises to restore a beloved community landmark and enhance it in line with modern standards and expectations. In tandem, the Fort Myers Beach Town Council has proposed raising parking fees at Lynn Hall Park to support a more ambitious pier project. However, the ultimate design and scope of the rebuild, particularly regarding dimensions and resilience, remain subjects of ongoing discussion. The selection of Stantec marks a critical juncture in the Fort Myers Beach Pier rebuild, setting the stage for a project that will likely shape the community’s landscape for years to come. With a focus on innovative design and community integration, the rebuild is not just a restoration project but a step towards reinvigorating a key component of Lee County’s cultural and recreational identity. Richard Luthmann Cont. from pg. 1 Expires 2-29-2024 High-Ranking Ex-FBI Executives Speak Out Cont. from pg. 2

February 2, 2024 The Sun Bay Paper Page 4 Letter to The Editor Editorial Copyright © SBP Media LLC and Sun Bay Paper All rights reserved. This newspaper or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher. Quote of the Week You know what I love most about us ? I love how comfortable we are with each other. I love how we endlessly make fun of each other, but never take the teasing to heart. I absolutely adore how when we’re fi ghting, neither of us stay mad long, then run after the other to kiss and makeup. I love the look in your eyes when we kiss, and how you stay up to watch me sleep. I love how I can call you anytime when I need someone and somehow you never cease to make me laugh. I love how you need me as much as I need you. And most of all, and most of all.... I love how you love me. -Anonymous To the Editor, What is up with Insurance Companies, they take your premiums for years... at a rate they ask for and then when we have a disaster and they have to pay .... there isn’t enough money! They take profi ts for years, and don’t leave enough to pay out? How is this legal? or worse... they just go bankrupt! Enjoyed your article on this but it’s a problem that doesn’t have any good solution as far as I can see!!! thanks Gloria Lopez Trump Triumphs: An Unstoppable American Force as Haley Faces Political Checkmate The unfolding narrative of the 2024 presidential election is crystallizing with striking clarity: Donald Trump stands as the indomitable force in the Republican Party. His remarkable victories in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary – an unprecedented feat for a Republican non-incumbent president in the modern era – solidify his overwhelming command within the GOP. Amidst this political tsunami, Nikki Haley’s continued candidacy appears futile and potentially career-damaging. Trump’s resounding triumphs in these early primaries are not just victories but emphatic endorsements of his enduring appeal and political prowess. His unparalleled ability to rally the Republican base has fi rmly anchored his name as a movement that has irreversibly reshaped the party’s landscape. The message from Iowa and New Hampshire is unequivocal: despite the best eff orts of Democrat-driven prosecutors and courts, Trump is and will remain the heart and soul of the GOP. In contrast, Nikki Haley’s determination to stay in the race borders on the foolish. As South Carolina’s former governor, her persistence in the campaign risks more than a mere electoral defeat. Should she lose in her home state—a bastion of conservatism where she once commanded the highest offi ce—it would symbolize a profound disavowal from her erstwhile base. For Haley, wisdom lies in a graceful exit, thereby preserving her political future in a party still dancing to the tune of Trump’s leadership. Turning to the Democrats, the narrative is rife with speculation and uncertainty. President Joe Biden’s candidacy is clouded by concerns over his age and health, sparking debates about potential successors. Despite being the apparent choice, Vice President Kamala Harris faces challenges with her approval ratings and public perception. Simultaneously, names like California Governor Gavin Newsom and Michelle Obama are tossed in the speculative ring, each bringing fl avor to the discourse. Yet, in the shadow of Trump’s towering presence, these deliberations seem almost subdued. Trump’s return to the presidential race is a phenomenon that transcends mere political calculation. His leadership style—a forthright approach and unwavering commitment to America-First policies—has struck a chord with a substantial segment of the electorate. His administration’s achievements, particularly in economic growth, foreign policy, and judicial appointments, are testaments to his eff ectiveness as a leader. Trump’s genius lies in his policy accomplishments and his extraordinary ability to connect with the average American. He speaks a language that resonates beyond political rhetoric, reaching people profoundly personally. His rallies are more than political gatherings; they embody a movement united under a shared vision for America. Looking ahead, the necessity for Trump’s decisive leadership becomes increasingly evident. In a world becoming increasingly dangerous because of failed American leadership, his bold and unambiguous approach presents a refreshing alternative to the typical political indecision that often plagues Washington. A return of Trump to the Oval Offi ce would herald the revival of an America confi dent in its ideals, steadfast in its objectives, and unyielding on the global stage. As the 2024 election draws closer, the storyline appears increasingly destined. Donald Trump emerges as the presumptive Republican nominee, a leader whose historical achievements and present popularity mark him as the frontrunner in a party poised to reclaim the White House. For Nikki Haley, the most prudent course is to step aside, allowing her to preserve her future in a party that continues to be shaped by Trump’s vision and leadership. And for the Democrats, their internal strategizing, though signifi cant, is overshadowed by the formidable fi gure of Trump—a political titan whose infl uence on American politics is both profound and lasting. At this pivotal moment, the American people beckon for a leader of Trump’s stature—visionary, resolute, and unapologetically patriotic. Make no mistake, MAGA Republicans, Constitutional Conservatives, and true American patriots support him. This publication continues to do the same. Once again, we fully endorse our once and future President, the real American President, Donald J. Trump, and call for the Republican Party and all Americans to unify so we may once again battle our common enemies, foreign and domestic. Richard Luthmann, Editor-in-Chief Letters Continued on pg 9 To the Editor, Just came back to FMBeach again after being away for 2 years, wow,the visuals are more intense in person, so much property still in ruins. It’s good to see the parts that are rebuilt and the businesses that have reopened, but even while looking some of these, I’m transported to what was there and still I’m left with a big sigh. We decided to return even though many of our friends warned us that much of the beach is still in repair, we wanted to come to help with the cashfl ow... economically, every little bit helps Sam Cambell

Page 5 The Sun Bay Paper February 2, 2024 When our electric grid goes down, IT WILL BE INTENTIONALAND PART OF A PLAN, EXECUTED BY JOE BIDEN, TO ALLOW HUSSEIN OBAMA TO STEP IN...COME TO OUR RESCUE...IF... WE SURRENDER OUR GUNS...MY OPINION! On December 23, 2023, Joe Biden declared his plan to “SHUT DOWN ALL REMAINING FOSSIL FUEL POWER PLANTS, SOON”. CONGRESS ABSOLUTELY, MUST ACT SWIFTLYAND INVOKE THE 25TH AMENDMENT AND REMOVE AND ARREST JOE BIDEN FOR CONSPIRING TO COMMIT TREASON. SHUTTING DOWN THE NATIONAL GRID IS AN ACT OF TREASON. PLANNING TO COMMIT SUCH AN ACT IS PROBABLE CAUSE FOR AN ARREST WARRANT, AFTER REMOVAL FROM THE PRESIDENCY. IT IS MY OPINION AND THAT OF THE EXPERTS THAT...if Biden shuts down all our fossil fuel fi red plants, it will be a disaster, and probably, unrecoverable! Joe Biden has no idea...not a clue how our grid works. If he did, he would NEVER allow Obama to talk him into committing what I believe WILL be an ACT of Treason, if they do what I suspect they are up to! President Joe Biden also announced he will shut down all power plants that “emit carbon dioxide and methane gases”. That is ALL our current, fossil fuel plants and that is a FACT! The fact is, the remaining power plants, 6 Hydro and 54 Nuclear and unreliable solar, wind and misc...are insuffi cient, NOT capable of providing enough power to keep America safe, secure and in my opinion, we will be approaching a total collapse of the Grid... no electricity... nationwide ... and defenseless to our enemies! The Grid is computer controlled. When one system goes down, the next one tries to step in. If overwhelming numbers of plants go down, there will be a total collapse. Electricity follows a path of least resistance. Either the remaining Grid will collapse completely or be so overwhelmed, so as to be restricted to their immediate transmission areas. It’s hard to determine exactly until electric takes the path of least resistance...where that will be...nobody knows! Understand, the remaining 6 Hydro plants and 54 Nuclear cannot, under any circumstance, power America! From the EIA, US ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION, “as of August 1, 2023, there were 54 commercially operating nuclear power plants with 93 nuclear power reactors in 28 states”. To power America with Nuclear and Hydro alone would take the 6 hydro plants and hundreds more nuclear plants! One Nuclear plant may draw from numerous reactors so there are many variables when talking about Nuclear. Ignorant politicians, with no knowledge, outlawed that FORMER NY Governor ...whatshisname!? Only 25% of the grid power plants would remain but that would NOT result in just “brownouts”, as Biden claims. Because of how the Grid operates 25% does not mean 25% of America will still have power or everyone will have power but with BROWNOUTS...that’s a Biden, blatant, lie! Most or all of America will be powerless, some cannot restart most coal plants once they go cold! We would be helpless if an enemy decided to launch just 3 EMP missiles, from container ships 200 miles from our coasts, and detonate them 300 miles “above” the East Coast, West Coast and Texas. N Korea has the ability to do that...on their own!! Think about that for a while! A thirdrate country, and enemy to America ...whose leader states readily, he will kill America...will then be able to fulfi ll his wish...100% because of Biden and his puppeteer, Hussein Obama! That is what Biden and his #1 supporter, Hussein Obama, my opinion, chaos and collapse and Military rule of whatever is left of the US...ENTER... socialism! You don’t believe me? Then believe Hussein Obama’s words and actions... Obama - “I will fundamentally change America” …“fossil fuels must be eliminated”. He closed 45% of your power plants WITHOUT RELIABLE REPLACEMENTS…he opened the southern borders…he disregarded Immigration and Naturalization Laws to the point that numerous of his DOJ Attorneys were charged with violating Federal court ordered cease and desist orders in Texas for giving immunity to 10,000 illegal aliens. Those DOJ lawyers were barred from appearing before “37 Federal Districts” and Obama did nothing to the attorneys. The Right Side JOE BIDEN SAYS HE WILL SHUT DOWN THE NATIONAL ELECTRIC GRID…SOON! Cont. pg. 6 The Sun Bay Paper PHONE: (239) 267-4000 MAIL (Correspondence & General Inquiries): 16970 San Carlos Blvd., Ste 160, Fort Myers, Fl 33908 MAIL (Billing & Payments): PO Box 471, Sanborn, NY 14132 E-MAIL: WEBSITE & DIGITAL VERSION: PRODUCER: J. GARY DILAURA EDITOR IN CHIEF: RICHARD LUTHMANN EXEC. EDITOR: BOBBY MIMMO The information contained in this publication is for educational, general information, and entertainment purposes only and is never intended to constitute medical, fi nancial or legal advice or to replace the personalized care of a primary care practitioner, fi nancial or legal expert.

February 2, 2024 The Sun Bay Paper Page 6 The Right Side Cont. from pg 5 He failed to even attempt to help Americans under fi re in Benghazi resulting in deaths of Americans… allowed billions of dollars of military equipment to fall into enemy hands in Iraq …unmasked Americans who were protected by the FISA Laws to be masked thereby, resulting in deaths to US citizens, in his last months as President. And the coup de grace… Obama gave Iran $180 billion in cash, the State Dept. declared the biggest state sponsor of terrorism! Iran is using US dollars to support their self-declared war on America and the rest of the world. He gave Russia 20% of the US uranium reserves! In my opinion, Hussein Obama is providing directions to Joe Biden which directions are not in the best interests of the US…which may be a violation of US Code…Treason…and is a violation of his Oath of Offi ce as well as Biden’s. Biden – Using Executive Orders, immediately upon becoming President, Biden opened the Southern Border which was under control with crossing mostly at proper centers, allowing terrorists, drug running, human traffi cking unknown aliens …millions, to enter the US illegally. (Note: the President has plenary power to “prevent” those he feels dangerous to the US from entering) …but may NOT ignore Immigration and Naturalization laws or Point of Entry laws. He stopped all the fossil fuel production, drilling, exploring that he could, and resulted in severe hardships on the citizens he swore to protect. We went from Trump’s 19 million to Biden’s 9 million barrels per day. God gave us the plentiful fossil fuel resources that we have, and Biden is violating US citizen’s unalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness… by taking fossil fuels away…to stop Climate Change? Think about that…the President believes he can control Climate Change…what about Global Warming Joe…did Gore give that up? How Stupid Can One Person Be? There is NOTHING Man can “undo” that which the Sun, Moon, Stars, other planets “do”! He is violating the Bill of Rights and US Constitution…Biden made Climate Change “America’s Number 1 threat” …Joe Biden has NO IDEAWHAT he’s talking about (Man cannot control Climate Change) …it’s been happening LONG before Man and fossil fuels…not my opinion…FACT!! There is no evidence to support that outright lie! Yet he is using “Climate Change” which has existed since Earth became livable, to deny the lifesaving, fi rst and only source of energy known to Man for billions of years before, the discovery of other forms which include… Nuclear, fi rst plant 1970s…and hydro 1882. Until then, fossil was the only fuel and the fi rst “city” to receive electricity was Buff alo, NY on November 16, 1896! If the US goes dark, literally, it won’t be Donald Trump…it won’t be the Republicans, it won’t be anybody wearing a MAGA hat…IT WILL be Joe Biden! You, who elected him, will have to deal with the Treason and no electric power…next …Biden will then declare, “If you give up your guns, we’ll see if we can fi x your power loss” …but it might be too late! I only hope to God that the Power Operators will refuse to comply... Congress must obtain an Injunction to Intervene, in such a dangerous plan... and the Military and Lawmen must refuse to comply with an illegal order to confi scate legally owned guns even under Martial law, if invoked! In my opinion, Biden’s acts will cause chaos and Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other terrorist groups will have an excuse to loot and burn cities again... to do as they did in Portland, Chicago, Detroit, and San Francisco! Citizens will defend themselves. CONGRESS WAKE UP... IT’S TIME TO ACTIVATE YOUR CHECKS AND BALANCES. IF YOU DON’T, AMERICAWILL CEASE TO EXIST. BELIEVE WHAT HE SAID...HE IS TAKING ORDERS AND YOU KNOW FROM WHOM, MY OPINION!!! J Gary Dilaura, FBI RET

Page 7 The Sun Bay Paper February 2, 2024 On January 1, 2024, Mickey Mouse, or a variant thereof, entered the public domain in the United States after nearly a century of copyright protection. This milestone encompasses iconic early fi lms featuring the beloved mouse, such as Steamboat Willie and the silent rendition of Plane Crazy, both originating in 1928. It’s noteworthy that only works from this particular year became part of the public domain in the US on New Year’s Day 2024. The entry of Mickey Mouse into the public domain is a signifi cant event in the ongoing evolution of intellectual property. What distinguishes this occurrence from previous entries, like Sherlock Holmes and Winnie the Pooh, is not merely Mickey’s fame as a copyrighted character. Other renowned characters have transitioned into the public domain without generating the same level of attention. The heightened interest in Mickey’s entry into the public domain can be attributed to the intricate 95-year-old love triangle involving Mickey, Disney, and the Public Domain—a complex relationship echoing the dynamics of a Disney narrative. On one hand, Disney advocated for legislation extending the copyright term to 95 years, colloquially dubbed the “Mickey Mouse Protection Act.” This extension, criticized by scholars for its economic regressiveness and detrimental impact on cultural preservation, was instrumentalized by Disney, though the company’s role in the legislative process may be overstated. On the other hand, Disney is adept at building upon the public domain, as demonstrated by works like Frozen, The Lion King, and Fantasia, all drawing inspiration from public domain sources. The public domain encompasses not only expired or nonexistent copyrights but also uncopyrightable elements within contemporary works. Notably, Mickey Mouse himself is rooted in public domain infl uences, with his character traits mirroring those of silent fi lm stars like Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks. The love triangle emerges as Disney symbolizes both the extension of copyright terms and the importance of a robust public domain. The expiration of copyright over Mickey Mouse in 2024 becomes a symbolically charged moment, ushering in a potential evolution or resolution of the complex relationship between Mickey, Disney, and the public domain. With the entry of Steamboat Willie and its characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, into the public domain, creative opportunities abound. Courts have clarifi ed that when a story enters the public domain, elements like characters covered by expired copyrights become fair game for subsequent authors. This opens the door for diverse reinterpretations and adaptations. creators are free to share, adapt, or remix the material, sparking imaginative projects. For instance, one could envision crafting a “Steamboat Willie: the Climate Change Edition,” with Mickey’s boat navigating a hurricane fl ood. Alternatively, a feminist remake could place Minnie Mouse the lead, or one might reimagine Mickey and Minnie championing animal welfare, addressing the uncomfortable portrayal of animals as musical instruments in the original. The possibilities are vast, limited only by creativity. However, certain precautions are necessary to navigate the legal landscape. Use the original 1928 versions of Mickey and Minnie Mouse without incorporating copyrightable elements from later iterations. BUT...Not every later iteration will be copyrightable, as explained below. Avoid creating confusion with consumers regarding Disney’s involvement, adhering to trademark laws. Clearly indicate your work’s source and include a prominent disclaimer stating that your creation is not produced, endorsed, licensed, or approved by Disney. In 2024, Mickey Mouse fi nally joined the ranks of other well-known characters entering the public domain, including Winnie the Pooh, Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Robin Hood, Snow White, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland. The availability of Mickey and Minnie 1.0, as seen in Steamboat Willie and Plane Crazy, is noteworthy. Even though these characters reappear in later copyrighted works, copyright law stipulates that Disney only owns the newly added material in subsequent works, while the underlying content from 1928 remains freely accessible. This principle was exemplifi ed by the unsuccessful attempts of the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. to artifi cially extend the expired copyright over Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters. A court affi rmed that all story elements in public domain works are “free for public use,” allowing the public to freely utilize such elements. Mickey Mouse’s appearance has undergone changes over time, evolving from a vaguely rat-like form to a more neotenous look. His eyes, initially portrayed as large white ovals with pupils in Plane Crazy and smaller black dots in Steamboat Willie, both versions of which are public domain in 2024, refl ect these alterations. In 1929, Mickey began wearing gloves, possibly to enhance visibility of his hands against his body. Subsequent transformations, such as colorization and the overall appearance of later Mickeys like Fantasia Mickey, remain under copyright. This shift in copyright status provides creators with the opportunity to explore and utilize the early versions of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, while respecting the delineation between public domain and copyrighted material in later iterations. As of 2024, these classic characters off er a wealth of creative possibilities for new works, adaptations, and reinterpretations. In summary, while some legal nuances exist, the entry of Mickey and Minie into the public domain invites new creative endeavors. Original Mickey and Minnie Enter Public Domain!

February 2, 2024 The Sun Bay Paper Page 8 Florida is set to inject a staggering $3.8 billion into its Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, known as the Cat Fund. This strategic move, led by the state corporation overseeing the fund, aims to bolster Florida’s resilience against the fi nancial aftermath of hurricanes by ensuring ample funds to cover property insurance claims. The Florida State Board of Administration Finance Corp., in a decisive step detailed in a January 19 securities fi ling, revealed plans to sell bonds to fortify the Cat Fund. This initiative underscores Florida’s proactive stance in safeguarding its insurance sector, which has been under siege from a rising tide of claims, lawsuits, and insolvencies. Ben Watkins, the long-serving director of bond fi nance for Florida, emphasized the strategic nature of this move. “This is a want-tohave, not a need-to-have,” Watkins asserted, reassuring that the bond sale won’t impose any assessment on member insurers. This announcement trails a similar action taken seven months prior when the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association, responding to the fi scal strain from Hurricane Ian and escalating legal battles, raised $600 million through bonds to support insurance claims. The upcoming Cat Fund bond sale isn’t in response to any specifi c hurricane. Instead, it aims to refresh the coff ers from a previous $2 billion debt issued in 2020, set to mature in 2025. Gina Wilson, the Chief Operating Offi cer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, elaborated that this move secures additional capital at a stable interest rate, readying the fund for swift action in the face of signifi cant storm events. This fi nancial strategy is not new. Four years ago, the corporation borrowed over $2 billion for the Cat Fund, seizing the opportunity of low interest rates. However, the fund’s net position dipped by $8.2 billion in the fi scal year ending June 30, 2023. Post-Hurricane Ian, the fund disbursed $1.9 billion to insurers and anticipates an additional $8.1 billion in payouts through 2028. Moreover, the fund continues to settle claims from Hurricanes Irma and Michael from 2017 and 2018, respectively, underscoring the ongoing fi nancial challenge posed by these natural disasters. Richard Luthmann San Carlos Island attorney Monica Schmucker has ascended to the pivotal role of Special Magistrate for the Town of Fort Myers Beach. In a unanimous decision, the town council endorsed her appointment this Monday. Stepping into the shoes of her predecessor Myrnabelle Roche, who stepped down last year, Schmucker brings a wealth of experience and community involvement. A partner at Schmucker & Lavy, her legal expertise spans mediations, arbitrations, and real estate transactions. Notably, Schmucker has been a vocal advocate assisting clients with Hurricane Ian claims, although she’s transitioning from litigation. More than just a legal mind, Schmucker is deeply woven into the fabric of Fort Myers Beach. She’s a past president of the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, a dedicated member of the Fort Myers Beach Elementary School Parent Teacher’s Organization, and an aspirant for a Lee County Schools Board seat. Her drive to reopen Fort Myers Beach Elementary School, where her two children are enrolled, underscores her commitment to education and community. Beyond her local endeavors, Schmucker’s rich background includes a stint as Deputy Attorney General in Indiana, highlighting her unwavering dedication to public safety and lawful governance. A daughter of Cuban immigrants, she balances her professional life with personal roles as a wife and mother in Lee County. Her appointment has been met with enthusiasm, with Vice Mayor Jim Atterholt remarking on the town’s fortune in having Schmucker fi ll this crucial position. While contractual details are still in the works, Schmucker’s vision is clear: restoring normalcy and fairness to Fort Myers Beach, one step at a time. Her commitment to dignity and effi ciency in resolving town matters shines through as she takes on this honorable role with determination and grace. Richard Luthmann FMB’s New Special Magistrate Florida Bolsters Finances with $3.8B Bond Sale to Strengthen Against Hurricanes

February 2, 2024 Letter to the Editor The fl eecing of Fort Myers Beach! I grew up on FMB. I seen the changes. Now, we have a new brand of change on FMB. The town folks at one time were fi rmly against Margaritaville, now Margaritaville is the hope for FMB to accept that very change. Thanks to Ian. As fate would have it the hurricane basically destroyed not only the majority of the island, but where the regular people live down the side roads. The side roads became Rivers and wiped out all the residents dwellings for the most part as some sort of sick joke. Because it became obvious that the Margaritaville type resorts made it, including the Pink Shell. Where will the regular folks of FMB live now? Where will the tourism workers be able to get a job and be about to redo on the island ? FMB used to a community, or a tribe so to speak all these years of past prior to Ian. To make FMB the new Marco Island or something that resembles a destination for only the Uber wealth of the upper echelons. Of course there was chatter about employee housing, but that seems to have gone by the wayside and plans seem to have ceased. What will be the future of fort Myers Beach Florida? The majority of us can read the writing on the wall already, the new FMB will have no space or inclusion for the regular folks of FMB. Many would say that’s unacceptable, but when greed overpowers unity and community then you have your reality. It all may seem unfair to most, however sadly as soon as the hurricane hit the developers came in the very next day throughout the weeks and months to gobble up the land for astronomical prices basically outsourcing the regular folks to fi nd higher ground for living conditions and once again having the reality they would never be able to aff ord to live on this island over again. What our aimless local politicians and greedy developers don’t know about FMB and its residence of past, is that it was more than a community and more so of a family. It’s a feeling of being invaded. It makes your gut turn knowing you’re not included. And it makes long-term residents feel as if not only are they being outsourced, but they are also having the terrible feeling of they truly don’t matter anymore when it comes to the future of fort Myers beaches vision. In a left-handed approach to make a comparison it almost feels like how the Calusa Indians must have felt when they had no choice but to vanish a sterile Island way back in the day. Intruders came in. Foreigners forced them out. And the true owners of Estero Island simply vanished without a trace simply because outsiders came into overtake Fort Myers Beach Florida. We need the residents of Fort Myers Beach the band together and form a movement against being moved as a people. Dare I say we need a revolution against the developers and our own elected politicians to demand they adhere to our demands to not be forgotten about and guarantee regular folks at the island adequate housing. Whether they like it or not, We are FMB!!!! And in fact, if it were up to me; I would be forming protests and lawsuits against the city of Fort Myers Beach Florida for basically removing its own residence by force without any compassion involved for these families who call FMB home well before any of these developers and newly elected offi cials have that really dreamed of living on Fort Myers Beach Florida. I challenge you Fort Myers Beach people to stand up against the powers that be and fi ght for your life, for your homes to exist on OUR Fort Myers Beach Florida. John G Heim Exec. Ed. note: John is well known around the island for his Clean Water Activism and strong opinions. The views expressed in this piece are his own and our printing of his Letter to the Editor merely follows our ‘Letters’ policy of giving a “voice platform” to our readers. The Sun Bay Paper Page 9 Cont. from pg. 4 Tide Chart High Tide Low Tide Fri, Feb 2 Tide Set One 06:45 AM 1.02 ft 12:37 AM 0.07 ft Tide Set Two 05:33 PM 2.17 ft 10:54 AM 0.75 ft Sat, Feb 3 Tide Set One 06:16 PM 2.23 ft 01:56 AM -0.13 ft Tide Set Two Sun, Feb 4 Tide Set One 07:11 PM 2.33 ft 03:14 AM -0.36 ft Tide Set Two Mon, Feb 5 Tide Set One 08:18 PM 2.43 ft 04:24 AM -0.62 ft Tide Set Two Tue, Feb 6 Tide Set One 09:29 PM 2.59 ft 05:24 AM -0.89 ft Tide Set Two Wed, Feb 7 Tide Set One 10:35 PM 2.76 ft 06:15 AM -1.08 ft Tide Set Two 03:36 PM 1.38 ft Thu, Feb 8 Tide Set One 02:34 PM 1.31 ft 07:00 AM -1.18 ft Tide Set Two 11:35 PM 2.85 ft 05:05 PM 1.21 ft The Oyster Ed pearls from the muck Bring new customers to your door, advertise in... The Sun Bay Paper

February 2, 2024 The Sun Bay Paper Page 10 Environmental THE WEAPONIZATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE America’s Number one enemy! To predict weather, scientists use climate generated graphs which show the elements that make up weather which determines the climate. Climate is a general term that covers weather, over a long period of time. Another variable ...long time?! For example, there are many graphs of the Earth’s surface temperatures. That’s great, but they can be and are almost impossible to verify. Also, the terms are so vague...Global Warming...really? How do you defi ne which part of the “Global”? For example, defi ne the “Earth’s Temperature”? An educated person would ask, “Where”? The Model, the UN IPCC developed, is called “Global”, but is hardly Global, my opinion! “How do you measure the Earth’s temperature(s)”? Good questions! The answer is never given and are usually estimates based upon a graph that was used to extrapolate the numbers that were recorded in a college parking lot from a pen register on the blacktop by a freshman who had no training. Do you think I’m kidding? Well...allow me to explain and you will understand how a money-making idea became science, and then a Weapon!! In 1965 Al Gore became interested in the topic of global warming after taking a course with Professor Roger Revelle, one of the fi rst scientists to measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Gore received a “just passing” score. Revelle’s interest was the smog in the air and could it be the CO₂ in the air causing the smog. Gore took an interest in carbon dioxide and came up with the unscientifi c idea that carbon dioxide was the root of all evil...anything bad is caused by CO₂. He used Professor Revel as a reference when speaking about warming. When Revelle stopped him and said that he never reported CO₂ is responsible for global warming. Gore then claimed he turned senile. But that didn’t stop Gore. He continued on that path and eventually got his hands on reports from the UN IPCC; that’s the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I have no idea how Gore hooked up with the IPCC but do know that most all of his data, Global Warming, and recently Climate Change information that he passed on to you and me, came from the IPCC...FACT! The UN IPCC was subsidized by, you guessed it, the USA with about 5 billion dollars a year. What The Weather Channel founder John Coleman, a scientist himself, told me is that the IPCC went to colleges with unemployed PhD scientists and off ered them the opportunity to be recipients of a grant, some in the millions, to prove there is Global Warming. The College’s recipients had to agree there is global warming, sign a contract and to try and prove it! The IPCC did a “Model”, ostensibly, to measure global temperatures... all over the USA on college campuses...mostly at ground level, on blacktopped parking lots!? After 18 years of data collection, beginning in the mid-1990s and ending 2013, the UN IPCC released their report. You guessed it ...the Earth is warming. As I reported many times, the IPCC data was found to be fraudulent, not erroneous, but a fraud and the multi-million-dollar study was useless and could not predict anything. Found to be useless by whom, you ask? NASA for one and John Coleman PhD, for another. Dr. Coleman, Weather Channel, determined that the very unscientifi c study by IPCC, allowed mostly untrained personnel to record their data and when they found temperatures didn’t line up, approximated, set up a curve, extrapolated to record the lost and unreliable data! Several members of the IPCC “resigned” or were fi red. That cooking of the books hit the Mainstream Media at the 2015 Paris accord! But that didn’t stop the Democrats. It was resolved that science knows that Mother Earth is heating and cooling and that Cold is deadlier than Warm! It stopped Al Gore, as he made a fool of himself, with his predictions. didn’t stop him from benefi ting from his power... From a column by Jay Lehr and Tom Harris, Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration: “An example of his power was shown when physicist Dr. William Happer, then Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy, testifi ed before Congress in 1993 that scientifi c data did not support the hypothesis of manmade global warming. Gore saw to it that Happer was immediately fi red. Fifteen years later, Happer quipped, “I had the privilege of being fi red by Al Gore, since I refused to go along with his alarmism. I did not need the job that badly.” “Al Gore was also able to leverage his high visibility, his movie awards, his Nobel Prize, and his involvement in various carbon trading and other schemes into a personal fortune. When he ended his tenure as Vice President in 2001, his net worth was $2 million. By 2013, it exceeded $300 million.” Jay Lehr (1938 – 2023) was an internationally renowned speaker, scientist, Senior Policy Advisor with the International Climate Science Coalition and Senior Science Analyst at CFACT. Tom Harris is executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition.” So, the Dems put their heads together and did away with Global Warming and created the new talking points... “Climate Change”! Remember Gore predicted that by 2015 the Arctic Glaciers will be melted, NYC under water, and the polar bears extinct because of Global Warming... as predicted by the UN IPCC. No matter what you hear, there is no scientifi c evidence that Man can do anything that would stop Climate Change or Global Warming, or aff ect weather, life-threatening weather...period! That’s not just my opinion, it is a fact! Do your own research, but you will not get a straight answer from any of the websites such as MSM. So now Hussein Obama and Joe Biden believe they have a reason to make their move to take over America and make her a Socialist Nation. They must save America from the Changing Climate so let’s shut down fossil fuel power plants, shut down oil and natural gas production and allow the entire grid to go down, open the borders, weaken the Police, weaken the Military, and make the move! Then order our guns be turned in... all the while they consider building a 10-BILLION-dollar export terminal for natural gas and oil, fossil fuels both, called Calcasieu Pass 2, in Cameron, LA!!! WHAT? Do you really believe they shut down our oil and natural gas drilling, opened the borders, are doing all they can to stop President Trump from saving America because of the number one threat to America (according to Joe Biden) Climate Change!? J.Gary DiLaura

Page 11 The Sun Bay Paper February 2, 2024 Sunset Photo Contest Photos taken in the highest resolution will look sharper, so they will have a better chance of winning. If you are using your phone, use the highest resolution available! We have received many GREAT pictures that we can not use due to low resolution! Winners will be awarded Bragging Rights, knowing they won amongst all the entries that week, if you didn’t win this week, we will keep your photo on fi le for future consideration or you are welcome to take another! With more entries, chances of winning improve. Simple contest rules: 1) Photo must be taken in Florida 2) Submitted photos can be landscape or protrait and should include: location where the photo was taken from. Please include your full name & phone # in your (Do not shrink photos) email. 3) You can only submit photos you yourself have taken and have full rights to, it must be previously unpublished & by submitting any photo, you are giving Sun Bay Paper full rights to publish in print and on the internet. send to: This week’s photo was sent to us by : Karen Leskiw-Janvary Fort Myers Beach