Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 122515 Contents THE RIVER - DECEMBER 25, 2015
With 45 College Football Bowl
Games, Has System Gone Berserk?
by Ed Frank
Is the system broken, ridiculous or just plain money-hungry?
The system I'm discussing is the current runaway lineup
of 45 -- count 'em -- 45 college football bowl games that will
saturate television from December 19 to January 11. By the time
you read this week's paper, 13 already will have been played.
A good trivia game around the holiday dinner table this week-
end would be a contest to see how many of the bowls you can
If you love college football, then you're probably in heaven for
the next few weeks despite the fact that many of the bowl games
will be played in cold weather sites before seas of empty seats.
And some of the participating teams didn't even post regular-season winning
records, yet received bowl invitations. Nebraska, Minnesota and San Jose State are
5-7 teams reaching post-season play.
I note that one of these sub-500 teams, San Jose State, won the Cure Bowl (what-
ever that means) last Saturday with a 27-16 victory over 6-6 George State.
The Rose Bowl, known as the "Granddaddy" of bowl games, was first held in
1902. By 1937, there were six college bowl games. Two years ago the count had
leaped to 35, and this year 45, including the Shrine East-West, NFLPA Collegiate and
the Senior Bowl.
Let's be honest: We have such a plethora of bowl games for one principal reason --
Football revenue is the bulwark for college minor sports. And studies have shown
that schools that win major bowl games are recipients of increased alumni financial
But you've got to wonder how far this bowl game business will go? At the rate it
has grown, the day may come that every college with a football team will play in a
bowl game regardless of their records.
While we may question the wisdom of having all these bowl games, ratings show
that the games do attract large viewing audiences, Maybe that's the reason ESPN actu-
ally owns and operates 12 of the bowls.
The Big 10 sent 10 of its 14 members in bowl games, including Michigan State
as one of the four teams playing for the national championship. Iowa, which lost to
Michigan State in the Big 10 Championship game, faces Stanford in the revenue-rich
Rose Bowl on January 1.
A report this week showed that the average resale price for a Rose Bowl ticket
has reached $705, the highest by far of any bowl game, including the two semi-final
national championship games.
Interestingly, Jim Delany, Big Ten commissioner, explained that Iowa will not reap
the entire Rose Bowl money bonanza. The revenue will be divided between all 14 con-
Any way you cut it, college football bowl games are big business. As a result, they
will not diminish in number anytime soon.
FPRA To Take
The Show On
The Road In 2016
The Florida Public Relations Asso-
ciation (FPRA) Southwest Florida
Chapter is taking its "show on the
road" in 2016. The public relations or-
ganization will now offer programming at
various locations in Southwest Florida to
allow for added value to its members and
non-members and to enhance the month-
ly meetings with in-depth presentations,
tours and a lunch. This new approach
will kick-off with the program, The PR of
Police Training, which will take place on
Tuesday, January 5 beginning at 11:30
a.m. at the Southwest Florida Public
More in-depth programs will be on the
slate for the coming year.
The Southwest Florida Public Service
Academy, located at 4312 Michigan
Avenue in Fort Myers, will offer a unique
opportunity to visit one of Florida's
most successful certified police training
facilities. Guests will hear how the public
image of the police force is affecting
public affairs and impacting recruit-
ment training. Todd Everly, director of
the Southwest Florida Public Service
Academy, will be the guest speaker.
The cost for attending the presenta-
tion is $25 for members, $30 for non-
members and $15 for students. Space
is limited; early registration is suggested.
Guests must RSVP online at fpraswfl.org.
Sponsorships for the monthly lun-
cheons are also available. Three levels of
sponsorships are available, ranging from
$100 to $500. Sponsors will receive
acknowledgement in news releases, com-
plimentary event admission, table display
to showcase promotional items, visibility
on electronic and print marketing and
more, depending on level.
For more information or to become
a sponsor, contact Mike at 677-7600 or
Amendment Decision On River
Hall Declared Noncompliant
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently participated in proceedings regard-
ing the adopted Lee County Plan amendment decision for River Hall and the
concern over "overriding public necessity."
Administrative Law Judge Suzanne Van Wyk has ruled that a Lee County plan
amendment should not have been approved by Lee County. Judge Van Wyk deter-
mined that the adopted amendment is contrary to the Caloosahatchee Shores
Community Plan because no finding of "overriding public necessity" was made to
support removing the land from the rural lands category. This ruling sets an important
standard for Lee County development that will protect rural communities from being
demolished, according to a Conservancy spokeswoman.
The order can be found at this link: https://www.doah.state.fl.us/ALJ/search-
Ralf Brookes, attorney for the petitioners, said, "This is an important recommended
order that sets a precedent that supports community plans in Lee County with similar
Expert planning opinion testimony was presented by Julianne Thomas, senior
growth management specialist at the Conservancy, who said, "Comprehensive plans
are meant to be a vision for how the citizens in a community want to grow. In Lee
County, community plans are created by citizen planning efforts. Those community
plans are important, and this order gives legal significance to their plans and vision for
The Caloosahatchee Shores community plan is the result of a community planning
effort and was adopted as part of the Lee County comprehensive plan.
The plan amendment, approved by a 4-1 vote on June 3, 2015 as Ordinance
15-10, would have increased density on 585 acres in the River Hall development
located in the Caloosahatchee Shores Planning Area by changing the land use desig-
nation from the rural land category to the sub-outlying suburban land category.
This change would have effectively doubled the allowable density from one unit per
acre in the rural land category to two units per acre in the sub-outlying suburban land
category in the 585-acre amendment area.
The community plan specifically requires that at least three members of the Board
of County Commissioners make a finding of overriding public necessity in order to
remove land from the rural land category in the Caloosahatchee Shores Planning
In this case, 585 acres of land was removed from the rural land category without
the required finding of "overriding public necessity."
Lee County residents of River Hall as well as other Lee County residents from other
Lee communities with similar language in their community plans, challenged the legal-
ity of this amendment, and requested a formal administrative hearing.
After conducting a day-long evidentiary hearing on October 12, 2015 the judge
concluded that the amendment was "not in compliance" with Florida's Community
Planning Act because it was inconsistent with the plain language contained in the
Caloosahatchee Shores community plan.
Judge Van Wyk agreed with the residents, entering a recommend order in their
favor and against Lee County and the developers of the proposed project.
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Twenty-two years ago, Barbara
Burger, a member of both Wildcat
Run and Fiddlesticks Golf Clubs,
started a group of women golfers with
handicaps of 18 and below to play
competitive golf during the reciprocal
period May through October. The
group started small but now represents
more than 60 women and more than
33 clubs in Collier and Lee counties.
At the end of each season, the
women pick a local charity to support
with a monetary donation. This year
the group collected $3,385 and chose
Ronald McDonald House Charities of
Southwest Florida as their charity of
choice for 2015. RMHC plans to open
and operate a Ronald McDonald Family
Room Program at the new Golisano
Children's Hospital, scheduled to open
in April 2017.
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