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Welcome to the Democratic Club of the Islands (DCI) website.

Our mission is to provide information on important issues confronting our community, and to promote organizations and candidates which offer progressive solutions to these issues.

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DCI August Membership Meeting - August 17 at 7:00 PM
Founders Room, Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way

Program: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense                                           

Presenter: Lynn Moore

When Congress failed to act after the slaughter of 20 first graders and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary, Professor Lynn Moore joined MOMS DEMAND ACTION For Gun Sense in America. As a member she served as Local Group Lead in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Moore retired as Professor Emerita from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota. A life-long activist in Minnesota’s  Democratic Farmer Labor Party, and now the Democratic Women’s Club of Lee County, she became the Lead for Southwest Florida BE SMART Campaign. MOMS DEMAND ACTION for Gun Sense developed from the SMART framework to help parents and adults prevent child gun deaths. Children’s education and welfare was a priority which led her to volunteer at a local Head Start Center.

Moore will discuss the effort to change our laws as well as our culture, Florida Senate victories, as well as Federally Mandated Conceal Carry Reciprocity (CCR), and how attendees can help support reducing gun violence, as well as the opportunity to join MOMS DEMAND ACTION for Gun Sense. A discussion will follow. 

FDP Party Leaders Visit Sanibel

The two top leaders of the Florida Democratic Party - Stephen BIttel, Chair, and Sally Boynton Brown, President -- spoke at a rally in Fort Myers on Friday, July 7. They came out to Sanibel for lunch wih the DCI Board and guests. Jill Dillon was our gracious hostess, and co-chair Elaine Schaeffer acted as the moderator during an extented Q&A session. 

BittelandGroup-640.jpgSteve Bittel and Sally Boynton Brown with DCI Board members and guests

BittelElaineSally-640.jpgSteve Bittel, Elaine Schaeffer, and Sally Boynton Brown

ElaineSally.jpgElaine and Sally

Voting by Mail

Florida makes it very easy to vote by mail (sometimes called "absentee ballots"). Democrats who register to vote by mail are much more likely to vote than those who don't.

If you would like to request a vote by mail ballot, please call the Supervisor of Elections office at 239-LEE‐VOTE  (239-533‐8683) or visit this page on the Lee County Supervisor of Elections website.Your request to vote by mail must be received by the Elections office no later than 5 PM on the sixth calendar day preceding the election (November 2 for the General Election).

Enrollment in Vote-by-Mail is good for only two general elections. If you are not sure you are still enrolled, call the Supervisor of Elections office at 239-LEE-VOTE (239-533‐8683). They can check and re-enroll you over the phone.

If it has been over five years since you last registered to vote, please re-register to assure your current signature is on file 

For information on early voting, visit the Election Dates page of the Florida Elections website.

Water Quality

The July 21st 2016 Membership Meeting featured several Sanibel experts  discussing the subject: “What We All Need to Know About Local Consequences of Compromised Water”.

The speakers were Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Policy Director, SCCF; Dr. Bruce Neill, Executive Director of The Sanibel Sea School and a Marine Biologist; and Holly Milbrandt, Environmental Biologist, Natural Resource Department of the City of Sanibel. Each brought a unique perspective on our local water issues. 

As a follow-up to that meeting, we have created a Water Quality section on this website. Please visit this section to see informative articles, web sites, and actions you can take as an informed citizen.

All of Sanibel's constituencies -- the City, SCCF, the Chamber of Commerce, COTI, and the Condo Associations of Sanibel Island (CASI) -- are working together with a common near-term goal: asking the Governor and the Southwest Florida Water Management District to get underway with planning and implementing storage, treatment and conveyance of the Lake O water south. They need to hear from you - please write a message as detailed on the Sanibel City Website at Call for Action , or on the form provided by SCCF Here

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