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From the Fort Myers Beach Bulletin:
Seventeen-year-old Christina Glase, sponsored by Red Coconut RV Park, was crowned 2013 Shrimp Queen by 2012 Shrimp Queen Jamie Costa at the 55th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival this past weekend.
The annual shrimp festival queen pageant, held on the pavilion at Lynn Hall Park, was one of many activities – an 1 1/2-hour long parade and weekend-long Food Fun & Crafts Expo among them – put on by the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club. The local shrimp boat fleet provided fresh Gulf shrimp for all who purchased.
Glase, a junior at Estero High School, is active both academically and athletically at school. She is the student body secretary this year and plans on running for student council president next year. She also is a two-year varsity volleyball letterman and one-year varsity basketball letterman at Estero High.
From WTVY-TV, Dothan:
A Senate committee has sent a bill to the floor that could allow private operators to lease lodging facilities and golf courses within 12 state parks.
The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved the bill 8-2 Wednesday (March 13).
It would allow the Department of Conservation to generate and control the leases. State parks are supported by visitor fees. While some parks pay for themselves, others lose millions of dollars each year. Supporters say the bill could turn those numbers around.
Director of Alabama State Parks Greg Lein questioned the impact on the 600 park employees. Under the proposed legislation, Lein's department would be able to request proposals, surety bonds and other terms from potential vendors. That could cover employees.
Democratic Sens. Billy Beasley and Bobby Singleton opposed the measure.