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Islanders discuss running own electric utility

Panel of speakers at 'In the Round' discussion on city-takeover of Lee County Electric Cooperative seems to enjoy the interaction with each other and the community. Left to right: City Councilman Jerry Gibson, chair of the city's electric municipalization committee, John Arceri, former City Councilman and a city negotiator with LCEC, Dennie Hamilton, CEO of LCEC, and Barry Moline, executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, a Tallahassee-based organization representing 34 Florida cities who operate electric utilities.
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Panel of speakers at "In the Round" discussion on city-takeover of Lee County Electric Cooperative seems to enjoy the interaction with each other and the community. Left to right: City Councilman Jerry Gibson, chair of the city's electric municipalization committee, John Arceri, former City Councilman and a city negotiator with LCEC, Dennie Hamilton, CEO of LCEC, and Barry Moline, executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, a Tallahassee-based organization representing 34 Florida cities who operate electric utilities.
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  • John Arceri, a former City Councilman and city negotiator with Lee County Electric Cooperative, gestures toward LCEC CEO Dennie Hamilton, while he explains his understanding of the motive to look into taking over LCEC and why he believes Marco is the co-op's 'cash cow.'
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  • Resident Ray Beaufort wraps up a conversation with City Manager Steve Thompson as Chairman Bill Trotter steals Thompson's ear.  All three men were visitors to the In the Round community discussion on electric municipalization at Orion Bank Wednesday evening.
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  • Barry Moline, executive of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, is the guest speaker at the city's electric municipalization committee meeting Wednesday afternoon. Moline shares the pros and cons of city-run electric based on more than 20 years experience in the field and through his organization, which represents 34 Florida cities that operate electric utilities. 
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  • Jerry Gibson, a City Councilor, John Arceri, a former City Councilor with decades of experience as an electric utility executive, Dennie Hamilton, CEO of LCEC, and Barry Moline, executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, are the guest speakers at Orion Bank's In the Round community discussion on electric municipalization.
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  • City Councilman Wayne Waldack gives a toothy smile to LCEC's Tricia Doorn at Wednesday night's In the Round discussion on electric municipalization. Waldack later won a savings bond from Orion Bank and donated it to the Art League.
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  • Barry Moline, executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association representing 34 cities that own electric utilities, shared pros and cons learned from other cities who run their own electric. Moline was the guest speaker at the city's electric municipalization committee meeting Wednesday afternoon.
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  • Panel of speakers at 'In the Round' discussion on city-takeover of Lee County Electric Cooperative seems to enjoy the interaction with each other and the community. Left to right: City Councilman Jerry Gibson, chair of the city's electric municipalization committee, John Arceri, former City Councilman and a city negotiator with LCEC, Dennie Hamilton, CEO of LCEC, and Barry Moline, executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, a Tallahassee-based organization representing 34 Florida cities who operate electric utilities.
Kelly Farrell/ Staff

Energetic discussions on city-run electricity characterized Marco Wednesday as the city's electric committee met in the afternoon with an expert on the topic, followed by a community discussion on electric municipalization at the evening's 'In the Round' forum at Orion Bank.

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