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1 week ago, 09/25/2014 Delete

End of Summer

This is the last weekend in September. We should have a name for this -- some way of marking the end of the slowest month of the year for most of our Island businesses and residents. Not that it’s been as slow as some recent Septembers, it’s still the month when we see the fewest visitors and least traffic on the boulevard.

Other parts of the country mark the changing of the seasons with colorful leaf shows or combines churning through cornstalks, Harvest festivals and such.

Here on the beach, we mark September as the month when we can start to think about opening up our windows because the humidity is finally easing up even though it’s still full-on summer as far as temperatures are concerned. September means vacation month for many, prep season for others. There are fewer visitors here; traffic is as slow as it will be all year. For those reading this up north, who have never been here other than during season, there are no traffic jams in September. Drivers can easily turn left from anywhere on Estero. If traffic stalls, it’s only because the school bus or trolley has stopped. September is a beautiful month.

October is another nearly perfect month. While the few businesses that closed for a break begin to reopen after renovation, cleaning or vacation, most everyone begins to see an uptick in customers and visitors - the lifeblood of every business and resident employed by a beach business.

We will barely be out of September when Islanders will notice that the sleepy season is over.

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Issue-711's Top Story 1 week ago, 09/25/2014

Pirate WomenPirate Festival All About Family Fun

Get ready Fort Myers Beach! On Friday, October 10th, pirates will once again invade our island, coming ashore at Bayside Park throughout the afternoon of the 10thto herald the start of Pirate Fest 2014. Pirate Fest has a long and storied history on our emerald shores, from its humble beginning nine years ago to today - when it has become one of the premiere events on the beach, drawing families and entertainers from far and wide. We spoke with Bud Nocera - President of the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event - and he told us that this year's festival is all about family fun. 
Highway 41 6 days ago, 09/25/2014 at 5:00pm
AMIFrom a Troubled Past to a Bright Future:
AMIkids Southwest Florida

Being an adolescent, or the parent of one, brings challenges to nearly every family. There are many rock-filled streams to traverse on the way from child to adult, and cross-currents of influences, good and bad.

What happens to young people who face more than the usual struggles? Who helps turn around the kids who are making bad choices, taking drugs, doing poorly at school, and even getting involved with the justice system while still in their teens?

Alan Vacks 6 days ago, 09/25/2014 at 4:53pm

Alan VacksCERT Members to Honor Alan Vacks

Our island lost a prominent preparedness advocate last week, when Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) leader Alan Vacks Sr. passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 19th. Vacks, 64, was a retired firefighter and Vietnam Vet who moved to our area in 2002.

Alan took over the reins of CERT in 2010, succeeding the original CERT leader Al Agathen, who had served at the program's helm since its inception following Hurricane Charley. Vacks had served as Agathen's assistant team leader nearly that entire time, and "brought the program to a whole new level” when he became its leader, according to member Miffie Greer, who joined CERT when Vacks was assistant leader.

MPOyesterday, 09/30/2014 at 2:08pm

MPOMPO Hears Report on Traffic/
San Carlos Boulevard Planning Study

The Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) made a presentation last week on the results of a stakeholder's meeting held at Town Hall on May 30thconcerning improvements to San Carlos Boulevard and Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to and including the Matanzas Pass Bridge. The presentation is but one part of the San Carlos Boulevard Project Development and Engineering (PD&E) Study being conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) with the ultimate goal being improvements to our seasonal traffic tie-ups and San Carlos Boulevard itself - all the way up to the Gladiolus intersection.


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