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Island Kudos

The Sand Paper family is committed to sharing the good news about our Island community. We use this space every couple of months to focus on some of the good things happening and the numerous generous people who make our Island a better place to live, work and play. Kudos this week go out to…

All the volunteers who have stepped up to "Adopt a Beach.”There’s room for more volunteers-call 239-233-8542 to sign up.

Members of the Community Resources Advisory Board (CRAB) for their work on Bayside Access Parks at Del Mar and Gulf Beach Road and for hosting another successful Leadership Conference last weekend.

Friends of the Arts for their Concert Series which wrapped up Thursday, March 5th, raising funds to support the arts on Fort Myers Beach.

Estero Island Garden Club members for celebrating Arbor Day with the 4th graders at Beach School, providing them with Sabal Palm seedlings and teaching them about trees. Also for their ongoing efforts to beautify our Island.

Lee County’s Andrew Payne for coordinating a new opportunity to enjoy the beach, "Sundown Sing Along”has brought up to 30 people together to enjoy some acoustic music and a stunning sunset in Bowditch Point Park a couple times a month.

Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve for hosting another successful Casino Night to fund classroom space and restroom facilities at the Preserve.

Amateur Radio Operators Bill Genevrino, John Tozier, Ed Milde, Bud Nocera and Joyce Jacobs, to name just a few, who are part of the ham radio network that is essential when disaster strikes.
 
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Shrimp Parade57th Annual Fort Myers Beach
Lions Shrimp Festival
Coming March 14 & 15

Every year for over a half century, thousands have gathered on our Island to celebrate one of our areas most important industries – Shrimp! We celebrate the tasty little critters with a Parade, a Queen Pageant, a 5K run, T-shirts, Shrimp Dinners, a huge Food, Fun & Crafts Expo, more Shrimp Dinners and new, this year, a Shrimp Eating Championship, all brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club.

The 57th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival kicks off next Saturday, March 14th for two full days of fun. Saturday offers a 5K Shrimp Run at 9am, followed by the Parade at 10am.
Town Hall 14 hours ago
Town HallTown Hall Renovations Underway

Many of our readers have noticed an increase of activity at Town Hall these days. For nearly a week, large construction dumpsters appeared out front and now workers can be seen moving busily in and out the front doors of the former Bank of America building that our local center of government has called home since the Town incorporated nearly 20 years ago. The reason? The front of the building, that has been vacant since the bank left, while all town offices have been in cramped spaces in the back, is finally being renovated to improve services to residents.

Little League 14 hours ago

Little LeagueLittle League Opening Day

Here on the beach, sometimes we are a little spoiled with the summer-like weather and we lose track of the seasons, but the start of the baseball season is a sure sign of spring. The Major League teams have gotten underway with their ceremonial first pitches of spring training and so have our own little league teams here in Fort Myers Beach.

The T-ballers got the 60th season of the Fort Myers Beach little league started off at 9am last Saturday morning. This week’s matchup was beach team versus beach team, and guess what…the beach team won. Coaches Chelsea O’Riley and Allison Whitehead directed the young ones in a fun game of t-ball as the beach teams went up against each other. T-ballers included Eyan Datil, Myles Turner, Sebastian Ramos, Gabriella Orlandini, Will Travis, Leonardo Ramus, Adam Lin, Brody Duffy and Malia Tipton, who seemed to be having a great time swinging away to knock the ball off of the tee and past the defenders.

Town Council2 days ago, 03/04/2015 at 3:32pm

Nervous NelliesCouncil Approves Shrimp Festival and
Nervous Nellies’ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

At their meeting on Monday morning, the Town Council of Fort Myers Beach approved Nervous Nellies’ request for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and agreed to send a letter to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) asking for a riparian rights setback waiver for the planned ‘Olde Seaport’ development.

During Public Comment, Joan Murano, an island resident, voiced her concerns about ‘comfort stations’ on beach accesses - something on the agenda for the afternoon workshop.

"Can the Town afford to pay for adequate staff to take care of these restrooms?” she said. "Can you foot the bill for cleanup and damage to people’s properties and compensate Gulf front residents for loss of property values? And finally, would you like to have a toilet in your backyard? I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly but the ultimate folly would be to place public restrooms in a residential area.”

Two more residents - one living on Dakota and the other on Hercules - spoke against the placing of comfort stations at beach accesses.

 
 

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