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Serving Our Community

As our busy season ramps up here on the Island, the Sand Paper crew would like to let our readers know how much we enjoy serving our community.

We use the work "our” as a legitimate claim. The Island Sand Paper is the ONLY newspaper available on Fort Myers Beach that is owned by Islanders. Tax-paying, property-owning, voting Islanders. We experience life on our Island just as our readers do. Every Shrimp Festival, every water main break, every 4th of July party, every storm evacuation, every traffic jam, every beautiful sunset, every power outage on a sunny day – we experience it right beside you.

All of our core staff live on the island also. Take a look at those smiling faces to the right that make up the Sand Paper family. All but one, live directly on Fort Myers Beach and have for a number of years. Not nearby, not some of the time, but full time right here between the bridges. Combined we have over 100 years of Island living in the Sand Paper staff!

Know any other paper that can claim that?

We are committed to providing the staff necessary to cover Fort Myers Beach news and events. Not just a Publisher and Editor, but our Associate Editor, Production Manager, Circulation Manager, Webmaster, Advertising Manager, Sports columnist and a collection of talented contributing writers. They all, each and every one, live right here on the beach. And the sole off-island staff member has 17 years of Fort Myers Beach residency on her resume.

Our slogan, "By Islanders, For Islanders,” is taken very seriously by everyone in the Sand Paper family. We hope we transmit that devotion to our community to our readers and advertisers each week.

The Island Sand Paper knows Fort Myers Beach.

We know that there are other papers that can be found on the beach and that carry some beach news – some daily, some weekly.

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Issue-715's Top Story 2 days ago, 10/23/2014 at 5:58pm

Halloween FrightHalloween is Coming!

Aaarg, matey, the pirates may have left our emerald shores but that doesn’t mean the October fun is over! Halloween is a time-honored tradition on Fort Myers Beach - with parties and events spanning three weekends. Maybe it’s the tropical breezes, or maybe it’s just the fact that living on an island makes folks want to act like kids again, but our little community goes all out for All Hallows Eve - and the Island Sand Paper has all the information on where to go to fully express your inner ghoul.

Trunk or Treat

For old-fashioned family fun, Beach Baptist is holding its 7th Annual Trunk or Treat October 31st from 6 to 9 pm in the church parking lot, facing Estero Boulevard.
Parasail & Watercraft 2 days ago, 10/23/2014 at 6:08pm
Fort Myers BeachParasail/Personal Watercraft
Ordinance Passes

At their meeting on Monday night, the Town Council unanimously approved a $25,000 funding request for the Friends of the Arts, an ordinance updating regulations for parasail and jet ski vendors and agreed to table a request for an amendment to a construction plan for Matanzas Resort until neighbors’ concerns could be addressed.

During Public Comment, Georgia Reinmuth invited Council to Fish Tale’s 2nd annual pancake breakfast fundraiser on November 8th from 8-10am.

Pet Parade 2 days ago, 10/23/2014 at 6:03pm

Pet ParadeEverybody Loves a Parade

Pets and their human companions were all dressed up and ready for the 4th Annual Pawsitively Amazing Howl’oween Pet Parade last Saturday in Santini Marina Plaza. Led by two of the beach’s favorite clowns, Buttons and Smoky, the parade marched around the plaza before the Awards Ceremony.

Taking 1st place for Best Costumed Pet was Garcon, accompanied by Sheila Roberts; 2nd Place-Devil Georgia accompanied by Bob Petcher. Best Costumed Pet & Owner: 1st Place-Max with Donna Rizzo; 2nd Place Shellbi with Randi & Paul of Hot Heads. Cutest Pet: 1st Place-Coco with Dottie Pedone; 2nd Place Benji with Barb Hill. People’s Choice Winner was Jazper with Al Werner.

Flippers Fire2 weeks ago, 10/17/2014 at 5:16pm

Flippers On The BayFlippers Bounces Back
from Small Fire

Flippers on the Bay, the popular restaurant at Lovers Key Resort just south of the Big Carlos Pass bridge, was the focus of a lot of attention Friday morning (October 17, 2014) when a small fire led to the evacuation of diners in the restaurant. Flippers sits in a separate building from the Lovers Key Resort, separated by the resort pool.

Representatives of the resort told the Sand Paper that there was a small pinhole leak in the gas line that Chef Juan noticed and then called the Fire Department, leading to a rapid response from area fire departments.


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