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Island Kudos

The Sand Paper family is committed to sharing the good news about our community. We use this space regularly to focus on all the good things happening and the many great people who make our Island a better place to live, work and play. Kudos to…

Evelyn Wicks who has guided the finances at Town Hall for 8 years. Winning multiple awards along the way, she has been a steady "guiding light” for Town staff and council.

Keith Laakkonen for his tireless work as the Town’s Environmental Sciences Coordinator, monitoring our beach environment. And congrats on being the 2014 winner of the Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association Environmental Award.

All beachfront property owners, renters and visitors who are mindful of protecting our nesting turtle population and turn off lights or use special lights, remove furniture and don’t leave holes on the beach. We’re still in peak hatching season-let’s make our beach safe for turtles!

American Legion Post 274 and Estero Island Medical Care for organizing a Veterans Health Fair last month, gathering a variety of health care providers in one spot to screen veterans for health issues.

Soccer coaches, players, officials and parents as the season gets off to a big start.

Organizers, sponsors and participants in both Spirit of ’45 celebration events held last month to mark the end of WWII. The solemn pageantry and heartfelt gratitude shown at these events are much appreciated by our WWII veterans.

Teen Challenge International, those folks who wash cars at Beach Baptist on Fridays and Saturdays, on the opening of their new Thrift Store on San Carlos Blvd. This non-profit offers life-changing faith-based recovery programs for both men and women of all ages.

Bibliophile Shirley Semmer for her donation of a sizeable collection of books, many first edition or signed, to the Beach Lions Club to support their charitable efforts.
Island Hopper Song Writer Fest

Issue-710's Top Story 5 days ago, 09/18/2014 at 6:22pm

Island Hopper SongfestIsland Hopper Song Fest

You’ve probably seen ads and promotions about the first Annual Island Hopper Song Fest, an exciting series of events taking place on Sanibel/Captiva September 26th - 28th, and on Fort Myers Beach October 2nd - 5th. The festival is being presented by BMI, the largest music rights organization in the country, along with iHeartRadio, and Cat Country 107.1

Bringing nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters, and offering dozens of free performances at a variety of local venues, the festival will have something for artists and audiences alike, especially those who love country and Americana music. On one hand, it gives tunesmiths a chance to play their music with exposure to a new audience and, for those who won the local songwriting contest, an opportunity to meet people already connected and successful in the songwriting business. Too, those among us who just love to listen to troubadours sing their hearts out, these performances will be up close and personal. Aficionados can go to all the events on all three islands, but for those of us who live and work here on the Beach, a drive over ‘the Bridge’ is not necessary.
Highway 41 5 days ago, 09/18/2014 at 6:34pm
Over the EvergladesFeds Commit $20 Billion to
Raise Highway 41 in Everglades

When engineers first constructed Highway 41 through the Everglades nearly a hundred years ago, environmental concerns were not on anyone's minds and no one understood or cared that they were actually creating a dam in the middle of the River of Grass and cutting off freshwater flows into Florida Bay. Now, efforts are being made to reverse some of that damage and restore natural water flow by raising sections of the road so that water and wildlife can cross beneath.

Turtles 5 days ago, 09/18/2014 at 6:28pm

Turtle HatchlingA Turtle’s Journey

It got the point where the confinement was unbearable. She had to break out. She worked at her constraints, struggling to free herself. Once free she found herself surrounded by others who were also struggling out of their constraints, but she was still one of the lucky ones. It was a jailbreak, coordinated without words and without sight. But their initial confinement was only the start. It was dark. She was buried underground. Others were clamoring around her, stepping and grabbing anything that they could to climb out of what could be their grave. They worked together by what seemed like an accident.

Mike DeCarlo3 weeks ago, 09/04/2014 at 3:34pm

Mike DeCarlo & FriendsMichael DeCarlo

As most folks were enjoying the holiday last weekend, friends and family of beloved island benefactor Michael DeCarlo were gathered at his bedside at HealthPark, where he left this life behind at 4am on September 1st. DeCarlo, who was born on June 5th, 1955 in Bronx, New York, was a dear friend to many, many people on Fort Myers Beach, where he touched thousands of lives through his volunteer work doing charity poker runs, playing Santa at Christmastime and hosting countless benefits for those in need. While impromptu gatherings were held all over the island on Labor Day as soon as the news spread of his untimely death, an official memorial service will be held on Monday, September 29th at 10am at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Colonial Boulevard. 

Council Workshop08/19/2014 at 3:51pm

Craft Beer FestivalCouncil Workshop Discusses
Budget, Craft Beer Festival

At their workshop on Monday morning, the Town Council looked at a preliminary budget for the coming year and discussed the possibility of having a Craft Beer Festival at Bay Oaks to generate income for their teen and youth programs.

As Council ran through the list of all the budget items, Mandel questioned a $20,000 increase in the Town’s contract with Central Parking and voiced a concern about the Town’s legal expenses.


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