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Island Kudos

The Sand Paper family is a part of our community, living and working right here on the island. As a result, we are 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 go out to…

Students, teachers and staff at all of our Lee County Schools on the beginning of another school year!

The Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District and their ongoing efforts to provide CPR and AED training to residents and businesses.

Shell Points Community Thrift Store for their donation of clothing to Haiti and their financial support of the Heights Center for senior programming.

All those Islanders who close their drapes, turn off their lights or switch to turtle-safe light bulbs along the beach. Were in the midst of turtle hatching season. Light is the enemy of newly hatched turtles. Help them make it to the surf by keeping the beach dark.

Lee County Bar Association for their efforts to help area kids via scholarships, civics education, learning activities and mentorships.

All those who work to keep water quality issues front and center on our island and with the decision makers in Tallahassee.

Camp counselors, helpers and parents on the end of summer vacation.

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Issue-759's Top Story 4 days ago, 08/27/2015

Estero Blvd ProjectEstero Boulevard Reconstruction
to Begin Next Month

The Fellowship Hall at Chapel By the Sea was packed on Tuesday night as islanders and business owners already seasoned by four weeks of the Town’s waterline replacement project turned out in droves to hear what Lee County has in store for them when the first segment of the Estero Boulevard Replacement project begins later next month.

Lee County Commissioner, island property and business owner Larry Kiker began the meeting by saying that he’d asked representatives from the County and the Town, Chris-Tel, the construction company hired to do the county project, the Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB) and others to meet with islanders to hear their concerns.
PADLS Program 4 days ago, 08/27/2015 at 7:27pm
PADLS ProgramIn the Swim - The Florida Helps
Foundation PADLS Program

There is no question about it; knowing how to swim is a big asset in our water-centric community. For years, the local Kiwanis Club has helped fund swimming lessons for all the children in our town. It cannot be understated how important this is, given the many drowning accidents reported across the state every year. In fact, of the entire country, the Sunshine State has the highest rate of drowning accidents involving children aged 5 and under (see Perhaps even more dire, accidental drowning is the number one leading cause of death in the nation among autistic and special needs children. Fortunately, there are Fort Myers Beach-based organizations like the Florida Helps Foundation (FH). The brainchild of Founder and Executive Director, Mike VonPlinsky, FH and its many volunteers, sponsors and donors, are working to help tackle this problem with a wonderful solution - the PADLS (Persons with Autism or Disabilities Learn to Swim) program.

Kristen Nelson 4 days ago, 08/27/2015 at 7:03pm

Kristen NelsonKristen Nelson –
Taking a Permanent Vacation -
Bartenders of the Beach

Friendly Kristen Nelson has a personality as sunny and bright as the place she tends bar– Parrot Key’s open tiki bar on San Carlos Island. So friendly is she that on Wednesday afternoon, she agreed to become the second bartender profiled in our new series designed to introduce our readers to some of the island’s most creative cocktail creators who work long hours wearing many hats - therapists, matchmakers, taxi-dispatchers and occasionally marriage counselors - all while entertaining large groups of often impatient and demanding patrons for hours on end. But like all bartenders we’ve met so far, Nelson told us that it’s a job she’s grown to love and always will.

reFRESHFMBeach Updates 2 days ago, 08/29/2015 at 6:00pm

Estero Blvd ProjectreFRESH Waterline Project-
August 31-September 4

Estero Boulevard Waterline Construction

Fort Myers Beach motorists should expect delays while traveling Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to Red Coconut RV Park as the Town of Fort Myers Beach begins replacing water mains.TECO gas crews will also install a gas line.

Crews will install water main in two work zones on Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to Gulf Beach Road.

Due to the high volume of weekend travel on and off the island, crews will work four long days on Mondays through Thursdays and one shortened day on Friday.

•Crew 1 - from Crescent Street to Carolina Avenue

August 24 – Crew 1 will work between Avenue A and Avenue C

•Crew 2 - from Pearl Street to Gulf Beach Road

August 24 - Crew 2 will work between Chapel Street and Tropical Shores Way

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