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Surely something on the ballot this November is important to you. Whether it’s conservation of Florida land, the legality of medical marijuana or who selects Florida Supreme Court justices, there are questions on the ballot that need your input. How about whether Lee County Schools should take a baby step toward single member districts or should our County Commissioners have term limits?

All those questions are on the November 4th ballot. Plus there are important local races – two seats on the Fort Myers Beach Fire Board will be decided. Plus seats on the School Board, Lee Health Board, County Commission – all important decisions and we haven’t even crossed the county line yet.

Voters are turned off on this election thanks to the ugly gubernatorial race. If you let that keep you from the polls, your community will lose out on your voice in how it’s governed. Hold your nose and vote for the least offensive candidate, or vote for a third party candidate or skip the governor race entirely on the ballot, but please, VOTE! Your community needs your voice!

Cool – Warm – Perfect!

Our streets are lined with zombies, baseball players and swimsuit-clad northerners eager for some sun time. It must be almost November. October flurries in some northern cities seem to have triggered a rush to our sunny shores.
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Issue-716's Top Story yesterday, 10/30/2014 at 4:58pm

Fish MongerNew Faces at
Local Businesses

A couple of weeks ago, the Sand Paper did a story on the local businesses that had made upgrades and renovations to prepare for the upcoming season. Well, there have been a lot more changes on the island this year - including new faces and new places - so this week we met with two new business owners - Tina Tomasino of Hurricane Tina's (formerly Wicked Wings) and Thom Marks and Shelly Morgan of the Fish Monger - to find out what brought them to our emerald shores and what exciting things they have planned for our visitors, locals and snowbirds.
Halloween yesterday, 10/30/2014 at 5:13pm
HalloweenHalloween Fun

For the kids, Trunk or Treat at Beach Baptist Church parking lot is the place to be from 6-9pm. Decorated vehicles with treats for all the kids and maybe for grownups too, plus a Bounce House!

Friday, October 31st is the last day to enjoy the Lakes Park Pumpkin Patch featuring Halloween Train Rides, Creepy Carriages, Hay Rides, Bounce House and Scarecrows in the Park. Open 6-9pm Friday. Paid Parking.

Adults can head to any number of island parties set for this spooky holiday.

Paint The Beach yesterday, 10/30/2014 at 5:04pm

Paint The BeachArt is in the Air –
‘Paint the Beach’ Next Week

The island will be awash in art next week as the Fort Myers Beach Art Association's 5th Annual 'Paint the Beach - from Sandcastles to Shrimp boats' begins on Tuesday, November 4th. From Tuesday through Thursday, 60 artists from all over the world will set up at various locations all over Fort Myers Beach and San Carlos Island, creating beautiful images 'en Plein Air' -meaning 'in open air'. This event has grown exponentially from its inception in 2010 - with so many artists wanting to participate that the Fort Myers Beach Art Association now has a waiting list!

The event begins on Monday evening at Nervous Nellie’s, when many of the artists will gather to pick up their goody bags chock full of things like gift certificates and coupons provided by local businesses and friends. These art supporters include Gavin's ACE Hardware, Fish Tale Marina, Smokin' Oyster Brewery, Good Time Charters, Michi's Arts and Crafts, The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, the Island Sand Paper, Plein Air Magazine, Gorilla Painters, Lover's Key Resort, and many, many more.

If You're Wondering Why7 hours ago

Wonder Why?Why Does My Sand Paper
Look Different?

Readers may have noticed something different about the Sand Paper this week. Normally a one-section paper, this week's paper was printed in two sections.

The printing company that does the actual printing for us on Thursday, so the paper can be delivered to Island distribution points early Friday morning, had one of their printing presses break down this week. The words "catastrophic failure" and "explosion" were used to describe the problem. No one was hurt but the press was not available to print the Sand Paper.


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