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3 days ago, 11/20/2014 at 3:13pm Delete

Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time for our annual pause to consider all that we are thankful for.

While it’s easy to get caught up in what seems to be our national pastime of grouching and complaining about the government, idiot drivers and well, idiots in general, usually defined as anyone who doesn’t agree with our politics, we do have a national holiday devoted to giving thanks.

Just for a few days, let the world be. Complaining hasn’t fixed it yet, has it? Let’s stop complaining about the Christmas displays that popped up in September and the stores that are open on Thanksgiving Day. Don’t let the slow driver in front of us or the one making a left turn from the wrong lane make us crazy.

Look around at all we have to be thankful for. As a general rule, those with less tend to be more thankful, while those with more tend to take it for granted. Which are we?

Have a warm, safe place to sleep at night? Be thankful.

Have your health? Be thankful.

Have a few people who care about you? Be thankful.

Have a job? Be thankful.

Have the ability to read and speak? Be thankful.

Live in the snow zone but have the opportunity to come south to enjoy the sun? Be thankful.

You get the drift. We all no matter our circumstances are surrounded by gifts for which we can and should be grateful.

You know the grouchy guys in the balcony from the Muppets, Statler and Waldorf?
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Issue-719's Top Story 3 days ago, 11/20/2014 at 3:34pm

Olde SeaportLPA Approves Olde Seaport CPD

In a nearly 3-hour Public Hearing last Friday, the Local Planning Agency (LPA) approved a Commercial Planned Development (CPD) zoning request that encompasses the waterfront at Snug Harbor Condominiums and the parking area behind the structure, along Old San Carlos Blvd. The request to rezone about 1.5 acres for outdoor seating, retail and marine educational facility was passed by the LPA, sending it to the Town Council where it should be addressed early next year.

Rob Fowler representing Fowler Construction and Barrier Island Management, LLC, introduced the project, explaining his long history with Fort Myers Beach and the site of the planned CPD. He explained that since Rob DeGennaro purchased the property, he has successfully reinstated the Snug Harbor restaurant as Nervous Nellie’s and now wishes to create an Olde Seaport area.
Fire Board 3 days ago, 11/20/2014 at 3:45pm
Fire Board Swears in ThreeFire Board Swears in Three

At the first Fort Myers Beach Fire District Board of Commissioners meeting since the November 4th election, three members of the board took their oath of office – Ted Schindler, Jr., Carol Morris and Bob Raymond. Schindler and Morris were re-elected to their seats, while Raymond is a new member of the board.

The board then addressed the election of officers at Morris’ request. Commissioner John Scanlon stated that he thought the board should table the election to provide Commissioner Betty Goodacre, who was absent, the opportunity to participate.

Library 3 days ago, 11/20/2014 at 3:39pm

Library Board MembersLibrary Board Honors
Departing Members

At Tuesday’s monthly Library Board meeting, Katie Corning and Karen Swanbeck were recognized for their years of service to the Library Board. Both had chosen to not run for re-election this year, ending long terms of service for both of them.

Karen Swanbeck has served for 8 years and Katie Corning for 12. Dr. Leroy Hommerding presented each of them a Certificate of Recognition and a bouquet of roses, one for each year of service to the Library Board.

Matanzas Pass Preserve2 weeks ago, 11/10/2014 at 10:31pm

Matanzas Pass PreserveA World Apart,
Right in Our Backyards

The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve have cooked up a whole new way to enjoy the Preserve. Called the 'Moon Walk', the event is held once a month on the night of the full moon and offers a truly extraordinary escape from their normal existence as they learn to leave the garish lights of civilization behind and enter a world where they must learn to rely on their sense of smell, hearing and touch. Last Thursday night, we joined Friends' Jim and Dorothy Rodwell for the first public offering of the new program.

As the sun began to set in a vivid splash of color over the Gulf of Mexico, we met the Rodwell's and a handful of other intrepid wanderers at the amphitheater at the entrance to the Preserve, where Dorothy taught us about the three different types of twilight - Civil, Nautical and Astronomical - and how to identify each by the colors and amount of light in the sky. Then Jim lit the torches and off we went down the trail, where we spent the first twilight looking at the sky through mirrors, studying the patterns made by the trees' branches as our feet became accustomed to walking without eyes to guide them.


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