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4 days ago, 04/23/2015 at 3:51pm Delete

Short Memory

Just 5 years ago, we were all watching the northern Gulf of Mexico and wondering whether it was possible for the growing oil slick off the Louisiana coast to land on our white sand beaches here in Southwest Florida.

It seemed impossible. Surely the well would be capped in just a day or two. But it wasn’t.

We struggled to wrap our heads around the idea of thousands of gallons of oil gushing out of a well. Every day. Day after day. Even now, there are debates as to how much oil was spilled.

What we do know is that 11 men died when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010. The Macondo well, 5,000 feet below the surface, began to spew oil into the Gulf and continued for 87 days until it was finally capped on July 15th.

We witnessed the largest ever marine oil spill in the oil industry. The cost to wildlife, the Gulf itself and the livelihoods of Gulf Coast residents was enormous.

Five years later, there is a desire to wrap it all up, count the costs and move on. But that’s still not possible. The financial costs are one thing, the biological costs another. There are still marshes that ooze oil and are so toxic, even insects avoid them. Cat Island, off the coast of Louisiana, once a thriving bird rookery, is now washing away. Oil covered the island’s tree roots after the spill, killing them. Without the trees, the island is washing away. That’s just one island.

Here in our area, we know the costs of the spill on the tourism industry, our lifeblood. News of the spill spread around the globe.
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Issue-741's Top Story 4 days ago, 04/23/2015 at 3:31pm

Jo HughesFGCU Honors Jo Hughes

Island native Jo Hughes was recently honored as a Community Partner of Excellence at Florida Gulf Coast University’s 5th annual Community Engagement Day on April 10th. Jo is a founding member of the Estero Island Historic Society who established and continues to run a program that brings FGCU students to the Historic Cottage and Matanzas Pass Preserve on Fort Myers Beach to share the experiences of early Island life. We’ll let the remarks from the Award Ceremony below explain the rationale for this award.

We want to proudly recognize one of our dedicated long-time Community Partners.

Just prior to the opening of Florida Gulf Coast University in 1997, Mrs. Jo Hughes was asked to create a presentation designed for FGCU students taking the required course, the University Colloquium: a Sustainable Future.
Disney Actor 4 days ago, 04/23/2015 at 3:45pm
Ryan PotterFilm Fest Brings Disney Actor
to Beach School

Disney Star, Ryan Potter, is visiting Fort Myers Beach this week and participating in the 9th Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival.

Potter, 19, is best known for his leading role as the voice of "Hiro Hamada” in Disney’s Academy Award Winning animated feature "Big Hero 6” that was shown Thursday night at the Pink Shell. The film follows brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Potter) who finds himself in the middle of a plot to destroy the city, San Fransokyo. With the help of a robot names Baymax, Hiro becomes a reluctant member of a group of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.

Mound House 4 days ago, 04/23/2015 at 3:39pm

Period Room FurnitureDan Hughes Donates ‘Period Room’
Furniture to Mound House

On Monday night, Beach Library’s Community Room filled with proud parents as Kid Council representatives Alyssa and Alex led the Town Council in the Pledge of Allegiance, after which the K-Kids presented Council with a proclamation thanking them for getting a speed limit posted in front of Beach Elementary. (Council meetings are being held at the Library while renovations on Town Hall are being completed.)

"We have a new School Resource Officer, and one day we asked him what the speed limit was in front of our school,” said Principal Larry Wood."

Fire Board / FPL4 days ago, 04/23/2015 at 2:08am

Larry Wood & John PohlandWood And Pohland Join Fire Board
District Employees Recognized

Two new board members joined the Fire Board Tuesday evening after a brief question and answer session held with each of 5 candidates. Fire Chief Darren White recognized several district employees for their service and recognized promotions earned within the last few months. The board also tweaked the new job description for the Fire Chief position and approved a settlement in the Becker lawsuit.

Early in the meeting, Fire Chief Darren White recognized Engineer Jeff Plybon for his 25 years of service to the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District. He also recognized several promotions: Captain Michael Coenen to Battalion Chief; Engineer Jake Lamb and Engineer Joe Devito to Captain and Firefighters Paul Russell and Stephen Reynaert to Engineer.


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