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Council Workshop Delete 2 weeks ago, 08/19/2014 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.
 

Teen Challenge Delete 4 days ago, 08/28/2014 at 4:33pm

Teen Challenge StoreTeen Challenge More Than
Just a Thrift Store

Two years ago, the Sand Paper did a story about a pretty amazing faith-based recovery program that enjoys a whopping 87% success rate. Today we are happy to report that the southwest Florida chapter of Teen Challenge International is opening the doors of their brand new Super Thrift Store - conveniently located across from Big Lots at the corner of San Carlos Boulevard and Gladiolus in the building formerly occupied by Furniture World. This mega-store will feature everything from clothes to cars (yes, cars) and will be staffed by the program's students, so shoppers can see first-hand how their dollars are helping others.
 

Water Quality Delete 08/01/2014 at 11:12pm

Fort Myers BeachHow’s The Water?

Have you heard the one about the flesh-eating bacteria devouring swimmers in the Gulf of Mexico?

No? Then you haven’t been listening to local broadcast media the last couple weeks. Run! Run for your lives!! Or maybe that’s just how it was perceived by listeners who have flooded the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce office, asking what is going on with our beaches?

The short answer is…nothing new-the beaches are fine, the water is clear.
 

Sailing School Delete 5 weeks ago, 08/02/2014 at 12:26pm

Offshore Sailing SchoolCypress Lake Students
Learn to Sail

For the second year in a row, 15 Cypress Lake Middle School students experienced an adventure of a lifetime courtesy of Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School, based in Fort Myers.

"We are so pleased to once again provide middle school students the opportunity to get out on the water and learn to sail, at no cost to the school or their parents,” says Doris Colgate, CEO and President of Offshore Sailing School. "I learned to sail when I was 27,” Colgate explained, "and know what a thrill it is to learn how to take command of a sailboat, using just the wind to move it from one point to another.”