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Flippers Fire Delete 2 weeks ago, 10/17/2014 at 5:16pm

Flippers On The BayFlippers Bounces Back
from Small Fire

Flippers on the Bay, the popular restaurant at Lovers Key Resort just south of the Big Carlos Pass bridge, was the focus of a lot of attention Friday morning (October 17, 2014) when a small fire led to the evacuation of diners in the restaurant. Flippers sits in a separate building from the Lovers Key Resort, separated by the resort pool.

Representatives of the resort told the Sand Paper that there was a small pinhole leak in the gas line that Chef Juan noticed and then called the Fire Department, leading to a rapid response from area fire departments.

MPO Delete 5 weeks ago, 09/30/2014 at 2:08pm

MPOMPO Hears Report on Traffic/
San Carlos Boulevard Planning Study

The Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) made a presentation last week on the results of a stakeholder's meeting held at Town Hall on May 30thconcerning improvements to San Carlos Boulevard and Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to and including the Matanzas Pass Bridge. The presentation is but one part of the San Carlos Boulevard Project Development and Engineering (PD&E) Study being conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) with the ultimate goal being improvements to our seasonal traffic tie-ups and San Carlos Boulevard itself - all the way up to the Gladiolus intersection.

Water Project Delete 09/27/2014 at 4:02pm

reFresh Water ProjectPhase I Water Project Nearly Complete
Eagle Nest May Delay Laguna Shores Work

A number of readers have been asking for an update on the status of the Town's water utility replacement project. Called 'reFresh Fort Myers Beach', the project began last December and construction is now nearing completion on the first phase - the 'Basin-Based neighborhoods' from Tropical Shores Way to Carolina Avenue, with part of the second phase - Bay Beach Lane and Laguna Shores - scheduled to begin in late October.

The project - which will eventually replace all of the island's aging water lines - was overwhelmingly approved by voters in a 2007 referendum. In 2008, a water rate utility study was completed, and in 2011 water lines were replaced on the north end of the island. 

Mike DeCarlo Delete 09/04/2014 at 3:34pm

Mike DeCarlo & FriendsMichael DeCarlo

As most folks were enjoying the holiday last weekend, friends and family of beloved island benefactor Michael DeCarlo were gathered at his bedside at HealthPark, where he left this life behind at 4am on September 1st. DeCarlo, who was born on June 5th, 1955 in Bronx, New York, was a dear friend to many, many people on Fort Myers Beach, where he touched thousands of lives through his volunteer work doing charity poker runs, playing Santa at Christmastime and hosting countless benefits for those in need. While impromptu gatherings were held all over the island on Labor Day as soon as the news spread of his untimely death, an official memorial service will be held on Monday, September 29th at 10am at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Colonial Boulevard.