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Mike DeCarlo Delete 2 weeks ago, 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. 

Council Workshop Delete 4 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 3 weeks 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.