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Relay For Life Delete 2 weeks ago, 03/24/2015 at 12:52pm

Relay For LifeReel’n For Relay
Fishing Tournament This Saturday

Our Fort Myers Beach community has been a strong supporter of the Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society for many years, drawing both visitors and residents to our unique Relay event on the beach with the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop. This year the Relay event will be held Saturday, April 11 from Noon-8pm on the beach at DiamondHead Beach Resort.

This weekend, Islanders can jump start that Relay support and have a lot of fun at the same time, while getting out on the water. The inaugural Reel’n for Relay Fishing Tournament will be held this Saturday, March 28 and there’s still space for a few more fishing teams!
 

Noise Ordinance Delete 2 weeks ago, 03/18/2015 at 6:57pm

Stop The NoiseNoise Ordinance Moves
to First Public Hearing

After listening to nearly an hour and a half of public comment at their workshop on Monday afternoon, the Town Council of Fort Myers Beach moved a controversial new noise ordinance to a first public hearing, likely to be a month from now. Council also directed staff to look at creating a new Town website and asked them to craft language that will eliminate seasonal parking lot permits except for special events.

Nearly all public comment concerned the new draft noise ordinance, which has been modeled after the County’s after the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said the Town’s current ordinance is unenforceable.
 

Town Council Delete 3 weeks ago, 03/12/2015 at 5:56pm

Nervous NelliesCouncil Approves Shrimp Festival and
Nervous Nellies’ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

At their meeting on Monday morning, the Town Council of Fort Myers Beach approved Nervous Nellies’ request for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and agreed to send a letter to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) asking for a riparian rights setback waiver for the planned ‘Olde Seaport’ development.

During Public Comment, Joan Murano, an island resident, voiced her concerns about ‘comfort stations’ on beach accesses - something on the agenda for the afternoon workshop.

"Can the Town afford to pay for adequate staff to take care of these restrooms?” she said. "Can you foot the bill for cleanup and damage to people’s properties and compensate Gulf front residents for loss of property values? And finally, would you like to have a toilet in your backyard? I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly but the ultimate folly would be to place public restrooms in a residential area.”
 

Father Of Fort Myers Delete 02/26/2015 at 5:47pm

Iron CrossThe 'Father of Fort Myers'
Receives Final Honor

"Fifteen thousand of our Florida's sons, in time of war picked up their guns. While in their hearts held Dixie's song, with blood stained banners struggled on. And when their last full measure gave, at Home they found a warrior's grave.” Bill Ward

The oldest cemetery in Lee County isn't listed in any guidebooks and it's likely that few people even know of its existence. Situated well off the road and surrounded by a copse of pine trees, the Frierson-Hendry Cemetery is down the road from the well known Ft. Myers Cemetery and is the final resting place for a man known as the 'Father of Fort Myers' - Captain Francis Asbury Hendry - as well as several other Confederate veterans, a few other families, and even some relatively new graves, as members of these families sometimes still asked to be buried there. A plaque on the fence that surround it places its establishment at sometime in 1870, when the area was no doubt surrounded by woods. Today, the little cemetery is surrounded by a rather rundown neighborhood, which led to its neglect for a number of years until the Hendry family began maintaining it regularly, uprighting toppled gravestones and mowing the grass.