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Natural Gas Delete 6 hours ago

Operations manager Hugh MacfarlaneNatural Gas – It’s Now or Never

TECO representatives met with local businesses and residents Friday morning to explain their plans to add a natural gas line along Estero Blvd during the road’s first stage of reconstruction.

Hugh Macfarlane, TECO Regional Operations Manager, explained where the new line is expected to run.

"The line will extend from an existing line on 3rdStreet to Crescent, then down Crescent to Estero Blvd. Once at Estero Blvd, we’ll take the line south first, then come back and go north to the park and the area of new development. The gas line will be placed between two water lines the Town is placing, a 16” and a 10” line. The 4” gas line will run between them. Due to the narrow right of way in this first section, the line will run under the street, so it’s very important that we know who is interested in a gas connection before construction begins. We need to get permits from the county.
 

Estero Blvd Project Delete 3 weeks ago, 06/11/2015 at 3:21pm

Segment OneChris-Tel, Molnar Meet
With Chamber Members
Discuss Estero Blvd Project

The Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce invited representatives from Chris-Tel Construction and Kaye Molnar of Cella Molnar and Associates to speak at their monthly luncheon on Thursday in an effort to keep business owners informed and to address their concerns about the upcoming Estero Boulevard Reconstruction Project.

Chamber Chairman Dave Anderson first told the group (which included Mayor Anita Cereceda and Vice-Mayor Dan Andre) that the Chamber plans to approach Council to ask for a relaxation of the sign ordinance to allow businesses affected by the project to hang banners so they can remain visible to consumers and keep them healthy. He then introduced Chris-Tel founder and president Howard Wheeler II, who told Chamber members that his company will do everything in their power to help them through this project.
 

Fire Fatality Delete 05/31/2015 at 6:14pm

Estero Blvd FireFire Fatality ID Released
Island Rallies To Help Fire Victims

Updated 5/30/15 – On Saturday, May 30, 2015, Fort Myers Beach Fire Marshal Captain Ron Martin told the Sand Paper that the identity of the May 24th fire fatality at 3749 Estero Blvd. has been confirmed to be Joanne Finney. The Fire Report is not yet complete.

Islanders will once again circle their wagons around two of our own next Monday and Tuesday when three benefits will be held for victims of a tragic house fire that killed one woman and injured two others.

Next Tuesday, June 2nd, the Beached Whale and Gulfshore Grill/Cottage Bar will host Carol & Paulie’s Block Party Benefit with live music from 12 noon-1 am, raffles, Silent Auction, food & drink specials. They are also hoping for donations of cash and household goods.
 

Fire on FMB Delete 05/26/2015 at 11:48am

House FireFire Destroys Home on the Corner
of Anchorage and Estero

A duplex on the corner of Anchorage and Estero Boulevard lay in smoldering ruin this morning after a late Sunday night fire left two residents injured and one unaccounted for.

"The fire started at approximately 10:20pm at 3748 Estero Boulevard, and was responded to by firefighters from Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, Iona-McGregor and South Trail,” said Captain Ron Martin. "The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”

Martin told us that the two people who lived on one side of the duplex, Carol and Paul, were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where Paul was treated and released and Carol was airlifted to Tampa General. The occupant of the other side of the house, Joanne Finney, was still unaccounted for.