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Father Of Fort Myers Delete 3 days ago, 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.
 

Connecticut Street Delete 2 weeks ago, 02/19/2015 at 3:38pm

Mound HouseCouncil Discusses Connecticut Lot

After a lengthy workshop discussion, the Town Council of Fort Myers Beach agreed to do something with the property they own on Connecticut Street, which was originally planned to be used for overflow parking for the Mound House. They also discussed fees for events held at the Mound House and what to do about people parking in the Town's right of way (ROW).

At the beginning of the meeting, James Beever of the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council gave an interesting and thorough report on the state of Estero Bay. See the front page of the Sand Paper for a story on his presentation.

Museum Director Alison Giesen then opened the discussion on 216 Connecticut by saying that too many cars are driving around the Mound House now when they see there is no parking.
 

Mound House Delete 3 weeks ago, 02/12/2015 at 2:20pm

Mound HouseMound House Museum
Preps for Summer Opening

Last week, Museum Director Alison Giesen reported to Town Council that the final touches are being completed on the Mound House and that everything is on track for a soft opening some time in the summer. Since this time frame is several months after the expected Grand Opening date, we met with Giesen this week and she explained that she did not want to open too early before everything was perfect, and that the off-season summertime soft opening will give both workers and volunteers time to iron out any kinks before the amount of visitors increases in the fall.

"We are waiting to find out how long it will take for the fabricators to finish the interpretive panels, and then we will have a pretty good idea as to when we can open,” she told us. "The panels are the information seen in every museum that you read. Since we have different sizes and different designs that will be on display both inside and outside the house, this is the part of the project that will take the longest. It could take them anywhere between four and eight weeks to fabricate the panels, and they will let us know that time frame by the first week in March.”
 

Temporary Parking Lots Delete 4 weeks ago, 02/03/2015 at 10:24pm

Times SquareCouncil Addresses
Temporary Parking Lots

At their workshop on Monday afternoon, the Town Council of Fort Myers Beach agreed to adopt new standards regarding street performers and asked Town staff to look into a way to clean up temporary parking lots on the island.

During Public Comment, a street performer known as ‘Captain Jack’ asked Council for permission to expand their area down Old San Carlos so they ‘won’t be right on top of each other’.

"We’ve had a couple of performers who don’t stay in one area - sometimes they set up right in front of others,” he said. "We also have quite a few people sneaking in at night without permits or background checks.”

Vice-Mayor Dan Andre opened the discussion on temporary parking lots by saying that he thinks the fees should be raised, that the giant signs be eliminated and that restrooms and trash cans be provided.