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New BP Drilling Standards Delete 07/29/2011 at 1:26pm

New BP Drilling Standards

July 15th marked the one year anniversary of capping the runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill which began on April 20, 2010 was the largest oil rig spill in history.

On the one year anniversary, BP announced that it would implement a new set of deepwater oil and gas drilling standards for it’s Gulf of Mexico operation, "demonstrating the company’s commitment to safe and reliable operations.”

BP’s new voluntary performance standards go beyond current regulatory obligations.

"BP's commitment in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon incident is not only to restore the economic and environmental conditions among the affected areas of the Gulf Coast, but also to apply what we have learned to improve the way we operate," said BP group chief executive Bob Dudley. "We believe the commitments we have outlined today will promote greater levels of safety and preparedness in deepwater drilling."

Community Activist Carleton Ryffel Dies at Age 66 Delete 07/18/2011 at 6:12pm

Carleton RyffelCommunity Activist
Carleton Ryffel Dies at Age 66

Last Thursday, July 14th, the Sand Paper was saddened to learn of the demise of islander Carleton Ryffel. Currently the Vice-Chair of the Fort Myers Beach Local Planning Agency and Chair of the Lee County LPA, Ryffel was a resident of north Estero Island for more than 20 years, with most of those years spent as an active community watchdog.

Ryffel was born on August 19, 1944 in New York City to Henry and Fay (Giaquinto). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and his Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from Florida State University. Carleton has more than 36 years of experience in all aspects of planning for both the public and private sectors. He also served in the United States Air Force.

25th ANNUAL SAND SCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIPS Delete 07/06/2011 at 2:07pm


November 17-27, 24 Master Sand Sculptors Create Art out of Sand

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.July 5, 2011 For 10 days master sand sculptors will hit Fort Myers Beach for the 25th Annual World Championship of Sand Sculpting. Literally a world-class event, the championships have never been held in Florida before.

World Championship winner twelve times over and holder of seven Guinness Book of World Records, Charlie Beaulieu is the event director with Bill Knight of SandLubbers acting as the Co-Director. Jason Camp of Big C Events are hosting the event at the Holiday Inn on the south end of the beach.