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turtles Delete 10/31/2013 at 12:37pm

Turtle Season Wraps UpTurtle Season Wraps Up

As tourist season approaches, islanders say goodbye to a different kind of annual visitor as Turtle Season officially ended on October 31st. We spoke with Turtle Time Director Eve Haverfield this week and she told us that - while there are still some issues with folks harassing this endangered species - 2013 was, overall, a good year to be a turtle.

"We ended up with 44 nests (an additional nest reported in last week's paper turned out to be false) and that's a pretty good number,” Eve said. "Since the same groups of turtles tend to nest every other year, we compared that number to 2011, when we only had 28.

On The Beach Delete 10/29/2013 at 5:37pm

Safety Harbor Fishhouse by David BellingPaint The Beach

One of our island’s most popular November events - 'Paint the Beach - from Sandcastles to Shrimpboats' is now in its fourth year. During the first week of November, 60 artists - both local and from as far away as Ecuador - will be found all over the island painting scenes of our beautiful town "en plein air', meaning outside. We decided to showcase two of the talented artists that folks will see November 5-10.

Randon Eddy has lived full time on Sanibel Island for 12 years after moving down from New Hampshire. She is a Master Naturalist and allows her love of wildlife to show in her paintings.

LPA Delete 10/23/2013 at 6:02pm

FMB Business Outdoor Displays"Funky, Not Junky”

That was how the Town should look and the ultimate goal of the advisory group working on revising a Town ordinance related to outdoor displays of merchandise according to John Richard, a member of the group, during a second public workshop Tuesday morning.

Director of Community Development Walter Fluegel offered a short history of the ordinance revision to begin the meeting.

"Last season, we received several complaints about the proliferation of outdoor displays. Instead of doing selective enforcement, we decided to do a sweep of all outdoor displays.

Monofilament Cleanup Delete 10/17/2013 at 2:58pm

Monofilament CleanupMad For Monofilament

Caption: Kayaks pull to the dock at Fish Tale Marina
to offload line and debris they cleared from the
back bay during the 2012 Monofilament Madness.

It’s Monofilament Madness time again on Fort Myers Beach next Saturday, October 26th. The annual cleanup and environmental expo hosted by Keep Lee County Beautiful will take place at Fish Tale Marina on South Estero Boulevard.

"We’ll have volunteers in the back bay picking up monofilament and any other debris we find out there,” explained Terry Cain, vice-president of Estero Bay Buddies, a local non-profit.