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Sailing School Delete 08/02/2014 at 12:26pm

Offshore Sailing SchoolCypress Lake Students
Learn to Sail

For the second year in a row, 15 Cypress Lake Middle School students experienced an adventure of a lifetime courtesy of Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School, based in Fort Myers.

"We are so pleased to once again provide middle school students the opportunity to get out on the water and learn to sail, at no cost to the school or their parents,” says Doris Colgate, CEO and President of Offshore Sailing School. "I learned to sail when I was 27,” Colgate explained, "and know what a thrill it is to learn how to take command of a sailboat, using just the wind to move it from one point to another.”

Amazon Fire Phone Delete 07/26/2014 at 3:16pm

iSandPaper on Fire PhoneAmazon Offers New Smartphone Options
with iSandPaper Mobile Web App Compatibility!

Amazon recently announced the July 25 introduction of their new Fire Smartphone, the first phone designed by Amazon, and the only smart phone with Firefly technology.

According to, users can launch the new Firefly technology feature by holding down the Firefly button, then just point your camera at items you want to recognize, or tap the music or video icons on the screen to identify music you are listening to or a movie or TV show you are watching.

Elevated Pool Controversy Delete 07/18/2014 at 2:57pm

Settlement EndsControversy Ends With a Divided Vote

The elevated pool controversy appeared to finally come to a close Thursday night when the Town Council voted 3-2 to accept a slightly revised settlement agreement between the Town and Developer Joe Orlandini - where he will take down the elevated pool already constructed at 301 Palermo and agree not to build any accessory structure within 25 feet of a seawall if the height of that structure exceeds 42 inches - in return for a payment from the Town of $250,000. Council had already accepted most of the agreement at a special meeting on June 20th, but asked staff to make a few adjustments. That work was completed earlier this week, so Vice-Mayor Dan Andre - acting in Mayor Anita Cereceda's stead as she is out of the country - called the meeting so that Council could finally put the matter to rest.

Save A Turtle Delete 07/08/2014 at 7:16pm

Turtle HatchlingsTurn Off a Light and Save a Turtle

Town Environmental Science Coordinator Keith Laakkonen is worried. Turtle season on our island officially began May 1st, so the first nests should be hatching any time now since the gestation period is normally between 55 and 65 days. The problem is - and what's got Laakkonen and his staff working after hours (note, Town employees are paid a salary so they do not receive overtime) - is that some beachfront property owners are still not either shielding their lights or switching to turtle-friendly lighting, and he fears this will result in the death of many baby turtles.