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We all seem to want what’s best for our neighborhood, community, state and country, though we often differ on the definition of what that is or how to go about obtaining it. Here on Estero Island we have a strong sense of community. We have a vision of what our Island should look and feel like. Any change is suspect.

Will it take something away from our Island community? Will it add to it? Will it harm someone? Will it help?

Island-dwellers can tend to be a little insular – focused just a little too narrowly on our 7-mile piece of sand and sometimes on just our own home, our own interests.

Well, what’s wrong with that? Well, it detracts from our sense of community.

If I only care about what happens to my house and my neighborhood then I care less and less about your neighborhood and our Island community.

For example: Public restrooms in public beach accesses.

This battle has been raging for years. Visitors and those who depend on them want a clean place for visitors to relieve themselves during a day at the beach. Property-owners next to those public accesses don’t want the mobile restrooms placed there. In fact, from the comments that Town Council and CRAB have received, it seems many property-owners don’t want anything in those public accesses. No bike racks, no benches, no drinking fountains, no showers, no nothing. The Lee County Tourist Development Council keeps giving the Town money for these mobile restrooms, apparently because they agree they are an important need of our large visitor population. Each time the subject is raised, a handful of beachfront property owners appear and make it clear what they don’t want. The Town keeps kicking the can down the road because neighboring property-owners don’t want them placed in "their” beach access.
 
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Issue-688's Top Story 6 days ago, 04/17/2014 at 3:11pm

Film Fest 20148th Annual Fort Myers Beach
Film Festival Opens

One of the island's most exciting events takes place this week: Estero Boulevard will be lined with stars for six days beginning on Tuesday, April 22 as the 8th Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival comes to town. The hard-working organizers and volunteers responsible for this wonderful event that gets bigger every year have scheduled all kinds of fun things. From Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, with two workshops, a free beach film and over 25 original and independent film showings in between, there will truly be something for everyone.
Big Carlos Pass 6 days ago, 04/17/2014 at 3:22pm
Big Carlos Pass DredgingMore Delays For
Big Carlos Pass Dredging

After two years at a standstill, Fort Myers Beach residents may be wondering why there has been little movement on the Big Carlos Pass dredging project. Though the Board of County Commissioners approved the dredging in February, the group has developed a plan for the project that will cause significant delays – and not everyone is happy about it.

Elevated Pools 6 days ago, 04/17/2014 at 3:17pm

Elevated PoolsElevated Pool Setbacks –A Timeline

The controversy that has become known as 'elevated pools' began early last year in the Town's Community Development department. Over the last year and a half, this issue has exploded from concerns amongst staff to a full-blown community-wide rumpus that has resulted in disgruntled neighbors hurling insults, the loss of a Town Manager and Community Development Director, one lawsuit filed, and a general feeling of distrust for Town Hall. And, like most controversies that blow through small towns, a storm of misinformation and innuendo has spread across the island like wildfire to the point where much of the truth of what actually happened and why has been buried under rumor and opinion.

Tarpon Tournament19 hours ago

Tarpon Tournament‘Ding’ Darling & Doc Ford’s
Tarpon Tournament Educates, Conserves

The "Ding” Darling Wildlife Society–Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) and Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille have teamed up for a third year to host a tarpon competition termed a "catch, release, and care” tournament on May 3,2014.

"We are working together with Doc Ford’s and other partners to promote the sport of tarpon fishing in Southwest Florida and the importance of understanding and appreciating the amazing tarpon,” said DDWS President John McCabe, "so that future generations will have the opportunity to ‘bow’ to the Silver King decades from now.”

MRTF2 weeks ago, 04/15/2014 at 4:23pm

Adopt A BeachMRTF Plans Adopt-A-Beach,
Rain Garden Programs

The Marine Resources Task Force (MRTF, an advisory committee to Town Council) have a number of exciting projects in the works these days, and - despite barely having a quorum last week - members had a very productive meeting where plans were laid for an Adopt-A-Beach program, an expansion of the BeachScape project and the beginning of a program where members will learn how to teach residents to create rain gardens in their yards, among other things.

The meeting began with Town staff liaison Keith Laakkonen - Environmental Science Coordinator for the Town of Fort Myers Beach - reporting that he still has a number of MRTF's educational brochures.

 
 

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2014 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival.
Come to the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival from April 23 though April 27th. For more information visit fmbfilmfest.com. Video courtesy of Red Flight Pictures.
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