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6 days ago, 09/11/2014 at 4:44pm Delete

9/11 Reflections

Many of us have spent some time reflecting on 9/11 this week. Both the events of that terrible day and all that has happened since.

Prior to that day, most Americans could not conceive of our country being attacked. If we thought of it at all, we envisioned a military attack and what country would be so foolish to attack the U.S. military on U.S. soil? Ridiculous!

Then on September 11, 2001 terrorists attacked the United States by hijacking four commercial airliners. They flew one into the World Trade Center (WTC) North Tower, another into the South Tower, both of which would eventually collapse. The third airliner was flown into the Pentagon and the fourth went down in a field in Pennsylvania, on its way to an unknown target.

While stunned Americans tried to make sense of the attack, the death toll mounted. In total 2977 from over 90 countries died in the attacks. Over 1100 of them have never had any remains identified, that’s how devastating the attacks were. More died from illness brought on by the toxic environment endured by those who searched for survivors and victims.

Our world was rocked when it wasn’t our military that was attacked, it was us – civilians – doing nothing more than flying to see family or going to work in Manhattan or just taking an elevator to the top of the World Trade Center for the spectacular view. Regular people going about their lives. Why would any of them fear that they would be attacked on a sunny weekday morning?

Just as some Americans were absorbing the shock of the attack that morning, the two skyscrapers collapsed. The blows that morning came one right after another, with little time to mentally process what we were all watching on TV. And we were all glued to our televisions that day and for many days afterward, hungry for news, explanations, answers.

While 3,000 is a huge number of casualties, it could have been so much worse. There were over 17,000 people in the World Trade Center that day. The fact that more did not die is amazing.
 
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Issue-709's Top Story 6 days ago, 09/11/2014 at 4:49pm

Evelyn WicksEvelyn Wicks Retires

Some people move through life with great fanfare - every achievement trumpeted from the tallest mountain, every move documented, always seeming to be the center of attention. But it is often the ones who slip by quietly who actually accomplish the most - the simple fact they do their job and do it well keeping them out of the limelight. One such person is Town Financial Director Evelyn Wicks - who, during her eight-year tenure being in charge of the Town's purse strings, has managed to avoid the many different controversies that have swirled through Town Hall over the years by doing what she was hired to do - manage the Town's budget. What many may not know is that over the years she has won multiple awards for her financial finesse along with earning the unending respect of her co-workers and bosses. On the eve of her retirement next week, we decided to interview this very reluctant and unsung hero to find out more about her and where she's headed once she leaves our emerald shores.
9/11 Memorial 6 days ago, 09/11/2014 at 5:12pm
9/11 Memorial Dedicated9/11 Memorial Dedicated

Some memories don’t fade. Their sharp edges still catch us unaware years later. For many Americans 9/11 is one of those sharp edges that continue to draw a strong emotional response, especially on September 11th, or as America will forever remember it, 9/11.

Thursday morning, September 11, 2014, the thirteenth anniversary of the unprecedented attack on American civilian targets, saw a solemn group of Islanders gathered at Fort Myers Beach Fire Station 33 on Lenell Road for the dedication ceremony of the 9/11 Memorial.

Rockin' Robin 6 days ago, 09/11/2014 at 5:07pm

Robin CurleyRobin Rocks the
Lighthouse this Saturday

Bored with the mid-September blues? No problem - there’s a party happening this Saturday that will rock like it’s the middle of season. ‘Rockin’ for Robin’, that is - the second benefit for local woman Robin Curley, who is suffering financial hardships during her battle with colon cancer. The festivities will take place at the Lighthouse Tiki Bar from noon-6pm, and organizer Mike ‘Popeye’ Dearden has a huge amount of goodies to be raffled or auctioned off, along with an amazing array of local musicians (plus a finalist from America’s Got Talent) who are generously donating their time to help make the event a success.

Mike DeCarlo2 weeks ago, 09/04/2014 at 3:34pm

Mike DeCarlo & FriendsMichael DeCarlo

As most folks were enjoying the holiday last weekend, friends and family of beloved island benefactor Michael DeCarlo were gathered at his bedside at HealthPark, where he left this life behind at 4am on September 1st. DeCarlo, who was born on June 5th, 1955 in Bronx, New York, was a dear friend to many, many people on Fort Myers Beach, where he touched thousands of lives through his volunteer work doing charity poker runs, playing Santa at Christmastime and hosting countless benefits for those in need. While impromptu gatherings were held all over the island on Labor Day as soon as the news spread of his untimely death, an official memorial service will be held on Monday, September 29th at 10am at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Colonial Boulevard. 

Council Workshop5 weeks ago, 08/19/2014 at 3:51pm

Craft Beer FestivalCouncil Workshop Discusses
Budget, Craft Beer Festival

At their workshop on Monday morning, the Town Council looked at a preliminary budget for the coming year and discussed the possibility of having a Craft Beer Festival at Bay Oaks to generate income for their teen and youth programs.

As Council ran through the list of all the budget items, Mandel questioned a $20,000 increase in the Town’s contract with Central Parking and voiced a concern about the Town’s legal expenses.

 
 

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