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Editorial 613

Missy Layfield - Editor

Good News and Kudos

Here at the Sand Paper, we think it’s a good idea to search out and share good news. Every couple months, we use this space to focus on the good things happening in our community and the people who make our Island a better place to live. Kudos go out to…

The six volunteers who completed training and are now part of our Beach Citizen Emergency Response Team.

Literacy advocates who stepped up to save the Beach Elementary ‘Reading is Fundamental’ program. Their first book give-away was held recently and we wish every one of those donors could have seen the kids’ eyes light up when they looked at the table of new books to choose from.

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill on their 10th Anniversary.

The artists, both adult and children, who painted the Seafarer Mural that will be installed this weekend, brightening up our downtown area.

The Amazing Beach Marching Kazoo Band and costumed pets who brought a lot of smiles to Santini Marina Plaza last month during the Pet Parade.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on Fort Myers Beach for their sponsoring the Cypress Lake Panther Baseball Alumni Fishing Tournament to support the baseball program.

All those who did their best to make Pirate Fest 2012 a spectacular event. The local effort gave meaning to the phrase ‘making lemonade out of lemons’ after the promoter backed out of the event. The Fest benefited the Beach Elementary School.

Ibrahim Maaliki of Pointe Estero Resort, Neptune Inn’s Fred Coleman and Outrigger Beach Resort’s Kade Wildman for earning recognition at the Elaine McLaughlin Outstanding Hospitality Service Awards.

Gulfshore Grill for hosting the Battle on the Beach Cornhole Tournament bringing islanders out for some fun on the beach during September.

The islanders who volunteered to serve on the Public Safety Task Force. After several meetings and much research, they presented their suggestions to Town Council who forwarded them to Lee County, the owner of Estero Blvd. This ball is now in Lee County’s court.

Volunteers and hosts for a number of benefits for locals in need. Islanders can be counted on to support one another.

The 11 islanders who volunteered to fill a vacant Town Council position. Impressive backgrounds and experience would have made any of them an excellent choice.

Estero Island Garden Club members who work year-round to beautify our island, taking care of plantings around town.

Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve and Dan and Tree Andre for their generous hosting of the Annual Wine Dinner to raise funds for MPP.

Pastor Shawn Critser and Beach Baptist Church for their efforts to help the needy of Guatemala with the profits of their Phoenix Community Coffee Café.

Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District’s Captain Ron Martin, who along with Semmer Electric’s Max Williams and CERT’s Alan Vacks brought Fire Prevention Week information into Time Square and Fisherman’s Wharf on San Carlos Island.

Barry University and the Johnson Engineering groups who held beach clean-ups last month. Barry alumni and students cleaned up Bowditch Point Park while the Johnson group spent a morning cleaning and completing projects at Lovers Key.

Volunteers and organizers of the 2nd Annual Surfers for Autism on FMB. The day devoted to providing a fun beach day for families affected by autism is a great experience for everyone.

The artists and art lovers who support Paint the Beach, the annual plein air art festival that brings artists to the island to paint our scenic surroundings. You still have time to be a part of it this weekend with the Gala Friday night and art sale Saturday and Sunday at Santini Marina Plaza.

The Town volunteers who staff advisory committees, bringing their experience and expertise to Town government and benefitting all of us.

Lou Caleca, Tim Miller and all those who participate in the Beach Pub’s Toys for Xmas toy drive held last weekend.

Keep Lee County Beautiful, FMB Community Foundation and Fish Tale Marina, who along with the volunteers on land and sea who helped clean up Estero Bay last weekend during Monofilament Madness.

Father Richard Raney on his 100th birthday - a life of prayer and service to be celebrated.

The Army Corps of Engineers and Lee County for the continued dredging of Matanzas Pass.

Pink Shell and the American Culinary Federation of SWFL for hosting a Pig Roast competition that benefitted the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

A.J. Bassett and Estero Island Historical Society members who presented "Leaving Footprints in History” to Cypress Lake Middle School students giving them a glimpse of island history.

Matanzas Pass Restaurant on their 28th Anniversary.

The volunteers of Turtle Time who worked daily to monitor and protect sea turtle nests on our beach. The record season brought 65 nests to our beaches though the majority were destroyed by tropical storms Debby or Isaac.

Anyone who has volunteered, donated, hosted or helped in any way to make our island home a better place to live.


Missy Layfield