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Feb
21

Editorial 628


Missy Layfield - Editor

Island Kudos

Here at the Sand Paper, we believe it’s a good idea to 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 Lynx Educational Foundation, Captain, crew and all the local supporters who have made it possible for the Privateer Lynx to make Fort Myers Beach their winter home. Huzzah!

The Bay Oaks folks who acted quickly to recruit youth artists to paint a replacement panel for the Seafarer’s mural after one was stolen. The mural is once more complete.

Putt Putt Pub Crawl organizers and participants for their transformation of a fun day downtown into a fundraiser for a variety of charitable causes -- this year, the Friends of the Arts and their efforts to create an amphitheater for Beach performances.

The Fort Myers Beach Polar Bear Club whose Polar Bear Plunge on January 1st is a great tongue in cheek reminder of how lucky we are here in the sub-tropics.

Little League coaches, umpires, sponsors and volunteers who make this program a reality for lots of kids right here on the Beach. Stop by Opening Day on Saturday!

And for older kids, Bay Oaks has a 55+ softball program. Participation is up in many programs since the Town Council provided free membership to Island residents.

Dave Bertels and The Fish House for hosting the Annual Lake of the Ozarks Mid-Winter Party. Every year, this event draws hundreds to our island, including a few dozen who have never been here before.

The Town of Fort Myers Beach for providing the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Pedestrians and drivers who are taking extra care while navigating Estero Blvd. We can stop the devastating accidents if we all pay closer attention.

Fort Myers Beach Art Association for the series of Art Shows in their Gallery throughout season.

All the sponsors of concerts and programs and dances and educational events-our Island offers an abundance of interesting and fun activities, especially during season.

Joe Yerkes and the Snook Bight Marina on the completion of their multi-year effort to renovate the mid-island marina into a showplace for boaters and diners.

Friends of the Mound House for their delightful luminary display fundraiser. After being rained out on Valentine’s Day, they held their event last night.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, kudos to the Friends of Lovers Key and the couples who braved wind and rain to participate in the FOLKS Vow Renewal Ceremony.

Friends of the Arts for sponsoring concerts including Richard Cooper in January and the Cypress Lake High School Orchestra last night. Watch for more great events from this group.

Lee County for completion of the boardwalk in Matanzas Pass Preserve, allowing easier access for all to this Island gem.

All the concerned citizens who are working to bring attention to the navigation problems at Big Carlos Pass. These things only find solutions when many voices raise the issue.

The good people who helped the stranded Argentinean students who were victims of a rental scam and were left with no place to live for their 3-month stay. In our article about them, we told residents they could bring donations to our office. Islanders responded and we recently passed along over $300 in donations. They say thank you!

Estero Island Garden Club for providing our Beach School 4th graders with an interesting discussion of native palms and a palm sapling of their very own to take home on Florida Arbor Day.

Our loyal readers who submit interesting photos to us. Keep them coming.

Estero Island Historical Society for their monthly presentation on Island history. Islanders and visitors are keenly interested in local history and this group does a great job providing knowledgeable speakers.

The Beach Lions on their 60th Anniversary. As they prepare to host the Island’s biggest party-the 55th Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival-Islanders appreciate this group for all the good that they do.

The talented Islanders who turned out for the recent Fort Myers Beach Got Talent? event. The answer to that question is obviously YES.

Community Resources Advisory Board (CRAB) and the Town of FMB for sponsoring a Leadership Conference to be held April 5th and 6th. Let Town Hall know if you want to attend.

The hosts and volunteers for benefits and memorials. Islanders can be counted on to support one another.

The public boards that have been educating their members on the Florida Sunshine Law. It’s not as simple as it might seem. An annual review is good for anyone who sits on any publicly elected or appointed board.

Lee County for their part in getting Matanzas Pass dredged.

The volunteers of the Don Wade and Lil’ Betty Memorial group for their ongoing fundraisers to support veteran services

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

Missy Layfield