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Editorial 636

Missy Layfield - Editor

Island Kudos

We at the Sand Paper believe that it’s always a good idea to share good news. Every couple of months, we use this space to focus on all the good things happening in our community and the many people who make our island a better place to live. Kudos go out to…

Fort Myers Beach Lions Club for another tremendously successful Shrimp Festival-from the Queen’s Sunset Social to the parade to the last Shrimp Dinner served, it was all great fun for a great cause.

Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club for the successful 13th Annual Home Tour that raised funds for local charities and maintenance of their clubhouse.

Ostego Bay Foundation and the volunteers who hosted a lovely Tea by the Sea event to support the foundation and its Marine Science Center.

Speaking of the Ostego Bay Foundation, kudos to Shirley Semmer for coordinating a unique fundraiser with Vino’s Picasso to raise funds for scholarships to the foundation’s Summer Camp.

Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve, who each year, bring history to life during their "Visions of the Past” event at the Preserve. Through their efforts visitors and residents alike have the chance to hear from Pirates, Calusa Indians, Spaniards, Koreshans and early settlers of our island.

Pink Shell for the completion of their beautiful new marina-sure to be a destination for area boaters.

Beach Library Board members, volunteers and staff for the completion and Grand Opening of the new library, an island gathering place, featuring more space, more services and an awesome view of the Gulf.

Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation for their 13th Annual Spring Fashion Show and their support of local kids programs and beach cleanups, one of which is this Saturday. Be at the Beach School at 9am to help!

The hosts and volunteers for benefits and memorials. Islanders consistently show that they can be counted on to support each other.

Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club for their "Dolphins in the Pantry” effort to collect donations and food for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Capt. Ron Martin of the Beach Fire District and Section Chief Phillip Green of the Estero Fire Dept. for creating a fundraiser, "Firehouse Flameout” held at Nervous Nellie’s in March to raise money for the Lee County Fire Marshal’s Association to support their community efforts.

Islander and Coast Guard Petty Officer Matthew Kosinski for his perfect score on an Ordnance Safety Inspection, the first time anyone at his Riviera Beach base had heard of that happening.

The Florida Polka Jammers who share their love of all things polka each Tuesday during February and March at Junkanoo’s. This snowbird band entertains crowds and has a good time themselves while sharing their love of music with Islanders.

Gulfshore Grill for their generous hosting of the annual Fat Tuesday Benefit and the Shrimp Festival Queen’s Sunset Social that brings Islanders and the Shrimp Princesses together in a beautiful setting.

Ray Murphy for another fun St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Participants and parade-watchers all had a wonderful time!

Chapel by the Sea Church for their recent 75th Anniversary celebration. Islanders met to reflect on their history as well as all the good works done in those 75 years.

Justin Riney who is on a year-long expedition, XF500, to explore Florida’s coastline and waterways. His recent stop at Snook Bight Marina reminded us all how we are tied to the water that surrounds us.

Beach School students who presented "Beauty and the Beast” this spring. Great job kids!

The cruisers who utilize the Town’s mooring field. The Town’s Anchorage Advisory Committee hosted Cruiser Appreciation Day to highlight the cruisers and the services available to them in the mooring field.

Everyone who helped to create the Easter Egg Hunts on the Island this year.FMB Chamber Foundation, Chapel by the Sea and Beach Baptist all gave Island kids a chance to hunt for eggs in this Easter ritual.

The good folks of Groves RV Park who each year organize several bike rides to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. This year they raised over $1200.

Al & Kathy Durrett and Bonnie Roberts for another season of successful and fun events in Santini Marina Plaza, supporting local businesses and bringing people together to raise funds for a variety of charities.

Richard Karger on his induction into the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend for his radio DJ work in the 1980’s.

Sand Bash organizers for this year’s women’s only event benefiting Susan G. Komen SWFL.Islanders and visitors enjoyed 10 days worth of master sand sculpting and fun on the beach.

Participants in the 2-day Leadership Conference as well as the Community Resources Advisory Board and all the speakers at the conference. Another group of Islanders now has a greater understanding on how our Island works.

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


Missy Layfield