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Editorial 643

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…

Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve for their presentation of "Visions of the Future” including the naming of several trials and installation of a peace pole.

Lee County Natural Resources Department for coordinating the movement of directional buoys at Big Carlos Pass allowing boaters a clearer route into the pass.

Relay for Life teams who filled the beach at DiamondHead Resort raising money for the American Cancer Society.

The Film Festival Committee, Friends of the Arts and all the volunteers and attendees who supported the 7th Annual Film Festival held in late April.

Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation for their support of the Great American Cleanup. This group coordinates beach clean-ups on a regular basis, inspiring the rest of us.

Beach PTO volunteers and attendees of the PTO Golf Tournament and Cocktail Party/Silent Auction held each year to support all the good work this organization does for our Beach School kids. The funds raised support field trips, school supplies and many of the little extras that shrinking budgets don’t provide.

"Ding” Darling Tarpon Tournament organizers and anglers whose efforts support the Sanibel nature preserve and gather important tarpon DNA information. Held at Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach, this second year event drew 45 teams.

Chamber of Commerce for another spectacular Taste of the Beach, held this year on Old San Carlos Blvd.Local restaurateurs showcased their most tasty offerings for a record number of attendees.

The Lions, Chamber, FMB Foundation, FMB Art Association and Kiwanis for their annual efforts to award scholarships to area youth. It’s good to know that when our beach kids head away to school, they know that our area service groups care about them.

Turtle Time volunteers who walk our beaches at dawn each day looking for new turtle nests. Thanks also to those Islanders who remember to turn out lights and bring in beach furniture during nesting season.

Robin Curley and the rest of the organizers and participants in the 5th annual Hands Across the Sand event held at Crescent Beach Family Park to call for clean energy for a sustainable planet.

All of the Beach School kids who earned awards or recognition for their hard work this past school year. Enjoy a great summer!

The Town’s Public Safety Committee for the design and distribution of the "Be Aware” safety brochure aimed at visitors to our island. Copies are available at local businesses, Town Hall and in our office.

The Saltwater Classic put on by the Southern Kingfish Association. Hosted at Nervous Nellie’s for the third year, this event brings anglers to our shores for some great fishing.

Bay Oaks, Ostego Bay Foundation, Chapel by the Sea and Beach Baptist for their summer programming efforts to keep our kids engaged over the summer. Summer camps offer our kids a change of pace and lots of outdoor fun.

Beach School, Lee County Schools and whatever state and federal programs are at work providing free lunches to all kids age 18 and under at Beach School Monday through Friday through July 26th.

Town volunteers who staff advisory committees or volunteer for our Town in any way. They were recently feted at a family swim and picnic at Bay Oaks for their efforts.

Keith Laakkonen and the bird stewards who watch over and track our nesting feathered visitors in the Little Estero Wildlife Preserve Area.

Hosts and volunteers for memorials and benefits. Islanders support each other consistently.

The 5th graders who will be leaving the island this fall for middle school. Congratulations and best wishes from all of us!

Our local businesses that have shown that COP on the sand can work as several have set up rope and post areas with tables and chairs that allow Islanders to sit on the sand and have a drink legally.

The American Legion, VFW and Vets Club of America who all held Memorial Day services honoring the many service members who have given their lives in duty to our country.

Those willing to think outside the box in search of ways to improve our traffic flow.

The Sisters of Poor Clare who recently celebrated their 25th year here on Fort Myers Beach. Father Raney who serves as their chaplain recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood. Congratulations all around!

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

Let’s all remember how lucky we are to live here!

Missy Layfield