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Editorial 652

Missy Layfield - Editor

Island Kudos

It’s always a good idea to share good news. We at the Island Sand Paper like to use this space every couple months to focus on all the good things happening in our community and the many people who make our island a better place to live, work and play. Kudos go out to…

Beach School students, staff, parents and community on the school’s recent "A” rating. It is reflective of the efforts of many in our school and community. Great job!

The Fort Myers Beach Little League and Soccer volunteers for giving our Island youth the opportunity to play. Everyone involved – coaches, umpires, concession stand workers - all make this summer tradition possible.

Members of the Estero Island Garden Club for their ongoing efforts to spruce up our Island, whether it’s the garden at Bay Oaks or the pots in Time Square, our beautiful island looks even better thanks to these hard workers.

Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, the FMB Film Festival and Bay Oaks for hosting a Summer Film Series allowing Islanders the chance to see some films by local filmmakers.

Ostego Bay Foundation for hosting the 4th of July Kids’ Fishing Tournament allowing Island kids a fun event with prizes while learning about fishing. They also sponsored a golf tournament to raise funds for the fishing event.

Operation Oklahoma Rescue coordinated by Beach Baptist Church, Dennis Mensinger and Alicia Hanskamp for collecting donations and hosting two fund-raisers for the victims of Moore, OK tornadoes earlier this year.

Edison Sailing Center for offering their sailing class at the Mound House again this summer. The Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society provided scholarships so all kids had a chance to participate.

Harry Chapin Food Bank, the source of much of the food distributed by Island food banks, for being recognized as the highest ranking non-profit in Florida and one of the top 11 charities in the country by Charity Navigator.

Jim Rodwell and Fish Tale Marina on their selection as winners of 2013 John Mulholland Award for Environmental Stewardship. Nominated by community members, they will be recognized later this year in a special ceremony.

Rev Jeanne Davis on her 18th anniversary as pastor of Beach United Methodist Church. Our beach is a better place because she answered the call to ministry.

Bike/Walk/Lee, Town and State officials and residents who toured Estero Boulevard by bike last month for a first hand look at the challenges facing riders on our Island.Hopefully the event gave decision-makers some idea of how important safe bicycle access is for our Island.

Save the Manatee Club for offering free banners to boaters so they can easily let other watercraft in the area know when a manatee has been sighted. The "Please Slow-Manatees Below” banners may help save a few of the manatees that are injured or killed each year by boats in our area.

Rhonda Murray for her ongoing work with Island children at the Beach Baptist after school program.

The Offshore Sailing School for offering Cypress Lake Middle School students the opportunity to participate in a week of sailing instruction off the Pink Shell beach.

The Lani Kai and Conidaris family for hosting their 8th annual Blood and Bone Marrow Drive last month. Bringing awareness and donors, the drive helps those who need blood or marrow donations.

CERT members for hosting a Meet & Greet to provide residents important hurricane information and the chance to get to know some members of our Community Emergency Response Team.

All local volunteers for Spirit of ’45 events here on the beach and in south Fort Myers, being held this Sunday, August 11. The events honor WWII veterans with ceremonies including color guard presentations, patriotic songs and the playing of Taps.

All the local efforts to provide fun and interesting things for our Island kids to do during summer vacation. There were summer camps at Bay Oaks, Beach Baptist and Chapel by the Sea, along with a Summer Reading Program at the Beach Library and Marina Fun at Fish Tale Marina.

All the orange-vest clad young men who have spent hours this summer walking along Estero sidewalks with rakes and shovels, clearing them of sand and weeds. Thanks to Rick Loughery for taking the time to give local youth something constructive to do this summer. Our community thanks you all!

Royal Scoop for making a blood drive part of their Grand Opening celebration. Who could resist the "Pint 4 a Pint” effort?

All the winners recently announced for Lions Club and Fort Myers Beach Chamber Foundation Scholarships. These organizations work year-round on fundraisers to support local scholarships and delight in being able to help local students.

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Garris, who recently assumed the leadership of Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach. Congratulations also to the crew of Station FMB on earning a Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award.

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