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Editorial 660

Missy Layfield - Editor

Island Kudos

DC is dysfunctional. Our water is brown. A former county commissioner is under indictment. Don’t know about you, but we think it’s about time for some good news.

We like to focus on the good news right here in our community. Every couple months, we shine a light 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. Join us in sending kudos out to…

Rae Ann Wessel and the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation for their leadership in addressing water issues. The SCCF has been leading an effort to compile a weekly report on the river and estuary conditions since January 2011.

Everyone who has contacted their elected representatives about our water quality issues. Every voice is important.

All those interested Islanders who have kept their distance from sea turtle nests. Also those who have turned their lights facing the beach off. We still have a few nests left to hatch-turtle season runs through October 31st. Keep up the good work!

Parke Lewis for his educational and entertaining Wednesday morning Beach Walk. Each Wednesday at 9am, he leads a beach walk at Newton Park pointing out the natural treasures along our shore.

The Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club on their building’s new look. Their building, that once housed our Beach School, is looking bright and attractive and ready for season.

The scholarship winners-those local students who are pursuing their education with a little help from their community. Many organizations raise funds all year round in order to provide scholarships to area youth. Kudos to them and to the winners!

Popeye Deardon, Valerie’s Lounge and all the volunteers for hosting another successful PopeyePalooza to benefit Fort Myers Beach Youth Soccer.

Veterans Club of America for their annual cook-out in memory of 9-11 to raise funds for veteran causes.

Drivers along Estero Boulevard for their attention and care around our Beach School now that school is back in session.

All the volunteers who serve as guides for local attractions. From the Mound House to Lovers Key to Matanzas Pass Preserve, chances are, your guide is a volunteer donating their time to share a part of our Island that they love.

Ray Judah, former county commissioner, for his continued environmental efforts aimed at improving water quality in Lee County.

Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, the Film Festival Committee and Bay Oaks Recreation Center for the Summer Film Series offering the chance to view films from last spring’s Film Festival.

Boulton Construction and Assistant Fire Chief Tom May for coordinating the effort to raise funds to build a 9-11 project at Fire Station 33. Islanders can buy bricks now, but soon, a slate of fundraising events will offer us all a chance to contribute to this worthy cause.

The Florida Legislature. We don’t get to list them in our kudos column too often, but they deserve praise for the new law prohibiting texting while driving. The focus has been on teens, the most prolific texters, but we’ve seen plenty of folks who haven’t been a teenager in decades who still think they can text and drive.

Eve Haverfield, who shared an idea, and Skip Franklin with Lee County Parks and Pink Shell Resort for the successful installation of an ospreycam.

Amy Cain and others who have donated hair to organizations that provide wigs to those with permanent hair loss. Also Susan Krajewski at One Flight Up for being an Island resource for those wishing to make a donation.

For all those Islanders who shop our local stores. Keep it up!

Fort Myers Beach Firefighters, Troy Mesick and Florida Firefighters Charities for arranging a donation to the FMB Community Foundation to support local charities.

Jo Hughes and her presentations to FGCU students on Estero Island history at the Historic Cottage, a true gift to the next generation.

Beach Pierside for their recent benefit to support Bay Oaks kids programs and scholarships.

Hosts and volunteers for memorials and benefits. Islanders are always ready to support each other.

Fish Tale Marina owners Al & Kathy Durrett for sponsoring a seahorse that Beach Elementary students will paint for the Seahorse Dream project, a fundraiser for Golisano Children’s Hospital.

The Beach Library staff and intern Susan Maunz for support of a project to capture community stories through "Human Resilience: A Community Story.”

Cab driver Thomas Young for his willingness to help another Islander in trouble. His CPR saved a man’s life.

The FMB Community Foundation for their sponsorship of Coastal Clean-up last month. Over 10,000 lbs of debris was removed from beaches.

Matanzas Inn and all the participants in the Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament held there last month. Over $16,000 was raised for Hope Hospice.

All the nominees for Hospitality Awards from Beach businesses. We know we have a special place here and you all pass that on to visitors every day.

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