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Editorial 669

Missy Layfield - Editor

Island Kudos

We at the Island Sand Paper believe it’s always a good idea to share good news. We 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…

Fort Myers Beach Soccer Under 18 Teams for winning both 1st and 2nd place in the County Cup!

The Town of Fort Myers Beach, the Marine Resource Task Force, Fish Tale Marina and local businesses for supporting the Dolphin/Gator Alliance, a unique program bringing Island Coast High School and Beach Elementary students together to learn about water quality.

Thomas Bartel on being awarded the Pilgrim Degree by the Loyal Order of the Moose, for his many years of above the call of duty service and philanthropy.

The organizers and volunteers of the Fort Myers Beach marathon and Beach Survival races that brought runners from all over the country to our island for a great weekend of running.

The Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva for their recent gift of a dictionary to each 3rd grader at Beach Elementary School.

Beach Chamber of Commerce for another successful Pirate Festival. The family-friendly emphasis is appreciated by residents and visitors alike.

Surfers for Autism who brought a fun event for families to Crescent Beach Family Park for the 3rd year. Volunteers introduce kids with autism to the basics of surfing in a relaxed environment.

Volunteers and the Marine Resource Task Force who planted beach plants as part of the Beachscape program, designed to reduce erosion and create dunes.

Rick Sebastian on his retirement from the role of Town receptionist. Often the first voice or the first face residents encountered in dealing with the town, he offered a friendly greeting to everyone and will be missed.

Manhattan Construction and the Beach Library for their Sand Dollar award for public building design from the Collier Building Industry Association.

Members of the Estero Island Historic Society for bringing interesting speakers to their public meetings each season. They also staff the Historic Cottage museum and have recently unveiled their "Footprints in Time” QR code Historic Tour, offering residents and visitors a glimpse into the past.

All the local businesses that have brightened up their property with renovations during the off-season. We’re looking pretty good and definitely ready for company!

Lani Kai Resort for hosting the Fireman’s Beach Bash to raise funds for the 9-11 Memorial planned for Station 33. Thanks to all the donors, they’re more than halfway to their goal.

The Beach Kiwanis Club for their year-round efforts to help children and families, donations to Eagle Scout projects and support of K-Kids. They are currently collecting diapers-thousands of them for needy families.

Fright Night at Bay Oaks, Trunk or Treat at Beach Baptist and all the fun Halloween events on the beach that make this a special place to be a kid.

Turtle Time’s Eve Haverfield and a bevy of volunteers who scout our beaches at dawn each morning of turtle season checking for new nests. Kudos also to everyone who gave those nests a wide berth and turned their lights off during turtle season.

The Beach Lions Club for their participation in Goodwill’s Tux & Trees Gala this Saturday-the Festival of Trees will include a Lions Club tree decorated with 200 teddy bears that will be donated to a good cause.

Monofilament Madness, brought to us by Keep Lee County Beautiful, FMB Community Foundation, Estero Bay Buddies and Fish Tale Marina. This year’s madness brought out over 100 volunteers who used kayaks and boats to clear fishing line and other debris from the back bay.

Beach Pub’s Lou Caleca and Tim Miller for once again leading an awesome Toys for XMAS and Patrick Stott Memorial Poker Run, resulting in a "mountain of toys” and over $3700 in cash donated to the Beach Fire District for the Spirit of the Holidays toy drive.

Artists and all participants in Paint the Beach, bringing plein air painting and beautiful original artwork to our island.

Beach Elementary School on their 65th anniversary. Their recent block party showed off the school and adjacent Bay Oaks amenities.

The FMB Community Foundation for another successful Charity Beach Ball, raising funds for their local charitable efforts.

Boaters who watch for manatees, especially as the water grows cooler and they are on the move looking for warmth.

The Surf Club’s annual Turkey Testicle Festival for raising funds and food donations for Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Spirit of the Holidays for their program that brings toys to beach kids each Christmas season. You can participate in their Pancake Breakfast on Dec 14 and Toy Wrapping Party on Dec 18.

Spirit of Christmas who hosted their annual fundraiser this Tuesday. They will provide 250 needy kids and 125 families with a special holiday this year thanks to the tireless efforts of Sharon and Jim Jamieson and their crew.

Holly Nichols, Beach art students and sponsor Fish Tale Marina, for a colorful and lovely seahorse. Part of the Seahorse Dream project benefiting Golisano Children’s Hospital, the seahorses were on display last week in downtown Fort Myers.

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

Missy Layfield