The Sand Paper family is committed to
sharing the good news about our community. Every couple months, we
use this space to focus on all the good things happening right here
and the many great people who make our Island a better place to live,
work and play. Kudos to…
The Beach Kiwanis for their donation
to the Golisano Children’s Hospital and their ongoing support of
Eagle Scout Javier Ramirez. Also for their ongoing efforts to help
every child on Fort Myers Beach learn how to swim. They pay half the
cost of swimming lessons at Beach Pool.
The generous advertisers of the Island
Sand Paper for their support of the March Entertainment Magazine and
Shrimp Guide, providing the means to support the Beach Lions
The Town, its Anchorage Advisory
Committee and Matanzas Inn for hosting a great Cruiser Appreciation
Day. Our town’s mooring field brings a wide variety of people to
our back bay for a day, a week or longer while they explore Southwest
All those beach-goers who give our
shore nesting birds a wide berth during this nesting season on the
south end near Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area.
Participants in the Fire House
Flameout at Nervous Nellie’s held to support Lee County Fire
Marshals efforts to educate and promote fire safety.
Everyone who cleans up the beach,
whether it’s an organized event like the Great American Clean-up or
just taking a bag along on your daily walk.
The sponsors and participants in the
inaugural Beach Elementary 500, raising funds for our Beach School. A
fun time for everyone!
Councilman Alan Mandel for his efforts
to represent our Beach concerns in Tallahassee regarding water
quality and a possible sales tax to help fund infrastructure for our
The 8th Annual FMB Film Festival for
bringing independent films and filmmakers to our Island and
showcasing original films.
All the winners of the Chamber of
Commerce’s Hospitality Hero Award, representing the best of our
Island’s welcoming spirit.
Fort Myers Beach Art Association for
providing a number of scholarships to local art students.
Participants in the FMB Relay for
Life. The annual event at DiamondHead Resort highlights the
generosity of Islanders and their devotion to ending the scourge of
Cathy Trent, Joe and Marilyn Zadlo who
have just completed their last school year at Beach Elementary. Thank
The Chamber of Commerce, local
businesses and everyone who participated in the Taste of the Beach
and Baywalk Blues Festival. The food was wonderful and the music
perfect for a bluesy afternoon in the sun.
Fish Tale Marina for hosting a boat
trip to Lovers Key State Park with Biologist Linsey Shafer for Beach
School’s K-3 students, offering them a look at the creatures found
in the water there. Also congratulations for 10 years as a Clean
Town staff for hosting 280 students
from Cypress Lake Middle School at Newton Park and Mound House,
offering students a glimpse into Calusa history and our local marine
VIP Real Estate offices on FMB and
Sanibel for compiling and selling a cookbook to benefit Harry Chapin
Town Staff who have continued to
provide great service for residents during a period of staff
turnover. We know everyone has taken their game up a notch to be sure
nothing falls through the cracks.
The Beach Library for their touching
tribute to veterans at the dedication of their new "Salute to a
Eve Haverfield and all the Turtle Time
volunteers who walk every foot of our beach each morning looking for
signs of nesting activity.
Matanzas on the Bay for hosting an
Operation Open Arms fundraiser, Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ, to support
service members dealing with PTSD.
Players, coaches, volunteers and
community members who supported Little League during their 2014
The FMB Community Foundation for
sponsoring scholarships for local students and supporting local
Fire District Station 33 for taking
the time to brighten the day of a special lady recently.
Lee County National Honor Society
members for donating their time for a Mound House Service project
Everyone who participated in Turtle
Trot at Lovers Key State Park, raising funds for the Friends of
Lovers Key Visitor Center.
Time Square Sunset organizers for
their continued efforts to draw people to the downtown area for
Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis Club
for their BOGO Dining Discount program, raising funds for local
charities and filling a few extra seats in participating area
The Beach Elementary Class of 2014 as
they head off to middle school. Congratulations and Good Luck to each
one of you!
Area veteran clubs for their Memorial
Day flag-raisings, honoring all those who have given their lives in
service to their country.
Pink Shell Resort for providing a free
showing of "Pink Gold Rush,” a film about the shrimping industry
right here in our own backyard.
All beachfront property owners,
renters and visitors who are mindful of protecting our nesting turtle
population and turn off lights or use special lights, remove
furniture and don’t leave holes on the beach.
Anyone who has volunteered, donated or
helped in any way to make our island home a better place to live,
work and play.
How lucky we are to call this Island