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Editorial 694

Missy Layfield - Editor


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 charities.

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 Florida.

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 visitor population.

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 cancer.

Cathy Trent, Joe and Marilyn Zadlo who have just completed their last school year at Beach Elementary. Thank you!

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 Marina!

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 life.

VIP Real Estate offices on FMB and Sanibel for compiling and selling a cookbook to benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank.

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 Hero” statue.

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 season.

The FMB Community Foundation for sponsoring scholarships for local students and supporting local charities.

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 recently.

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 weekend sunsets.

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 restaurants.

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 home!

Missy Layfield