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Issue-719 Delete 6 days ago, 11/20/2014 at 3:34pm

Olde SeaportLPA Approves Olde Seaport CPD

In a nearly 3-hour Public Hearing last Friday, the Local Planning Agency (LPA) approved a Commercial Planned Development (CPD) zoning request that encompasses the waterfront at Snug Harbor Condominiums and the parking area behind the structure, along Old San Carlos Blvd. The request to rezone about 1.5 acres for outdoor seating, retail and marine educational facility was passed by the LPA, sending it to the Town Council where it should be addressed early next year.

Rob Fowler representing Fowler Construction and Barrier Island Management, LLC, introduced the project, explaining his long history with Fort Myers Beach and the site of the planned CPD. He explained that since Rob DeGennaro purchased the property, he has successfully reinstated the Snug Harbor restaurant as Nervous Nellie’s and now wishes to create an Olde Seaport area.
 

Issue-718 Delete 2 weeks ago, 11/13/2014 at 3:45pm

Director Alison Giesen

The Mound House Museum
A New Day Dawns
for a 2,000-Year-Old Site

Excitement and anticipation are growing among the 200-plus volunteers, and hard-working staff, who have helped restore this historic site on Fort Myers Beach through years of archeological excavation and study. Residents and visitors alike eagerly await the day when The Mound House Museum opens its doors to the public.

Based on the track record and determination of Alison Giesen, new Museum Director of The Mound House, it won’t be a lengthy wait. And the community’s patience will be amply rewarded in a museum and archeological site replete with historic treasures and surprises.
 

Issue-717 Delete 3 weeks ago, 11/06/2014 at 3:38pm

Ben & Benny WesterhouseHelp Ben Spend One
Last Christmas With His Son

Here on our island, we have benefits for people with illnesses, benefits for people who have found themselves in dire financial straits, benefits for those who can't afford to give their kids a Christmas. It is what makes this community so wonderful, how we circle our wagons and take care of each other. Well, next weekend, The Cottage at Gulfshore Grill is hosting a different kind of benefit, one that is heart breakingly sad in its simplicity - a local dad who is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease wants to come home from hospice to spend one last Christmas with his son.

Ben Westerhouse was diagnosed with ALS late in 2012. A long-time local who worked for many years at the West Coast Surf Shop, Westerhouse has always lived for one thing and one thing only according to his caregiver Callie Brown - his son, Benny.

 

Issue-716 Delete 4 weeks ago, 10/30/2014 at 4:58pm

Fish MongerNew Faces at
Local Businesses

A couple of weeks ago, the Sand Paper did a story on the local businesses that had made upgrades and renovations to prepare for the upcoming season. Well, there have been a lot more changes on the island this year - including new faces and new places - so this week we met with two new business owners - Tina Tomasino of Hurricane Tina's (formerly Wicked Wings) and Thom Marks and Shelly Morgan of the Fish Monger - to find out what brought them to our emerald shores and what exciting things they have planned for our visitors, locals and snowbirds.