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Issue-737 Delete 5 days ago, 03/26/2015 at 4:05pm

Beach National BankBeach National Bank -
Memories of a Bygone Era

With all the excitement surrounding the renovation of the new Town Hall at 2523 Estero Boulevard, how many folks remember that building was first constructed in 1968 to become the home of our little island's first bank? Hearkening back to the days when hometown banks were really part of the community - hosting bake sales and contributing to Little League and civic projects - the Beach National Bank opened its doors in February of 1969 in a ground floor building that differs little from what currently exists on the corner of Tropical Shores and Estero Boulevard.

"I was going through some stuff the other day, and I found this ledger where someone had compiled all the clippings and press releases from the first bank that existed in that building,” long-time islander AJ Bassett told us last Friday.

Issue-736 Delete 2 weeks ago, 03/19/2015 at 4:29pm

Cruiser Appreciation DayOn the Dock of the Bay
Cruiser Appreciation Day March 28

At the end of Crescent Street, on the banks of Matanzas Pass and the Crescent/Primo canal, the Matanzas on the Bay restaurant and the Matanzas Inn hold forth, offering to their loyal customers and newcomers alike waterside dining downstairs, a more casual bar upstairs at Peteys Upper Deck - where the famous Dockside Pizza is still available - as well as lodging for many visitors who come to Fort Myers Beach. And looking south or east from just about any place on the property is the Town of Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field with its 70 white mooring balls bobbing on the bay, any number of them occupied on any given day with boats of every size from all over the world. It is not unusual to see many a diner or inn guest staring off wistfully at the sight, framed by the Matanzas Sky Bridge on one side, the meandering bay on the other, and the iconic shrimp fleet docked in the background.

Issue-735 Delete 3 weeks ago, 03/12/2015 at 4:48pm

Shrimp PrincessesIts Time for the Shrimp Festival!!

The 57th Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival kicked off Sunday with the Sunday Social attended by 2014 Queen Jordan Ward plus all 8 Princesses along with sponsors, families and Lions Club members. Brunch was provided and hosted by the Conidaris Family of the Lani Kai Resort.

Members of the Southwest Florida Corvette Club will provide transportation in the Shrimp Festival Parade for the 2014 Queen and Princesses, plus the 1975 Queen, Ellen Springer, who is returning to the beach for this special event.

Coordinating the Queen Pageant is Tracey Gore, who first gathered the princesses together in early February at Bonita Bills Waterfront Café for a Meet & Greet. Princess photos were donated by Jeanette Swensen; Sashes by local Fort Myers Beach artist, Joanne Shamp. The Queens crown was donated by Laurie of "You Look Mahvalous.”

Issue-734 Delete 4 weeks ago, 03/05/2015 at 2:59pm

Shrimp Parade57th Annual Fort Myers Beach
Lions Shrimp Festival
Coming March 14 & 15

Every year for over a half century, thousands have gathered on our Island to celebrate one of our areas most important industries – Shrimp! We celebrate the tasty little critters with a Parade, a Queen Pageant, a 5K run, T-shirts, Shrimp Dinners, a huge Food, Fun & Crafts Expo, more Shrimp Dinners and new, this year, a Shrimp Eating Championship, all brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club.

The 57th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival kicks off next Saturday, March 14th for two full days of fun. Saturday offers a 5K Shrimp Run at 9am, followed by the Parade at 10am.