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Issue-746 Delete yesterday, 05/28/2015 at 4:38pm

Nancy Omonte ClassMeet Beach School
Counselor Nancy Omonte, M.S.

"Kids like boundaries, they also like to be pushed, need to learn what failure is all about, need guidance.Daley Thompson, Olympic Gold Medalist

Almost everyone educated in the El-Hi (elementary through high school) system in the United States remembers a teacher, a coach or a guidance counselor that made a difference in their lives. Traditionally, guidance counselors came into play at the Middle School level; teachers at the Elementary level usually provided guidance help. But the Lee County School District has added School Counselors to the elementary school staffs, providing much needed help with situations that are not readily solved during class time, but that negatively impact not only the child with the problem, but often, their classmates as well. At Beach Elementary, this new position has been filled since November of last year by Nancy Omonte.

Issue-745 Delete 2 weeks ago, 05/21/2015 at 3:43pm

County Book Battle WinnersBeach School Wins County Book Battle

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” -Sir Richard Steele

Something wonderful happened at Fort Myers Beach Elementary School this week - the team of third, fourth and fifth graders who represented the school in the Lee County School District’s annual Book Battle blew past the other 35 teams in the competition to take top honors.

We were in the school office when the announcement was broadcast from the School District chambers. Principal Larry Wood, School Secretary and all-around rock Renee Mulloy and Book Battle supporter Coach Lodovico were beside themselves when they heard the news.

Ms. Mulloy, who had been monitoring the competition said, "Oh my gosh, I think they just won!”

Issue-744 Delete 3 weeks ago, 05/14/2015 at 4:26pm

LPALPA Approves Permanent Parking Lot

Daves Beachside Parking Lot at 1478 Estero Blvd, at Avenue C, was given unanimous approval by the LPA to convert from a seasonal parking lot to a year-round lot at their May meeting this week. The property has been used as a seasonal lot for many years, according to Principal Planner Matt Noble, going back to the inception of the town. David Gray has been operating the lot since 2013.

"We are asking that the property owner do a limited development order to have the site plan approved and staff has been working with Dave to enhance landscaping,” Noble said. "Were asking that there be four trash receptacles…and the sign would have to be replaced.”

Jane Plummer asked Noble if he had checked with any of the other permanent parking lots that"have been there forever as to what effect this might have on them.”

Issue-743 Delete 4 weeks ago, 05/07/2015 at 3:40pm

PaddleboardingStand Up Paddleboarders:
Battle on the Blueway

Mark your calendar for Battle on the Blueway. Paddling enthusiasts mark the return of a competitive Calusa Blueway race event with the Battle of the Blueway Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Race to be held May 30th at Fort Myers Beach. Stand up paddleboarding has become a very popular sport, especially in our area, for many reasons. It offers a fun, relaxing way to play on the water, with minimum gear whether you paddle the ocean surf or placid lakes and rivers. This fun activity is also a full-body workout and thus has become a popular cross-training activity, and since you stand at your full height, you can enjoy unique views of everything from sea creatures to what’s on the horizon. This year’s big money prizes make this event even more fun and competitive!

More than $10,000 in prize money and World Paddle Association (WPA) points will be offered; competitors from throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States are expected.