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Issue-715 Delete 20 hours ago

Halloween FrightHalloween is Coming!

Aaarg, matey, the pirates may have left our emerald shores but that doesn’t mean the October fun is over! Halloween is a time-honored tradition on Fort Myers Beach - with parties and events spanning three weekends. Maybe it’s the tropical breezes, or maybe it’s just the fact that living on an island makes folks want to act like kids again, but our little community goes all out for All Hallows Eve - and the Island Sand Paper has all the information on where to go to fully express your inner ghoul.

Trunk or Treat

For old-fashioned family fun, Beach Baptist is holding its 7th Annual Trunk or Treat October 31st from 6 to 9 pm in the church parking lot, facing Estero Boulevard.

Issue-714 Delete 2 weeks ago, 10/16/2014 at 4:32pm

Getting Ready For SeasonGetting Ready For Season

With season nearly upon us, the Sand Paper wanted to take the time to recognize a few of those local businesses who have been making renovations and changes to ensure our returning snowbirds and tourists feel welcomed and have nice places to enjoy. The Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, Skye's Mexican, the Fish Monger and Matanzas Inn Resort are all either in the process of or have completed upgrades this summer, so this week we decided to go check them out.

Smokin’ Oyster Brewery

After expanding their deck area last season, popular Key West-style eatery SOB's now has a roof over that deck and brighter paint, which gives it the illusion of a much bigger restaurant though in reality the square footage has remained the same.

Issue-713 Delete 3 weeks ago, 10/09/2014 at 3:54pm

Anita CerecedaCatching Up With Anita Cereceda

Trying to catch up with the mayor of Fort Myers Beach is not impossible… just look for a flurry of people, or listen for wind-chimes of laughter, or feel the pulse of the air filled with the voices of folks earnestly looking for solutions to complex community issues, and somewhere in the middle, you will probably find Anita Cereceda.

Anita was the town’s first mayor after incorporation nineteen years ago and last March successfully won a seat on the council for another go-round and, again, was chosen mayor by her fellow council members. We asked if she would talk about her motivations then and now for seeking public office, and describe how the experiences compare to one another.

Issue-712 Delete 4 weeks ago, 10/02/2014 at 5:40pm

SugarOne Sweet Deal

A battle is a brewing in rural central Florida, on land where cattle - not sugar - once was king. And while the rumblings from the first salvos in this new chapter of the south Florida water war have yet to disrupt the lives of many of the teeming masses on the coasts, those who have followed this sad tale from the beginning are preparing for an epic fight as Big Sugar and big politics once again threaten the future of Everglades restoration.

On Tuesday, December 16th, 2008, the Sand Paper attended a marathon two-day meeting of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) where, after listening to nearly 50 hours of testimony and deliberating for 4 hours, they voted 4-3 in favor of the largest land acquisition by a state government in our nation's history...