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Issue-694 Delete 05/29/2014 at 2:38pm

Cathy TrentBeach Elementary Teacher
Cathy Trent Retires

Fourth Grade Beach Elementary teacher Cathy Trent can’t remember how many years she’s been teaching at our island school. "I’ve been teaching in Florida for 22 years, and I think I’ve been here the last 7 or 8 years,” she said with a short laugh and a dismissive wave of her hand. After you spend some time listening to this veteran teacher talk about her career in elementary education, you realize that she isn’t in the game for the points, or accolades, or a medal for years of service; she’s always been in it for one thing and one thing only, "It’s the kids.”

Since "forever,” Cathy Trent wanted to teach. "I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” she says with certainty and obviously heartfelt emotion. "There was nothing else.” As a child growing up in Columbus, Georgia, the oldest of three children, Cathy would pass her playtime pretending to lead her ‘students’ (neighborhood friends, siblings) through their lessons.

Issue-693 Delete 05/22/2014 at 2:39pm

Sunset CelebrationTime Square Sunset
Celebrations To Continue

During the Town Council meeting on Monday evening, a recurring event permit was approved for the weekly Time Square Sunset Celebrations held each Friday and Saturday night for the past two and a half years. Council also agreed to delay construction of the Newton House seawall, appointed members of the Charter Review Committee and learned that the Town Attorney plans to schedule an executive session to discuss a settlement offer in the Orlandini litigation.

John Lallo, owner of Pete’s Time Out and Steve Maillakakis, owner of Plaka’s asked council to approve a year’s worth of the popular sunset events. Resident Steve Lisay spoke in favor of the weekly events, noting that he lives near Time Square and his family enjoys the events.

Issue-692 Delete 05/15/2014 at 2:56pm

Historic Rus Carter CottageOrdinance Celebrates Town History

Next Monday, May 19th, Town Council will hold the first public hearing on Ordinance 14-03 - an ordinance that amends the Town's Historic Preservation regulations to establish four historic districts within our Town and makes it easier for folks to participate in the program, which is administered by Council and the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) to encourage preservation of historic structures.

"The genesis of this is that the HPB, the Historic Advisory Committee and the Town currently have a plaque program where places can be given 'Historic Designation' under the Land Development Code,” explained Local Planning Agency (LPA) member Joanne Shamp (the LPA also doubles as the HPB).

Issue-691 Delete 05/08/2014 at 3:33pm

Turtle SeasonMake Way for Sea Turtles

It’s sea turtle nesting season: May 1 – October 31

On the morning of May 3, 2014 – the third day of this year’s official sea turtle nesting season in southwest Florida – an excited voice greets this reporter on the phone. "Fort Myers Beach has its first turtle nest of the season!” exclaims Eve Haverfield, the sea turtles’ best friend and most ardent local champion. It’s an encouraging start to the season, which officially runs from May 1 through October 31.

As the founder of Turtle Time – a not-for-profit organization established in 1989, dedicated to the recovery and conservation of marine turtles –