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Issue-707 Delete 08/28/2014 at 4:03pm

Chef Tim HenkelChefs of the Beach-Tim Henkel
Charley’s Boat House Grill

The restaurant business is not for the faint of heart.According to an article on the Restaurantowner.com website citing a study done at Cornell University and Michigan State University, "After the first year 27% of restaurant startups failed; after three years, 50% of those restaurants were no longer in business; and after five years 60% had gone south. At the end of ten years, 70% of the restaurants that had opened for business a decade before had failed.”

It is impressive to find a restaurant that has been in business for more than a decade or two. It is even more impressive to find an eatery that has been under the same ownership and management for the duration.
 

Issue-706 Delete 08/21/2014 at 5:47pm

Pelican HotelThe Vision of Our Town

How quickly 19 years have gone by since our Town incorporated in 1995 with a primary goal to "preserve the best of the old” as this community continues to grow so fast.

1995 was also the year the Town’s Historic Society formed. In 2 years they completed a survey of the then "Wilderness Preserve,” constructed a roadway while acquiring land to move a 1921 historic cottage, which opened as today’s Matanzas Pass Preserve entrance in 1997.

Immediately, enthusiastic board members, working with the Town and Historic Preservation Board created a registry of archeological sites and historical structures, which have since been updated several times into districts.
 

Issue-705 Delete 08/14/2014 at 3:54pm

Robin CurleyFor the Love of Robin

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. When that person is a close friend whose kind smile and endless generosity has affected hundreds - if not thousands - in two cities, it seems particularly unfair. The good thing is that in times of sadness friends and family tend to circle their wagons around their loved one and do whatever they can to help that person get through their time of strife. Such is the case with "Rockin' Robin Curley, beloved long-time islander and now Cape Coral resident whose friends are holding two benefits to help her in her fight against colon cancer.
 

Issue-704 Delete 08/07/2014 at 4:28pm

Hurricane Charley DamageWhen Charley Came to Call
10th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley: Aug 13, 2004

Part II

A Community Pulls Together

By Sunday, August 15, the Red Cross was onsite, and the National Guard kept any looters away. Daily meetings were called that included Town staff, the Sheriff’s department, Fire Department, Fish and Wildlife, contractors, electricians, and others striving to get Fort Myers Beach back to functioning. They conducted damage assessments, and made it top priority to reconnect electricity, sewer, and water.

Lee County sent building officials who went from house to house to assess safety for occupancy. Buildings deemed hazardous were marked with an "X” or an orange flag.