By Gary Mooney firstname.lastname@example.org Some feature articles are dream assignments; others are labors of love this one is both! Roughly two-and-a-half months ago, on February 4 Super Bowl Sunday, oddly enough, one of the biggest bar days on the year the Town of Fort Myers Beach implemented its Plastic Straw Ban Ordinance for all beach establishments. Ten weeks later, we wondered: How do paper straws hold up under some of the beachs favorite beverages, and what are some of the beachs bartenders hearing about the new paper alternatives from their customers? The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council at its November 6, 2017, meeting approved the new Ordinance that prohibits the distribution of plastic straws though vending, sales, giving, deployment or delivering them for any purpose, as when irresponsibly discarded, they pose an environmental threat to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and visitors of Fort Myers Beach, as well as negatively impacting water quality and the surrounding marine life. When Council passed the ordinance, it gave beach businesses 90 days to go through their current plastic straw inventory. There are a few exceptions to the ban, such as those used on private property or at residences, by the Lee County School District or beverages prepared and packaged outside the Town, like juice boxes with straws. In the United States alone, Americans use 500 million straws daily, for an average of 20 minutes per use, before throwing these away as single-use items that end up in our oceans and down, only separating into smaller and smaller pieces that slowly transform our oceans into a plastic soup. These plastics ultimately enter our are always in the Ocean Conservancys Top Ten most-collected items, usually trailing only bottle caps, wrappers and cigarette butts. The easiest way to reduce plastic straws in our environment is to simply stop using them or only ask for biodegradable alternatives. In 1888, Marvin Stone invented and patented the original paper straw that remained the primary format, until the plastic straw craze took hold in the 1960s. Plastic straws were the principle brand for the next four decades, until the growing environmental movement brought back the limited return of paper straws in Volume 18, Number 17 By Islanders, For Islanders Fort Myers Beach, Florida April 27th, 2018 FREE FortMyersBeach.news Youve Got Taste! 23rd Annual Taste of The Beach May 6 Photo by Sarah List.Straw PollHow Do Paper Straws Hold Up? 6 QuestionsTown Manager Roger HernstadtBy Gary Mooney email@example.com Once a month or so, The Island Sand Paper asks a community leader 6 Questions. This edition features Roger Hernstadt, as the Town Manager of Fort Myers Beach on April 25. I found the Town employees to be very dedicated and hard working, and that I came into a good team, and we could build upon that. You come into some organizations are burnt out, and others who treat their jobs not particularly well, as they are on their second or third careers. Then you have some workers who are young, and you dont know what they know or how they carry themselves or what their work ethic is like or what they know mechanically or knowledgewise, and if they can grow into their and then I come in, and the entire crew has to go Parking Lot MasqueradeCouncil Unhappy with Rezoning RequestBy Gary Mooney Gary@fortmyersbeach.news When is a parking lot not a parking lot? When its potential rezoning request allows it to eventually become a residential home, lodging unit, bed & breakfast, restaurant, business establishment, day care center or even place of worship! Greg Stuart, of Stuart & Associates, representing the former seasonal Mango Street Parking Lot at 2440 Estero Boulevard, barely began his presentation before several Council members voiced their displeasure over the proposal. I have a huge problem with this, said Mayor Tracey Gore. You spent years trying to convert this into a permanent shared parking lot and not into a restaurant or nightly rental or any of these other uses. The people who live around this think they are getting a permanent shared parking lot, as the notices they received dont say anything about this potentially being a restaurant or nightly rental, and I feel very responsible to those residents that they know what is coming their way and
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Page 3 "Best Seafood, Mu sic And Sunset s" LETTERS to the EDITOR I thought it time for an update on the TPI-FMB process since its been almost 3 weeks since the April 9 & 10 hearings. The TPI-FMB team is currently working with Town Staff to document what was conceptually approved by Council on April 10th and We think it was pretty clear that three members of Council have no intention of changing their votes, and hopefully the other two will hold their course as well. Obviously we want a majority vote, but a unanimous vote would be a powerful step toward ensuring a supportive relationship, between TPI and the Town, going forward. We remain optimistic for a positive vote May 21st and are working simultaneously on the next phases of permitting and planning the construction process for the resort. We are also working on enhancing the project and anticipating the purchase of 15-acres of undeveloped land near the new Wal-Mart near Summerlin. Our plans there would be to build a housing community with a variety of options and pricing for apartments. The resort will provide a rent credit subsidy for resort employees. This will be a very attractive commuInternet property-wide and a bicycle and shuttle operation provided by the resort. The location is 2.8 miles from the resort with a wide pedestrian/bike sidewalk the entire distance. Although this phase of the project is not yet opening of the resort. Thank you for all your support in helping to make this exciting enhancement to our island community become all of our reality to enjoy! Tom Torgerson TPI Hospitality Fort Myers Beach I had to laugh when I read about the possibility of calling our beloved Fort Myers Beach Crescent Beach, even if only for marketing purposes (Welcome to Crescent Beach? M&P Session Yields Surprising Topic, Island Sand Paper, April 20, 2018). Anyone in marketing should be familiar with the term brand equity. Are we seriously going to throw a name that no one has ever heard of? I will agree that those unfamiliar with the area do confuse the names of Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach, but wheres the harm in that? If you are interested enough in the area for purposes of a vacation, 30 seconds of research will clear up that little bit of confusion. Imagine this scenario: you have planned a vacation in Fort Myers proclaims Welcome to Crescent Beach. Honey, we must have made a wrong turn! I realize that this is just a discussion between a few people, but I would like to nip this idea in the bud before it gets too much traction. My named Fort Myers Beach) and called it by that name even then. Lets not even consider changing it now, if only for marketing purposes. St. Louis, MO I applaud TPIs generous offer regarding the Ocean Jewels property. What a great opportunity to create a memorable FMB gateway to visitors and inhabitants alike. I had to chuckle at Councilman Butchers suggestion of a statue waves! I know he was just challenging US to put our thinking caps on, so I dusted mine off and got to work. It didnt take long to envision a scale replica of our photogenic and iconic FMB arches as the perfect welcoming monument. With planting, and a large Welcome to Fort Myers Beach, I foresee it as the ideal opportunity for visitors to create their own postcard to send to family and friends. Imagine adults standing under the larger arches with their little ones under the smaller center arch. The perfect picture! It also affords the opportunity for those kids to replicate the image as they (hopefully) return with their kids in the future. So, I say why go looking for some new rehash of someone elses trademark when we can pave the way to our great future by using an iconic symbol from our own glorious past. Bob Carlin Fort Myers Beach
Page 4 Beach Botanyby Jim Rodwell Shoreline Seapurslane, Sesuvium portulacastrum, is an established resident of our beach. I have seen this sprawling plant in coastal strands, among dunes and in the sand down to the wrack line. Portulacastrum is a prostrate, perennial plant. Stems and leaves are succulent that enables the plant to retain water. Stems are reddish to greenish and they spread out in any direction to a length of 3 feet. Narrow, lanceolate leaves are glossy green with margins that are entire. Length is to 3 inches. Leaf arrangement is opposite along the stems. Usually, the however, it can be erect to a height of a foot. Roots are put down at stem nodes. grow in the leaf axils. There are no pink-colored sepals with several stamens at the center. Fruit is a capsule. There is one other species in the genus Sesuvium. It is the Slender Seapurslane, P. maritimum, which I saw some time ago at Bowditch Point, but not on the beach. Summer Camps Filling Up Fast Schools out on May 30th for Lee County Schools. With about a month until that magic day of freedom for school kids, its time to be thinking about summer camps. With a range of camps and costs, theres something for everyone. But dont delay as Island kids have some great summer camp opportu nities this year right at Bay Oaks. Bay Oaks Recreation Center offers Summer Camp June 4 August 3. Meeting Monday-Friday from 7:30am-6pm, camp sports and a friendly environment. Ages 6-13. Begin ning at $75/week for members or $100 for non-mem bers. Scholarships available. To register or for more information call 239-765-4222. Registration information and the Summer Camp Handbook are available on the Towns website under Departments>Parks & Rec> Youth Programs.Ostego Bay Marine Science Center offers campers ages 5-16 the chance to explore some of our beautiful barrier islands and the waters of Estero Bay during Summer Camp held in June & July. Field and beach trips introduce campers to sea grass communities, mangrove tangles and more. Camp is held at the Marine Science Center, 718 Fishermans Wharf, on San Carlos Island. Meets Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Sessions begin June 4. Cost is $275/week. For registration and more information call 239-765-8101 or email Camp Director Cheri Sukovich at Casukovich@ yahoo.com or visit www.ostegobay.org
Page 5 Youve Got Taste! 23rd Annual Taste of The Beach May 6By Gary Mooney firstname.lastname@example.org To savor true taste sensations, head to Fort Myers Beach on Sunday, May 6, for the 23rd Annual Taste of the Beach, sponsored by The Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, on Old San Carlos Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The popular food festival features roughly 15 beach and near-island restaurants; the Vendors Village that sells crafts, jewelry and clothing among other items; the popular Servers Contest with a brand-new format; and live music from Jo List & Friends from Noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for teenagers through adults, with kids 12 & under free; food tickets are $1 each, with an average plate costing approximately $5. Local restaurants include Bayfront Bistro, Bongos at The Pink Shell, Castaways, Dixie Fish House, Doc Fords, FishTale Restaurant, La Ola Surfside Restaurant, Nauti Parrot Dock Bar, Nervous Nellies, Pinchers Crab Shack, Shark Bar & Grill, Sunset Beach Tropical Grill & Playmore Tiki Bar, The Beached Whale, The Salty Crab and Yucatan Beach Stand that sell samples of their signature dishes. They will compete for the top Taste of The Beach Awards, such as Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, Best Chicken Dish, Best Meat Entre, Best Seafood Dish, Best Decorated Booth and the Peoples Choice Award. A panel of 12 celebrity judges chooses the winners, related Jacki Liszak, Executive Director of the FMB Chamber. We sequester them separate from the festivities, and they do all of the tasting blind, so they have no idea as to the identity of each dish or restaurant, making it perfectly equal for all participants. The Lee County Board of Elections runs the Peoples Choice polling location, with all victors announced at 4 p.m. The Servers Competition in the Vendor Village this year is a team event, with the winners crowned The Best Server Team on The Beach! This is such a highlight, Jacki explained. It is so much fun, a real challenge for the servers, and entertaining for those in attendance, to watch their favorite waiters and waitresses climbing up & down stairs, running through tires and a maze, and just about anything the Chamber can conjure up to challenge their expertise, so dont miss this! Teams compete for cash prizes, beginning at 2 p.m. The Taste is a fantastic event that showcases the unbelievable restaurants that grace our island, Jacki said. After you sample their delicious specialties, you will want to visit them with your family and friends to enjoy all they offer on their full menus, for the complete dining experience. Taste of The Beach is the ideal way to enjoy the best cuisine the beach offers, all in one convenient area, so come hungry! To Jacki, the coolest part of The Taste of The Beach is, I love seeing the entire community come out. Now that Season is in the rearview mirror, it is our turn as locals to have fun, rather than spending all of our time catering to guests and visitors. This event showcases the very best food on the island, in one afternoon, with great music to boot. It truly represents Fort Myers Beach and draws bigger crowds every year. It is the kickoff to our Summer, brings a visitation boost to the island during the offseason, and is the perfect outing to allow us islanders to take over and rediscover all we offer, and enjoy Paradise once again, knowing we made it through another year! The Chamber expects over 3,000 people to attend. The Vendors Village will offer a wide variety of items, from sunglasses previous festivals, the Fort Myers Beach Friends of The Arts will sell beer and wine as a fundraiser for their group. Even Chester, the popular caricaturist from The Surf Club, will be on-hand to draw his marvelous sketches, to capture the unique you! Old San Carlos Boulevard closes for the event from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., though it will remain open for the parking lots at 475 San Carlos Boulevard, with Third Street being a two-lane road for the day. Over its nearly quarter-century history, the on San Carlos Island to various locations along San Carlos and current home on Old San Carlos Boulevard in 2013, becoming bigger and better than ever. The Chamber is still in need of volunteers to assist with admission, ticket and related sales, along with set-up and clean-up duties, with morning and mid-afternoon shifts available. To volunteer, contact Jacki at the Chamber at 239-454-7500 or via email at email@example.com. All participating restaurants are Chamber members. Any Chamber member who has not signed up but would like to participate should contact the Chamber. .
Page 6 1131 1st St., Ft. Myers Beach www.nervousnellies.net GPS Coordinates: 263.41 N 15.18 W Over the bridge to Fort Myers Beach take rst right and right again. Head straight to Nervous Nellies! Everything is better on the waterfront GREAT ATMOSPHERE, LIVE MUSIC AND, OOH WHAT WONDERFUL, DELECTABLE CUISINE! 2007, in response to restaurants, hospitals, and other service industries that are the main straw buyers. These outlets wanted sustainable, ecofriendly options that use natural papers and foodgrade materials that are marine degradable and compostable. Most customers pretty much hate the paper straws, at least initially, said the fabulous Michele, who barkeeps the legendary Lani Kai Island Resorts main beach bar. Depending on what you order, paper straws do not last nearly as long as the old plastic ones, or even the more environmentally-conscious biodegradable straws we had before the new law. The paper ones hold up alright under a normal drink, but one of our signature ones is a frozen Rum Runner with a shot of 151-rum poured down the straw, and those disintegrate quick! As a result, I go through probably twice as many papers straws now as I did before the switch-over. For Michele personally, however, the Coke throughout my shift, so I will have a paper straw in the soda can for 3 to 4 hours at a time, In addition to the straws disintegrating under the 151, another common complaint Michele hears is that the straws bend in the middle when customers use them to stir their drinks, but the Lani Kai solved this by providing small and strong wooden stirs. A little education people didnt get it and really didnt like the paper straws, she recalled. But once we explained that it is not only better for the environment, but is safer for wildlife, most people soon understood people adapted to it in another way, and simply no longer use a straw. My experience backs Micheles conclusions. I enjoyed a frozen Mud Slide that and even banging it against the side of the plastic cup and the hard bar countertop edge. I followed this up with a frozen Rum Runner with the 151-rum shot down the paper straw, and had a far different reaction! Within 10 minutes, my paper straw literally wilted, hanging limply like the proverbial wet noodle! Not only did it bend in several places, but the bottom soon closed, making it completely useless within 15 minutes, necessitating a second one to get me through my beverage in about 45 minutes. While this second straw held up much better, it did develop a slight mid-straw curvature. At The Pierside Grill and Famous Myers Beach pier, I ordered a vodka and orange juice. The bartending staff only spoke under the condition I kept their anonymity as if they were in the Witness Protection Program! People hate them, I heard in unison; they fall apart too easily, and we absolutely go through twice as many as when we had the plastic ones. Straw PollHow Do Paper Straws Hold Up? Contd from pg.1
Page 7 Despite this, mine once again held up extremely well over the next hour, showing nary a sign of a bend or break, despite undergoing strenuous stirring and bar banging. When I pointed this out, the bar staff, echoing Michele, said it would be different if I were having anything with 151 or something like a Miami Vice. Upon overhearing my clandestine conversation, Angie, who was visiting Fort Myers Beach with her wonderfully entertaining Wisconsin family, leaned in to show me the straw from her Raspberry daiquiri and, sure enough, it had the distinctive middle bend. Angie said there was no collapse to the drinking portion, she used the initial one to the end of her drink, noticed no ill taste, and, once she learned the environmental reasons behind the paper straw switch, particularly for the health of the wildlife and sea turtles, was happy to make out our animal friends! If you want a great margarita, go to a great Mexican place, like Skyes Restaurant in the Santini Marina Plaza, where the smiling Liz takes great care of you! Customers were actually angry when we crossed over to the paper straws, she recalled. Even though they are just straws, some people were so set in their ways that it bothered them. Now, however, most people are good with the paper ones, especially when they learn that it was done for the environment, but you always have a few that just dont understand. She related that Skyes uses more paper straws now than the former plastic ones, but not nearly double the amount. We do not do a lot of 151-pour drinks here, as margaritas are the king! I have yet to hear anyone complain that they diminish the taste of their drink; some people simply do not use them, and often I will give them their drink with the straw still in its wrapper next to the glass, and let them decide for themselves if they want to use it. Most people still do. margarita, so even though my straw didnt have to handle an initial 151 blast, there was plenty of alcohol in the drink, and it was by far the thickest cocktail of all my samples. Again, I gave the straw a vigorous stirring workout, and it held up 38-minute mark, however, the distinctive middle bend started to take shape, though I was able to complete my drink in 45 minutes without having to use a second straw. 2018 marks my 30th year as a Fort Myers Beach bar patron. Are paper straws as durable as the old plastic ones? Certainly not. I never had a plastic straw bend or collapse under the and Liz, however, that paper straws in no way diminished the taste of my drinks. Like Angie, if paper straws are better for the environment and wildlife, they are a small price to pay! Having to did nothing to ruin my evening in Paradise!How Do Paper Straws Hold Up? Contd
Page 8 all this has been left out. I dont know how we got to this point! Vice Mayor Joanne Shamp quickly chimed in: I agree! Of course I understand your position, responded Stuart, but right now we can go in and put in any of those other uses without any public conversation. I dont think you can, countered Gore. I too have a major issue with this, added Council member Anita Cereceda. We only discussed a parking lot here for years, with zero conversation about residential or multiuse facilities, so this is alarming I will not pass anything today beyond a parking lot, continued Gore, not until residents within 500 feet receive a notice about all these other uses. You cant rezone this without letting all the people around you know what you intend to do with this. So many people have left town for the Season, thinking this would be a shared parking lot, so that is unfair. This comes back to us year after year after year, and I dont know why this one parking parking lot, said Cereceda, but I am sorry to say to you, Greg, this is a deal changer. Cereceda suggested Council continue the hearing to a future meeting, so everyone will know what you are really going to do. The public deserves to know what that will be, as this is just a mess. I am ready to deny you at this point, but want to give you a unanimously voted to continue the matter. Council addressed three other Public Hearings. It unanimously approved the First Reading & Public Hearing Ordinance for a Master Concept Plan for 855 Lagoon Street that a in 2004 to rebuild a 4-unit residential structure to current standards, in conjunction with a subsequent condominium declaration from 2006, with the Second Reading and Public Hearing for Monday, May 7. Council unanimously approved the First Reading & Public Hearing Ordinance to Amend the Town Advisory Committee Regulations, including allowing members to be property owners as well as registered Town voters, although the preference favors a voter; committee members receive automatic dismissal with three unexcused absences during their two-year term; they no longer need to resign when their appointing committees can attain a quorum with 4 rather than 5 members; with the Second Reading and Public Hearing for May 7. Under the First Reading & Public Hearing Ordinance to Amend the Towns 2019 Elections Cycle to Coincide with Adjacent Lee County Municipalities, Council unanimously agreed to move next years election from March 12 to March 5, with the Second Reading and Public Hearing for May 7. In other business, Council heard Advisory Committee reports from the Cultural & Environmental Learning Center Advisory Board (CELCAB), along with the Marine Resources Task Force (MRTF). The chair of MRTF, Bill Veach, received Council permission to seek sponsors for its Reusable Bag Program, to eliminate plastic bags on Fort Myers Beach at no cost to the Town or citizens. Council unanimously passed its consent agenda, naming Becki Weber to the Community Resources Advisory Board (CRAB); John Goggin to the Public Safety Committee; allowing the Mound House to host the Movie on the Mound with the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival on Saturday, April 28; and to auction Surplus Town Assets. Council then moved to its Administrative Agenda, authorizing $95,795 to J&M Boatlift & Repair, Inc., to construct piers for Hercules and Coconut Drives by a 4 to 1 vote, with Council member Bruce Butcher against due to these being roughly $20,000 over budget; unanimously approved a banking switch to First Florida Integrity Banking Services to save approximately $50,000 annually; unanimously authorized $182,976 to Angie Brewer & Associates to perform compliance work for the Florida Revolving Loan Fund for the Towns water and stormwater projects; and unanimously approved a Special Event Permit for the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce for the 23rd Annual Taste of The Beach on Sunday, May 6, including a partial fee waiver for parking, with the Chamber paying $603.65 in fees. Under Town Manager Items, Council will ask the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization to amend its Connecticut Street Multi-modal Improvement Project to limit its proposed sidewalk from Estero Boulevard to Shell Mound Boulevard rather than the original entire length to the Mound House by a 3 to 2 vote, with Butcher and Cereceda Against. Council will add Off-site Construction Maintenance, under the Community Development Department, to a future Management & Planning Session. Under Town Attorney Items, co-counsel Jack Peterson updated Council on an ongoing dispute between the Lani Kai Island Resort and Shuckers at the Gulfshore and The Cottage over a 2013 restrictions, with Town Manager Roger Hernstadt predicting, We will end up in court with one of those two parties over this, so dont be surprised when that happens! Under Council Member Items, Council member Dennis Boback and Butcher supported the possibility of putting a Town name change referendum on the March 2019 ballot, but the other three Council members felt this topic needed much more investigation before bringing it to an actual community vote. Shamp provided her colleagues with marketing and branding ideas, based on those originally presented by Butcher at the April 12 Management & Planning Session, that Council will assign to CRAB and the Bay Oaks Recreation Center Advisory Board (BORCAB) for further investigation. review for the Town Manager for its May 7 meeting. Gore reported there are still early morning delivery issues and noise complaints from residents near Nervous Nellies and Harbor House, with conversation from Council and Town Staff unable to resolve the problem, therefore Council will consider Management & Planning Session. Finally, Council addressed several Fort Myers Beach, expressing its frustration over an apparent lack of any easy solutions. With that, Council adjourned after over fourand-one-half hours. Council Unhappy with Rezoning Request, Contd from pg.1
Page 9 Your Hometown Newspaper for over 18 years Missy Layeld, Editor Editor@fortmyersbeach.news Mike Buster Circulation Manager c/o Info@fortmyersbeach.news Mark List, Production ManagerProduction@fortmyersbeach.news Sarah List, Photographerinfo@fortmyersbeach.news Sandy Sandness, Advertisinginfo@fortmyersbeach.news The Island Sand Paper Signed letters up to 300 words are welcome. All letters should be the original work of the author & include a phone number for verication. No pseudonyms. We reserve the right to edit for clarity, brevity, accuracy, good taste and to prevent libel. No attacks on private individuals or letter writing campaigns, please. Repetitive letters from the same individual on the same subject will not be printed. We will publish a maximum of two letters from the same individual every 30 days. Submissions over 300 words will be considered for Guest Opinion publication. e Island Sand Paper encourages all Islanders to submit original articles and photos. Publication is based on space and takes into account relevance and quality. e Sand Paper uses artistic license for humor and to amuse its readers. Nothing contained in this paper is intended to embarrass or oend anyone. No parts of this newspaper may be copied or reproduced without the written permission of e Island Sand Paper. Editorial Bob Layeld, Publisher Publisher@fortmyersbeach.news Gary Mooney Lead Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Every 20 years, the Florida Constitution calls for a Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) whose purpose is to review the Florida constitution and suggest amendments to it. The 2018 CRC has been working for months, taking public comment around the state and meeting to winnow the list down to something manageable. Last week they announced eight amendments to be added to the three the legislature has proposed and two arising from citizen initiatives on the November 2018 ballot. Who sits on the CRC? The 37 members of the CRC are appoint ed: 14 by Governor Rick Scott; 9 by House Speaker Richard Corcoran; 8 by Senate President Joe Negron and 3 by Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga. This year thirty-four are Republicans. In 1978, thirty-three were Democrats. In 1998 the CRC was evenly divided. Guess which CRC had the most amendments approved? In 1978 the heavily Democratic CRC put 8 amendments on the ballot and all eight failed. The politically balanced 1998 group placed nine amendments on the ballot and eight passed. Predictions are that the tally for this years Why? The extreme partisanship involved in the process. People are tired of it, on both sides of the aisle. In 1998, with an evenly divided political makeup, CRC members had to work together to reach consensus on the proposals and thus were prevented from putting extreme amend ments on the ballot. Maybe they paid attention to the 1978 experience, when, just two years afterwards the legislature put an amendment on the ballot to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission entirely. It failed, but the fact that 43.5% of voters thought it was a good idea tells you how disgusted they were with the whole process. That lesson seems to have faded. stitutional amendments are used regularly for issues that the legislature could handle on its own. Some of our amendment proposals make sense. They deal with the basics of how our state is governed. Others are a complete waste of voters time. Are they important issues? Somebody must think so. And that somebody more often than not is the Florida Legislature. In the past ten years, of the 30+ constitutional amendments on the ballot, 60% of them originated in the Legislature. Tax breaks, tax exemptions, gambling, minimum wage, monorails, All of these topics showed up as Constitutional amendments on ballots in the last 20 years. All of them fall under the realm of legislative control. Their presence on the ballot says that the legislature is not doing their job. They either are not listening to citizens who want the issue addressed, or are punting the topic to the ballot themselves instead of handling it via the legislative process. Its easy to see how citizens, frustrated by lack of legislative action, go through the arduous process of placing an amendment on the ballot. They must feel they have a better shot with voters, even with the 60% passage requirement, than they do with a legislature that ignores them. But 60% of our amendment questions are put there by the legisla ture itself. Whats with that? So, the 2018 CRC has taken dozens of proposed amendments, rejected most and crafted 8 amendments to go on the ballot. Not so fasttheres a chance that some of the CRC amendments will be tossed after the issues important to those who appointed them on the ballot, the CRC has bundled several amendment questions together. Nothing says that unrelated ideas cant be combined into a single constitutional amendment but some of these are a real stretch. Thats why youll see a single amendment that would establish term limits for school board members AND require civics education in schools AND allow charter schools to bypass local school boards. Another ballot measure would limit counties from abolishing some rorism AND make the Dept. of Veterans Affairs a constitutionally required bered years. Voters will see thirteen amendments on their November ballot, providing all pass judicial muster. In addition to the eight proposed by the CRC, the legislature proposed three and citizens collected enough signa tures to place two more on the ballot. One of the legislatures proposals, Amendment 5, calls for a 2/3 vote of the legislature to impose or increase any tax or fee. If our legisla ture is hamstrung now, just wait to see what this will do. One of the citizens initiative amendments calls for the restoration of voting rights for most people with a felony conviction on completion of their sentences. Its going to be a crowded ballot and a confusing one. Those that follow these things say that most of the amendments will fail, especially the bundled ones. Voters do not like confusing questions on the ballot and see a 1978 like result.
Page 10 The 12th Fort Myers Beach Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday, April 25 with an Opening Ceremony at the Beach Theater. This event distributors to Fort Myers Beach in a celebration runs through Sunday, April 29 with events for all ages. Films will be screened at the Beach Theater from 3-11pm through Saturday. On Sunday, the Closing Awards are held at Fish-Tale Marina at 2:00pm, followed by 3:00pm screenings of the Peoples Choice winner and the Best Film winner. screened during the Film Fest. Film tickets are $7 each and available online or at the door. A complete schedule and tickets can be found at The Movie on the Mound will show the House on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00pm. Bring blankets and chairs, but no coolers. Theater concessions will be Shown here at the Opening Ceremony on the left, holding the ribbon are Jacki Liszak, Fort Myers Beach Chamber President and Louie Mausser, General Manager of festival host Beach Theater, on the right. Cutting tive Producer of Red Flight Productions. 2018 Festival Chair Georgia Reinmuth is second from the left. Frederick (Fred) Schmiesing, Jr. died unexpectedly on April 20, 2018 at the age of 75. Fred is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Joy (Wolsky) Schmiesing; his children, John (Jennifer) Schmiesing, Amy Schmiesing-Rafter and Sally (Camilo) Schmiesing-Aristiz abal and grandchildren Ella, Lily, Adam, Penny and Lucy. He is also survived by brothers Milan (Karen), Larry (Teresa) and sister Faye, brothers-in-law David (Charlene) Wolsky and Charles Wolsky, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and countless friends. Fred was born August 21, 1942 to Fred and Lorraine Schmiesing, who precede him in death. Fred graduated from Walnut Grove High School (MN), where he participated in basketball, football, baseball & track. He graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota with majors in English and Physical Education/Health and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Sports Psychology from Mankato State University, where he also was an assistant mens basketball coach. Freds career was devoted to teaching and coaching in Minne sota high schools. He was always ready to help anyone in need and was an inspiration and role model to the many players he coached and students he taught. Following a full career of teaching in Minne sota, Fred retired, and taught some more in Turkey, Taiwan and Naples, FL, as he and Carol traveled the world, teaching and developing Fred coached with his son John for the Tri-City United schools in Minnesota, where John teaches. Everyone played every game and the team record was 40-5 over those 5 years, hed proudly say. Known on Fort Myers Beach as Lion Fred, he served Myers Beach Lions Club and took up whatever task was asked of him. He also served as Past President of St. Peters Lutheran Church and Gulfview Colony Board, both on Fort Myers Beach. Freds legacy is his kind and caring manner; always willing to give a helping hand wherever it was needed. His liberal arts education led to his staunch opinion that education should always be He was an outstanding family man and worked endlessly to provide opportunities to his children so they could have better lives. He will be sorely missed by the countless people whose lives he enriched. The family plans to hold a Celebration of Life on July 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New Prague, MN. Film Fest Opens
Page 11 Marina on Thursday, April 19 featured local musical artists with Sheena Brook headlining the show. Opening the show was the Pearl Street Band, featuring local musicians Bob Williams, Mike McMillan, Ed Summers and Bill Veach. Acting as Mistress of Ceremony and sitting in with Sheena for a The Friends of the Arts hosts the concert series to raise funds to support local arts and artist events, like Paint the Beach and the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. To learn more about the Friends visit FMBarts.org.Local Artists Rock
Page 12 6 Questions Town Manager Roger Hernstadt, Contd from pg.1through a paradigm shift, but we had an excellent blend of youth and What I try to instill in our employees is that it is all about getting out into the public and accomplishing things for those out there whom we serve, and that we work very hard to communicate well with them. The Town employees are our conduit between the decisions of Town Council and our customers, and that we dont have problems but opportunities to improve that outreach. I felt we needed to bring the Town Council together, to work with the staff and our citizens, as well as with each other, in a productive way. They all brought previous experiences and perceptions with meld those together, while realizing they each want what is best for the Town, and I understand that, so you skills and research and knowledge for the collective good, while allowing them to maintain their individuality to produce productive results to move the Town forward absolutely want more than one personality on your Town Council, as that is the way the system works best, but at the end of the day, it is not which individual Town Council member gets the credit or the fault, but in how well we all function together, as their collective decisions affect us all. This does not mean that they need to be unanimous in every decision that Council will make, or that the public will agree with every outcome, but if we as staff provide them with all the necessary available information, then we make their jobs much easier, while allowing the public to better understand those decisions. Every time you have some staff turnover, you have the opportunity to evaluate your accomplishments, build upon what you are doing right, and change When you look for good people in upper management positions, you want folks who are guided by their performance-based past experiences, whether that is from larger organizations or small towns like ours. You dont want to you just give each customer stock answer #10, then give the next person in line stock answer #11, but take the time to listen to what they say and determine what they need. We preach that the Town has an Open Door Policy. When I walk through the Town Hall lobby and see a person sitting there with a hang-dog face or looking down at I take the time to ask them what is their problem or issue, if there is something I can do for them, and if there is something I can do for them on the spot, I do. If there is not, I tell them I understand their situation, and that alone can mean a lot, as sometimes frustrated people just want to know that someone is really listening to them, and it is my goal that the rest of the Town staff treats people with the same compassion. Often the person just learned they received a rejection on their permit request or something similar, so we take the time to write down everything they need to do to correct the process on their end, so the next time they come to Town Hall will be the last time, to have everything to proceed correctly. and we cant always say yes, but we can always have empathy over their situation. This happened to me recently when I toured the sidestreet projects on Hercules and Eucalyptus when those neighbors were losing some of their trees for the construction projects. We couldnt save every tree, but we could provide a fair explanation and understanding, and that gave a lot of those people peace-of-mind.
Page 13 It is something that most people will never recognize, but I worked with the Town Council to implement into the budget Capital Improvement Funding that will take care of the replacement of the Towns long-term assets, and this is because this sets the tone to avoid in subsequent years because they took that step now. We will have the assets in place on any given year to replace items when necessary, dont have enough money when you really need something, so we laid the groundwork to prevent that. This came about because the Town Council worked together to recognize this need, so in this sense, the Town turned the corner base, that solves or prevents a lot of other problems that bring negative consequences. I dont limit this answer to the upcoming year, but the foreseeable future; it is essential that we have a strong collaboration with Lee County, meaning that we have to help them to understand that while all of our citizens vote on Fort Myers Beach, they are also Lee County voters as well, and are every bit as important as those who live in the unincorporated areas, so our goals and objectives are every bit as crucial. We work hard with Lee County to achieve things together, and need to maintain that, as the Lee County Commissioners traditionally have very stable and tenured seats, while those in municipal government tend to have much more turnover over the same time frame, making how we work collaboratively with Lee County critical, as collectively more experience and institutional memory to the table. When we as Town Council and staff meet with our County counterparts in one-on-one meetings or formal sessions or even in casual settings, we need to recognize all the value they can bring to our table, and I hope my 30-years experience in government can assist with this process. As many people probably know, I actually did retire several years ago, but I soon got to the point where my hobbies did not keep me interested enough. My wife suggested that I should go back to work, as I always did love my work, and I said that I would consider it, in a small community, where my experience and knowledge could to a Town that might not otherwise be able to afford someone with my background, and Fort Myers Beach checks all those boxes! Having said that, Fort Myers Beach is not unique, as many people who live here think, as most small town beach communities are experiencing the same issues that we do. There is no such thing as being a little unique, just like there is no such thing as being a little pregnant! I enjoy having the experience to bring people together, to help to solve these issues, to work on things until they are perfect, or as close to perfect as possible, as in government, no matter how well we do, we never achieve perfection. I would like to think, though, that in 10 or 15 years, citizens here may think back and say, that Hernstadt was a pretty smart guy! That is where I get my satisfaction! To contact Roger Hernstadt, call Town Hall at 239-765-0202.6 Questions Town Manager Contd from pg.12 Reeling for Autism Family Initiative, Inc., a loing children who have autism and strengthening their families, raised $8,000 to support its mission during nament and family event at Nervous Nellies on Fort Myers Beach last weekend. More than 300 locals attended the event, which included the tournament, silent auction and other family activities, to raise money and awareness of autism, which affects 1 in 68 children across the country. We at Family Initiative are proud to stand with these children and families to raise awareness of autism and the support available in Southwest Florida, said David Brown, President of Family Initiative, Inc. The money we have raised will help us as we build our permanent location to provide more services to children on the autism spectrum and their families right here in our community.
Page 14 By Gary Mooney email@example.com For a fun, family, inexpensive experience this Spring and Summer, the Fort Myers Minnesota Twins and defending 2nd half champions of the Florida State Leagues South Division, are a home run! Not all the action, however, occurs with the players your entire time at Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex, some of the most enjoyable moments take place between innings! Orchestrated by The Sultan of Shenanigans, Nate Jackson, and ably assisted by Sway, the Miracles Palm Tree mascot, there is a fun activity that makes the three minutes between half-innings the Miracle players run out to their positions, accompanied by local Little League Baseball Buddies in their full uniforms, who stand at attention with their bigger heroes as a local group or singer performs The National Anthem. In the middle of the 1st inning, Nate and Sway pull a lucky contestant from the crowd to the roof of the Miracle dugout, where Sway gives them a brief back and neck message, before Nate distributes a complementary Miracle personnel run through the aisles in the middle of the 2nd inning, tossing complementary t-shirts to the fans in the stands. Two of the best activities occur halfway between the 3nd and 4th innings. First comes the Eye Ball Bump, where two contestants balls, then run at and ram into each other as hard as they can in a true mass-destruction collision. It is hilarious to witness the loser over-end, as you see their feet kicking back & forth as they try to roll back over from their head-overheals condition. Nate referees the best-of-three competition, with the absolute best occurring when they both knock each other over! The crowd favorite, however, is during the 4th inning, with the Shoe Stampede! Nates helpers gather up the shoes of all the participating children who are age 12 and under, and scatter these haphazard all over the line, sometimes with as many as 60 children participating, and after a Ready, Set, Gos them off into Between Innings More to Miracle Fun Than The Game!
Page 15 on, and race back across the foul line the winner. It is usually the last place munchkins, however, who capture the hearts of the crowd, as they tend to be 3 to 5 years old, need the help of the assistants to waddle across the foul line, in an adorable scene that is pure Norman Rockwell! The 5th inning features Put It In The Can, where contestants, after spinning around ten times with their foreheads on the knob of a baseball bat, try to maintain enough equilibrium to throw recyclables over their shoulders, where their partner attempts to catch them in a bin. The 6th inning is the Runway Challenge, where two people strut their stuff along the top of the Miracle dugout, with fan applause determining the winner, while a lucky child gets to clean off Home Plate with a gigantic toothbrush. The Air Guitar Challenge is on the visitor dugout roof in the 8th, with applause again determining the victor. Mid-7th inning is pure baseball nostalgia, with a youngster leading the crowd during The 7th Inning Stretch in a rendition of Take Me Out to The Ball Game, singing, If The Miracle Dont Win, Its a Shame! While the mid-inning funand-games are entertaining in their own right, it is the jovial Jackson who sets the tone! Now in his third season of hosting for the Miracle, as he does for the Florida Everblades and the Florida Gulf Coast University Ladies Basketball, Jacksons bright and colorful wardrobe perfectly matches his outgoing and family-friendly personality! This is so much fun, he beams with an infectious smile, because if you cant have fun at a Miracle game, whats the point? Of all the between-innings events, like most of the crowd, the Shoe Scramble is his favorite! You want kids to have as much fun as possible when they come to a game, and to get as many of them as possible involved in our activities, and the Shoe Scramble allows every child who is here to what little kid doesnt want to do that? Plus, it is about building the next generation of baseball fans, because once you hook them on the game at a young age, you have them for life! Following a nine-game road trip, the Miracle return home this Friday through Sunday, April 27 to 29, against the Daytona Tortugas, Reds. They go out on the road for a brief 3-game trip, before hosting the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Miami Marlins organization from Friday through Sunday, May 4 to 6. Saturdays are giveaways, with a Hammond Stadium Replica on April 28; and Sundays are Youth Baseball Day with kids in their team shirts receiving a free ticket, running the bases after the game. Unfortunately, due to our extremely dry conditions, the Miracle may until rainy season. Miracle tickets range from $7.50 to $12 and are available at www.milb.com, the stadium box each game, or by telephone at 239768-4210, with a $2 processing fee. Monday through Friday contests start at 7 p.m., Saturdays 6 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m., with parking $5-per-car. They play at Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex at 14100 Six Mile Cyrus Parkway in South Fort Myers, roughly a 15-minute drive from Fort Myers Beach. Experience a Miracle today! Between Innings, Continued
Page 16 Each week Around & About features community announce ments and events held by chartions that are open to everyone. Check the events listed here and pick up a copy of SAND LIFE entertainment magazine! The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival will be held April 25-29. Opening Ceremony was held at 2pm on WE Apr 25 at the Beach lected by the Film Festival Committee will be shown at 3, 6 & 9pm from WE-SA. The Festival concludes with the Awards Ceremony at 2pm SU Apr 29 at Fish Tale Marina, followed by screenthe theater. The Free Family Movie on the Mound will present Coco at the Mound House at 7:45pm (sunset) on SA Apr 28. fest.com.The 2018 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now avail able for just $28 online or $25 at the FMB Chamber, Gavins Ace Hardware, FMB Kiwanis Thrift Store or the UPS Store at Summerlin & San Carlos Blvd. The book offers BOGO (Buy One, Get One) dining discounts at 59 area restaurants, including 12 FMB locations. Most are valid Apr 15-Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects and local children in need. The FMB Womans Club will hold a meeting on WE May 2 at 6:30pm at the club, 175 Sterling Ave, FMB. All members and interested parties are invited to attend for an update on activities and goals for the next year. For more information call Beverley 239-529-8785.Join a naturalist guide to explore on TU, May 1 at 5:00pm. Bunche Beach offers an amazing oppor tunity to view shorebirds, shells and possibly a manatee or dolphin. Bring camera, shoes that can get wet, bug spray and drinking water. Bunche Beach, 18201 John Morris Rd. Meet on the beach. Free with paid parking. Leeparks.org for more info.239-707-3015 Fort Myers Beach residents and businesses may obtain a hurricane re-entry pass at Town Hall. In the event of an evacua tion, passes may be required to re-enter the island. If you have a Purple (resident) or Yellow (business) pass, they are valid for the 2018 season. If you do not already have one of those, pick up an application at Town Hall or online at fmbgov.com under Community > For Islanders > Emergency Preparedness. Applicants will need to provide photo I.D. and proof of residen cy. For details on what proof is needed, call 239-765-0202 or see website. Passes will not be mailed this year, so stop in Town Hall to get yours!Bay Oaks Recreation Center will be closed through May 19 when a Grand Reopening Ceremony will be held at 10am with a ribbon cutting at noon. Several projects will be done during closure. Bay Oaks Social Senior (BOSS) trips and Club Rec will still take place during the closure, but indoor not. The Bay Oaks Pool is also closed due to a pump failure. It is expected to reopen in early May. Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA May 5 at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-5337580 or 533-7576LeeTran has announced that the Free Beach Tram will continue to run from Bowditch Point Park to Matanzas Pass Preserve until May 30. LeeTran routes 490 (Park & Ride), 410 (Beach Trolley) and 150 (Bonita to Lovers Key) will also continue its seasonal schedule until May 30. To view schedules or buy discount ed passes visit rideleetran.com.The Fort Myers Beach Lions are soliciting candidates for their 2018 WE SERVE scholarships. Cash awards for college or vocational educational assistance are given to local students who demonstrate ability, need and a solid record of community service. Applications for this years students can be found on the Fort Myers Beach Lions Website: fmblions.com. Please make sure you receive an e-mail conapplication. All completed appli cations must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2018. Ostego Bay Foundation is seeking volunteers for a variety of tasks at the marine Science Center. If you can help contact them at 239-765-8101. A Publication of FortMyersBeach.news A Daily Guide to Fun on the Beach FREE
Page 17 Government Meetings The Cottage at Gulfshore will mother of bartender Sami, on Saturday, May 5 from 2pm 1am. Joni, a beach regular, is battling liver and lung cancer any funds raised will go to assist with medical bills. Authentic and Live Music from 2pm 1am. Donations may also be dropped off at The Cottage or Shuckers at Gulfshore any time. The Cottage, 1250 Estero Blvd, FMB. This Cinco de Mayo Music Festival, nearly two years in the making, will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 4-9:30pm at Bonita Bills Waterfront Caf on San Carlos Island. Music by Bad Latitude, David & Jenny and John ation of 3D imaging of remains of the original Fort Myers Beach arches to help analyze how they can be used in any new Arch project. Bonita Bills Waterfront Caf, 702 Fishermans Wharf, FMB. Over a dozen great Fort Myers Beach restaurants will be sharing tastes of their best menu items at the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Taste of the Beach on Sunday, May 6 from 11am-4pm on Old San Carlos Blvd. Vendor Village, great food and beverage, beer and beverages available. Server contests. Live Music by Jo List & Friends. $5 entrance for ages 13 and up, children 12 and under free. Food tickets $1 with the average food serving $5. The Fort Myers Beach Kiwan is Club invites students in the 33931 zip code area to apply for $2,000 scholarships that can be used for tuition, books, room & board at the vocational technical school, college or university of choice. Applications available at fortmyersbeachkiwanis.org. Applications and all required materials must be postmarked by July 16. The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the new author or sign up for some time on the librarys computers. artwork of the artist of the month or stop in the Friends Used Book Store. The Library is open MOFR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Some upcoming programs include: FR May 4, 10am-2pm Voter Registration TU May 8, 2:15-3:15pm Dog Day, pre-register TH May 10, 10:30am Hits of Broadway Fish-Tale Marina will host this Back Bay Family Fishing Tournament on April 28, with a Captains meeting on April 27. arships in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at FGCU. Fishing 7am-3pm with Awards Dinner at 4pm. Details and regcom > News Blog. Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd., FMB. 239-463-3600. Head to the Beach Pub for a fun afternoon on Sunday, April 29 from 12-7pm. Great music, lots auctions, plus Popeyepalooza youth sports on the Island. Live Music: 12-1pm Tommy & Sean: 1:30-2:30pm DVS Trio; 3-4pm 10,000 Views; 4:30-7pm Smack Daddy (break 5:30-6pm), Beach Pub, 1668 I St., FMB. Nervous Nellies is hosting a Fundraising for one of their own, Charlene McCloskey on Sunday, April 29 beginning at 5pm. Silent Auction, Team Charlene T-shirts and live music. Donations can be made at www.myangelworks. org. Click yellow donation button and type in Team Charlene. All donations appreciated. Nervous Nellies 1131 1st St., FMB.
Page 19 Mini-Masters Crowns Winners The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted their 6th Annual Mini-Masters Golf Tournament on April 19 at Jungle Golf, bringing dozens of mini-golf players out to celebrate the end of season and give them a chance to reconnect with friends after a busy season. The indi vidual winner was Wayne Gibson of Team Kiwanis Club Gateway To The Islands with a score of 37. The 1st Place Team Award went to Gavins Ace Hardware with a score of 202. Team members were John Gavin, Andre Roche, Jerry McQueenie and Bill Henneberger. 2nd Place Team was Advanced Disposal and 3rd Place Team was Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Photos by Sarah List.
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Page 21 Every weekend I draw a cartoon and put it up on my FB page, and ask my friends to contribute captions for the cartoon. I also ask they vote for the ones they think are funniest (Like as many as you like). (The uncaptioned cartoons can be found on the FB pages of Mark List.) !
Page 23 Last week the Future Farmers Of America (FFA) of South Fort Myers High School, cleaned up the area inside the Phillips Stone Monument at Main Street and San Carlos Drive, and planted native plants there. The Monument was built in 1924 in conjunction with the iconic stone arches that served as the Fort Myers Beach gateway from 1924 to 1979, when the sky bridge was built. Developer Tom Phillips built the arches and the smaller corner monument that now bears his name on a plaque. A Restore the Arches fundraiser to support the efforts to restore the Fort Myers Beach arches will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 4 9pm at Bonita Bills Waterfront Caf on San Carlos Island. Music will be by Bad Place in Indian Creek Plaza. Ray McDonald, President of Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches encourages people to support the effort by attending the May 5 fundraiser. For more information see the Island Sand Paper story online at fortmyersbeach.news. Lois Ann Riess, the suspect in the early April Fort Myers Beach murder of Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, FL, was arrested last Thursday, April 19 on South Padre Island, Texas by U.S. Marshals who were acting on a tip from a member of the public who recognized her from a video from Smokin Oyster Brewery that was circulated on social media. Wanted billboards were in place in several states. Riess is also accused of killing her husband David Riess in Minnesota in late March before head ing to Florida. Two handguns were found in her hotel room in Texas. It is thought that Riess targeted Hutchinson due to their similar appearance. Following her arrest, U.S. Marshal John Kinsey said Riess did not appear surprised when she was arrested. Kinsey indicated that she would be tried in state court. Texas authorities then said that whichever state to face charges of homicide, grand theft auto, grand theft and larceny, related to Hutchinsons death. The timing and manner of that transfer was unclear as the LCSO works on the extradition. After facing charges in Florida, she will be sent to Minnesota to face charges related to her husbands death. Minnesota authorities indicate that she is currently charged with larceny there, with murder charges pending forensic results. Pamela Hutchinson, 59, was visiting Fort Myers Beach to accompany a friend who was spreading a relatives ashes. She had moved about a year ago to Bradenton after living 20 years in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she was an avid angler. She was a native of Whiteville, North Carolina, where a memorial service is expected to be held next month for her. Murder Suspect Caught Phillips Monument
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Page 26 Doors open at 1:45 PM. Beach Theater Great American CleanupFor 20 years Lee County has participated in the national anti-litter campaign known as The Great American Cleanup. Hundreds turned out on Fort Myers Beach for the local effort last Saturday, April 21, sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation and Keep Lee County Beautiful. The FMB Community Foundation has taken the lead for many years in coordinating beach cleanup efforts on Fort Myers Beach. The next scheduled cleanup will be July 5th, however everyone who enjoys the beach is invited to bring a bag to the beach and pick up litter any day. Photos by Sarah List.
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