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Volume 18, Number 18 By Islanders, For Islanders Fort Myers Beach, Florida May 4th, 2018 FREE FMB Resident is VCB Resident Artist Hutchinson Current Lee County Recipient! A Fort Myers Beach sunset. Photo by Don Hutchinson.By Gary Mooney Just a few months ago, Fort Myers Beach photographer Don Hutchinson had never heard of the Resident Artist Photographer Program of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB); now he IS the VCBs Resident Artist! I heard about this through some really good people from the island community, Don explained. Mound House Director Alison Giesen, along with Jacki Liszak, the Executive Director of The Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, clued me in! Alison especially kept nudging me forward, making sure I submitted my application and supporting materials, keeping me moving in the right direction, as she beach community, where everyone supports one-another. I would have never known if they had not brought this to me. month appointment, from April 15 to July 16. I interviewed with about 8 VCB people, so that was intimidating. They tell you if you do not hear back, you did not get the gig, so after a few weeks, I assumed it was not me. Then one morning I received a VCB congratulatory email and I was like, WHAT!? I was stunned but immediately knew this was a neat thing.THE SHAMAN SAYS He runs his Blue Turtle Galleries from his website at My primary work is nature photography, especially Mar Drive, where I live, with me taking photos day after day, as sunsets are insane! I am drawn by bright vibrant colors, and often think, Holy smokes it is amazing what you capture here! While Don visited Fort Myers Beach for 25 years, he moved to the beach fulltime in December 2015 to help take care of his parents. As for his unique business name of Blue Turtle Galleries, that was given to me by a shaman! While his love of nature is life-long, photography is a newer, inadvertent passion that came through three events. I am the father of three adult girls, and my oldest was actually my initial inspiration, as when she was young, she traveled the world, taking amazing photos and that opened the door for me. Then, in 2003, Contd pg.5 Budding Beach ArtistsStudents Are Library Artists of The Month The Fort Myers Beach Public Library hosts a regional or even nationally-recognized artist area, for the enjoyment of its visitors, but the art world has yet to discover the May presenters, as they are Fort Myers Beach Elementary School students! This is the second year in a row our kids are the Library Artists of the Month, explained Holly Nichols, the Beach Elementary School art teacher. It worked out so well last year that Dr. Leroy Hommerding, the Library again this Spring! Ms. Nichols said there are roughly 40 pieces of art in the show, from the 1st through 5th grade classes, and she had the unenviable task of selecting which ones to place in the exhibit! About half are from our standard art classes, with the rest from our Art Club. It was very tough to choose which ones to include in the Library show, as the kids work so hard and have such great imaginations and inventiveness. The tie-breakers often came down almost as a reward, to those that kept their heads down and concentrated, and followed the directions best and behaved the most during class. All those things matter. There is not a theme to this years exhibit. A sampling of the artwork by Beach School students that is on display throughout May Photos by Gary Mooney. Contd pg.12 2018 Elections The November election may not be in the forefront of local voters minds, but the process of deadlines are fast approaching for a Beach Town Council elections will be held in March 2019. There are three special districts that include the town; each has at least one seat that will be on the November ballot this year. FORT MYERS BEACH SPECIAL DISTRICTS The Fort Myers Beach Library Board, a seven-member board, has four seats on the ballot. Currently holding those seats are Ed Scott, Debbie Whitehead, George Ballantyne and Mark Tunes LaFave. The Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District Board, a seats up for election in 2018: Seat 1, currently held by Bob Raymond; Seat 3, held by Carol Morris and Seat 5 held by Ted Schindler. The Fort Myers Beach Mosquito Control Board, a threemember board, has Contd pg.8 Nesting ShorebirdsSeason Nears PeakBy Gary Mooney Perhaps no community in the nation revolves around seasons more than Fort Myers Beach! Whether it is Tourist Season, Offseason or Nesting Turtle Season, we either seem to be coming into one, getting out of one or heading into the peak of one. In this case, it is the latter, as we are entering the main part of Nesting Shorebird Season! In our region, nesting shorebird season goes from February 15 through September 1, said Rae Burns, the Environmental and Stormwater Technician for the Town of Fort Myers Beach. We put up the caution ropes in early April, once we saw them scraping around their nests. This is just a tad earlier than the past few seasons, but nothing unusual. Rae said that while the season lasts until early September, Our peak is from late June through early July, as that is when the Black skimmers join the crowd. Things slow down throughout August, but you still need to keep an eye out during that time, as the little Contd pg.10


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Page 3 "Best Seafood, Mu sic And Sunset s" LETTERS to the EDITOR CT SIDEWALK DECISION INCONSISTENT Let me start by stating I did not attend the neighborhood meeting regarding the proposed sidewalk on Connecticut St. from Estero Blvd to the Mount House. Nor was I present at the Council meeting when discussion was held. Thus, all my knowledge about this issue has come from our local newspapers. With that said, Im amazed at the opposition by some residents of Connecticut St. for the sidewalk. They would rather have their neighbors and visitors to the area walk in the street than on a pathway because it would bring people closer their homes. Its a right of way. You could have a lot worse encroaching on your property. Then the same Council that was predicting electric bicycles would knock people over like bowling pins on the beach voted 3-2 to only run the sidewalk to Shell Mound Blvd instead of the entire distance to the Mound House. Thank God vehicles dont have the same effect on people in the streets. Duane Lynum Fort Myers BeachSHRIMP DINNER SEASON ENDS Our 2017-2018 Shrimp Dinner season is over. We want to thank all of those who stepped through our doors to enjoy each other as well as It might interest you to learn that our six-month season served more than 1300 people who ate more than 1200 pounds of shrimp. We really appreciated the opportunity of getting to know you and look forward to serving you again next season. We are no longer the bestkept secret on the island at least to some of you! Peace, John Adler Pastor of St. RaphaelsKiwanis Scholarships Available The Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Beach is now accepting applications for college or technical school Scholarships for high school graduates living in zip code area 33931. Scholarships are available to those graduating from high school this year as well as those already attending college and for members of the South Fort Myers High School Key Club. Scholarships are $2,000/year and can be renewed. Last year 24 scholarships were awarded. Founded in 1968, the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Beach has been serving the youth of our community and of the world through Kiwanis International for 50 years. Learn more about the application process and eligibility require ments by visiting Applications are available on the website and are designated Initial, Renewal or Key Club. Questions about the application or requirements may be addressed to Dr. Hommerding, Kiwanis Scholarship Committee Chair, at the Beach Library. To set up an appointment to talk with him, call 239-765-8162. All scholarship applications and supporting materials must be received by July 16, 2018 LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL MEMBERS ATTEND SEMINAR Five members of the Church of the Ascension Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society attended a Diocese of Venice seminar, along with 70 other participants from other parishes, at Sacred Heart Church in Punta Gorda. The focus of the seminar was on improving the lives of the poor through systematic change, mentoring, advocacy and home visits. Shown here, the attendees are, from left: Pat Powers, Jean Wahl, Edwina Raffa, Jill Hamze (not pictured Mary Evans) The St. Vincent de Paul Society Ascension Conference is a Cathand spiritual aid to the poor of all faiths on Fort Myers Beach. It partners with Community Cooperative Inc. and Gods Table at Chapel by the Sea to help needy individuals and families with rent, utilities, clothing, furniture, medicine, transportation and other basic needs. Funding relies on donations of Ascension Church members and other individuals and local terviews. A crisis phone line at 940 -1100 is monitored seven days a week. The Ascension Conference meets monthly at 11am on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Ascension parish hall. For more information, call 940-1100 and leave a message.


Page 4 Beach Botanyby Jim Rodwell WEST COAST DUNE SUNFLOWER Helianthus debilis subsp. Vestitus, a member of the Asteraceae family, is endemic to four west coast counties including Lee. It does grow on our beach. Vestitus is a short-lived perennial that likes sand dunes. Its sprawling growth, 6 to 8 feet across, makes for a great ground cover that helps stabilize dunes. Vestitus is easily recognized by its wavy triangular leaves with irregular margins. Length is up to 3 inches. Leaves are arranged alternately on many lowlying branches. Stems can reach 3 feet in length. Vestitus grows from a deep taproot with lateral roots. Both sides of the leaves is about 3 inches in diameter. Blooming occurs all year. Seeds are windblown. Vestitus has a close relationship with a H. debilis subsp. Debilis, which is endemic to the east coast. Over time, a lot of debilis was planted on the beach where it does not belong. I have seen a lot of debilis on the beach. Its easy to spot. Debilis has a small leaf with entire margins. Its leaves and stems are glabrous or just slightly pubescent. The over planting of debilis may very well drive Vestitus to extinction Cinco de Mayo Friend-Raiser By Gary Mooney The Fort Myers Beach community is known for its generosity to Islanders in need. With this spirit in mind, Shuckers at The Gulfshore Grill and The Cottage hosts a fundraiser for one of their own on Cinco de Mayo, Saturday, May 5 from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Cinco de Mayo whose daughter Sami is one of our bartenders here at The Cottage, said Roxanne Jakaitis, the bar & music manager. In addition to Sami being a member of our family, Joni has been a regular for over 10 years, so she is very special to all of us. When we learned a few months back that Joni received a diagnosis of Stage 4 liver and lung cancer, it really affected everyone here, so bravely, as this is now her life and an everyday occurrence. She has a great family, with four wonderful children, but her medical expenses and treatments come at a high cost, and she needs all the decided to do something to assist Joni in offsetting her bills. The Cottage traditionally hosts a Cinco de Mayo party, Roxanne explained, and the opportunity to help Joni presented itself to expand that event. It was actually Ray, our general manager, who came up with the idea about a month ago, she said. As a result, we had to move ahead with the plan pretty quick, along with the fact that Joni requires immediate Our usual Cinco de Mayo is ordinarily just a music and drinks activity, but for Joni we expanded everything else that goes into making a successful fundraiser. Musical entertainment is Steve Farst from 2 to 3:30 p.m., The New Vinyls from 4 to 7 p.m., and The Troublemakers from roughly 7:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. We will have delicious Mexican food all day, like tacos and burritos and a Mexican Trio, and things like that. Our margarita specials are legendary, along with Corona Beer that we will have all through the day and evening. We have a whole bunch chimes and we expect several hotel stay packages, so those will between each band. If you would like to donate a at any time on Saturday, May 5, including during the morning when the staff will be setting up for the event. If you cannot make it over yourself, just give us a call at 239765-5440 and one of us can pick it up from you, said Roxanne. We have wonderful volunteers and are happy to help you help us! People are already making contributions to Joni, as we have jugs set up at all of our bars all day long, to make it easy for everyone. If you cannot attend on May 5 but can make mail your check to The Gulfshore Grill/The Cottage, marked with Attention: The Joni Sutter Cinco Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931. Roxanne encourages everyone to attend on May 5 for the Joni Sutter Fundraiser and Cinco de Mayo Party. You can person in her time of need, all while enjoying a great time at one of the best bars on Fort Myers Beach! Cinco de Mayo fundraiser on May 5. Photo provided.


Page 5 sunday may 6 2018 11am -4pm old san carLos blvd. 20 Restaurants serving tasty samples Live music with Jo List & Friends Famous Server Competition Beer and Wine for sale $5 suggested donation for entry age 12 and up Food tickets $1 each Brought to you by the Ft myers Beach chamber of commerce please visit for more information fortmyersbeach.orgof the FMB Resident is VCB Resident Artist, Contd from pg.1of an owl off the side of the road. The third was the arrival of the digital age, where you did not need chemicals and a dark room, and it took off from there. The minute my feet hit the ground, I never stopped shooting photographs. As the VCB Resident Artist, Dons mission is to see Lee County through the eyes of a tourist, to promote through my photos scenes and images to encourage others to visit and spend money in our area. My challenge is to do something no one else has done, or with a different will appeal to people in Minnesota as well as attracting someone from Germany, as the VCB draws tourists from all over the world, as tourism is the lifeblood of the Lee County economy. The VCB tells me I actually have one of the toughest slots on the calendar because rainy season begins during my time, and I must avoid shots with thick clouds or downpours, in favor of bright, sunny, happy images! Don must provide the VCB at least 30 photos that they retain for promotional purposes, along with on-line posts at least twice a week over his 3-month term. All my photographs have a story behind them, and often I fall in love more with those than the actual picture, so by posting, I can share these stories; to me, that is half the fun! He also found just walking into the are lined with huge photographs from previous Resident Artists, who are absolutely the best of the best in this area, so you quickly realize the challenge. I actually underwent so, trying to sort everything out in my own mind, but then I went to a barbecue on Sanibel and took some spectacular shots of the causeway and sunset, and now everything is LEARNING NEW SKILLS The Resident Artist program will also allow Don to take the next to make Blue Turtle Galleries his fulltime profession. The VCB people point out that most of their previous Resident Artists have gone on to much bigger and better things, and that is my aspiration. Working with them will allow me to grow my business, hit deadlines, and all the things necessary for a successful company, so this is a wonderful opportunity. The VCB has connections all over the nation and even globally, so I hope to make the best use of those. Even though being the Resident Artist means I can now only take Lee County photographs, I would eventually like to expand my scope outside of the region, as I am always looking to discover something new. Ofttimes, artistic folks are not the best business people, so professionally I can attain great knowledge in this area through the partnership with the VCB. Those thoughts initially made Don feel uncomfortable, but being uncomfortable means I am learning something new that will wise, as the dream is to make photography my livelihood, as my station in life right now affords me the opportunity to travel for work at any time. Now that I can wrap my head around this, I realize this challenge for growth, to learn new things about my profession as well as myself, and that is always exciting. While Don will be photographing scenes and events throughout Lee County, he remains an Estero Island guy! Rest assured, he reminds his fellow Islanders, I will have Fort Myers Beach covered! FMB resident Don Hutchinson is the VCB Resident Artist. Photo by Gary Mooney. Beach Chair Vacancies. Photo by Don Hutchinson. At the Pier. Photo by Don Hutchinson.


Page 6 Beyond Books Behind the Scenes at Beach LibraryBy Gary Mooney It is one of the most nity, but until you take the behindthe-scenes tour with its director, you really dont know the Fort Myers Beach Public Library! Dr. Leroy Hommerding, the Librarys director, guided Jane, Ken & I through the building on Friday morning, April 27, for approximately one hour, emphasizing its alternative energy, sustainability and environmental features. We actually began outside, near the main entrance. The Librarys landscaping is all natural, salt tolerant and does not require much water during the winter, Dr. Hommerding explained Driveway feet of different size pebbles that move water into the drainage system, down Bay Road to Matanzas Pass Preserve. Our parking lot has a slight tilt that directs water to the surrounding swales to increase drainage, with three reservoir boxes that are essential during hurriing to the building and hopefully our neighbors yards. Prior to the library construction in 2012, our neighbors longer an issue. A covered parking garage keeps patrons out of the sun and rain, with a wall to prevent a largescale sudden storm surge from inWe collect rain on the roof, said 10,000-gallon underground storage tank for irrigation. We concen trate on our environmental footprint and try to be as gentle with that as possible. Our outdoor benches are recycled plastic, and each one preventing as many as 540 milk jugs lighting is LED and turtle friendly, and since we are a beach library, we have a tide clock on the build ings outside, so you will know the next high and low tide. The three-story section of the Library is new as of 2012, with the original two-story part under following year. We could not go any higher on the original structure because the foundation could not safely hold it. The new section, however, we designed for an addi tional two stories, should we need to expand at a minimal cost in the future. There are solar blankets on the roof, rather than panels, because the blankets withstand salt and wind, and you do not have to clean underneath them. We have an ongoing fund available, so when us reach our goal of energy inde pendence by the year 2020, we can purchase that almost immediately.FROM THE GROUND UP From the outside, we go up to the 3rd Floor and the Sand Garden next to the elevator. You cannot not imagine how many people take photographs from this location, Dr. Leroy marveled! We have a Wheres Waldo exhibit here that changes every 10 days, and you must look at it from a childs eye level to really see it because we hide the characters, while changing the main theme every month. This level features the Beachcombers Book Store, operated by the Friends of the Library, where patrons enter under a recreation of the famous Fort Myers Beach Stone Archway. There is the Art Gallery exhibit area, with a small cafeteria that closes during the offseason. All the lighting here Beach Library Director Dr. Hommerding explains the Library statuary to Library Tour participants Ken and Jane.


Page 7 is metered, Dr. Hommerding explained, because we have such large windows to bring in natural sunlight. On cloudy or rainy days, lights gradually brighten at 20% intervals, the further back into the Gallery you go. Two Community Rooms combined can seat up to 110, with over 5,000 people attending sessions in the last year, with recycled carpeting, theater-quality sound, large windows for natural light and the ceiling in a wave forThe 2nd Floor allows you water at night, Hommerding explained, to cool off the building all day, through zones. Since the air is always fresh, people with allergies have few issues, as it is germ-free, as warm stagnant air is unhealthy. the air is cold, but that is because the Library is a healthy place! large collections of donated seashells and dolls, a beautiful indoor/ outdoor courtyard and The Read ing Room. You can literally walk around the Library all day, Hommerding pointed out, and view with wonder our donated art collection and historic photographs. Pay attention to the book shelves, as we have unique bookends! As we walk down to the 1st Floor, he pointed out that the main staircase is maple, with LED lights that burn 24/7 at a cost of just 37 es audio books and DVDs, as well as The Kids Place for our youngest and smallest patrons, featuring a sand castle motif! A main attraction is the simulated gumbo-limbo tree, Myers Beach, that is steel and concrete, and so heavy we had to reinits own restroom, courtyard, and computer; with no adults allowed other than parents or guardians for security purposes.THIS IS SPECTACULAR! Dr. Hommerding stated, ,415 people visited the Library in the past year, with 401 yesterday. I stopped guessing which days will be busy and why, though obvious ly we have more folks in the Winter than Summer. We have to be careful when scheduling community room programs, so we have parking for everyone. By coincidence, a couple was walking the Library to glean ideas for their communitys new one that is in its planning stages. In speaking with Dr. Hommerd ing, they were enthusiastic in their praise, exclaiming, This is Spectacular! The FMB Public Library is at 2755 Estero Boulevard; with hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and closed Sundays and holidays, including Memorial Day on Monday, May 28. It offers 20 to 50 monthly programs, most for free; for inforcall 239-765-8162.Behind the Scenes at Beach Library, Contd Ken and Jane look at the Librarys donated dolls as Dr. Hommerding explains the collection. Photos by Gary Mooney.


Page 8 one seat on the ballot in 2018: Seat 1, currently held by Henry Rothenberg. Special District candidates are submit 25 valid registered voter signatures from the district in which they are running. Regardless of which method is used, all candidates qualifying deadline to be placed on the ballot. The qualifying deadline for all special district board seats is May 21, 2018, if qualifying by petition. Otherwise the qualifying period is from noon, June 18 to noon, June Pre-qualifying or early qualifying begins June 4, 2018. Special District elections are non-partisan. on each board. Anyone interested should contact the Lee Elections vote. LEE COUNTY RACESThe Lee County Board of Commissioners has two of the year: the District 2 seat, held by Cecil Pendergrass, and the District 4 seat held by Brian Hamman. Voters in Lee County vote for all district commissioners. Lee County voters will also be choosing a Public Defender and a State Attorney this year. The Lee County School Board has four seats up for grabs: District 1 now held by Mary Fischer, District 4 now held by Stephen Teuber, District 5, held by Pam Lariviere and At-large District 6 held by Jane Kuckel. Kuckel and Teuber have not indicated if they are running again. Each of the four seats on the seven-member board already has multiple candidates that have expressed interest. Voters can vote for their district rep plus the at-large seats, so Island voters will only be weighing in on the at-large District 6 seat this year, as the District 3 seat is not on the ballot. The Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors will have two seats in each of two districts (2 & 4) on the ballot in 2018.STATE OFFICESThis midterm election will see the ballot, beginning with Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Agriculture. Closer to home, voters on Fort Myers Beach will weigh in on the Florida District 76 seat currently held by Ray Rodrigues. Off the beach, but in Lee County, District 28 is also on the ballot. That seat is held by Kathleen Passidomo currently. FEDERAL OFFICESVoters in Fort Myers Beach, will cast a ballot for their U.S. Congressional Representative, currently Francis Rooney, in November. In addition to Rooney, there are already two to be on the ballot One of Floridas Senate seats, currently held by Bill Nelson, will run against him, including Floridas current governor, Rick Scott. ELECTION DATESThe Primary Election will be held Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Florida is a closed primary election state. If you want to vote in a partisan primary, you must be a member of the political party holding the primary. There will be races for nonballot and ALL VOTERS, including vote in those races. The deadline or register to vote in the primary election is July 30, 2018. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The deadline to register, if you are not already registered, is October 9, 2018. To request a Vote-by-Mail ballot, 533-8683, visit or email If planning to vote by mail, update your signature on your voter record to ensure that your vote is counted. The U.S. Postal Service will not forward vote-by-mail ballots. If you wish your ballot to go to an address other than your voter record mailing address, you must request it in writing. To update your signature or request your ballot be mailed to a new address, call the Lee Elections VOTE. 2018 Elections, Contd from pg.1


Page 9 Your Hometown Newspaper for over 18 years Missy Layeld, Editor Editor@fortmyersbeach.newsThe only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does. Hugh Macleod Mike Buster Circulation Manager c/o Info@fortmyersbeach.newsThe man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance. Laurence J. Peter Mark List, Production ManagerProduction@fortmyersbeach.newsI dont want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying. Woody Allen Sarah List, Photographerinfo@fortmyersbeach.newsDont let the fear of not pleasing someone stop you from being creative. Wil Wheaton Sandy Sandness, Advertisinginfo@fortmyersbeach.newsI catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, so its not a waste of time. Martha StewartThe Island Sand PaperAn independently owned and operated island newspaper. FAX Ft. Myers Beach, Florida 33931 WEBSITE SUBMISSIONS POLICY 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.DEADLINE FOR LETTER SUBMISSION IS NOON WEDNESDAY. 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.newsFor every action there is an equal and opposite government program. Bob Well Gary Mooney Lead Writer info@fortmyersbeach.newsI love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they OFFICE HOURS Subject to change due to story assignments. CALL TO BE SURE! Has Fort Myers Beach become the Island of No? No electric bikes on sidewalks. No plastic straws. No parking in the right-of-way. No medial marijuana dispensaries. No seasonal parking lots. No newsracks on sidewalks. No electric bikes on the beach. No restrooms at beach accesses. No noise. No, no, no, no. For an Island that is a destination of worldwide travelers who enjoy coming here, cutting loose, letting go and not worrying about much, we do seem to have acquired a habit of a lot of regulations lately. In 2017, the Fort Myers Beach Town Council approved 16 new ordinances. The Town hadnt passed that many new ordinances since 2006. The average number of ordinances enacted between 2006 and 2017 was eight. Why so many? We think its indicative of a new attitude emanating from Town Hall one of crack down, law & order, lets get this place ship-shape. Its kind of sad that its necessary, but somebody needs to explain to our town government that Fort Myers Beach is Fort Myers Beach because it is laid back without a ton of rules. Visitors arrive by the thousands each year. They put on a swimsuit and wander all over town, often barefoot. It means freedom to them to be able to walk around like that, when other places require shoes and a shirt to enter any business. Not so here. Thats just one example of the Island vibe that sells our town and has sold our town for over 50 years. We hope we didnt give anyone at Town Hall any ideas on what they should ban next with that example. the term, government lite, as it applies to Fort Myers Beach. Government Lite is dead. The Town has wavered back and forth for years trying to cling to that notion and failed. Nothing lite about that. Our Town used to pride itself on saying that its code enforcement was complaint-driven. Meaning that the only time anyone got a citation for leaving their trash can out too long or watering on the wrong day was if someone called to complain about it. Not anymore. There is now active, no, aggressive code enforcement on this island now. Recently two businesses were cited with violations costing them $100 because they were cleaning their pavers using the dishwashing liquid, Dawn as a grease-cutter. Dawn the same cleaner used by oilspill disaster cleanup crews on wildlife. Were they given a warning that Dawn was illegal to use? Nope. Are we supposed to believe that someone randomly happened past those two businesses, somehow learned that they were using a mild detergent to clean oil spots and called Town Hall? Not a chance. This was top-down enforcement. The same thing is happening now with right-of-way (ROW) parking. In 2016, the Town established new parking rules, in part to deal with the problem of Red Coconut patrons parking along Donora Blvd in the ROW during season. The Town created something they call subscription parking, where a business can lease the ROW for parking for their customers. As a result, every ROW owned by the Town is now being policed to make sure that absolutely no one is ever parked in the Towns ROW. Last year a letter went out to a number of businesses notifying them that they had to discontinue use of the ROW. One of these businesses didnt bother to respond. to anyone parked in the towns ROW. But they didnt do so systematically, starting at the north end and working south, checking ALL town ROW for businesses. They were given a list of addresses by someone in Town Hall. This is how our new Town works. Its government by vendetta. Nothing conveys the Towns new attitude more effectively to residents and visitors than those ugly NO PARKING signs that have been erected at the two entrances to our community. Editor


Page 10 puffballs are still running around the Once shorebirds lay their eggs, give them a wide berth. If you dont, the parents have their own way to make you give them the space they require for their families, Rae explained. They dive-bomb straight at your face to spook you, only pulling up at the last minute or they poop right on you! That is why I wear a wide-brimmed hat! There are far more nesting shorebirds at the south end of Fort Myers Beach, near or in the Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area (CWA), than any other location on the beach. We dont have the foot the island. Wilsons plovers are shy and avoid people and Least Terns nest in colonies, so they require wide-open spaces. The eggs are so small, the nests are right on the sand and they blend in so well that parents keep them as far away from humans as possible.DOGS & BIKES Dogs are another issue. It isnt even so much that we worry about dogs chasing the birds, Rae explained, but just by barking, they can scare parents off the nest and away from the protection their bodies afford the eggs, by shielding them from the sun and heat, to keep them cool. Now that we are entering the heart of our very hot summer, it does not take long for eggs to overheat and kill the chicks. This is one reason why we ban dogs at all times from the CWA, as this is against the Town Code. On all other areas of Fort Myers Beach, you must keep your dogs on a 6-foot solid leash, and never let them run loose. Another concern are bikes on the beach, particularly with wide tires. Once someone cuts a trail and makes that rut, babies hide inside it. Then when the next bicyclist peddles down that same trench, it can be disaster for the little one, so please be careful, and remember the Town prohibits electric bikes on the beach. These rules are in effect because many nesting shorebirds species are on the States Threatened List. Thank Goodness, none are on the Federal Endangered Species List, added Rae, and we do everything in our power to make sure they do not end up there. You can absolutely photograph the nesting shorebirds, as long as you give them their necessary space. Absolutely stay outside the ropes at all time, and we actually ask you to remain at least another 10 feet behind them, cautioned Rae, to give them even more room to not threaten their families, otherwise they may hop off their nests to investigate what you are doing, and that is a danger to their eggs. This should not be an inconvenience, however, because even cellphone cameras To take photographs properly, stop by Town Hall and pick up a Beach Photography Pamphlet that explains these regulations in detail. Rae realizes that it is impossible to keep wildlife and people from mingling, so just use common sense. Admire nesting shorebirds without approaching them too closely, never cross into the roped-off areas, and neverever touch or pick up eggs. Also, never feed them, as they cannot digest people food; let them forage instead as nature intends. When asked her favorite nesting shorebird, Rae winced. Dont make me choose! I would say Snowy plovers because they and their babies are the cutest! The little ones are just like cottonballs with toothpick legs, and adorable! As to what is the best part of nesting shorebird season, that is easy: Are you kidding me? Cmon The Babies! Nesting Shorebirds Season Nears Peak, Contd from pg.1 ward off protective nesting shorebirds. Photo by Gary Mooney. Snowy Plover on nest. Photo by FWC Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area sign. Photo by Gary Mooney.


Page 11 VIEW POINTS Ask About Our Private Event Packages! MATANZAS ON THE BAY has that special just ask the locals! LET US BE YOUR CATCH OF THE DAY! Live Music Daily Free Boat Dockage Indoor & Outdoor Seating Call Ahead Seating Available Happy Hour Everyday Private Event Packages Upstairs Sports BarCALL (239) 463-9258 FOR WATERFRONT ACCOMMODATIONS RESTAURANT INN MARINA 416 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach, LEAKED LIESBy Bob Franken Theres one aspect of the saga about the newly released batch of Jim Comey memoranda that I totally love. First, a bit of background. In one of the contemporaneous memos the then-FBI director wrote to himself detailing conversations with the new President Donald Trump, Trump and Comey did agree on one issue: Both expressed a mutual scorn for leaks and leakers. They also seemed to feel that the reporters who publish leaks were fair game for putting the squeeze on, up to and including jailing us if we didnt reveal our sources. The new documents containing such tidbits were just from Republicans. Now, heres the part I love: The documents were immediately leaked to reporters. The hypocrisy is exquisite. Jim Comey acknowledges leaking earlier memos. Donald Trump is a serial leaker, even to the point of creating aliases and avatars who could leak favorable stories. Hes built an entire career with phony accounts of his prowess and riches. At the same time, hes had others, usually his lawyers, who would lower the boom on anybody who dared to cross him with an article or TV blurb that didnt correspond to his ego-driven narrative. But now that his presidency is being eroded by constant leaks, hes scorning the leakers, which is to say everybody around him, and is launching attacks on anyone who threatens his increasingly slipping hold on the presidency. Even his network of enforcers is crumbling. One of his personal law into his activities on behalf of Trump. The crimes for which Cohen is being investigated could carry several years in prison if hes found guilty, or less if he President Trump is the highest-up, of course. From his lofty perch, hes tweeting like crazy, screeching that all threats to him are threats to America. attorney after another wisely refused the presidents request to represent him, has found someone well-known. Yes, hes convinced Giuliani that he can har Bob Mueller -or, in Giulianis telling, use his connections with Mueller to speed Trump and simply get it over with. There are a couple of problems with that: For starters, Methodical Muel ler has made it clear that he wont be rushed. Additionally, Giuliani himself could well be interrogated about his part in Trumps campaign activities. So, he might not be particularly useful. Right now, there is a scramble to protect reputations, those tattered by any association with Donald Trump and those, like Jim Comey, who are taking him on. Theyll do whatever it takes, by leak or crook.c) 2018 Bob Franken Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.By Rich Lowry If Republicans arent losing their congressional majority this coming fall, they are doing a good job of acting like it. Dozens of Republicans are leaving the House, and last week Paul Ryan said he is resigning as House speaker at the end of this Congress, and will not even run for his congressional seat again. If the high-water mark of Republican power came on the day last December that congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump celebrated the passage of the tax bill on the White House lawn, Ryans announcement is a clear sign that Republican clout is receding. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy is Ta-Nehisi Coates lament over what he considers the lost opportunity of the Barack Obama be written as We Were Two Years in Power: A Tragicomedy. In a gift for the ages, Republicans won all elected branches of the federal government in 2016. But the initial ecstasy over Trump signing their stuff has given way to the reality that they dont have stuff to send him. Republicans couldnt roll back Obamacare, in part because the party hadnt thought through what the Republican alternative was. They passed a tax cut that included important reforms that even the Democratic repeal bills dont want to completely undo and that are boosting the economy. Thats all to the good. But tax cuts arent a magic political elixir. First, Trump is right, as he said at an event a couple of weeks ago when he tossed away his script, that they are boring. They dont have the emotive appeal of issues like trade and immigration. Second, there are limits to how effectively you can run on the one thing you accomplished last year. This is the truly extraordinary aspect of the current situation. Republicans passed an omnibus spending bill that was rightly denounced as a disgrace by nees. Thats pretty much it. They arent trying to wring every last ounce of what could be their waning mined to give their voters some other reasons to support them in November. They arent attempting to create action in Washington besides Trumps feuds with James Comey and Stormy Daniels. Republicans are resting on their laurels, when they dont deserve any laurels. They are suffering from political exhaustion, when they havent truly exerted themselves. They are acting like they are lost in the wilderness, when they still occupy the commanding heights of American politics. Maybe Republicans somehow hold on to the House this fall (the generic ballot is encouraging lately, if nothing else is). At the very least, though, Repub licans are going to lose their functional majority. The question at this juncture is, How would anyone notice?Rich Lowry is the editor of The National Review (c) 2018 by King Features Syndicate


Page 12 Budding Beach ArtistsStudents Are Library Artists of The Month, Contd from pg.1As such, Ms. Nichols believes there is a wide variety of styles and subjects to the show. The kids did a nice job, and as a result, you will see a little snapshot of everything we covered under art instruction during this school year, with a lot of different mediums. When people see the display at the Library, they will notice and I hope be inspired and have a good time enjoying all the artistry and hard work that the kids employ and realize we have a wonderful art program here at the Beach Elementary School. Even though we work very hard, we also have a lot of fun with the creative process, and to me, in this show, that comes through loud and clear.NECESSARY OUTLET As for what she thinks of the masterpieces produced by her charges, I am always so pleased with what our students come up with! The students display such a great effort, and it always makes me so happy to see how they are engaged in their creativity, with such outstanding results. They try so hard and really get into it, and they improved their talent so much over the past year. Another important component to remember is that this time of the school year is very stressful, as the kids are working so diligently on their State Standardized Testing, so art is a wonderful way to relax and express their creativity and I am happy that we can provide that necessary outlet. Because the students and their families have such varied schedules, there is no Meet the Artists session this month. Principal Jeff Dobbins and I discussed this and we felt that make it during just a one-hour time frame, as their schedules are so tight. Since the Library is open for so many hours in May, including


Page 13 Saturday mornings, we felt the best way is to get that information out to the families, where they can visit the show at a time that works best individually for each of them and spend as much time there as they like.ART IS ESSENTIAL Ms. Nichols believes that art is crucial to a well-rounded education. Study after study shows that those students who are lucky enough to take art in school do so much better, not only with their other classes, but in life and in how they relate to other people and experiences. As for me, I feel so lucky I get to teach my students such a valuable life skill. Professionally, it is so much fun I feel like I never work a day in my life! I witness their faces light and I never grow tired of that sensation. I feel so blessed that I get to do this every day. I hope everybody will take a few minutes to stop by the Library, to see the beautiful works of art created by our schoolchildren, as you will be as proud of them as I am! To view the artwork of the Beach Elementary School students, visit the Fort Myers Beach Librarys 3rd Floor Exhibit Area throughout May. The Library is at 2755 Estero Boulevard, with hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and closed Sundays and holidays, including Memorial Day on Monday, May 28. For more or call 239-765-8162.Artists, Contd TURTLE SEASONFORT MYERS BEACH NESTS 1 FALSE CRAWLS 1 BONITA BEACH NESTS 0 FALSE CRAWLS 0 Help protect nesting sea turtles. Never disturb a marked nest. Keep the beach dark by turning off, shielding or using special amber LED bulbs for any light visible from the beach. Place all beach furniture behind the dune line before sunset. Fill in any holes you dig on the cell phone lights on the beach at night. Do not disturb a nesting turtle. For more information visit If you encounter a disoriented or injured turtle, contact Turtle Time at 239-4815566, the Town of Fort Myers Beach, 239-765-0202 or the FWC hotline 888-404-3922.First Turtle Nest on Fort Myers Beach Turtle nesting season on Fort Myers Beach the founder of Turtle Time, Inc. We found the nest on the morning of Tuesday, May 1, at a mid-island location, said Eve. We had to relocate it to a nearby and safer spot, however, because the Mom laid the original can tolerate wash-overs but they drown when submerged in standing water, whereas nests on elevated sand dunes drain effectively, so it was a necessary precaution. Turtle Time asks that residents and visitors do their part to protect nesting sea turtles. Never disturb a marked nest. Keep the beach dark by turning off, shielding or using special amber LED bulbs for any light that is visible from the beach. Place all beach furniture behind the dune line before sunset each day. Fill in any holes you dig lights on the beach at night. If you come across a nesting turtle, stay back and give her room. Do not follow. For more information visit The Nesting Turtle sign and cautionary tape warn people to avoid the nest.


Page 14 Ospreys on the Beach Photos by Pat Green. Winners of the 2018 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Actors Anonymous. Directed by Mark Stozenberg, Cinematographer and Editor Erik Alexander and Producer/Actress Judy Copeland Against the Grain. Directed by Samantha Artese The Magic of Disneyland. Directed by Zane Swift Killer Island. Executive Produced by Barbie Castro and directed by Alyn Darney Judy Copeland Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Directed by Dr. Chris McDaniel Sometimes Lucky is More Important Than Smart: Conversations with Mace Neufeld by Documentarian Stanley Isaacs Jeffrey A Johns Kyle Thompson, Red Flight Pictures


Page 15 In an email exchange this week with a Town resident, Fort Myers Beach Mayor Tracey Gore, who voted to approve the TPI-FMB downtown project at the initial hearing April 10, voiced clear opposition to the projects size, number of rooms and height. She also indicated that she wants the project to be required to provide round-the-clock security, something not required of any other Fort Myers Beach property. At the April hearing, Gore indicated that she had reservations about the project, but voted to support it. The initial hearing vote was unanimous. hearing, scheduled for May 21. Three council members, Vice Mayor Joanne Shamp, Anita Cereceda and Bruce Butcher, indicated at the initial hearing that they plan to vote hearing. Gores comments were part of her response to an email from local resident Ellen Vaughan to numerous Island residents and members of council, that shared a story that was mentioned in the Washington Post. The story details the experiences of two women who visited the Lani Kai in late March and wrote about their Spring Break experience there. The letters below are public records as they are communication to/from Town Council members. Email from Ellen Vaughan to numerous Islanders including Town Council members (May 2, 2018 at 10:50pm): Hello All, I came across this today via a mention in the Washington Post..... want to share with my island friends. (link shortened) Sweetly strange depiction. As a local you have to get beyond the factual errors .... population # and FMB vs FM identity. (Personal family commentary deleted) Best, Ellen P Vaughan Response from Fort Myers Beach Mayor Tracey Gore (May 3, 2018 at 12:14am): Ellen Vaughan ... what is your point? That the new development proposal you supported (maybe not now), more intense Gulf use with a 900+ adult pool with bar is bad for this island? That an 84 hotel room by right should not be allowed 254 hotel rooms with a height against the codes? I agree! Lani Kai has been here since the 70s, before incorporation. (public record shows you bought your south end condo unit in 2012). Mr Conidaris has contributed to this community in more ways than you seem not to know or that I have time to explain in this email. He has helped pay for needy children/families, as well as on the island for the commercial interests who havent stepped up since my family (Semmer Electric) stopped fundraising and coordinating after over 20 years of volunteer service. (FMB Chamber of Commerce should agree) Mr. C took on the Cincinnati to party and put on a show, but was at one time doing it out of a residential vacation rental). Mr C made them part of his entertainment, took it out of the residential, and took on the raise at the Lani Kai goes to local charities. There is so much history lost on this island from new people moving here wanting change and not understanding what the locals incorporated over 20 years ago to preserve. Ms. Vaughan, it would serve you well to spend some time at the historical society with Fran Santini. Thank you for sharing the link, it reminds me that the council must demand full security 24/7 at this new development, as the Lani Kai already does voluntarily. Respectfully. Tracey Tracey Gore Mayor Town of Fort Myers Beach Tracey@fmbgov.comMayor Gore Opposes TPI-FMB; Defends Lani Kai


Page 16 Each week Around & About features community announcements and events held by charitable are open to everyone. Check the events listed here and pick up a copy of SAND LIFE entertainment magazine! CINCO DE MAYO AT THE COTTAGEThe Cottage at Gulfshore will host bartender Sami, on Saturday, May 5 from 2pm 1am during their Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Joni, a beach regular, is battling liver and lung cancer any funds raised will go to assist with medical bills. Auand 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. ROCK THE ARCHESThis 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 creation 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.MORNING MEANDERJoin 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 binocu lars. For more information call 239533-7580 or 533-7576TASTE THE BEACHOver 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 beverag es 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. BOOK DISCUSSIONThe Friends of Lakes Library will host author Terry Sykes-Bradshaw at their meeting on FR May 11 at 1pm at the library 15290 Bass Rd, FM. Ms. Sykes-Bradshaw is the author of three mystery novels. A book signing will follow discussion. Free. FOOD DRIVEThe nations largest single-day food drive, Stamp Out Hunger will be held on SA May 12 as letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes. Any kind of unopened, non-perishable food is welcome, but especially needed are peanut butter, tuna, rice, beans, canned meats, fruits, vegetables & soups. Just leave your food dona tions by your mailbox early on SA, May 12. If you prefer, you can drop now and May 12. Volunteers will be collecting and sorting the food. Donations will be given to local food banks, such as Harry Chapin Food Bank. To volunteer to help pick up food, call 239-433-7547. To volun teer to sort food, call 239-334-7007.TURTLE TROT /FAMILY DAYThe 13th Annual Lovers Key Turtle Trot/Family Fun Day will be held on SA May 12 at Lovers Key State Park. Sponsored by the Friends of Lovers Key, the unique 5K trail course, sanctioned by the Fort Myers Track Club, takes runners/ walkers through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hardpacked shell path. No beach runthe pavilion overlooking the beach. Race is at 8am. The whole family is invited to Stay & Play afterwards drens races, a hula-hoop contest and childrens activities will be offered. Children can create a special Mothers Day gift. Race registration is $35 through May 11. Race Day cost is $40. Registration and more FORD ESTATES On Mothers Day, May 13, all moms will be admitted to visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates for free. Flowers are blooming all over the estate. Families can enjoy a cool beverage or ice cream at the Ford Cottage Shop while enjoying a relaxing view of the river. Open 9am-5:30pm daily. edisonfordwinterestates.orgBUNCHE BEACH BIRDSJoin a naturalist guide to explore WE, May 16 at 5:00pm. Bunche Beach offers an amazing opportu nity 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. for more info.239-707-3015DINING DISCOUNT BOOKThe 2018 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now available 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 now-Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports A Publication of A Daily Guide to Fun on the Beach FREE


Page 17 Government Meetings Short Term Rental, Advisory Committees, 2019 Elections, \003\003\003\003\003 &DVD\003%DKLD\021\003\VW\003+HDULQJV\035\ Mango Parking, Driftwood \003\003\003\003\003 :DWHU\003HWEDFN\f XHVGD\)73.9 (\017\003\030\022\033\003 \033\035\023\023DP\003 \ 300 Lazy Way, FMB Advisory Board All meetings take place in Town Hall, 2525 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach unless otherwise noted. Meeting times are Walking Tour; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour SA May 12 9am-Conservation Caf; 10am Family Adventures Tour; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided tour.LOVERS KEY STATE PARKGuided nature programs are offered in the park. All programs require registration, are free with park entry and take place at 10am. To register call 239-463-4588. Upcoming programs include: TU May 8 Fishing Clinic FR May 11 Bike Tour FR May 18 Beginning Birding Kiwanis youth-related projects and local children in need. HURRICANE Fort Myers Beach residents and businesses may obtain a hurricane re-entry pass at Town Hall. In the event of an evacuation, 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 under Community > For Islanders > Emergency Preparedness. Applicants will need to provide photo I.D. and proof of residency. For details on what proof is needed, call 239-7650202 or see website. Passes will not be mailed this year, so stop in Town Hall to get yours!LIONS SCHOLARSHIPSThe 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: Please make sure you receive an e-mail application. All completed applica tions must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2018. BEACH LIBRARYThe Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to browse the librarys thor or sign up for some time on the librarys computers. View the artwork of the Artist of the Month in Beachcombers Used Book Store. Open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am1pm. 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 MO May14, 10:30am Old Time Radio TU May 15, 10:30am Book Discussion News of the World FR May 18, 10:30am Windows 10, pre-registerMOUND HOUSEA unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay, the Mound House offers a variety of programs for local residents & visitors. Open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include: SA May 5 -10am Family Adventures Tour; 10am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Tour TU May 8 9am Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park WE May 9 10am Gardens


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Page 19 Ballpark Food Miracle Offers the Standards & MoreBy Gary Mooney Food is essential to us all, whether for sustenance, taste, social interaction or pure enjoyment. Categories are self-descriptive; Five Star conjures up one variety; Fast Food another, Picnic a third. Whenever we hear Ballpark Food, we are pretty sure we know what we are in for! Ballpark Food is most certainly the specialty of the Fort Myers Miracle, the Single and they do it well! The staple, of course, is the hot dog, but unfortunately this is the weak point in the Miracle menu. While dogs are good at $3.75, they are neither spectacular nor memorable. If you want a taste sensation, add another $2 and step up to a bratwurst. They are perfectly cooked, coming to you ballpark blackened, with just the right spice. I garnish mine with ketchup, mustard, kraut and relish and they are fantastic! Concessionaires report the ballpark dog is the #1 seller, followed by the brat at #2. If pizza is more your style, slices are thick and chewy, with plenty of cheese, and I added pepperoni for an extra 50 cents. The sauce, however, was a bit pasty, but at $5, it was so large it resembled a double-slice. An added bonus is the sturdy box that makes it easy to carry as well as being a nice plate to take your time to eat. While the pizza is big, thick and chewy, the warm pretzels at $4.75 are large, soft and chewy. They are not encrusted with salt, but have just enough to stand out. Break them off into smaller pieces and dip them into mustard or cheese.THAT WAS DELICIOUS! Cheese Sandwich is for you! I price, as this was far & away the most expensive item, but when I got it, I understood why to quote a prominent car salesman, it is HUGE! Philly Cheese Steaks are made to order, with plenty of veggies, and I added a bit of mustard and generous kraut. The bun was fresh, steak soft and sandwich sensational! The best way to eat this monster is to cut off one-inch slices; it was so large, I ordered mine 30 minutes before of the 2nd inning! Two hours later, I still thought, That Was Delicious! My favorite is the Fried Cheese Curds. Never have three consecutive words sounded so disgusting and tasted so wonderful! The best way to describe them are mini-cheese sticks with an extra pinch of salt. There is absolutely nothing healthy about Fried Cheese Curds, but try an order anyway for $4.75 and you will be back for more! In search of some healthy option, the grilled chicken sandwich looked the best at $4.75. The presentation left much to be desired, as it was a precut patty on a plain bun, but it was quite tasty, with the bun soft and chicken savory. In addition to these items, there are hamburgs, barbeque, popcorn, cotton candy, beef tacos, corn dogs, snow cones, water, sodas, something called Fried Twinkies I had too much common sense to try, and of course you can buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack! To quench your thirst adult-style, the Miracle offers two-for-one drafts on Two-for-Tuesdays, $2 drafts on Thirsty Thursdays, and each time the opposing Strikeout Batter of The Game whiffs through the 7th inning, $2 drafts for the next 15 minutes, along with Happy Hour on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Food-wise, Mondays are Dollar Dog Days, with beef tacos and soft drinks on Two-for-Tuesdays.FOOD DEALS BEYOND THE BALLPARK If luck falls your way, you can enjoy food the next day almost free! If the Miracle scores the stub to Wendys and receive a free single burger; if the Miracle strike out 10 opposing hitters, everyone receives a free Wendys Junior Frosty card; if a Miracle player hits a home run in the 4th inning, you get a free Nathans hot dog card; and if the Miracle gets at least 7 hits, you receive 25% off your next check at Il Primo Pizza & Wings; and fans at the April 6 game hit this quad-fecta! No cardiologist will recommend the Miracle menu as a dietary option, but you have to throw that attitude out the window when you go to the ballpark. For what it is, Miracle food is generally good, portions large, prices reasonable and post-game Alka-Seltzer unnecessary. This Ballpark food is good ballpark food! The Miracle return to Hammond Stadium this weekend to begin a 6-game home stand. They host the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Miami Marlins organization from Friday through Sunday, May 4 to 6, before taking on the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, May 7 to 9. Fridays offer post-game with a Miracle Beach Bag on May 5; and Sundays Youth Baseball Day with kids in their team shirts receiving a free ticket, pre-game bases after the game. Mondays are Dollar Dog Days; Tuesdays for-1 tacos, domestic beers, and sodas; and Winning Wednesdays features prizes from the Miller and Moulton sports broadcasting team. Unfortunately, due to our extremely dry conditions, the Miracle may season. The Miracle offers two Bark at the Park dates for the Fort Myers Miracle on Saturdays, May 19 and June 30, with the games starting at 6 p.m. but people arrive with their dogs at least 30 minutes before that. Tickets range from $7.50 to $12 and are available at www. that opens 90 minutes prior to each game, or by telephone at 239-7684210, 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. The Fort Myers Miracle The Best Game in Town! The HUGE Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich! bad, tastes delicious! The Ballpark Brat is the 2nd Best Seller, behind only the hot dog The pizza is so large, it looks like a double slice. Photos by Gary Mooney


Page 20 | Open Daily 11 a.m. 11 p.m. | Next to the Public Pier Share your food and drink photos with #PierSideEats Short and SweetDad, can you put the cat out? What did the grape do when he got stepped on? He let out a little wine. I wouldnt buy anything with velcro. What do you call cheese that isnt yours? Nacho Cheese.


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.) Dont embarass us Honey. Those arent white bucks and he isnt Pat Boone. Eric M. Huntsman Popeyepalooza is over the bridge come on over and join the fun. John Lallo Hey, Im your guy. For 25 bucks, Ill motor you over to Doc Fords and dont feed the popcorn to the gulls or itll give the true meaning of poop deck Mike Johnson Oh no, no...its not a Shrimp Boat, its a working vacation boat. You dont have plans for the next 8 days, do you? Patrick McGuire Key West Express over there, Bonita Bills over there. We got fresh shrimp right here! Vicki Cremer-Filz


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Page 23 Movie on the Mound As the sun set Saturday evening, several dozen Islanders gathered at the Mound House to enjoy Movie on the Mound, a special presentation of the Disney movie, Coco by the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival and the Mound House. The family-friendly event is a long-standing tradition of the Film Fest and enjoyed by kids of all ages. Photo by Sarah List.


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Page 26 Doors open at 1:45 PM. Beach Theater Popeyepalooza IX Sets New Record Another perfect day in paradise, another record setting year for Popeyepalooza as $7,000 was raised at the fundraiser at Beach Pub on Sunday, April 29, 2018. The total raised over nine years of Popeyepalooza, created and sustained by Mike Popeye Dearden, is now at over $32,900, volunteers and attendees make it all possible with generous donations of their time, talent and treasure. Photos Mark List




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