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Volume 18, Number 24 By Islanders, For Islanders Fort Myers Beach, Florida June 15th, 2018 FREE Garden Party Long Time Garden Club Members ReminisceBy Gary Mooney I was very active in my Garden Club in New York State, said Lois Eliasson, who joined the Estero Island Garden Club (EIGC) 28 years ago. I was primarily becoming a competition judge. When my late husband Ingvar and I moved here permanently, after visiting for decades, I wanted to see what this Garden Club could teach me about Florida landscaping. I too was previously a member of a garden club from up north, said Marge Doty, and when my late husband Kem and I moved here in the early 1990s, I wanted to be a garden club member again, so I joined the EIGC. This was especially important down here, because in Florida everything that grows is different from in Illinois or Michigan. While Lois and Marge came on-board over a quarter-century ago, the local garden club goes back much further. Mrs. Irene Paden, who was a member of the Fort Myers Beach Womans Club in the Fall of 1959, found the islands horticulture condition to be deplorable, and received permission to branch off that groups garden section into the Estero Island Garden Club, Since then, Lois explained, the Garden Club became a community leader, starting the Tree City program, creating Long time members of the Estero Island Garden Club Lois Eliasson and Marge Doty look through the Garden Club scrapbook. They say friendships are just as important as gardening in the club. Photo by Gary Mooney Contd pg.13 Fins Up!Margaritaville Plants Flag on FMB Margaritaville currently offers 12 hotel/resort destinations, including this one in Grand Cayman. Photos provided. Late last week, TPI Hospi tality announced that it would partner with Margaritaville Holdings as they develop their new 254-room Margaritaville Resort in the heart of the Fort Myers Beach downtown district. The news rippled through the Island community, delivering on the promise of a resort that would blend into the unique, laid-back vibe of Fort Myers Beach. Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, the Margaritaville brand emphasizes comfortable relaxation, fun and an unmistakable laid-back Island vibe. Deemed casual-luxe, the resort will sit on seven acres at the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge with both beachfront ameni ties and bayside resort rooms. The beachside property will take up the area from what is now the Pierview Hotel to approximately the Mermaid Lounge. On the bayside, the Helmerich Plaza, including all but the former Seafarers and Ocean Jewels (now Chamber of Commerce) properties in the block surrounded by Estero Blvd, Crescent St. and Fifth St. Lee County owns the Seafarers site while TPI Hospitality agreed to donate the Ocean Jewels property to the Town of Fort Myers Beach and clear the land it sits on by the end of September 2018. The property will include low-lying open-air buildings that protect neighboring views, plus an assortment of walkable Margari taville food and beverage outlets, entertainment venues and a beach club. The LandShark Beach Club with a 5 oclock Somewhere Bar & Grill will preserve Gulf of Mexico views for those traveling on Estero Blvd. A beachside LandShark Bar & Grill, Coconut Telegraph Coffee Shop on the pedestrian bridge linking the resort and beachside, plus a JWB Bar & Grill on the second level, rounds out the planned beachside amenities. JWB will Contd pg.12 Last Chance to Run for Local Boards2018 Elections In November, eight seats on local taxing districts will be on the ballot: four on the Library Board, three on the Fire Board and one on the All seats are for 4-year terms. In order to run for any of those seats, candidates must qualify by noon June 22 at the Lee County Elections Ofbefore the deadline. These races are all non-partisan and candidates terested in running for a special district seat should contact the Lee or visit for more information. candidates, all incumbents, had declared their candidacy for local boards: Library Board Seat #1: Edward Scott; Seat #2: none; Seat #3: George Ballantyne; Seat #4: none Fire Board Seat #1: Robert Raymond; Seat #3: Carol Morris; Seat #5: Ted SchindlerContd pg.3 Turtle Timing Dawn Patrol Tracks Turtles


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Page 3 LETTERS to the EDITOR Kudos to Mr. Torgerson, TPI-FMB for partnering with Margari taville! What a great concept that embodies the color, music, food, and lifestyle of Fort Myers Beach! Hopefully, somehow this eases concerns or reservations that some had about this project. Im looking forward to watching the project come together! Chad Lincoln Lakeview, MI Upon reading the story in the Sand Paper titled Council Unani mously Denies SRO Funding (Island Sand Paper, June 8, 2018), I felt compelled to write this letter to the town council and the people of Fort Myers Beach. The Fort Myers, Cape Coral, even smaller towns like Sanibel Island and the County have stepped up to do what is right to protect the children that are in our schools. But our town has dropped the ball and shown that they have the wrong priorities in our local government. Our town for the past few years has shown that they dont want to work for the people, and the business owners or Fort Myers Beach. The Town of Fort Myers Beach has no greater obligation than to keep the residents, the taxpayers, and the children of Fort Myers Beach safe. We just created another redundant layer of government, fees and taxes for short term rentals on the Beach, all in the name of not wanting some residents to not know who to call about noisy neighbors, we pay for towns right of way from errant parking. But apparently our illustrious lead ers, and I use that word lightly, dont have $45,000 to protect our children. Shame on you Town Council, and your decision on this one. Arnold Mausser Fort Myers Beach I both agree and disagree with your Editorial about Respect for them on other patriotic holidays. As a former Air Force nurse (Captain), I all the time as a reminder of the opportunities that I have as a woman that I might not have elsewhere. Alice Mack, RN Fort Myers Last Chance to Run for Local Boards2018 Elections, Contd from pg.1: none Two of the Lee County are on the ballot this year: District for all seats. Lee County voters will also be choosing a Public Defend er and a State Attorney this year. The Lee County School Board has four seats up for grabs: District 1, 4 & 5 plus At-Large District 6. FMB voters will only be able to vote for the At-Large District 6 seat. The Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors will have two seats in each of two districts (2 & 4) on the ballot in 2018. FMB voters vote for all seats.T he Primary Election will be held Tuesday, August 28. Florida is a closed primary state. To vote the party ballot, you must be a member of party holding the primary. Even if you are not a registered party member, all voters will vote for non-partisan races on August 28. The deadline to change your 2018. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6. The deadline to register is October 9. email If plan ning 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 wish your ballot to go to an address other than your voter record mailing address, you must request it in writing. For more information call


Page 4 Beach Botanyby Jim Rodwell This weeks species is not an Angiosprem (a Flowering Plant). It is a Pteridophyte (a fern). The Staghorn Clubmoss, Lycopodiela cernusa, belongs to the Lycopodiaceae family, a primitive family with an ancient history. The structure of this species begins with a creeping points of contact with the ground. A series of erect stems project from the main stem to a height of 40 inches. The erect stems have many nodding branches covered with tiny needle-like triangular leaves. Margins are entire. Cernusa doesnt even look like a fern. It retains its primitive shape and color of yellowish green. this plant. Instead, it has spores like other ferns. Spores are formed in a casing called are found at the tips of cernusa stems. Eventually, the sporangias open up and spread spores to the wind. Cernusa is a perennial evergreen that frequents moist habitats like forest fringes, margins of swamps and wet grasslands. Cernusa is frequent in Central counties including Lee and in some Panhandle counties. There are four other species native to Florida in the Genus Lycopodiela. The picture was shot in the Koreshan State Park. rfnttb bb rffn SALES CENTER OPEN DAILYtbbbr f f PRIVATE LABEL LIVING DEVELOPED BY r fntbrbbbb bbbtbtt bbbtb bbbbt tt bbtb b b bnb bb bb bbbb bb n f Guest Commentary: SRO Funding Lee County Manager Our community has proved time and again that we will stand together to face a challenge or provide a need. There is no more important need than the safety and security of our children and grandchildren. When the Florida Legislature mandated school districts assign at least one safe earlier this year, the Lee Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) acted quickly to support paying 50 percent of the school districts cost to provide this important safety measure at every school in unincorporated Lee County. The BoCC did this voluntarily; nothing mandates nor compels county governments or city governments to participate Act. The act is an unfunded mandate handed to all school districts in Florida. The statutes language states, each district school board and school district superintendent shall partner with law enforcement agencies to establish or assign one or more facility The 2018 Legislative session ended on March 11, and the School Safety Act passed during last two weeks of session. The governors March 25 letter to school districts explained the act provided $64 million statewide -know the statewide need is 2,000 School District portion is $1.6 million.) Lee County has a history of providing a 50-50 share of funding (SRO) program. In all, the BoCC has spent $17 million during the last to the protection of our children. For years leading up to 2011, the county partnered with pay for SROs in schools in the unincorporated area. These funds were from the Unincorporated MSTU tax rate, which is paid only by property owners outside of city boundaries in the unincorporated area. Likewise, the cities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers paid their portion within their boundaries from city tax rates and used their In 2011, both cities left the program and the Sheriff started to supply SROs to municipal middle and high schools. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2011/12, the BoCC agreed to fund Cape Corals and Fort Myers 50 percent share and high schools using a postrecession combination of General Fund and Unincorporated MSTU funding. This arrangement was intended to accommodate the hard times of the recession when base and revenue losses. It was never intended to be a permanent arrangement, nor was the SRO program intended to be a General Fund countywide service. The county has continued its participation. The countys SRO allocation for Fiscal Year 2018/19 will be $2.8 million, a nearly 17 percent increase from $2.4 million in the prior year. We have communicated this commitment openly. The BoCC addressed SRO Session and that consensus was District of the BoCCs action. The discussion has continued in our community. On May 1, Waterman Broadcasting, aired on NBC-2 a report on the BoCCs action. Then a May 8, school board meeting at which the SRO funding issue and the BoCCs action was discussed generated additional and increased media coverage in print and broadcast. Lee County Commissioners recognize the importance of funding a portion of school safety by paying 50 percent of the unfunded mandated costs for unincorporated Lee County. The City of Cape Coral, the City of Fort Myers, the City of Sanibel and the county have all stepped forward to partner with the school district to fund this initiative in the areas for which they are responsible and keep our children safe at school. We appreciate that commitment, which we know we all share.


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Page 7 Feeding the HungryHarry Chapin Food Bank Serves Invisible NeedBy Gary Mooney When the public hears hunger, they think starvation, said Richard LeBer, the President & CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (HCFB) counties including Lee. These however are two distinct terms, with those who are hungry being far more prevalent. Hungry people live in almost every one of our local neighborhoods, as most Southwest Florida families live in a There but for the Grace of God go I scenario, where an unexpected occurrence Hungry people are your friends or neighbors or your childs school playmate and sometimes you! You have no idea who is going hungry just by sight. One in 7 people in the HCFBs 5-county area of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties is food insecure, LeBer explained. This means that at some point during the year, they will not know where their next meal is coming from, and that is not wellunderstood by most people. They dont realize who the hungry are, as around here, the vast majority are the working poor, along with children who are roughly 25% of our clients, and seniors who make up 18% of them, along with the poor, unemployed, disabled and veterans. Our clients show up in or restaurant uniforms, who live paycheck by paycheck or do not earn enough to make ends meet. When you must decide between your rent or medications or utilities, LeBer stated that, one terribly unfortunate aspect of hunger is many people think of it as embarrassing, so you probably will not hear or learn about it unless you are family or a very close friend, as this is not something proud people admit, so there are tragedies in our communities where that suffering goes on in silence. A lot of different scenarios can cause hunger, from the loss of a job or apartment, to a health condition that requires additional expenses or causes you to work less, so these become a multiple whammy, Richard explained. An excellent example occurred last September, when Hurricane Irma struck. Many work places closed for up to three weeks, affecting thousands. Those without good jobs have less healthcare and adequate savings or insurance, so they are more likely to take it on the chin. million pounds of food during its increases by about a million pounds a year, LeBer said. That allows us to keep up with or even outpace the county region, while ensuring we do right by those we already serve. For every donated dollar, the HCFB is able to turn that into $8 of food: I have a magic wand, joked Richard! In truth, the secret is that most of our food comes via donation, from retail stores or food drives to churches or produce donated by area farms, so our expenses come for trucking and labor and gasoline, allowing us to leverage that dollar into 7 more. Of every dollar you donate to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, 97 cents goes back out into the community, to help our patrons, with just those few pennies left over going to the cost of our operation and fundraising. We work very hard to maintain that ratio, so the community knows they can trust us. When a child is hungry, they have a hard time developing properly, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally, said LeBer. They have a harder time staying in school or getting good grades or being focused on their lessons or homework. When an adult is hungry, they have a tough time looking for or keeping a job. When a family is hungry, they tend to have more health issues and problems, like high blood pressure, so hunger all the way around becomes a nasty cycle. The faces of hunger in Southwest Florida are working families, children, the elderly, military and veterans, and migrant workers, as well as the homeless and those with drug or alcohol addictions. It doesnt matter if you live in Fort Myers Beach or Lehigh Acres or Immokalee. While we have a greater percentage of hungry in lower income communities, like in the rural areas of Hendry and Glades Counties, more people number-wise suffer in our larger urban areas of Lee and Collier, like in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Bonita Springs. The Harry Chapin Food Bank is in reality a distribution center, accumulating the donated merchandise, sorting and inspecting Contd pg.8 Richard LeBer, President & CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank


Page 8 is one of 200 national food banks associated with Feeding America, the countrys leading anti-hunger gamut, from churches that stock a small pantry, to schools and soup kitchens that can feed many people at once. This allows us to better serve the direct needs of our clients, because what a senior in Cape Coral needs is different from a child in Immokalee, whether that be food, a health screening or income tax preparation. We distribute about 70% of our food to our partner agencies via our own trucks. They go on-line, review what we can offer, and send in their can, and most of them receive one truckload a week, completely free of charge. The food the HCFB provides healthy alternative, LeBer offered, with low sodium, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and about 15% meat. The overwhelming majority is through donations by retail stores such as Publix, Wynn-Dixie, Costco, Walmart and Sams Club, as well as local farms and packinghouses, along with generous donations of merchandise and money from our residents and those that host food drives who believe in our mission. One of the largest just occurred in Lee County, where United States Postal Service carriers collected food along their mail routes. As a member organization of Feeding America, we trade food with similar groups all around the nation; for example, we receive a lot of truckloads at this time of year, since it is so hot and wet here, our growing season, but we return the favor over the winter, when so much of the north is under snow and cold, as our area grows 40% of the nations agriculture. They also receive donations straight from the manufacturers; one of the most interesting was an unexpected truckful of Raisin Bran. When I called to thank them, I said we were surprised when the truck just showed up and asked why. They said they had an equipment malfunction and the boxes ended up chockful of raisins so much so that if they sold them, the next time their customers bought a box, they would feel cheated by just the normal amount, so it was either throw away the entire batch or donate them! Our customers actually ended up with a better product than people could buy in the store! Richard said that the HCFB could not do its valuable work without our volunteers, who allow us to do more with less, and I love their energy and enthusiasm! We have over 5,000 individuals who provide us with over 55,000 hours the food bank began shortly after its namesake passed away, but it did not receive the Harry Chapin moniker until about a decade later, when a founding member and friend of the late advocate to end hunger received permission from his family. Chapin, best known for his song, The Cats in The Cradle, donated the proceeds from many performances to hunger-related efforts. I hope he would be proud of the work we carry on in his name, said Richard, as he gave so much of his time and energy to the battle against hunger. Sadly, not as many people today are as familiar with Chapin as a singer and performer, as so much time has gone by since his untimely passing, but once I mention Cats in The Cradle, most people go, OHH Him! To volunteer or donate food or money, contact the Harry Chapin Their Lee County location is at on Fort Myers Beach, please contact the First Baptist Church at 7500 and ask for Craig Nelms. We are so enormously grateful and inspired by the spirit and generosity of our community to help our neighbors, concluded LeBer, because without that support, we could not do any of what we achieve every day. Harry Chapin Food Bank Serves Invisible Need, Contd from pg.7 Pallets of food wait to be delivered to one of the Food Banks 150 different partner locations. Over 5,000 volunteers contribute more than 55,000 hours annually. Photos by Gary Mooney.


Page 9 Missy Layeld, Editor Editor@fortmyersbeach.newsThe greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism. Sir William Osler Mike Buster Circulation Manager c/o Info@fortmyersbeach.newsLove thy neighbour as yourself, but choose your neighbourhood. Louise Beal Mark List, Production ManagerProduction@fortmyersbeach.newsThe most wasted of all days is one without laughter. e e cummings Sarah List, Photographerinfo@fortmyersbeach.newsMy Karma ran over your dogma. Unknown Sandy Sandness, Advertisinginfo@fortmyersbeach.newsWhy isnt there a special name for the tops of your feet? Lily TomlinThe Island Sand PaperAn independently owned and operated island newspaper. 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.newsThe fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth. W. Somerset Maugham Gary Mooney Lead Writer Anatole France story assignments. Sitting as we do, just seaward of the mouth of the Caloosa hatchee River, our waters are at the mercy of whatever comes down that connect Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico, to drain the lake and that was a natural body of water. It is no more. gates at Moore Haven (S-77) to relieve high water levels at the lake. aged over 4,000cubic feet of water per second. That contributed to a We dont need to numbers or the explanation. We just know that our water is brown. Not its usual emerald tint, but brown. Aside from the aesthetics of that and the economic impact of it in out tourism-based economy, it is proven to be damaging to sea life on many levels. Ill let the water scientists of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation explain it in this recent Action Alert: Greater Everglades region. To manage lake water levels, the Corps of Engineers began Lake Okeechobee releases on June 1st resulting in tuary habitats, estuarine and marine organisms experience harm from lock, near Alva, reach 2,800 cfs (1.26 million gallons/minute or 1.81 trillion gallons/day). Since the rain began on May 15 the Caloosahatchee estuary with no discharges from Lake Okeechobee. However, the lake discharg ing dark fresh water and suddenly dropping salinities in the estuary all the way to the mouth of the river at Shell Point. The consequence of this sudden, drastic, and prolonged salinity drop has been a massive die off of estuarine clams and oysters at Iona just upstream of Shell Pointe and is fueling freshwater cyanobacteria, including Microcystis, that is visible beneath the water surface from Beautiful Island by I-75 to Iona Cove. This current event is the direct result of managing water selecOkeechobee and into publicly funded stormwater treatment areas, thus forcing discharges harmful to public resources. We need to express our strenuous objection to water managers consequence of agricultural discharges that have resulted in harmful dump massive quantities of water to the estuaries at the very beginning of the rainy season when no water was being held by or discharged to agricultural areas to share the harm. Instead, agriculture on the east massive quantities of water into the lake instead of holding their own runto the estuaries that have also received too much rain. We ask water managers to identify these conditions and start requiring all landowners to manage stormwater on their own land, not dump it into the lake, not usurp the entire capacity of publicly funded stormwater treatment areas that harm public resources. It is past time to change the system. The burden of too much water in Lake O should be shared among all stakeholders, not placed solely on the estuaries. Add your voice to the call to demand that state and federal water managers take action. There are several ways to demand action on the water releases from Lake O that unfairly burden the coastal estuaries. To use the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation online letter generator, visit SCCFWater Or you can contact them individually. The best way to reach out is via phone or email. For additional contact information visit 850-488-7146 Lizbeth Benacquisto 202-224-5274 941-575-9101 Its an election year for some of these decision makers. Their hearing seems to improve during election years. Make some noise. Happy Fathers Day!


Page 10 By Gary Mooney The historic Mound House Summer Camp, from Monday through Friday, July 16 to 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Mound House is just the place to host a Summer Camp, raved Glen Beitmen, founder of the Super Science & Amazing Art Camps. It is close to the beach, has boats and a beautiful large yard to run around and play, so that is pretty cool! Glen, or The Super Scientist or Mr. Glen, as the kids call him, hopes the Calusa Kids Campers will learn that simplicity itself is a key approach, as the Calusa Indians demonstrated when they years ago. They were a strong, intelligent and creative people, and in their own way, the scientists of their age, by utilizing what was around them. We want our kids to discover that inventiveness in themselves, by using what is all around them, without being dependent at all times on a computer or iPad, by having fun in a low-tech way. When I was young, we played with sticks, and a cardboard tube was the greatest thing ever, and we want to pass along that simpler knowledge to the campers. The Super Scientist began doing camps in New Jersey, before relocating to Florida in 2005. I learned a long time ago that if you can get kids interested in science at a young age, you have them for life, but unfortunately, many schools do not teach science at the pre-Kin Mr. Glen made the Mound House connection through its Executive Director, Alison Giesen. Prior to the Mound House, Alison was with the Edison-Ford Winter Estates, and we ran camps together there. Once she came here, we knew it was only a matter of time before we would begin one. Glen feels the coolest part of the Calusa Kids Camp is we incorporate history with all the science and outdoor activities. As an educational key, you must know where you have been to know where you are going, and the Mound House traces Southwest Florida history back 2,000 years. The Calusa built their civilization without todays technology, and what they accomplished with limited resources and tools is amazing. We will show the kids how the Calusa used their understanding of science to create things like pottery, as well as advancing their knowledge of the environment to all this starts with history. I love the underground display area, where the swimming pool used to be, as you can tell the timeline of the area by the shell layers and campers will The cost of camp is $250-per-child, with Mound House members receiving a 10% discount to $225-per-camper. They have no intention, however, of turning assistance and have a scholarship program; contact them for an Register and pay by Wednesday, July 11, at bit. ly/CalusaCamp Children must provide their own lunch and beverages, at least two snacks for their breaks and sunblock, hat and sunglasses, as the bulk of the camp, weather permitting, will be outside. this camp, said Mr. Glen, is most sites discourage water activities, while the Mound House is just the opposite, as they have canoes and kayaks and life preservers, so that should make for a great week with happy kids! In addition to running a successful inaugural Summer Camp, Glen hopes to increase the Mound have done so much work in the past few years, and it is such an outstanding place, but one of the best-kept secrets in Southwest Florida. We think our kids and their families will love it, and will bring their families and guests to visit, to enjoy its waterfront location and learn about the Calusa. We want to expand this into several Summer Camps for 2019, so we can spend an entire week on history, the environment or water activities. The Mound House, Estero Islands oldest standing structure now owned by the Town of Fort Myers Beach and operated as a museum, is the communitys cultural and environmental learning center. It recently received nomination for the National Register of Historic Places and offers dozens of programs each month. Admission is dents with IDs, $5 ages 6 to 12, and 5 & under free, with Town residents receiving a 50% discount. It is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information or to volunteer, call The Mound House is at 451 Connecticut Street, with addi tional parking at 216 Connecticut. Calusa Kids Camp Mound House Debuts New Program Water is an important part of any summer camp. Photo provided.


Page 11 Fresh local seafoodDockage available Open at 11:00 amDaily Happy Hour 11:00 am 6:00 pmFish-Tale MarinaBehind Santini Marina Plaza7225 Estero Boulevard (239) 747-6500 For The Birds! FWCs Brown Hosts CWA WalkBy Gary Mooney The southern end of Estero Island is home to a protected beach habitat that features a vast array of shorebirds unlike any other place on Earth. Known as The Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area (CWA), the 50-acre site extends from close to the southern end of Fort Myers Beach several miles north, to near the Wyndham Garden Hotel. Its always good to be here at the Little Estero Island CWA, said Biologist Britt Brown of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to roughly a dozen people at the Beach Nesting Birds program sponsored by the Mound House last Friday morning, June 8. Its wonderful to see so many friendly people, as I love speaking to the public! CWAs increase the chance of successful shorebird nesting by reducing the possibility of further population declines by decreasing human disturbances to nesting colonies that might otherwise abandon the site. The FWC established CWAs under the Florida Administration Code to protect, with landowner support, important wildlife concentrations during crucial life cycle periods like nesting and migration. Florida designated the Little Estero Island CWA, a favorite spot for birds, in nesting area, important overwintering spot and foraging region for at least 68 species of endangered shore and wading birds, including Snowy and Wilsons plovers; willet and black skimmers; Sandwich, Royal, and Least terns; American oystercatchers; great blue herons; brown pelicans; green, snowy, and reddish egrets, Ruddy turnstones; and roseate spoonbills, as well as sea turtles. Brown pointed out the Snowy plovers that blend right into the sand, to avoid predators, so if you do not look sharp, you miss them. Their speckled eggs match up with the sand, as their nests are just tiny holes in the beach. This strategy worked for them for the longest time, but now their population is in a rapid decline over living and recreating on the beach and intruding onto their habitat. The State now has an initiative to increase their population by 10 percent; that may not seem like much but in reality, that is massive! great and somewhat surprising about this CWA is the adjacent private property owners work with us, to safely manage this population of shorebirds, and that is just fantastic to me! Florida has such a great partnership with private landowners, with this huge enclosure to protect these little birds, and that amazes me and gives me hope for the future, that they are so willing to share their land that is awesome! Brown stated that Snowy plovers are solitary nesters: Some are in colonies, but they mostly avoid the hullabaloo and go off by themselves. We saw three Snowy plover chicks last weekend that were just a couple of weeks old, and they are so darn cute! Snowy plovers love to feast on bugs, so here in Florida, it is a smorgasbord and they savor that! Colony shorebirds are just the opposite. They are territorial and vocal, with a mob mentality to ward off predators. They get all up in arms, and will dive bomb and poop on you to protect their nesting areas. If this happens to you, dont be too upset because that is a sign the colony is doing well. Once chicks they are up and running around, even feeding themselves, and that is so hilarious to watch these little cottonballs with toothpick legs bouncing around. Their parents their own. Until then, they are at the mercy of anything and everything on the beach, 24/7, to survive, including the elements. Browns latest count showed 210 adult least terns, sitting on 105 nests, with 49 chicks, and more hatching every day, so it is a real baby boom and just fantastic! Least terns, however, can be aggressive with other chicks and will run them off. Their incubation period takes roughly one month, although the Least terns incubate their threeegg nests one at a time, so when you see their babies, you see a big one, a smaller one, then the smallest one, Photo by Gary Mooney.


Page 12 be an upscale 100-seat beachside restaurant providing panoramic air-conditioned views of tero and San Carlos Islands rich history. Across the street on the bayside of Estero Blvd, an elevated 22,000 square foot lushly-landscaped License to Chill Terrace will offer clear views of the Gulf and include a restaurant, game area and hammocks with access to the resort lobby, meeting spaces, ballroom, the St. Somewhere Spa and the Live Life Like a Song retail store. TPI has been working for three years with members of the local business community, as well as our friends and neighbors who are residents of Fort Myers Beach, to create a plan that truly embodies a shared vision for the future of this site, said Tom Torgerson, chairman of TPI Hospitality. We received valuable creative feedback along the way and we are excited with where the evolved plan has landed and are looking forward to the future. Our align ment with Margaritaville ensures this one-of-a-kind resort will perfectly embody the look, feel and charm of its island community. The Times Square section of Fort Myers Beach is known for its great food, entertainment and fun attributes that are synonymous with Margaritaville, said John Cohlan, chief ville. With our signature lifestyle built on relaxation, escapism and good times and TPI Hospitalitys solid experience in new resort developments we feel we have a perfect partnership in place. We look forward to working together with TPI to add a new depth to this area, while seamlessly enhancing all of the character that already exists. The resort is expected to open in early 2021, about two-and-a-half years from now. Islanders can expect to see demolition of the Ocean Jewels/Chamber building at 1054 5th Street by the end of September, with additional demolition on the remaining buildings by the end of 2018. Spokesman for the resort project, John Gucciardo explained that beyond the demolition, the resort would need to work with the Town on permits and development orders. The Town has indicated that they will be working with a special consultant on the project. Gucciardo also explained that the Margaritaville Resort construction would aim to open the entire resort at the same time, in the To follow updates on the project, visit the Facebook page, How You Can Support TPIFMB. For more information on TPI Hospitality, visit For more information on Margaritaville, visit Margaritaville Holdings include a dozen lodging locations, three of them in Florida. Twenty additional projects are in the pipeline plus over 60 food and beverage venues including Margaritaville Restaurant, award-win ning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 oClock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill. TPI Hospitality, with almost 2,000 employees, restaurant locations. TPI will develop, own and operate the Margaritaville Resort. Rendering of the Margaritaville Resort Fort Myers Beach.Margaritaville Plants Flag on FMB, Contd from pg.1


Page 13 Long Time Garden Club Members Reminisce, Contd from pg.1the Memorial Garden at the Bay Oaks Recreational Center, helping to the founding of the Matanzas Pass Preserve, among numerous examples. We used to distribute trees that people ordered by the Mound House and that was quite the sight to see, with folks in convertibles driving away with trees sticking out of the top, so that was pretty funny! The EIGC is a locally, County, State and Nationally recognized group. These successes continue through today, with the EIGC winning three awards at the recent Statewide Convention in May, including having the most club members! The current membership is nearly 50 people, and that is our most ever, explained Lois, and is nearly double from just a few years ago. Laura Jibbon, a former President and now the District Director, is hugely responsible for that growth, as is Carol Kolar, who just completed two years as our President. While men can join, and there were a few over the years, including a gentleman who grew the most beautiful roses, along with several who were honorary members due to their contributions while helping their wives, the EIGC is currently an all-female organization. Lois is a Past President, serving from 1996 except President. You dont need to be an island homeowner to join the Garden Club, Lois reminded, especially now that there are so many condominiums on the island! If you dont know what to do, come to see us, and that includes more now want to grow vegetables on their balconies and lanais. We have several members who are graduates of the Fort Myers Masters Gardening program, so we can instruct you in how to make that happen. and third Monday of each month from October through May, with one being a business meeting with each beginning with a social time at current home is the Fort Myers Beach Womans Club, so in a way we are right back to our founding roots, joked Lois. We formerly met at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library, said Marge, and I cant think of a church on the island that we did not call home at one time or another! If you would like to join or just stop by to see what we are all about, added Lois, come to one of our meetings. Lois encouraged prospective new members to join, if you are at all interested in gardening if you just want to learn what you can grow here, particularly if you are a transplant for some other area of the nation, as this is a special and unique region. Things that will grow well as close as Punta Gorda will not do well in Fort Myers Beach, so that is all valuable information. We work closely with the All Native Society to encourage only the use of native plants. Just because you Home Depot or Lowes does not mean they will thrive in Southwest Florida, added Marge, so know what will grow before you spend your hard-earned money! For years, the Garden Club hosted an annual plant exchange, plant sale and yard sale to raise funds, along with decorating the Christmas Tree at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library and a Spring Luncheon. We also have a nice tradition, Marge explained, that when a member sadly passes away, we donate a book in their memory to the FMB Public Library, so they now have over 100 books from our Club, along with memorial bricks at the Berne Davis Garden through the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council. While Lois has now been an EIGC member for 28 years, that pales in comparison to another Lois Gressman who is now in her 45th year with the club! She ever, as it seems like she won every Blue Ribbon Award out there for that talent! She started out as a painter then that talent transferred from the canvas to real life. She is just marvelous and always a great help to the rest of us, and taught many group. Marge is a dirt gardener, meaning I like to dig into the ground, probably because my Father used to own a fruit farm. Lois, on the other hand, is into container gardening, as picking and pulling weeds at my age is no longer something I tolerate! They do miss some of their favorite tulips, but we learn to make up for those, said Lois. I like periwinkles and staghorn ferns, and have two beautiful Oak trees. Marge favors bromeliads, because they come in thousands of varieties, do well in the shade or sun, and dont need much water in dry season. They only bloom one time, then the main plant dies, but they give off pups that separate off and create hundreds of new ones! I have a mostly native garden in front of my house, with As for their favorite part of the Garden Club, It is the friendships and information, said Marge. In fact, that is how Lois and I met! It is the knowledge about how to make everything natural and beautiful here, so take advantage of that knowledge, agreed Lois. Of course, the friendships you make are the essential element! We have members from all over the nation, and even one from England who comes every winter. We learn so much from each other, and have so much fun together! The current co-Presidents of the Estero Island Garden Club are Carol Dallas and Bonnie McClure. To learn more about the club, call 978-460-1814 or email weezie24@ Members of the Estero Island Garden Club this spring at one of the sites they keep beautiful all year long, the garden at Bay Oaks Recreation Center. Photo submitted.


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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! Come to the Bay Oaks Rec Center on SA June 16 from 10am 12pm to learn about Bike Safety, join a Bicycle Club and meet with a bike mechanic. In addition there will be an 8am Bonita Road Ride and a 9am FMB Fun Ride, both beginning at Bay Oaks. Enjoy Bike Demos, FREE kids helmets, a bike rodeo, ice cream and more! For more inSummer is swim lesson time. The Beach pool offers lessons for just $20 thanks to the support of the Beach Kiwanis Clubs Every Child a Swimmer program. All classes next weekday lessons, Monday Thursday, will be June 18-28.Start times 8:15am-9:15am. The next Sunday lessons will be held July 12noon. For more information and class times call the pool Sign up NOW to be a part of an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the largest human image of a seashell on National SeaConvention Bureau is hosting this attempt at the Outrigger Resort on FMB and asking volunteers to sign up now at All volunteers will get a free hat and ter and check in at the event ill receive a special gift. Registration is bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food bank. There will be no parking at Outrigger. Free trolley shuttles from the Beach Park & Ride at Summerlin Square Drive and the Lovers Key Park & Ride will be available. Watch for details in the Sand Paper or visit www. miss Paul Todd & Friends for Pastor Jeanne Farewell Concert on FR June 22 at 7pm at Beach United Methodist Church. Doors open taken.The Community Pool at Bay Oaks is open from 10am-6pm every day MO SU. The pool offers a kiddie pool area, slide and lap swim area, plus shaded tables. Water Aerobics class is offered every MO, WE & FR at 9am ($4 Bay Oaks members/$6 The Womans Club of FMB invites all bridge players to join them every a day of social bridge, Players rotate throughout the day competing in six rounds. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy good company and great members. Proceeds support community activities. Coffee, iced tea and water served. For more information, call Womans Club, 175 Sterling Ave, FMB.Can you help out at a soup kitchen the fourth Friday of every month, volunteers from Chapel by the Sea serve lunch at the Immokalee Soup Kitchen. The church bus leaves up volunteers off island on Pine Ridge Road. For more information, The Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis 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 fortmyersbeachkiwan Applications and all required materials must be postmarked by July 16. The Americana Community Music Association will celebrate 6 years of original Americana Music Concerts & Songwriting with an Annian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Founding ACMA members will perform during this special night of music. ACMA musicians were the featured performers during the Lovers Key Songwriters at Sunset series. In the past year ACMA musicians have performed over 90 times, sharing their original songs and the stories behind the songs. Healths Convenient Care urgent camp and school physicals with no appointment necessary. Physicals include height/weight, vital signs, allergies, medications, medical/ surgical history review and physical exam. These physicals are avail able at the Summerlin Convenient Myers 7am-7pm.Lee County Schools and Fort Myers Beach Elementary School are participating in the Summer Feed Program. From June 4 to July 27, kids 18 and under are invited to come to the Dolphin Caf at Beach School for a free, delicious lunch. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch is provided Monday Friday from 11am-12pm.The historic Mound House needs immediate volunteers to serve as Museum Store Assistants, who help guests with tickets, memberships and Museum Store products, with on-site training by staff and volunteers. The Mound House, at 451 Connecticut Street, is open TU, WE & SA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Dexter Norris, Mound House Environmental A Publication of A Daily Guide to Fun on the Beach FREE


Page 17 The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the liauthor or sign up for some time on the librarys computers. Head to the artist of the month or stop in the Friends Used Book Store. The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm Upcoming programs include: provement sion life A 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 exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional inforprograms include: FR June 15 9am Conservation Caf (reservations required) SA June 16 9am Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am Family Adventures Tour; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour. TU June 19 8am Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 9am Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 10am Family Adventures Tour; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour. WE June 20 9am Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am Cool Calusa Tools; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour TH June 21 9am Family Fun Kayak Tour ak Tour (reservations required; call for exact time); 10am Exploring Archeology; 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour Guided nature programs are offered in the park. All programs require registration, are free with park entry and take place at 10am. To ing programs include: FR June 15 Gopher Tortoise Talk FR June 22 Walk on the Wild Side FR June 29 Black Island Bike TourThere is a critical need for blood NESTS................... 29 FALSE CRAWLS... 72 HATCHED............. 0 NESTS.................. 85 FALSE CRAWLS.. 62 HATCHED ............. 0 Government Meetings Town Council Public Safety Committee FMB Fire Board Bay Oaks Advisory Board All meetings take place in Town Hall, 2525 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach unless otherwise noted. Meeting times are accurate as of press time. have 45 minutes to spare to save a Center at Summerlin Crossings, WE theyre open until 7pm! All blood donated at Lee Health Blood Center saves lives right here in Lee County. Bay Oaks and Ostego Bay Marine Science Center are offering Summer Camps this summer. Bay Oaks week for members and $100 for non-members. Scholarships avail Ostego Bay camp is offered at the Marine Science Center for ages 5-16 in June and July. Cost is $275/ or visit


Page 18 SHOP LOCAL BUY LOCAL! SUPPORT OUR ISLAND BUSINESSES! Battle of the Blueway Paddlers of all stripes gathered at Crescent Beach Family Park in Fort Myers Beach last Olympics. Eri Tenorio won the Ron Jon Pro 7 Mile race with a time of 1:26:40.00. Andy Malave was the overall winner of the Body Glove 2 Mile race with a time of 25:26.87 and brought plenty of spectators to the park where they enjoyed a festival atmosphere in addition to the races. Photo Sarah List


Page 19 FWCs Brown Hosts CWA Walk, Contd from pg.11as opposed to plovers that incubate all three eggs at the same time that basically hatch together. There are 124 Black skimmer adults. I call the skimmers aerial beagles, as they make a sound like they are barking, and are super cute as well. Many of these are on their second round of nesting, as it often takes them two or three attempts before they Babies are just adorable, and as you watch them waddle, waddle, waddle along the beach, they just capture your heart! She said you can tell the age of the chicks by their feathers. Shortly after birth, their feathers look like they have leopard-type spots that allow them to hide in the wrack line, as hiding is their only defense. As they get older, the spots go away, so you can see them, making their only defense but fortunately they are very fast! When they see people, dogs or other predators, they head for the hills, even the babies that are still awkward little guys. Dogs are the least favorite thing of nesting shorebirds. You may have the worlds nicest dog, Britt explained, but to a shorebird, they look like a wolf and predator. Dogs are illegal at CWAs, even on a leash, as they are a huge threat to chicks. On all other parts of the beach, even though dogs can be there, always keep them on a short leash, to protect wildlife. CWA management is multi-faceted, with posting and maintenance coordinated through the FWC and local partners, like the Town of Fort Myers Beach, with bird monitoring and habitat management done by FWC biologists, Audubon Florida staff, local personnel, and volunteers that prohibit human and related incursions annually from human population grows, thereby decreasing the area available to wildlife. The Little Estero Island CWA is rich with mangroves, sea oats, panic grass and vegetation. The late renowned ornithologist, Roger Tory Peterson, declared the site shortly before its establishment to be the best place in the world to photograph shorebirds. If you witness anyone violating the CWA, immediately contact the FWCs Wildlife Alert the Town of Fort Myers Beach at Critical Wildlife Areas, visit MyFWC. com. When you come to the CWA, respect the rope boundaries and give the nesting shorebirds the space they need, Britt reminded. Even as professionals, we rarely cross the barriers; even to count the eggs, nests, chicks and adults, we stand outside the ropes, although to get an accurate Snowy plovers count, we sometimes go in just a bit, but we give them their necessary room. You can tell we are not bothering them at all this morning, or we would be wearing poop now, so we know they are not upset with us today! Photo by Gary Mooney. Photo courtesy of FWC. Photo by Katie Moses.


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Page 21 WHAT IS COMMUNITY COMICS Each week I draw a cartoon and put it up on my FB page (Mark List) on Saturday morning, and ask all my FB friends to contribute captions for the cartoon. I also ask that everyone vote for the ones they think are the funniest. The ones with the most Likes by Wednesday get printed in the funnies pages that week. We do it simply for the fun of it. Bill Rountree Jojo Wolf Eric M. Huntsman Patrick McGuire Mike Johnson


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Page 23 NOW HIRING Dawn Patrol Tracks Turtles, Contd from pg.5we know hatchlings came out. If you are lucky enough to see this in person, it is amazing how quick they all get to the water much faster than I ever imagined, and phenomenal! Three days after hatching, Turtle Time volunteers dig it out and count egg shells to determine how many babies were in the nest and how many made it out. We occasionally discover a hatchling in there, so we take it with us, then release it into the water that evening. Mary Rose picks up garbage along the way, and marks manmade intrusions, like tents and beach chairs. When she tags the tent, she pointed out, This is exactly what we dont want, because the turtle can get caught, drag it back into the water and drown. We place a friendly Turtle Time tag on it, asking the owner to remove it, with an explanation why it is dangerous. We are never antagonistic or angry, but use these as teachable moments. What is most disturbing is the plethora of holes dug into the beach, some as deep as two feet and as wide as ten. Not only are these leg-breakers for people, but if a hatchling or even an adult turtle gets trapped in one, they will most likely die. There must be 25 deep holes on this walk, Mary Rose said sadly, pointing to one particular monster: This one is so big, your whole family could fall in! Once she reached the Lahaina Inn, Mary Roses responsibility is done, with another volunteer picking up where she left off. She then calls one of two telephone numbers to Eve; on this anything, then she is through. The second number is to report a nest, receive its number, measure the tracks width and crawls distance. She uses stakes to mark it off, emails Eve a photograph, and sets the Solo Locator App to determine its exact GPS location. Only after we do all of these things can Eve telephone the beach business vendors with permission to put out their equipment for that day. Nest relocations are rare; of the 99 on Fort Myers Beach in 2017, Turtle Time relocated just 10 to 15. Since turtle numbers are going up, we prefer not to interfere with nature, unless it is near a manmade drainage. Interestingly, Hurricane Irma last September did not destroy many nests, with several surviving her volunteerism, Mary Rose said that, the best feeling is being a part of the turtles lifecycle, and maintaining this vital species!


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Page 26 Doors open at 1:45 PM. Beach Theater A short-handed Local Planning Agency on Tuesday approved a setback variance to allow a pool on a Shell Mound Blvd. property, approved the rezoning of a portion of Gull Wing to add 6 more condo-hotel units and approved a 6-month moratorium on development applications that fall into a very narrow set of criteria. The purpose of the moratorium, stated John Turner, attorney with the Peterson Law Group, the Towns Attorney, is to give the LPA and Town Council the time to review and possibly change the Land Development Code (LDC) as it relates to this criteria. The LDC allows that lots that are smaller than 15,000 square feet (SF) may compute densities based on the lot size plus half the width of adjoining streets and water bodies. The LDC also allows rounding up. So a computed density greater than 1.5 Dwelling Units (DU)/acre can be rounded up to 2 DU. (LDC is approximately one-third of an acre. Management & Planning session on February 8, 2018 when thenMayor Dennis Boback asked for a moratorium on the formula for buildable square footage to prevent people from building in the right-of-way, according to the minutes of that meeting. While the ROW can be used in some cases to calculate allowable density, no building is allowed in the ROW. On February 20, a March 19. At that meeting, a 4-1 vote sent the issue to the LPA. This week the LPA took up the contentious issue. Turner told the LPA Tuesday that council hopes to receive a recommendation from them on what to do, if anything, with the development process primarily along Estero Blvd, and the perceived density problems. He explained that by the end of the 6 months, council expected to have analyzed the issue and be ready with possible LDC changes. The temporary moratorium will give us time, Turner said. Jane Plummer voiced concern about private property rights. People who own property now bought it with the rights on the books right now. (The current LDC) was the plan in place when they bought their property. For us to do a moratorium puts everyone in a freeze mode. I am 100% against a moratorium because it takes those rights and freezes themwe are actually devaluing their property. Scott Safford mentioned a large single family home under construction near his the moratorium is limited to developments with two units on lots smaller than 15,000SF, as allowed by the LDC and would not effect any single-family homes. When Safford asked how many properties were affected, Turner said they were doing a count and didnt have the results yet. The March 19 Council meeting minutes show that Council member Bruce Butcher asked the same question almost three months ago and was told by Community Development Director Jason Green that they were still analyzing the data at that time. Several LPA members expressed concern about possible Bert Harris claims, a legal remedy allowed property owners in Florida if they believe that governmental action has impacted the value or use of their property. Green said that he sees the moratorium as a way to LDC. I dont see it as a negative taking rights away. I see it as During a discussion on the likelihood of the moratorium Dan Hendrickson, acting as Chair in Hank Zubas absence, said, In this case, its on us. We are the tip of the spear when it comes to this review. We have control of when we do our work. Plummers motion to not move forward on the moratorium died for lack of a second. Hendrickson moved to recommend the moratorium proceed to Town Council and it and Hendrickson voting aye and Plummer voting nay. By this point in the meeting, Lorrie Wolf had left the meeting and Zuba and Megan Heil were absent for the entire meeting. Earlier the LPA had approved a request for a variance 5-0, to allow a 15-foot setback from the ROW for a property at the corner of Shell the construction of a pool and pool cage. Gull Wing asked for and received a rezoning that would allow the development of 6 new one-bedroom condo-hotel units in space that is currently one Gull Wing unit owner sent her attorney to speak against the project, saying she hadnt approved it and the President of Island Winds, a neighboring property, expressed concern about allowed uses and property lines in the Environmentally Critical (beach) zone (a topic of a separate dispute between the two properties), the LPA approved the rezoning request 4-0. As the meeting approached three hours and neared noon, the LPA had a quick discussion on how to review several areas of the LDC over the next few months. Consensus was reached that week of August. There are no July LPA meetings. The next monthly LPA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14 at 9:00 a.m. at Town Hall. LPA Approves Partial Building Moratorium




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