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Volume 18, Number 27 By Islanders, For Islanders Fort Myers Beach, Florida July 6th, 2018 Through the Grace of GodBeach United Methodist Pastor Jeanne Davis Retires Through the Grace of God is the short answer! That is how Pastor Jeanne Davis described her arrival 22 years ago as the pastor of the Beach United Methodist Church at 155 Bay Road, next to the Fort Myers Beach Library, through her retirement on Saturday, June 30! Every time I see the District Superintendent who sent me to Fort Myers Beach at a conference, he just smiles out of his skin and gives me a big hug and says, This was the best appointment I ever made! I agree, as this was so good for me over the long run. Pastor Jeanne comes by her Southern accent as honestly as she does her religious calling. I grew up in West Virginia, with Dad working in the coal mines. When I was 14, however, there was a big strike that was not pretty, so we basically came to Central Florida as evacuees, where he got a teaching job. As for my calling, it old, even before I understood what the ordained ministry actually was, but I fought it off. Her next calling came when she was 22: God called again, but I was married and we began our family, and I felt unavailable, and said, thanks but no thanks! God called a third time when I was and even though I tried to hang up again, this time God stayed on the enough to want me, and I think it is a mistake, then I am yours, and my three callings occurred every 11 years; I have tried to reconstruct in my head many times a reason to validate that number, with no luck. who is deceased, said You are nuts! He grew up a Southern Baptist, but came around. Our children, Michelle and Jefferson, were 12 and 10 when I went to seminary. Jeff thought I was ruining his life, because we left Daddy and the dog at home, because Mike had a job, but Michelle told him to relax because we were going on an adventure! They drove up to Atlanta and Emery University, where she enrolled in the Candler School of Theology. Photos by Gary Mooney. 2,000 Years in Less Than 2 HoursFGCU Colloquium Visits the Mound House The Mound House, the oldest structure on Fort Myers Beach, traces its history back over 2,000 years. Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) goes back in Southwest Florida history for just over 20 years. Despite that wide gap, the two have been coming together this summer, in a colloquium program to ready graduating FGCU students to better serve themselves and their community. The objective of the colloquium is to focus on the local ecology, with an emphasis on sustainability, said Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and environmental educator for the Mound House. It gives the students a sense of place, while examining changing uses throughout time. The Mound House, of course, has seen it all, so we will cover over 2,000 years in less than 2 hours! The group is made up of all types of students, not from just history or biology majors, to get you out of other disciplines. The Mound House Water Crisis: Algae & Red TideArea Water Experts Weigh In Photo courtesy of Cape Coral. Water quality to Southwest Floridians is everything, ranging from our businesses and economy, to our property values and recreation, to our drinking water and very health. With Red Tide prevalent in the Caloosahatchee River, area environmental experts provide opinions this week on the local water quality situation. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is fantastic water and 10 a total disaster, we are at a 7 or 8, said Rae Ann Wessel, the Natural Resources Policy Conservation Foundation. To use a mathematical equation, 60 of the Caloosahatchee Rivers 75 miles are under some level of a harmful algae bloom. It is disappointing that the Department of Health, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), nor any other level of government is not taking charge of placing signage to warn people about toxins and to stay out of the water, as recent samples in some locations indicate toxic levels at 200 times over the recommended safety levels. We are looking at some really bad conditions, and I dont know how to make that sound happy. John Cassani, the Calusa Waterkeeper, goes lower: Unfortunately, I say ! For those who monitor water quality conditions for a long time, this is historically as bad as they can remember, when down the Caloosahatchee with the near historic Red Tide bloom off the coast. Rae Burns, the Environmental & Stormwater Technician for the Town of Fort Myers Beach, is only slightly more optimistic. I would say a 5 or 6, as the Red Tide bloom, due to winds and currents, is drifting closer to our shoreline. The nutrients are feeding the Red Tide, with this going on now for months. Wessels biggest concern? The public does


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Page 3 LETTERS to the EDITOR The front page article (Town of FMB Hosts Holiday Festivities, Island Sand Paper June 29, 2018) details the upcoming 4th of July events. thrifty, govt lite Town mayor Tracy Gore made a motion to spend up to Dennis Boback wanting to spend less, and apparently Council member more tax money for explosions. The only valid purpose of any government is to do for the people that which they can not do individually. Examples would be road building our own. But providing for entertainment is not a valid govt function, and shows Town Council doesnt have the wisdom to let private donations and Now providing police protection for FMB children who are attending the local public school should be a govt function, right? Yet these same island, where their own children and neighbors children attend! Does this Maybe it is time to revert back to County govt by telling FMB Coun cil they have failed to do the important things for their constituents and should stay home. Leon Moyer Fort Myers Beach My mother Frances Hodosh was a long time resident of FMB before she passed away last June. I know the Beach very well from my many vis its. I advise all residents to be very careful believing what a ghost organi I live in a state made up primarily of townships. My township has been very careful with developers and is a beautiful place to reside. All are held accountable to follow codes and all regulations to keep our township a wonderful place to live. Those townships which have allowed variances constantly to developers and do not enforce codes and laws are places where property values have fallen and services to residents are inade quate. Ask yourselves Who would want developers to not be held com pletely accountable and where does this (unincorporation) group get its ruin FMB. Shelley Neidich Basking Ridge, NJ Summer Camp Like a Calusa A few openings remain for the Super Science Calusa Kids Camp Day campers will explore the life and times of the Calusa, ex sights, sounds, and environment of Fort Myers Beach. This unique day camp for kids ages 6 to 10 is presented by the The owner and president is Glen Beitmen, A teacher at the Village School of Naples, Beitman appears on WINK News presenting fun and easy sci ence experiments. Throughout his career he has worked with Nickelode on and Mattel to design games for the PC and Playstation. He worked with MITs Edgerton Center, trained at the Museum of Science in Boston and is highlighted in its Engineering is Elementary workshops. Beitmen partners with Lee and Collier school districts to devel op educational science videos, teacher training workshops, assemblies, Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included are a supervised snack bottle and sunscreen. Activities will be held at the Mound House, 451 0865. Sign up for camp online at


Page 4 Beach Botanyby Jim Rodwell The Coastal Plain Staggerbush, Lyonia fruticosa, is a woody evergreen shrub that resides in dry pine scrubs throughout the State. It also goes by the name Rusty Lyonia. A common name shared by four other species of the genius Lyonia. Fruticosa and its relatives have hairs underneath its leaves and all over its stems to collect water. A unique strategy for survival in the dry scrub habitats. In the process of collecting water, the hairs turn into a rusty coloration on the Fruticosa grows to a height of about 6 feet. Elliptical to ovate leaves are in an alternate order. Leaf length is about 2 to 3 inches. Margins are entire. It is easy to spot a Rusty Lyonia but not so easy to ID the that hang in clusters downwards. the corolla. Petals are twice as long its sepals. Sex organs are inside the that hangs from leaf axils. Fruit is small capsule. Blooming occurs in the spring. 4th of July Booms on the Beach An All American 4th of July unfolded on Fort Myers Beach Wednesday with a Red, White & More 4th pictures on pages 19 and 26


Page 5 Pastor Jeanne Davis Retires, Contd from pg.1 I entered in September program in two, graduating in August of 1986. You had to complete a Professional Assessment, and I did this on a fast track, as I was paying my own way. It looked like I would have to return for the third year, as I was short one mandatory class on Feminist Theology that was full, and Candler did not allow overrides. In December of 1985, God said he would make that happen, and that was good enough for me! On Martin Luther King Day in January, one day before the end me to her class to graduate early. When the college processed my graduation paperwork, the Dean asked what this was all about, and him it was through the Grace of God, and he vowed they would not allow that to happen again, but I got out! She received an assignment to Cocoa Beach, then to Merritt Island for two years, buying a house in Rockledge. Another two year stint in Jacksonville followed, then one year as an associate Pastor in It was time to move again, and the District Supervisor asked me where I wanted to go, so I said a beach community. Soon he excitedly called me back in and handed me my assignment. I saw it was for the Fort Myers District, but had to ask, where is that? He said, the beach, and here I went! As I learned about been here before. Mike won a a weekend in Sanibel. We came to dinner at Charley Browns, that is now Charleys Boathouse, then walked the beach, and that was my knowledge of this community. pulled up to Beach United Methodist in 1996, I was with my daughter and the dog, and it felt so good walking through that door; that this was the place where God wanted me to be. I soon discovered 89% of the congregation was age 75 or over, and the District Supervisor joked that this was Heavens Waiting Room, but I loved it because that generation grew up in the church, so to me this congregation was Heaven on Earth! Her previous assignments compared to 22 years at Beach United Methodist. That allowed me to go through the good times and time several years back, and the District Supervisor suggested perhaps it was time to move on, but I said these things happened under my watch and I wanted to see it through, and I did and feel good about that. The only reason Pastor Jeanne is leaving is because she is at the mandatory retirement age of 72. I still love it so, and feel like I am just now hitting my groove! This has been such an awesome experience, as the people are so trusting of anything I do and accept almost everything at face value. God told me several years ago to Sunday, that sermon was the most scared I ever was in my life. I prayed more that week than ever, and I honestly dont know that I could have done it without the trusting relationship I had with the congregation, one, even if I would have fallen on my face, I knew they would still love me. Even though June 30, Pastor Jeanne last weekend. We are all packed and will soon head to Rockledge to begin our retirement. We actually kept our house there this entire a storage unit, as God directed me to keep it, the same way he directed me to buy it! We were shopping for houses back then, and the realtor wanted me to see this particular one, even though I had no interest. We walked through the door, and I knew it was for us. This was before cellphones, so we walked across to a neighbors home to call my husband, to say I found the one; I can still hear God laughing now! It obviously needs a lot of work and cleaning out, so I imagine that is what will do for the next 5 or 10 years! Today, Pastor Jeanne is married to Allen. I could not have a better partner! I met him here and had to marry him, or the congregation would have murdered me, as they all love him! We plan to spend a lot of time visiting our kids and grandkids, as Allen has a daughter as well, Nancy, in Atlanta, now that I dont have to be back in time for each Saturday and Sunday. However, not getting ready to preach each weekend will also be the hardest adjustment, so it may be tough for me to I can worship that will be a great as this one. Other than her ministry and the personal connections with her congregation, Pastor Jeanne is most proud of the renovations to the church building itself. We completely redid the sanctuary and lobby, and are almost done with the Fellowship Hall, needing yet to complete the kitchen. Despite all that work, it was such a sweet experience. Even when we worked around the sanctuary for worship, I never once heard a cross word, and that is a testament to the attitude here. She feels good about turning Beach United Methodist over to its new pastor, Ivan Crobin, who begins his mission this weekend. He and I were actually in the seminary together, so when I heard that it was him, I knew the congregation was in good hands, and that the community would welcome Ivan and his wife with open arms! years at Beach United Methodist, it has been a delightful run. There were mostly good times, and some bad, but overall it has been an excellent marriage! A few years ago, I was with a group of 4 to 5 other clergy, with the District Supervisor, and they talked about how their Honeymoon Periods ended after about six months or so. I listened to that my Honeymoon Period was still alive, and when you can say that, you have a great marriage!


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Page 7 Kids Fishing Tradition Continues More than 130 children participated in the Ostego Bay Foun dations 4th of July Kids Fishing Tournament at Bonita Bills last Saturday, June 30. They brought their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles with them, some of whom had participated in this event as a child. The tournament has been hosted at Bonita Bills for over 25 years and before that, at the pier. All children received an Heaviest Fish & Strangest Catch.


Page 8 with several more through July 19. Dexter reached out to host the FGCU colloquiums, after learning about them through a friend. I received an initial favorable response, as FGCU thought we would be a great site, so I approached our Director, Alison Giesen, who encouraged me to go for it! The next step was bringing the FGCU people here, to tour the site and plan logistics, and We get reviews after each trip, and so far, we are a hit with the students! FGCU students began coming to Fort Myers Beach during the colloquium program in 1997 when Island native Jo Hughes of the Estero Island Historic Society (EIHS), assisted by A.J. Bassett and Fran Santini, coordinated a program for nearly 20 years on Island history, civic engagement and sustainability for FGCU students at the EIHS Historic Cottages and was honored as a Community Partner of Excellence at FGCU in 2015. Christina Jordan was in charge of the 23 students who visited during the June 28 colloquium. This trip to the Mound students in this colloquium, she said, including to Lovers Key State Park, Six Mile Cypress Slough, ECHO Global Farm and the FGCU campus. We want students to learn that everything revolves around sustainability; that despite their differing majors, everything eventually interconnects. John Trujillo, a dual major in Clinical Lab Sciences and Health Services, said, The healthcare industry is a perfect example. The old way of thinking about healthcare is you go to your doctor or hospital and get a prescription or surgery to cure what you have, but now we you in a holistic approach, where you eat better, exercise, and sleep more, so you dont have to go to your prove that we need to take more accountability over our own lives, as well as greater responsibility for the world in which we all live. Dexter pointed out, The Mound House, as you notice from anywhere on the property, is on a mound, or a mountain, compared to everything else in Florida! He guided the group to the Estero Bay estuary, saying, here is your estuary? It is where the river meets the sea, or basically where the fresh and salt water comes together, invertebrates and vertebrates, like sharks, manatees, oysters, clams and snails, as all things become food for other things, so if you like seafood, the estuary sustains you as well! The original inhabitants of the area were the Calusa Indians. Calusa is Spanish for Fierce People, Dexter added. Their chief lived at Mound Key that is roughly level, and only accessible by boat. Most of it and the Mound House site are made up of shells left over from that into a positive by using them to build up their settlements, in a the same way we do today by not allowing living areas on the ground only on the upper levels. This was necessary, because back then, like today, it was not a question of if a hurricane would strike, but when. are not burial mounds, like you see in the Midwest, so you are not walking on bones, but on shells from oysters, clams and snails, along with deer and bird bones, broken pottery and tools, that provide a lot of evidence of what the Calusa used to stay alive. FGCU Colloquium Visits the Mound House, Contd from pg.1


Page 9 Your Hometown Newspaper for over 18 years Missy Layeld, Editor Editor@fortmyersbeach.newsThere are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the Mike Buster Circulation Manager c/o Info@fortmyersbeach.newsTis an ill wind that blows no minds. Malaclypse the Younger Mark List, Production ManagerProduction@fortmyersbeach.newsI am not young enough to know everything. Sarah List, Photographerinfo@fortmyersbeach.newsI am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott Sandy Sandness, Advertisinginfo@fortmyersbeach.newsIf you really want to do something, you do it. You dont save it for a sound bite. Liz FriedmanThe Island Sand PaperAn independently owned and operated island newspaper.PHONES Oce: 239 4634461 FAX 855-886-3568 (toll-free) MAIL 450 Old San Carlos Blvd. Unit G-108 Ft. Myers Beach, Florida 33931 E-Mail 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. COPYRIGHT 2000-2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.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.newsI would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. Gerry Spence Gary Mooney Lead Writer info@fortmyersbeach.newsFor every action there is an equal and opposite government In 2016, we watched as the Indian River Lagoon suffered through a summer of slime on the east coast. Sure, we had some serious water quality issues that summer on the west coast, but not as bad as the car surface in the St. Lucie estuary that summer making the international news and devastating their economy. Now, it appears that it may be our turn. As of early this week, there are algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River and estuary as far west as North Fort Myers and Cape Coral canals and downtown Fort Myers. It is ex pected to continue to move west. With over 90% of Lake Okeechobee now covered with algae, Lake O releases continuing and three more months of rainy season, this is going to get worse before it gets better. Cyanobacteria can produce toxins, known as cyanotoxins, making from any water with an algae bloom. water testing in the Caloosahatchee River early last week and found high levels of Microcystin, a liver toxin produced by cyanobacteria. How bad was it? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that human ex posure to Microcystin should be less than 4 micrograms/liter. Cassanis test results showed levels between 170 and 2,000 micrograms/liter! and not our government? The State of Florida has a Department of Environmental Protec tion, which has seen its staff and environmental regulations slashed by our governor. If anyone at the FLDEP is paying attention to our algae issues, theyre being very quiet about it. The Florida Department of Health, Lee County issued a health ad visory last week for the Alva & Davis Boat Ramps and the Franklin Lock & Dam due to the algae bloom, urging people to stay out of the blooms. The Lee County Natural Resources Department posted signs at those three locations. Why just three? Why are there not signs at every water access point in Lee County warning about algae and cyanotoxins? Why is there not regular testing for cyanobacteria at regular intervals along the river and in the estuary? How will we know if we have cyanobacteria and its toxins in our canals or on our beaches? Will Fort Myers Beach post signs at beach ac cesses if it does appear? It would be very helpful if we could tell residents and tourists, We test regularly, and our beaches test clear of toxic cyano bacteria. Both Lee County and the Town of Fort Myers Beach lack any al tems in place for broken water mains than we do for the water that sur rounds our Island and sits in many of our backyards, mere steps from our homes. Cassani notes that other states have developed strategies to deal with algae outbreaks and any cyanotoxins that result. Why not Florida? Why is our state not leading the charge on this? Meanwhile the Lake O releases continue. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently put a hold on releases to the St. Lucie estuary but the releases to the Caloosahatchee River and estuary continue. When will our state see the Lake O releases, brown water and al and natural environment are key factors in our tourism industry. This sum mer, tourists may still visit and make the best of their vacation, avoiding areas with algae. But when it comes time to make next years vacation plans, will they return? will it take for our elected representatives to see this as a real problem. How many lost jobs? Look for the national media to descend shortly and broadcast our slime green river to the world and then we will have a serious image prob lem and subsequent economic hit, one that wont be solved by marketing after the bloom has subsided. Our water issues are not simple or isolated, nor do they lend them selves to simple or isolated solutions. We need a comprehensive solution Sugar to storm water to poorly planned development and unresponsive broad, comprehensive solutions that involve all aspects of the problem. didates deal with the issue of water quality over the next few months. This years primary and general elections occur during our algae problems. Make it a campaign issue. Dont let them brush it off as temporary. We need leaders who will go after a comprehensive solution to ad dress all the factors that contribute to our water quality problems. Then we


Page 10 gatherers, but unlike most that had to move with their herds, they were a stationary people, so they had the best of both worlds, explained Dexter. By living here, they basically enjoyed a seafood buffet, while hunting with a spear called an atlatl. This is a great Calusa discovery, that is a predecessor to the bow & arrow, as it allowed the Calusa to work smarter and not atlatl allows your arm to become twice as long, to get your best bang for your hunting buck, to get more force behind your throws! Now, who wants to get in touch with your roughly 10 students threw the atlatl. Think of it as a mixture of Ultimate Frisbee meets snapping a towel, instructed Norris! The key is to not bring your arm too far back, but to throw it with more of a to go a little Happy Gilmore with it! If you were not hunter, that was OK with the Calusa, he offered. You could be a gatherer, as they were not exactly farmers, though they did grow a few things, like spicy peppers, gourds and papaya. Dexter demonstrated how the Calusa used various parts of the sabal palm for numerous items, you today shop for at Home Depot! The Calusa eventually disappeared, through a combination of warfare, capture, and disease, making this site important, to understand how they lived, as they left no written record. Imagine historians today trying to understand your life, if you walked out of your room this morning, leaving behind only shoes, socks, jewelry and a cereal bowl. That is the position archaeologists are in when studying the Calusa. Dexter informed the colloquium that the property was under private ownership throughout the 1900s, until the Town of Fort Myers Beach acquired it in 2000, ultimately opening it as a Cultural and Resource Center in 2015. The Town removed the create the underground exhibit that showcases how the Calusa constructed the mound with shells and various items. The Mound House Museum, at 451 Connecticut, offers several programs each week. Admission is $10, less for students, children and Town residents. It is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For see FGCU Colloquium Visits the Mound House, Contd from pg.8 Photos by Gary Mooney.


Page 11 Put your sunscreen on! Keep your stuff together. When we count to , everyone pays attention! So calls out the counselors to the campers at the Bay Oaks Summer Camp! In between these instructions comes gales of laughter from the kids, combined with enough exerted energy that if you could harness that, it would solve the worlds energy crisis, fueled by enough rock & roll to keep youngsters running and jumping and playing to their hearts content! The children are in a constant state of motion, even jumping up & down while the counselors talk on the recent day that the Sand Paper dropped in on summer camp. Bay Oaks weekly Summer Camps continue through the week of August 6, concluding on August 9, the day before school begins. Camps are for 1st through 5th for Fort Myers Beach residents, or businesses can sponsor campers. Sign up through the Towns Parks It is great to be outdoors so much, said counselor Sarah Lisenko. Especially at the swimming pool, as that is such fun, particularly during summertime in hot Florida, as the kids enjoy any water activity. I started volunteering at Summer Camps when I was since 16, so I have been doing this for ten years now, and this is my favorite year! We have a solid staff who are friends away from work, and that attitude helps you to work very hard, to ensure everything we do is a success. I cant wait to get here each morning! We get along with the kids really well, added who is 16. I cannot imagine any volunteer opportunity better than this! Campers rave about their experiences: I love camp because we have fun all of the time, especially when playing games, said Samuel, age 11. There is always something for everyone. We have the best counselors, added Britanee, who is 8 but about to be 9. They take great care of us and are super fun! Lenlie, age 12: agrees that the counselors are really neat! They make sure we always have fun but are always safe. Malia, age 9, stated she used to live on the island, but not anymore, so the best part of camp is seeing all my old friends. Emma, who is also turning 9, said she loves the pool, going there 3 days a week! Because the kids enjoy of task games, having the children toss water balloons while standing in the sprinkler, eliciting howls of laughter. With fun, however, comes responsibility, with the campers picking up the broken water balloon pieces, so that no one slips, or birds or wildlife dont eat them. There is a good mix of counselors to children, with roughly 35 kids and 4 staff, with an almost even split between boys and girls. Despite their energy, the heat and behaved; several times, counselors began to count to to get their attention, but never got past before the children were back in line. Water activities are important, not just because the children have such fun, but due to the temperatures. By early afternoon, it was already 91 degrees, with a heat index of 102, so water and hydration are crucial, with counselors constantly keeping kids drinking water, repeating, stay cool; stay safe! Swimsuits and Tie Dye kids must always wear unless in water. Camp is Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with all children having to be there from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers cannot have cellphones, iPods, iPads, tablets, Kindles or any other electronic device. Parents and guardians have a number where they can reach us, explained Sean DePalma, Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Fort Myers Beach. Counselors have cell numbers if they need them in an emergency that, thank goodness, has yet to happen. So far, keeping all electronics away from the kids, in favor of exercise and constant motion, is working out great, without any behavioral problems at all. Sean hopes the summer campers experience the great childhood many of us recall from our youth, where we made friends, played in the pool, took wonderful lifetime. When I see them laughing and exercising and having such a good time, it makes me smile. The best part of Summer Camp for me is at the end of the day, when parents come to pick them up, and kids beg them to spend just a few more minutes at camp, with their friends! That shows that what we Bay Oaks Summer CampKids Enjoy A Great Experience Photos by Gary Mooney.


Page 12 not have a clue about if the water in our area is safe or not, as conditions change day by day. Medical (research) indicate that these cyanobacteria toxins have Parkinsons Disease, and that is a recipe for disaster. I cant stress strongly enough that I called many different government agencies over the last week, to encourage them to place warning signs at boat ramps, community parks, marinas closing some beaches, but there is no one agency in charge of these steps, while conditions become even grosser! All I hear is, That is not our job, with no one taking responsibility. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did just recently issue an update to their Healthy Beaches Program, but sadly the Federal government at the same time cut its budget, meaning we will no longer conduct tests at four area beaches, while dropping others from weekly to every other week. There are many local, State, and Federal agencies with no one ultimately in charge and responsible, it doesnt do much good. My primary concern is the public health risk, agreed Cassani. The media is doing a good job in getting these issues to the public, as I do 4 or 5 interviews a day, so the message is slowly being heard, but health concerns like these need the attention of all governmental levels, as only they can issue the appropriate alerts. I see warning signs in 3 or 4 places but suspect there are many more locations up and down the river that require similar attention, so the lesson to this point is that coordination between local, State and Federal governments is poor. Other states have response networks in place, triggered by the levels of cyanobacteria that we experience in Florida, yet we have nothing like that here, and that is perplexing, as we had similar issues as recently as the massive algae outbreak from the summer of 2016, when Governor Rick Scott issued alerts for Martin, Saint Lucie and Lee Counties, so apparently, we did not learn from that crisis. I still see people out in contaminated water tubing and swimming and boating, as the distribution of the various testing results is still pretty limited. As of Tuesday afternoon, July 3, the City of Cape Coral had posted warning signs at its local waterfront parks and locations, telling people to stay out of the reached this point, Cassani and Wessel referenced 2009. The underlying problem is the DEP ignored the nutrient enrichment warnings from January 2009, said Cassani. Perhaps the more pressing question is not how we got Florida unfortunately does not have much water quality enforcement, and too many communities have underfunded or nonexistent stormwater treatment facilities and regulations, while we have more extreme rainfall events and hurricanes than ever, so until we adequately address this, I do not hold out much hope for eventual improvement. The more untreated water we allow into our systems, the more pollutants and nutrients, the more problems. The latest testing indicates that it may take up to 40 years to clean up these contaminated bodies of water through the Clean Water Act, and that is certainly not good news. The State in 2009 had an Algae Bloom Taskforce, added Wessel. Since then, it has been defunding that, rolling it back to the point where there is no responsibility and little funding to protect our water. The mystery to me is that Florida is the 3rd most populous state in the nation, with over 20 million people living here and millions more visiting to fuel our growth and economy, with the 2nd largest shoreline of any state, yet we continue to roll back funding and regulations for our Now with cyanobacteria leading and Parkinsons and ALS, along with recreational issues, and what we ultimately drink, now is the wrong time to scale back these protections. Burns goes back much further: Start with the 1930s, when we constructed the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, then bring that forward to when we converted the Caloosahatchee from a true river into a huge bathtub through which we now drain the lake, with pumps and other mechanical devices, while jamming the waterway full of harmful nutrients. There is plenty of blame to go around, covering a lot of years. While all three experts believe that Lake Okeechobee releases contribute to our water quality conditions, that is only part of the equation. When I was on a conference call about three weeks back, Wessel recalled, we were the ones informing the DEP that there was a massive algae outbreak on the lake, and not the other way around. The more pressing problem is there is no proactive agency overseeing all aspects of water quality. Cassani acknowledged that Lake releases double the freshwater into the Caloosahatchee, loading it with wildlife, but Burns cautioned that, we have to hold our local area We have to take care of our own blame elsewhere. record Red Tide outbreak. The reason why our Red Tide doesnt go away, Wessel offered, is because we are feeding it! The last few Water Crisis: Algae & Red TideArea Water Experts Weigh In, Contd from pg.1 Photo by Lee County.


Page 13 Water Crisis: Algae & Red TideArea Water Experts Weigh In, Contd fro prev. pg.years we had several record rains, whether it was January of 2016, last summer, or this past May, so the more water that falls from the sky that goes untreated into our groundwater, the more nutrients are in it, the greater the Red Tide. Rather than allowing water to sit, or directing it into stormwater ponds or similar natural devices, we ditch, Tide is no different. This bloom began back in September 2017 off the Gulf coast, so we are now approaching 10 months, and that is what happens when you constantly feed the bloom, so we need to be equally as aggressive in changing these conditions. If we take only one positive action, it should be to establish stormwater systems, especially since the State is adding roughly 1,000 residents a day. We also need to hold agricultural operations to the same high standards we do many of our urban areas, by requiring them to hold their own systems water, recycling it for their crops to reduce overall demand, and reducing or eliminating their nitrogen and phosphorous There is so little room south of Lake Okeechobee for additional releases because agricultural water takes up almost all of that storage area. and spreads for similar reasons. Algae loves certain conditions explained Cassani. When the parameters are just right, it blooms. It likes nutrients and slow moving water, like now. A big factor is it likes warm water temperatures, and we are reaching 90 degrees or higher in the Caloosahatchee. These conditions result in some really happy algae, agreed Burns. While all three stressed that they are not seafood experts, our region right now, advised through their systems, and toxins accumulate in their organs, and we eat those, becoming exposed to the toxins. There are in fact several advisories on our website at www., added Cassani. With the increasing links between cyanobacteria and neurological diseases, eating seafood is not something testing from the Florida Bay are yielding results in moderate to high levels, so you have to consider the health risks. This is an area in which I wish our government would take the lead, as they should protect us. I would say to stay away from Burns. Especially considering our Red Tide situation. See the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website for additional guidance at When considering if people should avoid recreating in our local experience any physical discomfort, like irritated eyes or nose or throat, or have open cuts, stay out as well. beach. The problem is people dont know what is safe anymore, and that is where the government is showing its total lack of leadership that we so desperately need right now, as one of the most primary functions of government is the protection of public health, rather than nibbling around the edges as it is doing right now, as no agency is taking on the lead role. no pun intended, between the Red Tide and cyanobacteria blooms, that we need some group to step forward and be in charge, to tell us what boat ramps and marinas and beaches are safe. Now is the time to get real serious about the condition of our water, as these are no longer exceptions to previous years, but the new normal. Absolutely stay out of the water, Cassani said without hesitation! I still see people getting in right where we have the most no warning signs. People are not taking current conditions seriously, Burns, however, said, As of right now, there are no signs of either Red Tide or algae blooms on Fort Myers Beach; as far as we are concerned, our beach and water are safe.


Page 14 Fairy Podmother! Monica Lynn Library Artist of The Month Flipper has nothing on Mon ica Lynn, the Fort Myers Beach Public Librarys July Artist of The Month! I have always been taking photographs of sunsets, ever since I was a little girl in grade school, so you could say that was the begin ning of my professional photogra phy career, she recalled. Dad used to take us to Naples in the winter I would just take the sunsets, with best photos were after it set below off the cloud deck. Dad kidded me that all my shots were the same, without even having a bird or peli can in them. Later, we vacationed at the Pink Shell, and I continued taking sunset photos. Then, when I came back to Fort Myers Beach about ten years ago, I was jogging on the beach and looked up and saw the Pink Shell again, as I did I was a child, and that was such a From her home on Estero Bay, Monica saw people going by in kayaks, and they looked so hap bought myself a cheap one. I be gan to go out on the water, and a pod of dolphin approached me, and I saw them as a group, it seemed like they were posing for me, so the next time I went out, I took my new camera and they were posing shots, and began to think that this is a gift and the reason I started tak ing photos all those years ago. Before Monica knew it, I was not only taking photographs and videos of them, but giving them names, as I got to know them by sight. Clarence OMalley is one I see almost every day, and he has like your dorky friend who eventual ly becomes the cool guy everyone wants to take to prom! In addition to Clarence, there is My Baby, Park er, Silvia, Peter Pan, Wendy, Cap tain Hook, Scarlet and Rhett, and about 15 others. The more I named and photographed them, the bigger a kick my friend got out of it, and stared calling me the Fairy Pod mother! That of course became the name for my business and web site. Monica describes herself as a wildlife photographer, and not just with dolphins, though they are obviously my focus, but sandhills and Blue herons, and of course sunsets. I love setting my dolphin videos to music, to complement the come right up beside me in my kay ak and seem to want me to take their photographs. Sometimes I can even be by my seawall and the dolphins come right over and swim back and forth, making eye contact with me, and that is such a special feeling. I feel such a connection to imal rescue and advocacy. She does a great deal of work with Esthers Army of Love In ternational Animal Rescue. A cou ple from Toronto formed this when ly miniature pig they thought they bought as a pet actually grew into a huge barnyard one! They kept her anyhow, and now post photos all the time of Esther, to convince oth ers to avoid bacon and other meat products. I like their style, because they are not all in your face or pass ing judgement, but do it through compassion. I discovered them while I was literally eating a bacon ing in Northwest Ohio 30 years ago, when I heard pigs squealing from Photos by Gary Mooney


Page 15 CELEBRATE WEEK ATCELEBRATE Specialty drinks including: Independence Punch Firecracker Cosmo rimmed with pop-rocks Frozen Red, White and BOOM Fish-Tale American Red AleFish-Tale MarinaBehind Santini Marina Plaza7225 Estero Boulevard (239) 747-6500 www.FishTaleDining.comBBQ platter of Bourbon BBQ ribs and Southwest Marinated Chicken! Boaters Welcome! Daily Happy Hour 11:00 am 6:00 pm the slaughterhouse, and Ive never eaten bacon again, so I appreciate their gentle advocacy. As to how the Fairy Pod mother became the FMB Library July Artist of the Month, I was out walking my dog on the beach and met Eddie Foster, who most people know as the woman who led the successful movement to ban plastic straws on Fort Myers Beach. She was out cleaning the beach and found a wallet. I was in no hurry, so we walked until we found the own er and, as they say, no good deed goes unpunished! I told her what I did and gave her one of my dolphin calendars. Shortly after that, Eddie told Dr. Leroy Hommerding, the Director of the Fort Myers Beach Library, about me and he contacted me to do dolphin presentations for their public programs, even though I am not a professional speaker by any means! I enjoyed wonderful turn outs, however, with about 35 peo ple attending, as who doesnt love dolphins, so when you hear people Lady in the rainbow hat, that is me! Dr. Hommerding asked if I would like to be an Artist of The Month and of course I accepted, and will have about 30 of my works in the exhibit. What is even more exciting is that my photography! Monica calls her style fan tasy meets reality! My strongest talent is imagination; if you want to learn the technical aspects of pho tography, talk to someone else! As for my photography, it never gets old to me, as I love experiencing na ture and dolphins and sunsets, and I hope when people see my work, it inspires them to help protect dol phins and all animals, as we need to protect them and each other, as we are all part of the living family of this Earth. There are many ani mal sanctuaries for dogs and cats and all kinds of other animals, but not for dolphin, and I feel my work helps to raise awareness for that cause. I hope, through this exhibit, to share the moments that give me such great joy, through my interac tion with the dolphins, to motivate others to act. To view Monicas artwork, visit the Fort Myers Beach Librarys 3rd Floor Gallery throughout July. It is located 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 The Fourth of July. For information, see www. Meet Monica and learn the story be hind each photograph at the Meet the Artist session on Thursday, July 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. To view more of Monica Lynns artwork, visit I hope my exhibit inspires people to reconnect with the natu ral world, said Monica. We live in a turbulent time, where it seems like nothing but horrible things happen, so if we can pause every so often gives us, we perhaps can center ourselves again, and that is what I want to share. .Fairy Podmother! Monica Lynn Library Artist of The Month, Contd


Page 16 Each week Around & About features community announcements and everyone. Check the events listed here and pick up a copy of SAND On SU Aug 12 the Lee County Spirit of celebration will be held at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Re sort honoring the legacy of service of World War II veterans with din ner and a program including Color Guard, POW/MIA Service, Guest Speakers, Guns N Hoses Pipes N Drums performance, several speeches by area veterans, Taps and more. Event is free for WWII veterans & their WWII generation spouses. For all others, the cost is $25. Dinner at 4:15pm with veter ans tribute beginning at 5:45pm. Reservations required by Aug 1. needed for this annual tribute to WWII Veterans! Sponsorships start at just $50. Thank them for their service by sponsoring this great event! For more information, call Bay Oaks Rec Center will host an Adult Basketball League beginning July 23. $200/team. Registration deadline July 7. All games on MO nights. For more information con Summer 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 Sunday lessons will be held July 12noon. For more information and 5759.Want to play dodgeball? Sign up now for the Bay Oaks Rec Cen beginning July 25. $75/team. All games on WE nights. For more The Fort Myers Beach Community Pool is open 7 days a week from Street, near the Beach Library, the pool is a great place to cool off on hot summer days for a nominal fee. The pool offers 7,000 square feet of cool, clear water, a lap pool with accessible lift, a shallow family pool with play structure and plenty of shade. A Water Aerobics class is held every MO, WE & FR at 9am. in the pool through SU July 8. Entry fees: For Bay Oaks members (all Island residents are eligible for free Bay Oaks membership) $4/adult Sanibels Wild Coffee Duo will per form Back in Time: A Musical Ret rospective of a Century Ago on Thursday, July 19 at 7pm at Shell Point Grand Cypress Room. 1918 saw the end of World War I and the birth of Leonard Bernstein. Now 100 years later, audiences will celebrate music from this milestone year in cluding popular songs such as Im Always Chasing Rainbows and se lections from West Side Story. Tick ets $20 at or ties, science and art components while incorporating Calusa history and the Mound House. Most of the camp will be outdoors. Glen Beit men, known as The Super Scien Art Camps is camp director. Cost is $250 with Mound House members $225. Scholarships available. Reg ister and pay by July 11 at CalusaCamp. Campers must bring their lunch & snacks, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. For informa Bay Oaks and Ostego Bay Marine Science Center are offering Sum mer Camps this summer. Bay Oaks bers. Scholarships available. To Bay camp is offered at the Marine June and July. Cost is $275/week. visit www.ostegobay.orgLast call for Fort Myers Beach Ki wanis Club scholarships. Students apply for $2,000 scholarships at Appli cations and all required materials must be postmarked by July 16. Fort Myers Beach residents and businesses may obtain a hurricane event of an evacuation, passes land. 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 The Town of Fort Myers Beach website: Emergency Pre paredness. Applicants will need to provide photo I.D. and proof of resi dency. For details on what proof is website. Passes will not be mailed this year, so stop in Town Hall to get yours! Those who care for loved ones A Publication of FREE rfnt


Page 17 lenges. Every month on the second Friday of the month, Chapel by the Sea hosts a Caregivers Support by the SWFL Gulf Coast Chapter is conducted by trained facilitators. It is a safe place to develop a sup port system, exchange practical in formation on caregiving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways to cope and learn about community resources. There is no fee or registration. Next meet ing: FR July 13 at 1pm. ber. Hatching season is right around the corner. Beachfront homeown ers are asked to do their part to pro tect our nesting and newly hatched turtles. Turtles are disoriented by lights shining on the beach. Shield your outdoor lights or replace the bulbs with Amber LED bulbs. Find lights at: If you walk on the beach at night, DO NOT use Close the drapes at 9pm to prevent light from shining on the beach. Re move or stack beach furniture close to the building. Remove all beach litter. Fill in all holes you dig on the beach. Your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles. For more information on sea turtles visit Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the li brarys many collections, use the computers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork on the 3rd clude: SA July 7, 10:30am, Learn Span TH July 12, 10:30am, Learn Span SA July 14, 10:30am, Learn Span The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a histori cal museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including an ob servation pier, kayak launch and open sunrise to sunset. Museum is Located at 451 Connecticut St. with cut. Call for exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and ad Upcoming programs include: Tour NESTS................... 51 FALSE CRAWLS... 115 HATCHED............. 0 NESTS.................. 152 FALSE CRAWLS.. 129 HATCHED ............. 0 Caf with Biologist Dexter Nor ris Creatures of the Night: Florida Bats Kayak Tour Guided nature programs are of fered in the park. All programs re quire registration, are free with park entry and take place at 10am. To ing programs include: 8:00am FMB Mosquito Control Board, 9:30am Fire Board, meeting at Beach Library, 2755 Estero, FMB 3:00pm Town Community Resource Advisory Board 4:30pm Town Marine Resources Task Force Beach unless otherwise noted. Meeting times are accurate as of


Page 18 SHOP LOCAL BUY LOCAL! SUPPORT OUR ISLAND BUSINESSES!5th of July Beach Clean-up Beautiful and the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation. These volunteers were working south of the pier.


Page 19 4th of July Booms on the Beach, Contd from pg.4 More 4th pictures on page 26


Page 20 Now what? A priest is walking down the street one day when he notices a very small boy trying to press a doorbell on a house across the street. However, the boy is very small and the doorbell is too high for him to reach. After watching the boys efforts for some time, the priest moves closer to the boys position. He steps smartly across the street, walks up behind the little fellow and, placing his hand kindly on the childs shoulder leans over and gives the doorbell a sold ring. Crouching down to the childs level, the priest smiles benev olently and asks, And now what, my little man? To which the boy replies, Now we run!


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. Mike Popeye Dearden Jan Obert Periman


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Page 23 NOW OPEN! Water Crisis: Algae & Red Tide, Contd from pg. 13 Asked if the current water conditions are as bad as they can be, That depends, said Cassani. Agricultural runoff can increase. This Red Tide doesnt want to go away. Sea turtles and manatee are dying. All these can get worse, so I dont see a light at the end of the tunnel to this particular event right now. Things are pretty bad, added Wessel. The last time we had overall conditions like this was in 2005, with Red Tide extending into December, so we will be in a challenging condition for the foreseeable future, and things can absolutely get worse if we have a rain event to add to the stew. A lot of it depends on future Lake Okeechobee releases, added Burns. If we had a better permanent release schedule, it could help, but if not, things can get worse, depending on how much rain we get this season, so giving a straight answer depends on things far out of our control. The experts all cite ways for the average person to make a positive difference. Stop using facts that Florida has something like crabgrass, and stop trying to get a Midwest lawn. I advocate native landscaping at all times, and if you need information, stop by Town Hall, where we have free brochures to help you. Remember as well that dog waste is another your pooch, too! Cassani and Wessel remind everyone that 2018 is an election year. Load up on information, and make an informed decision when you vote, said Cassani. The more I am around water quality, the more convinced I am that this is a political We need more governmental monitoring, a better water quality policy and leadership over the entire situation, to prevent these things from happening again, as much as that is possible. By making informed decisions, and holding our leaders accountable, we can make a positive difference, as actions speak louder than words. Election years are the time when people really need to pay attention, echoed Wessel. We need leadership at the state level to ourselves behind the environmental we start losing businesses, as clean water is the reason for our economy and environment, so we need to get serious. On Sanibel, we have an unpaid Mayor and Town Council, and they do more for water quality than almost everyone who are paid to do the job, so pay attention to who is running for we will just end up with more of the same. You must be informed before you vote, however, and that takes a little bit of work, but vote as if your life depended on it, as it just might! When I moved to Southwest Florida 40 years ago, there were gorgeous beaches and rivers, and you could eat them right there, and all that is completely different today, so we can and must do better. It is up to us to demand it, because we only get the government that we vote for. Photo courtesy of SCCF.


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Page 26 Doors open at 1:45 PM. Beach Theater 4th of July Booms on the Beach, Contd from pg.19 Photo by Mark List.




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