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By Gary Mooney In 2015, the Town of Fort Myers Beach tore down the longtime Hercules Drive neighborhood dock due to safety concerns, drawing protests from most street residents. The dock was located on a Town-owned, public bay access. Town Council later approved a replacement dock for Hercules Drive. The two neighbors whose property is adjacent to the dock, however, brought legal action against the Town and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to halt its reconstruction, stating it would be a navigational hazard, resulting in a nearly six-hour Division of Administrative Hearing in Council Chambers before Administrative Law Judge D. R. Alexander on Thursday, August 23. The two Hercules neighbors who brought the action, Allen and Cynthia Shanosky along with Michael Steck, offered Town Council a settlement, agreeing to drop their litigation if the Town would reduce the proposed rebuilt dock from 49 to 24 feet. Council considered this at its August 7, 2018 meeting, before a contingent of Hercules residents. Three neighbors addressed Council, all favoring the rejection Volume 18, Number 35 By Islanders, For Islanders August 31st, 2018 Principal Karen Manzi Full-Fledged Member of Our Beach FamilyBy Gary Mooney Every day, on my way to my former job at Orange River Elementary School, I would drive past the crossing guard for the Beach Elementary School and think, I want to turn here, said Fort Myers Beach resident and new Beach Elementary School Principal Karen Manzi! Now I do, and it is very cool and awesome! Ms. Manzi was born in Manhattan, the middle of three children and only girl of parents from Brooklyn. When I was very young, we moved to New Jersey, but my folks were through with the snow and cold, so when I was 12-yearsold, we relocated to Sarasota, and now they live in Tallahassee, so I have been a Florida girl ever since! I played sports in high school, as well as being a camp counselor and lifeguard, eventually earning a basketball scholarship to St. Leo University, north of Tampa, where I majored in Education. I quickly discovered that while I was tall in high school, I was short for college, and gave up basketball after two years, focusing on my education. I always enjoyed working with children, so becoming a teacher seemed natural to me. Right after college, she came to this area, to hang out with a friend for a weekend, and just happened to apply for a Kindergarten position at Sunshine Elementary School in Lehigh Acres I didnt even know where Lehigh Acres was, and remember, this was way before GPS but somehow they hired me and I couldnt believe it, and I have been with the Lee County School District ever since, for 31 years now! Ms. Manzi spent her teaching career at the Elementary level: I taught every grade except for 1st, as I just love that age group, with 4th grade my favorite. About halfway through my career, I was ready for the administrative side, so I became Assistant Principal at Heights Elementary for one year, then was the Assistant at Franklin Park for the next decade. Following that, I said to myself, I am ready, and became Principal at Orange New Beach Elementary Principal Karen Manzi, in the school courtyard. Contd pg.23 State Water Quality Agency Needed Now Three Algae BloomsBy Gary Mooney We usually begin our articles for The Island Sand Paper by describing recent water quality conditions on a 1-to-10 scale, said Rae Ann Wessel, the Natural Resources Policy Director for the SanibelCaptiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF). I cant do that anymore, as that is too simplistic for such a complicated problem. We now have an algae bloom feeding off the nutrients a straight-line situation like in the beginning, when we simply traced the Blue-Green Algae coverage on Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River. This now impacts our health and local economy, so all the layers are intense. Wessel put these impacts into real numbers: Over 80 species of marine life washed up dead on our beaches, with more than 408 tons of material removed from Sanibel alone, at a cost of $1.1 million through August 21, and at least $4 million more lost to our local economy through July. To give that waste tonnage a reference point to which people can relate, that is removing the equivalent of 408 dead African elephants! The United States Army Corps of Engineers announced last week it was increasing Lake Okeechobee releases into the Caloosahatchee River, because the Lakes continued high level is a risk to the aged Herbert Hoover Dike. Releases went up close to another 1,000 cubic-feet-per-second (CFS), from 3,400 CFS to almost 4,300 CFS, and will remain there for at least the next week, so we are now at roughly one-and-oneharmful threshold. I am not sure if it really even matters anymore, as the system is already so overwhelmed, between the Blue-Green Algae and Red Tide, and now this new bloom these things compounding on top of one-another. We are so far past the tipping point, that all these new releases are doing is just piling on top of what already exists. Our SCCF Marine Lab recently serviced one of our water censors and they had to go through three layers of muck to reach it 45 feet under the water. Once there, they found when they touched a Brittle Star, NO NEW MAGICAL PLACES Making matters potentially even worse is Hurricane Season, Contd pg.10 Contd pg.8 Hercules Dock TrialTestimony Offered at Administrative Hearing Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine. Pictures on pg 18


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Page 3 D A I L Y S pe c ial s O P E N A t 8 am BE S T BR E A K FA S T O n Th e Be ac h H A P P Y H O U R L I V E M U S I C N ig h t l y D I N E I n A ir -C ondit ione d C om for t BE S T S U N S E T V ie w ing O n FM B Ha ppy Hour O P E N D A I L Y 8 A M 1 A M$5 $5 Letters to the Editor WHY? For 24 years I have felt fortunate to have found this Town that I call my Home. nidaris and Chris Patton, two long-time town residents, sue the town. Why? I have read long advertisements these past weeks he and his wife did for children, their involvement in fundraising, for the welfare of people. Now he has turned around and is suing all of us, his neighbors, the families, the restaurant owners, the employees, all of us residents after being such a generous person Chris Patton, I understand is also a long time resident, so to have lived here for all these years MUST have feeling for this town since staying here that long, how can she hurt each of her neighbors, their families, the businesses by stopping a develop ment that took 3 years to come this far to overcome the disaster of Charlie. Especially to wait to the last minute to tie it up in the courts and all the while the town languishes, hurting every one of We have this problem of Red Tide and brown water, which this court case do you realize it could take months and years, this town cant survive under the circumstances you are causing. Please reconsider this. That decision will be a huge step forward to reenergize, restore, and revitalize the energy that TPI brought remembered for your change of course. Ceel Spuhler Fort Myers Beach BEACH KIWANIS SUPPORTS CLEAN WATER On Friday night Millennial Brewing Company in downtown as well as some of the Fort Myers Beach businesses that have lost revenue due to the impact of the current environmental disaster that has plagued our waterways. The Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Beach presented Captain Daniel Andrews, the Executive Director for Captains of Clean Water a check for $500.00 to show our support for their cause. I asked Captain Andrews what their mission was and he statsupported solutions to restore and protect marine ecosystems and our way of life for future generations. The Beach Kiwanis Clubs mission states that we are a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis club believes that both statements are supportive of each other and we are proud to help this worthy cause. Both organiza tions are non-partisan and believe that we should vote for solutions We ask readers to become part of the solution and step up and help save our waters by supporting or joining Captains for Clean Water and the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club by accessing the following websites: www.CAPTAINSFORCLEANWATER.ORG and Edward McCarthy Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis ClubEd and Paula McCarthy from the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club present Captain Daniel Andrews with a $500 check.


Page 4 Beach Botanyby Jim RodwellPINELAND GOLDEN TRUMPET The Pineland Golden Trumpet, Angadenia berteroi, is a threatened plant that is endemic to Miami-Dade County and nowhere else in Florida. This species is an evergreen perennial that grows to a height of 3 feet. Leather like leaves are arranged in an opposite order along a single erect herbaceous stem that grows in the calcareous soils of a pine-rockland. Leaf shape is linear to oblong 1 to 2 inches in length. Margins are entire. Margins are also revolute or bent downward. Berteroi has a poisonous sappy toxin that can irritate the eyes. At the center of the corolla is a deep tunnel with red markings the lead to nectar glands. Sex organs are deep Flowers are in groups of three. Corolla diameter is 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Bertrois fruit is a follicle. A dry pod that opens along one side. Blooming occurs year around. Berteroi is a member of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane) family. It the genus Angadenia. The specimen in the picture was taken in the Everglades National Park. For NFL football fans everywhere, the anthem and theme song for the Monday Night Football (MNF) Some Football? With the lyrics including all my rowdy friends are coming over tonight, this song was a rallying cry for fans, viewers and those just interested in a party on Monday nights through the fall football season. Synonymous with the prime-time broadcast, the music video was recognized as the most famous in sports television. The song dated back some 20 years before it disappeared from MNF in 2011. So what happened? ESPN and Williams apparently parted ways after Williams public comparison of President Barack Obama to Hitler. This was after the criticism rolled in on the political incorrectness of Williams and his critical statement of a planned golf meeting between Obama and then-House speaker John Boehner in which he also referred to Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden and Boehner, as the Three Stooges. ESPN released a statement that it was extremely disappointed in his comments. In an attempt to duplicate the success of MNFs theme done by Williams, a series of artists were signed for the growing NFL Sunday Night Football broadcast. These included, among others, Coun try Music stars Faith Hill and then Carrie Underwood. opened with a variety of artists and rock mix creations over the years. None measured up to bigger-thanlife, southern football persona and Williams song. Facing declining ratings and operating under the assumption that time heals all political incorrectness wounds, the NFL brought back Williams with fan-fare in the fall of 2017. Picking up where he left off six years before, Hank Jr. rocked the sports world again with a new arrangement including Country Singing Duo, Florida Georgia Line. Apparently not everyone was pleased with Williamss return, having long memories of his comments made years ago. But also apparent are a couple of things. First, ratings dictate advertising sales which drive network decisions these days. Secondly, no one should be surprised when interpretations of political correctness vary over time and with who sits in the White House. So as the NFL season begins. Sit back, grab that cold beverage and a snack, relax, and consider this one aspect of a very popular sports and broad cast product the musical score for Monday Night Football. In the end, it is up to the football fans and MNF viewers to Make the Call.Are you Ready? Behind the MNF Football ThemeLETTER SUBMISSION POLICY The Island Sand Paper welcomes letters from Islanders on local issues. Signed letters up to 300 words are wel No pseudonyms. We reserve the right to edit for clarity, length, accuracy and to prevent libel. 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 individ ual every 30 days. Submissions over 300 words may be considered for publication as a Guest Commentary based on available space, relevance and the quality and coherence of the piece submitted. Deadline for letter submission is noon Wednesday. Submit letters via email to, online at or mail to address on this page. Islanders are invited to submit original articles and photos for publication. Publication is based on available space, relevance and quality. The Sand Paper uses artistic license for humor and to amuse its readers. Nothing con tained in this publication is intended to embarrass or offend anyone. Photo courtesy of


Page 5 Letters to the Editor WATER RESPONSIBILITY I am responsible for our current water crisis. Over the years, I have developed a personal psychology built around blame and denial. I have blamed governments, corporations, industries, and uncaring individuals for both creating our environmental own complicity. I have been largely inattentive to the science of climate own due diligence around their positions on environmental issues. I have purchased products from corporations that dump chemicals and nutrients in our waterways. I have not listened well or participated enough with our local clean water advocates. I have complained about algae blooms and red tide when theyre visible, and have been silent when theyre not. I have been too careless when fueling my boats. I have littered. I have used chemicals to kill weeds, and fertilizers to grow vegetation. I have more impervious surface area on my property that I need, and I have cringed at the extent and cost of our new stormwater drainage system. I have not my dock. And worst of all, I have always taken clean water for granted. I am so sorry. I will try to do better. Dan Hendrickson Fort Myers BeachSUPPORT ISLAND WORKERS now critical. FMB is a tourist mecca and all the bad press regarding red tide and green algae is killing us. I understand that these are two major issues that may be linked and both require a resolution. I have lunch on the beach at least twice a week with friends. For the last week and a half the beach has been clear and the smell is out of the air. Local and County and keep it clean. We now have local and national media focusing on both red tide and green algae providing the perception that the beach is disgusting and a major problem. The result is that our restaurants and other beach establishments are suffering. At the bottom of this chain are the wait and service staff. They get paid less then minimum wage and rely on tips to pay for their families or school. Since this issue really hit the news shift. Many commute in from Cape Coral; their tips dont cover the cost for the commute to work. account for the appearance of the beach. Im not saying that we shouldnt local authorities are doing so that visitors to the beach can enjoy their visits. This is no small task and they are doing exceptional work. We cant lose the people who make this a wonderful place to visit and live. Fort Myers Beach WOULDNT IT BE NICE? Wouldnt it be a nicer world if both government and newspapers treated the public a little nicer? As an example of abuse, FMB town council members allow one person to build their house with deviations or variances, then another applicant to town may be denied their request for a certain size swimming pool, with councilors telling the homeowner they may still have a pool, just not as big as they wanted it to be. Why does society tolerate this type of arbitrary and capricious government? As for your newspaper, the stories are usually fairly accurate, but your reporter totally made up a conclusion when he wrote on pg. 5 of the Aug. 24th issue that: Council instructed the Town Manager to waive parking fees through Monday, Sept. 10th. That is totally fake and false town manager implement a waiver of parking fees, originally through the entire month of Sept., but the T. M suggested the waiver only be done till the next council meeting of Sept. 10th when the results may be reviewed. No Motion was made nor was any vote taken by council, not even a consensus type of action, this was one council member trying to get something done to help her own businesses near Times Square, which was a violation of Ethics Laws by Anita. Why dont you report on what acfavorite son, Jay Light a full half page to express one-sided view points on local people and businesses this paper doesnt especially like, but now I must wrap up this letter at under 300 words or you wont print it! Leon Moyer Fort Myers Beach


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Page 7 Election Results Florida Primary editor@fortmyersbeach.newsIn a primary election that inspired less than 30% of registered beach voters to cast a ballot, the slates for the November 6 General Election were set on Tuesday. NATIONAL For a Florida U.S. Senate seat, incumbent Bill Nelson (D) will face now-Governor Rick Scott (R). For Congressional District 19, incumbent Francis Rooney will face David Holden (D). STATE The race for Governor will see Ron DeSantis (R) facing Andrew Gillum (D). Lee County Democrats chose Philip Levine with 39.1% of the vote, but in statewide voting, Levine came in third behind Gillum and Gwen Graham. Otherwise, Lee Coun voting. With Southwest Floridas eyes on agriculture with algae blooms and water quality in the news, Matt Caldwell (R) handily took the Republican nomination for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture with 34.6% of the primary vote. The Democratic nominee is Nicole Nikki Fried who won her primary battle with 58.64% of the vote. Caldwell fared even better with Lee County voters, 47.4% of whom voted for him. With Pam Bondi term-limited out da Attorney General candidate will be Ashley Moody, who won statewide with 56.8%, facing Sean Shaw (D). The District 20 State Attorney race has virtually been decided in the Republican primary after the ballot was closed when a Chris Crowley squared off in this weeks primary, with Fox winning with 57% of the vote. Foxs name will appear on the November ballot with a blank line for the write-in. There were no Democratic candidates. The race for Florida House District 76 will see incumbent Ray Rodrigues (R) facing David Bogner (D), who took the nomination with over 68% of the Democratic vote. LEE COUNTY The Lee County School Board plus 2 at-large districts. The District 6 at-large seat will be on the November ballot for Fort Myers Beach voters after none of the four candidates received over 50% of the vote. This non-par tisan seat will be contested by Betsy Vaughn and Nicholas Alexander, who received 29.25% and 26.96% of the vote. County Commission District 2, a race that was not on the primary ballot and one which all county voters may vote for, will see incumbent Cecil Pendergrass (R) facing Bill Taylor (No Party Afincumbent Brian Hamman (R) won reelection unopposed. FORT MYERS BEACH FIRE DISTRICT There are three seats up for November election on the missioners. The race for Seat 1 will include incumbent Robert (Bob) Raymond facing two challengers, Forrest Critser and Bill Santomas. Seat 3 candidates include incumbent Carol Morris and challenger Jacki Liszak. Incumbent Theodore (Ted) Schindler will face John Bennett for Seat 5. FORT MYERS BEACH LIBRARY DISTRICT brary Board in June after a sinseat. Seats 1 and 3 will continue ward Scott and George Ballan tyne. Seats 2 and 4 will bring newcomers Jan Fleming and Erik LaFave to the board. FORT MYERS BEACH MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT Seat 1 on the Mosquito Control Henry Rothenberg after he was in June. FORT MYERS BEACH TOWN COUNCIL Council elections will NOT be held in November. Seats 1 & 2, in a March 5, 2019 election. Interested potential candidates should pick up Election Information at Town Hall or at fmbgov. com under Departments > Town Clerk. The deadline to submit all required forms and documents is noon, January 18, 2019. They may be submitted as early as December 31, 2018.


Page 8 Hercules Dock Trial Testimony Offered at Administrative Hearing, Contd from pg.1of the settlement. Council member Anita Cereceda proposed a 44foot counter-offer and asked for a show-of-hands, but no one agreed. Council then rejected the settlement 4 0, with Mayor Tracey Gore absent, leading to the August 23 Administrative Hearing. Attorney Ralf Brookes represented the Shanoskys and Steck, Carson Zimmer the DEP, and Town Attorney John Turner Fort Myers Beach before roughly 30 people.THE LITIGANTS Michael Steck of 190 Hercules Drive, who owns the property to the south of the dock, as well as spending two to three weeks-a-year at his Fort Myers Beach home, where he sometimes keeps his 44-foot-long, 30-foot-wide trimaran with a 27-horse-power motor he purchased in roughly 2004. He described its docking when the 49-foot-long pier was in place as nerve-wracking. Brookes asked if he received the notice from the Town about the May 24, 2017 Public Meeting it hosted to preview the dock reconstruction with the Hercules Drive neighborhood, with Steck saying he did not, most likely because the May 22 mailing notice did not reach him in Illinois in time; he only learned details when the Shanoskys informed him of the project. Zimmer asked Steck if the original 49-foot dock was in place when he purchased his trimaran and he said it was. Zimmer inquired if he ever suffered any docking collisions when the pier previously existed and Steck replied he did not. Cynthia Shanosky of 177 Hercules, the property adjacent that she and her husband Allen did not learn about the proposed new pier or the May 24 meeting until June 17, when the notice reached their New Jersey home, when they contacted the DEP for details, including information on Administrative Hearing, after which they contacted Mr. Steck. She stated they bought their home in 1999, and the original dock was smaller at that time, but additions over the following years resulted in it eventually becoming 49 feet long. That made their boat docking a 90-degree angle, leading to one accident that cracked their hull. If the pier were shorter, it would not be that much of a problem; we have no objection to a shorter dock. Allen Shanosky described the docking of their boat as extremely challenging if not outright dangerous with the longer original pier, but with it not there, they can go straight in-and-out. When the 49-foot pier was in place, a strong tide required a severe approach angle. Since he and his wife are now becoming fulltime Fort Myers Beach residents, and they have teenage children who may pilot the boat, they prefer no dock, though 24 or less feet would be acceptable. Zimmer asked why the Shanoskys did not protest when the original dock grew in length over the years to its eventual 49 feet, and he stated they were trying to be good neighbors. He guessed the original pier eventually reached its 49-foot length roughly eight years ago, and the collision that resulted in the hull crack was 4 years ago. Judge there was a Hercules dock in place when the Shanoskys purchased their home in 1999, and Mr. Shanosky replied there was.KINCAID & CAMPBELL The Town called as a professional expert Mark Kincaid, who is an engineer for Coastal Engineering Incorporated with 33 years experience. The Town hired Coastal Engineering to design the he designs roughly 20 to 30 similar projects for small piers and docks annually. Kincaid stated there has been a Hercules Drive dock from at least 1944 until its 2015 removal, and it reached its maximum length of 49 feet sometime between 1999 and 2002. The waterway in this area is over 700-feet wide from the end of the proposed pier, with a marked channel of over 300 feet, with the entries to the Shanosky and Steck docks meeting or exceeding industry standards, as well as the State of Florida Code, the Towns Land Development Code, and DEP setback requirements, meaning the proposed new 49-foot replacement dock will pose no hazard to navigation for the channel or the Shanosky and Steck docks. Zimmer would substantially be in the same location as the original structure, and Kincaid said that would be the case. Ms. Marti Campbell, of 100 30 Hercules neighbors, stating that other than the two litigants, all other residents had signed petitions to restore the original 49-foot pier. Brookes asked if the neighbors could not get just as much enjoyment from a 24-foot dock as from a 49-foot one, but Campbell felt a shorter structure would defeat the purpose of having any dock at all. witness; following her testimony, Judge Alexander stated that it would be roughly three to four weeks to complete the hearing transcript, then he will allow 30 days for each written opinions, and he will then make his determination in roughly 60 days. Google Earth view of Hercules Drive dock prior to demolition.


Page 9 Your Hometown Newspaper for over 18 years Missy Layeld, Editor Mike Buster Circulation Manager c/o Mark List, Production Sarah List, Sandy Sandness, The Island Sand PaperPHONES 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 LETTER SUBMISSION POLICYThe Island Sand Paper welcomes letters from Islanders on local issues. Signed letters up to 300 words are welcome. All letters should be the original work of the author, include city of residence and a phone number length, accuracy and to prevent libel. 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 may be considered for publication as a Guest Commen tary based on available space, relevance and the quality and coherence of the piece submitted. Deadline for letter submission is noon Wednesday. Submit letters via email to, online at or mail to address on this page. Islanders are invited to submit original articles and photos for publication. Publication is based on available space, relevance and quality. The Sand Paper uses artistic license for humor and to amuse its readers. Nothing contained in this publication is intended to embarrass or offend 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 Gary Mooney Lead Writer OFFICE HOURS MON-FRI 10AM-3PMSubject to change due to story assignments. CALL TO BE SURE! LABOR DAY ignated to recognize the contributions that American workers have made to Americas growth, prosperity and strength. Realistically, its the end of summer and a three-day weekend for most people, except store clerks as its also a huge shopping day. For us here on Fort Myers Beach, we would like to focus on those who labor right here on our Island. The housekeepers, hosts, servers, cooks and dishwashers. The taxi drivers, bussers, and clerks. These are the people who work hard day after day making Fort Myers Beach the tourist destination that it is. They are the reason people come back here year after year for their vacation, because theyve had a good time while here. That only happens with great, hard-working Island employees. ple who are hurting the most. Tourists are in short supply. Hours and some jobs have been cut, income is down. Rent is late. Bank accounts are dwindling. Some of our Island employees are having a really hard time. We know beach businesses are doing what they can to support their employees, but money is tight all over the beach right now. There are a number of programs designed to help our workforce weather this crisis. #TipTheBill to boost tips, Harry Chap in Food Bank and Choice Market for grocery help and the SWFL Cares Fund by the SWFL Community Foundation. Sadly it wont be enough for some workers. We fervently hope that the slight improvement noted in Red Tide along Lee Countys coast this week by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is a sign that weve maybe turned the corner on this bloom and its awful effects. They use a map with colored dots to indicate Red Tide and weve had red dots all over our coastline for weeks. This week, there are some yellow dots mixed in. Improvement! The one thing that has become clear during this crisis: Its not just an environmental crisis, its political also. Weve seen those tasked with protecting our environment and health play hot potato with some hard questions about safety and public health. We deserve better. We deserve answers about air and sand quality, answers about the long term effects of algae exposure. Weve been inhaling Red Tide for a month, nobody seems to know what that might do to a body. Here in our corner of paradise, water quality equals tourism. Take it away and tourism goes with it. Our Island economy is a classic example of that. A year ago Hurricane Irma blew through town, knocking powgether and rebounded quickly. This Red Tide has had a much worse the Island workforce are trying to make the best of it. We encourage Islanders to patronize Island businesses. Tip the bill, or 50% or 30%, whatever you can afford. Eat out often. Do your holiday shopping this Labor Day weekend at Island stores. If you can help our workforce, please, please do so now. And as you decide who to vote for this November, ask where year, but for the future. Anyone else notice how few candidates made appearances in Lee County this primary season? Not many photo ops next to our dead turtles or Cape Corals green slime canals were there? Remember our beach employees and businesses when you hear how eliminating environmental regulations helps businesses to grow and prosper. Not much growth and prosperity on Fort Myers Beach right now, is there? While the State of Florida dawdles, our U.S. Senators have stepped up this week. Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson jointly introduced legislation that calls for the already existing federal Interagency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) to assess the causes and effects of HABs in Lake O and our south and southwestern coastline to determine the federal resources that might help and then set up an Action Plan with the state and stakeholders to learn how these HABs develop and how we might prevent them. Somebody is listening. Thank you, Senator Nelson and Senator Rubio! Editor


Page 10 State Water Quality Agency Needed Now Three Algae Blooms, Contd from pg.1 dormant throughout August, is showing signs of activity, as our area nears the peak date of September 10 that will mark the 1st anniversary of Hurricane Irma. If a hurricane or even a large rain event strikes, it will be more of the same, Wessel explained, as nothing has changed; there are no new magical places to store water nor any new agreements made by the state, even though we asked them to look into instituting emergency measures, with their only response being that they are already doing everything they can. Remember that a hurricane or large storm does not need to strike Southwest Florida to devastate our region, because the entire state drains north-tosouth, into Lake Okeechobee, so if Tallahassee or Orlando gets hit, that water ultimately get released from the Lake and because we are the biggest drain. Decisions like this are what leadership is all about, where you identify the problem, identify the solution, then make a plan and implement it. This exactly what is not happening in Florida with water quality. We know the problem; we know the solution; what we lack is the political will to put the plan into action! A major concern for Wessel is that, while there is a great deal of water quality testing, no one monitors air conditions. I recently posted that question on-line, as technically the Department of Environmental Protection Red Tide and Blue-Green Algae toxins, but no one is, along with taking any responsibility to post associated health warnings, and that again comes back to the complete lack of leadership, as the state would rather bury its head in the beach sand, by saying it is not an issue! Current Florida leadership tells you that to be Business Friendly, they must roll back environmental regulations, because those are bad for business. If you really think rolling back environmental regulations is Business Friendly, ask your local bars and restaurants and resorts and Chambers of Commerce how that is working out, as from my point-of-view, all we are getting from that philosophy is a Big Goose Egg! I know people today hate government, but the most fundamental role of government is to protect our health and welfare.LOW-HANGING FRUIT Now that the August Primary is over, the race for Governor pits Andrew Gillum verses Ron DeSantis, with Matt Caldwell against Nikki Fried for Agriculture Commissioner. Our environment and water quality is a huge issue, all across Florida, Wessel stressed. Now that we have our General Election candidates, it is incumbent upon people to ask them in-depth about our water conditions, as well as those effects on our state economy, as clean water and successful business are one-and-the-same, not to mention the importance for our health and welfare, as our lives should matter to them. Ask complete answers over what their plans will be and what actions they will take to halt this crisis, as we need leadership to stop this or it will get worse. Any candidate who does not support responsible changes and appropriate regulations to ensure your public health should not earn your vote. She believes the successful candidates have two low-hanging-fruit options that they can almost immediately it is hard to believe it doesnt already exist a single state View of beach at Lynn Hall Park showing water discoloration on Monday, August 27, 2018.


Page 11 State Water Quality Agency Needed Now Three Algae Blooms, Contd from prev. pg. agency responsible for water quality! Today, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regulates agriculture and golf course, with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and Department of Health sort-of overseeing our health and beaches. The huge Missing Link is that no agency is handling the Blue-Green Algae threat, so we need one department to umbrella all these important responsibilities, to set and enforce the appropriate standards over Blue-Green Algae and cyanobacteria, including simple, commonsense things like when to post advisories. More importantly, however, that agency must implement a series of solutions, as we are already well-aware of the problem, and that is the level of nutrients we allow into our public waters. The second is to set cyanobacteria standards, and this should be so easy, Wessel stressed! Twenty-two other states already have established guidelines, so this is not even a problem; all we have to do is to copy what is already successfully working out there, as this is a national and even global issue. It is inconceivable and unacceptable that Florida, with the largest coastline of any state in the lower 48, does not have cyanobacteria standards, considering the frequency of our blooms. Anyone who saw the movie, The Toxic Puzzle, a few weeks ago at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, knows how incredibly harmful these toxins can be, yet our leadership seems to have no sense of that, without any clear lines of responsibility over our beaches and shoreline and boating access points.HE IS US Wessel pointed out a recent example: Two weeks Florida Department of Health state that Blue-Green Algae is not a harmful toxin, and that cannot be more completely false, as I and thousands of other Floridians have already personally experienced its negative health effects, as you can only attribute these things to the algae, so this is something our residents should not take lightly. When you know the science and read the educational papers, then you hear that, there is no basis nor it is misleading and dangerous. favorable environmental news, Wessel took an exceedingly long pause. I am by nature a glass-is-half-full person, so a nervous laugh. Perhaps the one good aspect of being at Ground Zero like we are, is that we are experiencing many new and innovative ways to treat Red Tide and the cyanobacteria, like boom and foam manufacturers, to address these issues like we would an oil spill, but these will all take time, to even determine if they work. The real solution, however, is we must rein in the nutrients we allow into our public waterways; as Ive said many times previously, if you digging! We know the nutrient source, so we just have to be really honest about that, take the appropriate actions, and change how we do things. This will not make everything better overnight, as that will take years, but we must start today. As they often say in the Pogo comic strip, appropriately located in a swamp, we have met the enemy, and he is us!Dead manatee found in the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Au28, 2018.


Page 12 By Gary Mooney The Fort Myers MiraMinnesota Twins and defend ing 2017 Florida State League (FSL) South Division 2nd Half champions, are tied for 1st Place with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Tampa Bay organization for the 2018 2nd Half title. As such, they are trying to live up to Al Michaels famous call from the 1980 United States Winter Olympics Hockey Team, to reach the Playoffs heading Fort Myers is trying to cap off a rags-to-riches, worstSouth Divisions 1st half, with a 28 40 record. Their 2nd half turnaround corresponded with the call-ups of several key players from the Twins Low A team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, princi pally baseballs #1 overall 2017 draft pick in 19-year-old shortstop Royce Lewis, and the Twins 2016 #1 selection, 20-year-old had anything left to prove at Cedar Rapids, with Lewis hitting .315 with 9 home runs, 53 RBI, and 22 stolen bases. Kirilloff was even better, batting .333 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI. Upon their Fort Myers arrival, the Miracle took off, eventually leading the South Division over Charlotte by a half-game as late as August 17. A teamwide slump, however, that oddly enough began the game after the Miracle scored a dozen runs in a 13 to 12 defeat on August 14, led them to fall 2-1/2 games behind, before a series of low-scor ing, one-run home wins brought them back to even on August 30. In that 14-game stretch, the Miracle scored 3 runs or less in 11 contests, yet still win 8 games due to their extraordinary pitching. The slump affected everyone except for Kirilloff, who had hits in 27 of 28 games to raise his average from .289 to .364, with 5 home runs and 42 RBI, as kowski, who is among the FSLs season-long batting leaders at .298. The downturn hurt Lewis worst, going 5 for 52, to see his average crater from .328 to .257; it is safe to assume this is nitude in his young storybook career! Despite this, Lewis still has 5 home runs, 21 RBI, and 6 stolen bases. Another mid-season callthe Miracle is 20-year-old Brusdar Graterol, baseballs 46thranked prospect, who throws up to 101-miles-per-hour and has not lost since July 14, making it exceedingly rare for one Single A team to have 3 of baseballs Kathy Nesbit 1936 2018 Katherine (Kathy) Regina Nesbit of Fort Myers Beach, Florida lost her battle with cancer and passed away in her sleep on August 28, 2018, at the age of 82. A devoted and loving mother of two and cherished grand bered fondly by her family, friends and neighbors, and by thousands of travelers to our island who she greeted as friends for nearly 45 years. Throughout a bout with cancer in 1996 and again this past year, her focus was always God, family and business. She was a faithful member of the McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers. She is survived by her daugh ter, Cheryl Nesbit (Keith) Joreski; her son, Jeffrey S. (Carmen) Nesbit; Kyle Nesbit, Tanner Nesbit, Joel Joreski and Kristen Joreski; her brother, Kathy left behind many friends, neighbors and business associates who adored her and remember how, as a true, well-brought-up southern belle, she would never leave the house without makeup or the appropriate her the Mayor of Fort Myers Beach long before we were a Town because she always looked the part. She got a big kick out of that. Kathy owned and ran a successful real estate/vacation rental business, Nesbit Real Estate, Inc. and Kathy Nesbit Vacations, Inc. on Fort Myers Beach for over 42 years. She was President of the Board of Realtors for Fort Myers Beach twice and District Vice President for the Florida Association of Fort Myers Beach made her a life-long advocate for the island. She was the Beach Voters Association for four years. Known for personally welcoming vacationers, Kathy extended her gracious welcome to newlyweds, then their children, then their grandchildren, until her name became entwined with generations of happy memories of family Beach vacations. A gathering to pay your respects will be held Friday, August 31, 2018, between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Hodges Funeral Home, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, Florida 33913. The funeral will be held Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:00 am at McGregor Baptist Church, 3750 Colonial Boulevard, to McGregor Baptist Church. Do You Believe In Miracles?Last Weekend Decides Season Highly ranked 20-year-old starting pitcher Brusdar Graterol regularly throws over 100-miles-per-hour.


Page 13 top 50 prospects at one time. Graterol, Lewis, and Kirilloff enhanced a Miracle squad that already featured FSL All-Stars GrBlankenhorn.SEASONS FINAL WEEKEND This weekends games will decide the Miracles post ends schedule for Fort Myers and Charlotte is a mixed bag. The Miracle host the Clearwater Threshers from Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 2, as that squad leads the FSLs North Division with the leagues best record of 43 22. Conversely, the Stone Crabs play the Florida Fire Frogs, who have the FSLs 2nd worst record at 21 39, but in a 4-game matchup, with a doubleheader on August 31, then single games on September 1 & 2. The Miracle on August Fireworks Friday; Saturday, September 1, is Bark in The Park, where you can bring your four-legged friend for free, and Giveaway Saturday, with the ron Buxton Bobblehead; and Baseball Day, with kids in their team shirts receiving a free tickand running the bases after the game. Friday starts at 7 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m., and Sunday at Noon. Tickets are $7.50 to $12 at, the stadium prior to each game, or telephone at 239-768-4210, with a $2 processing fee. Should the Miracle win the 2nd half, they will meet the South Divisions 1st half champ, the Palm Beach Cardinals, the series, most likely beginning at Hammond Stadium on Tuesday, September 4, at 7 p.m., with the remaining contests at Palm Beach. That winner then takes on the North Division victor in a best-of-5 matchup beginning Friday, September 7.GCL TWINS RECAP In related Minnesota minor league news, the Gulf Coast Twins, the rookie-level minor league squad that plays the CenturyLink Sports Complex, came agonizingly close but ultimately fell short in defending their 2017 Gulf Coast League (GCL) South Division champion ship. GCL teams operate out of Florida, forming along with the Arizona League, professional baseballs lowest rung, playing at the Spring Training complex es of their parent Major League teams. Their rosters are made ed during the annual June Major League Baseball draft, along with free agent signees, and play a 60-game season, minus rainouts, from June 18 to August 25. While the GCL teams want to win, the emphasis at this level is on skill development rather than competitive play, with each squad having a 30-man roster. In the GCLs tightest race among its four divisions, the place, 1-1/2 games behind the crosstown champion Red Sox and a half-game behind Charlotte Countys GCL Rays. They were competitive all season but lost 5 of 6 games heading into the last week, dooming their chances. Since the Twins failed to reach the playoffs, they continue their dubious streak of having never won a GCL overall title since joining the league in 1989. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they lost a heartbreaking 3 to 2 one-game playoff against the GCL Tigers in 11 innings, with the Tigers then defeating the GCL Cardinals 2 games to 1 in the best-of-three championship.Do You Believe In Miracles?Last Weekend Decides Season, Contd from prev. pgThe Fort Myers Miracle, in white, are in strong contention for the Florida State Leagues 2nd a


Page 14 Its Tapa Hop Time!Event Set for September 20By Gary Mooney The 16th annual Tapa Hop, hosted by the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday, September 20, leys that hold 40 to 45 people each, that literally hop to seven different beach restaurants, said Jacki Liszak, the Chambers Executive Director. Each location will serve a tapa; that is Spanish for appetizer. These are delicious and creative, so be ready for some scrumptious taste sensations! Participants meet at the South Beach Grill at the Santini Marina Plaza at 7205 Estero Boulevard at 3 p.m., with trolleys leaving promptly at 4 p.m. They transport guests in a random order to Bayfront Bistro, Junkanoo on the Beach, Nauti Parrot Dock Bar, Pinchers at the Wyndham Garden and Sunset Beach Tropical Grill, before concluding with an afterparty at Castaways Bar & Grill at the Santini Marina Plaza. The fun isnt restricted to the restaurants, however. We have a theme every year, and this one is United Nations, Jacki stated. Each trolley showcases one particular nation, including the United States, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, and Mexico. We selected this theme because the world is becoming smaller and more interconnect ed all the time, so this highlights all sorts of different customs and traditions. To pick the nation of your choice, reserve your spot as soon up, we assign you a country. We encourage everyone to get into the spirit of the evening by dressing in costume, from the simple to the elaborate, so get out those Uncle kilts or sombreros! Tapa Hop cost is $35-per-person, or $45 at the door, in the unlikely event spots are still available, as this is one of the Chambers most popular annu al programs, Jacki related. We restrict reservations to Chamber members only through Thursday, September 6, then open them up to the general public. People love to attend with a bunch of their friends, but to keep it open to as many folks as possible, we limit our groups to 10 or less. Make your reservations through the Chamber at 239-4547500 or on-line at & SMILES In addition to the savory tapas and trolley frivolity, the eveas a Poker Run at $5-per-person. We have overnight stays at vartickets to visit Key West, gift certhings, Jacki explained. One of the most unique is a Jerky Maker, along with a tray to dry them out, so that is inventive. We are still taking donated prizes and will until the day before the Tapa Hop, as well as accepting sponsors, but we need those by Friday, September 14, to prepare the banners to display along the sides of the trolleys. The Tapa Hop this year returns to its usual mid-September date, after Hurricane Irma in 2017 forced its postponement until late November. Last year, it served to bring a boost to beach businesses after that natural disaster, as well as putting some badly-needed smiles on peoples faces. Jacki recalled. This year, we hope it will have the same effect, over a different set of terrible circumstances. This is the ideal forum to get out into our community and support our restaurants, as well as the employees who work there and need our patronage, as this is critical. The past month or so has been tough for so many people, so this is an opportunity to get out a little bit and get a well-deserved break from reality.UPCOMING EVENTS In addition to the Tapa Hop, Jacki wants to remind everyone that the 5th annual Bowling Bash is Thursday, October 25, at the Beach Bowl & Pelicans Arcade at 17651 San Carlos Boulevard for teams of 5 players at $150-per-team from 5-7p.m. or 7-9 p.m. Since this is so close to Halloween, the theme will be Monster Mash, Jacki offered with a laugh! And as hard as it is to believe, the American Sand Sculpting Championship each November is right around the corner! In other topics, Jacki related that the Chamber will relocate to the Keller-Williams Real Estate building at 2450 Estero Boulevard, adjacent to Moms Restaurant, and that the Harry Chapin Food Bank will continue to bring a grocery truck to Fort Myers Beach each Wednes day as long as the environmental crisis lingers, at 1510 Estero Boulevard from 10 a.m. to Noon. This is open to anyone who needs the assistance, Jacki reminded. We do need eight volunteers to help with this worthwhile endeavor, so if you can donate your valuable time, please contact the Chamber. The Tapa Hop brings out the fun and the costumes as seen in this 2016 Tapa Hop photo.


Page 15 FREE Shell Points Life Enrichment Series offers the opportunity to discover new things about yourself and the world you live in. Concerts, presentations, lectures, shows, special events and more!*If you are unable to attend a class that includes a fee, kindly give 24 hours notice to receive a refund.September 11,18 & 25 at 9 : 30 a.m.Learn about Shell Points signature Lifestyle with Lifecare, followed by a narrated bus tour that will showcase the communitys resort-style retirement options and amenities. Admission to the presentation and tour is free; however, reservations are required by calling (239) 466-1131. Learn More About Shell Point FREESeptember 11 & 18 at 4:30 p.m. Iran: Its History and TodayJoin Professor Adrian Kerr for a two-part discussion about some of the worlds oldest continuous civilizations, with settlements dating back to 4,000 BC. Learn how the Indo Europeans established territory in the highlands of Iran and review the rise of the great Achaemenid Empire and the countrys radical shift in leadership. Tickets for each session cost $10* and may be purchased by calling (239) 489-8472. Session One Tuesday, September 11: An introduction to the beginning of the Indo Europeans in 2,000 BC, this discussion will uncover the rise and fall of the nation of Iran. Session Two Tuesday, September 18 : Professor Kerr will discuss how the Islamic conquest of c650 was a turning point in Iranian history. He will conclude this two-part discussion with a look at recent times and the major shift in Iranian leadership. September 25 & 27 at 4:30 p.m.The Seven Wonders of the Ancient WorldThe Academy of Lifelong Learning is excited to welcome Professor Adrian Kerr for a two-part journey on the seven wonders of the world. He will investigate their creators, historical and archaeological evidence and also share illustrations from his own personal encounters. Tickets for each session cost $10* and may be purchased by calling (239) 489-8472. Session One Tuesday, September 25: Professor Kerr will begin with a look at the phrase seven wonders of the world and who coined it. Additionally, he will uncover the signicance of ancient Greece and its historical role. Session Two Thursday, September 27: To conclude the presentation, Professor Kerr will examine what became of the worlds wonders and their creators, and why they still have such a hold on the imagination. Shell Point is located in Fort Myers, 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway. 2018 Shell Point. All rights reserved. SLS -3752-18 Visit full listings of this months events! September 2018 SeriesNew Opportunities at Shell PointThe public is invited and many of these events are


Page 16 SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIALThe Fort Myers Beach Fire Department invites the FMB community to attend a short September 11th Memorial at Fire Station 33, located at 121 Lenell Rd, FMB, on TU, Sept. 11 at 8:30am. Station 33 is the home of the communitys 9/11 memorial, which contains a piece of structural steel from Tower Two of the World Trade Center. In 2010, the FMB Fire Dept was awarded two pieces of structural I-beam. One is housed at the Station 33 memorial, the other was divided and placed on the exteriors of all FMB Fire facilities. Visitors are asked to arrive before 8:30am as the ceremony begins promptly at 8:30am. Late-arriving visitors are asked to remain in their cars if arriving during the changing of the Honor Guard or placement of the Memorial Wreath. MORNING MEANDERJoin an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Sept 1 at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-5337580 or 533-7576.FREE FMB PARKING Parking at FMB meters in beach accesses and downtown are free through at least September 10. Meters in county-owned lots on FMB (Lynn Hall Park, Bowditch Point Park) are also free through Sept 10. POOL FUNThe Fort Myers Beach Community Pool is open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm. 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. FOOD BANK The Harry Chapin Food Bank will have their mobile food truck at 1510 Estero Blvd every WE from 10am-noon so long as they are needed to help local residents faced with decreased earnings related to our water quality problems. Choice Market is also available every TH from 11am-4pm at Beach Baptist. TIP THE BILLThe Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce is challenging the community to participate in a Tip the Bill Challenge to support our local restaurants and servers that are economically impacted by Red Tide. When you Tip the Bill, write #tipthebillFMBCC on the bill and share on social media Facebook @FMBChamber; Twitter and Instagram @FMB_ Chamber. Realizing that not everyone can afford to double their bill, the community is encour aged to tip what they can and try to patronize beach businesses.SOFTBALL LEAGUECalling all adults who love to play softball! Bay Oaks Recreation Center will host a Co-Ed Adult Softball League on TU night Sept 25Nov 13. Teams supply their own uniforms (solid color jersey). Cost $250/team. Must register by 7:30pm FR Sept 14 at Bay Oaks. For more info contact Dominic Dominic@fmbgov. com or 239-765-4222.CYPRESS LAKE 70S REUNIONA 1970-1979 Cypress Lake High School Reunion is being planned in conjunction with a Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches fundraiser for SA Sept 29 at 5:30pm at Bonita Bills Waterfront Caf. Enjoy a buffet meal for $17, music and the company of 70s CLHS grads, while you help support fundraising for 3D images for the remaining pieces of the iconic FMB arches. The imaging will allow the remaining arch pieces to be incorporated into a new Arch Project. For more information see or visit Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches on Facebook.WATER QUALITY LINKSSee what the latest water testing results are by using these links: Lee VCB: SCCF Reports: Lee County Algae Status: ADVISORY COMMITTEESThe Town of Fort Myers Beach seeks interested volunteers to serve on eight advisory committees that serve to advise Town Council: Anchorage Advisory Committee, Audit Committee, Bay Oaks Recreational Campus Advisory Board, Community Resource Advisory Board, Cultural & Environmental Learning Center Advisory Board, Local Planning Agency, Marine Resources Task Force and Public Safety Committee. If youd like to get involved in our Town, you are invited to submit an Advisory A Publication of FREE rfntb ANNUAL FOOTBALL ISSUE www.FishTaleDining.comNow serving breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am 11:00 am. Happy Hour from 11:00 am 6:00 pm dailyFish-Tale MarinaBehind Santini Marina Plaza7225 Estero Boulevard (239) 747-6500 LOCALS NIGHT is the place to be on Wednesday nights! Join us for half-priced drinks and $6 Marina Bites, along with our regular menu from 6:00 pm 9:00 pm. Bring your friends, meet your neighbors and enjoy a night of fun! Want to test your smarts & win prizes? Tuesday nights are trivia night in September at Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining beginning at 7:00 pm. Join us in the Tiki Bar for all the fun!


Page 17 Committee Application Form to the Town Clerk, either in person or by email by 4:30pm Sept 7. Town Council will consider applications at their October 1 meeting. Find more information on what each committee does and the application form on the Towns website under News > Calling All Islanders or via direct link: CLEANUPMark Sept. 8 on your calendar and join the 4Ocean team for a cleanup at Lynn Hall Park from 8-10am. All necessary cleanup materials will be provided. Bring water and sunscreen. Look for the blue 4Ocean tent in the park. Pre-register at MEETINGOn TU Sept 11, the Estero Island Taxpayers Association will resume their meetings to be held on the second TU of the month with Social Time from 6-6:30pm and Meetings at 6:30pm at Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St. Enter at the front of the church. All FMB taxpayers are welcome to attend EITA meetings. Septembers anticipated topic is Unincorporation. For more information: esteroislandta@gmail.comTALENT SEARCHCreative Minds Records (CMR), a Fort Myers indie record label is hosting a CMR Talent Search Show on September 18 at approximately 7pm at Broadway Palm Theatre. Enter for a chance to win $2500 plus a chance to sign a record deal. Artists may register and send a demo to or call 239-980-5674. Submissions must be received by midnight September 8. Artists selected to participate in the show will be tendance at the Sept 18 show is open to the public for $10/ticket. The Lewis P. Tabarrini Childrens Music Outreach Foundation.BEACH LIBRARYThe Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the librarys many collections, use the computers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. Closed Labor Day Sept 3. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include: TU Sept 11, 2:15-3:15pm, Dog Day, pre-register WE Sept 12, 10:30am, Gems & Their StoriesMOUND HOUSEThe oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a historical museum inside and beauti ful grounds outside including an observation pier, kayak launch and amazing back bay views. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. Museum is open TU, WE & SA from 9am-4pm. Located at 451 parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and addition al information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include: SA Sept 1 am Family Fun Kayak Tour; 1pm Guided Tour; 2pm Shell Mound Tour TU Sept 4 9am Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach condi tions permitting); 11am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour WE Sept 5 1am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided Tour FORT MYERS BEACH NESTS................... 67 FALSE CRAWLS... 148 HATCHED............. 51 BONITA SPRINGS NESTS.................. 203 FALSE CRAWLS.. 192 HATCHED ............. 149 SA Sept 8 am & 2pm Shell Mound Tour; 11am Guided Tour TU Sept 11 8am Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 9am Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 1pm -Guided Tour; 2pm Shell Mound Tour WE Sept 12 1pm Guided Tour; 2pm Shell Mound Tour FR Sept 14 6:30pm Sunset Kayak TourLOVERS KEY STATE PARKGuided nature programs are offered in the park. All programs require registration, are free with park entry and take place at 10am. To register call 239463-4588. Upcoming programs include: WE Sept 5 Manatees Talk TH Sept 6 Fishing Clinic FR Sept 7 Sea Turtle Program FR Sept 14 Sensational SharksISLAND HOPPER FESTThe 5th annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will begin on Captiva Island Sept 21-23, before moving to downtown Fort Myers Sept 24-27 and wrapping up on Fort Myers Beach Sept 28-30. The Fest features live free performances by singersongwriters at multiple venues. Midland, winner of the New Vocal Duo/Group, will perform on Sept 30 at Pink Shell Resort during a ticketed event. Schedule and tickets available at GOVERNMENT MEETINGSWednesday, 9/5 5:15pm Library Budget Hearing #1, 2755 Estero Blvd, FMB


Page 18 The Print Shop Inkhas moved to 19221 San Carlos Blvd!Between Sunnylands Trailer Court and the Sunoco gas station! Watch for our signs!239-463-7744 Beach Travelers: MaineBy Sarah List Island Sand Paper Photographer Our trip was truly amazing, with cool weather in the evenings, and fairly lovely weather the 4 days we were there. Driving up and down hills and seeing sights we hadnt seen in too many years. It was peaceful and lovely, and a great chance to catch up with some friends and family, all while getting a mini-vacation back to where we are both from, New England. Bryan and I saw large whole tree sized driftwoods, and the rocks on shore looked like fossilized wood. It was gorgeous. A stroll through downtown Portland reveals its true nature as an old New England shore town. Bryan in front of the worlds largest globe, Eartha at 41ft in diameter. Acquired by Garmin in 2016. It is located in Yarmouth, Maine. Cobblestone streets in Portland. Mural depicting the seafaring theme of Portland


Page 19 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 (Above) Propeller from the Tug Stamford. (Below) There were all kinds of little food stands, but this cute little lobster roll stand, made to look like a little lobster boat, stood out. out of an old bed frame. Our reason for heading to Maine: a friends wedding held at Caswell Farm in Gray, Maine. This old barn was decked out with an upstairs lounge. Headed home, we stopped in Portsmouth, NH where we found this old Irish Pub.


Page 20 An engineer and a physicist are in a hot-air balloon. After a few hours they lose track of where they are and descend to get directions. They yell to a jogger, Hey, Because, it took you far too long to come up with your


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 Monday or Tuesday get printed in the funnies pages that week. We do it simply for the fun of it. Kinda funny that Im playing at The Shark Bar and the Dude with the Pearly Whites requests Mack The Knife Omg, if that guy asks to hear Margaritaville Im going to eat this guitar... And they pay ME to entertain. I got action, sports, mystery and romance right here in front of me! If that guy yells FREEBIRD one more time, Im going to smack him so hard, his mom will cry!!


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Page 23 Principal Karen Manzi Contd from pg.1until coming here.GIVE IT TO ME! During her Orange River tenure, about three years ago, she became a Fort Myers Beach resident. I always liked it out here, and got lucky and made it my home. Not long after that, Jeff Dobbins, with whom I have been friends for a long time, became the new Beach Elementary Principal, but he was very open that retirement was in his immediate future, so I began to scope out the job. When Jeff announced his intention to retire after the last school year, I made my interest known to the powers-that-be, basically saying, Give It to Me, though of course in a diplomatic and professional manner! I am fortunate to hold this position, because up until now, I never had the opportunity to live where I work, so it is great to be a family in every way. Even though Beach Elementary students have been in class for only three weeks, Ms. Manzi already notices differences from her previous positions. The we had about 850 children; here we have 115 and that is awesome, as you get to know all their names and personalities pretty quick, as with a school this size, you can do that. Equally as obvious is the incredible amount of community support beach residents provide these children it is amazing, as you can feel how much everyone here cares about the kids, as the school seems like it is the focus of the entire island! Already this academic year, we had a student who had their bicycle stolen, and that is how he got to school, and the next day the Beach Kids Foundation bought him a new bike where else does that happen? We have a spectacular Parent Teacher Organization and are really grateful for how much they do for all the children.COOLEST PLACE TO BE Ms. Manzi is just as effusive about the Beach Elementary staff: The teachers and support personnel go the extra mile for our students at all times, as they care so much for these kids. In a real sense, I am The New Kid at Beach Elementary, while many of my coworkers have been with and treat them like members of their own family, and how can you not be impressed by that? They are can run this place without me! As for what The New Kid hopes to bring to the Beach Elementary team, I come from a background where academics should be challenging, so I want to make sure that Beach Elementary moves our kids along to the next class or level knowing how to think properly so they can succeed. It is about more than just making sure they proceed academically, but through the challenges of life. In that regard, she is well-aware her conditions and a subsequent economic downturn. We are not focusing on that much right now, but stand ready to have those conversations, should the children need a shoulder to turn to. We know that if their parents work in the hospitality industry, this is a tough time, so we are here to help them work through it. Even though Ms. Manzi has been with the School District for over 30 years, she plans to be at Beach Elementary for at least four will end my academic career, and I could not be in a better situation. I still pinch myself that I get to come to Beach Elementary every day, with this great group of people, wonderful children, and outstanding community. I dont know how I got so lucky, as this is the coolest place to be! Changing of The Guard: Retiring Principal Jeff Dobbins & new Principal Karen Manzi worked together last spring to ensure a smooth transition. Photos by Gary Mooney.


Page 24 For all tides go to Tides Matanzas Pass Ft. Myers BeachDay High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible F 31 High 4:06 AM 2.8 7:07 AM Set 11:34 AM 82 31 Low 10:22 AM 0.9 7:49 PM Rise 11:17 PM 31 High 4:59 PM 2.4 31 Low 10:18 PM 1.3 Sa 1 High 4:43 AM 2.9 7:08 AM Set 12:32 PM 74 1 Low 11:26 AM 0.7 7:48 PM Rise 11:59 PM 1 High 6:10 PM 2.2 1 Low 10:52 PM 1.6 Su 2 High 5:27 AM 2.9 7:08 AM Set 1:31 PM 64 2 Low 12:44 PM 0.7 7:47 PM 2 High 7:51 PM 2.1 2 Low 11:31 PM 1.7 M 3 High 6:21 AM 3.0 7:09 AM Rise 12:45 AM 53 3 Low 2:10 PM 0.6 7:46 PM Set 2:33 PM 3 High 10:05 PM 2.0 Tu 4 Low 12:25 AM 1.8 7:09 AM Rise 1:37 AM 42 4 High 7:31 AM 3.0 7:44 PM Set 3:34 PM 4 Low 3:32 PM 0.4 4 High 11:42 PM 2.1 W 5 Low 1:50 AM 2.0 7:09 AM Rise 2:35 AM 31 5 High 8:51 AM 3.2 7:43 PM Set 4:34 PM 5 Low 4:41 PM 0.2 Th 6 High 12:30 AM 2.2 7:10 AM Rise 3:37 AM 21 6 Low 3:17 AM 2.0 7:42 PM Set 5:31 PM 6 High 10:09 AM 3.3 6 Low 5:37 PM 0.1 F 7 High 1:03 AM 2.2 7:10 AM Rise 4:43 AM 12 7 Low 4:29 AM 1.8 7:41 PM Set 6:24 PM 7 High 11:17 AM 3.4 7 Low 6:25 PM 0.1 BEACH CLASSIFIEDSA Better Bugman LLC A Full Service Pest Control Company Residential & Commercial MOSQUITO + SPIDERS CONTROL PROGRAMS Call Today for FREE Estimate. Phone: 239-454-BUGS(2847) Fax: 239-415-BUGS(2847) PEST CONTROL HANDY MAN HANDYMAN For Small Jobs & HOME WATCH THE HOME DOCTOR 239-233-2587 BEACH CLASSIFEDS $20 / WEEK $60 / 4 WEEKS 239-463-4461 HELP WANTED Help Wanted Outrigger Beach Resort FT/PT Positions available Housekeeping Kitchen Morning Short Order Cook Caf Server Drug Free Workplace Apply in person Outrigger Beach Resort 6200 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers BeachHELP WANTED Housekeeper needed for two full size homes on Fort Myers Beach (near Sky Bridge), three days/week. Duties include all aspects of house keeping, including linens/laun dry and exterior patio clean ing. Should be able to lift 30 pounds. Please forward letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to: Boxholder PO Box 2820 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932 HELP WANTED Part-time lunch cookHours 9am 2:30pm Mon Fri Apply in person on Mon or Tues 9am-12noon VFW Post 10097 17770 Pine Ridge Rd Fort Myers Beach FORT MYERS BEACH HANDYMAN Specializing in small Electrical projects. Fan Installation New Lighting controls Outdoor lighting Camera systems Call 765-491-6306 ANNUAL RENTALS ANNUAL RENTALS AVAILABLE NOW 1 & 2 BR RENTALS $1200 $1500/MO ELENA VALENTIN 239-851-8390




Page 26 Doors open at 2:00 PM. Beach Theater Water Conditions FMBAugust 29, 2018 RED TIDE: On Wednes day, August 29, 2018, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) mid-week report showed continued presence of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis along the Lee County coastline at low to high levels, though indicated a slight decrease in concentrations. The red tide bloom extends approximately 145 miles along the Southwest Florida coast from Pinel las to Collier counties. Compared to last week, parts of Lee, Charlotte, Collier and Sarasota counties showed decreased Red Tide cell concentrations. The next complete red tide status report will be posted on Friday, August 31st. 29 were reported from multiple locations from Pinellas to Collier counties, including Lee. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation weekly report to the Army Corps of Engineers, dated August 28, noted, SCCFs samples from Gulf, San Carlos Bay and Pine Island Sound had high to medium concentrations of Karenia. Locations more than 1 km from shore had more than 10 million Karenia cells/L. The lower level of the water column was anoxic at multiple locations offshore of Sanibel on 8/27/18. The report also noted that a third non-toxic bloom of Oscillatoriea algae was detected, fueled by The SCCF reported recovering 14 dead sea turtles from Sanibel beaches in the past week. FMB beaches visited by the Sand Paper this week, showed minimal red drift algae along the water at the shoreline at Lynn Hall Park was discolored, but clear and minimal to moderate respiratory irritation noted on the three visits. Fort Myers Beach and Lee County continue to clean the beaches as needed. BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: The SCCF August 29 report said, On 8/28/18 the Lee County Environmental Lab documented significant blooms of Microcystis at the Davis Boat Ramp, North Shore Park and Midpoint Bridge Park and algal presence at the Alva Boat Ramp, upstream and downstream of the Franklin Locks. SCCF recorded Microcystis clumps persisting along the northern side of Sanibel the past week. Clumps of blue-green algae continue to be visible in Fort Myers Beach canals, with a minimal to moderate odor noted. SUMMARY: Red Tide and Blue-Green Algae continue to be found in the water along the Lee County coast and in the estuary. Clear water does not necessarily mean that there is no Red Tide or algae present. Our water quality on Fort Myers Beach has varied tremen dously over the past month. Once the original July 26 Red Tide dump of algae, seagrasses and dead sea life was cleaned off the beach by Town and County crews, they have worked diligently to keep up beach. So, the beach looks clean. However Red Tide has been found in medium to high concentrations along our shore or just off it for a month now. The winds and cur rents dictate whether the Red Tide bloom is close to shore or away from the beach. Its impossible to accurately predict the blooms movement. If the wind is blowing off the shore and the Red Tide bloom is pushed away from the beach, beaches with clear water and sand can be found on Fort Myers Beach. Residents and visitors are urged to check the latest water quality reports: Lee VCB: SCCF Reports: Lee County Algae Status: leegov. com/waterqualityinfo August 28, 2018 view of Lynn Hall Park beach with discolored water just offshore. August 29, 2018 FWC Red Tide map. Courtesy of FWC Lynn Hall Park beach on August 24, 2018 with water discoloration at the shoreline.




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