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VOL. 9, No. 25 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers JUNE 25, 2010

Rebels With A Cause At
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall leads the ribbon cutting

A Bunche Of
Improvements At Local Beach
by Marc DiBenedetto, The River Weekly Intern
If one were to take a trip down to Bunche Beach it would be hard to imagine that
60 years ago it was the only beach in Fort Myers that African Americans were
permitted to use without the risk of harassment or arrest.
With a wonderful view and the impressive list of recent renovations, Bunche Beach
is now a prime spot for a family day at the beach. But the story of Bunche Beach
starts with the origin of its name, coming from Dr. Ralph Bunche who was the first
African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
The beach began to boast more attractive features in 2001 when 705 acres were
purchased for $6.4 million through Lee County's Conservation 20/20 program. A
couple of other projects and additions since then led to Bunche Beach's most signifi-
cant project yet.
continued on page 32

Rebellion over the ban on dancing
by Di Saggau
It isn't easy being a big city kid thrown into a small town where dancing is con-
sidered a sin. Ren McCormack (Darren Bluestone) and his mother Ethel (Jennie
Hollander) are forced to leave Chicago to live with relatives in a quiet, Godfearing
small town named Bomont. The fear comes from Reverend Shaw Moore (Glenn
Wall) who has banned the young people from dancing, believing it could lead to
sexual promiscuity.
continued on page 15

Arts For AC
The opening
reception for Arts
for ACT's July
open-themed group
exhibit will feature over
50 professional and
emerging artists. The
theme was a choice of
either Spoked or Take
a Walk on the Wild
Side. It was left up to
the artists to use their
own judgment to inter-
pret the themes.
Judging the exhibit
was Britney Traucht, a
2009 art history gradu-
ate of Florida Atlantic
University. Traucht
thought the entries
where both meaning-
ful and eye-opening.
Cash for first, second
and third prizes will be
awarded at the opening
on July 2.
continued on page 18

T Artists Reception

Past Present Paris by Claudia Goode

Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now:

The Fort Myers Chamber

Of Commerce, 1926
by Gerri Reaves
Sn 1984, the Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce celebrated
.- its 64th anniversary.
The program notes paid tribute to the founding of the
organization and put its birth year in perspective: "The year is
1920... the year that the League of Nations was founded... the
Wright Brothers were named to the Hall of Fame... Man-O-War
won the Preakness, and radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh signed
on with the first commercial radio broadcast."
Walter 0. Sheppard, Sr. was the chamber's first president.
Fort Myers' population was only 3,678.
The group's origins reach back to 1904, with the formation
of the Board of Trade, the first major city-booster organization.
The board's mission was to convince the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad to extend its
line to Fort Myers from Punta Gorda. After all, the arrival of the railroad would con-

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The Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce office was located at the First Street entrance to
Patio de Leon in 1926
courtesy of Southwest Florida Historical Society

Eighty-four years ago, the chamber of commerce boosted Fort Myers from this historic
building, little knowing that the boom was about to end. Today the ground floor is occu-
pied by Enjewel, Blake's Barbershop, and Velvet Window Art Studio.
photo by Gerri Reaves
nect Fort Myers with the rest of the nation, usher in growth, and transform the small
pioneer settlement into a striving modern young city.
But from the beginning, the board had a history of dissention and factionalizing.
Thus, it wasn't long before other organizations with the same goals formed. One
that endured was the chamber of commerce.
For a time after the chamber's founding in 1920, the board and the chamber
opposed one another vehemently. Their most intense fight was over the Tamiami
Trail, which the chamber supported, versus the Dixie Highway, which the board ral-
However, the two organizations merged in 1922, united in their purpose of pro-
moting and improving Fort Myers and Lee County.
The chamber of commerce had an itinerant existence during its early years.
In the 1920s alone, it did business in at least two other First Street locations besides
the one shown in the historic photo: in the Theatre Arcade between First and Bay
Streets and in the Bradford Block.
In the pivotal year of 1926, the chamber's office was in the Mediterranean-style
building at the First Street entrance to the Patio de Leon, shown in the historic photo.
Until September 18 of that year, Fort Myers was booming, but once the Hurricane
of 1926 blew in, the local economy crashed. The storm effectively brought the Great
Depression early to the area.
Nevertheless, the chamber of commerce marshaled its forces and funds.
Determined to reinvigorate the economy and restore optimism, it launched a $22,172
advertising campaign during the 1926 to 1927 winter season.
Among the high-end promotional publications was What's Doin', filled with photos
and progressive accounts of the up-and-coming city.
continued on page 3

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From page 2
Fort Myers
As we know today, the heroic effort
didn't work. Historian Karl H. Grismer
says of that economic bust, "Fort Myers
had undoubtedly overbuilt and years
passed before the demand again caught
up with the supply."
Of course, both the chamber of com-
merce and the city it championed sur-
vived the intervening decades.
Today the more inclusively renamed
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of
Commerce makes its home at the former
Fort Myers Public Library building at Lee
Street and Edwards Drive.
Walk down to the entrance of Patio de
Leon on First Street to the spot where a
new chamber of commerce worked hard
to ensure the economic vitality of its city.
Then walk a few steps to the
Southwest Florida Museum of History
at 2031 Jackson Street, where you can
learn more about the long history of the
chamber of commerce.
Be sure to see the Tutankhamun:
Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's
Tomb exhibit, extended to August 15 by
popular demand.
For information, call 321-7430 or
go to swflmuseumofhistory.com. The
museum's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5
p.m. on Sunday.

Be sure to visit another valuable his-
torical resource, the Southwest Florida
Historical Society at 10091 McGregor
Boulevard, where you can research local
or family history.
Do you have copies of The
Caloosahatchian, the yearbook of Fort
Myers High School? The society would
appreciate your help in completing their
collection. Contact them at 939-4044 or
drop by on Wednesday or Saturday, 9
a.m. to noon.
Sources: The Story of Fort Myers by
Karl H. Grismer and the archives of the
Southwest Florida Historical Society.

Fort Myers
Camera Club
he next meeting of the Fort Myers
Camera Club will be Tuesday, July
6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lakes
Regional Library off Gladiolus in Fort
The topic will be Macro Photography.
Come and learn about the world of
macro photography, or close-up photog-
raphy. The classical definition is that the
image projected on the "film plane" (i.e.,
film or a digital sensor) is close to the
same size as the subject. Macro can be
shot with a DSLR or a point and shoot
camera. Members will demonstrate tech-
niques. Guests are welcome.&


Tutankhamun: The Pharaoh's Tomb
Exhibition At Museum Is Extended

here are two extra months to explore the 18th Dynasty and King Tut at the
SWFL Museum of History. Due to popular demand, the museum's traveling
exhibit, Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's Tomb, is being
extended through August 15.
Visitors will experience the spectacle, tradition, history and religion of ancient Egypt
as King Tut is resurrected and the 18th Dynasty comes to life in this astonishing exhib-
it presenting more than 100 faithfully reproduced replicas of original artifacts that will
never be seen outside Egypt.
Egyptologist Professor Adrian Kerr narrates the audio tour. A family-friendly audio
tour version for children and students is also available, along with a supplementary
education guide distributed at the museum and online.
For more information about the museum call 321-7430 or visit www.swflmuseu-

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Summer Art
Camps In Bonita
he Bonita Springs Center for the
Arts is offering a series of summer
art camps for children through
August. The camps take place at the
Center for the Arts, 26100 Old 41
Road, Bonita Springs.
Monday Friday June 28 to July 2, 9
a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. with before
and after care available
Cost: $135 per half day with full and
partial scholarships available.
Summer Art Camps run weekly
through August 20. Camps are open to
students age four and up. Camps vary
each week and include painting, digital
art, nature art, dance, theater, arts/sci-
ence and pottery.
Scholarship are available to most stu-
dents through a confidential form.
For information call 495-8989 or log
onto www.artcenterbonita.org.0

Summer Camp In
North Fort Myers
North Forth Myers Community
Park (a division of Lee County
Parks & Recreation) reminds par-
ents that summer camp is just around
the corner and space is filling up fast.
Lee County Parks & Recreation has
one of the most affordable deals around
for summer camp opportunities for
ages six to 16 at the North Fort Myers
Community Park. The first week of
camp begins June 28 and continues
for seven weeks, ending on August 13.
Parents may sign up their children) for
one week or all seven weeks. In order
to guarantee a spot pre-registration and
payment is required.
Camp price per week is $67 per
child. Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6
p.m. Lunch and snack (provided by Lee
County School Board) are included in this
price. Parents are encouraged to register
online and save 10 percent per week,
a $6.70 savings per week. To register
online visit www.leeparks.org.
At the North Fort Myers Community
Park parents may register their children)
for the Traditional Camp or the Teen
Camp depending upon the child's age.
Traditional Camp is for ages six to 13
and Teen Camp is for ages 12 to 16.
Parents may view and print weekly camp
calendars online at www.leeparks.org.
You can also register by calling 533-
7440. North Fort Myers Community
Park is at 2021 N. Tamiami Trail.0

Raku Classes
On Tuesday, June 29, from 5:30
8:30 p.m., the Center for
the Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road,
Bonita Springs, will offer Raku & You.
Cost: $39
Raku is a centuries old pottery glazing
and firing process. The technique pro-
duces a lustrous, often metallic, finish.
Attendees choose from a number of
bisque fired pots and are introduced to
the history of raku while glazing their pot
in a simple or extravagant manner.
While the outdoor kiln heats up to
the correct temperature; attendees have
a picnic-style meal. Then the fun begins
as red hot pottery is plunged into metal
containers filled with combustible mate-
rial. The containers are lidded and the
pots rest for a few moments before being
quickly cooled with water. The results
are spectacular and everyone is invited
back into the studio to view each piece.
Everyone goes home with their very own
raku masterpiece.
For more information call 495-8989
or log onto www.artcenterbonita.org.0

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Fire District Wins Trailblazer Award

Performance at
the National Center .
for Civic Innovation
has chosen the
Iona-McGregor Fire
District to be included FIRE DISTR
in a select program
that encourages gov- "
ernments to involve the public in assess-
ing their performance.
Since 2003, the Government Trailblazer
Program has been recognizing local and
county governments in the U.S. and
Canada that agree to engage the public in
performance measurement and reporting
processes. To date, 67 Trailblazer gov-
ernments have demonstrated significant
changes in their performance reports and
in attitudes to listening to the public as a
result of participating in the program.
The lona-McGregor Fire District is
among the most recent 12 governments to Fire Chief William Elliott
take part in the program by incorporating
the public's point of view in how govern-
ment performance is measured and reported.
We are pleased and grateful for NCCI's support and recognition of the district as
a progressive organization," said Fire Chief William Elliott. "This award is especially
rewarding as we are the first fire district in the country to receive this grant."
A $5,000 stipend from the National Center for Civic Innovation is intended to help
the fire district by:
Soliciting public feedback through focus groups, surveys or other professional
research about its recent performance reports and set criteria for enhancing the con-
tent, format and means of disseminating reports in the future;
Heeding some or all of the public's suggestions when revising performance mea-
sures and reports and reviewing management practices and priorities; and
Disseminating its performance reports to the public on an ongoing basis.
Stipends are awarded by NCCI as part of its broader, ongoing effort to encour-
age and support more public-centered government management. NCCI's Center on

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Government performance endeavors to help local governments align their work with
the public's point of view.
The lona-McGregor Fire District has five stations and serves more than 38,000
homes and businesses within a 42-square-mile area. For more information, visit www.

Alva Community
Center Summer
Day Camp
his camp offer a full day of excite-
ment! This camp is for children
ages six to 13 years old. The
camp day begins as early as 7:30 a.m.
and ends at 6 p.m.. Day camp activities
include arts and crafts, sports, organized
games, quiet play, educational speak-
ers, water activities, outdoor activities,
field trips, skating, swimming, and
much more. To ensure your child's saf-
est experience possible, each carefully
chosen camp counselor has passed a
background check, and has undergone
training in CPR/first aid.
Regular registration $67.00 per
Register online-10 percent off
per week $60 www.leeparks.org
(Registration include: breakfast, lunch
and an afternoon snack).
For more information call (239)
Session I Art Mania Week June 28
to July 2 Registration Code 201101-01
Session II Hearts 'n Parks Week
July 6 to July 9 Registration Code

Session III- Happy Week July 12 to
July 16 Registration Code 201101-03
Session IV- Animal Appreciation
Week July 19 to July 23 Registration
Code 201101-04
Session V Food for Friends Week
July 26 to July 30 Registration Code
Session VI- Party in the USA Week
August 2 to August 6 Registration Code
Session VII Super Heroes Week
August 9 to August 13-Registration Code
Check our calendars online to see
the weekly activities or call the center for
more information.
The Alva Community Center address
is 21471 North River Road, Alva,
33920. Call Sandra W. Bates APRP,
Senior Parks & Recreation Program
Specialist, Alva Traditional Summer
Camp Director at 239-728-2882 or 239-
707-0257 for more information.
For rentals Alva/Olga Community
Centers/or Manatee Pavilions, please, call
239-728-2882 Lee County Parks and
Recreation Division. The Natural Place to
Play. www.leeparks.org.
Accredited by C.A.P.R.A.
Good motto to have: What is beautiful
is not always good, but what is good is
always beautiful.0


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Along The River

Buy her something special at Bradley's
Jewelers and receive a sunset dinner
cruise for two
The Fifty Days of Romance are
still going strong at Bradley's
Jewelers. Owners Brad and Colbi
Congress are giving away a free sunset
dinner cruise for two on the Sanibel
Harbour Princes when you spend $750
or more now through July 10.
Bradley's Jewelers opened in 2003
just off Sanibel Island and relocated and
expanded in 2007. It is family owned
and operated, offering custom design,
fine diamond and gemstone jewelry,
bridal jewelry, estate jewelry and ancient
coins (Greek, Roman and Spanish).
There is also an on-site gem lab for insur-
ance appraisals and gemstone detection
services along with on-site fine jewelry
repair. The gallery also features dynamic
displays of hand-blown glass, as well as
internationally renowned contemporary
fine paintings
Bradley's Jewelers is located at Park
Shops at Andrea Lane, 14261 South
Tamiami Trail, Suite 3, Fort Myers. It is
open Tuesday through Friday from 11
a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 to
6 p.m. Call 337-2723 or go to www.
Enjoy beautiful visions of Florida land-
scapes and historic landmarks with lim-
ited edition prints of oil paintings at the
William North Gallery.
North is a distinguished painter of the
tropical Florida scene. He carries on the
tradition of the great age of impression-
ism, working from life, painting land-
scapes in the field and still lifes in the stu-
dio. An interest in art and painting, which
began in he early teens, led to his assign-
ment as an artist correspondent in the
U.S. Army. After leaving the service he
obtained a BFA at Pratt Institute and also
studied at the New York Art Student's
League and the Lyme Academy of Fine
art in Connecticut.
In 1990, he left the business world to
continue his painting interests full-time.
He settled in Florida and soon became

"dropped" on each night will win a raffle
Coinciding with the restaurant's festi-
val, the Audubon Society is hosting a bird
The Bar Association Bistro is handing
out free bird whistles that weekend to the
first 100 people who arrive.
The Bar Association Bistro is located
at 1609 Hendry Street, Fort Myers. It is
open for lunch Tuesday through Friday
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner
Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 9
p.m. Call 334-8080.5

Signed and numbered limited edition prints of original paintings by William North, such as
Thomas Edison Winter Estate, are available at The William North Gallery

established as a well-known painter of
Florida oranges and citrus groves.
In 2004 he was the first Lee County
artist to be invited to exhibit in the
Governor's Gallery in the Florida State
Capitol in Tallahassee. His paintings are
in hundreds of collections in the U.S.
and abroad, as far away as Moscow and
The William North Gallery is located
inside of Gannon's Antiques and Art
Mall, 16521 South Tamiami Trail, Fort
Myers. Call 489-2211.
In the mood for Chinese and Japanese
cuisine? Stop at local favorite Ichiban in
downtown Fort Myers' River District. The
family owned and operated restaurant
features an extensive sushi menu, Sake
bar and daily Chinese lunch and dinner
specials. The restaurant is open seven
days per week and offers take-out and
Ichiban is located at 1520 Broadway
in the Post Office Arcade. Call 334-
The fourth annual Purple Martin
Festival is on July 9, 10 and 11 at The
Bar Association Bistro in downtown
Fort Myers. It is a celebration to honor
the 30,000-plus purple martins that are
roosting in the trees across from the res-
taurant. The birds arrive every evening
around 8 p.m and do their dance in the
air for approximately 40 minutes before
diving into the trees for the night.

Owners Ron Kopko and Mark
Solomon are selling hot dogs and snow
cones on the sidewalk in front of their
restaurant in the historic Peeples Court
during the weekend of the festival.
Each night, they are serving their spe-
cial Purple Martin Cocktail made with
Champagne and pomegranate juice. For
a bit of added fun, the first person to be

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SDining Discount

Books On Sale
l | he Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis
I Club is over half way to its goal
With its Delicious Dining Discount
book fundraiser. The club recruited 47
restaurants from all over Lee County
to offer dining discounts for buy-one-
get-one-free meals, valid now through
November 15. All the profits from the
books, which are available for $20, will
go back to help local children and the
local community.

Restaurants featured in the book
include Big Hickory, Bella Sera, Cantina
Captiva, Waterside Seafood Grille, Buon
Appetito, Doc Fords on Fort Myers
Beach and Coconuts.
"This is our club's major fundraiser
for the year. We need these funds to
continue to support our programs with
the Children's Advocacy Center and the
Heights Foundation," said Viki Luster of
the Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis Club.
To purchase a discount book, call
-494-5086. For the participating restau-
rants, go to the website www.kiwanisgtti.
com and click on the "Events" page.O

The Audubon Society is hosting a bird walk during The Bar Association Bistro's fourth
annual Purple Martin Festival

Animal Refuge Center
Speaks To Kiwanians

Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis President Matt Ponzio with Carlos Navedo of Animal
Refuge Center
Carlos Navedo, director of development for Animal Refuge Center was the
guest speaker at the Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis Club's meeting on June
Since 1988, Animal Refuge Center (ARC) has operated as Southwest Florida's only
no-kill shelter. The agency operates a "cageless" environment on a 22-and-a-haft acre
sanctuary in North Fort Myers. Currently home to 400 cats and 100 dogs, the ARC
houses the animals in 36 dog lodges and 16 feline houses. They also maintain a clinic

and operating room on-site.

Read To
Reading to children increases
their vocabulary and helps kids
develop into readers. That is why
Community Cooperative Ministries
Hands and Hearts Montessori Preschool
started a new volunteer reading program
at the end of each week.
Each Friday between 10:45 a.m. and
2:15 p.m., the preschool invites commu-
nity volunteers to Drop Everything And
Read (DEAR) to children in their school.
"The tracking of academic levels of
our students two to five years of age
shows that lower economic children are
developmentally further behind in areas
of social, emotional and academics than
that of their middle class peers," said
Cindy Venezia, Montessori director. "We
work with our children every day but are
finding we need additional hands to help
us, primarily on letter sounds and num-

"For our children that cannot read we
are asking the community to visit our stu-
dents in the classroom and read a short
book," said Terri Shippey, Montessori
teacher at Hands and Hearts. "The book
can be the reader's choice or we have
age appropriate books onsite."
Anyone interested can sign up for a
designated time and date by calling Cindy
Venezia at 332-7687, ext. 2.w

Art And Culture
Grants Available
T he City of Fort Myers has
announced that applications for
its 2011 Arts and Culture Grant
Program are now available on its Web
site at www.cityftmyers.com/artsandcul-
A total of $160,000 is available to the
community's non-profit art and cultural
organizations and individual artists in the
field of visual arts, dance, theater, film,
etc. Check the application guidelines for
eligibility and further details.
Applications are due on or before July

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ARC's mission is to care for all homeless animals in its possession. In addition to
operating the shelter, they provide medical care, screen and match animals for adop-
tion, and educate the community about homeless animals through its outreach pro-
Adoption fees are $75 for dogs and $65 for cats. Prior to adoption, all animals
undergo a behavioral assessment, and are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and
ARC's $800,000 budget is dependent on fundraisers and individual donors as well
as funding from the state's "Animal Friend" special license plate program. In addition
to financial contributions, ARC can use volunteers and supplies such as food, litter, col-
lars, toys, etc. To find out more, visit their website at www.animalrefuge.com.
Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at the
Sunshine Seafood Cafe. Guests are always welcome. For details on joining the
Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis Club, or any of the other 16 Kiwanis Clubs in Lee
County or LaBelle, please call Viki or Terry Luster at 415-3100, or visit www.kiwanis-

Excelsior College Graduates
T wo Fort Myers men have graduated from Excelsior College, Albany, New
Steven D. McDonnell has earned an associate degree in Applied Science,
Administrative/Management Studies.
Tomas C. Chase graduated with a master of business administration degree in
Managing in the Global Economy.
Excelsior College is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the
needs of working adults. Its primary mission is to increase access to a college degree
for adult learners by removing obstacles to their educational goals.4

Students Make The Dean's List
Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina announced that
the following local students made the Dean's List during spring semester.
They are listed by name, hometown, and major:
Lyndsey E. Roka of Fort Myers, communication studies.
Michael R. Roka of Fort Myers, international business.
Established in 1978, the purpose of the Dean's List is to honor outstanding college
students for their academic achievements for having a GPA of 3.7 or above.

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Boys And Girls Clubs Get

Hooked On Fishing At Tarpon Bay

Ranger Becky and Captain Andy Pollack
help 9-year-old Janalee Davis reel in a
sting ray

Twenty-three children from five Lee County Boys and Girls Clubs visit the J. N. "Ding"
Darling National Wildlife Refuge to go fishing with the Tarpon Bay Explorers.


Capt. Tom Florence and Capt. Wally Mulka
teach the children how to cast their fishing

It was a beautiful sunny day on the ,nes
calm waters of Tarpon Bay when 23
enthusiastic children invaded for some
fishing and fun. On Saturday, June 12th
Tarpon Bay Explorers and the J. N.
"Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
hosted the children from five Lee County
Boys and Girls Clubs (Stars Complex,
Pueblo Bonito, Barrett Park, Sun Coast,- . .
and Sabal Palm) for a free day of fishing. .-
Even a slow starting bus couldn't dampen
the spirits of the children who were
greeted by the eager staff upon arrival. "
Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni
Westland and Tarpon Bay Explorers (TBE) -
co-owner Wendy Schnapp welcomed the
group on the waterfront where staff mem- Capt. Steve Maddix watches Javian
bers were waiting to teach the children the McCarter, 10, practice throwing a cast net
skills they would need for a successful fish-
ing adventure.
TBE fishing captains Tom Florence and Wally Mulka gave casting lessons to the
children so each would be able to cast their own lines out on the boats. The children
also needed to know how to tie hooks onto their fishing lines, so Refuge Ranger
Becky Wolff and Joelle Hammes from the Refuge's STAR (Summer Teachers Assisting
Refuges) program taught them how to tie knots such as the Palomar. Captains Andy
Pollack and Steve Maddix showed the children how to throw cast nets over schools of
baitfish. Probably the most critical thing the children learned about being on the water
was the importance of wearing properly fitted PDFs, or personal flotation devices.
One of the children said PDF could also represent "protection from drowning"!
The children set sail on four pontoon boats into Tarpon Bay to find some fish. The
"Ding" Darling Wildlife Society provided ice-cold bottled water, and J&J Bait provided
500 wriggly shrimp.
Captains Tom and Joelle found a grass flat in the bay where their group of children
quickly started landing fish. Cameron Allen, 11, from Sun Coast; Elvin Rhodes, 8,
Sabal Palm; and Josiah Spada, 9, Barrett Park, each reeled in a jack crevalle. Capt.
Wally's group also found a grass flat to drift over and hooked into some trout and

Eleven-year-old Cameron Allen smiles as
he reels in his first jack crevalle
Ranger Toni Westland (far left) and TBE co-
ladyfish. The kids with Captain Steve and owner Wendy Schnapp (second from right)
Ranger Toni managed to spot a couple of visit with children from the Boys Clubs as
bottlenose dolphins while searching for a George Schnapp (far right) serves a hot-
good fishing hole. They found lots of fish, dog lunch
reeling in mangrove snapper, whiting, trout
and catfish.
Captain Andy and Ranger Becky had awesome luck fishing at Green Point. The
only boy on board, 7-year-old Kevin Rhodes (Sabal Palm) reeled in several sheepshead
and a mangrove snapper. Elizabeth Haskett, 11, of Sun Coast, caught a beautiful
keeper mangrove snapper. After releasing it back into the bay she exclaimed, "I feel so
happy! That's my first fish!"
The most interesting catch of the day happened when 9-year-old Janalee Davis
(Barrett Park) hooked into a southern stingray. The other children on the boat all
forgot about their own fishing rods while they watched the excitement. The ray was
so strong that Capt. Andy had to help Janalee reel it close enough to the boat so he
could cut it free.
After two hours of fishing during which every child caught a fish the captains
brought the children back to the Explorers' dock where George Schnapp was waiting
to serve a picnic lunch of freshly grilled hotdogs. The hungry group consumed almost
100 dogs.
During lunch, the children couldn't stop talking about how much fun they had and
how exciting it was to catch so many fish. The group was alive with chatter about
all their fish tales. The day ended with each child receiving a packet of information
about fishing and the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Tarpon Bay
Explorers. Each child also received his or her very own fishing rod from the "Ding"
Darling Wildlife Society.
The youngsters were so excited. For some it was their first time ever on a boat.
Exhausted and elated, 12-year-old Craig Sirmons (Barrett Park) summed up the day
best exclaiming with a big sigh, "This is awesome!"O

The youngsters were all smiles after the day of fishing in Tarpon Bay

Refuge Ranger Toni Westland teaches
the children the importance of wearing a
properly fitting life vest




Public Invited To Meet Local
Candidates Running In The Primary
M embers of the public are invited Southwest Florida Coalition For Change,
to a non-partisan meet and greet will be held on Saturday, June 26 at 2
of local candidates to kickoff p.m. at Cafe Cabaret at the Broadway
the campaign season leading up to the Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial
August 24 primary election and election Boulevard, Fort Myers.
of school board seats and judgeships. Candidates include those running for
There will also be a voters' informa- Lee County Commission seats and candi-
tional booth on topics such as voter reg- dates running for school board seats and
istration, ballot by mail and early voting, other offices.
The event, which is being jointly spon- Following the meet and greet with
scored by the AFL-CIO the country's local candidates, and voter informa-
largest federation of unions and the tion session, there will be a rally for

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Gary Franklin Gray, 54, of Cape
Coral, Florida, formerly of
Fort Myers Beach, Florida and
Baltimore, Maryland died on June 17,
2010 at Hope Hospice, Fort Myers.
He was born on April 6, 1956 in
Baltimore, a child of Harry and Doris
(Knapp) Gray.
Gary worked at various resorts on
Fort Myers Beach and was employed for
many years as the bartender at Harris's
Bar in Baltimore. He loved the beach and
the beach life, music, dancing and was a
talented amateur photographer.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine
L. "Kat" Gray, his children, Jenifer Liles-
Burke of Peachtree City, Georgia, Jason
Liles of Linthicum, Maryland, Kristen
Staylor of Millersville, Maryland and
Angie Galvez of Pasadena, Maryland, and
his stepdaughter, Lisa Wing, his brothers,
Jeffrey Gray and Michael Gray, both of
Baltimore, Maryland and seven grand-
children. He was the brother of the late
Butch Gray.
A Celebration of Gary's Life will be
held on Saturday, June 26 from 2 to 5
p.m. at the Lighthouse Tiki Bar on Fort
Myers Beach. Friends may sign the guest
book at www.horizonfunerals.com.0


Crown Colony- Oxford Pointe Condo
Location is everything!
Especially with in Crown
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2 bath condo overlooks
the beautiful Par 3,
14th green and has no
other buildings in the
view. Crown Colony is
totally built out and is
in excellent financial
condition. Golf Course membership is available but not mandatory.
Offered for $205,000. Contact Larry Han 239/898-8789

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Nestled along tree lined
Wales Drive in the Historic
McGregor River District, this
new two story Mediterranean
masterpiece embraces a
passion for architectural
details with exquisite finishes
and quiet elegance. Just
behind the imported double
doors lies an inviting courtyard pool surrounded by rooms-each
one inviting in its own right. From the grandly proportioned
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down stairs, to the quest quarters with efficiency kitchen and the
open second floor garden terrace, all are reminiscent of days
gone by. The uniqueness of this 5 bedroom, 6 bath home offers
a lifestyle rarely found. Contact Nancy Finch 2391822-7825
to arrange your private showing of this extraordinary home.

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Located in the private Yachting Community of St. Charles
Harbour, this 2 story courtyard estate features 4 bedroom
suites, a walk-in wine cooler, game room, exercise room
and private courtyard with a summer kitchen and heated
pool/spa. Priced below appraised value at $1,795,000

Wonderful 3 Bedroom 3 Bath Tradewinds, Near Beach Home
Privacy is enhanced by white
fenced yard, caged topaz I T
pool and lush green tropical
landscaping. Step inside and
instantly you'll see this property
was designed with that calming
easy-living island atmosphere
in mind. Cozy but still spacious
so your family can enjoy that relaxed beach home feeling.
Tradewinds owners also benefit from an exclusive beach
access with plenty of parking so you, your family and friends
can enjoy the warm sun soaked sands and breathtaking
Sanibel sunsets. Peaceful surroundings, stellar sunsets, restful
beaches, relaxed outdoors, easy maintenance this home will
make sure everyday feels like a day in paradise. Offered for
$725,000. Contact George Kohlbrenner 239/565-8805

Copacetic Estate
Copacetic Estate, as the name
indicates is Captiva life at it's
finest. 4 bedroom 61/2 bath main
house with pool is both spacious
and elegant yet the mood is
tranquil and comforting. The
top floor master suite with private office, exercise
room and 2 full baths has expansive views of the bay.
A picture perfect 4 bedroom 31/ bath guest house surrounded in lush tropical
landscaping, it's own private pool and gazebo, wrap around decks and easy beach access. So much more to see and
enjoy at Copacetic Estate. Offered for $4,399,000. Contact George Kohlbrenner 239/ 565-8805
1149 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 239/472-0176 fax 239/472-0350

Congressman Kendrick Meek, running
for the U.S. Senate, who will speak to
attendees. Congressman Meek is the first
candidate to qualify for statewide office by
collecting over 140,000 petitions request-
ing his name be placed on the ballot.
Refreshments and beverages will
be served. For more information call
Michelle Guerin of the Southwest Florida
Coalition for Change at 239-839-6118.#

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has moved to its new home
on 2756 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, (6 blocks south of the
Edison Home; 2 miles north of Colonial
Reverend Dr. Wayne Robinson
Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m.
Children's Education: 9 a.m.
Adult Education: 10 a.m.
Phone 226-0900
Email: allfaithsuc@embarqmail.com
Website: www.allfaiths-uc.org
8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
Reverend Fr. Athanasios Michalos
Orthros Service Sunday 9am
Divine Liturgy Sunday 10am
Fellowship Programs, Greek School,
Sunday School, Community Night
15675 McGregor Boulevard. 437-3171
Rabbi: Judah Hungerman
Friday Service, 8 p.m.
Saturday Service, 11 a.m.
Shabbat School Saturday Morning
Adult Hebrew Classes
Please call for information on full program.
16581 McGregor Boulevard, 267-3166
(Just past the Tanger Outlet Mall)
Pastor: Barry Lentz, 281-3063
Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.
13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188
Pastors: Jeff Moran and Michael Bulter;
A nondenominational church emphasizing
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Contemporary
10:45 a.m. Traditional.
1188 Lake McGregor Drive, Fort Myers,
432-1724. Reverend N. Everett Keith II;
An Old Catholic Community; Liturgy
in English; Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m.
2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937
Rev. Dan Hagmaier, pastor
Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m.
Nursery available
8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers,
Danny Harvey, pastor
Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship, 11 a.m.
Evening Worship, 7 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m.
8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-
3233; Clint Cottrell, pastor
Sunday services:
Traditional, 8 and 11 a.m.;
Contemporary, 9:30 a.m.
Children's Church K4J (Kids for Jesus)
9:45 a.m.
8570 Cypress Lake Drive,
Fort Myers, 482-1250
Sunday Traditional Service: 8 and
11 a.m., Praise Service: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: All times
6111 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers,
278-3638. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.;
"Voice of Faith," WCRN 13.50 AM Radio,
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m.
FridayYouth Service, 7:30 p.m.

Nursery care for pre-school children and
Children's Church for ages 5-12 available
at each service.
15690 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, 482-2030
Pastor: David Stauffer.
Traditional services 9:00 a.m.;
Contemporary, 10:30 a.m.
Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The
church is 1/2 mile past the intersection of
Gladiolus and San Carlos Boulevard on the
way to Sanibel.
2390 West First Street, next door to Edison
Sunday Morning Service and Sunday
School, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting,
7:30 p.m.
Child care provided at all services.
Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at:
2281 W. First Street, River District
www.spirituality.com and www.christian-
13545 American Colony Boulevard (off
Daniels Parkway in the Colony), Fort
Myers, 936-2511
Pastor: Rev. Joey Brummett
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Morning
Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening, 6
p.m.; Wednesday Family Night, 7 p.m.
5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
437-4330. Rev. Mark Condrey, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Church School: 9:15 a.m.
8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers,
482-3133. Philip White, pastor
Morning Worship: 10 a.m.
Church School: 10:15 a.m.
Adult Forum: 9 a.m.
111 Evergreen Road, North Fort Myers,
Eastern Orthodox men's monastery.
Liturgical services conducted in the
English, Greek and Church Slavonic lan-
guages, following the Julian (Old) Calendar.
Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy
Days: The Third and Sixth Hours at 8:30
a.m.; Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.
9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers,
The Rev. Dr. John S. Adler, pastor
Weekly services:
Saturday 5 p.m., Eucharist with Healing
Sunday 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite One;
9:30 a.m., Family Eucharist with Healing
and Church School
Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Morning Prayer (in
Spanish); Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Eucharist
with Healing
Child care available at Saturday 5 p.m. and
Sunday 9:30 a.m. services.
881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, 481-1143
Masses Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
2154 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman
Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome.
Corner Cypress View Drive and Koreshan
Boulevard, Three Oaks area, Fort Myers,
Walter Fohs, pastor; Becky Robbins-
Penniman, associate pastor

Sunday worship services:
Early Grace Traditional, 8 a.m.
Awesome Grace Contemporary, 9 a.m.
Classic Grace Traditional, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School God's Group, 8:45 and
10 a.m.
Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m.
Pastor Alan Bondar
Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg.
2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers, 33907
Phone/text: 220-8519
website: messiahreformed.com
Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Lunch Sunday noon
Teen Events Monthly
c/website for podcasts, special events, min-
istries, calendar, blogs, etc.
16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10B
Tom Richards, Pastor
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 p.m.
Special Monday Community Group service
at 7 p.m. for those who can not attend
3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers
Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and
Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor
Traditional Worship at 8:00 and 9:30 am,
Contemporary Worship at 11:00am
Sunday School at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am
Youth and Children's programming runs
concurrent to Sunday services.
Nursery care provided at all services
For more information visit: www.newhope-
(Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge)
17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach
Pastors: Bruce Merton, Gail and RC
Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m.
Phone: 267-7400 Fax: 267-7407
Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com
e-mail: peace1265@aol.com
15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Walter Still, Senior Pastor,
Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m.
3/4 mile south from the intersection of
McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus.
A congregation of the ELCA.
3950 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers
Daily early learning center/day care
Sunday Services, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.
Meditation classes. All are welcome.
Guided meditations offering many meth-
ods for relaxing the body and focusing
the mind on virtuous objects to bring
increasing peace and happiness into
daily activity. For information, class times
and locations call 567-9739 or visit www.
16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Robert G. Kasten, Pastor
Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.
Nursery available
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
Junior Church grades one to five
Wee Church Pre-K to K
Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday Service 6 p.m.
12171 lona Road, Fort Myers, off
McGregor and north of Gladiolus.

Father Joseph Clifford.
Weekly masses:
Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.
Weekend masses: Saturday 3 and 5 p.m.;
Sunday: 7, 9,11, and 5:30 p.m.
Reconciliation is available at the church on
Saturday at noon and by appointment
3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Rev. Steve Filizzi
An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation
Sunday Services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Service, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
3595 Broadway, Fort Myers
239-939-4711, www.smlcs.org
Wednesday Fellowship: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner $5, 6:15 p.m. bible studies
Worship: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with 9:15
a.m. adult and children's Bible Study, plus
marriage enrichment studies. Divorce Care
on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
During Lent: Wednesday worship
noon and 6:15 p.m.
16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Cantorial Soloists Joseph/Lynn Goldovitz
Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services, Saturday,
10:30 a.m.
Religious Education Classes, Midweek,
Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday
Confirmation Classes, Wednesday,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon
14486 A & W Bulb Road,
Fort Myers, 433-0201.
Rabbi: Benjamin S. Sendrow,
Cantor: I. Victor Geigner.
Weekly services: Monday and Thursday, 9
a.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.
Religious school Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon,
and Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Family Midrash services on the first and
third Fridays of the month at 7 p.m.
Pre bar/bat mitzvah class Monday, 5:30 to
7 p.m., followed by confirmation class from
7:30 to 9 p.m.
For information on early childhood educa-
tion/preschool, phone 482-1121.
The New Church of SWFL is located at
10811 Sunset Plaza Circle, by Summerlin
and Pine Ridge Roads, behind Zoomers
and the ponds.
Reverend Nadine
Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m.
Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m.
Call for information 481-5535.
1619 Llewellyn Drive Fort Myers
Just off McGregor across from the Edison/
Ford Winter Estates
Senior Minister: Douglas Kelchner
Traditional Worship Sunday's 10:15 a.m.
Website: www.edisonchurch.org
Phone: 334-4978
13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one
mile west of 1-75)
Minister: The Rev. Allison Farnum
Sunday services and religious education at
10:30 a.m.
For information on all church events call
561-2700 or visit www.uucfm.org.
continued on page 11


Child Care Of Southwest Florida
Grand Opening And Open House

Child Care of Southwest Florida Board Vice
Chair Scott Robertson with Board Member
Jessica Anderson and Brandon Delanois

Child Care of Southwest Florida Board
Member Karen Miller with Lee County
Manager Karen Hawes and Southwest
Florida Chamber President Steve Tirey

Child Care of Southwest Florida Board
Member Shernette Atkinson with CEO Beth
I bKdell

C hild Care of Southwest Florida,
Inc., officially opened its new larger
office space in South Fort Myers
June 10 with a ribbon-cutting and grand .., -
opening celebration.
Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah, "
Lee County Manager Karen Hawes, Lee ./
County United Way President Cliff Smith, -
and Steve Tirey, president of the Chamber '
of Commerce of Southwest Florida, were i ,
among those attending. The new quarters '" L
are located at 6831 Palisades Park Court, f
Suite 6, in the International Center near '
Hammond Stadium (Lee County Sports "
Complex). ,F.
"In our new headquarters, we have ..
brought all administrative functions and Former Board Chair Bill Robinson and his
training facilities under one roof, which will wife Sharon
produce a much more efficient operation.
And with leases being available at historic
lows, we were able to actually get more
space for less money than what we were -
spending previously," said Beth Lobdell, -
CEO of Child Care of Southwest Florida.
The new space, consisting of 5,400 square "
feet, includes a Professional Development
Center for child care professionals to
receive training required by the State of
Florida to work in family child care homes "
and child care centers. The non-profit
organization provided state mandated train-
ing for 3,760 individuals last year.
The headquarters also houses the Beth Lobdell, CEO of Child Care of
USDA Food Program, which reimburses Southwest Florida, Lee County Commissioner
participating family child care homes and Ray Judah, and Nancy Coker, COO of Child
child care centers for the cost of meals and Care of Southwest Florida
snacks offered to children in their care.
Last year, 67 child care centers and 175 family child care homes in 10 counties partic-
ipated in the program, which is administered by Child Care of Southwest Florida under
a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services.
Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., also provides high quality child care for 700
children from infancy through age 12 at six centers throughout Lee and Hendry coun-
ties. For more information, call 278-1002 in Fort Myers or visit www.ccswfl.org.

From page 10
Family Service 10 to 11 a.m.
Healing Circle 11 a.m.
Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m.
Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic
music, meditation in a loving environment.
Service held at 28285 Imperial Street,
Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100.
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125

Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. LuderWhitlock
Sunday Service:
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.;
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
481-4040, Pastor, Steve Hess
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. traditional;
9:30 a.m. contemporary; 11 a.m. blendings.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.4

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A Great Day Of
Fishing The Reds
by Capt.
Matt Mitchell
) fast week
I had one
of the best
redfish trips I can
remember in the
J last few months.
Fishing with Peter
Anderson of
Miami, we started
out working an
incoming tide on islands in the mouth
of the river for snook and reds without
too much luck. As the tide slowed and
came to an end we had only caught one
large jack.
I knew we needed to bend a rod so I
switched it up for a while to the sharks
in the middle sound. We were just pass-
ing time while waiting for the tide to start
going out. After we hooked six or more
sharks in half an hour, the tide started
finally to fall out, so I ran the boat over to

one of the little keys in the middle sound
that's been holding some bigger snook.
The little mangrove key we were on is
shallow and has a large sandhole that is
generally best fished on the first part of
the outgoing tide. After about 10 minutes
and a few bites from throwing up to the
trees, Anderson could not get a fish to
stick. I was just about ready to move to
another spot when I had him cast a bait
out about 20 feet from the trees to the
middle back edge of the sandhole just to
see if that's where the fish were laid.
Within 30 seconds of the bait hit-
ting the water we had a redfish hooked
up. Almost every pinfish cast into the
sandhole for more than a hour got hit.
Anderson caught his biggest redfish ever,
a real stud, measuring 34 inches and
weighing 14 pounds. As time ran out
on the charter we left the redfish biting.
These were all big reds with most of
the 10-plus fish caught being over the
27-inch slot. We never did manage a
snook but with a redfish bite like that it
was a great morning on the water.
Last week I found and fished more
tarpon than I have seen in years without
a whole lot of success. This really starts

Captiva Cruises
Science at Sea Cruise
Se a marine biologist. This 90-min-
ute hands-on scientific inquiry is
fun for all ages. Crab traps and
plankton nets will be hauled for a look
at some of the components of the food
chains. Use compasses for navigational
aids and magnifying viewers to see
the things you can't usually see. Take
part in actual scientific research that
will be utilized by The Sanibel-Captiva
Conservation Foundation's Marine Lab.
This is an exciting trip for the whole

to drive you crazy as
a guide after a while.
Perfectly presented baits
cast to chain after chain
of rolling fish with very
few hook-ups was the
story of my recent tarpon
When it comes right
down to it, as a tarpon
guide all you can really do
is locate fish for your cli-
ents. Once your angler's
bait is in front of those
rolling fish it's out of your
hands and up to the fish.
Some days no matter
how hard you try and
how well you present bait
after bait to the fish, you
just cannot make them
eat. Coming off another Peter Anderson
high tide pattern I only caught last we4
managed to jump three
tarpon all week, all within the first few
hours after sunrise using small live crabs
for bait. Talking with other tarpon guides
this week we were all having the same
problem, not being able to get these fish
to eat.
Shark fishing in the sound remained
on fire. There are as many blacktips rang-
ing in size from three to five feet as you
want to catch. One morning we caught
more than 20 in a one-hour period. We
fished with live pinfish under a float and
had some great top water strikes. The
pinfish would freak out as they swam on
the surface as the blacktips circled below
before crashing the bait on the surface.

Shoreline Discovery Cruise
Travel to a secluded beach for a guided
shoreline walk to discuss coastal sea life
and beach dynamics. Explore mudflats
and use nets within the shallow sea grass
beds for an up-close look at some of the
smaller yet amazing inhabitants of the
back bay estuary ecosystem. Bring wad-
ing shoes and your sense of adventure for
this hands-on sea life encounter.
Sailing Under The Stars Cruise
Enjoy the sunset, experience day turn-
ing into night, linger out on the water
and sail under the stars. Planets, stars and
constellations will be identified along the
way. Mythology, mysteries and features
of our Milky Way Galaxy, as well as the
greater universe, will be explored under
the magic of the night sky. Join in for this
incredible experience.

of Miami with a 34-inch, 14-pound redfish
Using medium/light spinning rods
these sharks are a blast to catch. They
make long runs, jump and change direc-
tion on a dime. Sure they are not a
sought after gamefish but at times it's just
nice to have the no-brainer to switch to
after a frustrating day of tarpon fishing.
Look for these sharks in eight to nine-
feet of open water in the sound between
Redfish and Captiva passes.
Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to Sanibel
in 1980 and has fished local waters for
more than 25 years. He now lives in St.
James City and has worked as a back
country fishing guide for more than 10
years. If you have comments or ques-
tions email captmattmitchell@aol.com.0

For more information call 472-5300
or log on to www.captivacruises.com.
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CROW Case Of The Week:

Burrowing Owl
by Brian Johnson
O ne of the
more quirky
rescues of
the year took place
on June 10 in
Cape Coral when
a burrowing owl
was freed from
the radiator of
an yellow school
bus. Somwehere
between Tropicana
and Chiquita boulevards the bus driver
noticed the little raptor stuck to the
front of the vehicle. No one knew just
when they picked up the bird along the
Jason Howard, a mechanic for the
Lee County School District, was sum-
moned for the unusual job.
"I thought the bird was dead when I
got the call," said Howard.
One of his wings was lodged under the
grill, near the radiator, while his feet were


Florida Beach

submitted by
Michael Mullins,
Captiva Erosion_
Prevention District
On June 17,
in a much
P pated decision, the
Supreme Court of
the United States
Michael Mullins (SCOTUS) upheld
a landmark Florida
case re beach
nourishment and restoration of Florida's
critically eroded beaches. The outcome
results in absolutely no change for
Captiva's beach nourishment projects, as
the high court unanimously backs lower
courts' earlier decisions.
The Florida Beach Preservation Act
was upheld and constitutionality of beach
nourishment validated. The issue was
argued orally in December 2009 in the
case of Stop the Beach Renourishment
v. Florida (08-1151); the June decision
supports our Captiva rights to continue
the community's beach nourishment
practices. For detailed links to case arti-
cles, contact Captiva Erosion Prevention
District (CEPD).
Florida's Beach and Shore
Preservation Act (BSPA) (http://tr.im/
cepdbpa) empowers the Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) to
set seaward beachfront property lines
(Erosion Control Lines or ECL) for
nourishment projects. Our ECL was
set on Captiva's beach at the old pre-
nourishment high water mark (HWM) in
the late 1980s, where the mean high tide
peaked landward prior to the first island
wide renourishment. Sand accreting on

tangled up in wire.
It was a complicated 4
extraction, but Howard
managed to get him
loose without injuring
"He was startled at
first and hissing, but
after I got him out he
was my best friend,"
said Howard. "I took aww
him back to the shop
and put him in the
shade. He just looked
at me. They said no
food or water."
The 120-gram
raptor was taken to
Kindness East drop off
point before making it
to CROW. 4'
"It was pretty cool
- a once in a lifetime
experience to hold an Burrowing owl
owl in your hand," said burrowing ow
CROW staff had heard the history so
they were amazed by his condition. "No
bruising, no wounds, no fractures," said
Dr. Amber McNamara. "Not bad for get-

the beach extends the publicly owned
beaches seaward, but will continue to
have no effect on private property access
to the water.
As nourishment projects restore erod-
ing beaches, BSPA legislation reset prop-
erty lines to fixed ECLs. Historically on
Captiva, the public could legally walk only
on the wet sand (seaward of HWM) until
the 1980s, when the BSPA re-set the
property lines of beachfront properties to
the afore-mentioned ECL.
The Supreme Court upholds the
BSPA and continues to allow the public
to walk on dry sand between the high
water mark and the fixed erosion control
lines or private property lines.
The reason we nourish with beach
compatible sand from offshore "borrow
areas" is that beaches erode severely dur-
ing storms, and routinely due to inlets'
hydrology and other natural and man-
made causes. Erosion has long threat-
ened Captiva's beach and without our
beaches and dunes Captiva's survival is
also threatened.
Severe erosion confounded Captivans
for years and the beach was officially
designated as critically eroded. Also for
years, Captivans were divided over which
approaches to take. However, in the
1980s Captivans reached consensus and
for over 25 years the CEPD has repeat-
edly demonstrated that beach nourish-
ment prevails as the effective solution.
Consequently, nourishment is critical to
beach survival.
The last project was 2005-06 with
augmentation of 90,000 cubic yards in
2008; 1.3 million cubic yards in total
replaced eroded sand on Captiva and on
northern Sanibel ( pursuant to interlocal
agreement.) The 2004 CEPD board fore-
cast Captiva property assessments of over
$8 million of an anticipated $11 million
project. However, impacted by Hurricane
Charley and other 2004-05 storms, the
cost was a record high $25 million. But
an unprecedented $1 million funded
from CEPD reserves plus outside funding

ting stuck in the grill of a bus. It was quite
However, the burrowing owl did
remain "pretty dull" for the first 48 hours.

of approximately $18 million from fed-
eral, state and county sources allowed a
reduced assessment decided unanimously
by the 2007 board. This resulted in a
Captiva property owner cost of $5.6 mil-
lion. An additional $3.5 million for the
Blind Pass restoration was also funded by
CEPD, county and state sources, with no
property owner assessment.
Is nourishment cost effective? Erosion
is a persistent and growing problem.
Albeit controlled, it seems not preventable
with current permitable methods. CEPD's
first island-wide nourishment of 1988 and
two subsequent nourishments in 1996
and 2005 replaced almost four million
cubic yards of eroded Captiva beach. To
continue being effective, beaches require
ongoing maintenance, a process that is
admittedly costly. Yet, given the exponen-
tial increases in property values concomi-
tant with Captiva's nourishment, arguably
increased values far outweigh the costs.

Staff gave him fluids, pain meds, the
Chinese herb Body Sore, vitamins and
The owl ate a mouse the second
night, and began to "perk up" the follow-
ing day. Staff added crickets to his diet.
"By Day 6 his mentation was normal,
and he was able to stand up tall, bob his
head and scream," said Dr. Amber.
They transferred him outdoors, where
he flew and landed with ease.
CROW contacted volunteer Ruth
Parks, who has maps with the GPS coor-
dinates of all burrowing owl nests in Cape
Coral, to assist with the June 21 release.
She helped determine a general location
based on the finder history.
"She said he looked spectacular and
flew off right away," said Dr. Amber.
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation
of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife
hospital providing veterinary care for
native and migratory wildlife from the
Gulf Coast of Florida. The hospital
accepts patients seven days a week
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations
to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957.
Call 472-3644 or visit:

On Captiva, only registered voters can
vote in the next CEPD referendum to
decide the beach nourishment outcome.
Whether or not they own property, reg-
istered voters alone decide whether main-
taining CEPD's nourishment program
should be authorized the anticipated $15
million investment. Under the CEPD's
enabling legislation, only registered
Captiva voters determine whether to
authorize the CEPD to borrow in antici-
pation of the next nourishment, likely to
be in 2013.
Issues still of concern to Captiva's
beaches and shorelines:
Should the CEPD beach nourishments
Will Captiva's beach face an acceler-
ated and critical state of erosion?
How much ancillary government fund-
ing for CEPD is achievable in the future?
What will be the effect of the BP oil
spill on our beaches?'

CAPTIVA CRUISES is now offering cruises from

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Plant Smart:
Common Tickseed
by Gerri Reaves
The common tickseed (Coreopsis
leavenworthii) dots the land-
scape with cheerful yellow flowers
throughout the year, most profusely in
spring and early summer.
This member of the daisy or aster
family is one of 15 native coreopsis spe-
cies designated as Florida's official state
wildflower. Also called Leavenworth's
tickseed, it is the most common coreopsis
species in South Florida.
All species are bright yellow and called
tickseed because the small oval seed with
two spines or "hooks" on one end resem-
bles a bug or tick. Those hooks allow the
seed to attach itself to people or animals
and propagate in new territories.
Common tickseed grows in open
fields, swales, ditches, pinelands and road-
sides, as well as cultivated home gardens.
Our state wildflower is perfect for a
home wildflower garden or mass planting
in well-drained soil where it gets full sun.
Plant it as a groundcover to reduce the
time you spend mowing the grass. You'll
have a source for cut flowers or you
can leave the sea of yellow flowers for the
butterflies that seek them out for nectar.
The three-lobed yellow rays surround
a brown or maroon disk. The flowers of
about an inch across top slender stems
with oblong leaves.
Common tickseed grows to two to
three feet high and will readily reseed
unless the spent flowers are removed.

This open field at Page Field is one of many places where the state wildflower blooms profusely
Sources: floridawildflowerfoundation.
org and A Gardener's Guide to Florida's
Native Plants by Rufino Osorio.
Plant Smart explores sustainable
gardening practices that will help you
create a low-maintenance, drought-
tolerant, hurricane- and pest-resistant
South Florida landscape.4 1

photos by Gerri Reaves
3PM009X 'V___

The common tickseed, Florida's official state
wildflower, blooms throughout the year,
peaking in spring and early summer

Two Beach Days Local Waters,
Added To Shell Charts Class

Museum Camp
Have you ever wondered what a
lightning whelk or fighting conch
eats for dinner, how they capture
their prey or how they chew it up after
they catch it?
These are just a few of the questions
campers will be able to answer after
attending Camp Mollusk at The Bailey-
Matthews Shell Museum. In order to
enjoy first-hand experience, two of the
five camp days will be spent exploring the
beach. Campers will search for mollusk
trails and hunt for shells displaying evi-
dence that a predator has deposited shell-
softening spit on the shell before drilling
a hole and "slurping-up" the contents. A
group of mollusks that use a radular tooth
as a venom-carrying harpoon will also be
investigated. While at the beach camp-
ers will look for clams that filter large
amounts of water to obtain their food.
Camp Mollusk will be held July 5
through July 9 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Campers must be seven to 12 years of
age. The cost is $65. Two days will be
spent at the beach and the other three
days will be held at the shell museum.
For more information call Diane Orvis
Thomas at 395-2233.0

by Cdr. Ron Terciak
he San Carlos Bay Sail & Power
Squadron, a unit of the United
States Power Squadron, will be
offering the popular Local Waters/Local
Charts class on Saturday, July 10 from
8:15 a.m. to noon.
The class is directed toward new boat-
ers and boaters new to the area, as well
as those wishing to learn chart reading.
It will provide the boater with some of
the basics of navigation, oriented to the
Fort Myers area. Students will be using
chart 11427 and you must bring this
chart to the class. Optional on-the-water
training will also be offered at a later date.
Check with the class instructor for details.
The cost of the class is $40 and will
be taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail
& Power Squadron classroom located
at 16048 San Carlos Boulevard at the
corner of Kelly Road (across from Ace
Register online at www.scbps.com or
call the office at 466-4040.0

Class Coming
To Fort Myers
Caloosa Rare Fruit Exchange
(CRFE) in conjunction with Lee
County Extension Service/
University of Florida/IFAS will present
a one-day course in hydroponics. The
class will introduce hydroponic growing
to homeowners and small farmers. The
latest technology in techniques, nutrient
solutions, growing media, and dem-
onstration systems will be shown and
The class will be held on Thursday,
September 30 at Lee County Extension
Services, 3406 Palm Beach Boulevard,
Fort Myers. The class has a size limit of
40 people and registration must be done
before August 15. Registration closes
when the class is full.
The cost is $150 and includes lunch,
breaks with beverages and fruit, CD with
photos from the research, CD with tech-
nical information to assist in your venture,
and source information for everything
needed to start your system. There is a
$10 fee for the half-day tour (optional).
To register, send your check made to
CRFE for the course and tour ($160) to
CRFE, c/o Ed Wilson, 1698 Lakeview
Blvd., Fort Myers, FL. 33903. Instructor
Bill Thompson can be reached at wil-
liamet@aol.com if you have questions.4


Volunteers Are Trained In Case
Oil Spill Beach Cleanup Is Needed
C aptiva Erosion
District enrolled
over 150 volunteers
for post emergency
oil spill clean-up.
OSHA-certified train-
ing was offered at
South Seas Island
Resort, Captiva on
Monday, June 14.
Due to the over-
whelming support and I
response from the
public, the CEPD has
organized two addi- Sandy Ramrnseth and Robert Coscia who attended the workshop
tional July training ses-
sions to accommodate the 120 people on the waiting list so far. The July sessions are
sold out, but volunteers are still needed for Coast Watching and various other related
tasks. Interested volunteers may log onto mycepd7@gmail.com to see how they can

From page 1
Broadway Palm

Joanne Semmer, OSHA-certified trainer, speaks to the group
Certified OSHA trainer Joanne Semmer of the Ostego Bay Oil Spill Co-Op, cov-
ered topics such as environmental hazards, first aid, initial response to oil spills, land
spill response, tar balls in the coastal environment and the effective use of volunteers
in an oil spill cleanup. Various oil spill cleanup devices such as booms, absorbents,
and detergents were demonstrated. Participants were able to tour a typical oil spill
response trailer.
Participants will be OSHA-certified for emergency oil spill beach cleanup. They can
safely pick up tar balls and oiled debris on the beach if needed.
If Captiva is impacted by the oil spill, however, the community will be ready, said
CEPD Chairman Mile Mullins. "It's like CPR for the environment, we hope we never
have to use it but, if we do, we have to be ready," he said.
For more information on CEPD, visit our website at mycepd.com or join the email
list at: mycepd@gmail.com or call 472-2472.0

Our email address is press@riverweekly.com

What he doesn't know is that his teenage daughter Ariel (Bonnie McBride) has a
rebellious streak and doesn't condone Daddy's thoughts.
Soon she joins Ren and others to repeal the law that bans dancing.
The musical, based on the 1984 film, opens with lively dancing and disco lights as
the cast sings the title song, Footloose. It was a great start to a rapid paced musical
that keeps the audience entertained throughout. The plot may be unbelievable, but
who cares?
The entire cast does an impeccable job portraying their characters, and entertaining
the audience.
Bluestone is well cast as the likeable outsider. He has a pleasing voice and terrific
dance moves which blend so well in numbers like Footloose, and I Can't Stand Still.
McBride also shines with gusto, especially in Holding Out for A Hero and the lovely
Almost Paradise, sung with Bluestone. Her best friends Rusty (Alicia Kelly), Urleen
(Lisa LeCuyer), and Wendy Joe (Lauren Parker) also captivate the audience.
The role of Willard, the gawky teenager who can't dance, is played with exceptional
presence by Ryan Mulgrew. When he ends the song Mamma Says (You Can't Back
Down), the audience falls in love with him. The scenery, lighting, and costumes also
add depth and authenticity to the show. By the time the fabulous finale scene hits the
stage the audience is ready to leap to their feet and ask for an encore.
Footloose plays through July 25 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.
There is a summer special for children 18 and under, tickets are just
$18 for dinner and the show. Tickets for adults range from $27 to $53 with group
discounts available for parties of 20 or more. Reserve your tickets by calling 278-4422,
visit www.BroadwayPalm.com, or stop by the box office, 1380 Colonial Boulevard in
Fort Myers.2

16 HERIVER JUNE 25,2010

Best in Show, Talk, by Lia Galletti

22 Dreams By Leo Johnson

Alliance Names
2D/3D Award Winners
On June 11, the Lee County Alliance for the Arts announced the 24th annual
2D/3D All Florida Juried Exhibition award recipients. Nearly 300 pieces
were entered and 52 were chosen to be included in the Alliance gallery, on
display through August 13.
Best in Show is an acrylic abstract painting on canvas titled Talk by Lia Galletti.
Talk is one piece in a series of five paintings, three of which are currently displayed in
the Alliance gallery. Galletti describes the inspiration for her series by explaining, "My
pieces are abstract representations of human communications, facial expressions, body
language, dialogs and movements of the soul." She paints with feelings brought about
by everyday occurrences and watches as they take shape at the tip of her brush.
The second place winner, Bacchanalian Passion, by Katie Gardenia is a unique
fiber sculpture of a woman lying down looking favorably at her glass of wine.
Third place, 22 Dreams, by Leo Johnson is an acrylic painting on canvas showing
intertwined human figures with overlapping body parts.


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Lastly, young artist Jane Pierce was awarded Jurors Choice Award for Nude #4,
a black and white photograph of feet in the air that appear behind another blurred
This year's exhibition was judged by Dana Roes, professor of art at Edison State
College. Roes described her judging process by explaining, "I was looking for artwork
that was conceptually rich, original, work that took risks, had technical merit and was
visual refreshing."
Roes holds a master of fine art degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a
bachelors of fine arts degree from Moore College of Art. She exhibits nationally and
internationally and is the recipient of several awards including a Fulbright Fellowship
and New Jersey Council of the Arts Grant.
In the members gallery is youth artwork from the Alliance's Open Doors Program
participants. Open Doors is the Alliance scholarship program for underprivileged
youth with artistic talent. All proceeds from sales go directly to the student artists.
Gallery hours are: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday
from 9 a.m. ro noon. For more information call 939-2787.
The Alliance For The Arts is at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial
Boulevard, Fort Myers. Visit www.artinlee.org for more details.w

Theater Joins Art
Of The Olympians
For July ArtWalk
B roadway Palm Dinner Theatre
will join the Art of the Olympians
Museum (AOTO) at the July
ArtWalk in the River District of
Downtown Fort Myers on Friday, July 2.
AOTO opens its Sport Experience
Gallery to Broadway Palm for a special
sneak peek at both organizations' sizzling
summer shows.
Guests at the July ArtWalk are
encouraged to start the night off early
and join Broadway Palm at the Art of
the Olympians Al Oerter Center for
Excellence for a meet and greet with
the actors from this summer's upcom-
ing musicals: Footloose, Cinderella and
Seussical from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. Actors
will perform a song from each of the
summer shows from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.
As a special offer, guests have the oppor-
tunity to place their name in a drawing
for two tickets to see Footloose.
AOTO welcomes two new shows to
the museum: The Winter Sports Exhibit
and the Skip Cutting Exhibit. The Winter
Olympics introduces patrons to the
seven main events in the Winter Olympic
Games: bobsled/skeleton, skating, curl-
ing, hockey, ski, biathlon, and luge. The
exhibit provides an interactive Olympic
experience as guests are invited to sit in
a bobsled, lay on a luge as well as view
Olympic uniforms and memorabilia while
paying tribute to the Winter Olympics.

Guests are also invited to stroll through
the Art Experience Gallery featuring more
than 30 multi-medium works by Skip
Cutting, a two-time U.S. Olympic Team
racing cyclist.
For general museum information, visit
the Web site at www.artoftheolympians.
com or call 332-5055.4

Fall Registration
Opens At Edison
State College
dison State College (ESC) officials
encourage anyone interested in
making classes this fall to register as
soon as possible because classes will fill
up quickly.
"We want to accommodate every stu-
dent who chooses Edison State College,"
said Dr. Steve Atkins, vice president
for student and academic affairs. "Early
enrollment allows us to best prepare our
professors and classrooms for the stu-
In the past three years enrollment at
Edison State College has grown more
than 50 percent, bringing total student
enrollment to more than 21,000. ESC
has been the fastest growing state college
in Florida for the past two years.
For more information about how to
register for classes visit www.edison.edu/
To request more information about
classes at Edison State College, visit


Celebrates Two
Years With Exhibit

Love at no sign

During July, daas Gallery will show-
case their own in celebration of
the two-year anniversary of the
gallery. The exhibition is appropriately
entitled Triumph. The opening recep-
tion will be Friday, July 2, in conjunc-
tion with the Fort Myers Art Walk.
The art in this collective exhibition
has been created by the artists that cur-
rently run the gallery. Among these is
Joe Lemay, who has been with daas
Gallery since its very beginning. Lemay is
a graduate from the Savannah College of
Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia. His
pieces are humorous and storytelling. His
work has been featured in daas' Pequeno
Formato, Comienzo: The Artists of daas

Art League
Summer Show
The current Art League of Fort
Myers Summer Gallery Show
includes two-dimensional work
in oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, pas-
tel, original prints (etching, lithograph,
wood block), fiber works, and photog-
raphy. It is on display through August
28. New gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3
p.m.Tuesday through Saturday.
Summer art classes are still open for
July and August in the following:
Watercolor Painting by Susanne
Brown, Mondays 1 to 3:30 p.m. Call
Susanne at 466-6153 or email susilla@
Mixed Media from Painting to
Ceramics for Children and Adults by
Susan Mills, Monday 5 to 7 p.m., call
689-1787 or email Millsmokita03@aol.
Computer Basics, PC taught by John
Pappas, Tuesdays 1to 3 p.m., call 466-

Self portrait in braille
and Buddha: Images of a Deity exhibi-
tions, among many others. Troy Thomas,
Danielle Thomas and Peter Del Gandio
are also featured artists in this exhibition.
Their works have been featured in the
gallery on a permanent basis since they
joined the team in 2009. Kristin Northup,
the newest member of the team, will also
be part of the collective.
"This is a very important exhibition
for us. It marks two successful years of
hard work, sweat and tears," said David
Acevedo who co-owns the gallery and
will be featuring new pieces in the show.
"We all know how difficult the art busi-
ness could be and we feel very lucky
and thankful for the support." Xavier
Brignoni, who also co-owns daas, will
be contributing to the exhibition with his
own artwork.
The exhibition will be on display until
July 31. Gallery hours are Tuesday to
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More
information is available at www.daasgal-

9786 or email japappas@aol.com.
Acrylic Painting for Beginners by
Robyn Curran, Thursdays 5 to 7:30
p.m., call 878-3623 or email robyn-
Oil Painting for Beginners/
Intermediate by Mary Richey, call 939-
7738 or email septmary@comcast.net
Call the teachers for additional infor-
mation or call the Art League of Fort
Myers at 275-3970.
Art League of Fort Myers members
are asked to start painting now for the
annual Miniatures Sale in November.
Members can enter up to 10 pieces of
oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, pastel,
original prints (etching, lithograph, wood
block), fiber works, and photography.
The length plus the width of entries
must not exceed 12 inches. More infor-
mation will be in the Brush Notes online
at www.artleagueoffortmyer.org or call
Art League of Fort Myers is located at
1451 Monroe Street, Fort Myers.0

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18 THERIVER JUNE 25, 2010

The Great
Treasure Hunt
The North Fort Myers Chamber of
Commerce is celebrating its new
Web site www.nfmchamber.org
- with a 30-day Web site treasure hunt.
Beginning July 1, Lee County residents
can navigate through 10 treasure maps
on the Web site and be eligible to win
cash and prizes from the North Fort
Myers chamber members.
Chamber Executive Director Kim
Constantine and Ambassador Dick Collins
thought a treasure hunt would be a fun
way to learn about the North Fort Myers
Chamber of Commerce, and it would be
fitting since pirates are a big part of this
area's early days. The story goes that
there are 10 pirate treasure chests, which
were buried in various places throughout
the North Fort Myers/Fort Myers region
in the 1800s. You can read more of the
story on the Web site.
The treasure chest and prizes will be
unveiled at The Shell Factory and Nature
Park on Saturday, July 31 from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. There will be a local business
expo with give-a-ways, free hotdogs and
lemonade for the kids. The first 60 kids
arriving to the event will receive a Back to
School Backpack from North Fort Myers
Honorary Mayor John Gardner and
Marco Office Supply. Best Buy will have
an experience station set up in Captain
Fishbone's Restaurant (Dolphin Room),
with fun and play for all ages.
For more details call 239-997-9111.4

Red Sox Have Risen From
The Dead To Challenge In
American League Eastern Division
by Ed Frank
T hey were written off. There were cries to trade their big
slugger who was mired in an early-season slump. No
way, the critics said, could they become a contender in
the tough American League Eastern Division.
This was the situation little more than a month ago. But what
a difference a month makes!
As the week began, the Boston Red Sox were the hottest
team in the Major Leagues. Winners of six straight games after
sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers in inter-league play last week-
end to complete a sizzling 8-1 homes stand, the Red Sox, at
43-28, had drawn even with the Tampa Bay Rays and trailed the
New York Yankees by only a single game.
One needs only to look at the American League statistics to understand why the
BoSox had climbed near the top of the AL East. In all eight categories home runs,
runs scored, RBIs, batting average, stolen bases, doubles, triples and slugging percent-
age there was a Red Sox either leading the league or among the leaders.
And the same is true for the pitching.
Clay Buchholz, who stifled the Dodgers for seven innings Sunday night in a 2-0 vic-
tory, improved his season record to 10-4 to tie Phil Hughes of the Yankees and David
Price of the Rays for the most wins in the AL. His ERA of 2.47 is second behind
Hughes at 2.45.
In his last eight starts, Buchholz is 7-1 with a 1.62 ERA, the kind of sparkling
record that should earn the 25-year-old right-hander his first All-Star Game selection.
But there is more than Buchholz when it comes to Red Sox pitching. Jon Lester is
8-2, John Lackey is 8-3 and Jonathan Papelbon has converted 16 of 17 save oppor-
If you turn the calendar back just six weeks, there were reports abounding that the
Red Sox were going to or should dump David Ortiz who was hitting less than .200.
This proud hero of Boston's two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 was just not
producing hits, RBIs or home runs.

Wrestling At Bay Oaks Rec Center

TNA Star Jesse Neal
photos by Golden Eyes Photography

Titan and Sinn

Pro wrestling super stars from all over the world will appear at Bay Oaks
Recreation Center, Fort Myers Beach, on Friday June 25 starting at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open 6:30 p.m. to meet and greet with the wrestlers.
The main event features a three-way fight between TNA Star Jesse Neal vs Barn
Barn Nealy (Former WWE Body Guard) vs CCW Champion Marquis Youngston.
Other bouts will involve Sinn Bodhi aka Kizarny formerly of WWE Smackdown vs Sgt
Jeremy Myers; New TNA Knockout Rosie Lotta Love vs Lil Leva; Kaotic Romeo &
Dirty White Boy vs The HeartBreak Express; Ultra Boy vs Former WWE star Shawn
Gavin Spears.
Worldz Largest Love Machine Tweedle Die, 632 pounds, issues a body-slam chal-
lenge to the Worldz Giantest Midget, 7' 1" Titan. Also featured will be former WWE
Diva Champ Stacy "The Kat" Carter, local legend Coach Charlie Whitehead and
Motor Cross Champ Tyler "One Punch" Evans.
There will be prizes, give-aways and concessions and a chance to meet all the wres-
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity.
For more information, log onto www.ccwfla.com or call 765-4222.0

No longer is that the case and the trade rumors have halted. His 15 home runs are
among the tops in the league, he has driven in 46 runs and his batting average had
climbed to .260 as the week began.
Here are the other reasons why the Red Sox have emerged as the hottest team in
Runs Scored Kevin Youkilis, 58, tops in the league
RBIs Adrian Beltre, 48, among the league leaders
Batting Average Beltre, .336, a league leader
Stolen Bases and Doubles Dustin Pedroia, among the leaders
Triples and Slugging Percentage Kevin Youkilis, also atop the league
As the 2010 season nears the half-way mark, the long tough days of summer
remain and many a team has wilted as the temperatures rise. However, the Red Sox
appear to have the fire power to remain in contention during the stretch run.
Miracle Struggles against First-Place Charlotte
The Fort Myers Miracle were swept last weekend by first-place Charlotte extending
their season-high losing streak to six games. With a first-half season record of 26-39
beginning this week, the Miracle trailed Charlotte by 15 games in the South Division
of the Florida State League.
The Miracle take on Charlotte again this week in a three-game series starting
Thursday at Hammond Stadium in the Lee County Sports Complex. The Thursday to
Saturday games begin at 7:05 p.m.0

John Madden Football Challenge
hink you have what it takes to win the Super Bowl? Youngsters age six to 18
can challenge their friends on a 10X7-foot big screen on Saturday June 26 at
the Tony Rotino Senior Center, Cape Coral, to see who the champion really
The event, organized by Cape Coral Parks & Recreation, runs from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Trophies will be awarded to the Super
Bowl champion and runner-up.
Admission is $10. Call 574-0807 for more information.t

Outlaw by Jones
From page 1
Artist Reception
The exhibit continues through August
2. The gallery is at 2265 First Street in
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Book Review
The Girl With The
Dragon Tattoo
by Max
T he publishing
. sensation of
Ji the summer is
*" a trilogy of novels
from Sweden that
are dominating the
best seller lists and
captivating readers
The Girl With
The Dragon Tattoo is the first of three
books, described by The Washington
Post as "wildly suspenseful... an intel-
ligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engross-
ing thriller."
Not being a big fan of fiction writing,
usually preferring biography or history, I
plunged into Tattoo with some skepticism
and doubt, only to emerge hours later
bleary-eyed and thoroughly immersed in
one of the best summer reads in years.
Tattoo was written by Stieg Larsson,
a crusading Swedish journalist who died
suddenly at the age of 50 in 2004 after
delivering his manuscripts, named the
Millennium Trilogy, to his publisher. It
is the story of the 40-year-old disappear-
ance and possible murder of a young girl
from one of Sweden's most powerful
industrial families.
The mesmerizing attraction of the
book is the intricate plotting, complex

writing, and
nary gift for
that propels
the book
along with
and surprise.
two lead-




ing characters and occasional lovers are
Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-age investiga-
tive reporter and undoubtedly the alter
ego of the deceased Larsson, and Lisbeth
Salander, the girl with the dragon tat-
tooed from the nape of her neck to her
tail-bone, and an accomplished computer
hacker with a photographic memory who
doesn't take guff from anybody.
The trilogy should be read in sequen-
tial order because the story continues with
The Girl Who Played With Fire and The
Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.
Trust me on this one. To get your
mind off the oil spill, the heat and humid-
ity, turn your attention to the Millennium
Trilogy and enjoy an exciting adventure
in cool Sweden.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,
by Stieg Larsson. Vintage books, 644
pages, paperback, $7.99.5

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Commons at Shell Point: July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28; August 3, 4, 10, 11,
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Included is a tour of the Island community, model units in The Woodlands and
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New Member Joins American
Air Campers Association Board
D on Abbott, founder and presi-
dent of American Air Campers
Association (AACA), welcomes
Amy Laboda to the AACA advisory
AACA is a new association founded
by Abbott to promote, protect and pre-
serve the combined freedoms of flying and
camping in America.
Laboda took up flying when she was
just 15 years old. She holds airline trans-
port pilot, glider and gyroplane ratings, '
and is a single and multi-engine instrument
flight instructor. During her career, she
has towed gliders, flown ultra-light aircraft,
wrestled with aerobatics and even dabbled
in skydiving. '
In 2001, Laboda became the editor in
chief of Aviation For Women magazine.
Laboda is a FAA FAAST Team representa-
tive on the national level. She also con-
tributes to FlightlinelnternetRadio.com, as
well as extending her creative talents and Amy Laboda
expertise to Kitplanes and Fly Corporate
magazines and AvWeb.com.
Laboda is an aircraft owner who enjoys recreational flying. She resides in an avia-
tion community in Southwest Florida with her husband (a retired airline captain, avid
pilot and aircraft builder) and two daughters.
Learn more about AACA at www.americanaircampers.com, email info@america-
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Financial Focus
Financial Moves
To Help Stay-At-
Home Spouses
by Jennifer Basey
N ot all house-
holds have
two wage
earners. By choice
or circumstance,
either you or your
spouse may be out
of the work force
for an extended
period of time. But
that doesn't mean
you can't make progress toward your
joint financial goals, such as a comfort-
able retirement. It does mean, however,
that you need to carefully review your
situation and make the right financial
For starters, consider one of the
best retirement savings vehicles you
have available: an Individual Retirement
Account, or IRA. Even if your spouse
isn't earning income, he or she can open
a "spousal IRA" to which you, as the
income-earning spouse, can contribute.
Keep in mind, though, that you must file
a joint tax return if you contribute to a
spousal IRA.
Depending on your income level, you
can designate a spousal IRA as either a
traditional IRA, which grows on a tax-
advantaged basis, or a Roth IRA, which
can grow tax-free, provided your spouse
has held the account for at least five
years and is at least age 591/2 before tak-

ing distributions. And a spousal IRA has
the same contribution limits $5,000 in
2010, or $6,000 if your spouse is 50 or
older as a traditional or Roth IRA.
Clearly, if you want to increase the
cumulative opportunities for building tax-
advantaged resources for both your retire-
ments, a spousal IRA can be an attractive
option. Furthermore, if your spouse allo-
cates his or her IRA funds to investments
that complement rather than duplicate
those investments inside your IRA, the
spousal IRA can prove to be a valuable
tool for diversifying your overall holdings.
While diversification, by itself, cannot
guarantee a profit or protect against loss,
it can help reduce the effects of volatility
on your portfolio. To help achieve this
diversification between your IRA and the
spousal IRA, you may want to work with
a financial advisor.
Another move you can make to help
your stay-at-home spouse is easy to
accomplish but also easy to overlook -
namely, updating your beneficiary desig-
nations on your 401(k), IRA, other invest-
ment accounts, life insurance policies and
all financial and legal documents. This
step is particularly important if you've
been divorced or widowed, and you want
to be sure your stay-at-home spouse
comes into possession of all the assets
you had intended for him or her.
Of course, in this day and age, stay-at-
home status can change quickly. If your
spouse enters or re-enters the work force,
you as a couple should consider adjust
ing your financial plans. Your spouse can
continue contributing to the spousal IRA
you've established, but he or she may
now have other opportunities to save for
retirement, such as a 401(k) or similar
employer-sponsored retirement plan. And

if your spouse has been out of the work
force for a while, it will be important for
him or her to contribute as much as pos-
sible to a retirement plan.
In any case, whether your spouse stays
at home or returns to the work force,
you'll want to be proactive in making sure
he or she doesn't get left behind on the
road to financial security.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
jennifer basey@edwardjones.com.

East Appointed
To Speakers
Assembly Board
ulia East, president and CEO of
the Southwest Florida Community
Foundation (SWFLCF), has been
appointed to the board of the Speakers
Assembly of Southwest Florida. The
Speakers Assembly is an active mem-
bership organization of local Southwest
Florida residents that brings a variety of
national and international distinguished
speakers to the region to educate and
enlighten its membership.
"The Speakers Assembly brings in
phenomenal speakers that a person
would ordinarily have to pay much to
see. They are really providing a great
service to Southwest Florida," said East.
Speakers Assembly programs get people
thinking and talking, and we need that in
our communities more than ever."
For more information about the
Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida,
visit http://www.speakersassembly.

Lee Schools Rank
Ninth In America
earlier this month, Education Week
magazine released a study involv-
ing the class of 2007 from the
nation's 50-largest school districts (in
terms of student enrollment) to compare
and rank school districts' graduation
rate. Lee County Public Schools ranked
ninth on the list!
Of the 50 largest schools districts in
America, of which, Lee County ranks
40th, Lee County had the ninth-highest
graduation rate for the class of 2007 at
72.5 percent. In addition, Lee County
Public Schools was the highest ranking
Florida district on the list with a gradu-
ation rate higher than Brevard, Palm
Beach, Hillsborough, Orange, Pinellas,
Broward, Polk, Duval and Miami-Dade
Dr. James Browder, superintendent
of schools, said, "We've implemented
numerous programs, from a standardized
K-12 curriculum to our comprehensive
high schools, all with the goal of keeping
kids in school and on track, and national
education research shows it is working."
Education Week studied the class
of 2007 and used various criteria when
ranking the nation's 50-largest districts.
Researchers looked at the progression
students made from ninth through 12th
grade and, ultimately, graduating on time
with a diploma.
The most recent graduation rate for
Lee County public schools increased since
the class of 2007 to 77.6 percent.4

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Autism Fund

Helps Young Boy
The Autism Fund, Inc., a Sanibel
based charity, has made a treat-
ment grant award on behalf of a
five-year-old Cape Coral child who is
affected with autism. This child, who
will be called "Austin," was a normally
developing little boy until, at the age of
about two, his parents noticed signifi-
cant changes in his behavior.
First, Austin began to lose his ability
to speak, although he had previously had
words in both English and Spanish. Then,
he began to withdraw, refusing to inter-
act, or even make eye contact, with his
parents and sister. Finally, he began hav-
ing outbursts and engaging in repeated,
ritualistic behaviors such as lining up all
his toys, but not playing with them.
Austin's parents had him evaluated by
an expert in autism spectrum disorders,
who determined that he was autistic.
He immediately began daily behavioral
therapy sessions and his symptoms slowly
began to recede. Unfortunately, his father
then lost his construction job as the reces-
sion deepened and the housing market
slumped. In addition, the family lost their
home in foreclosure.



Care Opens
Senior Companion Care has estab-
lished operations in Southwest
Florida, offering an affordable and
practical option for seniors who prefer
the comfort and independence of aging
in their own homes. Senior Companion
Care also provides specialized in-home
care services for those dealing with
Alzheimer's and other forms of demen-
tia. The company serves Collier, Lee,
Charlotte and Hendry counties and may
be contacted at 275-2174.
"Dependable residential living assis-
tance is the key to growing older with
dignity in the secure comfort of your
own home," said Charles M. Costello,
president of Senior Companion Care.
"Our Companion Care Team meets with
seniors and their families to develop cus-
tomized care plans to match caregivers
to the personalities of the seniors, while
assuring that the individual's needs are
met for nutrition, medication manage-
ment, companionship, housekeeping, bill-
paying, shopping, and keeping appoint-
Senior Companion Care was founded
by long-time Fort Myers businessman
Charles M. Costello, who explained "the
desire to provide senior companion care
stems from the personal struggles my
wife and I experienced in caring for her
parents, her Godmother, and my parents.
Moving any of them to a nursing home
was something we all dreaded. We were
confronted with a mystifying array of
options on the continuum of care, and
often became concerned about the poten-
tial expense of having licensed practical
nurses and registered nurses tending to
our loved ones hour after hour. Once we



With the unfortunate financial situa-
tion, his therapist then applied to The
Autism Fund on Austin's behalf and the
fund's board of directors found his case
compelling. The Autism Fund was cre-
ated to provide financial aid for families

learned that more affordable, practical
options were available for home care to
avoid nursing homes, we became com-
mitted to providing this extremely neces-
sary home care for living assistance."
The company is now developing a
Web site to serve as a quick reference
source for seniors and their families, with
a wide range of useful information and
resources that is specifically oriented to
the issues facing seniors in Southwest
Florida. According to Costello, the Web
site will be updated continuously with
new information on a wide range of
senior living topics, from healthcare
to financial, insurance, legal, and real
estate matters. "The Web site will be
a primary resource for seniors and
caregivers in Southwest Florida," said
Costello. The Web site address is www.
"Although many seniors have dif-
ficulty taking care of themselves while
alone at home, confinement in a nursing
home usually is something they want to
avoid at all costs. What we provide is a
comprehensive concierge continuum of
care in the residential setting to support
senior living at home while maintaining a
healthy, independent, dignified lifestyle,"
added Costello.
Operations are directed and managed
by a team of dedicated healthcare profes-
sionals with extensive experience serving
the senior population in the region. All
caregivers speak English and are super-
vised by the firm's registered nurse, with
experience in Alzheimer's, respite, pallia-
tive, and hospice care.
Senior Companion Care, LLC, is a
licensed, bonded, and insured companion
care provider based at 5237 Summerlin
Commons Boulevard, Suite 339, Fort
Myers. Information on the firm's services
and credentials is available at 275-2174
or www.SeniorCompanionCareFlorida.

with children who cannot afford proper
treatment. With help from The Autism
Fund, Austin is back in four days a week
and is continuing with his progress.
"This is just the type of child The
Autism Fund was created to help," said
Sanibel resident Patrick O'Sullivan, the
fund's manager. "His parents have shown
dedication to their child's treatment,
he has responded well to the behav-
ioral therapy he was receiving, and he is
young enough that continued early inter-
vention will pay him the most dividends,"
O'Sullivan said.
The Autism Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3
public charity created to provide applied
behavior analysis therapy to very needy
children on the autism spectrum who
reside in Lee or Collier Counties. To
learn more about The Autism Fund and
its mission, or to make a contribution, go
to www.theautismfund.org.

Give Blood, Get
Miracle Tickets
To help combat summer blood
shortages, Lee Memorial Blood
Center will give away a free
Miracle baseball ticket and a baseball
autographed by the Miracle players to
everyone who donates on Saturday,
June 26, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The blood drive will be at Hammond
Stadium/Lee County Sports Complex,
14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort
All blood collected remains in the
community. Lee Memorial Health System
uses 500+ units of blood each week.
With both The Children's Hospital and
the only trauma center within a five
county area, the need for blood locally
remains constant, and needs to be replen-
ished daily. All blood types are currently
The requirements to give blood are:
Age: At least 17 years old (16 with
written parental consent) and in good
general health. There is no upper age
Weight: Minimum of 110 pounds.
Identification: Must provide photo ID
with date of birth.
Food: Eat a good meal before giving
and drink plenty of fluids.
Medications: Many medications
such as insulin, blood pressure, thyroid,
cholesterol, aspirin, antidepressants, and
hormone replacement do not necessarily
prevent someone from giving blood.
A pint of blood can be donated every
56 days
For questions about donating, call

Students Get Scholarships For Blood
During the past school year, 14 high schools participated in the Lee Memorial
Blood Centers 7th annual High School Blood Drive Challenge. The program
has been revamped so that each high school is now eligible to earn scholar-
ship dollars for blood collected.
Over six thousand students age 16 and older and faculty participated during their
school's blood drives and 4,319 units of blood were collected for patients in the Lee
Memorial Health System. Parents and relatives of students were also invited to take
part. Some high schools held as many as four blood drives during the school year.
Some students donated a gallon (8 units) of blood by the time they graduated high
school. Over $37,000 in scholarships is being awarded to seniors at these area high
Units Scholarships
School Collected Awarded
Bishop Verot High School 140 1,100
Cape Coral High School 481 4,000
Cypress Lake High School 545 6,000
Dunbar High School 284 2,600
East Lee County High School 476 4,000
Estero High School 352 2,600
Fort Myers High School 284 2,600
Gateway Charter High School 335 2,600
Ida Baker High School 423 4,000
Mariner High School 193 1,600
North Fort Myers High School 105 $1,100
Richard Milburn Academy 27 $100
Riverdale High School 499 $4,000
South Fort Myers High School 189 $1,600
If your school is not listed and you would like to participate during the next school
year, call 334-5333 for more information

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Board Games
Snakes And Bladders. Urology
reminds you to take care of your wetters.
Checkers: This in fact is what we as
doctors do all freakin' day. "Doc I think
my hornswaggles are affecting my crock-
inoles. Could you check 'er out?"
Chinese Checkers: Hen gao xing
ren shi ni hornswaggles.
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Lee County Domestic Animal Services (LCDAS) is
running two adoption promotions during June.
Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month allows for all adult cats
to be adopted free and kittens are $25 each or two for
$25. Bigger Is Better means all dogs 50 pounds and
over are free.
Bessie and Bridget are this week's featured pets.
Name: Bessie
Breed: pointer mix
Sex: female
Age: 10 months
Color: black and white
Comments: Fortunately for me a kind citizen found
me running in traffic and brought me to Animal Services
before I got hit by a car. Since coming to the shelter I've
been working hard on my basic skills and I'm showing
lots of progress after only the first week. I'm young and
playful enough to be a great companion for a family
that likes to stay active but I'll enjoy quiet time with my
new family too.

Adoption fee: free
Name: Bridget
Breed: domestic shorthair
Sex: female
Age: one year
Color: torti (black with orange speckles)
Comments: I was found on a golf course last month
and brought to the shelter. My favorite things are to be
held and petted and to engage in some serious playing.
I especially love feather toys. I would be most content to
sit on your lap, however, and just purr.
Adoption Fee: free.
For information about this week's pets, call 533-
7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to www.LeeLostPets.com.
When calling, please refer to the animal's ID number.
The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter
is at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee
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We are currently seeking applicants
for several volunteer positions,
If you are interested, please contact
Marguerite Jordan at 472-3644 Ext. 3
or visit our website www.crowclinic.org

SR 9/5 N TFN

Tony's Senior Barber Shop at 15271
McGregor Blvd. near Kmart is looking for
an experienced barber Full or part time.
Call 489-3370. Ask for Tony or Linda.
RS 6/25 V 7/9

Housekeeper needed for Anchor Inn on
Sanibel. Full time. Call 395-9688,
ask for Diane or stop by to apply,
1245 Periwinkle Way.
SR 6/25 V 6/25


Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
Handyman Repairs
SR 9/11 BTFN

While you are away by
retired architect, Sanibel resident.
Call 395-1649
SR 9/30 D TFN

On Island Free Estimates.
Over 15 Years Experience.
Offering Professional Upholstery Services,
Custom Art and Hand Painted Furniture.
Lacy@LacyMcClary.com or 918-740-4972
SR 10/23VTFN

Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
SR 11/13 BTFN


Bob Adams
(Carpentry, mantenance-tolets, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, et)
768-0569 or Cell 464-6460
RS 11/14MTFN

Assist with transportation, meals,cleaning,
home/car maintenance. Excellent organiza-
tional skills. Island Resident.
Call Lisa 239-472-8875
Available day/night/weekends
RS 10/23 BTFN

Sanibel Resident. 20 Years pc
Experience. Pc Troubleshooting, Data
Backup & Restoration, Networks, Virus
Detection & Removal. Free Initial
Consultation. Call Fred 472-3873
RS 3/12 V 6/25

Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service,
LLC Medical appointments, general transportation,
shopping, light meal preparations, and light
cleaning. Our services are customized to meet
our clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or
for an emergency call 239-472-0556.
SR 10/3 BTFN

Computer repair, setup, file recovery &
troubleshooting for home or office. 15 year
island resident. Guaranteed work & low
rates. Call Justin at 810-3833 or email at

Residential Commercial
Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
Jennifer Watson
SR 11/13 N TFN

Retired Police Captain
Lives on Sanibel
Will Check Your Home Weekly
Very Reasonable Rates
SR 4/9 B TFN

Phoebe's Nest Early Learning and
Development Program is accepting
enrollment for infants and toddlers ages
3 months 36 months. Full or Part time.
Contact Beth at 472-6378 or at
info@phoebesnest.com for rates and
schedules. License pending.
RS 5/28 V 7/16


Licensed teacher
available for summer tutoring.
Certified in all subjects.

Hi-end Auto Repair-No shop skills
Wigs-Work 3 days/wk net $98K
HVAC-Well established
Jack Luiszer SWF Bus Advisor
"Sanibel's Business Broker"
699-5041 jaxlu52@gmail.com
SR 6/25 V 6/25

Join other "news junkies" every Monday,
10 a.m. to noon, Phillips Gallery, BIG
ARTS, to discuss current events. Donation
$3. Refreshments during break. Tell your
friends. For more information call 395-0900.
SR 4/28 N TFN


Hourly, Daily, Weekly
and Monthly.
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 BTFN

36" in 7' cabinet, extra speakers
VHS & DISC Players
SR 2/5 N TFN

13 Volumes 1978
Excellent Condition
SR 6/4 N TFN

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Brian Johnson
VIP Executive Club
Multi-Million Dollar Producer

-tou iZuidly way
Zoned for both commercial and
residential use. Rare opportunity on
Sanibel Island. Asking $895,000

3BR/3BA remodeled duplex in Dunes
with sweeping golf course views and
granite, marble, tile, pavers, 3rd floor
office, 1763 sq.ft. $499,000

1663 Bunting Lane
Beautiful Corner Lot!
3BR/2BA, Lake View
Asking $492,500

30nKio3A Lunes auplex, threat goirt
course views. Beautiful wood floors
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Isabella Rasi

Three bedroom beachfront
Views over pool to beach
Only $999,000
For Information
And Showings
Please Call
Isabella Rasi
(239) 246-4716
RS 11/27 NTFN

Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo, close to Sanibel and
Fort Myers Beach, $89,500.
Call 851-3506
SR 10/9 NTFN

Robyn & Robb
Moran, Realtors

Tarpon Beach 204

Great View! Great Income!
!!!Great Bargain!!!

Thinking of Selling?
We'll sell your property
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(239) 443-0110
RE/MAX of the Islands
SR 6/18 BTFN

Charming, old Florida-esque unit in
Periwinkle Park. Cozy, unique home with
covered porches & sweet gardens.
Flexible terms. 472-4246.
SR 3/12 NTFN

Fort Myers, 5507 10Oth Ave, 3 BR / 2 BA
Fixer Upper, Owner Financing or Cash
Discount, $2,000 Down, $553 a Month,
RS 6/11 A 7/2


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1613 Sand Castle Road
Dunes Golf Course Views
Beautiful Decking & Porches
3BR/3BA, Vaulted Ceilings
Asking $449,000
Mobile: 910-3099
Office: 472-5187
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Central location -1630 Periwinkle Way.Furnished
office including a Reception area and kitchen facil-
ity. Recently designer decorated. Suite B-1072.6
sq.ft. @$15 per sq.ft. Plus CAM.
Call 239-985-0033 or 940-7823.
SR 11/21 BTFN

Architecturally designed real estate office
on Periwinkle with 7-12 private offices
depending on configuration. Freshly
painted, new floor covering, reasonably
priced. Call 239-940-7823 for showing
SR 12/14 BTFN

lona Schoolhouse Professional Center
Great Location at McGregor Blvd & Kelly Road.
685 sq feet & 1350 sq feet units available. Will
negotiate year lease! Call Lisa at 239-472-2792
RS 1/4 B TFN

800 Sq. ft. Doc Ford's Center. New large white
tiles on floor. New bathroom. Raised ceiling
and new windows. Motivated owner some
FREE RENT. Call Nancy : ':. 1'4:.4,.:,r.
SR 8/7 B TFN

Retail space available on Periwinkle Way.
Frontage 2,100 sq. ft.
Call 239-283-8581
RS 8/14 BTFN

Convenient location on Periwinkle Way, Island
Tower Plaza, Sanibel. 1st Floor availability with
700 sq. ft. of space. Leasehold improvements
negotiable. Call Joe at 516-972-2883 or toll free
at 800-592-0009. Fax is 212-371-2290
SR 10/12 BTFN

Retail, Office, Take Out, Etc.
Attractive Ratp. C)ffprp.d

*"Islander Center" on Sanibel
Prime Periwinkle Frontage
High Traffic Tenants
Excellent Parking
Immediate Occupancy
Local/Pro-Active Owners
Flexible Space Available
Call Today!
SR 4/30 B TFN

For sublease on Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Excellent exposure and convenient location,
flexible square footage available to suit your
needs. Call 239-472-2183 for more information.
SR 12/3 BTFN

Head to the mountains Highlands, North
Carolina Mountain cabin, loads of
charm, peace and quiet Get back to nature
Weekly or monthly rental
RS 6/18V 7/9


2 BR 2 BA 1st floor corner unit on canal. Free boat
dock. Fishing, lanai, pool, steps to beach. Interior
& furnishings new Jan 2006. Weekly/monthly/sea-
sonal. Call owner 419-566-8670.
SR4/13 V TFN

Sanibel 2BR/2BA- Furnished, Central A/C,
Wet Bar, Vaulted Ceilings, Direct TV,
Internet, Pool, Screened Lanai, Garage.
Call 954-605-3325 or 800-618-3325 for details.
SR 7/17 MTFN


Popular west end where Sanibel/Captiva
meet. 1 BR-3+BR, single story, furnished,
full kitchens, 3 docks, direct access, heated
pools, pet friendly, beach across street.
Best spot on island. 239-848-0906
RS 3/12 M TFN

Bay to Sea is FREE!
Captiva & Sanibel Vacation Rentals
Rent directly from more than
300 property owners!
FREE for Renters to use!
FREE for Owners to use!
SR 2/12 BTFN

First floor condo, completely redone -
kitchen/bath/appliances/furniture -
November 2005. TVs/DVDs, internet, pool/
clubhouse. Just a few steps to beach.
Call owners: 401-253-2511
SR 1/26 M TFN

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Meticulously remodeled 3BR/3BA Duplex
in the Dunes with panoramic golf course
views, granite, marble, tile, pavers, large
kitchen, and loft/office available as season-
al rental for one month or series of months.
Call Jean Johnson 703-548-0545.

Steps from the beach. 1 bdrm/1 1/2 bath,
AC/heat, full kitchen, laundry.
$3,500/mo + tax Jan-Mar,
neg.off-season. Call for availability.
SR 1/9 B TFN

For a complete list visit our Website
Call Dustyn Corace, RE/MAX of the Islands
RS 10/9 BTFN

Single family home in quiet west end devel-
opment. Large landscaped lot, 3-4 bed-
rooms, 3 1/2 baths, large open living area,
screened porch off living/dining areas.
W/D, 2nd fridge, Elevator, 2-car garage.
Community has several pools, tennis
courts & natural lagoons. $4,500/mo. + util.
Annual rental only. Call 212-799-6463.
RS 5/28 A 6/25

2-Bedroom, 2-Bath, 1,400 sq. ft., gated,
minutes to Sanibel, garage, all upgrades,
pool, tennis, no pets, unfurnished,
$1,000 monthly. 239-437-0700
SR 5/28 B 6/25

One Bedroom Apartment for rent at 1506
Periwinkle Way. One bedroom one bath
apartment over the VIP Vacation Rental
office. Great location, close to everything.
$875 per month including electric.
Call David or Ronna at 472-1613.
SR 6/18 B 6/25

New tile floors, large cooking
kitchen, new bathroom, toilet
Center Sanibel. No credit check.
$870/month plus electric
RS 6/18V TFN

Very private, new carpets in bedrooms,
porcelain tile throughout, hurricane
shutters. Surrounded by conservation land.
$1,000 per month. Call 916-267-7606
RS 6/18 V 6/25

Annual or long term. Available Sept. 1.
Furnished or unfurnished. $1,675 + utilities.
1,300 sq. ft. 1/2 mile to beach.
952-220-5081 or jeffr.hoover@gmail.com
RS 6/25 V 7/2

CUSTOM HOME, PRIVATE, river view, guest loft
with sun porch, pool, tennis, beach. No smoking or
pets. Available monthly beginning April. 405-210-
2341 or 405-307-8949
SR 1/8 M TFN

Davis & Heald. 2BR-2BA. All Tile All New Paint Plus
Lanai. Washer & Dryer. Quiet & Secure. Four Unit
Building. Looking For RightTennant Not Right $$.
Call 315-378-2233.
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Lee County Sheriff's Office ...........................477-1200
Florida M arine Patrol ............... .................... 332-6966
Florida Highway Patrol ..................................278-7100
Poison Control................................... 1-800-282-3171
HealthPark Medical Center.................1-800-936-5321
Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce...............332-3624
Foundation for Quality Childcare.................425-2685
Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce...........454-7500
Fort Myers Beach Library.............................463-9691
Lakes Regional Library.................. .................533-4000
Lee County Chamber of Commerce.............931-0931
Post O ffice.......................................... 1-800-275-8777
Visitor & Convention Bureau........................338-3500
Alliance for the Arts.................... ................939-2787
Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio.....................337-5050
Art League Of Fort Myers............................275-3970
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall..........481-4849
B IG A RTS .................................. .................395-0900
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.................... 278-4422
Cultural Park Theatre...................................772-5862
Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade.......... 332-4488
Florida W est Arts......................................... 948-4427
Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers..........472-0168
Gulf Coast Symphony................................. 489-1800
Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres..............481-8059
Naples Philharmonic............................239-597-1111
The Schoolhouse Theater............................472-6862
S.W. Florida Symphony..............................418-0996
Theatre Conspiracy....................................... 936-3239
Young Artists Awards................................... 574-9321
Angel Flight................................1-877-4AN-ANGEL
Animal Refuge Center...................................731-3535
American Business Women Association............357-6755
Audubon of SWFL......................................339-8046
Audubon Society........................ .................472-3156
Caloosahatchee Folk Society......................677-9509
Cape Coral Stamp Club..............................542-9153
duPont Company Retirees ..........................454-1083
Edison Porcelain Artists.............................415-2484
The Horticulture and Tea Society.................472-8334
Horticultural Society................... ................472-6940
Lee County Genealogical Society................549-9625
Lee Trust for Historic Preservation ................939-7278
NA RF E(Natonal Active & Retired Federal Employee) .......... ................. 482-6713
Navy Seabees Veterans of America........... 731-1901
Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL........................667-1354
Southwest Florida Fencing Academy...........939-1338
Southwest Florida Music Association...........561-2118
Kiwanis Clubs:
Fort Myers Beach................... 765-4254 or 454-8090
Fort M years Edison......................... ................. 694-1056
Fort M years South....................... .................691-1405
Gateway to the Islands..............................415-3100
Iona-M cG regor........................... ................ 482-0869
Lions Clubs:
Fort Myers Beach...................... .................463-9738
Fort Myers High Noon................................466-4228
Estero/South Fort Myers.............................898-1921
Notre Dame Club of Lee County................ 768-0417
POLO Club of Lee County............................. 477-4906
Rotary Club of Fort Myers............................332-8158
Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society....................472-6940
United Way of Lee County................................433-2000
United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour).......211 or 433-3900
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum...................395-2233
Burrough's Hom e..........................................337-9505
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium............275-3435
Edison & Ford Winter Estates......................334-3614
Fort Myers Skate Park...............................321-7558
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium........321-7420
JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.........472-1100
Koreshan State Historic Site................239-992-0311
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center..........765-8101
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32 THERIVER JUNE 25, 2010

Bunche Beach's new outdoor activity center

From page 1
In the past year the San Carlos
Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve Outdoor
Activities Center Improvements Project
was in progress. The $1.4 million dollar
project was funded by grants from the
Florida Department of Environmental
Protection through the Florida Recreation
Development Assistance Program
($200,000), Florida Communities
Trust ($500,000), Lee County Tourist
Development Council Beach and
Shoreline Fund ($500,000) and develop-
ment fees from Lee County Department

photo by Ken Mills
of Parks and Recreation ($200,000). The
combined funds were used to create rest
rooms, two kayak/canoe launches, park-
ing, two wildlife viewing/fishing piers and
310 feet of boardwalk.
Lee County Commissioner Tammy
Hall and Roxie Smith, members of
the Lee County Tourist Development
Council, both spoke to a crowd of nearly
300 who had turned up to watch the
ribbon cutting and re-opening of Bunche
Beach on Saturday, June 19.
Smith once had an office building
across the bay from Bunche Beach and
admired its beauty every day she worked,
she referred to Bunche Beach as "Lee
County's best kept secret," and with its
soft sand, clear water, and beautiful view
it truly is a hidden gem.

'Green' Features
Green practices employed in the
project include:
*Recycled material for the board-
walk and piers, storm water run-off
contained in an underground system
and retention ponds, use of native
plants, construction of composting
restrooms, rainwater cistern col-
lection system solar power for the
energy source.
Exotic pest plants including
Australian pine, seaside mahoe,
lead tree and Brazilian pepper were
removed and replaced by native plant
vegetation surrounding the amenities.
Extreme care was taken to pro-
tect and preserve the mangroves
Parking is available at the
Outdoor Activity Center a quarter
mile north of the beach and on the
roadside adjacent to the beach. All
other areas must by accessed by foot.

Hall later spoke about the new benefits
of the project. "The new facilities have
given the beach a more enjoyable atmo-
sphere, and it really is at its best when it
is low tide because you can see the gor-
geous flats of the beach and the beautiful
Certainly, the new renovations have
made this already great location even
better. If you are tired of fighting the traf-
fic to Fort Myers Beach, lugging all your

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