Island Kudos


The Sand Paper family is a part of our community, living and working right here on the island. As a result, we are committed to sharing the good news about our Island community. We use this space every couple of months to focus on some of the good things happening and the numerous generous people who make our Island a better place to live, work and play. Kudos go out to…

Al & Kathy Durrett and David Rashty on their selection as E Award winners by the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, recognizing their outstanding hospitality.

Estero drivers who slow down & leave gaps to allow left turns as they navigate the construction zone. Remember don’t block driveways and streets.

Ostego Bay Foundation on marking 24 years of service to our community.

Vietnam Brotherhood for their work supporting veterans of the Vietnam War.

Lindsey Sampson, recently retired, for his dedication to Lee County Solid Waste, serving as Director during the years that the waste-to-energy plant was built and then expanded and curbside recycling was implemented. We take these for granted but appreciate his and others work to protect our environment.

The Ambulance Committee and the Fort Myers Beach Fire District on the acquisition and roll-out of three new ambulances. Great work!

Fishing tournament benefits-Fillet & Release for Hope Hospice; Racks & Reels for American Cancer Society; U.S. Coast Guard Association Inshore Slam for the CGEA to name just a few.

Derek Rooney for his service as our Town Attorney.

Flaggers for keeping us all safe out there.

All the individuals and businesses that have donated to the Town’s fireworks expenses.

Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club on awarding twelve scholarships to local students, investing in our youth.

The organizers, venues, sponsors and participants in all of our local benefits to help Islanders in need.

The Beach Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring Cash Mob Thursday-an effort to bring loyal beach consumers to businesses impacted by the road construction.

Sand Sculptors Bill & Marianne Knight for volunteering to help make 6-year old Madison Arnold’s wish to build a real sand castle come true.

Islanders who came forward to share how much the community pool means to them.

The FMB Fire District for hosting a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the Station 33 9/11 Memorial on Lenell Rd.

Keep Lee County Beautiful for their organizational efforts for Coastal Cleanup and Monofilament Madness. They join hands with the local community, such as the Community Foundation, Mound House and Santini Plaza to help keep our beaches and back bay clean.

Pirates, families, kids and everyone who turned out to make Pirate Fest a huge success!

Donors of much-needed supplies for Beach Elementary students and of course, Miss Renee Mulloy who manages “Renee’s Closet” the depository of all those important supplies.

The Town of Fort Myers Beach on the purchase and renovation of Town Hall.

Bay Oaks, volunteers and the firefighters who built the Haunted House – for putting on the 25thannual Fright Night last week.

Pink Shell and Offshore Sailing School for hosting the Wounded Veterans Regatta this month.

All the volunteers who participated in National Public Lands Day cleaning up some of our most precious resources.

The members of the Fort Myers Beach Art Association who take their turn gallery sitting so that this free art gallery is open every day, offering residents and visitors a peaceful, beautiful place to appreciate the artists in our midst. Check it out at the corner of Donora & Shell Mound.

Fire Prevention Specialists Bill Genvrino and Lloyd Adams, along with Fire Marshal Captain Ron Martin on the development of a Fire Safety Education Program available free to any group just by calling the Fire District

The Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society for hosting the Summerset Regatta at Pink Shell Resort. The event marks the end of summer and raises funds for youth sailing programs.

Anyone who has volunteered, donated or helped in any way to make our Island home a better place to live, work and play.