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…

Our Town on celebrating 20 years in existence. While we are undergoing major challenges with construction, water quality questions and general growing pains, this remains a great place to live, work and play.

Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, Shell Point and others who organize some wonderful musical concerts here each season, bringing a variety of entertainment right to our doorstep.

The Mound House, now fully open, for their educational and entertaining tours, walks and demonstrations offered each month. See a full list at MoundHouse.org

Islander Carol Kolar on her selection to assist in decorating the White House for Christmas this year and for sharing that experience with us.

All the residents and visitors who share their thoughts with us via Letters to the Editor. We are a diverse bunch and our letters showcase that. Keep ‘em coming.

The Beach Chamber of Commerce for their efforts to assist beach businesses faced with the challenges of construction during our peak tourist season, from Cash Mob Thursdays to providing suggestions on informing visitors to taking point with Town and County officials seeking solutions. They’re working for beach businesses.

All those who shared their memories of Betty Goodacre who passed away last month – she was a model of community service and a sweet, sweet lady.

Adopt A Beach Volunteers who are out on our beaches regularly, helping visitors and residents learn how to protect our beaches.

FWC Officer Stuart Stoede who works our back bay keeping boaters safe.

The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery for offering year-round free art exhibitions showcasing local artists and local art.

The Charter Review Committee for their work analyzing our Town Charter and crafting a slate of 21 Amendment Questions that voters will weigh in on March 15. As voters become aware of how many questions there are on the ballot, it’s clear how much work went into the original review.

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

The flamingo that visited our area recently, reminding us that we do indeed live in a tropical paradise.

Division Chief Ron Martin and the Board of Fire Commissioners for crafting and passing a new Fire Life Safety Ordinance calling for inspection and registration of vacation, short term and transient rentals and two-family properties. As a vacation destination, our visitors have a right to expect a safe rental.

Players, coaches and volunteers as they gear up for another Little League season.

The new Beach Keepers Club who gathered last weekend to clean up the beach downtown, gathering a surprising amount of debris.

Hugh Briody for sharing his childhood experience as a model for Norman Rockwell with our readers.

Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District for offering two free programs to district residents: File of Life, which provides emergency workers with critical medical information, and a Fall Prevention Program. Call Division Chief Randy Kraus for more information at 239-590-4200.

Holly Nichols, Art teacher at Beach School, on her Golden Coconut Award from the Beach Kids Foundation.

Members of the Florida Master Naturalist Program Coastal Systems class, the first to be held in Fort Myers Beach, who will graduate next week.

Cristina Denegre and Good Time Charters for donating a trip to Mound Key to the Master Naturalist class recently, offering them a look at a unique and historical area treasure.

The Lee County Parks volunteers who donate their time to provide free weekly-guided walks at a number of area parks.

Todd Sears, a member of our Town Beach and Street Enforcement staff, who recently saved a man and his dog’s life after they were caught in a rip current.

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

Missy Layfield