The Sand Paper family is a part of our community, living and working right here on our island. As a result, we are committed to sharing the good news about our Island community. We use this space every couple 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…

The Fort Myers Beach and Lee County Mosquito Control Districts for their readiness to deal with the Zika threat.

The winners of our Council election, Tracey Gore and Dennis Boback. Plus the voters for taking the time to vote on all 21 Charter amendments.

Organizers of the candidate forums that gave voters the opportunity to hear from all candidates.

Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve who hosted Visions of the Past, a living history program that introduces residents and visitors to the people who lived here before us.

All the volunteers, parade entries, Shrimp Princesses, vendors and Lions members that make the Shrimp Festival happen.

The Groves RV Resort crew who raise funds for veterans with their seasonal bike poker rides.

Dolores Yost, recently departed, who was a tireless volunteer for a number of events.

Donna Crowder, Postal Worker Extraordinaire.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Power Squadron for offering safe boating classes.

Alan Mandel for devoting six years of service to our community as a Town Council Member and his previous efforts for our Town.

FMB Yacht Club for their donation to Mound House.

Miffie Greer on being named Citizen of the Year by Town Council. Her volunteer efforts include, Beach School, Beach Library, CERT, CRAB and Chapel by the Sea plus many more.

BORCAB members, recently reappointed and those with continuing terms for their efforts to make Bay Oaks the best it can be. Thanks for hanging in there!

Max Williams who was a guiding light in the Community Development office at Town Hall. We wish her luck in her future endeavors.

Friends of the Mound House for their donation of $6,000 to the Mound House, the proceeds of a successful fundraiser in December.

Dan Andre for his years of service on Town Council and before that on advisory committees serving the Town.

Beach School Teacher Jennifer Wood on being named a High Impact Teacher.

Ray Murphy for organizing the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the last 18 years.

All the businesses working to keep fireworks shows on the beach at the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve.

All of the Sand Paper readers who share their great stories and photos with us.

Captains for Clean Water for their fundraising and lobbying efforts to get as many varied groups involved as possible in the effort for clean water.

The Anchorage Advisory Committee, cruisers who tie up in our mooring field and members of the community for participating in Cruiser Appreciation Day.

Lorraine Regan and Eric and Lana Petersen for sharing their memories of Jim and Ellie Newton with the Friends of the Mound House recently.

The Fort Myers Beach Art Association for another successful year of exhibits, classes and workshops, and for providing art scholarships to area students.

Matthew Love on his selection as the new Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District Fire Chief. Welcome!

Paul Sessions and his group of arch-devotees for working to find a place to recreate the FMB arches.

All the artists and musicians who share their talent with Islanders via concerts, shows and exhibits.

Beach Elementary students, teachers and staff for earning an “A” on the new Florida State Assessment tests. And to the community that supports them all!

Organizers of the Film Festival, celebrating 10 years in existence this year!

All of those who have volunteered donated or helped in any way to make our Island home a better place to live, work and play.


Missy Layfield