Thanks to the Sand Paper


The Island Sand Paper has been my go-to resource for information ever since moving back to Fort Myers Beach 15 years ago. While I understand and respect the decisions made to close down the paper, I am so sad to see it go.

To Missy and Bob Layfield, thank you for your years of dedication as publishers of The Island Sand Paper, a quality publication that has earned a stellar reputation. You have done a superb job of informing our island visitors and residents with objective and thorough reporting of current news and updates about our town’s governmental activities. I always enjoyed the guest articles and the public opinion section, but especially your insightful editorial perspectives. You and your team will be a hard, if not impossible act to follow.

Special thanks to Lead Writer Gary Mooney who demonstrated unbelievable patience through long meetings to provide us readers with an accurate synopsis of the proceedings and votes. I will truly miss your journalistic skill and good humor. I wish you all well.


Barbara Hill
Fort Myers Beach