The Good News


The bad news of the world keeps on coming. The only way to avoid the effects of constant bombardment of bad news is to consciously focus on good news. This is why the Island Sand Paper uses this space every couple months to recognize those that bring positive change to our local community. We hope our readers enjoy a bit of time pondering the good that happens right here in our own community. Kudos go out this summer to…

Bay Oaks Recreation Center staff for organizing the Fourth of July Parade and to Town Council for another great year of fireworks!

The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation for their continued beach cleanup efforts, including the July 5th Cleanup.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary and the FWC for their efforts to keep our waterways safe.

The FGCU Water School, Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani and all the scientists and advocates who continue to work toward better water quality in SWFL.

The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department on earning a Gold Plus Award for their Emergency Services, issued by the American Heart Association for their care of heart attack and stroke victims.

Everyone who watches for & stops for pedestrians at crosswalks. Pedestrians who use crosswalks and push the buttons for the flashing lights at crosswalks.

All the turtle volunteers who walk the beach at dawn checking for new nests and stranded turtles during our record-setting year for turtle nests.

Salty Crab Bar & Grill and their patrons for a recent $10,000 donation to Golisano Children’s Hospital, bringing their four-year total donation to over $32,500.

Eryka Aptaker and the Spirit of “45 effort to honor World War II veterans with a special ceremony on Spirit of ’45 Day each year.

Estero Island Garden Club for their continued efforts to keep special public gardens scattered all over our Island in good shape all summer.

Fish Tale Marina and the Reunite the Fight organization for hosting Grouper Grapple and offering several veterans a weekend getaway with expenses paid.

Logan & Tyler Shamp, plus their proud and talented grandparents, Joanne and Dan, for the repair and resurrection of a vandalism-damaged turtle sculpture from the Beach Library.

Rae Burns for her 3+ years of environmental impact on our community as the Town’s Environmental Coordinator. Under Rae’s watch the Town initiated efforts to provide turtle-friendly light bulbs and offer free light inspections.

Lee County Commissioner Raymond Sandelli on his selection to fill the District 3 seat until the November 2020 election. Here’s hoping he is as focused on water quality issues as his coastal constituents are.

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


Missy Layfield