The Good News


There’s a lot of bad news in the world. But there’s also a lot of good news that doesn’t make headlines. This is why the Island Sand Paper uses this space every couple months to recognize those that bring positive change to our local community. Kudos to…

Terry Cain on her retirement after many years of service as the Land Stewardship Coordinator for FMB.

The Mound House on being named to the National Historic Register.

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

Bay Oaks Recreation Center for taking on the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Thanks to the Beach Kids Foundation for hosting it for many years and for providing Beach School students with Easter baskets.

The Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts and 13th annual Fort Myers Beach Film Fest for another great year of films and film-making workshops.

Family Initiative, Inc. for their work supporting children and families dealing with autism, including hosting the Reeling for Autism fishing tournament in April at Nervous Nellie’s.

Mound House for working with Florida Gulf Coast University and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to study water quality on FMB.

All the turtle volunteers who walk the beach at dawn checking for new nests and stranded turtles.

Beach Kid Caitlin Farrell on her induction into the Lee County Athletic Hall of Fame this spring.

All of the community organizations that provide generous scholarships to area youth, including the FMB Community Foundation, FMB Art Association, FMB Lions Club, FMB Kiwanis Club and Beach Kids Foundation.

The FMB Chamber of Commerce and all participants and volunteers for Taste of the Beach 2019.

Estero Island Garden Club on having the Ann Reasoner Garden at Bay Oaks recognized as a Florida-Friendly Landscape.

The US Coast Guard and USCG Auxiliary for hosting an Open House during National Safe Boating Week.

The winners of the 2019 Mulholland Award, Tom Myers and, posthumously, Dr. Leroy Hommerding.

Beach School 5th graders on completion of their elementary school education. Good Luck in Middle School!

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