1 Read Us Online at IslandSunNews.com FREE Take Me Home VOL. 14, NO. 28 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers JULY 17, 2015 Families And Their Dogs Welcome At Summer Celebration M assageluxe Fort Myers wants to pamper furry friends with The Dog Days of Summer event July 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The celebration is taking place at Lee County Domestic Animal Services at 5600 Banner Drive off of Six Mile Cypress Parkway next to the Lee County Sheriff s office. The event will be held indoors at the Animal Services Lost and Found Pet Center. Those who contribute either wet or dry cat or dog food or supplies such as dog biscuits, cat litter, Kleenex, used blankets and sheets, paper towels, trash bags and bleach will receive a $10 gift card from MassageLuXe Fort Myers. All animal supplies and food will be donated to Lee County Domestic Animal Services. According to Cynthia Graf, owner of MassageLuXe Fort Myers, We are putting on this event to honor pets, their owners and bring awareness to animal health and behavioral needs. Pets add so much love to our lives and ask for nothing in return, Graf said. The Dog Days of Summer is July 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For many people, their four legged friends are members of the family. Like people, pets need to be cared for and pampered, Graf said. Dog Days attendees are encouraged to bring their dogs. There will be cool beverages continued on page 6 Michael Harris Michael Palascak Robert Van Winkle Mike Scott SalusCare Comedy Night July 25 E dison National Bank has signed on as the Showcase Sponsor of Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy Night, a unique new fundraising event to benefit SalusCare, Inc. The Showcase Sponsor is the highest level sold for the event that also has the support of more than $40,000 in sponsorships. The laughter begins on Saturday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, located on First Street in downtown Fort Myers. Other major sponsors include Sam Galloway Ford, Investors Security Trust, Bill Smith Appliances, Marrikka and Bill Stockman, and The News-Press Media Group. Monologue sponsors are Susan Bennett Marketing & Media and Genoa Pharmacy with support from 20 table sponsors. We are very thankful to the leadership of Edison National Bank and our other top sponsors for their generosity in supporting our mission to treat individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. said SalusCare Development Committee Chair Mark Atkins. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to see eight of our community s leaders on stage performing five-minute comedy routines as well as laugh at the comedy of professional comic Michael Palascak. Atkins also announced that NBC-2 Chief Senior Meteorologist Robert Van Winkle continued on page 18 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Line-Up For September T he 2nd annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest along The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel kicks off September 17 with a special performance by Kristian Bush, who built his reputation as one half of the multi-platinum Grammywinning country duo Sugarland. Other talents include Parmalee, a country/rock group made famous by its No.1 smash, Carolina and single Musta Had A Good Time. Jana Kramer, a country singer and actress on the TV show, One Tree Hill, will perform her smash single, Why Ya Wanna. The festival begins September 17 to 20 in the Captiva Ballroom at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva. New to the festival, downtown Fort Myers will feature midweek performances. The festival closes the weekend of September 25 to 27 on Fort Myers Beach. The festival will feature mostly free performances from more than 50 hit-makers who have written songs for top country artists including Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. The 2nd annual Island Hopper will be even more spectacular than the first, said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB). This is a great opportunity to meet the songwriters, hear their stories and enjoy our slice of paradise. Presented by BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S., along with partners iheartmedia, and Cat Country 107.1, the Songwriter Fest will take place at popular continued on page 11 Tommy Lee Cook and the Wild Bunch Porch Songs At Southwest Florida Museum Of History July 31 J oin the Southwest Florida Museum of History, located at 2031 Jackson Street in Fort Myers, for Porch Songs on Friday, July 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blues vibe for this performance from the porch of the museum s replica Cracker House. Enjoy A family-friendly affair celebrating regional blues music and community. Southwest Florida bluesman Tommy Lee Cook, owner of the world-famous Buckingham Blues Bar, is a local legend and recording artist whose latest CD release is Mailbox Money. Cook, a lead and bass guitarist, will hit the stage with The Wild Bunch keyboardist/songwriter Harry Cassano, guitarist Rex Bongo and continued on page 13
2 2 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: Marketing Fort Myers, Gate City Of The Tropics by Gerri Reaves, PhD A lmost from its inception, Fort Myers has relied on tourism and a pro-business attitude to thrive. The Caloosahatchee River, nearby beaches, superb climate, and abundant natural resources always have made the city marketable worldwide. Look at today s postcards and promotional literature, and you ll see many of the same themes that sold Fort Myers to the world more than a century ago: soothing river scenes, the First Street business district, royal palm-lined McGregor Boulevard, game fishing and the Edison and Ford winter homes. Even Everglades drainage and dredging were hyped in the early years of the 20th century because they reclaimed land for profitable agriculture, transportation and development. A 1912 poster, for example, proclaimed dredging and draining progressive. By 1919, when the city population numbered a mere 16,000, city boosterism kicked into overdrive. Whiffs of the real-estate boom were in the air, and marketing to potential business owners and permanent residents joined the appeals to tourists. The message was plain and direct in one 1919 publication: Locate your business headquarters here. Locate your permanent home here. Come before development is at its height. Come while the opportunities are here in great numbers. Get here before the rush and grow up with us. Selling the Fort Myers lifestyle intensified, too. The upscale publication noted the general atmosphere of friendship that pervaded the city and urged potential investors and residents to escape the humdrum, daily, workaday routine and discover a place of charm and wonder where the simplicities overshadow the complexities of life. First Street was one of the most popular scenes depicted on postcards circa 1920 photo courtesy of Florida State Archives This postcard, probably from the late 1900s, predates the time when Fort Myers unquestionably became the City of Palms photo courtesy of Florida State Archives Thriving business and low taxes were marketed alongside amenities such as the city park, where an endless round of games, dances and other diversions were on offer. Highly profitable agricultural and horticultural industries particularly citrus were showcased along with game-fishing in the gulf and world-class golf courses. Glowing reports about schools, the hospital and community organizations reassured future residents that they could enjoy both a sound and functioning hometown community and a business climate to die for. During this era, Fort Myers was often described as the Gateway or Gate City to the Tropics, a catchy phrase that would soon lose out to the one still with us today, the City of Palms. Who knows how effective the promotions really were, but between 1920 and the end of 1926, Fort Myers population grew from only 3,678 to more than 23,000! By the late 1920s, the city could boast of a new country club, recreation pier, numerous new schools, and railroad service by both the Atlantic Coastline and Seaboard Airline railways. continued on page 24 In the 1940s, South Florida cities were rivals for the role of premier American tropical city photo courtesy of Southwest Florida Historical Society Co-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Read Us Online: Click on The River Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi George Beleslin Office Coordinator Patricia Molloy Graphic Arts/Production Ann Ziehl Kristy See Rachel Atkins Photographer Michael Heider Writers Gerri Reaves, Ph D Anne Mitchell Jeff Lysiak Contributing Writers Jennifer Basey Kimberley Berisford Suzy Cohen Ed Frank Jim George Shelley Greggs Tom Hall Marion Hauser, MS, RD Ross Hauser, MD Audrey Krienen Capt. Matt Mitchell Patricia Molloy Di Saggau Cynthia A. Williams The River Weekly News will correct factual errors or matters of emphasis and interpretation that appear in news stories. Readers with news, tips, comments or questions, please call (239) or write to: The River Weekly News, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL Fax number: (239) The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement. Independently Owned And Operated COPYRIGHT 2015 The River Weekly News LORKEN Publications, Inc. PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER
3 Each show is limited to 175 artists. All categories are presently open for both events, but booth space goes quickly. Applications for the 16th bi-annual show can be found at Applications for the 17th B-Annual show are at 3 Tom Hall is both an amateur artist and aspiring novelist who writes art quest thrillers. He is in the final stages of completing his debut novel titled Art Detective. A former tax attorney, he lives in Estero with his fiancé and their four cats. Lee County Day At Shell Museum The 16th and 17th bi-annual Estero Fine Arts Shows will be held on November 21 and 22 and January 2 and 3, respectively. Each show is limited to 175 artists. Fort Myers Art: the Miromar Design Center. The 16th Call To Professional Artists by Tom Hall H ot Works is now accepting professional artist applications via zapplication.org or by hard copy for the 16th and 17th bi-annual Estero Fine Art Shows at bi-annual Estero Fine Art Show will be held on November 21 and 22, with the 17th bi-annual Estero Fine Art Show taking place January 2 and 3, Hot Works makes sales its first priority. We do have cash awards, but we spend proportionately much more money to get the people to the show than we do to award money, stated Executive Director Patty Narozny. So, if you buy into the philosophy that awards are great, but sales are greater yet, then please join us at Hot Works, where your art is indeed our passion. Our brand promise is true to the core: Your art. Our passion. And we go the extra mile to make that happen. Exterior of the WaterVentures Mobile Science Lab T o say thank you to the residents of Lee County, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will offer half-off museum admission for Lee County adults ($5.50) and free admission for Lee County kids on Thursday, August 20. The Shell Museum will also host the free WaterVentures Mobile Science Lab that day. Stop by and learn more about Florida s waterways and how to protect them in this visually stunning interactive mobile lab. For more information about this one-day-only event, to be held on August 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., call or visit shellmuseum.org. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is located at 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel. FREE MARINA E DOCKAG k with Donct s Attendaance Assist Nellie s Upstairs Waterside Bar Ha pp y Ho ur Al l Da y, Ev er yd ay with Live music too! With over 100 menu items. You can reel in the largest selection of fresh seafood, prime steaks, delectable sandwiches and on and on and on. Catch ﬁne spirits and get hooked to the beautiful waterfront atmosphere!!! GPS Coordinates: N W st St., Ft. Myers Beach
4 4 Republican Women August Dinner Meeting Drew Steele T he next dinner meeting of the Lee Republican Women Federated will be held on Monday, August 10 at Pinchers The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 W. 1st Street in Fort Myers (located adjacent to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in the Downtown River District). The evening begins at 5:15 p.m. with a social hour, with the dinner and program to follow. The guest speaker for August s program will be Drew Steele, host of Daybreak on 92.5 FOX News, speaking on The State Of The Media Today. Born in Long Island, New York, Steele moved to Florida in 1986 to finish college at the University of South Florida with a degree in Business Finance. He has been on the radio in Southwest Florida for over 24 years. Steele has also had a successful music career. In 2000, he signed a contract with EMI Music Publishing. He has worked with artists such as John Rich of country duo Big and Rich, John Michael Montgomery, Trick Pony, Selena Gomez, Chris Kirkpatrick of Nsync and many others. Throughout his career, Steele watched Southwest Florida grow and change, which piqued his interest in local and national politics. He has always been, and remains, a strong conservative voice among his peers. In his spare time, Drew likes to write and produce music and spend time with his wife, his son and his Australian Shepherd. Cost to attend the dinner and meeting is $25. Reservations may be made online at com/events/reservations or by contacting or Jeremy Pilarski Gulf Coast Writers Association Meeting T he Gulf Coast Writers Association will hold their next meeting on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at Zion Lutheran Church, 7401 Winkler Road in Fort Myers. The guest speaker will be Jeremy Pilarski speaking on the topic The Importance Of Description In Writing. Pilarski, who received a Master of Arts degree in English from Florida Gulf Coast University, researched esoteric topics on Thomas Moore s Utopia and Francis Bacon s New Atlantis. He studied journalism, nonverbal communication and the classical rhetoric of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and Seneca and has written papers on topics from social media to ancient philosophy in APA format. He has published articles for the FGCU student newspaper, The Eagle, and graduated Phi Theta Kappa. In addition, he is a participant in the Honors Scholar at Edison State College and received the Rose Kosche Scholarship for poetry and short fiction. Pilarski s program will cover the difference between showing and telling; how to build a descriptive scene; how to write effective dialog; and will include exercises. It promises to make for an interesting and informative morning. Members and first time visitors may attend the meeting for free; guests are $5. Visit or call for more information. Gopi Graduates From Samford M aya Pazhookattil Gopi, a resident of Fort Myers, graduated from Samford University during recent commencement exercises. Gopi earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Ida B. Moffett School of Nursing. Chinese & Japanese Cuisine OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Mon-Thurs 11am - 10pm Fri-Sat 11am - 11pm. Sun 12pm - 9pm www. ichiban-sushi-chinese.com Downtown Fort Myers (Post Office Arcade - Next to Hotel Indigo) 1520 Broadway For Takeout & Delivery Tel: Tropical Fabrics Novelty Yarn Quilting Notions Beads Open Monday-Saturday at 10am Scrapbook Papers Children s Crafts Art Supplies Shell Crafts Gifts Find us on Ask about our Sewing Machine Rental Program! STOP IN ON THURSDAY S FOR OUR MAKE-IT-AND-TAKE-IT BEAD BRACELET ACTIVITY! 1628 Periwinkle Way Heart of the Islands, Sanibel
5 Local Kiwanian Presents At International Convention F ort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis club secretary Kim Berghs delivered a presentation on June 27 at the Kiwanis International Convention in Indianapolis. The convention marked the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International, and had over 4,499 registrants from 35 countries. Berghs presented at the Idea Exchange education sessions, which were TED-style success sharing sessions. Two of the Fort Myers-Metro Kiwanis Club s projects were chosen for the presentation by Kiwanis International- the club s Mobile Food Pantry and All Children s Outpatient Care Breakfast with Santa. Berghs was one out of 13 presenters on the topic of projects that make an impact. Berghs gave a how-to type of talk, explaining how the club began work in this area, lessons learned as the club continued to conduct the project and how the club developed the projects into successful programs that benefit the community. Members walked away from the presentation with clear steps to mirror Fort Myers-Metro Kiwanis Club s success in their own clubs around the world. Harris Segel, Barbara Segel and Kim Berghs places information about the club s Calusa Bug Chase 5K Run in a time capsule, which will be set to open in 2115 Thomas Thornquist also represented the club at the International Convention. The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis also supplied an item for a time capsule, which will be set to open in Founded in 1915, Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14 to 18, Builders Club for students age 11 to 14, Kiwanis Kids for students age 6 to 12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, annually dedicate more than 18 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in 80 countries and geographic areas. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is looking for more service-minded individuals and business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in Fort Myers. For details on joining the Metro- McGregor Kiwanis Club, contact club president Diane Connell at or The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club can be found on Facebook or online at www. metro-mcgregor.com. Kim Berghs speaks on the Fort Myers-Metro Kiwanis Club s All Children s Outpatient Care Breakfast with Santa project at the Kiwanis International Convention Kim Berghs gives a presentation on the Fort Myers-Metro Kiwanis Club s Mobile Food Pantry project at the Kiwanis International Convention 5 your editorial copy to: Calendar Girls Calendar Girls Perform At American Legion T he Calendar Girls performed for World War II veterans at American Legion Post 351 on Saturday, July 11 in Fort Myers. Since 2006, the Calendar Girls have supported guide dogs for veterans through the Paws for Patriots program of Southeastern Guide Dogs, and have now sponsored 14 world-class guide dog puppies. For more information, visit or RIVER CRUISE DAILY DEPARTURES 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm & Sunset Birds and wildlife sightings vary with seasons. BOAT RENTALS Save up to $40 with FREE FUEL! Call us today for details. EVENTS SATURDAY, JULY 18 EcoCruise to Picnic Island Shelling and nature walks. 8:00 am 11:30 am SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 Discover Downtown Fort Myers Historical walking tour, lunch and River Cruise. 10:00 pm 2:00 pm Depart from City Pier SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 EcoCruise to Picnic Island Shelling and nature walks. 8:00 am 11:30 am SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 Bark on the Ark Cruise with your dog! 8:00 am 11:30 am SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 MusicCruise Sunset cruise with live music! Read us online at IslandSunNews.com For more information and to reserve your cruise please contact: (239) Docked at The Marina at Edison Ford 2360 W. 1st Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
6 6 Ken Kavanagh and Robert Parks Jeremy Peterson and Tom O Neil Kerry and Brandy Woodson with Anthony Rodriguez Poker Tournament Raises More Than $27,000 For Boys & Girls Clubs T he 4th annual Texas Hold Em No Limit Poker Tournament, held June 25 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fort Myers, netted more than $27,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County s Summer Enrichment Programs. It was another great turnout during this annual night of fun and giving, and we re so thankful for the local businesses as well as the registered players who make this all possible, said Justin Stockman, event chair. It s a great feeling knowing that we re working together as a community of individuals who believe in the success of our youth. According to Stockman, all event proceeds will benefit the BGCLC s Summer Enrichment Programs that address the summer learning loss experienced by at-risk and underserved youth. With the funds, the clubs will be able to provide academically focused activities to ensure more than 400 of its members continue to make positive Giuseppe Carvelli and Joe Casella Dan Stovall and Scott Ashby Hortoons From page 1 Summer Celebration and light snacks for pets and owners and pet toy giveaways. Festivities include free chair massages by MassageLuXe Fort Myers and advice from animal intuitive behaviorist Bobby Marley of Tucked Away Ranch in North Fort Myers from 9:30 am to 1:30 p.m. Also, animal groomer and obedience trainer, Mandy Massara of All Aspects Animal Care in North Fort Myers, will be offering basic dog grooming such as brushing, nail trimming and ear cleaning from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Massara will be offering basic obedience training from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Animal care and behavior questions will be entertained throughout the event. For more information, visit www. massageluxefortmyers.com or call To advertise in The River Weekly News Call
7 7 Anna and Robert Butler Justin Stockman gains in their education and high-yield learning opportunities to promote creativity and participation in the arts. Free, nutritious lunches and snacks will also be provided daily during the camps to keep tummies full and minds sharp, while daily recreation and sports sessions will help youth stay active and healthy. While our clubs are commonly known to provide positive after-school programs to the community s at-risk youth, we also continue our mission to inspire and enable these young people even through the summer months when academic retention is critical, said Shannon Lane, chief professional officer of the BGCLC. Unfortunately, when school doors close, many children struggle to access educational opportunities as well as basic needs such as healthy meals and adequate adult supervision. Our clubs are where those kids need to be, spending their summer days engaging in educational activities and other programs that we ensure create positive outcomes for our members both in school and the community. More than 100 people attended this year s event, and prizes included $2,000 for first place, $750 for second and $250 for third. The annual event was presented by Scanlon Auto Group, Encore Bank, UBS David Goldberg and John Nicolosi Charlie Todd, Total Electric Contracting, Inc., Investors Security Trust, Homewood Suites, Alexander & Hoover, CPA s, Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., Chris-Tel Construction, Fireservice, Inc. and Patrick s Lawn Service. Celebrating almost 41 years of providing quality youth programs and brighter futures for young people in the Lee County community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County works to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, call or visit Shannon Lane and Greg Brock Jonathan Murphy and Lenny Katz Burroughs Home Is The Location For An Uncommon Evening R eservations and tickets are available for the annual Uncommon Evening event of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 27. The gala evening will be held for the first time at the Burroughs Home, located in the River District in Fort Myers. This year, the event will center around a Roarin 20s theme and will be held between 6 and 9 p.m. Those attending will have an opportunity to tour the Burroughs Home and grounds and sample food from various stations. The program will be held in the newly completed Gale McBride Character Education Pavilion. Scholarships, the character education teacher award, and the annual business ethics award will be given. Group tickets of eight are available for $800; individual tickets are $125. Sponsorships at various Buroughs Home levels are available. Call or visit for more information or to make reservations. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com 14 years experience Specializing in powder coating finishes such as patio furniture, mail boxes, gym equipment, railings, gates, spiral staircases, rims, motorcycle frames and any metal! With Ameritech powder coating you ll never have to worry about paint chipping away with weather climates. Tel: (239) Fax: (239) South Road Fort Myers, FL For more information visit Our Quality & Service working for you 2015 Ameritech Powder Coating Inc.
8 8 Along The River Pine Island s annual Mango Mania festival returns this weekend. This year s winning adult T-shirt design (pictured above) is by Donald Wear from Fishwear Outfitters of Matlacha O n Friday, July 17, Music Walk returns to Fort Myers historic River District. It begins at 7 p.m., rain or shine. Downtown comes alive with great music on the third Friday of every month. More than a dozen participating venues feature music by local and regional talent. Restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shops showcase a wide range of music during Music Walk. From jazz and blues to rock, drums and much more. Each month brings On Tuesday, CROW on Sanibel presents a program about its sea turtle patients. Pictured is a juvenile green sea turtle that was treated at the wildlife hospital in great music and new energy to the historic streets of downtown Fort Myers. Music Walk was conceived as a sister event to the extremely popular first Friday Art Walk which brings out over 2,000 people during off-peak months. For more information, call RDA-events ( ) or go to If you prefer a beach backdrop when listening to live music, head to Fort Myers Beach for Sunset Celebration. Every Friday and Saturday evening, Times Square hosts the free concert series that features local bands from 5 to 10 p.m., weather permitting. On Friday, popular cover band High Tide will entertain the crowd with rock, reggae and R&B. The following evening, it s Troublemakerz from Fort Myers playing classic rock, modern rock, dance and country. For more information about the weekly Sunset Celebration, call On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., join Mina Edison and Clara Ford for iced tea and pastries in the Caretaker s House at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The two women will reminisce about family and friends, living part-time in Florida, as well as their helpful hints for their marriage, gardening and menu interests. The program features two seasoned Edison Ford docents and living history characters who will greet the audience and welcome them into their conversation. The Edison Caretaker s House is air-conditioned and set in the beautiful Edison gardens. Reservations for the event are required. The cost is $8 for Edison Ford members and $12 for non-members. Call Leeanne Criswell at or her at Groups may schedule morning tea at other times and dates and substitute lunch or other refreshments. For group reservations, call The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. For more information, go to On July 18 and July 19, Mango Mania returns to Pine Island. The tropical fruit fair is a casual, family-fun event celebrating the area s exotic produce. The festival includes mango and tropical fruit specialty food and beverages, a free mango tasting table, arts and crafts, activities for children, educational talks about tropical plants, trees and plants for sale and a mango recipe book for purchase. It is a festive, informal and fun family event. Mango Mania is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the German-American Social Club, 2101 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. The price is $6 per person ($5 for advance purchase) and children 10 and under are free. For more information about Mango Mania, call the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce at or go to On Tuesday, July 21, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) presents Patient Profiles: Sea Turtles. The program will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in CROW s Visitor Education Center. The cost is $5 per person. CROW is the only licensed sea turtle facility from Sarasota to Miami on the southwest coast of Florida. Come listen as one of CROW s students describes why they are admitted and how the medical staff treats the species. CROW is located at 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel. For more information, call , ext. 228 or go to On Thursday, July 23, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is host to the Art & Poetry Networking Event. Come enjoy an evening of local art, poetry, and much more. Artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work and share it with the local community. The event is also a chance for anyone and everyone to come and meet upcoming artists and poets in the area. It begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $10. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in downtown Fort Myers historic River District. Call or go to
9 DOC FORD S RUM BAR & GRILLE Doc Ford s Rum Bar & Grille is named for the Doc Ford character in local author Randy Wayne White s bestselling mystery novels. It s a well known gathering place with indoor and outdoor patio seating. The combined menu offers all the lunch and dinner items from 11 a.m. until closing. It includes cedar plank salmon topped with a mango chipotle glaze or a marinated grilled chicken sandwich and there s a well provisioned raw bar. Tropical drinks are a specialty, notably the signature rum drink, Island Mojito. 708 Fisherman s Wharf, Fort Myers Beach. Call ICHIBAN Ichiban is a downtown favorite for Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The name means Number One in Japanese and offers its customers the perfect balance of great quality and affordable prices. Ichiban has been family owned and operated for 10 years and its enduring popularity is a testament to its exceptional, friendly service Broadway #106, Fort Myers. Call ISLAND COW Where can you go when you re in the FORT MYERS FARE Dining From Downtown s Historic River District To The Beaches For more information, check out our advertisers in this week s River Weekly Cool off with a refreshing mojito at Doc Ford s Rum Bar & Grille on Fort Myers Beach moooood for some great cook in, local fun and prices that won t make you lose the farm? Try Island Cow on Sanibel. Island Cow is an airy bistro with french doors leading out to the front and back patios. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine under the stars while you listen to live music on one of Sanibel s only al fresco eating porches Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Call NERVOUS NELLIE S Nervous Nellie s is a casual, family-fun restaurant that boasts a large selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, over-stuffed sandwiches and entrées. Dine in airconditioned comfort or outside on Nellie s expansive waterfront patio. Happy hour all day. Grab a bite to eat or drink and swing to the beats of live reggae, rock and island music from the area s premier musical talent. Just upstairs from Nellie s is Ugly s Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier, and happy hour is all day, every day. Parking for your car or boat for free for patrons. The GPS coordinates are N W First Street, Fort Myers Beach at the Fort Myers Historic Seaport at Nervous Nellie s Marina. Call SS HOOKERS 9 Get hooked on great cuisine and spirits at SS Hookers. The restaurant pays tribute to the rich history of Punta Rassa, the home of big game fishing. It serves American cuisine with a Cajun twist. Waterfront dining is available daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After a triumphant day of fishing, bring your catch to the restaurant: If you hook it, our chef will cook it. A late night bar features live music nightly. A fresh seafood market, bait shop and gifts are also on site Harbour Pointe Drive, Fort Myers. Call T r o pical Outdoor Patio Seating Sanibel s Most Award Winning Restaurant Fun "new" Moo Wear for all ages W e Proudly Brew Always Fresh...Always Fun! Come Try our NEW Cowlicious Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Get Crabby At The Cow with our Famous Stone Crabs 1/2 lb & 1 lb. quantities Appetizers & Full Dinners Best Prices On The Planet Always Fresh...Always! Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Snacks In-between Live Music! Outdoor Seating LIVE MUSIC 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, Fl Ph:
10 10 Churches/Temples ALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION (UUA) Where diversity is treasured, 2756 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. Sunday Services 9 and 11 a.m., Adult Education Workshop at 10 a.m., Reverend Margaret L. Beard, Minister ALL SAINTS BYZANTINE RITE CATHOLIC CHURCH Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers Divine Liturgy Sunday 10:30 a.m.; Rosary begins 10 a.m. Lenten services (Presanctified Liturgy) will be on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. starting February. Very Reverend Peter Lickman, Church of the Eastern Catholic or Byzantine Rite, 1.5 mi. east of Interstate 75. ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers Reverend Fr. Dean Nastos, Proistamenos Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m., Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m., BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC SYNAGOGUE McGregor Boulevard. Rabbi Judah Hungerman. Friday Service, 8 p.m., Saturday Service, 11 a.m. Shabbat School Saturday Morning, Adult Hebrew Classes. Call for information BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES CHURCH OF GOD McGregor Boulevard, Just past the Tanger Outlet Mall. Pastor Barry Lentz, Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m. CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SW FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road, Fort Myers. Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz , chabadswf.org. Friday service 6:30 p.m.; Saturday Kabbalah class 9 a.m.; Shacharit 10 a.m.; Kiddush at noon. Minyan Monday and Thursday 7 a.m. CHAPEL OF CYPRESS COVE Cypress Cove Circle Fort Myers , Located at Cypress Cove Retirement Center on HealthPark Campus An ecumenical non-denominational community of believers. Sunday Worship Service, 10 a.m.; Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m. Reverendt Ted Althouse, Pastor CHURCH OF THE CROSS Freshman Lane; Pastor Bud Stephens; A nondemonimational church emphasizing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sunday Service: 9:15 a.m. Traditional, 10:45 Contemporary. CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 1619 Llewellyn Drive Fort Myers. Just off McGregor across from the Edison/Ford Winter Estates , Pastor Douglas Kelchner, Worship times Sunday s 9 and 10:30 a.m. Website: COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2439 McGregor Boulevard, Reverned Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe, Senior Pastor Reverend David Dietzel, Pastor Emeritus. Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m. Nursery available. CYPRESS LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH 8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Randy A. Alston, Reverend. Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship, 11 a.m., Evening Worship, 7 p.m., Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 6:30 p.m. CYPRESS LAKE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Clint Cottrell, Pastor. Prayer Service 8 a.m., Praise 9 a.m., Children s Church 9 a.m., Traditional 11 a.m. Summer Prayer Service 8 a.m. Combined Traditional/Praise 10 a.m. CYPRESS LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, , 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday Traditional Service 9:30 a.m. Praise Service Sunday School all times. FAITH FELLOWSHIP WORLD OUTREACH MINISTRIES 6111 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers, Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Voice of Faith, WCRN AM Radio, Sunday, 1:30 p.m.; Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m.; Friday Youth Service, 7:30 p.m. Nursery care for pre-school children and Children s Church ages 5 to12 available. FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, Pastor David Stauffer. 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship. 10:10 a.m. Sunday School. 11:15 a.m. Traditional Service. 5:30 p.m. Youth Group. Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The church is ½ mile past the intersection of Gladiolus and San Carlos Boulevard on the way to Sanibel. FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 2390 West First Street, next door to Edison Estates. Sunday Morning Service and Sunday School, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Child care provided at all services. Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at: 2281 First Street, River District. com. FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE American Colony Boulevard off Daniels Parkway in the Colony, Fort Myers, Pastor Reverend Joey Brummett Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening, 6 p.m.; Wednesday Family Night, 7 p.m. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Downtown Fort Myers River District, 2466 First Street, org. Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Blended Church Service; 5:30 p.m. Youth Group. FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) A STEPHEN MINISTRIES CONGREGATION 5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, Pastor Reverend Mark Condrey. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m., Church School 9:15 a.m. FORT MYERS CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST: 8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers Philip White, pastor. Morning Worship: 10 a.m., Church School: 10:15 a.m., Adult Forum: 11:30 a.m. IONA-HOPE EPISCOPAL CONGREGATION 9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers Reverend Ray Buchanan Rector. Saturday 5 p.m., Eucharist with Healing; Sunday 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite One; 9:30 a.m., Family Eucharist with Healing and Church School. Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Morning Prayer (in Spanish); Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Eucharist with Healing. Child care available Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. services. JESUS THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH 881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, Masses Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. KINGDOM LIFE CHURCH 2154 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman. 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service. LAMB OF GOD CHURCH A few federated Lutheran (ELCA) and Episcopal Congregation Cypress View Drive, Fort Myers www. lambofgodchurch.net. Reverend Dr. James Reho. Sunday 7:45 and 10 a.m. Sunday s Cool for Children 10 a.m. NEW BEGINNINGS CENTER New Home Church, 8505 Jenny Cae Lane, North Fort Myers, Weekly Friday meeting meet and greet 6:30 p.m. Kingdom Teaching 7 p.m. Fellowship and refreshments. com, Alex and Patricia Wiggins, Ministers NEW COVENANT EYES CHURCH See Clearly. Meeting monthly at 9 a.m. at the Elks Lodge Park Meadows Drive, Fort Myers Pastor Alan Bondar. LIFT Kidz program, free coffee and donuts. NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT MYERS San Carlos Boulevard, Unit :45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages. 11 a.m Sunday Morning Worship. 7 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study. NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers. Pastor Eddie Spencer. 8 and 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship. 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship. 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School. Youth and Children s programming runs concurrent to Sunday services. Nursery care provided at all services PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge Pine Ridge Road Pastors, Gail and RC Fleeman. Adult Discussion Classes 8:45 a.m. Countdown to Worship 10:10 a.m. Amazing Grace Worship:10:30 a.m. PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Sunday Worship at 9:30 a.m. Peace a member of ELCA. Weekly communion with traditional liturgy, organ and choir McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, on the way to Sanibel , REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3950 Winkler Ext., Fort Myers, :15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday Services Daily early learning center/day care. RIVER OF LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD River Ranch Road, Estero , Senior Pastor Todd Weston. 8 and 9:45 a.m Services; 11:30 a.m. Legacy Service, multi-generational. SAMUDRABADRA BUDDHIST CENTER Meditation classes. Guided meditations, methods to relaxe body and focus mind on virtuous objects. Bring peace and happiness into daily activity www. MeditationInFortMyers.org. SAINT COLUMBKILLE CATHOLIC CHURCH Iona Road, Fort Myers, off McGregor and north of Gladiolus Father Joseph Clifford. Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. Saturday 3 and 5 p.m.; Sunday 7, 9,11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Reconciliation Saturdays 12 noon and by appointment. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH 2157 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, Masses: Mon.-Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Fri. 6:45 & 11 a.m.; Sat. 4 p.m.; Sun 6:45, 9:30 & 11 a.m., 12:15, 4 Creole & 6 p.m. SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH 3049 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, Pastor Reverend Steve Filizzi. An Affirming and Inclusive Congregation Sunday Services 10 a.m. SAINT MICHAEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL (LCMS) 3595 Broadway, Fort Myers, , Worship: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8 and 10:45 a.m. Bible Study for adults and children Sunday at 9:15 a.m. SAINT PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3751 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, , Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m. SAINT NICHOLAS MONASTERY Church and Bookstore. 111 Evergreen Road (southwest corner of Evergreen Road and Gail Street.) Liturgical services conducted in English and Church Slavonic; following the Julian (Old) Calendar. Liturgical Services Sundays and Holy Days 9:30 a.m. Holy Liturgy 0 a.m. Call to confirm service schedule: ; Bookstore ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CATHOLIC COMMUNITY Palm Beach Boulevard (3 miles east of I75) East Fort Myers (across from Fort Myers Shores) a.m. Tuesday through Friday. 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, Robert G. Kasten Pastor. Sunday 11 a.m. Nursery 9:45 a.m. Sunday School all ages. Junior Church grades one to five. Wee Church Pre-K to K. Evening Service 6 p.m. Wednsday Service 6 p.m. TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE Winkler Road Fort Myers , Rabbi Jeremy Barras, Cantor Victor Geigner, Religious School Director Dale Cohen, Learning Tree Director Jesyca Virnig, Office Manager Inna Vasser. Union For Reform Judaism Shabbat Service Friday 7:30 p.m., Torah Study Saturday 9:30 a.m. Religious School Wednesday 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. Learning Tree Monday through Friday. TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE) A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, , Rabbi: Rabbi Marc Sack Minyan: Monday at 9 a.m. Religious Education: Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Services Friday 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. THE NEW CHURCH The New Church of SWFL, Sunset Plaza Circle #401, behind Zoomers. Reverend Gabriella Cahaley. Sundays 11 a.m. during the season. Other worship events on Fort Myers Beach. newchurchflorida.com UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH FORT MYERS Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one mile west of I-75). Minister The Reverend Allison Farnum. Sunday services and religious education at 10:30 a.m UNITY OF BONITA SPRINGS Imperial Street, Bonita Springs Family Service 10 to 11 a.m. Healing Circle 11 a.m. Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m. Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic music, meditation in a loving environment. UNITY OF FORT MYERS Ranchette Road, Fort Myers Sunday Services 9:15 and 11 a.m. Children s classes 11 a.m. Reverend Jim Rosemergy , Our God is Love, Our Race is Human, Our Religion is Oneness WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across from HealthPark Hospital, Senior Pastor Robert Brunson. Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages. 11 a.m. Blended Worship. WORD OF LIFE CHURCH 2120 Collier Avenue, Fort Myers Sunday 10 a.m.; Wednesday 7 p.m. Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers Pastor Curtis Deterding. Sunday 8 a.m. Traditional, 10:45 a.m. Blended, 9:30 a.m. Eductional Hour.
11 Guy Whitesman Larry Hobbs, MD Southwest Florida Community Foundation Installs New Officers T he Southwest Florida Community Foundation has installed its new board of trustees and executive committee chairs. Guy E. Whitesman will serve as the new chairman of the board. He is a shareholder and chair of the Business and Tax Department of the law firm of Henderson, Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Myers. Whitesman concentrates his practice in the areas of taxation, business and estate planning (business creation, operations, acquisitions, mergers and health care law). He has been active Joe Mazurkiewicz Sandy Robinson in community affairs in Southwest Florida and became a member of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation s board or trustees in July Whitesman is currently a member of the board of directors of the Edison Ford Winter Estates Foundation, Inc., Community Cooperative and the Edison Pageant of Light of Fort Myers, Inc. Other trustees taking leadership roles include Larry Hobbs, MD, vice chair and governance committee chair; Joe Mazurkiewicz, Jr., immediate past chair; Sandy Robinson, treasurer and finance chair; Craig Folk, grantmaking committee chair; Christopher Hill, scholarship committee chair; Rusty Whitley, audit committee chair; and Robbie Roepstorff and Gay Thompson as at-large executive committee members. For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call or visit www. floridacommunity.com. Craig R. Folk Robbie Roepstorff Gay Thompson Christopher Hill Rusty Whitley 11 From page 1 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest and intimate island venues. Visit for more information, to book tickets and view the list of artists, performance schedules and venues. Most shows are free of charge. Special Island Hopper lodging packages are also available. Follow the festival hashtag #islandhopper on Twitter and other social channels. Share your community news with us. Call , Fax: or Read us online at IslandSunNews.com McKenzie Millis & Vivian Ciulla Meet Our Assisted Living Experts (of course, when we say our we really mean your ) Navigating the myriad decisions in determining if Assisted Living is right for you or your loved one is just plain difficult. Levels of care. Different facilities. Quality. Affordability. All factors in ensuring an optimized quality of life. If you ve got a question or a whole list of them meet with our assisted living experts, McKenzie or Vivian, today. With the well being of the individual as their highest priority, they ll give you answers that can assist you in making the most informed decisions possible. When you do, we also invite you to tour Shell Point s newest assisted living facility, The Springs. With beautiful surroundings and Shell Point s proven reputation, The Springs offers an affordable option on a month-to-month basis. Meet with our experts and visit The Springs today! Appointments and tours can be arranged by calling (239) Shell Point Plaza Fort Myers, Florida (239) The Springs Assisted Living is part of Shell Point s Integrated Healthcare System. Shell Point is a non-profit ministry istry yof The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc Shell Point. All rights reserved. SPG
12 12 Captiva Pass by Capt. Matt Mitchell I f you re looking for a wide variety of species, Captiva Pass is a good place to be. Not only is the water generally some of the prettiest and cleanest around, the break between the barrier islands can create a little breeze, making those stagnant blazing hot days of summer just a little bit more bearable. No matter what species you like to fish, it s either here, close to here, or moves through here. Mangrove snapper and grouper were the main targets when I was fishing the pass this week, although when dropping a line here, you never really know what the next bite will bring. With many of my trips this time of year being laid back family style fishing, clients are looking for both action and a fish dinner to take home, and this pass provided it all. Weighted shiners dropped straight down to the bottom on spinning gear caught fish after fish with lots of short gag grouper and red grouper along with limits of keeper-sized mangrove snapper and even a few vermilion snapper. The key to catching these bottom fish is to locate the best structure. Rock piles and the edges of the channel in 15 to 25 feet of water were most productive. Turn on the plotting feature of your GPS when drifting the pass to work out the direction of the drift. This allows you to you to dial in the drift so you spend more time over the most productive bottom structure. Whenever you hit a hot spot, put a mark on the screen and drift it again, it s amazing how many fish will come from one little rock pile or edge. If keeper gag grouper are your target, switch it up to bigger tackle and bigger baits. Pinfish are a good choice for this along with a little more weight on heavier conventional or spinning outfits. With lots of rocks in the pass, you need all the pulling power possible to get a hard fighting keeper-sized gag up from the rocks they call home. The marks on my GPS in the pass that have produced keeper sized gags continue to produce year after year. Send Us Your Fish Tales T he River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches. Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification. Drop them at the River Weekly, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, or to CLEAR YOUR GEAR It Catches More Than Fish Lead is toxic. Choose non-lead weights. Jim White from Gainesville with a summertime beach snook The outside deep trench is a good area to get started on grouper fishing along with the 35-foot hole on the south side of the pass. Periods of slow moving tide are a good time for this as you can hold the boat on top of the best structure for a longer period of time. If you re into shark fishing, this pass has some real giants in it along with the BOAT RENTALS Fishing Cabbage Key Dolphin Watching Captains Available Jensen s Marina Captiva Island usual blacktips and bulls that move up and down the natural channels, dumping into the pass from the bay during the falling tide. Docks and shorelines at both sides of the pass offer snook fishing along with schools of bull redfish using the pass in the fall. Tarpon also move through and frequent the pass and, during hill tides periods, it becomes a pass crab buffet. All our local passes hold fish but Captiva Pass is one of my favorites because of the variety of species it offers in such a small area. Capt. Matt Mitchell has been fishing local waters since he moved to Sanibel in He now lives in St. James City and works as a back country fishing guide. If you have comments or questions Read us online at IslandSunNews.com 1 Your Bottom Call on Paint Prices ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. NEW MOTOR SALES REBUILT POWERHEADS FACTORY TRAINED MERCURY MARINER JOHNSON EVINRUDE SUZUKI YAMAHA OMC I/O'S MERCRUISER Courteous Professional Marine Repair Service Dockside Service Serving Sanibel & Captiva For Life Dave Doane
13 CROW Case Of The Week: Black Skimmer by Patricia Molloy O n June 30, a baby black skimmer was found on the ground after falling from its nest. It was readily apparent that something wrong: the fuzzy little bird was walking with its left foot knuckled over. The youngster was taken to CROW and admitted as patient # The black skimmer (Rynchops niger) is a distinctive-looking tern with striking black and white plumage and a thin, black bill that is redish-orange at the base. Found year-round in Florida s bays, rivers and salt marshes, approximately 50 percent of the state s skimmer populations live along the central part of the Gulf Coast. Skimmers are a seabird like no other: they are the only birds on the planet that, by the time they reach adulthood, have a lower mandible that is longer than the upper. When feeding, these birds will skim just above the water as their lower bills breaks through the surface, allowing them to grab small fish that swim near the top. He s a young chick and his left leg was almost paralysed, Dr. Molly Lien explained. He s in a foam booty on that leg. We re enriching him as best as we can: he has a nice little sandbox (in his cage). It s a little tropical paradise in there! He s comfortable and he s still eating really well, continued the DVM intern. Dr. Heather Barron, hospital director, went on to explain that the bird s leg issues were caused by nerve damage. The brace was to keep the leg and foot in normal position since he couldn t feel where his leg was, he was walking with his foot knuckled over. After approximately 10 days at the clinic, the skimmer s booty was removed so that he could be placed in a bathtub to test his mobility and flexibility. Just as it is with humans, the younger a wildlife patient is, the faster it will heal. They correct very quickly, said Dr. Heather. Now he is doing very well without the brace and has regained full use of the leg. If you are uncertain as to what an adult black skimmer looks like, take the time to research images on the Web. Better yet, look for them at dusk when breeding colonies actively feed along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Watching them skim across the surface with their long, lower beak cutting through the water is a truly remarkable experience. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from our local area. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL Call or visit: The young black skimmer, patient # , wears a corrective booty on his leg 13 IL TESORO RISTORANTE F I N E I T A L I A N C U I S I N E inspired by Island Fare in a bistro style VOTED BEST CHEF BEST OF THE ISLANDS AWARD New York City Fine Italian Cuisine The Southwest Florida Museum of History From page 1 Porch Songs the multi-talented drummer T-Bone (and, perhaps, other surprise performers) with an eclectic selection of original blues numbers. Did you know that Florida has a long blues tradition? Many notable blues artists had roots in Florida, and they are featured in the latest Southwest Florida Museum of History exhibit, Florida s Got The Blues. Curated by the Museum of Florida History, the exhibit brings to life the early blues, Florida female musicians, blues clubs and juke joints, the Depression era, WPA recordings and more. Award-winning barbeque, nachos, yellow rice and black bean bowls and beverages will be available for purchase from Jonesez BBQ, which has earned the People s Choice, Best Barbeque and Best Chicken awards at Lee County BBQ, Bands & Brew since Porch Songs is a $5 donation for adults; children under 12 free. Take advantage of a great museum discount by paying only $5 admission with your Porch Songs ticket. Donations benefit the Southwest Florida Museum of History Foundation. Don t miss Florida s Got The Blues before it closes on Saturday, August 8. The Southwest Florida Museum of History is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of history and traditions, with particular emphasis on Fort Myers and Southwest Florida. Call for details on hours and admission, or visit TASTE OF THE ISLANDS IRON CHEF WINNER Fresh ingredients, simplicity, love... the recipe for a treasured dining experience Chef/Owner AJ Black 751 Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel Island, FL Reservations Suggested
14 14 Plant Smart Beach Creeper Beach creeper is an excellent native groundcover that will tolerate heat, drought, salt and nutrient-poor soil by Gerri Reaves B each creeper (Ernodea littoralis) is a native woody shrub that is perfect for dry, sandy, or rocky Fisherman s Paradise: The Day We Landed Old Fighter by Cynthia A. Williams B erry C. Williams (1915 to 1976) was something of a legend as a fisherman in the waters off Fort Myers in the 1950s and early 1960s. Reproduced for you here are chapters from his unfinished Fisherman s Paradise, an account of his fishing adventures that are often hilarious and always instructional. It is presented by Williams daughter, Cynthia Williams, a freelance writer and editor living in Bokeelia on Pine Island. Chapter XI Part VI Berry has caught the granddaddy of all Black Sea Bass. He and his two companions almost lost the battle to bring the Goliath Grouper aboard without sinking the boat, but with the assistance of onlookers who came alongside, they managed to slide the monster fish over the starboard side. Erlanger and Massey promptly abandoned ship by jumping aboard the other boat. Now, Berry can t get into position to start the motor. I made the best of it by getting on top of the 15-HP Buccaneer motor and having one of the fellows from the next boat pull my starter cord. We made quite a procession that Sunday morning, chugging toward Punta Rassa with me areas. Highly drought-, heat- and salttolerant, it s a good choice for coastal landscapes especially. In fact, littoralis means of the seashore. Spreading, sprawling and vine-like, it helps to prevent soil and dune erosion to boot. Mature plants usually reach one to two feet tall. The stems are square and reddish at the nodes, and they can root where they arch and touch the soil. The succulent lance-like or oval leaves cluster at the end of stems. The leaves are dark glossy green, but often turn yellow due to stress or over-watering, suggesting another common name, golden creeper. The tubular flowers are quite small under an inch long but notable for their four under-curled pinkish lobes. They bloom sporadically throughout the year. The round golden fruit provides food for birds year-round. Each tiny berry contains one seed. Plant low-maintenance beach creeper in full sun. It will grow in nutrient-poor soil and does not require irrigation. Propagate it with seeds or tip cuttings. The medicinal tea made from the leafy shoots gives it yet another name, coughbush. Sources: Everglades Wildflowers Berry Williams with 340-pound Goliath grouper he caught in April 1957 perched on my motor like an alley cat and a cavalcade of boats following. When we got to Punta Rassa, the only way we could get the fish up onto the dock was by running a double anchor rope through his mouth, hitching the rope to the back of my station wagon, and dragging him up. By this time, we had attracted quite a following and when we had finally succeeded in getting the grouper partially hoisted, he became the most photographed fish in Punta Rassa history. The year-round golden berries are a food source for birds by Roger L. Hammer, Native Florida Plants by Robert G. Haehle and Joan Brookwell, A Gardener s Guide to Florida s Native Plants by Rufino The next question was just what in the world to do with him. The Punta Rassa Fish Camp scales were too small to weigh him, and they had no room to store him, so I had to haul him to Kelly s Fish Market in Fort Myers. With block and tackle, we got the fish mounted on Kelly s scales, but they broke under the weight. By measuring length and girth, photos by Gerri Reaves Osorio, Plant Smart explores the diverse flora of South Florida. Mr. Kelly finally estimated the weight at 340 pounds. Bone tired, I took Massey and Erlanger home and went home to rest up for my next fishing trip, hoping it would be a sequel to the one that almost landed me in Havana Harbor. To be continued next week Gulf Of Mexico Greater Amberjack Size Limit Change Approved By FWC T he Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has approved changing the minimum size limit for greater amberjack caught in Gulf of Mexico state waters from 30 inches fork length to 34 inches fork length. Fork length is measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the center of the fork in the tail. This change will make state-water regulations in the Gulf consistent with pending federal regulation changes and will go into effect after federal regulations are approved. Recent stock assessments have indicated that greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico are overfished, which means there are not enough greater amberjack for the population to remain sustainable. They are also undergoing overfishing, which means more greater amberjack are being removed than is sustainable. Changing the minimum size limit will help ensure more greater amberjack are left in the water and have a chance to reproduce before being harvested. For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and select Commission Meetings then the Agenda. For information about recreational greater amberjack, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on Saltwater Fishing, Recreational Regulations and Amberjack. Share your community news with us. Call , Fax: or
15 Lionfish Derby Raises Awareness M atanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach hosted FGCU Spearfishing s 2nd annual 2015 Southwest Florida Lionfish Derby from June 26 to 28 to promote awareness of invasive species control. The event included a spearfishing tournament amongst four teams and a lionfish cook-off between four local chefs. This year s event brought in a total of 462 lionfish and raised nearly $800 to go toward future FGCU Spearfishing events and tournaments. Following the tournament, chefs at Matanzas On the Bay and several other local chefs cooked up an estimated 400 fresh lionfish, serving more than 200 people at the event. Of the four spearfishing teams that participated in the tournament, first place went to Zookeeper/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) with 218 lionfish, second place to Jim s Dive Shop with 182 lionfish and third place to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) with 60 lionfish. Team Zookeeper/FWC also placed in categories for smallest and largest lionfish. A crowd lines up to participate in the 2015 Southwest Florida Lionfish Derby 15 The public declared Jeff Acol of A Table Apart in Bonita Springs the winner of the lionfish cook-off with his fresh lionfish dish. Acol s competitors included Dave Chetwin of Matanzas on the Bay, Jason Grasty of Roy s in Bonita Springs and Seth Hayes of Snookin N Cookin. We are impressed by the amount of lionfish that were caught during the tournament and we are glad to have had played a role in helping the community learn more about how we can help control this invasive species, said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. Our guests enjoyed the delicious lionfish dishes that were prepared by the local chefs and we believe that this event played a significant role in raising awareness of the threat of non-native wildlife and its impact on our environment. FWC marine biologists Meaghan Faletti and Alex Fogg were able to share their knowledge of invasive species control with the public during the event, answering questions and collecting data on the lionfish harvest. After comparing this year s catch to last year s results, FWC determined that that the average size lionfish caught during the Southwest Florida Lionfish Derby increased by 100 millimeters. Bass Management Is Evolving B ass anglers may wonder why the Sunshine State supports some of the best bass fishing in the world. Florida s abundant lakes and rivers provide habitat necessary to produce good fisheries and the Florida largemouth bass possesses unique genetics that favors rapid growth to trophy size. Harvest management through fishing rules and regulations also play a role, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is currently considering sweeping changes to streamline bass regulations and make them more effective. The history of Florida s bass regulations is quite interesting. The first freshwater fishing regulation in Florida passed in 1855, only 10 years after statehood and 58 years before the first game commission. The law prohibited use of haul seines to harvest largemouth bass. In 1913, the first game commission which existed only two years set bag limits, instituted minimum size regulations for bass, closed spawning seasons to fishing and banned most fishing nets. Those rules seemed intuitively to be positive, proactive conservation measures but black bass regulations have evolved over the last century as scientists learn more about the species, their habitat requirements, population dynamics and angling impacts. Prior to establishment of the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission (GFC) in 1943 as a constitutional agency, counties or various interim state game commissions regulated bass fishing based on local opinion and traditional approaches of other states. The GFC started hiring fisheries biologists in 1946, who determined that previous regulations had little impact in most Florida waters. They recommended liberalized regulations following the prevalent Maximum Sustained Yield model. In 1990, biologists and the outdoor media became concerned that Florida s bass fishery was not sustainable under increasing fishing pressure and environmental impacts. As a result, the GFC adopted an Optimal Sustained Use approach to frame new statewide regulations in While many biologists favored increased protection of qualitysized bass, they recommended minimum size limits as most anglers supported protection of smaller bass. From 1992 until the present, biologists modeled, implemented and studied a variety of sophisticated regulations in specific water bodies or zones within the state. Evaluation of the results of these studies included field sampling and creel studies that determined not only how fish populations were affected but also the impact on fishing participation and success. The FWC, which succeeded the GFC in 1999, has been a leader in researching better ways to manage harvest not only with hands-on experimentation but also by monitoring successes and failures of bass regulations in other states and carefully evaluating the causes. Integrating social science with biological research allows the FWC to develop regulations that are justified biologically while accommodating angler opinions, attitudes and behaviors. Consequently, FWC Commissioners favorably reviewed draft black bass management rules on June 25 at a public meeting in Sarasota. Staff will continue to discuss the draft rules with the public and the Commission will consider the rules for final approval in February Once approved, new rules will go into effect on July 1, The intent is to simplify rules: allow anglers to keep smaller, more abundant largemouth bass and increase abundance of larger bass statewide by changing length limits for black bass species and eliminating many specific rules for different water bodies. Anglers are practicing catch-and-release at record levels. While reduced harvest of large bass is beneficial, culling bass under 16 inches may improve some fisheries by reducing competition among bass so individuals grow faster and larger. The proposal would allow additional harvest of younger, small healthy bass that are very abundant and steadily replaced by nature, by the relatively few anglers who consistently harvest bass. Meanwhile, anglers who are targeting larger bass for the experience and who often release them should soon see more bass longer than 16 inches, as those fish will be recycled more than ever before. We believe this innovative proposal will streamline bass management, said Commissioner Aliese Liesa Priddy after the staff presentation at the Sarasota meeting. We want to make it as easy as possible for Florida anglers, as well as those from out of state, to enjoy bass fishing in Florida, the Fishing Capital of the World. In Florida, black bass species include largemouth, spotted, shoal, Suwannee and Choctaw bass. The largemouth bass is found statewide and is known worldwide for reaching trophy size, whereas the other four species are smaller and, within Florida, are found only in the panhandle area (see MyFWC.com/Fishing for details). Specifically, the proposal would eliminate the three zones that currently regulate bass harvest along with 42 special regulations for largemouth bass. This simplification in the rules was one of the key features sought after by anglers and resource managers. Under the proposal, anglers could still keep up to five black bass (all species combined) of any size, but only one bass 16 inches or longer in total length could be kept per angler per day. For Suwannee, shoal, Choctaw and spotted basses, the current 12-inch minimum size limit would be maintained, although there would be no minimum length limit on largemouth bass. In addition, the proposed changes include a catch-and-release-only zone for shoal bass in the Chipola River. The current bass tournament permit program would continue to allow anglers participating in permitted tournaments temporary possession of five bass of any size. This program has been in place for over 20 years and allows delayed-release bass tournaments to take place, and requires proper care, handling and release of all bass caught during the tournament. Gene Gilliland, national conservation director at B.A.S.S., said in written comments about the proposal: FWC s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management staff has done an outstanding job collecting data that supports this recommendation. Statewide regulations that are simple for the public to understand are more likely to be accepted and followed. This new approach is very innovative, and I anticipate that many states will follow suit, said Dr. Michael Allen, professor of freshwater fisheries ecology with the University of Florida. The commissioners approved the draft to move forward and will take formal action in February 2016 at which time the rule could be approved for implementation on July 1, They complimented Champeau and his team of biologists, represented by Allen Martin and Bill Pouder at the meeting, and thanked them for leading the way in incorporating a mix of scienceinformed decision making with a common sense approach to refining management practices that deliver what the public wants from their bass fisheries. Details of the proposed rule changes and public input can still be provided via two surveys at MyFWC.com/BassSurvey.
16 16 Great American Chili Cook-Off To Benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank The Great American Chili Cook-Off will be held at the Pink Shell Resort C hefs or presumed chefs are invited to participate in the 5th annual Great American Chili Cook- Off on Sunday, July 19 at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina on Fort Myers Beach. The contest is being sponsored by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The contest will be limited to 30 teams or individuals. Each chili entrant will be charged $40. Teams or individuals will be permitted to set up starting at 10 a.m. Chef Craig Panneton congratulates the 2012 winners of the Great American Chili Cook-Off from Hyatt Coconut Pointe There will be a cooks meeting held at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public, beginning at 3 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring a $5 cash donation as well as canned and dry food donations for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Both a People s Choice and Most Unique award will be voted on by the public. Judges For The Great American Chili Cook Off 1. Rob Spicker WINK News 2. Krista Fogelsong ABC-7 3. Karen Feldman Florida Weekly 4. Stephanie Davis Downtown Diva/Florida Weekly 5. Andrew Scheinthal WINK News 6. Anne Reed News-Press Food and Dining Team 7. Rose O dell King Rosy Tomorrows Farm 8. Chef Dave Martin Season 1 from Top Chef All chili must be prepared onsite from scratch with natural ingredients in the open. Cooks must bring a printed recipe card. Specific guidelines and registration may be obtained by contacting Chef Dave Rashty at or Judging starts at 4 p.m. and will be based on the following criteria: aroma, consistency, color, taste and aftertaste. Prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, medal and $250 cash; second place, medal and $100 cash; and third place, medal and $50 cash. Both the People s Choice and Best Table Decorations will receive medals. For more information and registration, contact Chef Dave Rashty at or For additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, call or go to harrychapinfoodbank.org. Internationally Recognized Artist Participates In Print Fest Astarte s Paradise II by Dr. Kyra Belan I nternationally recognized artist and writer Dr. Kyra Belan, a Cape Coral resident, participated in an international print festival in Italy at Arte in Centro Gallery in the city of Bergamo, Italy during the month of June. Dr. Belan also was included in the Contemporary International Artists of the Museum of the Americas during the same month at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France. The exhibition was at the Museum of the America s Art Shopping spaces C7-C15. Dr. Belan participated in the Figurative Art Competition of the Light, Space, and Time Online Art Gallery, a juried art exhibition during the month of July, She received the Special Recognition Category Award for her graphite drawing, on paper, titled Artemis. The gallery received 643 entries from 21 different countries from around the world, including Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Russia, St. Maarten, Turkey, and United Kingdom. In addition, the gallery received entries from 37 different states, as well as the District of Columbia. The guest judge for this competition was Mary Kee, principal and creative director of TheArtGuide.com. Artist, author, mythologist, and art historian, Dr. Belan received her degrees from Arizona State University with a BFA in fine arts, and from Florida State University with an MFA in visual arts. Her EdD from Florida International University is in higher education and art history. Dr. Belan has had over 50 solo art exhibitions and over 90 group art exhibitions. She has received numerous awards and grants, including Who s Who in American Art, the Florida Achievement Award in the Arts, Women s Caucus for Art Florida Chapter; the Southeastern Art Conference Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award, University of Arkansas at Little Rock 2005; Broward County s Women s Hall of Fame Outstanding Achievement in the Arts; and the Individual Artist Fellowship, State of Florida, Florida Arts Council, Her art works are found in numerous public and private collections. Dr. Belan is the Otto Burkhardt endowed chair and professor of art and art history emerita at Broward College, also the founding art gallery director at the same college, Pembroke Pines from 1991 to Locally, she is represented by the Arts for ACT Gallery in Fort Myers and is a member of the Cape Coral Art League. Film Festival Awarded Chrysalis Award For Cultural Achievement T he Fort Myers Film Festival was awarded the prestigious 2015 Chrysalis Award for Cultural Achievement by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce at the annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. The Fort Myers Film Festival s 6th annual festival will be held April 7 to 10 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and Regal Bell Tower 20, with parties and dinners at Twisted Vine Bistro, Blu Sushi, Firestone and other select venues. Programming will be from April 7 to 10 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. For more information, go to or join com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events. your editorial copy to:
18 18 From left, Dr. Peter Ndiang ui, President, African Network SWFL; Thieldens Elneus (also accepted for Joshua Valburn, not shown); Fausto Remigiopoaz; Dr. Guida Minaya, CEO Minaya Learning Global Solutions; Susan Wakesho Ngondo; Nelson Makumi Kimani; Dwayne Kenyon Moffatt; and Dr. Michael Jeffrey of Radio Caribbean Outstanding Locals Graduate From Keiser submitted by Debra Lee Nashed T he African Network of Southwest Florida, in conjunction with the New Majority Alliance, came together to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local graduates with an awards ceremony. Keiser University President Nancy Tedros welcomed the group to the university. Alia Islam, Vice President of African Network SWFL, explained the importance of their annual awards ceremony. Dr. Peter Ndiang ui, President of African Network SWFL, introduced keynote speaker Dr. Guido Minaya, CEO of Minaya Learning Global Solutions. Dr. Minaya gave an inspirational presentation on how his parents migrated from Bolivia to the United States and the importance of education. The graduates could relate since they have migrated from Kenya, Mexico, Haiti or their parents had come to the United States. Dr. Minaya presented each student s essay on what education means to them. My education means a dream come true, said graduate Susan Wakesho Ngondo, who earned her nursing degree. I grew up knowing that was the most important thing I can have is education. Yet we could not afford it. For me, education is an opportunity to open doors and developing my abilities to serve the community and the world and make the world a better place and in turn make a living. Priscilla Ndiang ui with the African Network presented Ngondo with her award. So, while a good education qualification may provide a good career path towards a better life or income, constant education and re-education will remain a constant and never ending quest as long as I live, said Nelson Makumi Kimani, who earned his degree in information technology. Said Nouhaili presented Kimani with his award. Education and success are inseparable. Behind every great man is a quality education, whether it was self taught or earned through schooling, added graduate Dwayne Kenyon Moffatt. Education will make me wiser and more capable of making my own decisions. Moffatt s award was presented by Dr. Michael Jeffrey, the host of the longest running English speaking show in SWFL on Radio Caribbean. Education holds the key to the door of possibility, said Joshua Valbrun. Education helped me see my potential to change the world around me to help others and one day make a lot of money to help even more. Valbrun s award was presented by Dr. Claude Villiers, president of the Haitian Education Center. For me education, means having a better and brighter chance to succeed in life, to better myself with knowledge, to achieving my goals, and to be able to help others that I know needs someone to be there to guide them in the right direction, added Fausto Remigiopaz, whose goal is to become a police officer. His award was presented by Charlie Flores, president of the New Majority Alliance. State Attorney Steve Russell and Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart From page 1 Comedy Night will serve as master of ceremonies. Palascak, who has family in Southwest Florida, agreed to perform pro-bono to support SalusCare s cause of helping children with mental health substance use disorders. In the last three years, Palascak appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also has performed at Caesar s Palace in Las Vegas and was the winner of HBO s Lucky 21 Stand-up Contest. Prior to Palascak s performance, eight local celebrities will each perform Gwendolyn Howard-Powell Doug Molloy Marni Sawicki Dr. Glenn Whitehouse five-minute stand-up routines in hopes of winning the title of Lee County s Best Comic: Michael Harris News-Press Planning Editor Larry Hart Lee County Tax Collector Gwendolyn Howard-Powell owner of Gwendolyn s Café Doug Molloy former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Russell State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit Marni Sawicki Cape Coral Mayor Mike Scott Lee County Sheriff Dr. Glenn Whitehouse FGCU Associate Dean, Planning & Assessment Audience members will vote for the best comedic performance by placing cash or checks in containers labeled for each comic. To help the celebrity comics prepare for the evening, Sam Walch, a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, is working with them individually to perfect their routines. Walch is a former touring standup comedian who teaches comedy and public speaking in the Communications Department at FGCU. Individual tickets may be purchased at or by calling Tickets for individual seats are $100 each and include heavy hors d oeuvres, beer and wine in theater-style seating. All tables have been sold. Funds raised at the event will be used to provide outpatient psychiatry and therapy to children and adolescents in our area whose families can least afford it. One in 10 children has serious mental health problems severe enough to impair how they function at home, in school, or in the community, according to the National Center for Children & Poverty at Columbia University. Left untreated, mental illnesses can lead to more difficult to treat illnesses and to the development of co-occurring disorders.
19 Dave Gallentine, Greg Blurton, Marshall Bower, Jake Spanberger and John Kimbell Sunrise Rotary Raises $16,000 At Inaugural Pro-Am T he Rotary Club of Fort Myers Sunrise s Inaugural Pro-Am Golf Classic raised $16,000 to provide scholarships for local students to continue their education. Funds raised will be matched by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc., bringing the total value to $32,000. Scholarships will focus on technical or trade schools, as well as STEM-based college or university programs. The Rotary s goals and the Foundation s goals are in alignment, and it is a pleasure working with them to help assure the success of some very deserving students in our public schools, said Marshall T. Bower, Esq., president and CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. The Rotary Club of Fort Myers Sunrise is a valued partner of ours. The inaugural event, held on May 22 at the Forest Country Club in Fort Myers, featured 104 amateur players and 26 professionals teeing off in a two bestball format and competing for a $1,000 purse. The winning pro was Gail Graham with a score of 68, beating a field of 18 men and six women professionals. Currently living in Naples, Graham is a three-time winner in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and has won nearly $1.3 million as a professional golfer. We are very grateful to our sponsors, golfing pros and amateurs, the staff at the Forest Country Club, along with our great partner The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. for assuring a successful first-year event, said John Kimbell, event chairman. This enables us to make a big difference in helping young people receive quality education. We are especially interested in supporting fields 19 in which local employers have job opportunities. This year s major event sponsors included Arika Bjorkedal of VIP Realty Group, Dellutri Law Group, P.A., Ed Conner, EnSite, Inc., EnTech, Freedom Insurance Center, Investors Security Trust, Iron Ridge Insurance Services, the Lee County Sheriff s Office, Marshall T. Bower, Esq., Millennium Physician Group, Prosperity PEO, Rasmussen College, Republic Technologies, R.L. James General Contractors, Inc., Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Scanlon Auto Group, South Trail Tire & Auto Repair, TKW Consulting Engineers, Inc., and Wells Fargo Advisors. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. is a private, 501(c)(3) organization established in Its mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators through programs, resources, and experiences made possible through corporate, individual and educational partnerships. For more information, contact Norman Lutz at or Former Miracle Miguel Sano s Major League Debut Borders On The Phenomenal by Ed Frank I t was the spring of 2009 when Jim Rantz, then director of the minor leagues for the Minnesota Twins, introduced me to a strapping 16-year-old prospect named Miguel Sano from the Dominican Republic. A few months earlier, Sano had signed a $3.15 million bonus the highest signing bonus the Twins had ever paid to a prospect from a Caribbean country. The youngster, signed as a shortstop, was listed as 6 feet, 3 inches, 190 pounds and spoke little English. I do recall that when that first interview through an interpreter neared the end, he did know enough English to ask Rantz if lunch was ready. Sano moved through the Twins system methodically, during which time he was converted to a third baseman, grew an inch and bulked up to 240 pounds. That minor league journey included a stint here with the Fort Myers Miracle in 2013, when he hit.330 and blasted 16 home runs in 56 games. He missed the entire 2014 season when an injury to his right elbow required Tommy John surgery. He never-the-less began the 2015 season listed by Baseball America as the 11th best prospect in baseball. If you followed Sano s background and career, you will recall that he was one of the most famous and scrutinized players before signing with the Twins. His age was a question that forestalled his contract approval. That investigation was detailed in an acclaimed documentary film, Pelotero. Sano began this year slowly with the Twins Double A Chattanooga, but as the rust wore off, he raised his batting average to.274 with 15 homers. And then, just two weeks ago, he fulfilled the dream of every minor leaguer when he was called up to the Major Leagues by the Twins. His first 11 games with the Twins have been nothing short of phenomenal. He has hit safely in 10 of the 11 games played, slugged two home runs, two doubles, reached base 22 times (14 hits, 8 walks) in 45 plate appearances and has eight RBIs in those first 11 games. Those stats at the All-Star break resulted in a.378 batting average,.489 on-base percentage and.649 slugging percentage. He was used primarily as the designated hitter in those first games. This power is just what the Twins needed as the season passed the half-way mark. Minnesota is truly the surprise of the 2015 season. With a record, the Twins at the All-Star break had the second best record in the American League and topped the Wild Card chase in the AL. The 49 wins are the most for the team at the break since 2008, and it is the first time since 2010 that the Twins had a winning record at the All-Star pause. As for Sano, it s doubtful he can retain the torrid pace of those first 11 games, but at just 22 years old, his future is indeed bright. Don t be surprised to see him in the All-Star Home Run Derby one year. And for a footnote, the film crew that made that movie about Sano s signing travails is on-hand producing a sequel now that Sano has reached the Major Leagues. Miracle 12-7 In Season s Second Half The Fort Myers Miracle began the week with a second-half season record of 12-7 and a second-place standing in the Florida State League South Division, one game behind first-place Palm Beach. Through Monday, Fort Myers had a winning record of 8-5 for the month of July. Catcher Alex Swim leads the team in hitting with a.308 average while 6-foot, continued on page 24 Great House at a Great Price! SOLD! Enjoy unobstructed golf course views from this 3BR/2BA with Large Heated Pool. Deeded Beach Access near Causeway. Call for private showing. Isabella Rasi ENGEL & VÖLKERS 1101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL
20 20 From left, Demetria Cody, Patty Jones, Colleen Descoteaux and Wanda Vega Dress For Success Holds Graduation L ocal business leaders provided compelling insight and experience at Dress For Success SW Florida s Entrepreneurial Spirit Program (E$P), a series of seminars held in June for women who would like to start their own business. Presenters included E$P Chairperson Joanne Show, Central Bank Vice President; Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn of Pavese Law Firm; Gail Markham, founding partner of public accounting and business consulting firm Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company; and Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO and President of CONRIC PR & Marketing. Attendees also heard from four successful E$P graduates. Rose Jones shared her story of starting her company, A Southwest Florida Coastal Home Watch. Erica Castner and Jen Diedrich Trisha Ryan, Esq. talked about putting herself through college and law school and opening her own firm. Kara Bernier discussed her business Ellie Bee Bakery, which creates cakes and confections. Joanne Show, Barbara Dell and Jen Diedrich Dress For Success SW Florida board members along with members of the most recent E$P graduating class Unemployed single mom April Bordeaux went back to school and started her own business, then landed an opportunity at CONRIC PR & Marketing, where she serves as the agency s Creative Director. These amazing women shared how they applied what they learned at E$P to improve their career prospects or start their own business. A Toe Tapping Musical At Broadway Palm by Di Saggau T eenagers have a lot to put up with, and in Footloose now showing at Broadway Palm, Ren McCormack (Chase McCall) really feels put upon. His dad has deserted the family and he and his mom Ethel (Alison Nusbaum) are forced to move from Chicago to nowheresville, a town called Bomont. Not only is the town small, it s also smallminded and super-religious, run by a town council whose most influential member is the stuffy Reverend Shaw Moore (Mark A. Harmon). Ren gets the usual new kid coldshoulder treatment and is roughed up by the local bullies. All seems lost until he strikes up a friendship with Willard (a fantastic Joe Ogren) and sets his eyes on Ariel (Hana Gabrielle), daughter of the Reverend Moore and his wife Vi (Alison Cast of Footloose in the opening number Rose Munn). Ren wants to dance, he s made to move, but dancing is outlawed because of a tragic accident five years earlier that killed four of Bomont s teenagers. Obviously, the kids are not going to stand for this, they ve gotta dance. Convincing the townsfolk proves to be a tough battle but eventually the kids win out. That s the storyline, but it s the dancing and music that really hold this show together. The cast is full of winning performances, individual and collective. You ll love the relationship between Willard and Rusty (Gabrielle Harker). Holding Out For a Hero is a standout with its bursts of smoke and special lighting. Almost Paradise, sung by Ren and Ariel, is memorable, along with Let s Hear It For The Boy, sung by Rusty and company. The large and talented cast makes the two- and a hour-hour running time fly by. The high energy musical Footloose plays through August 15 at Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Tickets are available by visiting at the box office, or by calling