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Wednesday, 17 February 2021 13:46

Fort Myers Beach Town Council Meeting Report

Action by Fort Myers Beach Town Council at its regular meeting on Monday, earlier this monts, involved enhancements of the Mooring Field, an upcoming traffic signal at Old San Carlos and Estero Boulevard, and appointments to two of the Town’s advisory boards, among other items.

Public comment was about Lee County’s plans for the Big Carlos Pass Bridge, consulting with FWC to find out if window tinting is an option for compliance with turtle lighting regulations, the ongoing dune walkover dispute, report from the Town Attorney that mask mandates have been ruled constitutional, conducting landscaper fertilizer training modeled after the City of Sanibel’s, joining with Lee County to receive FEMA funding to help pay utilities for lower income families that have been impacted by COVID, and confirmation that pan handling is illegal in the Town.

Council approved Resolution 21-02 to update the Matanzas Mooring Field Management Plan and add language about the expansion of the Mooring Field. These actions were necessary for the Town to complete the final steps in the permitting process with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the expansion. The Army Corps of Engineers has already approved the engineering permit.

This expansion has been in the planning stages since 2019, when it was first approved by Town Council. It encompasses the west side of Matanzas Pass Bridge and adds approximately 19 mooring systems. The added systems allow for accommodating vessels up to 80 feet, increasing the current vessel limit of 52 feet.

Related to Mooring Field, Town Councilors approved Resolution 21-04 authorizing the Town Manager or his designee to apply for and administer a grant from the Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP). If received, this grant would provide up to $200,000. A $100,000 match would be required by the Town, to be budgeted for in the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year’s cycle. The grant would be through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and could be available after October 1, 2021.

In other business, Council approved a contract of $75,572.82 for construction engineering inspection on the new traffic signal with AECOM Technical Services, Inc. This approval authorizes the Town Manager to execute contract documents from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). This is the Town’s first Local Agency Planning (LAP) project which provides reimbursement from FDOT for construction and construction engineering inspection.

Rebecca Guidry was appointed by Council to the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus Advisory Board (BORCAB). Council also appointed six members to the new Nuisance Abatement Board (NAB). NAB members appointed were Anita Cereceda, Charles Meador, Jr., Dawn Thomas, Jan Fleming, Monica Schmucker, and Tre Gillette. Schmucker was chosen as the chairperson.

Other agenda items:
• Recommendation to Lee County of two possible locations at Lynn Hall and Bowditch Point Parks for a scaled-down, single version of the original arches previously located on San Carlos Island;
• Acquisition of the Town’s pension and deferred compensation plans for employees by Envestnet Retirement Solutions, from Mass Mutual;
• Authorization of the Town’s voluntary, no-cost participation in the proposed Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact;
• Recap of the public hearing conducted by Lee County about plans for the Big Carlos Pass Bridge on the south end of Estero Island; Town Council decided not to join with the City of

Bonita Springs to advocate for an alternative to the proposed construction of a 60-foot bridge to replace the current bridge.

The next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting will be on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 2525 Estero Boulevard. (The President’s Day federal holiday is Monday, February 15.) In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID-19, Council meetings are social distanced with reduced audience capacity. Masks or other face-coverings are mandatory.

Council meetings are broadcast live on the Town’s YouTube channel and Comcast Channel 98.

Visit the Town’s website at, click on the title Mayor and Council, then go to Meetings & Agendas. Agendas and minutes of meetings are also available at that link.

To find out when Council meetings are scheduled, visit the Town’s website, and scroll down the homepage to the calendar.

Keep up on meeting schedules by signing up to receive emails through the website’s Notify Me feature. Find that feature under the Popular Pages column on the homepage.

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Friday, 12 February 2021 09:47

A Tribute to Mary Wilson of the Supremes



A couple days ago, I found myself humming along to a Supremes song.

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Mary, back in the day of the Supremes

Then I did what everyone does today, in the age of the internet: I logged onto YouTube, found a music video and lost myself in some vintage footage of the 1960s supergroup performing some of their greatest hits.

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Mary had a romance with Tom Jones for 2 years

It was a soulful trip down memory lane, and I lingered online for some time, soaking up images of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard performing much-loved, high-energy favorites such as "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Baby Love."

Hours later, in an eerie stroke of coincidence, I learned that singer Mary Wilson had died that same day at age 76. Ms. Wilson was one of the group's original members, and the news sent chills down my spine. The timing was uncanny. It was the end of an era, and I felt deep sorrow.

For me, the news that we lost Mary was personal. Years ago, I had the rare opportunity to spend time with her when we connected by chance at the Harbor View Hotel in Martha's Vineyard where we were both staying. We spent an entire afternoon together and she regaled me with stories from her illustrious career in the entertainment business. We talked about collaboration on a TV show from her Las Vegas location, as well as politics, business and global traveling. We laughed, and we connected on a personal and spiritual level. Serendipity, perhaps. All I know is that it was unforgettable.

Mary was a warmhearted woman with an incredible soul and a magnetism that matched her amazing talent. The music she and her bandmates produced as The Supremes brought immeasurable joy to millions of people.

In the days since her passing, I have reflected on the lessons we can all learn from Mary Wilson's trailblazing life. And there are many.

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Mary Wilson after she sang national anthem in Detroit april 4 2019

First of all, time is short. Never wait to cherish the people who make your life special. Too often, we fail to appreciate the people we admire and respect until they are gone, and then it is too late.

It is so essential that we celebrate and cherish the time we have with the unique people who make this world a more beautiful, happy and joyous place through their God-given talents. Music has the power to transcend and create connections between people and to lift us up in the times when we need it most.

When life seems grim and the future looks bleak, an inspiring lyric and a catchy tune is often all we need to turn things around. In our moments of greatest joy, we express happiness through the celebration of music, a universal language. Mary's passing reminded me of this.

Also, Mary's passing is a stark reminder that America's world influence is not solely derived from our democracy and national principles. Our global impact is also rooted in the sheer genius of our people. There is no country in the world that has our power to effect change and to impact lives through the creativity of entertainment.

As I reflect on Mary Wilson and the legacy of her amazing life, I am reminded that her talent, success and bold determination to blaze new paths are representative of those elements that make America truly special. This is a unique country where people of talent and brilliance can share their gifts with the world, not just with their immediate audience.

They can transcend borders and truly lift up people all across the world.

As we say goodbye to Mary, I will continue to celebrate her legacy of love, life and music. The memory of her joyful energy and that special day we shared long ago will always remain in my heart.

To celebrate and commemorate her astounding life, I encourage you to play one of her CDs or call up a song by The Supremes on YouTube. Take a moment to listen to this impactful, creative woman at work: It will bring a smile to your face as you escape into yesteryear.

Thank you, Mary, for the beautiful and everlasting gift of your musical genius. Your timeless legacy will live on forever.

Armstrong Williams

Flippers on the Bay is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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It has been named the “Best Waterfront Restaurant” on Ft. Myers Beach by USA Today and provides picturesque views of the Bay in an alfresco flip setting which allows you to watch the dolphins play while you enjoy incredable meals prepared by Chef Juan Cruz flipp6flippflipp0flipp4flipp8flip9

 and the Rum drinks and Martinis  are our favorites!



The casual setting is the perfect backdrop to an American menu that surprises and delights the palate.

It's a little more upscale, and the food is supurb, the ambience is beautiful, and the service is unmatch in this area. 


Tell them that Bobby, from the Sun Bay Paper recommended them highly! 



Thursday, 04 February 2021 18:09

The 7-Day All-Cash Challenge

This morning while waiting for my car to fill up, I put the time to good use. I read all the hazard warnings. 
I couldn't help but think how much better off we might be if there were similar warning signs posted in stores, restaurants and malls warning of the hazards of plastic. ATM, debit and credit cards can be every bit as hazardous to our financial health as fumes, and improper handling of gasoline fuel can be to one's physical health. 
The vicious cycle of plastic-induced debt begins subtly. Before you know it, you're knee deep in the accumulation of things, all the while losing something precious called financial freedom.
There is a cure for the plastic disease. Put yourself on a cash diet. Here's my challenge: No plastic whatsoever for the next seven days. Of course, you shouldn't send cash through the mail, but I'm talking about day-to-day living. 
Can you do it? Of course you can. I have no doubt whatsoever that in the absence of plastic, your life would go on. Your family would not starve and you would become very creative indeed.
I know what you're thinking. That's too inconvenient -- and that's the point. If spending money were not so convenient, maybe all of us would keep more of it. 
Experts tell us based on credible studies and statistics that when we shop and live dependent on electronic payments for everything from groceries to gas to the daily coffee -- and on and on and on -- we simply spend more. It's the convenience factor. It's mindless to just swipe the plastic for everything without engaging and focusing on the true cost of things.
Are you ready to take the challenge? Great. Find a safe place for your plastic and just get it out of reach. Hand it over to a trusted friend or relative. Or freeze all of it in a big block of ice. Nothing will be harmed, your cards will be safe, so no worries there.
As you are able to pry yourself from plastic, you will experience a new sense of well-being and freedom. It's called living within your means, paying as you go, spending only what you have, delayed gratification. 
There's something remarkable about living with cash. Suddenly, you're really paying for things -- not creating a promise to pay when the bill arrives. 
You are touching and feeling the sensation of that thing known as money. You'll intuitively start paying attention to how much that fast-food lunch costs because you'll be handing over currency and coins, not merely swiping plastic while you enjoy the music or exchange pleasantries with the guy in line behind you. 
As you cruise the supermarket, the actual prices of things will begin to capture your attention. You'll compare the prices and notice which items are on sale. You'll keep checking your pocket to make sure you have enough to pay as your cart fills up. 
Plastic has a way of shielding us from what things really cost. That might feel good at the time, but it's like living in a fantasy world. Paying with cash clears away all the fog and keeps it real.
Let the challenge begin.
Mary Hunt
Saturday, 30 January 2021 20:07

Choice Market Food Bank’s Annual Fundraiser

Choice Market Food Bank is the only food pantry serving the families in need on Fort Myers Beach. This is your community food pantry and they are asking you to join them in their mission to feed those in need, especially now. Craig Nelms, (above and below) has been volunteering at the market for the past 11 years and has been running the market for the past 10 years... the whole time as a volunteer! Kudos bro!

Their annual fundraiser is going on now and they would like for you to join them in the fight against hunger.

One hundred percent of your tax deductible contribution will stay here on the beach and aids in their effort to feed the beach.

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(L to R) Craig with volunteers Lee Gardner and Robert Walker

Craig wanted to make sure we mentioned another volunteer:

Mechell Player, who wasn’t available for the photo above, Thanks Mechell!



This year was extra busy at the Choice Market with more people and families in need of food and personal hygiene. It has taken a toll on the finances that are needed to keep the market going. Also, they had to buy up to 60% more items at retail price, leaving the market in dire need to replenish funds.

Their goal is to raise 8,000 dollars more to allow them to get through this year since Harry Chapin Food Bank has significantly less food this year to distribute to other smaller food banks .

Choice market feeds, on average 1083 mouths per month, which they told me, totals out to be over 100,000 pounds of food. And as you can imagine, due to the Covid Pandemic there is even a greater need in our community now.

Please consider a monetary donation to help feed your community. Checks should be made payable to 'Beach Baptist,' with a note in the memo line that reads “Choice Market Hunger Drive”.

Or if you want to donate any unopened, non perishable goods, such as Dried and Canned Beans, Nut Butters, Dried Fruits and Vegetables, Canned Fish or Poultry, Nuts and or Pumpkin Seed, Grains, Canned Vegetables and Fruits, Jerky, Granola Bars, Protein bars and Canned and/or Dried Soups are just a few good examples of non perishables they always can use too.

Again, your generosity will directly impact families on Fort Myers Beach.

They would like to thank you, in advance, for your generosity and partnering with Choice Market in the fight to help end hunger on our island.
You can reach Craig at 239-362-7500 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Market is in the back of Beach Baptist Church by the playground

130 Connecticut St, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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Saturday, 30 January 2021 17:53

The Day The Music Died

Rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on February 3rd, 1959.

The flight was headed for Moorhead, Minnesota. Investigators blamed the crash on bad weather and pilot error. Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with “That’ll Be the Day.”

After mechanical difficulties with the tour bus, Holly had chartered a plane for his band to fly between stops on the Winter Dance Party Tour. However, Richardson, who had the flu, convinced Holly’s band member Waylon Jennings to give up his seat, and Ritchie Valens won a coin toss for another seat on the plane.

Holly, born Charles Holley in Lubbock, Texas, and just 22 when he died, began singing country music with high school friends before switching to rock and roll after opening for various performers, including Elvis Presley. By the mid-1950s, Holly and his band had a regular radio show and toured internationally, playing hits like “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy!,” “Maybe Baby” and “Early in the Morning.” Holly wrote all his own songs, many of which were released after his death and influenced such artists as Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney.

Another crash victim, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, 28, started out as a disk jockey in Texas and later began writing songs. Richardson’s most famous recording was the rockabilly “Chantilly Lace,” which made the Top 10. He developed a stage show based on his radio persona, “The Big Bopper.”

The first day of Chinese New Year varies every year, much like our Easter celebration does.

The Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between January 21 and February.20 . In 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Friday, 12 February, which is the Year of the Ox..

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Throughout history, Chinese Lunar New Year activities started as early as three weeks before Chinese New Year's Eve, but these days a week before is more usual, and this year, it will be celebrated on Feb the Mercato lawn area from 11am to 4pm.

Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China, and has strongly influenced Lunar New Year celebrations.

This years festival is Presented by the Asian Professionals Association of SWFL (APASWFL ) ASIA FEST 2021

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This will be a fun-filled day filled with rich Asian Culture! Dancers and musicians with a wide variety of performances, Special Activities, Asian Cuisine &Vendors, Featured Guests and an Asian Parade too!

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ASIA FEST 2021 is an event where different Asian communities come together and showcase crafts, performance arts, their various customs and cultures from countries and regions from Asia. These communities come together at this festival to share their Heritage!

And all proceeds go to APASWFL SCHOLORSHIPS for outstanding Asian-American Senior Students.

The Festival will showcase crafts, performances, customs & cultures from countries and ethnic regions from Asia.

Your health and safety is our PRIORITY. APASWFL is one of the elite organization that has earned the RESTART SWFL Seal of Confidence. A campaign to bring a renewed sense of confidence and prosperity to the region through which business owners pledge to adhere to a set of four standards involving health, business and ethical practices and to participate in two business or health-related discussions to earn the seal.

All attendees over 2 years of age are required to wear a mask or face shield upon entering the festival. Social distancing must be maintained. Vendors will be required to wear a mask and hand sanitizers will be available at ALL booths. Signage of safety guidelines will be available throughout the event area.

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The festival will feature Alluring Multi-Cultural Dances from China, Indonesia, Turkey, Vietnam, India, Philippines, & the Pacific Islands, a Medley of Delectable Asian Cuisine, Enticing Specialty Vendors, Japanese Taiko Drummers, Traditional Lion Dancers, Martial Arts, Tai Chi Demonstration, Plus featured Special Guests, Influencers, Comedians & more. Win prizes by participating in the any of the 3 contests... the Asian Fun Fact Trivia, the Best Asian Costume and the **NEW** Best Asian Themed Mask Contest.

They encourage advance ticket purchase of $6 and have VIP entry access. Ticket sales at the event will be $7 per person over 7 years of age.

We encourage you to wear your favorite Asian Attire and Join our Parade of Cultural Pageantry by our Lovely Local Asian Beauties. The one who receives the most votes will be crowned "Ms. AsiaFest 2021". Vote for your favorite candidate ($1 per vote, after all, this is a fundraiser)!

Bring your chairs, umbrellas & beach throws. Stay a while and enjoy this day of Rich Asian Cultural Showcase. We will have activities & special treats for kids of ALL ages.

If you're interested in being a member or a volunteer, subscribe at our website or for additional details.

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Saturday, 30 January 2021 16:20

How To Handle Stress Better

The way our bodies react to stress is actually supposed to be good for us! I know, at first it seems like a weird statement, but it is true! You see in the grand scheme, in our grand design if you will, we react to stress as if it is a life or death situation.... think about that for a moment.... Originally, stress was life threatening! For example...

You’re walking through a jungle, and a tiger jumps out into view "THAT my STRESS" and all kinds of things start to happen in our bodies.

The stress response begins in the brain, and triggers 'the Fight or Flight" syndrome. Now I'm sure most of you have head that term before, but if not, it's the body preparing itself to either 'Fight' and defend itself from said stress, or prepare itself for 'Flight' and to run away from the stress it is encountering and again, remember, this reaction to stress happens because at our core, we consider stress a life or death situation.

Your body then triggers your sympathetic nervous system.... The adrenal glands respond by pumping the hormone epinephrine otherwise known as adrenaline into the bloodstream, making you stronger and quicker. The heart begins to beat faster than normal, pushing blood into the muscles preparing them for maximum exertion, other vital organs that can store blood do so, in case you're wounded, you would bleed less. You begin to breathe more rapidly. Smaller airways in the lungs open wide allowing the lungs to take in as much oxygen as possible with each breath. This extra oxygen is sent to the brain, increasing alertness. Your sight, hearing, and other senses become sharper. Meanwhile, epinephrine and

Cortisol trigger the release of blood sugar (glucose) and fats from temporary storage sites in the body which flood into the bloodstream, supplying more energy to all cells of the body and they also increase the availability of substances that repair tissues. It also alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system....

Digestion virtually stops, your brain is worried about staying alive, it could care less about undigested food in your stomach...

Hydrocortisone is released as an anti-inflammatory, so if you were to sprain your ankle, it may hurt but it would not swell up so you could still run on it. ...........

All this and much, much more happens .... all in an instant! from having seen the tiger in the woods headed your way.

In that same flash of an instance you have to decide which is it going to be... "Fight" or "Flight" .....let's look a few scenarios...

Case #1, you think the tiger hasn't spotted you yet and you choose "Flight".... at first, backing away slowly, trying to be silent and then when there is a little more distance between you and the tiger, you start running, you run for what seems like forever and finally all of a sudden you stop, and stay very quiet and listen..... you don't hear the tiger following and after a few minutes, you finally think you got away.... the next thing you do is “take a huge deep breath and let out a long audible sigh! and think Pheeeeuuuw,,,, that was a close one.”...the STRESS is over...! this is when your body starts to settle back down! The Para-sympathetic system kicks into gear, also known as the "rest and digest system" normalizing the body's chemicals and hormones, it is the opposite of the fight or flight response. It helps promote equilibrium in the body and allows the body to rest and repair.

Case #2, you think the tiger hasn't spotted you yet and you choose "Flight".... at first, backing away slowly, trying to be silent and then when there is a little more distance between you and the tiger, you start running, but the tiger catches you from behind and eats you....well let's face it, not the outcome we hoped for but.... the STRESS is also over...!

Case #3, you are sure the tiger sees you and as it turns and is now headed towards your way, you know you can't out run it at this point, so you brandish your weapons and the battle begins.... somehow, miraculously... you defeat the tiger with a final death blow to the chest and you both fall to the ground... you.... exhausted, the tiger.......... dead. After a moment to collect your thoughts you take a huge deep breath and let out a long audible sigh! and think Pheeeeuuuw,,,, that was a close one....and the STRESS is over....! You begin to "lick" your wounds, bandage yourself up and same as in case #1, the Para-sympathetic system kicks into gear, normalizing your body.

Case #4.You can probably guess this one.... tiger wins.. eats you and the STRESS is over... ! Point is, whichever the scenario.... there is an end to the stress!

Now the problem with our stress today is there is no end to the stress, because, getting ready for work can be stressful, running late for a meeting is stressful, being in traffic is stress.

There is no END ... it’s just one stress stacked up on another, on another! And remember the part I mentioned about digestion virtually stopping?

And another thing! It doesn't even matter if the stress is real or imagined like when in home alone the little boy goes into the basement and the furnace is trying to eat him..same internal reaction, or you think you hear footsteps behind you on a dark street.... same internal reaction, even when you turn quickly and no one is there.... too late! Fight or Flight has already kicked in!.

Now let's imagine the day of a mother of two school age children, who works at a firm, in accounting from 8am to 2pm, so she can pick her kids from school at 2:30,.....

She wakes up early in the morning has to get herself ready for work, her children ready for school, feed them breakfast, perhaps make a lunch for herself and the kids all before 7:15 when dad takes them to school (let's call that Stress A)

Then after they leave, she gets into her car where she deals with traffic and often road rage, some of her own and some from others before getting to work...normally a half hour drive (let's call that Stress B)

Then she clocks in at 8:03 because today it took over 40 minutes, she thinks, ”late again, what a day it’s been already,” which gets a look from floor manager (small Stress, not worthy of a letter) now she has X amount of work to do before she gets off at 2pm, taking time for a quick sandwich for lunch ... (let's call that Stress C)

Then it's back in the car for some more road rage to pick up her kids because this takes 30 minutes on a good day....(Stress D)

All followed by.... get home, prepare dinner, check if children do their homework Stress, Stress, Stress, Stress, Stress! These stresses continue to build up on top of each other!

So the question is, "How do we deal with stress when it actually is not life threatening and it keeps piling up on itself one stress after another after another?

I'm a L.M.T. a Licensed Massage Therapy provider, and I've been telling that tiger in the jungle story to my clients for the past 20+ years in an attempt to explain how the body reacts to stress especially these days when we are in stressful situations one after another all day long!

I was telling the story to a client one day (about 15 years ago) ....but this time, for some reason, I actually did the deep breath and the audible sigh..... I immediately felt relaxation come over me and it hit me....

The Huge Deep Breath and the letting out a long audible sigh is the signal to the body that STRESS IS OVER!


Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth making an audible SIGH


Now let's revisit a day in the life of a mother of two school age children.

She wakes up early in the morning has to get herself ready for work, after doing that, she stops for a moment and takes a deep breath and lets out a long sigh..... this closes the door on any stress she has encountered up to now and lets her para- sympathetic system start to settle her down.

She gets her children ready for school, feeds them breakfast, perhaps make a lunch for herself and the kids all before 7:15 when dad takes them to school.
Then after they leave, before she even exits the house to get in the car....... she takes a huge deep breath and lets out a long sigh....Again, the para-sympathetic nervous system kick into gear.

Then as she gets to her car she is already in a better place, physically and mentally and gets on the road where she deals with traffic, some road rage but from others now... and the trip seems, as she parks her she takes the key from the ignition she again, takes a huge deep breath and lets out a long sigh...this closes the door on any stress from the road trip and again her para- sympathetic system starts to settle her down.

Then she goes inside feeling pretty good, clocks in a few minutes early, and smiles, even though she won't get the extra minutes credit, she thinks, ‘it's going to be a good day!’ which gets a nod and a returned smile from floor manager, she has an easy time getting her work done in time with a regular lunch break before she gets off at 2pm.

And again before she leaves the building, even though it's been an easy day, she takes another huge deep breath and lets out another Long sigh....just in case!

I think by now you are starting to get the picture. By signalling to the body that all previous stress is over, your body and mind is better able to deal with other stress headed your way!

Now I must tell you I am not a doctor , I am a licensed massage therapy provider. I was an instructor of Massage Techniques and Anatomy and Physiology for 14 years and have had my own business on Fort Myers Beach for the past 20 years!

First thing to remember is, our bodies have a natural connection to relaxing when we exhale.... period. Every time you breath out .... at some level your body is going ....ahhhhhhhhh!.

So do it with me right now! ... Take a huge deep breath, hold it a second and let out a loud audible sigh.... and let it all out.....

Did you feel it?... The release... The relaxation... almost everyone of my clients do feel it the very first time I ask them to do it with me..

Add these deep breaths between the different parts of your daily routine... you will notice the difference.

If you didn’t feel it....Do it again!

Bobby Mimmo LMT

The USS Mohawk was a WWII Coast Guard Cutter that is 165 feet in length. After its service in the military, it now rests in approximately 90 feet of water just off the coast of Captiva Island, FL.

The ship reef structure maintains a population of marine life that spans the food chain. Large schools of bait fish, snappers, grouper and other game fish live around the reef.
SWFL Reefs is a nonprofit foundation that works to enhance the marine environment and protect natural reef ecosystems.

Through the creation of artificial habitats, we help to provide safe haven and food for more than 250 different reef fish species from the shallow waters of back bays and harbors, to more than 30 miles offshore.

From their base in Sanibel, Florida, SWFL Reefs works with other marine conservation nonprofit organizations, corporations and government agencies to ensure the sustainability of our underwater wildlife.

SWFL Reefs supports the Lee County artificial reef program, which includes planning and implementation of new projects, maintenance of existing sites, monitoring reef quality, educating reef users and informing the public about the role that these reefs play in enhancing the quality of life for people and marine ecosystems.

Artificial reefs created by Lee Cou­­­nty, not only hold sea life that recreational divers enjoy and anglers want to catch, but also create viable, long-lasting marine habitat that complement the natural ledges and outcroppings that exist off the Lee County coast, the USS Mohawk is a great example.


The Mohawk Cutter.... was and "Ice Breaker" when she was commissioned 

The Mohawk was officially commissioned in January, 1935 and first assigned patrol and general icebreaking duties on the Hudson and Delaware Rivers. The outbreak of war found her stationed in Cape May, New Jersey.

In November, 1941, the Mohawk was directed to serve as part of the naval forces of the United States. She was assigned to North Atlantic escort operations with the Greenland Patrol. She served there for the duration of World War II.

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USS Mohawk Off the shore of Greenland

During the war, the Mohawk launched a total of 14 attacks against submarine contacts between 1942 and 1945. She also broke ice in the Arctic Circle and rescued more than 300 sailors in two different operations.mohawk subs

In November of 1945, the Mohawk’s war-time armament was removed and she was transferred to her old homeport of Cape and in April, 1946, the Mohawk was placed “in reserve, in commission” status with a skeleton crew at Cape May, New Jersey. She remained there until she was ordered to be decommissioned in October, 1947.

The Mohawk was declared surplus to needs of the Coast Guard in July, 1948 and was sold in November, to the Delaware Bay and River Pilots’ Association. For more 30 years, she was used as a pilot boat on the Delaware River.


Mohawk was found in a Staten Island scrap yard by Frans Boetes, then president and CEO of Mohawk’s Memorial Museum. She had been there, rusting for over 15 years.


After a complete overhaul, the USS Mohawk headed to Key West.

After some initial repairs, she was towed to Miami, where substantial repairs were made, and then on to Key West where the ship was berthed as USS Mohawk Memorial Museum at Truman Waterfront.

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After repairs, as a Memorial Museum at the Truman Waterfront.

In the spring of 2012, it was once again in need of costly repairs,

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so it was ultimately decided that the most honorable fate was to give her a final duty serving as a veteran's memorial reef rather than sending her back to the scrap yard where she would have been taken apart and melted down for her steel.

The Mohawk was donated to Lee County Department of Natural Resources and was transported to Fort Myers Beach in May, 2012 where she was cleaned in order to ensure no negative environmental impacts from its aging equipment, experts cleaned and prepared the ship to be an artificial reef, prior to sending it on its last voyage.


On July 2, 2012 , the “Mighty Mo” was scuttled 30 miles off the coast of Fort Myers Beach. In her final resting place as an artificial reef.

The Mohawk was the first dedicated veterans memorial military ship reef in the United States of America. The USS Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef was the brainchild of Mike Campbell with the Lee County Division of Natural Resources, and has made Southwest Florida a new diving destination and has become a popular.

Scuba divers should always practice their safety protocols and make sure to have their diving buddy.

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Take some awesome photos of fish, snapper, goliath grouper, barracuda and who knows what other types of sea life and marine creatures will come to populate the shipwreck. Spear diving may also be a popular underwater activity at this diving spot, just make sure to follow acceptable practices and local diving rules.

It's an excellent fishing spot too, fishermen will want to carry along a variety of fishing rods, fishing reels and tackle. Having your light tackle for fun with the small fish, as well as having a 50 pound class rod and reel outfit available should the big ones show up, helps to make the fishing day more fun.

At this reef, you never know what gamefish will show up hungry and ready to bite.


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Saturday, 30 January 2021 00:10

Bonita Beach / Fort Myers Beach.... "Dog Park"


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Searching for this dog beach on line, you will find that the location listed as: 14436 Bonita Beach CSWY. Bonita Springs, FL 34134, or as: 8800 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, luckily, both searches bring you to the same place.

It is a lovely Dog Beach where your dogs can run and frolic in sand and the gulf of Mexico off a leash.... for FREE! and legally!

The name on the sign is Bonita Beach Dog Park and it is the only Lee county-owned beach, where pets are allowed to run free. But depending on who you talk to, it is refered to by either name. Bonita Beach or Fort Myers Beach ‘dog park’

This is a coastal tideland, therefore the size of the beach will vary on the water level of the tide, when the tide is high, there is very little beach front but the water is very shallow for the dogs to run and play, when the water is low, the sand bars are all exposed and make more room for people, towels blankets and umbrellas.

"Dog Beach" is a strip of beach land on the outside edge of Lover's Key State Park along the Fort Myers Beach/Bonita Springs line.

It is an “off leash” beach to let your dog run free and play in the shallow, calm water of the Gulf of Mexico. There are no fences, leashes or worries required. Just plenty of dogs of all sizes to play with.

Many people visit that don't even have dogs, they come to watch the dogs run and play with their furry friends on land and water. I have met many visitors there who came because they miss their dogs that they were not able to bring with them on vacation.

You can see the sign from the road but the beach itself is not visable from the main road, just follow the signs around the trees and a clearing will open up to Dog Beach.

This is a great place where your dogs may run free in a beautiful beach setting.

Another good point: parking for your vehicle is also free. There is also a Doggie shower station at the edge of the parking lot, provided by a private donor,which allows you to rinse your dog before leaving the park.

dog beach

Having two Australian Sheppards myself, I have been there many times, this time of year.... in season, I try to go early, and I mean early in the morning, it gets very 'dog crowded' by 9am...and by noon, well, it's hard to keep an eye on your dog among the lot.

As seen below.You can see the Gulf at the far end of the picture, the dog beach is to the right of that. You will notice a path emerging on the right side of the opening long before you reach the open Gulf.

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This photo (above) is the low tide look, during high tide, you may have to wade through some water, up to knee high, to get to it so check tides or be prepared to get a little wet.
Please "Paws" and read the rules. No glass containers or alcohol allowed. This is an unsupervised facility. You are responsible for yourself, your dog and its behavior. So Please be responsible for your dog, if your dog is not 'other dog' friendly then this is not the place for you or your dog.

The future of this wonderful facility depends upon our/your ability to self-monitor, so it is very important to clean up after your dog, so remember to bring poop bags, Pet Waste that is left uncollected degrades water quality. With an estimated 134,000 dogs in Lee County, this results in a lot of waste that sometimes washes into our waterways anyways.... we especially don’t want to increase bacteria and bad nutrients at our cool dog beach.

Join us in our ‘Do your Duty’ campaign and pick up the waste you run into... even if your dog didn’t do it!

To learn more visit: and help stop the Slime Monster.

This park does not have a restroom but there is a portable toilet (port-a-potty).

There is no running water so remember to bring lots of water for yourself and for your dogs.

Please follow the rules to make it a safe, clean enjoyable place for all.

For more information visit or call 239-533-7275. And have a fun safe day at dog beach!


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