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Captiva Breaks Ground For New Fire Station

On April 10, about two dozen firefighters, fire commissioners, public officials and VIPs turned over dirt during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Captiva Island Fire Control District's new headquarters.
The facility, which will be located at 14981 Captiva Drive, replaces the fire station originally constructed in 1980. According to Captiva Fire Chief Rich Dickerson, the new 6,110-square-foot station will include three bays (the previous station had two), an administration building with living quarters (seven bunk rooms), four offices, training room and break room.
"After Hurricane Charley, we didn't have a place for all of the emergency personnel we had out here," said Dickerson. "We had talked about a remodel (of the old facility); we wanted a building that could serve this community for the next 50 years." Captiva Fire Commissioner Bob Brace, who emceed the groundbreaking ceremony, talked about the project partners responsible for envisioning, designing, financing and constructing the new facility.
They include Sweet Sparkman Architects, J L Wallace, Inc. Construction, Fifth Third Bank, past and present firefighters as well as the island community. "Todd Sweet spent a lot of time planning something that would fit right in with Captiva, and we believe they've done that," said Brace, who called the community support the district received for the project "the glue that's held this together." Dickerson noted that construction officials have estimated the new fire station will take eight to 10 months to complete.

The Beaches Of Fort Myers And Sanibel Honored For Online FilmThe Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel video Awaken has been honored for Best Travel & Adventure Online Film & Video in the 18th annual Webby Awards.
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and chair Mitchell Baker, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and creator of the Gif, Steve Wilhite.
Awaken is a five-minute digital experience that celebrates the exceptional ecological diversity found along the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel while immersing potential visitors in the destination's natural beauty. At the forefront of digital innovation, the first-of-its-kind film was shot in a 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) format using the latest photo, video, slow motion and time-lapse techniques. Awaken can be viewed on an enormous scale – IMAX-sized – as well as shared on PCs and smartphones. The full-length film can be viewed at "Honorees like The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 12,000 entries we received this year."
"As a destination, we are continually embracing technology to engage travelers and promote the region's unique natural beauty," said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau. "We wanted to be the first travel destination to create a film in 4K. This honor acknowledges Awaken's success and underscores our efforts as innovators in the industry." The 18th Annual Webby Awards received 12,000 entries from more than 60 countries and all 50 states.
Out of all the 12,000 entries submitted, fewer than 15 percent received this honor and were deemed an official honoree.

Opening Exhibit, Artist's Reception Coming May 2 Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers, on Friday, May 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. for the opening reception and Art Walk for the monthly featured artists: mixed media/found objects artist Dale Weber, photographer Allan Tiller and painter Dr. Mary Louise Hooper.
The exhibit continues through June 2.
Searching for the significant hidden within the insignificant, the art of Dale Weber reveals an inner beauty of the mundane. His art is a metaphoric vehicle for the overlooked, abandoned and forgotten elements within today's society.
It urges a reassessment of values in a disposable world. Emerging as a young painter in the early 1970s, Weber was invariably drawn to subjects that bore the passage of time with a quiet dignity. His 2D assemblages and 3D constructions offer a new perspective; the subject has become the medium. He uses only discarded materials no longer able to serve their original purpose. For this reason, he prefers the term reinvented rather than recycled.
By careful selection and placement, these objects enter into dialogues expressing the artist's views that range from social commentary to the philosophical. "My goal is to inspire others to see the world through new eyes. Often, beauty is cloaked in shabbiness," said Weber.
"We must look beneath the surface to find the intrinsic value. In today's world, all deserve a second look, a second chance. Awareness is the first step of change." Tiller is a Southwest Florida resident and photographer by choice, having moved from the Chesapeake Bay area in 2003. The diversity of natural beauty is a constant source of inspiration. After a career including illustration, teaching at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and painting, photography has become his medium of choice, largely due to the changing physical abilities brought about by multiple sclerosis. He takes great pleasure in sharing his vision of the unseen details of the natural world.
Dr. Hooper is a national and international prize-winning artist, painting seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, abstraction and still life. Her purpose is to bring viewers a moment of respite and beauty in their stressful lives by taking them away to another place. She is life-juried into the Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea [Biennale International Contemporary Art Show] in Florence, Italy. She was juried into the Gallery of International Fulbright Artists/Scholars and she has participated in international art projects. Born in Greenwich Village, New York City to an Italian immigrant family, the yearly art shows in Washington Square Park influenced her desire to paint.
Since art was not encouraged as a way to make a living, she entered the field of Education. Her art became a self-taught hobby until completing art degrees in 1999 and 2002. Today, besides producing art, she conducts art classes and workshops for adults in all media.

Fort Myers Beach Taste of the beach

The Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced that 19th annual Taste of the Beach will be held on Sunday May, 4.
The popular food festival held on Fort Myers Beach will include approximately 20 restaurants plus a live concert featuring the Sean Chambers Band.
Local restaurants will serve up samples of their best signature dishes available for purchase. They will also be competing for the top Taste of the Beach Award honors in several categories, including:
• Best Appetizer
• Best Dessert
• Best Beef/Pork/Chicken
• Best Fish • Best Shellfish
• Best Non-Meat
• Best Decorated Booth
• People's Choice.
The festival gates will open at 11 a.m. and food will be served up until it runs out or until 5 p.m. Tickets will be available on-site. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12. All children under 12 are free. Food tickets are $1 each, with the average plate costing around $5. There are many restaurants participating in this event, all of which are members of the Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
Some that have already signed up are Matanzas on the Bay, Beach Pierside Grill, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Skip One Seafoods, Royal Scoop and many more. There is an expected 3,500-plus to attend this event this year. There will be a panel of celebrity judges to do the honors of judging. Winners will be announced from the stage at 4 p.m. The News-Press, Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, Paradise Tropical Wines, Smokin' Oyster Brewery, Nervous Nellie's, Sky Zone, Caribbean Pearl and more will be sponsoring this event, including the live music hosted from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. For more details, visit www.tasteoffortmyersbeach. com or email frontdesk@

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