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Civic & Community Corner: Holiday caroling, tree lighting, set for Dec. 9

November 30, 2016
North Fort Myers Neighbor

At the North Fort Myers Civic Association meeting on Nov. 8, Dora Miller and Maryanne Howard were elected to the Board of Directors.The Association is looking for a fundraiser to raise about $1,000. If any of my readers have a good idea, please contact me. (See my contact info at the end of this article).

The Civic Association decided to hold its annual Community Holiday Tree Lighting (come see the best-ever tree decorations applied by Maryanne Howard and crew) on Dec. 9 at nightfall (approximately 5:30 p.m.) followed by its annual Holiday Caroling for the next hour in front of the entrance to the North Fort Myes Recreation Center, with background music and song sheets provided for the most popular and beloved holiday music. Singers are requested - whether you can carry a tune or not - it's the Holiday Spirit that we are looking for!

From there the group will move to Bianca's Restaurant, N. Cleveland Ave. just north of Littleton, where we will have a Dutch Treat Holiday Dinner Social (order off the regular menu) to foster the idea of "peace on Earth, good will towards men and women." The public is invited - bring your friends, spouse, significant or casual other, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, whatever - to all or any part of this tripleheader. Contact me before Dec. 6 if you are attending the Dutch Treat dinner because I need to give the restaurant a head count.

On Monday, Nov.14, I was pleased to accept the invitation of Phyllis Sandler and addressed the Sabal Springs Coffee Hour with about 50 in attendance where I spoke about "What's Happening in North Fort Myers."

With the help of Rudy Berndlmaier we erected a large map of North Fort Myers on a movie screen and I reviewed, as vice president of the North Fort Myers Design Review Panel, 18-some projects in NFM from a maybe-someday 30 baseball field complex and The Fountains residential projects under consideration by Syd Kitson and Associates as part of the Babcock Ranch assembly in the northwest corner of Our Town; to the almost-completed construction of the U-Haul Storage facility on N. Cleveland Ave.; to the Burger King at Shoppes of Del Prado which just broke ground; to the legal-permission- needed-only at Nauti Parrot Tiki Hut at Marinatown; the planned rehab with a creative and attractive new facade and roofline at the north wing of Merchants Crossing where four stores and a restaurant will fill the space formerly occupied by a big box Sears; and a small single-family project currently known as Enclaves that might someday occupy the block to the immediate east of the Publix on Bayshore; on N. Cleveland where a former Sunoco gas station has now become Gasparilla Marine with numerous boats on display; to the DaVita Dialysis Clinic at Slater and Bayshore; another kidney facility on N. Cleveland just south of Littleton; and the list goes on.

The Design Review Panel meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center and the public is invited. If any of you have any questions about any of the projects, please contact me.

"Public apathy is the plague of the 21st Century! Volunteer; it's good for the mind and the heart" - Mike Land

Contact me at 239-823-3631 or if you have some event, project or idea that you would like in this column, or with any comments or questions. Visit



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