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Dailey wants to keep talking to other civic groups

November 29, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The North Fort Myers Civic Association has grown by leaps and bounds in 2018, forming a major alliance with the Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce.

On Nov. 13, at its final meeting of 2018 at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center, it may be forming a second.

President Doug Dailey said he had spoken with the presidents from the Matlacha and Cape Coral civic associations as a way to open lines of communications between civic associations throughout Lee County.

Dailey said the associations have dealt with the same issues, but have not coordinated the way things should be done. He asked the board to allow him to continue to keep communicating with these other groups.

"If we have common problems, we can have common ideas. It's important to have strength in numbers and I think we should dangle our feet in the water to see how this goes," Dailey said.

Rudy Berndlmeyer said November's Art Walk at the Hancock Bridge Square Shopping Center was the least attended event to date, but expected that to increase with the pending move to Merchants Crossing in January, with each event from now through April on the second Saturday of the month. He said they were seeking a sponsor.

Vice president Danny Ballard talked about his work in trying to get a county bus route to Tara Woods. Currently, the furthest north the bus goes is the Shell Factory.

He said the bus routes have not been expanded since 2005 and the only company that services the northern communities is Good Wheels.

Good Wheels basically handles groups only. Passport, another company, has only 15 buses, and once they're gone, that's it, Ballard said. He also said their hours aren't really good.

Ballard said it comes down to a numbers game and he doesn't think he will like the outcome.

"The more numbers, the easier it's going to be. Tara Woods is working to get their numbers. I'm waiting for the new director at Lee Transit to come in so I can hammer him hard," Ballard said.

Also, the next North Fort Myers Community Night with the Fort Myers Miracle game will be on April 27, 2019.

The Miracle will be heavily involved in the inaugural Wiffle Ball bash in February. Dailey called it the kickoff event for spring training baseball in Lee County.

Among the sponsors will be Sign-o-Rama and All-American Printing, Ellsworth Heating & Cooling and Hooters, which will sponsor all kids who want to play, hold a pre-tournament bash at the Fort Myers location, and put together an all-girls team.

"It's an event that everyone is buying into. We're getting a lot of work done and a lot of cooperation," Dailey said. "We still need vendors and I would like everyone to get two sponsors."

Dailey said he would like to give all proceeds back to the community in the form of scholarships, start a foundation and become a force for good in the community.



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