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It was a busy year for Civic

January 1, 2020
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The North Fort Myers Civic Association had a good year in 2019, with the organization seeing increased membership and fundraising that has not been seen since, well, it was formed.

That upward momentum is expected to continue in 2020, when the civic association celebrates its 20th anniversary.

"We did an awful lot in 2019, so much that I think I'll forget some," President Doug Dailey said. "I would say it was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, year we've had. I'm proud of the group we have put together."

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The North Fort Myers High School chorus sings Christmas carols at the Christmas celebration held at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center in December.

CHUCK BALLARO

For two straight years, the NFMCA has been able to put forward a full, 12-person board, which had been a problem in previous years and an accomplishment Dailey is especially proud of.

The year started with tragedy with the death of board member Mark Lipton, who was instrumental in helping the civic association get its 501 c 3 designation this past year, perhaps the most important achievement the group has accomplished.

In February, the inaugural Wiffle Ball tournament raised thousands to put some much-needed funds in their coffers to allow it the give back to the community.

The end of the year featured a successful Christmas event and angel tree, which was created to benefit seniors living in a local community and quickly sold out.

The NFMCA also held a drag queen bingo event that raised $1,000 that went to North Fort Myers High School for scientific calculators for students who can't afford them.

Civic also held a pancake breakfast, a community night at the Fort Myers Miracle game and a Care Bear promotion, where bears are given to law enforcement and first responders, who also got a full Thanksgiving dinner.

On the civic front, it continued to work to clean up Old 41, a road the NFMCA adopted, and got some trailers and unwanted trucks off the side of the road and cleaned up. They are also working to get the new steak house expected to open in 2020 in motion.

They also helped get drainage and flooding issues resolved in Palmona Park through improved culverts.

This coming year should see more growth, including a new butterfly garden and the second Wiffle Ball tournament set for Feb. 8, for which many of those who participated last year are expected to return.

Like last year, there will be another hurricane seminar and Town Hall meeting with the Planning Panel sometime in the spring.

With this being an election year, expect there to be several Town Hall candidates meet-and-greets, starting with one before the primaries in March.

"This year, we have pretty much more of the same. We're just trying to add to it. We want to increase membership and our working relationship with county government," Dailey said.

Dailey said he wants to continue the momentum in serving the community, whether it be by giving our scholarships, donating to the less fortunate or serving as an advocate for community improvement and growth.

"We keep going forward for the benefit of our community. It's a group effort, not just one person. It's the entire board and even the membership who have stepped up," Dailey said. "It's coming together. We put a pretty good stamp on things last year."

 
 

 

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