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Sanibel secret is out

By Staff | Jan 25, 2013

Letter to the editor:

Most of the residents of Sanibel really appreciate what a great place we have chosen to live. We are fortunate to have terrific organizations looking after our natural beauty, and organizations that care deeply about our wildlife.

I have had the privilege of serving as the president of FISH of Sanibel for the last two years, and I personally have come to appreciate the generosity of our community when it comes to care for our neighbors. Their generosity allows FISH to meet its mission of “neighbors helping neighbors.”

I’m afraid we can’t keep our “paradise” a secret any longer from the rest of Lee County. Within the last couple months we have had a number of our local leaders publicly honored. Christine Swiersz, FISH program director, was recognized as the “humanitarian of the year” by the Lee County Travel and Tourism Board; we have had Judie Zimomra, Sanibel City Manager, honored as the News-Press 2012 People of the Year Public Official; and just this week Maggi Feiner, FISH executive director, was named one of three finalists as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Edison Parade of Lights for her contributions making a difference in our community.

We are fortunate to have these three ladies providing leadership in their fields.

With leaders like these three, our dedicated organizations, and our generous community residents it’s no wonder Sanibel is such a great place to call home. And, now the rest of Lee County knows. Well done to all three!

Bill Fellows

Past President of FISH of Sanibel