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By Staff | Sep 26, 2018

National Shell Museum receives grant

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the Collections Stewardship category.

The grant will sponsor the digital imaging and dissemination of about 10,000 specimens from the museum collection, promoting digital access to selected collection materials.

“As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn Matthew said. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

Sanibel Recreation Center seeks instructor

The city of Sanibel is seeking a fitness instructor to conduct the low impact land aerobics classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 a.m. at the Sanibel Recreation Center.

The position would be for fiscal year 2019, which runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2019.

Applicants must be able to meet the various needs and fitness levels of the center’s users.

The selected fitness instructor must submit to and pass a criminal background check.

Interested applicants must submit the following information:

– Copy of current group fitness certification(s) and/or specialty training certification(s)

– Copy of current AED/CPR/first aid certification

– Copy of current liability insurance

– Minimum of three references

– College degree earned in a health/fitness related field or equivalent work experience in the field

The information can be submitted in person at the center, emailed to andrea.miller@mysanibel.com or mailed to the City of Sanibel, Recreation Department, Attn: Andrea Miller, Recreation Director, 3880 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.

Goss named among Men of the Year

Sanibel City Councilmember Chauncey Goss is one of eight Men & Women of the Year named by Gulfshore Life for their outstanding contributions to the greater community of Southwest Florida.

The list features leaders in business, philanthropy, the arts and more from Collier and Lee counties.

The other recipients include:

– Dawn Montecalvo

– Juan Diaz

– Katie Schweikhardt

– Mike Martin

– Stacey Deffenbaugh

– Susie McCurry

– Scott Burgess

They winners will be honored at a reception and awards presentation on Nov. 8 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.

Starrs are exclusive agents for Causeway Key

Tom and Elise Starr, of John R. Wood Properties, have been chosen as the exclusive agents for the Villas at Causeway Key, at 16751 Davis Road, Fort Myers.

They are committed to staffing the model home, which will be open in mid-September. It will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Causeway Key’s grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 22. A kick off party is planned that will feature food and beverages, along with live music, a hot rod show and giveaways.

It will also be an opportunity to visit the newly decorated model home designed by interior designers Stephen and Todd. Home builders Wolter Zamnick Group are working with developer Scott Allan.

The grand opening is by invitation only; those who wish to attend can contact Elise Starr at elise.luxuryproperty@gmail.com or 239-209-3960.

Waichulis appointed to Lee County TDC

The Lee Board of County Commissioners appointed Bill Waichulis to the Lee County Tourist Development Council at its Aug. 21 meeting.

Waichulis has served as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the TDC since February 2015, representing the VISIT FLORIDA board of directors. He replaces Ren Affourtit, who retired on June 14 after serving 18 years on the TDC board.

Waichulis is senior vice president of operations with the Florida Resort Division of Boykin Management Co. He previously was general manager of Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina and served as director of operations at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva.

Florida DEO launches Rebuild Florida Center

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity opened a Fort Myers Rebuild Florida Center today, Sept. 26, at 2295 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers.

Rebuild Florida is a new program that will connect eligible Floridians with federal disaster recovery assistance to repair or rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Irma.

The program prioritizes the most-impacted communities and the most vulnerable low-income individuals, including the elderly, those with disabilities and families with young children.

Lee County Parks and Recreation receives award

The Lee County Parks and Recreation Department was recognized with the Florida Recreation and Park Association’s highest award at a recent state conference.

FRPA honored the department with the 2018 Agency Excellence Award in the “Super” category – the only municipality to earn the title – in Orlando on Aug. 29. It is the county’s first time receiving the honor.

The Lee County Commission recognized the department at its Sept. 18 meeting.

Agency Excellence Awards recognize the state’s most outstanding recreation agencies for their exemplary commitment in the areas of health, economic development, environmental sustainability and community development. Lee earned the super-level distinction for excelling in all four areas.

Lee County Clerk’s department recognized

For the 33rd year in a row, the Lee County Clerk’s Finance Department has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

The CAFR is the audited financial statements for Lee County that includes the Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector offices.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel of the Government Finance Officers Association and must meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story.