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Civic Association holds first meeting of 2019

January 16, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The North Fort Myers Civic Association has a lot on its plate for 2019.

The organization got a look ahead at its first meeting of the new year.

In the queue?

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Bruce Vanderveen, owner of All-American Printing, receives a Michigan State University baseball jersey from North Fort Myers Civic Association president Doug Dailey during the first meeting of the new year.


The annual town meeting will be held next month at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center with Commissioner Brian Hamman, who is expected to update the community on a number of issues.

A year ago, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners approved a $2 million pilot program to award grants to business owners willing to revitalize areas of North Fort Myers.

So far, only one such grant has been handed out.

Paradise Isles and Hancock Bridge Square also are expected be update discussion topics.

The date for the town hall has yet to be set, but it is certain Hamman wil have a full agenda.

"We need to ask him what's happening. What's going on with the pilot program and what about all the development that was going to occur," said Doug Dailey, civic association president.

A good part of the meeting, though, was not only a look a head, but a look back as members remembered Mark Lipton, a member of the civic association board, who passed away unexpectedly during the holidays.

There were also a lot of items the civic association has already been working on.

Among them is fundraising.

The biggest fundraiser, the Wiffle Ball Tournament, has been going strong, with half the field already locked in.

All-American Printing will be the main sponsor. Owner Bruce Vanderveen was given a Michigan State baseball jersey (maybe a size or two too small) for when he fields his team.

Dailey also announced another fundraiser, this one a little more "old school."

Dailey got approval for a pancake breakfast to be held at Applebee's on March 2.

The civic association has held flapjack fundraisers in the past, with one three years ago raising about $900 for two hours work.

The tickets will be $10, with $6 going to the civic association.

The organization also got a bit of good news when Liberty Tax announced it would do a raffle with the proceeds going to the group. The prizes were a pair of 50-inch TVs.

The civic association will also make its presence known at the Shell Factory, with events such as Bike Night on Jan. 17 and Gumbofest on Jan. 27.

North Fort Myers Community Night will be the last big event with the Fort Myers Miracle on April 20.

The event in August raised more than $600 and residents will be able to buy tickets through the team, which it wasn't able to do last time.

The civic association also talked about its next meeting in February, where members will have to decide on who will fill the three board vacancies.

Dailey said in the time he has been in office, the foundation that has been built has been strong, with a good mix of new people and the old guard, new things that are also both new and old.

"We've created a great foundation and we will continue to grow from here," Dailey said. "We can't forget where we came from. Many of our ideas come from what we did in the past and should be carried forward."



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