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VOL. 23, NO. 6
SANIBEL & CAPTIVA ISLANDS, FLORIDA
JULY 31, 2015
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Panther Baseball Alumni
Club Fishing Tourney Returns
by Jeff Lysiak
With only two weeks before the 4th annual Panther Baseball Alumni Club
Fishing Tournament returns to the waters of Southwest Florida, organizers
are gearing up for their biggest fundraiser yet.
This year’s fishing tournament will be staged on Saturday, August 15 at Doc Ford’s
Rum Bar & Grille, located at 708 Fisherman’s Wharf on Fort Myers Beach. The honor
start begins at 7 a.m. and the post-tournament weigh-in scales will be open from 2 to 4
Like any successful fundraiser, a lot of work went into planning the first event, held
back in 2012.
“The fishing tournament was originated out of a need, as the Panther Baseball
Alumni Club’s main fundraising event used to be a Casino Night,” said Chris Davison,
general manager of Sanibel’s Island Inn and co-founder of the fishing tournament. “The
Casino Night’s popularity was fading, so the club needed a new keystone event.”
Davison and several other of the Panther Baseball Alumni Club board members had
participated in fishing tournaments, so the idea of trying to execute this event was not
“Thankfully, it was a great success and we are now on to our fourth year,” added
This year’s schedule of events includes a captain’s meeting on Friday, August 14 at
6:30 p.m. at Doc Ford’s. One team member from each participating group of anglers
must attend. Food, soft drinks, long-sleeve T-shirts and tournament materials will be
Following the tournament, participants will have dinner at Doc Ford’s, which includes
soft drinks and two drink tickets for all anglers. Awards, raffles, prizes and a 50/50
drawing will be held during dinner.
“The fishing tournament has really grown over the last four years and, thanks to our
wonderful sponsors and volunteers, it continues to get bigger and better,” said Davison.
“It’s really become an event that many in the fishing community look forward to, as our
venue sponsor Doc Ford’s on Fort Myers Beach really knows how to put on a party!
Prizes and raffle items have only grown and we always have a surprise giveaway for all
the fishermen and women the day of the tournament.”
The entry fee is $250 for up to three people on the boat, additional anglers are $65
each. The first place winners will receive $3,000, second place gets $1,000 and third
place gets $500. Other cash prizes include $250 for fifth, 10th, 15th and 20th place.
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Volunteers from last year’s tournament
photos provided by Chris Davison
Promoting this year’s Panther Baseball Alumni Club Fishing Tournament are, from left,
Jonathon Rufener and Erik Hamm of Team Island Inn with event organizers Justin Lee and
Skull Found Near Wulfert
Road May Be Remains Of Calusa
by Jeff Lysiak
On Monday, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office closed the books regarding an
investigation into a human skull found on Sanibel Island late last week.
According to the Florida Department of State, who took possession of the
artifact, the discovery likely comes from a Native American burial ground.
The skull, found by biologist David Mason on July 23, may be the remains of a
Calusa Indian, the earliest inhabitants of Southwest Florida. Mason was in an area near
Wulfert Road, removing gopher tortoises from a 76-acre property owned by the Sanibel
Bayous Development Corporation. A residential development has been planned for the
site.During the latter portion of Tuesday’s planning commission meeting, the subject was
brought up by commissioner John Talmage. Jim Jordan, director of planning, explained
that when Mason was digging at the site, he initially thought he had dug up a coconut.
According to sources, since the state determined the discovery was connected to
Native American burial grounds, which are protected by law, development at the site
could be halted.
Sanibel CERT Looking For Volunteers
The Sanibel CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is looking for vol-
unteers to participate in upcoming training. The training will consist of eight
aspects of response to emergencies such as hurricanes, tornados and others.
The Sanibel CERT members are members of the community that are willing to help
others in a time of need, when police officers and firefighters are busy with other
aspects of a disaster. CERT members learn first-aid, preparedness and overall safety.
The course will take place over eight weeks, meeting once a week for approximately
two hours a week.
The course takes place at Sanibel Fire Station One on Palm Ridge Road, Wednesday
evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. The course starts on September 9 and runs through
November 4. Contact Assistant Chief Matt Scott at 472-5525 or mscott@sanibelfire.
com if you would like to participate in this training opportunity.
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