To the editor
The first "Sunsets at Newton Park" community lecture series offered by the Town of Fort Myers Beach through the Mound House A Cultural & Environmental Learning Center has concluded for the season.
There are plans to offer another lecture series next season.
This year's lecture series was well attended and received many accolades by residents and visitors alike. Local experts generously shared their knowledge and enthusiasm on topics which some of the speakers had studied for 30 years or more. Topics covered included prohibition and rum running, history of the Lee County coastline, Florida Fish & Wildlife manatee research, sea turtle conservation, song birds of the mangroves and Native North American's use of archeaoastronomy.
Mound House staff thanks Melissa Timo, Outreach Coordinator, Florida Public Archaeology Network; John Kiseda, Lee County Parks & Recreation; Denise Boyd, Research Associate, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission; Eve Haverfield, Turtle Time, Inc.; Vince McGrath, Birding Guide; and Denise Sabatini, Everglades Astronomical Society for enriching our community with their lectures and photos.
Special thanks to Beach Accommodations, LLC, Fish-Tale Marina, The Friends of the Mound House and Publix Super Markets, Inc. for their 2014 sponsorships.