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Resident saddened by resignation of Town Cultural Resources director

September 7, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

The Town of Fort Myers Beach is fortunate to have had someone who exemplifies expertise in their field and who has inspired so many of us to volunteer for this project.

Theresa Schober has been the director of Cultural Resources department for the Town of Fort Myers Beach for nine years. She is a professional archaeologist and her dedication to the project and her diligence in obtaining grants has brought forth to the Town more than $3 million. She is highly respected due to her achievements throughout the state of Florida.

The Mound House itself is being transformed back to its 1921 era and, with the Council's support, the success of this tremendous undertaking is in sight.

In April of this year, visitors have had the opportunity to go inside a shell mound built by Calusa Indians who lived here 2,000 years ago. Expressions of great interest have been received by more than 1,000 visitors up to August in this unique exhibit alone.

The grant from the Lee County Tourist Development Council has provided new landscaping of those tropical plants and trees that existed in the time periods that are documented. This enhances what is offered not only with the education programs but the beauty that surrounds the property.

We are saddened to learn of Theresa's resignation as of Sept. 30. Now that capital projects are being completed, she will be moving on to other opportunities.

We as citizens of Fort Myers Beach are indebted to Theresa for her dedicated service and years of promoting the educational programming that has taken place in these many years and making this so successful.

Theresa's position also included Newton Park, which is now being enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The cultural treasures such as Newton Park and Mound House on our barrier island are a unique asset for our Town as nothing quite like this exists in the state.

Theresa's success in these endeavors will long be remembered, and we wish her the very best in her career that is ahead of her.

Ceel Spuhler

Fort Myers Beach



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