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Sand artist John Boyd will be making Arches in the sand this week

By Staff | Jun 3, 2020

Sand artist John Boyd will be out at various locations along Fort Myers Beach creating artwork on the sand this week to bring awareness to the Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches organization. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Arches may not have returned to Fort Myers Beach, but the sand is still here for sand artist John Boyd to use his magical rake to work on recreating visions of the arches.

Boyd will be on the beach all week recreating the Arches through his sand art as part of an effort to bring attention to the Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches group. The organization is dedicated to constructing a replica of the Arches which welcomed visitors to Fort Myers Beach for decades.

The group had supported a proposal to place a smaller version of the Arches at Crescent Beach Family Park but that was rejected by the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council. That proposal came with a $75,000 cost estimate for a 15-foot-9-high Arches that would span 60 feet wide. That project was to be supported with county tourism development funds.

The group had planned to put on a “Rock the Arches” concert to raise funds on its own for constructing the Arches this year. Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches President Steven Ray MacDonald said the “Rock the Arches” concert will be rescheduled for next year. For the time being, “Rake the Arches” will have to do.

Boyd, who has developed a reputation for the detailed artwork he digs into the sand with his rake, said he is “thankful to be part of a necessary cause, so deeply close to my heart.”

McDonald said he is awaiting action from the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, whom he hopes will help the group find a suitable location for a new, smaller Arches. The original Arches were 104-feet long.

The commissioners voted in November to direct staff to work with the Town of Fort Myers Beach and Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches on finding a site for the Arches. Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass stated in November that he wants a small area with a small monument, to memorialize the Arches.

McDonald said he has been told that the county has “some ideas as to where they want to put them, we just don’t know what they are officially yet. But we have an idea. We have not seen what they proposed this time.”

For more information about the Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches group, you can visit their Facebook page.

Schedule for John Boyd’s “Rake the Arches” this week on Fort Myers Beach:

Wednesday, 9 a.m.: Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach, 6890 Estero Boulevard

Thursday, 9 a.m.: Lani Kai Island Resort, 1400 Estero Boulevard,

Friday, 9 a.m.: 8573 Estero Boulevard

Saturday, 9 a.m.: 100 Estero Boulevard