In 1999, Jean Gottlieb authored a historical narrative from a unique perspective. Drawing from her firsthand experiences residing on Fort Myers Beach from 1920-1970. Using interviews with residents, Gottlieb chronicled the accounts of resilient pioneers who ventured to this barrier island on Florida's Gulf coast in the early days. In her work, she skillfully documented their narratives, offering readers an authentic glimpse into the island's past.
Gottlieb compiled these firsthand accounts, shaping them into a cohesive and compelling narrative. Through the voices of these early settlers, the readers are transported to a bygone era. The book serves as a testament to the island's historical roots, emphasizing the need to preserve its tropical paradise allure and unique island ambiance amidst ongoing efforts to rebuild and develop.