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Colored Coconut Hunt a big success

April 4, 2018
By ERIC DeVAUX ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

This year's Colored Coconut Hunt brought out fresh faces, seasoned searchers and veteran Easter Bunny helpers.

The event took place Sunday at Veterans Community Park where children were divided into participation age groups while everyone waited for the Easter Bunny make an appearance.

Among the newcomers were Tim Tyler and family.

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The Annual Colored Coconut Hunt took place Sunday, at Veterans’ Park.


"The way they have this set up is great," Tyler said.

For scheduling reasons, they couldn't attend previously.

"We decided to try it out this year," Tyler said. "We've been wanting to do it for the past couple years but had other conflicts."

His children had a blast with the Easter Bunny and the face painting, but the one thing that will bring them back next year was the hunt.

"(The best part was) finding the eggs," Aylaa Tyler said.

Bunny helpers kept things hopping.

Christine Susterich, a longtime employee of Lee County Parks and Recreation who has organized the event for around 30 years, will be retiring.

This was the last Easter event she will organize.

She felt that this Easter hunt went smoothly and that this, being her last, went the way she expected.

"It feels excellent," Susterich said. "We didn't get any complaints. Everything was smooth as it could be."

Nancy Zukaitis, who is also an employee of the Lee County Parks and Recreation, and an organizer of this specific event for 18 years, said the hunt was a success on many fronts.

"Making the memories and bringing people out to our parks," Zukaitis said. "Volunteers that help out, everybody that assists, it gets better every year."



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