FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers teen is continuing a family legacy by working to become an Eagle Scout. It's a rare honor. Only 2% of scouts reach the goal.
But Jonathon Memoli has to complete his final project before he can become the fifth Eagle Scout in his family.
Three hundred and fifty pounds of river rock stands between Memoli and his dream.
"Originally, I never cared about it. A couple months ago, my grandfather died. One of his wishes was to see me as an Eagle Scout," said Memoli.
Now the 16 year old is determined to make that dream come true. His Eagle Scout Project is to restore a historic fountain at the Borrough Family home downtown. It was destroyed by Hurricane Charley six years ago.
It's been three months of planning and hard work. Today, it's finally coming together.
It's a test of Memoli's leadership and determination to follow in his grandfather's footsteps.
"My dad was involved in scouting until the day he died, he had several scouts in uniform at his funeral," said Jonathon's father Michael.
The last step of the project is the easy part: installing a replacement pump. Then, it's onto the Eagle Scout Board of Review where a panel will decide if Memoli is qualified to be in the top two percent of his peers.
Whether he gets the honor or not, his father is proud his son tried. And he knows his grandfather will be proud too.