TASTE OF THE BEACH
The 24th Annual Taste of the Beach will be held on SU May 5 from 11am-4pm on Old San Carlos Blvd. The popular food festival features fourteen local restaurants, promotional vendors and live music on two stages. Plus a new shaded beer garden and a new & improved server competition. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under free. Food tickets are $1 each, with the average food plate costing $5. Celebrity judges will pick winners, who will be announced from the main stage at 4pm. For more information visit fortmyersbeach.org.
USCG OPEN HOUSE
The U.S. Coast Guard will kick off National Safe Boating Week with an Open House & Safety Fair on SA May 18 from 10am – 3pm at the USCG Station Fort Myers Beach on San Carlos Island at 719 San Carlos Drive, FMB. National Safe Boating Week, May 18 -24, promotes the importance of practicing safe boating at all times. Safe Boating includes taking a boating safety course, never boating under the influence and knowing the navigational rules. USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 91will provide the instructional seminar, “Suddenly in Command” to learn what to do in a boating emergency, as well as demos on paddleboard safety. Stop by and learn more about boating safety and the USCG. “Coastie” a remote-controlled low endurance class cutter, will make an appearance. Scheduled to attend: Lee County EMS, Safe Kids SWFL, LCSO Marine Unit, USCG & Auxiliary Recruiters, FL DEP, FMB Fire Department Truck, Golisano Neonatal & Pediatric Ambulance, Florida FWC. Free hot dogs and water will be served.
The Mound House “What’s in the Water?” project needs volunteers to collect water samples at assigned locations on the Island on Saturday, May 18 between 10 and 11am. To register as a volunteer, go to bit.ly/watertest2019 For more information contact Mound House Education Coordinator Penny Jarrett at 239-634-7602
PROTECT OUR TURTLES
Turtle nesting season is May – October. Beachfront homeowners are asked to do their part to protect our nesting and newly hatched turtles. Turtles are disoriented by lights shining on the beach. Shield your outdoor lights or replace the bulbs with Amber LED bulbs. Turtles cannot see amber LED lighting, but humans can. Turtle-friendly lights are now available at Town Hall or at bit.ly/lites4turtles. If you walk on the beach at night, DO NOT use a flashlight or your cell phone! If you rent your condo or home near the beach, change outdoor bulbs now and leave instructions to close the drapes after sunset to prevent light from shining on the beach. Remove or stack beach furniture close to the building. Remove all beach litter. Fill in all holes you dig on the beach. Your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles. For more information on sea turtles visit TurtleTime.org.
TRAM SERVICE ENDS
LeeTran ended their free Fort Myers Beach open-air tram service as of May 1. Trolley service has been reduced from three to one, now using Route 400, from the Beach Park & Ride on Pine Ridge Rd, to Lovers Key State Park. Find schedules at RideLeeTran.com
Each Friday and Saturday, free Sunset Celebration concerts from 5-10pm fill Times Square offering an entertaining musical backdrop to a spectacular sunset. On FR May 3 & 10 High Tide will play; SA May 4 Double Standard will entertain and on SA May 11 Wildlings. Show is pet and kid friendly. Stop by and enjoy the beach, restaurants, street performers, cold beverages and a beautiful sunset! Sunset Celebrations are sponsored by The Times Square Merchant & Event Association, The Town of Fort Myers Beach and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
DINING DISCOUNT BOOK
The 2019 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now available for just $28 online (fortmyersbeach.org) or $25 at the FMB Chamber, Bennett Chiropractic, Gavin’s Ace Hardware, FMB Kiwanis Thrift Store, or the UPS Store at Summerlin & San Carlos Blvd. The book offers BOGO (By One, Get One) dining discounts at 56 area restaurants, including a dozen FMB locations. Most are valid through Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects and local children in need.
Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA May 4 at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580 or 533-7576.
Chapel by the Sea hosts a monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers with discussions led by trained facilitators. The next meeting will be FR May 10 at 1pm. This is an opportunity to exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions and to learn about community resources. 100 Chapel St. (2500 block Estero Blvd.)
Art Quilters Unlimited (AQU) will hold their next meeting on SA May 11 at 12:30pm at St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. AQU is a group of artists interested in sharing fiber arts knowledge, supporting creativity through workshops and expanding the appreciation of our work with community and regional exhibits. All are welcome – novice to expert. Meetings are held the second Saturday of the following months: January, February, March, May, July, September and November. For more information visit www.artquiltersunlimited.com
The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) Hours are WE & TH 9am – noon. Free admission. Now showing: Summer Art Show. 239-463-3909; www.fortmyersbeachart.com
The Kingfish Mayhem Fishing Tournament will be held at Fish-Tale Marina May 16 – 18. This Pro Series invitation only tournament on Friday, May 17 already has a full slate of 40 boats registered. The Fort Myers Meat Mayhem Open Tournament will be held on SA May 18. For details see meatmayhemtournamentsfl.com The Captains Meeting on TH May 16 and the Awards Dinner on SA May 18 will be held at Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining at Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd, FMB.
The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork on the 3rd floor. The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:
FR May 3: 10:30am-Piano Recital
TH May 9: 10:30am- Memory Improvement
TU May 14: 10:30am-Windows 10 (pre-register); 2:15-3:15pm-Dog Day for Kids (pre-register)
TU May 21: Book Discussion, “The Allure of Immortality” by Lyn Milner.
The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including an observation pier, kayak launch and amazing back bay views. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. Museum is open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut St. with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:
SA May 4: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm – Guided Museum Tour; 1pm-Shell Mound Tour.
TU May 7: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am & 1pm-Shell Mound Tour; 11am & 2pm-Guided Museum Tour
WE May 8: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am & 1pm–Shell Mound Tour; 11am – Guided Museum Tour
SA May 11: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour; 2pm–Shell Mound Tour.
LOVERS KEY STATE PARK
Guided nature programs are offered in the park. All programs require registration, are free with park entry and take place at 10am. To register call 239-463-4588. Upcoming programs include:
FR May 3 – Walk on the Wild Side
TU May 7 – Fishing Clinic
FR May 10 – Birding Beach Walk
WE May 15 – Sensational Sharks
FR May 17 – Sea Turtle Talk
The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will host their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on FR June 7 at The Spring Run Golf Club in Bonita Springs. Open to the public. Registration is $100/person or $350/team and includes an 18-hole round, BBQ lunch, amazing prizes and raffles. Sponsorships still available. To register contact the Chamber at 239-454-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org