Kayak Fun and More on Fort Myers Beach

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    There’s always something happening on and around Fort Myers Beach! Check here each week for everything that’s going on from announcements to family fun.

    COVID-19

    Dr. Larry Antonucci of Lee Health and the Florida Department of Health urges Lee County residents & visitors to continue to follow CDC guidelines when outside their home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus which is still active in our state and community. Florida has seen over 26,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past week; Lee County 823 new cases. When away from home, practice social distancing – stay at least 6 ft away from other people. If you will be closer than that, wear a mask. Cloth masks help to contain droplets during speaking, breathing and coughing. Assume that you will encounter asymptomatic carriers of the virus; you may be one yourself. For current COVID-19 data see bit.ly/isp2020virus

    Kids Fishing Tournament

    The Ostego Bay Foundation will host a Free Kids Fishing Tournament on June 27 at Bonita Bill’s, 702 Fishermans Wharf on San Carlos Island, with trophies, fishing poles, lunch and plenty of fun for kids and families. All families welcome to participate! Call 239-470-4993 to donate or help sponsor the event.

    Summer Camp

    Beginning on Monday, June 29, Beach Baptist Church will offer Super Summer Beach Camp for beach kids ages 4 -16. Camp will run for five weeks from 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday. Cost is $20/day or $100/week or sign up for all five weeks for just $400. Camp application can be found at bit.ly/ispBBcamp  Or at BeachBaptist.org under “Church Ministries.” For more information email students@beachbaptist.org or call the church office at 239-463-6452.

    Fourth of July

    The Town of Fort Myers Beach has postponed the annual Independence Day parade and fireworks to a later date due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns and the need for social distancing. The Town reminds residents and visitors that ALL personal fireworks displays are illegal within the Town.

    Fifth of July

    Keep Lee County Beautiful and the FMB Community Foundation invite volunteers to join them in the annual 5th of July beach clean-up of Fort Myers Beach from 7 – 9 am.. Show your patriotic spirit by helping them gather post-holiday debris from our beaches before it is washed into the Gulf. Meet at the clock in Times Square at 7am. Group sizes will be limited to 50 people. Supplies provided. All you need to do is show up and be ready to make a difference!  For more information visit klcb.org

    LeeCARES Help

    The Lee County Board of Commissioners announced the allocation of federal CARES Act money for Phase 2 of the LeeCARES Business Assistance, Food Security and Individuals & Families assistance programs. The Business Program provides funding for small businesses to rehire full-time equivalent (FTE) positions that were on payroll as of March 1, 2020. Eligible positions must be rehired on or after July 6, 2020. Grants of $5,000/FTE rehired, up to $10,000 for businesses or up to $20,000 for larger businesses with fewer than 250 employees. 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 organizations are eligible. Grants can be used for operating expenses not covered by other resources. Businesses receiving Payroll Protection Program are not eligible. The program goes live on July 6. Applications will be available online at LeeFLCares.com or by appointment.  Individual & Family Assistance of up to $2,000 per household in rent/mortgage & utilities assistance is available. Based on a sliding scale of total household income. Limit of $55,100 – $72,750 based on family size. Applications for individual and family assistance can be submitted online at LeeFLCares.com or at 239-533-2273.

    Summer BreakSpot          

    The free Grab & Go meals provided by Lee County Schools Monday – Thursday. Breakfast and lunch bags for kids and teens age 18 and younger are provided at numerous locations in Lee County. On Fort Myers Beach, they are available from 10am -12 noon at Beach Baptist Church. Friday’s meal bag will be provided on Thursday. There is no cost for the meals and any child or teen age 18 and under is welcome to participate. No registration required.

    Re-Entry Passes

    Do you have your Hurricane Re-Entry pass? Now is the time to find yours. If you have a purple (resident) or yellow (business) re-entry pass, no matter what year is on the pass, it’s still good. If you do not have a pass, go to fmbgov.com and check under FMB News for info on how to apply. There is an application you can download, complete and then call Town Hall 239-765-0202 to arrange a time to bring your application and documents in. Town Hall remains closed to unscheduled walk in business.

    Be Kind to Wildlife

    Sea Turtles and Shorebirds are nesting on Fort Myers Beach right now. Do your part by using Amber LED bulbs if you have ANY lights that can be seen from the beach. Close your drapes after dark. Move all beach items behind the vegetation line. Stay away from all posted areas. Keep pets out of the Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area entirely and on a 6’ leash elsewhere on the beach. Do not let cats roam. If you are being dive-bombed by a bird – you are too close to a nest. Take photos only with a zoom lens.

    Chronic Pain Workshop

    Would you like to learn how to better manage chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, headaches and more? Lee Health will offer a free, virtual, six-week workshop, “Chronic Pain Self-Management” a research-based program originally developed by Stanford University, on Wednesdays beginning July 29 from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Workshop information will empower you to improve your quality of life, learn how to more easily manage medications, understand the benefits of exercise and manage symptoms of stress, pain & fatigue. Participants will receive a copy of the book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain.”  Call 239-343-9264 for information and registration.

    Mound House

    The Mound House is now open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for self-guided tours. The Museum Store is open museum hours and the grounds are open to all from sunrise to sunset each day. Looking for something to do with the kids? Print out the Mound House scavenger hunt from moundhouse.org under “Fun Activities” and head to the big tree in front of the Mound House to start.

    Family Fun Kayak Tour

    This fun for the whole family guided kayak tour is offered every Friday at 9 a.m. at the Mound House. This tour is designed for parents and their children ages 6 & up. Paddlers look for wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphins as they paddle through the mangroves of Estero Bay. Reservations required 239-765-0865. $25 ages 13 and up; $15 ages 6-12. Weather permitting. (Members $10) Museum admission included. Maximum 8 participants so that social distancing can occur. Masks recommended while on land and during launch.

    Mangroves by Kayak Tour

    Explore the winding mangrove creeks on this guided kayak tour offered every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Mound House. Explore the hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. For ages 12 & up. $45 fee. (Members $15) Museum admission included. Reservations required 239-765-0865. Maximum 8 participants so that social distancing can occur. Masks recommended while on land and during launch. Weather permitting.

    Protect our Manatees

    Boaters are asked to be aware that they share our local waters with manatees. Slow down, honor slow speed zones and watch for signs of manatees in the water near your boat. Give them plenty of room. To report a sick, injured, dead or tagged manatee, contact FWC at 1-888-404-3922 or on your cell: *FWC or #FWC

    All Hazards Guide

    The Lee County All Hazards Guide is available at bit.ly/LeeHazard Find local information on disaster prep, with phone numbers and resources for hurricane prep, flooding and other disasters.