4th of July and Other Happenings

    Around and About the Island


    What’s happening on Fort Myers Beach? Check out Around & About the Island and pick up your July SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine for a guide to it all! The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are always available FREE online!



    On Tuesday, July 4th, the Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 9:15am-12 noon for the parade. It will be closed again to all traffic coming onto the island 9-11:30pm to allow all lanes to be used for exiting vehicles after the fireworks.



    Ostego Bay Foundation will host the 25th Annual 4th of July Kid’s Fishing Tournament on SA July 1st at Bonita Bills Waterfront Café at 702 Fisherman’s Wharf on San Carlos Island. All kids are welcome to participate in this free catch and release tournament. Fishing starts at 9am and continues through 12 noon with just three rules: One pole per child, one hook per pole and have fun! Lunch at noon of hot dogs, chips & cookies followed by the awards. All free for kids. Sponsored by Ostego Bay Foundation and area businesses.



    Celebrate the life and generosity of Bruce Cermak at the “Love for Bruce” Day on SU July 2 starting at 1pm at the Surf Club. The day will include a Harry Chapin Food Drive and Luau, with free leis with any food donation. There will also be contests that will keep the fun rolling all afternoon. Hula Hoop, Limbo, Best Dressed Hawaiian. And free food – hot dogs, Chicago –style. Live music, guest bartenders, photo memories of Bruce. Bring your nonperishable food donation starting at 1pm and honor the memory of this great guy who never met someone in need without helping.



    Don’t miss the 10am Fort Myers Beach parade that will begin at Bay Rd. and continue to Times Square. The Parks & Rec Dept. will organize an American trivia contest and patriotic crafts fun along with a watermelon eating contest in Times Square from 1-3pm. Fireworks will begin between 9-9:15pm from the pier. The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 9:15am-12 noon. It will close again from 9-11:30pm to traffic coming onto the island, as they will use all lanes for exiting traffic after the fireworks. Sign up for the parade by emailing sarah@fmbgov.com or call 239-765-4222 for more information.



    Head to the Yucatan Beach Stand on July 4th for huge Fourth of July Parking Lot Party stating at 11am and running until the fireworks begin, all to raise funds for next year’s 4th of July fireworks! Visit the vendor village for handcrafted items, jewelry and beach specialties. Live Music will be center stage in the parking lot plus food and drink specials all day long. Make sure you stop by at least once on the 4th! Do your part to help keep the fireworks going on FMB!



    Mark your calendar for the morning after the big fireworks show because your help is needed for a beach cleanup on July 5th from 8-10am. Meet at the Times Square clock to get your gloves and bags to help our beach sparkle! Sponsored by the FMB Community Foundation and Keep Lee County Beautiful. Additional clean ups are planned for Bunche Beach and Dog Beach.



    It’s turtle nesting season on our beach. Please do your part to protect the turtles, nests and hatchlings when they emerge! Shield your lights so that they are not visible from anywhere on the beach. Better yet, replace existing bulbs with Amber LED bulbs! Find lights here: bit.ly/turtlelites. Stack or remove beach furniture. Remove beach litter. Keep pets on a leash. Stay far away from any turtles or marked nests you may encounter! Fill in any holes you dig in the sand. Please remember, your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles! Report injured turtles by calling Turtle Time at 239-481-5566. Turtletime.org



    The Mobile Mammo center will be at Fish Tale Marina on MO, July 10 from 9am-1pm offering mammograms. Brought to the beach by Radiology Regional Center, they encourage women who are due for this important screening test to call 239-936-4068. Bring photo ID, and insurance card. A physician order is not required.



    Join Island friends and family at Chapel by the Sea for an Italian Spaghetti Dinner on SA July 8 from 5-7pm in Silver Hall. On the menu: Spaghetti, meatballs, spicy sausage w/peppers & onion, salad, garlic bread, dessert, cold drinks & coffee. $10 adults; $5 kids under 10 and Public Safety Personnel in uniform or with ID. Everyone welcome. Proceeds benefit the fund for kitchen renovation.



    Chapel by the Sea is sponsoring a 3 part program designed to connect people and resources with innovative ideas and strategies to live a healthy lifestyle as we age. Free and open to the public. Continues on July 18th and July 25th. RSVP to 239-463-3173.



    Islanders are invited to comment on the new 10-year management plan for Matanzas Pass Preserve. The plan has been updated to reflect the work done on the preserve site and is available for pubic review until July 18 at the Beach Library or online at bit.ly/mppnewplan A public meeting will be held on TU July 18 at 4:30pm at the Red Coconut Clubhouse, 3001 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach. Written comments and questions may be given at the meeting, sent via email to caintb@leegov.com or mailed to Terry Cain, 50 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


    SPIRIT OF ‘45

    Sponsors are urgently needed for this annual tribute to WWII Veterans! Area businesses and individuals are asked to consider becoming a sponsor so this program is able to continue to recognize area WWII Veterans. Sponsorships start at just $50. Thank them for their service by sponsoring this great event! To help, call Eryka at 917-607-4385. The Spirit of ’45 event will be held SU August 13 from 4:15-7:15pm at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort. It includes a Color Guard, POW/MIA Service, Guest Speakers, Guns ‘N Hoses & bagpiper performances, several speeches by area veterans, Taps and more. Event is free for WWII veterans their WWII generation spouses. For all others, the cost is $25. Reservations required by Aug 1. Call Eryka 917-607-4385.



    Estero Island’s oldest standing structure at the Mound House is now open as a cultural and environmental learning center. A unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay, the Mound House offers a variety of programs for local residents & visitors. Experience this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm at 451 Connecticut St. Overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. For costs and additional information call
    239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:

    SA July 1 – 8:30 am – Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am – Archeology of the Mound House – Can Your Dig It?; 11am –-Guided Tour; 1pm – Calusa Indian Shell Mound tour; 2pm Family Adventures at the Mound House.

    TU July 4 – 9am – Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 10am – Cool Calusa Tools & Weapons; 11am – Guided Tour; 1pm – Shell Mound Tour; 2pm – Family Adventures at the Mound House.

    WE July 5 –11am – Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Tour; 2pm – Family Adventures at the Mound House

    SA July 8 – 8am – Guided Kayak Eco-Tour; 1pm – Guided Tour; 2pm Family Adventures at the Mound House.



    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a hot, busy day. Enjoy an hour browsing the library’s many collections or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Anyone looking for a good beach read should stop by the Friends Used Book Store on the 3rd floor. Open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. The Knotty Bean Coffee Bar on the 3rd floor is now open MO-FR 9am-12pm. Some upcoming programs at the library include:

    TU July 4 – Library Closed

    TU July 11 – 10am Dog Day

    TH July 13 – 3:30-4:30pm Meet the Artist



    Shell Point Retirement Community presents numerous events that are open to the general public. Shell Point is located off Summerlin Rd on the way to Sanibel. To reserve your place call 239-489-8472. July events include:

    -Ethan Uslan, Ragtime Pianist FR July 14 at 7:30pm

    -Miami Music Festival Performance TU July 18 at 7:30pm

    -Glories of Thailand & Bangkok TU July 18 & 25 at 4:15pm

    -Confederate Generals in Blue-33 years later TU July 25 at 10am



    Those who receive mail via a mailbox at the curb are asked to please not block their mailbox with trash or recyclable cans, yard debris or parked cars. Place trash cans at least 10 feet away from any mailbox. With season, delivery schedules can change, so don’t assume the mail has been delivered and block the mailbox. Leave at least 10 feet on either side of the mailbox or you may not get your mail that day.