4th of July, Summer Camps, Shell Mound Tours

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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.

Fourth of July

Lee County beaches, including Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach, are open for the Fourth of July weekend. Sanibel beaches are open but all paid parking is closed Friday – Monday. The Town of Fort Myers Beach parade and fireworks have been postponed 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. A new Florida law made fireworks (anything that goes into the air or explodes) legal in the State of Florida, but only on July 4, December 31 and January 1. Local restrictions supersede the state law and they remain illegal on FMB.

FMB Mask Mandate

Beginning at midnight July 2, everyone over the age of six is required to wear a mask in Fort Myers Beach if they are out of their home and unable to maintain social distancing (stay 6-feet away from others), whether inside or out. Employees and customers of all businesses must wear a mask unless able to engage in social distancing. Everyone should have a mask with them to use if conditions become crowded. Those dining in restaurants or eating can remove their masks while drinking and eating and those receiving services in beauty salons and barbershops, those in church or those with underlying medical conditions prohibiting the use of masks are exempt.  For additional details, contact the Town of Fort Myers Beach 239-765-0202 or fmbgov.com.

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. Supplies provided. All you need to do is show up and be ready to make a difference!  For more information call 239-334-3488.

Mound House Gardens

Enjoy a beautiful walk among the gardens of the Mound House with a “Gardens of the Mound House Tour” now offered three times a week. See what is in bloom and growing and learn the latest information on how they make the gardens a great place for local wildlife! Great tour for families and adults. Offered every Tuesday in July at 11am and every Thursday & Saturday (except 7/30) at 1pm. Cost $5 (MH members free) Museum admission is not included.

Shell Mound Tour

Have you ever seen the inside of a Calusa Indian shell mound? Are you interested in archeology? This tour is for you!  Take an informative tour with Mound House interpretive staff and immerse yourself inside a 2,000 year-old Calusa shell mound. Explore the archaeology of the site and what clues archeologists uncovered about the ancient Calusa society. Offered every Tuesday in July at 1pm and every Thursday & Saturday at 11am. Cost $15 adults; $10 ages 6-12;includes museum admission (MH members free).

Kiwanis

The Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club, dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time, will hold their next meeting on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 a.m. via ZOOM. Their guest speaker will be Ron Clayton from Advanced Disposal. Anyone interested in attending this meeting should contact Paula at pmcfmb2003@yahoo.com The FMB Kiwanis Club runs the Kiwanis Thrift Store at Summerlin & Pine Ridge. All store profits go back into the beach community wherever needed. Fortmyersbeachkiwanis.org

 COVID-19

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 increasingly active in our state and community. Stay at least 6 feet away from others. If that is not possible, wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Florida has seen 49,983 new COVID-19 cases in the past week; Lee County: 1899 new cases. Assume that you will encounter asymptomatic carriers of the virus; you may be one yourself. For current COVID-19 data see bit.ly/isp2020virus

Summer Camp

Beach Baptist Church is hosting a Super Summer Beach Camp for beach kids ages 4 -16. Camp will run through July 31 from 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday. Cost is $20/day or $100/week. 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.

Edison & Ford Winter Estate Summer Camp still has openings for campers. Campers age 6 – 12 are welcome, separated into two age groups (6-8 and 9-12). Caloosahatchee Conservation – July 6 – 10 – is available for both age groups with the younger camp being less complex; Discovering Dinosaurs (ages 6-8 only) – July 13 -17; Fantastic Film Makers (ages 6-8 only) – July 20 – 24. Social distancing measures are in effect. Camp costs $220 (members); $250 (non-members). Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For registration and additional information, visit edisonford.org

LeeCARES

The LeeCARES program offers Business Assistance, Food Security and Individual & Family assistance programs. The Business Rehire 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 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. Applications for individual and family assistance can be submitted online at LeeFLCares.com or at 239-533-2273.

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 in July 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 in July 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.