Around & About the Island



    Kids from Kindergarten to 5th grade are invited to participate in a FREE Kids Shrimp Run this SA, March 5. Registration 7am. Run begins at 8am. Meet on the beach at Gulf Beach Rd access, across from Topps. T-shirts provided by Beach School.


    The 5th Annual Smokin’ in the Mangroves BBQ Competition will be held on SA March 5 from 9am-2pm at Santini Marina Plaza. BBQ competitors, both local and pro teams will compete for trophies. The Bugtussle Ramblers will provide Bluegrass entertainment. Arts and crafts vendors fill the street market. Just follow your nose to the best BBQ in town!


    Everyone is invited to vote for their favorite Shrimp Princess at The People’s Choice Award is determined by votes cast online. Each vote requires a $3 donation to the Lions We Serve Scholarship Fund. Vote Early! Vote Often! Winner will be named at the Pageant at 1pm Saturday.


    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA Mar 5 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.


    The Caribbean Car Show will be held two Monday’s in March and April. Cruise on over to Salty Sam’s on MO Mar 7th and 21st and Apr 4th and 18th from 5-7pm. The show includes hot rods, custom trucks and classic cars. Free and open to the public. 239-463-3257.


    Jeri Magg, Author and historian will speak at the Mar 11th meeting of the Friends of Lakes Library at 1pm. Magg, author of “Historic Sanibel and Captiva Islands-Tales of Paradise, will speak and sign books. 15290 Bass Rd.


    This concert series concludes with a final concert on TU Mar 15 from 5:30-7:30pm at Lover’s Key State Park when 3 local musicians Ray Cerbone, Joe Virga and Melissa Welke will perform in a Songwriters at Sunset Concert. The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) joined with the Americana Community Music Association to offer free monthly Acoustic concerts this season. The concert is free with park entry. Seating available for the first 80 people. Refreshments available by donation benefitting FOLKS.


    AARP is sponsoring a Driver Safety Class at Chapel by the Sea on FR March 18 from 9am-3:30pm. This class reduces a driver’s risk for accidents. Included are ways to adjust your driving due to age-related physical changes & recent FL law changes. Drivers over 55 taking this course are eligible for auto insurance discounts. $15 AARP members; $20 non-members. Reservations required. Call 239-463-3173 x 10 or email


    The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will present their Spring Luncheon Fashion Show, “Friends, Fun & Fashion” on SA March 19 at 11am at South Beach Grille. Fashions by Local Color. Proceeds benefit local Beach projects and charities. Tickets $35. For more info and tickets, call 239-765-1723.


    The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) and Rotary Club of Bonita Springs will sponsor the Lovers Key Nautical flea Market and Boat Show from 9am-5pm FR Mar 18- SU Mar 20 at Lovers Key State Park featuring nautical exhibitors selling arts, crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising equipment as well as boat dealers. Food available plus a beer garden. Suggested $5 donation to enter. Proceeds benefit FOLKS and the Rotary Club. Vendor space available.


    IberiaBank and the Florida Small Business Development Center at FGCU will host a free seminar to help small business owners design their exit strategy. The seminar will be held at IberiaBank, 7580 Winkler Rd. Led by Duane Hoversten, a certified FSBDC business consultant, the lecture will be held WE Mar 16. Registration at 5pm, presentation from 5:30-7pm. Pre-registration required by calling 239-481-2875.


    The Friends of the Arts (FOA) Boat Barn Concert Series continues on TH, Mar 24, when the Jazz-Matics featuring Lynn Richardson take to the stage with a smooth jazz show you won’t soon forget. On TH, Apr 7 Jo List & Friends bring their popular show back to the Barn with Joe McConaghy on keyboards, singer/songwriter Michael Oakland on guitar, Bill Rountree on bass and vocals and percussionist Carveth Clauson. Tickets are $25/concert and are available now at the Fish Tale Marina office.


    The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron offers several boating classes at their classroom at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. For more information on classes, times and registration, call 239-466-4040 or visit Upcoming classes include:

    -Local Waters/Local Charts, Mar 19 8:15am-12:30pm


    The Lee County Sheriff’s Office kicks off their Senior Safety Seminars this month at United Healthcare Medicare Store, 6900 Daniels Parkway, 23-C, in Daniels Crossing Shopping Center. On Mar 8 at 10am – Internet Safety; Mar 22 at 1pm-K-9 Demonstration; Apr 12 at 10am-Identity Theft-Deceased & Medical; and Apr 26 at 1pm – 911 Dispatch. Reservations required. Call 239-561-9142.


    Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs for local residents, visitors and school groups. Experience this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Open TU-SA 9am-4pm through Apr 30th. Admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St.  239-765-0865. Upcoming events:

    -SA Mar 5,  9:30am-Guided Kayak Eco-Tour ($45/members $15) reservations req.

    -TU Mar 8,  9am-guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 11am and 2pm-Gardens of the Mound House ($5/members free)

    -WE Mar 9, 9:30am-noon-Guided Kayak Eco Tour ($45/members $15) reservations req.


    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is hosting two exhibitions. The Spring Juried show will hang until Mar 24. Winners of Spring Show include: Tracey Owen Cullimore-Lucy B. Campbell Award and Best of Show; 1st Prize-Kathleen C. Taylor; 2nd Prize-Dannica Walker; 3rd Prize-Maggie Rapp. Lee Ackert Award-Cheryl Fausel and Florida Watercolor Award-Judi Miller. An Outdoor Painters Group exhibit will be on display in Studio II until March 10. A Watercolor Group show will then hang from Mar 12-24. Admission is free. Stop by the Gallery at Donora and Shell Mound for a schedule of Gallery talks, classes and workshops. Hours: MO-SA 10am-3pm; SU Noon-3pm. 239-463-3909.


    The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 274 on Buttonwood Drive is looking for the names of servicemen/women serving in our armed services in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan, so that they can send them care packages. If you have a son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson or granddaughter serving, please drop off their name and address at the American Legion on Buttonwood Drive or call Sue Eaton (National Security Chairman) at 239-466-6256. You or they do not have to be a resident of Florida.


    Each week Lee County Parks and the Town of Fort Myers Beach offers free walks with a trained naturalist. No registration needed, just show up and learn something about our beautiful environment. All walks are from 9:30-11am unless otherwise noted.

    MO-Life Along the Shore at Bunche Beach Preserve, 18201 John Morris Rd. Free with paid parking

    TU- 9am – Beach Walk at Newton House, 4650 Estero Blvd

    WE-Ethnobotany at Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Rd.

    TH-Life in the Mangroves at Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Rd.

    FR-Barrier Island Ramble at Bowditch Point Park, 50 Estero Blvd. Free with paid parking.