Around & About the Island


    SAND LIFE has arrived! Pick up your copy today for the most complete listing of all the fun on Fort Myers Beach! Available at the Sand Paper office and locations around the island – Check inside the back cover of this issue for the most current listing of Who’s Playing Where!!

    Closing Day for this spring’s Little League season will be celebrated this SA, May 21st at the Bay Oaks diamonds. Games will begin at 9am with T-ball and all teams will play. An awards ceremony will be held at noon. The community is invited to attend. Nothing is as much fun as watching a T-ball game, so come out, grab a hot dog and enjoy some great baseball fun with Island families!

    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: 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.

    A Children’s Piano Recital will be held at Chapel by the Sea on SU, May 22 at 1pm in the Sanctuary. Students from the Michael and Elena Melnikov Piano Studio will perform. Come enjoy some beautiful music by these young musicians in this family-oriented entertainment showcasing young talent. A reception follows in Silver Hall.

    The Town of FMB Parks & Rec Dept is accepting applications for the 10th annual 4th of July Parade. The parade will be held at 10am Monday, July 4th. The route will start at the corner of Bay Road and Estero Blvd and end at the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. Parade applications can be found at Town Hall or Bay Oaks Rec Center, on the Town’s website or by visiting Questions may be directed to Bay Oaks staff 239-765-4222.

    The James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society will host their 65th annual Hibiscus Show & Plant Sale on SU, June 5 from 1-4pm at Araba Temple, 2010 Hanson St, Fort Myers. This free show is the oldest, largest and best attended of all Florida’s hibiscus shows. More than 650 hybrid Hibiscus plants will be offered for sale. Free raffle tickets, free advice on plant care available. Parking and admission are free. The Hibiscus Society meets the second Sunday of each month from October-May. For more information visit

    The Santini Sunrise Fresh Market has closed for the season. The Farmer’s Market at Beach Baptist will continue one more week on WE May 25 from 9am-2pm.

    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, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. 239-765-0865. Upcoming events:
    -SAT May 21: 10am & 1pm – Archeology of the Mound House ($5/members free)
    -TU May 24: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 10am and 1pm-Food, Fortunes, Medicines & Poisons ($5/members free)
    -WE May 25: 9am-Beach Nesting Birds ($10/members $5);10am & 1pm –History of the Mound House Guided Tour ($5/members free)
    -SAT May 28: 10am & 1pm –Live Creatures of the Gulf($5/members free)

    Library hours: MO, TU, TH & FR 9am-5pm; WE 9am-7pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:
    WE May 25: 1:30pm – Network Security (pre-register)
    TH May 26: 10:30am – Apps for iPad/iPhone (pre-register)
    FR May 27: 1:30pm – Afternoon Movie “Rise of the Foot Soldier” (pre-register by Thursday)
    MO May 30 – Memorial Day-Library Closed

    The Veterans Club of America (VCA), located at 16701 San Carlos Blvd., will be observing the 150th Anniversary of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30th at 11am. Ceremonies will include a bugler, bagpipes and the VCA Honor Guard. Iona-McGregor Fire Department will be in attendance. Speeches by VCA Commander George Rook, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Eagle Scout Jacob Peters, Troop 714. Following the ceremony, a complimentary lunch will be provided by Mission BBQ. This event is open to the public and families are welcome. Please take a moment from your day to join us in reflection of the brave sacrifices of those who have given their lives for this great nation.

    Post 10097 of the VFW will hold a Memorial Day event on Monday, May 30th at 11am. Honor guard and speakers will participate and Eternal Wreaths will be donating memorials, inscribed with the names of crewmembers lost in the crash of a B-26 in the Gulf in 1942. Family members of the B-26 crew will be attending. All are welcome. 17770 Pine Ridge, Fort Myers Beach.

    Post 274 of the American Legion will celebrate Memorial Day at 11am on Monday, May 30th. They will present, “Tribute to an American Hero” on May 28 from 1-4:30pm featuring Marine Corps Sgt. Jeff Kyle, brother of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was featured in the film, American Sniper.” 463-6591.

    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:
    TU May 24 – Beginning Butterflies
    TH May 27 – Estuary Wading Tour

    The 2015 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now available for just $25. The book offers BOGO (By One, Get One) dining discounts at 64 area restaurants, including 12 FMB locations. Most off-season discounts are valid Apr 15-Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects including the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, Healthy Start, United Way reading Program and Human Trafficking Awareness Program. Pick up your Dining Discount Book at the Kiwanis Thrift Store, FMB Chamber of Commerce office or Roxie, Gavin’s Ace Hardware or the UPS Store.
    If your child fell into a pool, could they swim to the ladder to get out? Every child should know how to swim. Beach Pool and the FMB Kiwanis Club are joining forces to provide American Red Cross Swim Lessons for children ages 6 months and up. Fees for each session are $40, but the Kiwanis will pay $20 for children under the age of 18, making the cost only $20! The next series of lessons begin June 13th for MO-TH sessions and June 25th for Saturday sessions. To schedule swim lessons, call 239-463-5759 or stop by the pool. Keep children safe around water! Let the Beach Pool teach them to swim.

    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. Tickets range from $10-$35. For details call 239-454-2067. Preregistration required. Upcoming events include:
    -The Living Gulf Coast – Meet Your Neighbors TU May 24 at 10am
    -English History & Culture, Session 5 TU May 31 at 4:30pm
    -History of the U.S. to 1815-Early Days & Colonization-TH June 2 at 4:30pm
    -History of the U.S. to 1815-French & Indian War-TH Jun 9 at 4:30pm
    -History of the U.S. to 1815-Road to Independence-TH June 16 at 4:30pm
    -History of the U.S. to 1815-New Nation Emerges – TH June 23 at 4:30pm
    -History of the U.S. to 1815-Nation’s Early Days-TH June 30 at 4:30pm