Around & About the Island


    There’s always something to do on Fort Myers Beach! Pick up a copy of SAND LIFE today for a complete list of all the fun events on the beach! Available at Santini Plaza, Kmart Plaza, Bootlegger’s and the Sand Paper office. Also check inside the back cover of this issue of the Sand Paper for the most current listing of live music on the beach!


    The 29TH Annual American Sand Sculpting Championships begin this weekend on the beach at Wyndham Garden Hotel, 6890 Estero Blvd. Open daily Nov 20-29 from 10am-5pm with activities each day. The Master Solo Competition begins FR Nov 20 with awards on SU Nov 23. Make A Wish day is FR Nov 20. Each day features sand sculpting lessons, live music, Quick Sand competitions and much more. Stop by and watch the masters at work! Try your hand in the Amateur Competition on SA Nov 21 from 10am-2pm. The Master Doubles event begins WE Nov 25 with awards on SU Nov 29. Florida State Championships (Advanced Amateurs) begins FR Nov 27 with awards SU Nov 29.


    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will conduct their monthly “By the Light of the Moon” program on WE Nov 25 beginning at 5:10pm. Participants will experience 90 minutes in the preserve as they sharpen their senses of smell, touch, hearing and night vision-gaining an appreciation of nature in the dark. Open to adults only and limited to 12 participants. Reservations required by calling 239-565-7437


    The Paradise Coastmen will present their Christmas Concert TU, Dec 1 at 7pm at St. Peter Lutheran Church. The program by the popular 20-voice chorus will be a festive evening of holiday favorites in their four-part barbershop harmonies. Doors open at 6:30pm Admission free-donations accepted. 3751 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach 239-463-4251.


    Islanders wanting a first look at the conceptual design of a proposed downtown redevelopment are invited to attend a joint meeting of the Fort Myers Beach Town Council and the Lee County Board of Commissioners to be held MO Nov 30 from 1-4pm at Florida Southwestern State College, 8099 College Parkway, Nursing Building (AA), Fort Myers. Interested parties are invited to attend, however, no public comment will be taken at the meeting. Additional meetings will be scheduled on Fort Myers Beach.


    Library hours: MO, TU, TH & FR 9am-5pm; WE 9am-7pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    MO Nov 23, 10:30am – Basic Computers, pre-register; Drawing

    WE Nov 25, 9am-1pm – Quilting Group

    FR Nov 27, 1:30pm – Wordstock


    The Greater Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade will light up Fort Myers Beach on Dec 5 beginning at 6pm from Salty Sam’s Marina. Decorated and illuminated boats will navigate the back bay on a 2-hour cruise as thousands gather to watch the parade. Vessels will assemble at 5:45pm by the docks at Salty Sam’s Marina, At 6pm the boat parade will begin, passing Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Bootleggers before cruising past Doc Ford’s and Bonita Bill’s on their way to the first two channels in Siesta Bay. Boats then head toward Bowditch Point, turning in front of the Pink Shell Marina and heading past Nervous Nellie’s and Matanzas Inn before finishing at Salty Sam’s for the Winners Circle Party at Bootleggers. Entry is $25/individual boat; $50/business boat. Sponsorships are available for $100. Salty Sam’s is offering free overnight dockage to participants with advance registration. To reserve a space call 239-463-7333. To register for the parade, call the Chamber 239-454-7500 or visit


    The Coastal Systems segment of Florida Naturalist Training will be offered at Newton House and sponsored by Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve beginning in January. Classes will meet for one full day for six successive weeks beginning Jan 12. Students will learn about Florida ‘s natural systems, of the plants and animals that depend on those systems, through classroom, field trips and practical experience. This module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation, wildlife and conservation issues of Coastal Systems in Florida. Register at For more information call Jim Rodwell at           239-565-7437.


    Lovers Key State Park will host their Annual Great Outdoor Adventure Day on SA Dec 5 from 10am-3pm at the Kayak Launch/Picnic Area of the park. Food, touch tanks, children’s activities plus Ranger-led programs will highlight a fun-filled day geared toward encouraging participants to recreate responsibly while enjoying the park’s unique habitats and wide variety of wildlife. Rangers and volunteers will offer opportunities to see the park through programs such as guided kayak tours, paddleboard clinics, walking nature tours, bike tours *bike/helmets provided by Billy’s Bikes), geo-caching, fishing clinics and more. Free with park entry. Kaya tours $10/person includes kayak rental.


    A new concert series begins TU Dec 8 at Lover’s Key State Park when 3 local musicians Bob Covington, Boyd Baker and Bob Williams will perform in the inaugural Songwriters at Sunset Concert. The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) has joined with the Americana Community Music Association to offer a series of free monthly Acoustic concerts featuring all original music this season. The concert is free with park entry. Seating available for the first 80 people. Refreshments available by donation benefitting FOLKS. Future concerts are scheduled for Jan 26, Feb 18 and Mar 15


    The Fort Myers Beach Art Gallery is now open 7 days a week at Donora & Shell Mound, behind Fire Station 31. MO-SA 10am-3pm; SU Noon-3pm. The Fall Member Art Show will be on display Nov 16-Dec 10. In studio 2 a new show featuring works by FMBAA artists and friends who traveled to paint in Sedona and Limoux, France will be on display from Nov 14-Dec 10.The Fort Myers Beach Art Association is a long-standing, member-operated not-for-profit art association. New members are always welcome. The Gallery is open to all with free admission. Classes offered for both beginners and experienced artists in a variety of mediums. Stop by the gallery to learn more, visit or call             239-463-3909.


    FMB Community Foundation will host its annual Beach Ball Fundraiser at Diamondhead Beach Resort on FR Jan 29, 2016! This year’s theme is: “Classic Reunion” – Come As You Were” with Frank Torino as Special Guest DJ & Performer. Tickets available in November! The Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in FMB and surrounding communities. For more information, call 239-269-3282.


    Local beach author Mary Tatarian writing as Mariah Lynne, will be signing her new time-travel adventure, “Shadows Across Time” on SA Nov 28 from 10am-2pm at Annette’s Book Nook in Santini Marina Plaza. Mariah Lynne’s other books include “The Love Gypsy,” “The Duchess’ Necklace and “Seabliss.”


    This popular, fun and free morning class meets each Friday. Lift your mood and laugh away your stress every FR at 8am at Lynn Hall Park. Join others in simple rhythmic clapping, mild stretching, deep breathing and laughter exercises just for the health of it. No yoga experience needed. Bring a beach towel. Free with paid parking. For information see


    Volunteer at the Roxie, Fort Myers Beach mobile information center, now serving beach visitors on Old San Carlos Blvd. and assist our visitors in learning more about our community. Roxie shifts run from 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm, TU-SU. Volunteers are asked to sign up for one four-hour shift/month minimum. For more information, contact Rhonda at 239-454-7500.