5th OF JULY BEACH CLEAN-UP
It’s Independence Day weekend! So much to see and do on Fort Myers Beach. Check out these Around & About pages for upcoming events. Pick up a copy of the July SAND LIFE magazine for a complete list of all the fun things to do on the beach!
4th OF JULY EVENTS
The parade begins 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. The Hot Dog Eating Contest is in Times Square at 2pm. Fireworks, made possible by a whole lot of spectacular beach businesses and residents, begins after sunset. The Matanzas Pass Bridge and Estero Blvd north of Lover’s Lane will be closed from 9am-noon for the parade. The bridge will close again to oncoming traffic only from 9:30-11pm to allow fireworks spectators to exit the island. Happy 4th!
5th OF JULY BEACH CLEAN-UP
Do your part to clean up the beach! Volunteers are asked to report at 8:30am to Crescent Beach Family Park or Wyndham Garden beach to assist the FMB Community Foundation and Keep Lee County Beautiful. Litter sticks, bags, gloves and water will be provided. The Lani Kai will also host a beach cleanup starting at 9am with breakfast, followed by beach cleaning from 9:30-11am. They are offering drink specials afterwards.
AMBERJACK DRIVE ACCESS MEETING
Residents of Amberjack Drive are invited to attend a meeting on WE July 6 from 5-6:30pm at Town Hall. Join Town Staff, a Town Council Member and Town Engineer to discuss various options for your street’s bay access. Other bay access streets will meet over the summer: Delmar Avenue (July 14) and Bayside Park (July 20), all at 5pm.
PROTECT OUR TURTLES
It’s turtle nesting season on our beach and nests are almost ready to hatch. 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
During the summer months local blood banks really need blood donors as many regular donors have headed north for the summer. Upcoming blood drives:
FR July 8, 10am-2pm at Fort Myers Beach Walmart
FR July 15, 7:30-11:30am at FMB Fire Station 31, 3043 Estero Blvd; 12:30-3:30pm at Love Boat Ice Cream.
SA July 30, 9am-5pm at Lani Kai.
MOUND HOUSE EVENTS
Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs. 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. moundhouse.org 239-765-0865. Upcoming events:
-SAT July 2: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-Calusa Masks ($5/members free); 11am Cool Calusa Indian Tools & Weapons ($5/members free);
-TU July 5: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-Calusa Shell Mound Tour ($5+museum admission/members free);
-WE July 6: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am – Shells of FMB ($5/members free).
–SAT July 9: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-All About Oysters Youth Program ($5/members free)
LOVERS KEY STATE PARK
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:
FR July 1-Black Island Kayak Tour
FR July 8-Sensational Sharks! Talk
VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST
Beginning Sunday, July 3rd, and every 1st Sunday of the month thereafter) everyone is welcome at the VFW Post 10097 for Breakfast by Jaye & Friends from 9am-noon. Savor specialty breakfast items such as eggs benedict and Jaye’s homemade hash as well as regular breakfast items including cooked to order eggs, pancakes and loaded omelets. The VFW is located at 17770 Pine Ridge Rd. 239-466-6400.
The Farmer’s Market at Beach Baptist Church will be open every WE from 9am-2pm throughout the summer at the church located at Estero Blvd and Connecticut St.
The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will sponsor a Coastal Module of the Florida master naturalist Program this fall. The program will have six class sessions on Tuesdays, Oct 18 – Nov 22. The program will include class sessions, presentations and field trips. Three scientists will lecture on subjects including beach dynamics, sea level rise and the formation of barrier islands. Classes will be held at Newton House on Fort Myer Beach. Registration $230. Only w spaces remain. To register, visit bit.ly/FMBnaturalist. For more information call Jim Rodwell 239-565-7437
SPIRIT OF ‘ 45
The Lee County Spirit of ‘ 45 Celebration will be held on SU, Aug 14 from 4:15-7:15pm at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort. The agenda will include Dinner, Color Guard, Pledge, National Anthem, Guest Speakers, Guns & Hoses Pipes and Drums, POW/MIA Service, Hanging of Wreath and Taps. Free for WWII Veterans and their spouses. All others cost $25/person. Reservations required by Aug 4. Contact Eryka at 917-607-4385
Chapel by the Sea and Lee Memorial Trauma Center are hosting a free Fall Prevention Health event at Chapel by the Sea, 100 Chapel St, on TU July 12 from 2-3pm. Adult falls are the leading cause of injury and death in Lee County. The program includes a “Step Wise Lee” presentation. They will also offer brief individual balance screenings on TU July 26 from 2-3pm. Call 239-463-3173 x 20 to register.
ISLAND HOPPER FEST
The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns this fall with new artists and new events. This free festival takes place over 10 days and offers star-studded performances. IT begins on Captiva Island Sept 23-25 and wraps up on Fort Myers Beach Sept 30- Oct 2 with mid-week performances in downtown Fort Myers. Make plans now to attend. www.islandhopperfest.com
High school seniors living in the 33931 zip code area planning to attend college or vocational school are invited to apply for a $2000 scholarship offered by the FMB Kiwanis Club. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books, room & board at the vocational technical school, college or university of choice. Details and applications available at fortmyersbeachkiwanis.org. Deadline July 15, 2016.
Town and County offices are closed Monday, July 4th. All trash, recycling and yard waste collections are delayed one day for the entire week of July 4th. The Park and Ride Trolley will run every 40 minutes starting at 7am at the free parking lot on Summerlin Square Dr. It will travel back and forth to Bowditch Point Park with the last drop off on the mainland at 10:50pm. The Beach Trolley will begin service at 6:45am at Bowditch Point Park, running every 30 minutes to Lovers Key State Park. Service will end at 11:40pm at Bowditch Park. The Matanzas Bridge will be closed July 4th from 9am-noon and to oncoming traffic from 9:30-11pm.
The Mobile Mammo center will be at Fish Tale Marina on TH, July 7 from 8am-noon. 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.
FREE GUIDED BEACH WALK
Explore the natural treasures on Fort Myers Beach through a guided walk along the shore every TU at 9am. Participants meet at Newton Park, 4650 Estero Blvd. Wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing, shoes and hats. Tours ~ 1 hour, weather permitting. 239-765-0865