Around & About the Island



    The Estero Island Historic Society offers free presentations on local historic topics each season at the Fort Myers Beach Library Community Room. On MO Feb 8 at 7pm, John & Mary Lou Missall will share their extensive knowledge of the Seminole Indian Wars. Spanning 40 years, these wars were the longest, costliest and deadliest of all of our nation’s Indian wars. On WE Feb 17 at 7pm, Robert Macomber, award-winning author, historian and perennial favorite EIHS speaker will present a fascinating exploration of the crucial role played by Key West in the Civil War. A book signing will follow featuring “Assassin’s Honor.”


    Chapel by the Sea will hold Ash Wednesday services at noon on Wednesday, February 10th. The Chapel Chimers and Chancel Choir will be participating in the special service.


    NOAA has issued a Red Tide hazard warning for Lee County. K. brevis (commonly known as Florida red tide ranges from low to high concentrations in the county. They are patchy in nature and levels of respiratory irritation will vary widely based on bloom concentrations, water currents and wind. To check on local beach conditions and learn more about Florida Red Tide visit or


    Chapel by the Sea Concert Series will present Joybell – Kristine Stout on TH Feb 11 at 7pm at Chapel by the Sea. This evening of inspiration and joy features Kristine who plays three octaves of English handbells all by herself and also accompanies herself on a digital keyboard. She’s a symphony of one! Free will offering.


    The Friends of the Arts (FOA) Boat Barn Concert Series continues on TH, FEB 11, when the Florida SouthWestern State University Brass Band makes its return appearance, conducted by FSW’s Dr. Tom Smith. The FSW Jazz Ensemble is a talented group of students who will perform tunes from the great American songbook and classic tunes as well. All FOA concerts are held from 7-9pm in a cabaret-like setting in one of Fish Tale Marina’s boat barns. Tickets are $25/concert and are available now at the Fish Tale office. Future concerts include Mar 31- Jazz-Matics and Apr 7-Jo List & Friends.


    The Alzheimer’s Association will present “Living with Alzheimer’s” February 18th, 25th and March 3rd, 10am-noon at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Fort Myers Beach. Attend this 3-part series to learn about the Basics of Alzheimer’s diseases, effective communication strategies, understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior and planning for future care needs. RSVP at (239) 463-4251.


    -The Lions Club has extended the application deadline for the Shrimp Queen Pageant until Feb 9th. Interested girls age 16-20 may contact Tracey Gore, Pageant Coordinator at 239-849-3603.

    -The Parade, Expo and Shrimp Eating Championship are accepting entrants now. Info and applications at Sign up now!

    -Parade floats and attendees are reminded that the Lions Club is asking that no beads be thrown in the Shrimp Fest Parade due to road construction. Heaps of beads have been found during the construction causing blockages in pipes and drains. Keep our Island clean – NO BEADS PLEASE.


    The next meeting of the Beach Area Civic Association (BACA) will be at 7pm on TH Feb 11 at Bonita Bill’s meeting room. All interested area residents are welcome to attend.


    VFW Post 10097, 17770 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach, will host a Shrimp Boil Dinner on SU, Feb 21, from 4-7:00pm. The Shrimp Boil features local shrimp, corn and coleslaw to raise funds to support our local veterans programs through the Don Wade Memorial Foundation. For only $11, everyone is welcome to attend the Shrimp Boil dinner for food, fun, raffles and music by Bubba. For more info call 239-466-6400.


    Grand Resorts FMB will hold another Public Information Meeting regarding the proposed redevelopment project in the downtown district of Fort Myers Beach on MO Feb 22 from 5:30-7:30pm at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 2731 Oak St. Fort Myers Beach. Expected topics of discussion include additional advanced architectural renderings, traffic, parking and zoning.


    The Ascension Catholic Women will sponsor their annual fashion show and luncheon TU Feb 16, at the Church of the Ascension Parish Hall, 6025 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Fashions by Leani’s of Santini Plaza. Doors open at 11:30. Seats are limited and sell out fast! Proceeds support the group’s area charitable efforts. Donation price is $25, which includes lunch and door prizes. For tickets or more information, call Janet, 765-7692; or Mary Ann, 463-5584.


    A self defense class for females age 13-100 will be offered on WE Feb 24 from 10am-Noon at Chapel by the Sea in Silver Hall. Class includes personal safety tips and practical exercises. $5 fee. Must preregister. Call 239-463-3173 x 10.


    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:

    -America’s Boating Class-Feb 6 & 13

    -Local Waters-Local Charts-Feb 20


    Lisa Black, author of the suspense series featuring Theresa McLean, will be the guest speaker at the 1pm, Feb 12 meeting of the Friends of Lakes Library. Black is a forensic specialist for the Cape Coral Police Dept. and will discuss the latest book in the series, “Close to the Bone.” 15290 Bass Rd.


    The Friends of Koreshan State Historic Site will hold a 2-day event focused on the history of Mound Key, coinciding with the 450th anniversary of the first meeting between Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine and Florida Governor and the Calusa chief Carlos. Archeologists and historians will give presentations and a documentary, “The Calusa in Colonial Florida:” will be shown on Feb 9 from 9:15am-4pm at the Estero Elks Club, 3231 Coconut Rd, Estero. On Feb 20, guided tours of Mound Key will be available from 10am-2pm. Transportation to Mound Key is not provided, but kayak rentals can be arranged at Lovers Key or through College of Life Foundation. For more info contact Theresa Schober at       239-851-9040.


    The Winter Juried Show opened at the FMB Art Association Gallery on Jan 25. The exhibit will be available until Feb 18. First Place-Dannica Walker for “Old Pals,” Second Place-Cheryl Fausel for “Flocking Together,” Third Place-Sue Pink for “Crime Scene.” The Lee Ackert Award for Exceptional Use of Color went to Patty Kane for “Sunset on the St. Johns River.”


    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will conduct its monthly “By the Light of the Moon” program on MO Feb 22 beginning at 6pm. Awaken and sharpen your sense of smell, touch, hearing and night vision as you join two volunteers with candlelit lanterns as they guide you through the Preserve by the light of the moon. Adults only. Reservations required by calling 239-565-7437.


    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 $15-$35. For details call 239-454-2067. Upcoming events include:

    -Night at the Oscars: Hollywood Concert Orchestra, TU Feb 9 at 7:30pm

    -Irrera Brothers Duo, MO Feb 22 at 7pm