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! Also check inside the back cover of this issue of the Sand Paper for the most current listing of live music on the beach!


    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.


    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. Town residents half price with proof of residency. 451 Connecticut St. Upcoming events:

    -SA Feb 20 & WE Feb 24 9:30am-Guided Kayak Eco-Tour

    -TU Feb 23 9am-guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 11am and 2pm- Calusa Tools Demo


    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery will host two new exhibitions beginning next week. On Feb 20, an Outdoor Painters Group exhibit will be on display in Studio II. It will be on display until March 10. On Feb 22, the Winter Juried show, sponsored by Matanzas on the Bay will open and hang until Mar 24. A reception will be held Feb 28, beginning with a gallery talk by Patty Kane at 1pm, refreshments at 2:15 and ceremony at 3pm. Paintings are also available for sale. 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.


    Grand Resorts FMB will hold their third 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.


    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 FMB Yacht Club will hold their monthly meeting on WE, Feb 24 at the American Legion Post, 899 Buttonwood Dr. The Yacht Club promotes safe, enjoyable boating and good fellowship. New members are welcome to attend-please call Membership Chair Pete Oiderma for reservations 239-463-6240.


    The Lakes Park Fragrance Garden will host a plant sale from 9am-noon on the last WE each month through April at Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Enjoy the gardens and visit with Master Gardeners. Next Sale is WE Feb 24th. Parking fee.


    Shell Point Retirement Community will host Dr. Ryan  Sullivan, medical oncologist with Massachusetts General Hospital will give an address on “Skin Cancer-Emerging Targeted Therapies for melanoma,” as part of Shell Point’s Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries Series. Open and free to the public. Reservations required by calling 239-433-7936.


    VFW Post 10097 is holding a Poker Run to raise funds for the VFW Relief Fund on SU Feb 28 from 10am-Noon. Registration $20/driver; $10/rider. Last bike out at noon, must be in by 4:10pm. Best hands announced at 4:15pm. Great prizes. Open to everyone with at least one wheel! For more info call Chris 561-445-3068


    The Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus will perform in concert on TU Mar 1 at 7:30pm at St. Peter Lutheran Church. This fun-filled evening will include barbershop, pop, folk and patriotic favorites. Doors open at 7pm. Free will offering. 3751 Estero Blvd, FMB.


    What will Florida’s real estate market look like in the coming year? Come to the Market Update offered by TeamSwanbeck on WE Mar 2 at 9:30am at the Beach Library 3rd floor Community Room. Karen Swanbeck will share 2016 Florida Real Estate Trends presented recently at the Florida Realtors Mid-Winter meeting. Free. Light refreshments will be served at 9am with the presentation beginning at 9:30am. Limited to the first 50 people. RSVP to 239-292-6284 or


    The Chapel by the Sea Concert Series will present their final concert of the season featuring Douglas Renfroe, bass baritone, and Helen Tintes-Schuermann, contralto. They will combine forces to offer an evening of exceptional entertainment through excellence in singing. Abigail Allison will be the pianist for the evening. The concert will be held on TH, Mar 3 at 7pm at Chapel by the Sea. Free Will offering.


    The 79th Annual Sanibel Shell Festival will be held on March 3-5, 2016 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Sponsored by the Sanibel Community Association and the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club, all funds raised support local marine education and the Sanibel Community House. Demonstrations, shell artists, raffles, shell displays and more. No fee for the Shell Festival grounds, $5 donation requested to attend Shell Show.


    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-Mar 5 & 12

    -Local Charts-Mar 19


    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. Volunteers needed. Call Bonnie 239-443-8810.


    Members of the art groups of Indian Creek Resort will present their annual art show on SA, Mar 5 from 9am-3pm. Come enjoy the work of the resort’s many talented artists and consider purchasing some art to take home.


    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.


    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


    Check out our local fresh outdoor markets:

    Tuesdays 9am-1pm – Santini Sunrise Fresh Market at Santini Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd. FMB

    Wednesdays 9am-2pm – Farmer’s Market, Beach Baptist Estero Blvd & Connecticut, FMB

    Fridays 7:30-11:30am—Farmers Market, Bay Oaks, FMB


    In the Guided Walks in Lee County Parks article in last week’s paper, we listed the incorrect day for the Sundown Singalong offered at Bowditch Point Park. This friendly gathering and singalong is offered every Thursday through March 31 at 5pm. Bring a chair and enjoy some familiar songs and a spectacular sunset. For more information, call 239-533-7275 or visit