Around & About the Island – July 5th Beach Volunteers Needed



    The 7th annual Popeyepalooza benefit to support youth athletics of Fort Myers Beach and Lee County will be held at Beach Pub on SU June 26. Organizer Mike “Popeye” Dearden, this year’s event will feature great BBQ and sides, live music, a silent auction, 50/50 raffles and more. For more information or to donate to the raffles or auction or to volunteer, call Popeye at 239-244-4437 or visit the Facebook page for Popeyepalooza VII.



    Residents of Hercules Drive are invited to attend a meeting on WE June 29 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: Amberjack Drive (July 6), Delmar Avenue (July 14) and Bayside Park (July 20), all at 5pm.



    Volunteers are urgently needed for the July 5th beach cleanup effort jointly held by the FMB Community Foundation and Keep Lee County Beautiful. Volunteers are asked to report at 8:30am to Crescent Beach Family Park or Wyndham Garden on the beach. Other Lee County locations include Bunche Beach and the Sanibel Causeway Islands. Litter sticks, bags, gloves and water will be provided. For more information see



    National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is June 26-July 2. The FMB Mosquito Control urges residents to eliminate sources of mosquito production around their homes and  neighborhoods: Get rid of old tires, buckets or any water-holding containers. Fill or drain any low spots in the yard. Fix leaky pipes and outside faucets. Empty wading pools, birdbaths, plant  drip trays at least once/week. Cover trash cans to keep water out. Cut grass short and keep shrubbery trimmed. Keep drains, and ditches clear of weeds and trash so water drains properly.



    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.


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

    WE June 29 at 1:30pm – Afternoon Movie, “Theeb”

    TH June 30 at 10:30am – Computer Security (pre-register)



    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 June 25: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-Calusa Indian Art ($5/members free)

    -TU June 28: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-Shell Science

    -WE June 29: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am – Archeology of the Mound House ($5/members free).

    –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).


    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:

    TH June 30 – Beginning Birding



    A Nature Walk with a Bird Patrol Guide is offered on SA July 2 at 8am at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Meet at Shelter A7. This easy walk offers the opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced guides pointing out the many species in Lakes Park. Free with paid parking. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580.



    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 FMB Shrine Club will hold a Flea Market every SU from 7am-3pm beginning May 15th at 19171 San Carlos Blvd, FMB. Space (10’ x 10’) is available for a $10 donation. Bring your own tent, tables and chairs or rent a table for $5. New/old items, arts & crafts, farmer’s market vendors welcome. To reserve a space email All proceeds benefit the FMB Shrine Club.



    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. Field trips will include the Lovers’ Key Beach, Matanzas Pass Preserve, Bunche Beach Bird Walk, Mound Key and the Estero Bay Buffer Preserve. 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/ Class limited to 20To register, visit the Florida Master Naturalist Program website, For more information call Jim Rodwell 239-565-7437



    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



    The 30th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championships on FMB is now accepting vendor applications. The event will be held Nov. 18-27, 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel on FMB. Last year’s event drew a record 47,000 people over ten days. Applications are online at and through the Chamber of Commerce office. 239-454-7500. Direct questions to Ted Clifton at 239-848-6568.



    Is your family, neighborhood or business in the parade yet? Call Bay Oaks today! 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 at Town Hall or Bay Oaks Rec Center, on the Town’s website or at 239-765-4222.



    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 Deadline July 15, 2016.