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 Lighthouse Resort, Matanzas Inn, Lover’s Key Resort 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!


Lover’s Key Yard Sale-SA 8am-1pm at Lover’s Key Event Field

Mound House Grand Opening-SA 9am-4pm at Mound House

Taste of Santini-SA 9am-2pm at Santini Marina Plaza

Paint in the Park-SA 9:30-11:30am at Lover’s Key State Park

Back Bay Bash-SA Noon-10pm at Bootlegger’s Waterfront Barbeque

Dinner Dance-SA 5:30pm at Ascension Parish Hall

Patrick Stott Bike Run-SU 9am register at Beach Pub

Toys for Xmas-SU Noon-?, Beach Pub



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:

TU Nov 17 – Estuary Wading Trip

TH Nov 19 – Black Island Kayak Tour

FR Nov 20 – Walk on the Wild Side



Come out and support local businesses affected by road construction. Each Thursday, the Chamber of Commerce urges Islanders to participate in CASH MOB THURSDAY to support businesses in a different area of the construction zone. On TH, Nov. 19 visit Hooters, Mr. Tequila’s, Reese’s and Tuckaway’s anytime between 11am and 7pm. Think Local, Shop Local, Buy Local, Join the Mob!



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

MO Nov 16, 9-11:30am Garden Club-new members welcome; 10:30am-Drawing; 1:30pm-Writers Group

TU Nov 17, 10:30am-Book Discussion, “The Call” by Yannick Murphy;1:30pm- African Safari

WE Nov 18-9am-1pm Quilting; 10:30am-Windows 10; 1:30pm-Afternoon Movie ‘Amour Fou”

TH Nov 19, 10:30am-Apps for iPhone/iPad, pre-register; 1:30pm-Fitness Beyond 50

FR Nov 20, 1:30pm-Birds of Dusk-Portraying Nature in EcoFiction



The Estero Bay Buddies is offering two different kayak trips on SA Nov 14 from 8-10:30am from the Estero River Outfitters (at the bridge in Estero), 20991 South Tamiami Trail. A guided beginning paddle (1 hour) departs at 8:15am with check in at 8am. A guided intermediate paddle (two hours) departs at 8:30am with check in at 8:15am. All kayaking equipment provided. Bring hat, sunscreen, binoculars, cloths and hoses that can get wet. Register by calling 239-992-4050.



Ostego Bay Foundation’s Working Waterfront Tour begins every WE at 9am. This 3 hour guided tour includes a 90-minute tour of the Marine Science Center and a 90-minute tour of the commercial fishing industry, including Ericksen & Jensen Supply House, Trico Shrimp Co and Beach Seafood. Cost is $15/adult and $10/student over 6. Reservations required, call 239-765-8101



Each Monday from 9:30-11am, explore the shoreline along San Carlos Bay and learn more about the shorebirds, shells, animals and plants native to Bunche Beach Preserve. Wear comfortable clothing, shoes that can get wet. Bring water, binoculars, bug spray and camera. 18201 John Morris Rd. Free with paid parking. 239-533-7275



Join a free guided walk offered each FR from 9:30-11am at Bowditch Point Park. Learn the importance of barrier islands and their unique ecosystem and how they protect the mainland. Explore the beachfront tropical hardwoods, coastal scrub and wetland hardwood forest plant communities. Program is Free with paid parking. 50 Estero Blvd. 239-533-7275



Enjoy a free educational and inspirational walk through Matanzas Pass Preserve offered the 1st, 3rd and 5th TH from 9:30-11am. Learn about the diverse plant community including a maritime oak hammock, transitional wetlands and mangrove forest. . Meet at the entrance of Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Street. Visit or call 239-533-7275.



Learn the historical importance of Florida native plants as food, shelter, medicine and clothing to humans, past and present. Discover how these indigenous plants have been used by the Calusa and early settlers. Free guided walk offered each WE from 9:30-11am at Matanzas Pass Preserve. 239-533-7275



Check out our local fresh outdoor markets:

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

Wednesdays 9am-1pm – Tanger Farm Fresh Market, 20350 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers.

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



Attention ALL Animals! You may bring your owners to St. Raphael’s Church, 5601 Williams Drive for the Annual Blessing of the Animals this SU, Nov 15 at the 10am service. Don’t forget your leash, we’ll provide treats and water! Phone 463-6057 for more info.



The 2015 holiday season is fast approaching and volunteers are needed for the Spirit of the Holidays auction, shopping and gift-wrapping. The Dinner Auction will be held on TU Dec 8 beginning at 5pm at Sunset Beach Tropical Grill. Tickets are $35. Paddleboard raffle tickets are now on sale. Winner drawn at auction. Dinner Auction and raffle tickets available at Red Coconut RV Park and Century 21 Tripower Realty. The Pancake Breakfast will be on SA, Dec 12 from 7-11am at the Red Coconut Clubhouse, 3001 Estero Blvd. The Wrapping Party will be held SU, Dec 20 beginning at 3pm at the Red Coconut Clubhouse. For more information on any of these events visit or call 239-463-7200.



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



Anyone interested in boating is invited to join the Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club for their monthly meeting on WE Nov 18 at the American Legion Post 274, 899 Buttonwood Dr. The club promotes safe, enjoyable boating and good fellowship. Social hour begins at 6pm, with dinner and meeting following. Potential new members who would like to attend any or all of the meeting are invited to call Commodore Pete Oiderma for required reservations 239-463-6240.



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 of spectators gather at waterfront restaurants, homes and parks 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. Sign your boat up now and start planning your decorating strategy. 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. 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 info call Jim Rodwell 239-565-7437.