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These are the latest announcements from on and around Fort Myers Beach:

Blood Drive

Want to be a hometown hero? Spend a few minutes and save a life. One unit of blood can help save the lives of several people and there is always a significant need for blood donations, especially now. Bonita Bill’s is sponsoring Lee Health’s Bloodmobile on Friday, May 22 from 1 – 5pm. The drive is in honor of Lorraine, Bonita Bill’s bookkeeper who was recently diagnosed with cancer and required a blood transfusion. Her birthday is Friday, too! All donors receive a thank you gift and wellness checkup. The blood drive will be conducted using social distancing guidelines and appropriate infection control protocols. If you’d like to donate blood but are not available Friday afternoon, stop by the Lee Health Blood Center at 15880 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers any time between 8am and 4pm Monday-Friday or until 7pm on Wednesday. Questions about blood donation?  Call 239-343-2333.

Kindergarten

It’s time to register for Kindergarten at Fort Myers Beach Elementary School! Parents or guardians are asked to scan and email the following documents to TerryAJ@leeschools.net Original birth certificate; Current School Physical Form; Social Security Card, if available; Florida Immunization Card; Proof of Address; Proof of Custody; Parent’s Driver’s License. If you are unable to scan and email the documents, the Beach School office will be open for kindergarten enrollment on Friday, June 12 from 9am – 2pm. The school is located at 2751 Oak Street, Fort Myers Beach. If you have any questions, call the school before noon at 239-463-6356.

Holiday Schedules

During the week of May 25, all trash, recycling and yard waste collections in Fort Myers Beach will be delayed by one day for the week. The Topaz Court Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility will be closed Monday. Please recycle the plastic, metal and glass from your Memorial Day weekend activities. LeeTran will not run bus or trolley service on Monday, May 25.

Beach Library

The Fort Myers Beach Library remains closed, but curbside pickup of held books is available Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm. Place holds through the catalog tab at the top of the Beach Library website at fmb.lib.fl.us/ using your library card or if you know the titles you want, call 239-765-8162.

Mound House

The Mound House is now open on Tuesday and Saturday from 9am – 4pm for self-guided tours. The Museum Store is closed, but the grounds are open to all from sunrise to sunset each day.

Bay Oaks Rec Center

The weight room and cardio room are now open by reservation only from 8am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 10 am – 7pm on Saturday. Four reservations for each room will be taken for the top of each hour. After 45 minutes the room will be cleared and cleaned before the next group of four is allowed to use it. Reservations must be made at least two hours in advance by calling 239-765-4222. No walk-ins allowed. The Bay Oaks grounds are open from sunrise to sunset, but the community pool, ball fields, public restrooms and playground remain closed until further notice.

Vacation Rentals

Short-term (30 days and less) vacation rentals are now allowed in Lee County. Information on guidelines and rules pertaining to vacation rentals can be found at bit.ly/isp192

Town Advisory Committees

The Town of Fort Myers Beach is seeking interested residents to serve as members of volunteer advisory boards that advise Town Council. There are current openings on the Local Planning Agency (LPA) and the Community Resource Advisory Board (CRAB). Visit bit.ly/isp25 to learn more about advisory committees or to apply.

Food Resources

Beach Baptist offers to-go hot meals on SU from 9 – 10am (upstairs); WE at 5:30pm (outside) and TH 9 – 11am. Lee Schools Grab & Go breakfast/lunch bags for kids age 18 and under are available for pickup at Beach Baptist from 9 – 11am MO – FR. No registration or school enrollment required. On Thursday, from 10am – 3pm, the Choice Market food bank is open at Beach Baptist. Volunteers are needed to assist. Please call 239-247-1029 or email office@beachbaptist.org if you can help.

Turtle Nesting Season

The sea turtles are back! They are breeding in offshore waters and nesting on our beaches. Please help by keeping boat speeds to idle within a half mile of the shoreline. Make sure you have no lights that shine on the beach from your property or from inside your home. Draw the drapes or blinds to shield inside lights after dark. Use only Amber LED bulbs in outdoor fixtures that can be seen from the beach. Pull beach furniture, boats and toys back behind the vegetation line so turtles do not get tangled up in them. Turtle friendly light fixtures and bulbs can be found at bit.ly/lites4turtles  If you accidentally hook a turtle or find one in distress contact the FWC hotline at 888-404-3922, *FWC, #FWC or text Tip@MyFWC.com

COVID-19 Testing

A virus testing site is now open at CenturyLink Stadium (Hammond Park), 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, seven days a week from 9am – 3pm(gates close). This site tests for active infection. It is NOT an antibody test site. Testing is free and only for ages 18 and up. Bring a photo ID and face covering. For more information see leegov.com under COVID-19 Information > Testing.

Shorebird Nesting

It’s shorebird nesting season! The Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) and Carlos Point/Castle Beach temporary refuge has been posted for active nests. Wilson’s plovers, snowy plovers and Least terns have all been seen in those areas and several nests are active. The Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area is closed to people from April 1 – August 31 to allow the shorebirds to court, nest and fledge. An FWC biologist will monitor the CWA and Carlos Point areas each day through the end of August.

To protect the nesting shorebirds, do not walk in any posted areas or in the CWA. Keep all pets away from the area. Dogs are never allowed in the CWA, but may be on other parts of the beach with 6ft leash. Anyone planning to photograph the nesting birds, should do so only from a long distance with a zoom lens. For more information about nesting shorebirds visit bit.ly/FWCShorebirds

Beach Kids Scholarships

The Beach Kids Foundation is offering scholarships to students who will attend college, university or trade school in the fall. Applicants must reside on Fort Myers Beach or be the child of a parent who works on the beach. A completed application, essay and three references are required. Application must be postmarked by 5pm, June 12, 2020. Applications are available by calling Tracey at 239-849-3603. Completed applications should be mailed to Beach Kids Foundation, 2801 Estero Blvd, Suite B, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931. Contact Linda at 239-980-0661 with any questions.

Voter Registration

Voters are reminded that a Vote-by-Mail ballot may be requested for a specific election or for all elections through the next two general election cycles. No reason is needed. Any voter, their legal guardian or an immediate family member may request a vote-by-mail ballot online at lee.vote or by calling 239-LEE-VOTE. Voters can track their ballot online and see when it was mailed, received and counted.

Water Restrictions

Due to a severe drought, Lee County has announced mandatory restrictions on landscape watering effective immediately. Landscape irrigation is restricted to one day per week for all parts of Lee County, including Fort Myers Beach. If your address ends in an even number, you may water on Sunday. If your address ends in an odd number, you may run your irrigation on Wednesday. All landscape irrigation is prohibited between 9am and 5pm.

 

COVID-19 Resources

Florida Dept. of Health: floridahealthcovid19.gov

FDOH COVID-19 Dashboard: bit.ly/isp4123

Lee County Government: www.leegov.com/covid-19/

CDC COVID: www.coronavirus.gov

Lee Health: COVID info page: www.leehealth.org/public-health