Be Kind to Wildlife, Protect Manatees

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    There’s always something happening on and around Fort Myers Beach! Check here each week for everything that’s going on from announcements to family fun.

    Sand Paper Status

    Since announcing that the Sand Paper’s last issue would be July 9 unless a buyer is found to continue the paper (bit.ly/ispSale), several individuals have expressed interest in acquiring the Island Sand Paper. The deadline to express interest in purchasing the newspaper is Friday, June 19. Email publisher@fortmyersbeach.news for more information.

    COVID-19

    Dr. Larry Antonucci of Lee Health urges Lee County residents to continue to follow CDC guidelines when outside their home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus which is still active in our state and community. Florida has seen over 15,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past week; Lee County 696 new cases. When away from home, practice social distancing – stay at least 6 ft away from other people. If you will be closer than that, wear a mask. Cloth masks help to contain droplets during speaking, breathing and coughing. Assume that you will encounter asymptomatic carriers of the virus. For current COVID-19 data see bit.ly/isp2020virus

    LeeCARES Help

    The Lee County Board of Commissioners announced the allocation of federal CARES Act money for Phase 2 of the LeeCARES Business Assistance, Food Security and Individuals & Families assistance programs. The Business Program provides funding for small businesses to rehire full-time equivalent (FTE) positions that were on payroll as of March 1, 2020. Eligible positions must be rehired on or after July 6, 2020. Grants of $5,000/FTE rehired, up to $10,000 for businesses or up to $20,000 for larger businesses with fewer than 250 employees. 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 organizations are eligible. Grants can be used for operating expenses not covered by other resources. Businesses receiving Payroll Protection Program are not eligible. The program goes live on July 6. Applications will be available online at LeeFLCares.com or by appointment.  Individual & Family Assistance of up to $2,000 per household in rent/mortgage & utilities assistance is available. Based on a sliding scale of total household income. Limit of $55,100 – $72,750 based on family size. Applications for individual and family assistance can be submitted online at LeeFLCares.com or at 239-533-2273.

    Summer Camp

    Beginning on Monday, June 29, Beach Baptist Church will offer Super Summer Beach Camp for beach kids ages 4 -16. Camp will run for five weeks from 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday. Cost is $20/day or $100/week or sign up for all five weeks for just $400. Camp application can be found at bit.ly/ispBBcamp  Or at BeachBaptist.org under “Church Ministries.” For more information email students@beachbaptist.org or call the church office at 239-463-6452.

    Summer BreakSpot          

    The free Grab & Go meals provided by Lee County Schools will switch to a four day week (MO-TH) beginning Monday, June 15. Breakfast and lunch bags for kids and teens age 18 and younger are provided at numerous locations in Lee County. On Fort Myers Beach, they are available from 10am -12 noon at Beach Baptist Church. Friday’s meal bag will be provided on Thursday. There is no cost for the meals and any child or teen age 18 and under is welcome to participate. No registration required.

    Re-Entry Passes

    Do you have your Hurricane Re-Entry pass? Now is the time to find yours. If you have a purple (resident) or yellow (business) re-entry pass, no matter what year is on the pass, it’s still good. If you do not have a pass, go to fmbgov.com and check under FMB News for info on how to apply. There is an application you can download, complete and then call Town Hall 239-765-0202 to arrange a time to bring your application and documents in. Town Hall remains closed to unscheduled walk in business.

    All Hazards Guide

    The Lee County All Hazards Guide is available at bit.ly/LeeHazard Find local information on disaster prep, with phone numbers and resources for hurricane prep, flooding and other disasters.

    Kids Fishing Tournament

    The Ostego Bay Foundation will host a Free Kids Fishing Tournament on June 27 at Bonita Bill’s, 702 Fishermans Wharf on San Carlos Island, with trophies, fishing poles, lunch and plenty of fun for kids and families. All families welcome to participate! Call 239-470-4993 to donate or help sponsor the event.

    Dining Discount Book

    The 2020 Kiwanis Discount Dining Book from the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is now available for just $28, on the FMB Chamber website or call 239-454-7500 if you’d like to pay by cash or check. The book offers BOGO (By One, Get One) dining discounts at 51 area restaurants, including 11 FMB locations. Some deals have conditions such as purchasing two beverages or a maximum price. Most are valid through Nov 15, so order yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects and local children in need.

    Be Kind to Wildlife

    Sea Turtles and Shorebirds are nesting on Fort Myers Beach right now. Do your part by using Amber LED bulbs if you have ANY lights that can be seen from the beach. Close your drapes after dark. Move all beach items behind the vegetation line. Stay away from all posted areas. Keep pets out of the Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area entirely and on a 6’ leash elsewhere on the beach. Do not let cats roam. If you are being dive-bombed by a bird – you are too close to a nest. Take photos only with a zoom lens.

    Protect our Manatees

    Boaters are asked to be aware that they share our local waters with manatees. Slow down, honor slow speed zones and watch for signs of manatees in the water near your boat. Give them plenty of room. To report a sick, injured, dead or tagged manatee, contact FWC at 1-888-404-3922 or on your cell: *FWC or #FWC

    Chronic Pain Workshop

    Would you like to learn how to better manage chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, headaches and more? Lee Health will offer a free, virtual, six-week workshop, “Chronic Pain Self-Management” a research-based program originally developed by Stanford University, on Wednesdays beginning July 29 from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Workshop information will empower you to improve your quality of life, learn how to more easily manage medications, understand the benefits of exercise and manage symptoms of stress, pain & fatigue. Participants will receive a copy of the book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain.”  Call 239-343-9264 for information and registration.