Beach Clean-Up Planned January 1

    Around and About the Island


    Around and About the Island offers announcements of all there is to do on Fort Myers Beach. Also, be sure to pick up your printed copy of the SAND LIFE Entertainment magazine and the Island Sand Paper all over Fort Myers Beach.


    The Town of Fort Myers Beach turns 21 on New Year’s Eve and everyone is invited to the party! Free cupcakes and cookies will be handed out in Times Square from Noon-1pm. Bay Oaks campus and pool will be open on SA Dec 31 from 10am-4pm and SU Jan 1 from 12-4pm. Join Bay Oaks staff for some field day-style games – pickleball, flag football, disc golf and more. Or enjoy free time at the pool with a large water slide, obstacle course and kiddie area. In Times Square the Times Square Merchant & Event Association will provide live music from noon to midnight Dec 31. Fireworks will entertain at midnight, courtesy of Fort Myers Beach businesses. Trolley service will be available from Summerlin Square and up and down the beach. Open alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the Time Square only from noon-1am on Dec 31.


    The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will coordinate a beach clean up on New Years Day. Trash bags and gloves will be provided and all are encouraged to bring water and wear sunscreen. Anyone interested in helping out can meet at the poinsettia tree in Times Square at 9:00 am. The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation is dedicated to working cooperatively to improve the quality of life in Fort Myers beach and surrounding communities. Anyone interested in joining may contact Judy Lawson, Membership Director at 509.679.1166


    The Fort Myers Beach Polar Bear Club invites all residents and visitors to join them in their 12th annual Polar Bear Jump into the Gulf of Mexico. This year’s event will be held at Outrigger Beach Resort, 6200 Estero Blvd on SU Jan 1 from Noon-5pm and will benefit long time polar bear Willie Frey who is battling throat/tongue cancer. A silent auction, raffles and t-shirts will be available. Donations of raffle items can be made via Bonnie 239-738-3251 or Ed 917-501-3698. Rookie polar bears always welcome, head to the Outrigger on Jan 1. The annual polar bear march to the sea takes place at about 2pm.


    Town Hall will be closed on Dec 30 and Jan 2 in observance of the holidays. Beach Pool will be open 10am-4pm on Dec 31; 12-4pm on Jan 1 and 10am-6pm on Jan 2. Bay Oaks will be open 7:30am-6pm on Dec 30; 10am-4pm on Dec 31; 12-4pm on Jan 1 and 10am-9pm on Jan 2. Otherwise regular hours for Bay Oaks and Beach Pool.


    The 2016-2017 Free Acoustic Concert Series at Lovers Key State Park will be held on the first TH of each month Nov-Apr. The next concert is TH Jan 5 at 3:45pm and will feature all original music by Alan Bradford, Dave Clayton and Bill Veach. Free with park entry. The concert will take place at the beachfront gazebo. Seating available for the first 80 people. Bring a chair or blanket. Come enjoy some great original music in an intimate “bluebird Café” style. Sunset included.


    A Nature Walk with a Bird Patrol Guide is offered on SA Jan 7 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


    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on Jan 7 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.


    The Estero Island Historic Society invites all residents and visitors to their public meeting on MO Jan 9 at 7pm at the Beach Library. Norm Zambrano of the Koreshan State Historic Site will speak on the Koreshan history on the island including their property, presence and influence.


    The Friends of Lakes Regional Library will host author J.C. Ferguson on Friday January 13, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Library.

    Ms. Ferguson has written several books and will discuss her latest, ” Mangrove Madness ” a mystery which is set in the Florida Gulf Coast.

    The program is free and open to the public.

    Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road.


    Parrot Key Caribbean Grill hosts two car shows each month, on the 1st and 3rd MO. Next show Jan 2 from 5-9pm. Stop by to see some cool hot rods, classic cars and custom trucks. Have a great car? Get arrive early for parking and registration. Free to show; free to look. For more information visit or call 239-463-3257.


    The Beach Area Civic Association will meet TH Jan 5 at 6:30pm at the Bonita Bill’s meeting room on San Carlos Island. BACA will host a discussion on planning for the San Carlos Island/San Carlos Blvd area with Lee County Commissioner Larry Kiker. All are invited. The discussion will focus on the proposed amendment to the county Comprehensive Plan that would put Central Urban land use, the second-most intense use in the county plan, on San Carlos Island. For more information call BACA President Charlie Whitehead at 233-1018,


    The St. Peter Lutheran Church Concert Series presents the Mastersingers Chamber Chorus TU, Jan 10th, 7pm. A wonderful evening of music featuring Southwest Florida’s premier choral group will also include a special performance by the Mastersingers City of Palms Youth Choir who have been invited to perform at the Lincoln Center this spring. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free admission. Donations accepted. 3751 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach. 239-463-4251.


    The Friends of Lakes Regional Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 9:00am until 4;00pm at the Library.

    The sale features a large selection of books, including fiction ,non-fiction and audio books as well as CD’s and DVD’s. GREAT PRICES!

    Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road.


    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will host their monthly ‘Moon Walk in the Preserve’ on TH Jan 12 at 5:30pm. This experiential hands-on program will awaken and sharpen participant’s senses of smell, touch, hearing and night vision. Join two volunteers carrying candle-lit lanterns through the Preserve as night descends and celebrate the darkness and the moon. Meet at the entrance to the Preserve behind the Historical Cottage on Bay Street. Program is free, but pre-registration is required. Adults only. Limited to 12 participants. To register, call Jim 239-565-7437.


    The Friends of the Beach Library will host a Book Sale on SA Jan 28 from 9am-12:30pm in the parking garage under the library. Stop by for minimal prices with lots of choose from on the table.


    Chapel by the Sea will host a program, The Basis by Alzheimer’s Association, on WE Jan 11 from 10-11:30am. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more. RSVP to or call
    239-463-3173 x 20.


    It’s time to apply to participate in the Fort Myers Beach 59th Shrimp Festival Queen Pageant! Young ladies age 16-20 are eligible to apply. Participation includes awards and prizes, social events, a ride atop of a Corvette convertible in the Shrimp Festival parade, pageant gift bags and community service hours for school. The Queen receives a $500 college scholarship. Applicants can enter with their own sponsor or the Lions Club will provide one. Deadline to enter is January 15, 2017. For more information and an application go to or contact Pageant Coordinator Tracey Gore 239-849-3603 or