Beach Walks, Family Fun Kayak Tour

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    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 and on a 6’ leash elsewhere on the beach. Do not let cats roam. If you are being divebombed by a bird – you are too close to a nest. Take photos only with a zoom lens.

    Beach Walks

    The Tuesday morning free guided Beach Walks at Newton Park resume Tuesday, June 2 at 9am. Discover what the tides bring to the shore with a naturalist guide. Held every Tuesday morning. Meet under the thatched hut. 4650 Estero Blvd, FMB. Only 8 participants allowed so that social distancing can occur. Masks recommended.

    Hurricane Supplies Tax Holiday

    Florida’s 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is May 29 – June 4. The sales tax holiday includes reusable ice packs $10 or under; flashlights, lanterns and candles $20 & under; gas or diesel fuel containers, including LP gas & kerosene $30 & under; Ice chests (non-electrical) and batteries $30 & under; Tarps, flexible waterproof sheeting; ground anchors, bungee cords, two-way and weather radios $50 & under; and portable generators $750 & under.

    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.

    Rake the Arches

    Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches, Inc, has announced that BOYD Sand Artist will create several tributes in the sand to the Fort Myers Beach Arches using just his rake June 2 – 8 on Fort Myers Beach. On June 2 at 9am, he will be working on the beach at Gateway Villas, 500 Estero Blvd; On June 3 at 9am, find him on the beach at Wyndham Garden, 6890 Estero Blvd; and on June 4 he will be on the sand at Lani Kai, 1400 Estero Blvd at 9am. Additional dates to be announced on the Restore Facebook page.

    Beach Library

    The Fort Myers Beach Library will open on Monday, June 1. Hours MO – FR 9am -5pm; SA 9am -1pm. Social distancing guidelines in effect. Masks recommended. Due dates extended; late fees waived for now. The Reading room, play room and café remain closed. No puzzle table. Four computers will be available for public use. Curbside pickup offered. Place holds through the catalog tab at the top of the Beach Library website at fmb.lib.fl.us/ using your library card & PIN or call 239-765-8162 with the titles you want.

    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.

    Family Fun Kayak Tour

    This fun for the whole family guided kayak tour is offered every Friday in June at 9am at the Mound House. This tour is designed for parents and their children ages 6 & up. Paddlers look for wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphins as they paddle through the mangroves of Estero Bay. Reservations required 239-765-0865. $25 ages 13 and up; $15 ages 6-12. Weather permitting. (Members $10) Museum admission included. Maximum 8 participants so that social distancing can occur. Masks recommended.

    Mangroves by Kayak Tour

    Explore the winding mangrove creeks on this guided kayak tour offered every Wednesday in June at 8:30am at the Mound House. Explore the hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. For ages 12 & up. $45 fee. (Members $15) Museum admission included. Reservations required 239-765-0865. Maximum 8 participants so that social distancing can occur. Masks recommended. Weather permitting.

    Story of Plastic

    Keep Lee County Beautiful is hosting a free virtual screening of the movie “The Story of Plastic” with discussion following on Monday, June 8 in honor of World Oceans Day. The film takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the effect is has on the planet and people who inhabit it. Register at  bit.ly/35QW0cK Registrants will receive link to stream the film 2-3 days in advance. A Q & A discussion will take place via Zoom at 6:30pm Monday, June 8. Free. For more information call 239-334-3488.

    Ostego Bay Foundation

    The Foundation has announced several activities will begin in June, all following CDC guidelines. The Marine Science Center at 718 Fishermans Wharf is now open. Call 239-765-8101 for current hours. Kids Summer Camps begins June 8 and still has openings for Sea Stars (finished K – Gr 3) July 27 -31; Loggerheads (Gr 4-6) July 13-17, July 20-24 and July 27-31; and Tiger Sharks (Gr 6 & up) June 15-19. For camp details and registration information see ostegobay.org  Also the Free Kids Fishing Tournament will be held June 27 at Bonita Bill’s with trophies, fishing poles, lunch and plenty of fun for kids and families. Call 239-470-4993 to donate or help sponsor the event.

    Edison Estates Gardens

    The Edison and Ford Winter Estates botanical gardens and riverside of the property, including the Edison and Ford historic homes are now open Friday – Monday each week through June. The outdoor Garden Shoppe and Museum Store are also open. The museum and laboratory remain closed. The site includes over 20 acres of gardens. Self-guided tours will be available via guests’ smartphones. Discounted admission: $15 adults; $10 teens; $5 children and children 5 and under free. No discounts or coupons accepted. Please purchase admission online in advance at EdistonFord.org. Following CDC guidelines, staff will be wearing masks and surfaces regularly cleaned and sanitized. For more information call
    239-334-7419.

    Food Resources

    Beach Baptist offers meals on SU from 9 – 10am (upstairs); WE at 5:30pm and TH 9am (to-go). 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. Bags needed for Choice Market. Please call 239-247-1029 or email office@beachbaptist.org if you can help.

    Water Change

    Lee County Utilities, which provides water to FMB, will temporarily convert its disinfectant process from chloramines to free chlorine residual June 1 – 21, 2020. This routine change helps ensure clean, fresh, potable water and may cause a temporary change in the taste, color or odor of the water, which is not harmful. Anyone using a kidney dialysis machine at home should contact their equipment provider so the proper filtering equipment can be installed. Tropical fish owners should contact a local tropical fish store for appropriate pretreatment of water before adding it to tanks. For more information call 239-533-8845.