Beach Walks, Re-Entry, 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.

    Beach Walks

    Free guided Beach Walks at Newton Park are offered every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9am. Discover what the tides bring to the shore with a naturalist guide. Meet under the thatched hut at 4650 Estero Blvd, FMB. Only 8 participants allowed so that social distancing can occur. Masks recommended. Weather permitting.

    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 9 – 11am at Beach Baptist Church. Beginning the week of June 15, 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.

    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. New Info: If you are unable to scan and email the documents, Please call the Beach School office at 239-463-6356 to schedule an appointment. The Beach School is located at 2751 Oak St., Fort Myers Beach.

    Beach Library

    The Fort Myers Beach Library is now open! Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Social distancing guidelines are in effect. Masks recommended. All items checked out before the library closed due to COVID-19 were due June 9. Drop items in the interior or exterior (open after hours) book returns. The Reading room, play room and café remain closed. 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, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for self-guided tours. The Museum Store is closed, but the grounds are open to all from sunrise to sunset each day.

    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.

    Family Fun Kayak Tour

    This fun for the whole family guided kayak tour is offered every Friday in June at 9 a.m. 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 while on land and during launch.

    Mangroves by Kayak Tour

    Explore the winding mangrove creeks on this guided kayak tour offered every Wednesday in June at 8:30 a.m. 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 while on land and during launch. Weather permitting.

    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 divebombed 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

    Sand Paper Status

    Since announcing last week 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 taking over publication of the Island Sand Paper. Anyone interested in purchasing the newspaper should email publisher@fortmyersbeach.news to request additional information by noon, Friday June 19.