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Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant

The quiet opening of Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant next to Bayside Park on Fort Myers Beach in December 2019 was not really a new restaurant debut. It was more of a reunion of friends and coworkers dating back to the early 1980’s when the original Snug Harbor Restaurant existed in approximately the same location.

Offering great waterfront views and a menu that features unique and high quality touches, along with top shelf drinks from the bar, every seat offers ever-changing back bay views. Live music entertains on a variable schedule throughout the year.

Owners of this historic, yet new place include a group with strong roots in Fort Myers Beach. John Shields and Peter Ennis, along with Nick and Mary Ruland make up this strong ownership team. Their restaurant experience includes, among others, the original Snug Harbor Restaurant, The Fishmonger, Beef O’Brady’s in Estero, and the Ragged Ass Saloon on Pine Island.

The strong team continues with restaurant managers Ray and Leslie Donovan. Their restaurant experience began in the 70’s while growing up on Fort Myers Beach. Today their service team includes children of some of their original staff in other locations on FMB. Chef Jeff Rizzo, who goes back a long way with the Rulands, manages the kitchen and is known for his creative seafood dishes and specials.

Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant is located at 645 Old San Carlos Blvd, on FMB. Hours: Open 11am – 10pm daily. Phone: 239-463-4343 or visit for more info.

Estero Island Medical Care

Estero Island Medical Care reopened its doors in the Santini Marina Plaza on April 21, 2020. Drop by and you’ll notice some familiar faces such as Chris Reaves, PA (aka Superman), Kirk Schneider CMA (aka Captain Kirk), Vandana Patel PA-C and Dr. Edgardo Castillo MD, Supervising Physician.

Vandana Patel is the new owner of the clinic and has been in the Fort Myers area for the past 12 years working at the Lehigh Regional Medical Center in the cardiology department; she brings her cardiology expertise to the clinic. Chris Reaves has been assisting Islanders and visitors at the clinic since 2012 and is a US Marine veteran. Kirk Schneider has been with the clinic since 2016 and is also the X-ray operator.

Shown here, from left, are Chris Reaves, PA, Vandana Patel, PA-C and Kirk Schneider, CMA.

The clinic offers family practice services and treatment of minor emergencies. The clinic also can provide vaccinations, COVID-19 antibody & swab testing, free diabetes and blood pressure screenings, on premise x-ray and lab testing and physicals. They plan to expand their services to offer weight loss and testosterone therapy in the near future.  Most insurance is accepted, short waiting times and cash patients are always welcome.

Estero Island Medical Care is located at 7205 Estero Blvd, Suite 733, FMB, in the Santini Marina Plaza. Hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phone (239) 224-4227 or email