BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church will host a “Blessing of the Animals” on SA Sept 28 from 11am – 2pm. Animals will be blessed individually. The event will include a Pet Photo Booth, Pet Contests and more! Lunch will be available for just $4. Learn more about Turtle Time, Shorebird Stewardship Program, Everglades Wonder Garden and the Lee County Sheriff’s K9 teams. Bring your animal to be blessed! 5601 Williams Dr, FMB. 239-463-6057.
The 6th annual Island Hopper Songwriters Fest wraps up on Fort Myers Beach this weekend, Sept 27 – 29. The fest provides a unique opportunity to interact with songwriters and hear the stories behind the hit songs. More than 60 performances on Fort Myers Beach, all free except for the Rodney Atkins show on SU Sept 29 at Pink Shell. Tickets for the Atkins show and the full schedule are available at bit.ly/hopperFMB or on the Island Hopper app. LeeTran free open air trams will be running on FMB this weekend between Bowditch Park and Matanzas Pass Preserve: FR 3 – 11pm; SA 11am – 11pm and SU Noon – 9pm.
The FMB Woman’s Club is open to all civic-minded women AND men. They offer volunteer opportunities and monthly social events for members and hosts the Alliance for all island Non-Profit Organizations. The next membership meeting is WE Oct 2 at 6:30pm at the Woman’s Club, 175 Sterling Ave, FMB. Guest Speaker will be Katy Beth Culp, new Mound House Educator. Stop by and see what the club is about.
Learn more about the shrimping industry from the Ostego Bay Working Waterfront Tour, offered every WE from 9am-noon, weather permitting. Learn about “Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimping fleet in Florida. Tour includes 90 minutes guided visit to the Marine Science Center and a visit to the commercial fishing industry, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House, net shop and Trico Shrimp boat loading dock. $20/adult; $10/child over 6. Reservations required 239-765-8101.
Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Oct 5 at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. Walk is free; paid parking. For more information call 239-533-7580 or
MR. TERRY RETIRES
Mr. Terry, long-time postal clerk at the Fort Myers Beach Post Office on Carolina St., retired earlier this summer to enjoy a carefree life of ease and relaxation. Islanders wishing to participate in a card shower for him to wish him a Happy Retirement, or comment on USPS service to him one last time, are invited to drop off a card at the Carolina St. Post Office before October 10 and they will send to Mr. Terry.
The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will host their final presentation in their Summer Story & Speaker Series on TU Oct 8, with guest speaker former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah who will discuss SWFL environmental issues and water quality. This free event will be begin at 5:30pm when food & drink are available for purchase. The speaker begins at 6pm. All are welcome!
Each Friday and Saturday, free Sunset Celebration concerts from 5-10pm fill Times Square offering an entertaining musical backdrop to a spectacular sunset. On FR Sept 27 & Oct 4, High Tide will play; SA Sept 28 Double Standard will entertain and on SA Oct 5 Remedy. Show is pet and kid friendly. Stop by and enjoy the beach, restaurants, street performers, cold beverages and a beautiful sunset!
Lee County Solid Waste will hold a collection event on Fort Myers Beach on WE Oct 16 from 9am to noon at the Bay Oaks parking lot, 2731 Oak St. FMB. They will accept household chemicals including leftover paints, cleaners, herbicides, pesticides, automotive fluids, pool chemicals and electronics from residential customers at no charge, but you must call 239-533-8000 to schedule so they know how much to expect.
It’s not too early to make plans for Fright Night, the annual Halloween event at Bay Oaks Recreation Center on FR Oct 25 from 6-9pm. Right now, volunteers and candy are needed. Sign up to help setting up, decorate or play a spooky role in the haunted House! If you can donate candy, please drop it off at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 2731 Oak Street, FMB. Volunteers are asked to call Bay Oaks 239-765-4222, email SarahL@fmbgov.com or stop at Bay Oaks.
WATCH YOUR STEP
The Town is replacing the beachside Estero Blvd. paver sidewalk from 1400 Estero to Times Square. The pavers are being replaced with concrete sidewalks. Pedestrian traffic will be rerouted. Motorists can expect minor delays.
The documentary, “Troubled Waters – Public Health Impacts of Harmful Algae Blooms” will be shown in Naples for one showing only on FR, Oct 25 at 7pm at Silverspot Cinema. The 40-minute film , filled with expert witnesses and testimonials by lead scientists, doctors and citizens, will be followed by a panel discussion and Q & A with several experts who appear in the film.
Anyone with property near or on the beach should replace all exterior light bulbs with amber LED light bulbs to comply with state and local laws designed to protect nesting sea turtles. They must be LED bulbs. Amber LED lightbulbs can be purchased at Town Hall for $8.50 each during office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm. Wildlife friendly lighting is also available from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission at myFWC.com. Remember to close your drapes to keep light off the beach!
Due to unauthorized attempts to interfere with the Town’s technology network, Trakit, the Town’s database of permits, projects and applications and other Community Development data, will no longer be available on the Town’s website. Town Trakit records are only available to the public by visiting Town Hall 2525 Estero Boulevard, Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30.
The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club will hold their first Live Dessert Auction on TH Nov 21 at 6:30pm at 134 Connecticut St. The Lions are looking for donations of any kind of dessert or pie. Call Lion Lara to sign up 513-255-2710. Prize awarded for best design. Plan to donate the plate the dessert is presented on. No plates returned.
The Fort Myers Beach Library offers over 86,000 titles. Browse the collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Library Café, Friends Used Bookstore or view the artwork on the 3rd floor, all in air-conditioned comfort! The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:
TH Oct 3, 10:30am – Sea Turtle on FMB
MO Oct 7, 2:30pm – Afternoon Matinee, “Descendants 2”
TU Oct 8, 2:15 – 3:15pm – Read with Gus the Dog (preregister); 3:00pm – Meet & Greet Oct Library Artist JD Burdge
TH Oct 10, 10:30am – Windows 10 (preregister)
Mound House offers a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside with an observation pier, kayak launch and amazing back bay views. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. Museum is open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut St. with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Moundhouse.org Upcoming programs include:
SA Sept 28: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm –Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
TU Oct 1: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
WE Oct 2: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
TH Oct 3: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour (Museum closed)
FR Oct 4: 5:30pm – Sunset Kayak Tour
SA Oct 5: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm – Shell Mound Tour; 2pm – What’s in the Water?