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There’s always a lot happening on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these Around & About pages for upcoming events and be sure to pick up a copy of the July SAND LIFE magazine for a complete list of all the fun things to do on the beach!



The FMB Mosquito Control urges residents to eliminate sources of mosquito production around their homes and  neighborhoods: Get rid of old tires, buckets or any water-holding containers. Fill or drain any low spots in the yard. Fix leaky pipes and outside faucets. Empty wading pools, birdbaths, plant  drip trays at least once/week. Cover trash cans to keep water out. Cut grass short and keep shrubbery trimmed. Keep drains, and ditches clear of weeds and trash so water drains properly.



The Beach School is participating in Lee County’s “Feed the Children” program and will provide FREE lunches from 11am-noon through July 29. Each MO-FR kids 18 and under are invited to come to the Dolphin Café at the school for a free lunch. No forms to fill out, no questions asked. Children must be accompanied by an adult and meals must be eaten in the Dolphin Café.

AMI Kids on San Carlos Island at 1190 Main St., offers free breakfast from 8:15-8:45am and free lunch from 12:05-12:30pm every MO-FR through July 29 for teens and kids aged 18 and under.



The Lee County Spirit of ‘ 45 Celebration will be held on SU, Aug 14 from 4:15-7:15pm at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort. The agenda will include Dinner, Color Guard, Pledge, National Anthem, Guest Speakers, Guns & Hoses Pipes and Drums, POW/MIA Service, Hanging of Wreath and Taps. Free for WWII Veterans and their spouses. All others cost $25/person. Reservations required by Aug 4. Contact Eryka at 917-607-4385



During the summer months local blood banks really need blood donors as many regular donors have headed north for the summer. Upcoming blood drive:

SA July 30, 9am-5pm at Lani Kai. T-shirts to all donors, food, live music and giveaways.



Chapel by the Sea will host a 3-session program on maintaining a healthy lifestyle as we age, “Aging to Perfection” on MO Aug 1, 8 & 15th from 10-11am at Silver Hall. The interactive program is designed to connect people and resources with innovative ideas and strategies to live a healthy life as we age. Free and open to the public. RSVP at 239-463-3137 x 20 or email



Library hours: MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. The Friends Used Book Store is located on the third floor and is open MO-FR 9:15am-4: 45pm. Upcoming programs include:

FR July 22 from 9am-1pm – Voter Assistance in foyer; 10:30am-Windows 10 (pre-register)

TU July 26 at 10:30am – MS Word (pre-register)

WE July 27 at 10:30am – Computer Security (pre-register)

FR July 29 at 1:30pm – Wordstock



The FMB Shrine Club will hold a Flea Market every SU from 7am-3pm beginning May 15th at 19171 San Carlos Blvd, FMB. Space (10’ x 10’) is available for a $10 donation. Bring your own tent, tables and chairs or rent a table for $5. New/old items, arts & crafts, farmer’s market vendors welcome. To reserve a space email All proceeds benefit the FMB Shrine Club.



The Farmer’s Market at Beach Baptist Church will be open every WE from 9am-2pm throughout the summer at the church located at Estero Blvd and Connecticut St.



Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs. Experience this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Guided Museum Tours are offered from 9am-3pm each day the museum is open ($5+museum admission/members free). Admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs:

-SAT July 23: 10am-Live Creatures from the Gulf($5/members free)

-TU July 26: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 10am-Calusa Indian Art ($5+museum admission/members free);

-WE July 27: 10am – The “Shell Age” – Tools of the Calusa ($5/members free).

–SAT July 30: 10am — Archeology of the Mound House($5/members free)



The Lee Republican Women Federated August Dinner Meeting will be held MO Aug 8 at Pinchers – The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 W. 1st St, Fort Myers beginning at 5:15pm with a social. Dinner and program to follow. All are welcome to attend. The Program will include candidates for School Board District 3: Lori Fayhee & Chris Patricca; District 2: Jeannie Dozier & Melissa Giovannelli; District 7: Cathleen Morgan & Chris Quackenbush; Lee Commission District 5: Ken Dobson and Republican Committeewoman: Doris Cortese & Nancy McGovern. Cost $25. To attend, RSVP to Wren at 270-210-1284 or before noon Aug 4.



Guided nature programs are offered in the park. All programs require registration, are free with park entry and take place at 10am. To register call 239-463-4588. Upcoming programs include:

FR July 22 — Estuary Wading Tour

FR July 29 – Sea Turtle Talk



Every child should know how to swim. Beach Pool and the FMB Kiwanis Club are joining forces to provide American Red Cross Swim Lessons for children ages 6 months and up. Fees for each session are $40, but the Kiwanis will pay $20 for children under the age of 18, making the cost only $20! The next series of lessons begin Aug 13th for Saturday sessions and July 25th for MO-TH sessions. To schedule swim lessons, call 239-463-5759 or stop by the pool. Keep children safe around water! Let the Beach Pool teach them to swim.



Mark your calendars now for a full season of Saturday events at Santini Marina Plaza. All events will run from 9am-1pm unless other wise noted: Oct 29-Pawsitively Awesome Howl’oween Pet Parade; Nov 5-Santini Thanksgiving; Dec 17-Community Christmas Celebration; Jan 21-Do Wop Festival; Feb 18-FMB Got Talent; Mar 18- Smokin’ in the Mangroves (9am-2pm) and Apr 22-Classic Car Cruise In. Santini Fresh Markets will begin on TU Nov 1 and continue through TU Apr 25 with hours of 9am-1pm.



The 7th Annual Paint the Beach En Plein Air Festival is now accepting artist registrations from the first 60 artists that apply before Sept 30. The Festival will be held Nov 7-13 and includes artists from across the country that will capture the beauty, light and texture of the local landscape. The three day art competition will be followed by a two day sale at Santini Marina Plaza. The Quick Draw competition will be held on SA Nov 12 and will include high school artists. Over $6,000 in prizes will be awarded. Registration and event information is available at or by calling 757-618-3655.



Fish Tale Marina will host the 4th Annual Grouper Grapple on Aug 12-13. Captain’s Meeting FR Aug 12; Tournament SA Aug 13. All team entry fees paid out to winning teams/anglers. Grouper Grapple will again partner with Freedom Alliance to sponsor a group of 16 military veterans, providing each veteran the chance to experience freedom on the water with a Back Bay fishing excursion, including airfare, hotel and much more. 100% of sponsor fees, silent auction sales and ticket sales benefit Freedom Alliance.



Fort Myers Beach Youth Soccer is now accepting registration from both players and coaches at Players age 3-17 are invited to participate. Practice for U18 has begun already. Practice for other teams will begin the week of Aug 22. U6-U10 teams will practice at Bay Oaks; older teams at Kelly Road Soccer Field 6. A Pee Wee division for 3 year olds who want to come out and have fun but who aren’t ready for league play is planned. Coaches and sponsors are needed. Registration cost is $75 for U6-U14 and $85 for U16-U18, payable online with a credit card. Players provide their own shin guards, cleats and ball. Game uniforms (jersey, shorts & socks) provided. Direct questions to Beth Cherry, Registrar, at