There is always something happening on and around Fort Myers Beach! Look here each week for upcoming events and fundraisers.
The following Sand Paper restaurant advertisers are open on Christmas Day:
South Beach Grill
Pete’s Time Out
Charley’s Boat House Grill
Join the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club for their annual post-Christmas Fun Run, held on FR, Dec 27 at the Chapel St. Beach Access. This family-friendly 5K for runners AND walkers will be held on Friday this year to allow more beach visitors to participate. Sign up begins at 7am, with the run at 8am. $10/adults; $5 children 16 & under. T-shirts and trophies included. To volunteer or for more information contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at 239-454-8090.
NEW YEARS EVE
Fort Myers Beach is the place to be for New Year’s Eve! At noon, free cupcakes will be available in Times Square while they last, in celebration of the town’s birthday! Time Square will also have live music from noon – midnight. Remedy will play noon -5pm, then High Tide from 7pm – midnight. The Ball Drop and fireworks happen at midnight in Times Square. Matanzas Pass Bridge will close at 11:45pm for the fireworks and afterwards will reopen to exiting traffic only until about 1:15am. Extended trolley service will be available until 2am.
Help support the New Year’s Eve fireworks! This is a community-funded event, so do your part and contribute! Checks payable to FMB Fireworks Fund can be dropped off or mailed to the FMB Chamber, 2450 Estero Blvd, FMB, FL 33931. For more information find FMB Fireworks Fund on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Edison & Ford Estates homes and gardens are decorated with thousands of lights for Holiday Nights, open through Dec. 30. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit each Sunday from 6-8pm at the Caretakers Cottage. The Children’s Tree Trail features over 60 trees decorated with handmade ornaments from Lee County students. Holiday Nights tickets are $20/adults: $10/teens and $2/children 6-12. For more information visit edisonford.org
LYNN HALL CONSTRUCTION
Lee County has announced that the dune walkovers at Lynn Hall Memorial Park, 950 Estero Blvd, FMB, will be replaced beginning in late December and continuing through April 2020. Public access to the beach will be maintained during the project. The walkovers are being raised to match the dune elevation and provide more efficient access for those crossing them.
SONGWRITERS AT SUNSET
The 2020 Songwriters at Sunset concert series begins TH Jan 2 at 3:45pm at the gazebo on the Lovers Key State Park beach. Friends of Lovers Key invites musicians from the Americana Community Music Association to offer monthly free acoustic concerts of all original music this season. Seating available in the gazebo for the first 80 people. Feel free to bring a beach chair. Prior to the concert FOLKS will host Gourmet Food Trucks on site with a portion of food and beverage sales going to the future Welcome & Discovery Center at the park. The Jan 2 concert will feature J. Robert and Brent Moyer. Free with paid park entry.
Looking for a new way to enjoy the fabulous FMB sunsets? On Thursdays, beginning Jan. 2, head to Bowditch Point Park for the Sunset Singalong. Warm-ups start at 4:45pm, with the singalong at 5pm – until just before sunset. Acoustically-led classics and a Top Ten hit list from the 60’s, along with old favorites. Bring a chair if possible. Come by tram, trolley, bike, car or on foot. Free. Parking is $2.hour.
Shell Point Retirement Community’s Concerts & Conversations series offers a jazz performance by Peter and Will Anderson at 7pm on TH Jan 2 at the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers. Identical twins Peter & Will Anderson are recognized as extraordinary jazz woodwind players and have performed in major venues both in the U.S. and aboard. Guests can enjoy fellowship and a dessert with the performers following the concert. All are welcome! Tickets $30 and available at shellpoint.org/concerts or by calling 239-454-2067.
Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Diner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA, Jan 4 from 5-7 p.m. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. Soda included. Beer and wine tickets available. No reservations needed. $20 per person.
YOGA AT THE GAZEBO
Friends of Lovers Key State Park offers Yoga at the Beach Gazebo every MO morning at the park at 9:30am, beginning Jan 6. Instructor Sandy McShane offers an hour of Open Vinyasa Flow. $10/class plus park entry fee. Participation helps support the future Welcome & Discovery Center. Bring a yoga mat, water and any props you need. Arrive in time to park and take the tram to the beach. For more info call 774-563-8874
Lee County Parks & Recreation offers a Calusa Blueway monthly speaker this season. On Jan 7 at 6:30pm, Lynette Brown will be the guest speaker for, “Circumnavigating Florida with the Grandchildren.” The speaker series is free and held at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers. For more information or directions, call 239-432-2154.
Lee County Parks & Recreation offer weekly free nature walks at Bowditch Point Park, 50 Estero Blvd, FMB. On Tuesdays from 9:30 – 11am, “Exploring the 5 Natural Communities of Bowditch Point Park” is offered. Come tour the interesting landscapes of the park and tour the five natural plant communities: beach dune, coastal strand, coastal grassland, mangrove swamp and a restoration natural community area. Walk begins at the tables in the pavilion area. On Fridays from 9 – 10:30am, “Barrier Island Ramble” is offered. Discover the constantly changing features of the barrier island ecosystem. Learn how plants and animals are adapted to life on this fragile spit of sand. Wear shoes that can get wet, bring water, bug spray, binoculars and a camera.
Learn more about the shrimping industry with 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.
BUNCHE BEACH WALKS
Lee County Parks and Recreation offer weekly free nature walks at San Carlos Bay – Bunche Beach Preserve, 18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers. On Wednesdays from 9-10:30am, “Life Along the Shore” is offered. Explore the shoreline of the San Carlos Bay ecosystem and learn more about the shorebirds, shells, animals and plants native to this diverse preserve. Wear shoes that can get wet and bring water, bug spray, binoculars and camera. On Thursdays, from 9-10am, “Everything Changes” is offered. Beaches are dynamic systems impacted by waves and wind, tides and storms, currents, deposition of sand and erosion and as a result, continuously change. Explore Bunche Beach and examine beach processes and the landforms that result over short and long time frames.
The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) On exhibit now through Jan 9, is the Art Divine Show, with all paintings priced $150 or less. On Jan 9, the FMBAA will host their annual Open House with art demonstrations and some make & take demos. Mini master original paintings will be available for just $10 and Art Bazaar in the garden! Hours are MO – SA 10am -3pm. Free admission. For more information on classes, workshops, show schedule and the activities of the FMBAA, visit fortmyersbeachart.com or call 239-463-3909.
LEE COUNTY SCHEDULE
There will be no yard or lawn waste pick up on Dec 25 or Jan 1. All trash and yard waste collections scheduled on WE, TH or FR will be delayed by one day beginning Dec 26 and Jan 2.
WATER QUALITY LINKS
Save these links to check on water quality. Some are single source reports, others contain multiple links to a variety of information.
CO-ED SENIOR SOFTBALL
Want to get outside and have some fun? Join the slow pitch softball group for ages 50+ that gathers at the Bay Oaks field on TU and TH at 9:30am. No glove needed. Men & women welcome. Let’s have some fun! Questions? Call Perry 239-281-0752.
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