Community Day August 13th
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!
SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Beach School students and their families are invited to an Open House at Beach Elementary on SA, Aug 6 from 9-10am. Following the Open House, a pool party will take place at the Beach Pool from 10-11:30am featuring ice cream donated by Truly Scrumptious!
FREE COUNTY PARK PARKING
Parking fees will be waived this weekend, Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 at Lee County managed boat ramps and regional parks in recognition of National Park and Recreation Month. Parks included: Lakes Park, Bowditch Point, Bunche Beach and Lynn Hall Memorial Parks. The Punta Rassa boat ramp is also included. Town parks are not included in this event, only county-owned parks.
During the summer months local blood banks really need blood donors as many regular donors have headed north for the summer. On SA July 30th the Lani Kai will sponsor a blood drive with T-shirts for all donors, food, live music and giveaways.
VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST
On SU, Aug 7, everyone is welcome at the Fort Myers Beach VFW Post 10097 for a “Gourmet Breakfast by Jaye & Friends”, 9am-12:30pm. Savor specialty breakfast items such as Jaye’s Triple Berry French Toast topped with berry compote, as well as regular breakfast items including eggs cooked to order, country fried steak and loaded omelets. The VFW is conveniently located at 17770 Pine Ridge Rd. 239-466-6400.
Fish Tale Marina will host the 2nd Annual Community Day Fair celebrating local public safety officials on SA Aug 13 from 10:30am-2:30pm. Plan now to stop by this free, fun-filled event and enjoy games, face-painting, live entertainment and a chance to meet members of our public safety team: Lee County Sheriff’s Office, FMB Fire District, U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission. 7225 Estero. Blvd.
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. www.GrouperGrapple.com
Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Join this unique eco-tour guided by Parke Lewis, Environmental Educator, biologist and an ACA certified kayak instructor. Experience the abundant natural beauty of Estero And Hell Peckney bays in a tandem kayak. Tours conducted as per Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. Offered every SA in August from (8/6, 8/13, 8/20. 8/27) 8:30-11:30am. Cost $45/person (museum admission included. Members $15. All equipment provided. Reservations required-call 239-765-0865.
SPIRIT OF ‘ 45
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
YOUTH SOCCER SIGNUP
Fort Myers Beach Youth Soccer is now accepting registration from both players and coaches at www.fmbsoccer.com. 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 email@example.com.
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 29 at 1:30pm – Wordstock
AGING TO PERFECTION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOUND HOUSE EVENTS
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 most days the museum is open, call for availability. Extra fee for programs for non-members unless noted as free. Museum admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. moundhouse.org 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs:
-SAT July 30: 10am — Archeology of the Mound House
-TU Aug 2: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 10am-Calusa Masks (youth program)
-WE Aug 3:–10am-Calusa Shell Mound Tour
–SAT Aug 6: 10am – Cool Calusa Tools & Weapons
LOVERS KEY STATE PARK
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 29 – Sea Turtle Talk
FR Aug 5 – Walk on the Wild Side
CALL FOR ARTISTS
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 www.PainttheBeach.com or by calling 757-618-3655.
LEE TRAN’S FUTURE
Two public meetings are set to gather input for Lee County Transit as they develop updates to their Transit Development Plan for the years 2017-2026. This plan serves as a guide to help shape the future of public transit in Lee County. Meetings will be held on TU Aug 9 from 10am-noon and again from 4-6pm at the Lee County Administration East building, 2201 Second Street, Fort Myers. If unable to attend the meeting, written comments may be sent to Tara Crawford, Tindale Oliver, 135 W. Central Blvd, Suite 450, Orlando, FL 32801.
ISLAND HOPPER FEST
The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns this fall with new artists and new events. This free festival takes place over 10 days and offers star-studded performances. IT begins on Captiva Island Sept 23-25 and wraps up on Fort Myers Beach Sept 30- Oct 2 with mid-week performances in downtown Fort Myers. Make plans now to attend. www.islandhopperfest.com
PROTECT OUR TURTLES
It’s turtle nesting season on our beach. Please do your part to protect the turtles, nests and hatchlings when they emerge! Shield your lights so that they are not visible from anywhere on the beach. Better yet, replace existing bulbs with Amber LED bulbs! Find lights here: bit.ly/turtlelites Stack or remove beach furniture. Remove beach litter. Keep pets on a leash. Stay far away from any turtles or marked nests you may encounter! Fill in any holes you dig in the sand. Please remember, your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles! Report injured turtles by calling Turtle Time at 239-481-5566. Turtletime.org