Congressman Rooney Speaks at FMB

    Around and About the Island


    Weighing in on the Water Saturday

    These Around & About pages offer announcements for nonprofit and community events on and around Fort Myers Beach. Make sure you pick up a copy of the monthly SAND LIFE Entertainment magazine for a calendar listing of all the fun things to do on the Island. Both The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.



    The Town of Fort Myers Beach invites residents and businesses to a neighborhood meeting, Stormwater: Addressing Public Concerns on FR Mar 3 at 1pm in Town Hall. The project team will present stormwater design details such as outfalls, swales vs. closed drainage systems, backflow prevention and a preliminary stormwater design and timeline.



    Join Congressman Francis Rooney, Fort Myers Beach Chamber President Jacki Liszak, Fish Tale Marina owner Al Durrett and Daniel Andrews of Captains for Clean Water as they provide the latest updates on water quality and quantity. This event on Saturday, March 4 from 4-5pm at Fish Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, will include a panel discussion followed by a question and answer session.



    Free beach run of 1 mile on the beach on SA Mar 4! Register 7-7:30am; Run begins at 8am. Meet at Gulf Beach Road. Run along beach to Connecticut and back. Shrimp princesses present awards.



    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on Mar 4 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.



    A Nature Walk with a Bird Patrol Guide is offered on SA Mar 4 at 8am at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Meet at Shelter A7. This easy walk offers the opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced guides pointing out the many species in Lakes Park. Free with paid parking. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580.



    The Knights of Columbus will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance on SA Mar 18 in the Church of the Ascension Parish Hall. Live music for listening and dancing by Side-by-Side. Doors open at 5:30pm. Public Welcome. $25/person-available by calling Dennis at 239-440-5511.



    The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron offers boating classes at their classroom at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. For more information on classes, times and registration, call 239-466-4040 or visit Upcoming classes include:

    -America’s Boating Class – Mar 4 & 11

    -Local Charts Class- Mar 18



    Parrot Key Caribbean Grill hosts two car shows each month, on the 1st and 3rd MO. Stop by to see some cool hot rods, classic cars and custom trucks. Have a great car? Arrive early for parking and registration. Free to show; free to look. For more information visit or call 239-463-3257.



    St. Peter Lutheran Church will host a preventive health event on TH, Mar 9. Life Line Screening will offer affordable, non-invasive and painless screenings for potential health problems related to stroke, heart disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms and osteoporosis. Pre-registration is required. Call 1-888-653-6441. 3751 Estero Bld., Fort Myers Beach.



    The Beach United Methodist Church invites the public to join them for a Lee County Sheriff’s Department presentation of “House of Worship Safety on MO Mar 13 at 9:30am in the church. 239-463-9656.



    All are invited to the monthly Italian Dinner at Chapel by the Sea Silver Hall. This month the dinner has been moved to Mar 18th from 5-7pm to avoid conflicts with Shrimp Fest. Come for Spaghetti, meatballs, spicy sausage w/peppers and onions, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drinks. All are welcome. Just $10/adults; $5/kids 10 and under; $5/Public Safety Personnel in uniform or w/ID.



    Join this friendly group for an easy 30-min. walk around the Chapel by the Sea neighborhood or on the beach before returning to Chapel. Offered every Tuesday morning at 9:30am at Chapel by the Sea.



    The Women’s Club of Fort Myers Beach invites all bridge players to join them every Tuesday and Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for a day of social bridge. Players rotate throughout the day completing 6 rounds. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy good company and great bridge playing. Cost: $5 for non-members/$3 for members. Proceeds support various community activities around the island. Coffee, ice tea and water are served. The Women’s Club is located at 175 Sterling Avenue. Info: Beverley Milligan 239-529-8785.



    Shell Point Retirement Community presents numerous events that are open to the general public. Shell Point is located off Summerlin Rd on the way to Sanibel. Tickets $10/session. To reserve your place call 239-489-8472. Upcoming events include:

    -Kaleidoscope of Quilts Mar 4: 10am-4pm; Mar 5: 12-4pm; Mar 6: 10am-2pm

    -Concierto de Aranjuez Mar 9 at 7:30pm

    -Of Wardrobes & Rings C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien Mar 12, 6:15pm

    -Spanish-Cuban-American War Session 1: March 14, 10am

    -Spanish-Cuban-American War Session 2: Mar 16, 10am

    -Jive Aces Concert Mar 20, 7:30pm

    -Spanish-Cuban-American War Session 3: Mar 21, 10am

    -Spanish-Cuban-American War Session 4: Mar 23, 10am

    -Dream Peace: Images of Holocaust Horrors & Heroes Mar 24, 10am



    Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on SA Mar 11 at 7:30am or TH Mar 30 at 5:30pm. Bunche is an excellent spot for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Also waterfowl, raptors and warblers. Free with paid parking. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, shoes that can get wet, water and your love of nature. For more info call 239-707-3015



    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will host their monthly ‘Moon Walk in the Preserve’ on SU Mar 12 at 7:15pm. This experiential hands-on program will awaken and sharpen participant’s senses of smell, touch, hearing and night vision. Join two volunteers carrying candle-lit lanterns through the Preserve as night descends and celebrate the darkness and the moon. Meet at the entrance to the Preserve behind the Historical Cottage on Bay Street. Program is free, but pre-registration is required. Adults only. Limited to 12 participants. To register, call Jim 239-565-7437.



    The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on FR Mar 17. Parade begins at 10am in Santini Plaza and marches to Church of the Ascension. That section of Estero Blvd will be closed from 9:45-10:45am. Pre-party begins at 8am at Santini Plaza. Call Ray Murphy to register your parade entry 239-591-8803. Donations requested to cover expenses.



    Help support the Estero Island Garden Club and the good work they do beautifying and supporting our community by attending their annual fundraiser garage sale. This year it will be a triple-play sale on SA Mar 18 from 8am-1:30pm in the cul-de-sac at the end of Clearview Blvd in Fairview Isles. Look for treasures of designer clothes, pillows, high-end household goods, holiday décor, jewelry, books, CD’s, purses and more! The Garden Club projects include The Beach School Box Garden, Beach Library Christmas decorations, summer camp scholarships, Bay Oaks garden, FMB welcome sign flowers and Time Square flowers/pots. Support the Garden Club and help them make Fort Myers Beach Bloom!



    Residents of The Groves RV Resort invite everyone to join them on their last monthly bike ride poker run to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior program. On March 24th, they will ride about 10 miles with a few stops. Cost is $10/ride with half going to Wounded Warriors. To participate, bring your bike to The Groves lot 228 at 12:30pm to sign in. Ride begins at 1pm. T-shirts will be available. For more information call Phil 616-481-1551 or Dick 603-355-9296.