Early Coastal Life

    Around and About the Island


    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.


    TUNASKIN and Keep Lee County Beautiful will host the Second Annual Beach Keepers Club event on SU, Feb 5 from 9am-1pm at the TUNASKIN store, 1300 Estero Blvd. Parking reserved at Norms Parking, 1395 Estero Blvd, just south of the store. First 100 participants receive a special shirt. Other sponsors include Tuckaway Bagel Café providing bagels and coffee and Hooters, providing food and drinks after clean up.



    On MO, Feb 6, from 5-8pm at Parrot Key, the Caribbean Cruise-In Car Show hosts hot rods, classic cars and custom trucks. Held on the first and third Monday of the month through April. Free and open to the public. Prizes. 239-463-3257



    Beginning Monday night, Feb. 6, crews will start shifting traffic to the outside lanes of Estero Blvd to begin construction in the center turn lane from north of Chapel St. to south of Lovers Ln. During this work, barrier wall or construction barrels will be necessary on both sides of the center lane due to a 1 to 1 ½ -foot difference in elevation between travel lanes and the work zone. Vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to cross Estero Boulevard in this zone (Chapel St. – Lovers Ln) at the following locations: Town Hall, Tropical Shores Way, School St or Bay Rd. For more project information visit reFRESHFMB.com, call Kaye Molnar at 239-337-1071 or email kmolnar@cellacc



    The deadline to register to vote for the March 7 Fort Myers Beach election is MO Feb 6. The last day to request vote-by-mail ballot is 5pm, WE Mar 1. To request a vote-by-mail ballot visit lee.vote, email votebymail@lee.vote or call 239 LEE-VOTE (533-8683)



    The next meeting of the Friends of Bay Oaks will be TU, Feb 7 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Bay Oaks Senior Room. New Parks & Rec Director Sean De Palma will discuss staff priorities and several questions the Friends have posed regarding Bay Oaks. All are welcome!



    All are welcome to attend the Estero Island Garden Club meeting on MO Feb 6 at the Beach Library 3rd Floor Community Room. Social time is from 9:15-9:45pm preceding the Guest Speaker Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist at the Edison Ford Estate. Debbie will share fun and interesting information on Meditation, Zen & Tranquility Gardens. For more information about the Garden Club, call Carol Kolar 312-320-7247.



    The Knights of Columbus will host their annual Valentine’s Dinner & Dance on SA Feb 11 at the Church of the Ascension Parish Hall, with live music by Sanchez Entertainment for your listening and dancing pleasure. Doors open at 5:30pm Tickets $25/person – available at the gazebo after weekend masses, at the door or by calling Dennis 239-440-5511.



    Learn about life in SWFL from the 1880’s to the 1960’s from Robert Ballard, a 5th generation Florida Cracker who traces his family’s early settlement on Cayo Costa and Pine Island Sound. This presentation by the Estero Island Historic Society will be offered on MO, Feb 13 at 7pm in the Beach Library 3rd floor Community Room. Using old land records, family letters and photos, Ballard describes 80 years of life for a pioneering family in SWFL in this fascinating presentation. EIHS Public Meetings are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Call 239-463-0435 for details.



    The St. Peter Lutheran Church Concert Series will present “Big Band Memories” MO, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature top hits of the fabulous Big Band Era including swing tunes and ballads performed by the popular 15-piece Southwest Florida Big Band. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free admission. Donations accepted. 3751 Estero Blvd., Ft Myers Beach. 239-463-4251.



    The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will hold its February membership meeting on Feb. 15th at 5:30 at the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club. Guest speakers will be from the Mound House, Estero Island’s oldest standing structure, recently been restored to its 1921 grandeur. Visit moundhouse.org for more information. Anyone interested in learning more about the Community Foundation is asked to contact Judy Lawson at 509-679-1166 or visit www.fortmyersbeachcf.com



    On TH, Feb 16 at 7pm at Chapel by the Sea, enjoy a concert performance featuring Tommy O, aka “Elvirotti,” which acknowledges his vast range of performances from Elvis to Pavarotti. Tommy O offers impeccable showmanship, leaving audiences with the gift of indelible joyous memories. Free will offering.



    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will host their monthly Moon Walk in the Preserve’ on FR Feb 10 at 5:50pm. 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. Program is free, but pre-registration is required. Adults only. Limited to 12 participants. To register, call Jim 239-565-7437.



    The 6th Annual Fort Myers Beach Got Talent contest will be held on Sat., Feb 18th at Santini Marina Plaza. All are invited to this event that runs from 9am-1pm and includes an artisan market with 30+ local artisans, many providing on-site demonstrations, plus the Santini Fresh Produce Market and food & beverage offered by Santini Restaurants and Big Papa BBQ. The talent contest begins at Noon, with contestants asked to pre-register by calling Bonnie at 239-443-8810. Contestants must report to the stage tent by 11:30am. Bring your singing, dancing and musical gifts to the Got Talent show! Optional donation of dog and cat food at Find a Home/Give a Home Island Pet Rescue. Call Bonnie for more info.



    The Sheriff’s Office will present “Personal Safety” and “Active Shooter for the Community” on Mon., Feb. 13th at 9:30am in the church. All are welcome to attend.

    A Valentine’s Dinner Dance will be held on Tues., Feb. 14th at 6pm. A donation of $12/person will be requested at the door. Call the office for reservations. 239-463-9656.



    Join the Friends of the Matanzas Pass Preserve for their annual meeting with Special Guest Speaker Cathy Olson, Lee County Parks & Rec Acting Director and Manager for Conservation 20/20 on Tues., Feb 14th at 5pm at the Beach Library. Olson will speak on the Conservation 20/20 program-How it works and how we benefit. Refreshments served. All are welcome. Free.



    Travel back through time with Visions of the Past on SA Feb 25 from 9am-1pm. Your guide will lead you along the trail to visit and hear from the Calusa Indians, Spaniards, Explorers, Pirates, Homesteaders, Koreshans and Pioneers of Estero Island/Fort Myers Beach. Experience facts, folklore and customs of these bygone eras. Free guided walks are held every 20 min starting at 9am. Reservations strongly encouraged. Call 239-432-2154 or email lcarr@leegov.com. Donations gratefully accepted by the Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve. Food, crafts vendors, native plant sale and tours of the Historic Cottage also available.



    The 59th Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival is approaching fast! On SA Mar 4th the one-mile Kids Shrimp Run will take place on the beach. On SA Mar 11, the 5K Shrimp Fest Run in cooperation with the Cypress Lake High School Athletic Booster Club, will begin at 9am at Doc Ford’s. Runners and walkers welcome. To register visit active.com and search ‘shrimp run.” The Parade will begin SA Mar 11 at 10am at Bay Road and end at Lynn Hall Park where the Food and Crafts EXPO and Shrimp dinners will be available. The Shrimp Festival Queen will be crowned at 1pm in the park. The Expo and Shrimp Dinners continue on SU Mar 12, plus the Shrimp Eating Championship will be held at 1pm. To register for the parade, shrimp eating contest or for more information about the Shrimp Festival, visit fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com