FMB FILM FESTIVAL
Mark your calendar now for the 13th Annual Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival on April 24-28. Shorts, features, workshops, filmmakers, awards, over 100 films. Something for all ages. The festival kicks off on WE Apr 24 at 2pm with the public invited to the opening ceremony at Beach Theater followed by full day screenings at the theater. Screening tickets are $8 each. Movie on the Mound will offer a free family-friendly film, “Incredibles 2” on the grounds of the Mound House on SA Apr 27. Activities begin at 7pm with the film at 8pm. For more information visit FMBFilmFest.com.
EASTER EGG HUNT
Bay Oaks Recreation Center will host a free Easter Egg Hunt on SA Apr 20. Children 8 years old and younger begin at 9am; Children 9-13 years old at 9:15am. The event features crafts, the Easter Bunny, inflatable slides, a coloring contest and bounce house in addition to the egg hunt. Anyone wishing to donate non-chocolate candy may drop their candy donations off at Bay Oaks Recreation Center.
Join Ocean Habitat and Fish-Tale Marina on MO Apr 20 at 10am at Fish Tale Marina, as they launch the ‘Thousand Reef Challenge’ and One Reef Project to protect Florida’s waters. Fish-Tale Marina will install 40 ‘mini reefs’ to assist in water filtration and sea life support. Ocean Habitat hopes to install 1,000 new mini-reefs in Florida’s waters this summer. The One Reef project will track the results. Captain Planet of the Eco Preservation Project and FGCU Associate Professor James Douglass will speak about the project.
TRY TRANSIT DAY
LeeTran will offer free rides on all fixed route buses on Try Transit Day, MO, Apr 22. The day is intended to increase ridership by raising awareness of the environmental benefits of using public transit. For schedule and fare information call 239-LEE-TRAN or visit RideLeeTran.com
Each Friday and Saturday, free Celebration concerts from 5-10pm fill Times Square offering an entertaining musical backdrop to a spectacular sunset. On FR Apr 19 and FR Apr 26, High Tide will play; SA, Apr 20 and SA Apr 27, Wild Boyz will take the stage. Show is pet and kid friendly. Stop by and enjoy the beach, restaurants, street performers, cold beverages and a beautiful sunset! Sunset Celebrations are sponsored by The Times Square Merchant & Event Association, The Town of Fort Myers Beach and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
REELING FOR AUTISM
Family Initiative, Inc, a SWFL nonprofit dedicated to supporting children and families dealing with autism, will hold a fishing tournament and silent auction on SA Apr 27 at Nervous Nellie’s. The family-friendly event will feature live music and raffles 11am – 6pm; a silent auction 11am-4pm and an opportunity for families of children with autism to connect with each other. The Fishing Tournament will run from 7:30am – 3:30pm and the 1st Place winner will receive $1,500; 2nd Place $1,000 and 3rd Place $500. Registration information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROCK THE ARCHES
The 2nd Annual Rock the Arches Music Festival will be held on SA Apr 27 from 4-9:30pm at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. Musical entertainment will include Bad Latitude and Siren Says Rock. Th event will include raffles, artwork, & more. Bring your folding chairs, enjoy the music and support the effort to rebuild the FMB arches. For more information visit Rock the Arches on Facebook.
Stop by Parrot Key Caribbean Grill during April to support the Children’s Advocacy Center by purchasing a Blue Macaw cocktail. Half of the proceeds from Blue Macaw sales will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center to help them raise awareness to combat child abuse in our community. Help them help kids and enjoy a tropical blue cocktail on the waterfront!
TASTE OF THE BEACH
The 24th Annual Taste of the Beach will be held on SU May 5 from 11am-4pm on Old San Carlos Blvd. The popular food festival features over 20 local restaurants, promotional vendors and live music on two stages. Plus a new shaded beer garden and a new & improved server competition. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under free. Food tickets are $1 each, with the average food plate costing $5. Celebrity judges will pick winners, who will be announced from the main stage at 4pm. For more information visit fortmyersbeach.org.
The Kingfish Mayhem Fishing Tournament will be held at Fish-Tale Marina May 16 – 18. This Pro Series invitation only tournament on Friday, May 17 already has a full slate of 40 boats registered. The Fort Myers Meat Mayhem Open Tournament will be held on Sa May 18. For details see meatmayhemtournamentsfl.com The Captains Meeting on TH May 16 and the Awards Dinner on SA May 18 will be held at Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining at Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd, FMB.
This week, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners approved using Tourist Development Tax revenues to replace the elevated boardwalks, paddlecraft landing and pavilion at Matanzas Pass Preserve. The preserve, found at the bay end of Bay Road next to the library, has 1.25 miles of trails that wind through the mangroves in an undeveloped portion of the island. Work should begin in September and be completed within approximately 6 months.
The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club is now accepting applications for their “We Serve” scholarships. Applications can be downloaded at fmblions.com under Lions Services. Last year $1,000 scholarships were awarded to 10 recipients. Local students going on to college or vocational school are eligible to apply. This year two special awards will be granted: The Shirley Semmer Award and The Fred Schmiesing Award, each a little more than other awards. Applications must be submitted by May 15.
BEACH KIDS SCHOLARSHIPS
The Beach Kids Foundation is now accepting applications for its Scholarship Program. Applications are available by emailing Beachkidsfoundation@gmail.com or by calling
239-980-0661 or 239-297-3500. All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2019. The Scholarship Award ceremony will be held June 17 at the Lani Kai Resort.
The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork on the 3rd floor. The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:
FR Apr 19: 1:30-3pm-Writing Workshop
TU Apr 23: 1:30pm-History of Fort Myers Beach
WE Apr 24: 1:30pm-Peeling Back Layers of the Everglades Muck
TU Apr 30: 2:30pm-Family Matinee at the Library, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”
The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including an observation pier, kayak launch and amazing back bay views. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. Museum is open TU – SA from 9am-4pm through April 30. May 1 – Dec 31 hours are TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut St. with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:
SA Apr 20: 9am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Wild Art; 11am & 2pm – Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm-Family Fun Kayak Tour.
TU Apr 23: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am Exploring Archeology, Can You Dig It?; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour; 2:45pm Boat Tour to Mound Key.
WE Apr 24: 9am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Cool Calusa Tools; 11am & 2pm–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm-Family Fun Kayak Tour.
TH Apr 25: 9am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Indian Masks; 11am & 2pm–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour.
FR Apr 26: 11am & 2pm–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour;
SA Apr 27: 11am & 2pm–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour; 7pm-Free Movie on the Mound “Incredibles 2.”
HURRICANE RE-ENTRY PASSES
Fort Myers Beach residents and businesses may obtain a hurricane re-entry pass at Town Hall. In the event of an evacuation, passes may be required to re-enter the island. If you have a Purple (resident) or Yellow (business) pass, they are valid for the 2019 season. If you do not already have one of those, pick up an application at Town Hall or online at The Town of Fort Myers Beach website: Emergency Preparedness. Applicants will need to provide photo I.D. and proof of residency. For details on what proof is needed, call 239-765-0202 or see website. Passes will not be mailed this year, so stop in Town Hall to get yours!