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    Are you missing out on all the fun on Fort Myers Beach? Check out these events and remember to pick up a printed copy of SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine for a guide to everything happening! The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are always available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.


    Islanders are invited to comment on the new 10-year management plan for Matanzas Pass Preserve. The plan has been updated to reflect the work done on the preserve site and is available for pubic review until July 18 at the Beach Library or online at A public meeting will be held on TU July 18 at 4:30pm at the Red Coconut Clubhouse, 3001 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach. Written comments and questions may be given at the meeting, sent via email to or mailed to Terry Cain, 50 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


    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: 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.


    The Fort Myers Beach Soccer Club Season starts in July for U18 boys and girls born between Aug 1999 & July 2003. Younger age groups (U6, U8, U10, U12 and U15) start in early August for players born between August 2003 & Jan 2013. Teams are forming now. On-line registration is available at


    All are welcome to attend this free program designed to connect people and resources with innovative ideas and strategies to live a healthy lifestyle as they age. Two sessions left on TU July 18 and July 25. RSVP to 239-463-3173 x 20 or


    Summer is swim lesson time. The Beach pool offers lessons for just $20 thanks to the support of the Beach Kiwanis Club’s “Every Child a Swimmer” program. The next weekday sessions will be July 17-27. The next Saturday session will be July 29-Sept 2.For more information and class times call the pool 239-463-5759.

    SPIRIT OF ‘45

    Sponsors are urgently needed for this annual tribute to WWII veterans! Area businesses and individuals are asked to consider becoming a sponsor so this program is able to continue to recognize area WWII veterans. Sponsorships start at just $50. Thank them for their service by sponsoring this great event! To help, call Eryka at 917-607-4385. The Spirit of ’45 event will be held SU August 13 from 4:15-7:15pm at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort. It includes a Color Guard, POW/MIA Service, Guest Speakers, Guns ‘N Hoses & bagpiper performances, several speeches by area veterans, Taps and more. Event is free for WWII veterans their WWII generation spouses. For all others, the cost is $25. Reservations required by Aug 1. Call Eryka 917-607-4385.


    There is still time for summer camp this summer! Bay Oaks Recreation Center offers Traditional Day Camp through August 4. Meeting MO-FR from 7:30am-6pm, camp offers weekly field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and more. Ages 6-13. Beginning at $75/week for members.. To register or for more information call 239-765-4222.

    Ostego Bay Marine Science Center offers campers ages 6-15 the chance to explore some of our beautiful barrier islands and the waters of Estero Bay. Field and beach trips introduce campers to sea grass communities, mangrove tangles and more. Meets MO-FR 9am-4pm. Sessions offered through July 28. For registration, costs and more information call
    239-765-0181 or visit


    Estero Island’s oldest standing structure at the Mound House is now open as a cultural and environmental learning center. A unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay, the Mound House offers a variety of programs for local residents & visitors. 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 at 451 Connecticut St. Overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for costs and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:

    SA July 15 -_ 10am – Calusa Indian Pottery; 11am – Shell Mound Tour; 1pm -Family Adventures at the Mound House; 2pm-Guided Tour.

    TU July 18 – 9am – Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 10am – Jewelry Making-Calusa Style; 11am & 2pm – Guided Tour; 1pm – Family Adventures at the Mound House

    WE July 19 –10am – Archeology of the Mound House, Can You Dig it?; 1pm -Calusa Indian Shell Mount Tour; 2pm – Family Adventures

    TH July 20 – 8am -Guided Kayak Eco-Tour

    FR July 21 – 8:30am — Breakfast on the Beach at Newton Park

    SA July 22 – 8:30am – Family Fun Kayak Tour; 11am – Crafting with Nature; 2pm – Guided Tour


    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a hot, busy day. Enjoy an hour browsing the library’s many collections or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Anyone looking for a good beach read should stop by the Friends Used Book Store on the 3rd floor. Open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. The Knotty Bean Coffee Bar on the 3rd floor is now open MO-FR 9am-12pm. Some upcoming programs at the library include:

    TU July 18, 10:30am – Book Discussion “ A Man Called Ove” by F. Backman

    FR July 21 & 28, 10am-2pm — Piano Lessons for Children

    TU July 25, 10:30am – Memory Improvement


    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. To reserve your place call 239-489-8472. July events include:

    -Ethan Uslan, Ragtime Pianist FR July 14 at 7:30pm
    -Miami Music Festival Performance TU July 18 at 7:30pm
    -Glories of Thailand & Bangkok TU July 18 & 25 at 4:15pm
    -Confederate Generals in Blue-33 years later TU July 25 at 10am


    In recognition of National Park & Recreation Month, Lee County will offer free pool admission and free parking at county sites on SA July 29 and SU July 30. Included are Lakes Park, Bowditch Point Park, Lynn Hall Park, Bunche Beach and Punta Rassa Boat Ramp. For more information call 239-533-7275 or visit


    The need for blood donations rises in the summer just as snowbird donors head north. Can you donate blood this month? On SA July 22 from 9am-5pm the Kenny Conidaris Marrow Search/Blood Drive will take place at Lani Kai Resort, 1400 Estero Blvd, FMB. This year’s drive marks Kenny’s 11-year survival anniversary of beating the odds against cancer. T-shirt to all donors with food, giveaways and great live music. Sponsored by Budweiser and the Tabarrini Foundation.


    Beach Elementary School is participating in the federal Summer Food Service Program, “Summer Breakspot.” Any child age 18 and younger can receive a free meal at any Breakspot location. No forms, no cost. From June 5 through July 28, excluding July 4th, lunch will be offered at Beach School from 11am-12pm each Monday-Friday. It’s totally free, no sign up required. An adult must accompany children. For more information on Beach School Breakspot call 239-463-7430. Other locations serving on the same dates include Harlem Heights Elementary School at 15570 Hagie Dr, Fort Myers, offering breakfast from 9-9:30am MO-FR and lunch from 11am-12:30pm. Call 570-939-2959 for more Harlem Heights info. Also Lakes Park at 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers will offer lunch from 12-12:30pm and a snack from 3-3:30pm. Call 239-826-4233 for more Lakes Park info.


    Estero Island Historic Society Historic Cottage is open each WE and SA from 10am-12 noon. Learn local history through photographs and memorabilia. Local history books are available for purchase. Located at the end of Bay Rd at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve. Turn at the Library.