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    TURTLE TROT – MAY 13

    Don’t miss a thing happening on the beach! Check out these events and be sure to read the SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine for everything going on here at the beach. The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are always available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.

     

    CLASSIC CAR CRUISE IN

    Classic car owners are cordially invites to participate in this casual ‘show-off” Cruise In at Santini Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd, FMB on SA Apr 22 from 9am-2pm. Classic, Antique and Corvette divisions will be judged by Celebrity judges. It’s a fun day to show off your beautiful vehicles. Judging will begin at 10am with classy plaque awards for 1st and 2nd place at 11:30am. DJ Larry will spin authentic oldies all day. Watch out for dancing in the street to break out at this event! Free parking and free admission. Hourly 50/50 raffles to benefit Find A Home, Give A Home Island Pet Rescue. Donations of pet food greatly appreciated. For more information or to register your car call Bonnie Roberts at 239-443-8810 or email bgrgs@gmail.com, or just cruise in between 7:30-8:30am and register on site.

     

    GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP

    Join the FMB Community Foundation, Keep Lee County Beautiful and other volunteers on SA Apr 22 for the Great American Cleanup from 9am-12noon. Meet at Beach Elementary School to pick up gloves, & bags and your assigned area. Other cleanup sites include Dog Beach and Bunche Beach. Volunteers are encouraged to wear sunscreen and bring water.  See klcb.org or call 239-334-3488 for more details.

     

    CONCERT

    Beach United Methodist Church will present a Paul Todd & PJ Concert on SU April 23 at 7pm. A free will offering will be taken. No tickets needed.

     

    DELMAR ACCESS MEETING

    The Town of Fort Myers Beach is having a meeting to discuss proposed improvements to Delmar Ave bay access. Please join Town Staff, Town Council Member(s) and Town Engineer on April 24, 2017 from 5:00pm-6:00pm in the Town Council Chambers to review the drawings and express your thoughts.

     

    COMMUNITY BIKE-PED WORKSHOP

    The Town of Fort Myers Beach, along with the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization is developing the Town’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. This exciting project promotes a healthy, vibrant and safe community through cycling and walking. Residents are invited to help the Town plan for bikeways, walkways, trails and other related biking and walking projects. An interactive community workshop will be held on WE Apr 26 from 5:30-7pm at Town Hall, 2525 Estero Blvd, FMB. A presentation about the project including needs assessment and initial programs, project, design and policy recommendations will be included. Check the Town’s website for more information.

     

    BEAUTIFUL BIRDS OF BUNCHE BEACH

    Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on TH Apr 27 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

     

    CINCO DE MAYO BENEFIT

    Mark May 5 on your calendar so you don’t miss The Cottage’s Cinco De Mayo Celebration and FMB Fireworks Fiesta Fundraiser on FR May 5 from 2pm-1am. All day Live Music, raffles, drink and authentic Mexican food specials. Help support FMB fireworks in the way the Island does best – with a party!

     

    TURTLE TROT

    The 10th Annual Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K Run/Walk will be held on SA May 13 with an 8am start. A unique trail course over a hard-packed shell path, takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem. No running through beach sand. $35 adults; $25 youth (18 and under) through May 13. Day of race $40. First 500 get t-shirts. Register at www.friendsofloverskey.org Packet pick up and registration at 7am.

     

    BUSINESS CRIME AWARENESS

    The Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the South American Theft Group Intelligence Network and Keiser University invite business owners and those in the retail and loss prevention business to attend critical training at the “Business & Retail Crime Awareness Seminar 2017” On May 11 from 8:30am-2pm at Keiser University, 9100 Forum Corporate Pkwy, Fort Myers. Expert speakers will share the newest information on cyber security risks, credit card fraud and other serious issues. Topics and speakers include how to identify counterfeit credit cards, gift cards & fraudulent checks, how to plan for workplace violence and/or an active shooter situation, traveling thieves and cyber security and data breaches.”  Seating is limited. Call LCSO for reservations at 258-3287.

     

    BE KIND TO YOUR POSTMAN

    Those who receive mail via a mailbox at the curb are asked to please not block their mailbox with trash or recyclable cans, yard debris or parked cars. Place trash cans at least 10 feet away from any mailbox. With season, delivery schedules are altered, so don’t assume the mail has been delivered and block the mailbox. Leave at least 10 feet on either side of the mailbox or you may not get your mail that day.

     

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    The Beach Kids Foundation is currently accepting applications for scholarship opportunities. Applicants must have a connection to the Fort Myers Beach community to qualify for a scholarship. Applications will be available on Monday, May 1st, 2017 at beachkidsfoundation.org. All applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 and must be emailed or mailed to the address on the application.

     

    WATER NOTICE

    Lee County Utilities will be temporarily converting its disinfectant process from chloramines to free chlorine residual from May 1st through May 29, 2017. This is a routine measure that is common for water utilities using chloramines as its primary disinfectant. Anyone who uses a kidney dialysis machine at home should contact their equipment supplier so the proper filtering equipment may be installed. Tropical fish or aquatic animal owners should contact a local tropical fish store for appropriate pretreatment of water before adding water to tanks. Customers may notice a temporary change in the taste, odor and color of the water, which is not harmful. Again, this is a routine measure to ensure our customers of clean, safe potable water. Please contact our office during regular business hours at 239-533-8845, if you have any questions.

     

    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

     

    FOOD DRIVE

    The 25th annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive will be held on SA, May 13 this year. Each year postal carriers and volunteers collect food donations to stock food pantries for the difficult summer months. On May 13, donations of unopened and unexpired food in unbreakable containers can be left by your mailbox for collection. Seasonal residents are urged to clear out their cabinets before they leave and drop off unopened and unexpired food at their local post office anytime before May 13. All food is welcome, but items especially needed are peanut butter, tuna, rice, beans, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup.

     

    WALKING CLUB

    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.

     

    RECYCLE SMART

    Lee County Solid Waste urges Island residents to be sure they are putting ONLY approved items into their recycling bins. Putting non-approved items in the bin can result in the entire truckload of recycling going to the trash. The ONLY things that can be recycled are: non-coated paper (no waxed drink cups), metal cans, plastic container with a #1-#7 on them, glass bottles/jars, cardboard. No film or plastic wrap. Avoid ‘wish”cycling – putting items in that you wish could be recycled. Learn more at http://bit.ly/FMBrecycle