Grouper Grapple, Kayak Tours and More

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    SUMMER SPEAKER

    Join the Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve on TU, Aug 13 at Tuckaway Café, 2301 Estero Blvd, FMB, for a fun, educational and engaging event, “What is Ecotourism: Its significance and impact on the local economy” with Nancy MacPhee, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Gather at 5:30pm with food and beverages available for purchase. Speaker begins at 6pm. The Friends’ Summer Storyteller & Speaker Series is offered on the second TU of each month May – October. For more information call 239-233-8542 or email matanzaspass@gmail.com.

    BUNCHE BEACH BIRDS

    On TH Aug 15 at 6pm, enjoy beautiful Bunche Beach, an excellent birding site with a Bird Patrol Guide. Bunche is an excellent spot for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Also warblers, waterfowl and raptors. Free with paid parking ($2/hour) For more info call 707-3015.

    SUMMER HOURS 

    The Estero Island Historic Society Cottage Museum at 161 Bay Rd, FMB is open only on WE from 10am – noon for the summer. The museum is free and open to the public. Learn local history through photographs and memorabilia. Enjoy an interactive experience with old time island residents, while historic photos are viewed on a large screen. 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.

     GROUPER GRAPPLE

    Fish Tale Marina is sponsoring the 7th Annual Grouper Grapple on SA Aug 17. Captains’ Meeting will be held at Fish Tale Marina on FR Aug 16. Teams must be registered by 8pm Friday. Registration and tournament info at GrouperGrapple.com. 100% of entry fees will be paid out to winning teams & anglers. This tournament benefits The Reunite the Fight military veteran’s assistance organization. Eight veterans will be provided a Back Bay fishing excursion including travel costs as part of this event. Plus the eight veterans who participated last year will be invited back for another weekend of back bay fishing.

    VOLUNTEERS WANTED

    The Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Library are seeking volunteers for their used book store at the library – Beachcombers Books – for August and September. This off-season volunteer opportunity has quiet shifts, and easy parking. Morning (9:15am-1:00pm) and afternoon (1 – 4:45pm) shifts are available MO – FR. On SA only morning shifts. If you can help, call the book store at 239-233-8447.

    MOUND HOUSE KAYAK TOURS

    Enjoy the beauty of the back bay with a Kayak Tour at the Mound House. All paddling equipment is provided and museum admission is included in these tours. Weather permitting. Reservations are required for all tours by calling 239-765-0865. Take advantage of their Summer Specials, available for a limited time: 50% off admission when you mention MOUNDHOUSE2019 and 20% off kayak tours with the online code SUMMER20.

    Mangroves by Kayak Tour is offered at 8am every SA & WE in August;. This tour explores the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay. Guided by Dexter Norris, Mound House Environmental Educator. For ages 12 & up $45 fee. (Members $15)

    Family Fun Kayak Tour is offered FR Aug 16, 23 & 30 at 8am. This tour, designed for parents and their children ages 6 & up, offers instruction on land before heading out at an easy relaxed pace. Paddlers look for wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphins as they paddle through the mangroves of Estero Bay. $25 ages 13 and up; $15 ages 6-12. (Members $10)

    COASTAL CLEANUP

    The debris on our beaches and in our waterways is much more than a blemish on the environment, it is a public health threat and a serious danger to our ocean ecosystems. Keep Lee County Beautiful (KLCB)and the FMB Community Foundation invites everyone to help make a difference by participating in The International Coastal Cleanup on SA Sept 21 from 9am – noon. For Fort Myers Beach efforts, check in at FMB Elementary School, 2751 Oak St, FMB. Other Lee County sites include Bunche Beach & Lovers Key State Park Event Field. Visit KLCB.org to register or for more information.

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Library Café, Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork on the 3rd floor, all in air-conditioned comfort! The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    TU Aug 13: 2:15-3:15pm – Dog Day for Kids, pre-register

    TH Aug 15: 2:30pm – Family Matinee, “Sherlock Gnomes”

    TU Aug 20: 10:30am – Book Discussion, “The Trouble with Goats and Sheep” by Joanna Cannon.

    TH Aug 22: 10:30am – The Moth – True Stories Told Live, pre-register

    MO Aug 26: 10:30am – Library Tour

    MOUND HOUSE

    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, 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. Save 20% on kayak tours for a limited time when you use the code SUMMER20 during online registration; 50% off Museum admission when you mention MOUNDHOUSE2019. Upcoming programs include:

    SA Aug 10: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am – Exploring Archaeology; 11am Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour

    TU Aug 13: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am-Family Adventures ($2); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE Aug 14: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am –Painting Pottery ($2); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour

    FR Aug 16: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    SA Aug 17: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Gardens Walking Tour; 11am–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    LOVERS KEY STATE PARK

    Guided nature programs are offered in the park. All programs require registration, are free with park entry and take place at 10am. To register call 239-463-4588. Upcoming programs include:

    WE Aug 14 – Shelling & Beachcombing

    FR Aug 16 – Sensational Sharks

    FR Aug 23 – Walk on the Wild Side

    PROTECT OUR TURTLES

    FMB is in the midst of a record turtle nesting AND hatching season! Beachfront homeowners are asked to do their part to protect our nesting and newly hatched turtles. Turtles are disoriented by lights shining on the beach. Shield your outdoor lights or replace the bulbs with Amber LED bulbs. Turtles cannot see amber LED lighting, but humans can. Turtle-friendly lights are now available at Town Hall or at bit.ly/lites4turtles. If you walk on the beach at night, DO NOT use a flashlight or your cell phone! Contact Rae Burns at Town Hall for a free light inspection 239-765-0202. Remove or stack beach furniture close to the building. Remove all beach litter. Fill in all holes you dig on the beach. You can make a difference! For more information on sea turtles visit TurtleTime.org.

    HURRICANE RE-ENTRY PASSES

    Do you have a FMB Re-entry Pass? 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!

    NEVER RECYCLE

    Lee County is tied for first place for recycling in Florida with a recycle rate of 77%, but we can improve that. Make sure that what you place in your recycling bin truly belongs there. Don’t be a Wish-cycler! (Someone who tosses questionable items in the recycle bin and hopes they can somehow be recycled.) Don’t toss anything in the bin with food left on it. DO NOT RECYCLE THESE ITEMS IN LEE COUNTY: Plastic bags of any kind with any number on them, wire or plastic hangers, Styrofoam anything, waxed cardboard (ice cream tubs, milk containers, juice boxes), anything with food or dirt on it  or greasy pizza boxes (trash the greasy bottom, tear off the clean top and recycle. Learn more at bit.ly/FMBrecycle

    EDISON FORD ESTATES

    The Edison Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, includes a historical museum and 21-acre botanical garden on the sites of the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. Open daily from 9am -5:30pm. Guided and self-guided tours are available. For more information call 239-334-7419. Upcoming special programs include:

    SA Aug 10 from 10 – 11:30am – Garden Talk – Bromeliads

    SA Aug 17 from 9am – 2pm – National Honey Bee Day, free