International Coastal Cleanup Next Weekend

Around and About the Island


There’s always a lot happening around Fort Myers Beach! Check out the Sand Paper’s Around & About pages for upcoming events and be sure to pick up a copy of the September SAND LIFE magazine for a complete list of all the fun things to do on the beach.



Join the Salt Warriors and their mascot Kaikoa for a Party with a Cause at Lovers Key State Park on SA Sept. 10 from 2-7pm. Hang out for an hour or all day and enjoy live music, a kid-friendly area, craft beer, amazing food and special events like paddleboard classes, beach yoga, painting and more. Proceeds will benefit two local charities: Caleb’s Crusade Against Childhood Cancer and The Kira Foundation: Advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness. 239-734-0204



The first responders of Lee County will host a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony on SU Sept 11 at 8:30am at the Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St, Fort Myers. The Fort Myers Beach Fire District will participate. A ceremony will be held on Fort Myers Beach at Fire Station 33, 121 Lenell Rd, on SA Sept 10 at 7:15pm. The American Legion will also host a flag raising at 10am on Sept 11 at Post 274, 899 Buttonwood Dr.



Islanders are invited to participate in The Cottage End of Summer Party on SA Sept 17 from 3pm-close. There will be live music from three bands: Twisted Vinyls from 3-5:30pm, Two Steps from 6-8:30pm and Bad Banditos from 9pm-1am. This party to benefit the FMB New Years Eve Fireworks Fund will also have some great food and drink specials, raffles and 50/50 drawings.



Help clear our beaches of debris on SA Sept 17 from 9am-noon. Marine life can become entangled in fishing line, nets, six-pack rings or they may mistake trash like Styrofoam or plastics for food. Keep Lee County Beautiful along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife, The FMB Community Foundation and the Town of FMB organizes clean ups each fall to clean up Lee County beaches during International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers are urgently needed and asked to sign up at Volunteers in our area will meet at Lovers Key Event Field, Bunche Beach, Dog Beach and FMB Elementary School. If you’d like to be a clean up captain for a Lee County coastal cleanup, email Trish Fancher at to stake your claim.



The 11th Annual Pirate Festival arrives in Fort Myers Beach on Friday, October 7th on Old San Carlos Blvd. From 4-10pm adults are invited to participate in the Pub Quest and wear your costume! On SA Oct 8 and SU Oct 9, from 10am-5pm, it’s family-friendly fun all day long on Old San Carlos Blvd. Live ship battles, Live Music & performances, children’s activities and a Pirate Bazaar. Join the pirates, wenches, corsairs and beauties for the fun weekend! $5 donation for adult entry.



Library hours: MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. The Friends Used Book Store is located on the third floor and is open MO-FR 9:15am-4: 45pm. Upcoming programs include:

FR Sept 9 at 1:30pm – Naked Meadow Readings.

TU Sept 13 at 10:30am – Windows 10, preregister; 3:15-4:15pm – Dog Day. Sign children up to read to the library’s new dog, Zoe. This no-pressure reading offers children a unique audience. Preregister.



The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns this fall with new artists and new events. This free festival takes place over 10 days and offers star-studded performances. IT begins on Captiva Island Sept 23-25 and wraps up on Fort Myers Beach Sept 30- Oct 2 with mid-week performances in downtown Fort Myers. Make plans now to attend.



Fish Tale marina will be host to the Mako Funament on October 13-15.Open to Mako boat owners and Bass Pro Shops Preferred Customers, regardless of boat make, this is a fun tournament with just a $100 entry fee/boat. Entry gets a Captain’s Bag, T-shirts for the crew, daily dockside parties and cookouts and free dockage and trailer storage at Fish Tale on a first come/first served basis. Kick off on TH Oct 13 at Bass Pro Shops. Fishing hours FR and SA from 7am-5pm with dockside cookouts from 5-7pm. Awards presented dockside SA at 7pm. Learn more at



Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on TH Sept 15 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



Pirate Fest (Oct 7-9) and the American Sand Sculpting Championship (Nov 18-27) need volunteers for a variety of tasks, including setup, cleanup, entry, water/soda sales and trash patrol. Morning and afternoons shifts available. Contact Rhonda at or the FMB Chamber 239-454-7500 for details.



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:

FR Sept 9 – Sea Turtle Talk



It’s time to be planning your participation in the 12th Annual Fillet & Release tournament for Hope Hospice on SA Sept 24 at Matanzas Inn. Last year’s payout was $17,430!  Cost to enter is $350/team with a max of 4 anglers per boat. Shot gun start at 7am; weigh in ceremony at 3pm. Raffle, dinner for registered anglers. Guests may purchase mean for $10. Captains meeting on Sept 23 at 6:30pm at Bahama Breeze. Additional information at



Last Chance – to submit a design for the 59th Shrimp Festival! All submissions are due Sept 21. For details visit or email Lion Shelby at or phone MO-FR 239-472-3400.



Join the Friends of Lovers Key State Park (FOLKS) for a 50’s-60’s Sock Hop on the Beach at Lovers Key State Park on TH Sept 29 from 4-7pm. Join FOLKS at the gazebo for a fun-filled evening of 50’s and 60’s music, dancing and contests. Participate in the Hula Hoop contest, Best Outfit contest or Jitterbug contest. Dinner and snacks served. $40/couple for FOLKS members; $45 for non-FOLKS members. Cost includes park entry. RSVP to Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466 or email: FOLKS will also hold a Moonlight Kayaking at Lovers Key on FR Oct 14, 2016. Watch for details.



Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs. Experience this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Open TU, WE & SA 9am-3pm. Guided Museum Tours are offered from 9am-3pm most days the museum is open, call for availability. Extra fee for programs for non-members unless noted as free. Museum admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs:

–SAT Sept 10: 10am – Gardens of the Mound House

–TU Sept 13: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 10am-Settlers on the Shells

–WE Sept 14: 10am – Food, Fortunes, Medicines and Poisons

–SAT Sept 17: 10am – Calusa Indian Art



Mark your calendars now for a full season of Saturday events at Santini Marina Plaza, beginning with the Oct 29-Pawsitively Awesome Howl’oween Pet Parade. After that it’s the Nov 5-Santini Thanksgiving; Dec 17-Community Christmas Celebration; Jan 21-Do Wop Festival; Feb 18-FMB Got Talent; Mar 18- Smokin’ in the Mangroves (9am-2pm) and Apr 22-Classic Car Cruise In. Santini Fresh Markets will begin on TU Nov 1 and continue every TU through Apr 25 with hours of 9am-1pm.



The Roxie Time Square Visitor Information Center will be removed from Time Square for maintenance and upgrades from Sept. 12-30. The Roxie will be back in action on Oct. 1.