Island Hopper Fest

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    Fort Myers Beach is open for business! Take a look at the events listed here and be sure to pick up a copy oft October SAND LIFE magazine which is now available to find a calendar listing of all the fun things to do on the Fort Myers Beach PLUS Live Music schedules for over 20 venues.


    Each Friday and Saturday, free Sunset Celebration concerts from 5-10pm fill Times Square offering an entertaining musical backdrop to a spectacular sunset. On Friday, Sept. 29, High Tide will play featuring their unusual and refreshing take on popular music. On Saturday, Sept. 30, Tiger Blue will take the stage with their rock classics. 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.


    Don’t miss the last weekend of the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, held right here on Fort Myers Beach! The beach will host over 60 performances this Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 8 different venues. RaeLynn will perform Sunday, October 1st at Pink Shell in the only ticketed event on the beach. Tickets at

    Other Island Hopper performances are ticket-free and will be held at Nervous Nellie’s, Matanzas on the Bay, Yucatan Beach Stand, PierSide Grill & Famous Blowfish Bar, Sunset Beach Tropical Grill and DiamondHead Cabana’s. Look for performances at these locations Friday, September 29 from 7-10:30pm; Saturday, September 30 from 2:30-9:30pm and Sunday, October 1 from 1:30-4pm.

    Pink Shell will host performers on Saturday from 1-3:45pm plus RaeLynn on Sunday at 1pm. Pincher’s Crab Shack on San Carlos Blvd. will host performances on Sunday from
    1-3:45pm. For a complete schedule and information about the talented singer-songwriter performers visit


    Fright Night will take place at Bay Oaks on Friday, October 20 from 6-10pm. The 27th annual Fright Night will include a Haunted House, costume contests with prizes for all ages, plus games, food and the outdoor Haunted Walk. Right now, they need donations of candy and volunteers to help with Fright Night. Drop off a bag of candy or three at Bay Oaks now. Call 239-765-4222 to volunteers to help with this community event.


    Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on Tuesday, October 3rd at 4:30pm and Saturday, October 21st at 8am. Bunche Beach 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. Meet on the beach. Free with paid parking ($2/hour). For more information call 239-707-3015.


    Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on Saturday, October 7th at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580 or 533-7576.


    Islanders are invited to attend the next Friends of Bay Oaks meeting on Tuesday, October 10th from 5:30-6:30pm in the Bay Oaks Senior Room. Topics of discussion will include new programs, Irma’s impact, budget and Fright Night (Oct 20).


    The Edison & Ford Winter Estates lab, museum and research gardens located on the east side of the property will re-open on Saturday, September 30th. They expect to have the Ford Estate open for guided tours on October 21st and the re-opening of the Edison Estate is anticipated for late October. On September 30th, living history characters, Thomas and Mina Edison will be on site for photos. Food trucks will provide refreshments. For additional information call 239-334-7419. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is located at 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.


    If you know someone that needs help with debris removal, home cleanup or tree cutting, please call 1-800-451-1954 by September 30th. The Disaster Relief Hotline for Hurricane Irma is helping coordinate volunteer disaster relief organizations that will be in Southwest Florida. If you need help with home clean up, call 1-800-451-1954. As they are able, reputable and vetted relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. The hotline cannot assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance or questions about FEMA registration.


    Is your property is ready for storm debris collection trucks? Disaster debris crews have begun collecting yard waste in other parts of Lee County. Unfortunately, some households have mixed plastic bags and other debris with the yard waste in front of their homes. Those piles cannot be collected until those materials are separated. Residents are asked to ensure that their piles of yard waste contain only yard waste – tree branches, shrubs, palm fronds, etc. Yard waste does not include fencing, decorative borders or any other structural material. Tree stumps larger than 24” in diameter need to be placed in a separate pile and will be collected separately. Keep all piles away from power lines, power poles, fire hydrants, water meters and mailboxes. For more info visit


    A new 6-week beginners’ class for students with no previous yoga experience will be offered at Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church beginning Wednesday, October 11th from 2-3pm. It will conclude November 15th. Taught by instructor Susan Carter, postures will be modified so that everyone can experience this relaxing exercise. Research has shown that Yoga decreases stress, improves balance and promotes better sleep. Bring a mat and bottled water. Cost per class is 410 for Chapel members/ $12 for non-members.


    Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church will resume its monthly Spaghetti Dinners on the 2nd Saturday of the month on Saturday, October 14th from 5-7pm. On the menu will be Spaghetti and meatballs, spicy sausage and peppers and onions, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Public Safety personnel in uniform or with ID.


    Lee County residents with losses due to Hurricane Irma may apply for individual disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by registering at If unable to register online or through the FEMA app, call
    800-621-3362. Applicants will need their social security number, a daytime telephone number, current mailing address and address of damaged property and private insurance information, if any.


    The Post-Irma beach water quality test results are in and all Lee County beaches passed! For details on beach water testing by the State Dept. of Health – Lee County visit


    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.


    Lee County Veteran Services offers a monthly outreach program in south Lee County from 9am-3pm on the first Friday of each month at the Bonita East United Way House, 26820 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, with lead agency Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. Lee County Veteran Services counsels and educates veterans, their dependents and survivors on potential benefits available to them from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs and other government agencies. They offer guidance with compensation, pensions, education, survivor benefits and more. Veterans, dependents and survivors can make appointments by calling 239-533-8381. Walk-ins are also welcome.