It’s Farmer’s Market Season

    Around and About the Island


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


    The 60th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival will take place on March 10 & 11, 2018. The Lions Club has opened a community-wide contest to create the official design of the festival. The chosen design will be the face of the festival and used on t-shirts, posters, website and ads for the event. The design must include Gulf shrimp, the official title of the festival (60th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival), festival dates and the Lions Club logo. All contest submissions are due in digital format by Sunday October 15. The winning design will be announced in November via the Lions Club Facebook page. All submissions become the property of the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club. For inspiration, designs from past years can be found at To submit your design or for more information, contact Lion Shelby Peters at using the subject line: Shrimp Festival Design, or by phone 239-472-3400 MO-FR.


    Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Oct 7 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 TU Oct 10 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).


    A new 6-week beginners’ class for students with no previous yoga experience will be offered at Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church beginning WE Oct 11 from 2-3pm. It will conclude Nov 15. 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.


    The Estero Island Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the season on MO Oct. 16 at 9am at the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, located at 175 Sterling Ave. The program will focus on Container Gardening and begins at 9:15am. The business meeting will follow the speaker and will begin at 10:30. Anyone interested in finding out more about this organization is encouraged to attend.


    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.


    The Friends of Lakes Regional Library will host author W.C. Highfield at 1pm on October 13 at the library. His latest book is a memoir titled, “LIBERATED, A World War II Memoir of Lt. Harlan E. Highfield.” Mr. Highfield shares the story of his father, a World War II pilot, and his experiences in the North African campaign and as a POW for over two years in Italy and Germany. A book signing follows the discussion. The Friends programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road.


    Help clear our beaches of debris on SA Oct 14 from 8am-noon.Meet at Beach School at 8am. 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 Fort Myers Beach 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. Volunteers in our area will meet at FMB Elementary School, Bunche Beach and Dog Beach. Sites other than Beach School begin at 9am. To sign up or for more information visit


    Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church will resume its monthly Spaghetti Dinners on the 2nd SA of the month on SA Oct 14 from 5-7pm On the menu will be Spaghetti & meatballs, Spicy Sausage and Peppers & Onions, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and beverages. Tickets $10 adult/$5 kids 10 and under/ $5 Public Safety personnel in uniform or with ID.


    Learn more about the shrimping industry from the Ostego Bay Working Waterfront Tour, offered every WE from 9am-noon, weather permitting. Learn about “Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimping fleet in Florida. Tour includes 90 minutes guided visit to the Marine Science Center and a visit to the commercial fishing industry. $15/adult; $10/child over 6. Reservations required 239-765-8101.


    Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on SA Oct 21 at 8am. 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. Meet on the beach. Free with paid parking ($2/hour) For more info call 239-707-3015.


    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a hot, busy day. Browse the library’s many collections, find a new author or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Head to the 3rd floor to view the artwork of the artist of the month or stop in the Friends Used Book Store. The Knotty Bean Café on the 3rd floor is now open from 9am-3pm MO-FR. The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162 Some upcoming programs at the library include:

    TU Oct 10 from 2:15-3:15pm Dog Day. Pre-register

    TU Oct 17 at 10:30am – Book Discussion “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” by Anthony Marra


    The Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay. A variety of programs are offered at 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, reservations and upcoming programs. 239-765-0865.


    Lakes Park will reopen to the public on SA Oct 7. The park sustained serious damage from Hurricane Irma. Staff and volunteers have cleared debris and unsafe trees, repaired structures and restored the park. Some areas may remain cordoned off. Lee County Parks & Rec has 103 sites open with 65 remaining closed throughout the county. Visit for a list of open parks. Upcoming events at Lakes Park include:

    -The Farmer’s Market beginning WE Oct 11 from 9am-1pm

    -Fall Festival from Oct 13-29. Open 6-9pm MO-FR and 10am-9pm SA & SU.


    The Island will host two Farmer’s Markets this season. Beginning in October, the Beach Baptist Market at Estero Blvd and Connecticut will be held every WE from 9am-2pm through April. The Tuesday market has moved from Santini Plaza to the Nervous Nellie’s parking lot across from Harbor House and will be called the Fort Myers Beach Farm & Art Market. The market will begin TU Nov 7 and will be held from 8am-noon every Tuesday through April. Many of the Santini Sunrise market vendors will participate in the new market. It will be managed by Local Roots Farmer’s Markets.