Kayak Eco Tours

    Around and About the Island


    Don’t miss a thing happening on Fort Myers 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.


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


    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. Pick up an application at Town Hall or online at www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov under “Community” > “For Islanders.” 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.


    Sunday morning worship begins at 10:30am with a hymn sing at 10:15am. On June 4, a birthday lunch will follow the service to celebrate Mildred Howarter’s 95th birthday. All are invited to join in the celebration. 239-463-9656.


    The 2017 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now available for just $25. The book offers BOGO (By One, Get One) dining discounts at 62 area restaurants, including 12 FMB locations. Most off-season discounts are valid through Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects including the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, Healthy Start, United Way reading Program and Human Trafficking Awareness Program. Pick up your Dining Discount Book at the Kiwanis Thrift Store, FMB Chamber of Commerce office, Bennett’s Chiropractic, Indian Creek Resort or Gavin’s Ace Hardware.


    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


    Islanders are invited to participate in an evening of relaxation on TH June 1 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Knotty Beach Coffee Bar, 2801 Estero Blvd, Suite K, FMB.

    This workshop will introduce relaxation techniques to help soothe your way through your day. Participate in Laughter Yoga and guided meditation. Learn about massage, energy healing and essential oils. You may be the lucky recipient of a chair massage during the evening! Complimentary coffee will be served. A donation of $10 is suggested. Call 239.247.9132 or email littlebeachspa@gmail.com for more information and to rsvp.


    Estero Island’s oldest standing structure at the Mound House is now open as a cultural and environmental learning center. A unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay, the Mound House offers a variety of programs for local residents & visitors. Experience 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 and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:

    SA May 27 – 9am- Family Fun Kayak Tours; 2pm-Guided Tour; 10am-Calusa Pottery; 1pm-Indian Shell Mound Tour.

    TU May 30 – 10am- Pictures of the Past; 11am & 2pm Guided Tour; 1pm – Gardens of the Mound House Tour

    WE May 31 – 9am-noon-Guided Kayak Eco-Tour;10am Calusa Indian Art & Culture; 11am & 2pm Guided Tour; 1pm Calusa Indian Shell Mound tour

    SA June 3 –10am Archeology of the Mound House; 11am-Guided Tour; 2pm-Indian Shell Mound Tour.


    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a busy day. Enjoy an hour browsing the newspapers and magazines in the Living Room or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Or participate in one of the programs offered each month in the 3rd floor Community Room. Anyone looking for a book for some beach reading should stop by the Friends Used Book Store on the 3rd floor. Open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. Some upcoming programs at the library include:

    MO May 29 Memorial Day-Library Closed

    FR June 2 from 9am-4pm – Piano Lessons for Children-must pre-register by May 30.


    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 May 26 – Sensational Sharks


    All trash, recycling and yard waste collections will be delayed one day for the entire week of May 29. No pick up Monday. LeeTran will not run any bus or trolley service on Memorial Day.


    The SWFL GOP Club welcomes registered Republicans in Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs to a Mix & Mingle meeting on TH June 1 at 6pm at Bonita Village, 27901 Bonita Village Blvd, Bonita Springs. This month’s speakers will be Senator Kathleen Passidomo, District 28 and Representative Ray Rodrigues, District 76. They will discuss new laws and the budget. All registered Republicans are invited to join the SWFLGOP Club. Single membership is $15; Family $25. SWFLGOPClub@gmail.com


    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. Avoid ‘wish”cycling – putting items in that you wish could be recycled. Learn more at http://bit.ly/FMBrecycle


    Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Join this unique eco-tour guided by Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and Mound House Environmental Educator. Experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa in a tandem kayak as you paddle the Estero and Hell Peckney bays. Tours conducted as per Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. Offered WE May 31; WE June 7; WE June 17 from 9am-12pm. Cost $45/person (museum admission included). Members $15. All equipment provided. Water shoes required. Must be over age 12 and able to swim, walk over rough terrain and get in and out of a kayak and paddle for up to 3 hours. Children 12 and older must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Reservations required-call 239-765-0865.


    Lee County Utilities on Monday, May 29, will end the free chlorine flush, which will involve converting its disinfection process from a free chlorine residual back to chloramines as the primary disinfectant. Anyone who uses a kidney dialysis machine at home should contact an 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 pre-treatment of water before adding it to tanks. Customers may notice a temporary change in the taste, odor and color of the water, which is not harmful. Although the conversion of disinfection begins on May 29, which is Memorial Day, it will take about one week for the service area to be converted from a free-chlorine residual to chloramines. Customers can contact the Lee County Utilities office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 239-533-8845 with any questions.