Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Aug 3 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.
The Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club invites anyone interested in learning more about their service club and their efforts to serve our community and children to attend one of their meetings at Bonita Bill’s meeting room, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. They offer a flexible meeting schedule with lunch or dinner meetings. Their next lunch meeting is on FR Aug 9 at noon; their next dinner meeting on TH Aug 22 at 5:30pm. Future meetings are planned for Sept. 6 at noon & Sept 19 at 5:30pm. For information, contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at 239-454-8090.
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.
The Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Library are seeking volunteers to staff their used book store at the library – Beachcombers Books for August and September. The 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 TH Aug 8 and 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)
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.
The Beach Community Pool kiddie pool is now open. The installation of a new play structure has been postponed until early fall. The kiddie pool and main pool are both open. Pool hours are 10am-6pm daily. The pool is located at 2600 Oak Street, FMB. 239-463-5759.
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:
FR Aug 2: 10:30am – Family Movie, “Jumanji”; 3:30-4:30pm Meet the August Artist Paulette Boudreau
TU Aug 13: 2:15-3:15pm – Dog Day for Kids
TH Aug 15: 2:30pm – Family Matinee, “Sherlock Gnomes”
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 3: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Painting Pottery; 11am–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
TU Aug 6: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am-Calusa Indian Masks ($2); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
WE Aug 7: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am –Cool Calusa Tools ($2); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour
TH Aug 8: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour (Museum closed)
SA Aug 10: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am – Exploring Archaeology; 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:
FR Aug 9 – Sea Turtle Talk
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
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!
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 CLEAN: non-coated paper (no waxed drink cups), metal cans, plastic containers with a #1-#7 on them (no straws, hangers or pool noodles), glass bottles/jars, cardboard and paper (no soiled or shredded paper). Learn more at bit.ly/FMBrecycle
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has launched a Deputy Dog program, with a motto of “See it, Say it, Make the Call.” The program enrolls dogs and their humans and encourages both to be alert to anything unusual during their daily walks in their neighborhoods. For more information or to sign up, visit www.deputydogs.com.
YOGA AT SEVEN SEAS
Head to the Seven Seas house at Newton Park on Tuesday at 5:30pm or Wednesday at 8:30am for a yoga class taught by Susan Carter, RYT. This drop-in yoga class is for all levels of yoga experience. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if they have one. $10/class. 239-209-1698.