Labor Day, Tapa Hop, Beach Health Fair



    All trash, recycling and yard waste collections will take place one day late the week of Labor Day. County parks will be open. All parking meters will be enforced. LeeTran trolleys will not run on Labor Day. County and town offices will be closed. The Beach Library will be closed. Bay Oaks Recreation Center will be closed, but Beach Pool will be open 10am – 4pm.


    Do you have a FMB Re-entry Pass? 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 Emergency Management offers two tools to help residents prepare for and be aware of hurricanes and other emergency situations – the LeePrepares app and the AlertLee notification system. The LeePrepares app is available in Google Play and the App Store. Features include GPS locating of evacuation zone; real time info from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on shelters and evacuations; recovery info on re-entry, curfews, distribution points; FAQ; family disaster plan and emergency supply list, and more. The AlertLee system is an emergency notification system that allows registered users to receive telephone, text and/or email alerts related to natural  or man-made emergencies. To sign up, go to  The Town of Fort Myers Beach uses the CodeRed emergency notification system. To sign up or change your settings, use the link on the town’s website at


    Anyone with property near or on the beach should replace all exterior light bulbs with amber LED light bulbs to comply with state and local laws designed to protect nesting sea turtles. They must be LED bulbs. Amber LED lightbulbs can be purchased at Town Hall for $8.50 each during office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm. Wildlife friendly lighting is also available from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission at Remember to close your drapes to keep light off the beach!


    Mark Sept 5 on your calendar because that is the first day the general public can purchase tickets for the 17th Annual Tapa Hop on TH Sept 19 from 3-10pm, sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. This annual event will begin at 3pm at Fish Tale Waterfront Dining. Trolleys will then take “Hoppers” to seven different local restaurants featuring great food, cash bars, raffle prizes and a Grand Prize that you won’t want to miss. Tickets are limited to Chamber members through WE Sept 4, then go on sale to the public the next day. This event sells out each year, so get your tickets now! For tickets visit or call 239-454-7500.


    Join a Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Sept 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.


    The Beach Ministerial Association will host a Beach Health Fair Sept. 9 – 13 at Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Fort Myers Beach, beginning at 7am each day. Services offered will include dental services*, hearing tests, mammograms* and reproductive services. The Lee Health Parish Nurse will also attend. *To make an appointment for dental services or a mammogram, please call 239-463-6452. Other services do not require an appointment. This health fair is open to low-income, uninsured or limited insurance and homeless populations. Members of the Beach Ministerial Association are Beach Baptist, Beach United Methodist, Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian, St. Peter Lutheran and St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church. Volunteers are needed. Please call Beach Baptist 239-463-6452 if you can volunteer or if you have any questions. Watch for more details next week in the Sand Paper!


    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will host another program in its Summer Story & Speaker Series on TU Sept 10 with speaker Terry Cain presenting “A Time Gone By.” Cain, who is a 43-year Fort Myers Beach resident, former Town Council member and longtime Friends officer, recently retired as the Lee County Land Stewardship Coordinator for Fort Myers Beach. Terry will discuss how various Lee County Parks received their names. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with social fellowship with food and beverages available for purchase, with Terry speaking from 6 until roughly 6:45 p.m. The final event of the “Summer Speaker & Story Series” will feature former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah, who will discuss Southwest Florida environmental issues and water quality on Tuesday, October 8.


    It’s Soccer Season and registration is still open on a few Beach Soccer teams! Girls born in 2010 & 2011 are needed for the U10 girls team, as well as boys & girls born 2014 & 2015 for the U6 co-ed team. Practice has begun, so sign up NOW at Registration $70. Coaches are also needed for some teams. Can you help coach? If you can coach or assist, register at the above website. The younger teams practice at Bay Oaks with other teams practicing at the Kelly Road Soccer Complex. Teams typically practice twice a week and have one game each week. For more information email


    The debris on our beaches and in our waterways is a public health threat and a serious danger to our ocean ecosystems. Keep Lee County Beautiful (KLCB) and the FMB Community Foundation invites everyone to help make a difference by participating in The International Coastal Cleanup on SA Sept 21 from 9am – noon. For Fort Myers Beach efforts, check in at FMB Elementary School, 2751 Oak St, FMB. Other local sites include Bunche Beach, Lovers Key State Park Event Field and Wyndham Garden Hotel. Visit to register or for more information.


    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 FR Sept 6 at noon; dinner meeting TH Sept 19 at 5:30pm. For information, contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at 239-454-8090.


    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 view the artwork on the 3rd floor, all in air-conditioned comfort! The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. Closed Labor Day, Sept. 2. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    WE Sept 4: 10:30am – Gems of the Sea, pre-register

    FR Sept 6: 10:30am – Intro to Balance University, pre-register

    MO Sept 9 10:30am – Associate Phase, Balance University, pre-register


    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 costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:

    SA Aug 31: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Cool Calusa Tools; 11am & 2pm –Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    TU Sept 3: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE Sept 4: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    TH Sept 5: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    SA Sept 7: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm –  Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour