MEMORIAL DAY CLOSURES
The Beach Library will be closed on Memorial Day, May 27. Bay Oaks Recreation Center will be closed May 25 – 27. Beach Pool will be open all weekend. Town and County offices will be closed May 27. The LeeTran Beach Trolley will not run on MO May 27. Trash and recycling pick up will be delayed one day next week due to no pick up on May 27. All parking meters are enforced on MO, May 27.
EDISON & FORD ESTATES
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, is decorated with bunting for memorial Day and is offering free admission to U.S veterans on Memorial Day, May 27. This summer they will offer free admission to one child 12 years and younger for each paid adult. The estates include the historic winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, caretakers’ homes, Edison’s study and lab, an Inventions Museum and over 20 acres of botanic gardens. For more information visit www.edisonford.org or call
It’s time to stock up Renee’s Closet at Beach School! Renee’s Closet provides necessities for our school children that their families may not be able to provide. The following items are needed this spring: New elastic shorts and undies for boys and girls, sizes 4-5, 6-8 and 8-10, unscented baby wipes. Can you help? Please drop donations off at the Beach School office, 2751 Oak St, FMB, between 9am and noon any weekday through May 30.
MEMORIAL WEEKEND PARTY
A Memorial Day Weekend Kick Off Party will light up Fort Myers Beach on Memorial Day Weekend featuring national and local country music performers. Taking place in Bayside Park on Old San Carlos Blvd, next to Nervous Nellie’s, festivities begin at 5pm, FR May 24. Hayden Coffman, Bryce Mauldin, Joe Noto, Sheena Brook and local country rock band, Unforgiven, will perform. Tickets are $20, available at the gate and online at www.divebarcountry.com Event benefits the Lewis P. Tabarrini Children’s Outreach Foundation, offering music lessons and instruments to SWFL children. Tickets include discount wristbands offering food and drink specials from Old San Carlos merchants all weekend long.
NOAH WADDELL CONCERT
Shell Point Community begins its 2019 Summer Concert Series with a performance by pianist Noah Waddell at 7pm, WE May 29 in the Grand Cypress Room at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers. The event is open to the public with tickets at $20 online at shellpoint.org/summer, or by phone 239-454-2067. A young performer, Waddell gained national attention at just 14 years old. He will perform an eclectic program including selections from classic composers.
Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA June 1 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.
Calling all golfers! The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will host their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on FR June 7 at The Spring Run Golf Club in Bonita Springs. Open to the public. Registration is $100/person or $350/team and includes an 18-hole round, BBQ lunch, amazing prizes and raffles. Sponsorships still available. To register contact the Chamber at 239-454-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club! Their new flexible meeting schedule offers either lunch or dinner meetings each month. Be part of this service club focused on serving our community and our children. All meetings are held in Bonita Bill’s meeting room at 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. (Under the bridge on San Carlos Island.) Their lunch meetings are held at noon. The next lunch meeting will be held on FR June 7. Dinner meetings are held at 5:30pm and the next one is on June 20. Additional summer lunch meetings will be held on July 5, August 9 and Sept. 6; Dinner meetings on July 18, Aug 22 and Sept 19. Anyone interested in knowing more about Kiwanis Clubs, locally and internationally, are invited to attend club meetings. For information, please contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at (239)454-8090.
BATTLE ON THE BLUEWAY
The 5th annual Battle on the Blueway will take place on SA June 8 at Crescent Beach Park. This competitive race event for paddling enthusiasts includes events for standup paddleboarders (SUP) as well as kayaks, outrigger canoes and surf skis. Events include 7-mile and 2-mile races plus a Special Olympics Unified Fun Race. First race is at 9am. The unified relay race is approximately 10:45am. More than 100 paddlers attended the 2018 event. Local participants are welcome, but there will be no race day registration. To register visit paddleguru.com and search for Battle on the Blueway. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics – Lee County SUP Team.
SOCIAL SENIORS GAME DAY
Bay Oaks Social Seniors invite residents and visitors to join them for Game Day at Bay Oaks Rec Center on MO and FR starting at 10:30am. Game Day includes Mahjongg, Dominoes or cards. For more information call Bay Oaks 239-765-4222.
PROTECT OUR TURTLES
Turtle nesting season is May – October. 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! If you rent your condo or home near the beach, change outdoor bulbs now and leave instructions to close the drapes after sunset to prevent light from shining on the beach. Remove or stack beach furniture close to the building. Remove all beach litter. Fill in all holes you dig on the beach. Your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles. For more information on sea turtles visit TurtleTime.org.
The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork on the 3rd floor. The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:
FR May 24: 10:30am-Piano Music Recital
TU May 28: 12:30pm-Family Matinee at the Library, “Dolphin Tale.”
WE May 29: 10:30am-The Opioid Crisis; 12:30pm-Family Movie “Dolphin Tale II”
TH May 30: 12:30pm-Family Movie “Madagascar”
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. 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!
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. Upcoming programs include:
SA May 25: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour; 2pm–Shell Mound Tour.
TU May 28: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am & 1pm-Shell Mound Tour; 11am & 2pm-Guided Museum Tour
WE May 29: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm–Shell Mound Tour
SA June 1: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm-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:
WE June 5 – Manatee Talk
FR June 7 – Sea Turtle Talk