This Saturday is dry-season water-testing day on the Island at 200 locations. (more info at bit.ly/MHwatertest) All testing volunteers have been issued testing supplies and are encouraged to follow the instructions and turn in their samples. On Saturday afternoon, May 18 from noon to 2pm, everyone is invited to the Mound House to learn more about water testing, FGCU water research with Dr. Michael Parsons and Turtle Time.
USCG OPEN HOUSE
The U.S. Coast Guard will kick off National Safe Boating Week with an Open House & Safety Fair on SA May 18 from 10am – 3pm at the USCG Station Fort Myers Beach on San Carlos Island at 719 San Carlos Drive, FMB. National Safe Boating Week, May 18 -24, promotes the importance of practicing safe boating at all times. Safe Boating includes taking a boating safety course, never boating under the influence and knowing the navigational rules. USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 91will provide the instructional seminar, “Suddenly in Command” to learn what to do in a boating emergency, as well as demos on paddleboard safety. Stop by and learn more about boating safety and the USCG. “Coastie” a remote-controlled low endurance class cutter, will make an appearance. Scheduled to attend: Lee County EMS, Safe Kids SWFL, LCSO Marine Unit, USCG & Auxiliary Recruiters, FL DEP, FMB Fire Department Truck, Golisano Neonatal & Pediatric Ambulance, Florida FWC. Free hot dogs and water will be served.
Head to The Beach Bar on SU May 19 for Popeyepalooza X, a Fort Myers Beach benefit for youth sports programs. Beginning at noon, this annual party will feature beach BBQ, raffles, auctions, live music & more! The Beach Bar is located at 1668 I St., FMB, behind Hooters.
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.
Join Chapel by the Sea on Tuesday, May 21 at 11AM in Silver Hall for a free Parish Health Program: “Sleep…How it affects our Physical & Emotional Well-Being.” Jamye Hodges, Director of Behavioral Health Center of Lee Health, will discuss the impact that lack of sleep has on our minds and bodies. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to the church office at 239-463-3173. Located at 100 Chapel Street (2500 block of Estero Blvd.).
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 Tickets include discount wristbands offering food and drink specials from Old San Carlos merchants all weekend long.
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.
Each Friday and Saturday, free Sunset Celebration concerts from 5-10pm fill Times Square offering an entertaining musical backdrop to a spectacular sunset. On FR May 17 & 24, High Tide will play; SA May 18 Danny Shepard & Friends will perform and on SA May 25, Double Standard. Show is pet and kid friendly. Stop by and enjoy the beach, restaurants, street performers, cold beverages and a beautiful sunset! Sunset Celebrations are sponsored by The Times Square Merchant & Event Association, The Town of Fort Myers Beach and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
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. Amber 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 myFWC.com.
The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau will present their 2019 VCB Hurricane Preparedness Seminar for local tourism-related businesses on FR May 31 from 8:30-10:30am at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center. If you did not receive an invitation, or for more information contact the VCB at 239-338-3500.
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:
TU May 21: 10:30am-Book Discussion, “The Allure of Immortality” by Lyn Milner.
WE May 22: 10:30am-Shell Making Activity (pre-register)
FR May 24: 10:30am-Piano Music Recital
TU May 28: 12:30pm-Family Matinee at the Library, “Dolphin Tale.”
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: fmbgov.com 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 18: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm-Shell Mound Tour.
TU May 21: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am-Gardens Walking Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
WE May 22: 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm–Shell Mound Tour
SA May 25: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour; 2pm–Shell Mound 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 May 24 – Manatee Talk
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 email@example.com
BEACH KIDS SCHOLARSHIPS
The Beach Kids Foundation is now accepting applications for its Scholarship Program. Applications are available by emailing Beachkidsfoundation@gmail.com or by calling 239-980-0661 or 239-297-3500. All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2019. The Scholarship Award ceremony will be held June 17 at the Lani Kai Resort.