Fillet & Release To Benefit Hope Hospice

    Around and About the Island


    There’s always a lot happening on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these Around & About pages for upcoming events and be sure to pick up a copy of the August SAND LIFE magazine for a complete list of all the fun things to do on the beach. Watch for the September issue available September 1st.

    Calling all graphic designers – the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club is looking for a design for their 59th annual Shrimp Fest to be held March 11 & 12, 2017. The chosen design will be the face of the festival, appearing on t-shirts, ads, posters and more. The design must include images of Gulf shrimp, the official title of the festival (59th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival), festival dates and the Lions Club logo. It must also fit on a t-shirt, etc. Submissions are due WE Sept 21 in digital format. Winning design will be announced in early October. Multiple submissions are permitted. For details and inspiration visit the Shrimp Festival website at For more information, contact Lion Shelby at or phone MO-FR 239-472-3400.

    A Nature Walk with a Bird Patrol Guide is offered on SA Sept 3 at 8am at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Meet at Shelter A7. This easy walk offers the opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced guides pointing out the many species in Lakes Park. Free with paid parking. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580.

    Join local instructor Becky Lang for a special Yoga on the Beach class fundraiser where ALL proceeds will go to benefit Senior Paws Sanctuary Dog Rescue here is SWFL. The class on SA Aug 27 from 8:30-9:30am on the beach just north of the pier in front of the Edison Beach House, will be a Level 1 flow class suitable for most people. No registration necessary, come to the beach a little before 8:30am with your mat, water and rescue donation. Minimum suggested donation is $10. For more info on the rescue visit For more info on the class call Becky at 239-791-6538

    Library hours: MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. The Friends Used Book Store is located on the third floor and is open MO-FR 9:15am-4: 45pm. Upcoming programs include:
    WE Aug 29 at 10:30am – Windows 10, pre-register

    The Friends of Lakes Regional Library will host author Tim Jacobs on FR Sept 9 at 1pm at the Lakes Regional Library. Mr. Jacobs has written several books and numerous articles for magazines and newspapers, including the Island Sand Paper. He will discuss his latest book, a biography about a Civil War soldier. Free and open to the public. A book signing follows the program. 15290 Bass Road.

    The FMB Woman’s Club, located behind Mid-Island Laundry/Car Wash on Sterling St., invites all bridge players (men & women) to play on TU and/or FR at 9:30am. Bring your own lunch. Members $3 with change for prize money; Non-members $5 + prize money. They hope to form a Mah Jongg group or any kind of cards or activity that is beneficial to the island. Their membership drive is going on now. Yearly dues $75 which contributes to upkeep of the building, which was once the beach’s schoolhouse. The Club holds fundraisers to help with expenses and donate to local worthy causes. They invite everyone to participate in their events. Meet new beach neighbors. For more information, call President Joyce Hopkins 239-275-8847.

    Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs. 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. Guided Museum Tours are offered from 9am-3pm most days the museum is open, call for availability. Extra fee for programs for non-members unless noted as free. Museum admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs:
    –SAT Aug 27: 10am – Archeology of the Mound House – Can You Dig It?
    –TU Aug 30: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 10am-Calusa Shell Mound Tour
    –WE Aug 31: 10am – Calusa Masks (youth)
    –SAT Sept 3: 10am – Calusa Shell Mound Tour

    The FMB Chamber of Commerce yearly pub crawl features trolley rides to six great FMB area restaurants, each providing appetizer items or ‘tapa’ included in the price of the event. The Tapa Hop on TU Sept 20 from 4:30-9pm, also includes raffles, grand prizes and a poker run. Ticket sale will open 2 weeks before the event. Call the chamber at 239-454-7500 to be put on the waiting list. Ticket sales are open now to chamber members. Participating restaurants this year are Bootleggers, Fish House, Island View, Pinchers, Junkanoo and Matanzas on the Bay.

    Shell Point Retirement Community presents numerous events that are open to the general public. Shell Point is located off Summerlin Rd on the way to Sanibel. Tickets range from $15-$35. For details call 239-454-2067. Upcoming events include:
    -Gulfshore Trio TH Sept 15 at 7:30pm

    Kids age 6 and up are invited to join a park ranger to celebrate Literacy Day on TH Sept 8 at 4pm with a reading of this classic Dr. Seuss book which continues to offer a timely message regarding biodiversity. Following the story, join a park ranger in an activity to ensure the park remains beautiful for generations to come! Free with park entry. Pre-registration required, space is limited. 239-463-4588.

    It’s time to be planning your participation in the 12th Annual Fillet & Release tournament for Hope Hospice on SA Sept 24 at Matanzas Inn. Last year’s payout was $17,430! Cost to enter is $350/team with a max of 4 anglers per boat. Shot gun start at 7am; weigh in ceremony at 3pm. Raffle, dinner for registered anglers. Guests may purchase mean for $10. Captains meeting on Sept 23 at 6:30pm at Bahama Breeze. Additional information at

    Join the Salt Warriors and their mascot Kalkoa for a Party with a Cause at Lovers Key State Park on SA Sept. 10 from 2-7pm. Hang out for an hour or all day and enjoy live music, a kid-friendly area, craft beer, amazing food and special events like paddleboard classes, beach yoga, painting and more. Proceeds will benefit two local charities: Caleb’s Crusade Against Childhood Cancer and The Kira Foundation: Advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness. 239-734-0204

    Beginning MO Aug 22, work to replace the Punta Rassa boat ramp will begin and only two of the four lanes will be open for much of the next three months. Occasionally all four lanes will be closed for safety. During construction the Lee County Parking Sticker will be honored at the City of Sanibel boat ramp, just across the causeway, so boaters with stickers have the option to pay the bridge toll and use that ramp without paying its meter fee. The project will include new docks and ramps and is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.

    Join the Friends of Lovers Key State Park (FOLKS) for a 50’s-60’s Sock Hop on the Beach at Lovers Key State Park on TH Sept 29 from 4-7pm. Join FOLKS at the gazebo for a fun-filled evening of 50’s and 60’s music, dancing and contests. Participate in the Hula Hoop contest, Best Outfit contest or Jitterbug contest. Dinner and snacks served. $40/couple for FOLKS members; $45 for non-FOLKS members. Cost includes park entry. RSVP to Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466 or email: FOLKS will also hold a Moonlight Kayaking at Lovers Key on FR Oct 14, 2016. Watch for details.