As our Island recovered from Hurricane Irma and the first signs of season arrive, there is a lot happening on Fort Myers Beach! Take a look at the events listed here and be sure to pick up a copy of SAND LIFE magazine with a calendar listing of all the fun things to do on the beach PLUS Live Music schedules for over 20 venues.
SPAGHETTI DINNERS RESUME
Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church will resume its monthly Spaghetti Dinners on the 2nd SA of the month on SA Oct 14 from 5-7pm On the menu will be Spaghetti & meatballs, Spicy Sausage and Peppers & Onions, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and beverages. Tickets $10 adult/$5 kids 10 and under/ $5 Public Safety personnel in uniform or with ID.
STORM DEBRIS PICKUP
Hurricane landscape debris pick up has begun on Fort Myers Beach. Residents who do not want to wait for their street to be cleared, can remove the debris themselves and take it to a Lee County self drop-off location located at 14790 A & W Bulb Rd, in south Fort Myers. There is no charge but you must show ID and be a resident of Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, Estero or unincorporated Lee County. The site is open 7:30am-6:30pm 7 days a week. The Town is also accepting emails and calls requesting debris removal and will create a “hot list” if warranted. Estero Blvd is owned and maintained by Lee County so pickup along Estero falls to the county. The Town is seeking FEMA confirmation that they will be reimbursed for landscape debris removal from Estero Blvd if they remove it. If approved Estero Blvd will be prioritized. Town Hall 239-765-0202.
SHRIMP FEST DESIGN CONTEST
The 60th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival will take place on March 10 & 11, 2018. The Lions Club has opened a community-wide contest to create the official design of the festival. The chosen design will be the face of the festival and used on t-shirts, posters, website and ads for the event. The design must include Gulf shrimp, the official title of the festival (60th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival), festival dates and the Lions Club logo. All contest submissions are due in digital format by Sunday October 15. The winning design will be announced in November via the Lions Club Facebook page. All submissions become the property of the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club. For inspiration, designs from past years can be found at BeachShrimpFestival.com. To submit your design or for more information, contact Lion Shelby Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: Shrimp Festival Design, or by phone 239-472-3400 MO-FR.
The Estero Island Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the season on MO Oct. 16 at 9am at the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, located at 175 Sterling Ave. The program will focus on Container Gardening and begins at 9:15am. The business meeting will follow the speaker and will begin at 10:30. Anyone interested in finding out more about this organization is encouraged to attend.
LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S
Chapel by the Sea will host “Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle-Stage Caregivers on TU Oct 17 from 9:30-11:30am. In the middle stage, those who were care partners become hands-on caregivers. Come listen to the 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. Free and open to the public Class continues on Oct 24 and Oct 31.
Help clear our beaches of debris on SA Oct 14 from 9am-noon.Meet at Beach School to pick up gloves, trash bags, beverages and healthy snacks, plus t-shirts for volunteers! Marine life can become entangled in fishing line, nets, six-pack rings or they may mistake trash like Styrofoam or plastics for food. Keep Lee County Beautiful along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife and The FMB Community Foundation organizes clean ups each fall to clean up Lee County beaches during International Coastal Cleanup Day. For more information visit klcb.org
Learn more about the shrimping industry from the Ostego Bay Working Waterfront Tour, offered every WE from 9am-noon, weather permitting. Learn about “Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimping fleet in Florida. Tour includes 90 minutes guided visit to the Marine Science Center and a visit to the commercial fishing industry. $15/adult; $10/child over 6. Reservations required 239-765-8101.
BEAUTIFUL BIRDS OF BUNCHE BEACH
Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on SA Oct 21 at 8am. Bunche is an excellent spot for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Also waterfowl, raptors and warblers. Free with paid parking. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, shoes that can get wet, water and your love of nature. Meet on the beach. Free with paid parking ($2/hour) For more info call 239-707-3015
The Estero Island Taxpayers Association invites all FMB taxpayers to join them for a discussion on Short Term Rentals at their meeting on TU Oct 24 starting at 6:30pm at the FMB Woman’s Club, 175 Sterling, FMB. Participating will be the Lee County Sheriff’s Office & FMB Fire District. The FMB Town Council has been invited. Come, listen, ask questions and share opinions so our council members know what the people of FMB would like to see for their Town.
Public records are invaluable to businesses and organizations, and can help residents and consumers make better-informed decisions in their daily lives. The Lee County Clerk of Courts will offer a presentation, “The Value of Searching Public Records & Online Services” on WE Oct 25 from 1:30-3:30pm at Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers. Learn what to do if you suspect fraud, waste or financial mismanagement involving court-appointed guardians over elderly, minor children and incapacitated individuals. Learn how to search public records for copies of deeds and mortgages; review court records of prospective tenants, employees, contractors and doctors; pay traffic tickets online; request postponement or excusal of Jury duty and more.
The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a hot, busy day. Browse the library’s many collections, find a new author or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Head to the 3rd floor to view the artwork of the artist of the month or stop in the Friends Used Book Store. The Knotty Bean Café on the 3rd floor is now open from 9am-3pm MO-FR. The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162 Some upcoming programs at the library include:
TU Oct 17 at 10:30am – Book Discussion “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” by Anthony Marra
FR Oct 27 at 10:30am – Memory Improvement.
The Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay. A variety of programs are offered at this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm at 451 Connecticut St. Overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for costs, reservations and upcoming programs. 239-765-0865.
FALL FESTIVAL BEGINS
The Lakes Park Fall Festival will be held Oct 13-29 at Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers. Featuring a pumpkin patch, Halloween Express Train Ride, Hayrides, Scarecrows and more. Open MO-FR 6-9pm and SA and SU 10am-9pm Admission is free, but there is a parking fee. Various activities range from $2-$8. www.fortmyerspumpkinpatch.com
Matanzas on the Bay will present “Wine on the Waterfront” a fundraiser for Operation Open Arms on SA Nov. 11 from 5-8pm. Premier wine tastings from around the world, fresh seafood and other culinary delights, plus live entertainment by Sheena Brook. Tickets $100/person. Operation Open Arms is a nonprofit dedicated to the care and treatment of military personnel and veterans with PTSD, facilitating $13.6 million in direct benefits for over 3,400 US troops.