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. They will provide trash bags, gloves, t-shirts, cold water and healthy snacks. For Fort Myers Beach efforts, check in at FMB Elementary School, 2751 Oak St, FMB by 9am SA Sept 21.
Last call – anyone interested in serving on the Town’s volunteer advisory committees must complete an Advisory Committee Application online or by visiting Town Hall. Applications must be received by the Town Clerk by close of business FR Sept. 27 to be considered. Council will fill advisory committee vacancies at their first October meeting. The application and information about the different advisory committees is available at fmbgov.com under “Mayor & Council.” Town Hall is located at 2525 Estero Blvd., FMB.
The Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society will host the 54th annual Summerset Sailing Regatta off Fort Myers Beach on October 4 – 6. This beautiful display of sailboat racing will be a definite contrast to the powerboat racing the next week. Over forty sailboats will compete in a series of Buoy Races on Saturday and Distance Races on Sunday. Races start about 10am at the San Carlos Light. The boats should be visible from the beach on the north end of the island. The awards dinner will be at Parrot Key on Sunday evening. For more information contact Allen Fiske, 305-720-7494.
The Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier at Lynn Hall Park will be closed weekdays MO – FR through FR Sept 27 for roofing work and maintenance. The pier will open during weekends from sundown Friday to sunrise Monday. All other amenities at Lynn Hall Park, except the Pier, will remain open with regular hours.
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 Sept 20 & 27, High Tide will play; SA Sept 21 MFYF will entertain and on SA Sept 28 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.
The FMB Woman’s Club is open to all civic-minded women AND men. They offer volunteer opportunities and monthly social events for members and hosts the Alliance for all island Non-Profit Organizations. The next membership meeting is WE Oct 2 at 6:30pm at the Woman’s Club, 175 Sterling Ave, FMB. Guest Speaker will be Katy Beth Culp, new Mound House Educator. Stop by and see what the club is about.
Chapel by the Sea hosts a Yoga class every WE from 10:30 – 11:30am. Classes are geared toward beginners and positions will be modified so everyone can participate. $10 per class for Chapel member/$12 for non-members. 100 Chapel St, FMB.
Roar Offshore Powerboat Races will be held on FMB this October. Volunteers are needed WE Oct 9 – SU Oct 13. There are many different volunteer opportunities, so call soon with your availability to get the best spot. For more information or to volunteer, visit roaroffshore.com or call 239-238-0777. Get involved in the exciting action of powerboat racing!
WHAT’S IN THE WATER?
A joint program by the Mound House, FGCU and NOAA is seeking volunteers for island-wide water testing to research water quality in the local Gulf and Estero Bay waters on SA Oct 5 from 2 – 3 pm. Volunteers must register in advance to be assigned a location to test. Register online at bit.ly/WaterTestSP For questions contact Penny at 230-634-7602
The Town has begun replacing the beachside Estero Blvd. paver sidewalk from 1400 Estero to Times Square this week. The existing pavers will be removed with concrete sidewalks installed. Pedestrian traffic will be rerouted. Motorists can expect minor delays.
PROTECT OUR MANATEES
Boaters are asked to be aware that they share our local waters with manatees. Slow down, honor slow speed zones and watch for signs of manatees in the water near your boat. Give them plenty of room. To report a sick, injured, dead or tagged manatee, contact FWC at
1-888-404-3922 or on your cell: *FWC or #FWC
CRAFT & RUMMAGE SALE
Chapel by the Sea is planning a Craft & Rummage Sale for Nov 15 & 16. They invite residents to share their crafts and treasures with the Island community. Sign up now for a 4’ x 6” space with table for just $15. Stop by the Chapel office to complete a registration form. Call 239-463-3173 x 20 with any questions. 100 Chapel St. (next to Town Hall)
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 myFWC.com. Remember to close your drapes to keep light off the beach!
The Beach Community Pool offers water exercise classes. Water Aerobics is offered every MO, WE & FR at 9am. It is an energizing form of aerobics that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are looking to kickstart your fitness journey, increase joint mobility, lose weight or just have some fun, water aerobics is for you! Aqua Strength, offered MO & WE at 10am, is a high energy class that will strengthen your muscles, increase your endurance and improve mobility. Class is held in the deep end of the pool using water weights. Aqua Yoga, offered every FR at 10am, is a low impact class that offers a deep stretch, relaxed mind and a fresh start to the day. Class is held in the shallow end of the pool. Cost for each class is $4 if you are a Bay Oaks member or $6 for non-members. All FMB residents are eligible for a free Bay Oaks membership. See Bay Oaks to sign up. 239-765-4222
SAND SCULPTING TICKETS
Get your tickets now for the 33rd Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship and save $2 on single tickets or $3 per ticket if you buy a package of 10! Regular price is $8 per ticket. Admission for kids age 4 and under is FREE. Dates are November 22 to December 1, 2019. Address is the Wyndham Garden Hotel 6890 Estero Blvd. FMB. A ticket gets you one day’s admission to the festival. This offer is good through November 20, 2019 until 5pm. Buy here: sandsculptingfmb.com
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:
TU Sept 24 – Fishing Clinic
FR Sept 27 – Walk on the Wild Side
The Fort Myers Beach Library offers over 86,000 titles. Browse the 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. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:
MO Sept 23, 2:30pm – After School Matinee, “Star Wars, Episode VIII”
TH Sept 26, 1:30pm – Woodstock’s Legacy; 3:30-4:30pm – Meet & Greet with September Artist of the Month, Paulette Boudreau
Mound House offers a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside with 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. Moundhouse.org Upcoming programs include:
SA Sept 21: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm – Shell Mound Tour; 2pm – Guided Museum Tour
TU Sept 24: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 1pm-Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Museum Tour
WE Sept 25: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
FR Sept 27: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour (Museum closed)
SA Sept 28: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm –Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour