Summerset Regatta, Fright Night, More

    Around and About the Island



    The Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society will host the 54th annual Summerset Sailing Regatta off Fort Myers Beach this weekend, October 4 – 6. Visible from the beach on the north end of the Island, watch as over forty sailboats compete in a series of Buoy Races on Saturday and Distance Races on Sunday, starting about 10am.


    Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Oct 5 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. Walk is free; paid parking. For more information call 239-533-7580 or


    Mr. Terry, long-time postal clerk at the Fort Myers Beach Post Office on Carolina St., retired earlier this summer to enjoy a carefree life of ease and relaxation. Islanders wishing to participate in a card shower for him to wish him a Happy Retirement, or comment on USPS service to him one last time, are invited to drop off a card at the Carolina St. Post Office before October 10 and they will send to Mr. Terry.


    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will join with Estero Bay Buddies to host the final presentation in their Summer Story & Speaker Series on TU Oct 8 at 700 Fisherman’s Wharf (next to Bonita Bill’s), with guest speaker former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah who will discuss “Getting the Water Right.” This free event will be begin at 5:30pm when food & drink are available for purchase. The speaker begins at 6pm. All are welcome!


    Those who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s face special challenges. Every month on the second Friday of the month, Chapel by the Sea hosts a Caregivers Support Group from 1-2:30pm. Develop a support system, exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways to cope and learn about community resources. No fee or registration. Next meeting: FR Oct 11 at 1pm.


    Lee County Sheriff’s Office will hold a community-wide shred event on SA Oct 12 from 9am – noon at Bell Tower shops on the corner of Daniels Parkway and US 41.  An on-site shredding truck will safely destroy your documents with personally identifying information at no charge. No commercial boxes. Please remove all binders, paperclips, and staples before dropping off. Personal documents that are shred worthy include bank statements, cancelled/voided checks, tax forms, pre-approved credit card offers, medical records, military documents, all photo ID cards, credit cards, bills and receipts. For more information call the LCSO at 258-3280.


    Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church hosts its monthly Spaghetti Dinners on the 2nd SA of the month on SA Oct 12 from 5-7pm On the menu will be Spaghetti & meatballs, Spicy Sausage and Peppers & Onions, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and beverages. Tickets $15 adult/kids 10 and under free. Wine tickets are 2 for $5.


    The Estero Island Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the season on MO Oct 14 at 9am at the FMB Woman’s Club, 175 Sterling St, FMB. Guest Speaker will be Judy Francino, President of the Lee County Garden Council and an EIGC member. She will discuss and demonstrate vertical gardening. All are welcome to join the EIGC for this meeting as they begin their 60th year together as an active club on the Island. For more information call 978-460-1814.


    Lee County Solid Waste will hold a collection event on Fort Myers Beach on WE Oct 16 from 9am to noon at the Bay Oaks parking lot, 2731 Oak St. FMB. They will accept household chemicals including leftover paints, cleaners, herbicides, pesticides, automotive fluids, pool chemicals and electronics from residential customers at no charge, but you must call
    239-533-8000 to schedule so they know how much to expect.


    The Lee Health Bloodmobile will be at Chapel by the Sea on SU Oct 20 from 8:30am – 12:30pm. To donate you must be 17 years old, weigh at least 115 lbs.  and be in good general health. Drop in to donate a unit of blood that can save the lives of several people or make a specific appointment for Oct 20 by calling 239-463-3173.


    The Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Library accepts gently used books, 2019 magazines, audio and DVDs for their upcoming book sales. Drop off your donations to the first floor staff station. Book Sales are planned for Nov. 16 & 17; Jan 18 & 19; Feb 15 & 16 and Mar 21 & 22.


    Fright Night, the annual Halloween event at Bay Oaks Recreation Center , will be held on FR Oct 25 from 6-9pm. Volunteers and candy are needed. Sign up to help set up, decorate or play a spooky role in the Haunted House! Drop candy donations off at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 2731 Oak Street, FMB. Volunteers are asked to call Bay Oaks
    239-765-4222, email or stop at Bay Oaks.


    The public is invited to the 25th Anniversary Celebration and Community Open House at Lee County’s Waste-to-Energy Plant, 10500 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers, on SA Oct 26 from 9am to noon. Formal presentations begin at 10am. Since 1994, Lee County has created clean, renewable energy from waste.  Information, tours and displays about the waste-to-energy process and recycling will be available. For more information visit


    Due to unauthorized attempts to interfere with the Town’s technology network, Trakit, the Town’s database of permits, projects and applications and other Community Development data, will no longer be available on the Town’s website. Town Trakit records are only available to the public by visiting Town Hall 2525 Estero Boulevard, Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30.


    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


    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 Oct 7, 2:30pm – Afternoon Matinee, “Descendants 2”

    TU Oct 8, 2:15 – 3:15pm – Read with Gus the Dog (preregister); 3:00pm – Meet & Greet Oct Library Artist JD Burdge

    TH Oct 10, 10:30am – Windows 10 (preregister)

    TU Oct 15, 10:30am – Book Discussion “Educated” by Tara Westover.

    WE Oct 16, 1:30pm – Haunted FMB


    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. Upcoming programs include:

    SA Oct 5: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm – Shell Mound Tour; 2pm – What’s in the Water?

    TU Oct 8: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE Oct 9: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    TH Oct 10: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    FR Oct 11: 5:30pm – Sunset Kayak Tour

    SA Oct 12: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm –Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Museum Tour; 6pm-Full Moon Kayak Tour


    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:

    TH Oct 10 – Shelling & Beachcombing

    FR Oct 11 – Sea Turtle Talk