Swim Lessons, Water Aerobics and More

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    ARMY CORPS DEADLINE EXTENDED

    The U.S. Army Corps announced this week that they have extended the deadline for input into deviations from the LORS schedule of Lake O water releases until September 5. The plan involves providing more flexibility to the Army Corps allowing them to release more water when there are no algae blooms on the lake and less when there are. Comments may be mailed to Jacksonville District Corps of Engineers, 701 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8175 or emailed to Melissa.a.nasuti@usace.army.mil See last week’s article for additional information; bit.ly/CorpsLORS

    SWIM LESSONS

    Swim lessons at the Fort Myers Beach Community Pool are designed to teach participants lifelong swimming skills and provide training in basic water safety and how to help a swimmer in a distress. Each skill level learns specific skills. Swim lessons are intended to provide a positive learning experience so participants can enjoy the water safely. Fall swim lessons will be offered on WE from 2:30 – 3:30pm Aug 28 – Oct 9; or on Sunday from 11am-12:30pm Aug 25 – Oct 6. Call the pool for details 239-463-5759.The Beach Pool is open from 10am – 6pm every day until September. Fall hours begin September 1. Swim lesson rates are discounted due to the generous contributions of the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club and their “Every Child a Swimmer” program.

    SUMMER HOURS 

    The Estero Island Historic Society Cottage Museum at 161 Bay Rd, FMB is open only on WE from 10am – noon for the summer. The museum is free and open to the public. Learn local history through photographs and memorabilia. Enjoy an interactive experience with old time island residents, while historic photos are viewed on a large screen. Local history books are available for purchase. Located at the end of Bay Rd at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve. Turn at the Library.

    KIWANIS MEETINGS

    The Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club invites anyone interested in learning more about their service club and their efforts to serve our community and children to attend one of their meetings at Bonita Bill’s meeting room, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. They offer a flexible meeting schedule with lunch or dinner meetings. Their next dinner meeting is TH Aug 22 at 5:30pm; their next lunch meeting FR Sept 6 at noon;. Future meetings are planned for Sept 19 at 5:30pm. For information, contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at 239-454-8090.

    PIETRO IANNOTTI

    Shell Point Community concludes its 2019 Summer concert Series with a performance by pianist Pietro Iannotti at 7pm on WE Aug 28 in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers. This event is open to the public, with tickets available for $21 online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts. Or by phone 239-454-2067. Salerno native Pietro Iannotti has been performing publicly in recitals and with orchestras both in Italy and abroad since the age of 9. He has won numerous national and international competitions.

    GRUB CLUB

    Bring your lunch and join the Grub Club at the picnic pavilion at Koreshan State Park and learn about a naturalist topic from a Florida Master Naturalist. On WE Aug 28 from 12-1pm, the topic is Gopher Tortoises, a fascinating ancient species. Fun to watch, but endangered. Learn about their behaviors, anatomy and fun facts. Get a chance to hold the shells of tortoises that lived in Koreshan State Park. On WE Sept 18 from 12-1pm, learn about Butterflies. Learn the difference between moths and butterflies, how butterflies develop, plants that support butterflies, netting techniques, tagging & more. Programs are free with park entry. Entry is $5 per vehicle with 2-8 occupants; $4 for a single occupant vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information call 239-992-0311. Koreshan State Park is at 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero.

    SATURATION SATURDAY

    In conjunction with the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, local law enforcement agencies in SWFL will step up their DUI and BUI enforcement on Saturation Saturday, August 24. Officers will begin with a dinner and presentation at the Cape Coral Police Dept. by victims of impaired driving and Lori Burke, MADD Executive Director. Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, Florida Highway Patrol and other area agencies will participate.

    ART GALLERY

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) Hours are WE & TH 9am – noon. Free admission. 239-463-3909; www.fortmyersbeachart.com

    WATER AEROBICS

    Water aerobics is one of the most energizing forms of aerobics and can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are looking to kick start your fitness journey, increase flexibility and joint mobility, lose weight or just have some fun, water aerobics is the exercise for you! Offered at Bay Oaks Pool every MO, WE & FR at 9am. Cost- BORC member $4-
    Non-member $6.

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Library Café, Friends Used Bookstore or 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:

    TU Aug 20: 10:30am – Book Discussion, “The Trouble with Goats and Sheep” by Joanna Cannon.

    TH Aug 22: 10:30am – The Moth – True Stories Told Live, pre-register

    MO Aug 26: 10:30am – Library Tour, pre-register

    WE Aug 28: 10:30am – Windows 10, pre-register

    TH Aug 29: 2:30pm – Family Matinee, “Paddington 2.

    FR Aug 30: 10:30am – Memory Improvement, pre-register

    MOUND HOUSE

    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. Save 20% on kayak tours for a limited time when you use the code SUMMER20 during online registration; 50% off Museum admission when you mention MOUNDHOUSE2019. Upcoming programs include:

    SA Aug 17: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Gardens Walking Tour; 11am–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    TU Aug 20: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 1pm-Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE Aug 21: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm-Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Museum Tour

    FR Aug 23: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    SA Aug 24: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am – Family Adventures; 11am & 2pm – Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum 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 Aug 16 – Sensational Sharks

    FR Aug 23 – Walk on the Wild Side

    HURRICANE RE-ENTRY PASSES

    Do you have a FMB Re-entry Pass? 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: Emergency Preparedness. 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!

    NEVER RECYCLE

    Lee County is tied for first place for recycling in Florida with a recycle rate of 77%, but we can improve that. Make sure that what you place in your recycling bin truly belongs there. Don’t be a Wish-cycler! (Someone who tosses questionable items in the recycle bin and hopes they can somehow be recycled.) Don’t toss anything in the bin with food left on it. DO NOT RECYCLE THESE ITEMS IN LEE COUNTY: Plastic bags of any kind with any number on them, wire or plastic hangers, Styrofoam anything, waxed cardboard (ice cream tubs, milk containers, juice boxes), anything with food or dirt on it  or greasy pizza boxes (trash the greasy bottom, tear off the clean top and recycle. Learn more at bit.ly/FMBrecycle