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or generations, Fort Myers Beach has been a favorite vacation destination for visitors from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Our visitors return often because they love our beautiful beaches. They also love our lifestyle: laid-back, friendly, and fun! Fort Myers Beach is an island destination that offers a Florida vacation experience that is increasingly hard to find. Our beaches are wide, beautiful, and inviting; but our visitors also love our wide variety of owner-operated accommodations, shops, and restaurants. What is your pleasure: full resort, rental condo, small hotel, private home, or bed-and-breakfast? All of our accommodations on the island are either on the beach or a short walk away. Would you enjoy a margarita and grouper sandwich from an open-air restaurant on the water, or would you prefer a well-prepared steak or fresh local-caught shrimp in an elegant restaurant? FMB has it all! Unwind and chill, or be as active as you like. Explore by kayak our pristine back bay, home to the largest population of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin in the world. Take in one of the many local sightseeing cruises, and enjoy our spectacular Gulf of Mexico sunsets. See the beach from a parasail, hike through shaded mangrove trails, or bike along our beautiful beach. Fishing? We’ve got that! Cast from our pier or along our back bay, hire a local fishing guide, or take a charter fishing boat. Any way you do it, the fishing is great. Explore a Native American civilization thousands of years old at our historical Mound House museum. Get retail therapy in one of our many boutique shops and galleries. Gather treasures from the sea on our wide, sandy beach. There is something here for everyone. Fort Myers Beach is fun, family, and pet-friendly. Fort Myers Beach is also home to a vibrant and growing arts community. Come visit us in November for our “Art Divine” plein-air art festival. During the winter and spring season, we have the Winter Concert Series that showcases top musical talent from around the country. In April, our Fort Myers Beach Film Festival brings new films and filmmakers from all over the world. In the fall, the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest keeps the beach hopping with a celebration of live music performed by talented singer-songwriters. Don’t forget to stop in to our working art gallery and watch art come alive. Our annual island festivals and events keep the beach active throughout the year. The Shrimp Festival in March, Taste of the Beach in May, Fourth of July celebration, American Sand Sculpting Championship in November, and Christmas Boat Parade attract and entertain locals and guests alike. Getting around is easy. Walk, rent a bike or scooter, or take the trolley. Fort Myers Beach is just seven miles long, so everything you need will be close by. And did we mention the beach? The perfect place to work on your tan! Make sure to stop at our Visitor Center (2450 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931), located at the base of the bridge. We have the latest information on events, restaurants, coupons, accommodations, and attractions. We are happy to assist you in finding all kinds of sightseeing tours and attractions. Browse www.fortmyersbeach.org on your tablet or smart phone. Rest assured you will get “visitor information, caught daily and served fresh.” ™

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Contents 10

FORT MYERS BEACH CHAMBER of COMMERCE VISITORS GUIDE

4 WELCOME 10 FMB FYI

16 LIQUID ASSETS: Just Add Water

What area defines FMB? Where’s the beach? What’s there to see on the island’s bayside? How do I get to FMB? How do I get around the island? Where can I get visitors information? What’s the weather like? What should I pack? How do I avoid a sunburn? What other hazards should I avoid? Any other health tips?

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Bevy of Beaches Catchy Fishing Boat Your Way

24 ITINERARIES: 3 Days, 4 Ways

3 Days the Family Way 3 Days Love’s Way Weddings à la FMB 3 Days Nature’s Way Turtle Time 3 Days the Cultural Way The Mound House: History Above & Below Bay Oaks Campus: One Stop Recreation

42 NIGHTLIFE: FMB brand boogey Toasty with Jams Pure FMB

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46 festivals: the art of sand & party

Sandsculpting Championship The Year in Festivity

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PINK GOLD: delectable treasure

Shrimping 101 Celebrating Shrimp Shrimping 201: Buying & Preparing

60 SHOP & DINE: shop until you dine

Boulevard Buys Good-Times at Times Square Easin’ down Estero

64 living the fmb life: how to

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The one and only FMB–our shorthand for Fort Myers Beach–stands out from the crowd of Florida islands. It claims a vivacious yet laid-back personality all its own, separate and distinct from the mainland and its neighboring barrier islands, yet without a hint of pretense. To get you best acquainted with Fort Myers Beach, we answer here some of the questions we hear most often.

What area defines

FMB?

The Greater Fort Myers Beach area starts on the mainland in the north and spreads across two major islands and some smaller islands to the south. The intersection of Summerlin Road and San Carlos Boulevard marks the northeastern gateway to the community. From the mainland, San Carlos Boulevard crosses San Carlos Island, home to the famed shrimping fleet of Fort Myers Beach (see page 56). Upon crossing the Sky Bridge over Matanzas Pass, you will spot Times Square and Old San Carlos Boulevard to the north. San Carlos Boulevard flows into Estero Boulevard as it arrives to Estero Island, Fort Myers Beach’s main land mass.

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The intersection known as Times Square is typically bustling, but otherwise unrelated to New York’s version.

Where’s the

beach?

There’s no trick to finding sand on FMB. Colorful and beachy, Estero Boulevard runs 7 miles the length of the island, parallel and close to its continuous powdery white sands along the Gulf of Mexico. Two dozen or so accesses along the boulevard are open to the public for getting to the beach. Look for the elevated signs that mark the accesses. Some have

parking lots, others accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. Many of the accesses are handicap accessible with Mobi-Mats® to accommodate wheelchairs. In addition, four main parks welcome visitors: Bowditch Point Park at the island’s north end, Lynn Hall Memorial Park and Crescent Beach Family Park at Times Square, and Newton Park to the south. At the southernmost end of Estero Boulevard, the road crosses Big Carlos Pass onto Black Island and Lovers Key. Lovers Key State Park provides a couple of more public access points.


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What’s there to see on the island’s How do I get to

bay side?

Estero Bay, Florida’s first designated aquatic preserve, encompasses 11,000 submerged acres and borders Estero Island on its leeward eastern shore. Its maze of mangrove islands holds bird rookeries and an important Calusa tribe archaeological site. Known for its vital dolphin populations, Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve also supports the nesting of many bird species, including several state listed species such as the wood stork, black skimmer, roseate spoonbill, reddish egret, little blue heron, and tricolored heron. At the island’s north end, Matanzas Pass enters the bay and Matanzas Harbor, home to the FMB Mooring Field – a spread of anchorage balls available for public boat mooring on a first-come basis year-round.

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FMB?

Conveniently, Fort Myers Beach lies a half hour from interstate access and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers (239768-1000, www.flylcpa.com). From the airport, take I-75 to exit 128. Take a left, and follow Daniels Parkway west to Summerlin Road (Route 869) and turn left. Summerlin intersects with San Carlos Boulevard (Route 865), the main arterial access to Fort Myers Beach. Turn left (west) onto it to get to San Carlos Island, Estero Island, and the beach. If you are arriving from the south by vehicle, you can take the scenic “backdoor route” from Bonita Springs along Bonita Beach Road (west) to Hickory Boulevard (turn north). Continue across New Pass to Lovers Key, then Big Carlos Pass to Estero Island and Fort Myers Beach. Note that traffic along this route can move slowly at peak rush hour times, especially during the winter-spring season.

How do I get around the

island?

To avoid backed-up traffic on the islands during the winter-spring season, step out of your car and use LeeTran public transportation. The Beach Tram runs for free seasonally from Bowditch Point Park to Bay Street, with stops at Times Square and Old San Carlos Road. The Beach Trolley makes stops all the way down the island from Bowditch Point Park to Lovers Key State Park. For daytrippers traveling to FMB from the mainland, LeeTran’s Beach Park & Ride program picks up at its new station at 11101 Summerlin Square Drive, where parking is free. It drops off at Bowditch Point Park, where passengers can pick up the tram or trolley to continue down island. Island visitors and residents can ride the Park & Ride trolley to the mainland station to connect with transportation to the airport and Edison Mall. continued on page 14


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Where can I get visitors

information? The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center lies at 2450 Estero Boulevard. It opens 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Feel free to stop and take advantage of the trained professionals who can refer you to reputable businesses and services. A wealth of brochures, maps, coupons, and publications are also available free of charge. For further information about your vacation destination, call 239-4547500; or visit us on the Web at www. FortMyersBeach.org.

What’s the

What should I

Fort Myers Beach is a 12/365 destination, where sunny skies and warm temperatures mean never having to come in from playing outside. Okay, the occasional rain storm happens, more prevalently in summer, but the “S” word (as in “snow”) is strictly forbidden from the local native vocabulary.

Dress is extremely casual in Fort Myers Beach, so pack accordingly. Restaurants have no dress codes other than shoes and shirt–if that. Your wardrobe most importantly will include a swimsuit (for obvious reasons), a good sun hat (to protect you from the sun’s intense rays), and flip flops (for when you have to wear shoes). Off the beach, you’ll want light clothing–shorts, lightweight trousers, T-shirts, collared shirts for golfing, sundresses, and a jacket, sweater, or other wrap for cool mornings and evenings. If you plan on boating in winter, bring an extra layer.

weather like?

In the winter months, December through February, high daily temperatures average around 76 degrees. The lows average around a refreshing 55 degrees, and the temperature of the Gulf reads between 66 and 71 degrees average. Summer temps reach into the mid-90s, tempered by sea breezes and evening showers. March, April, October, and November are the most even-temperature months with the cool of spring or fall in the air and typically lower humidity.

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pack?

For beach time, don’t forget the sunscreen and your favorite toys– snorkel and mask, skim and body boards, stand-up paddleboards, kites, Frisbees, air mattresses, and


other floatables. Don’t worry if you can’t pack all that: A bevy of beach shops keeps it all in stock to buy or rent.

How do I avoid a

sunburn?

Take caution: This is the sunniest part of the Sunshine State. Begin your days outdoors with a high sun-protection-factor (SPF) lotion or ultraviolet-protection-factor (UPF) clothing. For children and fair skin, use no less than waterproof 30 SPF sunscreen. Reapply sunscreen after swimming and throughout the day. Hats and sunglasses provide additional protection for the face. Use zinc ointment for your nose and other sensitive and highly exposed areas, and don’t forget lip protection. The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Don’t be fooled by occasional clouds and haze. They intensify rather than soften the sun’s searing effect. Being in and around the water also increases the burning potential of the sun’s rays. Cool minor burns with an aloe vera product. If immediate blistering occurs, see a doctor.

What other weather hazards should I avoid?

because the heat can be fatal within a short time. Never leave a child or pet in a car alone, even with the windows cracked, even if you are making a quick convenience store stop.

Any other health

tips?

Staying hydrated is crucial in subtropical climes. If you plan on biking, playing tennis, or participating in other outdoor activities, drink at least 12 ounces of water before you step out the door. Carry a bottle of water with you at all times, even if you’re only walking or sunning on the beach. After coming in from the elements, drink beyond satiation, and continue to do so throughout the day. A piña colada may taste refreshing, but alcohol actually accelerates dehydration. Juice and sports drinks are okay, but water is best.

are welcome, and it is open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers (9981 S. HealthPark Drive, 239-343-5000, www. leehealth.org), a full-service hospital, lies about 15 minutes from Fort Myers Beach on the mainland. Its emergency room stays open 24 hours. On the same campus, Golisano’s Children Hospital of Southwest Florida (239-343-5437) opened in April 2017.

FUN FACT: San Carlos Island, once connected to the mainland, was separated into a tidal island by a 1926 hurricane. The newly created cut, appropriately enough, came to be called Hurricane Pass.

There is one clinic in Fort Myers Beach that provides family treatment and urgent care: Estero Island Medical Care South, 7205 Estero Boulevard, at Santini Marina Plaza, Suite 733. Call 239-256-1424 or visit www.esteroislandmedical.com. Lee Health Convenient Care is located at 16230 Summerlin Road Suite 215, Fort Myers, 239-343-7450. Walk-ins

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Beach Beauties

You’ve been longing for months to dig your toes into our sugar sand and scratch that undeniable itch that only a beach can reach. FMB boasts bountiful beaches of many styles and flavors—whether you’re looking for action, family togetherness, fun in the sun, a nature encounter, or a quiet lovers’ getaway. For the energetic, playful beach type, Lynn Hall Memorial Park pulsates with the proper upbeat. Located in

the heart of Fort Myers Beach, next to the 600-foot fishing pier at Times Square, this kid-friendly park exudes vitality. Here, everyone in the family can fulfill their respective hearts’ desires among a playground, water sports of every description, nearby shopping and dining, and, of course, fishing from the fabled pier. Lynn Hall Memorial Park is a sweet spot for swimming the gentle waves and hanging out into the late afternoon, grabbing a bite for dinner, and

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mellowing into the sunset. Crescent Beach Family Park lies adjacent to Lynn Hall. It adds to the beach landscape more volleyball nets, picnic tables, and a 400-foot stretch of powder sand. This is a walk-to beach, as parking is restricted to two handicapped spaces. When the day calls for less bustle on the beach and more natural and nautical nuances, you can kick back and relax while checking out the scenery at the northern tip of Estero Island. Situated right on Matanzas Pass, Bowditch Point Park encompasses 17 acres’ worth of activities from Gulf to bay. A boardwalk takes you from its changing rooms and a food concession, past decking and picnic areas to the beach’s touted white sands and a nature walk. Shrimp trawlers, tour boats, graceful sailboats, and vessels of all makes and models parade past to keep you


entertained as you let the sun warm your skin, heart, and soul. Midway down the island, Newton Beach pays homage to the late James Newton, a highly esteemed resident and Fort Myers Beach developer. The grounds and its historic Seven Seas Cottage once welcomed influential guests such as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Today the property offers to the public environmental education signage, bocce ball courts, picnic tables, yoga classes, guided beach walks, and handicapped beach access. If you’re looking for a beach where you can leave traffic behind, pack a picnic and drive south off Estero Island across Big Carlos Pass to neighboring Lovers Key State Park, which actually occupies four isles including also Long Key, Black Island, and Inner Key.

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Acclaimed as one of Florida’s top ten beaches by the Travel Channel and one of Florida’s most popular state parks, Lovers Key provides visitors seclusion, charm, birds galore, and a setting that is as natural as natural gets. Against a tropical hardwood hammock backdrop, the long stretch of sands and soothing waters enforce relaxation. Work is now underway for a new Welcome & Discovery Center at the park, expected to open late 2020. Between Lovers Key and Times Square, designated public accesses line Estero Boulevard, marking beaches where lack of facilities (including parking in many cases) usually means a quiet scene.

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Lovers Key earned its name in the early 1900s when the island was only accessible by boat. Couples seeking seclusion ventured to the beach outpost back in the day. In modern times the park boasts a seaside wedding gazebo, where an estimated 200 couples marry each year.

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Catchy Fishing

Devoted fishermen concur: No place beats the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier as the quintessential platform for casting a line. For the best results, go in the early morning hours, when the sheepshead and persnickety snook are most likely to nibble. This is the place to get the scoop on what’s biting and where from the salty islanders who congregate. Nearby, the Matanzas Bridge Fishing Pier stretches into the bay beneath the Sky Bridge at the east end of Old San Carlos Boulevard and yields good catches and views of a different waterfront. If you find yourself dreaming of getting out into the infinite blue to test your angling prowess, check out the various charter captains you can hire and party boats you can board from marinas throughout Fort Myers Beach. You will head some 3 miles offshore on a party boat, where you are likely to hook good eats to bring home—most often snapper or mackerel. Equipment is usually provided on these excursions. If you book your own private charter, you are assured a more personal and intense experience. Your knowledgeable deep-water charter captain can give you all the pointers you will need to cast for grouper, amberjack, cobia, tuna, or shark. Other charters take you to the backwaters, including fish-fertile Estero Bay, for flats and mangrove fishing. Within the maze of mangrove-clotted islands, you are likely to hook a mangrove snapper, redfish, sea trout, or perhaps even that trophy tarpon you can snap a picture of before releasing. On most party and charter boats, you are covered under the boat’s fishing license, meaning you will not have to purchase one for yourself.

Many of the marinas also rent boats, for those who wish to chart their own adventure and perhaps build in a little goof-off time and relaxation. For absolute fishing serenity, head out in a kayak or canoe, and fish on your own schedule in places powerboats cannot reach. Local outfitters rent kayaks specially designed and equipped for backwater fishing.

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Boating Your Way

Over the years, Fort Myers Beach has earned and touted its reputation as the destination of choice for boaters along the Southwest Florida coast. While the totally barefoot and carefree attitude of other seaside towns may have become gentrified in modern times, FMB still feels like the real thing when it comes to nautical island lifestyles. A number of marinas provide ample boat dockage, rentals, and charters. Choices abound, from in-tune-with-nature kayaking or sailing romance to fast boats. An alternative to docking, Matanzas Harbor Municipal Mooring Field rents 70 anchorage balls on a firstcome basis year-round for vessels up to 48 feet in length. Boaters can dinghy to the harbor’s dock and easily walk to local restaurants, clubs, shops, laundry facilities, restrooms, and showers. Visit www. fortmyersbeachfl.gov for more information. If you’re ready to get out on the water in a quiet and serene manner, paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are available

for rent. Eco-friendly and close to the water, they are the best way to explore the oft-forgotten backwater bay of Estero Island, where you are almost assured a wow! encounter with marine life—from manatees and dolphins to pelicans and bald eagles. The 190-mile Great Calusa Blueway trail plots GPS points for adventurous paddlers who want to experience the magic of Estero Bay and beyond. The canoe and kayak trail explores the backwaters from Bonita Springs into Estero Bay and northward to Sanibel Island and up the Caloosahatchee River. It was inspired by the original inhabitants and paddlers of Southwest Florida— the Calusa tribesmen. The trail takes paddlers to such otherwise missed venues as Hurricane Bay, Hell Peckney Bay, and Mound Key, reputed to have been the manmade capital of the Calusa empire. Birders can spot hawks, herons, egrets, ospreys, roseate spoonbills, ibis, and myriad other life-list species along the way. To check out a map detailing the trail and its key destinations, visit www. calusablueway.com or stop in at the Chamber office to pick one up. Other water sports such as

windsurfing and kiteboarding afford adventure of the extreme kind. You can rent anything from a zippy Waverunner or V-hull fishing boat to a shallow-draft pontoon. Parasailing is a sky-high, thrill-seeking way to score a breathtaking overview of Estero Island and its back-bay maze of mangroves. For those more interested in going along for the ride, charters range from sunset sails to fast-ferry day cruises to Key West. Various trips also take you out to remote island beaches or in search of dolphins, which love to play in a boat’s wake. From parasailing and windsurfing to Hobie Cats, Sunfish, and 30-foot Morgans: If you yearn to ride the wind, Fort Myers Beach can hook you up. Rent a two-person boat to play in the offshore wind and waves, or sign on for a sailing yacht sunset cruise or a two- to five-day instructional course. Whatever mode you choose for getting into or out on the water, the rewards are bound to be the highlight of your visit to this seaobsessed destination where the sun+sand+water formula always equals memories that keep.

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y definition, a FMB vacation has little to no structure. But if you are the plan-ahead type who is looking to customize your sunny days to specific needs, personalities, lifestyles, and vacation fantasies, we have designed some guidelines for what to do and see and what not to miss. Feel free to mix and match the itineraries to fit your whims. Photo Credit: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

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3 Days the Family Way DAY ONE: Start your family

vacation off with some good beach reads from the Fort Myers Beach Public Library (239-7658162, www.fmb.lib.fl.us). Visit the Toddler’s Room and Kid’s Place for age-appropriate books with a side of fun–supersized stuffed toys, a dry-erase table, a caterpillar tunnel, games, and sandcastle arches. On the same floor, the kids can ogle collections of international dolls and seashells. Check out the website for a schedule of upcoming classes, exhibits, and discussions. Then grab your beach and fishing gear, and set up your day at Lynn Hall Memorial Park (239-7656794, www.leegov.com/parks). Here, the little ones can frolic on the playground; older kids can cast off the 600-foot fishing pier (the bait shop even rents out equipment); and adrenaline junkies can book a parasail ride. Nosh among the pizza and ice cream shops and sidewalk cafes for lunch al fresco. In the afternoon, feed the children’s fascination for sea creatures with a boat tour into Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, where dolphin sightings are practically guaranteed.

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visit the Mound House (239-7650865, www.moundhouse.org; see page 38 for more info) to walk the trails, visit the indoor historical exhibits, and peek into the middle of an authentic, ancient Calusa shell mound. Next, learn about local marine life from Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Center’s (239-765-8101, www.ostegobay. org) aquariums and interactive exhibits. Ask when feeding time will happen (usually around 11 a.m.), and stick around to see the very hungry reclusive creatures come out of hiding. Don’t forget to ask about a Working Waterfront Tour. Learn about the history of the shrimping industry on San Carlos Island, take a tour of a shrimp processing plant, and get up close to the shrimp boats. If you’re lucky, you may even get to meet and mingle with some of the crews. Then, feed yourselves with a seafood lunch at one of the nearby restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf. Follow it with a half-day deep-sea fishing excursion or rent your own boat for ultimate adventure. In the evening, tee up at one of the local mini-golf courses.

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DAY THREE: The beach beckons

once again. Spend the morning shelling, sunning, and enjoying the playground at Lovers Key State Park (239-463-4588, www. floridastateparks.org/park/LoversKey). Call ahead or check the website for information about special bike tours, beach walks, butterfly or sea turtle talks, and fishing clinics. Ask about its Junior Ranger Program. Grab lunch and ice cream from the park’s concession stand, then cool down on the slide and in the Kiddie Pool at Fort Myers Beach Pool on the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus (see page 39). Afterward, play disk golf on the adjacent 18-hole course.

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3 Days Love’s Way

DAY ONE: Today’s your day

to make like the local love bugs and spend your time in complete togetherness. Stop at a market for the makings of a picnic brunch and head south of Estero Island to the ultimate romantic beach hideaway–Lovers Key State Park (239-463-4588, www. floridastateparks.org/park/LoversKey). Here the natural surroundings and off-the-flipflop-path seclusion make going to the beach feel like you have discovered your own private love nest.

FUN FACT:

Lovers Key State Park hosts an annual Valentine’s Day “Love at Lovers Key” vow-renewal event at its wedding gazebo each year on Feb. 14. Attendance is limited, so reserve early. See page 53 for details.

bound with a tandem parasail adventure, and score a bird’s-eye view of the island. Do lunch in a funky, colorful Florida fish house, where the shrimp and fish are offthe-boat fresh. Walk off lunch with a leisurely stroll along the quiet wilderness trails of the island’s last maritime oak hammock in 60-acres Matanzas Pass Preserve (239-707-3015, www.leegov.com/ parks). Find space for just the two of you to relax and reflect on a bench away from it all. When you finish your walk through the preserve, stop at the Estero Island Historic Society Museum and Nature Center, housed in the circa-1921 Davison Cottage at 161 Bay Road (239-463-0435; call ahead as opening times are limited). After siesta, don your sailor cap for a sunset cruise into the Gulf. Back on shore, check out one of several restaurants with open-air dining— rooftop, beachfront, or street-side— and live entertainment. Keep the party rolling and go out on the town– check local newspapers for karaoke, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and even swing dance listings. Or head to a movie and dinner all in the same venue at Beach Theater (239-765-9000, www. fmbtheater.com)—a unique Fort Myers Beach offering.

FUN FACT:

Local lore has it that aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne are responsible for sparing from development the land known today as Matanzas Pass Preserve. The media-hounded couple enjoyed the privacy the wooded plot afforded them when they visited the island in the 1930s and so asked their local developer friend, Jim Newton, to keep it natural.

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DAY THREE: Awake slowly and

relax fully into the romance of FMB’s no-rush zone. Make it a simple, carefree islander day—do it all at a snail’s pace on foot. Remember, flipflops and a swimming suit are all you really need. Head to one of the local coffee shops to pick up freshly baked pastries and latte, then stroll down the beach, take some cooloff dips, rent a Hobie Cat for some alone-time at sea, and wind up at Times Square for a leisurely lunch at a sidewalk café within eyeshot of the Gulf. Follow that up with a restoring bout of lounging, lulled by the sea’s song and breezes. As the sun sinks, revel in the celebration at the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier (239-229-1610, www.leegov.com/parks). Indulge in frosty drinks and tons of shrimp. Happily exhausted from the sun and day’s activities, queue up a romantic movie and slip between the sheets.

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“kissing” in local waters. Scientists believe that this touching of snouts may be a form of communication between the lovable marine mammals.

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the love-of-your-life or celebrating an anniversary renewal, the beach is always the first choice for Fort Myers Beach marriage events. Veil-white sands, sea music, and the good-luck charm of singing birds and smiling dolphins set the scene for a day you and your guests will remember and cherish. Wedding planners and resort staff on Fort Myers Beach can make the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, and honeymoon a seamless series of happy events. They know the ins-and-outs of permitting, local musicians, and the perfect island touches to make your wedding photos pop. How about a seashell-lined bridal path? A steeldrum soloist? A personalized sand sculpture? Sunset backdrop? When it comes to FMB beach weddings, magic happens on a regular basis.

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3 Days Nature’s Way

DAY ONE: To dip into the local

environmental scene and enjoy the natural pleasures of Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, spend a day following waypoints along the Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail (calusablueway.com). You will earn a whole new perspective and appreciation of this water-riddled destination. If you’re lucky, you will get a dolphin escort through Estero Bay. A number of outfitters offer canoe and kayak rentals for your adventure. The Blueway trail map (available online and at the Chamber office) plots marina restaurants, where you can take a break and indulge in dockside lunch with a view of masts and hulls. 32 | fortmyersbeach.org fortmyersbeach.org

In the afternoon, feel indigenous and in harmony with the original inhabitants of the area–the Calusa tribe who once plied local waters in dugout canoes and gave their name to our paddling trail. Walk the trails, visit the historic home, and enjoy the gardens and sights at Mound House (see page 38).

FUN FACT:

Estero Bay became Florida’s first designated aquatic preserve in 1966. It has also earned the title of Outstanding Florida Waters because of its exceptional ecological significance.


DAY TWO: Wake early for a

beach walk at Newton Beach Park. Join a guided walk on Tuesday mornings or a yoga session on Wednesday mornings. Then head to Matanzas Pass Preserve (239707-3015, www.leegov.com/parks). Two loop trails—the Calusa and the Mangrove—take visitors on a twisty tour of the 56-acre preserve. In various parts muddy, shelly, and boardwalk, the trails lead through mangroves, shady oak trees, cabbage palms, and gumbo limbo trees before reaching a secluded overlook at Estero Bay.

bird-watch, kayak, do a paddleboard tour, or go shelling on the beach. Bring along or buy some fishing gear, and try your luck. Ranger-led programs teach you about fishing, as well as birding and kayaking.

FUN FACT:

Floridians often refer to the native gumbo limbo tree as the “tourist tree” because, like some of our sun-worshipping visitors who stay too long at the beach, its bark is red and peel-y.

Afterward, pack up a picnic lunch for Lovers Key State Park (239463-4588, www.floridastateparks. org/park/Lovers-Key) off the south end of Estero Island. It holds one of the area’s most remote, most natural beaches, but there’s more to do here than just lie in the sun: bike, hike, Photo Credit: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

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DAY THREE: Head to Bowditch Point Park (239-765-6794, www. leegov.com/parks) at the northern tip of Estero Island for a morning hike along the water’s edge both bay-front and Gulf-front. In the summer look for (but do not disturb) marked loggerhead sea turtle nests in the sand. A nature trail crosses the point of land for more exercise and to explore local flora.

Buy snacks at the concession stand, or bring a picnic for lunching as you watch boats floating in and out of the pass. Keep a lookout for manatees and dolphins as well. For your after-lunch snooze, spread out on the soft white sand under the subtropical sun. Come nightfall, head to the beach for a stargazing stroll.

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docile, and loveable. The endangered mammals–relatives of the elephant–average 10 feet in length and weigh up to 3,500 pounds as adults. Voracious vegetarians, they eat 80 to 500 pounds of seagrass, hydrilla, water hyacinth, and water lettuce a day.

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FUN FACT: The teddy bears of the marine world, manatees are fleshy,


ach summer from May to October, mama loggerhead and occasional green sea turtles lumber ashore local beaches to dig nests and lay their eggs. Each turtle lays 100-some leathery white eggs, which incubate for about two months before the hatchlings dig their way free and scurry to the Gulf of Mexico.

During their hatching season, which lasts through October, residents and visitors along the beach should keep their lights off or shielded and drapes pulled at night. Otherwise the hatchlings can lose their innate navigational abilities and turn inland, where

FUN FACT:

they could be eaten by birds, crushed by vehicles, or suffer heat exhaustion.

Beachgoers should avoid carrying flashlights or using flash photography at night. To make the hatchlings’ journey from nest to sea obstacle-free, fill in holes and level sand structures that your family may have created during your beach visit. Remove all furniture from the beach at night.

out and mark nests and assist the babies who were unable to dig out on their own. They find on average up to 100 nests on the beach each season. If you’re lucky, you may happen onto the beach during a morning release of rescued hatchlings that didn’t make it out of the nest.

Turtle Time, Inc. (www.turtletime. org), a not-for-profit organization, has been monitoring sea turtle activity on Fort Myers Beach since 1998. Volunteers patrol daily during nesting season to check

Adult loggerhead sea turtles, which are believed to swim thousands of miles from feeding grounds to nesting beaches, grow to a length of about 3 feet and weigh from 200 to 400 pounds. Females return to the same beach where they hatched when it comes time to lay their own nests.

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3 DAYS THE CULTURAL WAY DAY ONE: Step into to the

ultra-modern Fort Myers Beach Public Library (239-765-8162, www.fmb.lib.fl.us), where you will discover so much more than books. Head up to the thirdfloor Bookmark Café for coffee, a Wi-Fi hookup, pastries, and books for sale. Have a look at the Footprints in Time map and ask for a brochure to begin your next cultural adventure. Download the free NeoReader app on your smart device and scan the QR codes on the Footprints in Time brochure before you circle the island to visit some of the 24 historic landmarks the brochure plots. In the evening, soak up some of the local culture with sunset, cocktails, and dinner at the 36 | fortmyersbeach.org

number 5 spot on the map: The Pier & Times Square. Just like “back in the day,” you can get fresh seafood, pizza, and ice cream all within a few steps of each other.

DAY TWO: You can’t miss

the beach while you’re visiting, and at Newton Beach Park, you can have your beach and history, too. Seven Seas Cottage was the home of city father, Jim Newton, famed for his friendship with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other notables of his time. While you’re at it, spend some time at the bocce courts, picnic tables, and fine white-sand beach. May we suggest reading Newton’s book Uncommon Friends for a beach read? After lunch, stop at the Fort

Myers Beach Art Association (239-463-3909, www. fortmyersbeachart.com) to admire the latest exhibit and purchase creative souvenirs of your island visit. Nearby, visit the Mound House (239-765-0865, www. moundhouse.org; see page 38 for more info), the oldest standing home on Fort Myers Beach, for both culture and recreation. After celebrating sunset on the beach, enjoy dinner and a movie in one at Beach Theater (239765-9000, www.fmbtheater.com). The theater hosts the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival every April. See page 54 for details.

DAY THREE: Head to

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FUN FACT:

On the first Thursday of each month from December through April, head to the beach at Lovers Key State Park for a free (with paid admission to the park) Songwriters at Sunset concert (www.friendsofloverskey.com). Arrive three hours before sunset for Beach BBQ, for which there is an extra charge, and stay for the music.

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for a morning hike and a visit to the museum at the Historic Cottage & Nature Center that sits at the entrance. If it’s Wednesday or Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon, you can visit the historic exhibits inside, maintained by the Estero Island Historical Society (239-463-0435, www. esteroislandhistoricsociety. org). Head over the bridge to San Carlos Island for lunch overlooking the historic shrimp docks, a strong part of local heritage. One restaurant occupies an old seafood house from the 1930s shrimping heyday. After lunch, learn more about shrimping, fishing, and local maritime culture and flora and fauna with a walk around the working waterfront and its nature boardwalk. Then visit the Ostego

Bay Foundation Marine Center (239-765-8101, www.ostegobay. org), which conducts weekly tours of the shrimp docks in season. For a taste of history, dine at the Gulf Shore Restaurant, dating back to the 1920s.

FUN FACT:

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The Mound House

History Above & Below

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n Estero Bay, The Mound House engages families, nature-lovers, and couples alike in archaeological, historical, and environmental learning. Its restored 1921 home—the oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach—sits atop an even older structure, an ancient Calusa shell mound. The house holds a cultural museum and environmental learning center. Enter through the museum store, housed in a re-creation of the site’s original structure —the 1906 Tudor Kitchen.The two-story home, with its original brickwork, circa-1909 living room, and upstairs exhibits, is the centerpiece of a don’t-miss attraction that spans 2,000 years of local history. On the home’s second floor, the Ancient People exhibit’s hands-on elements include recreated Calusa tools that kids can touch, made from seashells. They can then look at the real artifacts that were excavated on property. Beautiful tableaux explore Calusa life and European encounters. Settlers on the Shells exhibit, with a recreated thatched wall of a Cuban fishing ranch hut as centerpiece, chronicles “people of the mound” who followed the Calusa. Human habitation ended in 1994; the town of Fort Myers Beach purchased the property in 2000. Walk through the French doors to overlook Estero Bay from the wrap porch, read about Calusa canoes, and see a recreated fishing net in the making. Odd as it may seem, the coolest exhibits, especially for kids, live in the bathroom. Its white tiled walls hold an exhibit fortmyersbeach.org 38 | fortmyersbeach.org

named Digging Deeper. Touchscreen photo albums, excavated pieces of pottery under magnifying glass, and oversized puzzles turn kids into young archaeologists. The 2.77-acre bayside complex welcomes visitors with recreational opportunities and one of only two native American shell mound cutaways in Florida. (The other is in Sarasota.) The site’s original exhibit, the underground Stories Beneath Our Feet archaeological museum, allows visitors to peek into actual dig explorations. A video interprets the shell mound cutaway, illustrated with LED rope lights to distinguish the various layers of history. A 44-foot mural depicts an artist’s realistic interpretation of the Calusa village that once thrived here.

Native landscaping, a kayak launch, picnic tables, and a boat dock complete the well-rounded bay-front facilities. A 2,500-square-foot Observation Pier hugs the property’s shoreline with interpretive signage and plenty of room to fish and observe wildlife. Education staff conducts guided boat and kayak tours in season. Visitors can self-tour the museum and grounds Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. January through April; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the rest of the year. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for ages 6 to 12. Docents are on hand to interpret exhibits and offer special programs. Visit www.moundhouse.org for tour times and other information or call 239-765-0865.


From fitness classes and pickleball to a heated lap pool and kids’ activities, Bay Oaks covers all recreational needs with a wide variety of facilities and programs. It is located next to the Fort Myers Beach School at 2731 Oak St. The Rec Center (239-765-4222) opens Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The pool’s (239-463-5759) schedule is as follows:

SUMMER HOURS: (June 1 through Aug. 31): Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. WINTER HOURS: (Sept. 1 through Feb. 28): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday: CLOSED (March 1 through May 31) Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov.

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ROAR OFFSHORE FORT MYERS BEACH ROAR OFFSHORE Vision:

By working with the community, the goal of Roar Offshore is to improve the area’s economy during a traditionally slower period through an annual race series and additional community events in support of the race.

ROAR OFFSHORE Mission:

The mission of Roar Offshore is to bring additional exposure and recognition to the boating, recreational, and entertainment opportunities that Fort Myers Beach & Lee County has to offer while increasing tourism and community involvement. This event is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators on land and water. They will be hosted by SunStream Hotels & Resorts at Diamond Head and Salty Sam’s Marina on Fort Myers Beach. Roar Offshore is the producer of the Offshore Powerboat Associations and Powerboat P1 National Championship. This championship has one of the largest Powerboat Racing Prize Purses in the USA attracting teams from around the world.

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Night life:

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ou don’t have to fight for your right to party in Fort Myers Beach. It’s a given in this town known for its clubs, beach bars, and jams. Whether it’s a rock-n-roll band under the sun at a poolside bar, or late-night dancing in the sand with moon glow glinting off the waves, the party never dies on FMB. Never even flickers. At practically any given moment of every single day you can find some party action on or off the beach. fortmyersbeach.org 42 | fortmyersbeach.org

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Toasty with Jams Bare feet and bikinis are the preferred style of party attire on sunny FMB, where you can walk the beach and find, every 30 steps or so, a new spot to hear music, kick up some sand on the dance floor, and have a fruity drink with a side of nosh. Most of the action concentrates around Times Square, but resorts and clubs the length of the beach and along a Old San Carlos Boulevard offer everything from weekend bashes to tiki hut bars and rooftop revelry. When it nears sunset, everyone gravitates toward the fishing pier at Times Square, which not only gives you a front-row view of the sun’s dramatic curtain call, but also puts you smack in the middle

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of the nightly buzz. The action grows especially brisk on Friday and Saturday nights, with free live music at Times Square. Take a seat along the row of sidewalk cafes for an afterglow cocktail and pre-party sustenance. Now you’re ready to head out on the town for some serious carousing. Pick your party: the after-work locals scene, beachfront and beautiful, or tucked-away and intimate. Or mix it all up as you do the pub crawl around Times Square from beach to bay. No worries about designated drivers or places to park, you can do it all by foot. (At this point, you may want to upgrade from bare feet, but casual is always in style.)

Purely FMB Sunset cruises present other islandy options for celebrating the end of another glorious vacation day. Cocktails and mingling with fellow vacationers make lively experiences and cherished memories for sea-legged types. If you’re looking for something quieter for your nightly entertainment, Fort Myers Beach claims a movie theater where you can dine and sip as you watch the latest first-run films. There’s more to partying FMBstyle than its vibrant nightlife, however. Even by day you can dance your way up and down the beach, stopping to quench your sun-drenched thirst with something chilly and fruit-full.

Top times to experience the fine art of beach boogey is during FMB’s go-nuts festivals. Families, couples, and singles alike discover new and outrageous ways to let loose and live it up throughout the year’s events. Live music, art, film, fireworks, food festivals, twinkling holiday-decorated boats, hometown parades, a singer-songwriter festival, and a world-class sandsculpting competition fill the calendar with entertainment as diverse as it is rousing. So have a look at the calendar of events on page 50, and start planning your next high-spirited visit to this land of year-round vibes and around-the-clock feisty. Come exert your right to party, no holds barred, when you’re boogeying FMB-style.

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Festivals:The Art of The American Sandsculpting Championship:

7 Ways to Play in the Sand Mermaids, monarchs, and sea monsters: The intricately detailed sculptures at the American Sandsculpting Championship take “playing in the sand� to a new artful level. The 33rd annual event happens Nov. 22 to Dec. 1, 2019, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel. The biggest and one of the longest running sand-sculpting competitions in the U.S., it draws master sculptors from around the 46 | fortmyersbeach.org

world. Amateurs and families can get in the act, too. Weeklong, live musicians and other performers entertain.

Here are seven ways to get sand between your toes and under your skin at the Sandsculpting Championship: 1. MEET THE MASTERS Master sand sculptors from around the globe work on a group exhibit project during the first days of the event. They then split up to work on their own sculptures, competing in singles and doubles divisions. Spectators can watch as sculptors bring a thousand tons of sand to life as sparkling works of art.

They come to Fort Myers Beach for some of the best sculpting sand in the world. The sand granules here are square, making them adhere better than round grains. That means the artists can build to greater heights. They carve sculptures up to 10, 15, even 20 feet high. The sculptors also praise Fort Myers Beach sand for its fine, sugary texture, which allows finer detail. 2. GET CAUGHT UP IN THE QUICK SAND. For short attention spans, the daily Quick Sand speed competitions pit two masters against one another in 10-minute sculpt-offs. The audience chooses the subject matter and the winner. The sculptors work on rotating


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Sand & Party!

platforms so that onlookers get the best possible view of the creation in process.

3. LEARN FROM THE MASTERS.

The Sand Lovers, professional sand sculptors, conduct sculpting demonstrations and lessons most days throughout the event. If you plan on competing in the Amateur Contest on Saturday, you may want to bone up on the tricks-of-the-art on Friday. 4. FREE YOUR INNER ARTIST. Amateur competition begins on Saturday. Prizes are awarded on the beach stage in six different categories: children ages 8 and younger, children 9 to 12, families or groups of up to six members, businesses, solo ages 13 to 17, and solo adults.

5. STROLL THE ‘SAND VENDOR VILLAGE.’

More than 50 vendors from across the country sell food, beverages, arts and crafts, and specialty merchandise. 6. GET IN THE PICTURE.

Here’s the Sand Scoop: When: Nov. 22-Dec. 1,2019; open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Custom-designed sculptures + your family = fantastic Christmas cards and social media posts. Don’t forget your camera!

Where: Wyndham Garden

7. PLAY IN THE GIANT SANDBOX.

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Children ages 4 and younger can attend the festival for free. A kids zone keeps the little ones busy with castle-building, water slides, a climbing wall, a bungee jump, and bounce houses.

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Come see what Thomas Edison and Henry Ford discovered!

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AMERICAN SANDSCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIP BY THE NUMBERS Ÿ Edison’s and Ford’s Historic Winter Homes Ÿ 20 Acres of Botanical Gardens Ÿ Thomas Edison’s Laboratory Ÿ 15,000-Square-Foot Inventions Museum Ÿ Smithsonian Spark!Lab

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he celebrating does not end with sand-sculpting on the beach. You can find festivities around the calendar. Make note of these opportunities to party along with the locals. Events throughout 2019-2020 bring folks together to rejoice in culture, nature, music, and food, glorious seafood. For more information, visit www.FortMyersBeach.org, or call 239-454-7500. Note: Event dates are subject to change. Please call ahead or check the event's website for updates. 50 | fortmyersbeach.org


June 29, 2019

Kids’ Fourth of July Fishing Tournament

More than 150 kids ages 3 to 15 participate in this long-running event the weekend before the Fourth, held at 702 Fisherman’s Wharf. Kids and their families can fish from shore from 9 a.m. to noon. (Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.) There’s free lunch and prizes for everyone. 239-7658101

July 4, 2019

Fort Myers Beach Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Festivities kick off with a 10 a.m. parade on Estero Boulevard. (The Matanzas Pass Bridge closes to oncoming traffic from approximately 9:30 to noon.) As the sun begins to set, head to Times Square and the Fort Myers Beach Pier for the region’s most spectacular firework displays. Music and festivities begin early around Times Square; the pyrotechnics launch just after sunset. Find your spot anywhere along the beach for an eyeful of sparkly. (Closing time for bridge oncoming traffic is 9:30-11 p.m., but traffic is able to leave the island during that time.)

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Sept. 27-29, 2019

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

As part of a two-week multi-venue event, Fort Myers Beach hosts three days of music by nationwide songwriters-singers at a number of local bars and clubs. www. islandhopperfest.com 51 | fortmyersbeach.org

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Oct. 10-12, 2019

Roar Offshore Powerboat Races

Get ready to celebrate the return of Offshore Powerboat Racing to Fort Myers Beach. The entire race will be visible anywhere on the beach from the pier to mid-Island and on the water in the spectator anchoring area. Boats will be on display in the streets with live music, food and a chance to see the awesome race boats up close. The Race Village opens Friday at Salty Sams Complex with race teams

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The 31st annual lighted floating parade proceeds beneath the Sky Bridge and through the first two canals of Siesta Bay in a purely Fort Myers Beach tradition. Enter to win a trophy for the best decoration in three categories: powerboat under 26 feet, powerboat over 26 feet, and sailboat. Participate in the fun by voting for “People’s Choice.” Watch the festive procession from the canal hammerheads in Siesta Bay, Nervous Nellie’s, Matanzas on the Bay, Bonita and boats available for viewing and vendor displays. Saturday brings three races to our beach front with more viewing options than other races this season.

demonstrations on Jan. 9. Check the web site for a schedule of other happenings during the show. 239-463-3909, fortmyersbeachart.com

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Art Divine

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Christmas Boat Parade More than 30 boats decked out in festive holiday array parade through Matanzas Harbor and past a number of waterside eating and drinking establishments starting from Salty Sam’s Marina at 6 p.m.


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Dec. 31, 2019

Dec. 13-14, 2019

Watch the ball drop at Times Square–without shivering. The town’s 24th annual birthday party starts at noon with free live music and cupcakes. More live music kicks in at 7 p.m. to start the New Year’s celebration, which culminates with fireworks from the pier and the ball drop at midnight. 239-765-0202, www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov

Women’s Club Christmas Tree

Festival

The festival starts with Fort Myers Beach’s nonprofits each decorating a tree for auctioning. Guests bid on the trees, and the funds go back to each individual organization. The weekend’s events also include live entertainment, a chili cook-off, a baked goods sale, food trucks, and a visit from Santa. The price of admission is one unwrapped toy for distribution to children on the island.

Myers Beach! Course (Holes) Open at 10:00 a.m. Cost: $225.00 per 4 person team. Entry fee provides you entry into the 9 hole competition, drink specials, raffles, 50/50, dinner & more!!

Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party & New Year’s Eve Celebration

Feb. 14, 2020

Love at Lovers Key – A Special Valentine’s Day Event

Couples are invited to the ninth annual vow renewal ceremonies at the wedding gazebo on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Donation is $100 per couple, which includes a meal, champagne toast, wedding cake, gifts, and door prizes. 708-359-0466, www.friendsofloverskey.com

Jan. 18, 2020 Putt & Pub Crawl

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March 14-15, 2020

April 22-26, 2020

Two days of festivities celebrate the tasty shrimp harvest of Fort Myers Beach at this 62nd annual event. A parade down Estero Boulevard follows a 5K race on Saturday morning, culminating with the crowning of the Shrimp Queen. Seafood vendors and the Lions Club’s shrimp boil concession set up at Lynn Hall Memorial Park both days. On Sunday, sponsored shrimp lovers compete in a shrimp-eating contest. 239-454-0043,

The 14th annual five-day festival will provide moviegoers the opportunity to see quality independent films and be a part of events that include a Grand Opening Party, Film on the Beach, educational workshops with the filmmakers, and an awards ceremony. janeen@ fmbfilmfest.com, www. fmbfilmfest.com

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Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival

May 3, 2020

Taste of the Beach

The 25th annual Taste of the Beach dishes up seafood and other Beach specialties from nearly 20 restaurants, along with live music and children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 4

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p.m. The action and tantalizing aromas center around Old San Carlos Boulevard off Estero Boulevard. Admission is $5 for adults, free for kids ages 12 and younger. 239-454-7500, tasteoffmb.com


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PINK GOLD:

Treasure from the

Sea

It happened in the dark of night, much by accident: the discovery in 1949 of wild pink shrimp–the world’s

first nocturnally fished shrimp. The new species changed the course of history for Fort Myers Beach back in the 1950s. Today, the harbor at San Carlos Island nets more than $100 million a year for the local economy, second only to tourism. During a good winter, when shrimpers from distant ports dock at San Carlos Island, the port fills with 40-some trawlers, making it the nation’s busiest port for offloading pink shrimp. The discovery of “pink gold” in the nearby Dry Tortugas south of the Florida Keys first brought the shrimping industry to Fort Myers Beach, where the shrimpers set up a land base. Harvesting of the coveted pink shrimp (Penaeus duorarum) quickly rose as a top source for area income with as many as 300 boats operating out of the area during shrimping’s heyday. In 1951, the shrimpers held their first Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet ceremony, a full-moon tradition that continues. “By 1953, 17.32 million pounds of shrimp were being caught and brought into the island port. That is enough shrimp to give every resident in 24 towns the size of Miami, a pound of shrimp,” wrote local historian Rolfe F. Schell in 1980. Shrimpers ranged as far as Campeche in Mexico in the early days. The boats required heavy provisioning for their strenuous trips of weeks’ duration, during which time they would shrimp by night, sleep by day. Services required by the boats and their crews impacted the local economy tremendously, doubling the size of Fort Myers Beach. In later years, productive shrimp grounds were discovered much closer to home, near Sanibel Island. Today, most of the shrimpers cull their harvests from the Dry Tortugas near Key West in winter. For the summer, many migrate to Texas to fish for brown shrimp, but year-round you can see the salty profiles of trawlers against the bay backdrop of San Carlos Island. 56 | fortmyersbeach.org


FUN FACT: Pink shrimp were latecomers to the shrimping industry scene because they burrow during the day. Shrimpers accidentally discovered the nocturnal mother lode one night when their winches failed, causing them to continue dragging their nets into the dark of night.

FUN FACT: The Fort Myers Beach shrimping fleet is the largest commercial fishing fleet in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The hulking shrimp trawlers in harbor make a haunting image when filtered black-and-white or sepia. #pinkgolddiggers

Shrimping 101 To learn more about FMB’s deep and vital shrimping heritage, visit Ostego Bay Foundation’s Marine Science Center, where displays and weekly seasonal tours give you behind-the-scenes insights into the industry and area ecosystems. The Science Center itself occupies a 1970s shrimp packinghouse. Where mammoth freezers once held the tasty shellfish for nationwide transshipment, aquariums and other exhibits today introduce local marine life. One display details the processing of wild shrimp from boat to box with samples of sea turtle-friendly netting, the telltale white rubber boots that have become the unofficial uniform of shrimpers, and a model of a shrimp trawler. The Ostego Bay Foundation takes visitors each Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. (except during summer) on a three-hour Working 58 | fortmyersbeach.org

Waterfront Tour of the Science Center and the San Carlos Island Working Waterfront Trail. Advance reservations are required; call 239-765-8101. The tour includes a 90-minute guided visit at the Science Center and continues with stops at the commercial fishing docks, Erickson & Jensen Supply House, Trico Shrimp loading dock and processing plant, and a net shop. Participants see how the boats are unloaded, trawl doors are built, shrimp nets are hand-sewn, seafood is processed, and other important aspects of the maritime industry.

Celebrate Shrimp Another fun way to get a taste of the local shrimping heritage comes the second full weekend in March during the annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. The local Lions Club boils up more than 1,000 pounds of pink shrimp for the weekend’s consumption.

Activities include a parade down Estero Boulevard, a 5K race down the Boulevard, the longstanding tradition of crowning the year’s shrimp queen, and dozens of seafood and other food concessions on the beach at Lynn Hall Memorial Park. If you miss the festival, don’t worry. You can find fresh, sweet pink shrimp–considered by connoisseurs to be among the tastiest--on menus at certain restaurants throughout town. To be sure a restaurant is serving local product, ask for wild pink shrimp.

FUN FACT: In Fort Myers Beach, they call the fishermen’s white rubber boots “San Carlos bedroom slippers.”


Shrimp 201: Buying & Preparing Look for the “Wild-Caught Shrimp” label to ascertain you’re buying local. Otherwise you could end up with farmed shrimp, probably from Asia and possibly treated with preservatives and antibiotics. Local shrimpers flash-freeze the shrimp onboard during long trips at sea, but freezing preserves rather than compromises the flavor of the shrimp. Packers grade shrimp size-wise, according to how many shrimp come in a pound. This varies from seller to seller but generally goes something like this: fewer than 21 shrimp/pound = jumbo; 2125 shrimp/pound = large; 26-50 shrimp/pound = medium; more

than 50 shrimp/pound = small. “Boat grade” indicates an assortment of sizes, usually on the small side. To make sure you don’t overcook boiled shrimp—a worse transgression than undercooking—drop shrimp into boiling water, cover, and immediately remove from heat. Let the shrimp sit for 2 to 4 minutes, depending upon their size, until they lose their translucency. Drain and eat or refrigerate immediately. Locals relish pink shrimp hot or chilled, with cocktail sauce or just a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning. As Forrest Gump knew, there are endless ways other than boiling to prepare shrimp. Deep-fried, shrimp scampi,

stuffed shrimp, and shrimp and grits are just a few local favorites. Seafood markets and restaurants are happy to share tips and recipes for turning your pink gold into a treasured meal.

FUN FACT: Seafood markets on San Carlos Island can pack your flash-frozen shrimp for travel. Airport security allows you to carry on packed shrimp.

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Shop until you DINE

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hether you need a new tank top to set off your tan, bribes for the dogsitter back home, some just-off-the-hook seafood, or simply a break from the sun, there’s always a good reason to shop on Fort Myers Beach. Most of the reasons have to do with the sunny fashions, sea-themed gifts, one-of-a-kind souvenirs, and memorable meals you will find. So, head guiltlessly to the various commercial centers of FMB, which conveniently cluster shops together with take-a-break libation stations, delis, snack bars, fish markets, and sit-down restaurants.

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Boulevard Buys The opportunities begin as you head toward the beach along Old San Carlos Boulevard, where a couple of shopping centers provide all you need to supply your beach vacation—from snacks and beer to pool “noodles,” a new cover-up, and sunscreen. A string of family-run restaurants along the road satisfies appetites with burgers, pasta, homemade ice cream, ribs, and, of course, seafood. Wild-caught pink shrimp is the trademark culinary icon in town, and you can buy it raw or cooked up in a number of ways—simply steamed in the shell, crunchy batter-fried, bathed in garlic butter, or prepared in an endless array of other creative dishes. Buy your shrimp packaged to travel from retailers around the shrimp docks on San Carlos Island, just off Main Street south of San Carlos Boulevard on the east side of the Matanzas Pass Sky Bridge.

The local commercial fishing industry extends beyond shrimp, however, to grouper, snapper, stone crab, blue crab, mullet, and a number of tasty shell and fin fish served up at restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Good Times at Times Square The heartbeat of Fort Myers Beach, Times Square and intersecting Old San Carlos Boulevard throb to the rhythm of island music and the footsteps of young to weathered seeking (and finding!) the affordable and splurge-worthy in eats and buys. Clustered around the beach, Lynn Hall Memorial Park, the Fort Myers Beach Pier, the pedestrian plaza, and its side streets are naturally sea-focused. Surfing and beach gear and apparel fill mammoth marts on practically every corner. In between, unique boutiques sell fine resort

fashions, jewelry, henna tattoos, art, and other gifts with a sense of place. Sidewalk cafes with merry market umbrellas line the western Gulffacing side of the plaza. Stop for fortification in the form of an ice cream sundae, homemade fudge, rumrunner cocktail, handcrafted Greek gyro, or basket of shrimp. Along Old San Carlos, restaurants specializing in pizza, sushi, and fish extend all the way from Gulf front to bay side, where dining with a view is de rigueur.

Easin’ down Estero One of Florida’s liveliest streets, Estero Boulevard runs 7 miles from Bowditch Point to Big Carlos Pass. At its north end, pedestrians hit tucked-away shops carrying beach towels and skim boards to cigars and nautical antiques. Restaurants run uber-casual to historic and seaside fine.

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Sit down to creative global cuisine or simply grab a Coney dog and run. Dining is never dull on Fort Myers Beach, where choices range from Asian and Mexican to Italian and new American. As you head south on the boulevard, shopping strips and plazas offer more reasons to spend—both time and your vacation retail budget. At Santini Marina Plaza Shops, look for fine local art, crystal, name-brand jewelry, kitschy-cute beach décor, and good eats. Don’t forget to stop at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association for galleryquality and affordable original paintings as potent souvenirs of your visit. Grocery stores and marts delight with fresh-picked oranges and key limes, juicy sweet mangos, Italian specialties, homemade ice cream, smoothies and other tastey treats. Some of the best restaurants live in the hotels, marinas, and shopping centers, or seaside along the beach. Poke around and discover FMB’s opportunities to cure what ails you with a spot of retail therapy. Find cherished souvenirs for everyone on your list—most importantly you. And don’t forget to also reward yourself with a taste of what’s grown and caught locally.

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LIVING THE FMB LIFE How to become an Islander

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o ahead: Put your foot down in the sand. Say it out loud: “There is no way I can leave Fort Myers Beach.” Ever. Again. The island bug has bitten you. Hard. You’ve made up your mind: You will extend your stay—at least for a few more weeks every year, and for a lifetime if you have your way. That, in fact, is how a great many of our residents came to be FMB islanders. They will be happy to share with you the (coco)nuts and (lightning) bolts of living in Southwest Florida, but here are some facts and information to get you started.

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YOUR ISLAND HOME

FISHING LICENSES

UTILITIES & SERVICES

Whether you plan on renting or buying, Fort Myers Beach offers options of all sorts from beachfront condos and bayside homes to properties on the golf course or overlooking a canal. Check www. FortMyersBeach.org for listings of real estate agents who can help you find your new dream home.

Florida residents age 16 and older must obtain a saltwater fishing license to cast from shore or any pier or vessel not covered by its own license. (The Fort Myers Beach pier is licensed.) Freshwater fishing licenses are also required. Visit www. myfwc.com for more information on licenses and other size, bag, and season regulations.

Trash Removal

Buyers may be eligible for a Florida Homestead Exemption. Every person who owns and resides on real property in Florida on Jan. 1 and makes the property their permanent residence is eligible to receive a homestead exemption up to $50,000. Lee County Property Appraiser, 2480 Thompson St., 4th Floor; P.O. Box 1546, Fort Myers, FL 33902, 239-533-6100 or 866-673-2868, www.leepa.org

PAPERWORK To become a Florida resident will require a change in driver’s licenses, car tags, voter’s registration, and other personal papers. The information below will help you with the transition. Lee County Voter Registration, 2480 Thompson St., 3rd Floor; P.O. Box 2545, Fort Myers, FL 33902, 239-533-8683, www.lee.vote Lee County Vehicle Registration & Drivers Licenses, 15680 Pine Ridge Rd., Fort Myers FL 33908, 239533-6000, www.dmvflorida.org/lee. shtml

PARKING PERMITS Parking permits are available for Fort Myers Beach residents and business owners. You may purchase them from the Town Hall at 2525 Estero Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach for $25. The permit is valid for one year. The annual permit allows residents to park under the Matanzas Pass Bridge or at any of the town-owned beach access areas. It does not allow free parking at any of the beach parks. Vehicles with residential parking permits cannot park free in shortterm or metered parking areas; residents are allowed to park in longterm parking areas. Town of Fort Myers Beach, 2525 Estero Blvd., 239-463-5888, www. fortmyersbeachfl.gov

GOVERNMENT Fort Myers Beach became officially incorporated in 1995. The Fort Myers Beach Town Council consists of five elected Council members and selects from its membership a Mayor and Vice Mayor. Members appoint a Town Manager. For more information, visit www. fortmyersbeachfl.gov.

Trash, refuse, yard waste, and recycling may not be put out to the curb more than 24 hours before pickup. Regular household trash—40 pounds or less—gets picked up on Thursdays. Recycling and vegetation pick-up day is Wednesdays. Vegetation items must be placed in trash cans or bags or bundled with twine. Bags and bundles should be less than 5 feet long and no more than 40 pounds. Request a recycling bin and special pick-up of large items from Advanced Disposal Services. Advanced Disposal Services, 239334-1224, www.advanceddisposal. com

Emergency Notifications To receive phone, text, or email alerts about hurricanes, boil water notices, and other emergencies, visit www. fortmyersbeachfl.gov and sign up. The site also has an application form for post-emergency re-entry passes. Residents can apply for and pick up passes at Town Hall.

Electricity Florida Power & Light (FPL) provides power to the Fort Myers Beach area. New residents can get service to their home started online or by phone. FPL, 239-334-7754, www.fpl.com

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Beach Water, 2525 Estero Blvd., 239463-9914 (after hours 866-578-2705), www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Island Banks BB&T, 6061 Estero Blvd., 239-463-7711, www.bbt.com Wells Fargo Bank, 2815 Estero Blvd., 239-765-2210, www.wellsfargo.com

Communication Western Union (www.westernunion. com) services are available at local Publix and Walgreens stores and also the Petro gas station at 19201 San Carlos Blvd. (239-643-0056). Drop off Federal Express (www.fedex.com) packages in outside boxes at Indian Creek Plaza (17264 San Carlos Blvd.) or Sea Grape Plaza (2801 Estero Blvd.), or Santini Marina Plaza (7205 Estero Blvd.)

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U.S. Post Office (main), 200 Carolina Ave., 800-275-8777 U.S. Post Office (branch) 17264 San Carlos Blvd. #302, 239-466-8878 U.S. Post Office (branch) Villa Santini Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd., 239-4632373

CIVIC & COMMUNITY PHONES American Legion, 239-463-6591, www.post274.org Estero Island Historic Society, 239-463-0435, www. esteroislandhistoricsociety.org Fort Myers Beach Art Association, 239-463-3909, www. fortmyersbeachart.com Fort Myers Beach Elementary School, 239-463-6356, bch.leeschools.net Fort Myers Beach Lions, 239-8486776, www.fmblions.com Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis, 239-454-

8090, fortmyersbeachkiwanis.org Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge #362, 239-466-6363, fmb362.com Fort Myers Beach Public Library, 239-765-8162, www.fmb.lib.fl.us Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, 239-765-1417, fmb-wc.org Kiwanis Metro Mcgregor, www. metro-mcgregor.com Loyal Order of Moose, 239-463-7733, www.mooseintl.org

ALLIANCE OF NONPROFITS FMB More than a dozen nonprofits have become involved with the Alliance of Nonprofits FMB since its inception in 2018. The Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club and the community felt that an alliance of nonprofits should be formed to assist them in fundraising, partnerships, and general support. The nonprofits overwhelmingly approved of the idea to work together and educate one another as one voice in supporting the community and doing outreach. This Alliance triggered an online community calendar maintained and hosted on the Woman’s Club website. The Alliance has created a program called “Pass the Bag,” where a bag stocked with flyers and brochures from all the nonprofits is handed off to be displayed and shared at each nonprofit’s event. Current Alliance members are listed below. For more information on the Alliance of Nonprofits FMB, to view the community events calendar, or to get involved, please visit the Woman’s Club website at fmb-wc.org, email info@fmb-wc.org, or call 239-7651417.

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Beach Kids Foundation, www.facebook.com/ BeachKidsFoundation

Beach United Methodist Church, www.beachunitedmethodist.org Estero Island Garden Club, http://www.fmlcgardencouncil.com/ council-directory/117/estero-islandgarden-club

Beach Retreats FMB Inc. Linda Reilly beachretreatsfmb.com (631) 678-6373 beachretreatsfmb@gmail.com

Estero Island Historical Society, www.esteroislandhistoricsociety.org Fort Myers Beach Art Association, www.fortmyersbeachart.com Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, www.fortmyersbeach.org Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation, www.fortmyersbeachcf. com Fort Myers Beach Elementary PTO, www.bch.leeschools.net/our_ families/pta__pto Fort Myers Beach Lions, www.fmblions.com

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Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory Accommodations: Bed & Breakfast Manatee Bay Inn 932 Third Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6906 Info@manateebayinn.com www.manateebayinn.com Mango Street Inn 126 Mango Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8542 www.mangostreetinn.com Accommodations: Condominium Beachy Condo 14950 Lake Olive Drive Fort Myers, FL 33919 (810) 599-0534 / Fax: (800) 5992451 bkoeplinger@gmail.com Cane Palm Beach Condominium 600 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3222 management@canepalmbeach.com www.canepalmbeach.com Caper Beach Club 2810 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-1423 caper@caperbeach.com www.caperbeach.com Fairview Isles Condominium Assoc. 6655 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9538 fairviewisles1@aol.com www.fairviewislescondos.com Gulf Breeze Condos 5577 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 699-6114 www.gulfbreezecondos.com Gulfview Manor Resort 6530 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (800) 606-4853 info@gulfviewmanor.com www.gulfviewmanor.com Island Winds Condominium 6610 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-0688 / (800) 463-7055 manager@islandwindsflorida.com www.islandwindsfortmyersbeach.com

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Kona Beach Club 478 Estero Blvd., #21 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (419) 332-2242 www.konabeachclub.net

Myerside at Sandy Beach 2870 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-0297 myerside@myerside.com www.myerside.com Marina Village at Snug Harbor 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. Hideaway Village Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 5607 Estero Blvd. (239) 463-3949 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 info@marinavillage.cc (877) 274-5767 www.marinavillage.cc www.hideawayfmb.com Pointe South Condominiums Holiday Court Bayfront Villas and 5000 Estero Blvd. Suites Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 925 Estero Blvd. (239) 463-4009 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 ptesouth@earthlink.net (239) 463-2830 www.pointesouthcondo.com holidayvilla925@aol.com www.holiday-court.com Smugglers Cove Condo Assn. Lighthouse Island Resort 5100 Estero Blvd. 1051 Fifth St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4128 (239) 463-9392 sunnfun@smugglerscovecondo.com Reservations@ www.smugglerscovecondo.com lighthouseislandresort.com www.lighthouseislandresort.com Accommodations: Cottages, Villas PET FRIENDLY & Inns Matanzas Inn Bayside Resort Abaco Beach Villas 414 Crescent St. 250 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9258 (239) 463-2611 www.matanzas.com abacobeach@aol.com PET FRIENDLY www.fortmyersbeachvillas.com Myerside Anchor Inn 145 School St. 285 Virginia Ave. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-765-0297 239-463-2630 myerside@myerside.com jdsurfus@gmail.com www.myerside.com www.flvacation.com PET FRIENDLY Carousel Beach Inn Shipwreck Motel 6230 Estero Blvd. 237 Old San Carlos Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6131 (239) 463-4691 reservations@carouselbeachinn.com www.shipwrecktreasures.com www.carouselbeachinn.com PET FRIENDLY Silver Sands Villas Cottages of Paradise Point 466 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-603-7732 info@cottagesofparadisepoint.com www.cottagesofparadisepoint.com

Dolphin Inn 6555 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6049 info@dolphininn.net www.dolphininn.net

1207 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-2755 Silver-sands@msn.com www.silversands-villas.com PET FRIENDLY The Sea Gypsy Inn 1698 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239)765-0707 info@theseagypsyinn.com www.theseagypsyinn.com PET FRIENDLY

Accommodations: Hotel Beach Shell Inn 2610 Estero Blvd. Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9193 . (888) 364-0202 www.beachshellinn.com Candlewood Suites-FM/Sanibel Gateway 9740 Commerce Center Court Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 210-7777 sales@ftmyerscandlewood.com www.ftmyerscandlewood.com Edison Beach House 830 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-1530 info@edisonbeachhouse.com www.edisonbeachhouse.com Hampton Inn & Suites 11281 Summerlin Square Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 437-8888 ftmyersgm@ih-corp.com www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com PET FRIENDLY Mariner’s Lodge & Marina 17990 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 288-5168 marinerslodgemarina@gmail.com marinerslodgemarina.wixsite.com/ mysite Pierview Hotel and Suites 1160 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6158 gm@pierviewfmb.com www.pierviewhotelfmb.com Residence Inn, Fort Myers/Sanibel 20371 Summerlin Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 415-4150 www.marriott.com PET FRIENDLY Wyndham Garden Hotel of Ft Myers Beach 6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-5711 www.wyndham.com Accommodations: Resorts BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort 684 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6000 info@bwbeachresort.com www.bwbeachresort.com


Caribbean Beach Club 7600 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6111 caribbeanbeachclub@comcast.net www.caribbeanbeachclub.net DiamondHead Beach Resort 2000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 844-253-7854 reservations@sunstream.com www.sunstream.com/ diamondhead GullWing Beach Resort 6620 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 844-252-4805 reservations@sunstream.com www.sunstream.com/gullwing Lani Kai Beach Resort 1400 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3111 reservations@thelanikai.com www.lanikaiislandresort.com Pointe Estero Beach Resort 6640 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 844-247-9140 reservations@sunstream.com www.sunstream.com/pointeestero Sandpiper Gulf Resort 5550 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-5721 www.sandpipergulfresort.com The Neptune Resort 2310 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6141 www.neptuneinn.com

Pink Shell Vacation Club 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6181 www.pinkshell.com/fort-myersbeach-florida-vacation-club Accommodations: Vacation Rentals and Homes Beach Accommodations, Inc. 1321 Santos Rd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-1998 sunny@beachaccommodations.com www.beachaccommodations.com PET FRIENDLY Beach Retreats FMB, Inc. 235 Mango St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 631-678-6373 beachretreatsfmb@gmail.com www.beachretreatsfmb.com PET FRIENDLY Coldwell Banker Vacations 7205 Estero Blvd; Suite 27 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (800) 237-6285 www.ftmyersbeachvacations.net Distinctive Beach Rentals 2801 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 898-7370 distinctivebeachrentals@gmail.com www.distinctivebeachrentals.com Floridarentals.com 5323 Millenia Lakes Blvd., Suite 300 Orlando, FL 32839 www.floridarentals.com

Island Girl and Warm Sands 30 Gulf Beach Rd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Tip Top Isles Resort and (301) 904-9707 Marina 17863 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Island Vacations of Sanibel & 239-466-3393 Captiva tiptopislesram@yahoo.com 1101 Periwinkle Way, #108 www.tiptopisles.com Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 472-7277 Accommodations: Timeshare www.sanibelislandvacations.com Kahlua Beach Club 4950 Estero Blvd. iTrip Vacations Fort Myers Beach Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 7910 Summerlin Lakes Dr. (239) 463-5751 Fort Myers, FL 33907 Kbeachclb@aol.com (800) 819-3537 www.kahluabeachclub.com www.itrip.net/ftmyersbeach Lahaina Inn Resort Johnson Home Vacation Rental 5580 Estero Blvd. 321 Palermo Circle Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4414 (239) 770-6144 lahaina@cyberstreet.com VRBO.com/500925 www.lahainaresort.com

Kathy Nesbit Vacations 7205 Estero Blvd., #707 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4253 info@knvinc.com www.knvinc.com My Condo In Paradise 5100 Estero Blvd., #4B5 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (505) 990-3562 mycondoinparadise@gmail.com www.mycondoinparadise.com Reef of Paradise Beach Rental Home 2611 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (740) 272-0097 www.facebook.com/reefofparadise Southern Hospitality Waterfront Vacation Rentals 831 Lagoon Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 321-4788 www. southernhospitality waterfrontvacationrentals.com southernhospitalitywaterfront vacationrentals.com Sun Palace Vacation Homes 1750 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (877) 224-2455 rentals@sunpalacevacations.net www.sunpalacevacationhomes.com Vacasa Vacation Rentals 15050 Elderberry Lane Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 466-9914 https://vacasa.com Todd & Mary’s Beach House 855 Locust St. Perrysburg, OH 43551 (419) 872-1231 todd-mary@perrysburglaw.com PET FRIENDLY

Airboat Rides & Everglades Tours Everglades Adventure 4765 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 405-2060 tours@evergladesadventure.com www.evergladesadventure.com Everglades Day Safari 11281 Summerlin Square Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 472-1559 gator@ecosafari.com www.ecosafari.com Lake Trafford Airboats & Alligators, Inc. 6001 Lake Trafford Rd. Immokalee, FL 34142 (239) 657-2214 www.laketrafford.com

Airport Transportation

Apple Airport Transportation 15501 Old McGregor Blvd., Suite 6 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 482-1200 info@appletransportation.com www.appletransportation.com

Majestic Transportation 15501-5 Old McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 489-4473 info@majesticairportservice.com www.majesticairportservice.com Amusement and Water Parks Fort Myers Beach Community Pool 2600 Oak Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 436-5759 www.fmbgov.com/967

Sun Splash Family Waterpark 400 Santa Barbara Blvd. Cape Coral, FL 33991 (239) 574-0558 x1985 Advertising, Marketing and PR www.sunsplashwaterpark.com 2Suns Consulting Zoomers 263 Palermo Circle 17455 Summerlin Rd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (608) 577-7507 (239) 481-9666 dawn@2sunsmkt.com www.zoomersamusementpark.com

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Apparel

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Connie’s Boateak 64 Nancy Lane Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (419) 367-2242 conniesboateak@yahoo.com

Florida Advertising Services 3550 Work Dr. A-7 Fort Myers, FL 33916 (239) 939-3530 www.floridaadvertisingservices.com

Local Color FMB Inc. 1021B Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9199 localcolorfmb@aol.com www.localcolorfmb.com

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Palmettos Apparel Automotive Concepts Fish Tale Marina 7205 Estero Blvd #712 16340 San Carlos Blvd., Ste. 4 & 5 7225 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33908-3286 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-1515 (239) 689-4366 (239) 463-3600 palmettosapparel@aol.com wheelsdelray@gmail.com ftmarina@aol.com www.palmettosapparel.com www.thefishtalemarina.com Sixt Rent A Car Sandal Factory 13500 Intrepid Lane, 1st Floor Freedom Boat Club 1035 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers , FL 33913 2500 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 204-5781 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-1989 www.sixt.com (239) 218-0181 www.sandalfactory.com www.freedomboatclub.com Awards & Trophy Engraver Sea Gypsy Treasures Moss Marina 1698 Estero Blvd. Fred’s Award World, Inc. 450 Harbor Court Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 3512 Palm Beach Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-765-0707 Fort Myers, FL 33916 (239) 765-6677 info@theseagypsyinn.com (239) 332-0363 info@mossmarina.com www.theseagypsyinn.com www.fredsawardworld.net www.mossmarina.com Tunaskin Aquatic Apparel Trophy Case by the Beach Salty Sam’s Marina 1300 Estero Blvd., #101 17195 San Carlos Blvd. #4 2500 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 330-3388 239-590-3087 (239) 463-7333 www.tunaskin.net www.4trophycase.com www.saltysamsmarina.com Art & Culture Snook Bight Marina Baseball Fort Myers Beach Art Association 4765 Estero Blvd. 3030 Shell Mound Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Roy Hobbs Baseball Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932 (239) 756-4371 4300-100 Edison Ave. (239) 463-3909 www.snookbightmarina.com Fort Myers, FL 33916 fmbaapublicity@gmail.com 330-923-3400 www.fortmyersbeachart.com Boating Services www.royhobbs.com Mee K Studio 1901-106 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8694 meekstudio4@gmail.com www.facebook.com/ meekstudiofmb Southwest Florida Symphony 8290 College Parkway, #103 Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 418-0996 info@swflso.org www.swflso.org Attractions & Entertainment Beach Bowl and Pelican’s Arcade 17651 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-482-5830 fmbbeachbowl@msn.com www.beachbowlandpelicansarcade.com Seminole Casino 506 S First St. Immokalee, FL 34142 (239) 658-1313

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Automotive AFA/Enterprise Rentals 19003 San Carlos Blvd. Ft Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4900 AFA1977@aol.com

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Coastline Cottage Home Watch LLC 15031 Punta Rassa Road, Unit 1204 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 771-3125 cchomewatcher@gmail.com Coastal Innkeepers LLC 450 Old San Carlos Blvd., #4 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-0700 cassie@harbourhouseattheinn.com Costco 7171 Cypress Lake Drive Fort Myers, FL (239) 415-6006 www.costco.com Imperial Home Watch & Services 7530 Estero Blvd., #107 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 826-6806 www.imperialhws.com J. Gucciardo Consulting Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 989-5169 john@jgucciardo.com JPS - Jungwirth Property Services Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (715) 617-0696 jpsfmb@gmail.com Marco Office Supply 220 Industrial Blvd. Naples, FL 34145 (239) 775-7513 www.marcoofficesupply.com

Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club, Inc. Beverage Distributors 28 Bayview Boulevard Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 JJ Taylor Distributing FL, Inc. Paychex (732) 687-5450 2040 Park 82 Dr. 3860 Colonial Blvd. #200 www.ourgrouponline.org/ Fort Myers, FL 33966 Fort Myers, FL 33905 fmbyachtclub (239) 470-7351 (239) 267-1006 www.paychex.com www.jjtaylor.com/florida Stokes Marine Peopleready 15955 Pine Ridge Road Suncoast Beverage Sales 9961 Commerce Station Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908 2996 Hanson St. Suite 110 (239) 489-3625 Fort Myers, FL., 33912 Fort Myers, FL 33916 www.stokesmarine.com (239) 390-2052 (239) 334-3520 x116 Fax: (239) 390-2067 www.suncoastbeverage.com Business Services www.peopleready.com Bike, Scooter & Beach Rentals Accent Business Products Print Shop Ink of FMB 6261 Arc Way 1661 Estero Blvd., #3 Fun-N-Sun Bike Rentals Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33906 (239) 463-7744 9100 Lady Bug Court (239) 939-0077 www.printshopfmb.com Fort Myers, FL 33919 www.accentbusinessproducts.com (239) 728-7564 Quality Guest Linen Service www.fun-n-sun-rentals.com A-Economical B&B Income Tax 16520 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 182 Inc. Fort Myers , FL 33908 Shaded LLC (239) 267-7717 810-599-0534 www.qualityguestlinen.com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 www.aeconomical.shutterfly.com (239) 245-4351 (work) R & W Gibson Promotional fmb@shadedrentals.com Better Business Bureau Serving Products www.shadedswfl.com West Florida 9826 Gladiolus Bulb Loop 2655 McCormick Drive Fort Myers, FL 33908 Marina & Boat Rentals Clearwater, FL 33759 (239) 823-1093 gibsongraphics@comcast.net (239) 334-4648 / (800) 525-1447 www.rwgibson.com Bay Water Exclusive Boat Club and boglesby@bbbwestflorida.org Rentals Royal Shell Business Solution Experts 5124 Bonita Beach Road 7290 College Parkway, Suite 300 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Bonita Springs, FL 34134 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (941) 815-7915 (239) 495-0455 (239) 689-7610 (800) 805-0168 www.businesssolutionexperts.com www.baywaterboatrentals.com www.royalshell.com


Staples 7191 Cypress Lake Drive Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 466-5487 www.staples.com Sun National Title Co. 6231 Estero Boulevard, #8 Third Floor Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 334-3321 www.closewithsun.com

Kiwanis Fort Myers MetroMcGregor P.O. Box 61104 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 433-1223 / Fax: (239) 4333151 www.metro-mcgregor.com

St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church 5601 Williams Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239.463.5067 SREC@comcast.net www.saintraphaelschurch.org Cleaner & Laundry

Beach Boys AC 7890 Buccaneer Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 224-4098 john.beachboys@gmail.com CFS Roofing Services 12120 Amedicus Lane Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 561-2600 www.cfsroofing.com

Fort Myers Beach Lions Independent Laundry Equipment Foundation Svcs. LLC PO Box 5019 1101 NE 11th Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Chris-Tel Construction Cape Coral, FL 33909 (239) 777-3370 Wilkinson Title Agency, Inc. 2534-A Edison Ave. (239) 770-3773 www.fmblions.com 11595 Kelly Rd., Suite 217 Fort Myers, FL 33901 www.independent-laundry.com Fort Myers, FL 33908 www.christelconstruction.com Friends of Lovers Key Inc. (239) 454-1600 Santiva Housekeeping Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 www.wilkinsontitleagency.com Collin James Group 15670 McGregor Blvd. (239) 777-4855 19260 San Carlos Blvd., #110 Fort Myers, FL 33908 contact@friendsofloverskey.org Camps Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 481-1313 www.friendsofloverskey.org (239) 314-5694 / (855) 556-2755 Sanibel Sea School snooknbud@aol.com www.collinjamesgroup.com 455 Periwinkle Way Harry Chapin Food Bank Sanibel, FL 33957 Computer Repair & Service 3760 Fowler St. FP Property Restoration 239-472-8585 Fort Myers, FL 33901 11922 Fairway Lakes Drive, #2 info@sanibelseaschool.org Analogy Consulting (239) 334-7007 Fort Myers, FL 33913 www.sanibelseaschool.org 17264 San Carlos Blvd., Unit www.harrychapinfoodbank.org (239) 770-2008 302-132 fprestoration.com Charitable & Not for Profit Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Make A Wish South Florida Organizations 239-338-8670 3655 Bonita Beach Rd., #3 Haines Air Conditioning info@analogyconsulting.com Bonita Springs, FL 34134 3963 Bonita Beach Rd. American Legion, Melvin Cowart www.analogyconsulting.com 239-992-9474 Bonita Springs, FL 34133 Post 274 www.sfla.wish.org (239) 992-1551 899 Buttonwood Drive Construction, Remodeling & www.hainesac.com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Repair San Carlos Bay Sail & Power (239) 463-6591 Home-Tech Squadron legionpost274@aol.com Absolute Best Inc. 6400 Techster Blvd. 16048 San Carlos Blvd. www.post274.org 7243 Emily Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33966 Fort Myers, FL 33908 Fort Myers, FL 33908 Dr. Piper Center for Social (800) 800-8356 (239) 466-4040 (239) 482-2225 Services Inc. www.home-tech.com BBehrens302@comcast.net www.absolutebest.com 2607 Dr. Ella Piper Way www.scbps.com LCM Engineering, Inc. Fort Myers, FL 33916 Advance Solar 5294 Summerlin Commons Way, 239-332-5346 SCORE (Southwest Florida) 2431 Crystal Drive #1202 www.drpipercenter.org 3650 Colonial Blvd., Suite 231 Fort Myers, FL 33907 Fort Myers, FL 33907 Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 939-7446 Florida Native Butterfly Society (239) 590-0263 (574) 274-7658 / (800) 634-0245 www.advancesolar.com Inc. www.LCM.com www.southwestflorida.score.org 1815 Fowler Street Alair Homes - Sanibel Nease Inc. Fort Myers, FL 33901 VFW 10097 1700 Medical Lane, Suite 101 1601 Jackson St. (239) 690-2359 17770 Pine Ridge Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33907 Fort Myers, FL 33901 info@thebutterflyestates.com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 313-7609 (239) 334-0999 www. floridanativebutterflies.org (239) 466-6400 www.alairhomes.com/sanibel stevenease@comcast.net Vfw10097@embarqmail.com Fort Myers Beach Friends of the www.vfwwebcom.org Quality Painting by Alex, LLC All Phase Electric Service of Arts 4300 Ford Street, Unit 110B Florida Inc. 7225 Estero Blvd. Church Fort Myers, FL 33916 2340 Bruner Lane, Suite 100 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 823-7912 Fort Myers, FL 33912 (239) 463-3600 Beach Baptist Church qualitypaintingbyalex@hotmail.com (239) 939-7093 www.friendsoftheartsfmb.com 130 Connecticut St. www.qualitypaintingbyalex.com www.allphase-electric.com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club/ 239-463-6452 Randy’s Island Glass Allstate Construction Roofing Thrift Shop office@beachbaptist.org 17691 Summerlin Rd. 28380 Old 41 Rd., Suite 4 11050 Summerlin Square Dr. www.beachbaptist.org Fort Myers, FL 33908 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 454-0050 (239) 317-2000 / (866) 766-3669 (239) 850-9293 Beach United Methodist www.randysislandglass.com tricia.c@acroof.net www.fortmyersbeachkiwanis.org Church Reflow Plumbing LLC. Automated Shading Inc. Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc. 155 Bay Road 123 Bay Mar Dr. 1040 Collier Center Way, Ste. 5 1560 Matthew Drive, Unit C Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Naples, FL 34110 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 463-9656 239-839-2347 (239) 594-9595 (239) 334-3488 fmbumc@comcast.net www.reflowplumbing.com www.automatedshading.com www./klcb.org www.beachunitedmethodist.org

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Semmer Electric, Inc. 1130 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-2588 semmerelectric@comcast.net www.semmerelectric.com ServPro of Central Fort Myers 1685 Target Court, #22 Fort Myers, FL 33905 (239) 334-8700 www.servprocentralftmyers.com Service Master Restorations 6451 Arc Way Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 732-7771 www.servicemasterrestorations.com Spalding Carpet Cleaners 27427 Elwood Dr. Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-463-6668 fmbfl120@aol.com www.spaldingcarpetcleaners.com Storm Shield 19751 N. Tamiami Trail North Fort Myers, FL 33903 (239) 491-7002 www.stormshieldswfl.com Sun Homes 17340 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 454-0027 www.suncommunities.com

Financial: Banking & Investment Iberiabank 7580 Winkler Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 481-2875 www.iberiabank.com Lake Michigan Credit Union of Florida 4450 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 15 Bonita Springs, FL 34134 (239) 495-0243 www.lmcu.org Merrill Lynch - JML II Group 2 East Mifflin Street Madison, WI 53703 (608) 283-2729 / (866) 756-4669 htpps://fa.ml.com/wisconsin/ madison/jmlii PNC Bank 16740 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 239-437-4743 www.pncbank.com Sanibel Captiva Community Bank 15975 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 210-7100 www.sancapbank.com Suncoast Credit Union 4491 Underwood Drive Fort Myers, FL 33905 (800) 999-5887 www.suncoastcreditunion.com

Captain Tony’s Fishing Adventures 18800 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 415-0515 info@capttonys.com www.capttonys.com

Grocery Gina’s Grocery Delivery Service 239-405-4638 ginasgrocerydelivery@wegoshop.com www.wegoshop.com/location59 Pontoon Boat Tours Hardware & Lumber 18850 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Gavin’s Ace Hardware (239) 462-8589 16025 San Carlos Blvd. pontoonboattours@outlook.com Fort Myers, FL 33908 www.pontoonboattours.com (239) 466-7777 Funerals and Cremations www.shopatace.com Gallaher American Family Funeral The Goodz Inc. Home 1741 Estero Blvd. 2701 Cleveland Ave., #100 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33901 239-765-8900 (239) 337-7311 www.goodzfmb.com www.GallaherAmericanFamily.com Paradise Charters 4765 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 247-8288 www.paradisechartersllc.com

Golf & Country Clubs Healthcare & Beauty APM Asset Management Crown Colony Golf & Country 280 Nature View Court Club Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 8851 Crown Colony Blvd. (239) 233-6498 Ft Myers, FL 33908 www.apmam.com (239) 590-9044 www.crowncolonygcc.com Bennett Chiropractic & Wellness Center Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club 7130 Estero Blvd., Suite 1 12300 Kelly Greens Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 463-1640 (239) 466-9570 x204 www.beachchiropractor.com www.kellygreens.com

Titan Restoration Construction 2701 Vista Pkwy., Suite A-7 The Mosaic Group at Morgan West Palm Beach, FL 33411 Stanley (239) 963-7574 512 Randy Lane www.titanrebuild.com Pink Shell Yacht & Beach Club Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 275 Estero Blvd. Event Planning & Rentals (239) 598-7660 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 www.fa.morganstanley.com/ 239-463-8665 Creative Events / Accami themosaicgroup info@pinkshell.com 12090 Metro Parkway www.pinkshell.com Fort Myers, FL 33966 Fishing (239) 768-6393 Shell Point Golf Club www.creativeevents1.com Cape Charters 15000 Shell Point Blvd. 414 Crescent St. Caloosa Tent & Rental Fort Myers, FL 33008 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 10879 Metro Pkwy. (239) 433-9790 (239) 549-5629 Fort Myers, FL 33966 www.shellpointgolf.com www.fishcapecharters.com (239) 694-5177 www.caloosatent.com Government Captain Mike’s Offshore Fishing Charters DeRomo’s Banquet Room & Fort Myers Beach Fire Control Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Catering District (989) 330-1524 26811 South Bay Drive, Suite 245 100 Voorhis Street mpoff56@cmsinter.net Bonita Springs, FL 34134 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 www.captainmikeoffshore.com 239 325-3583, x4 (239) 590-4200 www.deromos.com www.fmbfire.org Captain Noah’s Fishing Charters 14341 Port Comfort Road Sunbelt Rentals Lee County Sherriff ’s Office Fort Myers, FL 33908 12770 Metro Parkway 14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. (239) 565-4747 Fort Myers, FL 33966 Fort Myers, FL 33912 noah@captainnoah.com (239) 768-3636 (239) 477-1010 www.captainnoah.com www.sunbeltrentals.com www.sheriffleefl.org

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Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau 2201 Second St., Suite 600 Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 338-3500 www.fortmyers-sanibel.com

Be Resilient, LLC P.O. Box 2983 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932 (616) 439-1444 www.beresilient.us Chance/Teachout Chiropractic & Wellness Center PA 16731 McGregor Blvd., Ste. 111 Fort Myers , FL 33908 (239) 466-5656 chancechirowellness@gmail.com www.afortmyerschiropractor.com Estero Island Medical Care 7205 Estero Blvd., Suite 733 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-5741 www.esteroislandmedical.com Interim Health Care of Charlotte County 3390 Tamiami Trail, Suite 203 Port Charlotte, FL 33952 (941) 787-5636 www.interimhealthcare.com/ charlottecountyfl


Isle of Palms Recovery Center 100 Lovers Lane, #7 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (844) 422-3446 www.beginnow.com

Heidrick & Co. Insurance 1648 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 579-0660 www.sanibelinsurance.com

Smiles With Care 7130-A Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-5433 www.smileswithcaredentistry.com

State Insurance USA 4450 Camino Real Way Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 567-9992 www.stateinsuranceusa.com

VIP Nails & Spa 1661 Estero Blvd., #9 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8853

Internet & Telecommunications Vector & Ink, Tourism Marketing 211 Pioneer Drive Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 www.vectorandink.com

Wave of Vitality 2801 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (740) 319-7159 waveofvitality@yahoo.com Winn Hearing Healthcare & Audiology 16120 San Carlos Blvd., #10A Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 270-5911 www.fortmyershearingaid.com

Key West Transportation Key West Express 1200 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-5733 www.keywestexpress.net Legal Services

San Carlos RV Park 18701 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3133 mail@sancarlosrv.com www.sancarlosrv.com

Must Do Visitor Guides Siesta Publications, Inc. PO Box 2673 Sarasota, FL 34230 (941)-400-5377 www.mustdo.com Siesta Bay RV Resort Sunny Day Guide 19333 Summerlin Rd. 800 Seahawk Cir., #106 Fort Myers, FL 33908 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (239) 466-8988 (800) 786-6932 www.sunrvresorts.com/siesta_bay www.sunnydayguide.com Museums Travel Host Southwest Florida 4824 SW 2nd Place Cape Coral Historical Museum Cape Coral, FL 33914 544 Cultural Park Boulevard (239) 810-9333 Cape Coral, FL 33990 www.travelhost.com (239) 772-7037 Parks & Recreation info@capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org

Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 334-7419 www.edisonfordwinterestates.org Florida Native Butterfly Society Inc. 1815 Fowler Street Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 690-2359 info@thebutterflyestates.com

Bay Oaks Recreation Center 2731 Oak St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-4222 www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov Newton Park 4650 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 3931 (239) 765-0865 www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov

Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt PA 1715 Monroe Street Home Décor Fort Myers, FL 33902 Pest Control (239) 344-1100 www.henlaw.com Beach Pottery, Etc. Ostego Bay Foundation Marine A Better Bugman LLC 17980 San Carlos Blvd Science Center 7212 Emily Dr. Jessica Hernstadt, Attorney at Law Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 718 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers, FL 33908 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 437-4211 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 454-2847 (305) 495-3333 www.fortmyersbeachpottery.com (239) 765-8101 www.abetterbugman.com jfhernstadt@aol.com info@ostegobay.org www.ostegobay.org Pottery Express LC Termite & Pest Control Inc. Liquor & Tobacco Store 25370 Zemel Road 1221 SW 32nd Terrace The Mound House Punta Gorda, FL 33955 The Cigar Hut Cape Coral, FL 33914 2523 Estero Blvd. (941) 505-8400 1172 Estero Blvd., Ste 103 (239) 900-7378 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 www.potteryexpress.com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 termite.pest@yahoo.com (239) 765-0865 (239) 765-5550 www.termitepci.com www.moundhouse.org www.facebook.com/The-Cigar-Hut Ice Cream Pet Care & Veterinarian Music Miniature Golf Love Boat Ice Cream Animal Clinic at Kelly Crossing 16475 San Carlos Blvd. Jungle Golf Times Square Merchant & Event 16120 San Carlos Blvd., Ste. 11 Fort Myers, FL 33908 17710 San Carlos Blvd. Association Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 466-7707 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 1001 Estero Blvd. (239) 985-8500 www.loveboaticecream.com (239) 466-9797 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 kelly.clinic@ackc.comcastbiz.net junglegolf@me.com (239) 872-4221 www.ackc.net Royal Scoop www.junglegolfminigolf.com 2307 Estero Blvd. Newspaper and Magazines Property Management & Vacation Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Rental Companies 17450 San Carlos Blvd. Observer / Beach Bulletin (239) 314-5379 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 19260 San Carlos Blvd. 72 Residential Royalscoop@ymail.com (239) 466-5855 4770 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 www.royalscoop.com fmbinfo@smugglersgolf.com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-0400 www.smugglersgolf.com (239) 463-4944 www.fortmyersbeachtalk.com Insurance www.72residential.com Mobile Home & RV Park & Service Island Sand Paper Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc. Indian Creek Park AAA Coastal Management 1661 Estero Blvd., #4A 3820 Colonial Blvd., #200 17340 San Carlos Blvd. 19260 San Carlos Blvd., #110 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33966 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239)-463-4461 (239) 278-0278 (239) 466-6060 (239) 314-5691 / (855) 556-2755 www.fortmyersbeach.news www.bbinsurance.com www.4indiancreek.com info@aaacoastal.com

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RAL Resort Property Mgmt. Inc. 17810 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 481-9580 www.ralresorts.com Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals 1698 Estero Blvd. Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-0078 info@seagypsyvacationrentals.com www.seagypsyvacationrentals.com Publishing & Distributing Beaches and Keys Magazine PO Box 2722 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932 (239) 841-2095 www.beachesandkeys.com Coastal Angler Magazine 2121 W. First Street Fort Myers, FL 33902 (239) 595-8265 www.coastalanglermag.com/fortmyers Ocean Avenues Publishing,LLC 14841 Lake Olive Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 470-6277 oceanaves@comcast.net www.fmbmap.com River Weekly News 1640 Periwinkle Way, Ste. 2 Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 395-1213 Press@islandsunnews.com www.islandsunnews.com Vector & Ink 1945 Ortiz Ave Fort Myers, FL 33905 (239) 337-0999 www.vectorandink.com Welcome Guide Maps 4940 72nd Ave N., Suite 200 Pinellas Park, FL 33781 (727) 521-6277 mail@welcomeguide-map.com www.southwestflorida. welcomeguide-map.com

Real Estate Commercial Premier Plus Realty Joe Orlandini Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-537-1333 www.fmbjoe.com http://www.premiereplusrealty. com/agents/603343118/JoeOrlandini/ Real Estate, Residential Alyce Hsueh – Lahaina Real Estate 6035 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (917) 513-1668 alyceh88@gmail.com www.fortmyersbeachalyce.com CENTURY 21 TriPower Realty 2001 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3400 www.tripowervacationrentals.com Daryck Muckle, Legacy International Realty 12072 Terraverde Court, #8 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (651) 592-5983 mucklerealty@gmail.com www.mucklerealty.com Fort Myers Beach Realty 2801-A Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-2661 www.FtMyersBeachRealEstate.com Grandview at Bay Beach - London Bay Homes 4530 Bay Beach Lane Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 307-0211 www.londonbay.com Island Life Realty 1133 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239 314-LIFE www.islandlifefmb.com

Realtors Association

KH Construction LLC. (home inspection) 16970 San Carlos Blvd., Ste. 160152 Fort Myers, FL 33908 239-437-1639 khconstruction@comcast.net www.pacecontractor.com/home_ inspections_kh

Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association 2840 Winker Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33916 (239) 936-3537 www.swflrealtors.com

Sandy Lepley, Century 21 Realty 5689 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-233-4331 www.sandylepley.com

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Scott Meadows, Premiere Plus Realty 9366 Via Piazza Court Fort Myers, FL 33905 (239) 220-1157 scottmeadows3@gmail.com www.todaysflrealestate.com Sell My Time Share Now, LLC 300 Constitution Ave., Box 10 Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 516-0200 / (877) 815-4227 www.sellmytimesharenow.com/ fort-myers-beach-timeshares Sellstate on the Beach 7130 Estero Blvd., Unit C Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 900-1515/ Fax: (239) 9001516 http://www.sellstateonthebeach.com Sunstream Realty 6231 Estero Boulevard Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-4111 www.sunstreamrealty.com Swanbeck Realty Group 2450 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 292-6284 www.teamswanbeck.com

Charley’s Boathouse Grill 6241 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-4800 Manager@boathousegrill.net www.boathousegrill.net Coste Fine Dining at DiamondHead 2000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-0595 www.diamondheadfl.com/dining www.sunstream.com Dixie Fish Co. 714 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-233-8837 www.dixiefishfmb.com Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille 708 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-9660 www.docfordsfortmyersbeach.com Edelweiss Burger 1365 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8305 www.edelweissburger.com Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria 320 Old Carlos Blvd., Suite 2146 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8817 / (239)463-1080 www.felipestaqueria.com

The Closers Team of Premier Florida Realty 9726 Commerce Center Court, Unit C Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining Fort Myers, FL 33908 7225 Estero Blvd. (239) 848-6454 (239) 218-8787 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 info@swflclosers.com (239) 747-6500 www.swflclosers.com info@fishtaledining.com www.fishtaledining.com Restaurants & Bars Bayfront Bistro 4761 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3663 info@bayfrontbistro.com www.bayfrontbistro.com Bongo’s Beach Bar & Grill at Pink Shell 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-8683 www.pinkshell.com Cabana’s Beach Bar & Grill at Diamondhead 2000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-7654 www.diamondheadfl.com/dining Castaway’s Bar and Grill 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-4644 www.castawaysfmb.com

Flippers on the Bay at Lovers Key 8771 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-1040 www.flippersotb.com PET FRIENDLY Fresh Catch Bistro 3040 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6130 junkanoo3040@aol.com www.freshcatchbistro.com Island View Restaurant at Lani Kai 1400 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3111 www.islandviewfmb.com Junkanoo Restaurant and Beach Bar 3040 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6139 junkanoo3040@aol.com www.junkanooonthebeach.com


La Ola Restaurant 1035 Estero Blvd., Unit #3 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-765-2222 www.facebook.com/ LaOlaSurfsideRestaurant PET FRIENDLY Lighthouse Tiki Bar & Grill 1051 5th Avenue Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9392 ext. 355 fmbtiki@hotmail.com www.lighthouseislandresort.com PET FRIENDLY Matanzas Restaurant on the Bay 414 Crescent St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3838 www.matanzasonthebay.com MoJoe’s Coffee Bar 1740 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 314-5575 mojoescoffeebar@gmail.com www.MoJoesCoffeeBar.com PET FRIENDLY Nervous Nellie’s 1131 First St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-8077 www.nervousnellies.net PET FRIENDLY Original Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill 2200 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3043 www.originalshrimpdock.com Parrot Key Caribbean Grill 2500 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3257 parrotkey2500@gmail.com www.myparrotkey.com/home PET FRIENDLY Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 11410 Summerlin Square Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 466-2800 1139@prkmc.com www.stores.perkinsrestaurants.com Pete’s Time Out 1005 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-5900 www.petestimeout.com PET FRIENDLY Pierside Grill & Famous Blowfish Bar 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-7800 www.piersidegrill.com

Pinchers Beach Bar & Grill 6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-2909 info@pinchersusa.com www.pinchersusa.com Pinchers Crab Shack of Ft Myers Beach 18100 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 415-8973 info@pinchersusa.com www.pinchersusa.com Plaka Restaurant 1001 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4707 www.facebook.com/ PlakaGreekRestaurant PET FRIENDLY Rib City Grill 11561 Majestic Blvd. Ft Myers, FL 33908 (239) 454-0454 www.ribcity.com Salty Crab Bar & Grill 1154 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8224 saltycrabbarandgrill@ beachsidehospitalitygroup.com www.saltycrabbarandgrill.com Shark Bar & Grill 19030 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 313-6012 sharkbarfmb@gmail.com www.facebook.com/sharkbarfmb Shuckers at the Gulfshore 1250 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-5440 Manager@gulfshoregrill.com Skye’s Mexican & More 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 247-2457 www.skyesfortmyersbeach.com Smokin’ Oyster Brewery 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3474 www.smokinoyster.com South Beach Grille 7205 Estero Blvd #729 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-7770 southbeachgrille@comcast.net www.southbeachgrillefmb.com

Sundeck at the Lani Kai 1400 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3111 www.lanikaiislandresort.com Sunset Beach Tropical Grill 1028 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-1028 sunsetbeachgrill@gmail.com www.sunsetbeachtropicalgrill.com

Periwinkle Place 2075 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 395-1914 www.periwinkleplace.com Salty Dog Gallery & Gifts 1901 Estero Blvd., #103 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-9900 saltydoggallery@hotmail.com www.saltydoggallery.com

The Beach Bar 21050 St. Peter’s Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (201) 589-7996 www.facebook.com/ thebeachbarfmb PET FRIENDLY

Sanibel Outlets 20350 Summerlin Rd., #4145 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 454-1974 http://www.sanibeloutlets.com

The Dog House 1207 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-940-1043 thedoghousefmb@gmail.com www.facebook.com/ thedoghousefmb PET FRIENDLY The Sandbar & Grille 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-5544 www.facebook.com/ TheSandbarandGrille Truly Scrumptious 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-2200 www.trulyscrumptiousfmb.com The Whale 1249 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-5505 www.thebeachedwhale.com Tuckaway Bagel Café 1740 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33931 (239) 463-5398 tuckawaycoffeefmb@gmail.com www.tuckawaycoffeefmb.com PET FRIENDLY

Santini Marina Plaza 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3600 ftmarina@aol.com www.fortmyersbeachstorage.com Shady Fox Shades 5636 Whisperwood Blvd., #1704 Naples, FL 34110 (239) 677-5914 shadyfoxshades@gmail.com www.facebook.com/ shadyfoxshades Tropical Jewelry 401 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 224-4085 tropicaljewelryfmb@gmail.com www.facebook.com/ TropicalJewelryFMB Vivie Boutique 4148 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 223-4022 abbey@vivieboutique.com www.vivieboutique.com Walmart #4063 17105 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-340-7074 www.walmart.com Retirement Community & Assisted Living

Yucatan Beach Stand 250 Old San Carlos Blvd. Barrington Terrace Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 9731 Commerce Center Ct. (239) 333-4386 Fort Myers, FL 33908 www.yucatanbeachstand.com 239-334-2500 PET FRIENDLY www.bt-ftmyers.com Retail Oasis Senior Advisors Ginger Martin Miromar Outlets 24870 Burnt Pine Drive 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Suite 305 Bonita Springs, FL 34134 Estero, FL 33928 (239) 910-6138 239-948-3766 oasissenioradvisors.com www.miromaroutlets.com

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Pacifica Senior Living, Ft. Myers Memory Care 9461 Healthpark Circle Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 437-5511 mktg.fortmyers@ pacificaseniorliving.com www.pacificaseniorliving.com

Santini Marina Storage 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3600 www.fortmyersbeachstorage.com

Sea Dog Eco Tours 414 Crescent St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (231) 335-7278 tours@seadogpaddle.com www.seadogecotours.com

Sightseeing Cruises, Charters & Tours Adventures in Paradise Inc. 14341 Port Comfort Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 472-8443 info@adventuresinparadise.com

Sea Racer Tours 2500 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 314-5304 info@searacertours.com www.searacerfortmyers.com

Shell Point Retirement Community 15101 Shell Point Boulevard Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 466-1131 info@shellpoint.org All Water Excursions www.shellpoint.org 5001 Coconut Point Road Bonita Springs, FL 34134 Thrive at Beachwalk (239) 594-0213 15800 Beachwalk Blvd. www.allwaterexcursions.com Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 349-3769 http://thrivesl.com/beachwalk Beach Buddy Tours Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Schools (239) 895-8868 capt.john@beachbuddytours.com AMI Kids Southwest Florida www.beachbuddytours.com 1190 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Captain Bubby’s island Tours 239-765-9696 PO Box 1835 southwestfl-bm@amikids.org Sanibel, FL 33957 www.amikids.org 239-245-7383 captainbubbys@gmail.com Education First (Gulf Coast www.captainbubbys.com International Program) 1665 Linhart Ave. Captiva Cruises Fort Myers , FL 33901 11401 Andy Rosse Lane (239) 270-4770 Captiva, FL 33924 https://homestay.ef.com/us (239) 472-5300 Info@Captivacruises.com Florida Gulf Coast University www.captivacruises.com 10501 FGCU Blvd S. Fort Myers, FL 33965 Estero Bay Express Dolphin Tours (239) 590-1037 www.fgcu.edu 7225 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Seafood Market (239) 463-3600 ftmarina@aol.com Erickson & Jensen Seafood Packer www.esterobayexpress.com 1100 Shrimp Boat Lane Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Good Time Charters (239) 463-4050 4765 Estero Blvd. ericksonandjensen@gmail.com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 405-2060 Trico Shrimp Co. Tours@goodtimecharter.com 1300 Main St. www.goodtimecharter.com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-8788 Manatee Sightseeing Tours www.tricoshrimpco.wixsite. 107 Newport Cay com/2630 Naples, FL 34114 (239) 642-8818 Self-Storage www.see-manatees.com Safe-T-Storage Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise 17501 Pine Ridge Rd. 2500 Main Street Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 466-8181 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 SafeTstorage@comcast.net (239) 765-7272 www.safetstorage.com www.floridapiratecruise.com

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Southwest Florida Dolphin & Nature Cruises 12941 Cherrydale Court Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 470-1472 swflcruises@gmail.com www.swflcruises.com Sundancer Charters 4765 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (305) 330-3598 www.Sundancercharters.com

Travel Agency All Aboard Travel 12530 World Plaza Lane, #1 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 274-9999 / (800) 741-1770 www.allaboardtravel.com Utilities Advanced Disposal 17101 Pine Ridge Rd. SW Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 344-1224 www.advanceddisposal.com/ florida Florida Power & Light Co. 1813 Lee St. Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 334-7754 www.fpl.com Watersports Adventure Water Sports Inc. 1160 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 849-6342 www.adventure-watersports.com

Tarpon Bay Explorers 900 Tarpon Bay Rd. Sanibel Island, FL 33957 All Island Watersports (239) 472-8900 www.tarponbayexplorers.com 61 Avenue C Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Spa, Massage, Salon (239) 765-1284 www.theislandwatersports.com Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Med Spa of Naples Estero Island Parasail 3699 Airport Pulling Road 6890 Estero Blvd. North Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Naples, FL 34105 844-FLY-PARA (239) 262-5662 www.esteroislandparasail.com www.drhasen.com FMB Flyboard, Kayak & Aquagene Spa Paddleboard Rentals 275 Estero Blvd. 18400 ‘’D’’ San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-8648 (239) 898-4063 aquagenespa@pinkshell.com www.fmbflyboard.com www.pinkshell.com Fort Myers Beach Sea and Sun Haven Hair Studio Rentals 16120 San Carlos Blvd., #9 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 437-6001 (239) 314-5631 www.facebook.com/HAVENwww.ftmyersbeachseaandsun.com HAIR-Studio Theater and Movies Holiday Water Sports, Ft Myers Beach Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 200 Estero Blvd. 1380 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 765-4386 (239) 278-4422 www.holidaywatersportsfmb.com www.broadwaypalm.com Mid-Island Watersports, Inc. FMB Theater 5550 and 6890 Estero Blvd. 6425 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-0965 (239) 765-3333 www.midislandwatersports.com www.fmbtheater.com


Paradise Parasail 1160 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-7272 www.paradiseparasail.com Ranalli Parasail 4530 Match Pointe Lane Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 565-5700 ranalliparasail@gmail.com www.ranalliparasail.com Yacht Services Diversified Yacht Services, Inc. 751 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-8700 www.dysinc.com

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