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For 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 in the “Heart of the Island”. 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 on your tablet or smartphone. Rest assured you will get “Visitor Information, Caught Daily and Served Fresh”™ all along our “7 Miles of Pure Paradise™!” 4 |

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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? Are there other hazards should I avoid? Any other health tips?

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Fort Myers Beach 2020 - 2021

Visitors Guide

Official publication of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce 2450 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931 Phone: (239) 454-7500 Fax: (239) 454-7910 E-mail: Web Site:

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It stands out, FMB–our shorthand for FORT MYERS BEACH. It has a distinct personality different from all other Florida islands. FMB claims a vivacious yet laid-back character all its own, separate from and more colorful than the mainland and its neighboring barrier islands, yet without a hint of pretense. To get you best acquainted with Fort Myers Beach, we answersome of the questions we hear most often.

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What area defines FMB?

What’s there to see on the island’s bay side?

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 town. From the mainland, San Carlos Boulevard crosses San Carlos Island, home to the famed shrimping fleet of Fort Myers Beach (see page 50). Upon crossing the Sky Bridge over Matanzas Pass, you will spot Times Square and Old San Carlos Boulevard to the northwest. San Carlos Boulevard flows into Estero Boulevard as it arrives to Estero Island, Fort Myers Beach’s main land mass. The intersection known as Times Square is typically bustling, but otherwise unrelated to New York’s version.

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 archeological site.

Where’s the beach? There’s no trick to finding a spread of seaside sand on FMB. Vibrant and beachy, Estero Boulevard runs 7 miles the length of the island, parallel and close to its continuous powdery white sands bordering 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 MobiMats® to accommodate wheelchairs.

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.

How do I get to FMB? Conveniently, Fort Myers Beach lies a half hour from interstate access and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers (239-768-1000, 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.

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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.

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. 11 | | 11

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 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. For fee and schedule information, visit trolleyinfo.

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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 239-454-7500; or visit us on the Web at

What’s the weather like? 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. 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.

What should I pack? 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, sneakers, 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. 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.

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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.

Are there other weather hazards I should avoid? Thunderstorms and lightning are common summer occurrences during the late afternoon in Florida. They are lovely to watch–from inside. At the first rumbles of thunder, seek shelter. Never stay in the water during a thunderstorm. A car in Florida summer is an oven. It is unlawful to leave small children and pets locked in cars in Florida, 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. 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 2017. | 15 | 15

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Sun. Sand. Water.

We have perfected the formula for the most enviable vacations imaginable. Okay, truth is, Nature herself came up with the equation. We are only making sure the ingredients stay pure and combine to make yours an irresistible recipe that gets handed down from generation to generation. Playing near, on, and in the water is the very definition of Fort Myers Beach playtime. Whether you worship them landside or plunge headlong into water sports, the waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Estero Bay, and island canals beckon with endless opportunities.

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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.

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 mellowing into the sunset.

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.

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.

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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.

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 mellowing into the sunset.

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.

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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 walkto beach, as parking is restricted to two handicapped spaces. | 21

Shrimp trawlers, tour boats, graceful sailboats, 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 A. 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 are 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. 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 with interactive exhibits and a community, expected to open spring 2021. 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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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.

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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.

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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, 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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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 skiffs and fast boats. 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, revered as 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 sea-obsessed destination where the sun+sand+water formula always equals memories that keep. | 25

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Fun Fact “ESTERO” is the Spanish word for estuary, where salt water meets and mingles with fresh water, creating the perfect nursery “SOUP” for myriad forms of marine life.

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Itineraries Three Days, Four Ways



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By definition, a FMB vacation has little to no structure. But if you are the can’t-wait, 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.

Day One

Start your family vacation off with some good beach reads from the FORT MYERS BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY (239-765-8162, 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 (239-765-6794 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 jet-ski or 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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Day Two For a dose of history, visit the Mound House (239-7650865,; see page 31 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. 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 in season. 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.

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 mediahounded 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.


Day Three

The beach beckons once again. Spend the morning shelling, sunning, and enjoying the playground at LOVERS KEY STATE PARK (239-463-4588, 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. | 29

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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, park/Lovers-Key). Here the natural surroundings and off-theflipflop-path seclusion make going to the beach feel like you have discovered your own private love nest.


Devote the rest of the day to splurging: Indulge in a couples massage at one of the island’s spas, take a sunset stroll, and toast your love with a candlelit dinner overlooking the beach and its post-sunset afterglow. Top it all off with barefoot, moonlit dancing on the beach to the boom-swish percussion of breakers.

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PHOTO CREDIT: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Day Two

Transcend the land-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 off-theboat fresh. Walk off lunch with a leisurely stroll along the quiet wilderness trails of the island’s last maritime oak hammock in 60-acre MATANZAS PASS PRESERVE (239-707-3015, 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,—a unique Photo Credit: Lee County VCB/ Fort Myers Beach offering.

Day Three


Awake slowly and relax fully into the romance of FMB’s norush 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 cool-off 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, 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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Whether you are planning a betrothal to the love-ofyour-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-andouts 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? Personalized sand sculpture? Sunset backdrop? When it comes to FMB beach weddings, magic happens on a regular basis.

Fun Fact Love bug? It may sound like a Disney film from the ‘60s, but these are real insects (Plecia nearctica). They visit each spring and fall to remind us: All you need is love. The bugs spend the entire, if short, span of their lives in midair wedlock– mating for up to 12 hours of their 86hour lifespan (without Viagra). PHOTO CREDIT: IG @meganmwilliamson

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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 (www.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. In the afternoon, feel indigenous and in harmony with the original inhabitants of the area—the Calusa tribe that 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 31), one of the Calusa Blueway’s launch spots on Estero Bay.

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Wake early for a beach walk at Newton Beach Park 9239-765-0865, beaches) Join a guided walk on Tuesday mornings or a yoga session on Wednesday mornings. Then head to MATANZAS PASS PRESERVE (239-707-3015, www. 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.

Photo Credit: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

PHOTO CREDIT: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Day Two

Afterward, pack up a picnic lunch for LOVERS KEY STATE PARK (239-463-4588, 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, 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.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Day Three Head to BOWDITCH POINT PARK (239-765-6794, 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.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

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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Each summer from MAY TO AUGUST, 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 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. TURTLE TIME, INC. (, 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 out and mark nests and assist the babies who are unable to dig out on their own. They find on average of 20 TO 50 NESTS on the beach each season. If you’re lucky, you may happen onto the beach during a morning release of rescued hatchlings who didn’t make it out of the nest.

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On Estero Bay, THE MOUND HOUSE engages families nature-lovers, and couples alike in archaeological, historical and environmental learning.

Touchscreen photo albums, excavated pieces of pottery under magnifying glass, and oversized puzzles turn kids into young archaeologists.

Its restored 1921 home—the oldest standing structure on FORT MYERS BEACH—sits atop a much 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 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 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 re-created 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 named Digging Deeper.

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 for tour times and other information or call 239-765-0865 for information. | 35

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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 for tour times and other information or call 239765-0865 for information.

Day One


Step into to the ultra-modern FORT MYERS BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY (239-765-8162,, 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. Use the camera or a free 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 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. 36 |

Photo Credit: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel PHOTO CREDIT: Nick Adams Photography

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 A. 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 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,; see page 31 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 (239-765-9000, www. The theater hosts the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. See page 42 for details.

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Day Three


Head to MATANZAS PASS PRESERVE (239-707-3015, 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, 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 (239765-8101(, 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. | 37

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Boogey FMB-Style

You 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 rockn-roll band under the sun at a poolside bar, or latenight 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.

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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 San Carlos Boulevard and 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 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 sealegged 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 FMB-style 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 singersongwriter 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 46, 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.

Wait for it! Can you catch the #greenflash? Some believe rum helps, but the phenomenon is actually no illusion, rather the result of physics. Rapt attention is required.You must stare fixedly at the sun as the sea swallows it whole. When theblazing disk slips behind the watery horizon— don’t blink now, you’ll miss it—the sun sends up a split-second flare of farewell…if conditions are just right. #notenoughrum #gotflashed

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Celebrating Sand, Shrimp & Something for Everyone 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 34th annual event happens Nov. 19-28, 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 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:

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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.

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

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.


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, children ages 13 to 17, families or groups of up to six members, businesses, and solo adults.

Stroll the ‘Sand Vendor Village.’

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More than 50 VENDORS from across the country sell food, beverages, arts and crafts, and specialty merchandise. In 2021, look for these exciting new additions: the Sand under the Stars illuminated nighttime display and VIP Lounge.


Get in the picture.

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

Play in the giant sandbox.

Here’s the Sand Scoop:

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

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THE YEAR IN FESTIVITY Note: Event dates are subject to change because of COVID-19 or other factors. Please call ahead or check the event’s website for updates. The 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 2021 bring folks together to rejoice in culture, nature, music, and food, glorious seafood. For more information, visit:, or call 239-454-7500.

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April 13-18, 2021

Love at Lovers Key – A Special Valentine’s Day Event Couples are invited to the 12th annual vow renewal ceremonies at the wedding gazebo on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Donation is $150 per couple, which includes a meal, champagne toast, wedding cake, gifts, and door prizes. 630-542-2435

Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival The 15th 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.

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May 2, 2021

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival and Parade Two days of festivities celebrate the tasty shrimp harvest of Fort Myers Beach at this 63rd 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 46 |

Taste of the Beach The 26th 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 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 Photo Credit: Lee County VCB/

July 3, 2021

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. 239-765-8101

July 4, 2021

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.)

Sept. 17-26, 2021

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.

Dec. 4, 2021

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. The 32nd 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 Bill’s Waterfront Café, Dixie Fish Co., Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, or Parrot Key Caribbean Grill.

Dec. 6, 2021-Jan. 6, 2022

Art Divine The Fort Myers Beach Art Association & Gallery hosts this holiday season show. It features a free public reception and an Open House with ongoing demonstrations and art sales. Check the web site for a schedule of other happenings during the show. 239-463-3909, | 47| 47

Dec. 10-11, 2021

Come see what Thomas Edison and Henry Ford discovered!

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.

Dec. 31, 2021

Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party & New Year’s Eve Celebration Watch the ball drop at Times Square– without shivering. The town’s 26th 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. 239-7650202,

Edison’s and Ford’s Historic Winter Homes 20 Acres of Botanical Gardens Thomas Edison’s Laboratory 15,000-Square-Foot Inventions Museum

Guided tours in English Self-guided tours and maps in English, German, Spanish, and French and maps in Chinese

FUN FACT The legendary nightlife of Fort Myers Beach got its start in the Roaring Twenties with a casinoclubhouse that is said to have attracted a partyloving, bootleg crowd.

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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 continued

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through the years. “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.

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.

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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 turtlefriendly netting, the telltale white rubber boots that have become the unofficial uniform of shrimpers, and a model of a shrimp trawler.

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The Ostego Bay Foundation takes visitors each Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. (except during summer) on a three-hour Working 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.

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Celebrate Shrimp

Shrimp 201: Buying & Preparing

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 along 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Local shrimpers flash-freeze their 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; 21-25 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.

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.


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Shop. Eat. Repeat.

Whether you need a new tank top to set off your tan, bribes for the dog-sitter back home, some just-off-thehook 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.

Buys along the Boulevard The opportunities begin as you head toward the beach on 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 familyrun 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.

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Time for Times Square

Easin’ down Estero

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.

One of Florida’s liveliest streets, Estero Boulevard runs 7 MILES from Times Square 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.

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 Gulf-facing side of the plaza. Stop for fortification in the form of an ice cream sundae, homemade fudge, rumrunner cocktail, hand-crafted 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.

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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, namebrand jewelry, kitschy-cute beach décor, and good eats. Don’t forget to stop at the FORT MYERS BEACH ART ASSOCIATION for gallery-quality 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, and other taste 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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How To Become an Islander

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Go ahead: Put your foot down in the sand. Say it out loud:

“There is no way I can leave Fort Myers Beach!”


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.



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. for listings of real estate agents who can help you find your new dream home.

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.

Buyers may be eligible for a Florida Homestead Exemption. All persons who own and reside on real property in Florida on Jan. 1 and make 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,

Lee County Voter Registration 2480 Thompson St., 3rd Floor; P.O. Box 2545, Fort Myers, FL 33902 239-533-8683, Lee County Vehicle Registration & Drivers Licenses 15680 Pine Ridge Rd., Fort Myers FL 33908 239-533-6000,

Fun Fact Most resorts provide Internet access for their guests. FORT MYERS BEACH LIBRARY (2755 Estero Blvd., 239-765-8162) offers free use of its Internet service. Staff will also print airline boarding passes for you. | 61

Fishing Licenses 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 for more information on licenses and other size, bag, and season regulations. Florida residents age 65 or older with proof of age and residency are not required to purchase a fishing license.

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. A permit is valid for one year. The annual permit allows residents to park under the MATANZAS PASS BRIDGE or at any of the townowned 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 long-term parking areas. Town of Fort Myers Beach 2525 Estero Blvd. 239-463-5888

Fun Fact

San Carlos Island’s historic Dixie Fish Company building on Fisherman’s Wharf under the Matanzas Pass Sky Bridge was built in the late 1930s. Local historians fought to preserve the Intracoastal Waterway landmark. It is the only of its kind still standing after more than 70 years of continuous operation. In 2015, a new waterfront restaurant revived its spirit of seafood industry.

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 | 62 62 |


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To receive phone, text, or email alerts about hurricanes, boil water notices, and other emergencies, visit 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.

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 239-334-1224,

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,

Water You can contact Beach Water 24 hours a day by phone or in person Monday-Friday during normal office hours. Beach Water, 2525 Estero Blvd., 239-463-9914 (after hours 866-578-2705),


Fun Fact Fort Myers Beach’s first library opened in 1955 at 1698 Estero Boulevard. The following year it did away with its small membership fee to become Lee County’s first free public library. Look for the plaque on the front of the building that designates it with Historic Recognition.

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Communication Western Union ( services are available at local Publix, 7-Eleven, and Walgreens stores. Drop off Federal Express ( packages in outside boxes at Indian Creek Plaza (17264 San Carlos Blvd.), Sea Grape Plaza (2801 Estero Blvd.), or Santini Marina Plaza (7205 Estero Blvd.) U.S. Post Office (main), 200 Carolina Ave. 800-275-8777 Photo Credit: Don Hutchinson - Blue Turtle

Photo Credit: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

U.S. Post Office (branch) 17264 San Carlos Blvd. #302 239-466-8878 U.S. Post Office (branch) Villa Santini Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd., 239-463-2373

CIVIC & COMMUNITY PHONES American Legion, 239-463-6591, Photo Credit: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Estero Island Historic Society, 239-463-0435 Fort Myers Beach Art Association, 239-463-3909 Fort Myers Beach Elementary School, 239-463-6356 Fort Myers Beach Lions,848-8776, Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge #362 239-466-6363, Fort Myers Beach Public Library, 239-765-8162 Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, 239-765-1417 Loyal Order of Moose, 239-463-7733, | 64 | 64

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 favored the idea to work together and educate one another as one voice in serving the community and doing outreach. The Alliance triggered an online community calendar which is 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, email:, or call 239-765-1417. Beach Kids Foundation Beach United Methodist Church

Photo Credit: Don Hutchinson - Blue Turtle

Estero Island Garden Club, www.fmlcgardencouncil. com/council-directory/117/estero-island-garden-club Estero Island Historical Society Fort Myers Beach Art Association Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation Fort Myers Beach Elementary PTO, our_families/pta__pto Fort Myers Beach Lions, Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, Friends of the Arts, Friends of Bay Oaks, Friends of the Library, Friends of Lovers Key, Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve Friends of the Mound House, Friends-of-the-Mound-House-289747755122064 St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, | |6565






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This new indoor state of the art facility will offer expanded guest services and educational opportunities to learn about the 4 unique ecosystems within the park- Coastal Strand, Estuary/Mangroves, Maritime Hammock and Beach/Dunes. The Center will feature an exhibit hall with enviromental exhibits, outdoor Discovery areas, indoor outdoor classrooms, a gift shop and an observation deck to ignite discovery, foster awareness and inspire stewardship of our natural world.




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Sandal Factory Awards & Trophy Engravers Accent Business Products 1035 Estero Blvd. 6261 Arc Way Crown Trophy of Cape Coral Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33906 1333 Lafayette Street Everglades Adventure 239-463-1989 (239) 939-0077 Cape Coral, FL 33904 4765 Estero Blvd. (239) 823-8048 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Sea Gypsy Treasures (239) 405-2060 BAK Bookkeeping & Marketing 1698 Estero Blvd. Fred’s Award World, Inc. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 3512 Palm Beach Blvd. (810) 229-8991 239-765-0707 Fort Myers, FL 33916 Everglades Day Safari (239) 332-0363 11281 Summerlin Square Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Tunaskin Aquatic Apparel Trophy Case by the Beach (239) 472-1559 Bella Signs and Designs, Inc. 17195 San Carlos Blvd. #4 1300 Estero Blvd., #101 5651 Halifax Ave., #8 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33912 239-590-3087 (239) 330-3388 (239) 415-7446 Lake Trafford Airboats & Alligators, Inc. Baseball www.bellasignsanddesigns. Art & Culture 6001 Lake Trafford Rd. com Immokalee, FL 34142 Roy Hobbs Baseball Fort Myers Beach Art (239) 657-2214 4300-100 Edison Ave. Association Better Business Bureau Serving Fort Myers, FL 33916 3030 Shell Mound Blvd. West Florida 330-923-3400 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932 2655 McCormick Drive Airport Transportation (239) 463-3909 Clearwater, FL 33759 Beverage Distributers Apple Airport Transportation (239) 334-4648 15501 Old McGregor Blvd., (800) 525-1447 Suncoast Beverage Sales Suite 6 Lens and Hat 2996 Hanson St. Fort Myers, FL 33908 Mike Masin Fort Myers, FL 33916 (239) 482-1200 (239) 334-3520 x116 Biz Coach Duane Hoversten Lorna Littrell Photography Bike, Scooter, Golf Cart & Majestic Transportation FMB 33931 Beach Rentals Busy Bee Concierge Company (270) 860-2119 15501-5 Old McGregor Blvd. (239) 745-7612 Fort Myers, FL 33908 Fun-N-Sun Bike Rentals brittney@ www.lornalittrellphotography. (239) 489-4473 9100 Lady Bug Court com Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 728-7564 Attractions & Entertainment Coastline Cottage Home Watch Amusement and Water Escape Room Adventures LLC Parks Gulf Coast Slingshot Rentals 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33908 17741 San Carlos Blvd. Ste. 217 (239) 771-3125 Fort Myers Beach Fort Myers Beach, FL 333931 Fort Myers, FL 33907 Community Pool 239-217-6055 (239) 689-6979 2600 Oak Street Coastal Innkeepers LLC Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 www.gulfcoastslingshotrentals. 450 Old San Carlos Blvd., #4 (239) 436-5759 com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Seminole Casino (239) 463-0700 506 S First St. Sanibel Carts Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park Immokalee, FL 34142 15050 Elderberry Lane, 35 NE Pine Island Road (239) 658-1313 Suite 414 Cape Coral, FL 33909 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino. Group Management Services Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 574-4386 com 9001 Daniels Parkway, Ste. 203 239.500-2278 Fort Myers, FL 33912 Wild Ace Entertainment & Productions, LLC Sun Splash Family Waterpark Brittany Sparkles, Business Services 400 Santa Barbara Blvd. George Gilbert Imperial Home Watch & Cape Coral, FL 33991 (239) 985-5540 24/7 JMCP Notarial Services Services (239) 574-0558 x1985 Fort Myers, FL 33908 www.wildaceentertainment. 7530 Estero Blvd., #107 239-600-5757 com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Apparel (239) 826-6806 Automotive Local Color FMB Inc. profile/152446481 AFA/Enterprise Rentals 1021B Estero Blvd. J. Gucciardo Consulting 19003 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 A-Economical B&B Income Tax Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9199 Inc. (239) 989-5169 (239) 463-4900 810-599-0534 70 |

Lurie, LLP 10181 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, Ste. A Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 278-4455 Markham-Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., PA 8961 Conference Drive, Suite 1 Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 433-5554 Massie & Reilly CPAs, PLLC 15671 San Carlos Blvd., Suite 201 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 768-2171

Signs by Crannie 2180 Andrea Lane, #6 Fort Myers, FL 33912 (239) 482-6800 florida SP Designs 1215 SE 10th Street Cape Coral, FL 33990 (239) 424-8060 Staples 7191 Cypress Lake Drive Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 466-5487

Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club 174 Sterling Road Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-1417 Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club/Thrift Shop 11050 Summerlin Square Dr. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 850-9293 Fort Myers Beach Lions Foundation PO Box 5019 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 777-3370

Wilkinson Title Agency, Inc. 11595 Kelly Rd., Suite 217 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 454-1600

Print Shop Ink of FMB 19041 San Carlos Blvd #3 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-7744

Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 777-4855 Zerorez SWFL Harry Chapin Food Bank 5701 Country Lakes Dr., Unit #8 3760 Fowler St. Fort Myers, FL 33905 Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 932-9376 (239) 334-7007 Charitable & Not- for-Profit Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc. Organizations 1560 Matthew Drive, Unit C Fort Myers, FL 33907 American Legion, Melvin (239) 334-3488 Cowart Post 274 www./ 899 Buttonwood Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Kiwanis Fort Myers Metro(239) 463-6591 McGregor P.O. Box 61104 Fort Myers, FL 33907 Dr. Piper Center for Social (239) 433-1223 Services, Inc. Fax: (239) 433-3151 2607 Dr. Ella Piper Way Fort Myers, FL 33916 239-332-5346 San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron 16048 San Carlos Blvd. Everglades Wonder Gardens Fort Myers, FL 33908 27180 Old 41 Road Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (239) 466-4040 (239) 331-6501 jacob@ SCORE (Southwest Florida) 3650 Colonial Blvd., Suite 231 FMB Community Foundation Fort Myers, FL 33966 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (574) 274-7658 (800) 634-0245

R & W Gibson Promotional Products Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 823-1093

Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts 7225 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3600

Marco Office Supply 220 Industrial Blvd. Naples, FL 34145 (239) 775-7513 Nease, Inc. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 334-0999 Paychex 3860 Colonial Blvd. #200 Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 470-7351 Peopleready 9961 Commerce Station Road, Ste. 110 Fort Myers, FL., 33912 (239) 390-2052 Fax: (239) 390-2067 Presstige Printing 10940 Harmony Park Drive Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (239) 949-8518

VFW 10097 17770 Pine Ridge Rd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 466-6400

Churches Beach Baptist Church 130 Connecticut St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-6452 Beach United Methodist Church 155 Bay Road Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932 (239) 463-9656 St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church 5601 Williams Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239.463.5067 Cleaners & Laundry A Shore Thing Cleaning Service, LLC Cheryl Baker (239) 207-4389 ashorethingcleaningservice@ Quality Guest Linen Service 16520 S. Tamiami Trail Suite 182 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 267-7717 Santiva Housekeeping 15670 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 481-1313 Computer Repair & Service Analogy Consulting 17264 San Carlos Blvd., Unit 302-132 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-338-8670 Island IT Pros Chris Mosteiro (954) 918-8270 Construction, Remodeling & Repair Absolute Best Inc. 7243 Emily Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 482-2225 | 71

Alair Homes - Sanibel 1700 Medical Lane, Suite 101 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 313-7609 All Phase Electric Service of Florida Inc. 2340 Bruner Lane, Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33912 (239) 939-7093 Allan Development & Construction Services 10950 Old South Way, #106 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239)594-0213 scott@allandevelopmentgroup. com Allstate Construction Roofing 28790 S. Diesel Drive., Ste 3-4 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (239) 317-2000 (866) 766-3669 Assured Restoration Construction 28221 Old 41 Road Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (239) 963-7574 Automated Shading Inc. 1040 Collier Center Way, Ste. 5 Naples, FL 34110 (239) 594-9595 Beach Boys AC 7890 Buccaneer Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 224-4098 BioSweep Suncoast (239) 558-3110 C&G Powerwashing, LLC (239) 810-0276 CFS Roofing Services 12120 Amedicus Lane Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 561-2600 Chris-Tel Construction 2534-A Edison Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33901 72 |

Commex Painting & Waterproofing 11131 Riggs Road Naples, FL 34114 (239) 253-2843 commexpaintingwaterproofing. com Florida Painters of Lee County 240 Rose Street North Fort Myers, FL 33903 (239) 997-2133 (work) Haines Air Conditioning 3963 Bonita Beach Rd. Bonita Springs, FL 34133 (239) 992-1551 Honc Industries 10101 Mallory Parkway St. James City, FL 33956 (239) 772-4662 Pure Property Solutions 97 Darst Road Dayton, OH 45440 (239) 249-5804 Ryan Hammond, Inc. Contracting & Painting 6900 Daniels Parkway, #29-344 Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 872-2559 (work) Randy’s Island Glass 17691 Summerlin Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 454-0050

Servicemaster by Wright 6451 Arc Way Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 732-7771 Sherwin Williams Company 5226 Bank Street Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 293-9321 (239) 489-2332 Spalding Carpet Cleaners 27427 Elwood Dr. Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-463-6668 Spalding’s FloodZone Restoration P.O. Box 2808 Fort Myers, FL 33932 (239) 258-2222 Storm Shield 19751 N. Tamiami Trail North Fort Myers, FL 33903 (239) 491-7002 Target Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. 1841 Ortiz Avenue Fort Myers, FL 33905 (239) 332-5707

Reflow Plumbing LLC. 123 Bay Mar Dr. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-839-2347

The Original Shutter Guy 3900 Mannix Drive, #107 Naples, FL 34114 (239) 200-1224

Semmer Electric, Inc. 1130 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-2588

United Restoration 2307 Bruner Lane, Ste. #3 Fort Myers, FL 33912 844-979-8500

ServPro of Central Fort Myers 1685 Target Court, #22 Fort Myers, FL 33905 (239) 334-8700

Voakes Construction 1538 Park Meadows Dr., Unit 2 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 785-6644

Service Master by Principle 5363 Bayshore Ave. Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 785-3319

Event Planning & Rentals Barefoot Event Group (239) 980-4381

Caloosa Tent & Rental 10879 Metro Pkwy. Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 694-5177 Empire Entertainment (239) 223-3122 Sunbelt Rentals 12770 Metro Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 768-3636 Financial: Banking & Investments Edward Jones & Co 7205 Estero Blvd., Ste, 726 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-0164 financial Family First Life Southwest Florida 4851 Tamiami Trail N. North Park Shores, Suite 200 Naples, FL 34103 Fifth Third Bank 11550 Majestic Palms Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 225-2000 First Horizon Bank 15280 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 322-1849 Iberiabank 7580 Winkler Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 481-2875 Mark Anthony Group 3032 E. Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (954) 850-3535 www.themarkanthonygroup. com Merrill Lynch - JML II Group 2 East Mifflin Street Madison, WI 53703 (608) 283-2729 (866) 756-4669 madison/jmlii

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank 15975 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 210-7100

Lee County Visitor & Shangri-La Springs Northwestern Mutual Convention Bureau 27750 Old 41 Road 23160 Fashion Drive, Ste. 217 2201 Second St., Suite 600 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 Estero, FL 33928 Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 949-0749 (239) 676-2300 (239) 338-3500 Smiles With Care The Walker Group at Morgan Hardware & Lumber 7130-A Estero Blvd. State Farm - Mary Dixon Stanley Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 8268 Southwind Bay Circle Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Gavin’s Ace Hardware (239) 463-5433 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 598-7660 16025 San Carlos Blvd. (239) 267-2828 Fort Myers, FL 33908 themosaicgroup (239) 466-7777 Summerlin Dental Care 16159 Myriad Lane Fishing State Insurance USA Fort Myers, FL 33908 The Goodz Inc. 4450 Camino Real Way (239) 220-5408 1741 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966 Captain Noah’s Fishing Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 567-9992 Charters 239-765-8900 14341 Port Comfort Road Wave of Vitality Fort Myers, FL 33908 2801 Estero Blvd. The Campbell Group / Flagler (239) 565-4747 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Healthcare, Medical, & Insurance (239) 314-5054 Beauty 12331 Towne Lake Drive, Suite 1, Fort Myers, FL 33913 Anchor Mind & Body (239) 424-9544 FMBNutritionClub Captain Tony’s Fishing Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Contact for appointment Adventures Home Décor (917) 750-5793 18800 San Carlos Blvd. Internet & Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Beach Pottery, Etc. Telecommunications 17980 San Carlos Blvd (239) 415-0515 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 APM Asset Management Comcast Business (239) 437-4211 280 Nature View Court Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 896-8473 (239) 233-6498 Paradise Charters Pottery Express 4765 Estero Blvd. 25370 Zemel Road Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Bennett Chiropractic & Punta Gorda, FL 33955 (239) 247-8288 Wellness Center USA Wireless Satellite TV (941) 505-8400 7130 Estero Blvd., Suite 1 Contact for appointment Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 215-2298 Pontoon Boat Tours (239) 463-1640 Ice Cream 18850 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Love Boat Ice Cream Estero Island Medical Care Key West Transportation (239) 462-8589 16475 San Carlos Blvd. 7205 Estero Blvd., Ste. 733 Fort Myers, FL 33908 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Key West Express (239) 224-4227 (239) 466-7707 1200 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Golf & Country Clubs www.esteroislandmedicalcare. (239) 463-5733 com Insurance Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club Hope Healthcare Legal Services Brown & Brown of SW Florida, 12300 Kelly Greens Blvd. 9470 Health Park Circle Inc. Fort Myers, FL 33908 Fort Myers, FL 33908 Henderson Franklin Starnes & 3820 Colonial Blvd., #200 (239) 466-9570 x204 (239) 985-7758 Holt PA Fort Myers, FL 33966 1715 Monroe Street Fort Myers, FL 33902 (239) 278-0278 (239) 344-1100 Government Interim Health Care of Charlotte County Fort Myers Beach Insurance Fort Myers Beach Fire Control Jessica Hernstadt, Attorney at 3390 Tamiami Trail, Suite 203 Brokerage District Law Port Charlotte, FL 33952 6051 Estero Blvd., #4 100 Voorhis Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (941) 787-5636 (305) 495-3333 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8264 (239) 590-4200 charlottecountyfl Spivey Law Firm, P.A. Natalie’s Skin Solutions Personal Injury Attorneys Heidrick & Co. Insurance Lee County Sheriff’s Office 13981 McGregor Blvd., Ste. 203 13400 Parker Commons Blvd. 1648 Periwinkle Way 14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. Fort Myers, FL 33919 Fort Myers, FL 33912 Sanibel, FL 33957 Fort Myers, FL 33912 (239) 936-7546 (239) 337-7483 (239) 579-0660 (239) 477-1010 | 73

Library Fort Myers Beach Library 2755 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-8162

Waterman Broadcasting NBC2 / ABC7 3719 Central Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 939-2020

Liquor & Tobacco Store The Cigar Hut 1172 Estero Blvd., Ste 103 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-5550

Miniature Golf The Mound House 2523 Estero Blvd. Jungle Golf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 17710 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-0865 (239) 466-9797 Newspaper and Magazines Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Destination Magazine Golf PO Box 990579 17450 San Carlos Blvd. Naples, FL 34116 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 580-6140 (239) 466-5855 FMB Observer / Beach Bulletin 19260 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Mobile Home & RV Park & (239) 765-0400 Service Indian Creek RV Resort 17340 San Carlos Blvd. Must Do Visitor Guides Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Siesta Publications, Inc. (239) 466-6060 PO Box 2673 Sarasota, FL 34230 (941)-400-5377 San Carlos RV Park 18701 San Carlos Blvd.

Marina & Boat Rentals Freedom Boat Club 2500 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 218-0181 Gulf Star Marina 708 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9552 Moss Marina 450 Harbor Court Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-6677 Salty Sam’s Marina 2500 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-7333 Snook Bight Marina 4765 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 756-4371 Southern Marinas Fish-Tale 7225 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3600 Media Beach Talk Radio News FMB 33931 (239) 247-3833 Beasley Media Group 20125 S. Tamiami Trail Estero, FL 33928 (239) 495-2100 74 |

Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center 718 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-8101

Property Management RAL Resort Property Mgmt., Inc. 17810 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 481-9580 Publishing & Distributing B I Publishing Contact for appointment (239) 218-5969 Ocean Avenues Publishing, LLC 14841 Lake Olive Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 470-6277 River Weekly News 1640 Periwinkle Way, Ste. 2 Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 395-1213 Vector & Ink 2164 W First St, Suite A Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 337-0999

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Sunny Day Guide (239) 463-3133 800 Seahawk Cir., #106 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 Welcome Guide Maps 4940 72nd Ave N., Suite 200 (800) 786-6932 Pinellas Park, FL 33781 Siesta Bay RV Resort (727) 521-6277 19333 Summerlin Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 Parks & Recreation www.southwestflorida. (239) 466-8988 Bay Oaks Recreation Center siesta_bay 2731 Oak St. Realtors Association Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Museums (239) 765-4222 Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association Cape Coral Museum of History 2840 Winker Ave. 544 Cultural Park Boulevard Newton Park Fort Myers, FL 33916 Cape Coral, FL 33990 4650 Estero Blvd. (239) 936-3537 (239) 772-7037 Fort Myers Beach, FL 3931 info@ (239) 765-0865 Real Estate, Commercial Edison & Ford Winter Estates Joe Orlandini Pest Control 2350 McGregor Blvd. Premier Plus Realty Fort Myers, FL 33901 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 A Better Bugman, LLC (239) 334-7419 239-537-1333 Contact for appointment (239) 454-2847 Real Estate, Residential Florida Native Butterfly Society, Inc. Alyce Hsueh – Lahaina Real Termite & Pest Control Inc. 1815 Fowler Street Estate Cape Coral, FL 33914 Fort Myers, FL 33901 6035 Estero Blvd. (239) 900-7378 (239) 690-2359 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (917) 513-1668

Century 21 TriPower Realty 2001 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3400 Fort Myers Beach Realty 2801-A Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-2661 www.FtMyersBeachRealEstate. com Fort Myers Timeshares ByOwner 300 Constitution Ave., Box 10 Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 516-0200 (877) 815-4227 www.sellmytimesharenow. com/fort-myers-beach John R. Wood Realty 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 990-2590 KH Construction LLC. (home inspection) 16970 San Carlos Blvd., Ste. 160-152 Fort Myers, FL 33908 239-437-1639 home_inspections_kh Miloff Aubuchon Realty Group 15661 San Carlos Blvd., Ste. 1, Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 689-5143 Premiere Plus Realty, Peter Albert 3409 Pelican Landing Pkwy, #1 Bonita Springs, FL 34134 Premiere Plus Realty, Rosanna Reilly Team Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 292-0983 Re/Max Under the Sun 2801 Estero Blvd., Suite J Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 314-5360 Sunstream Realty 6231 Estero Boulevard Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-4111

Team Swanbeck, Keller Williams Realty 2450 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 292-6284

Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining 7225 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 747-6500

The Closers Team of Premier Flippers on the Bay at Lovers Florida Realty Key 9726 Commerce Center Court, 8771 Estero Blvd. Unit C Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 848-6454 (239) 765-1040 (239) 218-8787 PET FRIENDLY Fresh Catch Bistro Restaurants & Bars 3040 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Bayfront Bistro (239) 463-6130 4761 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3663 Island View Restaurant at Lani Kai Cabana’s Beach Bar & Grille at 1400 Estero Blvd. Diamondhead Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 2000 Estero Blvd. (239) 463-3111 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-7654 Junkanoo Restaurant and dining Beach Bar 3040 Estero Blvd. Charley’s Boathouse Grill & Wine Bar Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 6241 Estero Blvd. (239) 463-6139 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-4800 Kava Culture 17979 San Carlos Blvd. Cold Stone Creamery Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 1028 Fifth Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 La Ola Restaurant 1035 Estero Blvd., Unit #3 Coste Fine Dining at Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 DiamondHead 239-765-2222 2000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 LaOlaSurfsideRestaurant (239) 765-0595 PET FRIENDLY Lighthouse Tiki Bar & Grill 1051 5th Avenue Dixie Fish Co. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 714 Fisherman’s Wharf (239) 463-9392 ext. 355 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-233-8837 PET FRIENDLY Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille Mango Rita’s 708 Fisherman’s Wharf 1021 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-9660 (239) 233-8261 Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria Matanzas Restaurant on the 320 Old Carlos Blvd., Bay Suite 2146 414 Crescent St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8817 (239) 463-3838 (239)463-1080

MoJoe’s Coffee Bar 1740 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 314-5575 PET FRIENDLY Nervous Nellie’s 1131 First St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-8077 PET FRIENDLY Original Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill 2200 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3043 Parrot Key Caribbean Grill 2500 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3257 PET FRIENDLY Pete’s Time Out 1005 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-5900 PET FRIENDLY Pierside Grill & Famous Blowfish Bar 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-7800 Pinchers Beach Bar & Grill 6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-2909 Pinchers Crab Shack of Ft Myers Beach 18100 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 415-8973 Plaka Restaurant 1001 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4707 PlakaGreekRestaurant PET FRIENDLY Ray’s Pizza 118 Crescent St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-7437 | 75

Rib City Grill 11561 Majestic Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 454-0454 Salty Crab Bar & Grill 1154 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8224 saltycrabbarandgrill@ www.saltycrabbarandgrill. com Shuckers at the Gulfshore 1250 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-5440 Skye’s Mexican & More 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 247-2457 Smokin’ Oyster Brewery 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3474 Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4343 South Beach Grille 7205 Estero Blvd #729 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-7770 Sunset Beach Tropical Grill 1028 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-1028 www.sunsetbeachtropicalgrill. com The Beach Bar 1668 I Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 224-4901 thebeachbarfmb PET FRIENDLY The Island Cow 2163 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 472-0606 PET FRIENDLY 76 |

The Island Pancake House 2801 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8188 The Sandbar & Grille 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-5544 TheSandbarandGrille Truly Scrumptious 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-2200

Tropical Jewelry 401 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 224-4085 TropicalJewelryFMB

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

Walmart #4063 17105 San Carlos Blvd. All Water Excursions Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 5001 Coconut Point Road (239) 340-7074 Bonita Springs, FL 34134 (239) 594-0213 Retirement Community & Assisted Living Captiva Cruises 11401 Andy Rosse Lane Shell Point Retirement Captiva, FL 33924 Community 15101 Shell Point Boulevard (239) 472-5300 The Whale Fort Myers, FL 33908 1249 Estero Blvd (239) 466-1131 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-5505 FMB Haunted Pub Crawl Mike Yost Tuckaway Bagel Café Thrive at Beachwalk PO Box 2475 2301 Estero Blvd. 15800 Beachwalk Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 440-2805 (239) 463-5398 (239) 349-3769 PET FRIENDLY Schools Good Time Charters Yucatan Beach Stand 4765 Estero Blvd. AMI Kids Southwest Florida 250 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 1190 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 405-2060 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 333-4386 239-765-9696 PET FRIENDLY Just Livin’ the Dream Retail Charters Florida Gulf Coast University Capt. Jeff Littlejohn Miromar Outlets 10501 FGCU Blvd S. 18501 Mullock Creek Lane 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Fort Myers, FL 33965 Fort Myers, FL 33908 Suite 305 (239) 590-1037 Estero, FL 33928 (239) 243-4818 239-948-3766 justlivinthedreamcharters@ Seafood Market www.justlivinthedreamcharters. Office Depot com Erickson & Jensen Seafood 5043 S. Cleveland Ave. Packer Fort Myers, FL 33907 Lagerhead Cycleboats 1100 Shrimp Boat Lane (239) 362-9408 2500 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Periwinkle Place (239) 463-4050 2075 Periwinkle Way (239) 312-3137 Sanibel, FL 33957 www.lagerheadcycleboats. (239) 395-1914 Trico Shrimp Co. com 1300 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Manatee Sightseeing Tours Sanibel Outlets (239) 463-8788 107 Newport Cay 20350 Summerlin Rd., #4145 www.tricoshrimpco.wixsite. Naples, FL 34114 Fort Myers, FL 33908 com/2630 (239) 642-8818 (239) 454-1974 Self-Storage Sail Bolero Santini Marina Plaza & Safe-T-Storage Capt. Joe Pastore Storage 17501 Pine Ridge Rd. 2500 Main Street, Pier B 34 Fort Myers, FL 33908 7205 Estero Blvd. FMB 33931 (239) 466-8181 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 224-3076 (239) 463-3600

Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise 2500 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-7272 Sea Racer Tours 2500 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 314-5304 Southwest Florida Dolphin & Eco Tours 12941 Cherrydale Court Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 470-1472

Watersports Adventure Water Sports Inc. 1160 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 849-6342 All Island Watersports 61 Avenue C Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-1284 Estero Island Parasail 6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 844-FLY-PARA

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Fort Myers Beach Sea and Sun Rentals 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 314-5631 Sun-N-Fun Tours & Charters www.ftmyersbeachseaandsun. Capt. Dan Bridgers com 18400 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Holiday Water Sports, Ft Myers (239) 770-3218 Beach 200 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-4386 Tarpon Bay Explorers www.holidaywatersportsfmb. 900 Tarpon Bay Rd. com Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (239) 472-8900 Mid-Island Watersports, Inc. 5550 and 6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Theater and Movies (239) 765-0965 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd. Paradise Parasail Fort Myers, FL 33907 1160 Estero Blvd. (239) 278-4422 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-7272 Fort Myers Beach Theater 6425 Estero Blvd. Ranalli Parasail Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 4530 Match Pointe Lane (239) 765-3333 Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 565-5700 Utilities Advanced Disposal 17101 Pine Ridge Rd. SW Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 344-1224 florida

Yacht & Marine Services Diversified Yacht Services, Inc. 751 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-8700

Florida Power & Light Co. 1813 Lee St. Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 334-7754

Gulf Marine Ways Yachtworks 1148 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6166 hhtp://

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Fun Fact

Home to a state archaeological park, Mound Key rises to heights of more than 30 feet above sea level, thanks to its eponymous ancient Calusa structures. The key is accessible only by boat. | 77

Trolley Stop

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