Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Life on Fort Myers Beach


TOP NEWS STORIES

Ostego Bay Foundation Offers Fascinating Weekly Program
Working Waterfront Tour
The Fort Myers Beach area is nationally known for its pristine white beaches, breathtaking sunsets and beautiful natural attributes, and historically one commercial enterprise –the shrimping industry – particularly pink shrimp known far & wide as “Pink Gold!” To experience this shrimping lifestyle and industry firsthand, attend the Working Waterfront Tour by the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center Wednesdays in season from 9 a.m. to Noon. The 3-hour program begins at the Marine Science Center for check-in, before we proceed across the street to the Bonita Bill’s Community Room for a brief orientation with Joanne Semmer and Dan Eaton, the Foundation’s President and Volunteer Coordinator respectively, where we watch a short film on shrimping. We then make the short drive in our own vehicles to the Beach Seafood parking lot on Main Street for the 90-minute working waterfront tour. Following this, we drive back to the Marine Science Center for an hour-long guided tour, including the Touch Tank exhibit.  FULL STORY


LPA Approves Dock Rules
A light agenda for the Local Planning Agency meeting this week included a discussion about resolutions regarding seawalls and docks and the approval of LPA enabling language. Last year Town Council asked each of the Town’s Advisory Committees to review and update the enabling ordinances that authorize each committee. At the beginning of the meeting, TPI-FMB consultant John Gucciardo spoke to the LPA, saying that the LPA should see the TPI-FMB application at their February meeting. The final application is in the hands of Town staff and they are preparing a staff report on the application. Community Development Director Jason Green agreed that it would be ready for the February meeting. Jane Plummer asked if LPA members could have the staff report 2 weeks prior to the meeting so they had time to review it and Green said he would arrange that. Green served as LPA staff liaison following the resignation of Principal Planner Matt Noble late last month.  FULL STORY


FUN ISLAND EVENTS

  • Friday, January 19th

50 SHADES ART SHOW
10am-3pm, FMB Art Association Gallery.

KNITTING
10:30am, Beach Library. Beginners and advanced knitters are invited to come learn knitting techniques. Bring your own needles and yarn.

LIBRARY TOUR
1:30pm, Beach Library. Meet Library Director Dr. Hommerding in the library foyer for this informative tour of the library which looks at the energy and architectural features of the library. Tour length ~ one hour. Pre-register 239-765-8162

 
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SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Gather in Times Square to watch the sun set and enjoy food & fun, plus a free live music concert with High Tide.
 
ALL STAR SHOW
6 & 9pm, Woman’s Club of FMB, 175 Sterling. Sean Connery, Bette Midler, Liza Minelli, Dean Martin & Robert Goulet Tribute Artists. Tickets $50-60. 239-810- 4587; jgnbklyn@yahoo.com or yesteryearentertainment.weebly.com. Also offered Jan 20 & 21.


  • Saturday, January 20th

PUTT & PUB CRAWL
10am – 4:30pm, Downtown FMB. This annual fundraiser brings goofy golf, unique costumes and a good cause together as teams compete at mini-golf holes set up at local businesses: Pete’s Time Out, PierSide Grill, Fish House, Matanzas on the Bay, LaOla, Shuckers at Gulfshore, Mermaid, Yucatan & Salty Crab. . Benefits Friends of Bay Oaks this year. $225 registration per four-person team. Includes 9-hole event, raffles, 50/50, dinner, after party and more. Prizes. To register email sarah@fmbsun.com. Volunteers are also needed, to help, email denise@seacoastcottagecompany.com

SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Gather in Times Square to watch the sun set and enjoy food & fun, plus a free live music concert with Double Standard.
 
ALL STAR SHOW
6 & 9pm, Woman’s Club of FMB,


  • Sunday, January 21st

GALLERY TALK & RECEPTION
1-3:30pm, FMBAA Art Association Gallery. Gallery Talk 1-2pm for the Winter Juried Show, “50 Shades” followed by a reception from 2:15-3:30pm. Reception will include over 100 mini masters, many with an ‘Under the Sea” theme. Mini Masters sales proceeds go to fund the FMBAA Scholarship Fund. 3030 Shell Mound. Free admission. 239-463-3909
 
FARMERS MARKET
9am-2pm, Rodes Restaurant, Bonita Springs. 

ALL STAR SHOW
6 & 9pm, Woman’s Club of FMB




FEATURED PROPERTY LISTINGS


 













Beautiful Gulf front Unit at Islands End Fort Myers Beach. Panoramic Views of the Gulf of Mexico Lovers key State park and the white sand beaches. Lots of windows for views everywhere and cross breezes. Owners state new A/C 2/15, Cornerstone Kitchen and appliances 2/13, new Lanai screen 1/15, new impact windows guest bedroom and kitchen 2/13. *** Please be sure to watch Virtual Tour.** Island's End amenities include 2 community pools, hot tub, tennis courts, BBQ grills and a kayak launching spot. Sold basically Turn Key. Sit on the lanai and watch the sunset. This is true paradise! 



Well appointed Lover's Key 11th floor unit has been updated by current owners to reflect an easy island lifestyle. Unit is favored in the onsite rental program with 154 nights rented from Jan - August. Expanding Water Views of Estero Bay leaves you to enjoy watching the sunset cruisers, and the pass from The Bay to The Gulfis a favorite playground for local dolphins and tropical birds. Enjoy all this and more right from your lanai in the sky. Owners have updated cabinet doors and counters, added a new light fixture, updated decor, and replaced air conditioning system since 2016. Great pool, hot tub, fitness center and restaurant on the property. Delicious food service is just a phone call away. Complex also has a business center and updated laundry facility. Extra closet located outside the unit and storage cage for owners. BBQ area and pet friendly. Access to Lover's Key State Park is across the street. Fort Myers Beach with 7 miles of white sand is just across the bridge. And if you desire additional fine dining and shopping, it's a short scenic drive to Bonita Springs and Naples. Renter's essentials will convey IF buyer decides to stay enrolled in resort rental program.
 
 



Phillip Babcock

Lahaina Realty on Fort Myers Beach  239-994-4572  Follow this link to search for all properties for sale in South West Florida www.fortmyersbeachwaterfront.com 
For a free evaluation of your home or condo current value go to www.FreeFortMyersHomeValues.com you will receive 3  recent property sales and 3 current properties for sale, and the current market value of your propertyReceive a Free Home Warrantyvalue $450.00, with each property purchase or listing above $150,000  



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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Life on Fort Myers Beach


TOP NEWS


Big Carlos Pass Bridge Meeting
Repair or Replace? The Lee County Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold a Public Workshop and Open House on Big Carlos Bridge Repair/Replacement options on Thursday, January 18 from 5-7pm at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 2731 Oak St, Fort Myers Beach. Built in 1965, the Big Carlos Bridge on Estero Blvd. (County Road 865) is 52 years old. Due to its age, it is in need of repair or replacement. The need for the project is based on a number of deficiencies of the existing bridge resulting from age and long-term exposure to the aggressive saltwater environment. As one of the bridges serving the chain of islands forming Estero Bay, the Big Carlos Bridge is a critically important infrastructure asset that must be maintained, making this project a high priority for both the County and the Metropolitan Planning Organization.  FULL STORY


WHAT A GREAT WAY TO CHECK OUT THE PRESERVE!
Matanzas Pass Preserve Free Nature Walk Every Thursday
Fort Myers Beach is synonymous with entertainment, from bars and restaurants to beaches and shops and tourism venues. Lee County Parks & Recreation adds to this treasure-trove with a series of free guided programs. One of these is “Life in The Mangroves” at Matanzas Pass Preserve every Thursday through Spring from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This inspirational walk through one of Florida’s original aquatic preserves examines the diverse plant and animal communities in this maritime oak hammock, transitional wetland, and mangrove forest ecosystem at 199 Bay Road, with limited free parking, just down the road from the Fort Myers Beach Public Library. Jim Rodwell, a Florida master naturalist and long-time Fort Myers Beach nature expert, is the endlessly-fascinating guide, combined his incredible knowledge and droll sense-of-humor that made the 90-minutes fly by!  FULL STORY



 FUN ISLAND EVENTS

  • Thursday, January 11th

ART DIVINE SHOW & SALE
10am-3pm, FMB Art Association Gallery.

FINDING MORE MEANING IN YOUR LIFE
1:30pm, Beach Library. Discover the 5 “R’s” to leading a more purposeful life with Patrice Koerper. Learn to expand and revive the meaning in your life.

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3:30-4:30pm, Beach Library. Visit with the Beach Library’s Artist of the Month, Cheryl Fausel and vote for you favorite artwork.

FOR THE LOVE OF BEETHOVEN
7:30pm, Shell Point. Southwest Florida Symphony presents a concert performance at the Village Church focused on Beethoven’s compositions. Pianist Priscilla Navarro joins the performance. Tickets $25. 239-454-2067.


  • Friday, January 12th

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
10am, Lovers Key State Park. Take a mile-long guided hike along our Black Island rail with a Park Ranger to learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in the maritime hammock. Reservations required. Free with paid park entry. 239-463-4588.

WRITING WORKSHOP
1:30-3pm, Beach Library. Corrine Thwing is available to help beginning as well as experienced writers perfect and extend their writing techniques by providing encouragement, guidance and practical tips. Also offered Jan 26.
 
SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Gather in Times Square to watch the sun set and enjoy food & fun, plus a free live music concert with High Tide.


  • Saturday, January 13th

GIANT BOOK SALE
9am-2pm, Beach Library. The Friends of the Library host this two-day sale SA & SU, Jan 13 & 14 in the parking garage at the library. Tiny prices; huge selection.
 
FARMERS MARKET
9am-2pm, Rodes Restaurant, Bonita Springs.

SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Gather in Times Square to watch the sun set and enjoy food & fun, plus a free live music concert with The Echo.
 
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5-7pm, Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church. Chapel resumes its Spaghetti Dinners on the 2nd Saturday of each month. All are invited. Menu: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Spicy Sausage and Peppers & Onions, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert, coffee & cold drinks. Tickets $10/adult; kids 10 and under Free; $5 Public Safety personnel in uniform or with ID.


  • Sunday, January 14th

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
8-11am, Bayside Estates. Bayside Estates Men’s Club hosts its monthly breakfast every 2nd Sunday in the Bayside Recreation Hall. Open to all. Enjoy scrambled eggs, sausages, coffee, orange juice and all you can eat pancakes for $5. Order an omelet for $1 more. Bayside Estates is just south of Pine Ridge Rd on San Carlos Blvd.
 
GIANT BOOK SALE
9am-2pm, Beach Library. The Friends of the Library host this two-day sale SA & SU, Jan 13 & 14 in the parking garage at the library. Tiny prices; huge selection.
 
FARMERS MARKET
9am-2pm, Rodes Restaurant, Bonita Springs.


 FEATURED PROPERTY LISTINGS
**NEW LISTING**
 














Beautiful Gulf front Unit at Islands End Fort Myers Beach. Panoramic Views of the Gulf of Mexico Lovers key State park and the white sand beaches. Lots of windows for views everywhere and cross breezes. Owners state new A/C 2/15, Cornerstone Kitchen and appliances 2/13, new Lanai screen 1/15, new impact windows guest bedroom and kitchen 2/13. *** Please be sure to watch Virtual Tour.** Island's End amenities include 2 community pools, hot tub, tennis courts, BBQ grills and a kayak launching spot. Sold basically Turn Key. Sit on the lanai and watch the sunset. This is true paradise!  



 














Enjoy spectacular bay views from this bay front house on a street with upscale homes.There are water views from every room! It is a short walk to the Gulf beaches where neighbors meet for sunset celebrations. Outdoor living includes a huge paved pool and spa, walk out decks on both living floors, an outdoor Summer kitchen, a boat dock and seawall. The gourmet kitchen includes a wine bar, island, breakfast bar and walk-in pantry. The bedrooms have en-suite baths. Other features include an elevator, Bonus Room, laundry room, powder room and 2 huge garages which provide 4+ car spaces. The Bonus Room has a wet bar and its own entry onto the upper Sun Deck. All windows and doors are hurricane rated. There is a metal roof. The house is located on the mid-southern end of the island with easy access to Naples and Bonita. 





Phillip Babcock

Lahaina Realty on Fort Myers Beach  239-994-4572  Follow this link to search for all properties for sale in South West Florida www.fortmyersbeachwaterfront.com 
For a free evaluation of your home or condo current value go to www.FreeFortMyersHomeValues.com you will receive 3  recent property sales and 3 current properties for sale, and the current market value of your propertyReceive a Free Home Warrantyvalue $450.00, with each property purchase or listing above $150,000  



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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Life on Fort Myers Beach



Island FUN

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Island Offers Multiple Free Activities
Fort Myers Beach is a lot of things to a lot of people, full-time home, seasonal residence, annual getaway paradise, day trip location, once in a lifetime dream vacation destination. No matter which camp you fall into, however, to go to our fabulous restaurants and bars and tourist attractions, you generally need a wallet full of cash or credit, but there are several fun activities you can do here that are absolutely free, if you can walk to the location or scrape up a few bucks for parking! Looking for free fun New Year’s Eve festivities? Head to Times Square, beginning with the Town of Fort Myers Beach’s 22nd Birthday Celebration with its annual Birthday Cupcakes distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until they are gone, with a photo booth and dunk tank. The complimentary Cupcake giveaway is a yearly tradition that dates back to the Town’s 1995 founding. The Times Square Merchant & Event Association rocks the plaza with live music all day long, with “Remedy” jamming from Noon to 5 p.m., then “High Tide” from 7 p.m. through the New Year. Street entertainers perform for tips, so try to give them something. At Midnight, the Town hosts its traditional Beach Ball Drop to ring in 2018. Immediately following this is a fireworks extravaganza off the Fort Myers Beach pier.  FULL STORY


Check out these great places you can visit all month long on Fort Myers Beach

FORT MYERS BEACH COMMUNITY POOL
2600 Oak Street, FMB. Open MO, WE, FR, SA & SU 10am-4pm. Water Aerobics 10-11am MO, WE & FR. Lap Swimming lanes available MO, WE & FR 11am—2pm; SA all day; SU 10am—1pm. Closed Jan 1 – 16 for maintenance. 239-463-5759
 
FORT MYERS BEACH ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY
Located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound on your smart phone) The “Art Divine – Nothing over $150” show and sale continues through Jan 11. Winter Juried Show, “50 Shades” Jan 15- Feb 15. Visit website for class and workshop schedule. Free admission. Gallery Hours: MO-SA 10am-3pm. 239-463-3909. www.fortmyersbeachart.com.
 
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BAY OAKS RECREATIONAL CAMPUS
Membership is free for all island residents. Visitors always welcome. Open MO – FR 7:30-am- 9pm and SA 10am-9pm with activities for individuals and families. Pick up a newsletter for a daily list of activities, or call 239-765-4222 for more information. Closed Jan 1, 2 & 15. 2731 Oak St., FMB.
 
HISTORIC COTTAGE
Island museum located at 161 Bay Rd, FMB, at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve, houses a collection of artifacts, photos and memorabilia of life on Estero Island. Free. Open WE and SA 10am-Noon.
 
MOUND HOUSE
Experience Florida’s natural and cultural history where Estero Island’s oldest standing structure sits atop an ancient Calusa Indian Mound. The Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs for local residents, visitors and school groups. The William H. Case House is now open - come see this historic treasure and check out the museum store! Grounds open sunrise to sunset at no charge. Museum Open TU-- SA, 9am-4pm. 451 Connecticut Street. Closed Jan 1, 2 & 15. Call 239-765-0865 for more info.
 
FORT MYERS BEACH LIBRARY
Books, newspapers, magazines, Wi-Fi, Play Aways, public computers and fascinating collections. Visitors welcome! Hours: MO – FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am- 1pm. Library closed Jan 1 & 15. The Knotty Bean Café is open MO-FR 10am-2:30pm on the third floor with beverages and treats. Visit the Friends Used Book Store on the 3rd floor, open MO-FR 9:15am-4:45pm. The Library is located at 2755 Estero Blvd, FMB. 239-765-8162.


Featured Property Listings
  
FORT MYERS BEACH BOAT STORAGE UNIT

45'D x 14' W x 16'H (for a boat up to 46' loa) Ground Floor Dry Storage Rack located at the premier Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina on Estero Bay in Fort Myers Beach only minutes to the Gulf and unlimited launches. Snook Bight is one of SWFL's newest & most luxurious Full Service Marina's, offering authorized warranty service on most makes and some of the best fuel prices in the area. Rack ownership includes Yacht Club Membership(only $300 annually) with members enjoying a private club room and special pricing on goods and services. On-site restaurant Bayfront Bistro offers the finest in waterfront dining. Snook Bight is a Full Service Marina with pool, barbecue area, laundry facilities, Shower/Locker rooms, Members Only Club Room, Concierge Service, Ships Store, & More! Call ahead to have your boat launched, fueled, stocked, and ready for a day on the water and upon your return leave the clean up to the marina staff so you can relax and enjoy the rest of your day! Monthly Fee only $267. If you choose to lease your slip they are currently in high demand!  



Beautifully turnkey furnished 2BR+Den/2BA Bella Lago unit with great rental history. Bella Lago is one of our newest properties on Fort Myers Beach. This unit's den has a private louvered door, so it can be used for additional guests. There's a breakfast bar leading to the open kitchen. The kitchen is spacious and has lots of cabinet space and a nicely detailed lighted tray ceiling. The master bedroom has direct lanai access and an en-suite bath with dual sink and separate tiled shower. Under-building parking and individual storage unit complete this package. Amenities include: fitness room, resort-style pool, spa, tennis courts, fishing pier and community room. Deeded beach access is just across the street and Bay Beach Lane offers of plenty of walking space/jogging areas. Weekly rentals allowed. Gulf access boat docks available for lease or purchase in the Bay Beach area. Bella Lago is located on the desirable south end of Ft. Myers Beach within easy walking distance to shopping, restaurants and public marina, and with quick access to Bonita Springs restaurants and shops. Nearly $43,000 in gross rental income in 2016. 2017 / 2018 rentals in place are available as an option. 





Phillip Babcock

Lahaina Realty on Fort Myers Beach  239-994-4572  Follow this link to search for all properties for sale in South West Florida www.fortmyersbeachwaterfront.com 
For a free evaluation of your home or condo current value go to www.FreeFortMyersHomeValues.com you will receive 3  recent property sales and 3 current properties for sale, and the current market value of your propertyReceive a Free Home Warrantyvalue $450.00, with each property purchase or listing above $150,000  



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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Life on Fort Myers Beach- New Year's Eve Edition


Whats new on Fort Myers Beach?  
Come ring in the New Year in one of the most 
beautiful beaches in the country. 



TOP NEWS STORIES

Beach Park and Ride Facility Open
If there is one common complaint on Fort Myers Beach, it is there are not enough parking spaces. The second most common may be that, if you are lucky enough to find one, you have to take out a second mortgage to afford to park there! LeeTran is taking a huge step forward to remedying those situations with the opening of the Beach Park & Ride, at Summerlin Square Drive and Pine Ridge Road, in South Fort Myers. For those using mapping apps, the address is 11101 Summerlin Square Dr. LeeTran debuted the Beach Park & Ride Station with a ribbon cutting on Monday morning, December 18, followed by its first day of service on Tuesday, December 19. Trolleys operate daily, with the exception of the six major holidays, from roughly 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. They will, however, run a special route on New Year’s Eve, for the FMB Fireworks, until roughly 1 a.m. The station is at a prime location, where seasonal traffic to Fort Myers Beach can back up to its entry, enabling it to entice visitors to take the trolley as a legitimate option. FULL STORY


New Water Supply Plan Released
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board last week approved an update to its Lower West Coast Water Supply Plan. The plan is critical to ensuring enough water is available for the needs of residents, agriculture, businesses and the environment in a region that includes Lee, most of Collier and portions of Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and Monroe counties. “This region is one of the fastest growing areas of the entire nation,” said SFWMD Governing Board Member Rick Barber. “Updating this Water Supply Plan at such a crucial time is imperative for the future of the Lower West Coast. I am appreciative of our staff’s hard work to develop this recommendation based on science, as well as feedback from key stakeholders.” Ensuring adequate water supply for all its 8.1 million residents and the environment is one of SFWMD’s core missions. Every five years the District updates water supply plans for five different regions: the Lower West Coast, Upper Kissimmee River, Lower Kissimmee River, Upper East Coast and Lower East Coast. The Lower West Coast Water Supply Plan, created in 1994 and last updated in 2012, lists all of the utility, restoration and other projects necessary to provide adequate public, agricultural and environmental water supply in this region for all use categories. FULL STORY


FUN BEACH EVENTS

Friday, December 29th

ART DIVINE SHOW & SALE
10am-3pm, FMB Art Association Gallery.

MODEL TRAIN TOURS
1:30-3:30pm, Shell Point.

SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Gather in Times Square to watch the sun set and enjoy food & fun, plus a free live music concert with High Tide.

Saturday, December 30th

FARMERS MARKET
9am-2pm, Rodes Restaurant, Bonita Springs.

ART DIVINE SHOW & SALE
10am-3pm, FMB Art Association Gallery.
 
SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Gather in Times Square to watch the sun set and enjoy food & fun, plus a free live music concert with Hester Prynn. 

Sunday, December 31st
New Year’s Eve
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TOWN OF FMB BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONCome to Times Square to celebrate the Town of Fort Myers Beach’s Birthday! Free cupcakes, activities and fun for all ages. Cheer on the NEW Ball Drop. For times and more information call Bay Oaks Rec Center 239-765-4222.
 
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTYLive Music in Times Square 1pm- 12am. Remedy 1-6pm; High Tide 7pm-12am.
 
TRIBUTE SHOW: DON RICKLES & RAT PACK7:30 & 10:30pm, Shrine Club, 19171 San Carlos Blvd, FMB. “Don Rickles” and the “Rat Pack” with “Sammy Davis, Jr,” “Frank Sinatra” and “Dean Martin.” Late show includes champagne toast at midnight. Tickets $50-$65. Call 239-810-4587 or email 56blkyn@yahoo.com for ticket and performance information. 



FEATURED PROPERTY LISTINGS
 
7400 Estero BLVD #103, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
 
Fort Myers Beach Direct Gulf Front Condo, you cannot get any closer to the beautiful white sandy beach and waves of the Gulf of Mexico! 2 Bedroom/2 Bath completely renovated with carport. Leonardo Arms offers great beachfront, heated pool and shuffle board. Popular building for owners and min 30 day renters alike. A 1-year home protection plan is included.  





4753 Estero BLVD 1004 Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 

This spacious 10th floor 2BR/2BA Ocean Harbor unit has amazing Gulf views AND Estero Bay views throughout the unit! The lanai, directly facing the Gulf, is spacious enough to accommodate a larger dining table as well as 2 (!) seating areas. The window in the living area has gorgeous views of not only the Gulf, but of Estero Bay as well. Even the beautiful kitchen has great views! There's a convenient breakfast bar as well as separate dining area. The sizeable owner's suite has stunning direct Gulf views, large walk-in closet and direct lanai access. The owner's suite bath has a dual vanity, jetted tub plus a separate shower. Not to be left out, the guest suite has big water views also. There's lots of storage space in the unit plus a storage locker. A convenient covered parking space is included. This gated community is located mid-island and is impeccably maintained. Amenities include a community room, heated pool & hot tub, grilling area, tennis courts, shuffleboard and theater. There's also a full service marina, restaurant and supermarket next door! Boat docks are available to purchase. Best of all, it's only 1/2 block to our white sandy beach! Assumable rentals in place.






Phillip Babcock

Lahaina Realty on Fort Myers Beach  239-994-4572  Follow this link to search for all properties for sale in South West Florida www.fortmyersbeachwaterfront.com 
For a free evaluation of your home or condo current value go to www.FreeFortMyersHomeValues.com you will receive 3  recent property sales and 3 current properties for sale, and the current market value of your propertyReceive a Free Home Warrantyvalue $450.00, with each property purchase or listing above $150,000  



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Monday, December 18, 2017

Life on Fort Myers Beach

Top News, Fun Events and Featured Properties on Fort Myers Beach 


TOP NEWS STORIES

Newsrack Ordinance Final Hearing
On Monday, December 18, the Fort Myers Beach Town Council will hold the final hearing on Ordinance 17-14, a set of rules governing newsracks. The ordinance would set limits on the size, location, identification and condition of any container that holds any type of periodical or newspaper, including daily and weekly newspapers, shoppers, real estate guides, coupon books, magazines, tourist maps and visitor guides. If it is distributed via a rack, stand or box, it will be subject to this ordinance. The first Public Hearing on the newsrack ordinance was held August 14, followed by a discussion of the topic at the Council’s August 24 Management and Planning meeting. The planned Final Hearing was set for September 7 and rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma’s imminent arrival. On November 6, council opened the Final Hearing, but after discussion and hearing from local newspaper representatives, agreed to table the hearing and have Mayor Dennis Boback meet with Town staff and representatives of local newspapers to attempt to develop a workable draft.   


TPI Announces Downtown Plan Ready


New Year’s Eve Fireworks a Go
Near the end of Council’s Management & Planning Session Thursday, December 7th, Mayor Dennis Boback stated the volunteer Fireworks Fundraising Committee had raised $20,000 for fireworks at midnight on New Year’s Eve, to dovetail with the Town’s plans to celebrate its 22nd birthday and Beach Ball Drop in Times Square to ring in the New Year. This immediately spurred debate among Council, with Council member Joanne Shamp having already exited for an appointment. “The Fireworks Committee say they secured $20,000 for the show,” Boback said. “If they turn this in to the Town by Friday, December 8, at 5 p.m., we can assist in permitting.” He confirmed on Saturday, December 9, that the Town had received this payment. On December 31st, New Year’s Eve, the Town hosts its annual Birthday Cupcakes distribution in Times Square from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a photo booth and dunk tank. At midnight, it has the traditional Beach Ball Drop to usher in 2018, with security, port-a-potties, refuse dumpsters and Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District coordination for the expected large crowd, with The Times Square Merchants Association providing live music from noon-midnight on News Year’s Eve.  FULL STORY


FUN BEACH EVENTS

  • Thursday, December 21st

ART DIVINE SHOW & SALE
10am-3pm, FMB Art Association Gallery.

HISTORY OF FORT MYERS BEACH
10:30am, Beach Library. Russ Carter will present this program showcasing the many events, culture and people who have lived here.

  • Friday, December 22nd

ART DIVINE SHOW & SALE
10am-3pm, FMB Art Association Gallery.

MODEL TRAIN TOURS
1:30-3:30pm, Shell Point.

SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Gather in Times Square to watch the sun set and enjoy food & fun, plus a free live music concert with High Tide.

  • Saturday, December 23rd

FARMERS MARKET
9am-2pm, Rodes Restaurant, Bonita Springs

ARCHEOLOGY OF THE MOUND HOUSE
10am, Mound House.

SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Gather in Times Square to watch the sun set and enjoy food & fun, plus a free live music concert with Double Standard.



FEATURED PROPERTY LISTINGS

7500 Estero BLVD 506 Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931

Fort Myers Beach DIRECT GULF FRONT TURNKEY condo at the rarely available Riviera Club. A beautifully maintained beach front building with recently updated pavered parking, resort style Heated pool/spa and poolside community cabana room. Beachside master bedroom so you can go to sleep with the sound of the waves caressing the shoreline. Crown molding, storm shutters, in-residence washer/dryer, soaking tub/shower combo in master plus His & Hers closets. Your purchase comes with a 1-year Home Protection Plan. What are you waiting for? Get packing, the Beach is waiting for you!  


131 Estrellita DR Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 

You don't want to miss this beautifully updated boaters' paradise canal home in Laguna Shores. Only 2 right turns from your dock, and you're in the Gulf of Mexico. Choose to take your boat, because the home includes a big COVERED boat lift, or take one of your wave runners or jet skis, because the home ALSO INCLUDES a dual lift for those toys as well. Or just relax in your lushly landscaped and pavered backyard oasis, lolling about in your private pool or picking some fresh key limes or oranges from your own fruit trees. When you're ready to go indoors, this all-tiled home is ready for you to enjoy, with a bright open concept kitchen/living area. The sliding doors almost open the entire back side of the house. The kitchen and both baths have been nicely updated and there's also a spacious pantry/laundry room. Crown molding adds sophistication. Bermuda shutters give the home its outside island feel and electric shutters protect the sliding doors. The garage boasts built-in cabinetry, which means lots of storage. The Laguna Shores community has deeded beach access, so if you don't want to take one of your water toys to the Gulf, just walk across the street to the beach! 





Phillip Babcock

Lahaina Realty on Fort Myers Beach  239-994-4572  Follow this link to search for all properties for sale in South West Florida www.fortmyersbeachwaterfront.com 
For a free evaluation of your home or condo current value go to www.FreeFortMyersHomeValues.com you will receive 3  recent property sales and 3 current properties for sale, and the current market value of your propertyReceive a Free Home Warrantyvalue $450.00, with each property purchase or listing above $150,000  



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Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday Fun on Fort Myers Beach


Looking for something fun and exciting to do this holiday?  Come and hang out on Fort Myers Beach where the weather is always beautiful and the waves are always warm. Check out the top news and events happening on this wonderful island. 

Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation presents “Lights, Camera, Auction”
The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will present its “Lights, Camera, Auction” Fundraiser on Friday, January 26, at the DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa at 6 p.m. It is a star-filled evening of dining and dancing to Hollywood’s best soundtracks, as well as Silent & Live Auctions. “Lights, Camera, Auction” guests are invited to dress as their favorite movie characters, or in their best “night out at the movies” attire! Frank Torino will provide the entertainment, with a show-stopping dinner and cash bar. Menu selections are Sliced Sirloin with Peppercorn Sauce; Chicken Oscar with Crab, Asparagus, and Hollandaise; and Salmon Piccata with Lemon Butter & Capers, with Caesar Salad and cheesecake with raspberries. The Foundation is seeking tax-deductible donated items, such as gift certificates, gift baskets, passes, merchandise or cash. To donate or purchase tickets at $75-per-person or $700 for a table of ten, contact Bobbi Kemp at 724-272-4910 or bobbikemp1@gmail.com. After December 31, prices increase to $80 and $800 respectively. Get your tickets now, before they sell out! FULL DETAILS

Library Tree Sparkles
The Estero Island Garden Club has been busy spreading Christmas cheer via beautifully decorated Christmas trees this week. On Monday morning, they converged on the Beach Library’s third floor commons area to decorate a large tree with a combination of handcrafted shell and carefully-selected silver ornaments. Stop by the Library’s third floor where you can enjoy the Christmas tree, view the December art exhibit of Cuban scenes, pick up a used book in the Friends of the Library bookstore, take in a gorgeous Gulf view and grab a snack at the Knotty Bean Coffee Bar – all on the third floor of the Beach Library. Photos by M. Layfield. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS


Wednesday, December 13th

AFTERNOON MOVIE AT THE LIBRARY
1:30pm, Beach Library. Enjoy an independent film-see poster in library for details. Pre-register at least 1 day in advance. 239-765-8162.

MODEL TRAIN TOURS
1:30-3:30pm, Shell Point.

WRAPPING PARTY
5pm, Red Coconut Clubhouse. Spirit of the Holidays welcomes all volunteers to help wrap gifts, beginning at 5pm and going until all gifts are wrapped.

ART RECEPTION & SOCIAL
5:30 – 7pm, FMB Art Association Gallery, 303 Shell Mound Blvd, FMB, All are welcome to this Art Divine Show Reception and Social sponsored by the FMB Chamber of Commerce. 239-463-3909.


Thursday, December 14th
 
THE WORLD OF COINS
1-4:45pm, Beach Library. Bob Scoles, American Numismatic Association Life Member will share the fascinating world of coins. Includes and opportunity to meet with him to explore collection treasures, additions and investments.

SENIOR HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR
4pm, Bay Oaks. Tour of Burroughs Home departs at 4pm. Fee $25. Registration required. 239-765-4222.

ART DIVINE SHOW & SALE
10am-3pm, FMB Art Association Gallery.

Friday, December 15th

CONSERVATION CAFÉ
8:30am, Newton Beach Park. Join Dexter Norris, Environmental Educator at Newton Beach Park, 4650 Estero Blvd, for a fun walking/lecture about Fort Myers Beach and the natural environment. Breakfast provided. Reservations required. 239-765-0865 $15.person.

HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE
10:30am, Beach Library. Patrice Koerper will discuss how to flip the switch in your brain to “positive.” Happiness & well-being research is blended with tips & techniques for living on the bright side.

PAUL TODD & PJ CONCERT
7pm, Beach United Methodist Church. Christmas Concert by musicians and vocalists Paul Todd and his son, PJ. Free will offering. 239-463-9656.

Saturday, December 16th

HOLIDAY & ART EVENT
9am-2pm, Santini Plaza. Just in time for the holidays, this open air market will include local artists, unique food items like fish tacos, lobster rolls, award winning Big Papa’s BBQ and more! For more information: expo1@comcast.net

FARMERS MARKET
9am-2pm, Rodes Restaurant, Bonita Springs.

Sunday, December 17th
 
FARMERS MARKET
9am-2pm, Rodes Restaurant, Bonita Springs.

SING NOEL!
6:15pm, Shell Point Village Church. Join Shell Point for this Christmas celebration by the Village Church Choir and Festival Orchestra. Program includes sacred poetry and carols. Free. 239-454-2147


FEATURED PROPERTIES on FORT MYERS BEACH 

 

4765 Estero BLVD., Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 10X10X30 Top Rack Dry Storage Rack located in a 150+ mph Hurricane Rated Dry Stack Building at the premier Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina on Estero Bay in Fort Myers Beach only minutes to the Gulf. Snook Bight is one of SWFL's newest & most luxurious Full Service Marina's offering authorized warranty service on most makes and some of the best fuel prices in the area. Rack ownership includes Yacht Club Membership (only $300 annually) with members enjoying a private club room and special pricing on goods and services. The award winning on-site restaurant, Bayfront Bistro, offers the finest in waterfront dining. Amenities include pool, barbecue area, laundry facilities, Shower/Locker rooms, Members Only Club Room, Concierge Service, Ships Store, & More! Call ahead to have your boat launched, fueled, stocked, and ready for a day on the water and upon your return leave the clean up to the marina staff so you can relax and enjoy the rest of your day! Monthly Fee only $267. If you choose to lease your slip they are currently in high demand! 


253 Albatross ST Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 Elevated Waterfront Pool Home on Fort Myers Beach. Charming home is conveniently located on a canal to the most expansive part of Estero Bay's Aquatic Preserve. Sellers are full time Florida Residents that have made this their well-loved home. Gulf Access home ready for buyers to move in. Short walk to deeded community beach access. Spacious three season porch currently being used as den (11 x 36) on upper level has impact windows and partial bay view. Kitchen includes wine rack, beverage fridge and built in ice maker. Kitchen window has partial bay view. Two Master Suites. Bonus room (15X 36) with wet bar currently used as den is under air and quite an entertainer's delight. Cozy outdoor porch is a perfect spot for a BBQ after a swim in the lovely pool. Double hung Hurricane Windows and Doors including Garage Doors. Dock WITH BAY VIEW is 9.5' x 45' and includes a 13,000 lb. Cradle, Removable Dock Cover, Power and Water. RARE FULL TWO CAR GARAGE and spacious first level storage closets, and workshop. Updated Gunite Pool, Heat Pump, and interlocking pavers. Dock and Boat Cradle. Updated Hurricane Windows, Doors, Garage Door. New Air Conditioner(s) 16 seer and Mini Split. 





Phillip Babcock

Lahaina Realty on Fort Myers Beach  239-994-4572  Follow this link to search for all properties for sale in South West Florida www.fortmyersbeachwaterfront.com 
For a free evaluation of your home or condo current value go to www.FreeFortMyersHomeValues.com you will receive 3  recent property sales and 3 current properties for sale, and the current market value of your propertyReceive a Free Home Warrantyvalue $450.00, with each property purchase or listing above $150,000  



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