Monday, August 14, 2017

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Top News on Fort Myers Beach

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Readies for Eighth Year
Image result for fort myers beach island hopperEveryone knows The Carpenter’s “We’ve Only Just Begun,” but who knows that the then-unknown Paul Williams wrote it? Patsy Cline struck it big with “Crazy,” but a young suit-wearing man with short hair named Willie Nelson penned it. “Me & Bobby McGee” made Janis Joplin a star, but previously unheard-of Kris Kristofferson authored the lyric. While it is the performer who makes a song legendary, many of our greatest and most beloved singles have a nearly anonymous writer behind the scenes, some who eventually become famous in their own right, but most who carve out long successful careers, while becoming the faceless talent behind the hit music. Now Fort Myers Beach and Southwest Floridians can experience this same sensation with the 4th annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest from Friday, September 22 through Sunday, October 1, including performances exclusively at various Fort Myers Beach venues from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1. The award-winning Fest held its kickoff on Thursday evening, August 3, at Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford with a free performance by songwriters Tim James and Danny Myrick.  FULL STORY


Perseids, Solar Eclipse, Upcoming Celestial Shows
By now, most of us know The Great American Solar Eclipse will be Monday afternoon, August 21, but this is the weekend to start marveling at the heavens, as the month’s first fabulous celestial event takes place at night! The annual Perseids Meteor Shower (pronounced per-see’-uhds) peaks this Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12, although this year brings both good and bad news. The good is that Perseid predictions call for a dazzling shower, with 80 to 100 meteors an hour; and it falls on a weekend that is perfect for a family adventure despite the peak time of 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. The bad is that the gibbous moon rises around 11 p.m., meaning from a primarily dark location you may see just 12 to 25 meteors per hour. To maximize this, watch from an isolated area, away from urban light pollution, with the north end of Fort Myers Beach near Bowditch Point Park a superior spot. Look to the northeast, with the radiant between the Cassiopeia and Perseus constellations.  FULL STORY


LPA Approves Fish-Tale Restaurant Consumption on Premise
At their August 8th meeting the Local Planning Agency for the Town of Fort Myers Beach approved a Special Exception Request from Fish-Tale Marina Restaurant owner Al Durrett that would allow alcohol service and consumption in new outdoor seating areas at the former Fish House location behind Santini Marina Plaza. Steven Hartsell, attorney with the Pavese Law Firm, represented Durrett and Fish-Tale Marina Restaurant, explaining that the request for a special exception was to expand existing consumption on premise (COP) to include three outdoor seating areas, totaling 2,811 square feet – 1,030 sq. ft. for a courtyard entrance, 1,293 for a chickee hut and 488 for a dog-friendly seating area.  FULL STORY


FUN Events on the Beach

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BREAKFAST ON THE BEACH
8:30am, Newton Beach Park. Join Biologist Dexter Norris on the beach for a fun walking tour/ lecture about “Random Reptiles.” Breakfast provided. Reservations required. $15. 239-765-0865.
www.moundhouse.org
 
SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Free live music concert, food & fun with High Tide.

Saturday, August 19th
 
FAMILY FUN KAYAK TOUR
8:30am, Mound House.

BEACH YOGA
8:30-9:30am, on the beach in front of Edison Beach House, north of Pier. 

CRAFTING WITH NATURE
11am, Mound House. Get your hands dirty with some hands-on arts and crafts projects at the Mound House. Enjoy a new nature- themed craft each month. For ages 6 and up accompanied by an adult. $5. 451 Connecticut. 239-765-0865. www.moundhouse.org

SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Free live music concert, food & fun with Remedy.
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Monday, August 21st
MAHJONG
10:30-1:45pm, Bay Oaks.

SENIOR CINEMA DAY
11am. Sign up for Cinema Day Cinema Day is at Prado Theater in Bonita Springs. Movie and time announced 2 weeks in advance. $10. 239-765-4222. 



Featured Fort Myers Beach Properties 

21710 Madera Road 
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
$599,000
Slide 1BEST VALUE ON FORT MYERS BEACH! At nearly 2000 square feet, this classic, old Florida feel home has 3 bedrooms 2 baths and is situated mid island on a direct access canal. Located 4 houses from Estero blvd makes it a very short stroll to one of the finest beaches in the world. Madera is just 2 blocks to Publix Supermarket, Snook Bight Marina and Bayfront Bistro for your dining delight. Aside from being a unique and charming property offering easy living surroundings the accommodations include an eat-in kitchen, spacious living room with large dining room. There is a separate family room with a separated office just inside from the palatial lanai. New ceramic tile throughout most of the house, incredible master suite with large walk-in-closet and hurricane shutters around every opening. Wide open water views from the back and the front of the house. This ground-level CBS home has a split floor plan with a 2 car garage that boasts lots of storage space. This home has terrific potential for remodel using the existing configuration or new construction. 


$ 349,900
Slide 3Fort Myers Beach gulf view unit located steps to the white sandy beach with CARPORT #608! Multiple gulf views from your top floor balcony, galley kitchen window, and front entry. Two bedrooms and two Full Baths split bedroom floor plan gives you double master suites. This beach side condo comes turnkey furnished with new hot water heater and newer windows. Approved washer and dryers are allowed to be put in unit with prior Association approval. Also comes with a 1-year home protection plan. This beach condo is all about the view and location! 



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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, August 7, 2017

Fort Myers Beach FUN, NEWS and FEATURED PROPERTIES


TOP NEWS STORIES

This could help a lot of people.
Mobile Dental Unit Coming to Fort Myers Beach
A fully equipped mobile dental unit with two operating rooms is coming to Beach Baptist Church August 7-11, providing free dental care to low-income adults. The Florida Baptist Convention helps to provide a fully equipped mobile dental unit to communities in Florida to provide dental care to low-income and uninsured people. The mobile dental unit is a fully equipped bus with two operating rooms, dental supplies and an X-ray machine, providing free dental care to low-income adults. The bus will be stationed in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church at 130 Connecticut on Fort Myers Beach August 7 through August 11, 2017. For details or to make an appointment call Beach Baptist at 239-463-6452.  FULL STORY

Counting Turtle Nests on Fort Myers Beach

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With Fort Myers Beach on the verge of having 100 turtle nests in one season for the first time in its monitoring history, Mother Nature threw a scare into everyone with the unexpected arrival of Tropical Storm Emily. According to Eve Haverfield, the founder of Turtle Time, Inc., a non-profit established in 1989 for the benefit of marine turtles on Big Hickory Island, and Bonita, Bunche, and Fort Myers Beaches, she remains optimistic that damage will be minimal. “It is too early to tell,” she explains, “but Emily moved in and out fast. We inspected every nest, and while the storm washed over many, it did not wash any away. Turtle nests can tolerate water going over them, but problems occur when they suffer supersaturation over a long period of time, such as occurred with the week long rains in May and June that can prevent oxygen from reaching the eggs.”  FULL STORY


WEEKEND FUN ON THE BEACH

Friday, August 11th

GROUPER GRAPPLE
6-8pm, Fish Tale Marina. Captain’s Meeting for the 4th Annual Grouper Grapple Offshore Fishing Tournament. Partnering with Freedom Alliance this event brings a group of 16 military veterans to SWFL and provides them with an amazing back bay fishing excursion. The Jeff Sommer Memorial Scholarship Fund will also benefit from the tournament. Weigh in will be SA Aug 12 from 4-8pm; Awards 9-10:30pm. Raffle, Cash bar, food and music from 4-close on Saturday. 239-437-6007 Register at GrouperGrapple.com

SUNSET CELEBRATION
7-10pm, Times Square. Free live music concert, food & fun with Sheena Brook, Fort Myers Beach’s own “The Voice” contestant. Bring the kids for a family show!
 
SEUSSICAL
7pm, Center for the Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. The Centers for the Arts Youth Players present this magical, musical extravaganza. See all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Tickets start at $15. Play performances also on Aug 12 at 2 and 7pm and Aug 13 at 2pm. 239-495-8989. artcenterbonita.org

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Saturday, August 12th

CALUSA INDIAN SHELL MOUND TOUR
11am, Mound House. 

SEUSSICAL
2 & 7pm, Center for the Performing Arts. 

GROUPER GRAPPLE
4-8pm, Fish Tale Marina. 4th Annual Grouper Grapple Offshore Fishing Tournament. Partnering with Freedom Alliance this event brings a group of 16 military veterans to SWFL and provides them with an amazing back bay fishing excursion. The Jeff Sommer Memorial Scholarship Fund will also benefit from the tournament. Weigh in will be SA Aug 12 from 4-8pm; Awards 9-10:30pm. Raffle, Cash bar, food and music from 4-close. 239-437-6007 Register at GrouperGrapple.com
 
SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Free live music concert, food & fun with Hester Prynn.

Sunday, August 13th
 
SEUSSICAL
2pm, Center for the Performing Arts. 

SPIRIT OF ’45 DAY
4:15-7:15pm, Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort, 17260 Harbour Pointe Dr, Fort Myers. Join in the celebration of Lee County’s Spirit of ’45 Day honoring veterans of World War II. Free for WWII veterans and their WWII spouses. Others $25 Event includes dinner,speeches, wreath laying, Guns N Hoses Pipes N Drums, Honor Guard and Echo TAPS. 


FEATURED SW FLORIDA PROPERTIES

$424,900
Slide 15On Fort Myers Beach, Welcome to the Seahorse Cottage! 3 bedroom 2 bath, classic Florida charm and pride of ownership best describes this tranquil island home less then a 2 block walk to the white sandy beach. Painted in a soft, beachy palette the spacious open floor plan leads you through french doors to your own tropical secret garden. Beautiful bamboo flooring, crown molding, a modern master bath, and many other updates enhance the casual atmosphere of this home. With room for a pool. Located at south end of Island makes for easy off and on. Great as your own island retreat or generate income through weekly rentals. Comes with 1-Year Home Protection Plan.  

$710,000  
Slide 2
This home has 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom with pool and open floor plan in South Fort Myers. Located on a canal with boat dock, lift and deep water access. Very large screened lanai. 




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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 
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Monday, July 31, 2017

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TOP NEWS STORIES


reFRESH Estero Boulevard Next Segment Awaits Permits 

reFRESH Estero Boulevard Projects continue, with various work on-going in all three segments, and major Segment 2 construction to soon begin. Segment 1 “In Segment 1, from the Matanzas Pass Bridge to the Red Coconut RV Park, we are down to punch list items and brick paver replacement,” said Kaye Molnar, spokesperson for the projects from Cella Molnar & Associates. “Redoing the center lane pavers is frustrating for the crews, community and management team. We are working with the manufacturer to solve the problems that make them settle or crack. Fortunately, the manufacturer pays for the replacements, with the work built into the contract, so there is not a great deal of extra cost to taxpayers, with the manufacturer and engineers and construction team all working on solutions. As we’ve said since the beginning, reFRESH Estero Boulevard is a complicated project, and we concentrate on the positives, like the drainage that works perfectly.”
Other than the pavers, Segment 1 is down to completing punch list items, with Lee County and Town officials addressing things like sidewalks and underground conduits. “This is typical at the end of any construction project,” Kaye explains, “be it roadwork or a new house or anything like that.” FULL STORY


Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Coming Soon

The 2017 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns to The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, September 22nd-October 1st. This showcase, now in its fourth year, is a great way to see singer/songwriters perform in intimate settings on Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach and historic downtown Fort Myers.
This year’s headliners include Lindsay Ell and Brooke Eden. The artists will be performing at Pinchers Crab Shack at The Marina at Edison Ford on September 27th. Ell has opened for The Band Perry and Luke Bryan, and is currently on tour with Brad Paisley. The Canadian Country Music Association recently nominated Ell for Female Artist of the Year. Her debut single, “Worth the Wait,” was recently released in the U.S. Eden is a Florida native and graduate of the University of Florida. She has opened for Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line. Billboard Music recognized Eden as a “fiery country star-in-the-making.” Some of her accolades include being identified as an Amazon Music Artist to watch. Vogue Magazine called her one of the “10 Country ‘It’ Girls,” and she’s one of “CMT’s Next Women of Country.”  FULL STORY



$899,000 
Slide 1Awesome two level pool home. Long life copper colored metal roof. Remodeled 4 bedroom 4 bath with a large bonus room off the master (currently being used as a theater room) and large loft area. Outdoor BBQ area with vine covered pergola, pool, paved deck and self enclosed hot tub. This house is great for families and entertaining!! River views from second level. Waterfront home with 10,000 lb boat lift and wood dock. Also includes separate concrete dock and lift davits. Massive amount of parking with LARGE circular concrete paver driveway and additional parking for RV or trailer. Fantastic boating access, one canal off the river. This house is a must see!! If you want waterfront, boating, outdoor living by the pool with views of the sunset every night come see this house!! Centrally located on McGregor corridor. Be at beaches and downtown in 15 minutes. Shopping, banking, etc is 5 minutes away. 


$619,000
Slide 17Great Income Producing Fort Myers Beach Canal Home. Nice, bright, light and very clean. Short Walk to the beach and boat out to the bay down the short canal with quick Gulf Access. Close to Grocery Store, Marina, Ship Store, Restaurant, Beach, Park and Estero Bay. Income producing accessory apartment downstairs. Paneling is Pecky Cypress and the owner's took special care to preserve the wood when they remodeled the home to keep it's original design and character. Updated pipes, wiring and drywall in 2004 Double A/C units. Kitchen, dining, living area, laundry, master bedroom suite and guest bed and bath. Lots of closet space and spacious lanai. Apartment can be used for guests, relatives, or Extra Income. ROOM FOR A POOL. The apartment is spacious with kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. There is a very large laundry room which also can be used for a hobby room. One car garage. Tropical landscaping and easy care yard includes fruit bearing banana and citrus trees. Schedule your appointment today. This is a great buy. 



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 
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Monday, July 24, 2017

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


LOCAL NEWS

Bay Harbour Marina Village Project Proposes Construction
An island community faces a rundown high-profile entry point, ravaged by Hurricane Charley, that faces an uncertain future clouded by government panels, real estate developers and upset citizens. Fort Myers Beach? Not this time! Cross the Matanzas Pass Bridge to San Carlos Island and encounter the almost exact same scenario. Jack Mayher and Nick Ruland are partners in the Bay Harbour Marina Village project at 1195 Main Street on San Carlos Island. They propose constructing 130-foot-high residential buildings with 113 units, 37 for “workforce” or “moderate income” housing, with a 286-space boat barn, 520-car parking garage, and 15 townhouses. The Oak & Main Streets site was home for years to Compass Rose Marina, until Hurricane Charley destroyed that in 2004.  FULL STORY

Shells Causing Delays in Area Dredging Project
One of Southwest Florida’s most popular beach activities is to go shelling along our beautiful shores, but these natural treasures are wreaking havoc with an area dredging project, causing a significant delay. “Yes, this is taking much longer than we anticipated, because the material we are dredging up is full of seashells,” relates Justin McBride, executive director of the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) that is in charge of the work, with a hearty laugh, as crews continue on the Big Carlos Pass and New Pass dredging jobs. “Rather than approaching our original completion date for the full contract at the end of July, they are still working in Big Carlos Pass and are only about one-third done.”  FULL STORY


Hit the town and take part in these FUN EVENTS

Friday, July 28th

PIANO LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
10am-2pm, Beach Library. 

SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Free live music concert, food & fun with High Tide.

Saturday, July 29th

BEACH YOGA
8:30-9:30am, on the beach in front of Edison Beach House, north of Pier. 

COOL CALUSA TOOLS AND WEAPONS
10am, Mound House.

CALUSA INDIAN SHELL MOUND TOUR
11am, Mound House.
 
FAMILY ADVENTURES AT THE MOUND HOUSE
1pm, Mound House. 

SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Free live music concert, food & fun with Rock Solid.

Monday, July 31st

SENIOR BRIDGE
12:30-3:30pm, Silver Hall Chapel by the Sea. 
 
FILMS FOR FILM LOVERS
7pm, Center for the Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. Tonight’s film “20 Feet from Stardom”

Featured Properties 

$465,000 
Slide 4
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! 


$619,000  
Slide 25Great Income Producing Fort Myers Beach Canal Home. Nice, bright, light and very clean. Short Walk to the beach and boat out to the bay down the short canal with quick Gulf Access. Close to Grocery Store, Marina, Ship Store, Restaurant, Beach, Park and Estero Bay. Income producing accessory apartment downstairs. Paneling is Pecky Cypress and the owner's took special care to preserve the wood when they remodeled the home to keep it's original design and character. Updated pipes, wiring and drywall in 2004 Double A/C units. Kitchen, dining, living area, laundry, master bedroom suite and guest bed and bath. Lots of closet space and spacious lanai. Apartment can be used for guests, relatives, or Extra Income. ROOM FOR A POOL. The apartment is spacious with kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. There is a very large laundry room which also can be used for a hobby room. One car garage. Tropical landscaping and easy care yard includes fruit bearing banana and citrus trees. Schedule your appointment today. This is a great buy.




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, July 17, 2017

Life on Fort Myers Beach Issue 7-17-2017


TOP FORT MYERS BEACH NEWS STORIES

Public Can Weigh In On Matanzas Pass Preserve Update 
“Lee County updates all of its park plans every ten years,” explained Sherry Furnari, senior supervisor of Land Stewardship. “We are getting ready to do our third version for Matanzas Pass Preserve. It will recap our accomplishments over the past decade, and what we hope for over the next ten years.” The public can provide input in a variety of methods, including a public meeting at the Red Coconut RV Park clubhouse on Tuesday, July 18 at 4:30 p.m. Matanzas Pass Preserve is a 60-acre site at 199 Bay Road that is one of the few undeveloped, protected areas on Estero Island, made up of maritime hammock, tidal swamp, Black mangrove forest and coastal grassland, with a diversity of wildlife including raccoons, hawks, owls, turtles, snakes, heron, fish and songbirds. It is home to several amenities, such as a 1.25-mile trail system, educational programs, two historic cottages near its front entrance operated by the Estero Island Historic Society, and a strong Friends group that has been active since its initial 1974 acquisition.  FULL STORY


From The Desk of Rae Burns, Environmental & Stormwater Technician for the Town of Fort Myers Beach
Rae Burns, the Environmental & Stormwater Technician for the Town of Fort Myers Beach, and her colleague, Chelsea O’Riley, the Public Works Administrative Specialist, bring two issues to the attention of island residents. “The Town’s Public Works Department has not been using any vehicles on the beach for the past month or so,” begins Chelsea. “As a result, staff now empties all garbage and recycling bins at beach accesses directly from Estero Boulevard, and are analyzing how long it takes to make these runs, figuring the difference in time now as opposed to in-season. They proceed south to north on the island, and must do two runs to keep garbage and recycling separate.” “If we don’t keep these apart,” adds Rae, “then it all becomes garbage.”  FULL STORY


ISLAND FUN

Friday, July 21st
BREAKFAST ON THE BEACH
8:30am, Newton Beach Park. Join Biologist Dexter Norris on the beach for a fun walking tour/lecture about Fort Myers Beach and the natural environment. Breakfast provided. Reservations required. $15. 239-765-0865. www.moundhouse.org

PIANO LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
10am-2pm, Beach Library.



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SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Free live music concert, food & fun with High Tide.
 

MOON OVER BUFFALO
8pm, Hinman Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts


Saturday, July 22nd

BEACH YOGA
8:30-9:30am, on the beach in
front of Edison Beach House,
north of Pier.


CRAFTING WITH NATURE
11am, Mound House. Get your hands dirty with some hands on arts and crafts projects at the Mound House. Enjoy a new nature- themed craft each month. For ages 6 and up accompanied by an adult. $5. 451 Connecticut. 239-765-0865. www.moundhouse.org

SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Free live music concert, food & fun with Remedy.


Sunday, July 23rd
 

OPEN LAP SWIM
10am, Bay Oaks Pool. 


MOON OVER BUFFALO
3pm, Hinman Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts



FEATURED PROPERTY LISTING

4198 Bay Beach Lane #125 
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Slide 25This open concept, unfurnished, huge (nearly 1900 sq. ft.) 3BR/3BA condo won't last long! The living area features nearly floor to ceiling windows with Estero Bay water views. Hunter Douglas shades with PowerView® Motorization (on the living room windows & sliding doors as well as the owner's suite sliding doors) create the perfect room ambiance. Plantation shutters grace bedroom and kitchen windows. The eat-in kitchen has cabinetry with pullouts and soft close drawers, granite countertops, tray ceiling, and new SS range, microwave and refrigerator. The owner's suite is spacious, with a walk-in closet and bath updates. Guest BR #1 has a pocket door making it a private suite area. Guest BR #2 has a full bath. 2 storage areas & an under-building parking space are included. Luxury amenities: guest suites, resort style pool/spa, tennis courts, fitness & social rooms, fishing pier, deeded beach access. The gated, 24-hour staffed Waterside community is located at the quiet south end of Fort Myers Beach and is within walking distance to the beach, shopping, restaurants and public marina. Gulf access boat docks available for lease/purchase in the Waterside community & Bay Beach area.  
 



 
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, July 10, 2017

Fort Myers Beach Local Blogger July 10th 2017


TOP LOCAL NEWS

Lovers Key Visitor Center Receives Funding
Under One Roof
Lovers Key State Park, just off the southern tip of Fort Myers Beach, is the second-most visited state park in Florida, averaging one million visitors annually, but it does so without a single indoor venue for exhibits, classrooms, meetings and similar opportunities. That will soon change, though, as its Friends Of Lovers Key (FOLKS) volunteer group recently spearheaded a legislative effort to garner $4 million to construct a Visitor Center, estimated to begin in 2018 and be complete in 2019. “The process actually began last year,” explained Mark Generales, a FOLKS volunteer. “The Florida Legislature appropriated $450,000 for architects and engineers and permitting, then the remaining $3.55 million this year for the construction, to tell Southwest Florida’s ecological story. We want visitors to learn the park’s history, background, and environment, as so many just come to Lovers Key to go to its spectacular beaches, but they miss out on knowing about its various habitats.”  FULL STORY


Mound House Offers More New Programs
Something Old & Something New
The Mound House, Estero Island’s oldest standing structure now owned by the Town of Fort Myers Beach and restored to its 1921 ambiance, is the community’s cultural and environmental learning center. In addition to the site itself, it offers a variety of programs for residents and visitors, with new offerings as well as several others carried over from June that continue throughout the Summer.
New programs include Family Adventures at The Mound House. Explore everything fun at the Mound House, as interpretive staff lead families through an entertaining and educational experience they will not soon forget! Ideal for families with children age 5 & up. “Family Adventure” is Wednesday, August 2, at 2 p.m.; Saturday, August 5, at 10 a.m.; Tuesday, August 8, at 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, August 15, at 1 p.m.; $5, with Mound House members free.  FULL STORY


FUN SUMMER EVENTS

Looking for summertime fun on Fort Myers Beach?   Check out these great FREE activities taking place all summer long. 

All Month Long

FORT MYERS BEACH COMMUNITY POOL
2600 Oak Street. Open MO - SA 10am-6pm; SU noon-6pm. Open July 4 from 10am-4pm. 239-463-5759
 
FORT MYERS BEACH ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY
Located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. Summer Show continues through Oct 5. Free admission. Gallery Hours: WE & TH, 9am-12pm, 239-463-3909. www.fortmyersbeachart.com
 
BAY OAKS RECREATIONAL CAMPUS
Membership is free for all island residents. Visitors welcome. Open MO - SA with activities for individuals and families. Pick up a newsletter for a daily list of activities, or call 239-765-4222 for more information. 2731 Oak St., FMB.
 
HISTORIC COTTAGE
Island museum located at 161 Bay Rd, 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 all this historic treasure and check out the museum store! Grounds open sunrise to sunset at no charge; Open TU, WE & SA, 9am-4pm. 451 Connecticut Street.
 
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. Closed July 4. 2755 Estero Blvd, FMB. 239-765-8162.

FEATURED PROPERTY LISTINGS

BOAT STORAGE
$100,000
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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.  


Slide 2$475,000
Gorgeous Newer 3rd floor 3 bedroom, 2 baths residence in the Premier Luxury Community of Waterside! Entertaining is unique as this CORNER Home offers the largest lanai in the building, which is a Corner Screened Lanai with Tropical VIEWS OF THE RESORT POOL and SPA! The Elevator opens to your Private entry foyer. The Beautiful Open kitchen is equipped with 42 wood cabinets, Granite counter tops and lots of light from the large kitchen window! The King Master Suite offers a Spacious Bath with Dual Vanities, Marble Tops, separate Roman Tub and Shower. All windows & doors are Impact Glass. Also included are a Garage/Under building parking space & an Air Conditioned Storage Space. Waterside is Guard Gate attended 24/h per day and the Resort Amenities are numerous: Deeded BEACH Access and Fishing Pier, Tennis, Jogging Paths, Resort Style Swimming Pool with Spa and BBQs, And in Your Bldg: Fitness Center, Social Room with Bar and Media areas and Saunas. Located on the South End of Ft Myers Beach for a quick Exit! Close to Santini Plaza shopping and restaurants, Close to Lovers Key State Park And Boat slips are available for purchase as well! Sold Unfurnished.





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, June 26, 2017

Fort Myers Beach Local Blogger Issue June 26th 2017


Here are your top news stories, fun events and featured property listings for the week of June 26th, 2017.


Is the Town of Fort Myers Beach ready for a major storm?  Read this article to see what the city's plans are in case a big storm rolls through. 

Hurricane Prep 101, Town Leaders Plan For Worst
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“I sat in a back corner of a room a lot like this in 1992, when I worked for Miami-Dade County,” related Roger Hernstadt, the new Town Manager for Fort Myers Beach to local emergency personnel in Town Hall on Monday afternoon, June 19. “It was another hurricane preparedness seminar, I had been to a bunch of them, and I thought, “Here we go again,’ half paying attention and half thinking about all the work on my desk that wasn’t getting done. Then in August, Hurricane Andrew hit! You can’t describe the massive damage unless you see it first-hand; until you cannot recognize the street you live on or your house. We must prepare for the worst-case scenario and make sure we have a plan for when everything is total chaos.” Click here for the FULL ARTICLE


Millage, Employees, Stormwater, Parking
Council Tackles Tough Topics
The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council covered a broad spectrum of tough topics Monday morning, June 19 at its final meeting before their summer break.
Perhaps the most controversial may have ramifications during its 2017-2018 Budget deliberations, with new Town Manager Roger Hernstadt recommending a 0.9 Tentative Millage Rate that would increase the Town’s current 0.8 mark. “Since joining the Town on April 25, I’ve spent a tremendous amount of time analyzing the budget and assessing the staff to address budget priorities and viable options,” he explained. “I believe 0.9 is the right millage for the Town…I look at the potential to maintain our current level of service, with operational efficiencies.”  Click here for the FULL ARTICLE


Are you looking for summer fun on the beach?  Check out these great events that are coming up!

Wednesday, June 28th

SCENTS OF THE GARDEN
10am, Mound House. Discover the variety of different scents and strategies that plants use to attract pollinators and their importance to plant and food production. Walk the gardens of the Mound House and learn about the plant-pollinator connection and select a variety of fragrant plants to create your own natural sachet of potpourri. $5; 451 Connecticut. 239-765-0865. www.moundhouse.org 

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OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH
11am, Bay Oaks Recreation Center. Social Seniors’ bus trip to a lunch destination. This month it’s Salty Crab, right here on FMB. Cost $4/member; $5 non/member, plus food/drink you order.

Thursday, June 29th
INSIDE PASSAGE KAYAK TOUR
10am-2pm, Lovers Key State Park. Enjoy learning about the creatures and plants on the waterways of this State Park from your naturalist guide. $50. Reservations required. 239-694-5513
 
GAME DAY
10:30am-1:45pm, Bay Oaks.
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YOUTH BASKETBALL
6:30-8pm, Bay Oaks Recreation Center. 

SUNSET BEACH YOGA
7pm, Pink Shell Resort.


 

Friday, June 30th

MAHJONG
10:30-1:45pm, Bay Oaks.

OPEN GYM
1-3pm, Bay Oaks Recreation Center. 

SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-10pm, Times Square. Free live music concert, food & fun with High Tide.


FEATURED PROPERTIES

 
4192 Bay Beach Lane #842 
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Slide 1At Waterside Waterfront Gated Community, Large 2045 sq ft Under A/C and Comfortable Luxury Condo in Sunset Gulf Bldg VIII with Private Elevator to your Door! Water views Front and Back from 2 terraces: one Screened towards the Gulf of Mexico and Buccaneer Bay with Sunsets, and one Open Air to Estero Bay for your Guests and the Nice Florida Breezes! 3 Bd with 2 1/2 Bths with Beautiful Hardwood Floors in the Living Areas, Master Bedroom, & 1 Guest Room! Gourmet Kitchen with Granite Counters, Breakfast Bar, 42 Wood Cabinetry, Built-in desk and Recessed Crown Lighting. Service Elevator and Entrance to your Laundry room. AMENITIES INCLUDE: Guest Suites,Tropical Pool and Spa, Fitness Center, Social Room, Saunas & Steam Rooms, plus Deeded Beach Access & Fishing Pier, Tennis Courts, and more... Boat Slips available for purchase too! Walk to Beach, Restaurants, Shopping...Call TODAY to start Living the Southwest Florida Lifestyle to the Fullest Here!


170 Lenell Rd. #603 
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 
Slide 1 Views and Location... RARE, One of a Kind Luxury Condo in Palm Harbor Club with NEWER CUSTOM REMODELED KITCHEN and BATHS! Stainless Steel Kitchen Aid Appliance Package w/Induction Stove and pots/pans, Coffee Bar, Custom Wine Rack, Gorgeous Granite Tops and Back Splash, Breakfast Area, Pantry with Roll Out Shelves, Lots of Storage and Custom Lighting! Watch the Dolphins and Manatees from this SPACIOUS 2BR, 2BA Unit with PANORAMIC WATER VIEWS TO THE SOUTH! INTERSECTING CANALS & GULF OF MEXICO!. Plantation Shutters, High Ceilings, Electric Storm Shutters throughout with Diagonal tile in living areas. Master Suite includes 2 LARGE Walk-in His and Hers Closets along with Remodeled Master Bath. Guest Bedroom & Updated Bath are En-Suite with a privacy pocket door. Separate large laundry room. Storage locker (2nd floor) PLUS a SECURED Under BLDG Parking Space INCLUDED! One of the BEST Locations on Fort Myers Beach on the South End of Estero Island. Walk or bike to the heart of the South End Restaurants, CVS, Shopping, Beach, Marina and more! 




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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