Bonita Springs Florida Weekly

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Bonita Naples Rotary celebrates 30 years with a musical event

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Bonita Naples Rotary Club, a Neil Diamond Tribute performance will be held at the Stage restaurant in Bonita Springs on Saturday, June 25, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $69 for the dinner and show. The club will also host a 50/50, raffle, with special prizes and more. Proceeds of the concert and dinner will benefit many charities including Bonita Springs Charter School, Bonita Springs Assistance Office, Make a Wish Foundation, International Gift of Life and WheelChair Foundations.

To purchase tickets or make reservations, call 239-405- 8566. For more information, contact Mike Prioletti at 239-860- 8866 or Jim Fabry at 760-470-1687.

Bonita Senior Center recipients of local support

The Bonita Senior Center held its monthly Frunch Brunch on Monday, June 6 at the Hope Lutheran Church. Members were honored to have the Bonita Springs Lions Club 2nd VP Colin Raynor and Darlene Faulconer, treasurer, present a check for $5,000 that contributed to the Center’s matching gift campaign. The Lions Club donates to worthy organizations as a result of the community shopping at their thrift store, attending Friday Bingo games (noon-3 p.m.), Wednesday morning Fresh Farmers market across from Riverside Park and during season (Jan-March) Saturdays pancake breakfast.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles also presented the Club with a check for $1,000 in support of the Bonita Senior Center. Fran Metcalf and Joan Lopin made the presentation.

The donations and gift matching champaign will now allow Bonita Senior Center to hire a part time executive director.

Visiting Fort Myers Beach for July 4? Some things to know

The Town of Fort Myers Beach is planning two events on Monday, July 4, to celebrate America’s Independence Day. The first event will be a parade that starts at 10 a.m. from Bay Oaks Recreational Campus. The address for Bay Oaks is 2731 Oak Street. The route is from Bay Oaks to Bay Road then on Estero Boulevard through the Downtown District and back. The roads and the Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed from about 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Public parking at Bay Oaks and the library is not permitted from 7:30 a.m. until noon due to the streets being used for parade staging.

The second event will be a fireworks display scheduled to start at 9 p.m. The show is planned to last for 20 minutes with the fireworks launching from the pier at Times Square. The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed to oncoming traffic around 9 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

Traffic and the demand for parking is expected to be heavy for both events, especially in the downtown/Times Square/Pier areas. The Town has several hundred public parking spaces and there are some paid commercial parking lots. Parking in the right of way or on private property (unless it is a designated parking area) is not permitted.

Personal displays of fireworks are not permitted anywhere in the Town, including the beach. General tips:

Pay for parking in Town spaces with the Passport parking app or at www.ppprk.com.

Visit the Town’s website at https:// www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/ 140/Parking to see the percentage of available Town-operated spaces, which is updated three times a day by the Beach and Street Enforcement (BASE) team.

Park at the free Lee County Park and Ride lot on Pine Ridge Road and ride the Trolley to Times Square – www.fortmyersbeach.org/trolleyinfo/.

Watch the fireworks from one of the Town’s 29 beach accesses that are spread along Estero Boulevard toward the South end of the Island, many of which have parking – www.fortmyersbeachfl. gov/102/Beaches.

Town parking is available at Newton Beach Park at 4562 Strandview Avenue (mid Island) and the park has great beach access with restrooms, showers, Tiki Huts, picnic tables, and an accessible ramp for wheelchair use – https:// www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/1128/Newton- Beach-Park.

Big Carlos Pass Bridge on the south end of Estero Island will remain open.

Stay tuned to the Town’s Facebook and Twitter for information and updates.

Personal fireworks are not permitted anywhere in the town, including the beach.

Glass and bottles are not permitted on the beach.

Join in for Independence Day at Estero Historical Society

Returning after a two-year hiatus, the Estero Historical Society announced its traditional Independence Day celebration beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, in which there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Local historian Jacob Winge will provide the reading dressed in authentic 18th-century period costume, and the Estero Fire Rescue team will be there to raise the flag. Following the ceremony, watermelon will be served picnic-style for all attendees to enjoy. Enjoy a great way for parents and youth to kick off the Independence Day holiday weekend, remembering the importance of what this day in American history represents.

This celebration will be held on the grounds of the Estero Historical Society Museum, located at 9285 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. in Estero Park. All are invited to attend.

Lee property appraiser to speak at REIS luncheon

The latest trends in property values in Southwest Florida will be explained by Lee County Property Appraiser Matt Caldwell at the Tuesday, July 12 luncheon meeting of the Real Estate Investment Society.

Mr. Caldwell is also expected to report on advances in information technology for online mapping and property reports – and how real estate professionals can access and use the information. Following the presentation, Mr. Caldwell will respond to specific questions.

The meeting is sponsored by Stantec and will begin promptly at 11:45 a.m. in the Osprey Room at Pelican Preserve’s Clubhouse, on Treeline Avenue at Colonial Boulevard, one mile east of I-75 exit 136 in Fort Myers. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by July 7 and may be made at the REIS website, www.reis-swfl.org. ¦

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