Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer safety tips and featured beach retreats

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Whether you are staying on beautiful Fort Myers Beach or just spending a day at the beach here are so must know summer beach safety tips. 

1. Learn to swim and teach your children how to swim. Formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88 percent among young children aged one to four, who are at greatest risk of drowning. But even when children have had formal swimming lessons, constant, careful supervision when in the water, and barriers to prevent unsupervised access are necessary to prevent drowning.
2. Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In the time it might take for lifeguards or paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could save someone’s life.
3. Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing.
4. Heed warning flags. Know the meaning of and obey warnings represented by colored beach flags, which may vary from one beach to another.
5. Know the terrain. Be aware of and avoid drop-offs and hidden obstacles in natural water sites. Always enter water feet first.
6. Avoid rip currents. Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents, like water that is discolored and choppy, foamy, or filled with debris and moving in a channel away from shore. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore; once free of the current, swim diagonally toward shore.
7. Look for lifeguards. Select swimming sites that have lifeguards whenever possible.
8. Be on the lookout. When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times, even when lifeguards are present. Adults should avoid distracting activities and using alcohol or drugs while supervising children. Adults should also use the buddy system.
9. Don’t hyperventilate. Swimmers should never hyperventilate before swimming underwater or try to hold their breath for long periods of time. This can cause them to pass out (sometimes called “shallow water blackout”) and drown.
       10. Fence it off. Barriers to pool access should be used to help prevent young children from gaining access to the pool area without caregivers’ awareness when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool, be at least four feet high, and have self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward, with latches that are out of the reach of children. 

Featured Beach Retreats 

Island Grande

Luxurious custom built 5 BR, 4.5 bath with beautiful priceless views of Gulf of Mexico. Exquisite master suite on the upper level has terrace and King bed.  Oversized bathroom boasts a jetted tub.  Gorgeous view through sliding glass doors that open to a covered terrace on the lower level with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Outdoor seating to enjoy the nightly sunsets and beautiful water view.  Heated pool and private barbeque area.    
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Pelican's Perch

Beautiful sunsets from two decks overlooking the water makes this a wonderful place to relax with family & friends and enjoy the outdoors. Heated pool and integrated spa plus a dock for fishing and a gazebo with a hammock for taking a siesta any time of the day! The beach and Times Square are a short 3 minute walk away. Restaurants and pubs are even closer just at the end of the street. Close to the Bay and the Key West Express. Inside the upper level has 2 bedrooms with Queen beds. The lower level is a separate apartment perfect for groups to have some space from one another. It has another fully equipped kitchen, dining area, sitting area, and large bedroom with two Queen beds. Pet friendly (restrictions apply)
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Plan Your Holiday Vacation on Fort Myers Beach

Are you planning a holiday vacation on Fort Myers Beach?  There are so many great events coming to this great island this holiday season. 

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29th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade 
December 2, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Come enjoy some Christmas spirit at the 29th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade!  Last year we had over 30 boats participating and this year promises to be even more exciting.   The parade will pass by such establishments as Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellies, Doc Fords and Bonita Bills where you can kick back and enjoy the fun.

New Year's Eve, Town Birthday & Fireworks

December 31, 2017
12:00 PM - 11:55 PM EST
Event Description:
Come celebrate the birthday of the Town of Fort Myers Beach and New Year's Eve at Time Square. Festivities begin at noon with free cupcakes starting between noon and 1pm.  Live music will be played throughout the day.  Ball drop is at midnight followed by fireworks off of the pier.  Don't miss the fun! Be aware the bridge will be closed ONLY to oncoming traffic from 12:15am to 1:15 am during the fireworks.  There will also be extended trolley service until 2am. 


Looking for a fishing retreat?  Want to spend your vacation on the water?  We have the perfect retreat for you!  Introducing the Hibiscus Cottage. Bright tropical decor with a spacious living area, sofa bed and large TV.  Fully equipped, newly renovated galley kitchen. Comfy Queen size beds in both bedrooms. 

Paradise on Pearl
Located conveniently to Times Square and the famous Fishing Pier, this beautifully furnished new home offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Master Bedroom Suite has Queen bed and bathroom with double sinks. Large walk in shower. Open great room style with all modern conveniences in the fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar and stools. Cable and internet included. Outside the beautifully landscaped property plus gorgeous heated pool. Outdoor seating in a covered over area plus barbecue grill. Double car garage and washer/dryer in home.