Help Us Bring Back The MERTF Tent


For two years the Marine & Environmental Resource Task Force’s Pop-Up tent was seen all over Estero Island. The popular information location was a resource on water quality, wildlife, plant life, the beach and the bay. Then, Hurricane Ian came along on September 28, 2022 and sucked the tent, the educational materials and all supplies into the Gulf of Mexico.

Here’s how you can help bring the pop-up back to life.

According to MERTF member Jennifer Rusk, the pop-up is fun and educational for both adults and children, visitors and residents. “You’ll see sea turtle skulls, a diorama of what a sea turtle nest looks like under the sand. We have information on native species for local residents to help with planting. In addition to informational brochures, we hand out fun educational activity books, crayons, stickers, and tattoos for kids.”

The only way to get the MERTF tent back up and running is if we re-supply the committee with what they need. Everything was lost in the storm.

You’ve done it many times before. You love Fort Myers Beach and its uniqueness. It’s things like the MERTF pop-up tent, manned by all volunteers, that make Fort Myers Beach special. You may have stopped by the tent yourself over the last two years.

If you’d like to see the pop-up tent return in time for your next visit, consider making a donation of supplies we need to bring the pop-up back to Fort Myers Beach.

Our Amazon Wish List expert Jessica Fluharty has created another for us. You can donate HERE. All supplies will come to our house in Gateway and we will deliver the supplies to the committee.

If you have any issues with the list simply input our address:
12700 Vista Pine Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33913

Let’s fill the garage with boxes again.



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