Phone numbers you may need:
Telephones: For your convenience, there is a telephone in every unit. All local, toll-free and credit card calls are free, however, should you wish to make a long distane call, you must have either a calling card or call collect. The long distance carrier used by Estero Island Beach Club is TTE. To access another carrier, dial "0+800" and the number of your long distance carrier - Call TTE Customer Service (800) 783-4883 for questions about rates, billing or service.
About your Resort:
Air Conditioners - Please do not turn the thermostat below 72 degrees. This will not cause your unit to cool any faster, it will cause your air conditioner to freeze up and stop working. When windows and doors are open please shut off air conditioners.
Ice Makers - In order for ice to be made, the metal bar on the ice maker must be in a down position.
Housekeeping/Maid Service - Our units are fully equipped, just like your own home. Therefore, daily maid service is not provided. If you are staying for longer than one week, the Housekeeping Staff will do a stay over cleaning service for you. Should you have any complaints about the Housekeeping service, please speak to the resort manager, not the cleaning staff.
Gas Grills - There are 4 gas grills conveniently loated in the common area for your use. It is important that the grills be left clean so that others may enjoy them when you are through. Please remember to turn each grill off after use. *Fort Myers fire regulations forbid the use of portable grills on patios and balconies.
Garbage and Refuse - For your convenience, dumpsters are located at the rear of the property. A supply of plastic bags has been placed in your unit. Please put all trash in the plastic bags, secure the top, and place in the dumpster for collection.Tropical Sands is proud to be involved in Lee County's Recycling Program.
Newspaper - Newspaper, brown paper bags and telephone books. No business paper, junk mail or cardboard. Place in a bundle or paper bag on top of the recycling bin.
Aluminum - Aluminum only! Soda and beer cans, foil pie plans and foil fruit, juice and vegetable cans are acceptable. No steel or tin cans. Rinse and crush cans if possible.
Plastic - Includes milk, orange juice and soda containers. Look on the bottom for a number 1 or 2 in a triangle with arrows. If there is a 1 or 2 seen, these are recyclable. No styrofoam or bleach or detergent containers.
Glass - Clear, brown or green glass only. Sodal and liquor bottles, jelly and mayo jars. Remove lids and rinse if possible. No light bulbs, pyrex, mirrors, china or ceramics.
Do not mix garbage and recyclables in the same container, and please rinse the recyclables and dispose of any residue. Put your recyclables in the appropriate container at the Recycling Station located on the North and South ends of the rear parking lot by the dumpsters.
Please do no leave your tote without depositing recycling materials in the correct container.
Pets - Although we love our pets, none are allowed to vacation at Tropical Sands Resort.
Parking - Parking is by permit only, and your parking permit is included in your welcome packet. Please display your permit on the dashboard of your car at all times. Remember, your permit does not allow you to park on Estero Boulevard and violators will be ticketed or towed. Boats, motor homes or trailers are not permitted to park on Tropical Sands property. Ask management for a list of locations to store these items.
Swimming Pool - Specific rules for use of the swimming pool are located near the pool area. Please be sure all children are well supervised to avoid any accidents. No glassware, rafts, tubes, radios or beach balls are allowed in the pools. Towels are located in your units, if you need extra, contact the Front Office. Please do not use the regular towels located in your unit. Please remember to shower before entering the pools. Pool hours are from 9:00 am to 10:00pm.
Hot Tub - The hot tub is heated to a temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a very relaxing experience but should be used in moderation. There is a 15-minute time limit for your health and to allow the usage of others. The hot tub is considered unsafe for anyone with any type of heart condition. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Same rules apply in regards to glass and items in the hot tub as in the pool.
Bikes - Each occupant will be issued a bike key on the same key ring as the room key is located. These bikes are available for your convenience. Please note it is a state law that children under 16 must be wearing a helmet while riding. Also note using the bikes are at your own risk. Tropical Sands Resort is not responsible for any injuries that may occur while using the bikes.
Exercise Room - The exercise room is in the North Building on the 3rd Floor. Hours are 9:00 am to 4:30pm. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Port-A-Cribs - Are available for rent. The cribs are height adjustable and have pads included. There are also sheets and blankets available in the office. Also available for rent are high chairs. Rental rates for cribs are $3.00 per day ($15.00 per week). Rental rates for high chairs are $2.00 per day ($12.00 per week).
Games, Books, Magazines and More - Games and videos are available in the Main Office. Video rentals are $1.00, books and magazines are located on the Second Floor Meeting Room Library.
Things to be aware of in Florida:
Ft Myers Beach (Estero Island) is without a doubt a beautiful island. Yet there are several things that most visitors are not familar with. Although rare, there are potential concerns while vacationing here, and it is wise to be familiar with them.
Florida "Critters" - Florida is well known for its natural beauty. Although some of the plants may be tempting, please do not pick them, some can be toxic to the touch. Also the animal life is interesting. Please instruct children not to touch frogs, snakes, lizards, etc. They can be dangerous. If you happen to find a "critter" in you unit, please call the front office. We do spray frequently, but sometimes they still manage to get inside. If this happens, call the Office as soon as possible.
Alligators - Because we are located in a sub-tropical climate area, alligators also enjoy this kind of climate. In general, they will retreat from humans. It is recommended that you do not approach them too closely for they are very fast on land and in the water. More importantly, never feed the alligators.
Snakes - There are snakes to be seen at times in this warm climate area. Although there are a number of varieties, if you see a snake - stay away !!!!!! If you are bitten, pay attention to the snake's marking so that the species can be identified.
Sting Rays - Between the months of May and October, Sting Rays frequently visit our warm beaches. They like to stay close to the shoreline in the loose sand where they can bury themselves. While in the water do the "shuffle" with your feet. To do this, drag your feet along the bottom, stirring up the sand. If you happen to be stung, you will need immediate medical attention.
Jellyfish - They float through the water by riding the waves and currents. There is a possibility that you may never see the jellyfish that has stung you. If you feel a burning feeling and see a red welt on your body, seek medical attention immediately.
No-See-Ums - Many people don't know what a no see um looks like because of its tiny size, but if one bites, it's hard to miss. The insect is a bloodsucker many times smaller than a mosquito, but with a bite inversely more painful. The sting causes a large welt that can irritate the skin for several days, causing severe itching. It is tiny enough to pass through window screens, making it a nuisance to people and pets.
The scientific name for the no see um is Ceratopogonidae, but it has accumulated many common names. These include the sand flea, sand fly, biting midge and punkie or punky. Common to beaches, wetlands, creek and lakebeds, the insect purportedly stays within 350 feet (107 meters) of its breeding ground. Therefore, if people find themselves under attack at a camping site, on a picnic, or at the beach, moving a short distance can provide relief.
Suntan Lotions - We are blessed with beautiful sunshine all year long. Use of suntan lotion is a "must" to protect you from the strong rays that can damage your skin. Some visitors using lotion before going to the beach discover that they are allergic to the lotion - not the sun, if in doubt, consult a physician.
Drugs & Skin - People taking certain drugs who go into the sun may experience a photo allergic or photo toxic reaction to their skin. Here's a list of some of the drugs that can cause a reaction when in the sun - Estrogen, Progesterone, Orinase, D iabinase, Diur il, Esidrix, Ore tic, Hydromox, Librium, Compazine, Phen egram, Quinid ine, Tofranil, Sparine, Stela Zine, Temeril, Thorazine, Tri lafon, Triavil, Et rafon, Vesprin, Benadryl, Sulfa, Griseofulin, Aureomycin, Terramycin, De clomycin, Small Pox Vaccine, and Imuran. If a medicine that you are taking is not listed, please check your prescription or consult your physician.
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