What’s New This Year at the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival?


A new relay race! The CaluSUP Fun Race for canoeists, kayakers and SUPers who pair up with pals for a relay competition on the Sanibel Causeway on Nov. 4, the final day of the event.

The event kicks off with a captain’s meeting at 11:15 a.m. at Causeway Island A, 19500 Sanibel Causeway Road, which is the main festival site. Festival attendees can easily watch; the race course is just off the beach.

People can bring their own paddlecraft, borrow a friend’s boat or board, or rent from one of the vendors on site. (Advanced reservations are recommended.)The race can be done with up to three people per team and only one canoe, kayak or SUP. The course is one-third of a mile. In honor of Lee County’s 125th anniversary, the format will be 1-2-5 – as in one lap, two laps and five laps around the oval course. People can put their novice paddler in the first lap and take it from there. Racers will pass a baton that is a piece of recycled PVC pipe sporting an animal puppet.

The cost is $5 per team of up to three people, with proceeds going to the festival’s signature non-profit partner, CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife). You can pre-pay online and print out the receipt at www.crowclinic.org/calusa_blueway/index.php. Or you can pay at the event. All registration forms will be completed on site race day. See the race map at www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com and click on “activities” and then “canoe / kayak/ SUP race.”

The event is being coordinated by the SWFL SUP Club and Lee County Parks & Recreation with support from the Sanibel-Captiva Power Squadron.

Get complete festival details at www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com. Festival hours on the Sanibel Causeway way are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Admission is $5; kids 12 and younger are free. Race questions can be directed to Lee County Parks & Recreation Senior Supervisor Vicki Little at (239) 229-0649.

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30th Annual Taste of the Town – Fort Myers, FL

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 ♦ 11am-5pm
Centennial Park, Ft. Myers
Park Admission $5 ♦ Children under 12 enter FREE

Join the Junior League of Fort Myers for a great day of food, music and kids’ entertainment as we celebrate the 30th Annual Taste of the Town.  All proceeds from this event go to support the Junior League of Fort Myers and its projects.

Restaurant Participants (as of September 26, 2012)

1st Street Deli

Aurelio’s Pizza

Bahama Breeze


Big Game Waterfront Grill




Famous Dave’s

Firehouse Sports Grill

Fletcher’s Grill & Spirits

Grimaldi’s Pizza

Irresistable Confections

Joe’s Crab Shack

Lazy Flamingo

Marker 92

Melting Pot

Moe’s Southwestern Grill

Papa Johns Pizza

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill


Pincher’s Crab Shack

Shoal’s at Sandy Butler

The Bubble Room

The Sandy Parrot Tiki Bar & Grill

Tony Sacco’s Pizza

Admission and Food                                                                             

Entrance to the park is $5 and children under 12 enter FREE.  CASH ONLY is accepted the day of the event. Once in the park, you will need to purchase Food and Beverage tickets to purchase the food and beverage from vendors.  Vendors will not accept cash for purchases. Each restaurant will present a “taste” of their best and most popular dishes. All food and beverage items will cost between $1 and $5 worth of tickets. Tickets will also be used to purchase entry to Kids Entertainment events.

Click here for $4.00 Pre-Sale Admission Tickets