Get Ready to Pound Sand!

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Come celebrate 30 years of Sand, Sun, Art and Music!

The 30th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship is returning with even more activities, more vendors, and more sculptures to see in 2016!

Make your plans to come to Fort Myers Beach and come join us for one of our most exciting events yet. With Sand, Sun, Art and Music, the American Sand Sculpting Championships 30th Anniversary promises to meet and exceed all expectations!
What: American Sand Sculpting Championship
Where: 6890 Estero Boulevard, Ft. Myers Beach, FL
When: November 18 – 27, 2016
Click for more information on exhibit schedule and where to stay.
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Set your compass for the 11th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

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Join jolly pirates, wenches, corsairs and beauties as they make camp and prepare for battle on the edge of the Historic Seaport District of Old San Carlos. The swashbuckling fun doesn’t stop for a moment during the Columbus Day weekend celebration.

Named the #2 Pirate Festival in the Country by USA Today, this family-friendly event attracts thousands of people that come to enjoy the pirate bazaar, themed live music and performances, exhilarating live ship battles, children’s activities and the jolly pub quest (21+ event).

Pirates and landlubbers both young and old are sure to walk away with memories to treasure.

Fair winds, me mateys, and see ye thar…

A $5 donation for adult entry (Ages 12+)

More information on schedule, ticketswhere to stay, and transportation to the festival.

Get Your Groove On

It’s Time for the 2016 Island Hopper
Songwriter Fest

The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest brings music back to the beach with new artists and new events in 2016.

The free festival will take place over 10 days on Southwest Florida’s most beautiful barrier islands and offers a range of star-studded performances. The festival kicks off on Captiva Island, September 23-25 and wraps up September 30-October 2 on Fort Myers Beach. Historic downtown Fort Myers will once again feature midweek performances. There will be a limited number of ticketed events for special performances.

Get excited for our first headlining act, Maren Morris, whose single, “My Church” is currently in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country chart.

More information about artists performing in this year’s festival, schedules, lodging, and venues.

#IslandHopperfest

Kayaking Southwest Florida

by Eric Lindner

Southwest Florida offers a variety of outdoor activities. Kayaking the area provides a first- hand vantage point of the unmatched beauty of our aquatic ecosystems. There are such diverse paddles available ranging from pristine beaches, mangrove swamps, freshwater rivers and creeks, the adventures seem endless. Not only does kayaking provide a direct connection with nature it is an effective, low impact workout that is excellent for your core and upper body.

I would like to highlight a beautiful short day paddle that only takes half a day. Lovers Key to Mound Key Archaeological State Park in Estero Bay is just under a 5 mile round trip paddle. The launch for this trip begins at Carl E. Johnson boat ramp directly across from Lovers Key State Park. The bay is very scenic with numerous opportunities for viewing birds and other wildlife like manatee and dolphin. By paddling the suggested route two unique views of the islands of the bay can be experienced.

Paddling route from Lovers Key to Mound Key

Paddling route from Lovers Key to Mound Key

The halfway point of the trip is Mound Key. Believed to be the capital of the Calusa Indians, the island’s shell mounds reach heights of 30 feet. The self-guided hiking trail starts at the northwest and southeast sides of the island under canopies of cabbage palms and gumbo limbo trees. The top of the mound provides a scenic view of the bay. This provides an excellent opportunity to stretch your legs before the return trip.

Estero Bay Scenic View

Estero Bay Scenic View

Exit from Mound Key looking south

Exit from Mound Key looking south

About the author: Eric Lindner is an avid kayaker with 
extensive knowledge of Florida's ecosystems.
Graduated University of Florida: Environmental Sciences
Owner/operator: www.ecopaddlesportz.com

2014 American Sand Sculpting Championships in Ft. Myers Beach

Get ready to hit the sand! The 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship is coming back to Fort Myers Beach November 21 through 30, 2014, with more sculptures than ever before!  Master sand sculptors will create their works of art on Fort Myers Beach, forming the largest sand sculpting event in the state with an all new layout! USA Today listed the event as one of the 10 best sand sculpting competitions and the Southeastern Tourism Society recognized the American Sand Sculpting Championship as a top 20 event of the entire southeastern United States!

Pre-order your tickets to save $4!

Need a place to stay? Check out Cocoplum Beach House.

sand sculptures Ft. Meyers Beach

photo credit: fmbsandsculpting.com

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 21nd – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the Southern Florida Make-A-Wish Foundation.

10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM Master SOLO Competition
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
11:30AM CELEBRITY QUICK SAND
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Greene
12:30PM Live Music
1:00PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
1:30PM Live Music
2:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
2:30PM Live Music
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Greene
3:30PM Live Music
4:30PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
5:00PM Event closes
Saturday November 22nd – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM Master SOLO Competition
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
11:30AM CELEBRITY QUICK SAND
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Greene
12:30PM Live Music
1:00PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
2:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
2:30M Live Music
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Greene
3:30PM Live Music
4:30PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
4:45PM Flying Colors with John Gowdy
5:00PM Event closes
Sunday November 23rd – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
9:00AM Amateur Registration
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM Master SOLO Competition
10:00AM Amateur Contest Begins
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons*Schedule and times are subject to change
11:30AM CELEBRITY QUICK SAND
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
12:30PM Live Music
1:00PM Master SOLO Competition Ends
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music
1:00PM Master and Amateur Judging
2:00PM Amateur Contest Ends
2:00PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
3:30PM Live Music
4:00PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND “Championship Round”
4:30PM Awards Ceremony
5:00PM Event closes
Monday November 24th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM-5:00PM Master Sculptors Exhibit Sculpting
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
11:30AM CELEBRITY QUICK SAND
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
12:30PM Live Music
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music
2:00PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
3:30PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
4:00PM Live Music
4:30PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
5:00PM Event Closes
Tuesday November 25th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM-5:00PM Master Sculptors Exhibit Sculpting
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
11:30AM CELEBRITY QUICK SAND
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
12:30PM Live Music
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music
2:00PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
3:30PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
4:00PM Live Music
4:30PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
5:00PM Event Closes
Wednesday November 26th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM-5:00PM Master Sculptors Exhibit Sculpting
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
11:30AM CELEBRITY QUICK SAND
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
12:30PM Live Music
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music
2:00PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
3:30PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
4:00PM Live Music
4:30PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
5:00PM Event Closes
Thursday November 27th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM-5:00PM Master Sculptors Exhibit Sculpting
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
11:30AM CELEBRITY QUICK SAND
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
12:30PM Live Music
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music
2:00PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
3:30PM Live Music
4:30PM MASTER SCULPTOR QUICK SAND
5:00PM Event Closes
Friday November 28th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM Master DOUBLES Competition
10:00AM Florida State Championship (Advanced Amateur)
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons*Schedule and times are subject to change
11:30AM CELEBRITY QUICK SAND
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM ADVANCED AMATEUR QUICK SAND
1:30PM Live Music
2:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
2:30PM Live Music
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
3:30PM Live Music
4:30PM ADVANCED AMATEUR QUICK SAND
5:00PM Event closes
Saturday November 29th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM Master DOUBLES Competition
10:00AM Florida State Championship (Advanced Amateur)
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
11:30AM CELEBRITY QUICK SAND
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM ADVANCED AMATEUR QUICK SAND
1:30PM Live Music
2:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
2:30PM Live Music
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Greene
3:30PM Live Music
4:30PM ADVANCED AMATEUR QUICK SAND
4:45PM Flying Colors with John Gowdy
5:00PM Event closes
Sunday November 30th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM Master DOUBLES Competition
10:00AM Florida State Championship (Advanced Amateur)
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
11:30PM Live Music
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM Master DOUBLES Competition Ends
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music
2:00PM Florida State Championship (advanced Amateur) Ends
2:30PM Live Music
2:00PM Master and Florida State Championship Judging
2:00PM ADVANCED AMATEUR QUICK SAND
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green*Schedule and times are subject to change
4:00 PM ADVANCED AMATEUR QUICK SAND “Championship Round”
4:15PM CELEBRITY QUICK SAND “Championship Round”
4:30PM Awards Ceremony
5:00PM Event closes

Howl’oween Pet Parade

Fort Myers Beach Pet Parade Halloween

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4th Annual Pawsitively Amazing Pet Parade on October 18 at Santini Marina Plaza in Fort Myers Beach. Join the fun as pets and their owners attend the Pet Parade dressed in Howl’oween Costume and are judged. The event includes vendors with crafts, etc.

When: October 18 at 9 am

Where: 7205 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Cost: Free

Fort Myers Craft Beer Fest

Music and over 75 Beers to Sample at the Ft. Myers Beer Fest October 4

The Marina at Edison Ford is pleased to announce the inaugural Fort Myers Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, October 4th on site at their location in the River District.

This one-day festival will feature more than 75 craft beers from around the world and live musical performances. Kick off will begin at 12:00 p.m. with entertainment by Wholetones until 2:30 p.m., followed by Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Deb and the Dynamics from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Admission is free and advance tickets for $30 provide an unlimited sampling wrist band, $35 at the gate. However, single craft beer tastings will be available for $5. Advanced wristbands can be purchased at http://www.PinchersUSA.com or at the Marina at Edison Ford through Oct. 3.

The Pure Fort Myers grand opening festivities will also be on-site that day, featuring food from Texas Tony’s, a visit with members of the professional hockey team, the Florida Everblades team and cheerleaders, as well as a special appearance by Swampy, their mascot. Pinchers and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will also be offering specials on kids meals and tours as Pure Fort Myers river excursions will be running 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and a sunset cruise at 6 p.m.
Location: The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL.

Cost: Free – There is no charge to attend the event. However, single craft beer tastings will be available for $5, with all you can taste wristbands selling for $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event.