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!

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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
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2014 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest coming to Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach, Florida

credit: fortmyers-sanibel.com

The first ever Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will bring nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters, including Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Thompson Square, to the islands of Captiva and Ft. Myers Beach. Presented by BMI, along with iHeartRadio, Cat Country 107.1, and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, the festival will take place over two weekends at popular island venues. With dozens of FREE shows to select from, attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience the voices, back stories, and personalities of the artists in intimate island settings (please note not all the events are free. Click here for more info. Check out the schedules for Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island festival events.

When and where? Captiva Island, Sep. 26-28, 2014, and Fort Myers Beach, Oct. 2-5, 2014. Schedules below subject to change. Click on the links above for most updated information.

Event Time Venue
A Cowboy Jack Clement Tribute with Austin Church, Brent Moyer and Joe Sun Friday, September 26, 2014 2:00 PM 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Lisa Malone, Doug Drake @ Keylime Bistro Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Phil O’Donnell & Billy Montana @ The Mucky Duck Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Will Bowen @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Songwriter Performance at Robert Rauschenberg’s Beach House with George Ducas & Jeff Cohen Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers
JJ McCoy, Danny Myrick @ Crow’s Nest Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Dylan Altman & Marshall Altman @ Mucky Duck Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
George Ducas & Jeff Cohen @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Austin Webb @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Scotty Emerick, Frank Myers & Wynn Varble @ Crow’s Nest Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Brandan Fontes & Bob Gaffney @ Mucky Duck Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Kristen Kelly & Ruth Collins @ Cantina Captiva Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Royal Shell Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 AM 15050 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Scotty Emerick & Billy Montana @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Megan Linville & Will Bowen @ Cantina Captiva Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Chloe Friedman & Jordan Miller @ RC Otter’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
George Ducas & Wynn Varble @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:30 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Marshall Altman & Danny Myrick @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Megan Linville & JJ McCoy @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Frank Myers & Phil O’Donnell @ RC Otter’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Kristen Kelly @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Gary Hannan & Dylan Altman @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Jeff Cohen & Ruth Collins @ Cantina Captiva Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
JJ McCoy & Dylan Altman @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Lisa Malone & Doug Drake @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
John Butler @ RC Otters Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Megan Linville & Kristen Kelly @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Will Bowen and Ruth Collins @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Jeff Cohen & Frank Myers @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W.
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
George Ducas & Wynn Varble @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Danny Myrick @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Billy Montana and Marshall Altman perform at Royal Shell Celebration Home, “Captured.” Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 15050 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Gary Hannon @ Doc Ford’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Bob Gaffney @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Bob Gaffney & Jordan Miller @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Scotty Emerick, Phil O’Donnell & Dylan Altman @ Doc Ford’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Caleb Hawkins & Brandan Fontes @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Island Hopper Songwriter’s Festival Brunch @ Tween Waters Inn with Whiskey Rose, Dylan Altman & Billy Montana at the Old Captiva House Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:30 AM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Danny Myrick & Will Bowen @ Doc Ford’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Whiskey Rose @ Brunch at Old Captiva House Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Dylan Altman & Billy Montana @ Brunch at Old Captiva House Sunday, September 28, 2014 1:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Frank Myers & Scotty Emerick @ Keylime Bistro Sunday, September 28, 2014 2:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Scotty Emerick & Gary Hannan @ Keylime Bistro Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Jeff Cohen & Marshall Altman @ Doc Ford’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Phil O’Donnell @ Cantina Captiva Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:30 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Ruth Collins & Kristen Kelly @ RC Otter’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:30 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Wynn Varble & George Ducas @ Doc Ford’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 4:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Kickoff Beach Bash with Ken Johnson & Andi Zack @ Red Coconut Thursday, October 02, 2014 6:00 PM 3001 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Open Mic Jam Session-Parkside @ Red Coconut Thursday, October 02, 2014 8:00 PM 3001 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Tim McGeary & Brandan Fontes @ Nervous Nellie’s Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Paul McDonald @ Matanzas Upper Deck Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Marti Fredrickson & Rebecca Lynn Howard @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Marti Fredrickson & Rebecca Lynn Howard @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Ken Johnson & Andi Zack @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Phil O’Donnell & Wynn Varble @ Yucantan Beach Stand Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kendell Marvel & Tim James @ The Beached Whale Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Even Stevens & Dave Gibson @ The Beach Pierside Grill Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Sheena Brooke @ Nervous Nellies Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Gary Hannan & Phillip White @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 8:30 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kristian Bush @ Nervous Nellies Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Niko Moon & Sonia Leigh @ Yucatan Beach Stand Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Chloe Friedman @ The Beached Whale Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Mark Mulch & Jeff Prince @ The Cottage Gulfshore Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 1270 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Coconuts @ Pink Shell Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Brandan Fontes & Jordan Miller @ The Beach Pierside Grill Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Tim James & Mark Mulch @ Coconuts at the Pink Shell Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Sonia Leigh & Paul McDonald @ The Cottage Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 1270 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kendell Marvel & Phil O’Donnell @ Matanzas Upper Deck Saturday, October 04, 2014 1:30 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Niko Moon & Even Stevens @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 1:30 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Jeff Prince & Dave Gibson @ Coconuts at the Pink Shell Saturday, October 04, 2014 1:30 PM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Gary Hannan @ The Beach Pierside Grill Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Ken Johnson & Andi Zack @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Phillip White & Wynn Varble @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 4:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Saturday, October 04, 2014 4:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Phillip White & Niko Moon @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Jordan Miller & Ken Johnson @ The Beached Whale Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Paul McDonald @ The Beach Pierside Grill Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Tim James & Phil O’Donnell @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:30 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Gary Hannan & Kendell Marvel @ Nervous Nellies Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:39 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Even Stevens & Wynn Varble @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 8:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ The Beached Whale Saturday, October 04, 2014 8:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Dave Gibson & Brandan Fontes @ The Cottage Saturday, October 04, 2014 8:00 PM 1270 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Loving Mary @ Nervous Nellies Saturday, October 04, 2014 9:00 PM 1131 1st St.Fort Myers Beach
Cory Young & Jeff Prince @ The Beached Whale Saturday, October 04, 2014 9:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Sonia Leigh & Mark Mulch @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Saturday, October 04, 2014 9:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Brunch @ Pink Shell Sunday, October 05, 2014 11:00 AM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Brunch @ Pink Shell with Gary Hannan & Sonia Leigh Sunday, October 05, 2014 11:00 AM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Pool Party at Cabana’s Beach Bar Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 PM 2000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Niko Moon & Paul McDonald @ Matanzas Upper Deck Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Songwriter’s Tailgate @ DiamondHead Beach Resort with Elisha Hoffman, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Tim McGeary, Jordan Miller Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 PM 2000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Wynn Varble & Tim James @ Nervous Nellies Sunday, October 05, 2014 1:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Cory Young & Mark Mulch @ The Beach Pierside Grill Sunday, October 05, 2014 1:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Brandan Fontes, Chloe Friedman & John Butler@ Matanzas Upper Deck Sunday, October 05, 2014 2:00 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Phillip White @ Yucatan Beach Stand Sunday, October 05, 2014 2:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Kendell Marvel & Dave Gibson @ Nervous Nellies Sunday, October 05, 2014 3:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Even Stevens & Phil O’ Donnell @ The Beach Pierside Grill Sunday, October 05, 2014 3:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Thompson Square at Salty Sam’s Waterfront Adventures Sunday, October 05, 2014 4:00 PM 2500 Main St. For Myers Beach
Megan Linville & Jordan Miller @ Crow’s Nest Sunday, October 05, 2014 7:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva

Lovers Key State Park: Chosen as Top 5 Romantic Beach in Florida by USA Today

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Lovers Key State Park
photo credit: floridastateparks.org

For years, Lovers Key was accessible only by boat and it was said that only lovers traveled to the island to enjoy its remote and solitary beach. Today, it is one of four barrier islands that make up this state park. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. The two mile long beach is accessible by boardwalk or tram and is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking, and sunbathing. Black Island has over five miles of multi-use trails for hiking and bicycling. Anglers and boaters can launch their vessels from the park’s boat ramp. The park’s concession offers kayak tours, as well as bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals. Located on County Road 865 between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach in Lee County.

Click here to see the rest of USA Today’s top 5 most romantic beach picks.

Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931
(239) 463-4588
Park GPS coordinates: N 26° 23.578 W 81° 52.063

It’s time to hit the beach!

In November? Absolutely!! The average temperature in Fort Myers Beach in November is 81°F high/ 62°F low. Don’t miss the 27th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championships in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. Watch sculptors from around the world use over 1,000 tons of sand to turn Ft. Myers Beach into a temporary art gallery. Come watch and participate in special events all week long as Master, Advanced Amateur and Amateur competitors battle it out for the number one spot.  All ages are invited to come and learn the tricks of the pros in daily workshops, use their newly acquired skills to compete against fellow audience members, get inspired, and make memories with young ones that will last for years.

Event Schedule

Fort Myers Beach Sand

Opening Day! / Make-A-Wish Day!
Friday November 22nd – 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
10:00AM Live and Background Music All Day
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Greene
1:00PM QUICK SAND
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
2:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
2:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Greene
4:00PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
4:30PM QUICK SAND
5:00PM Event closes

Saturday November 23rd – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM Master SOLO Competition
10:00AM Live and Background Music All Day
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Greene
1:00PM QUICK SAND
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
2:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
2:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Greene
4:00PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
4:30PM QUICK SAND
5:00PM Event closes

Sunday November 24th – 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
10:00AM Live and Background Music All Day
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM Master SOLO Competition Ends
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:00PM Master and Amateur Judging
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
2:00PM Amateur Contest Ends
2:00PM QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
4:00PM QUICK SAND “Championship Round”
4:30PM Awards Ceremony
5:00PM Event closes

Monday November 25th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM-5:00PM Master Sculptors Exhibit Sculpting
10:00AM Live and Background Music All Day
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
2:00PM QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
4:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
4:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
5:00PM Event Closes

Tuesday November 26th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM-1:00PM Master Sculptors Exhibit Sculpting
10:00AM Live and Background Music All Day
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM Master DOUBLES Competition Begins
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
2:00PM QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
4:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
4:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
5:00PM Event Closes

Wednesday November 27th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM-5:00PM Master Doubles Competition
10:00AM Live and Background Music All Day
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
2:00PM QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
4:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
4:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
5:00PM Event Closes

Thursday November 28th – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM-5:00PM Master Doubles Competition
10:00AM Live and Background Music All Day
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
2:00PM QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
4:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
4:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
5:00PM Event Closes

Friday 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)
10:00AM Live and Background Music All Day
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM QUICK SAND
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
2:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
4:00PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
4:30PM QUICK SAND
5:00PM Event closes

Saturday 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)
10:00AM Live and Background Music All Day
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM QUICK SAND
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
2:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
2:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
4:00PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
4:30PM QUICK SAND
5:00PM Event closes

Sunday December 1st – Event open 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00AM Event Opens
10:00AM Master DOUBLES Competition
10:00AM Florida State Championship (Advanced Amateur)
10:00AM Live and Background Music All Day
11:00AM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
12:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
1:00PM Master DOUBLES Competition Ends
1:00PM Sand sculpting Demonstrations/Lessons
1:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
2:00PM Florida State Championship (advanced Amateur) Ends
2:00PM Master and Florida State Championship Judging
2:00PM QUICK SAND
2:30PM Live Music with Nick Beauregard
3:00PM Chain Saw Art with Rod Green
4:00 PM QUICK SAND “Championship Round”
4:30PM Awards Ceremony
5:00PM Event closes

Kids’ 4th of July Fishing Tournament

Don’t miss this fun event sponsored by Ostego Bay Foundation, held annually the weekend before the Fourth of July. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and kids and their families can fish from shore from 9 a.m. to noon. There’s free lunch for everyone. More than 150 kids ages 3 to 15 participate; prizes will be awarded, including for most fish, heaviest fish, and longest fish. Cut bait is provided; participants must bring their own poles (one pole and hook per child) and any other bait they wish to use.

Ft Myers Beach

Kids Fishing Tournament – June 9, 2013

Location :

704 Fisherman’s Wharf
Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Phone: (239) 463-2588

Event Date: Jun 29, 2013

Event Price: Free Admission

Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July

 Celebrate Independence Day

Festivities kick off with a 10 a.m. parade up Estero Blvd. Then, 15 minutes after sunset, one of the region’s most spectacular fireworks shows shoots off from the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier. That’s the main event, but restaurants, lounges, and others step up the festivities with music and activity in the Times Square area and the length of the beach. Pick a seat anywhere gulf-front for an eyeful of sparkly.

Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier & Times Square

4th of July

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Phone: (239) 454-7500

Event Date: July 04, 2013

Event Price: Free

More info

Don’t Miss the 26th Annual American Sandsculpting Championship

Fort Myers Beach, rental, vacation, house

photo credit: fmbsandsculpting.com

November 16-25, 2012

on the beach behind the Holiday Inn

This year we celebrate the 26th annual American Sand Sculpting Championships on Fort Myers Beach.

The American Championships is one of the longest running sand sculpting competitions in the

world and this year it will be the largest in the state of Florida.

Over 1000 tons of sand will be piled and sculpted in to unbelievable works of art.

More than any competition in Florida.

For the first time in its history the American Championships will host both singles and doubles divisions.

In all there will be 30 sand sculptures to view. Click here to view the site layout.

The event will be open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Tickets are just $5 for adults and children 5 and older, 4 and under are free.

Advance tickets are available at discounted prices Click here

There are lots of other activities on the beach during the event…click here to find out more

Location: Holiday Inn Fort Myers Beach, 6890 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

 

Need a place to stay? Check out Cocoplum Beach House … walking distance from the event.