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

9th Annual Pirate Fest

Fort Myers Beach – October 10-12, 2014

Ahoy mateys! Save the date Columbus Day Weekend for the Pirate Fest on Fort Myers Beach! Don’t miss this family friendly weekend of grub, grog and fun on Fort Myers Beach!  Admission to the Fest is ABSOLUTELY FREE!

pirate-fest Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival 2014

photo credit: fortmyersbeach.org

The Tale of the Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest………

Only three years have passed since Lord Henry Hyde arrived here in the Port of Old San Carlos. The Crown dispatched the governor to ensure commerce runs smoothly in the Port, and under his direction all forms of enterprise have flourished, both legitimate and otherwise. They all pay the Governor’s taxes, one way or another. And so the Port has become a haven for the most notorious and flagrantly shameless pirates, privateers, and ne’er-do-wells. Most recently the notorious Captain Flood was left ashore by the mutinous Morgan Levy, and is looking for payback and the return of his ship, the Briar Rose. Flood now commands a small fleet, having built alliances with the captains of several vessels of war; the Black Pearl, the Pieces of Eight, and the Black Duck. He hopes to persuade the Lord Governor to allow him the use of the Port’s cannon batteries to retake his ship. A storm is brewing near the Port!

Date: October 10, 2014October 12, 2014

Location:Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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

On Your Mark, Get Set … Marathon in Ft. Myers Beach!

bb9abd_cc14d7b6d9974eee93ce03d8d358b759.png_srz_p_300_120_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzFort Myers 2014 Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

This year’s Ft. Myers Marathon presented by Ted Todd Insurance and Publix will be run Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, starting at 7am at the Pinchers Marina Restaurant on West First Street in downtown Ft. Myers.

The course will weave through McGregor corridor neighborhoods and cross over the Caloosohatchee Bridge to North Fort Myers, then cross back over the Edison Bridge through the River district and across the Edison Bridge spans again before finishing the last mile through downtown and West First to Pinchers Marina.

This year’s event will also partner with Pinchers, including all participants in the inaugural “Stonecrab Festival” which will take place November 7-9 on the marina and restaurant property adjacent to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

The marathon course will be comprised of over 11 miles of running through shaded neighborhoods, plus 6 miles over water via four bridge crossings. The half marathon has two bridge crossings and will cover approximately 6 miles of neighborhood trails.

One new segment to this year’s event is a five person Corporate Relay Challenge that will benefit the Kids for Kids foundation with Golisano Children’s Hospital. Each member will run a 5 mile or greater leg of the course with the best five overall times winning the competition.

For additional information and sponsorship information, contact Larry Baldwin at (941) 416-1838 or Larry@eidentracing.com

Fort Myers Marathon – Ft. Myers Beach Marathon

2nd Annual Doc Ford’s “Ding” Darling Tarpon Tournament

Don’t miss it! Mark your calendars for tournament day, May 4, 2013.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the location of the first recorded Tarpon caught and it is fitting that the Friends of the Refuge hosts a Tarpon tournament to benefit the refuge and its work in protecting the wildlife on land in the water.

Doc Ford’s, with locations on both Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach, Florida, sponsors the tournament to support the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge through the “Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS).

For more info, check out the event’s website: http://dingdarlingtarpontourney.squarespace.com/.

 

 

 

Get Your Paddles Ready!

kayak fishing

Get ready to welcome Fall with the most exciting paddling festival in the country. This year’s Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival dates are November 1st to the 4th.

An annual event since 2006, the popular paddling festival has offered races, seminars, guided trips, a fishing tournament, demonstrations, a photo contest, and social events to kayakers. This year’s festival will include stand-up paddleboard (SUP) activities, on-water instruction, and a canoe and kayak film festival. Also, the festival will offer a race to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Lee County, Florida.Florida kayak and SUP festival

Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival 2012

Photo credit: swflsupclub.org/

The festival serves to highlight the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail, a 190-mile marked-and-meandering saltwater trail that spans the coast and inland rivers along the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel. It includes saltwater mangrove trails and inland rivers that access the saltwater trails.

The event was selected as a Top 20 Event for 2012 by the Southeast Tourism Society. The festival is coordinated by Lee County Parks & Recreation, which reported attendance for the 2011 festival from 20 states, Canada and Great Britain.

Festival details are available at www.CalusaBluewayPaddlingFestival.com and also on Facebook and Twitter. For trail information, visit www.CalusaBlueway.com.