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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Howl’oween Pet Parade

Fort Myers Beach Pet Parade Halloween

photo credit: billgillhespy.com

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

Tapa Hop 2014 – Sold Out (but some tickets may still be found)

Fort Myers Beach 2014 Tapa Hop credit: http://fortmyersbeachtapahop.com/

If you don’t already have tickets, please note that the website says they are sold out — however, they also have a waiting list for unsold tickets and cancellations. Click here for more information.

It’s Tapa Hop time!  Fort Myers Beach’s yearly pub crawl features trolley transportation to six great area restaurants, each providing appetizer items or ‘tapas’ included in the price for the event.  The event will also include raffle prizes, grand prizes and a poker run. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Name: TAPA HOP 2014
Date: September 23, 2014
Time: 4:30 PM9:00 PM

This years participating restaurants are:

Skye’s Mexican and More
Pinchers Beach Bar and Grill
Island View Restaurant
Matanzas on the Bay
Castaway’s Bar and Grill
Junkanoo on the Beach
Nemo’s on the Beach

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

beach, Florida, romantic

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

Working Waterfront Tour Wednesdays

Ft. Myers Beach Waterfront Tour

Shrimp Boats
photo credit: ostegobay.org

Did you know that the Fort Myers Beach Shrimping fleet is the largest commercial fishing fleet in the Gulf of Mexico? Shrimping, known as “Pink Gold”, contributes millions of dollars to our economy.

Here is your chance to learn first hand about the Commercial Fishing Industry.

Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center offers a Three-Hour Guided Tour. The Tour includes a 1 1/2 hour guided visit at the Science Center includes a history of the industry and area ecosystems with many exhibits. The Tour continues with a visit to the commercial fishing industry docks, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House, Trico Shrimp loading dock and Beach Seafood. See how the boats are unloaded, the trawl doors are built, the shrimp nets are hand-sewn, the seafood is processed, and other important factors used in this unique industry. Bring your camera for a memorable experience!  Click for the Waterfront tour schedule.

When: Every Wednesday morning in season.

Cost: $15.00 per adult; $10.00 for children over 6 years of age.

Call for reservations: (239) 765-8101.

Deck the Hulls … Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade

fmbxmasboatCome enjoy some Christmas spirit at the Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade! Last year we had nearly 30 boats participating and this year promises to be even more exciting.  The parade will pass by such establishments as Big Game Waterfront Grill, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas, Nervous Nellies, Doc Fords and Bonita Bills where you can kick back and enjoy the fun. Don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Name: 25th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Date: December 7, 2013

Time: 6:00 PM8:00 PM

But why not get in on the fun and enter or boat or host a house party along the route?  Prizes will be awarded for the best boats and house parties.  The cost to enter a non-sponsored boat or house party is $25 and a sponsored boat or house party is $50.  Prizes will be awarded for the best boats and house parties!  Click here for more information.

This event is brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas, Fort Myers Beach, boat, parade

photo credit: Fort Myers Beach Chamber