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.

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Grab Your Passport and Get Ready to Shuffle!

Ft. Myers Beach sandsculpting

Sand Shuffle 2013 – Ft. Myers Beach

As part of the Annual Sand Sculpting Championship at Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, event organizers have added the new “Sand Shuffle,” a passport program with 5 participating locations throughout the area including: Seminole Casino of Immokalee, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, DiamondHead Resort, Fish-Tale Marina and the Wyndham Garden Hotel Fort Myers Beach. Prior to the event, each location will have a two ton of sand sculpture sculpted by one of the participating artists. When visitors arrive at each location, they can get their passport stamped at the designated area. They are also encouraged to take photos with the Sand Sculptures and share on Facebook and Instagram at #sandshuffle.

Kids can also take part in the Sand Shuffle Scavenger Hunt. With each sculpture there is a question to answer. Once visitors have visited at least three of the five sand sculptures and had their passport stamped or scavenger hunt question answered correctly, they’ll be eligible to enter the drawings for great prize giveaways from our participating Sand Shuffle Partners. To enter, completed passports can be brought to the main entrance of the 2013 American Sand Sculpting Championships held November 22 to December 1, 2013.

Get your passport at participating locations:

WYNDHAM GARDEN HOTEL/PINCHERS CRAB SHACK

Fort Myers Beach sand sculpting event

Grab Your Passport

6890 Estero Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL ph: (239) 463-5711
www.wyndhamgarden.com  www.pincherscrabshack.com

 

SANTINI MARINA PLAZA
7205 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL ph: (239) 463-3600
www.thefishtalemarina.com

 

DIAMONDHEAD BEACH RESORT & SPA
2000 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers beach, FL ph: (239) 765-7654
www.diamondheadfl.com

 

SEMINOLE CASINO
506 South 1st Street, Immokalee, FL ph: (800) 218-0007
www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

 

EDISON & FORD WINTER ESTATES
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL ph: (239) 334-7419
www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

 

For more information about the 2013 Sand Shuffle, visit the event website.

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

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

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Be the Turtle (Not the Hare)

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Come run and try to win one of these beautiful medals!
photo credit: friendsofloverskey.org

Don’t miss the 8th Annual Turtle Trot Race coming up on May 11th, 2013. Everyone is invited…..runners, joggers, and walkers alike can join the fun and experience the beauty of Lovers Key State Park.

Participants will trek over a path along Black Island Trail, run up a 38-foot hill and cross two bridges as they race toward the finish line at the beach. Breakfast is supplied by the race’s Signature Sponsor, Whole Foods, and awards are presented at the Lovers Key pavilion at the end of the race.

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Runners in the Annual Lovers Key Turtle Trot
photo credit: naplesnews.com

So come, have fun and support a great cause. Register on-line by going to the following link or stop by the park and pick up a paper registration form. Before May 3rd registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for youth (18 and under). Week before the race $30 for all levels and day of race is $35 for all levels….register early and save!!!

For more information write events@friendsofloverskey.org or call 239-463-4588. Need a place to stay that weekend? Check out Cocoplum Beach House.

Florida Anglers To Raise Funds for a Worthy Cause in Ft. Myers Beach

events / things to do in Ft. Myers Beach

2011 Tournament Winners (photo credit: filletandrelease4hospice.com)

The 8th Annual Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. It is a one-day, inshore fishing tournament designed to benefit the non-profit organization, Hope Hospice, which operates in several counties throughout Florida including Lee and Hendry.

The event will have a cash pay out of $7,050 based on a 30 boat entry. Tournament team members as well as everyone that gives a donation to Hope Hospice at the event will have an opportunity to meet and have photos with the Jagerettes.

charity fishing event

Fillet and Release for Hospice Fishing Tournament

Angling teams (4 anglers per team max) interested in participating in the charity fishing tournament will need to preregister, remit a $250 team entry fee and attend a pre-tournament meeting. An entry form and additional tournament details are available on the event’s website.

Ahoy Mateys! Pirates return to Fort Myers Beach for Columbus Day!

Pirate Fest Fort Myers Beach 2012

Pirates “Invade” Fort Myers Beach (photo credit: naplesnews.com)

The 7th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest will take place along Old San Carlos Boulevard and throughout the beach region during Columbus Day Weekend on October 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2012. For four days, the area beneath the Matanzas Bridge will be transformed into the nostalgic pirate port of Tortuga, and will include hundreds of professional pirates from across the state and beyond, bringing one of the most exciting events of the year to Fort Myers Beach.

Throughout the weekend, kids’ activities will include interactive games with pirates, a treasure hunt, sea skirmishes, stage shows and costume contests. For adults, there will be a pirate ball and costume contest on Friday night, and a weekend-long pub crawl.

This year’s Festival will provide more entertainment than ever before for the whole family, featuring a Pirate Invasion, Parade, Fight Ring and a Ship-to-Shore Battle with black powder cannon and small arms fire! The festival will also feature two stages of live entertainment from some of the best Pirate Crews, Actors, Storytellers, and Musicians from across the state of Florida.Events / Things To Do Ft. Myers Beach

The festival itself supports the Fort Myers Beach Little League, and many of the local performers take advantage of the event to raise money for charitable causes. Although admission is free, a donation of “a buck-an-ear” ($2.00) is suggested.

Event hours are 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, check out Pirate Fest’s website or Facebook page.

Looking for accommodations for the Pirate Fest? Cocoplum Beach House is located right on Fort Myers Beach, minutes from the festival location.