Grab Your Passport and Get Ready to Shuffle!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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
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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.

Don’t Miss the 26th Annual American Sandsculpting Championship

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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.

What’s New This Year at the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival?

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A new relay race! The CaluSUP Fun Race for canoeists, kayakers and SUPers who pair up with pals for a relay competition on the Sanibel Causeway on Nov. 4, the final day of the event.

The event kicks off with a captain’s meeting at 11:15 a.m. at Causeway Island A, 19500 Sanibel Causeway Road, which is the main festival site. Festival attendees can easily watch; the race course is just off the beach.

People can bring their own paddlecraft, borrow a friend’s boat or board, or rent from one of the vendors on site. (Advanced reservations are recommended.)The race can be done with up to three people per team and only one canoe, kayak or SUP. The course is one-third of a mile. In honor of Lee County’s 125th anniversary, the format will be 1-2-5 – as in one lap, two laps and five laps around the oval course. People can put their novice paddler in the first lap and take it from there. Racers will pass a baton that is a piece of recycled PVC pipe sporting an animal puppet.

The cost is $5 per team of up to three people, with proceeds going to the festival’s signature non-profit partner, CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife). You can pre-pay online and print out the receipt at www.crowclinic.org/calusa_blueway/index.php. Or you can pay at the event. All registration forms will be completed on site race day. See the race map at www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com and click on “activities” and then “canoe / kayak/ SUP race.”

The event is being coordinated by the SWFL SUP Club and Lee County Parks & Recreation with support from the Sanibel-Captiva Power Squadron.

Get complete festival details at www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com. Festival hours on the Sanibel Causeway way are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Admission is $5; kids 12 and younger are free. Race questions can be directed to Lee County Parks & Recreation Senior Supervisor Vicki Little at (239) 229-0649.

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Proceeds benefit CROW

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2nd Annual Key West Celebration and Poker Run – Sept. 8, 2012

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2nd Annual Key West Celebration and Poker Run

 

40 Arts and Crafts Vendors, Restaurants of Santini Marina Plaza serving amazing food and drink. Poker Run, Silent Auction, hourly raffles all to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Optional admission – 1 item of non-perishable food. Join in this fun celebration! For more info, click here.

No License? No Problem! Sept. 1 is License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day in Florida

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Greater Amberjack Catch (Photo credit: myfwc.com)

Sept. 1 is a license-free saltwater fishing day in Florida. This year, it not only falls on a holiday weekend, but is during the popular spiny lobster and bay scallop seasons. Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World” due to its abundant resources, combined with responsible freshwater and saltwater fish management. Florida residents and visitors can experience the joy of saltwater fishing and many will discover a healthy sport they can enjoy for a lifetime.  Don’t miss this opportunity to to share the fun, excitement and togetherness of a fishing trip with the entire family or introduce friends to the sport, even if they don’t have a fishing license.

Popular Shore Fishing Locations near Fort Myers Beach:

  • Sanibel Causeway – Head North on San Carlos Blvd off the North end of Fort Myers Beach, and turn left onto Summerlin Road, following the signs to Sanibel. Once passed the toll booth ($6 toll, but covers in and out) there are a number of places to stop on the causeway islands. One of the islands also includes restroom facilities.
  • Punta Rassa area – Just before the Sanibel Causeway toll booth there is an exit on the right to Punta Rassa. If you take this exit there is a boat launch area where you can park, and go fishing under the causeway bridge. Also on the south side of the road when you are heading back from Punta Rassa, just after the toll booth there is a wide shoulder where people park to go fishing on the south side of the road. This is also a popular spot for camping and kite boarding.
  • Pier on Fort Myers Beach – The pier in downtown Fort Myers Beach is usually a very popular spot for fishing. Head to Times Square and walk out the pier to the end. There is a small convenience store located on the pier.
  • South End Bridge – If you follow Estero Blvd all the way south as you are about to leave the island, you will most likely see people standing on the bridge fishing over the side. This spot almost always has people fishing from it.
  • Lovers Key State Park – Just drive a bit further south from the South End Bridge and you’ll be on Lovers Key. There are plenty of spots to park for free, including near the boat ramp and you can wade in to the bay side very easily. There is a sign about alligators at Lovers Key, so keep that in mind.
  • Beach Spots – Almost any spot on the beach will do. You’ll no doubt want to stay away from a crowd of people in the water as they can spook the fish and get in your way, so near the downtown area is usually not the best spot. It seems that between the beach and the sandbars that exist in a number of spots along the beach are popular, due to increased fish activity. Mid-island, near Cocoplum Beach House, is usually a very quiet stretch of beach.

All other bag limit, season and size restrictions apply on these dates. To make your fishing day successful, check out MyFWC.com/Fishing for fishing tips, locations and rules.Visit MyFWC.com and click on “Calendar” to learn more about boating-safety events during National Fishing and Boating Week and year-round.