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Local Entertainment & Events
FORT MYERS BEACH, FL (November 6, 2013) – The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and local businesses are gearing up for the 25th Annual Christmas Boat Parade which will take place on Saturday evening, December 7th. The parade will commence at 6:10pm from Salty Sam’s Marina. The festive lighted night-time parade will be led by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce lead boat.
Participants are asked to register to enter boats by calling or visiting the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Registration forms are also available at http://fmbboatparade.com. All sizes and types of boats are eligible to enter, from kayaks to cruisers. There is a $25 entry fee for private boats, $50 fee for corporate sponsored boats. Salty Sam’s Marina is offering free overnight dockage to all participating boats with advance registration, based on availability. Boats will only be required to pay for electricity if needed. Salty Sam’s Marina is located at 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach, Florida. For advance reservations at Salty Sam’s Marina please call 239-463-7333. Boat captains are required to attend a parade safety and information meeting on Friday, December 4th at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites 11281 Summerlin Square Dr. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931.
The vessels will assemble at 5:45 pm in front of the docks at Salty Sam’s Marina. The parade will begin at 6:10, going past Parrott Key Caribbean Grill, Big Game Waterfront Grill, Doc Ford’s, Bonita Bills, and then will head Northwest under the Sky Bridge. The parade will travel in and out of Siesta isles, then turn around at Pink Shell Resort near Bowditch Point, passing Baywalk Park, Nervous Nellies and Matanzas on the Bay Restaurant. The parade can also be viewed by purchasing reserved tickets for a viewing cruise on the Pieces of Eight Pirate Ship (call 239-765-7272) or the Fort Myers Princess (call 239-765-8500).
For additional information on this and other Fort Myers Beach events, visit the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Website, FortMyersBeach.org.
SINGLES AND DOUBLES COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT 27th ANNUAL AMERICAN SAND SCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIPfmbchamber : Mon, November 25, 2013 8:06 pm : Daily Update, Home, Play
Largest Sand Sculpting Event in the State Continues Through December 1
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – November 25, 2013 – Master sand sculptors from around the world hit Fort Myers Beach to compete in the largest sand sculpting event in the state last week and as of yesterday afternoon, the winners of the singles division have been announced.
MASTERS SINGLES DIVISION
- First place, “Bringing Home for the Holidays” by Andy Hancock
- Second Place, “The Heist” by Abe Waterman
- Third Place, “Always Around the Holidays” by Carl Jara
- Fourth Place, “Dashaway All” by Jeff Strong
MANATEES DIVISION (Solo Adult – over 18)
First Place “Bearded Man Face” by Julie Meyers
DOLPHINS DIVISION (Children ages 9 – 12)
First Place “Paid by M & M’s” by Riley Monahan
SEA HORSES DIVISION (Family/Groups Team Competition)
First Place “Arch You Cute” by John & Karen Rademaker
Advanced Amateur Competition
1st Place – Todd Pangborn “Owe Owe Owe Merry Christmas?”
2nd Place – Marc Mangia “Happy Birthday Jesus”
3rd Place – Albert Lucio “The Re-Education of Ebenezer”
4th Place – Amanda Bolduc “The Nutcracker’s Nutty Nightmare
People’s Choice – Alan Eakle “Wish Upon a Christmas Star”
Master Sculptors unanimously agreed to have Todd Pangborn move up to the Master Sculptor Level which included an official invite to compete in the 2014 American Sand Sculpting Championships in the Solo Division.
Master Sculptors Doubles Competition
1st Place – Abe Waterman/Morgan Rudluff “The Second Greatest Story Every Told”
2nd Place – Melineige Beauregard/Fred Mallett “Holiday Peace & Joy”
3rd Place – Brett Stocker/Amazin Walter McDonald “Christmas Castle”
People’s Choice – Brett Stocker/Amazin Walter McDonald “Christmas Castle”
Sculptor’s Choice – Melineige Beauregard/Fred Mallett “Holiday Peace & Joy”
Fort Myers Beach, Florida, November 7, 2013: The Fort Myers Beach Community through partnership with the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The Fort Myers Beach Fire District Local 1826 and the Fort Myers Beach Elementary School will hold many community events called “Spirit of the Holidays” to raise money to purchase gifts for the many families in need in the Fort Myers Beach area.
The Fort Myers Beach Foundation hosts the “Spirit of the Holidays” Annual Dinner Auction at the South Beach Grill on Tuesday, December 3 to raise money for gifts. The businesses in our community are very generous by donating auction items. The items were used for both a silent auction and a live auction. We had a great time last year and looking for bidders filled with kind spirit to help buy gifts for the kids this season. The “Spirit of the Holiday” Annual Dinner Auction registration starts at 4:30 pm with a silent auction followed by the dinner at 6:15 and the live auction begins at 7:30.
The Red Coconut will host the Annual “Spirit of the Holidays” Pancake Breakfast on December 14, 2013 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am to raise additional money for gifts. Many others contributed money through both the Island Sandpaper and Beach Observer’s published stockings plus many gifts were chosen from giving trees in the area.
For those who love to be creative this holiday, you can come and volunteer to wrap gifts and have a bite to eat with all the firefighters. Join us December 18 at 4:00 to help wrap! The fabulous Fort Myers Beach fire fighters cook a quick meal for all the volunteers.
Santa and his Elves will board his sleigh for the evening at the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department Station 31 (by Denora Street). Santa and his Elves including the Fort Myers Beach Firemen and the Lee County Sheriff’s West District will begin loading his sleigh (aka the fire truck) at 4:30 pm with lift off at 5:15. Gifts will be delivered starting from the South end of Fort Myers Beach to Pine Ridge Road. Ride along with Santa and his elves for this truly magical night. The children will beam as Santa and his elves deliver their gifts to each child’s home.
For more information call The Red Coconut RV Park at 239-463-7200.
Edison Ford Holiday Nights Opens Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, November 29 Edison Ford Holiday Nights, Opening Night Tree Lighting Ceremonyfmbchamber : Wed, August 7, 2013 8:38 pm : Daily Update, Home, Play
FORT MYERS, FL (November 7, 2013) – The 38thAnnual Edison Ford Holiday Nights opens earlier this year and is a “must see” holiday tradition in Southwest Florida. During the holidays the homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families are seasonally decorated. Visitors will enjoy nightly entertainment, holiday tradition tours, and on select nights Santa visits and Clydesdale horse and wagon rides are available, plus much more. From November 29 – January 4, Edison Ford open is 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 334-7419. www.edisonfordwinterestates.
The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site.