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Ft. Myers Beach, FL. On December 20, 2013 – All law-abiding and loyal citizens are urged to be vigilant and alert to the presence on your coast of the weatherly, fast, and heavily armed Clipper Schooner Lynx. The 122-foot square top sail schooner Lynx is scheduled to arrive in Ft. Myers Beach, on Friday, December 20,at 12 pm at Nervous Nellie’s Crazy Waterfront Eatery under the sky bridge. This will kick off the ship’s schedule of appearances on Florida’s west coast through early summer. She will be visiting Tampa and St. Petersburg periodically during the spring and summer to provide tours for the public and school children, along with special events for local groups. Join the flotilla as she fires a salute from her main battery of 6-pounder carronades upon her grand entrance.
Don’t miss this opportunity when Lynx makes a special appearance in Ft Myers Beach as we relive history.
What you need to know: Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell’s Point, Maryland. She was among the first ships to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet then blockading American ports and serving in the important privateering efforts. Although captured early in the war, the original LYNX design was recognized as superior. With her rakish profile and superior sailing abilities, she served as an inspiration to those ships that would follow. Naval Architects continue to study her power and grace. She is fitted with period ordnance and flies pennants and flags from the 1812 era. With a noble mission, Lynx acts as a dynamic educational platform and provides a unique opportunity for students and adults to interact with their American History lessons and renders a hands-on experience like no other. Students and adults recognize the War of 1812 as a significant element of American heritage and as a turning point in the development of our national identity.
Lynx is available for Private Charters – Team Building – Receptions – School Educational Programs
Ft. Myers Beach Schedule: December 20 – January 11 / March 16 – May 18
Tampa Schedule: January 15 – 22 / February 18 – 27
St Petersburg Schedule: January 23 – February 16 / February 28 – March 13
Boarding: Nervous Nellie’s Waterfront Eatery at Snug Harbor Marina
1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach – Under Sky Bridge
Sail with us on a Port to Port overnight Passage. Be a part of the crew on this unique experience.
Ft. Myers Beach – Tampa
For reservations please call 866-446-5969 (PST) or visit www.privateerlynx.org for online ticketing and donations.
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Commercial Small Power IM Fine #5 Sponsor: Universal Vacations
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Thanks to all our participants as well as everyone who came out to watch!
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.