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You have landed on the official vacation planning web site of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Here you can plan your Fort Myers Beach vacation with confidence and be quickly connected to hundreds of Chamber members.
We invite you to search our site for information regarding the best Fort Myers Beach hotels & resorts, vacation rental condos, bed-and-breakfasts or motels, as well as fantastic dining and shopping experiences. If you are ready to make the beach your home, you’ll find information you can trust on Fort Myers area real estate and more. You can also search the entire Fort Myers Beach Chamber Membership Directory to find businesses that will make your stay on Fort Myers Beach memorable.
Local Entertainment & Events
When: Wednesday December 24th, 2014 at 5pm
Where: Bowditch Point on the northern tip of Fort Myers Beach
Hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church 239-481-2125
Below is a list of restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve (CE), Christmas Day (CD), New Year’s Eve (NYE) and New Years Day (NYD). Unless otherwise specified they are open for normal business hours. Buffets are indicated in red.
South Beach Grille – CE, CD, NYE, NYD
Bayfront Bistro – CE, CD, NYE, NYD
Nemo’s on the Beach – CE (11am-4pm), CD, NYE, NYD
Ray’s Pizza – CE (11am-6pm), NYE, NYD
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina – CE, CD (12:30-8pm), NYE (5-9pm), NYD
Matanzas on the Bay – CE, NYE, NYD
Junkanoo on the Beach – CE, NYE, NYD
Fresh Catch Bistro – CE, NYE, NYD
Sunshine Grille – CE, CD, NYE, NYD
Beach Bums – CE, CD, NYE, NYD
Royal Scoop – CE (12-10pm), CD (opens at 5pm), NYE, NYD
Tuckaway Bagel and Waffle Cafe – CE, NYE, NYD
Pete’s Time Out – CE, CD, NYE, NYD
Nervous Nellie’s Crazy Waterfront Eatery – CE, CD, NYE, NYD
Parrot Key Caribbean Grill – CE (11am-4pm), NYE, NYD
Beach Pierside Grill – CE (close at 3pm), NYE, NYD
Rewarding Excellence in Hospitality Service on Fort Myers Beach $500 will be given to a hero for service each month in Jan, February, March, April and May, 2015.
The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce recently announced the Hospitality Heroes Award Program for the months of Jan to May 2015. The partnership needs your support. We are seeking $50 per month for 5 months ($250 total) from member sponsors to make this happen again in 2015. Single or monthly billing is available from the Chamber.
Bud Nocera , President of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber added “Our success, both individually and as a tourism destination, very much depends on how well we handle our visitors while they are here. Good customer service deserves to be noted and rewarded.” The program will promote good customer service throughout the Chamber membership, even in this busiest time of the year. Residents and visitors deserve the very best in service that businesses can provide. The rules are simple. Only Chamber member employees qualify for the awards, and any Member qualifies to submit nominations. Businesses are not limited to lodging, food, and drink! Management can nominate one employee per month, and a business can only have one winner. Just send nominations via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a few words as to why this employee deserves the nomination. Winners will be drawn randomly at the monthly Chamber luncheons. Tip: The quality of the nomination explaining the employee’s qualifications are very important in the evaluation.
Winners will be featured in the Island Sand Paper and the FMB Chamber Monthly Newsletter and social media.
The Chamber and its Board of Directors hope to make this an annual event during peak season. Bob Layfield, Chamber Board member also indicated “We believe rewarding top-notch service providers is the best way to encourage what we value, and keep visitors returning to our beach destination. “
Sponsors will be recognized in all Press Releases to media, Chamber Newsletters, Chamber Website, and at all awards presentations to recipients.
For additional information and rules call the Chamber office at 454-7500.
FORT MYERS BEACH, FL (October 9, 2014) The Friends of the Arts plan some exciting musical performances this winter season. The concerts are sponsored by the not-for-profit arts organization and will be held in the Propeller Lounge at Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Boulevard.
January 22 brings singer and keyboard player Al Holland, former member of The Platters, delighting audiences in Lee and Charlotte counties for years with his oldies, rhythm and blues, and Motown sounds. Born in Detroit nearly 60 years ago, Holland has been involved with music all of his life. After years of violin lessons, Holland also became proficient in the cello and played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A fixture now in Southwest Florida, Holland has performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and has been on stage most recently at Parrot Key, Yucatan Beach Stand, Channel Mark and Pinchers Crab Shack at the Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach.
On February 5, the Florida Southwestern State College Jazz Ensemble performs, rated one of the premiere jazz organizations in the State of Florida. Comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the country, the Jazz Buccaneers perform works from all eras of the Jazz story. Audience members are regularly treated to compositions that range from Dixieland to the Jazz Age; Swing era favorites to Be-bop; Cool jazz to Hard Bop; and Free Jazz to Fusion. These outstanding instrumentalists and vocalists truly offer up something for everybody in their celebration of America’s very own art music: Jazz!
February 19 features the Speedbumps. Who are the Speed Bumps, you ask? The Speedbumps perform “Rockabilly and Roll” music, billed as “the most authentic ‘50s Rock and Roll you can hear and see in Southwest Florida. Rick Howard is a multi-faceted guitarist/vocalist whose many years in the music business has seen him sharing the stage and the studio with such great artists as Betty Wright, Chuck Berry, Freddy Fender, Howard Kaylan and The Drifters. Moscow-born Mike Ash is now a Michigan based musician who plays many instruments, sings and is well versed and experienced in the Rockabilly genre, authentically playing the slap style “Dog House” Bass. He toured Europe, playing with bands from trios to large swing orchestras. Drummer Bill E. Peterson, originally from St. Louis, shows his musical diversity playing Jazz, Blues, R&B and everything in between. During the past two decades, he has performed with many notable regional and national artists including Kenny Drew Jr., Fred Johnson, The Platters, Henry Butler, Charlie Brent, Ritchie Cole, Othello Molineaux, Luther Kent, Davell Crawford and Doug Cameron.
Finally, the concert on March 5 celebrates the music of local singer and songwriter Jo List and Friends. List will perform with Michael Oakland, a guitarist/vocalist/songwriter with a distinctly Tropic-Jazzy, Bluesy-Bossa flair. In her career, List has performed with the likes of Count Basie, Muddy Waters, and James Montgomery, some of the many talented musicians with whom she has shared the stage and studio. List published three albums “Boys and Girls,” “Natural Girl,” and her gold album, “Twisted Christmas.” She performs locally with Habitat for Harmony and with pianist Jersey Joe McConaghy.
Oakland and List will be joined by bass player and singer Bill Rountree, a seasonal resident of Fort Myers Beach, who has worked and recorded in Nashville, Boston, NY City and Cape Cod. Carveth Clauson, from Santa Cruz, CA will provide the percussion. In his career, he has taken part in over sixty bands, performing at the Monterey Blues Festival twelve years in a row, and opening for headliners such as Bonnie Raitt, Elvin Bishop, Etta James, Robben Ford, Ricky Skaggs, and George Thorogood.
The concerts will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 per performance or $89 for all four concerts in the series if purchased by January 16. Costs are tax deductible as donations to the Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call Georgia Reinmuth 239-463-3600, ext. 242 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve.