4th Annual Bowling Bash Winners Announced

The 4th Annual Bowling Bash was a blast as always! Here are this year’s winners:

Highest Team Score – Team Sea Gypsy

Highest Individual Score – Kieran Farrell

Lowest Individual Score – Donna Crowe

Best Dressed Team – Jungle Golf

Thanks to our banner sponsors:

Chris-Tel Construction, Paychex, The Sea Gypsy Inn, and Gavin’s Ace Hardware.

And thanks to these businesses for prize donations:

Fort Myers Beach Inn, Pinchers, Island Hair, Cason Photography, Silver Sands Villas, Island Ballroom, Bahama Breeze, Wyndham Garden Hotel Fort Myers Beach, Hooters, and Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina.

And of course special thanks to Beach Bowl and Pelican’s Arcade, the FMB chamber ambassadors, chamber staff and volunteers who make this event possible every year!

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31st Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship Dates And Sculptors Announced

Mark your calendars for a Sand Celebration! The 31st Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship, presented by Seminole Casino Hotel, is returning to Fort Myers Beach November 17 through 26, 2017 with more sculptures and new things to do and see as part of the annual event.

Master Sand Sculptors will return to Fort Myers Beach forming the largest sand sculpting event in the United States, plying their craft and showcasing their artistry in what USA Today and CNN Travel have named a “Must See,” and one of the “10 Best sand sculpting competitions in the world.”

“This year we celebrate our 31st year hosting the largest sand sculpting event in the world.” said Fort Myers Beach Chamber President Jacki Liszak. “It’s an incredible opportunity to see some of the most talented sculptors on the planet craft one of the most beautiful beaches in the country into amazing works of art.”

Tourists and residents alike will have the unique opportunity to see a collection of some of the world’s very best sand sculptors craft amazing sand sculptures. Featuring sculptors from around the world, the singles will compete the first week, followed by the doubles the second week.

This year, the Sculptors represent multiple countries and states. Collectively, they hold hundreds of competition medals (dozens from this event) and many of them are World Champions.


John Gowdy – New Jersey Winner of national, international, and world First Place awards in nearly every master sand sculpture competition globally

Melineige Beauregard – Canada Winner of nearly every master competition in America, Grand Champion of the 2011 “Quick Sand’ competition at the World Championship of Sand Sculpting–Sarasota, Florida, 1st place Solo at the 2011 Canadian Sand Sculpting Competition

Brian Turnbough – Illinois First place and Sculptor’s Choice winner, multiple years, American Sand Sculpting Championship–Ft. Myers Beach

Guests are welcome to attend daily from 10 a.m-5 p.m. November 17th through the 26th. There will be many interactive activities for guests to partake in, including:

  •     More than 40 Sand Sculptures
  •     Quick Sand Speed Sand Sculpting©
  •     Photo Opportunity Sculptures
  •     Kids Zone
  •     Sand Sculpting Demonstrations and Lessons
  •     Amateur Contest
  •     State Championships
  •     Sand Vendor Village with more than 50 vendors

Admission is just $7 with children 4 and under are free. For more information, please visit http://www.FMBSandSculpting.com or the event’s Facebook page.

This year the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will be coordinating all vendor involvement and volunteers. For details on participating in the event as a vendor or volunteer, contact Events(at)FMBChamber(dot)com. Businesses and organizations can also sponsor the event. For details email SponsorInfo(at)FMBsandsculpting(dot)com.


The 31st Annual American Sand Sculpting Competition will once again be at the Wyndham Garden Hotel located at 6890 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. Attendees are encouraged to arrive from the south in order to avoid traffic congestion. Event directors have coordinated a revolving bus system to transport attendees from the Lover’s Key parking area to the site.

PLEASE NOTE: Interviews with master sculptors available upon request. Images of previous sculptures and events are also available upon request.

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The July Chamber Luncheon Welcomed Six New Members

Last week we presented six new members at our July Membership Luncheon. Pictured from left to right are:

Randy Abraham, Lagerhead Cycleboats
Mike Ensor, Code & Dev
Johnette Nelms, Beach Baptist Church
Special thanks to our speaker Peggy Lince from the Lee County Sheriff Crime Prevention Unit who spoke to us about Avoiding Identity Theft and Frauds/Scams. Thanks also to our host Charley’s Boathouse Grill.
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2017 Island Hopper Songwriter Festival

The 2017 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Sept. 22-Oct. 1. This showcase, now in its fourth year, is a great way to see singer-songwriters perform in intimate settings on Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach and historic downtown Fort Myers.

This year’s headliners include Lindsay Ell and Brooke Eden. The artists will be performing at Pinchers Crab Shack at The Marina at Edison Ford on Sept. 27. Ell has opened for The Band Perry and Luke Bryan, and is currently on tour with Brad Paisley. The Canadian Country Music Association recently nominated Ell for Female Artist of the Year. Her debut single, “Worth the Wait,” was recently released in the U.S.

Eden is a Florida native and graduate of the University of Florida. She has opened for Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line. Billboard Music recognized Eden as a “fiery country star-in-the-making.” Some of her accolades include being identified as an Amazon Music Artist to watch. Vogue Magazine called her one of the “10 Country ‘It’ Girls,” and she’s one of “CMT’s Next Women of Country.”

“We look forward to surprising fans with some high-profile acts,” said Louis Kaplan, iHeartMedia, senior vice president of programming. “The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is one of our favorite events of the year.”

It’s also a favorite of the performers. They are eager to play at this award-winning festival, which includes more than 100 live performances, more than 70 songwriters, and 21 unique venues. Southeast Tourism Society has also taken notice. They named the festival one of their “Top 20 Events” for 2017.

This year the music event welcomes a variety of new singer-songwriters, including Natalie Hemby (“White Liar” recorded by Miranda Lambert), Clint Daniels (“Brokenheartsville” recorded by Joe Nichols) and Maggie Rose. Most of the performances are free to the public, but there are select shows that do require a ticket for admission.

The festival brings back talent like Even Stevens (“I Love a Rainy Night” recorded by Eddie Rabbit), Wynn Varble (“I’m a Little More Country” recorded by Easton Corbin), Aaron Barker (“What About Now” recorded by Lonestar) and Karla Davis.

The fourth annual music fest will continue to give fans the opportunity to meet the talented artists who write songs for country superstars including Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Tricia Yearwood. Attendees can listen to their favorite songs at live music venues on Captiva Island, including Key Lime Bistro, South Seas Island Resort and Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille. In downtown Fort Myers, performances will take place at The Barrel Room, Twisted Vine Bistro, City Tavern and Pinchers. The festival will wrap up on Fort Myers Beach with artists playing at Nervous Nellies, Yucatan Beach Stand, Matanzas on the Bay and Pierside Grill.

The 2015 Island Hopper Fest is a proud recipient of two SunSational Awards through the Florida Festival & Events Association, and the Southeast Tourism Society named Island Hopper one of their “Top 20 Events” for 2017!

Island Hopper is presented by Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, iHeartMedia, Cat Country 107.1 and BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S. For more information visit www.islandhopperfest.com. Follow the festival hashtag #islandhopperfest on Twitter and other social channels.

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