Biz Buzz on the Beach


Shamrock Irish Pub

The Torch  has been passed at Shamrock Irish Pub on Fort Myers Beach. Randy Riggens and Carol Whitefield, originally of Green Bay, Wisconsin have purchased the business from Mike Hotz, who recently announced the sale.

biz buzz, fort myers beach, shamrock pubThis acquisition has been part of Randy and Carol’s transformation from snowbirds to residents of Fort Myers Beach. While Carol still operates a business in Wisconsin, she is looking forward to more time on Fort Myers Beach, while Randy will be running the day-to-day operations at the Shamrock.

Randy’s career has been mostly in industrial sales, so is a natural with his customers. Patrons can enjoy the new Wi-Fi now on premise, as well as credit card purchases soon to be added. Expansion of their current beer and wine selections is also in the works. Shamrock Irish Pub, 2201 Estero Blvd, FMB. 239-463-8881. Hours: 8am to 2am daily.

FMB Flyboard

flyboard, fort myers beach, biz buzzFMB Flyboard has been soaring since 2013. The Kasper family took over in October 2018, and has been flying high since. Based at Getaway Marina at 18400 San Carlos Blvd,  FMB Flyboard offers Flyboarding and Jet-Pack rides.

For those unfamiliar, Flyboarding involves the pilot’s feet being attached to short board attached by a long hose to the propulsion powers of a watercraft. Pilots can reach 20” in the air. Jet Packs use a vest system worn by the pilot with the power of the jet ski engine to pump the water and supply enough pressure to lift the jetpack and rider into the air.

Along with flying, the company offers affordable rental rates for Kayaks (tandems included) and Stand-Up Paddleboards. Captain Dan leads excursions such as Eco Tours, Half Day Fishing Charters and Sunset Cruises with other amenities offered as well! Something for everyone and they strive to provide the best customer service around Fort Myers Beach! For more info or to make your reservation for fun, go to or call

Chamber of Commerce

The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed new members at the March breakfast meeting held at Charley’s Boat House Grill on Fort Myers Beach.   In the photo from left are Mark Verbic of Sunbelt Rentals, offering construction and event equipment rental solutions; Mike Ziegler of Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club, offering social events to boaters and non-boaters alike; Vito Scialdone of Property Restoration Services, offering mold and water remediation services; Sherry Oakes -Membership Director of the Chamber; behind Sherry is John Gavin of Gavin’s Ace Hardware, Chamber Chairman, and  on the far right is Sam Miller of Tree Service for Le$$, offering tree and landscaping services. For more information on any of these Chamber members, call 239-454-7500