Business Expo

Biz Buzz


“A beautiful day was enjoyed by exhibitors and visitors of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Expo held in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on San Carlos Blvd. Approximately 30 different Chamber member businesses exhibited. The Expo is an opportunity for the public to visit with and learn of the products and services available from local Chamber member businesses. John Gavin of Gavin’s Ace Hardware said “Attendance was good – steady traffic from the starting time at noon through mid afternoon.” Fran Podraza of CFS Roofing and Dr. Good Roof commented “I got two good leads today. If one turns into a project for us, it is certainly worth our attending.” For more information on Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce membership opportunities and benefits, contact Jacki Liszak, President, at offices located at 1661 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach or


The Lani Kai, The Casablanca CafeThe Lani Kai has recently opened another dining option within the legendary resort complex. The Casablanca Cafe has opened within some of the space formerly occupied by the Casablanca Lounge on the Lobby Level. This vintage coffee shop design was the vision of Alan Mishaga, long time artist for the Lani Kai for decades. Black and white floor tile dominate the area including some seating and a large service counter. Mike Ensor, Marketing Director said, “We are licensed to have all Starbucks coffee products. Baristas from Starbucks Corporate trained a full Lani Kai team on premise on the process of making each and every drink. Products will change with the season, as well as promotions and available styles.” Beside coffee drinks, Ensor added, “We provide

breakfast and lunch to-go options that are quick and easy for the beach.” Starbucks reps commented, “This was one of the top locations they have opened out of thousands across the country in regards to layout and readiness.” Hours are 6:30am to 4pm daily.



 Would you like to sail around the Fort Myers Beach area and enjoy the marine and bird life on a relaxing cruise? Capt. Terry Sandmeier has brought his 26ft Tiki catamaran to our area and offers 1.5-hour sailing charters for just $35 per person or a sunset sail for $45 per person. This is the most economical fun on the water. Capt. Terry “Sandy” has worked in the Everglades, Florida Bay and the Keys as a professional captain helping people enjoy the marine and bird life that abounds in Florida. He also enjoys talking about the area and its rich history. Capt. Popeye born in Poland, lived in the Chicago area for 20 years and has lived in SWFL for the past ten years. He began sailing at the age of 16 on the Great Lakes in Poland, has participated in many sailboat races and last year sailed from the Virgin Islands to Chicago.

Capt. Terry or Capt. Popeye look forward to taking you on your next adventure and will pick you up at Bowditch Point or meet you at Getaway Marina, 18400 San Carlos Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. Price is per person, max of 6 people onboard. Call for reservations 239-900-5456. Visit their website at