Ring in the next “Roaring ‘20’s” all day and evening on Fort Myers Beach, with cupcakes, music and fireworks, as the Town celebrates New Year’s Eve and its 24th birthday! Everything culminates at Midnight, with spectacular fireworks off the Fort Myers Beach Pier!
“Fireworks will last roughly 15 minutes,” said Sarah Mayher, the Bay Oaks Recreational Center Campus Manager. “While the Fireworks Fundraising Committee is raising moneys to pay for fireworks, the Town covers all additional expenses, like permitting, fourteen port-a-potties in Lynn Hall Memorial Park including four ADA units, and Lee County Sheriffs Office additional patrols. The Town’s Parks & Recreation Staff will be at Times Square all day, taking care of all necessary issues while handing out promotional items and small giveaways.”
The FMB Pier closes early New Year’s Eve to set up fireworks, Sarah reported, “and will reopen early New Year’s Day, once the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department confirms all shells went off. The Matanzas Pass Bridge shuts down to oncoming traffic just before the midnight fireworks, then all three lanes move traffic off-island until 1:30 a.m. or earlier if the Lee County Sheriff’s Office determines conditions warrant it.”
Sarah announced that beach trolleys will run from the Beach Park & Ride at Summerlin & Pine Ridge Roads to Times Square from early morning through 2 a.m. “We are excited that this year, for the first time, LeeTran will provide trolley service. Previously, either the Town or Fundraising Committee had to pay for trolleys, and that amounts to thousands of dollars, so we express our deep appreciation to LeeTran!”
“The Cupcake Ladies” return to Times Square to distribute the traditional free cupcakes to celebrate the Town’s 24th birthday, Sarah added, “as they have every year since the Town first incorporated on New Year’s Eve 1995. We will have no less than 500 cupcakes, with the ladies passing them out at Noon, so be there early as they go fast!”
“Remedy” begins the free day of music at Noon, courtesy of the Times Square Merchants Association, until 5 p.m., and “High Tide” entertains from 7 p.m. to Midnight. The Town then drops the ceremonial Beach Ball and fireworks commence.
Town Council suspended the Times Square Open Container Prohibition from Noon through 1 a.m. With the Parks & Recreation Staff at Times Square all day, the Bay Oaks Recreational Center and FMB Community Pool close on New Year’s Eve & Day. Remember it is illegal to shoot off personal fireworks on Fort Myers Beach.
Fireworks Fundraising Goal
“Our fundraising goal is $15,000 and we are almost there,” reported Jacki Liszak of the Sea Gypsy Inn, who is on the Fireworks Fundraising Committee with John Lallo of Pete’s Time Out and Andrea Carriere of the Silver Sands Resort. “We have donations from the Beach Bar, Best Western Plus Beach Resort, DiamondHead Resort, Kilwins Chocolates, Lani Kai Island Resort, Local Color, Shucker’s at the Gulfshore, Smokin’ Oyster Brewery (SOB’s), and Times Square Merchants Association. Paula Kiker made a personal donation, as did a Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club member, and a spectator at the recent ‘Christmas Boat Parade’ handed me a $100 bill. Perhaps most surprising was the person who walked into the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce out of the blue and gave me $500!”
She cautioned, however, that “we are not quite there yet, so if you can contribute, please make your check to the ‘Fort Myers Beach Fireworks Fund.’ Drop it off to me at the FMB Chamber at 2450 Estero Boulevard or call 239-454-7500 and I will pick it up. No amount is too small and we appreciate every dollar! We are grateful to the Town for all it does to make New Year’s Eve a huge success, and we just learned about LeeTran providing the trolleys for the day – that is fantastic and we thank them so much! All of us together make a great partnership.”
The Roaring 20’s!
Sarah, who is an island kid, hopes “everyone comes to Fort Myers Beach for New Year’s Eve because there is no place better! Ride the trolley, enjoy the day on the beach, grab a cupcake, have dinner, then join the crowd in Times Square and ‘Ooh-&-Aah” over fireworks. If you prefer elbow room, you get almost as good a view from any beach access within sight of the pier. There is a full day of activities, with something for everyone.”
“The best part is watching everyone having a wonderful evening, young and old alike, enjoying the fireworks and ringing in the New Year,” said Jacki. “You can literally make a day of it at Times Square, from the restaurants to devouring delicious cupcakes to music all day to the traditional “Beach Ball Drop” and fireworks. Join in on the fun and experience our beach traditions!”
- Fireworks over the Pier. File photo.