Regional Seafood Event Planned


    Southwest Florida Sustains

    Continuing their mission to bring visual, performing and culinary arts to the Fort Myers Beach community, Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts has announced the return of Southwest Florida Sustains – A Regional Seafood Experience, Thursday, Oct. 19th from
    6–8:30 p.m. at DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa, 2000 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, produced by and benefiting Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts.

    “One of our core values is to produce something arts-related during the off-season which helps the businesses on the Beach. It’s an opportunity to experience local sustainable seafood, celebrate our waters, while supporting the arts and local businesses. It’s a win-win for the arts, businesses and event patrons,” said Janeen Paulauskis, Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts board member.

    The event will feature restaurant and beverage samplings from Chloe’s Seafood & Steak, Pincher’s, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining, Charley’s Boathouse, South Beach Grille, Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery, Point Ybel Brewing Co. and more. Enjoy the sounds of local favorites, “Loose Nutz” while bidding on related silent auction items.

    The featured speaker at this year’s Southwest Florida Sustains event will be Dr. Kevan Main, Senior Scientist and Program Manager at MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, who will give a 20-minute presentation, which includes a Q & A about “Sustainable Farming of Local Seafood for Local Communities.”

    Tickets are $50 in advance. They include tasting some of the best sustainable seafood on the Beach as well as live music. Cash bar will be available. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the Friends of the Arts, visit or call 757-618-3655. Check their Facebook page for updates on sponsors and participating restaurants.