Send In The Marinas!


June 11 is National Marina Day

Fort Myers Beach is nationally and even internationally known for its world-class boating and water recreation opportunities. Local marinas take this to the next level with “Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day” on Saturday, June 11.

“Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day” is a nationwide boating event dedicated to growing the activity across North America. Marine businesses hold events to introduce the public to boating through on-water and landside programs across the country. The Association of Marina Industries created National Marina Day in 2001 as a grassroots, public education initiative to promote marinas and the positive role they play in our communities. Events are only limited by the creativity of participating venues. National Marina Day now goes a step further through its recent partnership with Discover Boating to promote “Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day,” to unite the marine industry and grow boating and on-water recreation.

Fish Tale Marinanational marina day

“Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day’ is a celebration of boating,” says Al Durrett of Fish-Tale Marina. “As families search for fun outdoor activities that everyone can enjoy, we want to encourage them to try boating. Existing boaters are always ready to have a great time on the water, but on this day we ask them to bring a non-boater to share the experience. We invite you to visit Fish-Tale Marina, learn more about boating, and enjoy our events.” Fish-Tale’s “Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day” program is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fish Tale Marina, located behind Santini Marina Plaza at 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach.

Fish-Tale activities include discount tickets on the Estero Bay Express, free fishing poles to the first 25 children, complimentary hot dogs, a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle visit, and presentations by co-sponsors Turtle Time, Inc., Ostego Bay Foundation (and its Touch Tank), Estero Bay Buddies, and the Lee County Sheriff Office’s Marina Unit. The Estero Bay Express offers its one-hour tours at a discount rate of $15 per adult from Noon to 3 p.m.; accompanying children ride free. “Fish-Tale is thrilled to offer these discounts to our visitors and families,” says marketing director Janeen Paulauskis. “There is no better way to see what makes our region unique from both the Gulf and Bay sides.”

Durrett concurs, saying “now more than ever, Americans need outdoor, safe, family-friendly ways to spend their leisure time. ‘Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day’ introduces boating to those who want to learn more. It reminds our existing customers and our community that Fish-Tale is a local, clean, and resilient marina as well as a beautiful gateway to on-the-water fun.” For Janeen, it is the smiling children who make it all worthwhile. “I don’t know who is more excited – the kids being here and discovering something new, or our staff who love having them and their families visit the marina. We are so proud to co-sponsor this.”

In addition to the special event, Fish-Tale Marina features power boat and kayak rentals, dolphin and sunset tours, and fishing charters. Boaters will find wet slips and dry boat storage in addition to trailer and Jet Ski storage. They are just off the Gulf of Mexico to get on the water fast, and are near pristine beaches, backcountry fishing, great entertainment and fine dining. Fish-Tale Marina provides a fun and convenient boating experience.

Moss MarinaJune 11 is National Marina Day

Moss Marina, also known as The Big M, is a Fort Myers Beach institution since 1969. They invite boaters and marine enthusiasts to their National Marina Day activities from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Boaters receive a 10-cent-per-gallon discount on diesel and gas marine fuel and a free gift while supplies last. (The fuel offer is not valid with other promotions.) This is an ideal opportunity to tour The Big M facilities, see recent improvements instituted by new management such as opening its full-time service department, and meeting recently-hired Dockmaster Kyle DuBois.

Moss Marina features direct, unobstructed deep-water access to The Gulf of Mexico. In addition to fueling, it offers a Ship’s Store & Boater’s Lounge, electric and water hookups, boat rentals, wet slips up to 180 feet and dry dock storage. Located at Matanzas Pass at 450 Harbor Court, Fort Myers Beach and within walking distance of Times Square, Moss Marina’s historic Old Florida feel and professional and personable staff can help you create memories of a lifetime.

For Fish-Tale Marina information, call 239-463-3600 or visit

For Moss Marina details call 239-765-6677 or visit

“Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day,” produced by the Association of Marina Industries and Discover Boating is at Find out if boating is your next undiscovered passion with “Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day” on Saturday, June 11.


Gary Mooney