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This weekend revives one of our Island’s fastest and most fun events, powerboat racing as Roar Offshore comes to town. After more than a decade without the races, they return this weekend, with racing Saturday, October 12, and a number of other fun events earlier in the week.

We encourage all residents and visitors to come out and enjoy the festivities. All you need is a spot on the beach between about 3000 Estero and 600 Estero and you will have a view of the races. Races start about 11am and are expected to finish near 3:30pm.

As a new event, none of us are sure how many people we’ll have on the island for the event weekend. We know what Shrimp Festival and the 4th of July weekends look like.  This event is different enough from our Island’s last powerboat races in 2006, that it’s really a new event for us all. This event is expected to rival those in terms of crowds and traffic, so plan ahead.

We join local public safety agencies urging all residents and visitors to use public transportation this weekend. Trams, trolleys, remote parking and shuttles are all in place to make getting around easy. See our Roar Offshore article this week for details.

Our Island owes its thanks to those within our community who stepped up and volunteered to do all the grunt work that goes into any large local event. From the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce to Town Council to the Fire Department, Lee County  and Lee County Sheriff to Town employees. And the volunteers not associated with any public entity – our Island events run on volunteers and this weekend is no exception.

We know there have been late nights and early mornings, and will be more before Roar Offshore departs on Sunday. Thank you all!

October can be a difficult month economically for our Island. Not quite summer, not quite season. Some weekends our Island is hopping with visitors. Others it more resembles August. We join other Island businesses in welcoming an event that is sure to bring crowds to Fort Myers Beach.

Many of those visitors will be first time visitors, so we invite all residents and businesses to roll out the red carpet for race fans this weekend. Let’s show race fans how much fun a visit to our Island is and how welcoming Islanders are. Invite them back to visit again.

Fort Myers Beach has much to offer once the races are over. We offer a beautiful environment with plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with nature via kayak tours, boat tours or just a walk through quiet, serene Matanzas Pass Preserve or Lovers Key State Park. Want more action? We have parasailing, jet-skiing, boat charters/rentals and a pirate ship. How many other vacation spots have a pirate ship? We also have the absolute best collection of colorful and fun beach bars and restaurants in Southwest Florida.

Welcome to Fort Myers Beach – enjoy the races and come back and stay a while!