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Week of April 4, 2016

VCB NEWS

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel hosted 423,662 visitors, who spent about $350.9 million, during the month of February 2016, Davidson Peterson Associates reported this week to the Lee County Tourist Development Council (TDC). Total visitation was down 3.7 percent from last February, although the number of visitors in paid accommodations increased 7 percent. Year-to-date, visitations were down 3.2 percent, but expenditures jumped 7.2 percent over the same period last year. Contacts: Tamara Smith (TSmith@leegov.com) and Nancy Burr (NBurr@leegov.com), 239-338-3500.

The Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) has selected the Lee County Board of County Commissioners as Elected Officials of the Year. The honor reflects Lee County’s increased efforts to create complete streets that provide safe access for all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Contacts: Tamara Smith (TSmith@leegov.com) and Nancy Burr (NBurr@leegov.com), 239-338-3500.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

During February 2016, 790,124 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, an increase of 4.6 percent compared to February 2010. Contact: Victoria B. Westland (vbWestland@ flylcpa.com), 239-590-4504.

Air Berlin is increasing service between Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Dusseldorf (DUS) for the summer travel season. Germany's second largest airline will offer four weekly flights to RSW effective July 25 through Sept. 12, 2016. The new Monday service will complement current flights on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Contact: Victoria B. Westland (vbWestland@ flylcpa.com), 239-590-4504.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently honored Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) with the 2010 Air Carrier Airport Safety Award. The Air Carrier Airport Safety Award is given to a commercial airport that has taken actions, instituted programs, or otherwise operated in a manner deserving of special recognition for improving airport safety. Contact: Victoria B. Westland (vbWestland@ flylcpa.com), 239-590-4504.

ACCOMMODATIONS NEWS

The Island Inn on Sanibel Island is undergoing a major refurbishment project. The completed $250,000 phase one of the revamp concentrated on redeveloping Traditions on the Beach restaurant, building a new bar and lounge, and adding electronic amenities such as Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Phase two will upgrade cottages, furnishing, and reception areas this summer. Contact: Chris Clemson (info@islandinnsanibel.com) 239-472-1561. 

Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island is running a promotion for people who "like" them on Facebook by April 30, 2016. Those who already "follow" the resort can "share" 'Tween Waters postings to also become eligible for one free two-night getaway. Emily Gettner (EmilyG@make-noise.com), 239-395-9555.

From April 1 through June 1, 2016, Sanibel Harbor Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers will implement its tax-time QE (quantitative easing) package. Perks include tax-free accommodations, waiving of the $15 resort fee, free valet parking, and a daily $50 resort credit. Rates start at $249 per day on reservations made by April 18, 2016, using the rate code LPR. Contact: Vanessa Avante (vfioravante@krepspr.com), 305-663-3543.


Gasparilla Inn & Club

The Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande recently was named to the list of Top 20 Florida Golf Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler readers in the magazine’s 15th annual golf poll. The properties marry "outstanding golf with fantastic lodging, dining and service," the article stated in its April 2016 issue. Contact: Lindsay Wrightson (lleibson@gasparillainn.com), 941-964-4631.

ATTRACTIONS NEWS

JetBlue Airways recently announced an eight-year extension as the Official Airline of the Boston Red Sox. The airline will sponsor JetBlue Park, the new spring training ballpark for the Red Sox in Fort Myers. The park is scheduled to open for the 2012 spring training season. Contact: JetBlue Corporate Communications (corporatecommunications@jetblue.com), 718-709-3089.

DINING & RETAIL

Shoppers visiting Tanger Factory Outlet Centers in Fort Myers can now stay linked to home, work, or school while they shop. Tanger offers its customers free Wi-Fi service accessible in all common area walkways and seating areas. Contact: Julia Barberr (jmbarber@tangeroutlet.com), 239-454-1974.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Lee County Parks & Recreation's first-ever Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) race is set for May 1, 2016, at Bunche Beach Preserve in south Fort Myers. The Bay-to-Gulf SUP Race will bring together southwest Florida's burgeoning SUP population to the pristine paddling on the county's Great Calusa Blueway. Contact: Vicki Small (vsmall@leegov.com), 239-229-0649.

MAY

Through May 13, 2016
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
Fort Myers
239-278-4422

Through May 14, 2016
RENT
Fort Myers
239-278-4422

Through May 29, 2016
A SECOND HELPING - THE CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES SEQUEL
Fort Myers
239-278-4422

May 1, 2016
THE BAY-TO-GULF SUP RACE
Fort Myers
239-533-7444

May 1, 2016
FAMILY DAY
Sanibel Island
239-395-0900

May 3-22, 2016
THE DEVIL'S MUSIC
Fort Myers
239-332-4488, 877-787-8053

May 6, 2016
FORT MYERS ART WALK
Downtown Fort Myers
239-332-0161

May 6-7, 2016
LADIES DAY TARPON TOURNAMENT
Boca Grande
941-964-0568

May 7, 2016
AN EVENING OF JAZZ
Fort Myers
239-333-1933

May 8, 2016
MARTIN PRESTON AS LIBERACE
Fort Myers
239-278-4422

May 8, 2016
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH IN THE GARDENS
Fort Myers
239-334-7419

May 8, 2016
MOTHER'S DAY TRAIN
239-275-8487, 800-SEM-GULF

May 10-July 2, 2016
SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN
Fort Myers
239-278-4422

May 11, 2016
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & JOHN PRINE
Fort Myers
239-481-4849, 800-440-7469

May 15, 2016
TASTE OF THE BEACH
Fort Myers Beach
239-454-7500
 

May 17-19, 2016
BOCA GRANDE FISHING GUIDES ASSOCIATION ALL RELEASE TARPON TOURNAMENT
Boca Grande
info@bocagrandefishing.com

May 19-30, 2016
BUG
Fort Myers
239-337-1933

May 20-21, 2016
INSHORE SHOOTOUT
Fort Myers Beach
239-825-8311

May 21, 2016
FORT MYERS MUSIC WALK
Downtown Fort Myers
239-337-1933

May 21, 2016
AMELIA EARHART
Fort Myers, FL
239-332-4484

JUNE

June 3, 2016
FORT MYERS ART WALK
Downtown Fort Myers
239-332-0161

June 4, 2016
BUDDY VALASTRO: THE CAKE BOSS
Fort Myers
239-481-4849, 800-440-7469

June 9-12, 2016
CALOOSA CATCH & RELEASE FISHING TOURNAMENT
South Seas Island Resort
Captiva Island
239-671-9347

June 19, 2016
FORT MYERS MUSIC WALK
Downtown Fort Myers
239-337-1933

June 19, 2016
FATHER’S DAY TRAIN
Fort Myers
239-275-8487, 800-SEM-GULF

June 25, 2016
KID'S 4TH OF JULY FISHING TOURNAMENT
Fort Myers Beach
239-463-2588

For details about any of the above news items, contact the Communications Department, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau:

Nancy Burr/ NBurr@leegov.com 
Lee Flower/ Lflower@leegov.com
Katie Barckley/ KBarckley@leegov.com

or call us at 800-237-6444/239-338-3500. For immediate general information about
Lee County log onto: www.FortMyersSanibel.com  and visit the Media section.

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