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Ballroom Blitz -- Pirate Ball benefit kicks off annual Pirate Fest

Privateers and land-lubbers unite at Bootleggers Oct. 3

August 27, 2015
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Guardian ad Litem Foundation 20th Judicial Circuit and The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce invite all to join the invasion and attend the Fort Myers Beach Pirate Ball benefit for a night of pirate festivities and fund-raising, taking place Saturday, Oct. 3, from 5 p.m. to midnight, at Bootleggers Waterfront BBQ, 2200 Main St. The benefit is a pre-fest kickoff to the 10th annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival, now known as the Salty Sam's Pirate Festival of Fort Myers Beach, which will be roving the island the following weekend, Oct. 9 to 11.

The benefit ball is sure to be an evening of swashbuckling entertainment, with plenty of auctions, contests, games and grub for all. A portion of the Pirate Ball's proceeds will benefit The Guardian ad Litem Foundation 20th Judicial Circuit, The Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, The Bay Oaks Recreation Center, and the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.

Costumed privateers and landlubbers attending the ball should look forward to partaking in pirate games of chance to win great prizes, a costume contest, silent auction, an all all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet and live music by The Ricky Howard Blues Band, with special guest Jo List. Continue the party at the on-site DJ after party, where you're sure to let the Jolly Rodger fly.

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Full evening tickets are $75, which includes the BBQ dinner; concert-only tickets are $40. Tickets for admission are available on the event website, Sponsorship information can also be found on the event website, and ticket and sponsorships may be purchased on the phone at 239-850-5611.

Reduced price hotel and resort, 'Stay n' Play' packages are available online at, as well as reduced-rate taxi service from Majestic Transportation Services. Pick-ups are available from guests' homes or hotels anywhere in Fort Myers, Sanibel, Estero or Bonita Springs area. Contact The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce to learn more, 239-454-7500.

In light of the recent Estero Boulevard construction, attendees are encouraged to arrive to the ball via boat. From the Gulf of Mexico, enter the intracoastal waterway at the north end of Fort Myers Beach, go under the Matanzas Bridge, stay to the left, and the Bootleggers Waterfront BBQ is at Channel Marker 24. Boaters can hail the dockmaster at Salty Sam's on channel 16 or 17 for docking instructions.

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Our annual Fort Myers Beach pirate fest was ranked in 2014 as the No. 2 Pirate Festival in the Nation by USA Today Travel. Visit for more info, and stay tuned to the Beach Bulletin as further details on this jolly good festival arrive.



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