Friends of Cayo Costa Hosting Annual Celebration

provided to Santiva Chronicle

BOKEELIA, Fla. — “Celebrate Cayo Costa! will be held at the island State Park on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Affordable all-inclusive tickets feature round trip boat transportation from four departure points, all activities and a delicious lunch provided by Little Lilly’s Deli of Pine Island.

“This is a perfect family, couples or friends event. Come and learn about the pioneer families who settled here. Take a guided beach walk and make some shell crafts. This is a great opportunity to visit the park by boat and enjoy the out island scenery before you arrive. The pristine beaches of Cayo Costa will delight you and offer such a different experience from the populated beaches in other areas. We thank our charter boat sponsors, Captiva Cruises, Tropic Star Cruises and King Fisher Fleet for providing transportation from Captiva, Boca Grande, Pine Island and Punta Gorda so that visitors can come out and learn more about the park’s fascinating history and walk the sandy beaches and trails,” stated Elaine McLaughlin, Friends chairperson.

The day will feature tours of the island, including a walk to the pioneer family cemetery, and nature and shelling beach walks. Use your free shelling bag to take home your new treasures. The Randell Research Center will have Calusa artifacts on display and live animal demonstrations be will provided by CROW. Park Staff will be presenting information about the Island State Park. Families can try their hand at palm weaving and a variety of shell crafts. Lee County Parks and Conservation 20/20 will talk about how we each can help protect our coastal land and waterways. Fort Myers Beach songwriter Sheena Brook, fresh from the Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, will be performing during lunch.  Activities will be held at the State Park landing area off Pelican Bay and beachside near the pavilions and beachside campground area.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for children under the age of 12. Those of you who are already Friends of Cayo Costa members receive a $10 discount per adult ticket. Consider joining if not. The all-inclusive price includes transportation to and from the island, all activities, the catered lunch, a beach shelling bag and souvenir cup. The event will take place rain or shine.

Captiva Cruises, Tropic Star and Kingfisher Fleet tour boat services are offering roundtrip transportation included with admission on a limited, first come first serve basis.  Attendees are encouraged to reserve early.

Departures from Bokeelia 239-283-0015
Departures from Boca Grande 239-472-5300
Departures from Captiva 239-472-5300
Departures from Punta Gorda 941-639-0969

Private boating parties are encouraged to attend and may purchase tickets on the Island. Dock space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Sponsors for the event include Captiva Cruises, King Fisher Fleet and Tropic Star Cruises.

Thank you to the volunteers from CROW, Randell Research Center, Lee County’s Conservation 2020 & Calusa Blueway, “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Barrier Island Park Society, and Friends of Cayo Costa.

Please refer to the Friends of Cayo Costa State Park’s website for specific details regarding the event and FOCC friendship opportunities at: and join our FACEBOOK page too.

The Friends of Cayo Costa State Park (FoCC) is based on Pine Island, Florida. FoCC is a division of Barrier Islands Park Society (BIPS), a 501c3 organization which is the official Citizens Support Organization for Cayo Costa, Gasparilla, Stump Pass, Don Pedro State Parks and Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum. All funds raised by FoCC will be used exclusively for Cayo Costa State Park.

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