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Holiday boat parades planned for island

November 28, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

Bokeelia Boat Club: Dec. 15

Boats will meet in Jug Creek in front of Tug Boat US at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with a rain date scheduled for Dec. 16. Boats will be assigned to lead the parade that will cruise through the canals of Jug Creek and then end at the Lazy Flamingo for some Christmas cheer. The public is welcome to decorate their boat and join the fun.

For information call Event Coordinator Ray Easler at 239-283-2669.

Matlacha Yacht Club: Dec. 15

The Matlacha Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15. Anyone who would like to join in the parade with their decorated boat is most welcome to do so - the more the merrier! Meet us behind Bert's Bar by 5:30 p.m. and we'll get organized and begin the parade by 6 p.m. The bridge-tender will open the bridge for us to pass under and the parade will go around the perimeter of Matlacha. After the parade is over, those who participated are welcome to join us at the Elks on Pine Island for a potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the evening with a DJ for your entertainment. Let's all get in the spirit this year. Decorate your boat and come join us for a festive community evening. Any questions call Glenn Smith at 239-283-0131.

St. James City Boat Club: Dec. 22

The Merchants of St. James City and the St. James City Boat Club are sponsoring the St. James City Lighted Boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. The parade is for the benefit of the people in our community and dedicated to our past member Wolfgang Schulz.

Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated boats and the best dressed crew. Boats will be leaving from the docks of Woody's, Monroe Canal Marina and the Low Key Tiki around 6 p.m. Festivities and gathering of boats start at 4 p.m. Any and all boat captains are invited to participate. There will be a captains meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Ragged Ass Saloon where there will be special prices for beer and pizza for all attendees. Boat captains should attend since each will be given an identification number to hold up for the judges and free chili tickets for their crew to use at the awards ceremony, along with other information. Boats will be lined up and leave by their identification number, starting with number one.

The parade route is from the starting point mentioned above, south on Monroe Canal to the end and then two right turns into the Cherry Estates main canal. Then the route is north to the wide canal between Royal Palm Drive and York Drive. The parade will reverse in the wide canal and back track past the entrance to Monroe Canal out into San Carlos Bay. The parade route will continue by turning north into the Henley Canal passing the Waterfront Restaurant for judging. Boats will gather for a short time to display their lights and ID numbers. Finally, the parade route will reverse direction out of the Henley Canal and out into San Carlos Bay where boats will disperse and return to the starting point or home port. Captains will also have the option of docking at the Waterfront Marina for the awards ceremony.

After the parade all captains and crews are invited to the awards ceremony at the Waterfront Restaurant for free chili provided by the Waterfront Restaurant staff. The Waterfront will be offering happy hour prices for drinks and 45-cent shrimp and wings, and a dozen oysters at $7 for everyone. For additional information call 560-0128 or visit our web site



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