(By Steve Duello) The Fort Myers Beach Anchorage Advisory Committee and the Town of Fort Myers Beach sponsored the 13th annual Cruiser’s Appreciation Day on Friday, March 25th.
The well attended, free event took place under the Matanzas Pass Bridge and featured BBQ from Brooke’s Nugget Wagon, drinks, door prizes, MRTF booth and an opportunity to socialize with mooring field patrons, town staff and other attendees. Lunch was free of charge to all current mooring field users.
Blue skies, beautiful weather and a happy, gracious crowd made for a successful event. Mooring field users were genuinely appreciative of the event and extremely satisfied with the mooring field in general and the services provided by the Harbor House office and staff.
Numerous mooring field patrons unanimously raved about the convenient location, services provided, the professionalism of Harbormaster Austin Gilchrist, town amenities in proximity to the dinghy dock and the user friendly Lee County Trolley and Beach Tram.
They emphasized that the Matanzas Pass Mooring Field was superior to, more affordable, and had many more amenities in comparison to Marathon Key, many mooring fields in the Caribbean and others throughout SW Florida.
A group of five couples said that given the choice between this mooring field and the one at Marathon key they would chose this one as it is significantly better and the Town offers so much more. They rated the mooring field and services provided “a 99.9 on a scale of 1-100.”
The town currently operates a 70-slip mooring field east of Matanzas Pass Bridge and is planning to expand the mooring field to add an additional 19 moorings west of Matanzas Pass Bridge accommodating vessels up to a length of 85 feet.
The town is now renting space for upland services at the Harbour House on San Carlos Boulevard. To date, two locations to construct a new building to house upland services fell through following complaints from the neighborhoods the town planned to construct the buildings: Bayside Park and behind town hall.