Is it safe to say life is back to normal? An outdoor event with hundreds of people lining the street, body to body. Very few, if any, masks in the jubilant crowd. Nobody shaming fun-seekers on social media claiming “super spreader.” The Roar Offshore Boat Races are back and it appeared not a soul wanted to miss the festivities.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno came over the bridge leading the parade last night which kicks off three days of boat races, parties and a long weekend on Fort Myers Beach.
Marceno arrived on the beach in force, showing off beach patrol vehicles and fully armed deputies sitting outside of a low-flying LCSO helicopter. A sight that really wowed the crowd.
The Roar Offshore Powerboat Race National Championships returns to Fort Myers Beach this weekend after a COVID-19 cancellation in 2020.
A parade of boats was followed by a street party on Old San Carlos. Residents and visitors got to spend time talking to the teams and getting an up-close look at boats that can travel at speeds well over 100 mph and cost as much money as a house on Fort Myers Beach.
Today the dry pits at Salty Sam’s will be open to the public at 9AM. Testing will take place from 11AM to 2PM. The Lighthouse Tiki Bar will host a pool party at 1PM. The races begin Saturday at 9:30AM. Check out the full schedule HERE.
We’ve accumulated a boat-load (sorry about that) of pictures from Thursday night on our Facebook page HERE. Thank you to everyone who sent in photos. We’ll be updating this photo album all weekend long.