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It’s a Tropical Beach Party at Lovers Key State Park

January 3, 2018
By ANITA FORCE MARSHALL ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Break out your grass skirts and puka beads, it is back this year by popular demand - the Fort Myers Beach Tropical Beach Party at Lovers Key State Park. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Jan. 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and join the Friends of Lovers Key for a special "island" evening on the beach at the park, at 8700 Estero Blvd.

"The Tropical Beach Party is a variation of our past two years of reggae and ribs themed events," event coordinator Sarah Horvatich said. "We have made a few modifications, taking the best parts and then adding to them."

You can start with your tropical threads by pulling out your bathing suits and boards shorts. Next, explore your closet for any clothing with flowers, birds - flamingo and parrots rule - or palm trees. Then, accessories can be plentiful or scare. Straw hats, beads, leis, sarongs and lots of coconuts. Half the fun is checking out everyone else's interpretation of tropical attire. Create your own style, plus your dancing shoes or favorite pair of flip flops.

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Local favorite musician Johnny Caribe will get your toes tapping and feet grooving. After dancing up an appetite, you can hang 10 fingers around a delicious barbecue dinner of ribs, chicken and pulled pork, catered by Texas Tony's. Leave room for all the yummy desserts sprinkled with island flavors.

"This event is always special because of our fabulous beach, the always beautiful sunset, great food and drinks, music and dancing, opportunities to win one of our drawings of chance, spending an evening with friends both old and new ... all make for a very special evening," Horvatich said. "On top of that, all the profits of the evening will help equip the new Environmental Education Center that will be built on Lovers Key."

All proceeds for the event benefit the future Environmental Education Center at Lovers Key State Park. Everyone is welcome whether you are a FOLKS members and non-members.

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Park admission, food, two drinks, dancing, and an enchanting evening are included in the $50 per person ticket. A cash bar will also be open for all your shaken and stirred. Enjoy the celebratory drawings of chance that will be held for specialty items donated from local artists and eateries. Local businesses have graciously contributed their unique items to help FOLKS raise money for the new Environmental Education Center. Drawing tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

"Lovers Key is one of the few beaches in Florida that is still 'old Florida,' while they're shoveling snow up north we will be partying on the beach in the middle of January," Horvatich said. "Don your beach clothes and your dancing shoes, we'll be under the stars on the glorious beach at Lovers Key."

Space is limited so RSVP early: Call 513-503-8750 or



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