Friends of Cayo CostaFriends Of Cayo Costa State Park Host Annual “Celebrate Cayo Costa Day” at the island State Park on Saturday, November 5, 9:30 am–2:30 pm. Affordable all-inclusive tickets feature round trip boat transportation from four departure points, all activities and lunch.
 
“This is a great opportunity to visit the park by boat and enjoy the unique qualities this pristine barrier island has to offer. We thank our charter boat sponsors for providing transportation so that visitors, many of whom have never had a chance to come out, can 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, nature and shelling beach walks, Randell Research Center Calusa artifacts on display, live animal demonstrations provided by CROW, palm weaving crafts, and wonderful food. Artist David Meo will be at the event with a collection of his beautifully created Calusa masks and Fort Myers Beach songwriter Shena Brook 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 $35 for adults and $25 for children under the age of 12. Friends of Cayo Costa members receive $5 discount per ticket.  The all-inclusive price includes transportation to and from the island, a shell bag, all activities and a hot dog lunch. 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.
 
FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE CALL:        
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, Conservation 2020, Randell Research Center, Lee County Manatee Park, Barrier Island Park Society, Friends of Cayo Costa.
 
Refer to the Friends of Cayo Costa State Park’s website for specific details regarding the event and FOCC friendship opportunities or contact: Melanie Holaway (239) 233-9544.
 
The Friends of Cayo Costa State Park (FoCC) is 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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