This is a special time of year here in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands. Not only are we welcoming warm sunshine, winter visitors, and our famous snowbirds, but we are welcoming the boys of summer to spring training. For the third year, the Tampa Bay Rays are calling the Charlotte Sports Park home. Earlier this month, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convnetion Bureau organized a luncheon for the media attending the pre-spring training press conference and thanks to our industry partners, the lunch hit it out of the ballpark!
Media Lunch Before the Tampa Bay Rays Pre-Spring Training Press Conference, Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 15, 2011
Media Lunch Before the Tampa Bay Rays Pre-Spring Training Press Conference, Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 15, 2011

Lock 'N Key Restaurant served up delicous pulled pork BBQ, shrimp salad, Manasota Key salad and yummy pumpkin bread. In Your Face Cupcakes topped off the lunch with incredible baseball-themed cupcakes and Place in the Sun Vacation Rentals made sure everyone was hydrated with a variety of ice cold beverages.

In Your Face Cupcakes - Media Lunch Before the Tampa Bay Rays Pre-Spring Training Press Conference, Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 15, 2011 The first spring training game was this past Saturday, Feb. 27, and games will be played through March 26 and the last spring training game will be played on March 30 at Tropicana Field. Check out the complete Tampa Bay Rays spring training game schedule to see who they're playing and when. Your Spring Training Ticket Stub is Valuable! If you'll be heading out to a game, be sure to check the back of your ticket for an MS Tag - it looks like a barcode with a lot of tiny triangles. Download the free smartphone app, scan it with your cameraphone and discover a list of discounts and specials being offered throughout Charlotte County. These specials and discounts include free menu items at restaurants, discounts from retailers and other specials. Need Information About the Area? We'll be There! Be sure to stop by and say "hello" to us at the Charlotte County information kiosk. We'll be distributing our visitor's guides and list of spring training specials (in case you don't have a cameraphone). You can also enter a drawing to win a vacation in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands! We'll see ya at the ballpark!