Get ready! Marco Island is about to be ‘taken over’ by the biggest event of the year! Thousands will descend upon the center of the island, gathering in Veteran’s Community Park for a weekend of seafood, music and fun during the 2012 Seafood Festival. “We made a few changes this year which festival-goers wanted. First and foremost, we added the Landsharks to the entertainment line-up. Then we extended the hours, we are open an hour earlier at 11:00 AM, and stay open Saturday night until 9:00 PM and Sunday until 6:00 PM. This year, on Sunday night from 4:00-6:00 PM we will offer a two for one Happy Hour on beer and wine. We are anticipating over 10,000 people in attendance this year,” said Stan Niemczyk, chairman of the Seafood Festival committee.
The Landsharks played in concert with Jimmy Buffet and were the opening act for the Beach Boys concert tour. Many know them as the house band at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Universal Studios or for their 100 + performances at Disney World. Anyway you look at it these guys can ‘work’ the crowd. It starts with a little wiggle here and a clapthere and before you know it, the audience is up on their feet! Not only do they get them moving, they KEEP them moving!
The Seafood Festival is a joint effort between the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Noontime Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. These philanthropic organizations support a variety of charitable causes with proceeds from the Seafood Festival including scholarships to local students, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Shelterbox, Gift of Life, and many, many more.
Admission to the festival is $6 per person. There will be over 60 arts and crafts booths for those who like to shop. Many of your favorite food selections will be available in addition to all the great seafood, lots of great entertainment throughout the festival will feature popular local musicians besides the Landsharks as well as a Kids Zone.
Parking is available at Veteran’s Community Park or a free shuttle service will be running continuously. See Gator Nate’s column in this edition of Coastal Breeze for a full entertainment line-up. A shuttle map (and more information on the festival) can be found at marcoisland seafoodfestival.com. Major sponsors for the event include Physician’s Regional Healthcare, Seminole Casino and Mutual of Omaha Bank.