||Grand Opening: The West Marine Flagship Store in Fort Myers will have its Grand Opening Celebration from Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22. Responding to the needs of Gulf Coast-area boaters, the store has been expanded to more than 25,000 square feet with a bigger selection of saltwater fishing gear and tackle for offshore and inshore anglers, an engine parts counter with experts on staff, expanded assortments of all boating products and a sizeable selection of technical clothing and foul weather gear will be on deck. Doors open at 8 a.m. on Thursday and festivities continue all weekend with activities, extraordinary discounts and prize giveaways.
Mayor Randy Henderson will welcome the new West Marine store by attending a ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, the charity event “Cruising for a Cause” will begin.
“Cruising for a Cause” will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the store. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or through the following local charities: Edison Sailing Center; Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon); Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation; Snook & Gamefish Foundation; Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society. Featured, will be a live auction that will include a fishing trip for four on Friday, July 20 with Edgar Hansen, Deck Boss and Chief Engineer of the F/V Northwestern, featured on “Deadliest Catch.” Plus, two limited edition prints by renowned photographer Tony Ludovico will be auctioned. All proceeds will directly support participating non-profits. Attendees will enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment.
The weekend will be full of activities including:
- Attendance by Edgar Hansen (2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday)
- Attendance by renowned underwater photographer Tony Ludovico (noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday)
- High Tech Electronics Demonstrations with Raymarine, Garmin, Sony, Navico, Lowrance and Icom
- Door-Buster discounts throughout the weekend
- Prizes and giveaways
- Free refreshments, while supplies last