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Annual go-fast poker run zooms back to Fort Myers Beach

April 8, 2009
By MELISSA SCHNEIDER, mschneider@breezenewspapers.com

Rumbling into the Fort Myers Beach area for some fast-paced poker fun on the crisp blue waters, Poker Runs America and a ton of top-notch go-fasts will be heading into Salty Sam's next week.

Expect to see anywhere from 40 to 70 gorgeously high-performance boats chug-a-luggin' around the local waterways, beginning to arrive next Thursday or Friday.

Before the actual poker run takes off Saturday morning (April 18), a meet-and-greet cocktail gathering will be held Friday, April 17, around 6:30 p.m., down at the Salty Sam's dock and tiki bar, where visitors can come by and get to know the drivers, along with their gorgeous aquatic amenities.

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Come Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, at least 40 high-performance go-fasts will head to FMB shores for the annual poker run through local waters. Photo courtesy of STU McDONALD.

"Expect to see at least 40 boats, anywhere from 27 feet in length to 50 feet in length," said Bill Taylor, of Poker Runs of America, who will be running the pace boat that day. "Some are powered with 500-HP engines, others with triple-1,00-HP. You'll see Cigarettes, Donzis, Nor Techs, Skaters, you name it."

Bill said his group runs about 10 major events a year throughout the world anywhere from Canada and the northern U.S. to the Caribbean, Guadalupe and beyond, but Fort Myers Beach has something special they yearn for.

"Fort Myers Beach has always been on the tour for at least five years now because of the beautiful waters," he said. "The gulf coast is just a beautiful area to run. There's a lot of fine dining for the drivers and really nice places to stop along the way."

Drivers will meet back at Salty Sam's Saturday morning and depart for the run around 10 a.m. Expect to see them zoom past the Pink Shell, south, heading down the entire length of Fort Myers Beach.

They'll then head down in through Redfish Pass and Captiva, over to Gasparilla, to Burnt Store Marina, then back to Fort Myers, arriving around 4 p.m.

Later that evening, an awards ceremony will be held at the Channel Mark, where Bill said, "there'll be a lot of action."

For more info on the event, visit the Poker Runs America site, PokerRunsAmerica.com.

 
 

 

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