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Boats, seafood, market mix at Lovers Key

January 29, 2020
By NATHAN MAYBERG ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To really feel like you found something new at the boat show and seafood festival benefitting the Friends of Lovers Key and Bonita Springs Rotary Club, you had to visit Rudi Weber's waffle and ice cream stand at the event field of Lovers Key State Park.

Among the highlights were shaved ice offerings with 16 flavors which were self-served. The syrupy flavors ranged from black raspberry to watermelon and wild cherry.

The words "Belgian Liege Waffle" in big letters on the menu in front of the ice cream truck were another sign that something unusual was happening here.

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Reid Heath makes big plans behind the wheel of Marina Mike’s Bennington Saltwater Series boat. The boat was a quick seller.


"I'm European. I want to be different," said Weber, who is naturally from Belgium.

That was not all Weber had to offer. He had 32-ounce orange and root bear floats, and offered homemade ice cream flavors like butter pecan, cookies and cream, along with all the usual ones.

Weber calls his business "Lynn's Real Homemade Ice Cream" and travels around the country hitting up festivals. The Floral City Strawberry Festival in March will be one of his upcoming stops.

Karmen Griffin of Naples brought her family to the show. Her 2-year-old daughter Kamryn was a big fan of the shaved ices. Karmen said she admired the wood and stainless steal works depicting fish by Jacksonville's Rick Hendrick at the show.

Tom Norton of Illinois was with his wife Gloria, enjoying coconut shrimp and lobster rolls.

"It's great, very attractive," Mr. Norton said. "I like to look at the boats and I like to eat."

There were many boats from which to choose and admire. Gary Rekowski, who splits his time between Pine Island and Missouri, took a good look up and down at a white World Cat with a blue stripe and double Yamaha engine.

"They ride very well," he said of the boat priced at a cool $119,000. He also appreciated the leather cushions inside.

The boat is the property of Estero Bay Marina, which had two World Cats for sale. Page Marine Group Operations Manager Scott Childs was handling both company's boats at the sale (both companies are in Fort Myers Beach). Page Marine Group had Century boats and Crestliner boats for sale. Childs said there were "a lot of lookers," at the show. The company markets the Century boats for those looking to go further off shore while the Crestliner pontoons are meant for those staying closer to land.

Rekowski has his own boat, a Sea Fox, and just installed a new motor for it so he wasn't ready to get a new boat just yet.

"I'm kind of just dreaming at this point," he said after taking a seat at the wheel and staring out ahead as the sun shined down.



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