Volume 7 Issue 5_Sun Bay Paper

The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels finished the 2021 season on a high note, throwing a no-hitter on the final weekend of the season while winning three out of four games against the top team in the league. Regi Grace Jr., Landon Leach, Brad Hanner and Matthew Swain combined to no-hit the Tampa Tarpons in the final night game of the season, allowing only two base runners in the entire game. It was the franchise’s first no-hitter since 2011. “It was so cool to sit there and watch four guys who have over- come a lot this year,” Mighty Mus- sels manager Brian Meyer said. “The joy that all of the players had with it was special.” The Mussels’ followed it up with an exciting comeback win 5-4 over the Tarpons on Sunday – wrap- ping up the season with a 60-54 record. After the 2019 season ended early due to the threat of Hurricane Dorian and the 2020 season was wiped out entirely due to the pan- demic, smiles were aplenty amongst all involved for the final weekend of 2021. Things felt nor- The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is a music festival in Southwest Florida featuring performances by the greatest singer-songwriters from Nashville and nationwide. The festival is in its last week and will be at various location on Fort Myers Beach September 24-26 Most shows are free with the exception of the last remaining ticketed headliner show at The Pink Shell, the Island Hopper Pool Party Starring Jimmie Allen. located at 275 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, Sunday, September 26th. Doors Open at 4:30 PM and the Show Starts at 5:30 PM This is standing room only event and there is no parking on site so it is recommended that attendees use the Lee Tran Trolley. There are a lot of venues in- volved See the full schedule and pur- chase your tickets at: www.island-hopper.fortmyers -sani- bel.com From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume 7 Issue 5 Production@sunbaypaper.com www.TheSunBayPaper.com September 24, 2021 - October 7, 2021 Right... All Along Cont. pg 612 Last week the Florida Department of Transportation made a presentation to the Fort Myers Beach Town Council about the future foot of the bridge design project scheduled to be completed in time with Margaritaville, sometime in the summer/fall of 2023. The new design is raising a lot of concern due to the multiple c ross walks included in the design with 4 crosswalks on each of the incoming and outgoing traffic lanes at the foot of the bridge. Many have sug- gested overpasses, but if you have ever been to Las Vegas, FDOT Presentation Raises Concerns Mighty Mussels Wrap Up 2021 Campaign With Strong Finish Island Hoppers Songwriters Last Weekend Cont. pg 16 After a year hiatus, Roar Off- shore is back on Fort Myers Beach for the final stop "Championship Race" of the American Power Boat Association (APBA) National Cham- pionship series and will be crowning Offshore Champions in 14 classes for 2021. This year's event will include a parade/street party on Main Street Thursday, October 7th at 5:45PM. It will start as a parade, and end as a street party as the boats get positioned in front of businesses so the boat teams can join the party and mingle with their fans. The permit obtained from the town allows for closing off all of the parking areas needed for the parade and party the night before. The organizers also received approval to have open containers during the parade and street party from 5pm until Midnight. In 2019 Roar Offshore successfully returned to Fort Myers Beach after a 13-year absence. The event proved to be as good for the venue as it was for the sport, not only did the event attract a record-setting 68 teams from around the world, which was the largest boat count seen in almost two decades. It also generated an estimated eco- nomic impact of $18.5 million and a direct total impact of $16.7 million in expenditures, according to an eco- nomic impact report released last year by the event organizers. Those figures do not “include any hotel room revenue booked by spectators,” the report stated. Based on the estimated occupancy rate of the beach area for race weekend an additional direct spend by spectators on hotel rooms is $4.25 million based on 300 rooms booked for three-night stays, which translates to 18,900 room night with average nightly rate of $225. CBS Sports and Fox Sports aired an hour-long post-race program covering the 2019 ROAR OFFSHORE BOAT RACES Oct. 7, 8, & 9 Cont. pg 16