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    Question Florida Summer Ski fest

    Has anyone been or is planning to go to the "Southwest Florida Summer ski fest" in Lovers Key, FL this year? (south of Fort Myers FL). Its the end of July. Just curious if its worth going to.


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    heard good things about it

    Kawa Guy on this site is one of the principals. He took me on a tour
    in the spring of the area and it was very nice. This is in the neigborhood
    of Sanibel and Ft. Myers Beach. This is one of the few places I know
    of that you can beach your Jetski.

    I may be going to it myself.

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    Ill have to check my schedule sounds like a good time though.Hows things Tom.

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    Go Man!! This will be my 3rd year.....WAY COOL riding...mangrove trails,the gulf,top shelf hotel(and tiki bar)....I can't wait!!

    This from one of the organizers:

    Schedule of Events for the Lover's Key (Fort Myers Beach, Florida):
    Southwest Florida Summer Ski Fest
    July 20th-23rd, 2007

    ****** This schedule is subject to change, but it will give you a good idea of the rides that we will be doing. Times are subject to change so ask before going to your room.
    Friday:

    7-9 AM: Continental Breakfast for those staying at -LOVERS KEY RESORT.
    All others hit your local 7-11 or Donut shop for a quick breakfast and get those skis in the water.
    8-10AM: launch and prepare to ride.
    9-10 AM Quick ride up the Estero River while others arrive.

    10AM - 1PM: Depending on the chop, if any, on the Gulf, we’ll depart for a sightseeing ski cruise across the Gulf of Mexico to Sanibel Island. We’ll follow the shoreline north enjoying the many sights along the way. Manatee, dolphin, sea turtles, large rays and more are often seen in the waters that we will be playing in. Maybe a quick stop at the Lanai Kai on Fort Myers Beach will be in order for some live island music and a bathroom stop.

    1:00 - 2:00 PM
    LUNCH AT THE LOVERS KEY RESORT
    Feel free to purchase some grub at Flippers Grill, Daily Specials are great, Blackened Seafood or Chicken Sandwiches are highly recommended, Burgers are good there as well. The view from the Tiki bar overlooks the Bay and is simply amazing. Dolphins can be seen passing by and frolicking in the Waters.

    2-5 PM Excursions into various territories around the Resort. Mangroves, Rivers, the Estero bay and who could pass up a slow ride past Nudie Beach!
    While exploring the Area on your PWC, please stay in the channels in the Estero Bay area, this is a shallow area outside the channels and the speed limit inside the Bay is 25 MPH (we usually go 30 MPH in these areas.)
    Launch Area:
    Boat Ramp is 1/2 mile due South of the Resort, on the same road “Carl Johnson State Boat Launch and Ramp" (No Fee or Charge) Ramp is a FREE Ramp, NO Charge

    Watch the Dolphins or relax by the pool, as most will be arriving later. Food is available at the Hotel's Tiki Hut Bar/Restaurant- Flippers, or you can head a mile or two North to any Restaurant on Ft. Myers Beach.
    Have fun and relax, I believe there is a shuttle that takes you up and down the strip for a small fee, like .50 - 1.00.


    SATURDAY:

    Special this year CJ, the SBT calendar gal, will be poolside to mingle and autograph calendars for all of you. If your not familiar with CJ please check out her work below. She’ll be modeling he bikini collection between 10 am and 5 pm. I hope you get a chance to talk with her. I was able to hang out at Dream Demo with her and shoot about 300 pic’s of her in action.

    http://www.sbtontheweb.com/video/2007preview.wmv

    7-9 AM: Continental Breakfast for those staying at -LOVERS KEY RESORT.
    All others hit your local 7-11 or Donut shop and get those skis in the water

    8:00AM-9:00 AM:
    Launch your skis and get them running and tuned up, head over to the Lovers Key Resort. Meet in the front of the Tiki bar at the Lovers Key Resort.
    Plenty of time later to relax, so please get out there and launch your ski, it'll be a fun day

    9-10 AM Quick ride up the Estero River while others arrive.

    9:00 AM-1:00 PM:
    ROUND UP IN FRONT OF LOVERS KEY HOTEL BY 9:00AM-
    We cannot wait for those who slept late or who forgot to Fill up with Gas, Please Launch your skis with tanks full or fill up before 10AM.

    "Tour of the local Bays and Backwaters"
    led by Todd Munch and TJ from Estero Bay through the Rivers and Creeks of the Estero Bay area, Natural Mangrove trails run right through the woods, deep into unexplored and uncharted areas you won't find on any Tourist Maps.
    This will be a nice tour open to all age groups, taken through the Backwaters and Bays.
    Max speeds in the public channels will be 30-35 MPH, with lots of woods and scenery surrounding on both sides.
    This is a true 3 Hour ride, it's not a huge distance away from the Resort, but it does cover a large area of backwoods trails and requires your full attention to safety and Lawful Speeds, we will let you know when you can Go Full speed, until then please stay with the group.
    You are in for a real treat here,
    Be led on a Trip back in time Hundreds of years into the deep depths of the Natural Mangroves Forests and Tunnels created by the Tidal Currents and Mother Nature. We will take a headcount of riders before we leave and at each stop along our journey to insure we have not left anyone behind in the back-woods. We will be entering single file into the tunnels and trails that few have ever seen. Please keep a safe distance between you and the ski in front of you for safety reasons in case the rider in front misses a turn or has to stop. Please keep your eyes on the trail and your finger/thumb ready for the throttle, as the turns are tight and you really need to slow down fast at times and at other times you will need to accelerate quickly and make sharp turns as the trail winds.

    This will be a nice opportunity to experience the quiet backwaters. Please stay in the marked channel at all times, as the water depth is extremely tide sensitive and you should be able to see the bottom in most places . We will be stopping at the end of each trail or River segment to make sure we have our complete Group and everyone is ok.
    Bring something to drink to replenish those fluids and quench your thirst.
    Even though it will be Saturday, you will be surprised at how quiet and calm these waters are.

    1:00 - 2:00 PM
    Radar Gun speed checks by you know who!!
    LUNCH AT THE LOVERS KEY RESORT
    Feel free to purchase some grub at Flippers Grill, Daily Specials are great, Blackened Seafood or Chicken Sandwiches are highly recommended, Burgers are good there as well. The view from the Tiki bar overlooks the Bay and is simply amazing. Dolphins can be seen passing by and frolicking in the Waters.

    3:00PM Ride up to Ft. Myers Beach

    Round up as many Riders as we can and head into the Gulf of Mexico for a ride up to Ft. Myers Beach, and the World Famous Lanai Kai Hotel. This leg of the trip will be in the Gulf of Mexico "NO SPEED LIMIT", and may be rough enough for you hard core riders. We will stop at the Beach for a drink and some relaxation.
    This is a must do Ride if you are attending, please join us for this one!!!


    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM OPEN RIDE AND RELAX BACK AT THE RESORT.


    6PM or so: DINNER AT LOVERS KEY, Either on the deck of Flippers Restaurant or On the outdoor patio, Bayside.
    ORGANIZED BY TJ AND MANAGER OF THE LOVERS KEY RESORT.
    TJ has organized a private buffet meal for our group; this will not be hot dogs and burgers. Were working on a kid’s price. Non alcoholic drinks are included.
    All are invited.

    7 PM-? RELAX, PARTY Meet new friend and share stories around the pool or in the rooms at the Lover's Key. There is a Hot Tub and a waterfall at the pool which is very refreshing.

    Please, there is NO GLASS allowed around the pool. Bring your own drinks but they must be in plastic or metal containers.

    Sunday:

    7-9 AM: Continental Breakfast -LOVERS KEY RESORT. All others hit your local 7-11 or Donut shop and get those skis in the water. Meet in the front of the Tiki bar at the Lovers Key Resort.

    8:00AM-10:00 AM:
    Launch your skis and get them running and tuned up; head over to the Lovers Key Resort. Plenty of time later to relax, so please get out there and launch your ski, it'll be a fun day

    ROOM CHECKOUT.:
    For those checking out of the resort on Sunday,
    Please checkout of your rooms on time and load up your vehicles with your clothing and stuff.
    Even if you have checked out, you are still welcome at the Resort in the afternoon, feel free to use the pool and Tiki bar and you can come and go from their Beach.


    10:30 AM-12:15 PM: ROUND UP IN FRONT OF LOVERS KEY HOTEL BY 10:15AM:

    "Tour of the local Bays and Backwaters"

    led by Todd Munch From Estero Bay through Bonita Springs to Wiggins Pass State Park in North Naples and Back. This will be a Nice tour open to all age groups, taken through the Backwaters and Bays.
    Max speeds will be 30-35 MPH in the public channels, with lots of woods and scenery surrounding on both sides. We will pass by some beautiful Houses and there will be ample time to talk and share ideas, as we will pass through a few "idle-zones", with none being longer than a few minutes. This will be a nice opportunity to experience the quiet backwaters. Please stay in the marked channel at all times, as the water depth is extermely tide sensitive and you should be able to see the bottom in most places .


    12:00 - 3:00 PM
    MANGROVE RIDE


    Ride leaves at 12:00 Noon from the Lovers Key Resort. You are in for a real treat here, Be led on a Trip back in time Hundreds of years into the deep depths of the Natural Mangroves Forests and Tunnels created by the Tidal Currents and Mother Nature. We will take a headcount of riders before we leave and at each stop along our journey to insure we have not left anyone behind in the back-woods. We will be entering single file into the tunnels and trails that few have ever seen. Please keep a safe distance between you and the ski in front of you for safety reasons in case the rider in front misses a turn or has to stop. Please keep your eyes on the trail and your finger/thumb ready for the throttle, as the turns are tight and you really need to slow down fast at times and at other times you will need to accelerate quickly and make sharp turns as the trail winds-you also will need to duck under branches, quite a ride for all who get this great opportunity.
    After we finish the trails we will Head back to the Lover's Key Resort to pick up some Lunch .
    From there we will pick up whoever is left and head into the Gulf of Mexico for a ride up to Ft. Myers Beach, and the World Famous Lanai Kai Hotel. This leg of the trip will be in the Gulf of Mexico "NO SPEED LIMIT", and may be rough enough for you hard core riders. We will stop at the Beach for a drink and some relaxation.
    This is a must do Ride if you are attending, please join us for this one !!!

    Monday:
    Gulf Run 9:00 – 11:00
    If we have some stragglers who didn’t want to checkout Sunday. We will be doing a Gulf ride down along the coast to Naples as long as the weather and surf permits us to. For the last two years it has been glass smooth out in the open water all the way to Naples.

    ******This schedule is subject to change, but it will give you a good idea of the rides that we will be doing. . Times are subject to change so ask before going to your room.

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    AWESOME!!!

    Killer resort, great people, great ride, can't be beat!

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    This will be my 3rd year also.. Don't miss this ride..

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    We just registered for Thur-Sun. Sunday we will head back. How is the parking for trailors? Any tips for newbies attending?

    Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWilson View Post
    We just registered for Thur-Sun. Sunday we will head back. How is the parking for trailors? Any tips for newbies attending?

    Jason
    I am new also.
    I drove by there a couple of weeks ago and it seems like there is not a lot of parking for trailers. Can someone confirm this? Is it safe for our ski's? Do we need locking gas caps??

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    depends on when you get there.....if you arrive 5:30 friday afternoon, you will have to park on the lawn and probably won't be able to see ski from hotel room....last year parking was no problem whatsoever, the year before it was kind of a pain,but dooable....alot of people moor their ski's overnight in front of the pool area....buy ice before you get there!! The hotel machines run out fast...

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    We plan on arriving Thursday. I will probably get there mid afternoon right at check in. The event sounds like a lot of fun.

    Jason

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