LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Three local businesses are teaming up to provide the ultimate Southwest Florida experience.
In March, Pinchers Crab Shack will open its newest and biggest restaurant in downtown Fort Myers. The restaurant is partnering with the nearby Edison and Ford Winter Estates and Captiva Cruises to provide inclusive packages for visitors.
Tourists and locals alike will be able to purchase tickets that will entitle them to a boat trip along the Caloosahatchee River, a private tour of the estates and a stop at Pinchers for lunch.
"I think it'll be a wonderful economy booster," said Lisa Sbuttoni, a spokesperson for the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. "I think it'll be a wonderful tourism opportunity. I think the possibilities are endless with what all three of the partners can do together."
Pinchers owner Grant Phelan has given a makeover to the historic marina building at Edison Ford, which, until recently, has been a private yacht club. The restaurant will feature free parking, 45 boat slips and the largest outdoor dining deck in southwest Florida, with panoramic views of the river.
"(Visitors will have) the ability to see not only what a beautiful estate Edison Ford has, but to also utilize and eat some of the bounty that comes from the river and comes from the gulf and get a true southwest Florida experience," Phelan said.
Cruises will depart from the marina in downtown Fort Myers and from McCarthy Marina in Captiva. Tickets out of Fort Myers will cost $45. Tickets out of Captiva will cost $65 for adults and $45 for children. Lunch is not included in the price of the ticket.
The partnership is expected to create about 100 new jobs.