Published: Oct 13, 2013 10:30 AM EDT

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Today is the last day to check out Pirate Fest on Fort Myers Beach, featuring a sea battle between pirates and a market full of vendors.

A Sea Battle and larger-than-usual Thieves' Market will highlight the 8th annual Pollo Tropical Pirate Fest. The Thieves' Market will include vendors selling handmade pirate costumes, leather goods, and gear. 

The Sea Battle, sponsored by Torchlight Productions, takes place at 2:00 p.m. today.

The Pollo Tropical Pirate Fest on Fort Myers Beach is a family-oriented, three-day event, free to the public, featuring two stages and live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend.

"This year three pirate boats will participate: the Pieces of Eight, the Black Pearl, and the Black Duck, said Pirate Fest coordinator Belinda Hadcock.  "We'll have more cannons, muskets and black powder than ever before."

Also new this year is back-story to the battle.  The year is 1718.  The Port of Old San Carlos on the Island of Estero is held by England.  Lord Governor William Pennypacker holds a tenuous grip on the port, now assaulted continuously by the dreaded pirate Grimm and his crew of the Pieces of Eight.  The Lord Governor, a man of questionable integrity, allows other pirate crews and their ships safe harbor . . . for a price, of course.  Those pirates have a long simmering feud with Grimm. A raid occurs and the battle joins. "There will be some surprises, and it will be a great family show to watch,"  according to Hadcock. The Fort Myers Princess will offer sea battle viewing cruises each day at 1:45 p.m. at $12 per person for people who want to get up close to the action.
 

The Thieves' Market will offer 40 vendors, 15 of which will be vendors selling period-authentic pirate costumes, leather goods and accessories. "We'll have vendors that can provide everything needed for that perfect pirate costume for the Pirate's Ball Saturday night or for Halloween," said Fort Myers Beach Chamber president Bud Nocera. "Whether bodice or baldric, it will all be there for sale until the vendors run out of merchandise."

For details and daily schedule of events see:  www.pollotropicalpiratefest.com