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Published: Apr 22, 2012 9:24 AM EDT

The 1st Annual “Cayo Costa Heritage Day” will be held at Cayo Costa State Park on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 9 AM until 6 PM.


“This is a chance for visitors to see the unique qualities of this pristine barrier island and to learn more about the fascinating history of the original and early settlers who made their livelihood there for so many years” stated Norm Meshaw, Chairman of the event.


The day will feature tours of the island, storytelling by members of the original fishing families, nature walks, demonstrations and wonderful food. Activities will be held at the State Park landing area off Pelican Bay and beachside near the pavilions and camp ground area.


Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12. The price includes transportation, all activities and lunch. The event will take place rain or shine. Several area tour boat services are offering roundtrip transportation included with admission on a limited, first come first served basis. Attendees are encouraged to reserve early.


From Bokeelia       239-283-0015

From Punta Gorda 239-283-0015

From Captiva         239-472-5300

From Boca Grande  941-301-8687


Private boating parties are encouraged to attend and may purchase tickets on the island. Dock space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Sponsors for the event include Tropic Star Cruises, Captiva Cruises, Calusa Queen,Tarpon Lodge and Jug Creek Marina.


Please refer to the Friends of Cayo Costa State Park’s website for specific details regarding the event and FCC membership opportunities. or CONTACT:  Margi Nanney (941) 527-7865 for more information.


The Friends of Cayo Costa State Park (FCC) is a new citizen support organization focused on protection and improvement for Cayo Costa State Park.  FCC is a division of the Barrier Island Parks Society.  All proceeds from the event go exclusively toward funding project and program needs for Cayo Costa State Park.

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