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Calusa Heritage Day offers boat-tour options for San-Cap Islanders

By Staff | Feb 9, 2012

Come by water to the annual Calusa Heritage Day, the largest annual event at Pineland on northwest Pine Island. New this year, Captiva Cruises is offering a ride from Captiva Island’s McCarthy Marina across Pine Island Sound to the docks at Tarpon Lodge.

“This boat ride creates an easy way for visitors and others on Sanibel and Captiva and even south Fort Myers near the Sanibel Causeway to enjoy a day on Pine Island Sound and also attend Calusa Heritage Day without the hassle of driving,” said Cindy Bear, coordinator of Randell Research Center, which hosts the event.

The boat will depart McCarthy Marina at 9 a.m. March 10. Passengers will get a narrated tour of the harbor and its fish shacks and then enjoy lunch at the Tarpon Lodge on Pineland before attending the festival. The lodge is across the street from the Calusa site. The boat will return passengers to Captiva after a three-hour stay on Pine Island.

Fare for the boat ride and tour is $45; lunch is not included, but admission to Calusa Heritage Day is included for passengers. Reservations required by calling Captiva Cruises at 472-5300.

Calusa Heritage Day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at the Calusa Heritage Trail, Randell Research Center, 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland. GPS users should input Bokeelia instead of Pineland.

Admission is $5 for adults, free to children; Randell center members also are free. Park at adjacent Pineland Marina; handicapped parking is available on site. Free water is available throughout the day; participants are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle. Food is for sale by Pine Island-based Little Lillie’s Island Deli and Mel Meo’s fish wagon.