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Cape Harbour to host New Year’s Eve celebration

By Staff | Dec 24, 2014

Ring in the New Year with a ball drop and fireworks in southwest Cape Coral. Cape Harbour will host its ninth annual New Year’s Party on Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration will feature live entertainment, special holiday menus and a countdown to 2015.

“We’re all just looking forward to 2015,” Glenda Swager, event manager at Cape Harbour, said Wednesday. “We’re wishing everybody a prosperous new year and a healthy new year.”

Last year, an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people attended the event.

“I feel that we’re going to have more (this year), and we’re ready for it,” she said.

Swager noted that attendees really seem to enjoy the celebration.

“It seems to grow every year,” she said.

Soapy Tuna will perform from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Fathoms Restaurant & Bar.

“They are a local band,” Swager said.

Soapy Tuna is the local alter ego of national band Cinder, according to the band’s website. A longtime staple of the Southwest Florida music scene, they play a variety of music from the 1970s to today.

At midnight, the 170-foot ball drop will take place from high above the Promenade.

“Thousands of lights,” she said of the ball, which is enhanced every year.

A fireworks display will also fill the sky. Swager estimated that it will last about 15 minutes.

“We have a countdown clock this year,” she said. “It’ll add excitement to the night.”

Leading up to the countdown to midnight, attendees are invited to dine at one of the Cape Harbour restaurants and enjoy the evening. Pignoli on the Harbour will be open from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“They’re having a special New Year’s celebration,” Swager said.

Reservations are required at (239) 541-0800.

Fathoms Restaurant & Bar will host a New Year’s Eve barbecue buffet from 8 to 11 p.m. The menu covers baby back ribs, pork sandwiches, grilled chicken, prime rib and grilled salmon, with sides.

The cost is $40 per person and reservations are required at (239) 542-0123.

Swager noted that there will also be a cash bar available.

“All the merchant shops are open,” she said.

The stores typically offer special holiday discounts.

“Each shop does their own little unique thing,” Swager said.

The Harbour View Gallery is one worthy stop.

“They have grown, and the talent that’s in there is amazing,” she said.

The Banana Bay Tour Company will offer its end-of-year cruise, dockside at Rumrummers.

“It’s a two-hour cruise beginning one hour before sunset,” Swager said.

For reservations, call (239) 728-8687.

“Or you can just stroll the marina and look at all the beautiful yachts, or come out and see the sunset before the event starts,” she said.

There is no admission for the ninth annual New Year’s Party; parking is free.

“It’s a beautiful place to come and just relax and unwind, to shop and eat,” Swager said.

For more information, visit: www.capeharbour.com and click on “Events.”