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Lake of the Ozarks Party to be held on Sanibel

By Staff | Jan 6, 2016

For the first time, the Lake of the Ozarks Party will be held on Sanibel this year, instead of Fort Myers Beach.

“It was moved to Sanibel because our Fort Myers Beach location is moving,” Michael Dest, the Fish House Restaurants Marketing Director, said of the 10th annual event. “Right now we are at South Fort Myers Beach. Our new location is in Times Square right in downtown.”

The move from the south end to downtown is scheduled to happen in January, which would make it too complicated to have the party on the beach. The new location also offers a smaller space.

“We have a great big parking lot and a great big atmosphere,” he said of the Sanibel location, 1523 Periwinkle Way.

This year the event is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12. Admission is free and the 10th annual Lake of the Ozarks Party is open for all ages.

“It’s a nice evening with some live music in a nice festival atmosphere that raises money for some good causes,” Dest said.

The event will feature live music from Dale Blue, Robbin and Dean and Don and Suzy Akers, all local musicians. He said the entertainment will be set up outside in the parking lot.

In addition to live music, raffles, food and drinks will also be available. The drinks and food will be provided for a fee. Dest said the Sanibel Fish House will offer its entire menu during the event for attendees to order from.

Since the event’s inception, proceeds from the Lake of the Ozarks Party have been donated to Fort Myers Beach Elementary School. With the event moving to Sanibel, Dest said they decided to add another beneficiary: Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.

“Since we are having something out here on Sanibel, we wanted to have that association,” he said. “C.R.O.W. is a great organization out here on the island.”

For the past nine years the event has attracted a rather large crowd. Dest said a lot of Missouri attendees schedule their trips to Southwest Florida around the annual party.

“It’s promoted on the radio up there like crazy,” he said. “People kind of book hotels and trips in advance for the expectation of this party.”

With the move to Sanibel, Dest said they are expecting a big crowd.

“We are hoping to get some people from the island to come out,” he said.

For more information, call (239) 472-7770, or visit the Sanibel Fish House Facebook page.

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