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Lithuanians take part in annual island bicycle ride

By Staff | Mar 20, 2019
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For six years, the Southwest Lithuanian Community has gathered for an annual Sanibel bike ride.

With great spirits and song, everyone rides their bikes to Bowman’s Beach, where they enjoy a picnic and shish-kabobs. Community President Domas Asanavicius has become known as the grill master.

Each year, Billy’s Rentals and owner Billy Kirkland supply the group with bicycles.

Feb. 16 and March 11 mark significant dates for Lithuania. On Feb. 16, the country gained its independence, and Lithuania was freed from the Soviet occupation on March 11.

It has been almost 13 years since a small group of Lithuanians formed the Southwest Lithuanian Community, which encompasses Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Bonita, Naples and Marco Island.