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Pine Island Community Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 15

December 5, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Pine Island Community Christmas Boat Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, in St. James City starting at 6 pm. ?The parade theme is "Pine Island Christmas."

All community members, boat clubs, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate.

Based on suggestions by community members and parade participants, the parade route has been modified for 2018 and the route is being run in reverse.

It is important to note the parade will stage and start north of the Waterfront Restaurant and Marina on the Henley Canal. The parade will proceed up Cherry Estates Canal and into the canal that runs east and west between North Royal Palm Drive and Trailer Park Drive, but will not pass north of this canal. The parade will continue down the Monroe Canal and end just before where the channel narrows north of the Low Key Tiki. ?It is important for those who have historically viewed the parade from the Waterfront Restaurant and Marina later in the evening to arrive before the parade start at 6 p.m.

The boat line up begins at 4 p.m. on the Henley Canal in the staging area north of the Waterfront Restaurant and Marina.

The captain's meeting will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Ragged Ass Saloon, 3421 Stringfellow Road.

New for this year and a benefit for those who would like to participate from other areas, management of the Waterfront Restaurant has offered dock space on first come availability to decorate their vessels. After the parade, the management of the Ragged Ass Saloon and Low Key Tiki have offered their docks to vessels that participated in the parade to leave them overnight for pick up the next morning.

Should the parade be cancelled due to weather or other circumstances, the parade will be rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 pm.

It is time to catch the Pine Island Christmas Spirit and enter a boat in the parade. To enter a boat in the parade or to obtain more information, please contact Capt. Mickey Brelsford at 786-298-6267 or



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