Nor-Tech And Useppa Island Tours Highlight FPC Fort Myers Poker Run Weekend

After a four-year absence from organizing a poker run in Fort Myers, Fla., the Florida Powerboat Club returned to the area last weekend for an event that attracted 35 boats and was based at the famed Pink Shell Resort on Fort Myers Beach and nearby Salty Sam’s Marina. Given the club’s time away from the area and marginal weekend weather forecast, FPC president Stu Jones said he was pleasantly surprised by the turnout.

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Desert Storm Parties: Choose Your Vibe

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There’s plenty to do after dark with your fellow performance-boat enthusiasts during Desert Storm. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

If you had to break Desert Storm in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., set this year for May 2-7, into three main events it would go like this: Thursday’s nine-and-a-half-hour street party on McCulloch Boulevard, the following day’s poker run on Lake Havasu and Saturday’s top-speed shootout on the popular Colorado River-fed waterway. From street to fleet, those are decidedly communal activities where performance-boat enthusiasts can rub shoulders with their own.

But as more than one out-of-town visitor has observed at Desert Storm during the years, the community—by nature of spread out lodging for those not staying at the Nautical Inn, the event’s official host hotel—gets dispersed, especially after dark. With the poker run the following morning after the noon-till-9:30 p.m. street party, most folks call it early on Thursday night. And Friday night, the poker run dinner and awards party takes center stage.

But that doesn’t mean you have to be on your own socially Wednesday and Saturday nights. To kick things off, Horizon Motorsports LLC, which took over the facility at 1515 Industrial Boulevard once occupied by ill-fated Oregon Custom Marine, is having its annual open house starting at approximately 6 p.m. and shutting down around 10 p.m. Open to the public, the catered event will be well stocked with adult beverages—available at no charge—to attendees in the relaxed and cordial environment.

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Fort Myers Offshore Hits Sarasota, Club To Distribute $60,000 In Scholarships

Although one event remains on the Fort Myers Offshore 2016-2017 schedule, the Florida-based nonprofit club, which raises college scholarship funds for students in need, completed its annual signature fun run to the Sarasota Hyatt last weekend. Despite mixed weather during the three-day event, the run attracted 30 boats. What’s more, the FMO board of directors met during the event and determined that the club will be able to distribute $60,000 in scholarships this year, according to FMO president Eric Belisle, despite “taking a year off” from the organization’s annual auction during the Sarasota weekend.

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Desert Storm Poker Run Expanding Power in the Park Festival and More

Thanks to a handful of returning primary sponsors, including Shugrue’s Family of Fine Restaurants, Spectre Powerboats, the Lake Havasu Convention and Visitors Bureau, DCB Performance Boats and Teague Custom Marine, the organizers behind the Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., are expecting another amazing year, according to a recent press release.

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This year the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., is taking place in early May. Photo by Jeff Helmkamp

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Havasu’s Finest Boat Show

When the boat show opens in a little more than two weeks on Friday, April 7, attendees are going to be treated to the largest Lake Havasu Boat Show yet as organizers are expecting 130-plus exhibitors and vendors at Arizona’s Lake Havasu State Park. That’s a positive thing for show goers—for obvious reasons as it’s only $5 for adult admission on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (kids 6 and under are free)—not to mention the dealers and builders, many of which are based in Lake Havasu City.

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Organizers of the Lake Havasu Boat Show in Arizona are expecting a big turnout in two weeks. Photo courtesy Bob Brown

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