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hardware store and many restaurants. A medical walk-in clinic is located near the dinghy dock, and the regional hospital is a trolley ride away. South, three miles, is a CVS drugstore. Bike rentals are available near the dinghy dock.

Marine Services

The dinghy dock at the base of the Sky Bridge on the island side. From there, it’s an easy walk to shopping, restaurants, food stores, nightlife and public transportation.

Full service yards are located near the mooring field. The facilities offer hauling, rigging, engine service, wood and fiberglass repairs for both small and large vessels. Both TowBoatUS and Sea Tow offer services in the harbor and gulf area of Fort Myers. Local diving service for bottom service and safety checks is also available.

Trolley Service “Take a trolley”...For a low fare, you can take a beach trolley to everywhere. Trolley routes are north and south on the island and travel along the main avenue of the beach. Traveling south, you go to your choice of several supermarkets. Going north, you can go off island to a supermarket and a West Marine store—and to a transfer point for a connecting bus to the Fort Myers International Airport...all for a low fare. Trolley stops are located near the dinghy dock and along the main street. Schedules are posted at each stop. Waterfront Restaurants and Times Square You have choices. Tie up the boat in front of the restaurant or come by dinghy. Come early for early bird specials, or stay late for entertainment. You have choices that are all located in the harbor area near the mooring field. “Times Square” is the beachfront pedestrian mall located at the foot of the beach fishing “Times Square” is the beachfront pier. It features many beach stores, an ice cream parlor and pizza place, to name a few. “Street” entertainers do their thing and the crowds gather to enjoy them. The square is a pedestrian mall located at the foot of fun, easy walk from the dinghy dock. the beach fishing pier. “Times Square,“ features many beach stores, an ice of the harbor, beyond the shrimp fleet, is Salty Sam’s maricream parlor and pizza place, to name a few. “Street” enterna and Parrot Key restaurant, which offers diesel and gas, tainers do their thing and the crowds gather to enjoy them. along with engine service and dockage. The restaurant is a The square is a fun, easy walk from the dinghy dock. popular skippers’ hangout. Ballard diesel dock is a diesel fuel-only facility that Cruise into Fort Myers Beach for a layover. Stay for a day, pumps high-speed diesel at attractive pricing. It is the fuel week or longer—and enjoy a tropical port destination. stop for the commercial shrimp fleet and of private vessels looking for a good price. Note: Capt. Jay Gray came to Fort Myers Beach for a week and Provisions, Supplies, Health Services now owns a house with his sailboat, Charisma, docked behind his Within walking distance of the dinghy dock, or by using the house. He often sails for overnite cruises to Naples, Cayo Costa trolley service, you will find supermarkets, a West Marine, and beyond. News & Views for Southern Sailors

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