Estero Island, home of Fort Myers Beach, has always had a fishing industry. 2,000 years ago, Calusa Indians constructed shell mounds from the oysters they harvested the bay. Around the 1600s, Cuban fishermen established a fishing village called a rancho on Estero Island, with similar fishing ranchos at other locations in Florida. By 1914 the island was somewhat settled, yet fishing remained one of the few occupations for locals. In the 1950s, locals discovered "pink gold," or vast quantities of shrimp in the Gulf; this created a thriving shrimping industry and a surge in population on the island. Shrimping remains an important industry, with 20 or shrimp boats lining the shore of San Carlos Island and shrimp processing plants (like Trico Shrimp) employing numerous locals. Just look for Shrimp Boat Lane!
The town holds its annual Shrimp Festival each spring in March. This event include a parade, a 5K run, and of course, plenty of shrimp to eat.
You will find venders like this all over the florida coast. Fresh produce and seafood, you bet! You can smell the fresh pick fruit, and your mouth start watering up for a taste, mine does just thinking about it. Stop by and have a look to see want you hungry for. This one is located in Fort Myers Beach along Estero Blvd.
Watch for people in the crosswalks.
Be aware of older drivers.
Remember, turn your headlights on if you are using your wipers in the rain.
Please be aware of speed limits, especially around school zones! They can be often much slower than what you have in your home state.
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