Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Big Game Waterfront Grill of Fort Myers Beach recently gave a helping hand to Operation Open Arms by donating $1,000 in gift cards to be used in assisting service personnel. Operation Open Arms had been storing their donated items at the Pine Island Chamber until a recent fire that completely destroyed the Chamber office.
"When we learned of the fire we called Captain John Bunch, the head of Operation Open Arms and offered our donation", said Justin Hall, operations manager for the two restaurants. "We are proud to support Operation Open Arms and give back in to our U.S. Troops who are visiting our area. I would encourage all of the restaurants in the area to participate with us in this worthwhile endeavor!"
"Parrot Key is a great place to come and enjoy the waterfront view, have a fantastic meal and leave the real world behind for a short time! We feel honored to share a little piece of our paradise with these service personnel and their families", said Parrot Key General Manager Brian DeMartinis,
Operation Open Arms, a nationally acclaimed military outreach program founded in 2005, is a network of business owners and individuals in Florida who work to provide eligible service personnel and their families with a no cost combat leave vacation. Local businesses have worked with Operation Open arms to help over 2,000 service personnel here locally and have donated the goods and services for 90 weddings.
"The thing that makes Operation Open Arm such a success is a core group of 100 businesses that have joined together to support this cause, and Salty Sam's is one of our largest contributors", said Joseph Fossella, advisory board member.
Voted Best Waterfront Dining since 2005 by the News-Press readers' poll, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill is a favorite of locals and visitors alike with its unique open-air setting on the waterfront edge of Salty Sam's Marina and a thriving wildlife aquatic preserve. The festive dcor and casual ambiance evokes a feeling of various exotic tropical locales. Colorful and tasty frozen drinks are served alongside Caribbean inspired cuisine diverse enough to please all palates including local seafood and land based favorites. Open for lunch or dinner with entertainment six nights a week, Parrot Key is located at 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach. For more information, visit www.MyParrotKey.com or call 239-463-3257.
--submitted by Glee Ann Agius