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A pawsitively howl’ing great day at Santini

October 24, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

What an amazing day it was last Saturday at Santini Marina Plaza! The weather was perfect, the pups/kittys and their owners were dressed to the nines and the Incredible Fort Myers Beach Marching Kazoo Band led by Mark and Jo List and Jim Syoen (Fox 4) celebrated the Pup Mutt Strut in a grand manner! Mark, Jo and Jesse and Vinny Titus assembled and directed this awesome group of very talented musicians and you can be sure this FMB Marching Kazoo Band will be growing and appearing at fun functions on the Beach from now on. They were fantastic.

A very special thank you to Jim Syoen, we were delighted when he answered our call to join our parade team. He's a great guy and a very fine musician. Thank you, Jim!

Thank you so much to our volunteers who registered the entrants and their owners: Mary Beth Owen, Vi Flynn, Jo Ann Delaratta, Paula Kiker and Christina Germain. This amazing team of volunteers are always the very first to call and donate their time to events on the island and they are so very appreciated.

The Election Supervisor, my dear friend, Linda Rogers, did a grand job of heading up the wonderful cast of judges from The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce: Bud Nocera, Norma Jean Pevey, Eric Tibbs, Rob Capps, Dave Anderson and Roxie Smith. Judges, thank you so very much for your time and talent.

Our Drum Majorette was the Fabulous Buttons the Clown (Jesse Titus) and she was divine and hilarious as always, our Jesse out did herself and even had her tambourine and a glamorous boa attached to her baton for added pizzazz!

Smokey the Clown (Vinny Titus) followed Buttons in full costume, clowning with the crowd and showing off in every direction. Thank you Buttons and Smokey. You were the icing on the cake!

Thank you always Captain Mark and Captain Bob for taking care of all the details that make these events possible, from tents, tables and chairs, traffic cones, water buckets for the pups to breakdown and clean up and remembering to retrieve the banners I so often forget. These events would not happen without you guys!

Gratitude as always to Silvia of Skye's Mexican Restaurant for providing early morning coffee and sweets for the vendors it is so appreciated, Silvia, you're the best!

And, last but not least, a very special thanks to the stars of the show, Jester, Hogan, Bodhi, Pozy, Barron, Heather, Sassy, Stanley, Roxxy, Beau, Ladybug, LexiRose, Rocky,

Squirt, Max, Petey, Waldo, Moe, Hunter, Bentley, Maisy, Bruno, Rocco, Koko, Coco, Coco and Coco and to all the non-costumed pups who paraded with the costumed critters, especially our own Grady Durrett.

Thank you Fort Myers Beach residents and visitors for joining us for our monthly Santini Marina Plaza Events, we hope to see you Saturday, Nov. 3rd for the second annual Seafood Festival at Santini.

Bonnie Roberts

Event Coordinator

Santini Marina Plaza



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