Known for hosting the County Fair, the Lee Civic Center is located between Tampa and Naples on Florida's gulf coast in N. Ft. Myers about 4 miles east of I-75 on Bayshore Road. There's almost 100 acres of land surrounding multiple lakes, a 50,000 sq. ft. air conditioned building and 2,300 parking spots.
Lee Civic Center: 11831 Bayshore Rd, North Fort Myers, FL 33917
Hours: Saturday 9-5 / Sunday 10-4.
As you shop the nautical market inside or outside we can have your purchase brought to the exit gate with a "Baggage Claim" system so you don't have to carry it around with you. No fee to exhibitors or attendees.
Only “SERVICE” animals as defined by the Americans with Disability Act are permitted on the property. (Outdoor exhibitors are being permitted to bring a pet they travel with.)
Sponsored by MirrOlure, fresh and saltwater fishing seminars will be held on the hour from local guides who know the local waters. 300+ seats will be spaced out in pairs in the main building with a stage and a full PA system. Saturday the seminar area will include a "Miss Nautical Mile" pageant.
Saturday’s schedule is:
10:00- Capt. Gregg Mckee
11:00 - Miss Nautical Mile Pageant Part 1
12:00 - Capt. Steve Johnson
1:00 - Miss Nautical Mile Pageant Part 2
2:00 - Capt. Mark King
3:00 - Capt. Gregg Mckee
Sunday’s schedule is:
11:00 - Capt. Gregg Mckee
12:00 - Capt. Mark King
1:00 - Capt. Steve Johnson
2:00 - Capt. Gregg Mckee.
Every reasonable action within our ability to make this a family friendly and COVID safe Expo is being implemented. We are confident of physical distancing and safety measures in place, however, if you feel sick or are concerned about COVID exposure in public, please reconsider attending.
The show program is a 48-page magazine with a list of event features, a map of the grounds, local boating and fishing information and a schedule for the fishing seminars with guest speaker biographies. 12,000 have been printed and a digital version is available HERE:
$5 FOOD TRUCKS:
Multiple food trucks have been invited to participate in the Expo to serve a variety of food. Almost 50 choices from a grilled cheeses sandwich to tacos, and nothing over $5. A breakfast truck will be on-site from 7-11 both days. One food truck will be on-site Friday for vendors and exhibitors. *The breakfast truck is not part of the $5 portion deal.
MISS NAUTICAL MILE:
Hosted by Miss Global United States, meet the first "Miss Nautical Mile" at the 2021 Nautical Expo! Saturday on the main stage; Two pageants, 11:00 and 1:00
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Something for everyone: This Nautical Expo is the largest show of its kind on Florida's Gulf Coast between Tampa and Key Largo including an acre under roof with nautical exhibits and fine art, an outdoor nautical flea market, live music, a live mermaid, remote controlled boat races, fishing boats and skiffs, kayaks, fly-tying, exotic nautical art from all over the state, 250+ seat air conditioned fresh and saltwater fishing seminars, custom woodwork, outdoor furniture, wood and metal nautical art, skinny-water surprises, and even a selection of food trucks who will be offering $5 portions. And before you leave, try Knockerball!
MEET FAITH LYNN - INTERNATIONAL MERMAID:
Faith is starring in an upcoming movie and loves coming to nautical shows to meet and take photos with kids. Faith will be seated in a clam-shell and her costume is AMAZING! She will be with us all weekend.
Cost to attend:
Attendance is $12, kids under 18 are free, active police officers enter as our guest. The facility has a required parking fee of $5 per vehicle for all of their events.
Nautical Mile Magazine has been a staple in SW Florida's coastal community for nearly two decades. They have had tremendous success with fishing seminars, tournaments and coastal themed shows. They have a long history of pleasing a crowd and look forward to making this the largest show of its kind in the state. Contact your host directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org nautical expo and flea market nautical market and expo