Wow! What a couple of days it has been.
On Saturday, August 29th, 2020 we had just returned from our 12pm dolphin tour and docked at our normal slip in Salty Sam’s Marina at 1:30pm. We had a great excursion, our passengers enjoyed the cruise, and we were gearing up for our sunset cruise later in the evening.
Around 2:30pm, flames shot out of a neighboring house boat that sat adjacent to Sea Racer Tours. Thankfully the boat owner and his golden retriever were able to escape the fire with a few personal belongings and no one was injured in the blaze. Salty Sams Marina and the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce are working with the boat owner to help him find a place to stay.
All things considered, we are grateful that:
No one lost their lives.
While damage to our boat was extensive, it could have been much worse, had the following public servants not shown up:
Fort Myers Beach Fire Dept.
U.S. Coast Guard
Florida Fish and Wildlife Service
Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Bonita Springs Fire & Rescue
Sanibel Fire Department
North Collier Fire District
TowBoatUS Cape Coral
Cape Coral Fire Department
Due to the damage you can see in the pictures below, Sea Racer Tours will be out of commission until further notice. True, this is an unfortunate setback. But we intend to be back out on the water soon. We were officially founded on August 9, 2017. In our company’s short history, we have survived:
Hurricane Irma, a deadly hurricane that was responsible for 52 direct fatalities and $77.6 billion in property damage.
Two major economic slowdowns that rocked the tourism industry in Fort Myers Beach:
The Florida blue-green algae crisis of 2018
and now this fire.
We appreciate the support of all of our guests who’ve sailed with us and we can't wait to see your smiling faces again. If you would like to support us as we regroup, gift certificates are always available. Thank you.
-Andy Syska, Managing partner