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List of Hurricane Ian cancellations, postponements getting longer

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Oct 20, 2022

This year’s celebration of Oktoberfest at the German American Social Club on Pine Island Road has been cancelled due to Hurricane Ian.

Hurricane Ian has left a list of events that have been cancelled or postponed.

Among the top annual events that have been cancelled due to the hurricane is the Oktoberfest celebration at the German American Social Club in Cape Coral. The event was scheduled for the last two weekends of the month — Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30.

“First, we acknowledge that our club is located within a federally proclaimed disaster area and that our local infrastructure cannot support such an activity while providing extensive relief and recovery efforts anticipated to continue far beyond this month,” Stephen Bauer, president of the German American Club, said in a prepared statement. “Secondly, we recognize this is not a time for celebration but is a time of mourning for the victims as well as compassion for the survivors dealing with loss of households, property and places of employment resulting in unforeseen hardship.”

Concerning damages suffered at the club and on its grounds on Pine Island Road, he went on to say, “We hope to make repairs and reopen to the community as conditions improve over time.”

Nearly all events at the Lee County Posse Arena in North Fort Myers will be cancelled indefinitely, as both are being used as staging areas for workers. Last Friday’s Jackpot race was cancelled and the arena and practice pen will remain closed.

No word on what this will mean for the annual Cracker Day Rodeo or the planned PRCA Rodeo in February. Hurricane Irma in 2017 forced the former to be cancelled.

The Lee Civic Center also is being used for staging and has had all its planned events cancelled. The civic center lost its electricity of phone service to the storm. The Florida Gun Show was cancelled as was last Saturday’s Lee County Senior Expo.

The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce cancelled its breakfast meeting at Perkins and the after-hours event in the month of October.

It also cancelled the Calvin Peete Golf Classic scheduled for last Saturday, though executive director Wendy Murray said she plans to hold the tournament by the end of the year.

“A lot of people have a lot of problems right now, including myself. My house had four feet of water so it’s uninhabitable,” Murray said. “It just didn’t feel right to continue with the tournament.”

The North Fort Myers Civic Association cancelled its October meeting, its planned candidates forum and the Fall Festival.

The civic association also has put the brakes on a raffle they were holding for a one-week vacation at a resort on Fort Myers Beach. The resort sustained heavy damage and it may take a while for repairs to be made.

In the meantime, they are trying to serve the community as best they can, helping those less fortunate, said vice president Christy-Lee Iwanow.

The Shell Factory is looking to buck the norm. It held its annual Nam Jam on Sunday and plans to hold its first Bike Night of the season next month.

The store and Tommy’s bar will be open daily from noon to 6 p.m., the fun park is open from noon to 5 p.m., and the Players Circle Theater will only have to delay the start of its new season, until Nov. 1.

“People want to get out, so opening up Tommy’s and having entertainment has been wonderful. We just want to have a place for our customers to come,” said Anne Sheridan, general manager of the Shell Factory.

The Halloween Celebration on Oct. 30 is cancelled because of the extensive damage done to the nature park. The Handbag Happy Hour, originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17, has been postponed.

There is not a new date yet for the Handbag Happy Hour, but it likely will be in January, according to Shell Factory officials.

Some of the events elsewhere cancelled or rescheduled due to Hurricane Ian include:

The 2022 Cape Coral City Championship Golf Tournament and Roger Dean Chevrolet Pro-Am have been canceled for 2022. Refunds will be issued through Golf Genius and Stripe once the city resumes normal operations.

For additional information about the city course, please visit http://CoralOaksGolf.com” call Coral Oaks Golf Course at (239) 573-3100, or e-mail amanguson@capecoral.net.

The 11th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5k/Kid Run to benefit the United Way has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 a.m., at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. The kids fun run starts at 8:45 a.m. The Goblin Gallop was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, but has been rescheduled due to Hurricane Ian clean up and recovery.

Visit uw.lcec.net for race information including the registration link. Contact 5k@lcec.net with questions.

Due to the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ian on our community, The Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and Lee County Economic Development Office have announced that the 2022 Industry Appreciation Awards have been postponed.

The Industry Appreciation Awards celebration was to be held Oct. 27 at Caloosa Sound Convention Center. A new date has not yet been determined.