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Lee Commissioners approve agreement for overflow parking at Southwest Florida Ag Expo

By Staff | Feb 20, 2024

The Lee Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday continued its commitment to the Southwest Florida Ag Expo by voting to approve an agreement to allow free overflow parking for the event, as well as passing a resolution declaring Feb. 29 through March 10 as Ag Expo Days.

A site at 18871 Old Bayshore Road, about a mile north of the Lee County Civic Center Complex, will be used for overflow parking and equipment staging during the Ag Expo. The agreement is with the property owners, Van Roekel & Van Roekel, D.V.M., P.A.

The overflow parking will be used during peak times during the Ag Expo. LeeTran shuttles will transport attendees back and forth to the Lee County Civic Center Complex using Old Bayshore Road, a county-maintained roadway, without using State Road 31.

The county also has made improvements and expanded parking at the event site.

The county recently completed a project approved by Commissioners in January to resurface key areas of the Lee County Civic Center Complex, including the main entrance, a portion of the parking lot and perimeter. The parking lot was restriped, adding 300 spaces to maximize usage for events.

The public is invited to attend an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, at the Lee County Civic Center Complex, 11831 Bayshore Road, the opening day of the Ag Expo. Gates will open at 4 p.m., following the ceremony. The ceremony will feature brief remarks by Lee County Commissioners and other officials. The Ag Expo celebrates the work and accomplishments of Southwest Florida youth active in 4-H, FFA and more while offering fun, food and rides for the entire community.

Opening day features $1 admission and $1 ride tickets. Throughout the 11-day event, themed promotions are offered, such as Community Night, Senior Day and Latin Night. Learn more about the promotional nights at swflagexpo.com. Tickets for promotional nights are only offered at the gate. General Admission tickets can be pre-purchased online.

Midway fans can purchase a $25 MEGAPASS for the Ag Expo. It includes gate admission and a wristband for unlimited mechanical rides on one day of your choice. Get a MEGAPASS early; sales end when the Ag Expo opens at 4 p.m. Feb.29. The MEGAPASS can be conveniently purchased online at SWFLAgExpo.com.

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Source: Lee County Government