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Hello Again and Happy Fourth of July!!!!!!

Hello to everyone. I hope you all are doing great! The weather has been warm here and we have had lots of rain, which we desperately needed. The fishing has been great!!!!! Everyone I have spoken to are catching lots and lots of fish. YEAH!!!!!

I have a really fun place to go to that I have written about before and you can go there on the week days or weekends and enjoy the fun, food and drink. The Place I am talking about is Bert’s Bar on the water. You can drive there by car or by boat. Going by boat is way more fun. Below I am attaching a schedule of events there.

Berts: Aug 20th – Aug 27th, 2009

THURSDAY: Aug 20th
Crazy Uncle 7pm
About Crazy Uncle:
“It all started when my niece, Jaimie moved to Cape Coral, Florida to California. She had always been an incredible singer and had traveled around trying her luck with american Idol. I decided to blow the cobwebs off my guitar and see how we sounded together. A little while later we started looking for additional band members.”

Crazy Uncle Myspace
FRIDAY: Aug 21st
A.U.C.E. Fish Fry, 5pm-9pm
7:30pm – Scotty Bryan
Scotty Bryan is an entertainer with a Key West flare. The crowd is always as much a part of the show as the music is. From Jimmy Buffett to Kenny Chesney, Elton John to John Cougar, Eric Clapton to The Eagle, and yes, he writes his own songs as well.

Soapbox w/Molly Brown 7:30pm

SUNDAY: Aug 23rd
1 lb of peel and eat shrimp $9.99!!
AND… Special Bar Menu!
REGGAE w/Judah, 2pm

Enjoy and afternoon of rhythmic tropical music overlooking Matlacha Pass with the Reggae group “Judah”

MONDAY:Aug 24th
$9.99 large 3 toppings
or try our personal pizza, 2 toppings $4.99
Eat-in OR To-go!

TUESDAY: Aug 25th
.35 cent Wing Night

Open Jam w/Gary Harvey, 7:30pm

“Gary Ray Harvey, born and raised in Amarillo, Texas has played guitar with a variety of artists including Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, The Platters, The Coasters, Jimmy Collins and he has performed at Farm Aid with Willie Nelson.”

Deb & The Dynamics , 7:30pm


Remember… we have additional parking across the street at Pine Bay Gallery!
4271 Pine Island Rd, Matlacha FL

Bert’s Gallery at Pine Bay
4332 Pine Island Rd, Matlacha FL
(Across the street from Bert’s)
phn: 239-283-1335
HOURS: Sunday thru Tuesday, 10am-5pm
Wednesday thru Saturday, 10am-7pm
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Most of Florida’s tiny fishing towns are disappearing and giving way to McDonald’s, high rises and hotel chains. But not Matlacha. Here you still find cozy cottages, bed & breakfasts, fishermen tending their nets, bait shops and shrimp boats.
Matlacha housing started in the 20’s. The bridge to Pine island was completed in 1927. Fishing shanties and squatter shacks appeared on the Island. Many of them have survived to present day. The area around the Matlacha Bridge was made famous
by Ft. Myers author, Richard Powell, in his book, Pioneer Go Home. This book was made into an Elvis Presley movie called “Follow that Dream”.
Bert’s Bar is composed of two buildings. The original building was the bar near the road. It was built in the 30’s as a “sweet shoppe”. Then in 1941 the “hotel” building was built. It consisted of eight sleeping rooms.
During WWII, army bases were set up at Page Field and many of the soldiers would come out for a weekend to Matlacha to go fishing off the “fishingest bridge in Florida” at Matlacha Pass. They became regular customers of the hotel and bar.
Stories abound that the hotel had the reputation of “ill repute” and ladies of the night. Imagine that.

Some time after WWII the bar became known as “Mother’s”
In the seventies, the bar became known as the Tri Dilly Inn and then Harry’s Barge Inn. The hotel continued to operate up to the 70’s.
It was the home to many a local fisherman. Shrimp boats were parked out back of the Inn. We still have deep water at the end of the dock as a result of that.
Later the place was purchased by Bert Clubb, a famous Lee County bar operator. Hence the name Bert’s. Bert’s became the bar of choice for many people from all over Lee & Charlotte County.
It has even been said that there were “Dancers” in the back room (formerly the hotel). Bert operated the establishment for many years and then sold it to a long time employee.
In 2000 the establishment was sold again, the name stayed and the legend lives on. Over Sixty years. Bert’s has had a colorful sixty years of history and is the home of many stories of its past. If the walls could only talk.

Here are some photos to enjoy…

You have got to go to Bert’s Bar, it is a blast. YOu just have to experience it you self, oh and go by boat. YOu will see all kinds of cool wild life, birds, fish Dolphins, you name it you will see it, well almost.

Please enjoy and make time for your friends and family. Life goes by much too fast.

Till next time.

Shane Wilson
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Vice President
Cypress Realty, Inc. GMAC Real Estate
239-851-3861 Cellular
239-275-3321 Ext. 104 Office


This is a quick reminder that we have some great Fourth of July Fire Work Shows and yes you can see them out in the boat by water.

The first show I will mention is the Red, White and Boom at Cape Coral Parkway.
You can take your boat up the river and anchor off the Cape Coral Parkway bridge. This has always been a great fire works show. For more details call or go to the website below.

Red, White and BOOM
Cape Coral Pkwy, Cape Coral
(239) 549-6900

Another fun Fire Work Show is at Centennial Park in Down Town Ft. Myers.

This is another great place to take your boat up river and watch the Fire Work Show. For more details call or go to the website below.

Independence Day Festival
Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers

Another fun Fire Work Show is Fourth of July on the Beach.

This is a great time. Take your boat and anchor up off Fort Myers Beach and enjoy the Show. For more information call the number below.

Fourth of July on the Beach
Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier & Times Square, Ft. Myers Beach
(239) 454-7500

Last but Not least in the Independence day Parade and Fire Works. YOu can take you boat and anchor up off the cause way and watch the show. For more information call the number below.

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks
Periwinkle Way and Sanibel Causeway, Sanibel Island
(239) 472-1080

Have a great time and enjoy you Holiday weekend and be safe..



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