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Slide the City will make a splash!

Slide the City will take over Fort Myers’ southbound side of Edison Bridge on September 17.

Slide the City will take over Fort Myers’ southbound side of Edison Bridge on September 17.

Grab your swimsuits and let’s “slide” down memory lane this September with a mega water slide party!

Slide the City will take over Fort Myers’ southbound side of Edison Bridge on September 17 for the slip-n-slide street party of the year!

Seeking to bring thousands Downtown, this gloriously fun event is that humble backyard vinyl’s big sister, all dressed up for an urban block party.  The idea is to bring 1,000 feet of slick inflated vinyl (the biggest of its kind!) to city streets, with live music, entertainment, and local vendors says, Spencer Hunn, Slide the City’s co-owner.

“When you get on that slide, and you hold the inner tube, and you are cruising, you’re flying, and it is so much fun,” Hunn said, “It’s like something you’ve never even thought of before.”

Like most larger than life rides, all sliders must be at least 5-years-old and over 46-inches tall.  Tubes are for single sliders only, and lap riding is not allowed.  Participants can purchase tickets online and book a 3-hour time block that provides access to the 900-foot padded slide.

The giant slide is thrilling, but safety is of utter importance.

“We will have fencing where it’s necessary, and we have wrestling mats that we lay down under the slide, and we have inflatable barriers that blow up that keep you nice and tucked into your lane,” Hunn asserts.

Speaking of lanes…the slide has three lanes— a single slider lane, a family lane and a party lane.  There is always a chance a tube can be bumped into by another slider’s, or falling off, or of getting knocked-off one’s tube. So, be vigilant.  If you fall off your tube, look behind you before standing up, and move to the side as quickly as possible.

Make sure to bring: a smile, sunscreen, appropriate swimwear with no sharp objects, shoes, family and friends and cash for the food trucks and other merchandise that will be on hand.

“It’s worth coming out…it’s good family fun!” Hunn adds.

An additional wave time has been added to the event!  Lighting up the Edison Bridge with glow sticks and whatever else makes the party rock, The Night Slider will be able to slide as many times as possible between 7 pm – 10 pm.  Riders will also receive a drawstring bag, mouth guard, and an inflatable tube to slide on.

Tickets are currently on sale.  Early bird tickets start at $25, but escalate to $55 on the day of the event.

– For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.slidethecity.com/location/fort-myers/

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Love That Dress!

Love That Dress!8 in Lee County will be held on Wednesday, August 24 from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Embassy Suites Fort Myers-Estero.

Love That Dress!8 in Lee County will be held on Wednesday, August 24 from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Embassy Suites Fort Myers-Estero.

Local fashionistas (and a few brave men) will stake their claim on thousands of new and gently loved dresses and accessories at Love That Dress!, the ultimate feel-good shopping event of the year benefitting PACE Center for Girls. Tickets for Love That Dress! – hosted in both Lee County and Collier County – officially open online on August 1. 

Both Love That Dress! events, sponsored by White House Black Market, will include a large inventory of new and gently loved dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories all donated through collection events held throughout the summer.  Attendees can shop for their fashion favorites, and enjoy the event’s silent auction featuring $35,000 worth of items, camaraderie, food and cocktails.

Love That Dress!8 in Lee County will be held on Wednesday, August 24 from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Embassy Suites Fort Myers-Estero, located at 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive.  Love That Dress!5 in Collier County will be held on Thursday, September 1 from 5 pm. to 9 pm at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, located at 475 Seagate Drive. Proceeds from the events will benefit PACE Center for Girls of Lee County and PACE Center for Girls of Collier County, respectively.

Tickets for Love That Dress! in Lee and Collier County are $30 per person in advance, or $40 at the door.  A limited number of VIP tickets, available for $150 per person, will grant guests an hour of exclusive pre-shopping, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, private dressing rooms, clothing hold, express check-out service and a private selection of decadent chocolates.  

– For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lovethatdress.org.