Presented by Storm Smart, the 2022 End of Hurricane Season Celebration and Burning of the Hurricane Flags serves as both a community Salute to our First Responders and Rescue Heroes, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian; and provides an opportunity for our hospitality community to let visitors know Downtown Fort Myers is open for business.
Organized by Storm Smart Team Member, John McEnroe, the Celebration is sponsored in part by the City of Fort Myers, WHALE Center Waves of Change, Beasley Media Group, Waterman Broadcasting NBC Channel 2, Eastern Architectural Systems, and members of the Lee County business community.
The first End of Hurricane Season Celebration & Ceremonial Burning of the Hurricane Flags was held in Key West, Florida on NOV 30, 2005, after the Florida Keys suffered eight hurricanes within two years.
With inspiration from Andy Newman, Newman PR (agency of record for the Monroe County TDC) looking for a way to share with the world Key West suffered minimal damage and was open for business, he asked Julie McEnroe, Pirates in Paradise Festival organizer to include the event in their 10 day festival. And so the tradition began.
On NOV 30th, Key West and the Conch Republic host their 17th Annual Official End of America's Hurricane Season and Burning of the Hurricane Flags Ceremony, at the USCG Ingham Museum Ship Dock, Truman Waterfront. (A portion of proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank.)