To the editor:
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive" is a quote that is running through the minds of the Pirate Fest promoters SIK Promotions Inc. and Pirates of the Treasure Coast. Never once were the words "walk the plank" ever uttered to us, let alone the other pirate-sounding falsehoods that have recently been reported.
The Pirate Fest was postponed due to many reasons, primarily the lack of support from the very same local businesses that thrive off of it. Combined, these businesses typically take in nearly half a million dollars in revenue during the pirate fest weekend alone. To clarify this, not a single penny of financial support was received from businesses along Old San Carlos Boulevard for the pirate fest this year.
We were faced with a decision; proceed with inadequate funds and produce a minimal event (not to mention covering overage expenses out of our own pockets) or a postponement, so that we could try once again to rally the townsfolk to reconsider and contribute their fair share. We believe it would have been wrong to use vendor money as the sole source to finance a pirate fest and chose to postpone it.
We made the announcement and before we could even begin to discuss a new date or ask the local businesses once again for their support, they turned on us and are now distorting facts to their advantage and spreading lies in the media. They have taken control of the event's website and have altered only some of the content, making it appear as if the pirate fest will take place with the same professional quality and the same entertainment. A demand to remove the misleading content from the event's website has gone ignored.
Our fear is that people will travel to this town looking for a first-rate pirate festival and be disappointed at what they find. Ironically, this is why we postponed it in the first place. What will now take place in Fort Myers Beach on Columbus Day Weekend is only a greed-driven farce, if they cared at all about visiting patrons or their own community for that matter, they would have waited to do it right or had been onboard to show some support from the start.
Sadly, it is people like this that give Pirates a bad name.
More information regarding this travesty will be made available to the media as well as an in-depth story revealing the many obstacles behind the scenes of this beachside town. This and more will be posted on www.facebook.com/FMBPirateFest where we welcome you to leave your comments and thoughts.
SIK Promotions Inc.
Pirates of the Treasure Coast
The Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest