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Miss Florida will be in Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July parade

June 11, 2009


Lees Garcia, 2009 Miss Florida US International, will be the Grand Marshal of the Fort Myers Beach Civic Association’s second annual Fourth of July parade. She will be followed by Miss Southwest Florida, Miss Fort Myers, Miss Cape Coral and Miss Naples Teen.


Garcia, who has lived in Tampa for the past 14 months, will travel to Houston for the Miss U.S. International 2009 pageant on July 6. If she wins, she will qualify for the Miss World International beauty pageant -the sister contest to Miss America- held in Singapore.

“I’m really excited about the parade,” said Miss Florida. “Since I leave for Houston on July 6, it’s kind of going to be my last hurrah (before further competition). Hopefully, it’s my last hurrah as Miss Florida.”

The 21-year-old Garcia, who is transferring from the University of Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico, is taking classes online and hopes to major in business administration at the University of South Florida. She has aspirations of owning a business one day.

“Eventually, I’d like to run my own business,” she said.

Garcia found out about the civic parade through Suzi Hosfeld, the state director of the Miss Florida and Miss Teen Florida pageant.

“Suzi is a great help to me,” said Garcia. “Because I live in Tampa, it’s difficult to meet everybody and be everywhere at the same time. She’s always finding things to do for me like fashion shows.”

The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 4. It begins at School Street and proceeds north along Estero Boulevard to Times Square. The holiday festivities continue just after dark with a spectacular fireworks show off the pier.

Expect the Mantanzas Pass Bridge to be closed from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. that day.

Parade awards will include Best Musical Unit; Best Decorated Float; Best Patriotic Theme; Best Overall Theme; Best Decorated Bicycle; Best Business; and Best Non-Business.

After the parade, the awards are expected to be announced at noon at the former Waffle House -which should be opened as the new Surf Club by then.

At 2 p.m., there will be a “Meet and Greet” with Miss Florida and the other pageant winners at the Pink Shell Resort. Parkiang will be very, very limited at the resort so officials say you should make use of the LeeTran trolley system.

The Surf Club, The Beached Whale, Charley’s Boathouse Grill, Pink Shell Resort and The Beach Observer are among the business sponsors this year.

“Friends of the Fourth of July Parade” include Saltwater Pro Shop, Terra Nostra Italian Restaurant and Tropics Bar and Grill.

Also on Saturday, the Fort Myers Beach Golf Club will hold a tournament with a 8:30 a.m. shotgun start to benefit the Beach fireworks show.

Editor’s Note: Upon researching this story, we found there are several different “Miss Florida” pageants and several 2009 Miss Florida title holders. Lees Daryanne Garcia’s official title is Miss Florida US International.

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