Longboat Key Fish Fry moves to new locale

The Annual Longboat Key Fish Fry is a tradition dating back to the 1940s, and began when residents needed to raise money for area organizations.

Held by the Longboat Key Historical Society, the event had been held each year on the third Friday in October at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant.

This year the event will take place Friday, Nov. 1, at Cedars Tennis Resort, 645 Cedars Court.

The Historical Society needed a new location for the Fish Fry due to uncertainty that came when it was unclear whether Mar Vista would be under construction in the fall. Currently, the Mar Vista application is on hold, and the restaurant will be open for business at that time.

The menu will offer grouper and mullet, along with the same fried favorites from past years, although Caesar salad and cornbread will be served instead of fried green tomatoes. After dinner, patrons can dance to the music of Blues Pig.

Money raised from the event helps the Historical Society, such as its guest speaker series and storage of museum items.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Tickets will be available later this week at various locations: First Bank of Longboat Key, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101; Steff’s Stuff Antiques, which reopens Oct. 15, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101; Cedars; and Beachum’s home, 7025 Longboat Drive N.

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