Hot Babes in Bikinis for Bucks

There are few things more cliché than a bikini contest in Fort Lauderdale. Since the first humans walked upright (and all the good bits became front and center), mankind (emphasis on man) has been evolving toward the bikini contest. Why else would we have evolved to be so hairless? So what could possibly put a new twist on such a contest at the “Bikinis and Fire Luau 11th Anniversary Party” at Tarpon Bend in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale? Here’s a hint — it isn’t the fire luau part. It’s the economy. With a $500 first-place and $300 second-place cash prize, these days, even the most hardcore feminist might have to stop and consider it. But not just any babe off the beach can enter this contest. Aspiring contestants must email a short bio and a couple of obligatory bikini shots to Even if you’re not chosen for swimsuit greatness, show up at 6 p.m. Saturday to drink your rejection away and sway to live reggae. Be dazzled by the fire show from 8 to 9 p.m., and then stay to ogle the bikini contenders at 9:30 p.m. at Tarpon Bend, located at 200 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. No cover. Call 954-523-3233, or visit
Sat., Aug. 14, 6 p.m., 2010
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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