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     Punta Gorda, Fl.  —On Friday March 29th, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships will open in Punta Gorda.  The ships will be docked at Fishermen’s Village Marina, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade,  until their departure early Thursday morning  April 4th.  We arrive on the 28th and have a private viewing for the media after docking (docking time depends on the tides, but typically sometime between 12 Noon-2 pm)  We open to the public on the 29th.
      The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The ‘Pinta’ was recently built in Brazil to accompany the ‘Nina’ on all of her travels.  She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.  Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century. 
       Both ships will be touring together as an enhanced ‘sailing museum’, for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the caravel, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.
       While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard self-guided tour .  The prices are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for senior citizens, and $6.00 for students 5 to 16.  Children 4 and under are Free.   The ship will be open every day from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.  
      Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1.787.672.2152 or email columfnd@surfbvi.com    Minimum of 15.  $5.00 per person.  No Maximum.  Visit their website at www.thenina.com  for additional information



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Bimini Big Game Club Introduces Big Game Ale

Move over Kalik thereıs a new brew in Alice Town.  The historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina has introduced its own private label draft beer‹ Big Game Ale.
This is yet another step in our continuing efforts to create a unique brand for this property, said General Manager Michael Weber.  Certainly, we will continue to serve Kalik (a popular local beer brewed in Nassau) and other popular beers such as Sandıs Beer & High Rock, but having our own label says something about The Big Game Club being distinctively different.
Weber, who recently approved a deal with Sandıs Brewery in Freeport to import the draft beer, described Big Game Club Ale as an Amber Ale, lightly hopped with a slightly sweet, roasted taste. So far the new Ale has been well received by locals and tourists over the past week that we have been serving the draft Weber said.
Weber also said Big Game Club Ale will be sold in the Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill and the new Bimini Bull Run Shark Bar, which is nearly completed and next to the new Bimini Bull Run Marina Shark Cage Dive operation.
About The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina
The Bimini Big Game Club, a historic 51-room resort and marina, officially re-opened in 2010 following completion of a $3,500,000 renovation that included all guest rooms and the new Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill. More recently owners have added the Gulfstream Conference Center and Hemingwayıs Rum Bar & Social Lounge, a fully outfitted watersports facility, a floating dock to accommodate seaplane service directly to and from the resort and Bimini Bull Run, a unique at-the-dock shark encounter experience. For information on the Big Game Club Resort and Marina go to www.biggameclubbimini.com


Fort De Soto Park shines as a Pinellas County park

Once again, Pinellas County’s Fort De Soto Park has received accolades for excellence as an amazing place to enjoy the Pinellas County beach experience. 

Fort De Soto Park is a property of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and managed by the county’s Parks and Conservation Resources department.

TripAdvisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice awards, which rank the best 25 beaches in the United States, put Fort De Soto Park in the number four slot for domestic beaches, and number 20 on the list of best beaches in the world.

Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin won the No. 12 slot on the list of the best U.S. beaches along with Pass-A-Grille beach in St. Pete Beach (No. 15) and Clearwater Beach (No. 18).

The Traveler’s Choice award is but one of many noted distinctions the park has received in recent years. 

TripAdvisor proclaimed Fort De Soto Park as America’s Top Beach in 2009. Dr. Stephen Leatherman, or Dr. Beach as he’s known, rated Fort De Soto Park as America’s Best Beach for 2005. Parents Magazine held that Fort De Soto Park had the best beach for families in 2011, and Petside.com put Fort De Soto Park on the list of the top ten U.S. dog beaches in 2010.

The public’s enjoyment of Fort De Soto Park reaches back 50 years. 

In the spring of 1963, the Pinellas Bayway had just been completed, the TV show “Route 66” with Martin Milner had come to town to film an episode on Tierra Verde, Guy Lombardo’s Port-O-Call dinner club was the talk of Tampa Bay and Fort De Soto Park was dedicated as Pinellas County’s newest county park.

Since that time, visitors to the 1,136 acre park have enjoyed seven miles of waterfront, an 800-foot-long boat launching facility, a 238-site campground, 15 picnic shelters, two gulf-water fishing piers, 328 species of birds to delight bird watchers and a dog park with doggie beach. 

History lives at Fort De Soto Park in the form of the Quartermaster Storehouse Museum and the fort’s Battery Laidley, containing the last twelve-inch M1890-M1 mortars remaining in North America.  Markers along various footpaths show the locations and descriptions of the various buildings that constituted Fort De Soto in the 19th and early 20th century. Battery Laidley was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Pinellas County’s Fort De Soto Park plays host to an average of 2.7 million visitors each year.

For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org, now with LiveChat, or create a shortcut to www.pinellascounty.org/mobile on any smartphone. Pinellas County government is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


The No-Yelling School of Fishing has announced the following weekend events for 2013 ...
South Florida - April 12-14
Florida Keys November 15-17
Treasure Coast - May 10-12
Details for all their events are on their very interesting site: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.
Phone is 954-475-9068; Fax is 954-474-7299.


CHART 21 - Shelter Cove on the Steinhatchee River has a new phone number: 352-210-1781.

CHART 6 - The Reef Restaurant replaced Finz Waterfront Grill in the Manatee Pocket in Stuart late in February. The same pleasant atmosphere and good menu remain. New phone number is 772 210-2427.

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