SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items

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As sometimes happens this time of year, we've discovered a few errors or necessary changes in the print edition of the FCD ...

Besides the note above about the Hillsborough Bridge schedule, the correct web site address for Miller Marine Yacht Service did not get into their ad on page 125. Visit them online at Our apologies to the folks at Miller Marine and our readers. Please make a note of that correction in your book; it has been fixed on site. Here it is:

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Glades Haven Marina in Everglades City is not listed on Chart 16 but should be. Jot it down if you'll be cruising southwest Florida - Glades Haven Marina - 239 695 2628.
Besides dockage, there are boat rentals and cabin rentals, and the Oyster House Restaurant, known for fresh seafood and steaks, is open every day from 11 AM for lunch and dinner.

AAC Boat Show

Annual Boat Show April 19

Apalachicola will host the 16th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show  Saturday, April 19, 2014.  Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display throughout the day. Special highlights include authentic oyster boats, workboats, and home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and art booths.  The restored 1877 gaff-rigged schooner the Governor Stone will also be on display at the city dock in the center of town. Click to learn more

Forgotten Coast PaddleJam May 16-18
Grab your kayak and head to the coast May 16-18 and join in what organizers hope will be a world-record attempt to gather the largest number of kayaks together in one floating mass to break the current Guiness world record. The three-day Forgotten Coast PaddleJam event is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Paddle Club.  The Guiness World record attempt is just one activity planned as part of the area-wide fund-raising event featuring paddle sports, music and food. Other activities planned include kayak and SUP races and live music throughout the county. Click here for details


Grouper Season Opens April 1
 Grab your fishing rods and tackle box! Grouper season opens April 1 and the fishing tournament season is heating up countywide.

April also marks the beginning of several license-free fishing days in State waters. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents). Click here for a list of all 2014 free fishing days.
Fishing Tourneys
Here are a few of the upcoming fishing tournaments scheduled throughout the county.

May 24
Capt. Jack's Fishing Tournament
Annual event to Benefit Alligator Point/St. Teresa Fire Station & the Capital Area Red Cross.

June 7
Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament. Charles and Rex Pennycuff host the annual Fisherman’s Choice Youth Fishing Tournament for kids 16 and under. The kids will fish for fresh and saltwater species.

June 14-15
Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic
Father's Day Weekend Event with more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

June 7-8
2 Day Snapper Tournament
$10,000 payout. 1-10 places. C-Quarters Marina, Carrabelle.

July 19
Youth Fishing Tournament, C-Quarters Marina. Open to all kids 16 and under. Registration required on site

August 2-3
Kingfish Tournament
Fundraiser for the Leukemia Society. C-Quarters Marina, Carrabelle.

For a complete list of tournaments planned for later this summer as well as other events in the county, click here. For area marina, charter and general fishing information, click here.




Wabasso Island, FL – The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) conducts numerous kayak and canoe excursions around Wabasso Island, Pelican Island, and the St. Sebastian River. In addition to seeing wonderful scenery, including multiple bird species, fish rising to the water surface, and various kinds of native vegetation, many lucky boaters spot dolphins, manatees, and alligators in their natural habitat. Boating is the best way to explore this environment in a close-up way.

Canoe excursions are held every Saturday. They are led by knowledgeable guides who explore “off the beaten path” canoe trails where water birds and mangrove tree crabs abound. The guide will explain ways that participants can positively impact the ecology of the Lagoon. The fee, including canoe rental and gear, is $15 per adult and $7 per child ($3 discount for ELC members).

Three kayaking excursions are offered by the ELC for both experienced kayakers and beginners. Instruction is included for beginning paddlers. One trip explores the shallow waters around Wabasso Island to see beautiful views of the Indian River Lagoon not accessible from motor boats. Another explores America’s first national wildlife refuge, Pelican Island. The third paddles up the St. Sebastian River, one of the few remaining natural coastal rivers in Florida. The cost, including kayak rental is $30 per adult and $25 per child ($2 discount for ELC members). The schedule of the various boating excursions is available on the ELC’s web site, Reservations may be made by calling (772)589-5050 ext. 114.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge; address is 255 Live Oak Drive. The  campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and a visitor center.

Find ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, Ecology Adventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures at Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under free, and ELC members receive free admission year-around. The first Saturday of every month is free to all.

This month's edition of Power & Motoryacht magazine has a write-up about their search for good behind-the-scenes service people in our boating industry. They want to hear about the "... best mechanics, carpenters, electricians, yard managers and everyone else who gets the job done." 
They've invited readers to let them know who the people are who make their " ... time on the hard less stressful and more worthwhile ..."  as did Stuart Yacht's customer, Bob Dowling, in his praise of Gregg Burdick, President and GM of the Stuart yard.  
Take a look at their April edition's page 85.

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Wabasso Island, FL – There's a wide range of summer camps for students of all ages at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) this summer. Half day adventures are offered to children who are entering pre-kindergarten through the 3rd grade. Full day adventures target students entering the 4th through the 12th grades. The aim of all these programs is to help the student discover and appreciate the variety of living things that populate our Indian River Lagoon, and at the same time, have fun doing it.

There are numerous half day sessions that run for four consecutive days during June and July. “Little Wonders” introduces pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children (who are at least 4 years old) to nature through eco-activities, stories, and crafts. “Young Explorers” for those entering the 1st grade explores the forests, gardens, and trails on the ELC’s island campus. “Our Living World” is an opportunity for those entering the 2nd and 3rd grades to learn more about all the plants and animals on the island campus. Participants in the latter program should come ready to get wet! The cost for each child is $60, or $55 for ELC Members, for the 4 day session.

Numerous full day sessions that run for 3 days or 5 days are available for those entering the 4th through 7th grades. “Island Adventure” for those entering the 4th and the 5th grade, will be spent exploring the barrier island and several islands in the Indian River Lagoon by canoeing, hiking, biking, beachcombing, seining, and boating for 3 consecutive days. The cost per student is $110, or $100 for ELC Members. “Week on the Water” is a 5 full-day program from June 9 through 13 that has two sections, one for those entering the 4th and 5th grades, and one for those entering the 6th and 7th grades. Both are very active programs that explore both the Indian River Lagoon and area beaches by field trips and watercraft. The last day ends with field games and an ice cream social with the family. The cost for each camper is $210, $200 for ELC Members, for the 5 day session.

“Marine Safari” for those entering the 6th and the 7th grades will discover marine life through snorkeling, canoeing, beachcombing, and boating. The cost for each student is $120, or $110 for ELC Members, for the 3 day program.
A real adventure is in store for students entering the 8th through the 12th grades. Beginning June 29 at noon and ending at noon on July 3, the student will spend five days and four nights discovering our local “wild” waters. It is a true camping experience that includes snorkeling, boating, and kayaking. The cost is $395 per student, or $385 for ELC members, for the five day program.

The complete schedule is available on line at To register for any of the programs or get additional information, call (772)589-5050 ext. 114.

Thanks to generous funding from clubs and individuals, there are a limited number of scholarships available. An application may be requested by calling ELC Naturalist, Rosemary Badger, at (772) 589-5050 ext. 108.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the end of the Wabasso Bridge at 255 Live Oak Drive. Its 64-acre campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, Eco-ventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures can be found at Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free, and ELC Members receive free admission year-round. The first Saturday of every month is free to all.



Check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Press Release in Section A for future LLGF events or visit, call 954-475-9068 or email



Learn to Cruise On Your Own Yacht

Cape Coral, Florida – Southwest Florida Yachts  is now offering power boat owners in the greater Southwest Florida area the opportunity to learn basic and advanced powerboat skills aboard their own yachts.

“Our Aboard Your Yacht training program is based upon the curriculum our Florida Sailing and Cruise School has offered for 30 years,” said Southwest Florida Yachts Co-owner Barb Hansen.  “We have a reputation for comprehensive instruction on a variety of vessels taught by marine professionals, licensed captains and experienced teachers.  We can teach one of our already established courses or customize an instructional program for the yacht owner and his or her crew, designed to meet specific cruising goals.

“Whether new yacht owners or owners seeking to enhance their skills for broader cruising, we can develop our course to meet whatever their needs may be,” said Hansen.  All courses are live aboard and available to yacht owners at the Southwest Florida Yachts’ headquarters at Tarpon Point Marina here or the company’s instructors will travel to yachts moored between the Tampa Bay area and Naples.  Courses taught at Tarpon Point Marina require advance dockage arrangements for the training period, which can be made by calling Tarpon Point Marina at 239/549-4900 or through Southwest Florida Yachts.

Curriculum offerings include Basic Powerboat Handling, Inland Powerboat Cruising, Offshore Powerboat Cruising plus custom programs as specified by yacht owners.  Advance courses have prerequisites.  Course rates are $500 per day for two and $550 per day for four participants, plus expenses such as travel, food and accommodations, if not staying aboard the vessel.  Courses are limited to no more than four participants.  Proof of hull and liability insurance is required

For more information, visit, email:, “like” us (Southwest Florida Yachts or Florida Sailing and Cruising School) on Facebook or call: 239/257-2788 or 800/262-7939.  The address is 6095 Silver King Boulevard, Cape Coral, Florida 33914.

The formerly-named Snug Harbor Restaurant (where else but at Snug Harbour,  beachside at the Fort Myers bridge) has been closed for some time but has been replaced for some time by Nervous Nellie's Waterfront Restaurant.
The phone number shown on Chart 16 (239-463-8077) remains the same for NN's.
Dockage for casual dining at Nellie's, and visiting the upstairs Ugly's Waterside Bar, is still available at the adjacent Snug Harbour Marina (now a resort/condominium) with a new name: Snug Harbour Marina Village, and phone number: 239-463-3949.
You may want to jot this down on Chart 16 in the print FCD if you'll be cruising around the beautiful Fort Myers Beach area. You can visit to learn more.


Did you know that we boaters now have our own "YouTube?"
Boaters Tube is the creation of Richard Schoen and James Nolan ... it's a global website for the recreational boating industry, already available in 91 countries, we're told. There are videos galore and boating people can visit to check it all out.

Also, there's a group teaching kids to fish in Miami. It's Mahogany Youth Corporation, a non-profit (501)c3 which has been working with South Florida kids for over 13 years.
Thousands of kids have learned to fish and enjoy the outdoors.  MYC offers an opportunity for people to make a tax deductible gift of money, tackle or a boat to support the cause. You can even sponsor a child for summer camp or their afterschool program. Call 305-603-7451 or email to sponsor tomorrow's fishermen while making a difference in a child's life. The postal mailing address is PO Box 381305, Miami, FL 33238.

In partnership with other like-minded organizations, the Anglers for Conservation is coordinating a Fish Earth Day using the Anglers for Conservation’s Hook Kids on Fishing Program on Saturday, April 5, 2014  in celebration of Earth Day.  Sign in begins at 9:00 AM and clinic starts promptly at 10 AM and continues until 12 Noon.  Is there any better way to celebrate Earth Day 2014 than bringing families together fishing and learning about our planet Earth? The Punta Gorda Hook Kids on Fishing program will take place at:
Fishermen's Village
1200 West Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome along with their parents. The first 80 kids registered may receive a free rod and reel. Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at (941) 639-2628.
These conservation-minded Hook Kids on Fishing programs teach casting, fishing safety, knot tying, the tackle box, catch and release tactics, fishing habitat and conservation; and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers. Parents and kids bring your smiles, positive attitudes and patience along with you!
Parent or guardian must accompany attendees.
Additional community sponsors include the Fishermen’s Village, Rio Villa Bait & Tackle, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Anglers For Conservation, Fish Florida Foundation, Coastal Angler Magazine, Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA), Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, and Pure Ocean Productions.
The Hook Kids on Fishing program is a product of the Anglers for Conservation (AFC), a non-profit-501-C3, whose mission is to create a new generation of marine stewards using community-based angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation science.
Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.
If you’re interested in volunteering for, or sponsoring this event, please contact Theresa Ellershaw at (321) 433-3340 or For general information about Anglers For Conservation contact us at; (321) 750-1113; or visit the website,
 Keep those fishing lines tight

Have a Blessed Day!

Theresa Ellershaw
6357 Dearman St
Port St John, FL 32927
(321) 433-3340
(321) 302-6260


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Here are a couple of images of kids who have graduated our Hook Kids on Fishing Program ...
from: Anglers for Conservation []



Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10-6pm

Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village is coordinating plans for their 2nd annual Key Lime Festival to be held Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10 am- 6 pm.  Family friendly activities planned include:

Balloon Making, Face Painting, Limes Squeeze Contest,  Name  the “Lime Mascot” contest, Tarot Card reading by Pamela, Guess D’Limes as well as vendors on the Village promenade featuring Key Lime related products. 

Live entertainment will be provided by Gator DJ,  10 am-3 pm and Country/Trop Rock by Andrew Dean from 5-9 pm.

Village Restaurants will feature Key Lime Specialties. Select merchants will showcase their products/services including:

          Bella Balsamic: samples of lime flavored dressing;

          Naples Soap: samples of key lime soaps/lotions;  
          Simply Sweet: key lime pie, cupcakes, gelato, candy and more.

Fishermen’s Village Key Lime Festival also holds a challenge for area BAKERS and BARTENDERS!

Do you have the "Best Key Lime Pie" in Charlotte County? Fishermen's Village is inviting you to join us for a Key Lime Pie Baking Contest.  Prizes for the First, Second and Third place. 
How creative can you be? Join your fellow area bartenders for our 1st annual Key Lime Bartender Challenge. Bragging Rights at stake!!!!  Requirements are that each drink must contain "Key Lime" as an ingredient. 

To register in either of those contests or to inquire about your business participating as a vendor to promote other Key Lime-related products contact Catherine Perry, Events Coordinator at 941-575-3067 or email

Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda, FL. 1 800 639-0020 or visit on line at

1200 West Retta Esplanade #57A
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone: 941 575-3007 / Follow us on Facebook!


The 6th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market is set for May 17 & 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stuart's Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Blvd.
The beautiful park's proximity to downtown and its expanse of grass make it a perfect location.

The Nautical Flea Market will be packed with an impressive display of new, used, liquated and closed-out marine and fishing accessories. A wide range of marine products, including hardware, electronics, clothing, shoes, and gift items will be on sale.
Bargain hunters looking for deals can visit booths as vendors exhibit and sell their nautical and marine related merchandise and services during the two day festival. Antique collectibles and maps, marine artifacts, rods, reels, lures and lines, boating apparel, taxidermy, diving equipment, and much more will be on sale. There will be some super discounts on liquidation, closeouts, and new and used boating and fishing supplies.
For more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389 -


Fishermen’s Village (still featured on our monthly web site update's "Back Page") is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda, FL.  1 800 639-0020 or visit on line at


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