SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items




St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and the Duval County IFAS Extension have partnered to offer you the Florida Master Naturalist Program’s Freshwater Systems Module. The classes will be offered August 2nd, 4th, 6th, 9th, 11th, and 16th from 9am-4pm at Trout Creek Park, 6795 Collier Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32092.

This program is for adults of all knowledge levels and affords them the opportunity to learn more about Florida’s freshwater environment. The class is comprised of classroom presentations, videos, field trips and practical interpretation. To get additional information regarding cost, content, and scheduling or to register for the class please visit the Florida Master Naturalist Program website at: .

For further questions contact AyoLane Halusky at 904-209-0348 or .



Come explore the beach environment by the light of the moon! St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department and Environmental Division have teamed up to bring you a new guided beach walk.

Those who attend will get a chance to experience the beach at night and learn about the unique animals that utilize the beach after the sun goes down. Grab the family and a flashlight (Red film for flashlights will be provided so we don’t disturb sea turtles) and join us on one of our next moonlight walks! Moonlight Beach Walks will be held at Vilano Beach, 2750 Anahma Dr., Vilano, FL 32084 at 8:00pm on August 8th & 17th.

Space is limited so RSVP for the next Moonlight Beach Walk today, to make a reservation or for more information contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or .



St. Johns County Parks and Recreation is partnering with the National Park Service to bring you an exciting kayak trip!

On August 19th at 9am and August 20th & 21st at 10am, we will be launch from Fort Matanzas National Monument, 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080.

The trip will travel through the marsh to see Southeast Intracoastal Waterway Park. Southeast Intracoastal Waterway Park is a Florida Communities Trust Park, meaning this trip is FREE! Seats are limited.

To RSVP for a seat, or for additional information, please contact Kelly Ussia as 904.209.0335 or . When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, e-mail, date of the trip you would like to attend, and if you will be using a county kayak.

Please note that if you are brining your own kayak it must be at least 12ft long.



St. Johns County Parks and Recreation will be hosting a 2-3 hour guided kayak tour of the St. Johns River on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th at 10am.

The trip will launch from Riverfront Park, 4065 State Rd. 13, St. Johns, FL 32259 and will explore Hallowes Cove. The fee for this guided trip is $20 per person for participants brining their own kayaks, which must be a minimum of 12ft long, and $40 per person for participants using a county kayak.

Spots are limited. To RSVP for a seat, or for additional information, please contact Kelly Ussia at 904.209.0335 or . When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, e-mail address, date of the trip you would like to attend, and if you would like to use a county kayak.

Kelly Ussia, Environmental Education Instructor
St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Office:
904-209-0335; Cell: 904-669-6109
Nease Beachfront Park; 3171 Coastal Highway;
St. Augustine, FL 32084




By Barb Hansen

Is there a boat trip on your family’s vacation “bucket list”?  Child psychologists say we should spend quality time with our children and grandchildren.  I agree wholeheartedly, and I cannot think of any time that has more built in quality than the time you can spend with a child on a boat cruise. 

No, that’s not a trip on one of those giant cruise ships, but a vacation on a vessel with two or three cabins and a small galley.  And the water you cruise can be salty or fresh.  It makes no difference whether you are cruising off the coast of Florida, on the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay or a lake in Colorado.  There are many opportunities to charter a boat, take a sailing class or simply “hang out” on or near the water.

There’s no better family vacation with as many options and adventures from swimming, kayaking and learning about history to fishing, shelling, star gazing and more.  And the beauty of each one of those opportunities is that you do it together as a family.  To me that’s quality time with a capital “Q”.

Vic and I have some experience here with the boats and the kids.  We have gone on weeklong cruises with a brother, sister-in-law, dog and three nieces, all grown up now.  Experience has taught us the best cruises are those with “to do” lists that follow a pretty regular schedule every day.  This helps to avoid the question, “Are we there yet?”  We are fortunate here in southwest Florida since we have so much to keep all family members engaged, and the same can be said of other boating venues in other parts of the country:

        Dolphin watching.  We set up “watches” on the bow. These entertaining creatures love to swim, jump and do flips in the waves produced by many boats.  It’s a better show than Sea World because it’s the Real World!

        Exploring.  We launch the dinghy and motor or paddle to a deserted beach so everyone can look for special shells and other treasures like shark’s teeth.  I suppose that where there are shark’s teeth there must be …oh, never mind.  The beach is always beautiful and the treasures are always fascinating.

        Swimming. A swim in the surf is great fun, but we also try to arrange a swim in the pool at a marina.  In fact, many of our local marinas offer great amenities – pool, tennis, dining, etc.  So, just for the cost of docking overnight, the family has access to a first class resort!

        Fishing.  Hereabouts a piece of shrimp on a little hook does the job almost every time. It’s great to schedule fishing before dinner.  That gives anglers young and old a chance to catch something for the grill.  Make sure you get a photo of that.

        There’s also reading, star gazing, letter writing and even story writing.  Teachers still ask for essays about what-I-did-on-my-vacation though they are probably input and not written out long hand.  What a great way to get a head start on that assignment!

Memories are made of vacations like this.  And the kids won’t even have to argue about who is taking up too much room in the car!   There is no bad seat on the deck of a boat.  Relax and enjoy.  Plus, you don’t even have to pack and unpack!

Additionally, everyone on board comprises the crew and that means each has his or her regular jobs, answering to the captain.  That’s a nice blend of the lighthearted and discipline.  Come to think of it, the rules for a successful cruise are the same as those for a successful life.

Whether your vacations plans take you far away or keep you close, think about some time on the water, you might find that experience and the lessons learned and shared by all the makings of the best family vacation ever.

Barb Hansen manages Southwest Florida Yachts, yacht charters, and Florida Sailing & Cruising School, 6095 Silver King Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33914.  Barb can be reached at  or by phone: 239-257-2788.





Rudder Club Moonlight Regatta Moonlight

Saturday August 20th, 1600

Burnit (bring your own grill material) starts at 1600, club will provide sides and desserts

Skippers Meeting at 1845

Race start 1950

A full moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated as seen from the Earth. This occurs when the moon is in opposition to the Sun (when it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun; more precisely, when the ecliptic longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees).[1] This means that the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the Earth (the near side) is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round (while the far side is almost completely unilluminated).


Commodores Cup 

Commodore Race #7

 August 14, 2016 St. Augustine Dash – Sept. 2, 2016

 Race #8
 September 25, 2016 (Old Timer’s Race) Ponce to Canaveral Race – October 8, 2016



SASS-SAYC Bikini River Race SAYC

Sunday, August 7th

The Saint Augustine Sailing Sisters SASS with the SAYC are proud to present the first ever Women’s race featuring all female helmspersons and either all female crews or 50/50 male and female crews in Saint Augustine.






DUCK KEY, Florida Keys -- Military, fire rescue, police and medical personnel are to be honored as part of an annual Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend held at Hawks Cay Resort, Villas and Marina in partnership with Firehouse Subs restaurant franchise. The event is set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4.

Highlights of the "heroes in action" Labor Day weekend tribute include a family fun night Friday with food, games and a movie under the stars. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, an 8 a.m. Heroes Salute 5k Run/Walk is planned to start and finish at the newly opened Angler and Ale restaurant located at the resort's marina. Early registration fee is $25, increasing to $30 on race day. The first 300 registrants receive a race medal, T-shirt and cold post-race beer. Participants can register at .

Also at the marina Saturday is an 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. mini touch-a-truck event, giving kids and adults a chance to view vehicles and life-saving equipment used by everyday heroes of the fire department, police and more.

Saturday evening features a ceremonial lighting of the fire pit with a photographic video tribute at sunset to honor fallen heroes and those formerly and currently in action.

Sunday's highlight is a festive 6-9 p.m. American-style barbecue. Attractions include a live music performance by Keys tropical rock musician Howard Livingston and his Mile Marker 24 Band as well as a fireworks show.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are available for advance purchase and cover admission to the evening events. Ticket prices are $25.95 for adults, $13 for kids ages 4-12 and free for children age 3 and under.

Accommodations at several Marathon-area hotels, inns and lodging properties are available during Labor Day weekend in addition to specially priced guestroom rates at Hawks Cay Resort.

Heroes Salute also includes value-added offers such as specially priced rooms and recreational programs at Hawks Cay Resort between Aug. 15 and Nov. 21, 2016.

Hawks Cay Resort partners with Firehouse Subs restaurant franchise to donate a portion of proceeds to the chain’s primary charity, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Event information: 
Marathon visitor information:  or 1-800-262-7284




KEY LARGO, Florida Keys -- Divers can help preserve Florida Keys reefs and earn cash prizes during a fun, competitive derby event to capture and remove as many non-native lionfish as possible from Keys waters.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation is sponsoring the one-day derby Saturday, Sept. 10, at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located at mile marker 102.5 in Key Largo.

REEF partners with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the dive community to cultivate hands-on, focused opportunities for Keys visitors who enjoy the underwater resources to take action and remove lionfish. The popular aquarium fish is believed to have been introduced to Florida waters during the 1980s.

Derby divers can vie for more than $3,500 in prize money. First- through third-place teams are rewarded for the most lionfish captured as well as the largest and smallest caught.

Teams of up to four people can hunt from sunrise to 5 p.m., collecting lionfish by netting or spearing while on scuba, snorkeling or free diving.

The public is invited to watch the derby scoring and filleting demonstrations and taste free lionfish samples. A raffle and awards ceremony are planned for 6 p.m.

Registration fee is $120 per team and includes one pair of puncture-resistant gloves. A mandatory participants meeting covering lionfish ecology, safe handling, collecting tools and techniques is set for Friday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Participants can dive with a professional dive operator or from a private vessel.

Event information:  or 305-852-0030
Key Largo visitor information:  or 800-822-1088
Florida Keys diving:




 Don’t miss NickNick Cannon Cannon Friday, August 12th.

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Contact Betty Bauman   954-475-9068

Link to high res photos



Fort Lauderdale, FL – 5/2016 – Women are invited to tackle fishing skills and enter a fun fishing tournament at the Northeast Florida "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" University August 13-14. Held at the prestigious Northeast Florida Marlin Association private club house, the activities include classes, hands-on fishing skill practice and tournament kickoff party on Saturday. On Sunday is optional charter fishing and the “Anyone Can Win” tournament. It is hosted by the Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing nonprofit Foundation.

Activities launch on Saturday at 12:30 pm with classes on inshore and offshore fishing, followed by hands-on skill practice for knot tying, releasing/dehooking/conservation, lure rigging, spin casting, fly casting, gaffing grapefruits, cast netting, trailer backing, reel maintenance and more until 6pm. $300 of door prizes are offered. A reception, appetizer contest, auction and kickoff for the tournament follows from 6-8:30 pm.

On Sunday is an optional inshore or offshore charter fishing trip for sailfish, mahi mahi, mackerel, tuna, wahoo, snapper, amberjack, redfish, trout, snook and more, followed by awards. Participants who opt for the fishing portion are automatically entered into the “Anyone Can Win” tournament at no additional cost.

While the focus is on women, ladies have the option to register a male guest and/or teens to include the whole family. "Eight thousand women have graduated," commented Betty Bauman, Founder. "It has been since 2006 that we have been able to return to this excellent location. The Northeast Florida Marlin Club is showing its support to the community and offers an incredible opportunity for women to learn at the No-Yelling’School of Fishing."”

Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including National Marine Manufacturers Association, Discover Boating, Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers, Penn, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Fish Florida. Annual sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Sunrise Resort & Marina, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation and  Harbor Financial Services. Local sponsors include the Northeast Florida Marlin Association.

Registration of $85 includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, reception and fundraisers. Early entry discounts are on the website. Charter fishing is additional and includes a free tournament entry. No equipment or experience is necessary. The Northeast Florida Marlin Association clubhouse at Camachee Cove is at 3030 Harbor Dr, St Augustine, FL 32084 (Vilano Beach).

Other LLGF events include Bimini Bahamas Sept. 9-11, FL Keys/Tavernier/Islamorada Oct. 21-23 and Chokoloskee/Everglades National Park Nov. 19-20.

Contact: LLGF, phone 954-475-9068, fax 954-474-7299, email: , website: , Facebook: 

Contact: (954) 475-9068; email ; website ; Facebook .

 About“Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"

The Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) is a national charitable 501C3 organization dedicated to attracting women and families to fishing while encouraging conservation and responsible angling. LLGF promotes networking among and emphasizes mentorships. Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 8,000 graduates and is the largest organization in the world whose objective is to introduce women and families to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series - dubbed "The No-Yelling School of Fishing" - are known nationally in the fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from media including Inside Edition, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS, Good Morning America, Outdoor Life Network, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more.

"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"
The No Yelling School of Fishing
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954.475.9068 o. | 954.474.7299 f.





Clematis by Night 

Every Thursday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on the Waterfront. N. and S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr. and Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St. will be closed from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

More details click here.


West Palm Beach Antique and Flea Market 

Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Narcissus Ave. between 2nd St. and Banyan Blvd. from 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information, click here.   


West Palm Beach GreenMarket 

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. N. and S. Clematis St. closed, Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St., and Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and N. Clematis St. will be closed from 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.


All Aboard Florida Construction Updates

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Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project Update 

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