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U.S. Reveal of Ernest Hemingway’s Boat, Pilar—see it for the first time at the boat show!

It’s no secret that Ernest Hemingway had a boating love affair with both South Florida and Cuba. Now, the only replica and “sistership” of Hemingway’s famous boat, Pilar, currently on display at the Museo Ernest Hemingway in Finca Vigia, Cuba, will be revealed at the Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show®, providing people in the U.S. the first chance to see the boat that influenced several of Hemingway’s finest books, like The Old Man and the Sea. The restoration of Pilar was led by Miami's own, actor Andy Garcia.

Show goers can get an up close glimpse of Pilar for the very first time in the Center Courtyard at the main entrance of the show.


NEW! Demo Docks and Sea Trials

Compare and try before you buy!

Expanded demo docks feature more than 150 boats in the water for demonstrations and sea trials. See and board a variety of vessels—powerboats, cruisers, sport fishers and more—make side-by-side comparison and chat with dealers and manufacturers reps to explore your buying options.

Ready to buy? Ask for a sea trial—there’s nothing like testing the waters aboard a boat to know you’re making the right choice.
Outboard, inboard and stern drive engine manufacturers will also have boats powered by their products in the water for demos and sea trials.


NEW! Try It Cove

Head to Try It Cove to get out on the water and try a variety of water sports—from stand up paddle boarding to kayaking, canoeing and more. Be sure to bring your suit and a towel—we'll provide changing rooms and equipment. Supported by Miami Rowing Club




The annual Stuart Blessing of the Fleet is scheduled for Saturday, February 20th.

The website:  will be updated shortly with more details.



7th Annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Boat Sale
Date: Feb 28 - Mar 01, 2015
Location(s): Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds

With over 100 boats on display and for sale boat dealers will be competing for your business. Major boat dealers go head to head with incredible deals on new and used boats.

Warm up with hot deals. Unlike auto shows, boat sales are the place to buy. Hundreds of new-year and closed out models are available to buy right at the sale, often at some of the best prices of the year, as dealers generally offer special show pricing or other incentives. Plus, it’s the perfect time to order a new boat to ensure it arrives ready to launch in the summer.

This Year New Layout - New Pricing

Boat Dealer Space is Limited -- for selling space application CLICK HERE For available selling spaces CLICK HERE.




"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!®" (LLGF) is a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sport fishing and to promoting conservation and responsible angling. LLGF promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorship between novice and experienced members. 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 to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series - often dubbed "The No-Yelling School of Fishing" - are renowned nationally in the sport fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from national media including "Inside Edition," CBS' "The Early Show," NBC's "Nightly News," "Good Morning America," "Outdoor Life Network," USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more.


"Ladies Let's go Fishing!" hosts multiple annual saltwater fishing universities in different Florida cities. The Universities teach fishing skills in a fun and relaxed environment, plus give hands-on opportunities to practice skills and a chance to go charter fishing. Noted as the "No Yelling School of Fishing."
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Now is the time to put the Environmental Learning Center’s 20th annual EcoFest on your calendar.  Announced this week by co-chairs Linda Clerch and Maureen Kane, the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America will be the Premier EcoFest Sponsor. The theme is “Unplug, Explore, Discover.”  The ELC will be the perfect place to do just that between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm on Sunday, March 6.

“We are excited to be joined this year by A Florida Outdoor Center (AFLOC) who will provide two new and unique activities,” says Education Director Heather Stapleton. “If weather allows, stand up paddle boards will be offered in the lagoon off the ELC’s teaching platform, and fat tire bikes sampled on the ELC grounds.”

There is no admission charge and free parking will be available using shuttle service provided from satellite locations nearby. Music will once again be provided by The River Rats. 

The line-up of customary favorites such as pond dip-netting and Quick Canoe Trips will be joined this year by kite flying and adult workshops. In addition to a wide variety of craft booths for all ages, this event will include plein air painting by local artists. Story Time on the stage in the Imagination Station will feature The Raft by Jim LaMarche.  Food will be available for purchase. As usual, the Vero Beach Power Squadron will donate all hamburger, hot dog and veggie burger proceeds to the ELC.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge. 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, EcoVentures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures can be found at








These two groups are very active.

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St. Johns county Parks & Recreation Dept. is hosting free guided kayak tours at Florida Community Trust Parks. This month they are launching from Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, Switzerland at 10 a.m.,  Thursday, February 25 through Saturday, February 27. This trip will provide participants with the opportunity to spend the day exploring the east side of the St, Johns River, learning about the local history, and discovering the flora and fauna found along the bank of the river with St, Johns County Naturalist Ayolane Halusky. When we offer tours at our Florida Communities Trust Parks there will be no fee. Seats are limited. To RSVP for a seat or for additional information, please call 904.209.0335 or email .




KEY WEST, Florida Keys — A 40.37-pound kingfish catch earned Miller Tyme top honors at the 20th annual Stock Island Marina Village King Mackerel Tournament that ended Jan. 24.

Mark Blackwell of Fort Pierce, Florida, caught the winning fish Sunday — the only fishing day of the planned two-day challenge after high winds forced organizers to cancel Saturday's on-the-water action.

Other Miller Tyme team members were Captain Doug Miller, Brian Black and Joey Casson, all residents of Fort Pierce.

Miller said the team was 65 miles west of Key West in about 100 feet of water when Blackwell hooked the fish.

According to Blackwell, it was the team's only kingfish bite of the day.

"It was getting down to the wire to make it back when we caught the fish," he said. "It wasn’t a big sea, but it was so mixed up it was hard to run in it."

The Under Armour Fishing Team out of St. Petersburg, Florida, led by Captain Arik Bergerman, took second place with a 39.81-pound catch. Anglers included Randy Keys and Danny Hamilton of St. Petersburg and Seth Funt and Jordan Funt of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Keys, who caught the second-place kingfish, was named the tournament's top senior angler.

Third-place honors went to the Lost Boys team, skippered by Rich Cook of West Palm Beach, with a 33.52-pound catch. The team consisted of West Palm Beach angler John Heiser IV and Andrew Pepsny of Lake Worth, Florida.

The tournament also featured a division for anglers fishing in boats 23 feet or shorter. Its winner was the team aboard Bada Bing, led by Captain Sammy Papia of Orlando.

The tournament, a sanctioned event of the Southern Kingfish Association, attracted 51 boats.




Cape Coral, Florida – (January  25, 2016) – “True Love,” a Leopard 37, twin-engine powered catamaran, is now part of the Southwest Florida Yachts power fleet based at Tarpon Point Marina here.

“’True Love’ is both fast and comfortable, and a great way to enjoy our delightful cruising area,” said Southwest Florida Yachts co-owner Barb Hansen.  “She has six berths and a large u-shaped dinette with seating for six, plus dual air conditioning units.”   There are two cabins and two heads.  The hardtop flybridge offers excellent visibility with a full set of electronics and comfortable seating coupled with a sunning and seating area on the foredeck, as well as a propane BBQ grill. 

In addition to a well-equipped aft galley, “True Love” has an AM/FM stereo with MP3 and CD player; a 24-inch Vizio color TV and DVD player. Power comes from twin Yanmar 110-horsepower diesels.  She also has a Northern Lights 6kw diesel generator and a new, outboard-powered inflatable dinghy.

The winter rate for chartering “True Love” is $5,550 per week.  Summer charters are $4,438 weekly.  Southwest Florida Yachts is offering charter discounts in the summer: 5% off in June, 10% off in July, 12% off in August and 15% in September.  Charters must be three days or longer and begin and end in the month of the promotion.

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.




Cape Coral, Florida – (January  11, 2016) – “Terra Firma,” a Catalina 36 Mark II Sloop has joined the Southwest Florida Yachts sailing fleet based at Tarpon Point Marina here.

“’Terra Firma’ follows in the tradition of Catalina sailing yachts,” said Southwest Florida Yachts co-owner Barb Hansen.  “She is a quality vessel made to sail.  The first thing guests will notice is her roominess and elegant simplicity.  She also has all the comforts of ‘terra firma’ including dockside air conditioning and color TV, stereo, CD player and microwave oven.

“The skipper will love the full array of electronics, including GPS, chart plotter and autopilot,” said Hansen.  “Terra Firma” has two cabins, a head and refrigeration plus a dinghy with an outboard motor.

The winter rate for chartering “Terra Firma” is $2,902 per week.  Summer charters are $2,323 weekly.  Southwest Florida Yachts is offering charter discounts in the summer: 5% off in June, 10% off in July, 12% off in August and 15% in September.  Charters must be three days or longer and begin and end in the month of the promotion.

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.




While anxiously awaiting next summer’s boating season, boaters may endlessly roam barren marina docks or eerily quiet boat clubs anticipating the return of the season many months away. However, to provide hope for the sun-splashed days of summer, boaters can start planning their summer cruise now with a new online course that shows them how. “Planning Your Cruise” is the newest online course that can be taken from the comfort of a warm home this winter and is offered at through a partnership with United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. The cost is $30, while BoatUS and USPS members receive a 20% discount ($24).

Designed to help power and sailboat owners get more out of the trip and prepare for the unexpected, the online seminar is targeted for those who have a limited amount of time for cruising inland or coastal waters – typically a long weekend up to several weeks. It is appropriate for both first-timers as well as more seasoned cruisers, offering all of the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a voyage including discussions on crew selection and comfort, meals and provisions, chartering, cruising foreign waters, emergencies, medical care and security.

“Planning for Your Cruise,” which follows “Weather for Boaters,” is the second course of three planned that will, together, replicate the classroom course “Cruising and Cruise Planning.” The Planning for Your Cruise course can be completed at you own pace – started, stopped, and picked up again where you left off at any time. All BoatUS specialized courses may be taken on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

Said BoatUS Foundation Director of Education Amanda Suttles Pérez, “Taking the course now will get you ready for the big trip and keep you happy while winter keeps us inside.”

For more information, go to .


About BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the over half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the non-profit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 34 free state courses – can be found at .

About United States Power Squadrons:

Organized in 1914, United States Power Squadrons (USPS) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. USPS has nearly 40,000 members organized into over 400 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America's largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions. Each squadron's activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service, continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our fellow members. For more, go to .




Blue Star Museum – Active Duty US Military and their immediate family with ID are admitted free – Year-round!

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1860 lighthouse. The waterfront Museum in the restored WWII building exhibits Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee, which explores Native American, Seminole, Florida Maritime, Lighthouse, Pioneer and WWII Secret “Station J” history.

Showcasing the amazing past of the Loxahatchee River region, the heritage site also features the Tindall Pioneer Homestead, Pennock Plantation Bell and Lighthouse Keepers Workshop.

Also available are the museum gift shop, educational programs for children and adults, sunset tours, moonrise tours, weddings & proposals, and special events.

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the 120-acre federally designated, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area. Hiking trail and observation tower located on the north side of Beach Road.

Open Tues-Sun (Open 7 days Jan-Apr,) 10 am-5 pm, last lighthouse tour leaves at 4 pm. Closed on some major holidays. Children must be at least 48” tall to climb tower.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
500 Captain Armour’s Way
Jupiter, FL 33469
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Experience the serenity of Yoga with Mary Veal, Kula Yoga Shala, on the Lighthouse deck at Sunset every Monday



February Events


Enter To Win A Camping Getaway

The  Franklin County Tourist Development Council (FCTDC) launched a Coastal Camping Getaway recently that is open to current TDC newsletter subscribers as well as new subscribers. Winners of this getaway will enjoy either a week's stay at a beachfront campground or a weekend stay in one of the campground's exclusive luxury cabins. Click here to sign up or learn more.


Mardi Gras Ball Feb. 6 

Join in on the Franklin County Mardi Gras Festivities on February 6 as the Franklin County Habitat for Humanity hosts its annual Mardi Gras benefit celebration in Apalachicola. The group will host a Mardi Gras Dinner and Ball on Saturday, Feb. 6 beginning at  5:30 pm. The event will take place at the newly renovated Fort Coombs Armory in Apalachicola. Click here for details.


Mardi Gras Barkus Parade Feb. 6

The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers will host a Mardi Gras Barkus Parade on Feb. 6 in Apalachicola. The theme for this year is Woofstock. Dogs dressed as hippies, flower pooches, the Grateful Dogs - with their people in similar garb. An after party with authentic Cajun food, refreshments, games, a picture booth, live music and dancing. Come immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes promised by this fun event. All proceeds go to the Apalachicola City Dog Park and the Franklin County Humane Society. Click here for details.


African American History Festival

February 19-21

H’COLA’s 13th Annual African-American History Festival will be held Feb. 19-21, 2016. This event is a celebration of African-American history, life, music and culture. This outdoor, family-oriented event is filled with varied artists and entertainers, children’s activities, arts, history, education, health & wellness and more.  There will be live entertainment throughout the two day event. Admission is always free. The event is held in Apalachicola at Franklin Square 6th Street between Avenues L&M. Click here for details.

InConcert Series Promotes Classical and Jazz Fare 

The 2016 InConcert Series Warms Winter Chill with Classical and Jazz concerts in Apalachicola and Carrabelle.

Classic Concerts Schedule Classic Concerts Held in Apalachicola's Trinity Episcopal Church on Sundays at 4pm.

February 14 - David Kalhous

February 21 - Longineau Parsons

February 28 - Alessandra Feris

March 6th     Read Gainsford - Pianist

March 13th   Spring Concert - Bay Area Choral Society

Jazz Concerts Schedule Jazz Concerts Held in Carrabelle's Rio Carrabelle on Fridays at 8pm.

February 5 - Boyce Griffith Sextet

February 12 - Tyler Tolles Quartet

February 19 - Samuel Winternheimer

February 26 - Brandon Robertson


Forgotten Coast Chef Sampler Feb. 28

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce will host the 20th Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler on Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 6-9 pm.  Chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast will prepare their most creative dishes at the historic Fort Coombs Armory located on 4th Street and Avenue D in Apalachicola.  Sample an array from our area restaurants. Tickets are $60. Click here for details.


St. George Island Home Tour Feb. 13

The St. George Island Tour of Homes will be held Feb. 13, 2016. The tour features distinctive homes from beach to bay. The event is sponsored by the St. George Lighthouse Association.  A kick-off event will be held on Friday, February 12 from 6-8 pm at the St. George Island Fire Station on Pine Street.  Click here to learn more.


Dixie Theatre Performances 

In addition to an exciting 2016 performance schedule, the Dixie Theatre in Historic Apalachicola unveils a new original theatre production entitled "Oystertown" in February. Oystertown combines storytelling, music and historic archival footage to celebrate and examine the history of this hidden hamlet on the Forgotten Coast of Florida.  Click here for details.

Dixie February Performance Schedule

Spencer Bohren February 6, 2016  3-5 PM and 8-10PM (ET)

34 West Theater: Groovy Kinda Love  February 13, 2016  3-5 PM and 8-10PM (ET)

Oystertown: Musical Comedy February 20, 2016 3-5 PM and 8-10PM (ET)

Oystertown: Musical Comedy February 24, 2016 3-5 PM

Oystertown: Musical Comedy February 27, 2016 3-5 PM and 8-10PM (ET)


To see the entire Dixie Theatre 2016 Season Calendar, click here


Snowbird Appreciation Day February 9

This annual event is sponsored by the St. George Island Business Association to benefit winter visitors in the area to enjoy an evening out on St. George Island. This year Snowbird Day consists of happy hour, dinner and live music. Click here for details


Apalachicola School of Art Hosts Charlie Hunter Art Class Feb. 19-21

Charlie Hunter's distinctive plein air work techniques will be highlighted during a three day art workshop in Apalachicola Feb. 19-21.  Click here to learn more .


Museum Work Exhibit

The Apalachicola Municipal Library and the Historic Apalachicola Foundation are hosting a traveling Smithsonian exhibit through March 12. The exhibit, entitled "The Way We Worked", explores how work became such a central element in American culture, by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and the work environment over the past 150 years. The exhibit is on display at the Apalachicola Museum of Art located at 96 5th Street, Apalachicola. Click for details.


Panhandle Players Perform Dixie Swim Club

The Panhandle Players will present Dixie Swim Club Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3 pm at the Eastpoint Fire House. Tickets $15 each. Click here for details.

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