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8th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market

Jan 9-10, 2016 

FLORIDA'S TOP  Wholesale Fishing Rod, Tackle, Lure Dealers on Hand -- Stock Up For The Year and Save Hundreds!!

Come by for some super discounts on liquidation, closeouts, new, and used boating and fishing supplies.

Visit the Martin County Nautical Flea Market website  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.



The STUART BOAT SHOW is set for January 15 - 17, opening at 10AM each day  'til 6 PM on Friday and Saturday, closing at 5 PM on Sunday. Main location is just North of the Roosevelt Bridge. Other locations include Waterway Marina, Apex Marine, Stuart Harbor and Old Dixie Highway. Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available. Contact Michelle at the Treasure Coast Marine Industries Association for more information ... 772-692-7599.




BIG PINE KEY, Florida Keys -- Boaters, anglers, divers, kayakers and others who enjoy the Florida Keys marine environment can find goods and supplies for their seafaring pursuits at the Big Pine & Lower Keys Nautical Flea Market set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17.

The 12th annual maritime marketplace is to be open both days from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, mile marker 31 oceanside on Big Pine Key.

Visitors to the inviting open-air event can browse and purchase merchandise including boats and motors, dive and snorkel items, fishing gear and other nautical wares from nearly 200 vendors. In addition, local artists and artisans display and sell their creations including clothing, jewelry and home accents.

Attendees can purchase food and beverages to savor while seeking bargains on equipment and seafaring supplies.

The family-friendly event also includes live music by local musicians. Multiple raffle giveaways are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Proceeds from the nautical market benefit the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. Admission and parking are free.




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

The website:  will be updated shortly with more details.



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.



Franklin County January Events

Oyster Cookoff Jan. 15-16

The 6th Annual Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off to benefit the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from noon till 5 p.m. There will be a  Friday evening (Jan. 15) preview of the oyster-related silent auction items, along with a sampling of the Apalachicola Bay's tasty bivalves from 6-8 pm. The actual cook-off on Saturday will start at 12 noon, Judging starts at 3 pm.  Contestants are encouraged to enter with their favorite recipe. All forms of oysters will be available to taste: raw, steamed, fried. Other food items and refreshments will be available for purchase also. The day's activities will include live music and dancing performances.

This annual event features a silent auction, oysters galore, shrimp, smoked mullet, hot dogs, hamburgers, local beer, live music, kids’ activities, dancing performances and a 5K run!




"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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ANNAPOLIS, MD, December 17, 2015 – 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 .




KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Veteran sailboat racing teams from around the world are to compete in the waters off America's southernmost city Sunday through Friday, Jan. 17-22, putting on a colorful display for spectators during Quantum Key West Race Week 2016.

One of the most prestigious sailing regattas on the international calendar, the Key West event includes a diverse fleet with teams hailing from 12 nations.

After the fleet's harbor start at 10:15 am, the action is slated to begin daily at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18-22, with 10 races scheduled during the challenge. Shoreside activities, prize presentations and evening parties round out each day's itinerary.

Race organizers say teams are drawn to Key West to enjoy January sailing in warm subtropical waters, reliable breezes and fierce competition. Competitors are to race on Atlantic Ocean courses just off Key West's shore and inside the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef.

Presented by the Storm Trysail Club, the 2016 regatta is to feature several innovations. They include a Performance Cruising division whose participants will sail one longer race per day, the return of speedy Corsair 28 trimarans and the debut use of an international rating system, ORC, in one of the handicap classes.

"Quantum Key West Race Week has long been chosen by sailing's innovators as the proving ground for new classes and technology," said regatta administrator Amy Gross-Kehoe.

The 2016 regatta will feature a large fleet of the new C&C 30s, a mid-sized one-design boat suited to offshore and inshore racing.

J/70s are to continue their strong class presence in Key West with early entrants from around the U.S. as well as Italy, Bermuda, Norway and Brazil. In the Maxi 72 class, heated competition is expected between Hap Fauth's Bella Mente and George Sakellaris’ Proteus.

The field of international racing professionals includes 2006 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and world champion sailor Jud Smith competing on the J70 Africa.

"It’s the largest international regatta in the U.S. for the non-Olympic racers, although a number of Olympic aspirants and medalists compete in Key West Race Week," said Gross-Kehoe.

The 2016 regatta's headquarters, where sailors and sailing aficionados can mingle, is to be on Caroline Street between Duval and Whitehead streets.

To view the races, fans can book seats on spectator boats ranging from excursion catamarans to historic tall ships. Prime land-based viewing spots include Key West's Atlantic-front restaurants, resorts and beaches.

Florida Keys events calendar:
Florida Keys visitor information:  or 1-800-FLA-KEYS (1-800-352-5397)




Cantina del Sol has waterfront dining at their newly-opened restaurant and tiki bar at Marinatown Marina, 3440 Marinatown Lane. N. Fort Myers.  They're open from 11 AM 'til 11PM, seven days.

Their extensive Menu items include Ahi Tuna Sliders, Blackened Shrimp Wedge Salad, Cilantro Lime Mahi, Cantina Burgers and more ... There's a Raw Bar with peel & eat Gulf Shrimp, Fresh Oysters and King Crab Legs.

Eighteen TVs show all the big games and the bar has 20 beers. Their specialties include tropical cocktails and martinis.
By boat, turn north at Marker 52 and follow the channel to Marinatown.

Visit  or call 239 599 2849.




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
561.747.8380x 101 .



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