SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items

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We're sorry to have to announce that an alert reader* has advised that we have an incorrect closed clearance on Chart 19 re: St. Mile 56.9 Hatchett Creek Bridge (US 41). The bridge's closed clearance is now 30' rather than 16' as shown both in print and online. Restrictions remain the same.

Re: the *alert reader, she is Mrs. Lee Stapella who, when asked, told us we may use her name with: "Sure, tell the world Chart 19 is my bible."

Following is part of her note praising the publication's Chart set up ...

We quote ...

"Your publication ... is what I have in my lap as we travel the ICW and it is soooo useful especially in the Chart # 19 area... "Venice to Anna Maria." You see the bridges come up fast since they are so close together. Now although they are noted on the official NOAA charts, the closed heights are not that easily read. On your chart, the  names of the bridges are bolded which I find very convenient.
Also, having the services right near the progress miles has actually saved our boat. We lost all steering  near a bridge and had to actually just use throttles to get  into a marina which was down a little cut with inadequate signage on the waterway.  But we could see it noted on the chart. I can't tell you how relieved we were to have the name and phone number RIGHT THERE on the  2009-10 chart  instead of looking it up on a list. Sure we could have dropped an anchor but my husband didn't want to leave the bridge. Your format worked.
If you change anything could it just  pertain to this chart# 19  only,  and keep the small type for the bridge heights but bold that type? In fact there are so many bridges close together if a boater doesn't hail with the exact name of the bridge the bridge tender may not reply. We've heard them correcting other boaters who obviously don't have your publication."

Signed by First Mate, Lee Stapella, on 42' trawler owned by her and her husband

We plan to attempt to take her suggestion to embolden Bridge Clearances with next year's edition. 

It was pleasing to hear that our charts are doing their job! We make every effort to avoid errors, of course, but they do happen, and we always appreciate readers' corrections and suggestions as stated in our EDITOR'S NOTE in the NEWS update (just before the beginning of Section  A ...)


KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Anglers targeting dolphin fish can compete for more than $15,000 in guaranteed cash prizes during the annual Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby. The tournament is scheduled Friday through Sunday, June 20-22, to coincide with the height of the Florida Keys dolphin fishing season.

Events are headquartered at Stock Island Marina Village, 7009 Shrimp Road on Stock Island.

The boat team with the largest aggregate weight in dolphin during the derby's two fishing days will take home a grand prize of $5,000 cash. The second-place team will earn $2,500, while $1,000 awaits the third-place finishers.

The individual angler who catches the tournament's single largest dolphin is to receive a cash prize of $3,000. Second- and third-place individual anglers are to take home $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. Trophies are slated for the top female and junior anglers, and the heaviest catches of wahoo and tuna are to earn awards as well.

The tournament kicks off with a final registration, reception and captains meeting beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Stock Island Marina Village.

Fishing is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with weigh-ins until 5:30 p.m. both days. Each team is allowed to enter one qualifying fish per day.

Saturday's angling action is to be followed by a cocktail gathering, dinner, auction and speaker's presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night is to feature a 6:30 p.m. cocktail party and awards ceremony. Both events are scheduled at Stock Island Marina Village.

Entry fees are $600 per team, which allows two anglers to fish. There is no maximum number of anglers per boat, but each additional angler over two must pay $150 to enter. Proceeds benefit Gator Club scholarship funds for local students attending the University of Florida.

Tournament information and registration: or 305-304-0317
Key West visitor information: or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Florida Keys fishing information:


MARATHON, Florida Keys -- Summertime on-the-water action awaits anglers of all ages at the Burdine's Waterfront Dolphin & Blackfin Tuna Fun Fishing Tournament, with the 14th annual family-friendly event set for Friday through Sunday, June 27-29.

Weekend fun kicks off Friday with a 5 p.m. captains meeting at the locals' favorite Burdine's Waterfront Marina, located at the oceanside end of 15th Street in Marathon. Participants can enjoy a high-energy happy hour overlooking picturesque Boot Key Harbor with a buffet of complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beverages and a prize raffle.

Participants fish Saturday and Sunday, vying for top prizes of $700, $350 and $200 for the individual adult anglers who catch the tournament's three heaviest dolphin.

The top three anglers in the junior division are to be awarded $300, $200 and $100. Cash prizes of $750 each are to be presented to the anglers who catch the event's heaviest blackfin tuna and wahoo.

The awards are to be presented at a banquet set for 6 p.m. Sunday at Burdine's Marina.

Modest entry fees of $100 per adult and $50 per junior angler apply.

Tournament information: Brenda Duff 305-743-5317 or
Marathon visitor information:
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KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Fans of Ernest Hemingway's literary greatness and zest for life can start polishing their prose and practicing their "Papa" personas for the 34th annual Hemingway Days set for Tuesday through Sunday, July 15-20.

The Nobel Prize–winning author lived in Key West from 1931 until late 1939, penning classics including "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "To Have and Have Not," fishing for deep-sea prey and relaxing with local and literary cohorts. The festival celebrates his writing achievements, sporting pursuits and enjoyment of the island's easygoing lifestyle.

Highlights include a "Papa" Hemingway look-alike contest, prose and poetry readings, an offbeat "Running of the Bulls," a street fair on Key West's famed Duval Street, a marlin tournament and the culmination of an internationally recognized short story competition directed by Ernest's author granddaughter Lorian Hemingway.

Events begin Tuesday, July 15, with museum exhibits celebrating Key West's leading literary residents. Attendees can explore "Hemingway in Key West" at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St., and the Tennessee Williams Exhibit at 513 Truman Ave. behind the Key West Business Guild Visitor Center.

Approximately 125 burly, bearded contenders are expected for the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest starting Thursday, July 17, at Sloppy Joe's Bar, the author's former hangout at 201 Duval St. "Ernest" entrants are to parade their "Papa" personas before a judging panel of previous winners during preliminary rounds Thursday and Friday, followed by finals set for Saturday, July 19.

At noon Saturday, look-alikes plan to stage "Photos with Papas" outside Sloppy Joe's and then spearhead the annual "Running of the Bulls" -- a wacky take-off on Pamplona's renowned run that features man-made bulls indigenous to Key West. Afterward, the bearded brethren are to host a pre-birthday event recognizing the 115th anniversary of Hemingway's July 21 birth.

Ernest’s literary legacy is honored each year with the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition winners announcement and reception. Scheduled Friday, July 18, it typically takes place at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., the legendary author's first Key West residence.

Also planned are readings and book signings presented by Literacy Volunteers of America–Monroe County, as well as the Key West Poetry Guild's "The Poems of Papa."

For anglers, the Key West Marlin Tournament provides a chance to emulate Ernest's passion for deep-sea fishing. The July 16-19 challenge offers cash prizes for top catches of marlin and other fish.

The Hemingway Days Street Fair is scheduled all day and evening Saturday, transforming Duval Street into an open-air marketplace with arts, crafts, food vendors and the inaugural Bubba Cuzzy Shrimp-Off Competition. The fun benefits Helpline of the Florida Keys. For information, call 305-292-8445.

Festival events also include the 5k Sunset Run and Paddle Board Race, and Sloppy Joe's 28th annual Arm Wrestling Contest.

In addition, Hemingway fans can visit the author's former Key West home at 907 Whitehead St., now a museum open daily for tours.

Event information: ,,,
Key West visitor information: or 1-800-LAST-KEY


Anyone Cruising in the Keys in June may want to spend a few days in Key West and try out the foods and drinks at this event which will be evident in the downtown area ... on or near the waterfront. (Check it out. Participants must be 21 or over to attend some of the parties ... Proceeds from tickets will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.)
KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Contemporary and traditional cuisine, a star-studded group of chefs and libations from around the globe are to characterize the fifth annual Key West Bacchanalia. The gourmet gala is set for Friday through Sunday, June 13-15, with a tempting menu of events for food and cocktail aficionados.

Culinary notables sharing their talents at Key West Bacchanalia include nationally renowned chef and cuisine pioneer Norman Van Aken, Bravo TV's "Top Chef" contestant Howie "The Bulldog" Kleinberg and Executive Chef Maria Manso of Key West's Pier House Resort & Spa.

Events are to begin Friday, June 13, with an evening of Key West inspired tapas prepared by former Key West resident Van Aken, a James Beard Foundation award winner known as the father of New World cuisine, and the critically acclaimed Manso.

Scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at the Pier House, 1 Duval St., the evening also features cocktails and a book signing by Van Aken, author of "My Key West Kitchen," "No Experience Necessary" and other highly rated books. Wine aficionados can enjoy De Bortoli wines from Australia including Emeri Sparkling Pink Moscato and Emeri Crisp White.

Saturday's standout event pits Key West chefs against "Top Chef" contender Kleinberg in a competition to create the world's best burger. The challenge is set for 3-7 p.m. at Rick's Entertainment Complex, 202 Duval St., and attendees', votes determine which entrant earns the culinary crown. Other attractions include a Rums of Puerto Rico grand tasting village.

Sunday brings an offbeat rum and barbecue bash for bulldogs and their human companions. "The Bulldog" Kleinberg and his crew plan to serve Angus beef barbecue while offering cooking tips and insights. The mouthwatering meat-lovers' event is to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hog's Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., and well-behaved bulldogs are welcome.

Tickets can be purchased for each individual event or in multiple-event packages. The Key West Bacchanalia benefits the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, which works to provide awareness, prevention, support and ultimately a cure for paralysis.

Event information, schedule and ticketing:
Key West visitor information: or 1-800-LAST-KEY



Miss Evie Offers Cruising in Style for a Family or Group of Friends

Cape Coral, Florida – (May 20, 2014) – “Miss Evie”  – a Grand Banks 42 Motor Yacht – has joined the Southwest Florida Yachts charter fleet based at Tarpon Point Marina here.

“Aboard ‘Miss Evie’ you will cruise the waters off Southwest Florida in style,” said Southwest Florida Yachts’ Co-Owner Barb Hansen.  “With three cabins and two heads, this vessel is the perfect home afloat for a family or a group of friends.  She is built in the fine tradition of Grand Banks Yachts with superb craftsmanship and attention to detail.”

Each of the three sleeping cabins and main salon are well appointed and air conditioned.  The galley-up layout features a four-burner electric stove and convection microwave oven plus a refrigerator with freezer.  The dinette is L-shaped with seating for 6.  The yacht also has a rail mounted Magma charcoal grill.  “Miss Evie” has two heads with showers and a handheld shower on her swim platform.

Entertainment options include two color TV’s and an AM/FM Stereo with 10 CD changer and speakers on the bridge. 

Power comes from twin Ford Lehman SP 135 FWC diesels.  “Miss Evie” is equipped with a Comnav Marine 1001 Autopilot, Westerbeke 8kw diesel generator, GPS,  VHF radios on the lower helm and flybridge, radar and compasses on both along with depth sounders on each, too.   Cruisers have the option of flybridge seating with cushions or deck chairs on the bridge.

Winter rates through April 30 for chartering “Miss Evie” are $5,046 per week.  Summer charters are $4,036 weekly.  Charterers this year qualify for Southwest Florida Yachts’ 30-year anniversary “present” which for charters of three-days or longer through the summer season, which ends December 14, enjoy two free days.

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. 


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By Barb Hansen

Sailing off the coast of Southwest Florida in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico during the winter is wonderful.  However, I want everybody to know sailing those same waters in summer is pretty nice, too. 

Sure summers on land in Florida are warm, but on the water off the coast you have the benefit of our natural air conditioner, the waters of the Gulf.  There is a distinct difference between landside temperatures and those on the Gulf to the benefit of boaters.

As you awaken here on a summer morning, temperatures are typically in the low 70’s.  Many boaters cruise or fish from sunrise to lunch when they head to shore for their noon meal and time for shade and protection at a marina.  After lunch, there’s time for a dip in the pool and a shower.

The day’s highest temperatures will occur by midafternoon, usually in the low 90’s.  However, along with the heat comes the afternoon Westerly sea breeze.  The wind gradually fills in making it a great time to head out for a sail.  Just watch out for the afternoon rain showers.  This late-day weather pattern also brings a temperature drop.  It begins with spectacular cloud formations and then a darkening followed by serious, but brief rains.  The rains end, the sun reappears and the temperatures have cooled. It’s fresh and cleans everywhere.  Those cloud formations head out to the Gulf, creating a delightful backdrop for sunsets that are hard to forget whether you’re back on your boat, at the marina or walking along the beach.

Please understand Vic and I have enjoyed lovely summer days in the Great Lakes area where we are both from and have boated up and down the Atlantic Seaboard.  Summers in those areas are very nice.  But those summers have also been marked by some 100-degree days and that just doesn’t happen here on the Gulf. 

Northerners deserve some nice summer days after those brutal winters with sub-zero temperatures.  And, that’s the voice of experience speaking.

Summers on land in Florida take some getting used to.  There’s no doubt about that.  You also have to be mindful of hurricanes during our July to November “season.”  However, I encourage you to take a close look at hurricane statistics over the recent past.  Florida is susceptible to hurricanes, but that’s also the case with any of the Atlantic states. At least hurricanes don’t sneak up on you.  They give then names and sometimes track them for weeks.

My advice to you is to do your homework, check things out and decide for yourself.  I decided quite a while ago that summers in Florida like our winters, are pretty darn nice.  And, paradise is an apt description for both.    

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. 

Special on Dockage AND Flagler Bridge update

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Flagler Memorial Bridge Update
The Flagler Memorial Bridge is closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic but remains open 24/7 to marine traffic until Nov. 1, 2014, to allow PCL Construction to build the main foundations for the replacement bridge. Drivers are being detoured to the Royal Park Bridge to cross the Intracoastal Waterway.

A new traffic pattern is in place at the intersection of Flagler Drive and the Royal Park Bridge. Drivers going south on Flagler Drive cannot turn left to go east over the Royal Park Bridge and drivers going west over the Royal Park Bridge cannot turn left to go south on Flagler Drive. These restrictions will be strictly enforced and will remain in place for the duration of the Flagler Memorial Bridge closure. The following detours are in place:

◾Drivers going south on Flagler Drive who want to go east over the Royal Park Bridge should take S. Dixie Highway to Okeechobee Boulevard and go east on Okeechobee Boulevard to cross the Royal Park Bridge.

◾Drivers going west on the Royal Park Bridge who want to go south on Flagler Drive should continue west to S. Dixie Highway, go south on S. Dixie Highway to Okeechobee Boulevard, and go east on Okeechobee Boulevard to Flagler Drive.


ValvTect Petroleum is pleased to announce that the City of Ft. Myers Yacht Basin in Ft. Myers, Florida has joined the more than 600 ValvTect Certified marinas and fuel docks nationwide offering ValvTect Marine Fuels.

“We are proud to be known for our friendly staff, competitive prices and as one of the finest municipal run marinas in Florida," said Leif Lustig, Dock Master at the City of Ft. Myers Yacht Basin. "Located in the heart of Ft. Myers historical district, we strive to provide our customers with products and services that make their boating experience more enjoyable. We want boaters to enjoy their time on the water and not worry about breakdowns. That’s one of the main reasons we are offering ValvTect Marine Gasoline and ValvTect Marine Diesel Fuel. ValvTect Marine Fuels provide our customers with a better boating experience by helping reduce maintenance costs and improve fuel economy,” he added.

Jerry Nessenson, President of ValvTect Petroleum, welcomes City of Ft. Myers Yacht Basin to the growing network of Certified ValvTect Marinas. “The City of Ft. Myers Yacht Basin is a first class marina offering outstanding service and many amenities. It is a favorite stopping off spot for boaters coming across the Gulf of Mexico as well as local boaters in the Ft Myers area. We are pleased that local boaters and those traveling the Gulf of Mexico now have another premier marina to fill-up with high quality ValvTect Marine Fuels," Nessenson said.

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For more information about the City of Ft. Myers Yacht Basin, call 1+239.321.7080or visit For more information about ValvTect Petroleum Products or to find the nearest Certified ValvTect Marina, visit or call 1+800.728.8258.

More about City of Ft. Myers Yacht Basin:

The City of Ft. Myers Yacht Basin, a Florida Certified Clean Marina, is ideally located in the central area of the historic district of Ft. Myers on the Okeechobee Waterway at Mile Marker 135, just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the amenities mentioned previously, visitors will find many things to see and do within a short walk of the facility including a visit to Centennial Park, trendy restaurants and hotels, shopping at Edison Ford Square or golfing at one of the three local courses. Not to miss attractions when visiting include Edison-Ford Winter Estates, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Manatee Park and Bonita Beach Park.
More about ValvTect Petroleum:
ValvTect Petroleum Products is the largest supplier of fuel additives to the nation’s fuel distributors that supply specially formulated fuels under its brands of ValvTect Marine Fuels, Diesel Guard Premium Diesel, ThermoGuard Heating Oil, AgriGuard Farm Fuel and BioGuard. It is also a major supplier to the nation’s largest fleets and engine manufacturers.


We've just received and reviewed the newsy April edition of Tell Tales from Jacksonville's Rudder Club and the First Coast Sailing Association

These two groups seem to be very active and we suggest that NE Florida sailors check out their site -

Tell Tales includes race results and schedules of upcoming events (near and far) ... with details on items such as monthly meetings, summer camp opportunities, classified ads, local fleets, crews needed and willing and more. Visit the site and get all the news and check out the links to several other interesting websites.

To contact the club via email:, or phone: 904-264-4094.



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June 27-29, 2014
9 am to 6pm
Tradition Field Mets Stadium
525 NW Peacock Blvd
Port St Lucie, FL 34986
Over 200 Boats on Display and For Sale
Shop and Compare - all in ONE location

The Treasure Coast Boat and Fishing Show is set to sail in to Tradition Field Mets Stadium 525 NW Peacock Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL 34986 in the heart of the Treasure Coast, Friday June 27 through Sunday, June 29, 2014.

While boats are the main attraction, this show offers much more. The Park will be packed with an impressive display of marine accessories. The Marine Mart will have all types of motors, inboard gas and diesel, generators, and outboard motors. A wide range of other types of marine products, hardware, electronics, clothing, shoes, nautical hardware, electronics, clothing, shoes, nautical gifts, and more available.

Warm up with hot deals. Unlike auto shows, boat shows are the place to buy. Hundreds of new-year and closed out models are available to buy right at the show, often at some of the best prices of the year, as exhibitors 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.

Visit the Treasure Coast Boat and Fishing Show 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



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Our BAHAMAS EDITORS, Bob and Ginny Tower, sent the following note for us to share with our readers.
The Towers plan to be at Fiddle Cay in time for this party!

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Hello Everyone,
 Below is our invitation for the 2014 Stranded Naked Beach Party .....
 If you are receiving this message it's because we got your business card, or you signed up on our web page for information. If you do not want to receive this messages anymore please let us know and we will
 remove you from our email list.
 The new 2014 design has a cute "Burger Balloon "with a running parrot in a basket full of fries are ready and you can now place your orders. If you want to order T-shirts please do it ASAP at the link below.
The cut off date for ordering on the web prior to the party is June 15th. Thank you so much for your continued support and hope to see you at the party.
 The money collected from our shirts sells, sponsor donations and bar tips help to offset the cost of the party and are used to make improvement to the next event, buy prizes and giveaways for the people attending. This year we have added Two Large Gas Event Grills capable of cooking 24 burger at a time and a new larger gas powered french fryer.  We hope by making these two improvements that it will help move the food line along much faster than in the past years.
 Also if you have a Facebook, please like us under Stranded Naked. We will keep that page updated always and you can also order shirts from our Shop located on our Facebook page.

 Stranded Naked Cheeseburger Beach Party  Invitation 2014

 The annual Stranded Naked FREE Cheeseburger Beach Party on uninhabited Fiddle Cay is scheduled for July 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.   This party kicks off an amazing 10 days of sailing and racing in one of the most beautiful places in the world for sailing or cruising your boat.

If you have never boated in the Abaco, Bahamas you are truly missing one the ultimate vacation getaways available, on the water.  The Abacos bolster unspoiled beaches, reefs and friendly out-islands resorts and home rentals for the land lovers.   So pack up your boat or reserve that airline ticket and as the "Gully Roosters" from Green Turtle Cay sing, Go, Go to Abaco.

We supply- FREE- 1200 Cheeseburgers, 600 hotdogs, 350 pounds of Fries, 100 gallons of Margaritas, 100 gallons of Boat Drinks, and many giveaways for the children and adults. The first 1300 people will enjoy a free Stranded Naked 2014 stadium souvenir drink cup courtesy of American Cabin Supply. There is plenty of ice water and Kool-Aid available for the children and plenty of beach games and giveaways for their  entertainment.  Don't be scared by the name "Stranded Naked". 

This beach Party is a family event and a fun time for all ages with Free food, Free drinks, fun games and contest for the entire family.

Arrive early and bring your favorite chair and umbrella. Fiddle Cay is the next small Cay North of Green Turtle Cay. It is  approximately a 10 minute dingy ride from the anchorage at Green Turtle Cay.

Please, please NO GLASS WHATSOEVER on the beach or in the waters close to Fiddle Cay. There will be buoys and rope blocking off the swimming area.  While anchoring your boat at the party please respect the roped off swimming area for the children. These buoys are easily seen when you approach the beach by boat so please anchor outside the swimming area. Please do not remove any sea life and respect the precious sea creatures that live on and around Fiddle Cay. Please keep your dog far from the picnic area where the food is served.

For further information please email Patricia Henderson at

In closing,  this party began on my Houseboat many, many years ago with a just a hand full of my friends. We were preparing for the Regatta eating Cheeseburger and having a few drinks. We were always listening to Jimmy Buffett music and attempting to replicate a little of what Jimmy's music portrays including sailing and enjoying beach life to the fullest.  20 years later we are still eating Burgers, Fries and having a few Drinks and listening to Jimmy Buffett tunes only today this beach party has become one of the largest beach parties in the Bahamas and enjoyed by hundreds.

Come join us in the Bahamas.

 Most important.  We want everyone to have a fun time but safety always comes first.  Please bring plenty of sunscreen and drink and boat responsibly.

We hope to see you there,

Bobb & Patricia Henderson


Hi Everyone - We are now at Treasure Cay. Had lunch at the beach bar and a great soak in the beautiful blue sea. Rain all around us but not on the boat. Everything is going great!



David Knowles is the new Harbour Master at Boat Harbour. (We're hoping for more on David for next month's update ...)


Friday, July 4th, 2014, Fishermen’s Village will host their annual 4th of July Celebration.  Admission and parking are free and the public is cordially invited to attend.
The ever popular Freedom Swim begins at 9 am on the north side of the southbound US 41 bridge and ends at Harpoon Harry’s. (call 941 661-5622 for more Freedom Swim details) The Green Hibiscus Trolley will provide transportation between Fishermen’s Village and the Swim starting point beginning at 8 am and continuing until 12 Noon.  Other festivities will include:  Face Painting by Metamasque, 11 am-4 pm;  live music by the Garbage Men, 12 Noon-3 pm and The  Kollections Band, 5-9 pm.  Viewing of annual fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor begins at 9:00 pm.

Vendor space is available at Fishermen’s Village on July 4th;  to receive a vendor application form, email Kathy Burnam, Marketing Director at

Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort and Marina is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left and proceed 3 miles to Fishermen’s Village. Call (941) 639-8721 for more information or visit on line at

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PUNTA GORDA, FL—King Fisher Fleet, headquartered at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, invites Dads to cruise for free in honor of Father’s Day. Here’s how you can help dad celebrate his special day: Dads cruise FREE on any of the cruises listed below. Act fast to reserve your space!

Fri. June 13:           Sunset Cruise 7:00 p.m., 1 1/2 hours

Sat. June 14:         Cabbage Key Island Cruise 9:00 a.m., full day
                                Sunset Cruise 7:00 p.m., 1 1/2 hours

Sun. June 15:        Cabbage Key Island Cruise 9:00 a.m., full day
                                Cayo Costa Beach Cruise 9:00 a.m., full day
                                Afternoon Harbor Tour 2:00 p.m., 1 1/2 hours
                                Afternoon Harbor Tour 4:00 p.m., 1 1/2 hours
                                Sunset Cruise 7:00 p.m., 1 1/2 hours

Advance reservations are recommended. For more information about the special Father’s Day offer, please call (941) 639-0969.

King Fisher Fleet offers eight cruises including daylong cruises to the islands of Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, and Boca Grande, narrated tours of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor, as well as sunset cruises and Christmas light canal cruises. King Fisher Fleet also offers charter fishing with some of the best fishing guides in southwest Florida, departing every day from Fishermen’s Village Marina. Gift certificates for cruises as well as for fishing charters are available at the King Fisher Fleet office.

Voted “Best Charter Boats in Charlotte County” every year 1996-2013, Sun-Herald poll
Voted Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Business of the Year 2009
Voted Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year 2010

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Progressive Marine Service on Salt Creek (downtown St. Petersburg) has announced that their new 94-ton 26' beam travel lift is in operation, so the yard can now haul just about any catamaran needing work! There's an extension on the lift so sail rigging need not be taken down for haulouts. Their 40-ton, 17' lift is also available.

The full service yard handles both sail and power and besides bottom jobs, works on wood and fiberglass. Their mechanics work on outboards, gas and diesel and their repairs and services include refinishing, welding, upholstery, electronics and more. They're listed on Chart 20 in the FCD; phone is 727-822-2886.



Fishing Tourneys

Here are a few of the upcoming fishing tournaments scheduled throughout the county.

June 7
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.

Lodging Providers Offer Spring Season On-line Specials
Many of lodging providers in Franklin County are offering Spring vacation deals.  Click here for a complete listing of accommodations.

Visit to explore attractions, natural amenities and cultural heritage as well as our beaches. Accommodations History Fishing and Outdoors Arts and Heritage Birding Eco Tours Museums Marinas and Boating Outdoor Exploration Parks Shopping

Franklin County Tourist Development Council • Post Office Box 819 • Apalachicola, Florida 32329
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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.



LOOE KEY, Florida Keys -- Divers and snorkelers can explore a portion of the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef while rocking to a sub-sea concert during the 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival.

Set for Saturday, July 12, the quirky songfest takes place at Looe Key Reef, an area of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary approximately 6 miles south of Big Pine Key. For the past three decades, the event has drawn several hundred divers and snorkelers each year to immerse themselves in the colorful marine environment.

Themed "Diving with the Stars," the marine musical event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and staged by Keys radio station US1 Radio 104.1 FM. The music is broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef.

The concert's playlist typically ranges from humpback whale recordings to ocean-themed songs such as Jimmy Buffett's "Fins," Donovan's "Atlantis" and the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden."

Participants might even spot whimsically costumed divers or "mermaids" tooting their own horns on the ocean floor -- pretending to play underwater musical instruments like a trom-bonefish and clambourine sculpted by Florida Keys artist August Powers. They can also glimpse Powers' new "Belushi Blue," a guitar-like fish sporting a hat and shades.

Art and ocean lovers can meet Powers and view his creations, all combining elements of marine life and traditional instruments, during a pre-festival party set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 11. The event takes place at Artists in Paradise Gallery in Big Pine Key's Key Deer Shopping Plaza, just off the Overseas Highway at mile marker 30. Cost is $10 per person if reserved by Wednesday, July 9, or $15 per person at the door.

Divers and snorkelers interested in participating in the Underwater Music Festival can reserve space on boats run by Lower Keys dive operators or launch their own boats from public ramps and marinas in the area.

As well as offering unique enjoyment for dive enthusiasts, the festival carries a serious message of reef preservation. The broadcast incorporates diver awareness announcements emphasizing ways to enjoy the reef while minimizing impacts on the underwater environment.

Event information:
Lower Keys visitor information: or 305-872-2411
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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


The 12th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic takes place at Sandestin June 18-22. Besides the big tournament and marina, the Resort has restaurants, a shopping village, golf, tennis and more. 

Tournament contact phone is 866-505-4458; Marina is 850-267-7773.


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