SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items



Special Notice: Carrabelle

TELEPHONE 850-697-8400 or REGISTER ONLINE at (Click Tournaments and follow directions.)
Check their website for other June, July and August  tournaments.




We've just missed announcing a Central Florida Offshore Anglers end-of May Tournament but we expect to be receiving Press Releases from them soon.

A visit to their website - -shows that they have a monthly Social open to the public, so-o-o-o anyone interested may want to attend.

Announced for June  on the site: Captain Nick Czerok - of Searok Charters will talk about Targeting Mangrove Snapper.

Meeting location: American Legion Headquarters, 1912 Lee Rd, Orlando, FL, 6:30pm



NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA  22304
Read this press release online at:

Photo Available at:




ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 5, 2015 – What are three of the most common skills any boater will need to know this summer? “Docking is often seen as a spectator sport, but everyone needs to know how to do it safely,” said BoatUS Magazine Executive Editor Mike Vatalaro. “Beaching your boat is also a common maneuver, as is using your boat’s trim tabs to get the best ride, so we’ve done three short videos that address each.” The videos are part of the magazine’s Practical Boater series that offers skills building, techniques and best practices to get the most out of boating.

The videos can be found at:
1. Trim Tab Basics:
2. How To Beach Your Boat And Leave Again:
3. Four Steps For Coming Alongside A Dock: .
More Practical Boater tips, from how to remove fishing line entangled around a prop to a pre-launch checklist, can be found in the most recent issue of BoatUS Magazine at .

About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

BoatUS is the nation¹s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS insurance program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit .




With hundreds of thousands of boaters, divers and fishermen populating and enjoying Florida¹s coastlines (the largest coastline in the continental US) renowned marine artist Guy Harvey has designed a new state specialty license plate to remind all of us to Protect Our Oceans.

Now available to Florida¹s motorists is Harvey¹s new Florida Specialty Plate featuring a colorful design of the state¹s most popular saltwater sportfish, The Dorado (also known as Mahi Mahi).

"The Dorado inspired Protect Our Oceans license plate replaces our original specialty license plate Catch Me, Release Me that featured a leaping Blue Marlin," said Steve Stock, President of Guy Harvey, Inc., based in South Florida.  "It¹s part of our ongoing program to promote different conservation messages and fish species."

The purpose of Florida¹s Specialty Plates is to raise funds for a particular cause.  In the case of  the Protect Our Oceans plate, a portion of the yearly plate registration goes to support the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF), whose core mission is to fund marine science research, conservation and bolster education programs for children and young adults.

Florida Specialty License Plates can be purchased  when renewing vehicle registration or when purchasing a new vehicle. For an online ordering go to  .

About Guy Harvey

Guy Harvey is a marine wildlife artist and conservationist who earned a Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology. His depictions of marine life, especially of sportfish such as marlin, are very popular with sport fishermen and have been reproduced in prints, posters, t-shirts, jewelry, clothing, and other consumer items. Harvey is also a very vocal and active advocate for marine conservation, having established the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University of Fort Lauderdale, Florida as well as the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, an organization that funds marine conservation research and educational initiatives.




Here are our next Two trips Please RSVP to above email address as soon as you can. Spots fill quickly….
Also look below for see the Nature Mystery question…and answers for the last one…
Out of a number of requests we return to Guana!! If you haven’t experienced this special water way please join us on this one.

1.       Guana GTMNERR Exploration Kayak Trips, Friday June 12th and Sat June 13th

St. Johns County, FL – The St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department is hosting 2-3 hour guided kayak tours of Guana Tolomato Matanzas waterway at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 12th  and Saturday, June 13th . Launching from Six Mile Boat Ramp off A1A, GPS coordinates are: 30° 06'36.13" N 81° 20'42.74" W, the trip will provide participants with the opportunity to spend the day exploring a unique water shed along our coast, learning about the local history, and discovering the flora and fauna found along the way with St. Johns County Naturalist AyoLane Halusky. The fee for this guided trip is $20 per person for participants with their own kayak. The fee to reserve a county kayak, equipment and attend the trip is $40 per person. Seats are limited. To RSVP for a seat, or for additional information, please call 904.209.0348.

2.       Trout Creek Exploration Kayak Trips, Friday June 19th

St. Johns County, FL – The St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department is hosting guided kayak tours of Trout Creek at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 19th . Launching from the boat ramp at Trout Creek Park, located at 6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, Fl. 32092, the trip will provide participants with the opportunity to spend the day exploring the urban wilderness environment, learning about the local history, and discovering the flora and fauna found along Trout Creek with St. Johns County Naturalist AyoLane Halusky. The fee for this guided trip is $20 per person for participants with their own kayak. The fee to reserve a county kayak, equipment and attend the trip is $40 per person. Seats are limited. To RSVP for a seat, or for additional information, please call 904.209.0348.

Last Natures’ Mystery question was answered By Linda Vick, she won a free kayak trip with the county.
Linda: Please call to redeem your prize in 2015. 904-209-0348
Please look for future Mystery questions. Some can win prizes some are just for fun.
Here is how Linda’s story came out:
Question: What is Nature’s way of telling us Spring is on its way? Signs-Sounds-Smells-Feelings,,, Stories are welcome here….
Linda Vick Wrote
“The best sign for me is the reddish purple weed that when I was growing up we called sour weed, this was a treat for us when we were playing outside all day.  This used to tell us spring is here and get ready for summer and also chew chew chew the sour weed.”
AyoLane Replied
“Have to say me too… we use to call them Sweet and Sours”
Linda Finished with,
“Thanks ... this 66 year old woman loves to hear that someone young does what she did when she was young.”
Here are some fun facts: This plant is called “Hastate Leaf Dock” or (Rumex hastatulus) It can be found along the roadside and in sandy fields, From central Florida to the Carolinas. There are medicinal qualities but also eating large quantities can also make you not feel so good. Natives in North Florida sometime made it into a hot weather drink and the local settlers made a sweet and sour jelly out if it.

Here is the new Nature Mystery Question. (just for Fun)
Let’s say you were crawling along a warm knee deep creek  in the hottest part of the NE Florida’s summer, looking for a nature question to solve. As you make you way up the creek, you notice the temperature of the water turning hot to warm, then suddenly turned cold from time to time.  In some spots with closer investigation you even find the mud as cold as the water. What is the cause of this sudden temperature change?

Mr. AyoLane Halusky
St. Johns County Naturalist
Department of Recreation and Parks
Trout Creek Park
6795 Collier Rd.
St. Augustine  Fl. 32092
904-209-0348 office




Wabasso Island, FL – The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) will once again host WaterVentures' Mobile Learning Lab from June 8 - 13 at its campus on CR 510. A traveling science center, this 53-foot semi-trailer is customized to provide hands-on exhibits that educate and encourage citizens to make environmentally conscious decisions about Florida's water resources. Indoor and outdoor Learning Lab stations cover topics ranging from Florida's aquifers, watersheds and wetlands to the water cycle and water conservation, and much more. The Mobile Lab's team of educators will be on hand to tailor the learning experience for all ages, from pre-schoolers to adults.

All campers taking part in the ELC's summer programs that week plus the three branches of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County will visit the lab. Says ELC education director Heather Stapleton, "We have limited availability for organized groups of less than 30 if other area summer camps would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity." Visits can be arranged by calling her at 772-589-5050 x-106.

WaterVentures will be open to the general public on Thursday, June 11 from 10 am - 12 noon; Friday, June 12 from 10 am - 12 noon and 1:30 pm - 4 pm; and Saturday, June 13 from 10 am - 12 noon. Reservations are not necessary. Admission is free for children 12 and under and for ELC members, and the regular entry fee of $5 for all others. For more information about the mobile lab, visit the WaterVentures website at .

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 a visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, Ecology Adventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions and other boating adventures may be found at . Admission to the ELC, a non-profit organization, is $5 per person; there is no charge for ELC members and children 12 and under. The first Saturday of every month is free-of-charge for all.
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963




The  "No Yelling School of Fishing!" has a few events scheduled . . . the Following activities are usually included ...

•Learn fishing from A-Z in one weekend!
•Kickoff party on Friday, appetizer contest, silent action and fun raffle
•Full day including classes in inshore/offshore fishing, lunch and hands-on skill stations such as knot tying, spin, fly and net casting, lure rigging, gaffing grapefruits, trailer backing and boat handling.
•Optional inshore or offshore charter fishing on Sunday.
•No equipment or experience necessary.
•Ladies can register a male guest or teen.

Sept. 11-13 – Bimini Bahamas and Nov. 13-15 – Keys/Tavernier. Register online at .  Phone: 954-475-9068. Email
 "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"
The No Yelling School of Fishing
Like Us On Facebook: “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”
954.475.9068 o. | 954.474.7299 f.



REPEATING JUNE ITEMS  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

2015 JILM Calendar: May & June Lighthouse Sunset Tour Jun 3,10,17,24   Time varies by sunset Take in the spectacular sunset views and witness the Jupiter Light turning on to illuminate the night sky.  Visitors get an inside look at the nuts & bolts of a working lighthouse watchroom.  Tour time approximately 75 minutes, $15 Members, $20 Non-Members, RSVP required, 561-747-8380 X101.  Tours are every Wednesday weather permitting, time varies by sunset, call for tour time.  Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower. .  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, FL 33469

Lighthouse Moonrise Tour Jun 2, Time varies by sunset
A howling good time and spectacular evening view of a full moon from the top of the tower! Tour time approximately 75 minutes, $15 Members, $20 Non-Members, RSVP required, 561-747-8380 x101. Tours are weather permitting, call for tour time. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be at least 48” tall to climb. . Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, FL 33469

Lighthouse Story Time & Crafts for Kids Jun 2   10:30am-11:15am, Free Program  
Join us under the Lighthouse Seminole Chickee Hut for story time & craft activity about Lighthouse Keepers, Florida History and People & Local Plants and Animals.  Moms & Dads, this is ideal for kids ages 8 and under. Please bring a small beach/picnic mat for your child.  Program is free, space is limited, runs approximately 45 minutes, weather permitting, Please RSVP 561-747-8380 X101.  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter FL 33469

Lighthouse Coffee & Book Club Jun 3,  6-7 PM
Join Museum Staff in book discussions on all things Florida! Discover the surprisingly rich heritage of our State in both fiction and non-fiction. Coffee, Tea & Refreshments available for purchase. The Lighthouse Coffee & Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month in the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum Café.   Donation suggested.  Check our web calendar for Book reading schedule. Please RSVP to 561-747-8380 X101.  Location:  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter.

Twilight Yoga at the Light Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29     7-8 PM
Experience the serenity of Yoga with Mary Veal, Kula Yoga Shala,  on the Lighthouse Deck at Sunset! Every Monday (time will vary monthly based on sunset.)  This is an all levels class and beginners are welcomed and encouraged! Offered by donation. Bring a yoga mat and a flashlight. Meet on the back porch of the Lighthouse Museum 15 minutes prior to start time, class is weather dependent-please check website for updates and future start times. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, FL 33469

Tales from the Archives Jun 17, 6-7 PM
Join us in the Museum café as Staff shares the latest discoveries in local historical research and new findings from our ever expanding Museum’s collection. You may be the first to hear about new research shedding light on an old mystery or see an unusual or rare donation up-close! What fascinating facts are in the archives of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society?  Historian and Collections Manager Josh Liller will give a 30-45 minute presentation related to local history drawn from our Archives and the latest research.  Q&A will follow. A must for history buffs. Free to the public. Check our web calendar for additional scheduling. Space limited RSVP required to 561-747-8380 X101.   Location:  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter.

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is now honoring free regular daytime admission YEAR-ROUND for Active Duty US Military & their immediate families!!  Beginning May 1st, 2015, just present your current US Military ID at the time of admission.
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, .

AND ... speaking of LIGHTHOUSES (and  Clubs and Museums) ... the City of Key West's lighthouse has a similar membership setup via the Key West Art and Historical Society. Visit their website at We've also been advised that "lighthouse fans" will enjoy google-ing "lighthouse people" ... for lots on lighthouses and their histories.
More lighthouses seem to be getting into similar activities. Contact them directly for more information! Your visit to  will help you find them.




TAVERNIER, Florida Keys -- Summertime in the Florida Keys is synonymous with mahi-mahi, and women anglers seeking team competition and camaraderie can look to the third annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament Friday and Saturday, June 12-13.

The fun fish tournament is headquartered at the Florida Keys Elks Lodge, mile marker 92.5 bayside. A kick-off party and registration are scheduled Friday, June 12, at 5 p.m.

Fishing day is Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., when the weigh station closes. An awards banquet with cocktails and dinner follows.

The combined weight of each team's three dolphin fish is to determine the winners. Among prizes for the top 10 teams, cash prizes of $3,000, $1,500 and $1,000 are to be awarded the grand champion boat team, second- and third-place teams, respectively.

The angler with the largest fish can earn a $1,000 prize.

Entry fee is $125 per adult angler through May 31. After May 31, the fee increases to $150. Junior anglers under age 16 can register for $50 through May 31 or $75 thereafter. Teams of up to six anglers are allowed.

Event registration:  or 305-522-4868
Islamorada visitor information:  or 1-800-FAB-KEYS
Florida Keys fishing information:



Immediate Release
March 31, 2015
Media Contact
Mary Burrell, Public Information Manager
(727) 453-3065

Campers at Shell Key Preserve will no longer be allowed to have campfires during sea turtle nesting season, which runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The ban is being initiated because the campfires may illuminate the beach area at night, disrupting the sea turtle nesting process. The new rule is in accordance with state law which prohibits certain activities disruptive to sea turtles.

Violations will result in a $118 fine.

From Oct. 1 through April 30, campfires are allowed in the designated camping area on Shell Key, but campfires are prohibited year-round outside of the designated area.

Shell Key Preserve is maintained by Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources. It is only accessible by boat. Anyone wishing to camp on the island must have a permit. For more information about Shell Key Preserve and to obtain a permit, visit .

For more information on sea turtles in Florida, visit .

The Pinellas County app is available to connect citizens to their government and make it easy to report issues and access useful resources. Pinellas County can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. More information is available on the county website, , which features LiveChat for assistance. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.





Joel Shannon Sailing Camp Dates

One-Week Sessions

Monday thru Friday | 0800 - 1630 pm

June 22nd - 26th  Parent Orientation: June 21th

July 6th - 10th Parent Orientation: June 21th

July 13th - 17th Parent Orientation: July 12th

July 20th - July 24th Parent Orientation: July 12th

July 27th - July 31st Parent Orientation: July 12th

Visit the Rudder Club Website for more information


Rudder Club Open House

Saturday, June 20th 1400 - 1800 or later

Congratulations! & Welcome!

We met at the boat show. You were interested in sailing and in the Rudder Club. You are invited to visit.

We are hosting a New Members Party Saturday June 20th from 2 - ?  There will sailboats on display, sailing, cash bar, music, barbeque and an opportunity to meet other members and to see just what the Rudder Club is all about.

Member run, all hands on.

Please come and spend some time getting to know us.  A good time will be had by all.

Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit. The pool is open. Space is limited so RSVP. Sea you on the water


Rudder Club Adult Sailing Lessons Classes Available

June 6th/7th and June 13th/14th

If you are new to sailing and are itching to get out on the water, come take a class at the Rudder Club. Class sessions are one evening of lecture and two weekends of on the water instruction. For schedules, registration, and additional information, go to the Adult Sailing web page.


These two groups are very active and we suggest that NE Florida sailors check out their site - .


Medical information
I just wanted to say thanks for your help the other day after my slip on the boat ramp. I also wanted to let the rest of the membership know that no cut or abrasion should be taken lightly on the river. I just was released from the hospital after 5 days and a surgery to combat the infection I acquired as result of the fall. I have two weeks of intravenous antibiotics to add to it.

After leaving the club I went directly to the doctor where I was not treated correctly. This is what I want the membership to really know since I was unaware. DO NOT let a doctor sew up a cut that has been exposed to the river. Also, demand some antibiotics. Both of these things were done incorrectly for myself and the result was alll of the above. Thanks again and I'll be out to see you soon.
James Havard

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