SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items




IR Nautical Flea Market 2016

Seafood -- Fishing Gear – Boating Supplies – Nautical Dιcor – Marine and Wildlife Art -- Boats – Island Music – Marine Kids Zone -- Beer

Vendor Application

At the Annual Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival, a two-day event, boat enthusiasts and lovers of all things nautical explore vendor and seafood stands.

Stroll through Indian River Fairgrounds and scope out displays of marine-themed art and new and used fishing or boating equipment, including rods, kayaks, and lures flavored like medium-rare worms. Live reggae and island-style music wafts through the air during the festival’s duration, and patrons crunch into toothsome seafood to remind themselves of love for the sea and quests to eat every inch of it. Something for everyone!



Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show

Artist – Craftsman – Demonstrations – Music – Great Food

Held in conjunction with the Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival

Artist and Craftsman Application

Join us for the Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show April 16-17, 2016

The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show make "buying American" easy. You'll have an opportunity to meet and support the artisans and craftsman who created the work they are exhibiting.

Some of the finest marine, wildlife and nature artists and craftsmen will be exhibiting and selling their work. Photography, acrylic and oil paintings, serigraphy, watercolor, jewelry, clothing, pottery, woodcarving, quilting, metalwork, leatherworkers and furniture will be exhibited and sold.

Visit the  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.




Cape Coral, Florida – (February 22, 2016) – Southwest Florida Yachts and sister company, Florida Sailing and Cruising School, have announced summer 2016 discounts on yacht charters and classes.

Charter discounts apply to both power and sail yachts as follows: 5 per cent off June charters, 10 per cent off July Charters, August charters at 12 per cent off and 15 per cent off September charters.  All charters must be three-days or longer and must begin and end in the month of promotion.

Sail and power classes offered by Florida Sailing and Cruising School between May 1 and October 31 of 2016 are reduced by 5 per cent.  This discount only applies to classes of three-days or longer. 

For more information on power/sail fleet options and classes, 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. 



We met with the folks from Tavernier’s MANGROVE MARINA at the Miami Boat Show and were told that they have a new swimming pool and restaurant on site.



KEY LARGO, Florida Keys -- Two-time Super Bowl winning coach Jimmy Johnson combines two of his favorite sports, football and fishing, during his namesake Jimmy Johnson Fishing Championship Week, a newly designed three-way event for anglers set for March 9-12 in the Florida Keys.

The highlight of the weekend that traditionally attracts some of the sport's toughest billfish competitors, as well as notable NFL players and celebrities, is the fifth annual "Quest for the Ring" National Billfish Championship. This team event targets sailfish and other billfish species and is characterized by high-octane parties and fishing action.

In the two-day Billfish Championship, boat teams compete for a guaranteed minimum general entry purse of $100,000, and the overall purse is estimated at over $300,000.

A captains and rules meeting is scheduled Wednesday, March 9, at the Big Chill bar, restaurant and cabana complex at mile marker 104 bayside in Key Largo. The venue serves as tournament headquarters. Late registration is from 3-6 p.m., followed by a kick-off party with live music, food and drinks.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, participants paired with a celebrity compete in the second annual fun fish Celebrity Pro-Am Championship. A post-fishing party and awards ceremony is to follow. Pairings are to be announced at the welcome party.

Billfish tournament fishing is scheduled Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, simultaneously with the one-day Sportfish Championship held Saturday.

A cocktail hour, charity auction, dinner and awards ceremony, followed by an after-party featuring a University of Miami championship reunion, concludes the event on Saturday night for participants of all three tournaments.

Cash prizes and trophies await the first- through fifth-place boat teams participating in each tournament. In the Billfish Championship, the first-place team is to receive $50,000 and all anglers on the winning boat receive authentic, custom-designed Jimmy Johnson's NBC Championship rings.

The first-place boat team in the Sportfish Championship is to receive $5,000 as well as a Jimmy Johnson Sportfish Championship ring for each team member.

A number of other prize categories offer cash winnings and trophies. To date, 30 boats are registered for the Billfish Championship and 25 are registered for the Sportfish Championship, according to organizers.

Billfish Championship registration after Feb. 22 is $4,500 per boat and includes admission to all social events and a gift bag with a variety of apparel, fishing merchandise and more. Until Feb. 22, registrants can save $600 off their fee. There is no limit on the number of anglers per boat.

The one-day Sportfish Championship registration fee is $450 per boat and includes two anglers.

Anglers who want to participate in the event, but do not own a boat or prefer to travel to the tournament without one, can book a professional charter boat operator in the Upper Keys.

The prestigious weekend of fishing events supports the Community Initiatives Foundation, a 501c3 dedicated to supporting various fundraising programs throughout South Florida, and Tranquil Shores Children's Foundation.

Tournament information: 

Key Largo visitor information:  or 800-822-1088

Florida Keys Fishing information:



ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys -- Woofstock Music Fair, a groovy celebration of peace, paws and music, awaits dog lovers eager to adopt rescue dogs to "fur-ever" homes. The two-day event is to be staged Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, at Islamorada's Founders Park, mile marker 87.

After a one-year hiatus, the free-admission Woofstock returns as one of the Keys' largest fur-friendly festivals, underscored by outdoor family fun and live music.

Event proceeds benefit MarrVelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions, an organization devoted to pet fostering, adoption, education and wellness, and raising pet population awareness.

Friday's festival hours are 2-10 p.m. A "K9s Got Talent Contest" set for 6 p.m. enables four-legged favorites to strut their stuff for prizes on the main stage, followed by live music by Leah & the Aviators.

Gates are open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Early birds can join a "5K9 Walk & Run For Fun" set to start at 8 a.m. and follow a course through Founders Park. Registrants must sign in by 7:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt and medal.

Other weekend event highlights include an energetic Doggie Fun Zone with a combined agility and obstacle course. Dogs up for adoption are to show off their swag and wag during the Rescue Me Mutt Strut in hopes of landing in a "permanent doghouse." An animal adoption village is to host local and breed-specific animal rescue groups.

Festivalgoers can "paws" for the cause and browse and buy Woofstock merchandise as well as products for pets and people at vendor booths. Other attractions include food and beverages, live music on two stages with a full slate of singers, songwriters and musical groups, goodie bag giveaways, contests and more to round out the weekend fun.

Leashed, friendly and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Admission to the festival is free, although donations to MarrVelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions are welcomed.

Event information:
Islamorada visitor information:  or 1-800-FAB-KEYS



Huey Lewis and the News to Headline Keystock in Key West April 2

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- The legendary rock group Huey Lewis and the News is to headline the annual Keystock Music Festival scheduled Saturday, April 2, in Key West.

Crowds are expected to gather at the Truman Waterfront for the evening event starring the Grammy-winning band. An international favorite for more than three decades, Huey Lewis and the News has sold more than 20 million albums and produced such hits as "Hip to Be Square," "Do You Believe in Love" and "The Heart of Rock & Roll." The band wrote and performed the worldwide smash "The Power of Love" for the classic film "Back to the Future."

Opening the show are local favorite "trop rockers" Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band, best known for Keys-themed songs such as "Blame It On the Margaritas" and "Livin' On Key West Time."

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the music is to begin at 6:30. The concert follows the seventh annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival, also scheduled on the Truman Waterfront, which supports coral reef restoration and research programs at Mote Marine Laboratory in the Keys.

Keystock tickets are priced at $40 per person for general admission, $100 per person for reserved VIP seating and $100 per person for the "jump pit" toes-in-the-sand section that is limited to 200 people. General admission and jump pit tickets are available at ; reserved VIP seating and general admission tickets can be purchased by calling Lazy Lakes RV Resort at 305-745-1079.

Keystock is presented by Two Friends Patio Restaurant, Homes for Veterans Inc. and Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band. Concert profits benefit Homes for Veterans, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide housing for active and inactive military personnel and their families.

Event information: ,  or

Florida Keys Ocean Festival to Celebrate Marine World April 2

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Underwater and outdoor enthusiasts, eco-travelers and active families can celebrate the Florida Keys' vibrant marine environment Saturday, April 2, during the seventh annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show.

Presented by Florida-based Mote Marine Laboratory, the event is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with live music, artistry, action-packed activities for kids, crafts and food vendors, games and more. The family-friendly fun takes place at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, located at 35 E. Quay Road on Key West's Truman Waterfront, and admission and parking are free.

Ocean Fest attendees can explore conservation and environmental exhibits, meet live animals and experience touch tanks, view and purchase wares from dozens of local marine artists and vendors, enjoy live music by Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24 plus other musicians, try their skill at active amusements and bid on silent auction items.

Marine life artist Wyland, world renowned for his ocean conservation activities, is to offer painting demonstrations at the festival and auction his work to benefit the Keys' underwater world.

A free fishing seminar is planned for kids ages 5 to 11 that features instruction and barge fishing. Youngsters must register online at , and the first 100 seminar participants receive rods and reels.

Before Saturday's festival, runners and walkers can compete in the Smokin' Tuna Saloon 5k Tuna Trot Race for the Reef. Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Eco-Discovery Center, racers are to follow a flat, fast course through Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park and the Truman Annex harbor area.

The visitor center for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Eco-Discovery Center showcases the region's unique ecosystem including the living coral reef that parallels the Keys. Highlights include a living reef exhibit created by Mote Marine Laboratory.

Proceeds and donations from the festival and race are to support Mote Marine Laboratory's coral reef restoration and research programs.

Following the Ocean Festival, music fans can remain at the Truman Waterfront for the Keystock Music Festival starring legendary rockers Huey Lewis and the News. Gates open at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at  or by calling 305-745-1079.

Ocean Festival information: 
Key West visitor information: or 1-800-LAST-KEY



Anglers Can Target 15 Species at April 8-10 Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Fifteen target species and $5,000 in cash prizes await anglers participating in the Key West Fishing Tournament's Kickoff 2016. The challenge is scheduled Friday through Sunday, April 8-10.

Participants are to vie for cash awards for catching the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt. In addition, cash awaits boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish.

Awards also are presented each year in the junior division for anglers under age 15.

The final registration and captains meeting are scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 8, at VFW Post 3911 at 2200 N. Roosevelt Blvd. in Key West.

On the following two days, anglers can fish from lines-in at 8:30 a.m. to lines-out at 3 p.m.

An awards dinner to conclude the tournament is set for 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd.

The entry fee for the kick-off tournament is $250 per boat, with a maximum of six anglers allowed to fish per boat. Registered teams also can compete in the yellowtail snapper "bonus species" division for an additional $50 fee.

Entries in the kickoff also are eligible for the 51st annual Key West Fishing Tournament, which runs through Nov. 30, 2016, and is open to the general public.

Participants can target 37 species of fish, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 through 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Visiting and resident anglers can enter their catches free at tournament weigh stations.

The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of all game fish and will not recognize killed sailfish, marlin, spearfish, tarpon or sharks for award purposes.

All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for prizes.

Event information and registration: ,  or 305-923-5934

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

Florida Keys fishing information:




Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village will play host to a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Thursday, March 17, 2016.  The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  Family Friendly festivities will include:

•         Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, 11 am-3 pm, near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee

•         Singer/Guitar Player Paul Cottrell, 12  Noon-3 pm, across from Village Fish Market

•         Paul Strowe, the Human Jukebox, 12 Noon-3 pm, third section of Village

•         Metamasque Face Painting 4-8 pm, first section of Village

•         Seaview Radio Broadcast with Jeff Collins, “The Golden Hippo”, 4-6 pm, second section

•        Lee County Pipes & Drums performance/parade, 5:30 pm, begins at main entrance

•        Irish Music, Kelly & Emily Ann Thompson, 6-8 pm, across from Village Fish Market

Village Restaurants will feature Irish food specials (call for details/reservations)

Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL.   941 639-8721



Pinta and Nina 2016


Punta Gorda, FL. —On Friday, April 1st, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Punta Gorda.  The ships will be docked at Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, until their departure early Monday morning April 11th.

The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  In 2005, the ‘Pinta’, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to site land in the New World.    Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus   and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 - 16.   Children 4 and under are Free.  The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  No reservations necessary. 

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787 672 2152 or email .  Minimum of 15.  $5.00 per person.  No Maximum. Visit our website at . The ships arrive on Thursday, March 31st, and there will be a private viewing of the ships for the media after docking. 



Palm Harbour Marina 2016

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Franklin County March


Annual Eastpoint Charity Rib Cookoff March

The 15th Annual Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department Charity Rib Cookoff will be held Saturday March 19th at the fire house in Eastpoint, Florida. Click here for details.


Dixie Does Shakespeare

The Dixie Theatre will host The Southern Shakespeare Company's production "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)."on March 10 and 11. This zany comedy barrels through Shakespeare’s entire canon of 37 plays. It’s truly non-stop hilarity with a little culture thrown in on the side! Click here for details.


Spring Break!

Franklin County features Spring Break options that offer relaxation without the crowds. March is one of the best months to camp at the St. George Island State Park, hike in the Tate's Hell National Forest, fish, or paddle the many rivers, streams and quiet shallows of the area. Feeling adventurous? You can also join the Apalachicola Riverkeepers for their monthly paddle trip each fourth Saturday of the month.

Lodging Providers Offer Off-Season On-line Specials

Most of The Vacation Rental Companies in Franklin County are offering seasonal discounts for vacations during the Spring season. Click here for a complete listing of accommodations .


Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art  Features Folk Exhibit

The Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art will host a private collection of folk art by noted artists including Charlie Lucas, Richard Burnside, James Harold Jennings and Reverend Benjamin Franklin "B.F" Perkins. The exhibit will run through April 2. Click here for details


Apalachicola Maritime Museum Offers Boat Building Classes 

The Apalachicola Maritime Museum is hosting a series of wooden boat building classes this spring ifor the construction of wooden kayaks.  The classes are being conducted with the partnership of Pybmy boats out of Port Townsend, Washington. Click here for details and schedule.


Camp Gordon Johnston Days March 11-12

The 21st annual Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion Days, will be held Friday, March 11 through Saturday, March 12. The annual event created to celebrate the historic wartime Carrabelle museum together with the service of veterans from WWII and beyond, Attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with tours of WWII Army vehicles that have seen combat. Click here for schedule and details.

The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII museum will be open both days from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. showing documentary films though-out the day. Entry fee is by donation and appreciated. Please allow at least 1 - 2 hours for a tour as there are extensive artifacts, photographs, displays, and films to see. Light refreshments will be provided with live music. The WWII Army camp engulfed over 275,000 acres and was a major U.S. Army Amphibious Training Base.


Authors In Apalach March 19 

The Apalachicola Municipal Library will host the 2016 Authors in Apalach event on Saturday, March 19, at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art. This year’s event theme is “Apalach in Fiction and in Fact” and will feature celebrated authors including Karen White, NYT bestselling author of classic Southern Fiction, with her forthcoming book “Flight Patterns” set in Apalachicola. Also featured is Michael Morris whose Southern Fiction has won a Christie Award as well as an award from the Southern Indie Booksellers. Hid novel “Man in the Blue Moon” is also set in Apalachicola. There will be over 20 authors, and we are happy to host an old favorite, Vivian Sherlock, former President of the Tallahassee Historical Society, and author of “The Fever Man” a longstanding biography of Dr. John Gorrie.

The event will be from 10AM to 5PM, with authors signing and selling books, and forums on different topics throughout the day. Again this year there will be a forum on cooking and food writing with a new attendee Johnathon Barrett from Georgia. Click here for more information.


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.


FSU Marine Lab Hosts Paleoindian Lecture March 10

The Florida State University (FSU) Coastal and Marine Laboratory will host a lecture on submerged Paleoindian sites in the region on March 10. The  lecture by Dr. Jessi Halligan will be held at the Turkey Point facility east of Carrabelle at 7 pm. Dr. Halligan will share her research conducted over the past several years and share lifestyle discovereis of Florida's early Paleoindians.


Antique and Classic Boat & Car Show April 16 

Apalachicola will host the 18th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display throughout the day.  Special highlights include home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, authentic oyster boats and workboats, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and artist booths.  The Apalachicola Maritime Museum will host tours aboard the Heritage, a 58-foot wooden Herreshoff-designed ketch and have demonstrations of steam engines.  Click here for more information.

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