SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items


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The  "No Yelling School of Fishing!" has a few events scheduled . . . Ladies

Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! Treasure Coast University

May 29-31, 2015
•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.

Other dates:

Nov. 13-15 – Keys/Tavernier

Sept. 11-13 – Bimini Bahamas




BETTY BAUMAN 954-475-9068



NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA  22304



ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 22, 2015 – When you respond to over 70,000 requests a year from anxious boaters calling for help to get home, speed wins the day. The BoatUS Towing App gives the on water and roadside towing service’s 24/7 Dispatch Centers instant boat location information that greatly reduces towboat response times. Now the app offers upgrades including weather provided by Weather Underground and tide information, making it even more valuable to boat owners. The no cost app is available at the App Store and on Google Play, and BoatUS membership is not required.

“If you need a boat tow, fuel, a gentle pull off the bottom, or your trailer has a mishap, the BoatUS Towing App is your friend,” said BoatUS Vice President of Towing Services Adam Wheeler. “All it takes is one touch on the app’s ‘Call for a Tow’ button and we’ll have assistance on its way. The new weather information and tide predictions helps plan a boating and fishing trip, giving forecasts up to five days out.”

The second generation app includes a tool to locate discounts available to BoatUS members, including price breaks on boat fuel at marina gas docks, transient dockage, repairs and many others. And there isn’t a boater who doesn’t want their picture taken aboard, so the app has added a fun “Take a Picture” feature that allows you to share a photo on Facebook, Twitter or with your boating friends at Boat Owners Association of The United States. Go to for more information.




We've included one of Barb Hansen's View from the Marina columns (Cliches: Boating's Contribution) on page 29 in our new print edition for 15/16. As an on-the-water business owner, Barb knows a lot about our favorite sport and happily shares good-to-know-information on it frequently. If you've missed the page 29 piece, catch it in print or in the online edition.

When the economy turned sour a few years ago families throughout the U.S. came up with a way to vacation without breaking the bank.  They called those respites taken nearby “stay-cations.”   I’m sure we are all pleased that the economy has improved.  However, I think there are some beneficial aspects of “stay-cations,” that we ought to keep as part of our family vacation planning process.

Families have bucket lists, comprised of things they have always wanted to do, but never seemed to have the time to do them.  I’d be willing to bet there are quite a few families that have always wanted to do something in their hometowns or states, but haven’t. How about getting to that list this summer, those involved would no doubt appreciate your business and it would help the local economy. But there’s more.

Child psychologists say we should spend quality time with our children and grandchildren.  I agree wholeheartedly.  Furthermore, I cannot think of any time that has more built in quality than the time you can spend with a child on a boat cruise.  No, I am not talking about a cruise on one of those giant cruise ships, but a vessel with two or three cabins and a small galley.  And the water you cruise can be salty or fresh.  It makes no difference whether you are cruising off the coast of Florida, on the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay or a lake in Colorado.  There are many opportunities to charter a boat, take a sailing class or simply “hang out” on or near the water.

There’s no better family vacation with as many options and adventures from swimming, kayaking and learning about history to fishing, shelling, star gazing and more.  And the beauty of each one of those opportunities is that you do it together as a family.  To me that’s quality time with a capital “Q”.

Vic and I have some experience here with the boats and the kids.  We have gone on weeklong cruises with a brother, sister-in-law, dog and three nieces, all grown up now.  Experience has taught us the best cruises are those with “to do” lists that follow a pretty regular schedule every day.  This helps to avoid the question, “Are we there yet?”  We are fortunate here in southwest Florida since we have so much to keep all family members engaged:

• Dolphin watching.  We set up “watches” on the bow. These entertaining creatures love to swim, jump and do flips in the waves produced by many boats.  It’s a better show than Sea World because it’s the Real World!

•Exploring.  We launch the dinghy and motor or paddle to a deserted beach so everyone can look for special shells and other treasures like shark’s teeth.  I suppose that where there are shark’s teeth there must be …oh, never mind.  The beach is always beautiful and the treasures are always fascinating.

•Swimming. A swim in the surf is great fun, but we also try to arrange a swim in the pool at a marina.  In fact, many of our local marinas offer great amenities – pool, tennis, dining, etc.  So, just for the cost of docking overnight, the family has access to a first class resort!

•Fishing.  Hereabouts a piece of shrimp on a little hook does the job almost every time. It’s great to schedule fishing before dinner.  That gives anglers young and old a chance to catch something for the grill.  Make sure you get a photo of that.

•There’s also reading, star gazing, letter writing and even story writing.  Teachers still ask for essays about what-I-did-on-my-vacation though they are probably input and not written out long hand.  What a great way to get a head start on that assignment!
Memories are made of vacations like this.  And the kids won’t even have to argue about who is taking up too much room in the car!   There is no bad seat on the deck of a boat.  Relax and enjoy.  Plus, you don’t even have to pack and unpack!

Additionally, everyone on board comprises the crew and that means each has his or her regular jobs, answering to the captain.  That’s a nice blend of the lighthearted and discipline.  Come to think of it, the rules for a successful cruise are the same as those for a successful life.

Whether your vacations plans take you far away or keep you close, think about some time on the water, you might find that experience and the lessons learned and shared by all the makings of the best family vacation ever.




These two groups are 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.


May 9th/10th & 16th/17th
June 6th/7th & 13th/14th
July 25th/26th & Aug 1st/2nd
September 5th/6th & 12th/13th




Halifax River Yacht Club

The Halifax River Yacht Club was founded in 1896 in Daytona, Florida. We are the oldest yacht club on the eastern seacoast still on its original site. In the Daytona Beach area, we are proudly known to be the one private organization in continuous operation from 1896 to the present - spanning three centuries.

The objects and purposes of the Halifax River Yacht Club are the encouragement of boating & yachting and boat & yacht building, the cultivation of seamanship and naval science, and the promotion of sociability, entertainment, enjoyment and benevolence among its members.

Race #7 – June 20, 2015 (SYC Summer Solstice)
HRYC Double Handed Race – July 12, 2015
Race #8 - July 26, 2015
Race #9 - August 23, 2015
St. Augustine Dash – Sept. 4, 2015
Race #10 - September 20, 2015 (Old Timer’s Race)

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




Lighthouse Sunset Tour

May 6, 13, 20, 27   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 Story Time & Crafts for Kids

May 5, 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

May 6, 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

May 4, 11, 18, 25      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.


Jupiter History Bring & Brag

May 27, 6-7 PM
Let’s get social in person! In the tradition of the Loxahatchee Lament, locals and visitors with historical anecdotes from “the old days,” fond memories, photos and family treasures can step up to the microphone and share their experiences growing up in Jupiter or treasured family vacation memories. Whether you are a descendent of our early pioneer families or you arrived in the post-WWII boom, the Museum waterfront backyard is the perfect venue for relaxing and sharing your history and experiences. Free to the public- bring a beach chair. Check our web calendar for additional scheduling. Please RSVP to 561-747-8380 X101.   Location:  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter.


Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

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, .     twitter@JupiterLH

The Loxahatchee River Historical Society is a 501©3 nonprofit organization, operates the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and is a managing partner in the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, National Conservation Lands.


... 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.



PaddleJam Kayak/SUP Event May 15-17

Grab your kayak and head to the coast May 15-17 and join in what organizers hope will be another world-record attempt to gather the largest number of kayaks together in one floating mass to break the current Guiness  world record. The three-day Forgotten Coast PaddleJam event is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Paddle Club.  The Guiness World record attempt is just one activity planned as part of the area-wide fund-raising event featuring paddle sports, music and food.



Turtle Season Begins

May 1 marks the beginning of  loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on St. George Island. It is the season when local volunteer turtlers begin walking the beach in order to find, mark and protect turtle nests and when homeowners and visitors are educated about turtle friendly house lighting. Visitors interested in learning about sea turtle nesting can visit the St. George Island Visitor's Center (at the St. George Island Lighthouse Park) to see a turtle display and pick up turtle information. Please note that Franklin County recently adopted a Leave No Trace Ordinance that requires chairs, umbrellas and equipment to removed nightly from the public beaches in order to help mama turtles more easily navigate the beaches to nest and allow hatchlings a clear path back to the water from their nests in the dunes.




The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Florida Master Naturalist Program Freshwater Wetlands Course sponsored by the St. Johns County Recreation and Parks and Duval County Extension will be offered August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20, 2015.
Classroom sessions will be held at Trout Creek Park, 6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, Florida. This program is for adults who want to learn more about Florida’s environment. Individuals as well as educators and those in the eco-tourism business can benefit. Teachers may receive up to 40 hours continuing education credits. Topics include: ecosystems (swamps, marshes, and permanent wetlands), key plants and wildlife, and the role of humans in shaping the environment.
Each module includes classroom presentations, videos, field trips, and practical interpretation. Advance registration is required. Course fee is $225.  Course instructors are AyoLane Halusky and Carol Wyninger.  
Student requirements include attendance, participation, and enthusiasm!

For registration and program information contact the web site .  For further questions contact Carol Wyninger at (904)220-0232 or , or AyoLane Halusky at (904) 209-0348 or .   Registration closes July 28, 2015.


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




Port of Call St Augustine has launched their new Cruisers’ Shuttle servicing Mariners at the City Municipal and Hidden Harbor Marinas. The current schedule will transport visitors to all the necessary provisioning spots and watering holes.

Clean and efficient transportation at a great price has finally arrived. Five dollars will buy you an all- day pass and Albert, the extraordinary bus driver, makes every effort to be sure your provisioning is complete. Our Shuttle is designed to meet every requirement of the transient mariner. For example, the West Route can accommodate your propane tanks with the best price in town on refills. As far as purchasing supplies, there is no such thing as buying too much.

The back of the Shuttle is designed to stack and carry all the groceries and supplies you can stand to buy. Our eight passenger Scuttle bus will tie up any loose ends with the 10 am Scuttle Run which handles everything from clearing Customs to supply deliveries from the local chandleries. Special handling can be arranged through our office if you call ahead.

Tune into the local Cruisers Net Radio at 9am VHF CH 72 for daily information or go to our website  for the latest information on the Shuttle schedule.

PS - 3PM, March 20th ...
The new Spring Schedule has just be added to the web site. Check it out!



WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015 12:00 PM
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Cocoa Beach/ Port Canaveral

321-799-9444 (Main Phone)
Pricing/Ticket Info
VIP Viewing tickets available

Suitable for Children
Boat Racing

Event Dates and Times
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 12:00 PM - Sunday,  May 17, 2015 9:00 PM




HERE's HOPING that the City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin doesn't turn into just another condo-development as seems to be in the plans!

IF YOU are among the many, many cruising folks who enjoy the city and its amenities from your boat, all of the time or just on special occasions when  cruising our fair state, your input is welcome at City Hall.

We're told that the marina's business is UP (while lots of businesses are still suffering from the recent economic disaster ...).

There are lots of lovely new apartment buildings all over Florida ... but not every city has its very own marina to welcome visitors to its downtown area and encourage people to enjoy the city's ambiance. It seems to us that Fort Myers should attempt to keep "their marina" for local and cruising boatpeople.

Our state is, indeed, one with hundreds of beautiful places to cruise to ... and many of our cities have their own "city marina," while many cities cannot claim that distinction. Fort Myers is fortunate to have its very own river and its very own marina. Let's try to keep that distinction for this beautiful city's existing (and money-making) marina! 

If you'd like to make "your case" for the city's keeping its marina a "hometown place" you can contact any or all of the following folks: His Honor the Mayor, Randall P. Henderson, Jr., the City Councilmembers and the City Manager, William (Billy) Mitchell.

Mayor Henderson can be reached by phone at 239-321-7020 or email at

City Manager Billy Mitchell's phone is 239-321-7024 and email is

The city council includes the following members:
Teresa Watkins Brown (239-321-7001)
Johnny Streets (239-321-7002)
Levon Simms (239-321-7003)
Michael A. Flanders (239-321-7004)
Forest Banks (239-321-7005)
Thomas Leonardo (239-321-7006)

And "Thanks," from the FCD staff. Keeping marinas going in Florida is what WE like to do! That helps make boating "... more fun and less hassle ..." as stated in our 33-year-old Mission Statement.




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.





Wabasso - Welcome to our 64-acre island campus


A wide range of summer camps for students from pre-kindergarten through the 7th grade is available at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) this summer. Half day adventures are offered to children who are entering pre-kindergarten through the 3rd grade. Full day adventures target students entering the 4th through the 7th grades. The aim of all these programs is to help the student discover and appreciate the variety of living things that populate our Indian River Lagoon, and at the same time, have fun doing it.

There are numerous half day sessions that run for four consecutive days during June and July. “Little Wonders” introduces pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children who are at least 4 years old to nature through eco-activities, stories, and crafts. “Young Explorers” for those entering the 1st grade explores the forests, gardens, and trails on the ELC’s island campus. “Our Living World” is an opportunity for those entering the 2nd and 3rd grades to learn more about all the plants and animals on the island campus. Participants will receive a snack and a drink each day. The cost for each child is $60, or $55 for ELC Members, for the 4 day session.

For those entering the 4th and the 5th grades, “Island Adventure” will be spent exploring the barrier island and several islands in the Indian River Lagoon by canoeing, hiking, beachcombing, seining, and boating for 3 consecutive days. Highlights include the use of GPS for geocaching, exploring islands in the Lagoon, and seine netting off of a spoil island. The cost per student is $110, or $100 for ELC Members.

“Marine Safari” for those entering the 6th and the 7th grades is an energy intensive program where the participants will discover marine life through snorkeling, canoeing, beachcombing, and boating in the Indian River Lagoon. Students will enjoy seine netting in some of the best grass flats in the Lagoon, and great snorkeling in a tidal pool at the Sebastian Inlet. The cost for each student is $120, or $110 for ELC Members, for the 3 day program.

The complete schedule is available on line at . To register for any of the programs or get additional information, call (772)589-5050 ext. 114. 

There are a limited number of scholarships available through the Maggy Bowman Scholarship Fund. An application may be requested by calling ELC Naturalist, Rosemary Badger, at (772) 589-5050 ext. 108.  

Adventures start at the Environmental Learning Center which is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the end of the Wabasso Bridge. Its 64-acre campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, Eco-ventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures can be found at . Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free, and ELC Members receive free admission year-round. The first Saturday of every month is free to all.

The Discovery Station is home to the largest brackish water aquarium in Indian River County, a touch tank (open limited hours) where you can get up close and personal with some of the critters that occupy the Indian River Lagoon, 3 other aquariums, dioramas with lift panels, hands-on exhibits and a life-size replica of a manatee’s head where you can experience how a manatee eats seagrass from the lagoon floor.




Stuart, FL... The 7th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show will be held May 30-31, 2015 from 10 AM to 6 PM at Memorial Park , 300 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. There is no better place to hold this one-a-year fishing and boat event than in the Sailfish Capital of the World!

This is the perfect venue with close proximity to upscale downtown and its shady, winding paths, making it a perfect location to spend a leisurely day of shopping and relaxing. Memorial Park hosts some of the largest events in the area making it a well know venue.

One of the highlights of this year's two day event is a boat area where new and used boats will be on display and for sale.
Bargain hunters looking for great deals can visit vendors exhibiting and selling their nautical and marine related merchandise and services. This nautical flea market will have a great selection of rods, reels, lures and lines, boating apparel, nautical clothing and jewelry, taxidermi, diving equipment and much more.

Visit  for more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions. Contact Under the Sun Promotions at 954-205 7813; fax 561-395-5389.





SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015 07:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Old Key Lime House - Weigh In
300 E Ocean Avenue
561-585-8664 (Main Phone)
Pricing/Ticket Info
Anglers entry $200.00 before April 17th; after April 17th $250.00. Awards Party on May 3rd, anglers receive meal ticket and family members can purchase meal tickets for $10.00.
Suitable for Children

Salt Water Fishing Tournaments
Over $10,000 in cash and prizes
Register early and win!
Our biggest payouts ever!

$2500 for Largest Fish

Kingfish 1st place $1250
2nd place $750
3rd place $500

Dolphin 1st place $1250
2nd place $750
3rd place $500

Wahoo 1st place $1250
2nd place $750
3rd place $500

The D&D Monster Bonus - An additional $500 if the largest overall fish weighs over 60 lbs!

One cash prize per category per boat.  Maximum three cash prizes per boat.
Boat winning the largest overall fish will not qualify for other prizes in that category.
All fish must be of legal size. All prizes determined by weight




FLORIDA KEYS -- The Florida Keys & Key West provide year-round entertainment for visitors, from festivals focusing on the area's colorful history, artistic culture and eccentric ambiance to events celebrating the Keys underwater paradise and culinary offerings.




FLORIDA KEYS - Adventure loving travelers can explore the Florida Keys by  boat, plane, car or motorcycle during the Key West Air, Land & Sea Poker Run scheduled Friday through Sunday, May 15 - 17.

The multifaceted motorsports event features motoring, boating and flyingh group rallies from Miami to Key Wet, with participants making several stops along the route through the Florida Keys. Presented by the Florida Powerboat Club, it also provides opportunities for fans to watch the action, meet the poker run teams and check out their high-speed machines in the Keys.

Throughout the Day Friday, May 15, "poker runners' are to travel from the Florida mainland through the Keys to Key West, with multiple stopover checkpoints planned.

Motorists can drive the scenic 113-mile Florida Keys Overseas Highway, crossing 42 bridges including one nearly 7 miles long, while powerboaters travel the Atlantic Ocean just off the curving island chain. Meanwhile, participating pilots can  get breathtaking aerial views of the Keys and the marine life of the Atlantic, Florida Bay and Gulf of Mexico.

By 5 PM Friday, all participants should be in Key West for the Key West Poker Run Village parties and events. The village is to be set up at Conch Republic Seafood Co., 631 Greene St., and the surrounding Historic Seaport area.

Enthusiasts can visit the village from 5 - 10 PM Friday and 10 AM - 10 PM Saturday to mingle with participants and view displays of vehicles and vessels. The automobile lineup includes exotics, imports, American muscle and classic cars of all descriptions while custom choppers and Harley  Davidson touring motorcycles will add to the mix. Powerboats on display are to include the latest offshore V bottoms and catamarans from leading builders around the nation. Admission is free.

Ohter attractions include a Saturday night dinner and awards ceremony for poker run participants and a free day Sunday to explore Key West.

"Our event aims to promote the entire adventure of traveling through the scenic Florida Keys and landing in Key West is like reaching the "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow," said poker run founder Stu Jones.
According to organizers, the event is to be filmed for an episode of "Powerboating in Paradise" slated to air on the Sun Sports television network in Florida.

Registration is $195 for a motorbike with one rider; $395 per car, coach or airplane, and $595 per boat or yacht.
Event information: 
Florida Keys visitor information:  or 1-800-FLA-KEYS
Social: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Youtube - Keys Voices




KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Male, female and junior anglers are invited to test their skills against dolphin fish in Key West waters Saturday, May 23, during the 14th annual Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational.

The popular tournament offers a cash purse of more than $13,000 to the boat team scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. The amount is based on participation by a field of 25 boats.

The 2014 fleet of 32 boats generated a winner's purse of $16,800 for the champion team, according to tournament organizers.

The second- and third-place finishers are to receive prizes.

The Conch Republic Seafood Co., 631 Greene St. in Key West's Historic Seaport, is to be tournament headquarters. Plans call for participating anglers to gather there at 6 p.m. Friday, May 22, for a final registration, captains meeting and kick-off party.

Saturday’s fishing is to begin at 7 a.m. A weigh-in is set for 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Conch Republic Seafood docks, followed by a 5 p.m. awards party.

The Dolphin Masters Invitational is open to all anglers and the entry fee is $750 per boat. There is no limit on the number of boats that can register.

Tournament information and registration:  or 305-304-7674
Key West visitor information:  or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Florida Keys fishing information: 
Social: Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Youtube • Keys Voices




Female anglers can vie for $10,000 in cash and prizes during the 2015 Mercury Marine Ladies Dolphin Championship. Scheduled Saturday, May 30, the event offers prizes for the winning boat team and top five individual anglers

The angler who catches the heaviest dolphin during the daylong tournment earns a $3,000 cash pruse. The second -place wangler is to receive $1500 cash, while $500 awaits the third-place finisher and prizes reward the fouth and fifth-places participants.

A boat prize of $2500 is slated for the team weighing in the heaviest aggregate weight of three dolphin.

In addition, $1,000 is to be presented for the largest wahoo caught.

Hosted by Murray Marine and Stock Island Marina Village, events kick off with a final registration for captains, mates and anglers at 6:30 PM Friday, May 29, at the Saltwater Angler, 243 Front St. at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina.

The May 30 angling action begins at 7:30 AM and ends with a weigh-in set for 3:30-4:30 PM  at Stock Island Marina Village, 7009 Shrimp Road on Stock Island.

All weighted fish must exceep 20 inches in length and anglers are enouraged to release all fish except their heaviest.

An award presentation and dinner are to begin after the weigh-in at the Stock Island Marina Village.

The tournament entry fee is $400 per boat, Proceeds are to benefit the Jose Wejebe "Spanish Fly" Memorial Foundation, which makes fishing dreams come true for people who face life-impacting challenges, and Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.



Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 AM - 6 PM

Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village is coordinating plans for their 3rd annual Key Lime Festival to be held Saturday, May 16, 10 am- 6 pm.   Family friendly activities planned include:

Metamasque-Face Painting 11 am - 3 pm
Entertainment/Family Fun with Gator DJ  11 am - 3 pm
 “Jeff the Juggler” – Juggling and Balloon Twisting 12 Noon-3 pm
Live Remote with Jeff Collins “The Golden Hippo” Seaview Radio 12 Noon-2 pm
“Hot Flashz” Dance Team 2 pm

Village merchants will feature Key Lime Specialties to include:

Simply Sweet:  key lime pie, honey, fudge, candies and BBQ Sauce
Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café:  key lime pie ice cream, milk shakes, cookies, limeade
Sand Pebble:  key lime bath soaps, coconut patties and rum cakes
Village Fish Market:  Key lime pie,  $2 per slice when purchasing an entrée
Island Life Yogurt:  Key Lime soft serve yogurt
Vendors  will be set up throughout the village on the promenades with a variety of products and services including:   Tarot Card reading by Pamela / Stamped Spoon Jewelry by Carole Karlins / Hostess Glitter Tools by Joyce /
Tone It Tampa / Time to Travel Agency / Author TC Diehl / Key West Express /  Peace River wildlife Center  and many more. 

Admission and parking for the Key Lime Festival is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda, FL.  1 800 639-0020 or visit on line at




Saturday, June 13, 10 AM – 3:00 PM

Interested in getting out on the water?  Fishermen’s Village Marina is promoting the upcoming June 13th National Marina Day to provide visitors with on-the-water boating experiences.  We want to introduce people to our marina and to boating who otherwise might not have the opportunity to get out on the water.

King Fisher Fleet will offer two, one-hour narrated cruises in the upper harbor, departing at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets will sell for $5, which will be donated to the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center in support of its programs.  Reservations are recommended by calling 941-639-0969.

Deck boat rides will be offered courtesy of Holidaze Boat Rentals to provide hands-on boat operating experience to those interested. Reservations are encouraged by calling the Marina office at 941 575-3000.

We hope to have two or more moderate size sailboats whose owners will take small groups out for a short sail.

We will offer two free nights of dockage (Friday and Saturday) to our local boaters. To reserve your free space, call 941 575-3000.

Marine-related exhibitors will be located by the docks.  This will be an opportunity to advertise your organization and solicit membership.  The space is free – tables and chairs to be provided by the participants.  Please call 941 575-3000 to reserve space, deadline is May 15, 2015.

Parking and admission to Fishermen’s Village National Marina Day event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  Visit on line at .

Located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda.


1200 West Retta Esplanade #57A, Punta Gorda, FL 33950, Phone  941 575-3007; F   941 637-1054



MARATHON, Florida Keys -- The annual Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival set for Saturday, May 16, at Marathon's Sombrero Beach offers a direct-from-the-beach launch for teams of 20 paddlers to power their sleek boats in unison.

Each year crowds of spectators get a close-up view of the elaborately decorated 40-foot-long racing "dragons" along a 400-meter racecourse parallel to the beach. Dragon boats are propelled by teams of men and women of all ages in an inspiring display of strength and teamwork.

Dragons represent strength and are a powerful symbol of spring rains and growth in Chinese culture. The modern dragon boat race re-enacts a legend from the fourth century B.C. in which the patriotic poet Qu Yuan, advisor to the emperor of the Ch'u dynasty, defied his ruler by drowning himself in the Mi Lo River. In a race to save their martyr Qu Yuan from the creatures of the deep, fishermen beat drums and vigorously splashed the water with their paddles.

Corporate, community and recreational club teams can compete in the dragon boat races. Teams can register as mixed, women, senior or youth as well as breast cancer survivors, whose competitive teams regularly participate in a countrywide dragon-race circuit.

Interested groups can form a team or individual paddlers can be placed on an existing team. Team entry deadline is May 8. Each team is to race three times on race day.

Shoreside attractions are plentiful during the festival including food and beverages, merchandise, kids' play areas and entertainment. There is no charge to attend beachside activities.

Racing begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and concludes around 2 p.m., followed by awards, music and a beach celebration.

Pledges benefit Heron Peacock Supported Living, a local charity that provides services and support for low-income residents who have been diagnosed with mental illness.

Event information and team registration:

Marathon visitor information:  or 1-800-262-7284




FLORIDA KEYS -- Anglers can vie for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes during the annual Florida Keys Dolphin Championship set for Friday through Sunday, May 15-17. In addition, the entrant that catches the largest dolphin fish weighing over 55 pounds wins $50,000 toward a new order of an Offshore Series SeaHunter boat.

Entrants in the uniquely formatted tournament, presented by Mercury/SeaHunter Boats and Lower Keys Tackle, can pursue dolphin in the waters from Key West to Miami. They can report their catches at any of five weigh stations set up from Miami to Key West.

Final registration is to take place at all five weigh stations from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 15, with captains meetings scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For registration and weigh station locations, visit .

Anglers can fish beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. Weigh-in is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tournament awards ceremonies are to take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the weigh stations.

A $15,000 first-place award awaits the team that catches the largest dolphin by weight. Cash and prizes are to be presented through fifth place for the overall tournament, as are trophies to the top three largest dolphin winners and the top junior and female anglers at each of the five weigh-in locations.

Teams also can buy into any or all of three optional entry categories to be eligible for additional cash awards.

The entry fee is $500 per team through May 1, 2015, and $600 per team thereafter. Any number of anglers can make up a team. Professional anglers, captains, guides and mates are eligible to participate as anglers.

Event information, rules and registration:  or 305-396-2025
Florida Keys visitor information:  or 1-800-FLA-KEYS (352-5397)
Florida Keys fishing information:

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