SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items




East Coast Boat Show East Coast Boat Show
 Saturday, October 9, 2015
 Exploration Tower
 Port Canaveral, FL


The big FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW  is set for November 5 through 9. Show hours are 10 AM - 7 PM every day except for the final day, Monday, when it closes at 5PM.

Opening day, Thursday,  is the Prime Time Preview, the following four days are General Admission.    

Watch and hear local press and / or visit the NEW show website  -  - for more information. There will be shuttle buses and boats to  take show-goers around to the various locations.


ST. PETERSBURG POWER & SAILBOAT SHOW, 38th Annual for the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, is set for Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6 at Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park.

The show will feature power and sailboats in water and on land, and a 40,000-square-foot tent housing marine gear.

In addition to the large selection of exhibits at this year's show, there will be an array of special events and fun and educational activities, including MARINE SEMINARS and the youth fishing clinics presented by the non-profit Hook The Future.

Military personnel get free admission with an ID, and Kids 15 and under are also admitted free.

For more info, .  NO PETS ALLOWED


Kids Fishing Clinic
Kids Naples Fishing Clinic

Saturday, November 14, 2015 / 9:00 AM 'til NOON

Naples Pier
25  12th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102

FREE - Suitable for Children



Grand Opening CelebrationApex Marine

Ismael “Issy” Perera, President of Apex Marine, has announced the Grand Opening of their newest facility - 5.5 acres on the Miami River - at the former home of Allied Marine.  The address is 2051 NW  11th Street  on the south bank of the Miami River South Fork Canal.

Dedication Comments were given by City of Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado and Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos Gimenez at the Ribbon-Cutting ceremony on September 17.

To reach the new Miami yard phone 305-644-4456 or fax 305 644 4013. Website is

The Apex facility on the New River in Fort Lauderdale has been closed; the Stuart facility remains.






 Photo attached: Dr. Brent Weisman and Phyllis Kolianos of the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education clean sections of the 1,000-year-old dugout canoe at Weedon Island Preserve. Excavated off the Weedon shoreline in 2011, the canoe will be ready for public display beginning Oct. 17, 2015.

 For more than a thousand years, an ancient dugout canoe lay buried under mangrove peat near a shoreline on Old Tampa Bay at Weedon Island Preserve. Since its discovery in 2001, archaeologists have investigated, excavated, analyzed and conserved the ancient treasure.

The public is invited to view the 1,100-year-old canoe during the grand opening of a new exhibit, Navigating Tampa Bay's Maritime Past. The event featuring Florida’s longest (40 feet) and only saltwater dugout canoe is Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center located at 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. followed by presentations and activities designed for the entire family.

Archaeologists from the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education, who excavated and preserved the canoe, will be on hand to discuss the discovery and its relevance to the Tampa Bay region’s history.

AWIARE, a non-profit consortium of scientific and academic entities, in partnership with Pinellas County, has assumed oversight of archaeology operations at Weedon Island and is dedicated to promoting and facilitating archaeological research, scientific exploration and public education focusing on the Weedon Island Preserve and the adjacent Gulf Coast.

The Florida Public Archaeology Network West Central Region will provide archaeological activities and unique hands on experiences.

The excavation and preservation of the canoe took nearly four years and was funded by a $30,000 donation from the Friends of Weedon Island. Funding for the exhibit included a $15,000 grant from the Florida Humanities Council, a $17,000 donation from the Hough Family Foundation and several individual and corporate donations.

A lecture series has been developed to complement the exhibit and highlight the region’s maritime history. The free lecture series will be held on Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center. Topics include:

•Oct. 15, “The Weedon Island Canoe – A Success Story,” by Barbara A. Purdy, Ph.D., University of Florida
•Nov. 19, “How Oceanographic Effects Influenced the Prehistoric Colonization of Islands: A Caribbean-Pacific Comparison,” with Scott M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., University of Oregon
•Dec. 17, “Water World: Canoes, Canals and the Meaning of Water in Ancient Florida,” by Ryan J. Wheeler, Ph.D., Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology

For lecture details and registration information, visit the Weedon Island Preserve calendar at  and find out more about continuing archaeological projects at Weedon Island Preserve at

Weedon Island Preserve protects more than 3,700 acres of natural ecosystems and is located at 1800 Weedon Drive NE in St. Petersburg. The preserve is operated under the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department and is open to the public seven days a week, including holidays, from 7 a.m. to 15 minutes before sunset. Its many outdoor activities include walking trails, a fishing pier and a canoe/kayak launch.

To learn more about Weedon Island Preserve and its upcoming programs and events, call (727) 453-6500. To register for programs and events visit . Videos featuring Weedon Island Preserve can be viewed at .

Pinellas County Extension offers classes, programs and activities at the Cultural and Natural History Center. The center features the permanent exhibit, Connecting People and Place, an art-inspired, hands-on educational exhibit which reveals the area’s history, ecology and people. The center is open Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed all Pinellas County holidays.

Videos can be found at

The Pinellas County “Doing Things for You” app is available for residents 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.



Blue Star Museum – Active Duty US Military and their immediate family with ID are admitted free – Year-round!

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1860 lighthouse. The waterfront Museum in the restored WWII building exhibits Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee, which explores Native American, Seminole, Florida Maritime, Lighthouse, Pioneer and WWII Secret “Station J” history. Showcasing the amazing past of the Loxahatchee River region, the heritage site also features the Tindall Pioneer Homestead, Pennock Plantation Bell and Lighthouse Keepers Workshop.

Also available are the museum gift shop, educational programs for children and adults, sunset tours, moonrise tours, weddings & proposals, and special events. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the 120-acre federally designated, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area.

Hiking trail and observation tower located on the north side of Beach Road. Open Tues-Sun (Open 7 days Jan-Apr,) 10 am-5 pm, last lighthouse tour leaves at 4 pm.

Closed on some major holidays. Children must be at least 48” tall to climb tower.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
500 Captain Armour’s Way
Jupiter, FL 33469
561-747-8380x 101 .


Experience the serenity of Yoga with Mary Veal, Kula Yoga Shala, on the Lighthouse deck at Sunset every Monday!



Here's some interesting advice from a boat biz owner ...


Managing My To-Do List
by Barb Hansen, September '15

Like many people in this fast-paced world, it seems that I always have too much to do and not enough time to do it.   I've been looking for ways to save time so I searched "save time" on the Internet. It was a big waste of you-know-what.

Oh, there are a zillion links that tell us why we need to keep a to-do list and how to rank our tasks. Heck, I do keep a to-do list. The problem is that it's longer at the end of the day than it was at the start. Then I add another “to-do” list and so it goes.

For years my Dad would tell me, "Barb, Time marches on. Take time to smell the roses." I tried. Dad passed away some years ago, but I still hear his words in my head. Alas, I'm still working on the smell-the-roses dictum.

Part of my problem is that I love my work managing our charter fleet, boating school and yacht brokerage in Cape Coral.  I also love working around the house, even pulling weeds or dust-sweeping up those ubiquitous dog and cat hairs.

After more than 30 years in business and marriage and I still haven't gotten to the bottom of that nagging to-do list.

I wag my finger and preach to people to make time to go cruising. But, I confess to you, brothers and sisters that I have failed to live by the gospel of relaxation myself. I confess that my work ethic alter ego has sometimes planted a not-kindly thought in my mind: How come they get to go on a cruise and I have to work?

Mea Culpa. I know, what I have to do is learn from my customers. They know how to manage their time rather than the other way around. They learned how to reward themselves for jobs well done rather than weigh themselves down with blame for jobs undone.

Dad was right. Time marches on. It can't give us more of itself. It flows regularly and inescapably forward. There is no turning back the clock or the calendar. Time and tide wait for no man. Nor this woman.

So I am hereby making some mid-course corrections.

One is I am going to let my to-do list get longer and from now on, in my mind, longer is better. I'll sleep at night knowing that it's all written down.

Another correction is rather than blame myself for jobs not done; I'll congratulate myself for doing important jobs well.

And the last is that I will now add fun things to the list just to, you know, smell the roses. Thanks, Dad.

Barb Hansen manages Southwest Florida Yachts, yacht charters, and Florida Sailing & Cruising School. , phone 1-800-262-7939 or visit




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
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FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – 8/2015 ─ Angling skills will be taught at the award winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!®" Keys University, November 13-15 in the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. The weekend conservation-minded university offers classroom presentations, networking, hands-on skill fishing activities and optional charter fishing trips on Friday and Sunday. Classes will be held at the BPOE Elks Lodge in Tavernier FL and fishing is out of nearby Islamorada.

Activities launch Friday evening with a networking social and appetizer contest from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Saturday morning presentations begin at 8:30 am, including Offshore, Inshore and Bottom Fishing, plus Fishing Basics. What makes this program so special are the hands-on fishing activities taught by several guides for releasing, knot tying, dehooking, bait rigging, spin casting, gaffing grapefruits, cast netting, trailer backing, boat handling, reel maintenance and more until 4:30 pm. A second party will be held afterwards at Seaside Glassworks.

On Friday and Sunday are optional inshore and offshore fishing trips out of Whale Harbor and Robbies, followed by a fillet demonstration.

New for 2015 is the Ladies Choice option to bring a male guest or invite teens to include the whole family.

Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Discover Boating, Miami International Boat Show, Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Fish Florida. Annual sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Old Bahama Bay, Sunrise Resort & Marina, Valentine’s Resort & Marina, Penn, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation, Harbor Financial Services, Wear Video Badge and All Rite Grading.

BPOE Elks 1872 is located at 92600 Us Highway 1 S Tavernier FL 33070 at Mile Marker 92.5. Host hotels include Breezy Palms Resort in Islamorada and Ragged Edge in Tavernier.

The 2015 schedule includes Bimini, Bahamas Sept. 11-13 and a fundraising event at Alligator Ron Bergeron’s Green Glades Ranch planned for Oct. 3. Contact: LLGF, phone 954-475-9068, fax 954-474-7299, email: , website:

About "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"

"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!®" (LLGF) is a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sport fishing and to promoting conservation and responsible angling. LLGF promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorship between novice and experienced members. Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 8,000 graduates and is the largest organization in the world whose objective is to introduce women to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series - often dubbed "The No-Yelling School of Fishing" - are renowned nationally in the sport fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from national media including "Inside Edition," CBS' "The Early Show," NBC's "Nightly News," "Good Morning America," "Outdoor Life Network," USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more. 


"Ladies Let's go Fishing!" hosts multiple annual saltwater fishing universities in different Florida cities. The Universities teach fishing skills in a fun and relaxed environment, plus give hands-on opportunities to practice skills and a chance to go charter fishing. Noted as the "No Yelling School of Fishing."

 "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"

The No Yelling School of Fishing
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KEY LARGO, Florida Keys -- With 42 spans connecting the Florida Keys, bridge runs have become synonymous with the island chain. Several hundred footracers are to experience it, backdropped by panoramic views of the Upper Keys and eastern edges of the Florida Everglades, during the seventh annual Key Largo Bridge Run set for Saturday, Nov. 14.

Runners of all ages can enjoy the uniquely scenic out-and-back 10k, half-marathon and 5k run/walk events. Participants from the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Canada and Europe have been attracted to the unique bridge race since its inception.

The USA Track & Field-certified course crosses the 65-foot-high, 1.25-mile-long Jewfish Creek Bridge. Racers occupy the northbound lanes of the bridge and the southern portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, the section of the Overseas Highway that connects mainland South Florida with Key Largo.

Start time is 7 a.m. and the race ends at 11 a.m. Prize money is awarded to the top six finishers in male and female divisions of all three events, as well as in the 12-and-under age category. All runners receive a medal upon completion.

Runners can pick up race packets 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, or 2-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Café Largo, mile marker 99.5 bayside. A variety of healthful-living vendors are to set up displays at Café Largo Friday.

Race entry fees are $35 per person for the 5k, $50 per person for the 10k and $70 for the half marathon through Nov. 5, with a $5 discount for runners whose registrations are received on or before Sept. 30. Participants age 17 and under pay $12. Online registration is available until 8 a.m. Nov. 11.

The first 1,000 race registrants receive a free T-shirt.

Specially priced Key Largo accommodations are available for the weekend event.

Race proceeds benefit Keys charities.

Event information: 
Key Largo visitor information:  or 800-822-1088




ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys -- To pursue some of the most elusive game fish in the world, up to 25 competitor boats can enter the Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament set for Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14, in Islamorada.

Anglers compete in the sport fishing capital of the world for trophies and prizes for catching and releasing five tournament species -- snook, redfish, permit, bonefish and tarpon. This year's event honors a participating team of two veteran soldiers to commemorate the proximate Veteran's Day holiday.

Proceeds from the 2015 tournament benefit the Guides Trust Foundation, an organization committed to assisting Florida Keys fishing guides in need, helping them meet their financial obligations in times of crisis or injury, as well as providing scholarship awards to local students.

A welcome reception and beachside banquet, rules meeting and silent auction kick off the weekend Thursday, Nov. 12, at Cheeca Lodge, the tournament's social event headquarters at mile marker 82 oceanside.

Fishing is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, based from nearby World Wide Sportsman. The prestigious fishing event culminates Saturday with a cocktail reception, early dinner and awards presentation.

Awards are to be given to the individual grand champion and runner-up, grand champion team and runner-up team and champions in the fly-, artificial- and general-tackle divisions.

Entry fee is $2,000 per angler and includes admission to both evening social events for the angler and a guest, as well as the angler's guide and a guest. The fee also includes boxed lunches and continental breakfast each morning dockside at World Wide Sportsman. Guide fees are additional.

Registration information: 
Islamorada visitor information:  or 800-FAB-KEYS
Florida Keys fishing information:





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






Gibson Inn will host  two more Murder Mystery Weekends on October 30-31 and December 4-6. This weekend package of intrigue for two includes: A room for 2 guests, Friday & Saturday night, cocktails on Friday night, a delicious breakfast on Saturday & Sunday mornings, dinner for 2 on Saturday evening, and lots of entertainment. Approximately 2 weeks prior to the event you are mailed the theme of the "murder" and you can "dress the part" or not, it's all up to you! Come & join us at the Gibson Inn where the ambiance makes it the perfect venue for murder.


October 10 Riverfront Film Festival, Apalachicola
October 11 - Oktoberfest, Bowery Station, Apalachicola
October 24 - Lantern Fest, Carrabelle Beach
October 26-28 - Bill Farnsworth Art Workshop
October 27 - Full Moon Climb, SGI
October 31 - Chestnut Street Cemetery Ghostwalk





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