SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items




This new marina (formerly reached through Madeira Bay Marina) has its own new phone number: 713.374.5833. You may want to jot that down on Chart 20, page 111 in the current (2016/17) print edition.

The marina is next to the new Marriott Hotel and dockage customers are invited to enjoy the Marriott's facilities.  Dockmaster is Nick Ortiz. The street address is 601 American Legion Drive, north of Welch Causeway and the Tom Stuart Bridge.




Here's an early list of some shows scheduled here in our Fair State, by dates ...

10/15-16  Naples

11/3-7  Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show

12/2-4 Cape Coral Outdoor Expo & Boat Show



October franklin county


Lantern Festival October 22

The Crooked River Lighthouse will host the 2016 Lantern Fest on Oct. 22 in Carrabelle Beach. Shipwreck tales, glowing lanterns, music and night time tower climbs, bring magic & history together! The event will feature an original play based on a documented shipwreck on the Forgotten Coast in 1766. Preceding the festival, there will be a lantern making workshop on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Crooked River Lighthouse facility. Learn to make the illuminated beauties and display them at the festival later in the month. There will also be a lighthouse replica-making workshop on Oct. 8. Click here for details.

Historic Ghostwalk October 29 

Hauntings will abound at Apalachicola's Chestnut Street Cemetery on Saturday, October 29 when local history enthusiasts don the garb and take on the persona of the cemetery's more notable inhabitants to tell their tale of life in Apalachicola more than 100 years ago. The Ghostwalk will be held 6:30-8:30 pm. at the Chestnut Street Cemetery on Hwy 98 in Apalachicola. Details here.

Apalachicola Autos & Oysters October 29

The Autos and Oysters Car Show, on Saturday, October 29 will showcase the cars of local collectors and will also attract enthusiasts from throughout the region. The show will be followed by a sock hop on the City Docks on Saturday night featuring local refreshments, music, and oysters. There are several lodging and dining packages available with many of the local businesses including the Water Street Hotel, Coombs House Inn, 49 Palmetto as well as dining and shopping discounts at Tamara's Cafe, Tamara's Tapas Bar, Apalach Outfitters and Tin Shed Nautical Antiques. Click here fordetails.

Oyster Roast November 4

Love oysters? Don't miss the 12th annual Downtown Oyster Roast on November 6st,  6:00 to 9:00 pm in  Apalachicola. This enchanting event, sponsored by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, will feature roasted oysters, oysters on the half shell, creamy artichoke, oyster and thyme soup, fresh local shrimp and more. Dine under the stars next to the Apalachicola River.  Details here.

Florida Seafood Festival November 4-5

The 52st Annual Florida Seafood Festival kicks off in Apalachicola November 4-6. Heralded as the State’s oldest maritime event, this annual fall classic is a celebration of the Franklin County commercial seafood industry. The Florida Seafood Festival promises to feature delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events and musical entertainment including recording artist Rodney Atkins. For more information, click here.

Lodging Partners Launch Fall Deals

Fall brings out crisp breezes and invigorating new deals along the coast. Come for a weekend bed and breakfast getaway or enjoy the beach at fall values. Check out all the specials here.






A Note From the Commodore

I'm excited to announce that after lengthy discovery and negotiations we have reached an agreement with the executive director of the organization that that owns and maintains the NOAA Weather station at the end of the Rudder Club Dock.

As requested (demanded) the Rudder Club has or will receive the following:

Name: The Rudder Club Name will be used on all links and identification of this weather station.  Partially complete.

Surveys: The Rudder Club shall be provided the latest land and underwater surveys in the area of this weather station. Links have been provided.

Rent: Beginning October 2016 the Rudder Club will be paid rent in the amount of $200.00 per month ($2,400.00 per year) An immediate settlement payment for prior rents of $1,000.00 will be made to the Rudder Club before any further access for maintenance may be scheduled.

Maintenance: Access for maintenance will scheduled with three (3) day notice.

MOU: A memorandum of understanding  will be developed and signed by both parties to provide clear points of contact and to avoid misunderstandings.

Thank you for your continued support to make this agreement possible.

Jim, Commodore




John Legend live




Contact Betty Bauman   954-475-9068

Link to high res photos

FL Keys/Tavernier/Islamorada Oct. 21-23

Chokoloskee/Everglades National Park Nov. 19-20.

Contact: LLGF, phone 954-475-9068, fax 954-474-7299, email: , website: , Facebook: 

About“Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"

The Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) is a national charitable 501C3 organization dedicated to attracting women and families to fishing while encouraging conservation and responsible angling. LLGF promotes networking among and emphasizes mentorships. 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 and families to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series - dubbed "The No-Yelling School of Fishing" - are known nationally in the fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from media including Inside Edition, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS, Good Morning America, Outdoor Life Network, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more.

"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"
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Clematis by Night 

Every Thursday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on the Waterfront. N. and S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr. and Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St. will be closed from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

More details click here.


West Palm Beach Antique and Flea Market 

Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Narcissus Ave. between 2nd St. and Banyan Blvd. from 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information, click here.   


West Palm Beach GreenMarket 

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. N. and S. Clematis St. closed, Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St., and Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and N. Clematis St. will be closed from 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.


All Aboard Florida Construction Updates

click here for details.


Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project Update 

click here for details.



The Melody of Boating

By Barb Hansen

Have you ever noticed how some of your favorite activities are even more enjoyable with music?

Take boating, for example.  That just happens to be our favorite past time.  Of course we love to go cruising when our schedule permits.  We also love to take along our favorite music.  It’s always been that way.

I can remember playing our favorite cassette tapes on when we lived on our sailboat in our younger days.  Back then it was everything from Jimmy Buffett to the Eagles and from John Denver to Frank Sinatra.  Whether entertaining friends on board or just sitting under the stars, there was always music – well, and rum!

Now, as we have gotten older our preferred vessel has changed, but not so much our taste in music.  When we cruise aboard our trawler, we bring along a very eclectic selection of songs on our iPhones and iPads. There will always be Buffett and the music from our liveaboard days, but now we can easily download anything from Willie to Elvis

After more than thirty years and many more vessels later, we still love cruising and, as with life in general, certain songs remind of us certain boats and adventures on the water.  Like the song by Trisha Yearwood, “The Song Remembers When,” so many times a song will evoke a memory of a time and a place in life.

It’s amazing how many songs there are about boating when you really start to think about it.

Of course there’s Christopher Cross’ “Sailing,” Buffett’s “It’s Been a Lovely Cruise,” Alan Jackson singing “When Daddy Let Me Drive,” and a recent hit, “Pontoon” by Little Big Town.  We’ve got them all – and about a thousand more I’m sure.

Boating just seems to go with good music.  Think about it.  How many songs do you know about golf?  Not many.  There is no romance in golf.  No adventure. No “je ne sais quoi.” 

Many boats are sexy.  Golf clubs not so much.  Boating takes you places some people just dream about.  The beauty of the water and nature coming together is unlike any other sport.  If you have ever watched a dolphin breaking through your bow wave you know what I mean. 

Oh, I’m sure golfers will argue that their courses are lovely, too.  I get that.  Yes, you can golf all over the world, but really, doesn’t one hole look like another after a while?

How about bicycling?  That is one sport that hurts my backside to even think about.  Oh sure, I suppose you can listen to your iPod inside your helmet.  That is, if you can even hear it over the traffic, your heavy breathing and the trucks whizzing by you at 60 mph! It’s not exactly relaxing to be riding on the side of a road and hoping you aren’t flattened by the next F350 that goes by!

Barb Hansen manages Southwest Florida Yachts, yacht charters, and Florida Sailing & Cruising School, 6095 Silver King Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33914.  Barb can be reached at  or by phone: 239-257-2788.






KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Key West's wildest party is to turn bipartisan when Fantasy Fest, the island city’s outrageous annual costuming and masking festival, takes aim at America's upcoming presidential elections. Set for Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 30, the festivities are themed "Political Voodoo & Ballot Box Barbarians."

One of the most eagerly anticipated events on the Key West calendar, Fantasy Fest offers 10 days of masquerade balls, quirky costume contests and other delicious delights. The spectacle climaxes in an exotic grand parade whose floats are as elaborate as candidates' pre-election promises.

Fantasy Fest is to begin with a Royal Coronation Ball Friday, Oct. 21, where the public casts votes to elect the king and queen of the masked madness. Also that weekend, Key West's Caribbean roots are celebrated with Friday and Saturday's family-friendly Goombay street party in historic Bahama Village.

Friday through Wednesday, Key West Burlesque is to stage an original theatrical extravaganza that incorporates imaginative costuming and production values.

At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, the fur is to fly during the traditional Pet Masquerade. The eccentric competition is likely to include Re-pup-licans and Demo-cats as well as other canine, feline and avian critters strutting their stuff on an oceanfront stage.

Political "party animals" can compete for costume prizes and glory Thursday during soirees including a tantalizing toga party that is one of the festival's longest-running events.

Friday, Oct. 28, brings the lively Fantasy Fest Street Fair, when the island's renowned Duval Street become a mile-long marketplace with vendors offering costumes and masks, arts and crafts, tempting food and libations.

Friday evening the Masquerade March of bold barbarians, voodoo vixens and other costumed characters parades through the streets from a starting point at the Key West Cemetery.

Other Fantasy Fest standouts are to include exuberant themed costume competitions, a children's day at a local park and parties that are definitely not politically motivated.

The pre-election action is to reach its climax Saturday, Oct. 29, as tens of thousands of spectators flock to Key West's historic downtown for the Fantasy Fest Parade. The spectacle typically includes feather-bedecked marching groups, Caribbean bands and enormous, lavishly decorated motorized floats.

Since the parade falls just days before the 2016 presidential election, festival organizers expect many floats and costumes to feature a political focus -- spiced with the offbeat flamboyance that characterizes Fantasy Fest and Key West itself.

Event information:


Islamorada visitor information:  or 800-FAB-KEYS

Florida Keys fishing information:

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

Key Largo visitor information:  or 800-822-1088

Florida Keys diving:



Geocaching – Take your Inner Geek Outdoors 

Planning to visit one of Franklin County’s state parks this fall? Make sure you bring your hiking shoes, your smart phone and a sense of adventure. The Bald Point State Park on Alligator Point and St. George Island State Park are participants in Operation Recreation GeoTour - a high-tech treasure hunt that requires players to use a smartphone or GPS device to find hidden treasures. The State Park GeoTour stretches from Pensacola to Key West and currently includes 64 state parks and state trails. Cachers can visit the GeoTours webpage to view each one of the 69 caches hidden within the parks and download the Official Tracking Sheet to begin the geocaching adventure.

In addition to the two state parks, other areas in Franklin County feature geocaching opportunities There are an estimated more 200+ geocache sites dotting the coast between Alligator Point and the western edge of Franklin County. Click here to learn more.

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