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KEY WEST NEWS - PLUS AN INVITATION

Bring the Boat to Key West!

The Florida Keys’ largest deep-water marina, Stock Island Marina Village is slated to open in October 2013.  Capable of welcoming yachts of up to 300 feet, the marina provides secure and sheltered direct deep-water ocean access, 128 new concrete floating docks, and a new high-speed fuel system.  In addition, the new boating community offers a comprehensive package of amenities:

24 Hour Security and SurveillanceNew Shower, Laundry, and Gym
Wireless InternetOn-site Fishing and Dive Charters
Shuttle Service to Key West and the AirportOn-site Parking
Ship’s Store Captain’s Lounge and Crew Facilities

To celebrate their October opening, Stock Island Marina Village welcomes guests to the Florida Keys 2013 Festival Season.  Boaters receive a 20% discount off transient dockage during Fantasy Fest, the World Offshore Powerboat Championships and New Year’s Eve in Key West.

The new Marina Village captures the laidback spirit of Old Key West, and is just minutes from the nightlife and entertainment of world famous Duval Street.   Comprising commercial fishing boats, charter fleets, resident yachts, cruisers and super-yachts, Stock Island Marina Village is an inclusive mix of island lifestyles.  You find local craftspeople, marine technicians, artists and musicians mingling in the community garden or walking dogs at the marina dog park.

Throughout the planning process, the project’s designers have given particular attention to resource conservation.  Initiatives include the Florida Clean Marina Program, on-site vessel pump-out, aggressive recycling, solar power, and rainwater reclamation.

For reservations or more information contact Stock Island Village Marina at 305/294-2288 or at Dockmaster@StockIslandMarina.com.  For updates visit StockIslandMarina.com or join us on Facebook.


FACT SHEET ON THE NEW STOCK ISLAND MARINA ...

7009 Shrimp Rd. | Key West, FL 33040 | Dockmaster@StockIslandMarina.com | (305) 294-2288 | StockIslandMarina.com
Last Stop to Havana!
The largest deep-water marina in the Florida Keys, Stock Island Marina Village provides secure and sheltered dockage with direct ocean access in a relaxed atmosphere of Old Key West, just beyond the noise and crowds of world famous Duval St. The newly developed marina is super yacht capable, while inclusive to sailors, fishermen and local Key West characters, offering a rich set of amenities and social events, with an eye toward resource conservation, and community support for its artists, craftsmen, and working waterfront.

Phase I of the multiphase development opens October, 2013 featuring 128 new floating concrete docks, a new high-speed fuel system, captain’s lounge, community garden, and dog park. Phase II, scheduled for completion in 2015, includes 2 waterfront restaurants, an interpretive nature trail, bird observation platforms, and an 80 room boutique hotel.

AMENITIES
Largest deep water marina in the Keys
128 new concrete floating docks
New high-speed fuel system
Yachts up to 300’
Captain & crew facilities
New gym, laundry & showers
Community garden
Dog park
Airport shuttle
Free wireless internet
Ship’s store & sundries
Captain’s conference lounge

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Wildlife observation platforms
Incremental solar PV & hot water
Low energy buildings and equipment
Recycling / mulching / composting
Aggressive storm-water management
New public sewer infrastructure and tie-in
Mandatory vessel pump-out
Florida Clean Marina Program
Rainwater reclamation
Improved near-shore water quality
Property-wide sustainable operations plan
Resource education program (residents & guests)

COMMUNITY IMPACT
Public access to working waterfront
New jobs aimed at residents of Stock Island
Organic community garden
Community dog park
Partnership w/ Reef Relief (quarterly mangrove
and near-shore cleanups)
Artists Cooperative & art market
Monthly social events with residents from Old
Town and the Lower Keys

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Many new jobs created
12-20 new businesses launched
$91 million direct local benefit projected over first 10 years

“Stock Island Marina Village’s commitment to fully realize the potential of this unique asset, while preserving public access to the working waterfront, is the central theme of our plan. A major component of the island’s infrastructure is being brought to its potential. New jobs and activity are already proving to be a stabilizing influence on the neighborhoods surrounding the marina, and we are in it for the long haul. At this point I think everyone’s goal is long-term sustainability.”
Principal Developer, Matthew Strunk

PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA

IT'S HAPPENING ON THE HARBOR AT FISHERMEN'S VILLAGE!
1 800 639-0020   www.fishville.com

OCTOBER 12TH, 2013 DURING OUR ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION!  

 

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WIENER DOG DERBY, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH, 2013 DURING OUR ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION!

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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA YACHTS continues celebration of 30th Anniversary at new location with continued yacht charter incentive
Seeking Additional Power and Sailboats for Charter Fleet


Cape Coral, Florida – (September 19, 2013) – Southwest Florida Yachts, one of Florida’s premier charter firms, has entered the final months of its 30th year of continuous service at a new location that’s especially mariner friendly, continuing its “free cruising days” charter promotion and a commitment to growing its charter fleet. The new location is Tarpon Point Marina, near Mile Marker 92 and the Caloosahatchee River here.

Their story appeared in our August update as the move was about to take place. (Check our August archives to see the great aerial photo of the new location.) Now Barb & Vic Hansen and their businesses are happily ensconced at Tarpon Point to finish out their 30th anniversary achievement. The new base allows consolidation of their power and sail fleets, school and brokerage at a single, first-rate location with great amenities 

The new location is also home to the Westin Cape Coral Hotel with first-rate lodging, diverse shopping, casual and fine dining, tennis and a fitness and aquatic center.  The seaside community also offers single-family, detached residences within Tarpon Estates and condominium homes at Tarpon Landings.  The new marina features a dedicated facility for Hansens' companies, a ship’s store, boat and fishing charters, eco-guided tours and boat/kayak rentals.  It is located in a sheltered, deep-water harbor and is safe from storms, as well as offering easy access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Barbara Hansen said the “Free Cruising Days” promotion will continue through 2014.  It applies to charter customers booking cruises three-days or longer between December 15 and April 30 and earns one free cruising day. Three-day or longer charters during the rest of the year will earn two, free cruising days.  The promotion has been in place continuously since 2012.  

Hansen and her husband, Vic, began the firm in 1984.  The current charter fleet includes 10 power yachts from 32- to 50-feet and sailing fleet of five yachts.  “We offer scenic and protected Gulf cruising around Pine Island and along Sanibel-Captiva, other Gulf of Mexico barrier islands and beautiful Charlotte Harbor – many consider the area to be among the best for cruising and sailing in the world,” she said.  Visitors to the area barrier islands are taken with their ambiance, beaches, friendliness, restaurants and scenery.

For more information, visit www.swfyachts.com, email: info@swfyachts.com, “like” us (Southwest Florida Yachts or Florida Sailing and Cruising School) on Facebook or call: 800-262-7939.  The address is 6095 Silver King Boulevard, Cape Coral, Florida 33914. 


SCHEDULED BOAT SHOWS ...

54TH ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Fort Lauderdale, the “Yachting Capital of the World” will host the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 31-Nov 4, 2013. Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.
Covering six locations and over 3 million square feet of space, the show’s transportation network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats ensures attendees can easily navigate the boat show and its expansive waterways system. Added attractions include The Blue Wild Dive Show, IGFA’s School of Sportfishing and Hook the Future’s Kids Fishing Clinics.
Visit http://www.showmanagement.com/fort_lauderdale

 
ST. PETERSBURG POWER & SAILBOAT SHOW EARLY DECEMBER
The St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show® - largest in-water boat show on the Gulf Coast - is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 to Sunday, December 8 at Progress Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park, 400 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For more information visit Show Management.


LOOKING AHEAD:

Seven Seas Cruising Association has announced the 38th Annual Gam to take place November 15 & 16 in Melbourne, Florida. Visit the site at www.ssca.org, email  office@ssca.org or phone 954 771 -5660. for registration information.

Atlantis on Paradise Island Nassau has scheduled a Halloween Slot Tournament and Costume Contest for October 26. The Tournament Buy-In is $750 with first prize  $25,000. Costume prizes total $4,000. Call 1-800-Atlantis to book.


Also, there's the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament on Thanksgiving Weekend ... November 28 - 30.

You can tie up at the Marina or book your hotel room and fly over. 

Call 1-800-Atlantis to reserve your space. To call directly to the Marina phone 242-363-6068 or -6088

LADIES LET'S GO FISHING!

The No-Yelling School of Fishing has an event scheduled for the weekend of November 15-17 in the Florida Keys.

Details for all their events are on their site: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.

FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE

Fishermen’s Village (still featured on our monthly web site update's "Back Page") is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda, FL.  1 800 639-0020 or visit on line at www.fishville.com.
 

BAHAMAS NEWS

Nassau’s brand new Bay Street Marina
with two adjacent restaurants (Green Parrot and Luciano’s) is scheduled to open soon at the southwest corner of the Paradise Island Bridge.

A recent edition of the Nassau Guardian has announced that The Sampson Cay Club has been closed permanently by the owner, John Malone, after an earlier closure for renovations. Transients will no longer be accommodated as it is  said to be a “private club atmosphere” only for those invited by Mr. Malone. Its availability as a pleasant and convenient stopping place (with fuel) will be missed by cruising people.

Among those expressing disappointment in that closure is Peter Maury (Atlantis HM). On the bright side, however, Maury, President of the Marina Operators of The Bahamas (MOB) association, has announced that the group is in the process of producing their own web site. Watch for news of that here and in the Boating Press.
 

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