SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR SHIP's STORE SALE!
See information on our store's 50% OFF sale at the beginning of this update...
 

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Waterproof Digital Media Lockers
Aquatic AV® DM5 series IP65-rated waterproof digital media lockers are designed to protect even the new, larger smartphones from the elements. Three models are available. The premium model DM5-UBT (shown here) with Bluetooth® for iPod and iPhone includes a wireless remote and USB connector. MSRP from US $149.Waterproof media locker
Key features:
•Supports IAP Bluetooth & MP3 devices
•Model DM5-UBT also supports USB, iPod, iPhone
•Fits most smartphones and media devices including Samsung Galaxy Note 2
•FM radio (US & Euro) – Model DM5-UBT
•IP65 Rated, for use in any environment (dry, wet, muddy, damp etc.)
•External Door Controls – Models DM5-UBT & DM5-BT
•2-Way Radio Frequency remote with 40ft range
•DSP EQ Presets (Model DM5-UBT), Bass/Treble, Balance/Fader
•Built-in 288W amplifier
•Connect up to 8 speakers
•2x stereo pair RCA Pre-Outs (4V)
Aquatic AV - 282 Kinney Drive - San Jose, California 95112 USA

ONGOING FRANKLIN COUNTY EVENTS...

 

Be Kind to the Turtles
The beaches of Franklin County are home to  endangered loggerhead sea turtles which arrive annually at this time of year to nest on the beach. Visitors are reminded please to remove chairs, tents and beach toys at the end of the day so the turtles can move about the shoreline freely as they come ashore at night to lay their eggs.turtle

Visitors interested in learning about sea turtle nesting can attend 2 pm turtle orientation meetings on Wednesdays during July at the Apalachicola National Estaurine Research Reserve Visitor Center in Eastpoint. The presentations are hosted by the SGI Volunteer Turtlers and ANERR. Common sense turtle tips include removing all beach chairs and umbrellas at the end of the day and use red filtered flashlights when walking on the beach at night to avoid disorienting hatchlings. Click here to learn more.

 

Upcoming Summer Art Workshops
The Apalachicola School of Art continues a series of art workshops this summer.
 
Painting "IN THE MOMENT" with Lori Putnam - September 11-14
Spend 4 days working en plein air with American Impressionist Lori Putnam, capturing the culture and history of Apalachicola.

 

 

Area Features Dozens of Artificial Reefs

There are nearly 50 artificial reefs located offshore from the Franklin County shoreline. These fish hotels stretch from Alligator Point to Apalachicola and are responsible for providing valuable habitat for hundreds of fish species that migrate through the region.artificial reef You can see the list of reef locations by clicking here.

 

 

SGI Charity Concert  Sept. 25-27

St. George Island and surrounding communities will host the annual Rock by the Sea, Charity Concert and Golf event Sept. 25-27. The event, hosted annually at Harry A's on St. George Island and at the St. James Bay Golf Resort, is dedicated to raising money to assist deserving charities who provide direct services to those in need.

Rock By The Sea 2014 will feature a golf tournament, 5k run and three nights of music at Harry A's in St. George Island.  Artists include renowned Nashville singer and songwriter Chuck Cannon, as well as MELODIME, Radio Birds, Tim Brantley, Steve Everett, The Roosevelts, Brian Collins Band, and W2.

 

Museum Day 2014

Camp Gordon Johnston Museum Day Sept. 27
Camp Gordon Johnston celebrates Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 27. The event marks the eighth year that Camp Gordon Johnston has been asked to participate in the Smithsonian Magazine's Annual National Museum Day.  The museum is located in the Carrabelle Municipal Complex, at 1001 Gray Ave., Carrabelle, Florida.

Volunteers will be welcoming visitors from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. Come view their ever-growing exhibits.  Hear live music and enjoy free refreshments.

As always, admission is by donation. You can learn more about the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum and download directions at CampGordonJohnston.com.

 

Snook Season Opens Sept. 1
The recreational harvest of Gulf of Mexico snook opens Sept. 1. The harvest of snook in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters has been closed since early 2010. When the Gulf recreational harvest reopens Sept. 1, all bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions and closed seasons will be in effect. Click here to learn more.

 

Fish Salty For Free Sept. 6
Residents and visitors will enjoy one of the State's saltwater license-free fishing day September 6. On this day, Florida residents and visitors can experience Florida’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities first hand without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license. Click here for Franklin County  boat launch, rental, guide and marina information.

 

Lodging Providers Offer Spring Season On-line Specials
 
Many of lodging providers in Franklin County are offering Spring vacation deals.  Click here for a complete listing of accommodations.

Visit  SaltyFlorida.com to explore attractions, natural amenities and cultural heritage as well as our beaches. Accommodations History Fishing and Outdoors Arts and Heritage Birding Eco Tours Museums Marinas and Boating Outdoor Exploration Parks Shopping

Franklin County Tourist Development Council • Post Office Box 819 • Apalachicola, Florida 32329
Toll Free: 866-914-2068 • www.saltyflorida.com

 

Estuaries Day Sept. 26
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) celebrates the annual National Estuaries Day at its Research and Visitor Center in Eastpoint on September 26. The festivities will run from 1:30-6 p.m. and will feature family-friendly activities and exhibits.  The Visitor Center is located near the St. George Island Bridge at 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint.
Feeling like doing more for the environment? Join your neighbors Sept. 20 for Franklin County's annual Coastal Cleanup. There are cleanup locations throughout the county.

 

New Bike/Walk Path Opens in Carrabelle
A new half-mile multi-modal paved path opened this summer at Carrabelle Beach to provide scenic coastal bike and walking opportunities. The path connects the Crooked River Lighthouse and the Carrabelle Beach RV Resort which is across Highway 98 from the Franklin County Carrabelle Beach Park. The multi-modal path closes a gap in the Florida Greenways and Trails System’s Land Trail Priority Network 
The path is another pearl in the necklace of county bike/walking paths. Franklin County already features a 6.3-mile path on St. George island.  That path passes the Cape St. George Light and connects to the Dr. JulianG. Bruce St. George Island State Park. 

 

 

Palm Harbor Marina

 

Feast of the Sea

Get ready to celebrate all things seafood.

The inaugural Feast of the Sea will take place in Downtown WPB on Flagler Drive. Festival attendees from near and far will be able to enjoy the most popular seafood dishes from around the world.
 
Join us for an unforgettable experience of great food, delicious drinks, fine art, and music. Use Promo Code “WPBDDA” to receive $50 OFF (1) VIP Ticket Package, which includes:
• VIP tent & VIP area access
• Unlimited VIP drinks within exclusive VIP areas
• Unlimited VIP cuisine within exclusive VIP areas
• Private VIP facilities
 
What: Feast Of The Sea
When: Saturday, Sept. 13th

To purchase tickets, please click here.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER -

NATIONAL ESTUARIES DAY

Wabasso Island, FL – Two-thirds of the fish and shellfish we eat live in estuaries at some point in their lives. On Sat. Sept. 27, 2014, organizations across the country are celebrating National Estuaries Day to spread awareness of the value of these water bodies. The Environmental Learning Center in Indian River County is hosting a full schedule of events that recognize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s designation of the Indian River Lagoon as an “estuary of national significance.” Event hours at the ELC are from 9 am to 1 pm. All activities are free and the normal admission fee will be waived.
Some activities run the entire event; others are at a specific time. Here’s the line-up:
9 am to 12 pm: Canoe Excursions, Pond Dip-netting (must wear closed-toe shoes to participate), Encounters in the 145 gallon Touch Tank, and Mangrove Propagule Potting.
10:30 am: a program all about dolphins, called “Dolphin Fun Facts.”
11 am: Story Time featuring “The Wartville Wizard.” 
ELC’s 64-island campus will be open for self-guided tours and deep discounts can be found in the gift shop with a 40% off annual sale.
The non-profit Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge. ELC membership benefits, education programs, as well more details on the Celebration of National Estuaries Day can be found at www.DiscoverELC.org, or by calling 772-589-5050.


GUIDED BOAT EXCURSIONS

Wabasso Island, FL – The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) conducts numerous kayak and canoe excursions around Wabasso Island, Pelican Island, and the St. Sebastian River. In addition to seeing wonderful scenery, including multiple bird species, fish rising to the water surface, and various kinds of native vegetation, many lucky boaters spot dolphins, manatees, and alligators in their natural habitat. Boating is the best way to explore this environment in a close-up way.

Canoe excursions are held every Saturday. They are led by knowledgeable guides who explore “off the beaten path” canoe trails where water birds and mangrove tree crabs abound.Canoe The guide will explain ways that participants can positively impact the ecology of the Lagoon. The fee, including canoe rental and gear, is $15 per adult and $7 per child ($3 discount for ELC members).

Three kayaking excursions are offered by the ELC for both experienced kayakers and beginners. Instruction is included for beginning paddlers. One trip explores the shallow waters around Wabasso Island to see beautiful views of the Indian River Lagoon not accessible from motor boats. Another explores America’s first national wildlife refuge, Pelican Island. The third paddles up the St. Sebastian River, one of the few remaining natural coastal rivers in Florida. The cost, including kayak rental is $30 per adult and $25 per child ($2 discount for ELC members). The schedule of the various boating excursions is available on the ELC’s web site, www.DiscoverELC.org. Reservations may be made by calling (772)589-5050 ext. 114.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge; address is 255 Live Oak Drive. The  campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and a visitor center.

Find ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, Ecology Adventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures at www.DiscoverELC.org. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under free, and ELC members receive free admission year-around. The first Saturday of every month is free to all.

 

 

RudderClub

Rudder Club Temporary Fall Office Hours
 
Monday – Closed
Tuesday/Thursday  0930 – 1230
Wednesday/Friday 0930 – 1630
 
The dates these hours will be used is from August 25th through December 12, 2014
 
Office Phone (904) 264-4094
 
E-Mail office@rudderclub.com

Welcome to the First Coast Sailing Association Website! www.sailjax.com/
FCSA is a volunteer group formed to coordinate PHRF sailboat racing in the NE Florida region.
Board members are from the area yacht clubs and sailing organizations.

 

Junior Sail
Fall
 
Director:
Hal Runnfeldt
 
Contact:
jrunnfeldt@bellsouth.net
 
September 7th and 21st
October 5th and 19th
November 2nd and 16th
 
1300 - 1500 or later
 

Gourmet Aviator Website www.gourmetaviator.com
 

Adult Sailing
2014 Session Dates:
0900 to 1500
 
September 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th
 
Contact:
office@rudderclub.com

 

 

St. John’s Riverkeeper’s Message

SJR dolphin deaths
 
Please alert River Patrol members to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Hotline to report any ill or deceased dolphins:
 
888-404-FWCC (3922)
 
Unfortunately, dolphin mortality is still occurring in the area, including areas near JU and well within the River.

Rose Borkowski, DVM
Dept. of Biology and Marine Science
Jacksonville University - Jacksonville, FL.

 

 

FLORIDA KEYS NEWS & HAPPENINGS


ISLAMORADA INVITATIONAL FALL FLY TOURNAMENTSET FOR SEPT. 9-12

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys --For 40 years, an elite group of first-rate fly fishermen has congregated at the Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament, set in 2014 for Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 9-12.

Locally referred to as the "Fall Fly," the annual endeavor is a test of stealth for up to 25 angler-and-guide teams.

The elite challenge has drawn anglers from around the U.S. and Europe. Notable participants over the years have included Flip Pallot, brothers Sandy Moret and Randy Moret, the late Billy Pate and acclaimed "Striptease" author and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen, who has been named tournament grand champion multiple times.

'The 2014 winner's name will join the roster of top anglers as well as those of grand champion guides such as Bill Knowles, Steve Huff, Tim Klein and George Hommell, founder of Islamorada's World Wide Sportsman, on the perpetual trophy prominently displayed at Florida Keys Outfitters.

The 2014 Fall Fly kicks off with a 6 p.m. welcome reception and captains meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Islamorada Fishing Club next to the Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar at mile marker 82 bayside.

Three days of fly-fishing for bonefish follow. Anglers must earn points for both weight and release fish to qualify for the win.

Each day starts at the Lorelei, where anglers are to breakfast before fishing and check in after competition.

All bonefish catches are to be photographed and then released alive.

Entry fee is $1,000 per angler, which includes fishing, admission to social and cocktail party functions and awards. Original artwork valued at $5,000 is to be awarded the top anglers.


Tournament information: Paul Nute at 917-412-0136 or paulnute@yahoo.com
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 800-FAB-KEYS
Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing
Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest • twitter.com/thefloridakeys • www.keysvoices.comwww.youtube.com/floridakeystv


CONCH SCRAMBLE BRINGS SALTWATER GOLF TO ISLAMORADA SEPT. 27

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys -- Fans of golf and boating can hone their swings and feed the fish while raising money for charity one shot at a time, during an unusual on-the-water golf tournament. The unique Conch Scramble is set for Saturday, Sept. 27, in Islamorada.

Proceeds from the golfing challenge help fund athletic programs and facilities for Keys students as well as academic support programs. Organizers hope to raise more than $100,000 through sponsorships, auctions, attendance at the kick-off party and golfer participation.

The kick-off party and team registration are scheduled 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, hosted by Bob and Kathy Mau at their exclusive waterfront property at mile marker (MM) 80.9 oceanside. Nongolfers can purchase kick-off party tickets for $35 each.

A live auction and a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. The live bidding action will take place Sept. 26 at the kick-off party, but bidders can participate in an online portion of the auction now through Sept. 26 at www.conchscramble.com.

Teams are to meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Islamorada Fish Company, MM 81.5 bayside, for breakfast, hole location assignments and a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Teams of four and a "caddy," a designated boat driver, make stops at nine Islamorada waterfront venues and come ashore to tee off. Each player has two shots at the floating "holes."

The golf balls are biodegradable and turn into fish food after 90 hours in the water.

An awards ceremony is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean View Pub & Inn, located at MM 84.5 gulfside. Trophies await the top three teams with the best scores, while additional honors recognize the best hole location, most team spirit and best costumes.

Up to 45 teams can participate; the entry fee is $500 per team.


Event information and registration: www.conchscramble.com
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS
Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest • twitter.com/thefloridakeys • www.keysvoices.comwww.youtube.com/floridakeystv


CATCH THE CURE AT KEY LARGO'S BAYBONE CELEBRITY TOURNAMENT OCT. 10-12

KEY LARGO, Florida Keys -- The Robert James Sales Baybone Celebrity Tournament, second in the fall series of Redbone Trilogy fishing events, is to challenge anglers seeking bonefish and permit Friday through Sunday, Oct. 10-12, in the waters off Key Largo.

Since 1988, the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series has been synonymous with funding research for the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. Each year, the angling events garner more than a million dollars to "catch the cure" for the disease.

Baybone events are to be headquartered at Bayside Inn Key Largo at mile marker (MM) 99.4 and Snook's Bayside Restaurant and Grand Tiki Bar, MM 99.9. Registration is set for 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, with a kickoff cocktail party followed by live auction fundraising action and dinner at Snook's.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, anglers compete in men's and women's overall, spin and fly divisions. Continental breakfast is to be served daily at 6:30 a.m., and boats can depart at 7 a.m. Check-in is no later than 5 p.m. on fishing days.

Dockside parties where anglers can mingle and swap stories are scheduled 3-5 p.m. after each day's fishing. The weekend is to wrap up at a Sunday evening awards banquet.

Notable celebrity champions and longtime supporters of the Redbone tournaments include legendary angler Stu Apte, former Denver Bronco and Tampa Bay Buccaneer football player Mark Cooper and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.

This year's Baybone celebrity host is former NASA space shuttle astronaut Bruce Melnick.

As part of the Baybone weekend, the annual Fly Shop of Miami Superfly tournament is to be held Friday, Oct. 10. Tournament registration is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Snook's, followed by dinner.

The Baybone entry fee, which includes two days' charter fees with a professional guide, is $3,700 for a two-person team. The nonrefundable fee includes admission to social functions for each angler and a guest, as well as the guide and a guest.

Superfly entry, which does not include a guide fee, is $350 per angler who also fishes the Baybone or $500 for just the Superfly.

The Redbone Trilogy series culminates Nov. 7-9 in Islamorada with the Robert James Sales Redbone Celebrity Tournament.


Tournament information: www.redbone.org
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing
Key Largo visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keylargo or 800-822-1088
Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest • twitter.com/thefloridakeys • www.keysvoices.comwww.youtube.com/floridakeystv

 

SOUTHERNMOST MARATHON TO COMBINE RACING CHALLENGE AND KEY WEST SIGHTS

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- The Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico shores and scenic streets of America's southernmost island city compose the route for runners testing their endurance Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Southernmost Marathon & Half Marathon.

Participants can run 26.2 or 13.1 miles during the race dubbed the "SoMo." In addition, a 10k is planned for those seeking a shorter challenge. Other events for racers are scheduled Thursday through Monday, Oct. 9-13, in Key West.

The full marathon is to begin at 5:30 a.m. Saturday and the half-marathon and 10k at 6:15 a.m. The start and finish lines for all three are at Pat Croce's Rum Barrel, 528 Front St., the event's presenting sponsor.

Racers in the marathon are to run a flat, fast course that includes Key West's historic Old Town, Atlantic and gulf shorelines, neighboring Stock Island and the Overseas Highway into the Lower Keys. Half-marathon contenders are to race beside the ocean and gulf and through Old Town, while 10k entrants follow a route that explores Key West.

Water and "fueling" stations are to be located at regular intervals.

Runners can pick up their packets at the Rum Barrel from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, or noon to 9 p.m. Friday. A race expo is set for noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the same location.

On race day, spectators can celebrate with competitors at a finish-line party scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon. An awards ceremony and party with live music are set for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rum Barrel.

Paddleboard races for the general public and Special Olympics athletes are scheduled Sunday, Oct. 12, off Key West's Higgs Beach. The fun event benefits the Florida Keys' Special Olympics. Other weekend attractions include racer specials on watersports excursions and food and drinks.

Fees for those who enter by Sept. 1 are $120 per person for the full marathon, $90 for the half marathon and $50 for the 10k. After that date, fees are $140 for the full marathon, $120 for the half marathon and $60 for the 10k.


Race information and registration: www.somomarathon.com
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest • twitter.com/thefloridakeys • www.keysvoices.comwww.youtube.com/floridakeystv

 

KEY LARGO TO HOST SEPTEMBER LIONFISH DERBY SEPT. 13

FLORIDA KEYS -- Divers can help preserve Florida Keys reefs and earn cash prizes during a fun, competitive derby event to capture and remove as many non-native lionfish as possible from Keys waters.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation is sponsoring a one-day derby Saturday, Sept. 13, at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located at mile marker 102.5 in Key Largo.

REEF partners with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the dive community to cultivate hands-on, focused opportunities for Keys visitors who enjoy the natural resources to take action and remove lionfish, a popular aquarium fish believed to have been introduced to Florida waters during the 1980s.

The lionfish is considered an invasive species whose rapidly growing populations in Atlantic waters are outcompeting native fish for food and territory.

Derby divers vie for more than $3,500 in prize money. First- through third-place teams are rewarded for the most lionfish captured as well as the largest and smallest individual lionfish.

Teams of up to four people can hunt from sunrise to 5 p.m., collecting lionfish by netting or spearing while on SCUBA, snorkeling or free diving. The public is invited to watch the derby scoring and filleting demonstrations and taste free lionfish samples.

Early registration fee is $120 and includes one pair of puncture-resistant gloves per team. A mandatory participants meeting to cover lionfish ecology, their safe handling, and collection tools and techniques is set for Friday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Participants can dive from a private vessel or a professional dive operator's charterboat.

Event information: www.reef.org/lionfish/keylargoderby or 305-852-0030
Florida Keys diving: www.fla-keys.com/diving
Florida Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com or 1-800-FLA-KEYS
Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest • twitter.com/thefloridakeys • www.keysvoices.com www.youtube.com/floridakeystv

 

KEY WEST'S FANTASY FEST TO SPARK DREAMS AND ADVENTURES OCT. 17-26

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Visitors to America's subtropical island city can don elaborate masks and costumes to act out adventures and daydreams during the annual Fantasy Fest celebration, set for Oct. 17-26 in easygoing, uninhibited Key West. The 2014 festival is themed "Animeted Dreams & Adventures," inspired by traditional Japanese anime and virtually all forms of creative animation.

More than 40 masquerade parties, costume contests and themed events are scheduled during the 10-day festival, culminating in a decadent grand parade designed to excel in excess and exuberance.

Participants are encouraged to draw costume and float concepts from the festival theme, whether portraying characters from classic anime, comic books like the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series or animated film blockbusters such as "Frozen." Stylistic influences might include the drawings in manga publications and the costumed role-playing phenomenon known as "cosplay."

Events begin Friday, Oct. 17, with the "Tropical Escapades and Trances" Royal Coronation Ball to crown the festival king and queen, held overlooking the ocean at the Southernmost Beach Café, 1405 Duval St. Also that weekend, Key West's Caribbean roots are celebrated with Friday and Saturday's lively Goombay street party in historic Bahama Village.

Subsequent festival highlights include Tuesday's "Animelistic Head Trip" Headdress Ball, featuring prizes for the best masks and headdresses at Southernmost on the Beach, 508 South St. Typically sporting feathers, glitter and offbeat accessories, many entries tower high above their wearers' heads in a lavish display of design artistry.

Wednesday brings the quirky Pet Masquerade and Parade where costumed dogs, cats, birds and more prance across an oceanfront stage at the Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 1500 Reynolds St. Contestants might dress as bumbling Kung Fu Pandas, undaunted Underdogs or cosplay Catwomen during the engaging animal antics.

The animated action takes to the streets Friday, Oct. 24, during the Fantasy Fest Street Fair, where vendors offer masks and costumes, crafts, food and libations. Just before sunset, the Masquerade March of exotically garbed characters parades from the Key West Cemetery through historic Old Town.

Friday night, contestants inspired by anime artistry, cartoon classics or other influences compete in the Living Art Airbrush Expo, a challenge where the human form becomes the canvas, held at Ocean Key Resort's Sunset Pier at 0 Duval St.

Other festival standouts include a "Southernmost Dreams and Adventures" poolside costume party, Broadway-style burlesque showcase, toga party, sensual soirees and themed costume galas.

The "animeted" extravaganza is to reach a dazzling climax Saturday, Oct. 25, as tens of thousands of spectators gather for the 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade. The spectacle typically includes feather-bedecked marching groups, Caribbean bands and elaborate motorized floats, all promenading through Key West's historic downtown.

United States residents eager to experience Fantasy Fest can enter a contest to win a 5-night trip for two to Key West and the Middle Keys' Marathon to take part in the Masquerade March, parade and other "wild" adventures. To enter, text the word WILDKEYS to 65047 by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 19. Text-capable mobile users also can enter by visiting www.FloridaKeysWin.com.

Information and schedule: www.fantasyfest.com, facebook.com/FantasyFest or 305-296-1817
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest • twitter.com/thefloridakeys • www.keysvoices.comwww.youtube.com/floridakeystv

 

 

NEWS RELEASE


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA YACHTS’ CHARTER FLEET EXPANDS


Jim Frankowiak, 813-220-3002 Email: jim@cprg-web.com


“MissLED” -  Grand Banks 36 Twin Engine Trawler - Latest Addition


Cape Coral, Florida – (August 15, 2014) – Southwest Florida Yachts power charter fleet, based at Tarpon Point Marina here, has expanded with the addition of “MissLED,” a Grand Banks 36 Trawler with twin diesel engine power.

“‘MissLED’ offers a great mix of comfort and living features plus the attributes the most discerning captain and crew seek,” said Southwest Florida Yachts’ Co-Owner Barb Hansen.  “She is built in the fine tradition of Grand Banks Yachts with excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail.”

Comfort and living features include a 16,000-btu air conditioning system, 24-inch HD TV with DVD player and A/B switch for cable input or input from the ship’s mast antennae.  There are 7 DC fans in berths and heads plus AC/DC cold plate refrigerator/freezer.  “MissLED” has a Princess propane range and oven/broiler plus microwave, as well as full service for up to six and a coffee maker, toaster, linens, towels and much more.

Power is provided by twin Ford Lehman 135-horsepower diesel engines, while an Onan 4kw MDKC generator provides electrical power.  Lower Helm electronics include a Standard Horizon VHF with DSC Integration, Raymarine C97 MFD with chartplotter, 48 mi HD radar and depth sounder.  It is also equipped with a Robertson 200 Autopilot, Furno GPS Navigator and Sony CD player with AUX input in the salon.

The flybridge electronics: VHF radio, Raymarine C95 MFD with chartplotter, 48 mi radar, depth sounder, Robertson 200 Autopilot remote, Furuno GPS navigator, Raymarine LifeTag man overboard system and Sony CD player.

Winter rates through April 30 for chartering “MissLED” are $4,400 per week.  Summer charters are $3,601 weekly.  Charterers this year qualify for Southwest Florida Yachts’ 30-year anniversary “present”.  Charters of three-days or longer through the summer season, which ends December 14, enjoy two free days.  Charters from December 15 – 31, 2014 receive one free day.

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: 239/257-2788 or 800/262-7939.  The address is 6095 Silver King Boulevard, Cape Coral, Florida 33914. 

 

 

South Florida Fall Boat Show and 7th Annual Florida Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival

Fall Boat Show – Marine Flea Market – Seafood Festival  Used Boat Showcase – Public Boat Auction

Advance Discount Tickets Available now! Purchase your admission tickets online and save 50% to purchase CLICK HERE
 
September 12-14, 2014, shoppers and guests will be able to view and purchase a wide variety of marine items including boating equipment, engine parts, boating apparel, diving equipment, antiques, maps, furniture, marine artwork, jewelry, marine artifacts, floating docks and more.FL Marine Flea Market and Seafood Fest 2014
 
Those looking to sell or purchase a boat or watercraft can head to the Boat Showcase where private sellers and boat dealers will be on hand, separate from the Marine Flea Market, providing a convenient location for negotiations and browsing. Alternatively, there is a Public Boat Auction on Sunday featuring more than 100 boat repossessions, short sales, dealer trades and private liquidations for sale.
 
Warm up with hot deals. Boat shows are the place to buy!  New model and closed out boats are available to buy on site. Often some of the best prices of the year are available as exhibitors offer special show pricing or other incentives. Plus, it’s the perfect time to order a new boat to ensure it arrives ready to launch in the spring.
 
Visit the South Florida Fall Boat Show website for more information, special hotel rates and specific driving directions: www.SouthFloridaFallBoatShow.com. Boat Dealer applications are still being accepted. For information and discount tickets, visit the website or contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389

 

FLORIDA FALL BOAT SHOW

Florida Fall Boat Show is set to sail into West Palm Beach on Friday, September 19th through Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the South Florida Fairgrounds

While boats are the main attraction, this show offers much more. The Fairgrounds will be packed with an impressive display of marine accessories. The Marine Mart will have all types of motors including inboard and outboard gas and diesel. A wide range of other types of marine products --- hardware, electronics, nautical hardware, clothing, shoes, and nautical gifts will on sale. So FL Fall Boat Show 2014 
Warm up with hot deals. Boat shows are the place to buy! Hundreds of new model and closed out boats are available to buy on site. Often some of the best prices of the year are available as exhibitors offer special show pricing or other incentives. Plus, it’s the perfect time to order a new boat to ensure it arrives ready to launch in the Spring.

In addition to the boats and merchandise, seafood vendors will be ready to satisfy hungry customers, offering delicious seafood including lobster, conch, shrimp, crab and fish served up many different ways.
 
Admissions is $10.00 and children 12 and under are free. As always there is plenty of free parking at the fairgrounds.

Held in Conjunction With The 6th Annual Florida Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com

 

 

 

 

OTHER BOAT SHOWS SCHEDULED INCLUDE ...

TAMPA
- Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show, September 7 - 7 at the Convention Center. Visit www.tampaboatshow.com for more.

FORT MYERS - November 13-16 at Harborside Event Center (1735 Monroe Street) and Fort Myers City Yacht Basin. Visit www.swfmia.com for more.

and

FORT LAUDERDALE BOAT SHOW at six locations, October 30 - November 3. Visit www.showmanagement.com for more.

 

 

FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE  “FALL FESTIVAL” TO FEATURE EVER POPULAR “WEINER DOG DERBY”,  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER  13,  2014

Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort & Marina will present a Fall Festival, 10 am-6 pm, Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Fishermen’s Village Fall Festival family friendly festivities will include:

•Metamasque Face Painting, 10 am-3 pm
•Salty Paws Wiener Dog Derby, 11:30 am Center Court.  Pre-register at Salty Paws in Fishermen’s Village
•Chris G, live music, 2-4 pm, Center Stage
•Peter & Edith, live music & dancing,  5-9 pm Center Stage
•Exhibitors and Vendors throughout the Village featuring unique products/services

Fishermen’s Village Fall Festival admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda. From I-75 take exit #164, turn left onto Hwy 17 and proceed 3 miles to the Village. Visit on line at www.fishville.com.

 

 

Announcement Letter received late August follow. Including here for Promotion Opportunities for businesses
and for Sailors to Plan Ahead ...

Seven Seas Cruising Association 39th Annual Gam November 14-16, 2014 Melbourne, Florida

This November the Seven Seas Cruising Association will host its 39th Annual Gam in Melbourne, FL. We have a varied and experienced roster of speakers offering seminars on Alternate Energy, Cruising Medical Preparedness, Communications, Rigging, Sailmaking, Weather, Winlink, Women's Issues, Fresh Water Systems, Anchors and Ground Tackle, and Marine Engines as well as destinations seminars; as always we expect a wonderful turnout. As one of the oldest and largest cruising associations in the world, SSCA’s Gam is a great way for you to present your company, products and services to existing and future cruisers; whether it be face to face or in our printed program. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to market directly to the individuals who need and use your products or services. Feedback, requests and last year’s event all factored into our planning, which includes:

•A mid-November show date that doesn’t conflict with Strictly Sail, St. Pete.
•Offering Exhibitors a variety of Sponsor levels at different price tiers
•Complimentary admission to our Friday evening Exhibitor Appreciation cocktail party
•Locating the Exhibitor Area in the Gym, offering more space and better traffic flow
•A later start time for the first seminar and increased time between seminars to permit attendees to
spend more time visiting Exhibitors
•A two day Exhibitor Show -- Friday and Saturday-- to maximize impact and minimize hotel costs
•Reduced and more user-friendly exhibitor registration paperwork


2501 EAST COMMERCIAL BLVD. • SUITE 203 • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33308
(954) 771-5660 • FAX: (954) 771-5662
• WEBSITE: www.ssca.org • E-MAIL: office@ssca.org

 

 

LADIES, LET’S GO FISHING

Check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Press Release in Section A for future LLGF events or visit ladiesletsgofishing.com , call 954-475-9068 or email info@ladiesletsgofishing.com

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