SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items




St Johns County Parks and Recreation, announces new trips planed out for September and the Mystery question and answers below please let me know if you want to attend a trip.

Durbin Creek Exploration Kayak Trip

St. Johns County, FL – The St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department is hosting a guided kayak tour of Durbin Creek from 10 to 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 10th  and Saturday, September 12th . Launching from the Durbin Creek point under Racetrack Road overpass, 4936 Racetrack Road, St. Johns, FL 32259, the trip will provide participants with the opportunity to spend the day exploring the urban wilderness environment, learning about the local history, and discovering the flora and fauna found along one of St. Johns County’s most beautiful trails from St. Johns County Naturalist AyoLane Halusky. The fee for this guided trip is $20 , for participants with their own kayak. The fee is $40 per seat to attend the trip and reserve a county kayak and equipment. Seats are limited. Reservations are required to attend the trip and to use a county kayak. Please call 904.209.0348 or email to RSVP for the trip, reserve a kayak, or obtain additional information.

Trout Creek Exploration

St. Johns County, FL – The St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department is hosting guided kayak tours of Trout Creek at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 11th  . Launching from the boat ramp at Trout Creek Park, located at 6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, Fl. 32092, the trip will provide participants with the opportunity to spend the day exploring the urban wilderness environment, learning about the local history, and discovering the flora and fauna found along Trout Creek with St. Johns County Naturalist AyoLane Halusky. The fee for this guided trip is $20 per person for participants with their own kayak. The fee to reserve a county kayak, equipment and attend the trip is $40 per person. Seats are limited. To RSVP for a seat, or for additional information, please call 904.209.0348.

New Mystery Question: Survival topic….

You find yourself a few miles from any shelter along one of your favorite trails and you notice a storm in coming in fast. There is no way you can make it back to your car. Looks like this one is going to be a powerful storm. What do you do? What trees are safe to hunker down near? How could you stay dry and safe?

Thank you for all your answers for last month’s Mystery Question here are some responses I hope you enjoy:

Question: What are nature’s many ways to tell us a storm is coming?


SF Fall Boat Show


Get Ready For the South Florida Fall Boat Show 2015

The South Florida Fall Boat Show is set to sail into West Palm Beach Saturday September 12th through Sunday September 13, 2015 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, Florida.

While boats are the main attraction, this show offers much more. The Fairgrounds will be packed with an impressive display of marine accessories. A wide range of other types of marine products, hardware, electronics, nautical hardware, clothing, shoes, and nautical gifts will on sale.  The best place to find bargains, quality and a wide variety of fishing equipment and supplies, restock up here. People come to boat shows ready to buy or sell so this is the perfect opportunity to get your fishing and boating bargains. Boat Dealer Space may still be available. For Info CLICK HERE





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

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum  

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, .



Pinellas County




Immediate Release
March 31, 2015
Media Contact
Mary Burrell, Public Information Manager
(727) 453-3065


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.


Please note changes from last month that are highlighted.

Sept. 17
Archaeology Lecture Series: “Ancient Mariners of Tampa Bay
: The Weedon Canoe and the People Who Used It” is the featured topic of this presentation. Brent Weisman, Ph.D. will discuss how the Native Americans plied the waters of Tampa Bay for centuries, making their living from the natural bounty of fish and shellfish that thrived in the shallow waters of the estuary. This talk will provide a detailed study of the canoe and why it was important to the early native people living on Weedon Island. 7 to 8 p.m. Free; registration required. Register online at Weedon Island Preserve, (727) 453-6500; 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Sept. 26
Paradise Lost: In “Tampa Bay
: Paradise Lost (And Found Again),” audience members will take a whirlwind history tour of our own “estuary of national significance” and learn about some of the fascinating creatures that live in, on and around our region’s signature waterway. Participants will also be invited to test their “Tampa Bay IQ” with a fun trivia challenge. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Register online at Brooker Creek Preserve, (727) 453-6800; 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.



The  "No Yelling School of Fishing!" has a few events scheduled . . . the Following activities are usually included ...

•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.


Sept. 11-13 – Bimini Bahamas

Nov. 13-15 – Keys/Tavernier

Register online at

Phone: 954-475-9068. Email

"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"

The No Yelling School of Fishing

Like Us On Facebook: “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”

954.475.9068 o. | 954.474.7299 f.




Visit the Rudder Club Website for more information click here

Saturday, September 12th

Crew, Fall one design series
Set up buoys/race course enjoy a day out on the powerboat

Saturday, November 21st

Principal Race Officer, Fall one design series
Set up buoys/race course enjoy a day out on the powerboat

There will be personnel to assist you and make sure you have what you need, come on out and have a good time and help the club at the same time




Apalachicola, Carrablle, St. George Island, Alligator Point & Eastpoint

History Presentation Sept. 12 in Carrabelle First People of Forgotten Coast

The Carrabelle History Museum will present the second in a series of presentations about the "First People of the Forgotten Coast" on Saturday, September 12 at Carrabelle's Franklin County Senior Center. The presentation, scheduled to begin at  10am, will feature noted history authors and experts Madeline Carr and Joe Knetsch.




Gibson Inn will host several fall Murder Mystery Weekends this fall on  September 18-20, 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.


Rock By The Sea Charity Music Fest Sept. 24-26 

Rock By The Sea & Now I Play Along Too present this charity music festival to benefit Now I Play Along Too and Franklin County Library.

The three-day event, hosted at Harry A's on St. George Island, will feature artists including Melodime, Steve Everett, Stephen Kellogg, Tony Lucca, Paul McDonald, Amy Gerhartz, Brian Fechino, Tim Brantley, Hey Monea!, The Georgia Flood and The Blues Factor. Activities include a Scavenger Hunt and Golf with a Musician.


Celebrate the Bay September 25 

It's all about the Bay on Sept 25 as the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) celebrates National Estuaries Day at its Nature/Visitor Center in Eastpoint. The festivities will run from 1:30-6 p.m. and will feature family-friendly activities, touch tanks, fun and educational games.  ANERR recently expanded its extensive series of trails at the Reserve. Visitors can now enjoy 1,600 feet or nearly 1/3 of a mile of newly built raised wooden boardwalks that traverse the Reserve’s 28 acres plus another 400 feet of trails.  The Visitor Center is located near the St. George Island Bridge at 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint.




Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort & Marina will present their annual Fall Festival, 10 am-4 pm, Saturday, September 12, 2015.

New to this year’s Festival, the “Surf Kats” will perform instrumental surf music from 12 Noon-3 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café.  Many new vendors will also be showcased, including SWFL Produce Co-op, offering fresh fruits and vegetables for purchase on site during the event, vision screening by the Punta Gorda Lions Club and the opportunity to donate blood at the “One Blood Bus” in the Village parking lot.

Additional Family friendly festivities will include:

Admission and parking to Fishermen’s Village Fall Festival 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 . or call 941 639-8721.

Fishermen's Village
1200 West Retta Esplanade #57A
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
P  941 575-3007
M 941 258-1327
F   941 637-1054




MARATHON, Florida Keys -- Since 1959 fun-loving anglers from around the United States have participated in the lighthearted Marathon International Bonefish Tournament. This year's edition of the challenge, one of the Middle Keys' oldest charitable fishing events, is set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 24-27.

One of the few tournaments in which anglers can fish without a professional guide, the competition often can be rowdy -- a characteristic of its community camaraderie and zeal.

Trophies and prizes are awarded to individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, and to the top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon "slam"), among others.

Awards also include the cheeky wet-pants champion titles for anglers wading from shore.

Registration for the 2015 tournament is $225 per adult angler and $125 per junior angler.

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Key Colony Inn, located at 700 W. Ocean Drive in Key Colony Beach. A cocktail party is to follow.

Fishing runs from lines-in at 8:30 a.m. to lines-out at 3:30 p.m. daily. Cocktail parties follow Friday and Saturday's fishing, and an awards banquet is set for Sunday evening after the final day of fishing. All after-fishing events are to be held at Key Colony Inn.

Tournament information and registration: 
Marathon visitor information:  or 1-800-262-7284
Florida Keys fishing information:




ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys -- Anglers of all ages can compete in the inaugural Key Largo and Islamorada Backcountry Roundup, a boat/team tournament set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13.

Teams of up to three anglers per boat, either professionally guided or unguided, are to pursue snook, redfish and trout during the around-the-clock catch-and-release competition staged in Key Largo and Islamorada waters.

Tournament headquarters for Key Largo is bayside at Sundowners Restaurant, mile marker (MM) 103.9. Islamorada headquarters is at Marker 88 restaurant, MM 88.

Teams score points on releases of each of the eligible species per day, using 20-pound line in bait and artificial divisions, as well as on fly.

Overall winners are to receive $1,200 for a first-place finish, $750 for second place and $500 for third place. Cash prizes also are to be awarded for the most releases of each species. Trophies are to be awarded for the most released species in the bait division, spin/plug division and fly division.

The boat event opens Friday, Sept. 11, with an evening kick-off event and captains meeting at each headquarters location.

Fishing is permitted day and night until score sheets are turned in between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13. A dinner and awards ceremony follows Sunday's fishing and features a silent auction and raffle.

Entry fees are $225 per boat for a two-person team if received before Sept. 11 and $250 thereafter. Additional adult angler or guide fee is $125.

Tournament proceeds are to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Event information and registration:
Key Largo visitor information: or 800-822-1088
Islamorada visitor information: or 1-800-FAB-KEYS
Florida Keys fishing information:




KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Motorcyclists can travel one of America's most incomparable highways and explore the Florida Keys island chain during the 43rd annual Phil Peterson's Key West Poker Run. Scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 17-20, the event typically draws riders from throughout the United States on up to 10,000 bikes.

Participants are to traverse the Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1), the 113-mile roadway from mainland Florida to Key West, crossing 42 bridges and discovering long vistas of breathtaking open water. As well as offering a unique motorcycling experience, the Poker Run raises funds for the Diabetes Research Institute and charities of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club.

Through Aug. 31 bikers can register to ride online at Beginning Sept. 1 registration is to be open at Peterson's Harley-Davidson of Miami, 19400 NW 2nd Ave., and Peterson's Harley-Davidson South, 19825 S. Dixie Highway.

Upon registering, each participant receives a poker sheet and can purchase a weekend parking band. Drivers of cars and trucks also can participate in the run.

Bikers who want to explore the Florida Keys prior to the main event can participate in parties and adventure tours around the island chain Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 14-16.

Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Poker Run participants are to ride the Overseas Highway from Miami to Key West, stopping at designated points to draw cards. Holders of the 10 best poker hands are eligible to play in a winner-take-all round of Texas Hold 'Em, competing for a new Harley-Davidson 500 Street motorcycle or $6,000 cash. The high-stakes round is set for 11 p.m. Saturday at Rick's/Durty Harry's Entertainment Complex, 202 Duval St.

A section of Key West's lower Duval and Greene streets is to be closed to car traffic and open only to motorcycles and pedestrians during much of the Poker Run, so bikers with weekend parking passes can park on the street to display their bikes. Other attractions include a Thursday night "Upper Duval Crawl" and bar stroll, bike merchandise market, "Biker Bash" and street party, custom bike show, tattoo contest, blessing of the bikes and parties at Key West watering holes.

Events conclude Sunday, Sept. 20, with a waterfront brunch at the Conch Republic Seafood Co., 631 Greene St. in Key West's Historic Seaport.

Event information and schedule:
Key West visitor information: or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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