SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items

 

 

HARBORSIDE DOCKS OPEN with NEW PHONE NUMBER

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.

 

 

ENTER NOW FOR 'MAD DOG' MANDICH  FISHING CLASSIC SEPT. 30 - OCT.1 

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys -- Anglers can compete in offshore or inshore divisions in the Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, in Islamorada.

The fun fish tournament honors the late Jim "Mad Dog" Mandich, a former Miami Dolphins star tight end and radio color commentator, as well as his wife Bonnie, who passed away suddenly in July. It combines fishing with a Florida Keys weekend of fellowship and family fun.

Offshore division anglers are to compete for a top boat prize of $5,000 cash and a trophy for the highest cumulative weight of target species including dolphin, kingfish, tuna and wahoo. The second-place offshore division team receives $1,000 and a trophy.

Inshore division competitors vie for $1,000 cash. Additional trophies are awarded to the top overall, lady and junior anglers as well as for the top grouper and snapper caught.

Former National Football League players and Miami broadcasters are expected to appear as guest hosts and anglers, with specifics to be confirmed as the tournament nears, according to organizers.

Final registration, captains meeting and a kick-off party are set for 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the new Celebration Tiki Hut at Postcard Inn, mile marker 84 oceanside.

Saturday, boats can depart at 7 a.m. and fishing is to continue until 4 p.m. All fish must be weighed in between 4 and 6 p.m. at the weigh station at "Bimini Row," the south side of the Postcard Inn marina.

Following the weigh-in, a large silent auction fundraiser opens with cocktails and appetizers during the dock party. A beachside Caribbean dinner buffet and an awards celebration round out the evening excitement.

Offshore tournament registration is $600 per boat for four anglers ($500 if received by Sept. 16). Inshore division registration is $150 per angler and up to three anglers are allowed per boat.

The tournament is open to the public and everyone is welcome to participate in fishing and/or the social events.

A portion of the proceeds benefits Oncology Services at the Florida Keys' Mariners Hospital. The Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic has contributed a combined $210,000 to the hospital and other organizations and charities over its eight-year span, according to organizers.

Tournament and entry information: www.maddogclassic.com/fl-keys 

Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada  or 800-FAB-KEYS

Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing

 

 

RudderClub

 

Race #8 September 25, 2016 (Old Timer’s Race) Ponce to Canaveral Race – October 8, 2016

 

Rudder Club Labor Day Regatta

September 3rd - 5th

SATURDAY 3 September 2016

One design, and Portsmouth classes. Three races are anticipated.

1000 – 1130: Late registration
1140: Competitor=s meeting
1255: Warning signal for first class
1730: Party . One entrant per registration. $5.00 for additional entrants.
(Rudder Club members in accordance with Rudder Club provisions) Everybody is invited.

SUNDAY 4 September 2016

One design and Portsmouth class racing continues. Two races are anticipated.

Warning Signal for first class 0955

MONDAY 5 September 2016

PHRF Classes: 
1200 – 1330: PHRF Late Registration
1340 - Competitor=s Meeting
(Optional for those registering on line and holding a copy of the sailing Instructions.)
1455: Warning signal for first class

Labor Day Burnit

1800 - Bring something for the grill, club will provide sides and desserts

Website

 

 

REEF TO HOST KEY LARGO LIONFISH DERBY SEPT. 10 

KEY LARGO, 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 the one-day derby Saturday, Sept. 10, 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 underwater resources to take action and remove lionfish. The popular aquarium fish is believed to have been introduced to Florida waters during the 1980s.

Derby divers can 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 caught.

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. A raffle and awards ceremony are planned for 6 p.m.

Registration fee is $120 per team and includes one pair of puncture-resistant gloves. A mandatory participants meeting covering lionfish ecology, safe handling, collecting tools and techniques is set for Friday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Participants can dive with a professional dive operator or from a private vessel.

Event information: www.reef.org/2016upperkeysderby  or 305-852-0030
Key Largo visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keylargo  or 800-822-1088
Florida Keys diving: www.fla-keys.com/diving

 

 

BAHAMAS 

 

 

LADIES, LET'S GO FISHING!

Contact Betty Bauman    info@ladiesletsgofishing.com   954-475-9068

Link to high res photos https://app.box.com/s/uq5rjgamslt0if5fdln2nbu0ihmrhml1

Other LLGF events include Bimini Bahamas Sept. 9-11, FL Keys/Tavernier/Islamorada Oct. 21-23 and Chokoloskee/Everglades National Park Nov. 19-20.

Contact: LLGF, phone 954-475-9068, fax 954-474-7299, email: fish@ladiesletsgofishing.com , website: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com , Facebook: www.facebook.com/ladiesletsgofishing 

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!"
The No Yelling School of Fishing
www.ladiesletsgofishing.com
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Fishermens Village Pirate Fest

 

 

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH UPDATES & ONGOING EVENTS

 

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.

 

 

South Florida Fairgrounds

9067 Southern Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL 33441

Seafood Festival

Fishing Gear

Boating Supplies

Nautical D้cor

Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show

Marine Flea Market

Island Music

 

 

US Power Squadron

 

 

VIEW FROM THE MARINA 

TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR FAMILY’S VACATION  ‘BUCKET LIST’?

By Barb Hansen

Is there a boat trip on your family’s vacation “bucket list”?  Child psychologists say we should spend quality time with our children and grandchildren.  I agree wholeheartedly, and I cannot think of any time that has more built in quality than the time you can spend with a child on a boat cruise.

No, that’s not a trip on one of those giant cruise ships, but a vacation on a vessel with two or three cabins and a small galley.  And the water you cruise can be salty or fresh.  It makes no difference whether you are cruising off the coast of Florida, on the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay or a lake in Colorado.  There are many opportunities to charter a boat, take a sailing class or simply “hang out” on or near the water.

There’s no better family vacation with as many options and adventures from swimming, kayaking and learning about history to fishing, shelling, star gazing and more.  And the beauty of each one of those opportunities is that you do it together as a family.  To me that’s quality time with a capital “Q”.

Vic and I have some experience here with the boats and the kids.  We have gone on weeklong cruises with a brother, sister-in-law, dog and three nieces, all grown up now.  Experience has taught us the best cruises are those with “to do” lists that follow a pretty regular schedule every day.  This helps to avoid the question, “Are we there yet?”  We are fortunate here in southwest Florida since we have so much to keep all family members engaged, and the same can be said of other boating venues in other parts of the country:

•        Dolphin watching.  We set up “watches” on the bow. These entertaining creatures love to swim, jump and do flips in the waves produced by many boats.  It’s a better show than Sea World because it’s the Real World!

•        Exploring.  We launch the dinghy and motor or paddle to a deserted beach so everyone can look for special shells and other treasures like shark’s teeth.  I suppose that where there are shark’s teeth there must be …oh, never mind.  The beach is always beautiful and the treasures are always fascinating.

•        Swimming. A swim in the surf is great fun, but we also try to arrange a swim in the pool at a marina.  In fact, many of our local marinas offer great amenities – pool, tennis, dining, etc.  So, just for the cost of docking overnight, the family has access to a first class resort!

•        Fishing.  Hereabouts a piece of shrimp on a little hook does the job almost every time. It’s great to schedule fishing before dinner.  That gives anglers young and old a chance to catch something for the grill.  Make sure you get a photo of that.

•        There’s also reading, star gazing, letter writing and even story writing.  Teachers still ask for essays about what-I-did-on-my-vacation though they are probably input and not written out long hand.  What a great way to get a head start on that assignment!

Memories are made of vacations like this.  And the kids won’t even have to argue about who is taking up too much room in the car!   There is no bad seat on the deck of a boat.  Relax and enjoy.  Plus, you don’t even have to pack and unpack!

Additionally, everyone on board comprises the crew and that means each has his or her regular jobs, answering to the captain.  That’s a nice blend of the lighthearted and discipline.  Come to think of it, the rules for a successful cruise are the same as those for a successful life.

Whether your vacations plans take you far away or keep you close, think about some time on the water, you might find that experience and the lessons learned and shared by all the makings of the best family vacation ever.

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 info@swfyachts.com  or by phone: 239-257-2788.

 

 

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FLORIDA KEYS

'HEROES SALUTE' TRIBUTE IS A FLORIDA KEYS LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRADITION 

DUCK KEY, Florida Keys -- Military, fire rescue, police and medical personnel are to be honored as part of an annual Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend held at Hawks Cay Resort, Villas and Marina in partnership with Firehouse Subs restaurant franchise. The event is set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4.

Highlights of the "heroes in action" Labor Day weekend tribute include a family fun night Friday with food, games and a movie under the stars. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, an 8 a.m. Heroes Salute 5k Run/Walk is planned to start and finish at the newly opened Angler and Ale restaurant located at the resort's marina. Early registration fee is $25, increasing to $30 on race day. The first 300 registrants receive a race medal, T-shirt and cold post-race beer. Participants can register at www.themeruns.com/heroes-salute/ .

Also at the marina Saturday is an 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. mini touch-a-truck event, giving kids and adults a chance to view vehicles and life-saving equipment used by everyday heroes of the fire department, police and more.

Saturday evening features a ceremonial lighting of the fire pit with a photographic video tribute at sunset to honor fallen heroes and those formerly and currently in action.

Sunday's highlight is a festive 6-9 p.m. American-style barbecue. Attractions include a live music performance by Keys tropical rock musician Howard Livingston and his Mile Marker 24 Band as well as a fireworks show.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are available for advance purchase and cover admission to the evening events. Ticket prices are $25.95 for adults, $13 for kids ages 4-12 and free for children age 3 and under.

Accommodations at several Marathon-area hotels, inns and lodging properties are available during Labor Day weekend in addition to specially priced guestroom rates at Hawks Cay Resort.

Heroes Salute also includes value-added offers such as specially priced rooms and recreational programs at Hawks Cay Resort between Aug. 15 and Nov. 21, 2016.

Hawks Cay Resort partners with Firehouse Subs restaurant franchise to donate a portion of proceeds to the chain’s primary charity, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Event information: www.floridakeysheroes.com 
Marathon visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/marathon  or 1-800-262-7284

 

REEF TO HOST KEY LARGO LIONFISH DERBY SEPT. 10 

KEY LARGO, 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 the one-day derby Saturday, Sept. 10, 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 underwater resources to take action and remove lionfish. The popular aquarium fish is believed to have been introduced to Florida waters during the 1980s.

Derby divers can 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 caught.

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. A raffle and awards ceremony are planned for 6 p.m.

Registration fee is $120 per team and includes one pair of puncture-resistant gloves. A mandatory participants meeting covering lionfish ecology, safe handling, collecting tools and techniques is set for Friday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Participants can dive with a professional dive operator or from a private vessel.

Event information: www.reef.org/2016upperkeysderby  or 305-852-0030
Key Largo visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keylargo  or 800-822-1088
Florida Keys diving: www.fla-keys.com/diving 

 

 

Sept Franklin County

 

Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta September 24 

It’s time once again to challenge your friends and colleagues to enter those homemade boats in the Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Boats can be as artistic or as whacky as you want to make them.

 

Tate's Hell Movie Shown Through September

Enjoy learning about the legend and folklore of the Forgotten Coast as documented in a short film that is running at the Carrabelle History Museum this summer. The Museum is hosting free viewings through September of this classic film on Saturdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Details here.

 

St. George Light Full Moon Climb Sept. 16

Watch the sun set and full moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Lighthouse on Tuesday, September 16  from 7:30pm - 9pm. Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  Click here for more information.

 

Fall Brings Birding and Butterfly Migrations Through Franklin County 

Franklin County offers outstanding birding opportunities year round but many birders and butterfly enthusiasts prefer the cool crisp afternoons of fall to enjoy this outdoor hobby. The fall brings the migration from the north as the cool weather pushes masses of birds to the south followed by a world-renown gathering of raptors preying on them.

The annual fall migration usually peaks after the first cold front of September and will continue until mid November. Some of the butterfly families you can expect to see in Franklin County each fall include the swallowtails, the whites and sulphurs, Gossamer-winged butterflies, Metalmarks, Brush-footed Butterflies and Skippers. The eagerly awaited Monarch butterflies belong to the Brush-footed family. Some of the migrating bird species you might encounter include warblers, Peregrin Falcons, hawks and Bald Eagles.

Whenever you're in Franklin County it's a good time to break out your binoculars and spotting scopes and enjoy the wonderful outdoor world of birds and butterflies. Here are some top ten spots to enjoy.

 

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.

 

Art & Wine Splash October 8 on SGI 

The St. George Island Business Owners Association will host its inaugural Art & Wine Splash on Saturday, October 8. The event will feature an art show and wine tasting.

 

Rib Cookoff Sept. 5 

Franklin Needs will host its 3rd annual Rib Cookoff on Monday, September 5 at the Regatta Park on St. George Island. Proceeds from the cookoff will benefit the group's 2016 Pink Out - an annual fundraiser to raise awareness and money for local womens' cancer screenings.

 

Celebrate the Bay September 23 

It's all about the Bay on September 23 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. 

Feeling like doing more for the environment? Join your neighbors September 17 for Franklin County's annual Coastal Cleanup. There are cleanup locations throughout the county.

 

Salty Fishing is Free Saturday, September 3 

Residents and visitors will enjoy one of the State's saltwater license-free fishing day Saturday, September 3. 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. Coincidentally, the Gulf Red Snapper State Season is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October and on Monday, September 5 (Labor Day). Additionally, the recreational Snook season opens September 1 through November 30.

 

Lionfish Challenge.

Looking to add a higher purpose to your piscatorial pursuits? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) is hosting a Lionfish Challenge contest through the end of September to rid the Gulf waters of the Lionfish, an invasive fish species.  Anglers that harvest and document the most Lionfish are eligible to win prizes, fishing licenses, fuel cards and statewide recognition as the Lionfish King or Queen. Franklin County is one of seven counties in the state that is also part of a pilot program to remove Lionfish. For every 100 lionfish harvested from Franklin county waters until May 2017, harvesters will be eligible to receive special fish harvesting privileges. Learn more here

 

Fall means fishing and September is generally recognized as the month that shrimp migrations begin with the young ones moving to deeper bay waters and mature shrimp migrating out the passes to the open gulf to spawn. It's a shrimp feast for the fish and a fish feast for the fishermen! Click here for Franklin County  boat launch, rental, guide and marina information.

 

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.

 

Paddling Trip September 24 

Join the Apalachicola Riverkeepers on their monthly paddling trip on Saturday, September 24 in and around the Apalachicola River and Bay. The trips are free to members and $30 for non-members. In addition to their monthly paddling trips, the Apalachicola Riverkeepers are also hosting longer paddling excursions (10+) miles which are best suited for paddlers with experience. Click here to learn more.

 

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.

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