The groundbreaking takes place on Sunday, April 15, 3:30 p.m. behind Heritage Village’s Greenwood House near McKay Creek.
Construction of the new boat house is made possible through a unique public-private partnership with Pinellas County government, the Pinellas County Historical Society, the Clearwater Yacht Club, Ed Hoffman Architects and Proefke Construction. Donated funds will be used for permits and supplies; volunteer labor will be used to design and build the facility.
The structure will feature a 24’x40’ display area for the boats, plus a smaller, air conditioned 12’x40’ display room. This boathouse will profile an important chapter of coastal living in Pinellas County and will include trophies, tools and other memorabilia from the museum’s collections.
Heritage Village is located at 11909 125th St. N. in Largo. This living history museum brings more than 150 years of local history to life.
Visitors can tour 28 authentic buildings and structures, and experience historical Pinellas County through hands-on exploration. Paths wind through 21 acres and connect with the Florida Botanical Gardens and the Pinewood Cultural Park campus.
Heritage Village is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and all Pinellas County holidays. For more information on Heritage Village visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage, or call (727) 582-2123.
"LADIES, LET'S GO FISHING!"
Ladies, Lets Go Fishing, the No Yelling School of Fishing. has set the following schedule for 2012 ... The group continues to do a great job and the ladies learn and have fun at the same time.
Planned Seminars include ...
- Fort Lauderdale - April 20-22
- Stuart - May 18-20
- Islamorada - November 9-11.
Details for all their events are on their very interesting site: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.
Phone is 954-475-9068; Fax is 954-474-7299.
VERO BEACH'S ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER
The ELC, located at the west end of the Wabasso Bridge, is a great place to visit. Many of their activities are planned for families. Their Summer Camp offerings have just been announced in time for this April update:
Wabasso Island, FL –An exciting array of Summer Ecology Adventures are offered again this summer by the Environmental learning Center (ELC) for students from pre-kindergarten through high school. These adventures provide groups of students the opportunity to learn about and appreciate our natural environment by exploring it up close and personal under the direction of a professional naturalist. Six programs, divided by age groups, are offered during June, July and early August.
“Wild Waters” is a five day, four night camp for students entering the 8th through 12th grades to discover our wild local waters. It
includes kayaking the Indian River Lagoon, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, and parts of the St. Sebastian River. It also includes a day of snorkeling at Bath Tub Beach in Stuart and visits to the Barrier Island Center and the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. Nights are spent camping at points of interest along the way. The camp begins at noon on Sunday, June 10, and ends at noon on Thursday, June 14. The cost is $395 ($10 discount for ELC Members) per camper which includes all gear (except bedding), kayak, tent, nets, mask with snorkel, transportation during camp, entrance fees, all meals and snacks. The program is led by the ELC Education Director and an adult chaperone.
“Marine Safari” is a three day camp for action oriented students entering the 6th and 7th grades. It is held from 8:30 AM to 4 PM each
day. Activities include team building games at the ELC, a visit to the North County Aquatics Center for water safety and snorkeling practice, pontoon boat trips on the Indian River Lagoon, a canoe scavenger hunt, trips to both the Barrier Island Center and the Florida Oceanographic Center, and snorkeling at Stuart’s Bath Tub Beach. There are three camps scheduled: June 25-27, July 9-11, and July 25-27. The cost is $120 ($10 discount for ELC Members) per camper which includes chartered bus, canoe and pontoon boat excursions, snorkel gear, nets, water safety class fee and admission to FL Oceanographic. This program is lead by the ELC Education Director and two camp counselors.
“Island Adventure” is a three day program for students entering the 4th and 5th grades. It is held from 8:30 AM to 4 PM each day. Adventures include a water safety class at the North County Aquatic Center, a scavenger hunt, a trip to the McLarty Treasure Museum, learning the basics of geocaching using GPS devices, a visit to the Barrier Island Sanctuary, canoe excursion, and a pontoon boat trip to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and Sebastian Inlet State Park. Five camps are scheduled: June 6-8, June 13-15, July 9-11, July 18-20, and August 1-3. The cost is $110 ($10 discount for ELC Members) which includes chartered bus, canoe and pontoon boat excursions, nets, GPS use, and water safety class fee. The program is conducted by a professional naturalist and two camp counselors.
“Our Living World” is a four day program for students entering the 2nd and 3rd grades, held from 8:30 AM to 12noon each day. Campers
spend most of the four mornings outdoors on the ELC campus, exploring the touch tank and the web of life on the ELC’s island campus, creating animals with recycled material, seine netting the surrounding waters, and dip netting in the ELC pond. They will identify animals collected from the water, and learn about the animals, birds, fish, reptiles and insects that populate our area. Three sessions are scheduled: June 11-14, June 25-28, and July 9-12. The cost is $60 ($5 discount for ELC Members) which includes the instruction, and snacks and drinks each day. Each camp is led by an ELC Naturalist and three counselors.
“Young Explorers” is a four day program for students entering the 1st grade, held from 8:30 AM to 12noon each day. Each day campers will address a different theme. They will explore healthy habitats, study insects, dip net in the ELC pond, create fish prints using rubber models, and learn about pollinators and parts of plants, and take part in a nature scavenger hunt. Three sessions are scheduled: June 25-28, July 16-19, and July 23-26. The cost is $60 ($5 discount for ELC Members) per camper which includes the instruction, snacks and drinks each day. Each camp is led by an ELC Naturalist and three counselors.
“Little Wonders” is a four day camp for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children who are at least 4 years old. The camp takes place on the ELC campus, both outdoors and in the classroom. Campers will learn what may be in their backyards through books and scavenger hunts, dip net in the pond, spend time in the touch tank, learn about various insects, and study native plants. Four sessions are scheduled: June 11-14, July 9-12, July 16-19, and July 23-26. The cost is $60 ($5 discount for ELC Members) per camper which includes the instruction, snacks and drinks each day. The camp is led by an ELC Naturalist and three counselors.
Additional information on these summer programs may be found at the ELC website www.DiscoverELC.org. Advance registration is required and may be made by calling the ELC at (772) 589-5050. For safety reasons and the highest of educational value space is limited for each session. Thanks to generous funding from clubs and individuals, a limited number of scholarships are available. Information on them can be found by contacting Rosemary Badger, ELC Naturalist, at Rosemary@DiscoverELC.org or (772) 589-5050.
The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510. Its campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, EcoVentures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures can be found at www.DiscoverELC.org. Admission to the ELC for public visitation is $5 per person, children 12 and under free, and ELC members receive free admission year-round. The first Saturday of every month is free to all.
Contact: Holly Dill, Executive Director / (772) 589-5050 or Holly@DiscoverELC.org
Address is 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963.
REPEATING w/Updates: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA YACHTS ANNIVERSARY PROMO
As this company's Press Release says: "A 30-year anniversary is a very big deal in the recreational boating industry." We agree, as we have just published our 30th edition of the FCD!
Anticipating its big Three-Oh, Southwest Florida Yachts announced a three-year "Berth Day" party culminating in 2014.
Barb Hansen, co-owner and manager, said the premiere chartering firm will give charter customers free cruising days in 2012,2013 and 2014 on all power and sailing vessels.
Hansen said it works like this: if you set up a three-days or longer cruise between December 15 and April 30 you'll get one free cruising day. That's the winter season. And if you cruise in the summer season you'll get two free cruising days.
ONGOING ANNIVERSARY ACTIVITIES: Their FLORIDA SAILING & CRUISING SCHOOL is also getting in on the 30th Anniversary Promotion by presenting graduates between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014 with a Weems & Plath navigation tool.
For more about this long-time Barb and Vic Hansen-owned company visit www.swfyachts.com, www.flsailandcruiseschool.com,
www.swfyachtsales.com or contact them by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339.
Office and mailing address: 3444 Marinatown Lane, NW, N. Fort Myers, FL 33903.
HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM
REPEATING IN APRIL: The not-for-profit museum, located at MM 83 Bayside in Islamorada (Phone: 305-664-9737) is open daily, 10AM-5PM and schedules the following: Sea Hunt, the original TV Series with Lloyd Bridges is shown every Saturday between 3 and 5 PM and a Comprehensive safe boating course under the instruction of a USCG Master Captain is presented FREE to Monroe County Students on the first Sunday of every month. (Donations are appreciated from all others.) Classes are scheduled from 10:30AM-12:30PM and prospective students should register by phone at 305-664-9737.
Immerse Yourself! programs remain free of charge thanks to support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
Visit the Museum's site at www.divingmuseum.org.
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