SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items

As noted here last update and in new FCD ...

MATLACHA BRIDGE OPENINGS / SPECIAL SCHEDULING

The bridge at Matlacha (where the powerline has been removed) is being replaced and the new under-construction opening schedule (as included in the new FCD on Chart 18) follows:
Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays: 8AM-7PM
Sundays: 7AM-7PM
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8AM-10AM + 3PM-7PM, also attended on the hour as needed at 11, 12, 1 and 2. Visit updated-weekly site: www.matlachabridge.info or call bridge tender: 239-283-2414.

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Repeating, Reminding, Repeating ... BAKER'S HAULOVER FURTHER CAUTIONS ADVISED

See note on recent dredging in the new FCD.

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BOATYARD NEWS IN NORTH PALM BEACH

Two well-known names in the boatyard business are becoming “next-door neighbors in Palm Beach Gardens” on our Chart 7 in the North Palm Beach area.

Michael Rybovich has purchased E&H Boat Works which will be named Michael Rybovich & Sons Boatworks and Chris Hodge (who worked for many years with his Dad in their family business) will continue the E&H yard with The Ways as E&H/The Ways.

The new Rybovich yard does not yet have a phone number but we’ll print it here as soon as it becomes available. The old E&H phone will still work for E&H/The Ways as well as another phone: 561-622-8582.

You can pencil this in on Chart 7, page 61, in the new print version of the FCD.

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Two Finds (new-to-us) on the Panhandle - Chart 23

Fish Bar Restaurant

New in Destin at 414 Harbor Blvd., just to the east of the long-time favorite, Marina Cafe, is the Fish Bar,  specializing in Seafood, Spirits and Sports. They also have dockage for dining. You can pencil them in on Chart 23 with phone: 850-424-5566. They're open every day from 11 'til 11 with Happy Hours scheduled Monday-Friday from 11 to 7. There's a Sunday Brunch, too.

This building formerly housed the Flamingo and Chops restaurants

Hemingway's Island Grille

We've just discovered this fairly new place with a dock on Pensacola Beach in Quietwater Mall at the SE corner of the Pensacola Beach bridge. Lots of  "island" flavor on the menu with beautiful specialty drinks. Phone is 850 934-4747.

A bit of history ... on the wall is a blown-up copy of the order for Hemingway's 38' twin cabin, built by Wheeler Shipyard in Brooklyn dated 4/18/34. Pilar's cost seems to have come in just under $7,500  including delivery to South Florida. The signatures of Ernest Hemingway and Eugene Wheeler appear at the bottom.

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CREW UNLIMITED's NEW OFFICE

Crew Unlimited has moved to their brand new office at 1069 SE 17th Street Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. It's in the plaza with Smallwoods, Waxy O'Conners and Village Well. Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 10AM to 1PM and no appointment is needed. Phone is 954 462-4624. The company also has an office in Antibes, France.

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NEW (OLD) NAME for KEY WEST's OCEANSIDE MARINA

In the beginning ... and most recently, it was and has been King's Pointe Marina, but the Stock Island marina has gone through a few name changes, ending up again as Oceanside Marina.  The phone number as on Chart 15 still works, but you may want to change the name on the chart listing on page 92 in the current FCD.

BOAT SHOWS & NAUTICAL FLEA MARKETS

Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, April 15 - 17

The relaunched, 29th Annual Suncoast Show takes place at Marina Jack, #2 Marina Plaza in Sarasota with hundreds of boats as well as marine electronics, products and accessories and more. Presented and managed by Show Management, the show opens on Friday through Sunday at 10AM each day. Admission is $8 for adults ($6 on-line) and kids under 15 FREE. Visit showmanagement.com for details.

Port Charlotte Flea Market is set for April 16 & 17. Go to www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com for more on those and others.

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Palm Coast Marina

We recently visited Palm Coast Marina (Chart 3) and sure enuf ... the place was immaculate and we could tell those dock ladies were true to their task. In fact, Rosine McCauley, assistant to Debbie Hogan, took the photo of Debbie, armed with cleaning tools, going about her job for the Dockmaster Speaks feature on page 38 in the new FCD.

When we were there, Rosine excused herself from our conversation to go back to cleaning the store's bird cage. It almost goes without saying: Palm Coast Marina is one of Florida's designated Clean Marinas.

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NEWEST DESIGNATED FLORIDA CLEAN MARINA

Palm Harbor Marina, West Palm Beach, has been certified as a Clean Marina by the Florida DEP. Just south of the Flagler Bridge, the newly renovated marina has 200 slips, a state-of-the-art concrete floating dock system, high-speed fuel pumps, in-slip pumpout services, security and single- and three-phase power. "We went above and beyond the requirements and did things right from the start..." marina manager John Smundin said in a statement.

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History of  Diving Museum

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.

Recently announced:

April 20, 7 PM - FREE PROGRAM - Handcrafted Diving Helmets by Nicholas Toth.

May 18, 7 PM - FREE PROGRAM - Diving legend Neal Watson will talk about his life and career as a world-record holding diver.

ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER

The Vero Beach ELC web site is www.DiscoverELC.org. Their schedule of events is listed on the site. They offer several guided trips by boat if you choose to drive over.

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BAHAMAS BOATING FLINGS

The annual, very popular, Summertime Boating Flings begin June 1. Check the schedule on page 15 in the new FCD or contact 1-800-BAHAMAS. Besides information on the Flings, they'll be happy to send you a copy of their recently published The Islands of The Bahamas Boating & Fishing Guide 2010/2011. All you have to do is ask!

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LADIES, LET'S GO FISHING

The well-known "teaching ladies to fish" group,  a/k/a/ "the no yelling school of fishing" has the following seminars scheduled:
April 15-17, Fort Lauderdale
May 20-22, Stuart
November 11-13, Islamorada

Contacts: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com or 954-475-9068.

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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA YACHTS & FLORIDA SAILING & CRUISING SCHOOL

The Florida Sailing and Cruising School is planning 11% discounts for 2011 ... which double to 22% for June, July and August. It's not too early to plan - and schedule - your 2011 learning experience.

Visit Southwest Florida Yachts and Florida Sailing & Cruising School at www.flsailandcruiseschool.com, www.swfyachtsales.com or phone 800-262-7939. The company's fleets are in North Fort Myers and at Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda.

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BAHAMAS

Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour has announced their 2011 Tournament Calendar:
Bertram Hatteras Shootout - May 3-7 www.fishtheshootout.com
Boat Harbour Roundup - Leg I, May 18-21 www.abacobeachresort.com
Boy Scouts Bahamas Open, May 24-28 www.abmt.vi
HMY-Boat Harbour Billfish Blast, May 30-June 3 www.billfishblast.com
Boat Harbour Round Up - Leg II, June 15-18 www.abacobeachresort.com

2011 BILLFISH INVITATIONAL is scheduled for May 18-21 at the BIMINI BIG GAME CLUB, presented by Guy Harvey Outpost. Contact Capt. Ned Stone for more; NStone@GuyHarveyOutpost.com; 954 524-2225 (or cell: 954-205-9595). TheBillfishInvitational.com is the site. 

Atlantis (on Nassau's Paradise Island) has announced that Jerry Seinfeld will be entertaining in the Imperial Ballroom on June 11. You can visit then as part of a "4th night free" in the hotel with breakfast and Dolphin Experiences. Contact 888-882-1301. Of course, you can catch the show and stay aboard in the marina if you're cruising there.

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