SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items
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
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.
Repeating, Reminding, Repeating ... BAKER'S HAULOVER FURTHER CAUTIONS ADVISED See note on recent dredging.
BOAT SHOWS & NAUTICAL FLEA MARKETS
Miami International Boat Show runs from February 17 through 21 at Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail at Miamarina at Bayside. More info at www.miamiboatshow.com
The Palm Beach Marine Flea Market & Seafood Festival is scheduled for February 11-13 and the Port Charlotte Flea Market is set for April 16 & 17.
Go to www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com for more on those and others.
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: February 16, 7 PM - FREE PROGRAM, Diver's Alert Network (DAN) by Dan Orr.
Sumner Point Marina at Rum Cay has announced a new offering of activities including sky-diving, kite surfing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and spear fishing ... in addition to their-already established sport fishing. Visit their site at www.rumcaymarina or call 242-331-2823. If you're cruising or fishing you can stay aboard or enjoy their resort accommodations ... available for those who fly over.
LADIES, LET'S GO FISHING
The well-known "teaching ladies to fish" group, a/k/a/ "the no yelling school of fishing" has announced their upcoming schedule:
March 11-13, Naples
April 15-17, Fort Lauderdale
May 20-22, Stuart
November 11-13, Islamorada
Contacts: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com or 954-475-9068.
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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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.