SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y

FORT LAUDERDALE'S WATERWAY CLEANUP SCHEDULED

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), now in partnership with the Florida Inland Navigation District, has scheduled the association's 35th Annual Waterway Cleanup.

It will run from 9 AM to 1 PM Saturday, March 10 at 24 designated cleanup sites across Broward County. About 2,000 volunteers usually take part in the project, working along the canals or from boats. The newly resurrected Trash Bash celebration (for volunteers only) will follow the clean up at The Downtowner Saloon on the New River in Fort Lauderdale with live music, speakers and prizes.

Visit www.waterwaycleanup.org for more information on sites and to sign up; MIASF phone is 954 524 2733.

BOAT SHOWS & NAUTICAL FLEA MARKETS ... including the FIRST! ...

DANIA BEACH MARINE FLEA MARKET is set for March 15 - 18th at Dania Jai Alai. Hours are from 9 AM 'til 6 PM Thursday thru Saturday, 9 AM 'til 4 PM on Sunday. Lots of parking, and it's free. Visit www.daniamarinefleamarket.com for more information.

We questioned a recent description of the event that said:  " The Original is Still the Best" and learned that the first Dania Marine Flea Market was staged 34 years ago! A few of us here remember that one, and we know that it was before Dania became Dania Beach. Dickering and dealing are still part of the fun.

Makes you wonder if any of the antiques at this flea market were sold "new" there 34 years ago!!!

The ANNUAL PALM BEACH BOAT SHOW is scheduled for March 22-25 with Yachting Promotions, Show Management and the city of West Palm Beach having worked out some differences. Show opens Thursday Noon - 7 PM; other days 10 AM to 7 PM except for 6 PM closing on Sunday. More at www.showmanagement.com/palm_beach/event/ or 954 764-7642.

Bluewater Books & Charts will be exhibiting at the Palm Beach Boat Show and will have the new FCD for sale at their booth ... #351. (Bluewater's site is www.bluewaterweb.com).

SARASOTA'S MARINE FLEA MARKET & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL takes place March 31 - April 1 (9 'til 6) at Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd. with new and used boats, a Kids' Zone, Reggae music and more. Contact 954 205 7813 or check out flnauticalfleamarket.com.

Guided  Tours at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse (Chart Three)

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is Open to the Public. In addition to the Self-Guided Tour map provided to each guest at the time of admission, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse provides visitors with the opportunity to participate in a number of guided tours. Led by the Association's knowledgeable staff and volunteers, guided tours provide guests the opportunity to explore the historic Light Station and Museum in a unique, entertaining, and interactive setting. Tour guides will lead you on a fascinating journey into the past as they discuss the unique history of this National Historic Landmark and discuss what it was like to live and work here those many years ago. There are many tour options available. The type of tour most appropriate for you depends on several factors including the type, size, and age of your group.

General Group Tours
The Lighthouse Preservation Association provides general tours for groups of 20 or more throughout the calendar year. General groups include all adult, special interest, youth-oriented, and religious organizations. Please contact Bob Callister at
bobcallister@ponceinlet.org for more information regarding group classifications.

Special Interest Tours
The Lighthouse Preservation Association also offers two unique special interest tours for those wishing to experience the Lighthouse and Museum in a more intimate manner. Led by the "Old Lighthouse Keeper" special interest tours provide participants access to areas normally closed to the public including the Lantern Room at the top of the tower. Special Interest tours offered by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum include:

  • Climb to the Moon Tours- Toast the setting sun and rising full moon with a sparkling beverage as you snack on delicious hor d'voeurs courtesy of Ponce Inlet's famous Inlet Harbor Restaurant. Explore the Light Station and marvel at the historic 3rd order Fresnel Lens in Lantern Room as you learn the fascinating history of the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse from one their knowledgeable "Old Lighthouse Keepers. Offered once a month on the eve of the full moon. Event participation is limited to 25 guests. Advance registration is required. Cost: $25 per person (non-members), $20 per person (active members).
  • Climb with Keeper Tour- Enjoy a personal tour of the Lighthouse, Lantern Room, and museum led by one of their knowledgeable "Old Lighthouse Keepers". Intended for small groups, this unique tour may be scheduled in accordance with participant needs and staff availability. Advance registration is required. Cost: $50 per person.

It’s probably too late to get in on the March Climb to the Moon Tour, but not for the one scheduled for April 6th. And remember, participation is limited to 25 guests, so it if this interests you, it is not a moment too soon to register. More info at ponceinlet.org.

NEW GUY HARVEY OUTPOST RESORT TO OPEN IN ST. PETE BEACH

Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts and Marinas have announced the opening of its third resort in St. Pete Beach with the rebranding and renovation of the Trade Winds Sandpiper Suites there. The resort has over 200 rooms and represents the company's first Florida property, complementing its two projects in the Bahamas ... on Rum Cay and Bimini (a photo of which graces our new edition's cover). The resort remains open while new Guy Harvey Outpost design elements are included in lobby refurbishing. A Guy Harvey themed retail and food emporium will be added.

The resort's family-oriented activities will include Fishing, Scuba, Wild Dolphin Encounters, Snorkeling, Shelling Excursions and more.

Dr. Guy Harvey (Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology) is well-known for his marine wildlife art and is a vocal and active advocate for marine conservation. He is Chairman and co-founder of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts emphasizing sustainable tourism, marine conservation and water sports recreation.

The nearby Loggerhead Club & Marina-St. Petersburg (727-867-2600) will handle transient dockage for resort visitors.

More information on this project can be found HERE and www.guyharvey.com

"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 ...

  • Naples - March 16-18 takes place at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club then
  • 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. Most of their activities are planned for families and on Sunday, March 4, they'll have their 16th Annual Eco-Fest.

Admission is free for this Open House Extravaganza; this time themed Crustacean Celebration. There will be live animals, music, crafts and educational booths. Available food choices include several items (e.g., pulled pork, and sausage sandwiches, fruit smoothies) plus hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by the Vero Beach Power Squadron. Parking is free along the Wabasso Causeway and in satellite lot at the SE corner of US 1 and 510, east of Wabasso Tackle. Free shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from the campus from 11:30 to 4:30.

The contact for more on this event is Heather Askew, 772-589-5050 or heather@discoverelc.org.

And now (through mid-March) there's another new program called "Geocoaching," utilizing the popular GPS devices. The program is intended for families to share time with their children. Families can still register to take part in learning at the ELC campus.
Call 772-589-5050 or email to
Reservations@DiscoverELC.org.

More details on everything on their site: www.DiscoverELC.org which shows their schedule of events. They offer several guided trips by boat if you choose to drive over.

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 info@swfyachts.com; phone 800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339. 

Office and mailing address: 3444 Marinatown Lane, NW, N. Fort Myers, FL 33903.

AND ... Congrats are in order for the FS&CS ... per PRESS RELEASE RECEIVED 2/17/12

FLORIDA SAILING & CRUISING SCHOOL CHOSEN ONE OF ASA'S OUTSTANDING SCHOOLS

The American Sailing Association named Florida Sailing & Cruising school to its honor roll of 2011 Outstanding Schools, saluting it as one of its 20 best sailing instruction programs in North America ... AND named Chief Captain Christopher Day as one of their 30 top "Instructors of the Year."

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HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM

REPEATING IN MARCH: 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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