SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y

NATIONAL MARINA DAY IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 9.
Check with the folks at your marina to see if they’re planning a celebration!

Go to www.nationalmarinaday.org for more information.

PLANNING W-A-A-A-A-Y AHEAD & HELPING CHARITIES

C-QUARTERS MARINA in Carrabelle will be sponsoring their 8th yearly Kingfish Shootout which benefits the Leukemia Research Foundation on the first weekend in August. Marina contact is 850-697-8400 and more details can be found on their web site’s Tournament page … www.c-quartersmarina.com.

C-QUARTERS also hosts Youth Fishing Tournaments – next one scheduled for July 21 – open to all kids 16 and younger. They are sponsored by Jimmy Crowder of C-Quarters Marina, FishFloridaTag.org and local businesses.

AND IN NOVEMBER the 25th annual Boys & Girls Club Yacht Rendezvous is planned for November 8-11 at ATLANTIS, Paradise Island, Bahamas. Stay aboard or at the hotel for the event which includes parties, celebrity entertainment and more. For further information contact Kerry Becker at 954 537-1010 ext. 220 or e-mail kbecker@bgcbc.org.
Dockage and rooms can be reserved now at 888-877-7525 or
www.atlantis.com/myevent/boysandgirlsclub.aspx.

PINELLAS COUNTY NEWS for DIVERS

Pinellas County has announced that a 40-foot, steel-hull sailboat has been added to the Treasure Island II reef. It was donated by a local non-profit group, Fishbuilders Foundation, Inc., and was placed in 100’ of water on April 3.

The reef (established in January ’04) is located 26.6 nautical miles west of Johns Pass (Lat 2741.757’,  Long 8317.520’) and is home to three other marine vessels.

The county reminds us that they have 14 reef sites, 3 to 38 miles offshore. One is in Tampa Bay north of The Pier in St Petersburg with the remaining in the Gulf of Mexico. For more information on county services and programs visit www.pinellascounty.org.

NAUTICAL FLEA MARKETS ...

The LEE COUNTY NAUTICAL FLEA MARKET & BBQ FESTIVAL takes place June 16 & 17 (9 'til 6) at the German America Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. The theme of this year’s festival will be “Rock & Rolling Back the Prices to the Good Old Days.” There will be new and used boats, an auction and all sorts of nautical equipment plus 50s and 60s music by local entertainers.  Contact 954 205 7813 or check it out at www.flnauticalfleamarket.com.

ST. JOHNS RIVER NEWS

GREEN COVE SPRINGS MARINA has a new web site … gcsmarina.com. Take a look to get the “flavor” of the place. The web site calls the yard “Friendly & Affordable.” Looks like a “Fun” place to be!

Palatka’s CRYSTAL COVE RESORT & MARINA – (formerly The Moorings) is under new ownership and management with their new name. Hotel remodeling has begun and many improvements are already evident. Yet-to-come is a new restaurant. The marina and fuel dock are open, only gas is currently available. To contact the resort and/or the marina call 386-238-4000.

OKEECHOBEE NEWS

MOORE HAVEN

Glades Boat Storage has announced new LOWER rates on boatyard services including storage, haulouts, pressure washes and more. Contact Kim at 863-983 3040 for details or e-mail gladesboatstorage@aol.com. The address is 2152 Boat Yard Road, Moore Haven … just west of the big lake on our Chart 17. 

PAHOKEE

PAHOKEE MARINA KOA (formerly named Lake Okeechobee Outpost) will be keeping the new phone number mentioned here in April ...
561 308 2800.

You can jot it down on Chart 17, page 95 in your FCD. The City of Pahokee is owner of the marina and the on-site management (headed up by Matt) also runs the KOA campground. The fuel dock there is not yet in operation.

 MIAMI WATERFRONT RESTAURANT NEWS

The newly renovated Rusty Pelican (305-361-3818) has reopened on the Rickenbacker Causeway at the marina there and is being joined by the brand new Whiskey Joe's, scheduled for May Grand Opening. (We have not received an exact date ... or phone number.)

ATLANTIS FREE NIGHTS PLUS KIDS' CAMPS

If your summer cruising plans include Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas, be aware that Atlantis will again be having Summer Camps for the kids.
You can go to their site - www.atlantis.com – to learn more about the camps and check out Summer savings on hotel rooms and some airfare savings if guests are flying over to meet you at the marina.
(Book by 5/14 for the Summer savings.)

"LADIES, LET'S GO FISHING!"

 Ladies, Lets Go Fishing, the No Yelling School of Fishing. has the following  events remaining on schedule for 2012 ... The group continues to do a great job and the ladies learn and have fun at the same time. 

Remaining Seminars scheduled for this year are ...

  • 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.

MORE  “FISHY” NEWS:
The Saturday morning radio show,
Fishing Florida Radio (formerly heard only on Orlando-based 740 AM) has expanded to the southeast and is now heard on West Palm Beach’s WBZT 1230 AM from 7 to 9 AM. For more about the show with BooDreaux, Steve Chapman and Capt. Mike Ortego, visit www.fishingfloridaradio.com.

FREE FISHING: Florida’s Remaining “license free” fishing Saturdays for residents and nonresidents are: June 2 – Saltwater; June 9 – Freshwater and Sept. 1 – Saltwater. (Refer to April FWC NEWS for more info.)

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