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    • Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s 33rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade, 6:00 PM, Dec 8, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      One of the viewing points for this holiday parade, Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

      Each year, BCYC members and members of the general public come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade the BCYC way!

      We start at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and pass by the BCYC clubhouse on our way out into the bay. Next we head to Gulfport’s Williams Pier and the beach, passing by the Gulfport Casino. We make our way through the communities of Town Shores, Kipps Colony and the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, Pasadena Golf Club Estates and Dolphin Boulevard South where holiday parties wait for us to pass by. Lastly we visit Isla del Sol, then head back to the BCYC clubhouse for the Post Parade party.

      But it’s about more than fun and merriment. Participants need only a simple fee to enter – two (or more!) unwrapped toys for Operation Santa. Operation Santa, coordinated by the Gulfport police department, collects toys for the children of Gulfport whose holidays would be sadder without the generosity of the community. Boca Ciega Yacht Club is proud to have been part of Operation Santa for 18 years.

      In turn BCYC depends on the generosity of our wonderful parade sponsors, who allow us to shower our participants with fun and useful prizes at the end of the parade. Everyone is a winner at this event and no boat goes home empty handed – so you can imagine it takes many generous sponsors to spread the joy around. Please see a list of our 2017 sponsors below. We would love it if you could support these sponsors when doing your holiday shopping!

      For spectators, spend the day at Gulfport’s 10th Annual Holiday Hoopla, watch the parade and dine in Gulfport that evening!

      If you would like to become a 2018 parade sponsor, contact parade chairs Samantha Ring at 727-254-1000 or Kim Westerfield at 727-239-2719 or boatparade@sailbcyc.org.

      Entry Fee: Two (or more) unwrapped children’s presents OR a check made out to “Operation Santa”, the City of Gulfport’s annual toy drive.

      Prizes: Prizes will be awarded during the Post Parade Party for participating boats. (You must be present to win.)

      Post Parade Party: Our Post Parade Party is a potluck party for participating boats and their crew (so bring a dish to share) with holiday drinks, music, singing and BCYC’s legendary rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas (hopefully, not too off-key!)

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    • Lighting of the Menorah at Fishermen’s Village, December 8, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, especially during the winter holidays. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

      CHABAD OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY TO CELEBRATE

      THE HOLIDAY OF CHANUKAH AT FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE

      The public is cordially invited to join us for the holiday celebration of Chanukah at 7 pm on Saturday evening, December 8, 2018 (seventh night of Chanukah) for the lighting of the Menorah in front of the main entrance to Fishermen’s Village. Each night an additional light is kindled until the Menorah is ablaze with eight beautiful lights in celebration of Chanukah. The message of the menorah is a universal one, expressing the importance of bringing light, warmth and holiness to the darkest places.

      Chabad of Charlotte County, Rabbi Jacobson will be among those who will light the candles. Children participating will receive chanukah treats. There will be a children’s performance by ‘The junior jacappelia’. Chabad of Charlotte County is a proud member of the worldwide Chabad movement, dedicated to bringing the message and beauty of Judaism to the Jewish community residing in Charlotte County, by providing educational, spiritual, religious and cultural events and programs in a non-judgmental environment.

      For more information contact Chabad of Charlotte County at 941- 833 -3381 or www.chabadofcharlottecounty.com

      Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. Visit www.fishville.com for full holiday event details.

      Kathy Burnam
      Marketing/Events Manager
      Fishermen’s Village
      mkting@fishville.com

      1200 W. Retta Esplanade #57A
      Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

      P 941 575-3007
      M 941 258-1327
      F 941 637-1054

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, November 12, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       

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    • Next Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, November 12-18, 2018


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see in the calendar below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

      NEXT WEEK’S HAPPENINGS!

      Punta Gorda Englewood Bch Logo

      Happy Friday Eve!

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      Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
      1700 Tamiami Tr., Unit G2
      Port Charlotte, FL
      941.743.1900

       

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    • LNM: Wreck South of Cape St. George, West Florida Gulf


      This marked wreck is south of Apalachiacola Bay off the Cape St. George, FL.

      FL – GULF OF MEXICO – Wreck
      A sunken barge has been reported approximately 6 nautical miles south of Cape St. George, FL., in approximate position 29-30-18.00N 085-07-12.00W (29°30.3000N / 085°7.2000W, 29.505000 / -85.120000), in approximately 50 feet of water. The barge is reportedly marked with a buoy. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution. Chart 11360 LNM 45/18

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    • Have You Heard? November 2018, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor and whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

      CLICK HERE FOR NOVEMBER HAVE YOU HEARD

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    • Excellent Report from Dunedin, FL, GICW Statute Miles 139 and 142


      Our thanks to Ron and Jan Matuska for this excellent report from their West Florida port, Dunedin FL, as posted on AGLCA’s Forum. Dunedin lies between Clearwater and Tarpon Springs.

      Welcome to Delightful Dunedin, FL
      From your Harbor Hosts: Ron & Jan Matuska
      Your best marina choices for Dunedin include Dunedin Municipal Marina (limited docking), Marker 1 Marina (limited docking due to construction ending December 2018), Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, and Caladesi Island. There are several anchorages in St. Joseph Sound across from Dunedin. Info for these may be found on Waterway Guide or Active Captain. Contact me directly for the recommended ICW track into Caladesi, track from Hurricane Pass is not recommended.

      Everything you need to know about Dunedin can be found on their web site at https://www.dunedingov.com/live-work-play

      For getting around, we have the Jolly Trolley and the Pinellas Trail. Both connect Clearwater – Dunedin – Tarpon Springs. New this year is the Clearwater – Dunedin ferry.

      Several other “new” to Dunedin items to mention; new restaurants, new shopping including Nature’s Food Patch market & deli, new breweries (see the Brewery Tour, if wine is your preference check out Sterling Wine on Main St.) Be sure to check the calendar of events for special events and music. See the web page listed above.
      Ron & Jan Matuska
      AGLCA & MTOA Harbor Hosts, Dunedin FL
      AGLCA #8079

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    • Post Michael Status of Northern Gulf Marinas

      Despite the tremendous onshore damage from hurricane Michael, life on the Waterway continues with cruisers feeling their through the area; see Post Michael Report. Team member, Winston Fowler, has been on the phone attempting to reach marinas in the Northern Gulf following the storm. These are the results of his efforts. We encourage all who are in the region to send us condition reports as you are able. We will update as more information is received.

      Dog River Marina, Mobile, AL – fully operational

      Homeport Marina, Gulf Shores, AL – all okay, but call before arriving to make sure space available. Many boats staying put longer than expected

      Turner Marine and Yacht Sales, Mobile, AL – fully operational

      Yacht Harbor Marina, Warrington, FL – no report yet

      Pensacola -My Notes: Seems most everything in and around Pensacola is okay

      Palafox Pier Marina, Pensacola, FL – fully operational

      Baylen Slips Marina, Pensacola, Fl – fully operational

      Seville Harbour Marina Pensacola, FL – fully operational

      Holiday Harbor Marina, Pensacola, FL – fully operational

      Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, FL – fully operational but have many vessels from Panama City area that moved before storm, so do call or make a reservation before coming in tele: 850-267-7773

      Harbor Walk Marina, Destin, FL – fully operational

      Two Georges Marina, (old Shalimar Yacht Basin) Shalimar, Fl – Fully operational

      St Andrews Marina – closed

      Panama City Marina – Closed.. Our marina was completely destroyed. St. Andrews was badly damaged and not operating now. Questions? My cell is 850-819-5592.
      Onsite Report: Panama City Marina
      Report from Panama City

      Bay Point Marina, Panama City Beach, FL……could not reach, heard from another harbormaster that they are going to demolish and completely rebuild

      Port St.Joe Marina, could not reach, heard from another harbormaster, that they may also completely rebuild

      Sun Harbor Marina, Panama City, FL – could not reach

      C-Quarters Marina, Carrabelle, FL – Capt. Kim says they sustained damage but are trying to fix things daily. Very limited at the moment. Call or email to determine status before stopping by. Tele: 850-519-694
      See update: https://cruisersnet.net/177754
      11/5 Still no fuel pumps or dinghy dock inspection, and they fear it may be another week. Will check with them next Monday. Those pumps were supposed to be delivered last week.

      Moorings of Carrabelle, Carrabelle, FL …one pump running for diesel and one for gas; cash only for small purchases, can do manual credit for large fuel purchases, some docks damaged but if you call ahead they may be able to help and schedule you for services,866-821-2248 See update: https://cruisersnet.net/177754

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    • Report from Panama City, FL GIWW Statute Mile 290


      The Panama City Marina is located on the intercoastal Waterway one block from Downtown Panama City. The Panama City Marina is a newly renovated 240-slip marina facility designed for all classes of ves
      St. Andrew's Marina

      Panama City, on the eastern shore of St. Andrews Bay northeast of Mexico Beach where Hurricane Michael made landfall, suffered devastating damage from Michael. Panama City Marina and St. Andrews Marina are both CRUISERS NET SPONSORS and our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to all in the area who sustained losses. Our thanks to Rich Gano for this report.

      Panama City as a stop along the way for loopers is pretty much done for by Michael. The two city marinas are disaster zones and will be a long time recovering. Most businesses are out of action due to damage, loss of power,
      and loss of employees who have fled the area. The ports to the east of Panama City like Port St Joe and Apalachicola got it even worse that PC. Plan on having enough food and fuel to bypass this area.
      Rich Gano

      Photo from Seven Seas Cruising Association

       

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      1. Lisa -  October 29, 2018 - 3:31 pm

        Please check with us in Carrabelle! If you need someone on the ground to check with the marinas I am happy to help.

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    • Festival of Lights, Fishermen’s Village, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always much to do around Charlotte Harbor and the “Festival of Lights” is the perfect way to celebrate the Holiday season! Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

      Festival of Lights December 2018 Calendar of events
      Kathy Burnam
      Marketing/Events Manager
      Fishermen’s Village
      mkting@fishville.com
      1200 W. Retta Esplanade #57A
      Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

      P 941 575-3007
      M 941 258-1327
      F 941 637-1054

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    • River District November 2018 Connections, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


      The river is Caloosahatchee and the CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS are Legacy Harbour Marina and Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club. Legacy Harbor Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 and Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club is on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River opposite Cape Coral.

       

       

      239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.
      Gulf Harbour Marina ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico 14490 Vista River Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33908 239-437-0881 gulfharbourmarina@comcast.net
       
       

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      Melissa Moore
      Web/Graphics Technician
      1631 Hendry Street
      Fort Myers, Florida 33901
      T: 239.337.1071 – F: 239-337.1076
      mmoore@cella.ccwww.cella.cc 

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    • Update on the Fire at the Gulfport History Museum – Here’s how to help, City of Gulfport, Fl, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      After the tragic fire at the museum in early September, the Gulfport Historical Society can certainly use our help to continue their important educational and environmental work. See below for how to help. Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay. 


      It feels like it’s been a lifetime since we had the opening reception for Read All About It: 50 Years of Hyperlocal News.

      That exhibit was an exciting time for the Gulfport Historical Society, because it represented a new chapter in how we worked with the community to share our history. I was over-the-moon excited about so many facets of the exhibit, and the Gabber shared some of their artifacts — the original phone from the newspaper, photographs never before seen by anyone outside the newspaper staff and other one-of-a-kind items that you’d only be able to see at the Gulfport History Museum.

      The owners of the Gabber put their trust in us to keep those items safe. Two weeks after that exhibit opened, I had to tell the owners of the paper their items had significant smoke damage. They’ve been gracious and supportive, and I — along with the rest of the board of directors — cannot thank them enough for that, and their support.

      Fortunately, insurance is covering the cost of repairing those artifacts. It’s also covering replacing our porch, our floor and restoring all the documents damaged by soot and fire.

      It will not cover the cost of archiving and digitizing our town’s records — tax rolls, original maps, photographs, and other historical records.

      Like The Gabber, Gulfport’s families, residents, government and community have placed their trust in us. They — you — trust us to keep your history and memories safe.

      Since the Labor Day Fire, this thought has hung over me like a dark cloud.

      What if there hadn’t been a meeting next door and no one had called 911 right away?

      What if a tree had fallen on the museum during Hurricane Irma, like it did to this museum during Hurricane Michael?

      What if Hurricane Michael had hit us instead?

      What if the next hurricane does hit us?

      In every one of those scenarios, the Gulfport Historical Society would lose most — if not all — of our town’s history. And what has weighed on my mind so heavily is that we might not be so lucky next time.

      I’m not willing to gamble with our town’s heritage. What we have in Gulfport — what we’ve built since the Barnetts made landfall at Barnett’s Bluff towards the end of the Civil War — is far too special to risk. As the head of the Gulfport Historical Society, our community has trusted me to make sure I do everything I can to minimize the risk of losing everything that makes Gulfport special.

      As we’ve mentioned in the days following the Labor Day Fire, we need funding to digitize the collection. That includes proper archival processes (to retard decay) in addition to unbinding books, scanning and re-binding books. It’s not a simple matter of getting a scanner and saving the items to the cloud (oh, how I wish it were). The handling of the records themselves require specific protocols.

      Many of you have already been quite generous with your donations, and we thank you — I thank you — for that. But we still need more money; digitization is expensive. It will be worth it; once complete, people anywhere in the world will be able to search through our records and photographs. And — most importantly — those records and photographs will be safe from fire, hurricanes or random acts of disaster.

      We need your help. Here’s how you can help protect our community’s heritage:

      1. Donate. Whatever you can. Even $5 helps. You can also donate at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar.

      2. Make monthly donations — easily. We can debit your checking account or credit card for any amount you choose, from $5 to $100.

      3. Pre-order a commemorative Labor Day Fire t-shirt or postcard. Local artist Steve Smith based his design on a screenshot from a video taken of the fire.

      4. Visit the Gulfport Beach Bazaar and buy something from the our Square Mullet Gift Shop. We have books by local authors, coffee mugs, portable dog bowls, and a myriad of other items.

      5. Become a member. We have membership levels for every budget, and you can pay for your membership over the course of one year. While the cost of your membership isn’t tax-deductible, it does come with lots of other benefits.

      6. Become a business member. Benefits include newsletter advertising and other perks.

      7. Volunteer with us. We need volunteers at our events — we need people who can get comfortable using the Square for our booth at Holiday Hoopla, we need people we can train as tour guides and we need people to check in folks at our twice-monthly original walking tours. If you can help with any or all of these things, you can sign up here. If you’d like to be a tour guide, please reach out to Cathy Salustri via email.

      Whatever you choose to do, thank you for your support, your kind words when we pass on the street, and for being a part of our amazing, resilient, historical community.

      Cathy
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      5301 28th Avenue South
      Gulfport, FL 33707

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    • Next Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, October 29-November 4, 2018


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see in the calendar below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

      NEXT WEEK’S HAPPENINGS!

      Punta Gorda Englewood Bch Logo

      Happy Friday Eve!

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      Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
      1700 Tamiami Tr., Unit G2
      Port Charlotte, FL
      941.743.1900

       

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    • Dredging Project to Improve New Pass, Sarasota, FL, near GIWW Statute Mile 72


      Dredging was begun this month in New Pass which leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting. And note that the Coast Guard no longer recommends using New Pass due to significant dangerous shoaling. Hopefully, this renourishment dredging will change that recommendation.

      Lido beach project could help New Pass boaters

      A city of Sarasota project, designed as a short-term renourishment effort, may improve conditions around New Pass.

      New Pass

      Boaters, Lido residents anticipate New Pass work
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    • Leon County and Tallahassee Hurricane Service News and FEMA Updates

      Leon County in the Big Bend region of the Gulf coast, is home to Tallahassee, Florida’s State Capitol. The county was spared the brunt of Michael but is still suffering from loss of power and services. Cruisers Net will continue to post county updates in this posting. Please excuse any duplication of information. 

      850.606.5300 | cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov | www.LeonCountyFL.gov
      301 S. Monroe St., Suite 502, Tallahassee, FL 32301

      10/23Hurricane Michael Survivors May Now Visit State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Leon County

      A disaster recovery center is now open at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Main Library, 200 W. Park Ave every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to assist those that experienced damage and loss, resulting from Hurricane Michael.

      Representatives from the State of Florida, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are at the County’s downtown library to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.

      Homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. To register, go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 (voice/711/VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

      Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA will open additional centers in affected counties in the coming days. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties designated in the Florida federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael. Survivors can view locations by using the FEMA mobile app or by visiting FEMA.gov/DRC.

      All recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment, such as amplified phones and listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available. In-person American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available by request. (If possible, please allow 24 hours to schedule an interpreter).

      Survivors may follow these links to access informational videos in American Sign Language:

      Disaster Recovery Centers (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/127259
      Just ask (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111508
      FEMA assistance does not impact government benefits (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111582
      Requesting an interpreter (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/172199

      About FEMA
      FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters.

      For a list of locations where survivors can obtain commodities (water, food, etc.), visit www.floridadisaster.org/info.

      For more Hurricane Michael recovery information, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4399.

      Follow FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Twitter at @FEMARegion4 and @FLSERT. You may also visit FEMA and the Division’s Facebook pages at www.Facebook.com/FEMA and www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.

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      10/17 Leon County and City of Tallahassee Residents Eligible for Individual Assistance Following Hurricane Michael

      Leon County has been designated for Individual Assistance for damages caused by Hurricane Michael, meaning county and city residents are now eligible to apply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funds to help recover.

      Individual Assistance provides a broad range of disaster assistance resources to eligible residents, such as the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged homes. Families impacted by Hurricane Michael can also apply for additional financial support for child care, medical, dental, vehicle damage and damages to essential household items.

      Residents who have suffered damage directly related to Hurricane Michael are encouraged to file a claim with their insurance right away.

      To apply for Individual Disaster Assistance, visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1-800-621-3362. Residents without internet access can visit any Leon County library or City of Tallahassee community center.

      The deadline to apply is December 10, 2018.

      For more information, visit https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance.
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      10/16 Leon County and Goodwill Industries to Distribute Free Tarps at Stores in Community

      Leon County Government and Goodwill Industries — Big Bend, Inc. will distribute free tarps to households at five different Goodwill store locations across the community beginning Tuesday, October 16. The tarps provide temporary covering of plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made.

      Tarps will be made available at the following locations and will be limited to two tarps per family:

      North Monroe – 2578 North Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303
      Apalachee Parkway – 2309 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32301
      Capital Circle – 2734 Capital Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32308
      Pensacola St. – 2551 W. Pensacola St., Tallahassee, FL 32304
      Bradfordville – 6810 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312
      All Goodwill Industries stores will open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Distribution will occur near the donations drop-off center at each site.

      For some tips on how to use a temporary roof tarp, see this Lowe’s how-to guide.

      Please note, emergency repair is only a temporary fix. Final repair is best left to someone who has the equipment and skill to do it safely and permanently.

      As a reminder, Leon County Government has waived permit fees to rebuild and repair after Hurricane Michael. To learn more, call Leon County Development Support and Environmental Management at (850) 606-1300 / www.LeonPermits.org .

      10/14 Feeding and Distribution Operations Continue in Leon County

      As Leon County continues to return to normal following Hurricane Michael, distribution sites will continue today, Sunday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet the community’s most critical needs.

      Distribution operations will cease at 5 p.m. and resources will demobilize and re-stage to head out west to the hardest hit areas of the Florida Panhandle if requested by the State of Florida.

      Distribution sites will offer water, ice, and MREs (Meals-Ready-to-Eat). Please note, MRE supplies are somewhat limited and may not be available at all sites. The locations are as follows:

      Ft. Braden Community Center – 16387 Blountstown Hwy
      J. Lewis Hall Sr., Woodville Park – 1492 J. Lewis Hall Sr. Lane
      Apalachee Regional Park – 7550 Apalachee Parkway
      Fire Station #4 – 2899 West Pensacola Street
      Fire Station #1 – 327 North Adams Street
      Fire Station #2 – 2805 Sharer Road
      Fred George Park – 4830 Fred George Road
      Miccosukee (Concord School) – 15011 Cromartie Road
      Fire Station #3 – 3005 South Monroe Street
      Fire Station #15 – 1445 Bannerman Road
      Also, Salvation Army will serve lunch at noon and dinner at 5 p.m. at the following locations:

      Lawrence-Gregory Community Center – 1115 Dade St.
      Friendship Primitive Baptist – 700 Putnam Dr.
      Woodville Branch Library – 8000 Old Woodville Rd.
      Braden Community Park – 15100 Blountstown Hwy
      Bond Westside – 14833 Main St.
      For citizens will continuing needs following Hurricane Michael, 2-1-1 Big Bend can provided much needs referral services to local human services agencies. Calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Trained hotline counselors are available to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention and information.

      Dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333 for 24/7 human service information and assistance. Bilingual and translation services are available. TDD/TTY or 711Florida Relay is available for hearing impaired individuals. For more information, visit www.211bigbend.org .

      10/13 Evening Update on Leon County’s Recovery Activities Following Hurricane Michael for October 13

      Shelter Status:

      As of this afternoon, 24 citizens are sheltered at Sail High School and 70 citizens remain in the special needs shelter at Florida High. We are demobilizing Sail High School as a risk shelter and transition remaining shelterees to a host shelter at Tallahassee Community College Lifetime Sports Complex this afternoon. Our partners continue to provide meals and water to shelterees at Sail in the meantime. The state has established a regional special needs shelter at Florida State University to provide care for special needs citizens from the most impacted counties; the state will make a determination regarding when to transition the Florida High special needs shelter to this regional shelter. Florida High will reopen for classes on Monday while the special needs shelter occupies the gymnasium.

      Public Safety:

      We have had no loss of life directly related to the storm. Leon County EMS has returned to normal staffing as call volumes have returned to normal. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has been fully activated throughout preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for Hurricane Michael and continues to provide security for points of distribution tonight and tomorrow. LCSO is beginning to scale down disaster operations overnight tonight, with a return to normal staffing by Sunday evening.

      Road Clearing:

      Public Works remains fully activated with 130 personnel working in Alpha and Bravo shifts alongside utility crews to reopen remaining blocked roads as quickly as possible. Leon County Public Works has 15 crews in the field, supplemented by 7 additional contracted crews. Leon County Public Works has made significant progress by clearing 778 blocked roads since the winds died down late Wednesday evening. All major and arterial County roads are passable by car at this time. Public Works crews are working to clear school entrances and exits and bus routes in the unincorporated area in anticipation of schools reopening on Monday. We will continue working tomorrow to clear all remaining road blockages that have been reported in coordination with our local utility providers.

      Debris Removal:

      Debris collection efforts began today and will continue until all storm-related debris is picked up. Over the weekend, debris removal efforts will focus on the County’s main corridors, schools, and school bus stops in the unincorporated areas. Starting Monday, October 15, a map of debris collection activities and an update on operations will be available daily at: www.LeonCountyFL.gov/EI/Debris. We have also posted on the EIP some helpful tips for citizens on how to organize and safely place debris at the curb.

      Solid Waste:

      As Leon County residents continue to clean up their properties following Hurricane Michael, Leon County has extended the free of charge period for both the Solid Waste Management Facility and the Rural Waste Service Centers. The facilities will be open during their normal hours and will remain free of charge until Sunday, October 21. Hours of operation will be as follows:

      The Solid Waste Management Facility (7550 Apalachee Parkway) will be open Monday, October 15 through Friday, October 19 from 7 AM to 7 PM.
      The Rural Waste Service Centers will be open Fridays from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 5 PM at the following locations:
      O Woodville, 549 Henry Jones Road

      O Fort Braden, 2485 East Joe Thomas Road

      O Miccosukee, 13051 Miccosukee Road

      Also, Leon County and the City of Tallahassee are resuming residential and commercial garbage collection services today. Following is the updated schedule for solid waste collection:

      Wednesday customers were collected on Friday, October 12
      Thursday customers will be collected on Saturday, October 13
      Friday customers will be collected on Sunday, October 14
      Starting Monday, October 15, all customers will receive service during their regularly scheduled service
      Power Restoration as of 5 pm:

      Immediately following the storm, City of Tallahassee Utilities and Talquin Electric both reported outages to more than 90% of their customers in Leon County. Following are the latest reports of outages at this time:

      City of Tallahassee: 37,858 outages (69% restored)
      Talquin Electric: 13,101 outages (47% restored)
      Duke Energy: 0 outages (100% restored)
      Both utilities incurred significant damage to all components of their electric grid (transmission lines, substations, and distribution circuits) from the storm and are working to repair all systems as quickly as possible with extensive support from mutual aid agencies. The City has announced a goal to restore 90% of its customers by the end of this weekend.

      98% of all traffic signals are in normal operation at this time including all critical intersections.

      Points of Distribution and Feeding Operations:

      As we advised previously, we have established 10 points of distribution throughout the community that will be operating again tomorrow from 9 AM to 5 PM, managed and staffed by Leon County and the City of Tallahassee and complemented by the Florida National Guard. Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) and bottled water will be available at the following locations:

      Ft. Braden Community Center – 16387 Blountstown Highway
      J. Lewis Hall Sr., Woodville Park – 1492 J. Lewis Hall Sr. Lane
      Apalachee Regional Park – 7550 Apalachee Parkway
      Fire Station #4 – 2899 West Pensacola Street
      Fire Station #1 – 327 North Adams Street
      Fire Station #2 – 2805 Sharer Road
      The following locations will be distributing water and a limited amount of MREs.

      Fred George Park – 4830 Fred George Road
      Miccosukee (Concord School) – 15011 Cromartie Road
      Fire Station #3 – 3005 South Monroe Street
      Fire Station #15 – 1445 Bannerman Road
      Comfort Stations:

      The Main Library continues to operate today and tomorrow from 9 AM to 7 PM as a comfort station, providing citizens with air conditioning, water, a place to charge mobile devices, and computer access. Another 550 citizens have visited the comfort station so far today, totaling over 1,500 citizens served since it opened yesterday morning. We have distributed an enormous amount of food and water and people are in generally good spirits and highly appreciative of the County’s efforts. We have also established a Community Recovery Center at the comfort station for local community partners to assist citizens through the recovery process, and a representative from 2-1-1 Big Bend will also be on site to assist citizens in person. We are welcoming all visitors to the comfort station regardless of whether they have a library card or are a Leon County resident.

      The City is operating comfort stations at the following locations from 9 AM to 9 PM on today and 1 PM to 6 PM on Sunday, October 14:

      Lawrence-Gregory Community Center – 1115 Dade Street
      Jack McLean Community Center, including the pool and showers – 700 Paul Russell Road
      Tallahassee Senior Center – 1400 North Monroe Street
      Trousdell Aquatic Center, including the pool and showers – 298 John Knox Blvd.
      Damage Assessments:

      Our County/City damage assessment teams will be in the field again tomorrow conducting assessments to support a request for federal assistance under FEMA’s Individual Assistance program. Our local damage assessment teams are collecting information on damage to homes which will support our request for this federal assistance, and we continue to encourage citizens through our public information efforts to report damage through our online damage assessment tool on the Emergency Information Portal (EIP). Damage assessment information from our teams in the field and from citizens’ reports is being automatically uploaded into our GIS system in order to help expedite follow-up inspections that will be conducted by the state in the coming weeks. To self-report, visit: http://tlcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/GeoForm/index.html?appid=6f338e584b9349fb889e77c8fe10b0b3

      Following Hurricane Michael, we expect that the President will issue a “major disaster” declaration for the state of Florida, which provides a wide range of federal assistance programs, including assistance for individuals and households. To initiate this assistance, the Governor must submit a request to the President within 30 days of the incident, which will specify the types of assistance requested for each affected county. Should Individual Assistance be authorized for Leon County, a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will be opened in the County, with phone numbers and websites for citizens to contact a FEMA representative and file for federal assistance. If Individual Assistance is authorized for Leon County, we will be coordinating a comprehensive public information campaign with FEMA, as we did following Hurricane Hermine.

      Cellular Service:

      OEV continues to coordinate with the State EOC as well as our telecommunications and mobile providers to find any available solutions to help restore mobile/cellular service and determine providers’ anticipated timelines for full service restoration. At this time, the state and mobile providers are prioritizing service restoration in the hardest hit counties, many of which remain entirely without service. However, today Verizon delivered mobile tower connection points to help alleviate coverage issues in Leon County. Verizon customers should turn their phones off and back on in order to establish connection to these connection points. Our mobile providers are advising that mobile coverage should improve in areas affected by outages as primary power is restored to cell tower sites.

      County Facilities:

      Facilities staff conducted checks of all County facilities and reported no damage. County offices will re-open on Monday, October 15. Branch libraries will reopen on Tuesday, October 16 (as they are normally closed on Sundays and Mondays).

      Permit Fee Waiver:

      To help the community rebuild after Hurricane Michael, Leon County will waive building permit fees for storm-related repairs. Citizens and contractors may begin storm related repairs immediately and apply for the necessary permits afterwards and removal of storm-damaged trees. Starting Tuesday, October 16, those interested in the waiver should contact Leon County Development Support and Environmental Management at (850) 606-1300 / www.LeonPermits.org.

      To be eligible for the waiver, the person performing the work must be the homeowner or a licensed contractor.

      EOC Status:

      Our EOC remains fully activated during today’s daytime shift. Starting tonight, we will begin partial activation at the EOC for overnight shifts with representatives from all essential agencies until operations are complete. Our regular conference calls have concluded at this time, although the EOC continues to serve as the central hub of coordination for all organizations and agencies involved in continuing operations.

      Emergency Management Assistance to Other Areas:

      Also, the State EOC has requested assistance specifically for Liberty County Emergency Management and we are deploying our Emergency Management Coordinator to assist with their response and recovery operations. As our EOC operations continue to scale down in the coming days, we will evaluate our capacity to send additional personnel and resources to assist other impacted counties if requested.

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    • “Lighting of The Village” November 17, 2018, Fishermen’s Village, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always much to do around Charlotte Harbor and the “Lighting of the Village” is the perfect way to begin the Holiday season! Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

      Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village will herald in the Holiday Season with a spectacular “Lighting of the Village” Saturday, November 17. This celebration is the official kick off of the annual “FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS”, a display of more than ONE MILLION LIGHTS and themed decorations. Local residents and visitors will enjoy beautiful traditional themed holiday décor and lights both inside and outside Fishermen’s Village

      Lighting of the Village Press Release Nov 2018

      Kathy Burnam
      Marketing/Events Manager
      Fishermen’s Village
      mkting@fishville.com

       

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    • Post Michael Report from Northern Gulf GIWW, Destin FL


      Destin is on the southern shore of Chocktawhatchee Bay east of Fort Walton. Our thanks to AGLCA Forum friends, Scott and KC Calkin, for sharing this report.

      Spoke to Mel and Ann last night. They are at Dog Is. and leave for Steinhatche in am. He reports ICW totally cleared open from Destin east. All nav aids in place. NO debris. Ashore–devastation. Marinas? Pan. City, Port St. Joe and Appalach grim. Fuel–Destin, Sandestin, Carrabelle.

      Scott & KC Calkin
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    • Next Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, October 22-29, 2018


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see in the calendar below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

      NEXT WEEK’S HAPPENINGS!

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      Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
      1700 Tamiami Tr., Unit G2
      Port Charlotte, FL
      941.743.1900

       

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