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    • LNM: US Navy Operations, Big Bend Area, Florida Northern Gulf


      Local Gulf boaters are accustomed to Naval operations in the area, but transients need to be aware of and avoid the testing areas.

      FL – GULF OF MEXICO – U.S. Navy Testing
      Continuing until approximately June 2, 2020, the U.S. Navy will be conducting test operations in several areas south of Panama City, Florida, aboard primary vessel M/V PATRIOT, or from suitable alternative platform. Primary test areas are in the vicinity of 29-57-00.0N 086-53-00.0W (29°57.0000N / 086°53.0000W, 29.950000 / -86.883333) (100-foot op area) and 29-40-00.0N 086-19-00.0W (29°40.0000N / 086°19.0000W, 29.666667 / -86.316667) (330-foot op area). It is requested that all surface vessels remain at least 2 nautical miles from test vessels working in these areas as they are likely to be under restricted maneuverability towing conditions during test events. There are also items on the sea floor and in the water column in these general areas. Any items moored close enough to the surface to be a hazard to navigation will be lighted, buoyed, and/or guarded while deployed for short durations during the test period. M/V PATRIOT will be on station in these areas during test events scheduled at a frequency of approximately 3-5 days per week. Concerned traffic should contact the U.S. Navy Support Vessel on VHF-FM Channel 16, heed all instructions given, and stay a minimum of 2 nautical miles from vessels on station in any of these operational areas. Additionally, it is requested that all trawler operations within 2 nautical miles of the op area positions given be avoided at all times as U.S. Navy equipment has been deployed in these areas and will remain in these areas through the duration of the test event. Chart 11360 LNM 46/19

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    • Ocracoke to Reopen to Visitors Nov. 22, Ocracoke, NC Pamlico Sound


      The evacuation ordered following Hurricane Dorian is being lifted. Good news for residents and boaters. See Ocracoke is Recovering.

      Ocracoke to Reopen to Visitors Nov. 22
      Coastal Review Online

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    • Anchoring Restrictions in Georgia-IMPORTANT UPDATE by Kim Russo

      Our thanks to Director Kim Russo for this update on anchoring in Georgia as posted on AGLCA’s Forum.

      Since publication of proposed rules for HB201 in late May, many individuals and boating groups have voiced strong opposition to the intent of the law and subsequent rules. Following a public meeting in June, a record number of public comments submitted to GA’s Coastal Resource Division of DNR, and a Stakeholders’ Meeting at CRD headquarters in Brunswick in late July, it became apparent that changes were needed in HB201. Following weeks of review and exchange of ideas between several boating stakeholder groups and individuals, areas of concern in HB201 were identified and suggested revisions were developed.

      Stakeholders representing Waterway Guide, a coalition of membership organizations (including America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA), Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA), Marine Trawler Owners’ Association (MTOA), and Defever Cruisers), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and Save Georgia’s Anchorages contributed suggested revisions for GA’s Anchoring Law – HB201 and have submitted these changes to key GA legislators in hopes of getting a bill introduced in the 2020 session of the General Assembly.

      We have stressed the point that responsible boaters want to be involved in the process and help to find solutions instead of being viewed as part of the problem. A summary of the suggested revisions to HB201 will be shared with our membership as soon as possible.

      Kim Russo
      Director
      America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

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    • Southeast Marine Fuel Best Price Summary as of Nov 13

      This week’s lowest current marina fuel prices as of Nov 13
              Diesel Range: $2.30 to $3.30 Lowest @ New River Marina in (North Carolina)
              Gas Range: $2.39 to $4.15 Lowest @ Trout Creek Marina – Trout Creek Fish Camp in (St Johns River)
      Remember to always call the marina to verify the current price since prices may change at any time. Also please let us know if you find a marina’s fuel price has changed via the Submit News link.

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      All Regions (Price Range $2.30 to $3.93)

      Lowest By Region

      Virginia to North Carolina (Price Range $2.65 to $3.25)

       

      North Carolina (Price Range $2.30 to $3.30)

      $2.30 New River Marina (11/11)
      $2.55 Dudley’s Marina (11/11)
      $2.60 Casper’s Marine Service (11/11)

       

      South Carolina (Price Range $2.62 to $3.40)

      $2.62 Osprey Marina (11/11)
      $2.65 Leland Oil Company (11/11)
      $2.66 Georgetown Landing Marina (11/11)

       

      Georgia (Price Range $2.69 to $3.90)

       

      Eastern Florida (Price Range $2.49 to $3.85)

      $2.49 Sands Harbor Resort and Marina (11/11)
      $2.75 LukFuel (11/11)
      $2.87 Anchor Petroleum (11/11)

       

      St Johns River (Price Range $2.44 to $3.45)

       

      Florida Keys (Price Range $2.98 to $3.93)

      $2.98 Sunset Marina (11/11)
      $3.02 Keys Fisheries Market & Marina (11/11)
      $3.16 A & B Marina (11/11)

       

      Western Florida (Price Range $2.41 to $3.75)

      $2.41 Cape Haze Marina (11/11)
      $2.75 A-1 Fuel Service (11/11)
      $2.90 Palm Island Marina (11/11)

       

      Okeechobee

      No valid recent fuel price in region

       

      Northern Gulf (Price Range $2.55 to $2.94)

       

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    • LNM: New Drawbridge Proposed for Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


      Southbound Dismal Swamp Canal departs the Waterway at statute mile 7.2. This proposed bridge is just south of Deep Creek Lock. Deadline for comment on this proposal is Dec 27.

      VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – DISMAL SWAMP CANAL – NEW DRAW BRIDGE

      All interested parties are notified that an application dated June 28, 2019, has been received from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, for approval of the location and plans for construction of a new drawbridge over a navigable waterway of the United States.
      WATERWAY AND LOCATION: Dismal Swamp Canal, mile 11.1, at Chesapeake, VA.
      CHARACTER OF WORK: The proposed project is to replace the two-lane bascule drawbridge and bridge roadway approaches with a five-lane bascule drawbridge on two separate structures, (a northern two-lane and a southern three-lane) bridge. The purpose of the project is to replace the functionally obsolete drawbridge (due a narrow roadway), realign connecting roadways (due poor alignment), and meet the current design standards for roadway width and design load, providing a safe, efficient, and reliable passage for all modes of transportation. The existing drawbridge has a horizontal clearance of 5 feet and a vertical clearance of 60 feet above ordinary high water in the closed position and unlimited vertical clearance in the open position. The new bridge will be a drawbridge with a horizontal clearance of 5 feet and a vertical clearance of 60 feet above ordinary high water in the closed position and unlimited vertical clearance in the open position. A copy of Public Notice D05PN-07-2019, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6422 or by viewing at
      https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the address in the notice no later than December 27, 2019. Chart 12206 LNM 46/19

      AREA SPONSOR

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers Net’s Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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    • Pumpout Service Unavailable at Fort Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5


      Cruisers Net has confirmed that pumpout service will not be available at Fort Pierce City Marina until new pumpout lines have been installed. No completion date is projected due to the reconstruction complexities. Fort Pierce City Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is aware of the new regulations at Vero Beach City Marina and of the inconvenience boaters may experience in trying to find pumpout service. 

      For an unknown length of time, the Fort Pierce City Marina will no longer be able to offer pump-outs anywhere on-site due to construction – not at their fuel dock nor at any dock slips as usual. Whether just a fuel stop and/or transient dockage – keep this in mind. To verify the current situation, please phone in advance so you can plan to pump-out elsewhere prior to your arrival, if needed. 
      Russ Rackliffe

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fort Pierce City Marina

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    • SANTA’S 2019 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE at Fishermen’s Village, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL


      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always much to do around Charlotte Harbor and Pictures with Santa are definitely part of the holiday season!  While berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to Western Florida’s beautiful Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

      SANTA`S 2019 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

      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

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermen’s Village

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, November 11, 2019, 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.

      CORRECTION – THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19

       
      Week of November 11, 2019
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      Happy Veterans Day!!!!
      Monday, November 11th
       
      Gulfport City Hall and facilities will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The Sanitation schedule will not be affected.
       
      For questions, please call the Public Works Department at (727) 893-1089.
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, November 12th
       
      Every Tuesday
      9 am – 2 pm
      Gulfport Fresh Market on Beach Blvd. S.
       
      The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, located along Beach Blvd. in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront Arts District, is open year-round, from 9 am – 2 pm.
       
      With a roster of over 70 vendors, you will find a wide variety of products, including but not limited to, ready-to-eat and take-home foods, fresh produce, plants, herbs, jewelry, teas, art, clothing and live music.
       
       
       
      Welcome to Gulfport Workshop
      Tuesday, November 12th
       
      10:30 a.m. – Noon
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      For more information, please contact
      727-893-1074
       
       
      Ballroom Dance
      Tuesday, November 12th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      French Club 
      Tuesday, November 12th
       
      12:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Come practice speaking French in a relaxed atmosphere with others who are actively learning the language.
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, November 12th
       
      NEW TIME
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, November 12th
       
      6 p.m. Social / 6:30 p.m. Dinner
      Gulfport Lions Club
       
      Second & fourth Tuesday’s every month
      For more information, contact Rob Vincent by email at tbirdrob@yahoo.com
       
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, November 12th
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
      Body Movement & Being
      Wednesday, November 13th
       
      11:30 a.m.
       
      Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S.
       
      How is this class unique? It reminds one of yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais and maybe other practices and yet it is not. It does not focus on repetition of a set of exercises. The classes are built on a flow of movement with a main theme that develops and finds connections in the body that make sense for more efficient movement. Words do not do it justice; it has to be experienced within the body. Is it easy? Not really. Is it too hard? Absolutely not. 
       
      This class will focus on attention as we work, coupled with body awareness, allows us to find pathways for movement that re-balance our system. It is a study about our own patterns of movement which we can change to make more sense to the system. 
       
      Classes are slower than most classes, which allows us time to find the connection, pay attention and concentrate on the center and the core of the body. No mindless repetition, but a strong mind-body connection. 
       
      We allow movement to flow, progressing in a circular motion so as to follow the shape of the joints, utilizing breath, imagery and intention while we work. All that puts us on the pain toward attaining new levels of wellness.
      Wisdom Healing Qigong 
      Wednesday, November 13th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S.
       
      Join me in the search for wisdom, fulfillment and inner joy. We will make this happen through sound healing, gentle-meditative movements and inner smiles. 
       
      This class will be most warm and loving to ourselves and others. So please join me for a magical hour of happinessl Barbara Newborn 
       
       
       
      Talk w/ the Doc
      Wednesday, November 13th
       
      2 – 3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      727-440-4808
      Swing Night w/ Swing Time
      Wednesday, November 13th
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with Charleston Lesson 6-7pmSwing Lesson 7-8pm, and Dancing 8-11 pm. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6 admission, and birthday people get free admission.
       
      Charleston Lessons happen every Wednesday in November, 6-7 pm, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night instructed by Sam. Charleston is a vital extension of both East-Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, so everything you learn in these Charleston classes can be added onto either dance, extending your repertoire. The first three weeks of Charleston lessons will be low impact, so nearly anyone can do the moves and learn the essential Charleston, with very little athletic ability required. Here’s the schedule — Week 1: Triple-Time Charleston, Week 2: Touch Charleston + 20’s-Style, Week 3: Rock-Step Charleston, Week 4: Charleston with a Kick! 
      Tai Chi Beginner Class for Health and Well-Being
      Wednesday, November 13th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      You will be introduced to a Qi gung exercise and the 8 Brocades. In addition, you will be introduced to the Yang Family Form. By daily practice of these foundation movements you will gain Balance and Relaxation while enjoying a peaceful and relaxed gathering learning the ancient art and discipline of Tai Chi. 
       
      Tai Chi is an excellent exercise method for people of all ages. Studies have shown that Tai Chi will improve your health and well-being, work on reducing knee and back pains, help improve circulation and internal organ functions, increase flexibility and range of motion, build muscle and strength for better balance and posture and help relax the body and quiet the mind. 
       
      Call the Gulfport Senior Center at 727-893-5657 to register for this 12 week class.
       
       
       
      Board of Adjustment Meeting
      Wednesday, November 13th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
      City Welcomes Dean of Stetson Law School
      Wednesday, November 13th
       
      7 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      Gulfport Public Library’s David Mather; City Manager, Jim O’Reilly; Mayor Sam Henderson; and the City Coucil members will host a program welcoming Dr. Michele Alexandre. She was hired earlier this year to serve as the Dean of Stetson Law School.
       
      Dean Alexandre is a noted civil rights, gender and race scholar. She is the author of the civil rights textbook, “The New Frontiers of Civil Rights Litigation” (Carolina Academic Press), and “Sexploitation: Sexual Profiling and the Illusion of Gender” (Routledge, 2014). She was named one of Ebony Magazine’s Top 100 influential African Americans of 2013 and one of the 50 “Most Influential Minority Law Professors 50 Years of Age or Younger” by Lawyers of Color Magazine. She has received Fulbright and Watson Fellowships.
       
      It is sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library. Everyone is invited to join us for this reception and very special event. For more information, contact 727-893-1074.
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, November 13, 2019
      Lions Club
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, November 14th
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      $8 admission
      “SIGNATURE MOVE” NEXT IN LGBTQ FILM SERIES
       
      Thursday, November 14th at 7 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, November 14 with SIGNATURE MOVE. The Film Series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month. 
       
      Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages. Each film begins at 7 pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
       
      About SIGNATURE MOVE (2018): A film fest favorite, this indie comedy/romance/drama tells the story of Zaynab, a Pakistani Muslim lesbian who cares for her TV-obsessed mother, who is also determined to find a husband for her daughter. After Zaynab meets and falls for a bold, spirited Mexican woman, she discovers herself more fully as she immerses herself in the sport of lucha libre, Mexican-style wrestling. “Unsentimental sweetness and pluck.” (Los Angeles Times) (Not Rated)
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center and the Library on the web at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. Or contact the LGBTQ Resource Center by email to LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.
      Gulfport Community Players Present – Take the Couch
      Thursday, November 14th
       
      8 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Laugh along with two empty-nesters. As family members drop in without notice and intrude on their privacy. Poor Natalie and Steve, they just want to have some adult “together” time now that their youngest daughter is off to college.
       
      Show times: Nov. 7 – 17, Thurs-Fri-Sat at 8 p.m. / Sat & Sun at 2 p.m.
       
      Tickets $18 online at www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org
      Tickets $18 (cash only) at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S.
      Tickets $20 (cash only) in the lobby one hour before showtime
       
       
      Tech Tips w/ Stetson Law
      Friday, November 15th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Space is limited. Must call 727-893-5657 to pre-register.
      3rd Friday Sock Hop w/ the Legendary IMPACS
      Friday, November 15th
       
      7 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Come join us for a 50’s and 60’s Sock Hop at The Gulfport Casino (5500 Shore Blvd. S.) Doors open at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets are $15 each or two for $25, Tables of 10 are $120. Tickets at the door are $20. Buy advance tickets at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Blvd. S.) or the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Blvd. S.). For more information, please contact 727-893-1070.
      Saturday, November 16th
       
      3 – 5 p.m.
      Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. 
       
      Join the Gulfport Historical Society as they take a stroll through history in Gulfport. The tour examines the creation of this small seaside hamlet; the tour guides — all Gulfport locals with a penchant for history and storytelling — share the town’s history and stories with the group. The tour starts at the Gulfport History Museum where you can take a peek at some of their historic photos.
       
      Tour free for Gulfport Historical Society members. All others pay $10 per person. We have a water cooler at the museum; please bring your refillable bottle to fill up before the tour.
       
      These tours sell out, so advance ticket purchase is highly suggested. Members should pre-register to ensure they have a spot. We don’t love turning people away, but when the group gets too large it’s hard for everyone to hear our tour guides.
       
      For more information, please visit: www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org or call 727-201-8687.
      Third Saturday Art Walk
      Saturday, November 16th
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
       
      Visit Gulfport Florida for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps at VisitGulfportFlorida.com and chart your course to our beachfront town!
       
      Shop for local art along Beach Blvd, visit a gallery, catch a live local band and dine at one of the locally owned restaurants along Beach & Shore Blvd’s.
       
      The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, produced by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.
       
      There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. 
       
      For general event information, visit www.facebook.com/GulfportArtGalleryWalkwww.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, November 19th
       
      NEW TIME
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, November 20, 2019
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      5730 Shore Blvd. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, November 21st
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Welcome to Gulfport Workshop
      Thursday, November 21st
       
      6 – 7:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      For more information, please contact
      727-893-1074
      Edith Roosevelt, First Lady and Private Person, As Portrayed by Nan Colton
      Friday, November 22nd
       
      7:00 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      The community is invited to meet First Lady Edith Roosevelt on stage at the Catherine Hickman Theater, Friday evening, November 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now and proceeds support the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation. The Foundation will also be collecting canned goods for the Senior Center Food Pantry.
       
      Actress Nan Colton will portray Mrs. Roosevelt, the second wife of Teddy Roosevelt, who served as First Lady during his presidency from 1901 to 1909. She has been described as a woman of dignity and character.
       
      Nan Colton is a playwright, director, storyteller, actress and arts educator who has performed and lectured professionally on stages throughout South Africa, Great Britain and the United States. She brings to life passionate, live portraits of remarkable women, and unforgettable tales of fact and fiction.
       
      Tickets are $18.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S., until the day of the show.
       
      For more information about the performance and the Foundation, please call the office at 727-893-1244 between 8 a.m. and noon, Monday-Friday.
       
      Gulfport residents, dust off your unused stuff and clear out the clutter and sign up for the permit free bi-annual City of Gulfport City Wide Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, November 23 (rain date, Sunday, November 24). Do not miss this incredible opportunity to have your Gulfport address on the brochure for added visibility for free.
       
      The City of Gulfport is now kindly accepting addresses to be added to this year’s City Wide Yard Sale brochure. Deadline to sign up is November 15 in order to make print deadline.
      To have your address listed in the brochure, please visit
      O’Maddy’s 30th Anniversary – A Night in Havana Gala
      Saturday, November 23rd
       
      6 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      O’Maddy’s 30th Anniversary Charity Gala to Benefit Underprivileged Children & Seniors in Gulfport.
       
      Cash bar, silent auction, Cuban-inspired buffet
       
      General admission $125
      VIP table of 10 $1000
       
      For tickets and more information, please visit www.facebook.com/events/2037846866316569
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Monday, November 25th
       
      2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
      Second & fourth Mondays
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Class space is limited. Sessions run for 3-month period. Please call 727-893-5657 to pre-register.
       
       
       
      Gulfcoast Legal Services
      Tuesday, November 26th
       
      1 – 5 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Pre-Thanksgiving Bash w/ Live Band & Dancing
      Wednesday, November 27th
       
      6 p.m. – Midnight
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the weekend starts Wednesday night, when Swing Time hosts a special evening of live music and swing dancing!  Wednesday, November 27th, 2019, join in celebration at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night for Swing Time’s Pre-Thanksgiving Bash!  
       
      This huge swing-dance party is always one of the biggest Wednesday Swing Nights of the year, attracting not just locals but out-of-towners who are home for the holidays. The Bash features live & swingin’ music by Sherry & the Rockafellas! The evening starts with a Charleston Dance Lesson 6-7 pm, followed by Swing Dance Lesson 7-8 pm, then Live Music & Dancing 8 pm-12. Admission’s just $12 (get your tickets at the door), all ages are welcome, no partner is needed, and it all happens in the spectacular waterfront ballroom of the Gulfport Casino!
       
      One of Florida’s hottest rockabilly bands, Sherry & the Rockafellas draw upon influences including Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, Ella Mae Morse, Wynona Carr, Elvis Presley, Johnny Burnette, Carl Perkins, and more, to bring you the good times of the ’50’s, where sock hops, swing dancing and cadillacs were all the rave, as people boogied to rock’n’roll, blues & swing! This band varies the tempos and the beats to satisy your dancing feet!
       
       
       
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, November 27, 2019
      Stetson School of Law, Eleazer Hearing Room, 1401 61st St. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
      City Hall & Facilities Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving!!!
       
      Thursday, November 28th
      Friday, November 29th
       
      Gulfport City Hall and facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. Thursday’s Pickup Will Be on Wednesday, November 27. Friday’s Pickup Will Remain on Schedule; No Yard Waste Pickup This Week
       
      For questions, please call the Public Works Department at (727) 893-1089.
       
       
      Holiday Tree Lighting
      Monday, December 2nd
       
      7 p.m.
      Clymer Park, Gulfport Blvd. S. & Beach Blvd. S.
       
      Join us for song and good cheer during the City of Gulfport Holiday Tree Lighting. Enjoy an evening of light refreshments and festive music presented by the Gulfport Recreation division; meet the Mayor and City Council. Santa will visit and listen to little ones’ holiday wishes.
       
      For more information, please call 893-1118.
       
       
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, December 6th
       
      9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Art Jones Studio Tour
       
      Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
       
      Behind neighborhood fences, down alleys and inside garages, Gulfport artists are creating in the rough. The working artists of this Florida gulf coast community often show at galleries and art venues around the state and across the nation but are rarely known at home.
       
      Once a year artists open their shops and galleries to the public to share where inspiration takes seed and the blossoming of creativity is formed. See the fiber studios where yarn and wool are in spools on the wall, the painting studios where drawings are transformed into art and the ceramic studios where the alchemy of clay and fire birth vessels and tiles.
       
      ArtJones welcomes art enthusiasts of all ages to See it, Feel it, Buy it during this 2-day free event.
       
       
      Elf The Musical JR.
      Saturday, December 7th
       
      2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Purchase tickets online at,
       
      Other show dates and times:
      Sunday, December, 8 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
       
      Based on the cherished hit movie, starring Will Ferrell. From Santa’s Workshop to the Big Apple, join Buddy The Elf on his hilarious quest to find his father and save Christmas. It’s all the things you love about this holiday favorite movie with songs that are instant classics.
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, December 13th
      is Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino. Dance 8 pm-midnight to the best in Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, with an exciting mix of retro and modern dance music, great for a variety of partner dances (Hustle, Swing, West-Coast, Blues, Stepping, Cha Cha, Rumba, Shag, Fusion, etc), plus group, line, and freestyle dancing too! Arrive early for a Swing Lesson 7-8 pm. Just $10 includes everything; students get $6 admission if they show up by 7 pm and take the lesson. Soul Night happens the second Friday of every month.
       
      DANCE LESSON 7-8 PM
       
      MUSIC & DANCING 8 PM-12
       
      All Ages~No Partners Needed~Doors Open 6:45 pm~Door Prizes~Cash Bar
       
      The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is one of the world’s top dance destinations, offering social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting. It features a rich history, a grand dance floor, a full bar, a smoke-free atmosphere, and free parking. The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is located at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
       
       
      Clam Bayou & Osgood Point Trail Clean-up
      Saturday, December 14th
       
      9 a.m. – noon
      Trail Head at 26th Ave. S. & Quincy St. S.
       
      For more information, please contact
      Wolfgang (Deininger) at 732-310-4932
       
       
      34th Annual BCYC Lighted Holiday Boat Parade
      Saturday, December 14th
       
      6 p.m.
      Gulfport Waterfront
       
      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!
       
      Holiday Marketplace / Gulfport Art-Walk
      Saturday, December 21st
       
      2 – 10 p.m.
      Downtown Waterfront District
       
      The Gulfport Merchants Chamber presents the inaugural Holiday Marketplace in conjunction with the third Saturday Art Walk, with extended hours from 2-10 p.m. Visit Gulfport, Florida on Saturday, December 21 to support small business by shopping local for those last-minute deals.
       
      Holiday Marketplace will celebrate of arts, crafts and most of all, holiday excitement. Stroll the decorated streets filled with exhibitors and unique shops and galleries. Selfies with Santa will entertain the whole family, including furry members, at Gulfport Beach Bazaar from 2-6 p.m.
       
      The Gulfport Gecko Amalgamated Marching Band will make a special appearance and live music appears at several venues throughout the arts district.
       
      Regular Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk events take place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday, rain or shine, year-round. These monthly events are home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen.
       
      There is never an admission fee and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. 
       
      GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
       
      Interested in getting a marketplace booth? Artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com under the “vendor info” tab.
       
      Community Outreach
       
       
      Catch A Ride With GEMS!
       
      GEMS door-to-door transportation has provided independence & freedom to elderly and disabled residents of Gulfport for over 40 years.
       
      Call for more information, 727-893-2242
       
      November – December Mentor Workshops
       
      Just thirty (30) minutes a week, can make a difference in a child’s life!
       
      Listen, encourage, be a friend to a child at a school closest to where you live or work.
      We’ve made it easy for you!
       
       
      • Attend a 90 minute mentor workshop
      • Register to volunteer and obtain a free level 1 background screening
      • Be matched with a student
      • Get all the resources to help develop a fun and meaningful relationship
      Mentoring
       
      Do you love Gulfport and wish you could be here all the time? Check out our live streaming cameras to see what you are missing. From beaches and volleyball to dining and special events; Gulfport has it all! After all we are one of the most fun and exciting cities on the Gulf coast!
       
       
       
       
       
      Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Schedule
       
      All events are on Saturdays
      9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
       
      For more information about household electronics & chemical collection, visit www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste or
      call 727-464-7500.
       
      For more information, please visit www.mygulfport.us/lateralrebate
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Latest water quality information:
       
      For more information, please visit 
       
       
      Smoke Alarms Save Lives
       
      Free smoke alarms are available to elderly and low income households within Gulfport City limits. 
       
      Call Fire Chief James Marenkovic at
      893-1062 for more information.
      Gulfport on the Go!
      Get the City App
       
      City of Gulfport is proud to announce the launch of the new City of Gulfport app for iOS and Android mobile devices, the newest way to connect with its citizens.
       
      The Official City of Gulfport app offers citizens a simple way to submit requests-like reporting potholes, signs, trash or debris, code violations, and inquiring about an event venue. Users can include an address and description, GPS-specific location, as well as a photo of the issue. Once a request is submitted, you can keep track of pending and completed requests within the “My Requests” section. In addition, the City app has direct links to the online utility bill payment system, the City calendar, frequently asked questions, the city employee directory, the sanitation department, and the electronic newsletter signup.
       
      The City App allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services. Offering more ways for citizens to connect with the City, please email info@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118 with questions or technical issues about the smart phone app.
      Reassurance Telephone Program
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Let the friendly Volunteers of the Gulfport Senior Center chat with you on a daily basis. Sign up for the Gulfport Reassurance Program and choose between two call times: early-morning or mid-morning. This service is designed to help you feel secure and connected.
       
      For more information, call the Gulfport Senior Center at (727) 893-2237
       
       
      Get a FREE Amplified Phone
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      3rd Tuesday of every month
      9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
       
      You MUST call 727-399-9983 to qualify.
       
       
       
       
      TREATS, NOT TRICKS at the Circle Bookshop!
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      Just in time to start thinking about holiday shopping, the Bookshop is having a blowout 2 for 1 sale on all $.50 books throughout the shop. That’s right, any book marked fifty cents is on two for one sale the entire month of October. Additionally, all cookbooks will remain on sale for half price for the next two weeks, and CDs/DVDs remain on sale as well. Stock is refreshed daily, so come check us out and check back often. All Bookshop proceeds benefit the Gulfport Library and the many wonderful free programs it offers to the community. Thanks for your support!
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
       
      City of Gulfport Florida | 2401 53rd Street SouthGulfport, FL 33707
       
       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

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      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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    • Submit Your Photos and Videos Now for a FREE Vacation! Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

      Key Lime Sailing Club, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

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      Win Stays at Key Lime Sailing Club
       
      To all our guests that would love to stay with us again for FREE, submit your best photos and videos of your KLSC vacation until November 30th, 2019 to join our Photo and Video Contest. Voting period will start on December 1st, 2019 so email your entries to keylargocottages@keylimesailingclub.com now!
       
      Check this link to see the qualified entries as of today: 
       
      We will add photos in this album as soon as we receive them and they pass our quality guidelines. If you do not see your pictures but you already submitted, please contact us and resubmit.
       
      Click here for the rules of our 2019 KLSC Photo and Video Contest.
       
      Please check our 2019 Facebook Photo Contest Album on December 1st to start voting.
       
      We at Key Largo Cottages at Key Lime Sailing Club love our guests and we will be happy to have you back again for another fun filled and relaxing Florida Keys vacation!
       
      Reservations is standing by @ keylargocottages@keylimesailingclub.com or call 1-305-451-3438
       
       
      Thank you and see ya all in the Florida Keys!
       
       
      Follow Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages on Social Media: FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube,
       
      Learn ASA Certified Sailing at American Sailing Academy. Call us at 305-587-3205.
       
      Enjoy a Snorkel or Sunset Cruise both bay side and ocean side as well as boat rentals from 22 foot to 68 foot. at Morning Star Sailing Charters. Call us at 305-451-7057.
       
      South Dade Marina, Wet and Dry Slips Available. Call 305-247-8730
       
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 305-451-3438 | 99306 Overseas Highway, Key Largo Florida | www.keylimesailingclub.com
       
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 99306 Overseas HighwayKey Largo, FL 33037

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    • Live-Fire Drills Continue, Nov 11-17, New River, off and on NC AICW Statute Mile 247


      Live-fire exercises have been going on for some weeks now. Let these Local Notices serve as reminders to avoid these waters northwest of the Waterway. AICW cruisers should particularly take note of Item 4.

      SAFETY/NORTH CAROLINA – NEW RIVER/RESTRICTED/SEC NC BNM 431-19
      NORTH CAROLINA – NEW RIVER – FIRING EXERCISES FROM 11 NOV TO 17 NOV 2019

      1. THE RESTRICTED AREAS IN THE NEW RIVER, AS SHOWN ON NATIONAL OCEAN
      SERVICE CHART 11542, THAT WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION FOR THE
      STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING
      PERIODS: STONE CREEK SECTOR, STONE BAY SECTOR, TRAPS BAY SECTOR,
      COURTHOUSE BAY SECTOR, AND GREY POINT SECTOR WILL BE CLOSED TO
      NAVIGATION DUE TO FIRING EXERCISES 24 HOURS DAILY.

      2. FARNELL BAY SECTOR, MORGANS BAY SECTOR, AND JACKSONVILLE SECTOR
      WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION DUE TO FIRING EXERCISES FROM SUNRISE TO
      SUNSET.

      3. SHIP OPERATIONS CONSISTING OF LANDING CRAFT, AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLES,
      AND HELICOPTERS MAY BE CONDUCTED IN THE ONLSOW BEACH OPERATING AREA
      AND ALL SECTORS OF NEW RIVER TO INCLUDE OPERATIONS.

      4. DUE TO UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE ON BROWNS ISLAND AND IN THE ADJACENT
      WATERWAYS AND MARSH AREAS, BROWNS ISLAND IS OFF LIMITS TO ALL
      UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL. VESSELS MAY TRANSIT THE SURROUNDING WATERS,
      HOWEVER NO VESSEL SHALL BOTTOM FISH OR ANCHOR.

      5. MARINERS TRAVELING ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE NEW RIVER BETWEEN
      STONE BAY AND FARNELL BAY SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE NUMEROUS
      SIGN POLES WITHOUT WORKING LIGHTS AND ARE LEANING OR SUBMERGED AS A
      RESULT OF HURRICANE FLORENCE AND PRESENT HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION. THESE
      POLES ONCE HAD SIGNS DENOTING AREAS OF CAUTION AROUND THE STONE BAY
      RIFLE RANGE AND VERONA LOOP FIRING RANGES.

      6. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON FIRING EXERCISES CONTACT CAMP LEJEUNE
      RANGE CONTROL AT 910-451-3064/4449.

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