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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, January 20, 2020, 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.

       
      Week of January 20, 2020
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      City Hall & Facilities will be Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
       
      Monday, January 20th
       
      There will be no change in the sanitation schedule.
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, January 21st
       
      Every Tuesday
      9 am – 3 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 – 3 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.
       
       
       
      Ballroom Dance
      Tuesday, January 21st
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      French Club 
      Tuesday, January 21st
       
      12:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Come practice speaking French in a relaxed atmosphere with others who are actively learning the language.
       
       
      Popcorn and a Movie
      Tuesday January 21st
       
      1 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, January 21st
       
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, January 21st
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
      Swing Night w/ Swing Time
      Wednesday, January 22nd
      is the next Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with Advancing-Your-Swing Lesson 6-7 pm, Swing-Dance Lesson 7-8 pm, and Dancing 8-11 pm. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6 admission, and birthday people get free admission.
       
      Intermediate Swing in January — Advancing Your Swing is a group of four intermediate-level swing lessons, happening 6-7 pm Wednesdays, January 8th through 29th, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night. Learn Cool Moves, Footwork Variations, Multiple Turns, Spins, Dips, Leans, and more. Add style to your swing dancing. Become a better leader or follower, and get asked to dance more often. Advancing Your Swing is taught by Sam, and for dancers who’ve taken this series before, we have some fun new material in store!
       
       
       
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, January 22, 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
       
       
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, January 23rd
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $8 admission
       
      • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Advanced Workshop
      • 7:30 – 8:30 pm: Beginner Workshop
      • 8:30 – 11:00 pm: General Latin Dancing
       
       
      Rock Painting
      Friday, January 24th
       
      10 a.m. – noon
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Must call 727-893-5657 to pre-register
       
       
       
      Comedy Show
      Saturday, January 25th
       
      7 – 9:30 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      One Night Only! Donnie Stopa, and his hilarious comic-friends are bringing you an unforgettable night of clean comedy, music, and fun!
       
       
      Rat Pack Together Again
      Sunday, January 26th
       
      1 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      A Toast to the Rat Pack takes you on a musical journey featuring the greatest hits from the legendary Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. After watching these performers, you will leave the show feeling as though The Rat Pack is still going strong after all these years. link to the show  https://youtu.be/mQmp9P7NuwU.
       
      To purchase tickets, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4335052
      or at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Monday, January 27th
       
      2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
      Second & fourth Mondays
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Class space is limited. Sessions run for 3-month period. Please call 727-893-5657 to pre-register.
       
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, January 28th
       
      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
       
       
      Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament
      Wednesday, January 29th
       
      2 – 4 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      So Classic Car Show
      Saturday, February 1st
       
      9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
      Trolley Market Square, Tangerine Ave. S. & 49th St. S.
       
      This year we will hand out over 90 Trophy awards. Judging will be done in 10 year increments starting with the oldest registered car. All makes and models are allowed to register. This is a charity event with some of the proceeds to go to VETSports. Founded in 2012 by three combat Veterans, VETSports aims to set the standard for how to improve Veteran’s physical, mental, and emotional health through sports, physical activity, and community involvement. VETSports provides thousands of Veterans with continuous opportunities to reintegrate into their communities through sports, community service, events, and partnership. 
       
       
      9th Annual PAVA 2Cool Art Show
      Saturday, Feb. 1st at 10 a.m.
      Sunday, Feb. 2nd at 10 a.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Hosted by the Professional Association of Visual Artists, the City of Gulfport and the Gulfport Downtown Merchant Association, and held in an historic building that has been referred to as the “heart and hub” of Gulfport, the 2Cool Art Show is now in it’s ninth year.
       
      This juried fine art and fine craft show, PAVA’s second premier exhibition, is held in February each year at the Gulfport Casino. Located on the waterfront at 5500 Shore Blvd., it gives winter visitors a sampling of the high caliber work for which the summer Cool Art Show is so well known.
       
      Thirty five juried artists show and sell a variety of hand crafted visual and functional works in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, mixed media and jewelry. Admission and parking are always free.
       
      NIA AND NESS A Dancer Poet duo
      Saturday, February 1st
       
      8 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      From Brooklyn, New York, Nia and Ness will perform their evening-length piece Home. Nia and Ness suggest that you, “Be a fly on the wall and listen to our very intimate and deep conversations, which have to do with our being an out, black lesbian couple. All the things that we experience, the good the bad and everything in between.” Audiences have described them as fascinating, lovable and talented and have thrilled to their poetry and dance.
      Nia and Ness are part of a full weekend of events!
       
      Check out Gulfport ReadOut 2020 at:
       
       
      Register to Vote
      Tuesday, February 4th
       
      10 a.m. – noon
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, February 4th
       
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      Fraud Prevention Forum
      Wednesday, February 5th
       
      2 – 4:30 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Featuring the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gulfport Police Department, IRS Criminal Investigation and FBI.
       
      First Friday Art Walk
      Friday, February 7th
      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.
      Fine Arts Festival
      Sat. Feb 8 – Sun. Feb 9
      10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
       
      Veterans Park
      5350 31st Ave. S
       
      Complimentary admission and parking conveniently located within walking distance. Courtesy transportation is also available from remote parking locations throughout the City.
       
      The juried art show will feature fine works of art from across the region, including but not limited to; 2D, 3D, Ceramic, Glass, Metal, Mixed Media, Wood, Acrylic, Collage, Oil, Pastel, Ink, Fine Photography, Watercolor, and Fine Jewelry.
       
       
       
      Board of Adjustment Meeting
      Wednesday, February 12th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, February 12, 2019
      Lions Club
      4630 Tifton Dr.
      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
      Soul Night Valentines Ball w/ Swing Time
      Friday, February 14th
      at the Gulfport Casino featuring Sugar & Spice Revue!
      Soul, Funk, Blues, R&B and Rock’n’Roll
      Winners, International Blues Challenge, 2017
      Valentine’s Decor, Prizes, Candy & Chocolates! Everyone’s encouraged to wear something that’s red, white, or pink.
       
      Doors Open 6:45 pm
      Swing Dance Lesson 7-8 pm
      Live Music & Dancing 8-11 pm
       
      All Ages ~ No Partners Needed ~ Cash Bar ~ Free Parking
       
      Want Seating? We highly recommend you purchase advance tickets.
       
      Tickets are $15, available online (via credit card) or at the Gulfport Casino (cash only) during business hours and dances. Buy tickets in advance to reserve seats. Or get general admission tickets (dancing room only) at the door.
       
      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.
      Peace, Love & Pride Festival
      Sunday, February 16th
      Noon – 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      “Gulfport Pride” is about more than LGBTQ+ Pride. We’re proud of our hometown. We’re proud of our diversity. We’re proud that everyone is welcome here. This Festival is a celebration for everyone!
       
      Sponsored by ProSisters Radio, ProSisters.com and the City of Gulfport
       
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, February 19, 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, February 20th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Friday, February 21st
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      16th Annual Gulfport
      Get Rescued
      Saturday, Feb. 22nd
      10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Waterfront District Beach Blvd. S.
       
      Gulfport’s Get Rescued annual event is one of the largest animal rescue events in the state! All profits to benefit participating non-profit rescue groups.
       
      In addition to the animal rescue organizations there will be animal-related vendors, artists and crafters, an adoptable pet parade, pet care education, pet services, a pet food & supplies drive, free samples, training demos, a Bark-B-Que, food, DJ music & more. Admission and parking are free!
      Friday Sock Hop w/ the Legendary IMPACS
      Friday, February 28th
       
      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.
      Gulfport’s 15th Annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Homes
      Saturday, March 7th
       
      11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Scout Hall, 5315 28th St. S.
       
      The tour features homes in the neighborhoods between Beach Blvd. and 49th Street S, south of Gulfport Blvd.
       
      For more information, contact Caron Schwartz, 303-641-5489 msschwartz4 at live.com
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport Nautical Flea Market
      Saturday, March 14th
       
      7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Gulfport Municipal Marina, 4630 29th Ave. S.
       
      Limited spaces available. Cost is $10 for a 10’x10′ space. Please bring your own table and chairs.
       
      For more information, please contact the Marina office at 727-893-1071.
       
       
      2020 Great American Clean Up – Clam Bayou Clean Up
      Saturday, March 14th
       
      9 a.m. – noon
      Clam Bayou Nature Park, Miriam St. S.
       
      Please join us as we partner up for a rewarding day of community improvement, engagement and beautification.
      Gulfport Health & Wellness Expo
      Saturday, March 14th
       
      10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Great things happened at the Gulfport Health & Wellness EXPO last year, but this year promises to be bigger and better!
       
      Last year, we had over 500 participants enjoy health screenings, demonstrations, and healthy food choices. They received a wealth of information concerning their health, recreational activities, and ways to increase self-confidence. Be part of this exclusive event designed to assist you in promoting your company’s services and providing you with an opportunity to share important information to an enthusiastic and receptive audience.
       
      Exhibit booths begin at only $150 and include your company name listed in multiple printed publications, as well as emailed publications to over 2500 individuals and local businesses.
       
      If you have any questions, please contact Jerryanne Hindman at 727-893-1244 or mpscfoundation@tampabay.rr.com.
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport Junk Drop
      Saturday, March 21st
       
      8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
      49th Street Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S.
       
      Got Junk? Do your part and help clean up the earth by throwing away your junk for FREE at the City of Gulfport Junk Drop!
       
      For questions or more information, please contact 727-893-1089.
      Grand Prix of Gulfport Boat Show & Race
       
      Friday, March 27th – Noon – 6 p.m.
      Saturday, March 28th – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      Sunday, March 29th – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
       
      Grand Prix of Gulfport, LLC is producing the fourth annual Grand Prix of Gulfport featuring F150, SST45, Jersey Speed Skiffs and a Boat Show. In cooperation with the City of Gulfport, the downtown area is transformed into mecca of activity along Shore Boulevard between 58th Street South and 54th Street South. The Race Boats, with their pit area open to the public makes the Gulfport Recreation Center home for the weekend, along with the Pleasure Boat Display and Vendor Booths lining Shore Blvd.. Beach Blvd., South will serve as the main entrance and a parking shuttle drop off area for the free to the public event.
       
      Proceeds to benefit the Michael J. Yakes Foundation (www.mygulfportfoundation.org) a local non-profit organization whose mission is to help underprivileged children and seniors in the Gulfport, Florida area.
       
      Community Outreach
       
      Ramping Up Hiring Efforts for 2020 Census
       
      The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country to reach its goal of more than 2 million applicants.
       
      The positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. To determine the pay rate in a specific area, learn more about these positions, or apply for one of the temporary jobs, visit 2020census.gov/jobs.
       
      “Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash, pay down your student debt, or offset holiday season spending, our part-time positions are a great way to do that,” said Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. “What better way to earn some extra money and help shape the future of your community for the next 10 years than with the 2020 Census?”
       
      Who Should Apply?
      Anyone age 18 and older, such as recent high school graduates, college students, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and people who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. People who already have jobs and want to earn extra income evenings and weekends are also encouraged to apply. The selection process begins this month, with paid training occurring in March and April. After paid training, most positions work between May and early July.
       
      The Census Bureau released a new interactive map to help partners and job seekers identify areas where hiring is taking place. The Census Bureau needs more applicants in all 50 states, especially in Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Census Bureau makes every effort to hire locally so census takers are familiar with the neighborhoods they are assigned to work.
       
      Help us spread the word. Connect with us!
       
      About the 2020 Census
       
      The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted every 10 years. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and inform how state, local and federal lawmakers will allocate billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities every year for the next 10 years.
       
      For media inquiries or interviews: If you have a question, give us a call at 301-763-3030 or contact the Public Information Office at pio@census.gov.
       
       
      Household Electronics & Chemical Collection
       
      All events are on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       
      For more information about household electronics & chemical collection, including quantity limits, visit www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/hec3 or call 727-464-7500.
      The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber (GMC) has announced a call for applicants for its 2020/2021 community support grant program. Local non-profit organizations that target or include Gulfport in their activities are invited to apply. Applicants must be certified tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government entities requesting funds for public purposes, or schools and colleges at any level.
       
      For more details and to apply, see the application available at www.VisitGulfportFlorida.comClick on “Community Grant” at the bottom of the home page. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding and the Board of the GMC reserves the right to determine or adjust the amount awarded to any recipient. Applications must be received in writing and must be emailed, postmarked or delivered no later than March 31, 2020. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered. Decisions on recipients are scheduled to be announced by the end of April 2020. 
       
      Special consideration will be given to organizations that are able to help promote and provide volunteers for the GMC events that raise the funds making these grants possible. “Gecko World” events with funds earmarked each year for community giving include “Gecko Crawl,” “Gecko Ball” and the GeckoFest street festival. The events grow in size and popularity every year and each requires a large promotional effort and a large number of volunteers. Events occur in late summer. Grant amounts will be determined and funds distributed to grantees after these GMC events have concluded for 2020.
       
      Since sponsoring the community grants, the GMC has provided many thousands of dollars in funding to a large and growing roster of worthy non-profit organizations. The GMC also gives back to the community in other ways during the year, including sponsoring “Gulfport’s Get Rescued” each February, benefitting animal rescue groups. And a monthly Clothing Swap benefitting CASA is held during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market. Public art installations have also been commissioned and installed with GMC funding.
       
      For more information, contact GMC Board Member Brittney Sherley, GeckoWorldGrant@GulfportMA.com.
       
       
      Calling ALL Teens!!!
       
      Looking for something to do in the evenings? Come to Teen Night at the Gulfport Recreation Center!
       
      Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      For questions or more information, please call John at 727-893-1079.
       
       
      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
       
      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!
       
       
       
       
      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.
       
       
       
       
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
       
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    • LNM: Live-Fire Drills Continue, Jan 20-26, New River, off NC AICW Statute Mile 247


      Live-fire exercises have been going on since May of 2019. Let these Local Notices serve as reminders to avoid these waters northwest of the Waterway.


      SAFETY/NORTH CAROLINA – NEW RIVER/HAZ OPS/SEC NC BNM 025-20
      270501Z JAN 20
      SEC NC BNM 025-20

      NORTH CAROLINA – NEW RIVER – FIRING EXERCISES FROM 20 JAN TO 26 JAN 2020

      1. THE RESTRICTED AREAS IN THE NEW RIVER, AS SHOWN ON NATIONAL
      OCEAN SERVICE CHART 11542, THAT WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION BECAUSE
      OF STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING
      PERIODS:
      STONE CREEK SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT DAILY
      STONE BAY SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT DAILY
      WEST OF THE 77 (DEG) 26 (MIN) LONGITUDE LINE.
      THE RESTRICTED AREAS THAT MAY BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION BECAUSE OF
      FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS:
      TRAPS BAY SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT DAILY
      COURTHOUSE BAY SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT DAILY
      STONE BAY SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT DAILY
      EAST OF THE 77 (DEG) 26 (MIN) LONGITUDE LINE.
      GREY POINT SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT DAILY
      FARNELL BAY SECTOR SUNRISE TO SUNSET DAILY
      MORGANS BAY SECTOR SUNRISE TO SUNSET DAILY
      JACKSONVILLE SECTOR SUNRISE TO SUNSET DAILY

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

      5. 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.

      6. 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.

      7.A. SIGNS ARE LOCATED ALONG THE STONE BAY, GREY POINT AND FARNELL
      BAY SECTORS OF THE NEW RIVER. MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE IS
      WORKING TO REPLACE THESE SIGNS.

      8. RANGE CONTROL BOATS, MCIE-MCB CAMLEJ NORTH CAROLINA MONITOR
      CHANNEL 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHZ) AND THE WORKING CHANNEL 82 VHF-FM
      (161.725 MHZ). RANGE CONTROL CAN BE REACHED BY PHONE AT
      910-451-3064 OR 4449.//

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    • We Need Your Help! Florida and Georgia to Restrict Anchoring by Kim Russo, Plus

      This is the most recent plea by Kim Russo, Director of America Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, asking your support of boaters’ anchoring rights in Georgia and Florida. Cruisers Net urges all boaters to get involved with fighting state restrictions on anchoring. See Latest Georgia Anchoring Regs and Florida Anchoring Restrictions

       

      We Need Your Help! Florida and Georgia to Restrict Anchoring

      1/18/20 Sample letter to Senators by Richard Allen, AGLCA member

      As you [Kim Russo] requested, I am letting you know that I emailed the five senators on the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, acknowledging that SB 606, as expanded and substituted, had passed out of Committee and asking that they oppose the bill when it comes to the floor of the senate. I am pasting the text of my message to Senator Albritton below. The other messages are modified to suit the circumstances.

      Dear Senator Albritton:

      I was dismayed to learn that SB 606 (as expanded and substituted) passed out of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee by a vote of 3-2, despite your negative vote. I urge you to continue to oppose this measure when it comes before the Senate.

      My wife and I are happy to be residents of your Senate District. Our home is our 1969 cruising vessel, “Sunshine Girl.” The address on our Florida licenses, issued in Charlotte County, is DO 523282, Punta Gorda, FL. The DO # is the documentation number of our boat. In 2018 we moved from a rented slip in Cape Coral to another rented slip at the Laishley Park Marina in Punta Gorda. Previously we rented slips in Indialantic and Melbourne. Like land-based home-owners, we spend money in the supermarkets, hardware stores, restaurants, barber shops, physical therapy facilities, and other businesses. Because we move around a lot, our mailing address is a mail forwarding service in Green Cove Springs, FL.

      Our boat is currently out of the water for reconditioning at Safe Cove Boat Storage in Port Charlotte. We are spending money at the boat yard and all the other local businesses. We like to keep our boat in good condition and fully functional.

      In addition to renting longer term boat slips, while cruising we visit and spend money in communities along the waterways, rent short-term marina slips and enjoy many of Florida’s attractive anchorages. We share the frustration of other waterfront homeowners with abandoned and derelict vessels that ruin the viewshed and take up space. These derelict vessels cause even more trouble for responsible boaters than they do for waterfront homeowners because they clutter up scarce anchoring space and create resentment against all anchoring boat owners. We were pleased when Florida enacted Statute 327.4107 in 2016, giving state, county, and local law enforcement officers more authority to monitor and remove vessels at risk of becoming derelict. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission web site provides helpful guidance to boat owners, including warnings of fines and jail time for boat owners who might consider abandoning their vessel on the state’s waterways. Publicity surrounding these enforcement actions might go a long way in preventing the scourge of abandoned and derelict vessels. It might be useful for Florida to require all vessels to post the name and contact information for the person responsible for the boat in a conspicuous location at all times, not just when anchored.

      We are opposed to SB 606 because it effectively usurps the power of the State to manage Public Trust lands, in some cases having the effect of transferring ownership of Public Trust lands to waterfront property owners to the exclusion of other citizens. We know that the Florida legislature has worked hard to meet the concerns of everyone who lives on or near the water, including those whose homes are boats, like ourselves. We believe it would be a mistake to open a floodgate of special exceptions to the existing Florida anchoring statute. As you saw with the Committee Substitution bill, additional special interests will continue to seek exceptions if they see others getting their way.

      Thank you for your consideration of our views.

      Sincerely,

      Richard B. and Beverly A. Allen

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    • Top 20 Things to Do in Martin County in 2020


      Martin County Florida
       Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, stretching from the east coast to the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

      January 2020

      Already planning your next vacation to Martin County? Then don’t miss these upcoming events, activities, and attractions! From time-honored favorites to exciting newcomers, there’s something for everyone to love.

      The Top 20 Things To Do In Martin County For 2020

      “Cotton candy skies at sunset. 💕”  📸: @pattysherrardimages

       

      Be sure to share your photos on Instagram using the #DiscoverMartin hashtag for the chance to be featured!

      See It On Instagram

      Did you know the Treasure Coast is home to some of South Florida’s finest craft breweries? Visitors and locals alike can sip their way along the Treasure Coast Wine & Ale Trail to discover their favorite new beer, wine, or cider. Read more about it in our latest blog post! 

      The Caribbean Shores Waterfront Resort just unveiled their latest remodel! The recently updated property offers 18 rooms and 5 cottages in the heart of Jensen Beach.

      Making Martin County moments doesn’t have to be expensive! Check out these special offers on Martin County accommodations, restaurants and more.

       

      For more beautiful Martin County photography, follow us on Instagram. Share your photos with #DiscoverMartin and #ProtectOurParadise for the chance to be featured in our new eNewsletter.

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      2401 SE Monterey Road Stuart Fl 34996

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Intersection of AICW/Okeechobee Waterway

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported, Browns Inlet Problem Stretch, NC Statute Mile 237


      The Problem Stretch intersection of Browns Inlet and AICW is a perennial shoaling threat and it is wise to follow the advice Cruisers Net has been giving for some time: follow the frequently relocated markers and do NOT follow the Magenta Line in this stretch of the ICW! Even though the intersection was dredged in January of 2019, mid to high tide passage is still recommended.


      SAFETY/NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND (CHART 11541)/SHOALING/SEC NC BNM 024-20
      NORTH CAROLINA – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND (CHART 11541)

      SEC NC – BROWNS INLET CROSSING – ICW – SHOALING

      SHOALING EXISTS INSIDE THE ICW COORIDOR TO DEPTHS OF LESS THAN 1FT MEAN LOW
      WATER (MLW). FLOATING AIDS TO NAVIGATION MARK ROUTE AROUND SHOAL. DEPTHS OF
      LESS THAN 5 FT MLW MAY BE ENCOUNTERED.

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection
      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

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    • Volunteers Needed for the Charleston Boat Show, Jan 25, Charleston Convention Center


      Wounded Nature, Working Veterans could use your assistance at the Boat Show. Pitch in and help.

      Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering to work Turtle Putt (our educational outreach) at the Charleston Boat Show next Saturday, January 25th. Also, please let me know if you want to work in the morning or afternoon. Here are the hours:

      Morning 9:30 am – 2 pm

      Afternoon 2 pm – 6:30 pm

      The morning crew will be helping with the set up and the afternoon crew with the tear down.

      Rudy Socha

      CEO

      Wounded Nature – Working Veterans

      Cell 843-764-7748

       

       

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    • Updated Cruisers Net iOS App

      An updated version of the iOS App was released in the App store yesterday.   It is a significant update but with mostly behind-the-scenes improvements, including:

      • Optimization of database size – reduced size ~50%
      • Data queries regularly optimized based on individual user’s usage history
      • Data transfer methodology optimized and transfer requirements significantly reduced
      • Fixed Best Fuel Price posts so they work in the App
      • Several bug fixes that will improve stability and reduce crashes
      • Improved multi-threading to reduce (hopefully eliminate) bad things that sometimes occurred
      • Switched data server location to directly pull from the main Cruisers Net databases – will improve data reliability/accuracy
      • Improved maps at high zoom levels
      • Various enhancements to enable upcoming changes in website to be properly displayed in the App
      • Improved robustness of crash notices and information back to the developer for debugging
      • Improved handling of special characters/fonts in post titles

      Please update your devices and let us know if you have any issues.  If you have elected your device’s automatic update option this should have occurred by now or will occur shortly.   Otherwise, you can click the “Download in the App Store” icon below to initiate the update now.  You can check your current version by look at the bottom of the Setting view – this lastest version is 1.80.

      Finally, please let us know there are any features or enhancements that will make the App more useful for you.

      SSECN iOS App

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    • 40th Annual Charleston Boat Show, Jan 24-26, Charleston Convention Center


      Our focus is to assist boaters with the purchase or sale of their powerboats. All our yacht owners are trained and educated on the handling and systems of their new vessel as part of our service. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy by being thorough with your needs. Through aggressive internet marketing, publication ads, and our long term networks we also have the resources to get your yacht sold! Our experience allows us the understanding of the market place.
      Welcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water. The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay. The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast. These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.
      Seaside Luxury at its best
      Cooper River Marina

       

      Charleston is home to four CRUISERS NET SPONSORS, Safe Harbor City Marina, Charleston Harbor Marina, Cooper River Marina and Intracoastal Yacht Sales – one of the presenters at the Boat Show. The Convention Center is only a short ride from all three marinas.

      The Charleston Boat Show started 40 years ago and has evolved into the event that kicks-off the Lowcountry’s boating season. Taking place each January, this annual happening includes everything from powerboats to small jon boats, skiffs, cruisers, yachts and ski boats.

      CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston City Marina

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

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston Harbor Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Charleston Harbor Marina

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Cooper River Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cooper River Marina

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    • Outboard Service Now Available, Safe Harbor City Boatyard, Wando River, Charleston, SC


      Welcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water. The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay. The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast. These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.

      Safe Harbor City Boatyard, formerly Charleston City Boatyard, a subsidiary of Safe Harbor Marinas, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is found on the northern reaches of the Wando River north of red marker #40.

      Click here for Outboard Service Now Available!

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Safe Harbor City Boatyard

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers Net Marina Directory Listing For Safe Harbor City Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Safe Harbor City Marina

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    • NOAA: Climate Alive!: 2019 2nd Warmest On Record – Go behind the headlines.

      2019 was the second-warmest year on record, contributing to devastating coral bleaching, ocean heat waves and deadly, ferocious hurricanes. Learn about the ocean and atmospheric science driving headlines featuring climate extremes and weird weather.

       

      Climate Alive!: 2019 2nd Warmest On Record – Go behind the headlines.

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