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    • Saving the Ocean One Beer at a Time, Bradenton, FL


      Darwin Brewing and Taproom in Bradenton have partnered up with the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to create two beers highlighting Florida’s coral reef and Leatherback Sea Turtles. Bradenton is home to two CRUISER NET SPONSORS, Riviera Dunes Marina Resort and Twin Dolphin Marina.

      Mote Marine is saving the ocean one beer at a time in Bradenton
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      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Riviera Dunes Marina Resort

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      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Twin Dolphin Marina

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    • Bahamas Chatter: New edition of Explorer Chartbook Far Bahamas

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Bahamas Chatter is produced by Explorer Chartbooks, A CRUISERS NET PARTNER, which has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

      Bahamas Chatter: New edition of Explorer Chartbook Far Bahamas

      New edition of Explorer Chartbook Far Bahamas

      Posted: 24 Feb 2020 07:21 AM PST

      The new 7th edition of the Explorer Chartbook Far Bahamas and Turks and Caicos has gone to press. Check back here on the Chatter to see when it is ready for shipment.

      Here’s a sneak-peak! Let us know if you can guess the location of the cover photo~

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    • Reminder: Fernandina Harbor Marina is Open! Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 716


      Fernandina Harbor Marina

      Closed since Hurricane Matthew, Fernandina Harbor Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is now officially open for business and is receiving transients. The Marina docks and restaurant are right in the heart of the many wonderful things to do and see in this special port.

      Fernandina Harbor Marina Re-Opens after Extensive Remediation following 2016’s Hurricane Matthew 

       

      24 February 2020, Fernandina Beach, Florida: Westrec Marinas and the City of Fernandina Beach, Florida announce the re-opening of Fernandina Harbor Marina located in the heart of Fernandina Beach on historic Amelia Island in northeastern Florida. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew provided a direct blow to the island, her residents and the thriving marina.

       

      Now accepting overnight reservations, rendezvous group outings, short stays and day-docking again, the marina celebrated finalizing much hurricane remediation on Friday, January 24, 2020.

      “Damage yielded an opportunity for enhancements,” comments Dale L. Martin, City Manager, Fernandina Beach. “In partnership with Westrec and many local, state and government agencies, we have incorporated even better services and structures at the facility.”

      Marina reconfiguration: side tie docks that run parallel to the current flow
                      Southern basin docks removed
                      Southern basin dredged to an 8’ depth
                      1500’ of side tie Crescent Floating Docks installed with new piles

      Sections of old floating dock repurposed for a 400’ dinghy and day dock
      Wave attenuator
                      804’ of Marinetek floating dock installed
                      New 80’ steel piles installed
                      1608’ of side tie installed

      Infrastructure
                      New power distribution
                      New docks with new pedestal
                      30Amp, 50Amp, 100Amp and 440Amp available
                      Pump out available

      Amenities
                      New docks
                      Boater’s lounge
                      Laundry
                      Easy access to “Island Hopper” transportation buses circling the City on the hour
                      Office hours 7:00am – 6:30pm
                      Walking distance to over 20 restaurants

      Contact Joe Springer, Fernandina Beach Marina Manager, for more information and reservations. jspringer@fbfl.org. 904.310.3300. www.fhmarina.com.

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fernandina Harbor Marina  

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, February 24, 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 February 24, 2020
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Monday, February 24th
       
      2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Class space is limited. Sessions run for 3-month period. Please call 727-893-5657 to pre-register.
       
      Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market
      Tuesday, February 25th
       
      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.
       
       
       
      Tampa Bay History Center exhibits include coverage of the Tampa Bay area’s first native inhabitants, Spanish conquistadors, and historical figures who shaped the area’s history, as well as a reproduction of a 1920s cigar store. Feature exhibit: “Pensacola: Florida’s Second City” Founded in 1559 and despite its runner up status, it was and still is an important city.
       
       
      Tampa Bay History Center
      Tuesday, February 25th
       
      $23 for GEMS Members
      $28 for Non-GEMS Members
       
      Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Senior Center registration required, however, there is no need to be a GEMS member to enjoy these exciting Gulfport getaways.
       
      Call 727-893-2242 for more information and to reserve your seat. Trips are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.
       
      Lunch stop: Columbia Cafe at the History Center, www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/columbia-restaurant
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Tuesday, February 25th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, February 25th
       
      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 Lessons
      Tuesday, February 25th
       
      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, February 26th
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with Blues-Dance 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.
       
      Learn Blues Dancing this Wednesday, February 26th, 6-7 pm, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with special guest instructors, Will & Katy Flanery. Blues Dancing, simply put, is techniques for dancing to slower music, whether it be groovy, funky, soulful, modern, ballad, or actual blues music.
       
      Learn Shim Sham the following Wednesday, March 4th, 6-7 pm, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night. 
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, February 26, 2020
      Stetson School of Law
      Eleazer Hearing Room, 1401 61st St. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and all are welcome!
       
      For more information, please contact Jim Wright, Volunteer Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, February 27th
       
      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
      A Community Remembrance Project
      Thursday, February 27th
       
      7 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      In honor of Black History Month, join us for a presentation by Dr. Julie Buckner Armstrong, an internationally known expert and author/editor of multiple books on the civil rights movement. She also teaches undergraduate & graduate courses at USFSP. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library.
       
      For questions or more information, please call 727-893-1074.
      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.
      CROP Hunger Walk
      Sunday, March 1st
       
      1 p.m.
      Chase Park, 5313 27th Ave. S.
       
      The Walk is staged to raise awareness of world hunger, drought, and agricultural needs world wide, seeking to meet both immediate needs and sustaining approaches to dealing with long term problems. Two routes are available for participants, one covering a little over a mile and the other measuring just less than three miles.
       
      Donations of non-perishable food items and 25% of monetary contributions are given to local charities. Last year nearly 100 people walked, accounting for over $11,000, and a truckload of goods to local food banks. 
       
      This year marks the 50th anniversary of the CWS CROP Hunger Walk program. For more information on this family oriented event contact Lois Lehman lsusan43@gmail.com
       
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, March 3rd
       
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
       
       
      Consumer Protection Fair
      Wednesday, March 4th
       
      3 – 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Trolley Market District Neighborhood Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, March 4, 2020
      Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and all are welcome!
       
      For more information, please contact Jim Wright, Volunteer Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
      Gulfport Community Players Present – ​Miss Edwina (and the men in her life) ​Written and Directed by Patrick Brafford
      March 5-15, 2020
       
      Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m.
      Saturday – Sunday 2 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      It is in September 1969. Edwina and her son, Dakin, have just returned from the hospital. It is a critical time in their lives and the life of her other son, Tennessee Williams. The play centers around the desperate decision she has to make regarding his well-being. As she and Dakin discuss the future, they also reminisce about the glorious past that Tennessee has brought to their lives. Miss Edwina sets the story straight about her life and the characters in Tennessee’s plays.
       
      For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org
       
       
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, March 6th
       
      9 a.m. – noon
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      First Friday Art Walk
      Friday, March 6th
      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.
      PIZZAZZ – Variety Entertainment w/ Style
      Friday, March 6th
       
      7 p.m.
      Tickets are $25 at the door
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      An amazing variety revue show, complete with a live Orchestra! Seven wildly talented variety acts that tour the U.S. and the World! Circus Arts, Magic, Vocalists, Cabaret-style dance, Stand-up Comedy, and Polynesian Dance Troupe.
       
      Also featuring from Clearwater, The Pizzazz Live Orchestra, Eric Enfield and the Jazz DaddyO’s!!!
      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
       
       
       
      Board of Adjustment Meeting
      Wednesday, March 11th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, March 11, 2020
      Lions Club, 4630 Tifton Dr.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and all are welcome!
       
      For more information, please contact Jim Wright, Volunteer Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
      LOVE, SIMON NEXT IN LGBTQ FILM SERIES
       
      Thursday, March 12th at 7 p.m.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, March, 12 with LOVE, SIMON, a romantic comedy rated by Rotten Tomatoes and The Advocate as among the best LGBTQ films. 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 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
       
      About LOVE, SIMON (2018): Simon Spier is a nice normal teenage guy, in a normal loving family, and he is looking forward to graduation. He also has a secret: he’s gay. He has yet to tell his family or friends he is gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he has fallen for online. Working through these issues becomes hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.  “This film is a funny, heartfelt, and truly touching teen romantic comedy that instantly becomes a modern classic for today’s generation.” (Molly Freeman – Screen Rant) (Rated PG-13)
       
      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 mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. Or contact the LGBTQ Resource Center by email to LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Featuring the Betty Fox Band!!!
      Friday, March 13th
       
      Doors Open 6:45 pm
      Swing Dance Lesson 7-8 pm
      Live Music & Dancing 8 pm-midnight
       
      All Ages ~ No Partners Needed ~ Cash Bar ~ Free Parking
      Tickets: $12 in advance -or- $15 day of event
       
      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 in the St. Petersburg, Florida area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
       
       
      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.
       
      Deadline to register is Friday, March 6, 2020 at 4 p.m.
       
       
      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 Council Meeting
      Tuesday, March 17th
       
      *Cancelled due to Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Election Day – Polls Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      Safe Mobility for Life Workshop
      Wednesday, March 18th
       
      2 – 3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      RSVP today at 727-893-5657
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, March 18, 2020
      Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and all are welcome!
       
      For more information, please contact Jim Wright, Volunteer Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, March 19th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      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.
      Best Seat In The House – Chair-ity Auction with a View
      Saturday, March 21st
       
      5 – 7 p.m.
      The Village Courtyard, 2902 – 2914 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, Florida 33707
       
      Fundraising Auction benefiting the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation! Ten fabulous local artists are putting their one-of-a-kind spins on ten Adirondack chairs to be auctioned off to the highest bidder! This year we have also added six additional artists will be embellishing 6 vintage windows (hence the View), also to be auctioned!
       
      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
       
      Make Pinellas Count!
       
      America gets one chance each decade to count its entire population – the 2020 Census is your chance to make sure we get our fair share as a community. The census count determines both the size of our state’s political representation and how billions of dollars are spent on federal and local programs. Public transit, affordable housing, school lunches, Medicaid and SNAP nutrition assistance are just a few examples of programs that rely on census data. This spring, your home will get an invitation by mail to take the census online. Your response is secure, confidential and protected by law. This short survey is a civic duty laid out in the Constitution and it’s also vitally important to our community’s future. Let’s make Pinellas count!
       
      Join Us
       
      As chairman of Pinellas County’s Complete Count Committee, I invite you to join our local effort to ensure everyone in Pinellas County is counted in the 2020 Census. Over the next year, we will share news updates about local Census outreach as well as upcoming meetings and events on this website. Questions? Contact us at Census2020@pinellascounty.org.
       
      Together, let’s make sure everyone in Pinellas counts!
       
      Commissioner Kenneth T. Welch
      Chairman, Pinellas Complete Count Committee
      Pinellas County Census 2020 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.
       
      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
       
      City of Gulfport Florida | 2401 53rd Street SouthGulfport, FL 33707

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    • Get Out of the Cold! 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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      Happy .National Margarita Day
      Every February 22, we come together for National Margarita Day to pay homage to our favorite celebratory cocktail. The margarita — triple sec, tequila, and lime juice — was created in 1938 in Mexico and is widely considered the official drink of having fun. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, and that’s never more true than on National Margarita Day. So get out a shaker, pull out your frozen margarita machine, or head to your local watering hole and order a margarita. Up, on ice, or on the rocks, you can’t go wrong. Salud!
       
      AMERICANS LOVE MARGARITAS
      76%
       
      According to our national survey, over 3 quarters of Americans enjoy drinking margaritas, and almost one-third love them.
       
      COME ON DOWN TO THE FLORIDA KEYS, GET OUT OF THE COLD
       
      And Have A MARGARITA
       
      Check with Irene for our available dates and cottages
       
      Check With Capt G. for Learn to sail class or To Advance Your Sailing Skills.
       
      By PK Via national today
       
      Cottage rental includes unlimited use of a 22’ sailboat (for qualified sailors), kayaks, paddle boards, water toys, bicycles, snorkel and fishing gear at no extra cost.
       
      We also offer activities  such as ocean side sail and snorkel charters aboard a pirate shipbayside sunset cruisesailing lessons, and kayak eco-tours.
       
      Visit our website www.keylimesailingclub.com and send us a Request to Book! You can also call or text our reservation specialist at 305-451-3438 almost any time day or night!
       
      Win Stays at Key Lime Sailing Club (Guest Pic Entree Above)
       
      To our guests and friends, get a chance to go back and vacation at KLSC without paying anything by sending us pictures of your stay here! Win our 8th KLSC Photo Contest and get a free 3 night stay. Check here for details.
       
      Got a talent for video making? Enter our KLSC Video Contest and get a chance to win a free 5 night stay! Check here for details.
       
      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 y’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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    • Robert Creech Presents Marathon to Norfolk, March 4, Legacy Harbour Marina, Fort Myers, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


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      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.

      Robert Creech, an experienced cruising captain and frequent presenter for America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, is inviting all interested skippers to join him at Legacy Harbour Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, for a review of charts, marinas and anchorages from Marathon, FL to Norfolk, VA. 

      Informative Presentation by Robert & Kay Creech

      Reviewing Charts, Anchorages, Marinas, from Matathon, FL to Norfolk, VA

      Atlantic ICW Chart Review 1:00pm Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Legacy Harbour Marina

      There will be a review of charts, marinas, and anchorages of the areas from Marathon, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia, to include the Keys & the Okeechobee Waterway presented by Robert and Kay Creech (MV C-Life). The review will be held in Suite B, Cooper’s Landing, at Legacy Harbour Marina, Fort Myers, Florida, at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Robert and Kay live in Southport, NC, and have traveled the Atlantic ICW numerous times since 2000. Pen and paper may be helpful to take notes.

      The session will begin with a brief overview of The Great Loop. Robert and Kay completed the Great Loop in April, 2009, in Southport, North Carolina The session will take approximately 3 to 4 hours. There is no charge for this session. If you are interested in attending the session please email Robert (RSVP) at robertcreech@earthlink.net, so he will know an approximate attendance.

      The address is Cooper’s Landing Building 2030 West First St., Fort Myers, FL 33901. Parking is available in the marina over-flow lot, the fenced area across the street from Joe’s Crab Shack Restaurant. Do not park in the hotel parking lot or the gated marina lot or Joe’s Crab Shack parking lot. Suite B, Cooper’s Landing Building is located in the building next to the Joe’s Crab Shack parking lot. Enter the building by the door on the north side of the building, the side facing the Joe’s Crab Shack.
      Kay & Robert Creech
      MV C-Life

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    • Boat Show Special Pricing, Watermakers, Inc

      Watermakers reverse osmosis desalination equipment of Fort Lauderdale was developed by Joe Hocher, who also founded Staniel Cay Yacht Club, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR. This Miami Boat Show special pricing ends tomorrow, Feb 21.

       
      Simply put, our Watermakers
      work better, for longer.
      SALE ENDS FRIDAY
       
      Watermakers, Inc. • watermakers.com • 954.467.8920 • info@watermakers.com
       
      2233. S. Andrews Ave.,
      Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
       
      ** restrictions apply
       
      Watermakers, Inc. | 2233 S. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3331

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