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    • Wild Turkeys and Domestic Turkeys – SCDNR

      Birds of a different feather, like a “horse of another color,” compare domestic turkeys versus wild turkeys.

      South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

      What’s the difference between domesticated and wild turkeys?

      There are many who think about the crisp, spring air that surrounds the beginning of a good turkey hunting season. But perhaps, for a much larger population of people, when one thinks of a turkey, they think about being surrounded by their loved ones and are reminded of all the things they are thankful for.

      Not only are we talking about two completely different seasons, but we are also talking about two completely different birds.

      While bearing the same species name, Domestic and Wild Turkeys share little else in common.

      In preparation for this Thanksgiving season, here are some things you probably didn’t know about turkeys.


      Domestic and Wild Turkeys have different feather colors.

      The easiest distinction between a wild turkey or a domestic turkey is simply what color its feathers are. Wild Turkeys have the deep, rich brown and black feathers that most people associate with turkeys. In completely opposite fashion, domestic turkeys are normally white in color, an intentional product of domestication because white pin feathers are less noticeable on the carcass.

      “Wood Smarts” vs. “Not-so-smart”

      Wild turkeys are able to survive in the woods amongst predators a many. With acute eyesight, the ability to catch speeds of 55 mph while in flight, the wild turkey is much better suited to the woods than its cousin, the domestic turkey, who has lost its instincts and physical attributes for survival in the wild.

      DOMESTIC VS WILD TURKEYTurkeys have been domesticated for centuries

      Turkey relics dating as far back as 25 A.D. suggest that Native Americans domesticated turkeys before Europeans ever set foot on the continent and that turkey-raising may well be one of the oldest forms of organized meat production in the Northern Hemisphere.

      Spanish explorers took Mexican wild turkeys domesticated by the Aztecs home to Europe in about 1519 where they spread rapidly through Europe and were introduced in England between 1524 and 1541 and became highly sought after for gourmet dinners.

      After the domestic turkey spread across Europe in the 1500s, the colonists who settled the New World brought these tasty birds with them across the Atlantic back to the land of their origin.


      Restoration of Wild Turkey populations is one of South Carolina’s conservation successes

      Restoration of the wild turkey in South Carolina is one of the Palmetto State’s most noteworthy conservation success stories. Limited by the early 1900s to small pockets of birds in the Lowcountry’s Francis Marion National Forest and along the Savannah River swamps, the wild turkey is now widespread throughout South Carolina and a spring hunting season is held in all of the state’s 46 counties (there is no fall season). Wild turkey restoration was made possible through the efforts of the SCDNR, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the forest products industry, private landowners, and South Carolina sportsmen and sportswomen.


      It’s illegal to release pen-raised turkeys

      State law prohibits the release of pen-raised turkeys due to the possibility of introducing disease and the danger of contaminating the wild turkey gene pool. But going back to the lack of “wood smarts” of their wild cousins, domestic turkeys generally fall prey to a host of hungry predators such as bobcats, foxes or coyotes before getting a chance to breed with native birds.


      Regardless of which you think of when you hear the word “turkey,” we hope you have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving this year!

      South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Rembert C. Dennis Building
      1000 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC  29201

      Department Phone Numbers


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    • Martin County Moments: November 2020, Stuart, FL

      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, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.



      November 2020


      Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already upon us! 🦃🥧🍂

      Things may look a bit different this time around, but we’re wishing everyone a safe and peaceful holiday. This year, we’re grateful for autumnal scenes like this – they always remind us just how lucky we are to call this little slice of paradise home 


      Feel like you need a little virtual vacation in the midst of all the holiday chaos? Then head over to our YouTube channel to watch our latest Moment of Escape video. Short and sweet, it’ll have you feeling better in no time! 

      Let the Waves Wash Your Worries Away

      Looking for an amazing deal? Our brand new Missed Milestones campaign acknowledges that everyone has missed an important milestone this year – from birthdays and weddings to graduations, holidays, and more. 

      We’re inviting you to come celebrate your Missed Milestone in Martin County next year with a getaway you deserve. Book 2 nights at a participating hotel before December 31 and you’ll get an extra night for free to redeem in 2021 when you’re comfortable traveling again 🛎️🧳


      There’s always a socially-distanced adventure waiting for you 🚤

      For more inspiration, be sure to follow us on Instagram to see photos like this, captured by @venzacreative for Gilbert’s Coffee Bar

      Follow Along on Instagram

      Did you know November is Manatee Awareness Month? Read more about these incredible creatures in our latest blog post and learn how you can help keep this threatened species safe.

      Take Me to the Manatees!

      Not planning to send a holiday card this year? Then send your loved ones a FREE digital postcard, right from Martin County. You can select your favorite design and even add a personalized message. Check them out below 🌴🌊

      Send a Postcard From Paradise!

      Ever wonder how the Treasure Coast got its nickname? Then check out this article on Reader’s Digest that takes a deep dive into Martin County’s fascinating history!

      Read the Full Article Here

      Want to see what we’re up to for the upcoming holiday season?

      Be sure to check out the Discover Martin Events page, which is updated with all of the socially-distanced events and festivities coming up next month ✨

      Mark Your Calendar

      We were thrilled to see this article on Thrillist that named Stuart as one of the “Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Florida” ☀

      See the Full List of Places Here

      Anglers know Martin County by many names: Snook City. Kingfish Kountry. The Sailfish Capital of the World. With over 800 species of fish, this naturally quaint paradise boasts numerous IGFA catch records and a diverse fishing community that attracts everyone from world-class competitive anglers to families and pint-sized casters 🎣 

      Discover what makes Martin County the perfect place to reel in the memories on our brand new fishing website.

      Learn How to Fish Like a Local!

      Looking for a quick and convenient escape with lots of room to spread out? 
      Make sure you check out our Special Offers page — it’s updated regularly and features
      lots of fall-themed packages and special rates.

      For even more inspirational content, follow us across our social media platforms and be sure to share your favorite Martin County memories using #DiscoverMartin.











      2401 SE Monterey Road Stuart Fl 34996

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    • Happy Thanksgiving from Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438,

      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.
      Greetings from the Florida Keys!
      2020 is almost over. It has probably been one of the toughest years for everyone, what with everything going on. And, still, here we are hanging on and managing to survive. It has been a challenge to reach this point, but amid all the chaos, we still see a lot of things for which to be grateful.
      This Thanksgiving, we offer encouragement, prayers, and love to everyone. Let us give thanks for everything that we have, and, for as long as we live, hope. Keep in mind that whatever you are experiencing will not last forever. As the saying goes, “This too shall pass”.
      Our condolences for those who have lost their livelihood, their properties, or even a love one. We extend a virtual hug to you.
      To our loyal guests and friends, thanks for your continued support! You can send us a quick email if you need a change of scenery or just to get away. Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages is still open to serve you. Come down to the Keys when you are ready to hang out, relax, and enjoy the water!
      Oh, and don’t forget to send in your entries for our annual photo and video contests.  You may get a chance to stay with us for free! Deadline for submission of entries is November 30th and voting begins December 1st.
      Looking forward to seeing everyone out here soon.
      Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
      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 |
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 99306 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037

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    • Gulfport Announces the Re-Opening of Williams Pier, Gulfport, FL

      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.

      City of Gulfport
      2401 53rd Street South
      Gulfport, FL 33707                                       
      (727) 893-1000
      For Immediate Release: November 25, 2020
      The City of Gulfport is Proud to Announce the Official Re-opening of Williams Pier!
      Rehabilitation work began on Williams Pier in July of 2020, which included the replacement of 10 (Ten) prestressed concrete beams with major deterioration and repair of other beams with intermediate and minor deterioration. The repairs are intended to support a remaining life of 15-20 years. Minor repair activities will continue for the next few weeks but we do not anticipate closing the pier for these final items. (Pictures below)
      If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 727-893-1089

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    • Free Holiday Fun, Christmas Boat Parades, Treasure Coast, Martin County, FL

      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, is home to Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast and a hub of boating activity and events of interest to boaters. See Annual Christmas Parades.


      Christmas Boat Parades
      Free Holiday fun for participants and spectators!
      Starting at 6:00 pm
      Martin County- December 5, 2020
      St. Lucie County- December 5, 2020
      Indian River County- December 12, 2020
      Participants will receive their boat numbers, instructions, parade map, and gift bags at the Captain’s meeting. 
      Martin County Captain’s Meeting
      12/4/2020 5:30 pm
      Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales/ Sailfish Marina Office
      St. Lucie County Captain’s Meeting
      12/4/2020 5:30pm
      Fort Pierce Yacht Club
      Indian River County Captain’s Meeting- TBA
      MIATC encourages you to consider sponsoring our 2020 Christmas Boat Parades. Donations can be cash, gift baskets, gift cards, or any item that can be used for our prizes or goodie bags.
      If you are interested in donating, please contact
      Michele Miller at
      Follow Our Boat Parade Facebook Page for Updates!
      MIATC | PO Box 1639Stuart, FL 34997

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. abidhussain12 -  November 25, 2020 - 7:24 am

        This marks the 40th Annual Martin County Parade, which will begin on the East side of the Jensen Beach Causeway
        at 6pm and proceed to Sandsprit Park and into the Manatee Pocket where we will end at the Twisted Tuna at ~ 7:45pm and announce the winners. The judges boat to
        be sponsored by Chapman School of Seamanship will be located near the Crossroads. The captains meeting will be held TBD
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    • LNM: No-Wake Safety Zone AICW Statute Miles 365-384, Myrtle Beach to Waccamaw River, SC

      This stretch of the Waterway floods several times a year creating damaging water intrusion for homes and businesses along the AICW. SLOW DOWN!


      The Captain of the Port Charleston (COTP) has established a temporary safety zone on all waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Waccamaw River from the U.S. Highway 501 Bridge at statute mile 365 south to the Wacca Wache Marina at statute mile 384. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless vessels proceed at speeds that do not create a wake. State and Federal authorities have determined that wakes from vessels transiting the area create increased hazards associated with high waters present in the area.

      This rule is effective from November 25, 2020, through December 4, 2020, or until waters recede and conditions allow for safe navigation, whichever occurs first. The duration of the safety zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment while this area experiences high water conditions.

      For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 323-7761 or the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

      This MSIB can be viewed at


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    • Southeast Marine Fuel Best Price Summary as of Nov 25

      This week’s lowest current marina fuel prices as of Nov 25
              Diesel Range: $1.68 to $3.05 Lowest @ New River Marina in (North Carolina)
              Gas Range: $1.99 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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      Lowest Diesel Price in Each Region

      Lowest Diesel Prices Anywhere

      All Regions (Price Range $1.68 to $3.89)

      $1.68 New River Marina (11/23)
      $1.75 Albemarle Plantation Marina (11/23)
      $1.79 Dowry Creek Marina (11/23)

      Lowest By Region

      Virginia to North Carolina (Price Range $1.99 to $2.83)


      North Carolina (Price Range $1.68 to $3.05)

      $1.68 New River Marina (11/23)
      $1.75 Albemarle Plantation Marina (11/23)
      $1.79 Dowry Creek Marina (11/23)


      South Carolina (Price Range $1.80 to $3.70)

      $1.80 Harborwalk Marina (11/23)
      $1.88 Osprey Marina (11/24)
      $1.95 Leland Oil Company (11/23)


      Georgia (Price Range $2.20 to $3.49)


      Eastern Florida (Price Range $1.89 to $3.89)

      $1.89 Sands Harbor Resort and Marina (11/23)
      $2.23 Lake Park Harbor Marina (11/23)
      $2.25 LukFuel (11/23)


      St Johns River (Price Range $2.00 to $3.21)


      Florida Keys (Price Range $2.58 to $3.79)

      $2.58 A & B Marina (11/24)
      $2.64 Key West Bight City Marina (11/23)
      $2.66 Sunset Marina (11/23)


      Western Florida (Price Range $1.94 to $3.95)

      $1.94 Gasparilla Marina (11/23)
      $2.09 Boca Grande Marina (11/23)
      $2.13 Aquamarina Palm Harbour (11/23)


      Okeechobee (Price Range $2.56 to $3.71)


      Northern Gulf (Price Range $1.95 to $2.79)


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