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    • LNM: GPS Testing, Charleston, SC, January 27-31, 2020


      The GPS Navigation signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems.

      SOUTH CAROLINA – CHARLESTON: GPS TESTING
      The GPS Navigation signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems. Systems that rely on GPS, such as E-911, AIS and DSC, may be affected at an approximate testing center point of 32°54’04.0″N 080°03’06.0″W, with a possible impact radius of 50NM from center point. GPS testing is scheduled to be conducted on: 27 – 31 JAN 2020. More information is available at the Coast Guard Navigation Center website WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. During this period GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS service outages that they may experience to the navigation information service (NIS) by calling by calling (703) 313-5900 or by using the NAVCEN website to submit a GPS problem report.

       

      AREA SPONSORING MARINAS!
      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston City Marina

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

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

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    • Heart of the Lowcountry by Bob Arrington


      The Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICW

      The Lowcountry of South Carolina is not only a place, but also a way of life. The next time you travel the South Carolina Intracoastal waterway, take the time to pull into Beaufort, home of Downtown Marina of Beaufort, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!

      Heart of the Lowcountry
      Soundings

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

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    • Boatlines January 14 from MIATC, Martin County, FL


      Martin County Florida
      Vero Beach Marina
       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.

       
       
       
       
       
       

       
       
      Calendar: 
       
      January 15 ~ City of Fort Pierce Job Fair
       
      January 18-19 ~ America’s Boat Club of Martin County Boating Safety Course
       
      January 25 ~ Port Salerno Seafood Festival
       
       
      Thank you to everyone who came out to The Stuart Boat Show!! We had such a blast and hope to have a bigger and better show next year!
       
      If you weren’t able to get your MIATC Crew Card at the show they are still available for only $12!
       
      Deadline to Register is January 15, 2020
      Please feel free to contact Dawn Riccardi at 772-408-1620, ext. 620 
       
       
       
      JANUARY MARKS 50th ANNIVERSARY FOR SAFE BOATING GROUP
       
      On January 24, 1970, a group of Stuart mariners decided to form an organization dedicated to boating safety patterned after the country’s oldest and largest non-profit organization, United States Power Squadrons. That day, St. Lucie River Power Squadron was born with 65 charter members.
       
      Today, the squadron, also known as America’s Boating Club of Martin County, is still thriving and boasts some 150 members serving Treasure Coast boaters – power, sail and paddle boarders – with an array of safe boating educational and skills enhancement programs that cover the gamut of boating knowledge to include on-water training.
       
      START OFF 2020 WITH A SAVVY SAFETY-SKILLS BOATING COURSE 
       
       
      WHAT: ABC3 America’s Boating Course, 3rd Edition 
      Presented by St. Lucie River Power Squadron, 
      America’s Boating Club of Martin County, Celebrating its 50th Birthday Comprehensive course focuses on family boating safety to include “Rules of the Road,” seamanship, piloting, navigation, federal and state requirements, marlinspike and many more important topics. Successful course completion qualifies for Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card and often discounts on boating insurance by many insurance companies 
       
      WHEN: January 18-19 – Saturday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm 
       
      WHERE: St. Joseph Parish Life Center  
      (Room 7 on far eastern side of campus) 
      1300 E. 10th Street, Stuart 
      Parking across from Parkway Drive on eastern side of campus)
       
      COST: $50, cash or check made payable to SLRPS 
      Includes instruction and materials. Families may share materials – $10 fee for each additional family member 
       
      FURTHER INFORMATION: St. Lucie River Power Squadron website: www.slrps.org 
       
      QUESTIONS and REGISTRATION: Paul Vallier, (772) 678-2468, pavallier@aim.com 
       
      MIATC Board of Directors
       
       President:       John Yudin of Guy Yudin & Foster 
      Secretary:       Artie Olson of Vero Marine Center
         Director:         Tom Whittington of Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales
         Director:         Dan Dietz of Dietz Enterprises
         Director:         Gary Guertin of Coastal Angler – Treasure Coast/Bahamas
         Director:        Thomas O’Brien of Chapman Marine Supply
         Director:       Bruce Grout of Sovereign Yacht Sales
         Director:         Butch Olsen  of Pt. Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority
         Director:         Jim Truslow of Boat Owners Warehouse
      Director: Don Green of Don Green Electric
      Director: Chris Dempsey of Sailfish Point Marina
       
      Michele Miller                                        Kelsey Arnold 
       Director of Operations                              Communications Coordinator
       
      MIATC | PO Box 1639Stuart, FL 34997

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

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    • Southport Marina’s January Newsletter, Southport, NC AICW Statute Mile 309.5


      Southport Marina

      This excellent facility and longtime CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, Southport Marina is located just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A. See Praise for Southport Marina for recent comments.

       
       
       
                                                       
       
       January 2020 Newsletter
      From our Staff
      “We are looking forward to a great new year with you”
       
       
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      Find us on Instagram and Facebook by following @southport.marina 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      On-Site Business Operators 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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      What a beautiful December moon
      over Southport Marina
       
      Courtesy of 
      Nick Noble

      Please send us any photos you have of the Marina
      that we might share on Facebook or our Newsletter
       
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      Check it out!
       
      ***NOTE***- If the link does not work for you, simply navigate to www.youtube.com and find the Southport Marina page. You’ll then see the “LIVE” video to view.
       
        
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      Upcoming Events in our Town
       
       
      Click the logo above for more Calendar of Events
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      What’s all the talk about Southport Marina? See for yourself:
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      “Great stop!!”, 8/29/2019
      Captain: TeriLynn
      5- Stars
      Allison was great help today when we needed fuel. Easy in and easy out. Seemed other boaters had a hard time understanding the No Wake zone signs but other than that, a great stop!

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      “Sunday Troubles”, 7/21/2019
      Captain: BubbaThePirate
      5- Stars
       
      I had some troubles with a new-to-me boat. The guys at the fuel dock were wonderful! They helped me get a diver on a Sunday morning. I got some issues fixed and hung around for the tide to change to head up the Cape Fear. Nothing but help and smiles from the guys!!!

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      “Great Stop”, June 9, 2019

       
      Captain: Nick&Barb
      5- Stars
       
      “This is a big marina within a convenient walk to the town of Southport. Dock staff were very polite and helpful. Bathrooms clean and convenient. Marina was generally calm and peaceful. Very little exposure to passing wakes and dock staff made it a point to radio passing boats to remind them of the no wake zone if a boat appeared to be approaching too quickly. Easy access to cute tourist town makes this a definite spot to come back to again.”
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       “Nice Stop”, 2019-4-14
      Captain: RDO, 
      4-Stars
      The marina is very well maintained. The floating docks are nice and long so you can go bow in if you prefer. It is located in the heart of the nice seaside town of Southport. Many restaurants of all shapes, sizes and taste all walking distance from marina. Staff are helpful and knowledgeable. We planned to stay one night but did two to relax a little before moving on the Loop. Only down side is groceries are not handy. 
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      “Our first time, but not our last”, 2019-4-19

      Captain: Wogy
      5- Stars
       
      We came in here after passing by several times. They just completed dredging the marina after 6 years and we had plenty of depth. Helpful staff, well maintained docks, and clean restrooms. Town and restaurants a short walk nearby. A big plus for us was Zimmerman Marine. We’ve had intermittent issues with our thrusters for 2 years and many $$ wasted with various yards to no avail. “J” at Zimmerman solved it to our delight!

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      “Very well marked Chanel”, 2018-11-10
       
      Captain: Bayardo
      5- Stars
       
      Very nice Marina, easy aproche with a Chanel very well marked. Restaurants are nearby and the marina staff are very nice. We got some fuel in a very easy way. We will back for sure.
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      “Great place to stay” 2018-6-8
      Captain: GarryH
      5- Stars

      Hoping you guys are ready for Florence? Good luck! Even though they were very busy, they got us in for a few nights while we cleaned up a prop issue with local divers J&J Boat Services. Both the marina staff and Justin the diver were terrific. Went out of there way to get us back on the trip North. The town of Southport is pretty cool. Wonderful restaurants and great historic downtown. Marina power and WiFi were strong, clean floating docks and a genuinely friendly atmosphere. Definitely will be back here again.

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      “Hank Pomeranz and his nightly briefings are a must for any ICW experience”, 2018-5-14
      Captain: Cathy Marco
      5- Stars
      This is the third time we have stayed at this excellent marina on our way “up or down the ICW”. The reason we come back is because of Hank Pomeranz. He presents the evening “AICW Navigation for NC and SC and Weather” briefing which is amazingly helpful. It alleviates a lot of the anxiety and gives suggestions on how to handle problem areas. Tonight a dozen of us attended his briefing and were delighted that his information is always current “as of today” with features and photos. He is worth every penny that Zimmerman Marine, Carolina Yacht Care and Southport Marina contribute to sponsor this very valuable service. Thank you!!!!!

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      “First Class All The Way”, 2018-5-6

      Captain: rwidman
      5- Stars
      This is a first class operation. Everything is commercial grade, relatively new and clean and in good repair. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. It’s not too long a walk to town and it’s an interesting town to visit. Yes, more showers would be nice. That’s about the only fault I can find. I didn’t have to wait but my wife did. 5/18 – It’s always a pleasure to stop here. The staff is friendly and professional and it’s still a first class operation.
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      Spiritus, Apr 20, 2018
      Boat Type: Power
      LOA: 36′
      Draft: 4.0′
      Rating: 5-Stars
      The ONLY negative about this marina is that at times it can be exposed to wind-generated wave action. Otherwise, the entire staff is very professional and willing to accommodate. Facilities such as the showers, laundry room, ship store, fuel dock, picnic and gathering areas are extremely well looked after. The downtown area is a convenient walk to the North Carolina Maritime Museum, cafes, stores, and numerous restaurants. A great location to have friends or family come to spend some time with you while you’re cruising.
      Wanderer, Apr 24, 2018
      Boat Type: Power
      LOA: 40′
      Draft: 4.0′
      Rating: 4-Stars

      Yes this place costs more (but not outrageous). But the location can’t be beat if you want to see Southport, or just eat out. 

      If you arrive when the dock crew is there, you are in luck as the guys are the best and very skilled. They try to leave the south facing open till the last as it is easiest to get into unassisted if the dock crew have gone home. This spot can be a little rocky as it is open to the ICW and the south breeze, so use use a few extra bumpers for a peaceful night.

      The laundry was clean and working. Wifi at the end of the dock was weak, but OK up by the laundry (if you want to stream a movie while the cloths cycle through the wash.)

      Wifi strength was only complaint.

      Jean ColemanMakin Memories, Apr 27, 2018
      Boat Type: Power
      LOA: 41′
      Draft: 3.5′
      Rating: 5-Stars
       
      Not only is this marina well appointed and close to town, the staff is amazingly helpful. Not to be missed is a FREE seminar each night on what to expect in navigating the Cape Fear River and the ICW up to Norfolk. Hank gives full weather forecasts and areas to beware of for your trip. These seminars are every night for two weeks in the spring and again in the fall.
      Thank you for all the positive feedback from our slip holders and transient customers we have been receiving on Active Captain, Waterway Guide, and Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net…please continue to let us know how we are doing!
       
       
       
      Looking for a great location
      to have your event this year? 
      Winter Bourbon Smash
      1/2 cup ice (plus more for serving)
      2 Tbsp preserves or jam of choice (we went with organic raspberry)
      2 Tbsp bourbon
      1 Tbsp triple sec
      2-3 Tbsp orange juice
      Orange segments
      A splash of club soda brightens it up
       
      Add ice, preserves, bourbon, triple sec and orange juice to a shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
      Pour into serving glass with a few ice cubes and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with orange slices and enjoy. Repeat for more drinks.
       
      Southport Marina
      supports our Maritime Museum. 
      The NC Maritime Museum at Southport branch focuses on the maritime history of the lower Cape Fear River. The permanent exhibits and educational programming focus on fisheries, shipwrecks, hurricanes, and military conflicts ranging from piracy to World War II.
      Start the year off clean!
      Join in the first Saturday of every month for “This is our Town” Cleanup.
       
      We are Proud to Announce Southport Marina has continued its efforts in being recognized as a “Clean Marina”! Click the NC Clean Marina Logo to find out how you can help!
       
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      Interested in Dry Storage?
       Very limited space remaining!
       

            

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      We Proudly Sell ValvTect Marine Fuel!!
       We are honored to have been named 2014 ValvTect Marina of the Year, and take pride in selling ValvTect Marine Fuel!!  
       
      “ValvTect Marine Gasoline is “specially formulated” for marine engines and is designed to prevent the problems of ethanol gasoline, such as phase separation, moisture, poor stability and the formation of power-robbing carbon deposits.”
       
      “ValvTect Marine Premium Diesel contains BioGuard™ biocide, lubricity improver, water dispersant, corrosion inhibitor and fuel stabilizer and is specifically formulated to prevent problems caused by the reduction of sulfur content.”
       
      Information found at www.valvtect.com

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      About Southport Marina

      Southport Marina is a full service marina, spectacularly located where the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River & the Atlantic Ocean meet.  Offering in-water slips, dry stack and hurricane protected storage, it is one of the most amenity-laden marinas on the East Coast.  Close to the quaint & historic town of Southport, the marina is a natural stop for sailors and boaters traveling from Maine to Florida.

       

      For more information contact Hank Whitley at:

       hank@southport-marina.com

       www.southport-marina.com

       910-457-9900

       
       
       

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    • What to See and Do in Dry Tortugas National Park


      A very interesting and informative article on Dry Tortugas National Park by Pete Brahan.

       

      What to See and Do in Dry Tortugas National Park
      Pete Brahan
      Just Go Travel Studios, LLC
      www.justgotravelstudios.com

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      1. Curtis Hoff -  January 17, 2020 - 9:39 am

        If you ever get the chance, cruising to the Dry Tortugas is a great adventure, especially if you like history and anchoring in unique locations. It is a full-day cruise from Key West so make sure you have a good weather window both ways. There are also no services so also make sure you have enough fuel, water and supplies. We found holding to be good in a sandy bottom. Depending on the day, the anchorage can get crowded. We have been there with probably 15+ boats and also all by ourselves a few days later once the weather improved. The history of Fort Jefferson is fascinating and well worth the trip out there – a few tidbits, it is considered the 'Manhatten Project' of the 1800s and all the brick came from New England. Here is a link to National Park Services website regarding anchoring and moorings:: https://www.nps.gov/drto/planyourvisit/drtoboatpermitsandmooringbuoys.htm

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    • NOAA Navigational Services Quarterly Newsletter

      Reminder that comments on ending printed chart publication are due Feb 1; see NOAA Seeks Comments on Ending Paper Chart Publication.

       
      January 14, 2020
      NOAA Navigation Services Newsletter banner
       
      Quarterly Newsletter
       
      NOAA seeks public comment on ending production of traditional paper nautical charts
      NOAA cartographers review a traditional printed nautical chart.
      NOAA is initiating a five-year process to end all traditional paper nautical chart production and is seeking the public’s feedback via a Federal Register Notice published on November 15, 2019. Chart users, companies that provide products and services based on NOAA raster and electronic navigational chart (NOAA ENC®) products, and other stakeholders can help shape the manner and timing in which the product sunsetting process will proceed. Comments may be submitted through NOAA’s online ASSIST feedback tool. The comment period ends on February 1, 2020.
       
       
      NOAA field crew works through the night to repair bridge clearance sensors
      Ravenel Bridge, South Carolina.
      A NOAA field crew traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to perform maintenance on the air gap sensors located on the Don Holt and Ravenel bridges. These stations provide critical real-time under-bridge clearance data, and in conjunction with the nearby meteorological and water level stations, provide ship captains and pilots with invaluable information. South Carolina Department of Transportation regulations require that all bridge work that requires lane closures be conducted at night after 9 p.m., leaving the crew to navigate the repairs in the dark. Despite the challenging nature of this maintenance trip, the team completed the work in a smooth, safe, and timely manner. NOAA has 18 bridge clearance systems across its network of 33 Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems (PORTS) in the U.S.
      NOAA Nav-cast poster.
       
      Nav-cast recording available: How to obtain NOAA ENC-based paper nautical charts
       
      Did you miss NOAA’s recent Nav-cast: How to obtain ENC-based paper nautical charts after NOAA ends production of traditional paper charts? The Nav-cast discussed the decision and timeline to sunset raster charts and provided a demonstration of the NOAA Custom Chart Application prototype. You can listen to the recorded presentation or review the slides and transcript. NOAA Nav-cast is a quarterly webinar series that highlights the tools and trends of NOAA navigation services.
       
       
      Great Lakes water level station survives winter storm
      Damage to the area surrounding the Holland, Michigan, water level station.
      A massive storm that caused near-record storm surge along Michigan’s west coast on November 27, was no match for NOAA’s water level station located near Holland, Michigan. The storm caused significant damage along the coast, but the NOAA station never stopped disseminating data. There was some damage to the surrounding infrastructure, but the station continued to provide important water level data throughout the duration of the storm. Stations in the Great Lakes are part of the National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON), a permanent observing system of more than 200 water level gauges throughout the U.S. and its territories. NWLON is the source for accurate real-time and historical water levels for governments, the commercial navigation sector, and recreational users.
      Overview of multibeam and side scan sonar data overlaid on chart 11329.
      While many are aware that hurricanes can inflict costly damage when they make landfall, tropical storms and depressions are not to be underestimated. Tropical Depression Imelda moved over the Texas coast in mid-September producing heavy rain and causing extensive flooding. Nine barges broke free from their mooring on the San Jacinto River and two of these barges hit the Interstate 10 bridge in Lynchburg, Texas. At the request of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Houston-Galveston, NOAA’s navigation response team was called in for rapid hydrographic survey response. The Lynchburg section of the San Jacinto River is a heavily-used mooring area for barges and tugs making their way in and out of the Houston Ship Channel. After the channel was surveyed and the damage assessed, the Captain of the Port allowed vessel traffic to transit the area with restrictions. Authorities also partially reopened the bridge for commuter vehicle traffic.
       
       
      Great Lakes Coordinating Committee meets to update international vertical reference system
       
      The Coordinating Committee on Great Lakes Basic Hydraulic and Hydrologic Data held their 107th meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland. NOAA is working with Canadian counterparts on this committee to update the International Great Lakes Datum (IGLD), a common vertical water level reference datum. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River System, one of the world’s largest freshwater resources, is shared by the U.S. and Canada. Management of this shared resource requires a common elevation reference surface, or datum, from which to measure its water levels. Due to the gradual rising of the Earth’s crust from receding glaciers, the IGLD must be adjusted every 25-30 years. This updated reference system is critical for safe and efficient navigation, shoreline development, and habitat preservation in the Great Lakes. An updated IGLD (2020) datum is due to be released in 2025. Click here for more information on the IGLD update.
       
      STAY CONNECTED
       
      NOAA | 1315 East-West HighwaySilver Spring, MD 20910

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    • Coastal Resources Division to Host Presentation on Coastal Resiliency, Jan 28, Brunswick, GA

      This presentation is in the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center, 1 Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520. It’s in the northeast corner of the parking lot at the DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters near the Sidney Lanier Bridge.

      CRD to host presentation on coastal resiliency

      BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Jan. 10, 2020) — The Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources invites the public to attend a presentation on coastal resiliency at noon Jan. 28.

      Analie Barnett, a landscape ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, will present on “Identifying Resilient Coastal Sites for Conservation in the South Atlantic” at the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center, One Conservation Way in Brunswick.

      Coastal sites vary widely in their ability to accommodate rising seas, based on inherent natural features and the degree of human influence on key ecological processes. Scientists from The Nature Conservancy evaluated over 1,200 coastal sites in the South Atlantic for their capacity to sustain biodiversity and natural services under increasing sea levels.

      Each site received a resilience “score” based on the likelihood that its coastal habitats can and will migrate to adjacent lowlands. With no action, the region could experience an estimated 77% loss of existing tidal habitats to severe inundation. However, there are many sites where tidal habitats could increase and expand through landward migration, reversing this trend.

      With conservation and management, these resilient sites have the potential to offset almost 80% of the estimated tidal habitat loss, providing critical habitat for birds and other wildlife, and buffering communities from the effects of storms and floods. Conservation of these resilient sites is critical if we are to sustain nature’s diversity and benefits into the future.

      This presentation will provide an overview of TNC’s approach to identifying resilient coastal sites in the South Atlantic, examine the results, and show different ways the results can be used, such as to prioritize land acquisition, identify areas for restoration, and find roads that may fragment future marsh areas. Results and potential applications will focus on Georgia’s coastal sites with some regional perspectives for context.

      About the speaker

      Analie Barnett is a Landscape Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Conservation Science team and is based in Atlanta, Ga. She has been with the Conservancy for thirteen years. Barnett has expertise in geospatial analysis, multivariate analysis, landscape ecology, and conservation planning. She holds a Master of Environmental Management with a focus on conservation science from Duke University and received her B.A. from Austin College in Economics and Literature.

      Barnett works on a variety of coastal, terrestrial, and freshwater projects in the Eastern U.S. that incorporate spatial and statistical analysis to inform conservation planning and natural resource management at large geographic scales. Recent projects include identification of coastal sites expected to be resilient to climate change in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, U.S., multivariate analysis of long-term vegetation data to assess the effectiveness of longleaf pine management on military lands, ecosystem services assessment of bottomland hardwood reforestation scenarios in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, and spatial analysis to identify priority marine areas in the South Atlantic Bight. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including BioScience, Ecological Applications and Plant Ecology.

      More information

      Anyone with questions can contact CRD’s communications specialist, Tyler Jones, at 912-262-3140 or tyler.jones@dnr.ga.gov.

      Above photo by Ben Galland.

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    • AICW Seminar by Wally Moran, Toronto Boat Show, January 25

      Experienced yachtsman, author of numerous cruising blogs and frequent contributor to Cruisers Net, Wally Moran offers his years of advice to boaters considering cruising the Waterway.
       
      For those going to the Toronto Boat Show, and considering going south – I am presenting a four hour seminar on cruising south from the Great Lakes to Miami via the ICW. In this seminar, I cover every possible issue you will need to know to make the trip safely, comfortably AND enjoyably.
      For more information and to register for this seminar, click the link below. https://torontoboatshow.com/education/premium-seminars/
      We’ll see you at the show.

      Wally Moran
      Author of The Un-Adult A-Rated Wally – get your copy at https://www.seaworthy.com/product-p/978-1-948494-11-3.htm
      Keep up to date with the best information available…
      http://bloggingtheICW.blogspot.com – Fun, informative and professionally written cruising blog
      http://facebook.com/groups/sailorsandcruisers – spam free, troll free, “best Cruising Website on the Net”
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/SailingandCruisingCuba/ – interested in cruising Cuba? Here are the answers!

      North Channel Sailing
      Charters, Training, Deliveries
      Great Lakes through the Caribbean
      Cruising Seminars/Talks for Groups
      Associate Member, Boating Writers International
      (phone number available, please email)

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    • Fishermen’s Village February Calendar of Events/Entertainment, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, especially during the Winter. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor.

      Click here for

      February Calendar of Events/Entertainment 

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

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

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

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

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

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, January 13, 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 13, 2020
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Monday, January 13th
       
      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.
       
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, January 14th
       
      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 14th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      French Club 
      Tuesday, January 14th
       
      12:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Come practice speaking French in a relaxed atmosphere with others who are actively learning the language.
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, January 14th
       
      6 p.m. Social / 6:30 p.m. Dinner
      Gulfport Lions Club
       
      Second & fourth Tuesday’s every month
      For more information, contact Rob Vincent by email at tbirdrob@yahoo.com
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, January 14th
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
      Body Movement & Being
      Wednesday, January 15th
       
      11:30 a.m.
       
      Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S.
       
      How is this class unique? It reminds one of yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais and maybe other practices and yet it is not. It does not focus on repetition of a set of exercises. The classes are built on a flow of movement with a main theme that develops and finds connections in the body that make sense for more efficient movement. Words do not do it justice; it has to be experienced within the body. Is it easy? Not really. Is it too hard? Absolutely not. 
       
      This class will focus on attention as we work, coupled with body awareness, allows us to find pathways for movement that re-balance our system. It is a study about our own patterns of movement which we can change to make more sense to the system. 
       
      Classes are slower than most classes, which allows us time to find the connection, pay attention and concentrate on the center and the core of the body. No mindless repetition, but a strong mind-body connection. 
       
      We allow movement to flow, progressing in a circular motion so as to follow the shape of the joints, utilizing breath, imagery and intention while we work. All that puts us on the plan toward attaining new levels of wellness.
      Wisdom Healing Qigong 
      Wednesday, January 15th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S.
       
      Join me in the search for wisdom, fulfillment and inner joy. We will make this happen through sound healing, gentle-meditative movements and inner smiles. 
       
      This class will be most warm and loving to ourselves and others. So please join me for a magical hour of happinessl Barbara Newborn 
       
      Swing Night w/ Swing Time
      Wednesday, January 15th
      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!
       
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, January 15, 2019
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      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
      Lunch & Learn: presented by
      Author Ellen M. Levy
      Thursday, January 16th
       
      Noon – 1 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      The event is free and open to the public. Attendance by adults only is suggested. Attendees are invited to bring their own “brown bag” lunch and beverages.
       
      Novel “Romance at Stonegate”: Think about the challenges you faced when coming out and then imagine what it might have been like in Post-Victorian America. Deborah and Miriam are two young girls who fall in love in 1910 who deal with religious oppression and isolation. They must hide their relationship from their friends and families while dealing with the intense pull of young love.
       
      Ellen Levy, appearing in period costume, will draw you into their 1910 world. She promises a rich discussion of the challenges of being a lesbian in an era that is not ready for them. You will fall in love with these courageous young women. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.
       
      For more information about the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Library visit www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. or email LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, January 16th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, January 16th
       
      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
      Gulfport Community Players Present “Orange Belt Railroad”
      January 16-19
       
      Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m.
      Saturday – Sunday 2 p.m.
       
      Peter Demens, a Russian immigrant and small town businessman, takes a dilapidated railroad in payment for a debt and, sets out to build a railroad stretching across Florida. Like a cat with nine lives, each time the railroad’s end is near, Demens strikes a new deal to keep things going.
       
      • Tickets $18 online + $1.50 fee(credit card)
      • Tickets $18 at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar – cash only/no credit cards.
      • $20 lobby (cash only) – 1 hour before show time
      • General admission, no assigned seating.
      • Arrive at the theater 30 minutes before show time for choice of seats.
      • We do not accept telephone reservations.
       
       
      City of Gulfport’s Arbor Day
      Friday, January 17th
       
      3:45 p.m.
      Tomlinson Park, 19th Ave. S. & 54th St. S.
       
      We invite everyone to attend Arbor Day to share their commitment to environmental stewardship for a special tree planting.
       
      For more information, please call 727-893-1118. All are welcome!
      3rd Friday Sock Hop w/ the Legendary IMPACS
      Friday, January 17th
       
      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 Lions Club Shrimp Boil
      Saturday, January 18th
       
      4 – 7 p.m.
      Gulfport Lions Club, 4630 Tifton Drive S.
       
      The Gulfport Lions invite the public to join us for dinner on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay on Saturday, January 18th from 4-7 pm. We will be serving ½ pound of boiled shrimp, coleslaw, hush puppies, dirty rice, and baked beans for $14. A children’s menu is also available.
       
      We will be serving coffee and tea that’s included in the dinner price along with available soft drinks and bottled water for $1. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverages.
       
      When you come and support this fund raising activity, you are doing much to help the Lions help those who are in need. Gulfport Lions is a service organization, meeting the many needs of those less fortunate. Organizations that are supported are the Gulfport Police Christmas Program, Senior Center Food Pantry, youth sports, Conklin Center for the Blind, SE Guide Dogs, Lions Eye and Tissue Bank, and the local chapter sight foundation. Additionally the Lions support eye and glaucoma exams and treatments for qualified Gulfport residents.
       
      We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your generous support!
       
      Third Saturday Art Walk
      Saturday, January 18th
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
       
      Visit Gulfport Florida for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps at VisitGulfportFlorida.com and chart your course to our beachfront town!
       
      Shop for local art along Beach Blvd, visit a gallery, catch a live local band and dine at one of the locally owned restaurants along Beach & Shore Blvd’s.
       
      The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, produced by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.
       
      There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. 
       
      For general event information, visit www.facebook.com/GulfportArtGalleryWalkwww.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, January 21st
       
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      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
       
       
      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.
      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 https://gulfportreadout2020.brownpapertickets.com/
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, February 4th
       
      6 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
       
       
      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.
       
      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.
       
      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.
      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!
      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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