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    • LNM: Live-Fire Drills Continue, August 26-30, Neuse River near AICW Statute Mile 185.


      Hancock Creek and Cherry Point lie on the south side of the Neuse River west of the Waterway’s intersection with Adams Creek at Mile 185. Cruisers traveling upstream to New Bern should favor the north shore and expect to encounter some military traffic and possible delays. These on-going exercises were begun in mid-May.


      1. REQUEST THAT THIS NOTICE BE BROADCAST DAILY DURING THE SUBJECT WEEK.
      2. FIRING EXERCISES HAZARDOUS TO SURFACE VESSELS WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING THE FOLLOWING TIMES AND LOCATIONS IN THE CPOA DURING THE SUBJECT WEEK:
      DATE TIME (LOCAL) SURFACE GRIDS AREA BOUND BY
      —- ———— ————- ————-
      26-30 AUG 0000-2400 17 34-04N1 077-07W1
      34-17N5 076-45W2
      33-49N9 076-30W6
      33-33N2 076-55W3

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    • Fallen Tree and Obstruction, Statute Miles 37.6 and 40.8, Pasquatank River, AICW Alternate Route


      Fallen trees and debris are almost a daily occurrence in the waters of the Dismal Swamp Canal and in the Pasquatank River south of South Mills Lock at the southern end of the canal. The US Army Corp of Engineers is normally quick to clear any obstruction actually blocking navigation, but you should approach these two spots with caution in case the obstructions have not been cleared. Our thanks to Blades Robinson for this notice.

      Great Dismal Swamp Canal [Pasquatank River] / MM 37.6 / Tree partially obstructing waterway
      A pine tree has fallen and is obstructing 50% of the canal at MM 37.6 N 36*23.236 W 076*16.221

      Great Dismal Swamp Canal [Pasquatank River] / MM 40.8 / Obstruction
      There is a partially submerged piling or tree in the waterway near the Dismal Swamp MM 40.8. Mariners use caution.

      Blades Robinson

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    • Southeast Marine Fuel Best Price Summary as of Aug 21

      This week’s lowest current marina fuel prices as of Aug 21
              Diesel Range: $2.23 to $3.60 Lowest @ New River Marina in (North Carolina)
              Gas Range: $2.46 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 $2.23 to $3.93)

      $2.23 New River Marina (08/19)
      $2.38 Morehead Gulf Docks (08/19)
      $2.44 Mandarin Holiday Marina (08/19)

      Lowest By Region

      Virginia to North Carolina (Price Range $2.59 to $3.23)

      $2.59 Top Rack Marina (08/19)
      $2.65 Atlantic Yacht Basin (08/19)
      $2.80 Portsmouth Boating Center (08/19)

       

      North Carolina (Price Range $2.23 to $3.60)

      $2.23 New River Marina (08/19)
      $2.38 Morehead Gulf Docks (08/19)
      $2.52 Dudley’s Marina (08/19)

       

      South Carolina (Price Range $2.45 to $3.55)

      $2.45 Leland Oil Company (08/19)
      $2.58 Osprey Marina (08/19)
      $2.62 Myrtle Beach Yacht Club (08/19)

       

      Georgia (Price Range $2.69 to $3.80)

       

      Eastern Florida (Price Range $2.49 to $3.85)

      $2.49 Sands Harbor Resort and Marina (08/20)
      $2.50 LukFuel (08/20)
      $2.75 Anchor Petroleum (08/20)

       

      St Johns River (Price Range $2.44 to $3.59)

       

      Florida Keyes (Price Range $2.92 to $3.93)

      $2.92 Keys Fisheries Market & Marina (08/19)
      $2.98 Sunset Marina (08/19)
      $2.99 A & B Marina (08/19)

       

      Western Florida (Price Range $2.73 to $3.75)

      $2.73 A-1 Fuel Service (08/20)
      $2.85 Gasparilla Marina (08/20)
      $2.86 F&Y, Inc (08/20)

       

      Okeechobee (Price Range $3.12 to $3.71)

       

      Northern Gulf (Price Range $2.65 to $2.82)

       

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    • Albemarle Loop Snowbird Layover Special, Albemarle Sound, NC

      North Carolina's Albemarle Loop (AL) provides the boating public with an exciting opportunity to cruise and explore the protected waters of historic Albemarle Sound

      Albemarle Loop

      Whether you are traveling north or south, the rivers and communities that frame the Albemarle Sound are inviting you to explore their shores and experience their warm southern hospitality. A community of marine businesses and historical locations, several of whom are CRUISERS NET SPONSORS, located on and around the Albemarle Sound of North Carolina, have organized to serve boaters through the Albemarle Loop. For more, see FOCUS ON Albemarle Loop

      Snowbird Alert!
      By Claude Milot

      By some estimates, as many as 7,000 boaters sail the ICW between points north and Florida every year. When the weather turns cold in the fall, some can’t wait to leave New York or New England and head south.

      The problem is, because of the hurricane season, insurance companies won’t cover boaters past Hatteras until November 1st. Rather than linger in cold waters, many boaters who have already begun their trek south will seek temporary anchorage in the Carolinas. And this has created an opportunity for Albemarle Sound marinas to provide a practical solution for these boaters, as the Albemarle Sound happens ideally to be the half-way point between, say, New York and Miami, a perfect place to linger in October while awaiting November 1st.

      Three marinas on the Sound are participating in Snowbird Layover, a program specially designed to benefit ICW boaters: Columbia Municipal Marina, Edenton Harbor, and Albemarle Plantation Marina.

      ICW boaters will be able to tie up in Columbia—slippage free—for two weeks prior to November 1st. Main Street has shops and restaurants, and Pocosin Arts, a gallery and teaching studio that has been offering programs and workshops since 1995. Nearby are the headquarters and wildlife exhibits of Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge, as well as the start of the ¾ mile Scuppernong River Interpretive Trail.

      Edenton Harbor offers one week of free slippage to ICW boaters who can use that time to experience this living monument to the colonial era. North Carolina’s first capital is noted for its authentic architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors can take walking tours or guided trolley tours of the historic district or take a leisurely walk along tree-lined streets to soak up the beauty and charm of “the prettiest town in the south.”

      From October 15th to December 1st Albemarle Plantation Marina will offer two weeks of free slippage to ICW boaters pausing on their migration south. Albemarle Plantation is a resort with a wide variety of amenities available to visiting boaters. It has two restaurants, the Clubhouse Restaurant for fine dining, and the more casual Dockside, famous for its wood-fired pizza oven. It also has the challenging championship Dan Maples golf course, with discounted greens fees for boaters. Also available to guests are walking trails, tennis courts, a fully equipped exercise room, and the best bocce courts in North Carolina.

      The welcome sign is out at Columbia, Edenton, and Albemarle Plantation for ICW migrants needing a great place to hang out before November 1st. Come on down!

      SNOWBIRD LAYOVER SPECIALS
      ALBEMARLE PLANTATION VIDEO
      EDENTON HARBOR VIDEO
      COLUMBIA DOCKS VIDEO

      Additional Information at:
      ALBEMARLE LOOP

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Albemarle Plantation Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Albemarle Plantation Marina

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Columbia City Docks

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Columbia City Docks

       

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    • IMPORTANT: Public Meeting on Florida’s Rule Marking Process, September 4, St. Augustine, FL

      As seen in the recent uproar over Georgia’s rule making process re anchoring in the waters of the Waterway, the formula by which a law enforcement officer makes a determination about the seaworthiness of your boat becomes critical if you intend to anchor in Florida.

      Notice of Public Meeting

      The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Division of Law Enforcement, will be holding meetings to seek the input of the public in the process of rulemaking. Per direction of the Florida Legislature, FWC will be seeking public input on developing the process that law enforcement officers use to determine that a vessel has an “effective means of propulsion for safe navigation.” This rule will allow a law enforcement officer to conduct an evaluation of a vessel’s propulsion capabilities to determine whether or not the vessel is at risk of becoming derelict. This evaluation process will be part of s 327.4107, F.S., through incorporation by rule.

      Please see the dates and times scheduled for these public meetings below:

      September 4, 2019           St. Augustine City Commission Chambers 5:30pm – 6:30pm, 75 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32085

       

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    • LNM: Construction Zone, Western Shoulder of Hatteras Inlet, Pamlico Sound, NC


      This construction is on the northwest tip of Ocracoke Island off the western shoulder of Hatteras Inlet. No wake speed requested.


      SEC NC BNM 311-19

      NORTH CAROLINA – HATTERAS INLET – CONSTRUCTION AREA

      MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT NCDOT WILL BE PERFORMING CONSTRUCTION WORK IN HATTERAS INLET ON THE SHORELINE NEAR THE OCRACOKE NORTH FERRY TERMINAL AT APPROXIMATE LOCATION 35-11’29″N 075-46’48″W. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL AT NO WAKE SPEEDS AND USE CAUTION WHILE NAVIGATING THIS AREA.

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, August 19, 2019, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       
      Week of August 19, 2019
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      Health Talks w/ Humana
      Monday, August 19th
       
      10:30 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
      Healthy Cooking Class
      Monday, August 19th
       
      3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, August 20th
       
      Every Tuesday
      9 am – 2 pm
      Gulfport Fresh Market on Beach Blvd. S.
       
      The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, located along Beach Blvd. in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront Arts District, is open year-round, from 9 am – 2 pm.
       
      With a roster of over 70 vendors, you will find a wide variety of products, including but not limited to, ready-to-eat and take-home foods, fresh produce, plants, herbs, jewelry, teas, art, clothing and live music.
       
       
       
      Ballroom Dance
      Tuesday, August 20th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 pm – 3 pm
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      French Club 
      Tuesday, August 20th
       
      12:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Come practice speaking French in a relaxed atmosphere with others who are actively learning the language.
       
       
      Popcorn and a Movie
      Tuesday, August 20th
       
      1 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
       
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, August 20th
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 pm – 11 pm
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, August 20th
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
       
       
      Let’s Go To Morocco
      Wednesday, August 21st
       
      2 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Swing Night w/ Swing Time
      Wednesday, August 21st
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, withBalboa Lesson 6-7 pmSwing 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.
       
      Balboa lessons happen Wednesdays in August, 6-7 pm, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night. Learn Balboa, one of the top dances in the swing world…and if you already know Balboa, take these lessons to practice, to add to your repertoire, and to increase your Balboa skills. Instructor Sam presents three upcoming one-hour classes in Balboa, one each Wednesday. Each class covers different moves, steps, and topics in Balboa dancing. No prior experience needed. 
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, August 21, 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
       
      Out to Lunch Bunch – Cafe de Paris Bakery
      Thursday, August 22nd
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      $6 for GEMS Members
      $10 for Non-GEMS Members
      (Price includes: Round-trip transportation and parking. Meals paid for separately.)
       
      Parisian style café and bakery, family owned and operated since 2003. All items made fresh daily in house using no preservatives!
       
      Senior Center registration required. however, there is no need to be a GEMS member to enjoy these exciting Gulfport Getaways. Call 727-8943-2242 for more information and to reserve your seat. Trips are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.
       
       
       
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, August 22nd
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $8 admission
      Coffee w/ a Cop & Councilmember
      Saturday, August 24th
       
      11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
       
      Jax In & Out Neighborhood Cafe, 4928 Gulfport Blvd. S.
       
      Visit Jax In & Out Neighborhood Cafe while smelling the fine aroma of fresh brewed coffee along with casual conversation. This event is hosted by Community Resource Officer Zack Mills with special guest, Vice Mayor Paul Ray. The chat and coffee will occur on Saturday, August 24th between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 4928 Gulfport Blvd. S. As always during Coffee with a Cop, there is plenty of socializing and meeting old and new friends.
      11th Annual GeckoBall
      Saturday, August 24th
       
      6 – 11 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      The 11th Annual Gecko Ball has become known as Gulfport’s party of the year! In addition to the live auction of the artist’s geckos, the event includes dozens of silent auction items, costume contests, the annual coronation of the Gecko Queen, catered tapas, cash bar, live music, dancing and more.
       
      The Gecko Ball will be held at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Blvd.) on Saturday, August 24th from 6 – 11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Blvd. S.) and online at www.VisitGulfportFlorida.com.
       
       
      50’s Dance Party
      Sunday, August 25th
       
      6 – 10 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      $8 admission
       
      Put on your blue suede shoes & poodle skirts and come join the fun!
       
      Upcoming Events
      Cats vs Dogs Pop-Up Show
      Tuesday, August 27th
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      $4 for GEMS Members
      $8 for Non-GEMS Members
      (Price includes: Round-trip transportation and parking. Meals paid for separately.)
       
      Morean Arts Center and Hermitage Apartment Homes are partnering to bring recognition to our local artists. This Opportunity Pop-Up is titled Cats vs Dogs.
       
      Senior Center registration required. however, there is no need to be a GEMS member to enjoy these exciting Gulfport Getaways. Call 727-8943-2242 for more information and to reserve your seat. Trips are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.
       
      Lunch at The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge, www.thehangarstpete.com
       
       
      Gulfcoast Legal Services
      Tuesday, August 27th
       
      1 – 5 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, August 27th
       
      6 p.m. Social / 6:30 p.m. Dinner
      Gulfport Lions Club
      4630 Tifton Dr. S.
       
      Second & fourth Tuesday’s every month
      For more information, contact Rob Vincent by email at tbirdrob@yahoo.com
       
       
       
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, August 28, 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
       
      19th Annual GeckoFest
      Saturday, August 31st
       
      10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
       
      Downtown Gulfport Waterfront District
      Beach Blvd. / Shore to 28th
       
      The 19th Annual Gulfport GeckoFest promises a full day of free family-friendly fun on Saturday, August 31st from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. GeckoFest is preceded each year by the Gecko Art Show, Gecko Crawl and Gecko Ball. Events are hosted by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association. Free parking and admission. Pet and family friendly.
       
      2019 THEME: “Gecko’s of the Round Table” In the legend, the Knights (AKA: Geckos) are an order in the service of Arthur, tasked with ensuring the peace of the kingdom and sometimes also charged with leading the quest for the Holy Grail. The Round Table at which they met was created to have no head or foot, representing the equality of all the members.
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, September 3rd
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
      Opening Art Reception & Exhibit
      Friday, September 6th
      6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
       
      Everyone is invited to a free Opening Art Reception & Exhibit featuring the works of Caci Garau and Pequeeta Renfroe in the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S. at 6 p.m. Friday, September 6. The exhibit will remain on display through September 30.
       
      Caci Garau recently concluded a rewarding professional career as a Registered Nurse of 40 years. Along her journey, art has always been her passion, and now that she’s retired she’s been able to pursue her inner creative dream. She uses oil paints as her medium and prints copies of some of her work.
       
      For more information, please contact Caci Garau at 727-641-6720.
       
      Pequeeta Renfroe of Artistic Creations by Pequeeta, retired home decorating consultant, began painting in acrylics then oils but soon realized how many talented artists there are in that field. She was excited to discover resin art where she could incorporate acrylics, mica powders, etc. and with the use of a heat gun and torch was able to create beautiful one of a kind works of art. This not only gave her a release for her creative juices but touched her heart when people tell her how much they love her pieces.
       
      For more information, please contact Pequeeta at 727-512-2586 orpeteysdesigns@hotmail.com.
      First Friday Art Walk
      Friday, September 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/GulfportArtGalleryWalk,www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.
      Friday, September 6th
      8 – 9:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. 
       
      Sure, everyone’s heard of the ghost at the Peninsula, but what about other hauntings in Gulfport? Join one of our spirits as they lead you on a ghostly tour through Gulfport’s history. This tour was created by Deborah Frethem, who wrote the book “literally” on haunted Gulfport. Your ticket price benefits the Gulfport Historical Society, the nonprofit that runs the Gulfport History Museum, offers porch parties and can help research your home’s history.
       
      We have a water cooler at the museum; please bring your refillable bottle to fill up before the tour. Thanks for supporting local history and preservation efforts!
       
      This tour is free for Gulfport Historical Society members and $10 for everyone else. Members MUST register for the tour, and please make sure you have your photo ID and membership card on hand the night of the tour. Tickets can be purchased atwww.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org.
       
      For more information, please visit: www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org or call 727-201-8687.
      International Dance Class w/
      Carol Baker & Paul Kirk
      Monday, September 9th
       
      7 – 9:30 p.m.
      Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S. 
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
      Dances are world wide, and show great popularity! Come and Join the International Dance Class on Monday evening the second week in September. Instructor Paul Kirk will be instructing a World Class Standard of Ballroom Dancing. Techniques and the Philosophical approach will bring about a new and fresh beginning, especially when it comes from the Champions of the World!
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, September 11, 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
       
      Oscar Wilde in “THE HAPPY PRINCE” NEXT IN LGBTQ FILM SERIES
      Thursday, September 12th
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, September 12 with a portrayal of Oscar Wilde in THE HAPPY PRINCE. 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 THE HAPPY PRINCE (2018): Oscar Wilde lies on his deathbed and recalls his past with wit and irony. Was he once the most famous man in London? He reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long-suffering wife, the ensuing reprisal of his love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the devotion of Robbie Ross, who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris, Oscar is a penniless vagabond, shunned by his old acquaintances, but still revered by a strange group of outlaws to whom he tells the old stories – his incomparable talent still sharp. Starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. “A resounding and artistic film.” (El Pais) (Rated R; adults only suggested)
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center and the Library on the web at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. Or contact the LGBTQ Resource Center by email to LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, September 13th
      is Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino. Dance 8 pm-midnight to the best in Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, featuring an exciting mix of retro & modern dance music, great for a variety of partner dances (Hustle, Swing, West-Coast, Blues, Fusion, etc) plus group, line, and freestyle dancing! Arrive early for a Swing Lesson 7-8 pm. Just $10 includes the dance AND the lesson. Students get $6 admission if they show up by 7 pm and take the lesson. Soul Night happens at the Gulfport Casino the 2nd Friday of every month. 
       
      DANCE LESSON 7-8 PM
       
      MUSIC & DANCING 8 PM-12
       
      All Ages~No Partners Needed~Doors Open 6:45 pm~Door Prizes~Cash Bar
       
      The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is one of the world’s top dance destinations, offering social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting. It features a rich history, a grand dance floor, a full bar, a smoke-free atmosphere, and free parking. The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is located in the St. Petersburg, Florida area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, September 19th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Thursday, September 19th
      7 – 9 p.m.
       
      Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. 
       
      Join the Gulfport Historical Society as they take a stroll through history in Gulfport. The tour examines the creation of this small seaside hamlet; the tour guides, all Gulfport locals with a penchant for history and storytelling, share the town’s history and stories with the group. The tour starts at the Gulfport History Museum where you can take a peek at some of their historic photos.
       
      Please note that this event is on our “summer schedule”, from May through September, we’ll be offering walking tours every third Thursday at 7 pm.
       
      Tour free for Gulfport Historical Society members. All others pay $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org. We have a water cooler at the museum; please bring your refillable bottle to fill up before the tour.
       
      These tours sell out, so advance ticket purchase is highly suggested. Members should pre-register to ensure they have a spot. We don’t love turning people away, but when the group gets too large it’s hard for everyone to hear our tour guides.
       
      For more information, please visit: www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org or call 727-201-8687.
       
       
      Contra Dance with Tampa Friends of Old Time Dance
      Sunday, September 22nd
       
      3:30 – 7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      $8 admission
       
       
      FREE Ride on the Gulfport
      Rays Trolley!
      Monday, September 23rd
       
      TB Rays vs. Boston Red Sox
      Monday, September 23 • 7:10 p.m. 
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Departure Loops Start:
      5 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino to First Pitch
      & 7th Inning Stretch to 10 p.m.
       
       
      Community Outreach
      WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN A BAND?
       
      WOULD YOU LIKE LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
       
      ARE YOU AN ADULT WHO IS NEW TO, OR RETURNING TO, WIND INSTRUMENTS?
       
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      Canoes became the personal transportation on the network of waterways, north to the St. Johns River along what is today the Intracoastal Waterway. Canoes might still be needed in some of the shallowest spots on the ICW!

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    • Sailing Injuries by Tony Pozun

      Tony Pozun is New York State Registered Professional Nurse, American Heart Association registered CPR first aid instructor and a retired Nassau County Police Officer/Detective Sergeant with 35 years of service. Tony is also an avid long distance sailor and a regular contributor to Cruisers Net. Thank you Tony!

      Sailing Injuries
      By Anthony Pozun, BS, RN.

      Anthony Pozun is a New York State registered professional nurse and former Detective Sgt., EMT, first aid basic and
      advanced courses’ instructor at the Nassau County police Academy. He is an American Heart assoc. BLS instructor. He is a current member and certified instructor for the United States power squadrons for sail and basic boating courses of instruction. He has been an avid boater and sailor for 50 years. He has sailed intensively on Long Island sound with his wife Barbara for the past 30 years. He has traveled and sailed the East Coast including the Intracoastal Waterway from Northport to Florida and the Bahamas and back again. He currently sails a Catalina C 400 Mystical Paradise, sailboat set up for long-term cruising. He has written many sails and first aid, articles, which have been published in many local and national boating periodicals.

      Sailing as a pastime, hobby or a full-time leisure activity, can be both fulfilling and enjoyable. A sailboat has many working parts necessary to convert wind into propulsion to use the sailboat. These many working parts need to be respected, and preplanning is essential in their usage. The many working parts and movement of these parts and the sailboat itself, can cause accidents, falls, collisions, which may lead to injury sometimes severe. But with a little bit of planning and forethought, before its usages, the sailboat and its many working parts, can be enjoyed without injury.

      This article will discuss the possible incidents and accidents, leading to injuries, and will give some suggestions for preplanning, prevention, commonsense rules, on dealing with the many working parts of a sailboat to prevent injuries.

      Additionally, at the end a basic primer on basic first aid including some of these of injuries will be discussed. These incidents include falling overboard, falling down hatches, falling, tripping on working lines and devices around the deck or cockpit. Hand and finger injuries as well as swinging boom injuries will be discussed. Running aground or hitting fixed objects will also be covered. Cooking aboard injuries, maintenance injuries, and seasickness although not a true injury, will be discussed. One overriding principle to be used to prevent accidents occurring, is to preplan in one owns mind what needs to be accomplished, how to do it, what can go wrong, how injury can be prevented.

      Being swept overboard is one of the most fatal injuries that can occur on a sailboat. But most overboard
      incidents can be avoided with the application of certain precepts. These include using a little common sense, some
      preplanning, caution and a thorough examination and assessment of one’s environment and surroundings. Put together this is all called prevention. The main thought of any person should be “stay on the boat”,” stay on the boat”,” stay on the boat”. Asking oneself to do I need to work on deck, what pitfalls are present, i.e. low or no lifelines, low freeboard, open transom, etc., that could lead to going overboard. All crew members working on the sailboat should at least wear a PFD, personal flotation device. A member alone on deck, at the helm, or a lone sailor, should always wear a PFD, with a safety harness and tether attached to the boat, because no one will see him or her being swept overboard. Mentally crewmembers or guests should obey the adage when moving about; “one hand for me, one hand for the boat”. They should move about low to the deck, slowly and purposely always keeping one hand attached to the boat. Because we cannot always prevent persons going overboard, certain safety equipment should be available on the sailboat. This may include main overboard poles, life rings, throw rings, floatable, cushions, A hoist, PFD’s with GPS locators, all items to assist retrieval of persons thrown overboard. Secondly, Captains and their crew should practice man overboard drills to see how it’s done, to deal with any issues that arise, so in a real incident they know what to do.

      Another serious incident is falling through open hatches and walkways. This can result in injuries ranging from
      contusions to serious fractures. Again, a little prevention through preplanning will help. The adage “one hand for me one hand the boat “must be observed. When moving about a moving or stationary boat one must move cautiously, slowly, and with purpose. Rushing about only causes injuries. Crew members or guests before sailing should study the locations of hatches, companion ways, and other openings which could cause a fall. Think before you move, move slowly, should be your mental condition. Owners of boats may mark those areas of danger with protective foam, and or highlight with bright colors or decals to warn others. A third incident that may occur is tripping and falling on deck fittings, lines and many devices used during sailing. These injuries include bruises, contusions and fractures to toes, feet, lower limbs and upper limbs from tripping and falling. Preplanning and Prevention is the key to prevent these injuries. First, study your environment, know what can trap or trip you i.e. lines, cleats, blocks, winches, and many other devices which may bite. Always move slowly purposely keeping one hand for you one hand for the boat. Always wear sturdy boat shoes or sneakers. Never move about the boat with sandals, Flip-flops, other loose footwear or barefoot. Think before you move, ask yourself is this necessary, and what can happen to me.

      A fourth type of incident which can lead to serious consequences is swinging boom accidents. The boom on a
      sailboat is constantly moving, is heavy and has a tremendous amount of force behind it. Injuries are many and include concussions to the head, injuries to the body and even being swept overboard. Crewmembers and passengers should always assess the possibility of being struck by the boom. Some prevention includes, not moving about, not standing up completely, and watching for accidental jibes or tacks which may cause accidental movement of the boom. Crew and guests should always listen to commands of the captain, during tacks and jibes, and only move about if it is necessary as part of their job. Before moving, think of what the task is, stay low, move slowly and purposely, again keeping the adage “one hand for me one for the boat.”

      Another incident which can cause serious injury is hitting another object, boat, fixed dock etc. or sandbar, which
      causes immediate stoppage of the boat. In these situations, persons may be thrown about. Injuries occurring from this include contusions, abrasions, fractures, concussions and many worse. Preplanning and prevention is the key to
      preventing these types of injuries. Always know where your boat is, what are my depths, where are the hazards I may
      encounter. Common sense and preplanning must always be used to control the direction and motion of the boat.
      Captains and crew must constantly be observant for these hazards and prepare to avoid them. Use of charts, maps,
      radar or sonar if available, previous knowledge or information should be diligently applied. If there is ever a question or unknown information which causes a dangerous condition, captain or crew should immediately slow or stop the boat, reassesses the situation and if necessary, contact, via radio persons that know the area and may help. The Coast Guard, Tow Boat US, Sea Tow, Harbormasters, or even local commercial fisherman are persons with a wealth of information about local areas unfamiliar to the boater. The avoiding of any object should be the focus of a crewmember or the captain.

      Cooking on a boat is not like cooking at home on a steady platform. Because of movement of boat, hot water,
      steam, flames, may move, surfaces may move, items may shift resulting in burns, cuts from knives, or appliances,
      injuries to body from movement. Preplanning and prevention may help know your environment; are there possible
      splashes of hot fluids, loose items, sharp edges, that will hurt me. Cruising crew should always think of what they are going to do, secure loose items, obtain necessary tools before they start. Always know the limits and capacities of cooking systems, danger or flame, spillage possibilities and other things that may injure. They should always know the location of emergency gas shutoff switches, fire extinguishers, and procedures of what to do in case of fire. Again, they should move slowly purposely and obey the adage one hand for me one hand for the boat. If cooking underway, person in galley should use available handholds and or be tied into secure locations to prevent falls.

      Seasickness although not a true injury, is an illness that can cause much dismay pain and discomfort as to
      ruin the crewmembers or guest day and/or trip. Often called motion sickness, mal de mar, “I want to die syndrome”,
      and many other terms, it can be a wrenching illness. It is caused by one’s brain and central nervous system receiving conflicting signals from the inner ear and the eyes. It can occur out on the ocean or on a calm day in a bay with devastating results. The symptoms may include dizziness; nausea; vomiting; painful stomach; balance problems; feeling of movement when there is none. Prevention before the onset of seasickness is perhaps the only cure. Medically there are medications and devices which may be taken including, Bonine Meclizine, Benadryl and others. Accu bands which create pressure on key pressure points on the wrist, have been known to prevent seasickness also. Avoiding heavy greasy meals before or during sailing, avoiding caffeine drinks, and avoiding those foods which is known in the past to cause sickness will help. While on board sit in the middle of the boat, keep your eyes open on the water and boat, keep busy if possible, hydrate with water, ginger ale, cola syrup, eat ginger cookies, saltines etc. Do not go below. Sometimes sleep can cure the illness. Often the only cure may be to get oneself on dry land. In any event prevention before the onset seems to be the most diligent cure.

      Because a sailboat as many working systems, maintenance is necessary. Performing maintenance can cause a myriad of injuries if not thought out ahead of time. First know your limitations; is this a job I can do for myself or left to professionals. Know your equipment engine parts and other moving parts i.e. blocks, lines, winches, electrical,
      booms. Moving or standing rigging can catch or hit body parts, causing simple to massive injuries. If there be a choice of working on Dynamic versus Stagnant machinery systems, working on stagnant, non-moving or non-charged systems is always preferred: Hands or other body parts may get caught in a moving engine; The charged Electrical system may cause serious burns; Rigging under load (which has tremendous release force capabilities) will cause serious injuries. Preplanning safety includes making sure these systems are all shut down and not under load. Plan move slowly and purposely. Have all tools available/ think before acting. Use extreme caution if it is necessary to work on Dynamic, moving or  systems, i.e. engine adjustments, electrical adjustments, rigging and sailing repairs. When working on boat on dry land be sure ladders are safe and secured to the boat. Be particularly slow and cautious on ladders, move slowly and cautiously as falls from heights to the ground may be catastrophic.

      Whether it be day sailing in the bay or cruising on the coast, sailing is an adventure. But it is a working adventure with an environment of many moving parts and systems. These working dynamic systems must be worked with and respected. The sailor must constantly assess and reassess his surroundings and actions to those surroundings, for to ignore them may lead to serious injury and more. Boat and crew preparation as well as planning is essential.
      Sailing can be rewarding and absent of accidents and incidents. Where sailors prepare their boat regards to
      safety, have a plan, know and using known safe techniques, use non-sense approaches, analyze tasks and move slowly, they will insure a safe and happy voyage. This true for the big ocean sailor, as well as for the small day sailor.

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