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    • Martin County Moments: Top 5 Martin County Activities, Stuart, FL


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

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

       

      November 2019

      In this article, we’ll take a closer look at 5 of the best activities you can do in Martin County. Hopefully, it’ll help you to plan your trip a little better and make the most of your visit!

      Top 5 Activities You Can Do in Martin County

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      Why spend another Christmas in the cold when you can soak up the sun and the season’s greetings in southern Florida? Click below to find out why the holidays are better in Martin County.

      Make sure to pack these must-haves for your first trip (or millionth) to Martin County!

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

       

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      2401 SE Monterey Road Stuart Fl 34996

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    • LNM: Great Bridge Bridge Closed to Navigation, 4-6 PM, 8-10PM, Dec 7, AICW Statute Mile 12


      With a closed vertical clearance of 8.5ft, the Great Bridge, VA, bascule bridge crosses the Waterway just south of the Great Bridge Lock.

      VA – NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – NORFOLK TO ALBEMARLE SOUND – S168 – GREAT BRIDGE BRIDGE – CLOSED TO NAVIGATION
      The S168 (Great Bridge) Bridge, over Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, mile 12.0, at Chesapeake, VA, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to accommodate increased volumes of spectators that will be participating in the Annual Chesapeake Rotary Christmas Parade. The bridge will remain in the closed position from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The bridge will be able open for an emergency. Mariners able to pass under the closed span of 8 feet above mean high water
      may do so, and all others should adjust their transits accordingly. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997 (g). Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. Chart 12253 LNM 45/19

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s NC-VA Bridge Directory Listing For Great Bridge Bridge

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      AREA SPONSORING MARINA

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    • LNM: Pier Construction to Begin Nov 18, between Gilmerton and I-64 Bridges, AICW Statute Miles 6-7


      Deep Creek is the entrance into the Dismal Swamp alternate route and exits the Waterway westward immediately south of the I-64 Bridge.

      VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH – CONSTRUCTION
      Construction of Well Access Platforms and Piers at the Chesapeake Energy Center located on the Elizabeth River at Deep Creek between the Gilmerton Bridge and the I-64 Bridge will begin on 18 Nov 2019 and continue until approximately March 2020. The structures will extend a few feet from the shoreline and will be marked with reflective tape. For more information or questions, contact Oula Shehab-Dandan at 804-273-2697. Chart 12253 LNM 45/19

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    • Matanzas Dredging Cautions, Matanzas River, FL Statute Mile 792


      This ICW dredging project (see Local Notice) will occur north and west of Rattlesnake Island where the Waterway passes to the west of the island. Our thanks to Russ for this excellent update.

      The Matanzas Inlet area on the ICW is in the process of extensive dredging, currently between markers 80 & 82. This is the historically troublesome section in which you hug VERY close to the western shore (red side), with a series of greens the help keep you over there. However, the greens have been removed for the dredging & the dredge itself is right off the western shore partially blocking the deep water. As we went thru yesterday, it was very disheartening to see a boat aground with radio chatter indicating this is happening regularly during the necessary dredging operations. There were numerous panicked calls on channel 16, what to do, where to go, people, calling “Dredge on ICW”, etc. Some people wanted to go on the shallowER side of the aground boat & even one who wanted to go between the dredge & land! The situation is dynamic as the dredge is constantly on-the-move as it works thru this area. A few general things to keep in mind: – Never attempt to go on the landside/pipeline side (currently the west side) of the dredge. When in doubt, look for the daymark diamond side of the dredge – this is the side to pass (“diamonds are a girls best friend”). The dredge also has signs posted “All Traffic” with an arrow (but you have to be pretty close to see them). – If you want to contact the dredge by VHF, use CHANNEL 13 to call “DREDGE WILCO”. He was very responsive & helpful, but almost everyone was attempting to call “the dredge” on channel 16. Begin listening on channel 13 way before your approach – you may learn of the current situation. – You STILL need to hug the western shore as much as possible – this is where the channel has been & where the dredging is occurring. Remember the greens have been removed! – The dredge is constantly moving back & forth with it’s auger to dredge the width of the channel. You may want to time your actual passage as he begins to swing out of the way – that gives you almost a minute of a wider access. DO NOT hug the dredge if it’s beginning it’s swing back! – If you need 6’+, you may want to wait for a higher tide until the dredging is complete. But, if you go out of the channel, even a shallow draft boat can go aground.
      Russ

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      1. Jack Herbert -  November 9, 2019 - 12:57 pm

        11/04/19 at 1019 we passed SB near 81B at about +1.3ft tide. Dredge "Wilco" was working the West side of channel. Some green markers were missing. The s/v "Black Dog" drafts 4'6" was just in front of us and ran hard aground just 100 ft before the dredge but maybe just a bit too far to the East. We draft 4'10" and passed within 10 ft of the starboard side of the dredge with 6.7ft of depth (5.4ft mlw). Just after our safe passage we heard another boat on vhf aground near the dredge. The dredge was responding on 16 and NOT on 13 during our passage and was being very helpful. The situation here should improve by the day.

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      2. John Sage -  November 8, 2019 - 4:01 pm

        We came through yesterday. Fortunately, we had slowed down to ask the dredge how we should proceed. Nevertheless, at half tide we found 3 ft of water over a shoal in mid channel. After getting off of that, and being directed to the far west of the channel, we found two more shoals before we got past the dredge.
        The dredge captain was very helpful after he realized how ignorant we were about the present location of the shoals there. We alerted him to the three sailboats following us, and heard him assisting them.
        We draw 4 ft 6 inches.

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    • Help the Stuart Boat Show Win!! Vote Stuart Boat Show for Best Event on the Treasure Coast! Martin County, FL


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

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR and home to Marine Industries Association Treasure Coast, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.Voting ends December 3.

       
      Go Vote for the Stuart Boat Show as Best Festival on the Treasure Coast!
      How to Vote:
      Cast your vote by clicking the “Vote Now!” button below.
      The Stuart Boat Show will be under “Entertainment” once you get to the entertainment page you will click on “Best Festivals” on the left hand side of the screen. After you have done that scroll down until you see the boat show and cast your vote!
      Voting is open until December 3rd
       
       
      MIATC | PO Box 1639Stuart, FL 34997

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      AREA SPONSORING MARINA

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    • River District Connections Calendar November 2019, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


      239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.
      Gulf Harbour Marina ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico 14490 Vista River Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33908 239-437-0881 gulfharbourmarina@comcast.net

      The river is Caloosahatchee and the CRUISERS NET SPONSORS are Legacy Harbour Marina and Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club. Legacy Harbor Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 and Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club is on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River opposite Cape Coral.

       
      Click here for River District Connections Calendar November 2019

      Melissa Moore
      Web/Graphics Technician
      1631 Hendry Street
      Fort Myers, Florida 33901
      T: 239.337.1071 – F: 239-337.1076
      mmoore@cella.ccwww.cella.cc 

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Legacy Harbour Marina

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, November 4, 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 November 4, 2019
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
      4th Annual Gulfport Chef’s Table
      Monday, November 4th
       
      6 – 10 p.m.
      Downtown Gulfport, Beach Blvd.
       
      White tablecloths, china, glassware and full table service in the middle of Beach Boulevard.
       
      This annual outdoor fine dining experience with this year Guardian ad Litem as the charity beneficiary is set for Monday November 4, 2019 (rain date Nov. 11) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
       
      The event will highlight Gulfport’s thriving food scene and features the offerings of eleven local restaurants and chefs at a long community table set up in the center of Beach Boulevard in Gulfport’s historic Waterfront District.
       
      Participating restaurants have created 3-5 course prix-fixe menus and are excited to welcome you to their table.
       
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, November 5th
       
      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, November 5th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      French Club 
      Tuesday, November 5th
       
      12:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Come practice speaking French in a relaxed atmosphere with others who are actively learning the language.
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, November 5th
       
      NEW TIME
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, November 5th
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
      Body Movement & Being
      Wednesday, November 6th
       
      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 pain toward attaining new levels of wellness.
      Wisdom Healing Qigong 
      Wednesday, November 6th
       
      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 
       
       
       
      The Science Behind Stem Cells
      Wednesday, November 6th
       
      2 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Swing Night w/ Swing Time
      Wednesday, November 6th
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with Charleston Lesson 6-7pmSwing Lesson 7-8pm, and Dancing 8-11 pm. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6 admission, and birthday people get free admission.
       
      Charleston Lessons happen every Wednesday in November, 6-7 pm, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night instructed by Sam. Charleston is a vital extension of both East-Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, so everything you learn in these Charleston classes can be added onto either dance, extending your repertoire. The first three weeks of Charleston lessons will be low impact, so nearly anyone can do the moves and learn the essential Charleston, with very little athletic ability required. Here’s the schedule — Week 1: Triple-Time Charleston, Week 2: Touch Charleston + 20’s-Style, Week 3: Rock-Step Charleston, Week 4: Charleston with a Kick! 
      Tai Chi Beginner Class for Health and Well-Being
      Wednesday, November 6th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      You will be introduced to a Qi gung exercise and the 8 Brocades. In addition, you will be introduced to the Yang Family Form. By daily practice of these foundation movements you will gain Balance and Relaxation while enjoying a peaceful and relaxed gathering learning the ancient art and discipline of Tai Chi. 
       
      Tai Chi is an excellent exercise method for people of all ages. Studies have shown that Tai Chi will improve your health and well-being, work on reducing knee and back pains, help improve circulation and internal organ functions, increase flexibility and range of motion, build muscle and strength for better balance and posture and help relax the body and quiet the mind. 
       
      Call the Gulfport Senior Center at 727-893-5657 to register for this 12 week class.
       
       
       
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, November 7th
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $8 admission
      Gulfport Community Players Present – Take the Couch
      Thursday, November 7th
       
      8 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Laugh along with two empty-nesters. As family members drop in without notice and intrude on their privacy. Poor Natalie and Steve, they just want to have some adult “together” time now that their youngest daughter is off to college.
       
      Show times: Nov. 7 – 17, Thurs-Fri-Sat at 8 p.m. / Sat & Sun at 2 p.m.
       
      Tickets $18 online at www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org
      Tickets $18 (cash only) at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S.
      Tickets $20 (cash only) in the lobby one hour before showtime
       
       
      CarFit
      Friday, November 8th
       
      Call 727-893-5657 for Free Evaluation
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, November 8th
      is Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino. Dance 8 pm-midnight to the best in Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, with an exciting mix of retro and modern dance music, great for a variety of partner dances (Hustle, Swing, West-Coast, Blues, Stepping, Cha Cha, Rumba, Shag, Fusion, etc), plus group, line, and freestyle dancing too! Arrive early for a West-Coast Swing Lesson 7-8 pm. Just $10 includes everything; students get $6 admission if they show up by 7 pm and take the lesson. Soul Night happens the second Friday of every month.
       
      Tonight’s music theme is Soul Versions of Pop & Rock Hits. We’ll mix in soul versions of songs that were mega-hits on the pop charts…in many cases, the soul version is the original version! Come hear some fresh grooves, and get ready to dance!
       
      DANCE LESSON 7-8 PM
      November 8th’s lesson is West-Coast Swing
      Special Guest Instructor Renee Lipman
       
      MUSIC & DANCING 8 PM-12
      Special Dance Performance at 9 pm by Danielle Blouin & Team Floorplay
       
      All Ages~No Partners Needed~Doors Open 6:45 pm~Door Prizes~Cash Bar
       
      Lesson Info — Swing Time welcomes special guest instructor, Renee Lipman, who’ll teach the 7 pm West-Coast Swing lesson.  Renee is a mover and shaker in the West-Coast world who’s largely responsible for the resurgence of West-Coast Swing in Tampa Bay. Since 2006, she’s won numerous competitions, including a silver medal in the 2007 U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.
       
      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.
      City of Gulfport Junk Drop
      Saturday, November 9th
       
      8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
      49th Street Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S.
       
      Bring your Gulfport I.D. and your junk to the City of Gulfport Junk Drop at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. on Saturday, November 9, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
       
      Drop your junk off and the City will dispose of it at no charge. Pinellas County HAZ-TO-GO will also be there collecting electronics and chemicals FREE of charge.
       
      Proof of Gulfport residency required. Please, no firearms, drugs, needles, tires, explosives, liquor or plants. For questions or more information, please call 727-893-1089 and for information on what you can bring, please visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/haz-to-go.htm
       
      Proud to “Serve” at Heroes Weekend in Gulfport!
      Sunday, November 10, 2019
       
      Whether you served in the military or serve on the volleyball court, join in the City of Gulfport and VETsports Heroes Weekend on Sunday, November 10. It’s a great way for the community to participate in Veteran’s Day while giving back to local Veterans. 
       
      For more information or to register for the parade or volleyball, please visit www.mygulfport.us/heroesweekend
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      Happy Veterans Day!!!!
      Monday, November 11th
       
      Gulfport City Hall and facilities will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The Sanitation schedule will not be affected.
       
      For questions, please call the Public Works Department at (727) 893-1089.
       
       
      Welcome to Gulfport Workshop
      Tuesday, November 12th
       
      10:30 a.m. – Noon
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      For more information, please contact
      727-893-1074
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, November 12th
       
      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
       
       
       
      Talk w/ the Doc
      Wednesday, November 13th
       
      2 – 3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      727-440-4808
       
       
      Board of Adjustment Meeting
      Wednesday, November 13th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
      City Welcomes Dean of Stetson Law School
      Wednesday, November 13th
       
      7 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      Gulfport Public Library’s David Mather; City Manager, Jim O’Reilly; Mayor Sam Henderson; and the City Coucil members will host a program welcoming Dr. Michele Alexandre. She was hired earlier this year to serve as the Dean of Stetson Law School.
       
      Dean Alexandre is a noted civil rights, gender and race scholar. She is the author of the civil rights textbook, “The New Frontiers of Civil Rights Litigation” (Carolina Academic Press), and “Sexploitation: Sexual Profiling and the Illusion of Gender” (Routledge, 2014). She was named one of Ebony Magazine’s Top 100 influential African Americans of 2013 and one of the 50 “Most Influential Minority Law Professors 50 Years of Age or Younger” by Lawyers of Color Magazine. She has received Fulbright and Watson Fellowships.
       
      It is sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library. Everyone is invited to join us for this reception and very special event. For more information, contact 727-893-1074.
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, November 13, 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
      “SIGNATURE MOVE” NEXT IN LGBTQ FILM SERIES
       
      Thursday, November 14th at 7 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, November 14 with SIGNATURE MOVE. 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 7 pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
       
      About SIGNATURE MOVE (2018): A film fest favorite, this indie comedy/romance/drama tells the story of Zaynab, a Pakistani Muslim lesbian who cares for her TV-obsessed mother, who is also determined to find a husband for her daughter. After Zaynab meets and falls for a bold, spirited Mexican woman, she discovers herself more fully as she immerses herself in the sport of lucha libre, Mexican-style wrestling. “Unsentimental sweetness and pluck.” (Los Angeles Times) (Not Rated)
       
      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.
       
       
      Tech Tips w/ Stetson Law
      Friday, November 15th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Space is limited. Must call 727-893-5657 to pre-register.
      3rd Friday Sock Hop w/ the Legendary IMPACS
      Friday, November 15th
       
      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.
      Saturday, November 16th
       
      3 – 5 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.
       
      Tour free for Gulfport Historical Society members. All others pay $10 per person. 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.
      Third Saturday Art Walk
      Saturday, November 16th
      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.
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, November 19th
       
      NEW TIME
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, November 20, 2019
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      5730 Shore Blvd. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, November 21st
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Welcome to Gulfport Workshop
      Thursday, November 21st
       
      6 – 7:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      For more information, please contact
      727-893-1074
      Edith Roosevelt, First Lady and Private Person, As Portrayed by Nan Colton
      Friday, November 22nd
       
      7:00 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      The community is invited to meet First Lady Edith Roosevelt on stage at the Catherine Hickman Theater, Friday evening, November 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now and proceeds support the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation. The Foundation will also be collecting canned goods for the Senior Center Food Pantry.
       
      Actress Nan Colton will portray Mrs. Roosevelt, the second wife of Teddy Roosevelt, who served as First Lady during his presidency from 1901 to 1909. She has been described as a woman of dignity and character.
       
      Nan Colton is a playwright, director, storyteller, actress and arts educator who has performed and lectured professionally on stages throughout South Africa, Great Britain and the United States. She brings to life passionate, live portraits of remarkable women, and unforgettable tales of fact and fiction.
       
      Tickets are $18.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S., until the day of the show.
       
      For more information about the performance and the Foundation, please call the office at 727-893-1244 between 8 a.m. and noon, Monday-Friday.
       
      Gulfport residents, dust off your unused stuff and clear out the clutter and sign up for the permit free bi-annual City of Gulfport City Wide Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, November 23 (rain date, Sunday, November 24). Do not miss this incredible opportunity to have your Gulfport address on the brochure for added visibility for free.
       
      The City of Gulfport is now kindly accepting addresses to be added to this year’s City Wide Yard Sale brochure. Deadline to sign up is November 15 in order to make print deadline.
      To have your address listed in the brochure, please visit
      O’Maddy’s 30th Anniversary – A Night in Havana Gala
      Saturday, November 23rd
       
      6 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      O’Maddy’s 30th Anniversary Charity Gala to Benefit Underprivileged Children & Seniors in Gulfport.
       
      Cash bar, silent auction, Cuban-inspired buffet
       
      General admission $125
      VIP table of 10 $1000
       
      For tickets and more information, please visit www.facebook.com/events/2037846866316569
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Monday, November 25th
       
      2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
      Second & fourth Mondays
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Class space is limited. Sessions run for 3-month period. Please call 727-893-5657 to pre-register.
       
       
       
      Gulfcoast Legal Services
      Tuesday, November 26th
       
      1 – 5 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Pre-Thanksgiving Bash w/ Live Band & Dancing
      Wednesday, November 27th
       
      6 p.m. – Midnight
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the weekend starts Wednesday night, when Swing Time hosts a special evening of live music and swing dancing!  Wednesday, November 27th, 2019, join in celebration at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night for Swing Time’s Pre-Thanksgiving Bash!  
       
      This huge swing-dance party is always one of the biggest Wednesday Swing Nights of the year, attracting not just locals but out-of-towners who are home for the holidays. The Bash features live & swingin’ music by Sherry & the Rockafellas! The evening starts with a Charleston Dance Lesson 6-7 pm, followed by Swing Dance Lesson 7-8 pm, then Live Music & Dancing 8 pm-12. Admission’s just $12 (get your tickets at the door), all ages are welcome, no partner is needed, and it all happens in the spectacular waterfront ballroom of the Gulfport Casino!
       
      One of Florida’s hottest rockabilly bands, Sherry & the Rockafellas draw upon influences including Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, Ella Mae Morse, Wynona Carr, Elvis Presley, Johnny Burnette, Carl Perkins, and more, to bring you the good times of the ’50’s, where sock hops, swing dancing and cadillacs were all the rave, as people boogied to rock’n’roll, blues & swing! This band varies the tempos and the beats to satisy your dancing feet!
       
       
       
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, November 27, 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
      City Hall & Facilities Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving!!!
       
      Thursday, November 28th
      Friday, November 29th
       
      Gulfport City Hall and facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. Thursday’s Pickup Will Be on Wednesday, November 27. Friday’s Pickup Will Remain on Schedule; No Yard Waste Pickup This Week
       
      For questions, please call the Public Works Department at (727) 893-1089.
       
       
      Holiday Tree Lighting
      Monday, December 2nd
       
      7 p.m.
      Clymer Park, Gulfport Blvd. S. & Beach Blvd. S.
       
      Join us for song and good cheer during the City of Gulfport Holiday Tree Lighting. Enjoy an evening of light refreshments and festive music presented by the Gulfport Recreation division; meet the Mayor and City Council. Santa will visit and listen to little ones’ holiday wishes.
       
      For more information, please call 893-1118.
       
       
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, December 6th
       
      9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Art Jones Studio Tour
       
      Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
       
      Behind neighborhood fences, down alleys and inside garages, Gulfport artists are creating in the rough. The working artists of this Florida gulf coast community often show at galleries and art venues around the state and across the nation but are rarely known at home.
       
      Once a year artists open their shops and galleries to the public to share where inspiration takes seed and the blossoming of creativity is formed. See the fiber studios where yarn and wool are in spools on the wall, the painting studios where drawings are transformed into art and the ceramic studios where the alchemy of clay and fire birth vessels and tiles.
       
      ArtJones welcomes art enthusiasts of all ages to See it, Feel it, Buy it during this 2-day free event.
       
       
      Elf The Musical JR.
      Saturday, December 7th
       
      2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Purchase tickets online at,
       
      Other show dates and times:
      Sunday, December, 8 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
       
      Based on the cherished hit movie, starring Will Ferrell. From Santa’s Workshop to the Big Apple, join Buddy The Elf on his hilarious quest to find his father and save Christmas. It’s all the things you love about this holiday favorite movie with songs that are instant classics.
       
       
      Clam Bayou & Osgood Point Trail Clean-up
      Saturday, December 14th
       
      9 a.m. – noon
      Trail Head at 26th Ave. S. & Quincy St. S.
       
      For more information, please contact
      Wolfgang (Deininger) at 732-310-4932
       
       
      34th Annual BCYC Lighted Holiday Boat Parade
      Saturday, December 14th
       
      6 p.m.
      Gulfport Waterfront
       
      Each year, BCYC members and members of the general public come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade the BCYC way!
       
      Holiday Marketplace / Gulfport Art-Walk
      Saturday, December 21st
       
      2 – 10 p.m.
      Downtown Waterfront District
       
      The Gulfport Merchants Chamber presents the inaugural Holiday Marketplace in conjunction with the third Saturday Art Walk, with extended hours from 2-10 p.m. Visit Gulfport, Florida on Saturday, December 21 to support small business by shopping local for those last-minute deals.
       
      Holiday Marketplace will celebrate of arts, crafts and most of all, holiday excitement. Stroll the decorated streets filled with exhibitors and unique shops and galleries. Selfies with Santa will entertain the whole family, including furry members, at Gulfport Beach Bazaar from 2-6 p.m.
       
      The Gulfport Gecko Amalgamated Marching Band will make a special appearance and live music appears at several venues throughout the arts district.
       
      Regular Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk events take place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday, rain or shine, year-round. These monthly events are home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen.
       
      There is never an admission fee 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.
       
      Interested in getting a marketplace booth? Artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com under the “vendor info” tab.
       
      Community Outreach
       
       
      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
       
      November – December Mentor Workshops
       
      Just thirty (30) minutes a week, can make a difference in a child’s life!
       
      Listen, encourage, be a friend to a child at a school closest to where you live or work.
      We’ve made it easy for you!
       
       
      • Attend a 90 minute mentor workshop
      • Register to volunteer and obtain a free level 1 background screening
      • Be matched with a student
      • Get all the resources to help develop a fun and meaningful relationship
      Mentoring
       
      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!
       
       
       
       
       
      Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Schedule
       
      All events are on Saturdays
      9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
       
      For more information about household electronics & chemical collection, visit www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste or
      call 727-464-7500.
       
      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.
       
       
       
       
      TREATS, NOT TRICKS at the Circle Bookshop!
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      Just in time to start thinking about holiday shopping, the Bookshop is having a blowout 2 for 1 sale on all $.50 books throughout the shop. That’s right, any book marked fifty cents is on two for one sale the entire month of October. Additionally, all cookbooks will remain on sale for half price for the next two weeks, and CDs/DVDs remain on sale as well. Stock is refreshed daily, so come check us out and check back often. All Bookshop proceeds benefit the Gulfport Library and the many wonderful free programs it offers to the community. Thanks for your support!
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
       
      City of Gulfport Florida | 2401 53rd Street SouthGulfport, FL 33707

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    • Depth Report from Watts Cut, SC AICW Statute Mile 503


      Watts Cut is a straight, narrow AICW channel that connects the South Edisto River with the Dawho River south of Charleston. Our thanks to Heather Craven for this report.

      Went through Watts cut at low tide and followed the center of the channel and the lowest depth was 8.1 feet. We draw 6.0 feet.
      Heather Craven

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    • Report from One and Only Anchorage, San Pablo, FL AICW Statute Mile 744


      “One and Only Anchorage” lies on the eastern shore of the Waterway, south of flashing green daybeacon 17, and just north of the San Pablo Bridge. It is considered the only safe anchorage in the Jacksonville Beach area, thus its unusual name. Our thanks to Greg Zarus for this excellent update. 

      10/27/2019 We anchored my my Catalina 36 here after several failed attempts to find good holding along the ICW for 7 mi further north. We surveyed the bottom in this area and found it more than sufficiently deep-30 ft in some areas and more than 12ft right up to shore. I believe there is room enough for 2 or 3 boats. Holding was strong as we pulled 3/4 throttle with the current to check.
      Greg Zarus

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