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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, December 2, 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 December 2, 2019
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      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.
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, December 3rd
       
      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, December 3rd
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      French Club 
      Tuesday, December 3rd
       
      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, December 3rd
       
      NEW TIME
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, December 3rd
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
      Body Movement & Being
      Wednesday, December 4th
       
      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, December 4th
       
      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 
       
      Tai Chi Beginner Class for Health and Well-Being
      Wednesday, December 4th
       
      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, December 5th
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $8 admission
       
       
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, December 6th
       
      9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      First Friday Art Walk
      Friday, December 6th
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
       
      Visit Gulfport Florida for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps at VisitGulfportFlorida.com and chart your course to our beachfront town!
       
      Shop for local art along Beach Blvd, visit a gallery, catch a live local band and dine at one of the locally owned restaurants along Beach & Shore Blvd’s.
       
      The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, produced by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.
       
      There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
       
      For general event information, visit www.facebook.com/GulfportArtGalleryWalkwww.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club
      Holiday Craft Show
      Saturday, December 7th
       
      9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Gulfport Lions Club, 4630 Tifton Dr. S.
       
      Support local artisans in your community!
       
      For more information, please email Marie at
       
       
      Coffee w/ a Cop
      Saturday, December 7th
       
      10 a.m. – Noon
      A Friend Who Bakes, 2901 Beach Blvd. S.
       
      Visit A Friend Who Bakes while smelling the fine aroma of fresh brewed coffee and baked goods, straight from the oven, along with casual conversation. This event is hosted by Community Resource Officer Zack Mills. As always during Coffee with a Cop, there is plenty of socializing and meeting old and new friends.
       
       
      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. & 6 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.
      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.
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Monday, December 9th
       
      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.
       
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, December 10th
       
      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
       
       
       
      FREE Holiday Concert
      Tuesday, December 10th
       
      7 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      The band will play familiar holiday tunes, plus pop hits. The admission is FREE for everyone!
      Holiday Concert by the Bay Voices Men’s Choral Group
      Tuesday, December 10th
       
      7 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      Returning for a fifth year, the Bay Voices men’s choral group will perform another popular holiday concert at the Gulfport Public Library. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Complimentary wine, soft beverages and cheese will be offered.
       
      Bay Voices was formed in 2007 after several members of the former Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus got together and realized how much they had missed singing together. Since that time, the group has grown in popularity and renown and has performed concerts at venues including the Salvador Dali Museum, University of Tampa, International Plaza, the Sandpearl Resort and several local churches. This will be their fifth holiday concert at the Gulfport Public Library, performing Christmas and Chanukah favorites to ring in the season. Bay Voices are under the direction of Stephen L. Allen. For booking information, contact John Lulias (Lulias@aol.com). Find out more about the group at www.facebook.com/BayVoices.
       
      The event is sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center in conjunction with the Gulfport Public Library. 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/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.  
       
       
      Board of Adjustment Meeting
      Wednesday, December 11th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, December 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
      “PRIDE” (2014) NEXT IN LGBTQ
      FILM SERIES
       
      Thursday, December 12th at 7 p.m.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, December 12 with PRIDE. 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 PRIDE (2014): This film is inspired by a true story. In 1984’s Thatcher-ruled Britain, a strike by the National Union of Mineworkers prompts a group of LGBT activists to raise money for the families of striking workers. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the LGBT group targets a small village in Wales where they decide to try and offer their donation in person. The strike drags on and the two groups find that standing together forms the strongest of all unions. “A joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.” (Rotten Tomatoes) (Rated R)
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center and the Library on the web at mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. Or contact the LGBTQ Resource Center by email to LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, December 13th
      is a special Disco Party edition of Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino. Dance 8 pm-midnight to those funky disco grooves and beats. Arrive early for a Hustle Lesson 7-8 pm. Get ready for the Soul Train! 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.
       
      DANCE LESSON 7-8 PM
      December 13th’s lesson is Hustle
      Special Guest Instructor Joséh Marion
       
      MUSIC & DANCING 8 PM-12
       
      All Ages~No Partners Needed~Doors Open 6:45 pm~Door Prizes~Cash Bar
       
      Lesson Info — Swing Time welcomes special guest instructor, Joséh Marion, who’ll teach the 7pm Hustle lesson.  Joséh is an award-winning dance instructor whose dance career has taken him to over 40 countries. He’s a veteran of New York City’s Hustle scene, where everyone dances Hustle 5-6 times a week! Joséh has danced and trained with many of the world’s top Hustle dancers/instructors.
       
      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.
       
       
      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!
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, December 17th
       
      NEW TIME
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
      Holiday Dance Party
      w/ Swing Time
      Wednesday, December 18th
       
      6 – 11 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Celebrate the Christmas season at Wednesday December 18th’s Gulfport Casino Swing Night with refreshments, lights & decor, plus we’ll mix in the best of swingable holiday music! The whole City of Gulfport, especially the waterfront/Casino area, will be beautifully decorated for the holidays and wait ’til you see the Casino itself, with beautiful lights and festive decor both inside & out! Join us for this holiday dance celebration.
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, December 18, 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, December 19th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      3rd Friday Sock Hop w/ the Legendary IMPACS
      Friday, December 20th
       
      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.
      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.
      Saturday, December 21st
       
      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.
      City Hall & Facilities Closed in Observance of Christmas!!!
      Wednesday, December 25th
       
      Gulfport City Hall and facilities will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas. No Yard Waste Pickup This Week.
       
       
      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!
       
       
      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
      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
       
      Community Outreach
      WOW is currently installing a fiber cable network inside the City of Gulfport, Florida. During this time, residents may expect construction in the public right of ways. The majority of the cable infrastructure is aerial, however, there are areas in the City, approximately 1.5 miles, where the fiber cabling runs underground. Wow will properly notice city residents with door hangers and is expected to be completed by the end of the 2019 calendar year.
       
      For more information, please contact the City of Gulfport Public Works Department at (727) 893-1089. 
       
       
      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
       
      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.
       
       
       
       
      • 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
       
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    • FOCUS ON – Darien, Georgia


      Darien City Docks lie along the northern banks of the Darien River, hard by the charted 31-foot fixed bridge, in the heart of downtown Darien, which is 7 nautical miles off AICW statute mile 651.5 via the fully marked Darien River Channel, featuring minimum 14 foot depths. Recent repairs to the docks add to the attractiveness of this lovely river port.

      Up A Lazy River… Enjoy Darien Georgia
      All along the 1,153 miles of Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, there are many rivers and creeks that meander off the ICW, inviting those with adventurous spirits to quaint, historical, charming towns and villages. Coastal Georgia offers several. About seven miles off the ICW, westward up the Darien River, the town of Darien is nestled in these barrier islands of Georgia.

      As you cruise through Georgia, take an excursion off the beaten ICW path, along the banks of the Darien River to the quaint town of Darien, Georgia. This part of the down east, Georgia low country is part of what is affectionately called the “Golden Isles”.  A small bit of trivia, it is said that the term “Golden Isles” was actually coined in the town of Darien. Sitting on the banks of the Darien River in an area of Georgia that is described by some as “one of the most important tidal estuarine environments in the world.”
      So, lets go…..anchors aweigh !!

      Arrival at the former Port of Darien, sitting in the midst of a vast coastal tidal estuary; among winding creeks with seemingly endless panoramic views of marshlands and small islands (called hammocks), you’ll find yourself surrounded with raw nature and fresh air. Your cruise up the Darien River will provide you with some interesting waters to ply, that have been used since the earliest days of the British presence in North America.

      Enjoy the warm welcoming hospitality, their rich cultural history, southern charm, yummy locally prepared foods, and fun specialty shops. It is said if you come for a day, you may want to extend your stay.

      Darien River Waterfront Park and Docks, welcomes you with overnight fees of only $1.00 per foot and this includes water and electric. Call this 912-437-6659 during normal business hours to make a reservation or after hours or weekends call 912-223-6821. Nice park area, adjacent to the town, and floating concrete docks, and welcoming hospitality, all to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

      Visit the historic sites such as Fort King George (complete with reenactments), the very first fort built on Georgia’s soil by the British.

      Visit Darien at certain times of the year and you’ll be treated to vibrant festivals held along Darien’s Waterfront Park and along the streets of its newly revitalized downtown area. You will want to visit the Butler Plantation and rice fields, old churches, cemeteries and monuments.

      Immerse yourself in a world where flowers bloom in every season, where butterflies and birds abound, and clear, blue skies form the backdrop for ancient evergreen oaks festooned with exotic, hanging moss. In November, the Darien Fall Fest features classic car shows, street vendors, helicopter and boat tours, fun for the kids, and musical entertainment.

      There’s something new to see and do around every corner.

      You might even find yourself listening to or trying to understand another language. That’s right, Gullah is a unique creole language spoken along the Sea Islands and adjacent coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia. The residents in these areas of Georgia are typically referred to as “Geechee”. Gullah language began as a simplified form of communication among people of different languages including Europeans and diverse African ethnic groups. The vocabulary and grammatical roots come from European and African languages. Gullah Geechee language is the only distinctly African creole language in the United States and has influenced traditional Southern vocabulary and speech patterns. The culture and fascinating history and lives of the Gullah Geechee folks are an important part of this area of Georgia. You can learn more here: https://gullahgeecheecorridor.org

      Want to get off the boat for a few days; enjoy a long warm shower after a day of sightseeing around Darien and surrounding area; then sink into the charm and comfort of the Darien Waterfront Inn Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy sitting on the porch and let the gentle breezes soothe your soul. JoAnn Viera offers this relaxing, renewing, river front sanctuary, for your enjoyment. They also offer free shuttle service to the grocery store so you can re-supply before continuing on.
      https://www.darienwaterfrontinn.com/

      If you need supplies, the First Georgia Hardware and Marine Supply store is only a few hundred yards from the Darien Waterfront Docks and Park.

      Fresh produce and seasonal favorites are available within a very short walk to “Turnip Greens Country Market”. You just can’t beat fresh !

      Speaking of “fresh”, if you want a break from preparing meals, you are in for a treat, as there are a number of places to enjoy fresh, local dishes prepared only as these fine folks can do. Just to mention some that others have spoken favorably about are the, Waterfront Wine & Gourmet, Blue Bay Mexican, B&J’s Seafood, and Skipper’s Fish Camp.

      There are floating docks at Skippers and the first 48 hours are free. No water or electric, but we did say “free” for 48 hours. Puts you right at the kitchen door, almost on their riverfront porch. Skippers Fish Camp is located just under and on the west side of the Highway-17 bridge. It is, a great place to meet and make new friends while dining in this wonderful down-east, coastal town atmosphere.

      Be sure to check out the bar and table tops, fashioned from timbers that had been floated down the Altamaha River from the interior during Darien’s days as a major port for timber export in the late 1800s. These milled timbers, salvaged from Brunswick, Georgia’s Oglethorpe Hotel, were saved and used as double flooring in Skippers Seafood Company’s legendary “poker shack”. The Oglethorpe Hotel was used in the Hollywood movie, The View from Pompeii’s Head. So, when you eat in the restaurant or hoist a cool one at the bar, you will be enjoying Georgia history and Hollywood history as well!

      Here’s what some of those who’ve visited by boat have said about the good times they enjoyed during their visits to Darien:

      Darien is a very pleasant side trip off the AICW, located 7 miles west of the AICW between Dolby and Altamaha Sounds at about MP 651. Turn into the Darien River at AICW Red 184, keeping it to port when turning into the river. Once past this point, markers are red-right-returning. The river is generally wide and deep. Pay particular attention to Red 12 and nearly adjacent Red 14, as their position in the river looks like they should be green, but they are RED. Keep between them and the nearby south bank. The rest of the trip is straight forward. Keep to the outside on turns and watch for floating vegetation. The outside of the last dock is usually open for transients and can handle large boats, depending on room at the time. Call ahead at 912-437-6659 to check availability. Approach to the facing dock into the current is easy and if you call ahead, Dockmaster Wyn will catch your lines. If you like the lowlands, this is a beautiful and wild stretch. The town is delightful and within a few blocks of the floating docks. Plenty for cruisers to do for a couple days. Because it can take some time to get there, depending on direction of the current. Darien is best as a visit destination and not a quick stopover along the AICW, at least for us slow boats. Darien rates are a dollar a foot including water and 30 amp electric, and I was told they will soon have free bicycles for use of overnight guests. Fuel is available at a nearby service station.
      Frederick B.

      Found plenty of water on the Darien river. Chose to dock here to wait for tide to transit Little Mud creek.
      It is 7 miles up the river, but was more than worth it. The volunteer dockmaster was very friendly and
      helpful. Dinner at Skippers was great and the best Key Lime pie ever!…………. A. B.

      We just spent a couple days on the town dock in Darien GA… This town is very boater friendly and the
      people were welcoming. We received a complimentary glass of wine one night while visiting the
      Waterfront Wine & Gourmet, who also had live entertainment and a great wine selection. We ate some of the best shrimp we’ve tasted at B&J Seafood. We visited King George Fort and the Rice Plantation.

      Well worth a visit. A must do!… R & T

      A quaint shrimping town N of Brunswick and well worth the stop… Floating concrete docks are
      conveniently located right downtown…. Great food within walking distance – we’ve tried Skippers, B&J’s,….. all outstanding. Fort King George is an interesting historic site and the town has great bicycle trails around the perimeter of the city and within. The historic Butler rice plantation is 1 mile south,
      Piggly Wiggly is 1.2 miles away, and a well-stocked Hardware/Marine Supply store is a couple of blocks away…W and R

      For our boating friends, coming by water, check your charts and you will see that the Darien River offers plenty of depth most of the way. There are some skinny places as you get up river, but doable. I would recommend traveling on no less than half-tide rising. Here’s a chartlet from Cruisers Net, https://cruisersnet.net/

      when turning into the river. Once past this point, markers are red-right-returning. The river is generally wide and deep. Pay particular attention to Red 12 and nearly adjacent Red 14, as their position in the river looks like they should be green, but they are RED. Keep between them and the nearby south bank. The rest of the trip is straight forward.

      If you cannot come by sea, then please do so by land. Take time to enjoy a very special slice of down-east, coastal Georgia’s hospitality. Just a hop, skip, and jump off Interstate 95 and you are in the heart of Darien. Take exit 49 off I-95 onto Georgia State Highway#251 which leads you into US Hwy 17 and you are there.

      Now that you know a little more about Darien, you are invited to visit and take a closer look at this very special place and enjoy some of its unique offerings. You will remember Darien as one of those towns where you had a great time and created new memories. Here’s a link to their website, take a look and plan this Fall to visit Darien.
      http://www.cityofdarienga.com/en/ct-menu-item-15/ct-menu-item-21

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    • LNM: Live-Fire Drills Continue, New River, off NC AICW Statute Mile 247


      Live-fire exercises have been going on for several months. Let these Local Notices serve as reminders to avoid these waters northwest of the Waterway.


      011158Z DEC 19 COMCOGARD SECTOR NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON NC CAMP LEJEUNE SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
      1. THE RESTRICTED AREAS IN THE NEW RIVER, AS SHOWN ON NATIONAL OCEAN
      SERVICE CHART 11542, THAT WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION FOR THE
      STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING
      PERIODS: STONE CREEK SECTOR, STONE BAY SECTOR, TRAPS BAY SECTOR,
      COURTHOUSE BAY SECTOR, AND GREY POINT SECTOR WILL BE CLOSED TO
      NAVIGATION DUE TO FIRING EXERCISES 24 HOURS DAILY.
      2. FARNELL BAY SECTOR, MORGANS BAY SECTOR, AND JACKSONVILLE SECTOR
      WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION DUE TO FIRING EXERCISES FROM SUNRISE TO
      SUNSET.
      3. SHIP OPERATIONS CONSISTING OF LANDING CRAFT, AMPHIBIOUS
      VEHICLES, AND HELICOPTERS MAY BE CONDUCTED IN THE ONSLOW BEACH
      OPERATING AREA AND ALL SECTORS OF NEW RIVER TO INCLUDE DIVE
      OPERATIONS.
      4. DUE TO UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE ON BROWNS ISLAND AND IN THE ADJACENT
      WATERWAYS AND MARSH AREAS, BROWNS ISLAND IS OFF LIMITS TO ALL
      UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL. VESSELS MAY TRANSIT THE SURROUNDING WATERS,
      HOWEVER NO VESSEL SHALL BOTTOM FISH OR ANCHOR.
      5. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON FIRING EXERCISES CONTACT CAMP LEJEUNE
      RANGE CONTROL AT 910-451-3064/4449.

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    • Crossing Buddy to Bahamas Sought

      A fellow cruiser is looking for a crossing buddy to the Bahamas. If you are headed that way next summer, please reply to Judye at the email address below.

      Hello,
      I enjoyed reading your articles on Cruisers Net. We are looking for another couple to cruise with, going from FL to the Bahamas in May/June 2020. We have a 48′ SeaRay Sedan Bridge. It would be our first time there, so we’d like to go with someone who has been there before.

      I’ve put my contact information [email] below. We live in St. Petersburg FL.

      Judye Reed

      jgpreed@yahoo.com

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    • Your Holiday Mullet Wrapper, Gulfport Historical Society, Gulfport, FL


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

      The Gulfport Historical Society continues its educational activities for the City of Gulfport, which always has a full calendar of events for all ages and is home to Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

      Click here for Your Holiday Mullet Wrapper – Correction: Second Breakfast happens every Saturday.

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    • LNM: AICW Daybeacon 46B Destroyed, NC Statute Mile 228, Swansboro


      This destroyed ICW daybeacon is on the north shoulder west of Bogue Inlet’s intersection with the Waterway.


      SAFETY/NORTH CAROLINA – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND (CHART 11541)/ATON/SEC NC BNM 457-19
      BOGUE SOUND DAYBEACON 46B (LLNR 39075) RPTD DESTROYED.

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    • Offer Extended: Special! BP Gas Card with Pettit Paint Purchase, Safe Harbor City Boatyard, Wando River, Charleston, SC – thru Dec 31


      Welcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water. The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay. The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast. These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.

      Safe Harbor City Boatyard, formerly Charleston City Boatyard, a subsidiary of Safe Harbor Marinas, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is found on the northern reaches of the Wando River north of red marker #40.

      OFFER EXTENDED!! Now available through December 31st

      Click here for Special! BP Gas Card with Pettit Paint Purchase

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    • LNM: Naval Operations, Dec 2-20, St Andrews Bay, Northern Gulf, FL


      St Andrews Bay boaters are very accustomed to the regularly occurring Naval operations in their waters.

      FL – GULF OF MEXICO – ST. ANDREW BAY – Naval Operations
      December 2, 2019 through December 20, 2019. Mariners are requested to maintain at least 500 yards separation from all Navy vessels and testing equipment. Mariners are urged to use caution in the area. More information can be obtained by contacting NSWC PCD, at (850) 230-7694, email brandon.burghardt@navy.mil. For further information, mariners may contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976. Chart 11360 LNM 48/19

      AREA SPONSORING MARINAS

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    • LNM: Sunken Vessel, Canaveral Barge Canal, east of AICW Statute Mile 894


      This sunken vessel should be of concern to cruisers seeking access to Safe Harbor Harbortown Marina east of the vessel.

      FLORIDA – PORT CANAVERAL – CANAVERAL BARGE CANAL: Hazard to Navigation
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report a sunken vessel east of the SR3 Bridge in the Canaveral Barge Canal in approximate position 28-24.541N/080-41.915W (28°24.5410N / 080°41.9150W, 28.409017 / -80.698583) . Chart 11438 LNM 48/19

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