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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, February 17, 2020, Boca Ciega Bay


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

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

       
      Week of February 17, 2020
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      All City Facilities Closed
      Monday, February 17th
       
      All City facilities will be closed in observance of presidents day. There will be no change in the sanitation schedule.
      Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market
      Tuesday, February 18th
       
      Every Tuesday
      9 am – 3 pm
      Gulfport Fresh Market on Beach Blvd. S.
       
      The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, located along Beach Blvd. in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront Arts District, is open year-round, from 9 am – 3 pm.
       
      With a roster of over 70 vendors, you will find a wide variety of products, including but not limited to, ready-to-eat and take-home foods, fresh produce, plants, herbs, jewelry, teas, art, clothing and live music.
       
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Tuesday, February 18th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      Popcorn and a Movie
      Tuesday, February 18th
       
      1 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      RSVP today at 727-212-1235
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, February 18th
       
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance Lessons
      Tuesday, February 18th
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
       
       
      Bystander Emergency Training
      Wednesday, February 19th
       
      2 – 4 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      RSVP today at 727-582-2056
       
      Swing Night w/ Swing Time
      Wednesday, February 19th
      is the next Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with Blues Dance Lesson 6-7 pm, Swing-Dance Lesson 7-8 pm, and Dancing 8-11 pm. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6 admission, and birthday people get free admission.
       
      Blues Dance Lessons happen every Wednesday in February, 6-7 pm, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, featuring special guest instructors, Will & Katy Flanery. Blues Dancing, simply put, is techniques for dancing to slower music, whether it be groovy, funky, soulful, modern, ballad, or actual blues music. Come any week, or take all four for the full experience!
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, February 19, 2020
      Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and all are welcome!
       
      For more information, please contact Jim Wright, Volunteer Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      Café Cibo purveyor of fine Italian dining, opened in 1999. There is something refreshing about the Italian neighborhood joint. Café Cibo delivers an experience in classic Italian dishes and dining. Motto-From Sicily to your table.
       
       
      Out to Lunch Bunch – Cafe Cibo
      Thursday, February 20th
       
      $4 for GEMS Members
      $8 for Non-GEMS Members
       
      Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Senior Center registration required, however, there is no need to be a GEMS member to enjoy these exciting Gulfport getaways.
       
      Call 727-893-2242 for more information and to reserve your seat. Trips are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, February 20th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Welcome to Gulfport Workshop
      Thursday, February 20th
       
      6 – 7:30 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      Are you new to, returning to, or simply curious about Gulfport? If so, this get-together is for you!
       
      Co-hosted by Gulfport Neighbors and Gulfport Public Library, this event will get you started at the library, give you information on the city of Gulfport services and activities, plus help you discover what ward you live in and who is your council representative. Find out where the bus routes travel and more! The group will also provide an overview of Gulfport Neighbors’ mission and activities.
       
      For more information, contact 727-893-1074.
       
       
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, February 20th
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $8 admission
       
      6:30 – 7:30 pm: Advanced Workshop
      7:30 – 8:30 pm: Beginner Workshop
      8:30 – 11:00 pm: General Latin Dancing
      16th Annual Gulfport Get Rescued
      Saturday, Feb. 22nd
      10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Waterfront District Beach Blvd. S.
       
      Gulfport’s Get Rescued annual event is one of the largest animal rescue events in the state! All profits to benefit participating non-profit rescue groups.
       
      In addition to the animal rescue organizations there will be animal-related vendors, artists and crafters, an adoptable pet parade, pet care education, pet services, a pet food & supplies drive, free samples, training demos, a Bark-B-Que, food, DJ music & more. Admission and parking are free!
       
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Monday, February 24th
       
      2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Class space is limited. Sessions run for 3-month period. Please call 727-893-5657 to pre-register.
       
       
       
      Tampa Bay History Center exhibits include coverage of the Tampa Bay area’s first native inhabitants, Spanish conquistadors, and historical figures who shaped the area’s history, as well as a reproduction of a 1920s cigar store. Feature exhibit: “Pensacola: Florida’s Second City” Founded in 1559 and despite its runner up status, it was and still is an important city.
       
       
      Tampa Bay History Center
      Tuesday, February 25th
       
      $23 for GEMS Members
      $28 for Non-GEMS Members
       
      Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Senior Center registration required, however, there is no need to be a GEMS member to enjoy these exciting Gulfport getaways.
       
      Call 727-893-2242 for more information and to reserve your seat. Trips are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.
       
      Lunch stop: Columbia Cafe at the History Center, www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/columbia-restaurant
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, February 25th
       
      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, February 26, 2020
      Stetson School of Law
      Eleazer Hearing Room, 1401 61st St. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and all are welcome!
       
      For more information, please contact Jim Wright, Volunteer Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
      A Community Remembrance Project
      Thursday, February 27th
       
      7 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      In honor of Black History Month, join us for a presentation by Dr. Julie Buckner Armstrong, an internationally known expert and author/editor of multiple books on the civil rights movement. She also teaches undergraduate & graduate courses at USFSP. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library.
       
      For questions or more information, please call 727-893-1074.
      Friday Sock Hop w/ the Legendary IMPACS
      Friday, February 28th
       
      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.
      CROP Hunger Walk
      Sunday, March 1st
       
      1 p.m.
      Chase Park, 5313 27th Ave. S.
       
      The Walk is staged to raise awareness of world hunger, drought, and agricultural needs world wide, seeking to meet both immediate needs and sustaining approaches to dealing with long term problems. Two routes are available for participants, one covering a little over a mile and the other measuring just less than three miles.
       
      Donations of non-perishable food items and 25% of monetary contributions are given to local charities. Last year nearly 100 people walked, accounting for over $11,000, and a truckload of goods to local food banks. 
       
      This year marks the 50th anniversary of the CWS CROP Hunger Walk program. For more information on this family oriented event contact Lois Lehman lsusan43@gmail.com
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, March 3rd
       
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      Consumer Protection Fair
      Wednesday, March 4th
       
      3 – 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Trolley Market District Neighborhood Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, March 4, 2020
      Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. 
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and all are welcome!
       
      For more information, please contact Jim Wright, Volunteer Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
      Gulfport Community Players Present – ​Miss Edwina (and the men in her life) ​Written and Directed by Patrick Brafford
      March 5-15, 2020
       
      Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m.
      Saturday – Sunday 2 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      It is in September 1969. Edwina and her son, Dakin, have just returned from the hospital. It is a critical time in their lives and the life of her other son, Tennessee Williams. The play centers around the desperate decision she has to make regarding his well-being. As she and Dakin discuss the future, they also reminisce about the glorious past that Tennessee has brought to their lives. Miss Edwina sets the story straight about her life and the characters in Tennessee’s plays.
       
      For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org
       
       
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, March 6th
       
      9 a.m. – noon
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      First Friday Art Walk
      Friday, March 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.
      PIZZAZZ – Variety Entertainment w/ Style
      Friday, March 6th
       
      7 p.m.
      Tickets are $25 at the door
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      An amazing variety revue show, complete with a live Orchestra! Seven wildly talented variety acts that tour the U.S. and the World! Circus Arts, Magic, Vocalists, Cabaret-style dance, Stand-up Comedy, and Polynesian Dance Troupe.
       
      Also featuring from Clearwater, The Pizzazz Live Orchestra, Eric Enfield and the Jazz DaddyO’s!!!
      Gulfport’s 15th Annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Homes
      Saturday, March 7th
       
      11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Scout Hall, 5315 28th St. S.
       
      The tour features homes in the neighborhoods between Beach Blvd. and 49th Street S, south of Gulfport Blvd.
       
      For more information, contact Caron Schwartz, 303-641-5489 msschwartz4 at live.com
       
       
       
      Board of Adjustment Meeting
      Wednesday, March 11th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, March 11, 2020
      Lions Club, 4630 Tifton Dr.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and all are welcome!
       
      For more information, please contact Jim Wright, Volunteer Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, March 13th
       
      Doors Open 6:45 pm
      Swing Dance Lesson 7-8 pm
      Live Music & Dancing 8-midnight
       
      All Ages ~ No Partners Needed ~ Cash Bar
      Free Parking
       
      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 Nautical Flea Market
      Saturday, March 14th
       
      7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Gulfport Municipal Marina, 4630 29th Ave. S.
       
      Limited spaces available. Cost is $10 for a 10’x10′ space. Please bring your own table and chairs.
       
      For more information, please contact the Marina office at 727-893-1071.
       
      Deadline to register is Friday, March 6, 2020 at 4 p.m.
       
       
      2020 Great American Clean Up – Clam Bayou Clean Up
      Saturday, March 14th
       
      9 a.m. – noon
      Clam Bayou Nature Park, Miriam St. S.
       
      Please join us as we partner up for a rewarding day of community improvement, engagement and beautification.
       
      Gulfport Health & Wellness Expo
      Saturday, March 14th
       
      10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Great things happened at the Gulfport Health & Wellness EXPO last year, but this year promises to be bigger and better!
       
      Last year, we had over 500 participants enjoy health screenings, demonstrations, and healthy food choices. They received a wealth of information concerning their health, recreational activities, and ways to increase self-confidence. Be part of this exclusive event designed to assist you in promoting your company’s services and providing you with an opportunity to share important information to an enthusiastic and receptive audience.
       
      Exhibit booths begin at only $150 and include your company name listed in multiple printed publications, as well as emailed publications to over 2500 individuals and local businesses.
       
      If you have any questions, please contact Jerryanne Hindman at 727-893-1244 or mpscfoundation@tampabay.rr.com.
       
       
       
      Safe Mobility for Life Workshop
      Wednesday, March 18th
       
      2 – 3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      RSVP today at 727-893-5657
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport Junk Drop
      Saturday, March 21st
       
      8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
      49th Street Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S.
       
      Got Junk? Do your part and help clean up the earth by throwing away your junk for FREE at the City of Gulfport Junk Drop!
       
      For questions or more information, please contact 727-893-1089.
      Grand Prix of Gulfport Boat Show & Race
       
      Friday, March 27th – Noon – 6 p.m.
      Saturday, March 28th – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      Sunday, March 29th – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
       
      Grand Prix of Gulfport, LLC is producing the fourth annual Grand Prix of Gulfport featuring F150, SST45, Jersey Speed Skiffs and a Boat Show. In cooperation with the City of Gulfport, the downtown area is transformed into mecca of activity along Shore Boulevard between 58th Street South and 54th Street South. The Race Boats, with their pit area open to the public makes the Gulfport Recreation Center home for the weekend, along with the Pleasure Boat Display and Vendor Booths lining Shore Blvd.. Beach Blvd., South will serve as the main entrance and a parking shuttle drop off area for the free to the public event.
       
      Proceeds to benefit the Michael J. Yakes Foundation (www.mygulfportfoundation.org) a local non-profit organization whose mission is to help underprivileged children and seniors in the Gulfport, Florida area.
       
      Community Outreach
       
      Make Pinellas Count!
       
      America gets one chance each decade to count its entire population – the 2020 Census is your chance to make sure we get our fair share as a community. The census count determines both the size of our state’s political representation and how billions of dollars are spent on federal and local programs. Public transit, affordable housing, school lunches, Medicaid and SNAP nutrition assistance are just a few examples of programs that rely on census data. This spring, your home will get an invitation by mail to take the census online. Your response is secure, confidential and protected by law. This short survey is a civic duty laid out in the Constitution and it’s also vitally important to our community’s future. Let’s make Pinellas count!
       
      Join Us
       
      As chairman of Pinellas County’s Complete Count Committee, I invite you to join our local effort to ensure everyone in Pinellas County is counted in the 2020 Census. Over the next year, we will share news updates about local Census outreach as well as upcoming meetings and events on this website. Questions? Contact us at Census2020@pinellascounty.org.
       
      Together, let’s make sure everyone in Pinellas counts!
       
      Commissioner Kenneth T. Welch
      Chairman, Pinellas Complete Count Committee
      Pinellas County Census 2020 Outreach
       
      Ramping Up Hiring Efforts for 2020 Census
       
      The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country to reach its goal of more than 2 million applicants.
       
      The positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. To determine the pay rate in a specific area, learn more about these positions, or apply for one of the temporary jobs, visit 2020census.gov/jobs.
       
      “Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash, pay down your student debt, or offset holiday season spending, our part-time positions are a great way to do that,” said Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. “What better way to earn some extra money and help shape the future of your community for the next 10 years than with the 2020 Census?”
       
      Who Should Apply?
       
      Anyone age 18 and older, such as recent high school graduates, college students, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and people who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. People who already have jobs and want to earn extra income evenings and weekends are also encouraged to apply. The selection process begins this month, with paid training occurring in March and April. After paid training, most positions work between May and early July.
       
      Help us spread the word. Connect with us!
       
      About the 2020 Census
       
      The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted every 10 years. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and inform how state, local and federal lawmakers will allocate billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities every year for the next 10 years.
       
      For media inquiries or interviews: If you have a question, give us a call at 301-763-3030 or contact the Public Information Office at pio@census.gov.
       
       
      Household Electronics & Chemical Collection
       
      All events are on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       
      For more information about household electronics & chemical collection, including quantity limits, visit www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/hec3 or call 727-464-7500.
      The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber (GMC) has announced a call for applicants for its 2020/2021 community support grant program. Local non-profit organizations that target or include Gulfport in their activities are invited to apply. Applicants must be certified tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government entities requesting funds for public purposes, or schools and colleges at any level.
       
      For more details and to apply, see the application available at www.VisitGulfportFlorida.comClick on “Community Grant” at the bottom of the home page. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding and the Board of the GMC reserves the right to determine or adjust the amount awarded to any recipient. Applications must be received in writing and must be emailed, postmarked or delivered no later than March 31, 2020. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered. Decisions on recipients are scheduled to be announced by the end of April 2020. 
       
      Special consideration will be given to organizations that are able to help promote and provide volunteers for the GMC events that raise the funds making these grants possible. “Gecko World” events with funds earmarked each year for community giving include “Gecko Crawl,” “Gecko Ball” and the GeckoFest street festival. The events grow in size and popularity every year and each requires a large promotional effort and a large number of volunteers. Events occur in late summer. Grant amounts will be determined and funds distributed to grantees after these GMC events have concluded for 2020.
       
      Since sponsoring the community grants, the GMC has provided many thousands of dollars in funding to a large and growing roster of worthy non-profit organizations. The GMC also gives back to the community in other ways during the year, including sponsoring “Gulfport’s Get Rescued” each February, benefitting animal rescue groups. And a monthly Clothing Swap benefitting CASA is held during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market. Public art installations have also been commissioned and installed with GMC funding.
       
      For more information, contact GMC Board Member Brittney Sherley, GeckoWorldGrant@GulfportMA.com.
       
       
      Calling ALL Teens!!!
       
      Looking for something to do in the evenings? Come to Teen Night at the Gulfport Recreation Center!
       
      Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      For questions or more information, please call John at 727-893-1079.
       
       
      Catch A Ride With GEMS!
       
      GEMS door-to-door transportation has provided independence & freedom to elderly and disabled residents of Gulfport for over 40 years.
       
      Call for more information, 727-893-2242
       
      Do you love Gulfport and wish you could be here all the time? Check out our live streaming cameras to see what you are missing. From beaches and volleyball to dining and special events; Gulfport has it all! After all we are one of the most fun and exciting cities on the Gulf coast!
       
       
       
       
      For more information, please visit www.mygulfport.us/lateralrebate
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Latest water quality information:
       
      For more information, please visit 
       
       
      Smoke Alarms Save Lives
       
      Free smoke alarms are available to elderly and low income households within Gulfport City limits. 
       
      Call Fire Chief James Marenkovic at
      893-1062 for more information.
      Gulfport on the Go!
      Get the City App
       
      City of Gulfport is proud to announce the launch of the new City of Gulfport app for iOS and Android mobile devices, the newest way to connect with its citizens.
       
      The Official City of Gulfport app offers citizens a simple way to submit requests-like reporting potholes, signs, trash or debris, code violations, and inquiring about an event venue. Users can include an address and description, GPS-specific location, as well as a photo of the issue. Once a request is submitted, you can keep track of pending and completed requests within the “My Requests” section. In addition, the City app has direct links to the online utility bill payment system, the City calendar, frequently asked questions, the city employee directory, the sanitation department, and the electronic newsletter signup.
       
      The City App allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services. Offering more ways for citizens to connect with the City, please email info@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118 with questions or technical issues about the smart phone app.
      Reassurance Telephone Program
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Let the friendly Volunteers of the Gulfport Senior Center chat with you on a daily basis. Sign up for the Gulfport Reassurance Program and choose between two call times: early-morning or mid-morning. This service is designed to help you feel secure and connected.
       
      For more information, call the Gulfport Senior Center at (727) 893-2237
       
       
      Get a FREE Amplified Phone
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      3rd Tuesday of every month
      9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
       
      You MUST call 727-399-9983 to qualify.
       
       
       
       
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
       
      City of Gulfport Florida | 2401 53rd Street SouthGulfport, FL 33707

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    • Good Experience with Big Diesel Marine, Sailfish Marina, West Palm Beach, FL

      Always good to get positive recommendations for emergency repairs. Thank you Captain Skip.

      We were down in Jupiter and needed a tow to safety only to find out that the motor may have been blown. I contacted Big Diesel Marine @ 772 215 7663. The repair guys came out at night and found a bent push rod and repaired the motor the next day on a holiday. I strongly recommend this firm and am glad we made it home safe. Again! BIG DIESEL MARINE 772 215 7663
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    • 2020 Safe Boating and Vessel Safety Checks Schedule, Lake Norman, NC

      The America’s Boating Club of Lake Norman is a group of truly dedicated boaters doing excellent work to promote safe boating.  See their website linked below for more information.


       Mooresville, NC 28117  https://www.usps.org/local/usps/sss-ln

      EDUCATION for BOATERS

      Open Seafarer Newsletter and update yourself with “America’s Boating Club of Lake Norman”    

      (Formally Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron) 

      1. America’s Boating Course

      Saturday March 21st, 2020

      Holy Spirit Catholic Church 537 N Hwy 16 (Bus.) Denver, NC

      (Must Register On-Line, below) 

      1. Vessel Safety Checks

      Saturday April 18th, 2020

      Peninsula Yacht Club 18501 Harbor Light Blvd. Cornelius

      (Email Alex Cooper at  alexandercooper153@gmail.com or 

      Call (336) 403-1108 • Mobile

      To access the Seafarer Newsletter to register on-line for the ABC Classes, hold down the CTRL button, click on the link below “or” copy and paste the link in your web browser “search block”: and click return button to open.

      http://www.usps.org/localusps/lakenorman/articles/Seafarer200102.pdf        

      For MEMBERSHIP info call Roger Lewis (704 542-1050) or email 

      RogerLewisCLT@gmail.com for additional boating information.  

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    • Martin County Moments: February 2020, Stuart, FL


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

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

      February 2020

      In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we wrote about some of the most romantic restaurants in Martin County! From tried-and-true classics to buzzworthy newcomers, you can find the full selection over on our blog. (Pro tip: bookmark it for your next date night and thank us later) 

      Love is in the Air at These Romantic Restaurants

      Check out this long exposure captured by Thomas Bentivegna (@thomasbentivegna) at the House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island ❤
       

      Share your photos using the #DiscoverMartin hashtag for the chance to be featured!

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      Looking for something different to do over the weekend? Try planning a visit to one of Martin County’s must-see museums. There’s a solid option for every age and interest!

      Fun Fact: Did you know The Mansion at Tuckahoe was originally built to be the Mediterranean Revival-style home of Anne Bates Leach (a Coca-Cola heiress) and her husband? Today it’s operated by the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department and is available to be privately rented for weddings, parties, fundraisers, birthday parties and more! For additional info, click the button below or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (772) 463-3201.

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

       

      Feeling inspired? For more stunning Martin County photography, follow us on Instagram and be sure to tag your photos with #DiscoverMartin for the chance to be featured in our eNewsletter or on our social channels!

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      2401 SE Monterey Road Stuart Fl 34996

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    • Ocean Currents Speeding Up Faster than Predicted

      For this new study, the researchers tapped into a network of free-drifting instruments, known as Argo floats, to measure the movement of water up to a depth of 2,000 meters. Although faster currents were observed in 76 percent of the world’s ocean waters, the most dramatic changes were seen in the tropics.

      Climate change models predicted ocean currents would speed up – but not this soon
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    • Boatlines February 14 from MIATC, Martin County, FL


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

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

       
       
       
       

       

       
       
      Calendar: 
      Feb 14 ~ Sailing Bimini; getting there thru a 60 mph squall and MOB, at 5 PM at Fort Pierce Yacht Club
       
      Feb 14 ~ Open to all valid PHRF rating holders Captains Meeting for Feb 15 sailboat race, at 7:30 PM at Fort Pierce Yacht Club
       
      Feb 15~ Fort Pierce Yacht Club sponsored Offshore PHRF Sailboat Race open to all
       
      Feb 20~ Eco Evening seminar “Florida Water Stories” presented by Dr Steven Noll and Fort Pierce Yacht Club at 6:30 PM
       
      Fort Pierce Yacht Club Events
       
      Sailing Bimini; getting there thru a 60 mph squall and MOB, Feb 14 at 5 PM at Fort Pierce Yacht Club
      Open to all valid PHRF rating holders Captains Meeting for Feb 15 sailboat race, Feb 14 at 7:30 PM at Fort Pierce Yacht Club
       
      Fort Pierce Yacht Club sponsored Offshore PHRF Sailboat Race open to all Feb 15; call 781-718-7216 for info
       
      Eco Evening seminar “Florida Water Stories” presented by Dr Steven Noll and Fort Pierce Yacht Club Feb 20 at 6:30 PM; more information 
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Need anything for your boat?
      Come check out the Yard Sale at Chapman School of Seamanship!!
       
      Address:
      4343 SE St. Lucie Blvd.
      Stuart, FL 34997
       
       
       
      Florida Oceanographic Society
      2020 Coastal Lecture Series
      Next Lecture: February 25, 2020
       
       MARCH INTO SPRING WITH A SAFETY-SKILLS BOATING COURSE
       
      WHAT: ABC3 America’s Boating Course, 3rd Edition
                   Presented by St. Lucie River Power Squadron,
                   America’s Boating Club of Martin County, Celebrating its 50th Anniversary
                   Comprehensive course focuses on family boating safety to include
                   “Rules of the Road,” seamanship, piloting, navigation, federal and state
                  requirements, marlinspike and many more important topics.
                  Successful course completion qualifies for Florida Boating Safety Education ID 
                  Card and often discounts on boating insurance by many insurance companies
      WHEN: March 7-8 – Saturday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm
      WHERE: St. Joseph Parish Life Center
                      (Room 7 on far eastern side of campus)
                      1300 E. 10th Street, Stuart
                      (Parking across from Parkway Drive on eastern side of campus)
      COST: $50, cash or check made payable to SLRPS
                 Includes instruction and materials
                 Families may share materials – $10 fee for each additional family member
      FURTHER INFORMATION: St. Lucie River Power Squadron website: www.slrps.org
      QUESTIONS and REGISTRATION: Paul Vallier, (772) 678-2468, pavallier@aim.com
       
      Come show your support!!
       
       
      MIATC Board of Directors
       
       President:        John Yudin of Guy Yudin & Foster 
      Secretary:        Artie Olson of Vero Marine Center
         Director:         Tom Whittington of Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales
         Director:         Dan Dietz of Dietz Enterprises
         Director:         Gary Guertin of Coastal Angler – Treasure Coast/Bahamas
         Director:         Thomas O’Brien of Chapman Marine Supply
         Director:        Bruce Grout of Sovereign Yacht Sales
         Director:         Butch Olsen  of Pt. Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority
         Director:         Jim Truslow of Boat Owners Warehouse
      Director: Don Green of Don Green Electric
      Director: Chris Dempsey of Sailfish Point Marina
       
      Michele Miller                                        Kelsey Arnold 
       Director of Operations                              Communications Coordinator
       
      MIATC | PO Box 1639Stuart, FL 34997

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    • Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Fishermen’s Village, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL

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

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, especially during early Spring. When you are berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor.

      FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE TO HOST ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION

      Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village will play host to a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Tuesday,
      March 17, 2020 with festivities beginning at 12 noon and continuing until 9 pm. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  

      • Singer Paul Cottrell 12 Noon-4 pm Center Court
      • Singer Jim Garee 1-5 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee
      • Vladimir Gordokin performing on the Tsimbaly, 12 noon-4 pm, third section
      • Kellyn Celtic Arts will present a Traditional Irish Step performance from 2-2:30 pm, Center Court
      • Lee County Pipes & Drums Parade/Performance 5:30-6:00 pm Center Court
      • Traditional Irish Music Show by Mark Fitzpatrick and Eddie Dillon 5-9 pm Center Court

      Originally from Boston, Eddie Dillon is a multi-instrumentalist – guitar, mandolin, banjo & bass
      blended with a little Irish wit!   Singer/Songwriter Mark Fitzpatrick has toured with Ireland’s famous folk singers, The Clancy Brothers.

      Village Restaurants will feature Irish food specials (call for details/reservations)

      Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL.   941 639-8721 www.fishville.com

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

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

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

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    • Claiborne Young on Florida Anchoring Regulations and Anchoring Rights

      A voice from the past, Claiborne Young, founder of Cruisers Net, posted this 2010 editorial regarding Florida anchoring regulations and thus joined the battle between state bureaucrats and cruisers over restrictions on anchoring rights.  To read the entire posting and the resulting comments from fellow cruisers, see Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Anchoring Rights Editorial Reprise. For more from Claiborne on anchoring rights, see Florida Anchoring Rights/Regulations.

      A Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Editorial by Claiborne S. Young

      Almost everywhere I go, one question keeps popping up time after time; some variation of, `Claiborne, where are all these Florida anchorage regulations coming from?’ Well, I am going to attempt to answer that question within this article/editorial, AND why I think most of these proposed prohibitions are unnecessary and probably harmful.

      First, let’s dispose of two less than savory reasons why Floridian anchorage regulations have made an appearance, stretching all the way back to the early 1990’s.

      1. Local and county governmental officials see anchorage regulations as a way to expand their department’s authority, or, in bureaucrat-ese,  “expand their turf.”

      2. There are a group of very wealthy Floridians, who, by virtue of their finances, have more than their fair share of political influence. And, they simply do not want to walk out in their backyards, and see anchored boats on the water. I once heard one property owner of this ilk testify that whenever he was on the water, he ALWAYS saw cruising craft dumping untreated sewage and trash overboard. Talk about a bald faced lie if I ever heard one!

      Those favoring anchorage regulation for one of the above two reasons are beneath my contempt, and that of the entire cruising community. Haven’t we had enough of self-serving government officials and overreaching, wealthy property owners? Enough said!

      Then, there are concerns about `noise pollution’ and trespassing. Who among us has not dropped the hook in some quiet corner of the world, only to have another vessel show up across the way, and proceed to play loud music into the small hours. Not a fun night.

      I, myself, have watched, on rare occasions, as less than sanguine cruisers pull their dinghies onto someone’s back yard, and then gaily go off to the grocery store, as if it was their right to land the dink wherever they pleased. No wonder some waterside property owners have erected large `No Trespassing’ signs.

      In populated regions, noise pollution and trespassing are real problems. However, I have a very simple solution for these two anchorage concerns.

      There are already trespassing and `disturbing the peace’/noise pollution laws on the books of virtually every municipality and county in America. One local water cop enforcing these regulations should solve the problem nicely.

      And, that brings us to the issue which I think is front and center in what I will term as the `honest’ attempts to regulate anchorage (as opposed to the `dishonest’ #1 and #2 reasons listed above). Can you guess what this issue might be?

      I won’t keep you in suspense. Abandoned vessels and what I will term, live-aboard `hulks,’ are, without any question in my tiny mind, the #1 threat to anchoring rights throughout Florida for the rest of us. We’ve all seen vessels at anchor which have been sitting in the same spot for months on end, without anyone being aboard. And then, most of us have also gazed in wonder at `boats’ which look as if they are going to sink any moment, and then we see someone come on deck. Have you, like me, asked yourself, `Does someone actually live on that thing?’

      Abandoned vessels and live-aboard hulks are safety and health risks, not to mention being more than a little bit unsightly. They often break free during bad weather, and impact other vessels or private property. And, as to the untreated waste being dumped overboard from the hulks, best not to think too closely on that topic.

      Think this isn’t a serious issue? Consider the two e-mails below which I received shortly after publishing my last `Anchorage Rights/Regulations Analysis:’

      Dear Claiborne,
      Thanks for the update and more than that, the great service you provide boaters. On the subject of anchoring rights however, I feel you and others in the cruising community need to take a more balanced stand.
      I live near Sarasota so see almost on a daily basis the derelict or near-derelict boats moored off the city waterfront. They are ugly, dangerous – occasionally coming adrift in bad weather – and in many cases unoccupied. For those that live aboard I suspect the concept of a pump out is totally alien. Then try anchoring overnight in the Boca Grande basin. My wife and I were there a couple of months ago and, contrary to your 2006 article it seemed virtually all occupied by “long term” cruisers ( I use the term charitably), many in dilapidated condition. Again, I wonder about frequency of pump out for some of these boats.
      Most of us are responsible cruisers, for whom a limitation of several days, perhaps a week, in one location is not a large imposition. I feel we would be better served by meeting local communities half way and working towards a compromise that retains the ability of the cruising majority to cruise, while dealing with the minority that give all of us a bad name.
      Peter Morris

      Or, this one:

      Hi Claiborne,
      I am an advocate for anchoring rights. But I have to point out that many places in California have had severe restrictions on anchoring for some time. Long Beach Harbor used to allow overnight anchoring behind some oil platforms but that “right” was taken away a number of years ago. Marina Del Rey, Redando Beach, and San Pedro have no anchoring. Newport Beach has a small restricted area, but you are not allowed to leave the boat unattended. Dana Point also has this restriction. San Diego has restricted anchorages, and most require a permit to use. Even Catalina Island has defacto lack of anchorages, by the massive mooring fields and harbor masters who will not allow anchoring in many parts of the harbors–so that at the Isthmus and Avalon, you have to anchor in more than 100 feet, and often in areas of poor holding and subject to weather.
      I did discuss the anchoring situation with our local marine resource officer in Pensacola, and there is no plan for restriction, as long as the vessel is outside of the navigable channel. I asked about the mooring field, and was told that the stipulations put on this were so great by the state that they would not be practical economically–I tend to agree. I do believe it is more for control, than to provide a service or help the mariner.

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      1. Ted Arisaka -  February 14, 2020 - 12:02 pm

        Thanks Cruisers Net for publishing Mr Young’s editorial from a few years ago about Florida Anchoring Regulations. His comments are as relevant today as they were then. I have shared with Save Georgia’s Anchorages and will share further.
        Regards,
        Ted

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    • LNM: Reminder: Maintenance and Reduced Clearance, Atlantic Beach Bridge, NC AICW Statute Mile 206.5


      Atlantic Beach Bridge is a fixed span with 65ft vertical clearance. This maintenance began in October of 2018.

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