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    • MarineQuest 2019: Celebrating science for 25 years! Oct 19, St Petersburg, FL

      Marine research and education for young and old. A great way to spend your day.


      MarineQuest 2019: Celebrating science for 25 years!


      The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute invites you to MarineQuest, its 25th annual open house. This free public event is Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FWRI’s headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg, 100 Eighth Ave. SE.

      Since 1995, MarineQuest has offered educational fun for all ages. Celebrate science inside FWRI’s laboratories, where guests can hold sea turtle shells, peer through microscopes and explore coral reefs. Outside, discover touch tanks with fish, crabs and other sea life. Learn about research in the Florida Keys, freshwater fisheries, and other wildlife, such as deer and bats.

      In addition to FWC’s science programs, visitors can tour a law enforcement vessel and meet furry officers from the K9 unit; learn archery skills with the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network; and register to participate in the freshwater fisheries TrophyCatch program.

      Stop by the Kids Zone outside for temporary tattoos, marine magnets and “gyotaku” – the art of Japanese fish printing.

      Paid parking is available at the SouthCore Parking Garage, 101 First Ave. S. A free shuttle will transport visitors from the parking garage to the MarineQuest entrance. MarineQuest will also host food trucks on-site.

      Event sponsors include the Tampa Bay Times, University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the City of St. Petersburg.

      Held in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Science Festival, this event is designed to provide equal opportunities for enjoyment to all participants. If you would like to request aids or services pursuant to disability laws, contact the MarineQuest event planner at 727-896-8626 or the city of St. Petersburg Community Affairs Division at 727-893-7345 or 727-892-5259 TDD/TTY.

      For more information about MarineQuest 2019, visit MyFWC.com/MarineQuest.

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    • Present and Future Environmental Concerns for Southeast Coastal Waters as of 10/15

      Future environmental concerns, such as coral collapse, lionfish, blue and green algae blooms, the impact of dredging, water levels in Lake Okeechobee and rising sea levels in general, all remain for our coastal waters after this past year of ecological and economic disasters of red tide and sargassum blooms in Florida.

      10/15/19 King tides: South Florida’s had 4 straight days of record high tides
      Palm Beach Post

      10/14/19 New Study Shows Higher Levels of PFAS
      Coastal Review Online

      10/7/19 I am docked Norfolk at the Waterside Marina downtown. The high tide comes within a couple inches of flooding their inner docks. Over in Porstmouth it already does crest the public facedocks there.
      Geoff Gardner

      10/6/19 UN Climate Change Report Projects Bleak Future For Ocean Health
      WLRN

      10/6/19 Red tide counts growing along Southwest Florida coast, fish kills reported in Collier
      The News-Press

      10/6/19 Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs report red tide; will it return to Florida east coast?
      TCPalm

      10/6/19 Red Tide is back in southwest Florida
      Tampa Bay Times

      10/6/19 Red tide returns: Harmful algae appears again in parts of Florida
      WTSP.com

      10/6/19 Beachgoers in some counties — among them Broward — are likely being exposed to harmful bacteria
      SunSentinel

      10/2/19 NOAA Awards $10.2 Million for Harmful Algal Bloom Research
      SRQ Magazine

      10/2/19 FSU Researchers: Multifactor models reveal worse picture of climate change impact on marine life
      Florida State News

      10/2/19 Florida is in for more dead corals, sea rise and floods, says new UN climate report
      Phys.Org

      10/2/19 In Florida, Flushing the Toilet Is Threatened by Rising Sea Levels for Tens of Thousands of …
      The Weather Channel

      10/1/19 Look for ‘Climate Change’ to Be Referenced in Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Report
      News Talk Florida

      9/28/19 Gulf Stream slowing down; that could mean rising seas, hotter Florida
      Walton Sun

       

      9/27/19 Coral Reefs

       Threatened by Mysterious Disease Compared to Ebola
      Newsweek

      9/26/19 Fort Myers Beach new mini reefs to keep marine life healthy, fight red tide
      Wink News

      9/25/19 Seaweed is gobbling up Mexican beaches
      CNET

      9/24/19 Water quality samples taken offshore show red tide concentrations creeping up
      The News-Press

      9/24/19 Seagr

      ass, Vital to Wildlife and Ocean Health, Thrives Along Florida’s Gulf Coast

      The Pew Charitable Trusts (blog)

      9/24/19 Lionfish Continue To Swarm The Atlantic Ocean – And We Still Don’t Know What To Do About It
      Forbes

      9/19/19 Solutions for marine debris and pollutants harming Biscayne Bay addressed at Marine Health …
      Miami’s Community Newspapers

      9/19/19 Tampa Bay filled with billions of pieces of plastic
      yoursun.com

      9/9/19 NOAA sends nearly $2M for red tide research to Mote Marine Laboratory
      Florida Politics (blog)

       

      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Patti Holma -  January 11, 2019 - 10:36 am

        Any info on the east coast?

        • Cruisers' Net -  January 14, 2019 - 12:55 pm

          Patti – I think this report addresses thru title only, so E. Coast not as sever as Gulf. In fact we see very little on that side except around St Lucie area “maybe”

    • Bahamas Chatter: “Update from Bahamas Government” plus 2 more

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      Bahamas Chatter: “Update from Bahamas Government” plus 2 more

      Update from Bahamas Government

      Posted: 14 Oct 2019 09:36 AM PDT

      Press Release

      PM Minnis opens debate on amendments to Disaster Preparedness and Response Act

        
        
      Date:October 10, 2019

      The Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction is in the process of deploying temporary housing for government employees on Abaco, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced in the House of Assembly on Wednesday in his second communication on Hurricane Dorian response and recovery efforts.

      The Prime Minister said 100 RV trailers will accommodate 300 critical government personnel, who will play an essential role in reconstruction and recovery. A protocol is being determined for the relocation of individuals back to Abaco.

      A land site next to the Spring City subdivision on Abaco is also being prepared to create the Family Relief Centre, which will serve as temporary housing accommodations for families affected by Hurricane Dorian.

      The Family Relief Centre will comprise 250 dome structures that will include plumbing, drainage, a sewer system and electricity. Each dome can accommodate four to five people. The estimated cost for this facility is $6.4 million.

      Land is being prepared and trenching will begin this week. Materials for the infrastructure work are scheduled to arrive on Abaco next week, said Prime Minister Minnis.

      “The response to Hurricane Dorian is a comprehensive and global effort led and coordinated by the Government of The Bahamas,” said the Prime Minister. “The full resources of the Government are being deployed.”

      Another essential part of the recovery and rebuilding effort is the relocation of schoolchildren, teachers and other education personnel, said Prime Minister Minnis.

      So far approximately 1,400 students have been registered and the Ministry of Education is in the process of tracking down the balance of the 2,500 students who were registered at schools in Abaco before Dorian struck The Bahamas.

      Some of these students are in other Family Islands, reported the Prime Minister. Some are in private schools. Some went directly to government-operated schools in New Providence, and did not come through the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium for registration as requested.

      Approximately 300 students remained in Abaco, not all of whom are in schools, and some students have traveled to the United States.

      “We know also that 50 students are at schools in Andros, and that more than 150 are being accommodated on Eleuthera,” said Prime Minister Minnis.

      “Tragically, it is also likely that there are some school children among the persons still not accounted for in Abaco.”

      In East Grand Bahama, four schools sustained significant damage, and will require extensive repairs, which will require an extensive amount of time. There was also major damage in Central Abaco.

      There were some schools which sustained substantial damage but have since been repaired enough to accommodate students and have been brought up to standard to receive students for classes for half of the school day, said the Prime Minister.

      Five schools in northern and southern Abaco are open but are operating on reduced hours as a result of self-help efforts from teachers and community members.

      Counselling sessions, led by staff of the Employee Assistance Programme, in conjunction with the Bahamas Psychological Services were also carried out, the Prime Minister reported.

      The Ministry of Education is awaiting advice from the Ministry of Works on the Scopes of Work and costings submitted by Education for the 16 schools needed to be repaired on Grand Bahama.

      The estimation thus far is the Ministry of Education’s Hurricane Dorian relief budget will come in at approximately $20 million.

      Spanish Cay Update 11/14/19

      Posted: 14 Oct 2019 06:51 AM PDT

      at the moment, we have one dock fully functioning that can probably accommodate a 100′ boat and probably 12-14 boats from 20′ to 70 ‘  with water and electric.
      Probably in the next month or two, our rooms will all be available to rent as well. We already have 5 or 6 rooms that are ready to rent.
       
      The restaurant and the bar, as well as the pool are all open. Of course ,we have a limited menu at the moment.
       
       
      Suzanne Cloutier
      Felix Johnson       cell :242-816-4998

      Suzanne Cloutier  cell: 242-807-0317

      Spanish Cay Cay Resorts Ltd  “It’s Better in The Bahamas”   

      Bahamas (242) 365-0083 Florida     (954) 213-6195   www.spanishcay.com

      Marsh Harbour Update 10/14/19

      Posted: 14 Oct 2019 06:36 AM PDT

      From owner of Harbour View Marina, Marsh Harbour:
      Everything was completely destroyed.  Our goals for this coming year are as follows.
       
      1. Get Wally’s reopened since the building survived.
      2. Rebuild the docks.
      3. Have Blue Wave Rentals operational for the spring and summer season.
      4. A temporary office for the Marina and Blue Wave Rentals is already on the island.
      5. A long term plan for the rebuilding of the Marina buildings is being developed.
       
      Don’t know what the future holds but we are committed to rebuilding better than ever.
       
      Regards,
       
      Troy Cornea, Harbour View Marina

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Joseph Nekola -  October 15, 2019 - 11:48 am

        Great news, Troy. Can't wait to get back over there.
        Regards,
        Joe Nekola
        Formally 'Sea Pearl', currently 'Salty Dawg'.

        Reply to Joseph
    • Doing the Okeechobee Canal and Lake Okeechobee

      Our thanks to Skipper Gene Faatz for sharing his experience crossing south Florida via the Okeechobee Canal and Lake Okeechobee.

      As we all know it might be a little early to put boat back in the water after 5 months of high and dry storage with hurricane season not ending for a while yet but I have confidence that we will be safe here in South Florida. We departed River Forest Yachting Center LaBelle on Friday Oct. 11 for a 4 1/2 hr. trip eastbound in the Caloosahatchee Canal to cross Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Canal with our final destination on the north fork of the St. Lucie River in Palm City. It was quite breezy with 10 to 15 kt. winds out of the N/NE but very warm. We only got to the Moorehaven railroad bridge for our first delay of about 20 minutes do to work on the tracks but locked through the Moorehaven Lock without any further delay. Reached Lake O without any issues and found the water depth to be the deepest I have seen in a long time do the lake level over 13 ft. and the wind blowing the water to the south end, min depth anywhere in the channel and lake was over 8 ft. The lake was rather bumpy with 2-3 ft. and an occasional 4 just for fun. Port Mayaca Lock was actually locking through with a 6 inch drop [ new lockmaster training]. Prior to arriving at the St. Lucie we were pleasantly surprised to pass the John F. Kennedy Presidential Yacht “Honey Fitz” moored on the canal. We missed the St Lucie lock by a few minutes so had to wait for westbound vessel to come through, about a 25 minute delay . Arrived safely home after another successful lake crossing.

       

      St. Jucie Lock, but not Gene Faatz’s boat.

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, October 14, 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 October 14, 2019
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Monday, October 14th
       
      2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
      Second & fourth Mondays
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Class space is limited. Sessions run for 3-month period. Please call 727-893-5657 to pre-register.
       
       
       
      Game Night
      Monday, October 14th
       
      6:30 – 9 p.m.
      Second Monday of the month
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, October 15th
       
      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, October 15th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      French Club 
      Tuesday, October 15th
       
      12:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Come practice speaking French in a relaxed atmosphere with others who are actively learning the language.
      Popcorn and a Movie
      Tuesday, October 15th
       
      1 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
      Rocketman
      Biography/Drama/2019/R/2h 1m
       
      Young Reginald Dwight changes his name to Elton John and collaborates with singer-songwriter Bernie Taupin to become one of the most iconic figures in pop history. Set to his most beloved songs, it’s the epic musical story of Elton John, his breakthrough years in the 1970’s and his fantastical transformation from shy piano prodigy to international superstar.
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, October 15th
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, October 15th
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
      Body Movement & Being
      Wednesday, October 16th
       
      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, October 16th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S.
       
      Join me in the search for wisdom, fulfillment and inner joy. We will make this happen through sound healing, gentle-meditative movements and inner smiles. 
       
      This class will be most warm and loving to ourselves and others. So please join me for a magical hour of happinessl Barbara Newborn 
       
      Swing Night w/ Swing Time
      Wednesday, October 16th
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with Lindy Hop Lesson 6-7 pm, Swing 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.
       
       
      Tai Chi Beginner Class for Health and Well-Being
      Wednesday, October 16th
       
      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.
       
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, October 16, 2019
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, October 17th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, October 17th
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $8 admission
      Thursday, October 17th
      8 – 9:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. 
       
      Sure, everyone’s heard of the ghost at the Peninsula, but what about other hauntings in Gulfport? Join one of our spirits as they lead you on a ghostly tour through Gulfport’s history. This tour was created by Deborah Frethem, who wrote the book “literally” on haunted Gulfport. Your ticket price benefits the Gulfport Historical Society, the nonprofit that runs the Gulfport History Museum, offers porch parties and can help research your home’s history.
       
      We have a water cooler at the museum; please bring your refillable bottle to fill up before the tour. Thanks for supporting local history and preservation efforts!
       
      This tour is free for Gulfport Historical Society members and $10 for everyone else. Members MUST register for the tour, and please make sure you have your photo ID and membership card on hand the night of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org.
       
      For more information, please visit: www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org or call 727-201-8687.
       
       
      Synchrony Arts Production presents “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
      Friday, October 18th
       
      7 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Admission $15
       
      Other show dates and times:
      Saturday, October, 19 at 7 p.m.
      Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m.
       
      To reserve tickets, please call 727-269-3343, or tickets can be purchased at the door, credit, cash, checks accepted.
      3rd Friday Sock Hop w/ the Legendary IMPACS
      Friday, October 18th
       
      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.
      City of Gulfport Junk Drop
      Saturday, October 19th
       
      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, October 19, 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.
      Osgood Point Trail Connector Opening Ceremony
      Saturday, October 19th at 9 a.m.
       
      26th Ave. S. & Quincy St. S.
       
      Join the City of St. Petersburg and the City of Gulfport in celebrating the formal opening of the Osgood Point Trail – a connector providing enhanced transportation, accessibility and mobility between two great cities. Walkers, joggers, cyclists and everyone in between are invited to join Mayor Rick Kriseman and Mayor Samuel Henderson on Saturday, October 19 at 9 a.m. at 26th Ave. S. & Quincy St. S. for a special ceremony and remarks. 
       
      The Osgood Point Trail connector provides enhanced connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists from the existing St. Pete trail network to Gulfport’s downtown center, beachfront area and the Gulfport Casino, a historical landmark recently named to the National Registry of Historic Places.
       
      In addition to this connector, there are plans to add nearly 150 miles to the existing 100+ miles of multi-use trails throughout Pinellas County as part of the Long Range Transportation Plan – a Forward Pinellas initiative.
       
      Saturday, October 19th
       
      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, October 19th
      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.
      Book Launch – The Tales of the Animal Heroes of Livingston Cove
      Sunday, October 20th
       
      10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
      Tomlinson Park Green Space, 19 Ave. & 54th St. S.
       
      Free and open to the public with complimentary food and beverage. Pinellas County Animal Shelter will be there for adoption opportunities. A portion of the book sales will go to the MyFoundation. For more information, please contact Linda Davis-Grimes at 810-334-9460.
       
      About the Book
      Lost charms, selfish crows, scary forests, and mad dogs! There are so many problems to solve. Thankfully, a group of special animal heroes have the solutions. While living in their small village, steadfast McGovern, beautiful EllaBella, energetic Paddy, silly Tank, and brave Duke have made it their mission to help lost animals and children, stop bullies, and run down thieves. Throughout all their adventures, the Livingston Cove Gang remind us that we are at our best when we keep our imaginations active and our hearts open while focusing on helping others. In this delightful children’s tale, a band of brave and special animals prove that values and morals still exist and that humans and animals can always learn from each other.
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      Gulfcoast Legal Services
      Tuesday, October 22nd
       
      1 – 5 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, October 22nd
       
      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, October 23, 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
       
       
       
      2nd Annual Enchanted Notions Witches Ball 
      Friday, October 25th
       
      7:30 p.m. – Midnight
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      A night of rituals, dancing, food & prizes!
       
      Tickets are $50 each and include entry, food, photo booth and 2 drink tickets.
       
      For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.enchantednotions.net or Enchanted Notions, 621 Central Ave. S., St. Pete, FL 33701.
      6th Annual Monster Mash
      Saturday, October 26th
       
      7 – 11 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Everyone loves Halloween! Scary, funny, creative costumes, parties, ghosts & goblins. That’s why the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation are hosting the sixth Annual Monster Mash.
       
      Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. They can be purchased at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar located at 3115 Beach Blvd. S. There will be a live band, costume contest, silent auction, great prizes, fabulous food & more.
       
      For more information, please contact 727-893-1244.
       
      Halloween Costume Ball
      Wednesday, October 30th
       
      Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Put on your best costume and get ready to swing with all sorts of exciting characters! It’s Swing Time’s 18th Annual Halloween Costume Ball at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night! 
       
      The Ball starts with a one-of-a-kind dance lesson: Shim Sham (with Special Zombie Styling!) 7 – 8 p.m.; no partner needed. Starting at 8 p.m., dance ’til the midnight hour to the Ultimate Halloween Swing/Dance Music Mix. that’s right! All Halloween music, all the way to midnight! The Halloween Costume Ball features a Costume Parade & Contest with $500+ worth of Prizes for the best costumes! (See categories below.) The Ball features loads of Chocolate, Candy, & Trick-or-Treats; Door Prizes; a Zombie Shim Sham; a Steal Dance Mixer; plus Special Halloween Decor & Atmosphere! 
       
      Gulfport Casino’s vintage waterfront grand ballroom is smoke-free and provides a full bar and free parking. Just $10 admission includes EVERYTHING, and all ages are welcome! (No free passes or student specials accepted at this special event.) Experience Tampa Bay’s Best Halloween Dance Party. Sixteen years running!
       
      Costume Contest — Prizes for: Best (Overall), Best Hollywood, Best Science Fiction, Best Disney/Cartoon, Best Superhero, Best Historical, Scariest, Funniest and Most Original.
       
       
       
      Growl-O-Ween: 1st Annual Pet
      Trick & Treat
      Thursday, October 31st
       
      4 – 7:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Salsaween Masquerade Ball
      Thursday, October 31st
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Sport your best costume for a prize. Live band featuring Orchestra Fuego, hot and cold buffet featuring 4 culinary cultures, American, Spanish, Italian and Vegan-vegetarian. Salsa lessons and Salsa performances all for $15.00 per person. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best costume. For more event information, please call or text (727) 254-6563.
      SPOOKTAKULAR HALLOWEEN BASH
      Thursday, October 31st
       
      7 – 9 p.m.
      Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      The City of Gulfport’s Recreation Division is excited and preparing for their 2019 Spooktakular Halloween Bash set for Thursday, October 31st at the Gulfport Recreation Center located at 5730 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      All the spooktakular festivities will begin at 7 p.m. The bash will include Trunk-or-Treat, a frightful Haunted House, a Boo-Room for toddlers, carnival games with candy/prizes, a Haunted Snack Shack and a Costume Contest for the children and their family. The Haunted Snack Shack will sell hot dogs for a $1, “potion” for 50¢, chips for 50¢ and popcorn for 50¢. The Costume Contest will begin at 8:00 p.m. Winners will be chosen from eight age categories: 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12, 13-17 and Family. There will be three awards given in each age category. The fun ends at 9 p.m. Plan to be there, as we are “dying” to see you!
       
      For more event information, please call (727) 893-1068. 
       
       
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, November 1st
       
      9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Black Cat-tail Pawty
      Friday, November 1st
       
      7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
       
       
      Casual dress, open to the public, cash bar, sponsored by CJPaws, Inc.
       
      Trolley Market Square – Blues & Brews Festival
      Saturday, November 2nd
       
      Noon – 10 p.m.
      Trolley Market Square
       
      FREE Family FUN Day!
       
      The Brews and Blues Festival will return in 2019 on November 2nd. Formerly the Tangerine Greenway, we are excited to have the event in the newly constructed Trolley Market Square site at 4901 Tangerine Greenway, Gulfport, Fl.  The 49th Street South Business Association (SO49) is working with the City of Gulfport and many of our valued sponsors on making 2019 our biggest year yet.
       
      With 10 hours of great music from renowned headliner blues bands, this is one of the biggest free music events in Gulfport and the Tampa Bay area. Save the date and come out and enjoy a day of free blues music by great bands!
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, November 5th
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      Planning & Zoning Meeting
      Wednesday, November 6th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
      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
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, November 8th
      is Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino! Dance 8 pm-midnight to the best in 1960’s Motown, Funk, Soul, Rhythm & Blues. Arrive early for a dance 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.
       
      DANCE LESSON 7-8 PM
       
      MUSIC & DANCING 8 PM-12
       
      All Ages~No Partners Needed~Doors Open 6:45 pm~Door Prizes~Cash Bar
       
      The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is one of the world’s top dance destinations, offering social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting. It features a rich history, a grand dance floor, a full bar, a smoke-free atmosphere, and free parking. The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is located in the St. Petersburg, Florida area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
       
      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, please visit www.mygulfport.us/heroesweekend
       
      To register for the volleyball tournament, please visit
       
       
      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
       
       
      Board of Adjustment Meeting
      Wednesday, November 13th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      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
       
       
       
      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
       
      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
      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!
       
       
       
      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.
       
      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
       
      October – 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

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

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      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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    • LNM: Live-Fire Drills Continue, Oct 14-20, New River, off and on NC AICW Statute Mile 247


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

      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. MARINERS TRAVELING ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE NEW RIVER BETWEEN
      STONE BAY AND FARNELL BAY SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE NUMEROUS
      SIGN POLES WITHOUT WORKING LIGHTS AND ARE LEANING OR SUBMERGED AS A
      RESULT OF HURRICANE FLORENCE AND PRESENT HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION.
      THESE POLES ONCE HAD SIGNS DENOTING AREAS OF CAUTION AROUND THE
      STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE AND VERONA LOOP FIRING RANGES.
      6. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON FIRING EXERCISES CONTACT CAMP LEJEUNE
      RANGE CONTROL AT 910-451-3064/4449.

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    • Bahamas Chatter: “Update Little Harbour, Abaco” plus 1 more

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Bahamas Chatter is produced by Explorer Chartbooks, A CRUISERS NET PARTNER, which has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.
      Bahamas Chatter: “Update Little Harbour, Abaco” plus 1 more

      Update Little Harbour, Abaco

      Posted: 12 Oct 2019 11:35 AM PDT

      We’re okay here in Little Harbour. Being 10 miles south of the eye really spared us the devastation in Marsh Harbour and the cays. We have minor roof damage.

      We’ve been putting out updates since the storm. Check our website at petespubandgallery.com

      Pete’s Pub Staff still needs our help.
      90% of the staff have been displaced, mostly to Nassau. Most of them had to flee their home with children in the middle of the storm. All staff are now accounted for and safe for the time being.
      Now, they are either in shelters, staying with family or trying to rent and start over.
      We have a multi-pronged purpose to our goal. We want them safe and secure and home as soon as possible. This includes helping to fund their current room and board, finding stable housing, schooling for their kids and ultimately securing housing for them on Abaco.
      We are asking for your help. If you cannot attend , please contribute what you can and thank you for your generosity.

      thank you,

      Heather Moore Johnston
      Little Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
      Pete’s Pub & Gallery
      242-577-5487
       

      Abaco Update 11/11/19

      Posted: 12 Oct 2019 11:14 AM PDT

      This is the current information we have for the Abacos following the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Dorian. Please feel free to comment with new information. The picture is ever-changing with steps being taken to begin the rebuilding of lives and structures. We are awaiting email reports from all the marinas in the Abacos and will post new info when we get it. The same with Grand Bahama. No news from there yet.

      The numbers are staggering in the Abacos:  With only 54 identified as deceased, there are still 1,300 people missing and 70,000 displaced. Many bodies are beyond identification.  70% of the islanders have lost their homes and most businesses suffered catastrophic loss.

      FERRY SERVICE

      One BOLO ferry survived at Green Turtle Cay. The others were damaged or sunk. HopeTown, Man-o-War and Guana Cay ferries were damaged or sunk. None currently operational.

      SPANISH CAY

      Spanish Cay is selling fuel. No other update available.

      GREEN TURTLE CAY

      The GREEN TURTLE CLUB is partially open. They have dockage and fuel but no water or electricity at the dock. Cash is required since without electricity and Internet, the Club can’t process credit cards. The channel into White Sound is clear of debris. The Club expects to be fully operational with food and beverages, rooms, villas, dockage, fuel, water, chandlery, and gift shop by March 1, 2020.

      BRENDAL’S DIVE SHOP is recovering and opening soon.

      McINTOSH’S is serving food. 

      PHONE:  ALIV cell phones are working and can be used as hotspots for Internet service. 

      BLUFF HOUSE sustained major destruction to the docks and buildings. There are no docks, no services there at the present time. 

      The same with the OTHER SHORE CLUB in Black Sound. Their main dock from the land is partially secured, but the outer pier with fuel and dockage is destroyed, so there is no way to get ashore and no facilities there.

      LEEWARD YACHT CLUB had damage to its building and part of the piers. Boats were sunk there. No services are available.

      ABACO YACHT SERVICES had many long-term storage boats fall off cradles and suffer damage.

      Construction has already begun to restore homes and businesses and clear endless piles of debris. There is no water or electricity in the town. Some people have their own generators. Relief efforts continue with locals and outside volunteers coming in to help with construction, food, medical care, etc. The school miraculously survived as a shelter for the entire town until after the hurricane passed. The road that extends the length of the cay is open. Freight boats have been coming in with supplies and construction crews. A BobCat loader was donated to help fill the dump trucks with massive piles of debris. Watermakers has come in to help with supplying bottled drinking water for the islanders and construction crews. Also crews have set up a kitchen for workers with basic meals. 

      BAKERS BAY

      Many houses were destroyed but the marina fared better than most in the area with docks mostly intact.

      TREASURE CAY

      Many boats were sunk at the marina. The fuel dock is gone but we understand that they are somehow selling fuel.

      HOPETOWN

      See earlier letter from Lighthouse Marina concerning the extent of damages. The entire inner harbour had many buildings completely wiped out, including the Harbour Lodge and Captain Jacks. We are awaiting a report from Hope Town Marina. Farther south on Elbow Cay, Sea Spray Marina and resort were leveled.

      MARSH HARBOUR

      Maxwell’s Supermarket & Home Store

      October 9 at 7:35 PM

      We’re excited to announce we plan for a soft opening on Thursday, November 7th!!

      The supermarket is now almost back to rights!

      As shipping and delivery logistics are starting to improve, grocery orders have now been placed. We’re still waiting on a few more register computers and refrigeration parts which we should receive by next week.

      In an effort to help restore commerce on Abaco, we’re also very pleased to announce that Commonwealth Bank will be opening a satellite branch within Maxwell’s.

      Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to serving you again very soon!

      Stay tuned for further updates

      Maxwell’s

      MARINAS

      We are expecting to get first-hand reports from the five marinas in Marsh Harbour (Boat Harbour at Abaco Beach Resort, Conch Inn, Mangoes, Harbour View and Marsh Harbour Marina.) Basically, they were all greatly damaged and there are no services in MH at this time. It remains to be seen which will rebuild and reopen. 

      POWER PLANT

      The electric power plant on Great Abaco is generating but the poles are all down. There is no electricity north of the plant, virtually north of Little Harbour.

      VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

      The US Coast Guard came in right away to evacuate the injured and those who had lost homes and all their possessions. Currently, there is much work to be done to rebuild the damaged and destroyed structures on all of these islands. The biggest issue is that volunteers need to be able to sustain themselves with food, water, lodging, electricity and any other supplies. There are no services or accommodations. Those with construction skills (and tools), who also provide their own place to stay such as a cruising boat, are the most helpful in these challenging circumstances. The islanders themselves can’t provide any accommodations for help. Many of them still don’t have roofs on their homes or a reliable source of food and water, not to mention electricity. Check the local websites for direction and information.

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    • Still More on Capsized Vessel, St. Simons Sound, GA, near AICW Statute Mile 677

      The pilot on board the capsized car carrier Golden Ray deliberately took the vessel out of the channel and grounded her, according to a report in The Brunswick News. The 656-foot vessel capsized on September 8 in St. Simons Sound while heading out to sea with 4,200 vehicles onboard. See LNM Capsized Vessel.

      Golden Ray to be Disassembled on Location
      Maritime Executive

      Overturned cargo ship to be disassembled in St. Simons Sound
      WTOC via Chip Plyler on Save Georgia’s Anchorages

      Pilot Deliberately Grounded Golden Ray
      Maritime Executive Newsletter

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Bruce Hildreth -  October 11, 2019 - 6:36 pm

        I went to the wreckage area in my boat and observed that the Golden Ray was lying perpendicular to the edge of the channel. To me, that adds credence to the intentional grounding theory.

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    • UPDATES: NAV ALERT: Alligator River NOW OPEN, AICW Statute Mile 84, 10/5/2019


      After several days of repairs and delays, the long swing bridge is now open. With a closed vertical clearance of 14ft, the 60 year old, 2.8 mile long swing bridge crosses the Alligator River section of the Waterway, south of flashing marker #12 and just south of where the Waterway exits Albemarle Sound.

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For Alligator River Bridge

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Alligator River Bridge

      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. Robert Nordstrom -  October 13, 2019 - 7:22 am

        I just spoke to the bridge tender at the alligator River bridge. He advised that they have been open since Friday. This information is valid as of 7 a.m. October 13th.

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      2. Tim Reardon -  October 7, 2019 - 11:29 am

        At 11am Monday morning I heard a commercial tow contact the Bridge to get status and was told bridge closed for next 3 days. We are anchored in South Lake near bridge and will be monitoring channel 13 and will update as needed

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      3. Tom Hale -  October 7, 2019 - 8:09 am

        [As posted on AGLCA’s Forum] This happens all too frequently at this bridge. The only way to know the latest information is to call the bridge tender at 252.796.7261.I keep this number in my phone!

        When this happens, it can clog up the waterways back to Norfolk. If you are headed that way, be sure you have a marina reservation at Coinjock or Elizabeth city (the free docks will get filled and the city may allow you to stay a few extra days but then will ask you to leave to make room for others.) At Coinjock you may be rafted with other boats. If you are in the Southern Chesapeake it might be wise to hold in place. Once the log jam is cleared there will be a slug of boats headed to Morehead Beaufort. So you might want to plan a trip to New Bern after it reopens and let the crowd get ahead and thin out.

        The bridge was closed to navigation for a couple of months in the winter of 2017/18 . The mechanisms weere repaired and upgraded, to solve long term reliability issue due to its aging systems . (might have been 16/17, it all runs together after a while. The bridge was reopened with fan fare in March of that year and it wen a full two weeks before it broke and was closed to navigation for another 2 weeks. Since then there have been several other closures!

        This information will not be in the Notice to Mariners. That resource is for long term projects such as the the changes to the operating schedules for Great Bridge bridge and North landing bridge, due to the repairs going on at the Centerville Turnpike bridge.

        I just spoke to the bridge tender. Right now he has no new information and does not know when it will reopen.

        The Pamlico Sound route is an option if the winds stay light. However, Hatteras and Ocracoke weer decimated by Dorian and will have very limited facilities.
        Tom Hale

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    • Attend MIATC Member Meeting, Martin County, Stuart, FL


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       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.

       
       
       
       
       
       
       

       
      SEO – Setting up your Website for Success 
      When
      October 31, 2019
      11:45 AM-1:00 PM
       
      Where
      Southern Pig & Cattle
      2583 SE Federal Hwy
      Stuart, FL 34994
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