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National Marina Day With Waves Of Green

August 7, 2009

~August 8 recognized as National Marina Day; DEP highlights Clean Marinas~

dep2TALLAHASSEE – Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently signed a proclamation honoring Saturday, Aug. 8, as National Marina Day 2009 – Celebrating America’s Gateway to Boating. Designated marinas in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Clean Marina Program are hosting special events statewide throughout the day to highlight the importance of protecting Florida’s waterways.

“With more than 1,350 miles of coastline and 50,000 miles of inland and coastal rivers supporting a $14 billion marine industry, Florida’s water resources are crucial to the state’s economy and our environment,” said DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives Deas Bohn. “Celebrating National Marina Day is a great way to highlight the importance of green maritime practices and to recognize our Clean Marinas for their role in protecting Florida’s waterways. “

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A Bustling Day in Miami Beach Florida

August 7, 2009

Miami Beach

Miami Beach has so much to offer but unfortunately you can’t experience everything in one day. So for this itinerary we are going to spend a little time in some areas that take in Collins Avenue, Lincoln Road & Washington Avenue.

A friend who was planning on flying into Miami Florida asked me to set up an itinerary for her and her partner for the Miami Beach area. She wanted to experience something a little different that included the bustling atmosphere but at the same time keeping the day simple… This was to be their first day in Miami and they wanted impact and an impression that would last a life time…
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Paddler’s Picnic August 22

August 7, 2009

city-of-inverness-1(Inverness, Fla.) -Join the City of Inverness and Aardvarks Florida Kayak Company on Aug. 22 for the 1st annual Paddler’s Picnic.

From 10 am – sunset at Liberty Park and Wallace Brooks Park, skill demonstrations will be offered, along with a slalom course, safety inspections, Do It Yourself invention showcase and other activities. A sunset kayaking trip on Lake Henderson will wrap up the day.

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Shoreline Fishing License Requirement Starts Aug. 1

August 7, 2009

Time’s up. Florida’s new shoreline fishing license requirement takes effect Aug. 1, so resident anglers who fish for saltwater species from shore or a structure affixed to shore must have a $9 shoreline fishing license or a $17 regular saltwater fishing license.

Nonresident anglers need a regular nonresident saltwater fishing license to fish from shore or from a vessel. Short-term and annual nonresident fishing licenses cost between $17 and $47. Additional fees may apply, depending on where the angler purchases the license.

The requirement does allow exemptions for resident anglers who fish in their home county, using live or natural bait, on a line or pole without a line-retrieval mechanism. This exemption does not apply to anglers who use nets, traps, gigs, spears or who gather seafood by hand or any type of gear other than hook and line.

Other exemptions apply for anglers who qualify for temporary cash assistance, food stamps or Medicaid. Also, resident anglers who are age 65 or older and children under age 16 may fish without a license. Active-duty military personnel may fish without a license while home on leave in Florida.
Licensed fishing piers have licenses that cover everyone who fishes from them.

The FWC suggests the $17 regular saltwater fishing license may be the best option for most resident anglers unless they are certain they will fish only from shore or a structure affixed to shore all year.
By creating the shoreline fishing license, the Florida Legislature arranged for Florida anglers to be exempt from a more-expensive federal angler registration requirement that will take effect in 2011.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission - FAQs: Shoreline fishing - License requirement changes

A Day of Play in Fort Myers

August 6, 2009

Today is a day of play and discovery and experiences you will never forget. We are going to start the day with a hearty breakfast followed by an incredible experience at a Marine Science Center.

Beach Treats - located at 17284 San Carlos Blvd Ft. Myers is the perfect place for breakfast or brunch before starting your day. From 6:30 am - 6 days a week you can enjoy a delicious breakfast and if you love coffee, you will enjoy their gourmet coffees.

The action starts when you hit the water with Adventure Water Sports - they are your premier destination for fun in the sun on beautiful Ft. Myers Beach Florida. You can enjoy the water the way you want either on their wave runners, kayaks and sail boats or you can enjoy a relaxing guided dolphin tour around the island. You can sit back and relax or be as active as you would love to be. If you don’t want to be as active as that, you can sit back in their comfortable beach chairs with umbrella and table.
1160 Estero Blvd. Ft. Myers Beach, FL

Mid morning through lunch at the Kelly Greens Golf and Country Club - this golf and country club is situated between Sanibel Island and Ft. Myers Beach. There is an 18 hole, Champion golf course that will challenge you. Spending time here is an experience to remember because when you play you play in a majestic setting with various species of birds and plant life. This truly is an incredible experience.

Lunch at Kelly Greens - enjoy lunch in the private restaurant at Kelly Greens. There are several restaurants available to ensure you enjoy a meal of your choice. You can choose from The Grille Room or the full dining room or Kelly Greens Restaurant.

Ostego Bay Marine Science Center - 718 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers Beach - Phone: 941 765 8101. The Center gives you a marine experience that you won’t forget. There are interactive exhibits, aquariums, hands on tank, collections and displays. You can also experience the feeding times where you can see many reclusive marine specimens, you can touch a starfish and if you want to put your head in the mouth of a shark the ability to do so is available. You can see how sea turtles hatch and much more…

Rest up before taking a cruise…

Sunset Dolphin Cruises at Adventures in Paradise… location - 14341 Port Comfort Road Fort Myers Florida - Phone 239-472-8443. This is a pleasant cruise on the waters of San Carlos Bay, out by Bird Island to experience hundreds of birds flocking in for the evening roost and then along the coastline while watching dolphins play. This cruise goes for 90 minutes and you can relax to tropical music and a complimentary glass of champagne.

Dinner and nightlife at Gulfshore Grill which is close to the Lighthouse. This is a great place to eat especially if you love beachfront dining. The Gulfshore Grill is located on Estero Island Ft. Myers. And they have entertainment at the Cottage 7 nights a week from 9pm to 1am. Their historic Beachfront Restaurant has a rustic beach bar and great food from shrimp to chicken to beef meals and some incredible entrees.

Here’s a list of all the places recommended above and there is a map with directions and pinpoints below:

Beach Treats
17284 San Carlos Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
(239) 939-5282
Adventure Water Sports
Pierview Hotel & Suites
1160 Estero Blvd.
Ft. Myers Beach, FL
(239) 765-6933
(239) 849-6342
Kelly Greens Golf & Country
12300 Kelly Greens Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 466-9570
Ostego Bay Marine Science Center
718 Fishermans Wharf
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Adventures in Paradise
Port Sanibel Marina
14341 Port Comfort Rd
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 437-1660
Gulfshore Grill
1270 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
(239) 765-5440

Florida Aquarium Releases Juvenile Green Sea Turtle Friday

August 6, 2009

juvenile-green-sea-turtleA green sea turtle journeys to Spring Hill to be released after 6-months of rehabilitation at The Florida Aquarium on Friday, August 7 departing The Florida Aquarium at 10:00 a.m. (Release around 11:30 a.m. or noon.) on the West coast north of Tampa:

  • Alfred McKethan Pine Island Park: 10800 Pine Island Dr, Spring Hill, FL, 34607
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium Breaks All-Time Monthly Attendance Record

August 6, 2009

More People than Ever Visited CMA in July 2009

cma-1Clearwater, FL (August 5, 2009) - Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is pleased to announce July 2009 was its busiest month ever. During the month of July, 23,583 people walked through the doors at CMA. This is an 84 percent increase over two years ago when 12,830 people came through the doors during the month of July. Our second busiest month ever was July 2008 with 20,756 people.

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Special Member’s Night on Aug. 13

August 6, 2009

We Have Schools Too

schoolsAugust 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Members are free.
Additional guests are $5

Before the kids have to return to school, we suggest they study our amazing sea life, cute penguins and cool new Ocean Commotion exhibits! Crafts, water fun and temporary tattoos for all the kids.

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Things to do in MOSH

August 5, 2009

mosh-1August 7 & 8 – Cosmic Concerts – You’ll be blown away as you experience a cosmic concert that pairs MOSH’s 18,000-watt-sound system with vivid laser light images.  “Beatles” at 8 p.m., “David Bowie” at 9 p.m. and “Led Zeppelin” at 10:30 p.m.  Each concert costs $7 per person.

August 14 & 15 – Cosmic Concerts – You’ll be blown away as you experience a cosmic concert that pairs MOSH’s 18,000-watt-sound system with vivid laser light images.  “Classic Rock” at 8 p.m., “Eclectic ‘80s” at 9 p.m. and “Van Halen” at 10:30 p.m.  Each concert costs $7 per person.

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Ongoing Events in MOSH

August 5, 2009

mosh_dinos-1August 22 – Extended Summer Hours –Now through August 22, MOSH will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.

September – In the Attic – MOSH’s history curator has pulled items from the shelves of Museum Collections.  In the Attic, on display in the third-floor gallery, features unique and quirky objects such as Mayan, Aztec and Incan pottery and Native American textiles.  Displayed alongside these artifacts are Thomas Edison’s Christmas lights and authentic Star Wars memorabilia.  But, that’s not all!  Discover the world of masks, the evolution of the telephone, the elegance of Victorian-era treasures and more!

September 20 – Dino-Roar – Travel back in time to the days when dinosaurs roamed Earth.  Examine these 20 life-like animatronic creatures before they return to extinction.  Exhibit is included with Museum admission.

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