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Boat Ramp Rehabilitation Project

Boat Ramp Rehabilitation Project

Begins Wednesday Morning, July 5, 2017 The City will begin construction of the Boat Ramp Rehabilitation project at the Boat Ramp located at 888 Sextant Drive on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. The Boat Ramp will be closed until Friday, September 8, 2017 weather permitting. The Picnic Area and Restroom Facilities will remain open during this time. Residents and visitors are encouraged to use the Punta Rassa Boat Ramp Facilities across San Carlos Bay. Lee County Parks and Recreation has an agreement with...

Help FWC monitor fish health by reporting fish kills

Help FWC monitor fish health by reporting fish kills

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your help in monitoring fish health by tracking marine and freshwater fish kills in Florida. FWC scientists monitor and document fish kills and diseases, as well as other aquatic animal health issues...

Notice to Navigation Interests: NTN 2017-009 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Operations at Locks (Okeechobee Waterway and Canaveral Harbor)

Notice to Navigation Interests: NTN 2017-009 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Operations at Locks (Okeechobee Waterway and Canaveral Harbor)

*This notice was originally posted by the US Army Corps of Engineers (Jacksonville District) HERE Notice to Navigation Interests: NTN 2017-009 Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 7 AM...

Anglers can take advantage of more Gulf red snapper fishing starting this weekend

Anglers can take advantage of more Gulf red snapper fishing starting this weekend

This Friday, June 16, begins the first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced these expanded fishing opportunities today, and...

Father’s Day 2017 SW Florida Inshore Fishing Report

Father’s Day 2017 SW Florida Inshore Fishing Report

Except for the early part of the June 4th week, inshore fishing remained good due to high tides. The next 10 days should yield great results and opportunities for all summer species so long as the weather permits. The tide...

What Boating Dads Really Want

What Boating Dads Really Want

Forget the necktie and “World’s Best Dad” mug, because we’ve netted some thoughtful and useful Father’s Day gift ideas for the Captain of the house. And if you’re a Dad yourself, feel free to “accidentally” send this list to your crew at home! Sperry 7 SEAS Boat Shoe Just like Dad, Sperry’s new shoe is up for anything. The 7 SEAS Boat Shoe will support him during any adventure, but especially when he’s playing captain, first-mate, and deckhand. One of the shoe’s best...

Cape Coral Cruise Club 2017 Spring Cruise Summary

Cape Coral Cruise Club 2017 Spring Cruise Summary

The Cape Coral Cruise Club, founded in 1963, is unique among S.W. Florida boat clubs in that it owns a portion of a private spoil island on the Caloosahatchee River east of the Franklin Lock near Alva. Over the years a covered pavilion has been built where the members enjoy elaborate monthly picnics, bocce, horseshoes and other relaxing activities. A major advantage for members is that the Island has ample dockage for member’s boats. Over the years, four docks have been...

A Boater’s Guide to Handling Oil and Fuel Spills

A Boater’s Guide to Handling Oil and Fuel Spills

With the start of the summer season, we hope you are enjoying time on the water. With that in mind, we have created a Gulf-wide one-page guide on how to prepare for and respond to an accidental oil or fuel...

Captain Terry Fisher’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Captain Terry Fisher’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Just like weather reports, not all fishing reports and predictions are accurate. Fortunately however, my recent Memorial Day fishing report proved close to the content. Moreover, I have all of the confidence that the next ten days will prove more...

2017 MEMORIAL WEEK FISHING IN SW FLORIDA

2017 MEMORIAL WEEK FISHING IN SW FLORIDA

  In my view this week and throughout the Memorial Day Holiday, the signs all point to great fishing opportunities, both offshore and in the back-country areas (spoil Keys and otherwise isolated islands). With high hill tides motivating species like Tarpon...

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is upon us, which means boating, beaches, and burgers. But most importantly, it means taking time to honor our fallen military service members. Before you hit the water, check out these 5 special events happening around SWFL where...

April 2017 Cruise to Fisherman’s Village

April 2017 Cruise to Fisherman’s Village

It was great!  We had a final count of seven boats who found their way to Fisherman’s Village via the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway for our April 18-21, 2017, cruise. Three boats came all the way from Burnt Store Isles in Punta Gorda! In total, ten boats arrived after braving Charlotte Harbor on a somewhat windy day. We all made it safely and settled in for a fun-filled, three-day adventure. The afternoon of Day One was a time to settle in, catch...

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Over the last 10 days I have had the opportunity to fish from the mouth of the Caloosahatchee to Charlotte Harbor in search of Redfish, Trout and more recently Tarpon. I have found that the fishing has been better for all 3 of the species mentioned above north of the power lines, which service both Pine Island and Sanibel Island. Albeit, the tides have been higher ‘south’ of the power lines, but the productivity has been lacking. Pictured here are two...

TRICKS OF THE TRADE:  Docking in windy conditions.

TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Docking in windy conditions.

Spring in Florida means a couple of things. Less boat traffic, and more windy days. Yes, just about the time the tourists start blowing out of town, windy conditions start blowing our boats around a bit more. We see this...

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

It has been sometime since I had the opportunity to write a report for the offshore and inshore areas from Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor. During the last few weeks, fishing has been ‘spotty’ to ‘really good’, depending on...

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to MARINA JACK, Sarasota

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to MARINA JACK, Sarasota

By Joe Vizzini A number of Cape Coral Cruise Club boats got an early start on this cruise by first stopping at either Palm Island or Venice marinas on Monday March 20th. Weather was “picture-perfect” for boating, and dolphins abounded in...

Federal agency reclassifies manatee from ‘endangered’ to ‘threatened’

Federal agency reclassifies manatee from ‘endangered’ to ‘threatened’

By Bruce Ritchie 03/30/2017 05:41 PM EDT TALLAHASSEE — The West Indian manatee is being downgraded from endangered to threatened under federal law, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday. The lumbering sea cow, Florida's state marine mammal, is the focus...

Lake Okeechobee Levels Below 12 Feet Will Require Lock Closures

Lake Okeechobee Levels Below 12 Feet Will Require Lock Closures

If dry conditions continue, several locks will be closed for safety reasons. This map shows the locks that could be closed because of low water levels in Lake Okeechobee. Click on image to see a larger version. West Palm Beach, FL - Boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, please be advised that if drier-than-average conditions persist and the levels of Lake Okeechobee are further reduced, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will close navigation locks on the north shore for safety reasons. Personal...

Enjoy a Boating Staycation

Enjoy a Boating Staycation

Some of the country’s best boating is right in our backyard. We occasionally hear boaters racking their brains over where to go for a fun, boating- related vacation or long weekend. When you stop to consider that thousands of people vacation or relocate to Southwest Florida each year specifically for the vast boating opportunities, you certainly should include our home waters among your options. Destinations and activities are varied—from fishing to camping, shelling to sunbathing, dining to dolphin watching. Whether you prefer...

Bridge Maintenance Impacts Lake Okeechobee Boaters at Torrey Island

Bridge Maintenance Impacts Lake Okeechobee Boaters at Torrey Island

The US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District received word today that Palm Beach County will undertake emergency repairs on the bridge at Torrey Island near Belle Glade. Operation of the bridge has been suspended, effectively closing Route 2 of the Okeechobee Waterway...

PINK SHELL CRUISE FEBRUARY 21– 24, 2017

PINK SHELL CRUISE FEBRUARY 21– 24, 2017

- By Captain John Queen, Past Commodore, Cape Coral Cruise Club The Cape Coral Cruise Club has monthly cruises to a variety of destinations in SW Florida. For the month of February 2017, that destination was the popular Pink Shell Resort and...

Early March SW Florida Fishing Report

Early March SW Florida Fishing Report

I am excited to report that fishing (catching) has really turned on this past week and with continued warm weather, there is no reason not to believe SPRING FISHING IS HERE! Fishing has been ‘spotty’ and very tough at times...

Snook to reopen in Gulf waters

Snook to reopen in Gulf waters

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 02/22/2017 09:52 AM EST (Original Article) The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including...

SWFMIA’S COMMENT ON MANATEE REGULATIONS

SWFMIA’S COMMENT ON MANATEE REGULATIONS

Manatee deaths related to watercraft reached a record 104 in 2016, causing some to push for additional regulation. The Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association has put together a few facts and comments and a graph that puts some perspective on the state of the manatee population in Florida.  Special thanks to Bob Atkins, President of Citizens for Florida's Waterways, and a designated Boating Public member of Governor Scott’s Boating Advisory Council for providing much of the data and commentary. The boating public...

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Since my last report, fishing has been difficult due to low water levels, strong winds from the west, and little change in seasonal temperatures. Weather related, this has been an extremely mild winter, especially when compared to last January and February. None-the-less, time on the water boating and fishing has been exceptionally nice due to warm weather, warm water temperatures and moderate ‘cool’ fronts. The good news (as I write) is that recently fishing has improved....

Cold Snaps Have You Landlocked? Here’s a few things you can do in the meantime.

Cold Snaps Have You Landlocked? Here’s a few things you can do in the meantime.

There are few things that keep avid boaters off the water, but strong, chilly winds during a Floridian "winter" can be one of them. If you’ve got an itch to get on the water but the weather isn’t agreeing, check...

Mid-February SW Florida Fishing Report

Mid-February SW Florida Fishing Report

The beginning half of February has proven to be quite successful for Fishin’ Frank and his clients! This past weekend there have been multiple reports of Pompano along the coast and are best caught with sand fleas, pieces of peeled...

Cruise Club returns to Legacy Harbour

Cruise Club returns to Legacy Harbour

By Michael Stewart It was bluebird weather for the Cape Coral Cruise Club members taking part in the 2017 Legacy Harbour Cruise. All nine boats made it in, one boat being late while waiting for refurbished props to be reinstalled. First...

Southwest Florida Yacht Club Hosts Local Waters Seminar

Southwest Florida Yacht Club Hosts Local Waters Seminar

Southwest Florida Yacht Club, “The Cruisingest Yacht Club in the USA®”, is continuing its popular Local Waters Seminar in February.  The seminar, developed as a service to the local boating community, discusses local water tips “beyond the charts” and our...

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