February 24, 2012

Guy Harvey Outpost Coming To St Pete Beach

Celebrated marine artist Guy Harvey will  open his first Guy Harvey Outpost in the U.S. in St. Pete Beach. Harvey and his partners plan to spend $3 million re-branding the TradeWinds Sandpiper Suites with his sportfishing motif. Construction will begin on the new hotel and restaurant in late February with an opening set for 2013.

The re-branding will include incorporating Guy Harvey art throughout the public and exterior spaces of the hotel. Guy Harvey d├ęcor will adorn guest rooms, which will get new carpet, paint, artwork and flat-screen TVs. The gift shop will make way for a Guy Harvey Adventure Center, to feature his signature clothing and marine-related goods. The restaurant will get a face lift and there are plans to develop a second, upscale restaurant featuring the Guy Harvey brand.

St Pete Beach was chosen because the Tampa Bay area has an endless amount of outdoor and marine activities to keep Outpost guests busy and because of it's easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and marine research facilities. Harvey, a native of Jamaica, is a marine biologist by training and  pioneered a diving technique that allowed him to photograph free-swimming billfish in the open ocean. Today, his realistic depictions of billfish have given him an international following and adorn millions of t-shirts worldwide, and more of those shirts are sold in the Tampa Bay area than anywhere else in the world.

The Outpost property will remain owned and managed by the TradeWinds, and will share privileges with its larger, sister property, the TradeWinds Island Grand. Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts has  re-branded two additional properties in the Bahamas.


February 18, 2012

Clearwater and Sand Key Host Sailing Regatta

The International Sailing Federation Laser Midwinters East Regatta will take place Feb. 22 - 26. This is the 11th straight year the Class 1 International Regatta has been hosted by Clearwater Yacht Club. Two hundred sailors from 16 countries will compete on the Gulf of Mexico just off Pier 60. Participants sail the Laser, a 13.8 ft. one-design boat carrying one main sail and 3 classes of Lasers, defined by sail size, will compete in several races over four days. Pre-race meetings, and daily launching and recovery of boats will be at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on Sand Key. For more information go to www.clwyc.org.

January 31, 2012

Clearwater Designated Coast Guard City

Clearwater is now one of 14 cities in the United States to officially be designated a Coast Guard City, and the only city in Florida to hold the title.
The Coast Guard City program was enancted into law in 1998 to recognize communities that go above and beyond in their support of Coast Guard members and their families. Other cities to receive this designation include Grand Haven, MI, Eureka, CA, and Rockland, ME.
Clearwater is home to Air Station Clearwater, the largest air station in Guard. Air crews support a variety of missions with fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft. Their area of operations includes the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean basin and the Bahamas.

The Coast Guard Station Sand Key, is a 60 person unit with a 2k square mile area of responsibility in the Gulf of Mexico. The boat crews at the station perform approximately 300 search and rescue cases each year.

Port Security Unit 307, a Reserve unit based in Clearwater, just returned home from a 6 month Middle East deployment in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. PSU 307 provided security port locations around the Persian Gulf.


January 21, 2012

2012 Florida Boat Show Schedule

Stuart Boat Show
Fri Jan 13, 2012- Mon Jan 16, 2012
Stuart Harbor; Stuart, FL

Charolette County Boat Show
Thu Jan 19, 2012 - Mon Jan 23, 2012
Charlotte County Fairgrounds Port Charlotte, FL

Naples Boat Show
Thu Jan 26, 2012 - Mon Jan 30, 2012
Renaissance Village, 100 Goodlette Rd S, Naples, FL

65th Annual Jacksonville Boat Show
Fri Jan 27, 2012 - Mon Jan 30, 2012
Prime Osborn Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville, FL

Miami International Boat Show
Thu Feb 16, 2012 - Tue Feb 21, 2012
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr. Miami

Fort Myers Spring Boat Show
Thu Mar 8, 2012 - Man Mar 12, 2012
Where: Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Rd., Fort Myers, FL

Southeast US Boat Show 2012
Fri Apr 20, 2012- Man Apr 23, 2012
Where: Metropolitan Park and Marina, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

January 20, 2012

Safe Boating Class Offered In Treasure Island

The Boca Ciega Sail and Power Squadron will have a Safe Boating Class Mondays and Wednesdays, noq through February 1 from 7-9 pm. The squadron building is located on the south side of John's Pass at 130 126th Avenue at Lagoon Lane, Treasure Island. Cost is $35, and the course satisfies Florida State Boating Law requirements.  For information and to reserve a seat, contact Nick Miller at 727-424-1810 or visit usps.org/localusps/bocaciega

January 19, 2012

Inshore Tournament Open To Anglers & Boaters

The Johnny Kellar Inshore Tournament will be held on Jan. 29th by the Old Salt Fishing Foundation. The event  will target trout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead and redfish, and is open to anyone fishing from land, kayak, skiff or center console. The entry fee is $25, and benefits the All Children's Hospital hemophilia fund. The captain's meeting is 7 pm Thursday at the Daiquiri Deck at 14995 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach. Fishing starts at 6:30 am Sunday, and the weigh-in starts at 3 pm at Bay Pines Marina. For more info: oldsaltfishing.org

Free Boating Seminars Offered By MarineMax

MarineMax is offering free seminar on January 21. There will be a 45-minute seminar at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm,  and 4 pm. Topics include knot tying, an introduction to boating, cooking on board, electronics and preventive maintenance. From 4 to 5 pm there will be an open forum, allowing attendees to speak to vendors and seminar leaders. There will be a screening of the film “Dolphin Tale” for children,

MarineMax is located at 18025 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater. To sign up, call 536-2628 or visit www.marinemax.com.

Boat Slips and Marinas For Sale

There are currently boatslips for sale at the following marinas:
Turtle Cove - Tarpon Springs, Island Yacht Club at Island Estates, - Clearwater, Pasadena Yacht & Country Club - St Petersburg. Prices range from $35k to @250k. There are also marinas for sale from $1 Million. For more information on Pinellas County Real Estate visit PropCo Real Estate or call toll free 888-499-5454.

Boat Ramps, Marinas, Yacht Clubs, and Storage


Belleair Causeway Boat Ramp 10 Ramps, 108 Parking Spaces
Park St. and Elbow Lane North, St. Petersburg

Jungle Prada Park 2 Ramps, 16 Parking Spaces
Park St. and Elbow Lane North, St. Petersburg

Madeira Beach Municipal Marina 1 Ramp, 0 Parking Spaces
503 150th Ave., Madeira Beach

Maximo Park 5 Ramps, 47 Parking Spaces
34th St. and Pinellas Point Dr. South, St. Petersburg

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Dunedin City Marina 1 Ramp, 0 Parking Spaces
51 Main St., Dunedin

Bay Vista Park 1 Ramp, 15 Parking Spaces
4th St. and Pinellas Point Dr. South, St. Petersburg

Coffee Pot Park 1 Ramp, 20 Parking Spaces
1st St. and 31st Ave. Northwest, St. Petersburg

Crisp Park 2 Ramps, 30 Parking Spaces
Popular St. and 35th Ave. Northeast, St. Petersburg

Demen's Landing Park 2 Ramps, 15 Parking Spaces
Bayshore Dr. and 2nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg

Grandview Park 2 Ramps, 40 Parking Spaces
6th St. and 39th Ave. South, St. Petersburg

Safety Harbor Marina (Municipal) 1 Ramp, 0 Parking Spaces
Tampa bay, 750 Main St, Safety Harbor

St. Petersburg Municipal Marina 2 Ramps, 0 Parking Spaces
300 Second Ave., SE, St. Petersburg

Sunlit Cove Park 1 Ramp, 5 Parking Spaces
Sunlit Cove Dr. and Bay St. Northeast, St. Petersburg

Park Boulevard Boat Ramp
18651 Gulf Boulevard Indian Shores

War Veterans' Memorial Park
9600 Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg

Ft. De Soto Park - 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde

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Bay Pines Marina, St Petersburg 727-392-4922
Blind Pass Marina, St Pete Beach 727-360-4281
Boca Ciega Yacht Club 727-321-7295
Clearwater Harbor Marina 727-462-6954
Clearwater Municpal Marina 727-462-6954
Clearwater Yacht Club 727-447-6000
Carlouel Yacht Club 727-446-9162
Hubbards Marina, Johns Pass Madeira Bch 727-392-0167
Isla Del Sol Yacht Club, St Petersburg 727-906-4752
Island Yacht Club, Clearwater 727-461-2315
Island Harbor Marina, Palm Harbor 727-784-3014
Lighthouse Point Marina, St Petersburg 727-384-3625
Madeira Beach Municipal Marina 727-399-2631
Madeira Beach Yacht Club 727-393-0778
Maximo Marina, St Petersburg 727-867-8087
Pass a Grille Yacht Club 727-360-1646
Pirate's Cove Marina, Dunedin 727-733-1102
Pasadena Yacht Club 727-381-7922
Pass a Grille Marina, St Pete Beach 727-360-0100
Royal Yacht Club 727-736-4001
St Petersburg Municpal Marina 727-893-7329
St Petersburg Yacht Club 727-896-7212
Tierra Verde Marina 727-866-0255

Treasure Island Yacht Club 727-367-4511

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Lighthouse Yacht Services 727- 937-0327
527Anclote Rd Tarpon Springs, FL

Florida Trailer Storage 727- 533-8111
1700 Palm Way Largo, FL

Stanford Storage 727- 546-9646
7950118th Ave Largo, FL

Ozona Boat Storage & Repairs 727- 789-9497
211 Hedden Ct Palm Harbor, FL

Buccaneer Bay Storage 727- 549-8980
6675 114th Ave Largo, FL

Snug Harbor Marine Inc 727- 398-7470
13625 Gulf Blvd Madeira Beach, FL

Lightning Bay Performance 727- 578-0880
10900 Gandy Blvd N St Petersburg, FL

Gulf Marine Ways Inc 727- 937-4401
950 Dodecanese Blvd Tarpon Springs, FL

Viking Boat Works Co Inc 727- 576-1094
10121 Snug Harbor Rd NE St Petersburg, FL

Neptune Marine-Pinellas County 727- 934-2370
1046 Island Ave Tarpon Springs, FL

Progressive Marine Svc Inc 727- 822-2886
1351 Bay St SE St Petersburg, FL

Salt Creek Marine Ctr 727- 895-4481
107 15th Ave SE St Petersburg, FL

Sailor's Wharf 727- 823-1155
1421 Bay St SE St Petersburg, FL

Bay Area Rv & Boat Storage (813) 837-2132
7215 S Germer St Tampa, FL

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