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Santa Can Help

santa_boat_150pxFlorida By Water has taken on an extra expense this holiday season by hiring Santa Clause to send out e-mail's to ensure boaters receive the gifts they desire. Santa stated that the new location for employment will be a nice change of pace from the colder temperatures found in the North Pole, not to mention that the use of technology will cut down on endless hours of people sitting on his lap at just about every shopping center in the nation.  Rusty Gardner, President of Florida By Water, created the concept due to the fact that boaters often do not get the gifts they deserve based on the naughty-or-nice theory. However a loophole was found in the Santa policy by the spelling of the word “naughty”. A simple change to “Nauti” now means that boaters are entitled to the nautical gifts they desire. Santa's legal department has agreed that the spelling of the term could be confusing to Florida boaters.  In order to contact Santa and take advantage of the loophole just  e-mail santa@floridabywater.com, and he will send a personal e-mail of your request to the person(s) you specify. Furthermore, Santa will help locate the best prices and include a link for the items you desire. We at Florida By Water wish all you Nauti-or-nice boaters a wonderful and safe holiday season!)

Do You "Like" Boating

Screen_shot_2010-10-14_at_10.59.13_AMFlorida By Water has created a series of "Facebook Boating Pages" based on locations around Florida. We hope you will find this helpful in connecting with other boaters. Please join as many as you like and start posting.

 

Captain Licensing

charter-boat-captainFlorida State College at Jacksonville recently formed a partnership with the Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI), located in Hayes, Virginia, in order to offer U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved maritime license training courses. The partnership was developed in response to workforce development needs of employers, and the training will be conducted by USCG approved College instructors who will use CMTI USCG approved courses via traditional classroom delivery. Completion of specific courses may result in merchant marine licensure, and internally articulated college credit may be applied toward the College's Associate of Science degree in Industrial Management Technology. For More Information go to Florida State College  Maritime Licensing.

A Lobstering Get Away to the Florida Keys

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By Shane Waterfront Wilson

Special Thanks to the The Coconut Palm Inn

How about Lobstering in the Florida Keys? Well I am gonna tell you all about it. Yes even if you have never done it before, after looking over this blog, you will be an expert, well maybe not an expert, But you will look like you know what you are doing :-) Get it, you will look like you know what you are doing :-) I just crack my self up.. Okay any way....

There are several different ways to catch these bugs ( bugs are known as Florida Lobster) so first get the lingo down :-)

 

 

Save the Manatee ?

bobe3A sure way to get elected to public office is to have the backing of a powerful lobby such as the Save the Manatee Club (SMC) which was founded by former Governor Bob Graham and Jimmy Buffett. The organization is represented on facebook, YouTube, twitter, and myspace. They sell T-shirts, bumper stickers and license plates. Not only won’t I get their support; I’ll be lucky if no one throws a shoe at me when I’m speaking about manatees.

Before the SMC puts out a fatwah on me; I wish to mention that my Manatee Stew Recipe, posted on the internet, was only a joke.

I knew all this going into a recent public hearing hosted by a committee of boaters and environmentalists set up by the Broward County Commission, to review and comment on the proposals of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC is considering the first changes to speed zones in 17 years, using updated information on both manatees and boating patterns.

The FWC has a $290 million annual budget. In addition to protecting manatees they do keep a few statistics on boating accidents and fatalities involving humans. I could not find any state agency that specifically looks out for boaters or the $18 billion boating industry. I did find the RSVIPP, the Reusable Space Vehicle Industry Prize Program. I suggest that a better use for the soon to be unemployed rocket scientists would be to start the MADE ME program i.e. the make a diesel engine more efficient program.