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J U L Y 2 0 0 3 Y e a r 2 0 I s s u.e 4
ON BOARD IN J LY
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Boaters eager to
attend Abaco races
despite security delays
Boaters returning from the Bahamas
now face increased check-in
measures but relief may be in sight
By BETH FEINSTEIN-BARTL
Waterfront News Writer
Federal requirements imposed on boaters returning
from the Bahamas do not seem to be deterring participation
in the Regatta Time in Abaco race.
Race officials say they say expect from 70 to 80 vessels
to enter the 28-year-old competition, which runs from July 4
through 11. The number should top last year's total of 60
boats, said Carol Ewing, who is co-chairing the race with
her husband, Jon.
Steve Dillon, commodore of the Gulfstream Sailing
Club in Fort Lauderdale, said about 10 boats from his group
will travel to the regatta. Race entry fees are $250 for those
registering after June 20.
No one from the club seems too concerned about the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules, which
requires boaters to clear customs by reporting in person to
an immigration officer at a U.S. port of entry.
For boaters anchoring in Broward County, that means
traveling to Port Everglades, Dillon said.
"We did it once over Memorial Day for a club-spon-
sored race to and from Bimini," he said. "For a week in the
Bahamas, an hour going to customs at Port Everglades was
This 1800s sailing ship's anchor
discovered in local waters is now being
restored at Pompano Beach High School
where it's spending about three months
in a liquid bath over summer vacation.
Student Alex Likourgou, (in red) and his
friend John Parady, help science teacher
Ralph Marchand monitor the project.
Each week Marchand, Alex and two
other students will track the weight of the
sacrificial metal and adjust the current
input and the PH of the solution. Upon
completion, the marine anchor will be
donated to the City of Pompano Beach
to be displayed at Hillsboro Inlet park.
not that big a deal."
Dillon said the boaters from his club traveling to the
Abaco regatta realize the check-in requirements are some-
thing that must be done. "It won't stop us from having fun,"
Other boaters haven't been so easygoing. Some have
rearranged their travel plans since enforcement of the check-
ins began late this winter.
"Clearly, some people have changed their minds after
traveling to the Bahamas or have heard about what's
involved from other boaters," said Frank Herhold, executive
director of the Marine Industries Association of South
Florida (MIASF). "This is not good"
Relief might be on the way. Arrangements are in the
works to station customs and border inspectors at selected
marinas in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties
and the upper Florida Keys, said Zachary Mann, spokesman
for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Locations have not yet been announced. "We are deter-
mining where there is the most boat traffic to best utilize our
inspectors," he said.
Inspectors will not be on duty every weekend. The addi-
tional manpower will be used only during "busy boating
weekends," such as the Fourth of July, Mann said.
"Of course, we can't be stationed at every marina;' he
said. "But boaters will be directed to the closest marina or
port of entry where there is a customs and border protec-
Marine technical school to break ground in Davie this fall
Hands-on training programs expected
to help expand local marine workforce
By WILLIAM R. HAWKINS
Waterfront News Writer
Construction of a marine technical school geared
toward at-risk youth will begin this fall.
The $2 million facility, to be named Marine Academy,
will be built on a site adjacent to the McFatter Technical
School, located on Nova Drive in Davie, with the land to be
leased by the town to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward
County, BGC for short.
The effort is a partnership between the BGC, the
Broward County school system and the Marine Industries
Association of South Florida (MIASF).
The 17,000 square foot complex, expected to open in the
fall of 2004, may serve up to 1,500 young people annually.
"With this new academy, we will reach children at-risk
who might find promising careers in boating if they take
advantage of what we plan to offer," said David Hughes,
executive director of BGC.
Scott Miser, MIASF president, said the new academy
will add to already-existing programs like McFatter's tech-
nical marine courses and the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute's
yacht and marine design program. Currently the MIASF
Photo/WILLIAM R. HAWKINS
David Hughes, director of the Broward County Boys
and Girls Clubs, reviews a model of a proposed new
marine academy planned to be under construction
within the next year.
partners with McFatter on marine technology courses,
including a year old electronics program.
"All of this opens up new career opportunities for stu-
dents interested in the marine industry," Miser said.
A recent MIASF workforce study showed that at least
500 boating-related jobs remain unfilled because of a lack
of skilled workers.
Boating is an $8.8 billion business in Broward accord-
ing to the MIASE
Also sizeable, BGC is the largest youth organization in
the U.S., serving three million children through 3,000 clubs.
Many are from single-family homes or live in troubled areas
where juvenile crime is high. The mission of the organiza-
tion has been to provide positive alternative programs and
special projects to keep kids busy and out of harm's way.
Broward's 12 clubs serve 12,000 youngsters and the
program has been recognized as among the best in the
nation, according to Hughes. The age range of club mem-
bers is 7 to 18.
"Whenever a club opens in a neighborhood, juvenile
crime decreases by an average 46 percent," Hughes said.
Mostly the BGC has focused on recreational programs,
but in recent years there's been a push toward cultural activ-
ities and career planning.
"By working with educational systems, we have been
able to give youngsters state-of-the-art computer training
and tutorial programs involving trained adults who help the
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Fishing safely: finding
By ARNOLD MARKOWITZ
Waterfront News Writer
Jeff Justice, struck by lightning while fishing two years
ago, was asking for it. He was fishing in the Everglades dur-
ing a crackling thunderstorm, standing tall on his boat's
foredeck, waving a graphite casting rod a better conductor
of electricity than Ben Franklin's key on a kite string. -
Crazy? Sure, but not so crazy if you understand fisher-
men. On June 3, 2001, Justice and his partner, John Cravey,
were competing in a bass tournament. They had caught just
one fish since early morning. The storm's approach about
1:30 p.m. energized the bass.
"The barometric pressure dropped and we started catch-
ing 'em, one after another," Justice said. "It was great. We
weren't scared at all."
In Florida, most outdoor sportsmen and athletes -
golfers, fishermen, baseball and football players are gen-
erally aware that the state leads the world in thunderstorms,
lightning strikes and lightning deaths.
Still, few people seem to get really scared until someone
they know gets it. The victim often is killed or rendered a
near basket case. Survival is not typical.
Recovery without a trace of disability is extraordinary,
but Justice achieved it.
It is not surprising that he was hit. Two other people Here's bass fis]
were killed that weekend by lightning in Florida, one of and two years
them on Fort Lauderdale beach.
In his hand, Justice's fishing rod exploded into count- "The carpe
less little pieces, like bits of dried leaves. In his boat, all the The lightning c
wiring melted. In his livewell, five bass were cooked in a feet. There was
flash. Except for the rod, that is almost exactly what hap- my left hip and
pens to a convict in the electric chair. "When I w
And yet here's Justice, steady-handed and smiling, talk- My hands were
ing about it rather casually with beer in hand on the patio of no skin, just mu
his house in Sunrise: "I was thin
"I liked storms and fishing in rainy weather. I'd put my to take care of t
rain suit on and go on fishing, laughing at it." The boat w
He isn't so sure the lightning bolt hit his rod first. He doused it. He cO
thinks it struck the boat close to the steering wheel, where it trolling motor b
burned a hole about the size of a peanut. Justice was stand- They were
ing several feet forward, on the carpeted foredeck. to Everglades I
"I think I remember every detail," he said, except for a Justice rememb
brief period of unconsciousness. to him first, pul
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Sa spiral bur all the way around both legs,
my left arm.
oke up I was paralyzed from the waist down.
all burned and cramped up. It felt like I had
iscle. Imagine your whole body like that.
king about my babies, about who was going
hem when I'm gone."
'as on fire. Cravey took the extinguisher and
connected the spare battery to run the electric
because the outboard's wiring was ruined.
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After three weeks he was back on the swamp's canals,
What could Justice and Cravey have done to protect
themselves? Not a whole lot. When the storm began, they
were about 20 miles south of the docks. There's no shelter
along the way, no bridges to hide beneath.
To a knowing eye, the sight of.a bass boat squeezing up
against the sawgrass in a thunder and lightning storm looks
pathetic. Still, it's slightly less dangerous there than out in
the middle of a canal, where a man standing up becomes a
virtual lightning rod.
So hug the sides when a thunderstorm comes. Better
yet, run your boat up an airboat trail.
Stash all your fishing rods. If you have an antenna up,
lower it. Carry a tarpaulin large enough to cover the whole
boat, spread it out and hunker down beneath it until the storm
passes. The idea is to turn yourself, as quickly as you can,
from the highest object on the water to one of the lowest.
At the first sign of lightning, no matter how great the
distance, prepare to flee. You don't need a thunderstorm
straight overhead to get lightning where you are.
If you're in range of shelter, here's your justification for
all that excessive horsepower you bought. Hit the throttle
and let her rip.
So, did getting struck by lightning dramatically change
Jeff Justice's life? Apparently not much. He says he's not
exactly afraid of thunderstorms, but respects them more than
he once did.
Last year on Lake Okeechobee, a storm scared him
enough to make him speed back to the docks. That never
A lot of other teams quit for the day, an hour and a half
ahead of schedule. Most of them knew Justice, knew he was
lucky not to be killed two years ago. If his lightning strike
didn't throw a longterm scare into him, it seems to have
done so to them.
I ATE FR0 T-N I .C
It's summertime ... and the bass fishing is not easy
By ARNOLD MARKOWITZ
Waterfront News Writer
You like bass fishing, right? Oh, right, not in July.
Weather's too hot, water's too high.
So stay home, sleep late, watch television, but take a
look around. See any fish around the house?
No, they're out in the Everglades, and you're not. Some
are still in the canals, under those thick green spatterdock
pads with the yellow flowers, but 'way back in the densest
shade, against the bank as far as they can get. Many more are
spread out over the sawgrass flats where the water, though
not as deep, feels cooler under cover.
Where did you think they went? The mountains in
They're harder to find now, but not that hard.
A few fishermen are out there looking for bass and find-
ing them. They're the 10 percent of the fishermen who
you've heard catch 90 percent of the fish. In times like this,
they have to explore more, be more patient and persistent
than at any other time.
When the weather's dry and the water is low, they stick
to the canals, same as you. Not now. Look for the green
signs marked "Marsh Access," identifying airboat trails. Tilt,
up your outboard, turn on your electric trolling motor and in
Got a backup battery for the troller? A 10-foot mast and
orange warning flag to avoid airboat runovers? A GPS to
prevent getting lost? You need those.
"There's three to four feet of water back in there, and
gator holes," tournament pro Bob Miley told me. "Those
bass will be back up in there."
For all his good qualities, the largemouth is a loafer. He
expects you to be a waiter and bring the bait to him.
Sometimes he'll get off his butt to grab it, but it had better
be a slow bait and a short chase on an overcast day. 01' bass
doesn't like bright sunlight and won't come out from under
Most of the time, even when weather's cool and water's
low, you have to place your lure under his nose to get him
In mid-summer, you almost have to drop it into his open
mouth when he yawns.
Not exactly kidding there.
"They yawn all the time. You mean nobody ever told
you that before?"
So says local tournament star John Pate, one of the
See that thick Everglades vegetation? That's where
tournament pro Bob Miley casts weedless soft plastic
lures, as far back as he can, and pulls out bass even in
midsummer when fish are not concentrated there.
.expepis I asked for tips on mid-summer bass fishing.
His observation of wide-open fish mouths may not be
yawning as we know it, although that would be in character
for the lazy largemouth. Pate, when he gets close enough to
see one in clear water, says he often notices what may bejust
the flexing of jaw muscles. But calling it yawning makes the
To you, that might mean Pate's a good storyteller. To
me, it means he's a good fish-finder. He ought to be. Pate,
46, is a swamp bass fisherman's son, peering into
Everglades waters since he was three-years old.
Between tournaments Pate's out there scouting as many
as four days a week, often using hookless lures to entice
harmless strikes. He just wants to find the fish, not catch
them until tournament day. Bass are territorial, so they'll
probably still be there when he and fishing partner J.P.
McKay, an expert in his own right, return.
McKay owns an engineering business and takes
Thursday off to pre-fish the tournament territory with Pate -
whose vast experience he credits for their consistent success.
When I met them, they were on a hot streak..Their lat-
est success was winning a tournament staged by SAFER, the
combo of bass clubs that sticks up for fishermen's interests
in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project.
I fished that tournament with Miley, who notices bass
behaving like humans, and uses what he sees to catch them.
"If I'm catching a lot of small fish, sometimes I'll go to
a bigger lure same lure, same color, but bigger," he said.
"The theory behind that is big bass like hors d'oeuvres.
When you go to a party they've got the hors d'oeuvres tray
sitting out front and everybody's picking at it.
"Bass do the same thing. Fish will sometimes tell you
what they want. If they're hitting it pretty hard, that means
you have the right color. If you're getting tail bites on the
back hooks, or fish are throwing the plug, they're in the
mood but your lure's not the right color or it might be too
large and you have to downsize. Just a slight change or a
slower presentation might make the difference."
To put it another way, if you have faith in a lure, stick
with it and change color before changing lures. Fish slower.
If your lure lands on a lily pad, leave it there for a little while
before twitching it into the water. On a sunny day, the fish
can look up and see it from below.
Pate, whose patience may be exceptional, says he'll
stick with a lure he likes through 10 or 12 color changes
before switching to a different lure.
The lure he likes best, especially for tournament fishing,
is a huge plastic worm he designed himself and keeps locked
in a hatch on the boat. I caught a look at one he stuffed into
his hip pocket. It was easily a foot long, with a ridged sur-
face like a cross-section cut from alligator hide.
"They love those big snakes," McKay said. "Basically
we just swim snakes on top of the water. You want big fish,
and they eat those big snakes. I'll give one color about a half
hour or 45 minutes before changing."
Miley doesn't wait that long. He and I share a fondness
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melon-seed pattern. It wasn't producing much that day, so
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By MARK ERCOLIN
Waterfront News Columnist
"But, everybody else does it!"
Most of us have heard this from
kids (and sometimes even adults) to
explain an action that may not be com-
pletely approved by family, society,
and/or the law.
Whether child or adult, the theory
seems to be that if a sufficient number of
people perform in a certain way, such
behavior should become acceptable to
all. So, the question stands, does this the-
ory have any merit?
Well, when it comes to fashion, at the
present time there certainly does seem to
be greater acceptance for unique hair-
styles, tattoos, and body piercings than
there would have been even a few years
However in other matters, some con-
duct may not necessarily be acceptable or
legal even if a plurality of people act in a
specific manner. A good example of this
would be someone driving above the
speed limit on 1-595.
At any given moment the majority of
drivers on 1-595 are exceeding the 55
mile per hour speed limit (which, natu-
rally, excludes myself and the readers of
this column), but any driver who might
be ticketed for exceeding the speed limit
would find it difficult, if not impossible,
to use this "majority rules" theory as a
defense. By the way, the defense of
"selective enforcement" by police under
these circumstances will also generally
be regarded with skepticism by the
So, are there actually times when
"everybody does it" can in fact be a legal
defense? The answer is yes, but those sit-
uations are not common, and they have
become less so as general safety concerns
continue to override what is sometimes
referred to as "usual and customary" (or
Generally, especially in maritime
cases, the courts tend to be far more
receptive to the defense if the practice is
meant to increase safety rather than
In other words, if an injured party
chooses to ignore an industry safety
practice, then that person would have a
more difficult time putting forward the
case. On the other hand, if a known safe-
ty concern is ignored by an industry,
defending that lack of concern by calling
it a usual and customary practice
becomes a less compelling excuse.
A good example of how a so-called
usual and customary practice can work
against a defendant is reflected in a fed-
eral court case I stumbled upon recently
that dealt with a vessel crewmember who
died while diving to benefit the vessel.
The crewmeiber performed repairs
to the bottom of the vessel without a part-
ner or any line of communication with
the surface. The crewmember had appar-
ently been injured and drowned.
As one of their primary defenses
against liability, the vessel's representa-
tives said that diving without a partner, or
without a tender line, or without another
way of communicating with the surface
during operations, was a usual and cus-
tomary practice in the Florida Keys,
where the incident occurred.
The federal circuit court was not
swayed by this argument, and found that
diving operations for the benefit of the
vessel in that matter constituted an
unseaworthy condition. In fact, they went
so far as to clearly state that, "the theory
of the 'buddy system' is too well
entrenched for water safety to be com-
peace of mind
By RICK ROUGHEN
Waterfront News Columnist
In 1985 an old buddy a: I I had
planned an adventure in the Dr. Tortugas
for a weekend of tight lines and some seri-
ous spearfishing. His 27-foot SeaCraft
powered with twin 250 Yamaha outboards
was topped off with fuel, bait, and ice. We
were set to head out at 4 a.m. for the drive
from Miami to Key West, hoping to drop
the boat in the water by 9 a.m. That night's
dinner was expected to consist of grilled
lobster, fresh hogfish and grouper.
Instead, a well organized band of boat
thieves had burned through case hardened
steel chains, dislodged posts from the
ground, cut through padlocks and made off
with the vessel on its trailer in broad day-
light. It was the third time my friend had
experienced boat theft.
The boat had been properly secured,
tucked nicely alongside his home and
behind a huge security gate he had
installed after the second theft only six
months prior. We had all mistakenly per-
ceived the impenetrable security measures
to be unnecessary overkill.
Miami Dade police recovered the ves-
sel two days later in a mango grove off
Krome Avenue in west Dade. It had been
stripped clean and dumped without a trace
Two years earlier, my 20-foot open
fisherman had been stolen from my home
in broad daylight. We recovered the boat
behind a church four days later, stripped
clean to the bone and bearing significant
damage to the hull.
Ultimately, I joined an organization
whose sole purpose was to catch boat
thieves red-handed and to provide victims
with a proactive resource. It was a police
sting operation that was very successful
and was presented to a dozen of the largest
insurance companies in the country. We
reasoned that by endorsing the proactive
operations and by providing incentives to
boat owners who participated in the pro-
gram, they would benefit with lower pre-
miums due to decreased claims and
thieves would be behind bars. But the
response across the board from the insur-
ance industry was demoralizing.
Insurance companies were more
concerned about potential liability than
they were about paying astronomical
theft claims. "Frankly," they said, "our
losses in that respect will simply be
passed on in the form of higher premi-
ums. It is up to boat owners to protect.
their own property."
This trend has continued over the
years and literally hundreds of millions
of premium dollars have continued to pay
for the problem. Marine-related theft still
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When following the crowd puts a person in harm's way
pletely ignored." Then the court further pointed out that an
unseaworthy practice does not become seaworthy because
of its continued custom and usage.
Once more, when the vessel's representatives tried to
put forward the idea that the diver had refused a tender
line offered to him at the time of the incident, the court
responded by pointing out that since it was already on the
record that using a tender line was not the customary prac-
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the diver that he should have one. So the vessel's defense before you do it, too.
on the grounds of industry custom actually proved a detri-
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When you see that everybody else is doing some- mary in nature and should not be applied to specific
thing, make sure everybody else is actually doing it right cases or situations.
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when most people are hunkered down indoors.
It certainly makes sense. You're less likely to hear
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pound away on your roof, and you would probably be less
likely to go out and explore if you did.
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of security gadgets on the market and see which ones
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By WILLIAM R. HAWKINS
Waterfront News Writer
With the hot and humid dog days of summer under-
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to stay cool.
The dogs with owners in tow are making their
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Fort Lauderdale that's just for dogs.
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near Sunrise Boulevard has been welcoming pet owners and
their four-legged friends. The clearly marked small section
of beach is open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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"All I have to do is say we're going to the beach and my
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the Fort Lauderdale neighborhood Victoria Park, referring to
her two tiny dachshunds, Lenny and Pablo.
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on the sand while Pablo enjoys the water."
Durante had heard about the beach two years ago and
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Bette Tienau of Fort Lauderdale used to bring her large,
elderly dog to the beach until he died two years ago.
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small West Highland terrier and he has changed my life for
the good. And this is the first place I wanted to bring him."
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Scotty, who's more than happy to socialize with all the
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have a great special area are a real asset to the community
and I thank the city for supporting pet owners," she said.
Snyder Park, located on Southwest Fourth Avenue in
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mitted to swim leash-free at select times. Details on the
swim times are available by calling 954-828-DOGS.
Canine Beach is patrolled by Fort Lauderdale's parks
department. Dog owners must buy a temporary or annual
permit to gain entrance for their pets. A temporary permit
costs $5.35 and is good for the whole weekend. The cost can
also be credited toward an annual permit of $15 for city res-
idents and $30 for non-residents.
"All dogs must be under the control of their owners,"
said Jennifer Brown, of the city's parks department. "The
people who bring their dogs here are pretty respectful of the
rules and get their permits."
Dogs must be on a leash or be controlled by their own-
ers in some way. Owners also must collect any droppings
along the beach. The city issues "pooper scooper" bags to
those buying temporary permits.
Jacqueline Plachta of Boca Raton brings her two yellow
Labradors to the beach weekly. "They love running around
and playing in the water," she said.
Janie Jones of Fort Lauderdale has two huskies, called
Aspen and Cypress, who keep their owner on the move as
they race along the water's edge.
"I've been coming here for two years and it's great to
see how everyone gets along both the dogs and the own-
ers," she said.
For Paul Phinney of Wilton Manors, the weekly outing
is as much fun for him as it is for his pug, Max.
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fun," he said, toweling off his pet after a swim.
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"We drove by here one day and saw the sign and won-
dered what it was all about. So we decided to bring Madison
down and she loves it."
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to $300 for each visit, Wallace said it would have made him
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The Bahamian government did announce the fee
increase but quickly rescinded the proposal after being bom-
barded with an outcry from boaters. Wallace, like many
boaters, said he is relieved the fee will stay at $100.
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will strictly curtail his trips to the Bahamas. "A lot of people
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15th Street Fisheries: 1900 SE 15th St.,
ICW, Fort Lauderdale, 620-foot dock, 12-
foot draft. 954-763-2777.
Anglesea Pub: 200 E. McNab Rd.,
Pompano Beach, off McNab Cypress
Canal, 8 slips, 5-foot draft low tide. 954-
Bahia Cabana: 3001 Harbor Dr., Fort
Lauderdale, ICW, 10 slips, takes boats
up to 45 feet, 6-foot draft low tide. 954-
Billy's Stone Crab Market & Seafood
Restaurant: 400 N. Ocean Dr.,
Hollywood; ICW, 150-foot dock, 6-foot draft
low tide. 954-923-2300.
Bimini Boat Yard: 1555 SE 17th St.,
Fort Lauderdale; five slips available on
canal; takes boats up to 62 feet, 15-foot
Bootlegger: 3003 NE 32nd Ave., Fort
Lauderdale, ICW, valet boat dockage,
300-foot dock, 3-foot draft low tide, 5-foot
draft high tide. 954-563-4337.
California Cafe: Hyatt Regency Pier 66,
Fort Lauderdale, 142 slips, 10-foot draft.
954-728-3572 or VHF channel 16.
Cap's Place: Cap's Island, 2765 NE
28th Ct., MM 69, Lighthouse Point, 150-
foot dock, 3-foot draft low tide, 5-foot
draft high tide. 954-941-0418.
Charley's Crab: 3000 NE 32nd Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale, ICW, 300-foot dock, 10-
foot draft. 954-561-4800.
DockSider's: Double Tree Guest Suites
Galleria, 2670 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort
Lauderdale, 300-foot dock, 6-foot draft.
Downtowner Saloon: 10 South New
SRiver Drive East; east of the Andrews
Avenue Bridge, Fort Lauderdale; city
docks available on a-first serve basis: 7-
foot draft; takes boats up to 70 feet. 954-
Florida Tap Room: 515 Seabreeze
Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 80-foot dock
Giorgio's: 606 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood,
ICW, can accommodate up to 200-foot
Houston's Restaurant: 2821 E. Atlantic
Blvd., ICW, Pompano Bch; accommodates
about 15 boats, rafting. 954-783-9499.
Jeremiah's Waterfront Grill: 101 North
Riverside.Dr., Pompano Beach, Sands
Harbor Marina, boats up to 100', 6-foot
low tide. 954-943-7737 or VHF Channel
9 and Channel 16.
Joe's Riverside Grill: 125 Riverside Dr.,
Pompano Beach, ICW, boats up to 100',
4-foot draft low tide. 954-941-2499.
La Tavernetta: 926 NE 20th Ave., Fort
Lauderdale, Middle River, south of Sunrise
Blvd.; slips available. 954-463-2566.
Le Tub: 1100 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood,
ICW; 150-foot dock, 5-foot draft low tide.
Loggerhead Cafe: 6503 N. Ocean
Blvd.,Dania Beach, space for 100 boats.
Fixed Bridge 22' high. 954-923-6711
Marina Bay Bar & Grill: located in Marina
Bay, 2175 State Road 84, Ft. Lauderdale,
60-foot dock, 7-foot draft. Call 954-791-
7600, ext.580 or VHF channel 16.
Marriott Portside Marina: Mariott Hotel,
1881 SE 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale, ICW;
6' low tide, up to 65' boat. 954-527-6781.
Martha's: 6024 N. Ocean Dr.,
Hollywood; 1,000-foot dock, 6-foot draft
low tide. 954-923-5444.
Pal's Charley's Crab: 1755 SE 3rd
Court, Deerfield Beach, ICW, 80 slips, 6-
foot draft. 954-427-4000.
Radisson Bahia Mar Bar & Grill: 801
Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; free
dockage available at marina for patrons.
954-764-2233, ext. 653.
The River House: 301 SW 3rd Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale, New River, city dockage
available; 7-foot draft. 954-525-7661
Roadhouse Grill: 3300 E. Commercial
Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, ICW, 260-foot
dock; 10-foot draft low tide. 954-772-3777.
Rustic Inn: 4331 Ravenswood Rd., Fort
Lauderdale, 200-foot dock, 3-foot draft;
boats under 30 feet only. 954-584-1637.
Sands Harbor Patio Restaurant: 125 N.
Riverside Dr., Pompano Beach, takes
boats up to 100 feet, 6-foot draft low tide.
954-942-9100, ext. 6110.
Shirttail Charlie's: 400 SW 3rd Ave., Fort
Lauderdale, New River, 100-foot dock with
7 slips, 10-foot draft. 954-463-3474.
Shooters: 3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort
Lauderdale, ICW, 350-foot dock shared
with Bootlegger, 8-foot draft low tide.
Southport Raw Bar: 1536 Cordova Rd.,
Ft Lauderdale; 5 slips. 954-525-CLAM.
The Cove: 1754 SE 3rd Court, Deerfield
Beach, Hillsboro Blvd and the ICW; 170-
ft. dock, 6-ft. draft low tide. 954-421-9272.
Bayside Seafood: 3501 Rickenbacker
Causeway, Miami; five slips, 5' draft.
Island's Cafe: 9601 East Bay Harbor
Dr., Bay Harbor; 60 foot dock; 4' draft. no
sailboats. 305-868-4141, ext. 641.
Mike Gordon's Seafood Restaurant:
1201 NE 79th St., Miami; up to 68-foot
dock; 4 slips; marked channel; 3 1/2'
draft low tide. 305-751-4429.
Monty Trainer's: 2560 S. Bayshore Dr.,
Coconut Grove; 150 slips; 7' draft low
The Afterdeck at Haulover Marina:
15000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 6 slips;
12' draft low tide. 305-944-1415; marina:
Shuckers: 1819 79th Street Causeway,
N. Miami; 5' draft low tide. 305-866-1570.
Tuna's Waterfront Grill: 17201
Biscayne Blvd., Maule Lake Marina,
North Miami Beach; up to 144-foot dock;
8-11 draft low tide. 305-945-2567.
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South Florida Flats Anglers: meets the first Tuesday of the month
in Oakland Park. 305-751-8491.
South Florida Fishing Club: meets the first and third Tuesdays of
the month, 7:30 p.m. for the meeting, or 6:30 p.m. for dinner at Tony
Romas, 18050 Collins Ave., North Miami Beach. 954-761-3774 or
Broward Sierra Club: meets 7:30 p.m. at Fern Forest Nature
Center, 201 Lyons Road, Pompano Beach. 954-970-0150.
Wilton Bookies: a book discussion group meets the first Tuesday of
the month, 7:30 p.m. at the Wilton Manors Library, 500 NE 26th St.,
Wilton Manors. 954-390-2196; email@example.com.
Broward Urban River Trails: meets 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday
of the month at Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road
84, Dania Beach. 954-791-1030.
South Florida Women Divers: meets 6 p.m. for a picnic followed by
a 7 p.m. meeting at the Pioneer Park Annex at 249 NE 5th Ave.,
Deerfield Beach. 561-483-9554; www.sfwd.net.
Multihull Association of South Florida: meets 8 p.m. at the Miami
Yacht Club, Miami. 305-377-9877 or 305-371-0703;
Broward Women's Republican Club Federated: luncheon meeting
at 11:45 a.m. at Regalo's, 4215 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale.
Speaker: Sue Banks, executive director, Republican Pro-Choice
Coalition. $15. 954-254-1625; http://browardrepublicanwomen.org.
2003 Regatta Time in Abaco: A sailing festival through July 11 in
the Bahamas. 305-665-8316; 242-367-3067; www.RTIA.net.
The Undersea Adventurers Dive Club: meets 7:30 p.m. at Avian
restaurant, 1401 S. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach. 954-426-0808;
Sailing Singles of South Florida: meets weekly in Fort Lauderdale.
Call 954-462-4575 for current locations; www.sailingsingles.org.
Miami Sportfishing Club: meets 8 p.m. the first and third Thursdays
of the month, 1711 W. 38th Place, unit 1104, Hialeah. 305-885-1666.
Model Tall Ship Show: an exhibit presented by the Historic
Maritime Educational Foundation through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
daily at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulf Stream
Way, Dania Beach. $3.99 children 12 and under; $4.99 adults. 954-
"Hollywood Salutes the Troops:" an event honoring the armed
forces from 6-10 p.m. on Hollywood beach, Hollywood. 954-921-3404.
Offshore Fireworks Display: starting 9 p.m.on Hollywood beach.
Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club: barbeque and bridge, 4:30 p.m.,
Holiday Park, 700 NE 6th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale. $8. 954-761-1577.
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Hollywood Beach Clam Bake: a festival along Hollywood beach.
Kayak Lessons: teaches basic skills to paddling long distance, 9
a.m. at Holland Park, located at Johnson Street and North Lake Drive
on the ICW, Hollywood. Adults: $25; kids under 15, $15. 954-921-
Salvation Army Car & Boat Auction: inspection starts at 8 a.m.,
1901 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. $100 refundable registra-
tion fee. 954-463-3725; www.saftlauderdale.org.
Palm Beach Sailing Club: small boat sailing on Saturdays, 1 p.m.,
600 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach. 561-881-0809;
Hollywood Car Show: takes place 6-10 p.m. at Young Circle Park,
located at U.S. 1 and Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood. 954-474-
CFIDS/FIBRO Good Times Social Group: meets 1-2:30 p.m. the
first Saturday of the month, at Olive Garden, 5550 N. Federal Hwy.,
Fort Lauderdale. 954-473-4350 or 954-974-6280.
SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch: from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along
Riverwalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale. 954-828-5985.
Seven Seas Cruising Association: an international group of cruis-
ing sailors meets for breakfast Sundays at various locations. 954-
Genealogical Society of Broward County: meets 2:30 p.m. in the
community room of the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward
Blvd., Plantation. 954-581-3932.
Environmental Boat Tours: for all ages, daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
the Anne Kohl Nature Center at West Lake Park, 751 Sheridan St.,
Hollywood; $8 for adults. 954-926-2480.
Youth Sailing: offered 12:30-3:30 p.m., by the Gulfstream Sailing
Club to kids age 8-13, at Sailor's Point on North Lake, Hollywood.
$125 for a three week session. 954-981-8445.
Boating Skills & Seamanship: offered by the Coast Guard
Auxiliary, 601 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-0034.
Roller Coaster Science: a camp program for kids age 5-12 from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 401 SW 2nd St., Fort
Lauderdale $170 for five-day session. 954-467-0930.
Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club: duplicate bridge lesson on Mondays,
9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club, Holiday Park,
700 NE 6th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale. $4 non-members. 954-761-
Youth Sailing: offered 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., by the Gulfstream Sailing
Club to kids age 8-13, at Sailor's Point on North Lake, Hollywood.
$125 for a three week session. 954-981-8445.
Safe Boating Course: offered by the Pompano Beach Power
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Broward Boating Club: meets the second Tuesday of the month,
7:30 p.m. at the Harbor Grille, 815 N.E. 3rd St., Dania Beach. 954-
321-0330 or 316-0236.
Gulfstream Sailing Club: meets at Shooters, 3033 NE 32nd Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale. Dinner, 6:30 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. meeting.
Palm Beach Sailing Club: a general meeting, 6:30 p.m., 4600 N.
Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach. 561-881-0809.
Walker's Club: meets 9 a.m. at Frost Park, 300 NE 2nd St., Dania
Youth Sailing: offered 12:30-3:30 p.m., by the Gulfstream Sailing
Club to kids age 8-13, at Sailor's Point on North Lake, Hollywood.
$125 for a three week session. 954-981-8445.
"Boat Smart:" basic safe boating program sponsored by the Palm
Beach Sail and Power Squadron, starts 7 p.m. at Palm Beach Lakes
High School, 3505 Shiloh Dr., West Palm Beach. $30 for materials.
561-863-1461 or 561-626-6606.
Broward Urban River Trails: meets 5:30 p.m. at Secret
Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale.
Discover Palm Beach Sailing Club: Wednesday night small boat
races, 5:30 p.m. 561-881-0809.
Ladies, Let's Go Fishing: Southeast Florida chapter meets
the second Wednesday of the month. 954-923-3072;
www.geocities.com/llgfsoutheastflorida/ or e-mail
South Florida Divers: meets 7:30 p.m., usually the first Wednesday
of the month. Check website for location, www.sfdi.com.
Downtown Live: Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m. in Himmarshee Village,
along Southwest Second Street, Fort Lauderdale. 954-828-5363.
Palm Beach Sailing Club: Wednesday night small boat races, 5:30
Have a Heart Transplant Support Group: meets 6:45 p.m. in the
media room of Broward General Hospital, 1600 S. Andrews Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale. 954-755-0666.
Sea Turtle Watches '03: last session at 9 p.m. at Gumbo Limbo
Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-338-1473;
Friends of the Deerfield Beach Arboretum: a horticultural seminar,
7 p.m. at Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach.
Aprbs Plongee Dive Club: meets the second Thursday of the
month, 7:30 p.m., at the Lighthouse Dive Center, 2507 N. Ocean
Blvd., Pompano Beach. 954-782-1100.
Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club: meets the second Thursday of the
month, 7:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club,
2701 NE 42nd St., Lighthouse Point. 954-785-3666.
Fort Lauderdale Boat Club: a business meeting the second
Thursday of the month, 8 p.m., at the Wilton Manors Woman's Club,
600 NE 21 Court, Wilton Manors.
Sailing Singles of South Florida: meets every Thursday night in
Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-942-5499.954-462-4575 for current loca-
tions or see website: www.sailingsingles.org.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Breakfast:
takes place 7:30 a.m. at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 400
Corporate Dr., Fort Lauderdale. $35 for non-members. 954-462-
6000, ext. 8991; www.ftlchamber.com.
Miami Yacht Club: meets the second Friday of the month, 8 p.m.,
1001 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 305-377-9877.
Friends of the Deerfield Beach Arboretum: free guided tours on
Friday, 10 a.m., and the first Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. at
Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. 954-
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