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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, October 9, 2014 24 pages / 75 centsON A ROLL! For the first time in nearly a decade, the Varsity Bulldog football team is 5-0 after crushing Bayshore 41-3. PAGE 14 A section of the Sun Arcadian 75 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Family Album ..........7 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Religion ..............10 Sports ...............14 Conservation ..........22 HEALTH CARE FOR INMATES: DeSoto County taxpayers foot the bills for those in jail ........................ 2 PHOTOS ON DISPLAY: Art season opens tonight at Martin Gallery ......................................... 3 MAKING HISTORY: Pine Level town site gets historic designation ......................................... 11 INSIDE Over 4,500 followers! Like us on Facebook Arcadia Main Street out a call for businesses, organizations, government ofces, candidates and individuals to being a festive atmosphere to the downtown district by building scarecrows. And the community responded. Saturday morning, groups gathered to assemble their hay lled creations, thanks to Durwood Smith for donating the hay bales and Tonya Meredith Lara for the ll bags. Using old clothes, stakes, twine and interesting ornaments, gures made of straw were completed and afxed to lightposts for display. Entries were submitted by DeSoto Memorial Hospital and DeSoto County Health Department, several schools featuring bulldogs, cowboys and mustangs, First State Bank of Arcadia with a pinstriped banker, and J & M Herbs. Candidates for political ofces had their entries, Arcadia Police Department had a policeman with hat, gun and badge, and the DeSoto County Sheriffs ofce had a handcuffed prisoner. DeSoto County Historical Society presented Acrefoot Johnson and Arcadia Albritton, while the DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council had a Mexican Day of the Dead scarecrow. The scarecrows are mounted along U.S. Highway 17 south, West Oak Street and West Magnolia Street. They bring a festive, comical and colorful atmosphere to the downtown area, and visitors and residents alike should have a good time trying to nd them all.Downtown Arcadia filled with festive fall air ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANThe crew from First State Bank of Arcadia with their scarecrow, Rich Moneybags. It doesnt take much a frame, some old clothes and a bunch of hay to create a clever scarecrow to remind us of the beauty of fall. INSIDETurn to page 12 for more photos of the downtown event. Going against the recommendations of City Attorney T.J. Wohl, the Arcadia City Council voted unanimously to re former City Administrator Tom Slaughter for alleged fraudulent charges on a city debit card. The move may leave the city open to lawsuits by Slaughter to recover accrued sick and vacation time and other pay earned during his tenure as city administrator, while potentially still owing him nearly $3,000 in paid time off accumulated while he was city planner and interim administrator. Wohl said that because Slaughter was still in his probation period when he resigned, hes not entitled to any severance pay, but would receive accrued vacation and sick pay from his time prior to being hired as administrator. Since Slaughter did not provide the required 30-day notice with his resignation, the council could choose to decline it and terminate him. Wohl continued that he spoke to Slaughter by phone Tuesday morning, and Slaughter was willing to accept $2,961.75 in PTO earned prior to becoming administrator, and in exchange would sign a separation agreement waiving any additional claims against the city for other amounts he would be entitled to receive. In a puzzling twist, earlier in the meeting Mayor Alice Frierson noted in a copy of the citys personnel manual, referenced by council, specic language regarding ring an employee for cause had been blacked out. One particular area of personnel manual reads, Discharge results in loss of eligibility of reemployment, loss of pay, accumulated leave time and other benets. Loss of pay, accumulated leave time and other benets had been marked through, she said. I dont know how this got through us, but it did.City fires Slaughter for causeBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORFIRES | 2


Arcadian | Page 2 The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 DeSoto County taxpayers are paying more than half a million dollars every year toward medical care for prisoners and detainees in the county jail. Sheriff Will Wise said, If not for DeSoto Memorial Hospital, our ofce would have to pay even more for prisoners medical care. The DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce is legally responsible for necessary medical care for people in its custody. Cpt. Brian Harris said DCSO contracts with the DeSoto County Health Department, through which nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses and health technicians come to the jail to provide basic medical care. They might take care of simple cuts and stitch small wounds, give medications, Harris said. The jail also contracts with a psychologist for mental health issues. DCSO may have to cover the costs of dialysis, special breathing equipment, chemotherapy or hospice. But we have no inrmary, Wise said. So those needing more serious medical care have to be transported to the hospital. For instance, you might have someone come in going through drug withdrawal, or having a seizure, or they have to go the hospital for an IV. We cant do that here. So far this year, DCSO had to take prisoners for 26 hospital visits that could have been addressed in-house if DCSO had an inrmary. We are lucky to have DeSoto Memorial Hospital nearby, Wise said. Most of the emergency cases from the jail are taken to DMH. They give us Medicaid rates, Wise said. That can be up to an 80 percent discount over rates we would be charged by other hospitals. As an example, one bill they received would have cost over $9,000, but DMH billed DCSO only $1,800. DCSO sometimes negotiates lower medical fees with an out-of-county hospital by agreeing to pay at once. For one inmate who had to be taken to Sarasota for treatment, the bill exceeded $90,000. Wise was able to negotiate a 50 percent discount. The Sheriffs Ofce also has access to a consultant who represents sheriffs ofces across the state and will negotiate lower fees on their behalf. Kay Hill, who handles DCSOs accounting, said over the last scal year the Sheriffs Ofce incurred more than half a million dollars in payments for inmates medical treatment. That includes $275,000 for nursing costs (which will be $291,000 for the new scal year), more than $209,000 for DeSoto taxpayers billed for jail inmates health careBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR BILLED | 21 Frierson said other provisions in the manual Interim City Administrator Beth Carsten discovered had also been marked through. There are several other pages in the manual where the wording that mirrors that language has been altered, Carsten said. They all speak of resignations without the proper notice given, and I think we need to revisit those. The council agreed to have the manual reviewed by a labor attorney. Wohl said that based on the changes indicated in the manual, Slaughter could be entitled to some of his PTO. This amount is what he earned prior to his time as city administrator, and he is entitled to that whether you accept his resignation or terminate him, so there is really no need to terminate him for cause, Wohl said. I told him that if he wanted to try and get any money he accrued during his time as city administrator, I would just recommend the council to decline the resignation and terminate him with cause, and then he could ght about it. But he said hed agree to sign a separation agreement and accept the $2,900 amount. Deputy Mayor Joe Fink moved to re Slaughter with cause, which led to several council members questioning whether that was in the citys best interests. My question is what do we gain by ring him with cause? Frierson asked. Nothing, Wohl responded. If hes agreeing to take the amount already mentioned, then the end result is the same. What youre buying here (with the separation agreement) is peace of mind that there wont be a lawsuit down the road. Councilman Keith Keene told Fink he couldnt second the motion because of the potential legal implications. I just cant support this because of what our attorney has shared with us now. If we dismiss him with cause he still will have the opportunity to come back at us. I just want this to go away, he said. Finks motion died for lack of a second, and as the council continued to debate the pros and cons of accepting Slaughters resignation, several members of the public voiced their anger at the councils indeci sion. In particular, they questioned why the council would accept Slaughters resignation and not terminate him knowing he improperly used a debit card, especially in light of former marshal Charles Lees conviction for stealing nearly $150,000 from the city. After several impassioned pleas from residents to terminate Slaughter, Keene reversed course and asked Fink to restate his motion. Mayor, Id like to ask the deputy mayor to reconsider his motion, because Ive had a change of heart, he said. Fink then moved (again) to re Slaughter for cause, and the council voted unanimously in favor.Mobile home park rent increasesThe council voted 4-1 to approve two rental increases for residents of the citys mobile home park effective Feb. 1, 2015. Rent will increase from $165 to $175 for lots north of Main Street, and from $171 to $181 south of Main. Wohl said residents will be provided with 90-day notices for the increases. Several park residents were worried rates would increase $10 each year, but Wohl assured them that was not the case. This is a one-time increase, he said. The entire issue would have to come back before the council for consideration for rates to increase in the future. Other issues from residents included a concern over the increase placing added nancial stress on individuals living on social security, and several requests to guarantee that the increased rental rates would result in improvements to the park, beyond regular maintenance. Carsten said there are plans for small improvements in the future that are on le with the city, and that one of the reasons for the increase is to offset approximately $80,000 the city pays in water fees for park residents. It certainly is never the intent of the city to hurt anyone, she said. We will work to ensure the concerns of park residents are properly addressed. Councilman Bob Allen cast the dissenting vote, saying he felt the issue needed to be researched further to ensure the added nancial burden wouldnt be too much for residents to bear.City OKs fundingThe council unanimously approved a request from County Administrator Mandy Hines to contribute $30,000 toward a Local Agency Program project to improve three intersections in downtown Arcadia. The county received $195,000 in funding from the state for the project, but received only one bid at $338,000. Hines said the countys Economic Development Advisory Committee will recommend to the DeSoto Board of County Commission to authorize approximately $150,000 from the countys Economic Redevelopment Fund to go toward the LAP project, and requested the city contribute $30,000 to make up the difference. Hines said if the LAP money isnt utilized soon it would go back to the state. This is a great project for the community, she said. If we choose not to do this, were basically throwing away $195,000. Keene said, I think nding $30,000 to make a $300,000 project happen is well worth it. I dont see how we can pass this up. In other business, the council unanimously approved the Minimum Standards and Guidelines for Commercial Services at the Arcadia Airport. It also unanimously approved a lease between the SmithBrown Community Foundation and the city for improvements to the Smith Brown gym building. Marshal Matt Anderson announced the Arcadia Police Department and Slims Barbecue were teaming up to raise money for the APDs Shop With a Cop program. APD ofcers will act as servers Oct. 16-17 at Slims during lunch and dinner hours, relling drinks, busing tables and greeting customers. Hours for the fundraiser for both days are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.6:30 p.m. Ofcers will tell customers at the door about the fundraiser, and will provide envelopes for donations. Any tips will go to Slims regular staff. This is the second year of the APDs program, which allows low-income children in grades second through fth to purchase presents at Walmart for themselves and their families. Anderson said the APD is also teaming up with Winn-Dixie to help provide food baskets for needy families as well. For more information or to donate, call 863-993-4660. FIRESFROM PAGE 1 50475681 50475685


The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Page 3 | Arcadian Within the last few months Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has given gener ously to the DeSoto County Education Foundation to be used for programs within the schools. We are thrilled to be able to present these funds to the DeSoto County Education Foundation and to help teachers, students and the schools, said Lee Smith, Arcadia Service Center manager. AR (Accelerated Reader) Books for the Kindergarten classes, and adaptive physical education equipment for pre-K children and the migrant education program are some of the areas that will benet from this generous gift. In addition, Suncoast was a Platinum Sponsor for the Employee and Volunteer of the Year Recognition event held last February. Suncoast Credit Union founded the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-prot organization established to benet sick children and their families and to support educational initiatives. The foundation is a vehicle for Suncoast to support the communities they serve and help the people who live here. Since its inception in 1992, the Foundation has raised and donated over $7 million dollars to help provide a better future for the children of our community. The work that the DeSoto County Education Foundation performs would not be possible without the substantial support of sponsors like Suncoast said Martha Jo Markey, executive director of the foundation. We are deeply indebted for their generosity. For more information about the DeSoto Education Foundation and their work in the schools, visit www. DeSotoEducationFoundation. com.Suncoast Credit Union gives to educationBY MARTHA JO MARKEY PHOTO PROVIDEDLee Smith, Arcadia Service Center manager for Suncoast Credit Union, watched as children play on new tricycles. Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Centers Board of Directors held its Annual Meeting Sept. 30. Returning and newly elected board members, along with GSAHEC staff, celebrated another year of service in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Highlights included the election of new board ofcers, a review of accomplishments from FY 20132014, a glimpse of the programming for FY 2014-2015 and a grateful farewell to long-serving board member Melissa Peacock. Elected as ofcers for GSAHECs Board of Directors were Kimberly Bland, Dental Assisting Program director at Manatee Technical Institute, who will serve as Chair; Karol Sweeterman, teacher, Charlotte County School Board will serve as Vice-Chair; and Linda De Mello will serve as Secretary-Treasurer. Jeanette Robinson, Tobacco Prevention Program Gulf Coast health center elects new officersSUBMITTED B y ANSLEY MORAGULF COAST AHEC CENTER | 23 Four noted local photographers will open the art season at the Martin Art Gallery tonight. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the photos of Rhett Butler, John Black, Jerry Waters and Susan E. Hoffman will be on display at the Martin Art Gallery, in the ofces of Martin Realty Co., 207 East Magnolia Street. The public is welcome to meet the artists, view their work and Four photographers open DeSoto art seasonBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR PHOTO BY JERRY WATERSGreat Blue Heron in Flight is an example of Jerry Waters excellent wildlife photography.ART | 23 work we do at Mosaic is critical to helping feed the world. We provide farmers with phosphate crop nutrients that enable them to produce more food on less land. Essential crop nutrients like phosphate mined and manufactured in Florida are responsible for 40-60 percent of the crop yields farmers produce worldwide.* That translates into more abundant and affordable food here at home. As our world keeps growing, Mosaic keeps working to help put food on the table, for all of us. We help the world grow the food it needs.*Source: Agronomy JournalIMAGINE A WORLD WITH HALF AS MUCH FOOD.Without crop nutrients, that would be our reality. 471223


VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Arcadian | Page 4Derek Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group Chairman David Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group President Joe Gallimore Arcadian PublisherSusan E. Homan Arcadian Editor E-mail letters to | OUR VIEW | GRITS & PIECES Time to seek professional helpFirst of all, on behalf of the City of Arcadia, let us say thank you to Beth Carsten for doing the right thing. As the citys Finance Manager, she felt some of the statements from Tom Slaughters debit card did not look right to her, and she had the sense (and courage) to question him about it. Any one of these charges by itself might not have triggered much scrutiny: it wasnt as though they were charges to a gentlemans club, a cruise ship or a Vegas casino. Lunches at area eateries could have been legit; cash withdrawals might have had a reasonable business purpose. But after reviewing several questionable charges, and putting two and two together, Carsten realized something was amiss. Its not easy to challenge your boss, but she did. Keep in mind, this was the guy who hired her. And he had a reputa tion of being gruff, sarcastic, demeaning and argumentative. She was told receipts would be provided, but they werent, and things continued to look peculiar, so she again questioned the statements. She nally went to her superiors, which ultimately resulted in City Administrator Tom Slaughter submitting his resignation, along with his cashiers check covering the questioned amount of the charges and cash withdrawals. So now Arcadia nds itself in much the same position it was in before Slaughter was hired. Were going to sound like a broken record, but we again urge the city to seek professional guidance when it chooses its next City Administrator. Start by asking begging, if necessary the Range Riders to lend a hand. The city has not done very well on its own. Professional assistance is essential. If help can be provided for no charge, wonderful. If the city has to pay for professional guidance, we think it would be money well spent. Just look at the trail of ex-administrators over the last few years Markae Rupp, March 2009-Jan. 2010 Lawrence Miller, July 2010-June 2012 Judy Jankosky, July 2012-Oct. 2013 Tom Slaughter May 2014-Sept. 2014 Clearly were not getting something right here. A famous adage says, Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get a different result. So maybe its time to try something different. The citizens panel convened for the last administrator search was a good idea, but in practice it didnt seem to work. Some members of that panel didnt seem to take their role seriously, and others had nothing to contribute. And when all was said and done, the process was short-circuited in that one candidate was reportedly given a higher rank than the committees scores would have supported. We think now this is a job for professionals. Let someone with experience guide council on how to solicit and | LETTERS TO THE EDITORQuestions surround Slaughter resignationEditor: As with most reporting in the Arcadian of late, the comment concerning me was incorrect. Reporter [Assistant Editor] Steve Bauer through city email, not personal contact, asked me, What was your reaction when T.J. (City Attorney Wohl) rst told you about the issue [concerning former City Administrator Tom Slaughter], and what are your thoughts regarding the misuse of the card? T.J. told me that criminal prosecution is an option that is still on the table. Do you support that route if it is brought before the council? The intent was to make my response a public record under the Florida Government in the Sunshine Law. This was the rst contact Ive had by either Bauer or Editor Susan Hoffman since Slaughter was hired by the city (six months ago). They have both passed me numerous times without speaking; how very adult. When the Arcadian management/ ownership was told of these actions by their staff they declined to comment. To the rst question: The abuse/ theft of public funds can never be tolerated and should be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law. However Mayor Alice Frierson unilaterally accepted Slaughters resignation without consulting council, and for personal reasons, not theft of city funds. If it had been brought before the council I would have moved to immediately terminate Slaughter. To the second: If Mr. Wohl (T.J.) indeed made that comment, then we have other problems in my opinion. A call to the states attorneys ofce drew the answer that any criminal prosecution comes rst from law enforcement, then is left to the total discretion of the states attorney. The city can take any non-binding action it like, it is however moot.Joseph E. Fink, Deputy Mayor City of ArcadiaHospitals skills saved babys lifeEditor: Recently our hospital has been struggling nancially and there are even struggles to determine the Make your peace while you still canWith Halloween knocking on the door (and Christmas hot on its trail) I gured why not write about graveyards? After all, were all familiar with them, though not as in depth as well be when were lowered down into our individual forever real estate spots. In fact, the more I think about this subject, the more Im digging it. First, lets get all the old cemetery jokes out of the way. Why are there fences around graveyards? (Because people are dying to get in.) How many dead people are buried in the local cemetery? (All of them) Let me say that Ive lived within spitting distance of a cemetery ever since I got married, and I am here to tell you that those dead folks make great neighbors. Not once in nearly 40 years have we heard a peep out of them, nor have we had to call the cops about too much noise. And we better not ever have to, ya know? Way back in the day, graveyards were great places to take your girlfriend at night. First, the creepiness made them want to sidle up real close to you, and they didnt mind swappin slobber (kissing) just to take their mind off their surroundings. One time my buddy Bruce drove my sister and a couple of other gals through the cemetery late at night, and just about the time the eeriness was starting to settle in, he pretended that his car was acting up and trying to quit on him. About that time, he passed some large headstones where a couple of buddies and I were perched like gargoyles, silhouetted by the moon. We stepped Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson | LETTER SUBMISSION POLICYLetters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All letters must be signed with full name not initials. An address and telephone number must be included; they are not for publication, but must be provided so we may verify authorship if necessary. Due to the number of letters received, we reserve the right to run only one letter per person per month. The Letters to the Editor section is intended as a public forum for community discourse and the opinions and statements made in letters are solely those of the individual writers. The Arcadian takes no responsibility for the content of these letters. Please send or bring correspondence to the Arcadian, 108 S. Polk Ave., Arcadia FL 34266, or fax to 863-494-3533. Readers with access to the internet may e-mail Letters to the Editor at view: Arcadias record with hiring city administrators suggests outside guidance is needed.OUR VIEW | 5 LETTERS | 21 GRITS & PIECES | 13


The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Page 5 | Arcadian Everyone has a wish list of things youd just love to acquire someday. But where would the money for it all come from? Parents and students from the School District of DeSoto County came to find out at the Annual Title I Parent Involvement Meetings. The district made it easy for parents to attend, as transportation, childcare and even translation services were provided. Families enjoyed a meal together while they watched an informative presentation and received free educational materials and interactive games to take home. The state Department of Education says Title Is primary purpose is to ensure all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state and academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. Dr. Rae Konjoian, DeSoto Countys associate director of Federal Programs, and her team designed these meetings to outline what the Title I program is and how the funds it provides impact resources and programs presented throughout the school district. The first meeting was held on Sept. 11 for DeSoto Middle School and DeSoto County High School parents. There were 29 parents and 36 children there. The second meeting was on Sept. 15 at Nocatee Elementary School, where 25 parents and 31 children attended. West Elementary School was visited on Sept. 16 by 35 parents and 37 children, with Memorial Elementary School finishing off the weeks meeting schedule on Sept. 18, as 36 parents and 42 children attended. With such a large turnout of supportive parents, who learned valuable ways to stay active in their childs education, the meetings were deemed a great success. Parents and their children enjoyed the evening so much they left curious about the next event the Title I program will be hosting. The Districts Federal Projects Department thanks all the schools for their help with these events as well as to A Nails, Arcadia Do-It-Best Hardware, Arcadia Sweet Boutique, Cliptomania, DeSoto Shirt and Hat, Goldman Auto Body Works, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and Sears for their generous contributions.Parents, students learn about Title I programsBy DEVIN LACAVADESOTO CO. SCHOOL DISTRICT Davida Goldman greets parents as they arrive for the meetings about the Title I program. Lourdes Robles, left, Giovanni Patlan and Adriana Patlan listen to the program about Title I.PHOTOS BY DEVIN LACAVA review applications, and how to choose good candidates to interview. As to Slaughter, were still waiting for the facts to unfold, but based on evidence and his own explanation, it appears he either misused the city-issued debit card for his own personal use, or he negligently made it possible for someone else to access it. In either case, should those facts prove true, its not enough simply to pay back what was misappropriated and expect to walk away unscathed. Were not talking about a little kid taking a candy bar from the dime store. Were talking about a violation of public trust, a misuse of taxpayers hardearned dollars, a gross dereliction of the duty one owes the public. A complete investigation should be undertaken to determine whether any criminal acts took place. Paying back what appears to be misappropriated money would not negate the fact that the law was violated in the rst place. Oops, you caught me Im sorry heres your money back doesnt cut it.OUR VIEWFROM PAGE 4 5643 Clark Rd., Sarasota Next to Dunkin Donuts @ I-75, exit 205 487193 CROWNS BRIDGES EXTRACTIONS IMPLANTS *Extractions not included. First consultation no charge. May change based on complexity of case. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination, or treatment, that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to advertisement for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. General Dentist Lic#14423 Were the stimulus package for your dental needs. FREE! Consultation X-Rays & Exam D0150, D0330 Must Present Coupon Single Denture $249 D5110, D5210 single. Must Present Coupon Crowns $475 D2751 Must Present Coupon Deluxe Denture Complete Set $750 (Reg. $1500) D5110, D5210 Must Present Coupon 941-822-0048 F R E E *FREE S E C O N D SECOND O P I N I O N OPINION Arcadia


Arcadian | Page 6 The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 NOTE: All phone numbers are in Area Code 863 unless stated otherwise. TODAY Photographer exhibit reception: Rhett Butler, Jerry Waters, John Black and Susan Hoffman. 5:30 p.m., Oct 9 Mac Martin Art Gallery, 207 E. Magnolia St. Sponsored by DeSoto Arts & Humanities Council. Open to the public. The DeSoto Co. Historical Society meets at noon Oct. 9 at the Family Service Center Annex. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m. for $6. Speaker is Ret. Gen. Jay Garner speaking on What Life in Arcadia Leads To. The DeSoto County School District will hold an expulsion hearing, closed to the public, at 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 9 in School Board Chambers, 530 La Solona Ave. First day of Sukkot will be observed at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 101 S. Orange Ave., from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. The DeSoto County Veterans Council meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at Arcadia Elks Lodge. For details, call Tom Damron at 491-1404. TEAM Arcadia meets on the second Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Margaret Way Building, 23 N Polk Avenue. Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity meets at 6 p.m. second Thursdays monthly at the Habitat ReStore, 111 N. Polk Ave. Call 494-4118 or desotohabitat@ for more information. Gastric bypass support group meets at 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays monthly at Mardis Citrus on U.S. 17 S. For more information, call 990-0082 or 494-5700. Hearing Impaired Persons will be at the Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St., on the 2nd Thursday of each even numbered month (Oct, Dec, Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug) from 9 a.m. to noon, to distribute special telephones for those with a hearing impairment. Phone Kim at 941-743-8347 for more information & to make an appointment to meet with them in Arcadia. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m. Sign-in 4:50 p.m. Health Dept. conference room, 34 S. Baldwin Ave. Drop-in $7/class, 8-class package $40 ($5 per class). Bring your own mat. For information, call Christine at 244-1925. DeSoto County Library story time is at 3 p.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. FRIDAY Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Assoc. will hold its annual Estimate Lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 10 at The Elks Lodge in Arcadia. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free fresh produce to those in need at the DeSoto Housing Authority, 7 Booker T. Washington Road, from 10-11:30 p.m. on Fridays Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 14 and 28 and Dec. 12. The Photography Group of DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council meets the second Friday of each month 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the DeSoto Public Library. Free and open to the public. SATURDAY Women in Fellowship Ministry meets every second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church, 256 S. Orange Ave. Be uplifted, motivated and inspired by God. Free and open to the public. Light brunch is served. The John Morgan Ingraham House is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. DeSoto County Historical Society Research Library is o DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 993-4851 for more information. MONDAY On Oct. 13, Modern Woodmen of America Camp 16497 will meet at the El Pirata at 5 p.m. Speaker will be Sue Grossman, SHINE Rep., speaking about Medicare/Social Security and the upcoming Open Enrollment. If you plan to attend, call 494-1679 to RSVP. Also items for the Center for the Needy are appreciated. DeSoto Memorial Hospital will hold the last of its Community Conversations at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Fort ogden Baptist Church. For details, call Andrea at 494-8402. DeSoto County Veterans Honor Guard practices at 6 p.m. second Mondays monthly at the American Legion Post. TUESDAY The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at Nocatee Elementary School, 4846 S.W. Shores Ave., Nocatee, from 4:30-6 p.m. (not open to the public before 4:15 p.m.) on Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 11 and 25, and Dec. 9. Sierra Club outing 8:30-11 a.m. Oct. 14 at Deep Creek Preserve, with Florida Master Naturalists Jim Knoy and Jamie Reynolds. Reserve: 941-637-8284. DeSoto County Commission Board meets at 9 a.m. at the County Administration building, Room 103, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. DeSoto County School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the School Board meeting room of the DeSoto County School District, 530 La Solona Ave., Arcadia. S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elderly) has office hours on the second Tuesday of the month at the Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St., from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call 239-470-5350 to make an appointment. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St. Donations gratefully accepted. DeSoto County Library holds story time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Peace River Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, starting Nov. 12, at the Speer Center, U.S. Highway 17 North, Arcadia. For information, contact Bill or Mary Morse at 207-418-4687. WEDNESDAY Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. The Arcadia Writers Group meets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Arcadia Village in the Cantina Clubhouse, in the small dining room. For more information, call Sarah Hollenhorst at 244-1663. DeSoto County Traffic Safety Team meets at 1:30 p.m. third Wednesdays monthly at the DeSoto County Commissioners room, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Art for Kids is at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in the DeSoto County Librarys childrens wing. This program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Arts and Humanities Council, is for elementary school-aged children. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256 THURSDAY The Arcadia is hosting an Election Barbecue from 5:30-7 p.m. at its office, 108 S. Polk Ave. All local candidates (Arcadia and DeSoto Co.) have been invited, along with DeSoto Memorial Hospital and some local organizations. Coastal Conservation Assoc. will hold its annual banquet and auction starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Turner Center. Tickets are $65/person or $120/couple. Peace River Audubon Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Universalist Fellowship Church, 1432 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte. For more information, call Jim Knoy at 303-868-8337. DeSoto Cares, a community group dedicated to searching out homelessness needs and solutions, meets on the first and third Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Arcadia Housing Authority Conference Room. For details, call Rev. Ted Hanus at 993-3435. USDA Commodities Distribution takes place at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2867 Ami Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recipients must fill out a form each time. The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center, 2200 Roan St., Arcadia. SPECIAL Veterans Free rides are available to area VA clinics. (Some restrictions apply.) For details, call 993-9670. The Center for the Needy, at the corner of W. Pine St. and S. Orange Ave., is desperately in need of food, clothing, personal hygiene items, household goods, supplies etc. Any donations are gratefully accepted, including cash, to help those in real need in our community. For more information, call 444-0499. Volunteers are needed for new Senior Friendship Center opening Monday at 219 W. Oak St., open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Call 494-5965. Eye Exams Medical Eye Care Surgery Full Optical Boutique Contact Lenses863.491.7777 2442 NE Highway 70, Arcadia (across from Walgreens) Dr. Ronald O. Sevigny Dr. Mark D. SevignyRonald O. Sevigny, O.D. Mark D. Sevigny, O.D. Robyn Russell, O.D. Daniel Welch, M.D.Hablamos Espaol(24 hour emergency eye care)We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and all major medical plans BlinkyOur Board Certified physicians are committed to not just meeting your expectations but exceeding them! 50475679 50475683 Great Christmas Gift!


The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Page 7 | Arcadian Family AlbumFAMILY ALBUM PHOTOSSend us a photo to celebrate a birth, birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, etc. The Arcadian will run it free. We must have it no later than noon on Monday. Bring your photo to the office or e-mail to PHOTO PROVIDEDI want to wish my one and only daughter, Miss Inda, a very special 18th birthday! From baby to womanhood, you have always been our shining star. We love you so much, keep making us proud. Love always, Darlene, Sheldon, Grandma Dolly, Shirley, Lil and the GangHappy birthday The Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, consisting of members from DeSoto and Hardee counties, held their Fall Workshop meeting on Sept. 25 at the Church of the Nazarene in Arcadia. President Emily Morris opened the meeting; 26 members attended. Each year the Alpha Gamma Chapter gives four baskets of supplies to new teachers. Hardee Countys Early Educator Project includes a basket of teacher supplies for new teachers, Lee Souther and Beth Brock. DeSoto Countys Early Educator Project includes a basket of teacher supplies for new teachers Heather Buck (Nocatee Elementary School) and Kathleen Mulvaney (West Elementary School). Five Alpha Gamma members attended the state Delta Kappa Gamma Fall Workshop Sept. 19-20 at the Lake Mary Marriott Hotel: Emily Morris, Lucretia Gilmore, Dana Holloman, Dawn Randolph and Cindie Fischer. There are 89 chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma in Florida. Two junior/senior college education scholarships are given each year by Delta Kappa Gamma holds fall workshopBy SHEILA KNOCHEDELTA KAPPA GAMMA PHOTO PROVIDED BY SHEILA KNOCHELesley Lolley, scholarship winner Devin Lipe, and Emily Morris.WORKSHOP | 12 The DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce recently announced the new members of Leadership DeSoto Class VI. The nominees selected are Sylvia Altman, Craig Aument, Constance Bateman, Christina Britton, Melanie Brown, Weldon Campbell, Keri Fitzpatrick, Melanie Garner, Steven Hickox, LeAnna Himrod, Tami Jewell, Brad Lawrence, Dexter Lewis, Carl McQuay, Mark Mizell, Laura Nelson, Denise Pilarski, Cynthia Siegel, Jaccarie Simons, Emily Suter, Luis Velasco, Michael Waller, Debra Wertz, and Terri Womack. Leadership DeSoto seeks to educate, challenge and develop a select group of leaders who live or work in DeSoto County. Participants are selected on the basis of ability, demonstrated interest in the community, and potential for effective leadership. The program kicked off with an icebreaker on Sept. 4. Class members will meet monthly for sessions on various topics and organizations in and around DeSoto County. The program ends in May with a graduation ceremony. For more information on Leadership DeSoto, call the Chamber at 863-494-4033 or email new leadership class meetsSTAFF REPORT PHOTO PROVIDEDThe new class of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce Leadership DeSoto Class met at an ice-breaker Sept. 4, and will spend the next year learning about DeSoto County and the community. O c t 1 1 1 2 1 8 1 9 & 2 5 2 6 9 : 0 0 A M t o 5 : 0 0 P M Admission: $10 Children 12 and under FREE Parking: $5 Like us on Facebook for a $2 coupon (one coupon per person) 23rd Annual Hunsader Farms 50475745 12 Great Shows In 8 Venues! Old-time American Fun For All Ages! All Days: 100+ Craft Booths*, Live Music*, Charity Pumpkin Games, Pioneer Trades Village*, Chainsaw Sculptor, Scarecrow Displays*, Hayrides*, Ponyrides, Colossal Corn Maze, Pumpkin CannonHourly*, Petting Zoo*, Barnyard Playground*, Corn Cannons, Frog Jumping Championships*, Face Painting, Rock Climbing Wall, Power Jump, Butterfly Experience, Childrens Train Ride, Juggler*, Fresh Produce, Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Roasted Sweet Corn, Swamp Buggy Rides *Free With Admission Musical Entertainment: Buffalo Country Band All Days Southern Express Bluegrass Oct 12, 26 Watching Wendy Band Oct 11, 25 Porchdogs Band Oct 18, 19 Sweeney Family Band All Days Mountain Brew Oct 11, 12 Old Time Music w / Ed & Geraldine Oct 18, 19, 25, 26 The Anderson Brothers Oct 11, 12 Bob & Tom t he Band Oct 18, 19, 25 Entertainment: Gunslinger Monster Truck Show All Days Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show All Days Walker Brothers Circus All Days Farm-ly Feud Game Show All Days Texas Jack Fulbright Trick Roper All Days Fearless Flores Motorcycle Stunts All Days Smage Brothers Stunt Show Oct 11, 12 American Wall Of Death Motodrome Oct 18, 19, 25, 26 World War II Reenactors Oct 18, 19 BMX Bike Stunt Show Oct 18, 19 Motocross Stunt Show Oct 25, 26 Collector Car Show Oct 12, 26 Just For Kids: October 26 Childrens Costume Contest: Infants To 2 Yrs. 1:00; 3 To 4 Yrs. 1:30; 5 To 7 Yrs. 2:00; 8 To 10 Yrs. 2:30. October 26, 3-5 P.M Trick-orT reat For All Children In Costume. Special Event: Buddy Walk Oct. 18 Located in East Manatee County on C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 and S.R. 70, 10 miles East of I75. Heading north on I-75 take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220 For More Info, Call 322-2168 or NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES PERMITTED


Arcadian | Page 8 The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 The DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Sedney George Cadien, 42, 700 block of W. Pine St., Arcadia. Charges: sale pf methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of prohib ited location, possession or use of drug equipment and resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. Bond: none. Randell Scott Chickering, 42, 1100 block of S.E. 8th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $1,000. Thomas French Childers, 53, Punta Gorda. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Amber Michelle Feutral, 46, Barley Ave., Nocatee. Charge: trespass at structure or conveyance. Bond: $250. Alfredo Lopez, 25, Esmerelda St., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $750. Clarence Luther, 50, 1900 block of S. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none. Henry Samuel Mansfield, 62, 1100 block of S.W. Hibiscus Drive, Arcadia. Charges: two counts of sale of synthetic narcotics. Bond: none. Montel Jamal McCall, 22, 700 block of N. 17th St., Arcadia. Charge: unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling. Bond: $10,000. Richard Morales, 44, 3100 block of S.W. Fender Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of domestic protective injunction. Bond: none. Douglass Eugene Puckett Sr., 52, 900 block of S. Hickory St., Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $1,500. Daniel Lee Vega, 27, 1000 block of S.E. Adel St., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none. Alexander Jesus Aguilar, 22, Orlando. Charge: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Bond: $120. Laura Michelle Aldret, 40, 700 block of N. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Charges: two counts each of contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a minor and possession or use of drug equipment, and one count each of sale of drugs within 1,000 feet of prohibited location and sale of a Schedule III or IV drug. Bond: $17,240. Randy Lee Colton, 53, Sarasota. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: $400, Michael Eugene Cross, 49, 600 block of E. Oak St., Arcadia. Charge: perjury. Bond: $1,000. Tarshekia Lasha Francois, 25, 700 block of N. 7th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $1.000. Marquis Antonio James, 24, 400 block of N. 17th St., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $750. Keldrice Deshon Legree Sr., 32, Lake Placid. Charge: out-ofcounty warrant. Bond: none. Jose C. Lopez, 56, 1300 block of N.E. Sugar Babe Road, Arcadia. Charge: failure to support child or spouse. Bond: $300. Constantino Padron, 28, 1800 block of S.E. West Ave., Arcadia. Charges: trafficking in cocaine between 28-150 kg., possession of a weapon (firearm) in violation of domestic injunction, possession or use of drug equipment, contempt of court and driving while license is expired more than 4 months. Bond: $20,720. Janequia Niatae Peterson, 25, 1600 block of N.E. Hickory St., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly conduct (brawling in public). Bond: $220. Joseph Donald Ranger, 46, 11200 block of S.W. Welch Ave., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Purge: $240. Jonathan Henry Robinson, 19, 700 block of W. Pine St., Arcadia. Charge: resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. Bond: $750. Patty June Ruiz, 58, 200 block of S. Mills Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended. Bond: $500. Domingo Moreno Salazar, 30, 1100 block of S.E. 5th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Octavia Cymone Thompson, 26, 300 block of N. 17th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly conduct (brawling in public). Bond: $220. Anthony Daniel Troisi, 22, 6600 block of N.E. 4th Ave., Arcadia. Charges: criminal mischief with property damage under $200 and public disorderly intoxication. Bond: $240. Blas Josue Esqueda, 18, 4800 block of S.W. U.S. Highway 17, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: none. Susan Rissler, 50, 6400 block of S.W. Miami St., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Emerald Rachelle Washington, 24, 1600 block of Harlem Circle, Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Released on recognizance. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Brandon Tyler Thomas, 22, 5900 block of S.W. U.S. Highway 17, Arcadia. Charge: DUI with alcohol or drugs. Bond: $2,000. Robert Allen Clifton Jr., 26, 200 block of Potter St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation or community control. Bond: none. Bravo Tolentino Santiago, 35, 1100 block of S.E. 7th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $1,000. Compiled by Susan E. Hoffman |POLICE BEATThe information for Police Beat is gathered from police, sheriffs office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records. Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system. East Oak Street from Brevard Avenue (U.S. 17) to Volusia Avenue and Volusia Avenue from East Oak Street to East Magnolia Street (State Route 70 eastbound) Crews have closed Volusia Avenue at Magnolia Street (State Route 70) while they install a new drainage system beneath the roadway. Follow the posted detour. Local access remains open to the real estate ofce and Chamber of Commerce from East Oak Street. On-street parking on the south side of East Oak Street and the north end of Volusia Avenue is striped and open. This project includes resurfacing, reconstructing curb at the intersection of Volusia Avenue and Magnolia Street, repairing sidewalk and making them ADA compliant. Estimated completion is end of 2014. The contractor is Bun Construction Company. U.S. Highway 17 between Flanders Street and Joshua Creek Crews are working on driveways along the roadway. No lane closures are anticipated but motorists should be aware of trucks entering and exiting the highway. U.S. Highway 17 from south of S.W. Collins Street in Fort Ogden to County Road 760A south of Nocatee Work is under way to expand U.S. 17 to four lanes. Work includes clearing land for two new travel lanes to the east of the existing U.S. 17 travel lanes and drainage activities. Motorists should be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway during the week. Motorists should also observe the posted speed limit and drive with caution. Expected project completion is end of 2015. The contractor is Ajax Paving. State Route 70 from N. 11th Street to Turner Road Crews are working along the roadway. Motorists should expect an eastbound lane shift through Friday. Use caution while in the area. State Route 70 Westbound (West Hickory Street) from North Lee Avenue to North Orange Avenue State Route 70 (West Hickory Street) has been reduced from two westbound lanes to one westbound lane between North Manatee Avenue and North Lee Avenue. North Lee Avenue, North Dade Avenue and North Manatee Avenue are closed at State Route 70 (West Hickory Street). Use West Walnut Street as a detour. The closure is necessary while crews install a new water main. Motorists should use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. This project includes installing underground utilities beneath the roadway, removing and replacing asphalt and curbs, replacing driveway entrances, repairing sidewalk and adding detectable warning surfaces at the side streets. Estimated completion is end of 2014. The contractor is Bun Construction Company.Provided by FDOT | ROADWATCH 150 lbs.10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150Would you please pledge towards our weight loss? Steve Bauer and I (Joe Gallimore) are losing weight to win! We are a special project planned by Kristen Spahr, Marketing Director of DeSoto Memorial Hospital. She has encouraged and inspired us to participate in a healthier lifestyle. She has recorded our weight and will monitor each week through November 27, 2014. Steve and I have a combined goal of 150 pound loss. We seek your support in pledging funding toward the pounds we lose. Your pledge multiplied with our weight loss achieved will be a positive gain for our community / county as every dollar earned by pledges will be contributed toward DeSoto County Veterans Appreciation Days. ats right, plans are set for several days of festivities while honoring all veterans who have served our nation. is will include the presence of the Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial. is will be promoted locally and around the state to invite other community and county residents to come to DeSoto and be part of these days of celebration, respect and honor. Your pledge is tax deductible! please be a part of this Win Win scenario. Steves o cial starting weight 322lbs Joes o cial starting weight 348 lbs Collectively, were determined to Lose to Win! Businesses or individuals pledging per pound: Danny Collins $1 Algie Didlaukies $5 David Dunn Rankin $2 Sue Ho man $1 Bob White .25 cent Steve Sachkar .25 cent Geri Kotz .25 cent Carol Moore .25 cent Debbie Dunn Rankin .25 cent Purple House of Charlotte County $1 Gallimore Family $2LOSE TO WIN! 50475746 Collectively, were determined to Lose 2 Win! Debbie Dunn-Rankin .25 cent David Dunn-Rankin $2 If you wish to make a pledge contact Joe Gallimore by phone at 990-8099 or 494-2434 or email Week 17 Weight Loss 84 Lbs Businesses or individuals pledging per pound: Danny Collins $1 Alton Shattuck $5 David Dunn-Rankin $2 Sue Hoffman $1 Bob White .25 cent Steve Sachkar .25 cent Geri Kotz .25 cent Carol Moore .25 cent Debbie Dunn-Rankin .25 cent Purple House of Charlotte County $1 Gallimore Family $2 Derek DunnRankin $1 Mayor-Alice Frierson $1 Geo Care LLC $1 Chuck & Martha Craven $2 Kristen Spahr .25 cent Lotela Gold Band $1 Frank and Rose Bauer .25 cent Lew Ambler .50 cent Dick Fazzone $1 Ed & Mary Lyne .50 cent The Veterans Council $1 Wendy Hunter $1 Don T. Bench .25 cent Dr. Lorenzo Dixon $1 George Dickenson .75 cent Darrell Suggs .50 cent First State Bank $1 K&J Produce $1 Judy Kirkpatrick $1 California Toe Jam Band $1 Celebrity Entertainment $2 Ed Stone .30 cent Don & Mary Finkle .50 cent Plattners Arcadia Chevrolet Buick $1 Steve Big Daddy Knapp .50 cent John Drake & Jackie Scogin .50 cent Patrick Lange .50 cent Rhonda Mixon $1 Mike Kazyzkowski $1 County Commissioner Bob Miller .50 cent City Administrator Tom Slaughter .50 cent Paul Bennett Seusy, Esq. $1 Jane Fricke Martin $1 Dr. Ronald Sevigny $1 John & Trudi Super $1 County Commissioner-Buddy Mansfield $1 Ronnie Jones $1 Jan Schmitz $1 Seacoast Bank $1 Michelle Williamson The Williamson Group $1 Cox Pest Control $1 Mac Martin-Martin Realty Co. 25 cent Jackie Tucker .25 cent Tom & Sandy Damron .25 cent LOSE 2 WIN! Would you please pledge toward our weight loss? Steve Bauer and I (Joe Gallimore) are losing weight 2 win! We are a special project planned by Kristen Spahr, Marketing Director of DeSoto Memorial Hospital. She has encouraged and inspired us to participate in a healthier life-style. She has recorded our weight and will monitor each week through November 27, 2014. ONLY 8 WEEKS LEFT! MAKE YOUR PLEDGE TO OUR LOSS TODAY Steve and I have a combined goal of 150 pound loss. We seek your support in pledging funding toward the pounds we lose. Your pledge multiplied with our weight loss achieved will be a positive gain for our community/county as EVERY DOLLAR EARNED BY PLEDGES WILL BE CONTRIBUTED TOWARD DESOTO COUNTY VETERANS APPRECIATION DAYS Thats right, plans are set for several days of festivities while honoring all veterans who have served our nation. This will include the presence of the Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial This will be promoted locally and around the state to invite other community and county residents to come to DeSoto and be part of these days of celebration, respect and honor, December 4-7, 2014. YOUR PLEDGE IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE! Please be a part of this Win-Win scenario. Steves official starting weight 322lbs Joes official starting weight 348lbs Collectively, Were determined to Lose 2 Win! CURRENT WEIGHT 256 330 POUND LOSS 66 lbs. 18 lbs. WEEK #1 WEEK #4 WEEK #9 WEEK #17


The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESMinnie Louise AddisonMinnie Louise Addison, 77, of Pell City, Ala., went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday Sept. 22, 2014. She was born May 14, 1937, in Cropwell, Ala., to Leslie Burton Hannah and Gertrude (nee Danceeld) Hannah. Louise was a beloved member of the Pell City Community where she was an active member of Cropwell Baptist Church and spent most of her free time volunteering at the Christian Love Pantry, and serving as a Pink Lady for St. Clair Hospital. She also enjoyed being a member of the Pell City Line Dancers, meeting with her Young at Heart Social group, and participating in Knifty Knitters. She is survived by her sister, Helen Streety of Pell City; daughter, Kay (Jamie) Hawkins of Texas; sons, Wendell (Theresa) Addison, of Chesapeake Beach, Md., and Bobby (Amy) Addison of Newnan, Ga.; ve grandchildren, Matt and Sam Hawkins of Allen, Texas, Leah Koval of Ansbach, Germany, Katlin Foy of Tallahassee, Fla., and Alec Foy of Chesapeake; and one great-grandchild, Kory Koval of Ansbach. Louise is preceded in death by her husband, Everett Augustus Addison; and her brothers, Austin Earl Hannah, Marvin Otis Hannah, and James Edward Hannah. A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Cropwell Baptist Church. A graveside service followed Monday Oct. 6, 2014, at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia, Fla. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements have been entrusted to Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.Jerry Curtis VuncannonDr. Jerry Curtis Vuncannon, 72, of Sanford, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at his home. He was born in Stanly County, N.C., to Durward C. Vuncannon and Grace Kirk Vuncannon. Jerry graduated from Pfeifer College in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, then went on to Union Seminary in Richmond, Va., where he earned his Bachelor of Divinity in 1966. In 1998, he graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., with his Doctorate of Ministry. He was a Presbyterian Minister for 44 years and, after retiring, he continued working with the Christian United Outreach Center and Family Promise. He had a passion for trains, and some of his hobbies include gardening, taking care of his birds, and ying planes. Dr. Vuncannon is survived by his daughters, Amanda (Jeremy) Ousley of Greensboro, N.C., and Danielle (John) Pfeil of Arcadia, Fla.; grandchildren; William, Gregory and Matthew Pfeil, and Shiloh Ousley; and special family, Lawrence Simpson, Eric and Becky Cogan, and Warren and Renee Paschal. A Memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Pocket Presbyterian Church in Sanford. The will greeted friends after the service in the churchs fellowship hall. Memorial contributions may be made to: Christian United Outreach Center (CUOC), P.O. Box 2217, Sanford, NC 27331; Family Promise, P.O. Box 2862, Sanford, NC 27331; or the Memorial Fund at Pocket Presbyterian Church, 669 Pocket Church Road, Sanford, NC 27330. Online condolences may be made at L. ZipperEdward L. Zipper, 85, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home, Arcadia.Marguerite R. RogersMarguerite R. Rogers, 86, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Woodstock, Ga. She was born Feb. 17, 1928, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Lucille Bell and Joseph Thomas Erwin Sr. Marguerite lived a long, happy life. She was a member of Pine Level United Methodist Church of Arcadia, where she worked for several years. She was always caring for others, and had a loving soul. She is survived by her daughter, Roberta (Ron) Hite; grandchildren, Teresa Walker Press, Robert DeLeon Walker, Donald Steven Hite, Christina Robin Bridges, Rob Levine, and Daniel and Dennis Yarbough; and great-grandchildren, Ashley Gauntt, Elizabeth and Timothy Press, Joseph and Jonathan Walker, Faith Noele Hite, Katherine Joy Hite and Brooke Elizabeth Hite. Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband, C.W. Rogers; and sons, Joseph DeLeon Walker and Jackson S. Cobb Jr. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Pine Level United Methodist Church. In lieu of owers, please send contributions in memory of Marguerite to Autumn Leaves Memory Care, 1962 Eagle Drive, Woodstock, GA 30189. Online condolences may be expressed at www. Arrangements are by Woodstock Funeral Home, Woodstock. OBITUARY POLICY Obituaries are accepted from funeral homes only. Theres no charge for publishing an abbreviated death notice. Full obituaries and repeat death notices will be subject to an advertising charge. Obituaries must be submitted to the Charlotte Sun; call 941-206-1000 for details. Please send e-mails to The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Peace River Masonic Lodge No. 66 of Arcadia donated $1,000 toward the Traveling Vietnam Wall coming to the Turner Agri-Civic Center in December. Shown are, from left, Thomas Mooney, Peace River Lodge Master; DeSoto County Veterans Service ocer Lee Gallagher; and past Master Treasurer for the Peace River Masonic Lodge, Marty Dow. Masonic Lodge donates to Wall May the Lord fill your heart with love. Celebrative Worship Challenging Bible Study Connection With People Traditional Praise 8:30 -9:30 AM Sunday School/Life Groups 9:45 AM 10:45 AM Contemporary Praise 11:00 AM Noon 863-494-4345 DeSoto DeSoto Church Church Directory Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory 50475748 See Your Church in this spot For Only$ 8 0 0 $8.00 a week! Call Tami at 4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. First Baptist Church of Arcadia 1006 N. Brevard Ave. Loving God, Connecting with People, Expanding His Kingdom 9:30 Sunday School 10:45 Morning Worship 6:00 Evening Worship Wednesdays 6:00 AWANA & YOUTH 863-494-3622 See Your Church in this spot For Only $ 8 0 0 a week! $8.00 Call Tami at4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. Grace Lutheran Church 1004 W. Oak Street Rev. Mark Steinke Interim Pastor Adult Sunday School 8:45 AM Sunday Worship 10:00 AM All Welcome! Pastor Ellis Cross 863-494-3455 Worship 11:00 AM Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday 6:30pm Thursday Youth Group 6pm North Hillsborough Baptist Church (253 N. Hillsborough Ave.) Fort Ogden United Methodist Church 6923 SW River St. 863.494.3881 Sunday School 9:00am Sunday Worship 10:00am (Nursery Childrens Church Provided) Mondays A.A. & Al-Anon 7:30pm Wednesday K-12 Ministry 5:30pm & Bible Study 6:30pm 5104 NW Oak Hill Ave. 863-494-6224 Pastor Dr. Howell Upchurch Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:45 am and 6:00 pm Wednesday 6:30 pm for Prayer Group, Youth & Children Sunday Morning Worship Starting at 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Sun. 4:30 p.m. UMYF Wed. 6:30 pm Bible Study Nursery Available Pastor Jim Wade View Service at: Trinity United Methodist Churc h To know Christ and to make Him know n 304 W. Oak Street 494-2543 St. Edmunds Episcopal Church 327 W. Hickory St. (70 W at Manatee) 863-494-0485 HOLY EUCHARIST Sunday 8 & 10 am Misa en espanol Dom 6pm PINE LEVEL UNITED METHODIST CHRIST CENTERED, CHRIST LED. 9596 Pine Level St., Arcadia 863494-0044 9am Children Church 9am Contemporary Service 10am Sunday School 11am Contemporary Service Wednesday Adult, Youth & Childrens Programs 7 PM Nursery Always Available Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church 2865 SW Co. Rd 661 863-993-5568 Sunday Prayer Time 9:20am Sunday School/Bible Study 9:45am Morning Worship 11:00am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wed. Fellowship Meal 5:45pm Prayer Meeting 6:30pm West on SR 70, left on SR 72, left on CR 661, 3.5 miles on right Office Phone: (863) 494-0307 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 209 W est Hickory Street Mission: Take Jesus with you wherever you go Worship: 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Traditional Worship Casual, Family Oriented Arcadia, Florida Nocatee United Methodist Church Spanish English Class Tuesday Friday 7amNoon info 863-494-3881 First Christian Church 34 El Verano Ave. (863) 558-0982 Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:00am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Prayer Mtg. 6:00pm Where the Bible is preached & Christ is King!


Arcadian | Page 10 The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Reaching for the car radio dial to catch a weather report seemed so natural. We were heading for Arizona that winter and wondering what kind of weather wed face on this long journey. Who knew wed discover a weather reporter who specialized in storms? Anticipating this trip, we had envisioned the pleasure of driving to ever warmer weather and the beauty that accompanies that transition: green grass, owers, birds on the wing as they joined us on their annual ight to warmer climbs; but none of these pleasant scenes were described by our gloomy weather reporter. This negative forecaster focused on nothing but bad weather so we tuned him out. We wanted to enjoy the beauty of the moment, remember the glories of fall and look forward to what was ahead. The enduring classic devotional guide, Streams in the Desert, calls for giving thanks for the planned kaleidoscope we call the year, that the earth in its journey makes the one cycle a perpetual delight, emphasizing then how this is especially true in the season of splendor that arrives every October, asking, Who with the least bit of love of nature in his disposition has not gone out of his way to see hills covered and vales lled with the glory and splendor of falling leaves. Solomon said God has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). And the splendor of fall may make it the most beautiful time of all. Who can doubt the existence of God in October? Bushes are ablaze, reminding us of Moses turning aside to view the burning bush from which God would call him to become the deliverer of his people. This is the season when still waters become mirror pools begging for bobbers. Multicolored leaves decorating trees during this season of splendor ought to remind us that were both indebted and accountable to Him. Responding to His love with appreciation and dedication makes life truly beautiful. Thomas Carlyle, the Scottish essayist and historian, wrote, I believe you will nd in all histories that no nation that did not contemplate this wonderful universe with an awe-stricken and reverential belief that there was a great unknown, omnipotent and all-wise and all-just Being superintending all men in it and all interest in it ever came to much, nor did any man who forgot that. Who wouldnt enjoy the season of the Divine artists crowning glory? A few. I cant enjoy the beauty of fall, said one, because I keep thinking about whats soon to come: winter. No wonder Jesus warned against facing tomorrows difculties today (Matthew 6:34). Are you troubled by some forecaster of gloom whos robbing you of the blessings of today? Do you doubt that great blessings are ahead for your church, your family, your future? Consider the source of this negativism and reject these doom and gloom forecasters. The beauty of fall should convince us all that God is alive and cares. Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at out the downers Roger Campbell Fall is sure to be in the air soon, and with cooler weather wed like to invite you to come out to the library and meet friends for a healthful stroll around the neighborhood as we walk and talk. The first three weeks of the month well walk on Friday mornings at 9 a.m., and then switch to 4 p.m. for the rest of the month. The Florida Master Naturalist Nature Walk & Talk program begins this month. Join us today for the first talk at 10 a.m. Meet on Monday, Oct. 20 at 8:30 a.m. for our first walk at Morgan Park. On Wed., Oct. 15 there will be a free photography class at 10 a.m. On Thurs., Oct 16 well celebrate Dictionary Day come in and test your knowledge at word games. Thurs., Oct 23, we will have a program Fall into Autumn at 10 a.m. Be an informed voter. To prepare you for Election Day, we will have two programs. Learn all about the half penny sales tax referendum with a presentation by DeSoto Memorial Hospital on Friday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. On Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. we will have a Constitutional Amendments discussion. Be sure to stop by the library between October 1 and 17 to see the Pine Level art and quilt exhibit. On display will be a sampling of what artists and quilters have created for the Pine Level Public Art and Archaeology Day which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Pine Level United Methodist Church. The event is free to the public and will feature activities to acquaint you with our areas early history brought to you by DeSoto County Historical Society and DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council. Donate your gently used books for the DeSoto County Library Association book sale which will be held on Nov. 8 at the fairgrounds. Drop off your donations at the Arcadia branch of Mid-Florida Credit Union, 128 S. Brevard Avenue. Like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest events and happenings at org. To receive our monthly newsletter, send an email to Des_Cnty_Lib_ with sign-up in the subject line.October library newsBy KAREN SMOKEDESOTO COUNTY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 50475518 In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, DeSoto Memorial Radiology is offering special pricing on: Digital Mammogram Screening . . . . $75.00 Bone Density Scan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75.00 Appointment Dates Monday, October 20th Tuesday, October 21st Wednesday, October 22nd Thursday, October 23rd Make Early Detection a Habit You Keep For Life Call Kristen to make an appointment 863-993-7601 Prices listed above are for self-pay patients. Patient responsibility may be less with insurance. 900 North Robert Avenue Arcadia, FL 34266 A special gift will be given to all participants. A Digital Mammogram Screening does not require a prescription. An annual mammogram is recommended for all women over 40 years of age (your doctor may request a different frequency depending on famil y history). 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The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Page 11 | Arcadian Lieutenant General Jay Garner (retired) will speak to the DeSoto County Historical Society at their meeting. Free and open to the public, the event is at noon today at the Family Service Center Annex (old West Elementary School cafeteria) at the corner of N. Orange Ave. and W. Efe St. At 11:30 a.m., a luncheon with dessert and beverage is available for $6. At noon, President Bebe Bradbury will conduct a short business meeting before she introduces Garner. His presentation is entitled, Where Life In Arcadia Leads To. Born in Arcadia to Consuelo Pooser Garner and Harley Garner, Jay graduated from DeSoto County High School in 1956. He was a member of the basketball and football teams, Key Club, and student council. He married his classmate Connie Kreigh in 1958. After earning a B.A. degree in history from Florida State University, he taught science at DeSoto County High School for two years. He also holds a M.A. in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. His military career began with the Florida National Guard, and then the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1962, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served in the Vietnam and Gulf wars. Following the latter, he helped lead the effort to provide food and shelter to the Kurds. Retiring from the Army in 1996, Garner has worked in private industry. In 2003, Garner led the Ofce for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq, and he will share his assessment of the current situation there based on a recent trip. The Societys books, Recollections I, II, III, and IV and Pioneer Day T-shirts will be on sale at the meeting. All proceeds will benet the Societys efforts to preserve and promote the history of DeSoto County. For information, call Bebe Bradbury at 494-6607 or email view of modern-day Iraq at Historical Society meetingBy CAROL MAHLERDESOTO CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTO PROVIDEDA.E. Ned Pooser and Jay Garner. Garner will speak to the Hisotircalo Society today about his epxeriences in Iraq and elsewhere. The Pine Level townsite was listed on the U.S. Department of the Interiors National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 17. A ceremony to celebrate this honor and unveil a commemorative marker will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Pine Level United Methodist Church, 9596 N.W. Pine Level Street. The ceremony will be the conclusion of the Pine Level Public Art and Archaeology Day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., co-sponsored by the DeSoto County Historical Society, DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council, and Florida Public Archaeology Network West Central Region. The events are free and open to the public. The Historical Society will offer guided walking tours of the townsite and an exhibit of artifacts. The Arts Council will display landscapes and streetscapes of Pine Level between 1866 and 1900, as imagined by children and adult artists, as well as fat quarter quilts made from fabrics reproduced from the same era. FPAN will provide hands-on archaeological activities. Crowley Museum will feature the Pine Level Trail which bisects their property in Myakka. Food and beverages will be available. Pine Level was founded in 1866 as the new county seat of old Manatee County. Established in 1855, the county extended nearly 5,000 square miles, including the modern counties Pine Level townsite gets Historic designationBy CAROL MAHLERDESOTO CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTOS PROVIDEDA fragment of a glass bottle found in the Pine Level area when an archaeological eld search was conducted. An assortment of artifacts uncovered when an archaeological eld trip was conducted to look for items of interest. The historic Pine Level area was added last month to the National Register of Historic Places.HISTORIC | 22 50475764


Arcadian | Page 12 The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Penny Kurtz, left, and Mary Kay Burns with the DeSoto County Health Departments scarecrow. Will and Kay Wise stu a DeSoto County Jail prisoner with hay for the Sheri Oces entry. The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council followed the Dia de Los Muertos theme for their scarecrow. Teams of scarecrow builders made a variety of fanciful creations with just a little bit of straw and a lot of imagination. Arcadia Printing and DeSoto Shirt and Hat show o their work with a DeSoto Middle School Bulldog.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN Scarecrows decorate downtown shopping district PHOTO PROVIDEDSavvy Sensational Retired Divas is the brainchild of three sensational women Karen Bledsoe, Brenda Johnson and Dr. Sharon Goodman. These women saw a need for Christian fellowship and friendship among retired women in DeSoto County. The rst meeting was held Sept. 16 at Mary Margarets Tea & Biscuit and was attended by Bledsoe, Johnson, Goodman, Vernessa Watson, Carolyn Thomas, Darlene Young, Maxine Lattimore, Debra McKenzie and Sandra Lewis. This is just the beginning great things to follow!Retired Divas begin fellowship Delta Kappa Gamma. This year an $800 scholarship has been given to Devin Lipe from DeSoto County. Chelsea Wallace is the recipient of the Hardee County scholarship. Community projects for the 2014-2015 year will include Adopt-aHighway and complimentary sunscreen distribution to children at the early childhood level. Members were reminded to begin collecting items for the March 7 yard sale in Arcadia. Money from the yard sale is used to give scholarships to potential future teachers majoring in education at college. DeSoto County new member orientation will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the home of President Emily Morris. Hardee County new member orientation will be determined later. The following members were present at the Sept. 25 meeting: Francesca Anderson, Susan Barnes, Janet Beckley, Roxie Bentley, Carol Brush, Jane Cassels, Sandy Cespedes, Debbie Clanton, Cindie Fischer, Lucretia Gilmore, Susan Head, Lois Heine, Dana Holloman, Nancy Humphrey, Lindsay Knoche, Sheila Knoche, Leslie Lolley, Mary Pete Martin, Emily Morris, Frances Pooser, Karen Porter, Dawn Randolph, Martha Shiver, Sue Ellen Smith, Betsy Sorrells, and Kerry Terrell. Delta Kappa Gamma is an inter national organization of Key Women Educators with approximately 100,000 members worldwide.WORKSHOPFROM PAGE 7 The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Page 13 | Arcadian Blessing of the animals at St. Edmunds Father Jim Williamson celebrates St. Francis of Assisis feast day with a blessing of the animals, getting a kiss from Robert and Nancy Jo Vaughns Australian Shepherd. Father Jim Williamson celebrates the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi with a blessing of the animals. Marion and Paul Glandon brought their dog Tina, who was very well mannered during the ceremony. Father Jim Williamson of St. Edmunds Episcopal Church prepares for the blessing of the animals on Saturday.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK On Sept. 20, Desoto County High School Army JROTCs Raider teams competed against 24 other teams from six area schools at Camp Shannon in Myakka City. The event was hosted by Sarasota Military Academy and supported by local Army recruiters. At the event, they participated in a Raider Fitness Challenge (Sand Bag Relay), Single-rope Rope Bridge, Cross Country Rescue, Tire Flip, and a 5K Team Run. These events challenge each cadet in Leadership Potential, Effective Communication and Logical Thinking. Competition was erce and our cadets did a fantastic job. Unfortunately, we did not qualify for trophies this time. Our next competition will be held Nov. 15 again at Camp Shannon.JROTC Bulldog Battalion newsBy SYDNEY WHITMANDCHS RIGHT: DeSoto Countys JROTC competed against 24 teams at Camp Shannon in Myakka City. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY SYDNEY WHITMANDeSoto JROTC cadets were challenged in Lead ership Potential, Eective Communication and Logical Thinking. South Florida State Colleges Take Stock in Children program for Desoto, Hardee and Highlands counties recently received an award for achieving Gold Level Status on the Take Stock in Children Balanced Scorecard for the 2013-14 school year at the statewide College and Career Readiness Summit on Sept. 10. Take Stock in Children is a statewide program that provides at-risk children with a mentor and a college scholarship. In return, TSIC scholars sign contracts promising to remain drug-free, to avoid behavior that would get them into trouble with law enforcement, to attend school regularly, and to earn satisfactory grades. The students parents also sign the contracts and agree to provide home environments conducive to education. The award recognizes local programs that have successfully provided at-risk youths with caring volunteer mentors, college readiness curriculum, and college scholarships. Only 21 programs were selected for the Gold Level Status out of 45 programs. This award is a source of great pride to Desoto, Hardee and Highlands Take Stock in Children and highlights our dedication to changing the lives of our students through this program, said Irene Castanon, coordinator of Take Stock in Children at SFSC. Our students are counting on us to make a difference in their lives and to ensure they succeed academically and professionally. We denitely could not have done this without our caring mentors, the partnership of our three school districts, and all the Take Stock in Children staff. To qualify for the award, programs must meet or exceed 100 percent of the Key Performance Indicators on the Balance Scorecards such as mentor match rates, students recruited with a grade point average over 2.0, students matched with a mentor within 90 days of their contract signing date, and the number of mentor and student contracts generated. Castanon says that SFSCs TSIC program also had a strong two-year action plan, a number of new approved college and career readiness strategies, and various face-to-face events between alumni and students. The TSIC program is a joint effort of the Highlands County School Board, the South Florida State College Foundation, and the many citizens who help fund the program and volunteer to serve as student mentors. The SFSC Foundation Inc. serves as the lead agency for TSIC in its service area of DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties. Take Stock in Children achieves Gold Level statusProvided by SUMMER MILLERSFSC PHOTO PROVIDEDFrom left, Anna Taylor, TSIC state oce; Deena Wright, college success coach for Highlands County; Marilyn Fashano, TSIC state oce; Debbie Hackney, college success coach for DeSoto County; Ele Bautista-Bernard, TSIC state oce; and two Take Stock in Children graduates. INFORMATIONFor information about Take Stock In Chil dren, call Irene Castanon, at 863-4533133 or visit foundation/takestock. off onto the ground and started skulking and moaning toward the car like zombies, much to their horror. Of course, the gals were producing screams that would curl your hair and Bruce was having a good laugh. That is, until they all grabbed him around the neck in terror and nearly choked him to death. How ironic that wouldve been, now that I think of it. I like to spend time in cemeteries, especially where my relatives are buried. Ive been known to take my guitar there and walk around, taking time to sing something for folks I knew and loved, and making many stops among the headstones. I know they cant hear me, but it does me good and makes them feel near to me again. I guess I do that because Id hope someone would stop by my spot when Im gone, just to say hello. Or maybe they could let me know how kids and grandkids are doing, or how my Indianapolis Colts are faring each season. I recently had a large double headstone put on the graves of my parents something Ive wanted to do for a very long time. That got me to thinking about my own, so now Im considering having it made up ahead of time, just so Ill know what it looks like. Im thinking in addition to the name and dates, maybe a saying for folks to read if they come by. Might be a Bible scripture, a famous quote from somebody, or even something cryptic to get their attention. But so far Im leaning toward See other side, and then when they walk around to the back of my stone theyll nd Made ya look! or LOL. I told that to my friend Fred Azure, who created my parents stone, and he got a chuckle out of this idea. I remember an old-time preacher from this area named Herman Collins, and he always referred to cemeteries as si lent cities of the dead. I went to his funeral, and often think of him and that image when I look at the neatly-laid rows of stones, standing like buildings of all shapes and sizes. Ive attended countless funeral, sang and spoke at some, been a pall bearer at many. I have even dug three graves my self, to inter the ashes of an uncle, a sister, and a son-in-law, and I can tell you thats a somber, heartfelt experience. I guess Ive said all that to say this theres a nal resting place for all of us someday, but dont rest there until youve made peace with those in your life that you truly care about. Do that while you can, because long overdue apologies and sentiments like I love you cant and wont be heard by even the most beautiful engraved stonework.GRITS & PIECESFROM PAGE 4


SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Arcadian | Page 14DMS SOFTBALL WINS PAGE 16The DeSoto Middle School softball squad bounced back from a tough loss to notch their first win of the season with an 8-3 victory over Avon Park. The DeSoto County football team went to Bayshore for the Bruins homecoming game last Friday and embarrassed their hosts with a 41-3 spanking. The win kept the Bulldogs on top of their district with a 2-0 record and 5-0 overall for the season. DeSoto County struck rst on the third play of the game. Big Deionte Turner got a hand on a pass and tipped it to teammate Stefan Williams for an interception. I could have caught it but I wanted to tip it to a teammate, said Turner with a grin at halftime. Alfredrick Tyson had another pick for the second week in a row. Reggie Jones then threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Lee to get the scoring started. Jones then scored from the four-yard-line to give the Bulldogs a 13-3 lead at the end of one quarter. The Bruins eld goal came as the result of an onside kick that went bad, but the Bulldog defense stood strong and limited the Bruins to just three points. Jones ran for two more scores in the second quarter from 20 and 28 yards out respectively, and then hit Nirion Washington on a 10-yard strike to give the Bulldogs a 34-3 advantage at the half. Jones led the team in rushing with 112 yards on 13 carries. He also was seven-for-12 for 62 yards in the air. He has rushed for 10 touchdowns to lead the area. Washington became the rst DeSoto Bulldogs keep barking, blast Bruins 41-3By STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER BY THE NUMBERS The last time the Bulldogs were 5-0 was 2007, when players like Marcus Shaw along with Shay and Darion Shine were wearing the DeSoto blue and white. (The current Bulldog players were all in elementary school in 2007. Lineman Kendhal Stewart was in the second grade!) The 2007 squad lost their final game of the season to Palmetto to finish 9-1. They beat Port Char lotte and Charlotte and shut out Hardee 17-0. The 2007 team scored a total of 315 points that season while allowing 126. At the current rate the 2014 Bulldogs will score 376 while allowing just 62, which is less than half of what the 2007 team allowed! The Bulldogs are now ranked 113 in the state through a complicated computer formula by Maxx Preps. That is three notches ahead of Charlotte and nine places ahead of Port Charlotte. Last year quarterback Kari Williams was on his way to setting all of the passing records in the Bulldog record book, including double digits in interceptions. This season the Bulldogs have not thrown an interception, and turnovers are a major key to winning the game. Last year after five games the Bulldogs were 2-3. They had scored 146 points and given up 144. This season the Dawgs are 5-0 and have scored 188 but given up an outstanding total of just 31 through five games. That is less than a touchdown per game. Last season the Bulldogs finished with a seven-game losing streak which saw them score just 72 points over the final five games. They gave up 189 points in those games for a total of 333 for the season. Thats an average of 33 points given up per game. Through the first five games this season they have only given up a total of 31 points. The massive turnaround could be the result of finally getting a complete team of coaches to work with the players. Will the Bulldogs run the table and finish 9-0 and be the team that everybody else gets compared to? Will they be able to continue their strong defensive efforts for the rest of the season? ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comBulldog sophomore Nirion Washington became the only player for DeSoto County this season to score a touchdown on a run and a pass reception in the same game. It happened in the 41-3 win over Bayshore Oct. 3.County player this season to score on a run and pass reception in the same game when he toted the pigskin seven yards with 4:30 left in the game.Penalties hurt BruinsThe game was a mismatch in both talent on the field and the character of the players. The Bruins were flagged 15 times for 175 yards, which was 33 more yards than they generated all game on offense. The Bruins picked up three major penalties after Washingtons touchdown catch. They had a personal foul BULLDOGS | 17 rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 50475680


The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Page 15 | Arcadian After dropping a match to Sebring the previous week to be in a rst place tie with a 3-1 record with the Blue Streaks, the Lady Bulldogs headed to Lemon Bay looking for a rebound victory. But the Dawgs soon found out they had bigger problems when their outside hitter/setter, Bethany Bonville, went down early with a foot injury. The result was a 3-0 rout for the Manta Rays. When your impact player who touches the ball over 40 percent of the time goes down early in the match, you know it could be a long night, Coach Laura White said. After going across the front row the rst time, she told me her foot hurt but she could still play the back row. I told her we didnt want to take a chance of injuring it further. Bonville added, The top of my left foot had been bothering me for over a week and I was hoping it would go away, but tonight it just got worse when I would land on it. White was also quick to point out the much improved play of Lemon Bay. I watched them on lm from the rst time we played them and they had problems passing, she said. Tonight we only had 14 kills due to their great defense and they really hurt us out of the middle. In the rst two sets, Lemon Bay turned a 3-3 tie into a 10-point lead. White tried various substitutions, timeouts and Lady Bulldogs swept by Lemon BayBy DAVE BREMERSPORTS WRITER PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERCoach Laura White had to make some quick changes to her lineup when Bethany Bonville went down early with a foot injury in a district match against Lemon Bay. Nothing seemed to work for the Bulldogs as they lost the match 3-0. Kacey Steyer goes up to hit a high set as her teammates cover in a match against Lemon Bay. The Bulldogs lost 3-0.LADY BULLDOGS | 17 Sometimes on the junior varsity level a coach will make changes to better develop a team for future varsity level of play. Thats exactly what Coach Cail did going into the match at Lemon Bay. Weve been running a one setter offense with Shea Lipe, Cail said, but we had a tournament over the weekend that Lipe could not attend, so we had to move Malyssa Jeter from middle hitter to setter position and Lorena Lara to the middle. We knew Malyssa would do a good job setting as she had done this before, but Lorena, who came to just about every summer open gym, really opened some eyes the way she approached and attacked the ball out of the middle. It took the Bulldogs a little while to adjust to the new two setter alignment in the first set, with Lemon Bay taking advantage and jumping to a 16-8 lead. DeSoto settled down, however, and scored the next seven points with Lara serving to get back into the game and eventually pulled to a tie at 25. The JV girls play well in lossBy DAVE BREMERSPORTS WRITER PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERCoach Cail gives the determined look to her team in a match against Lemon Bay. Although the team played well they dropped the match 2-1. Whose ball was that? Malyssa Jeter (13) and Heather Murphy (7) ask each other as Shea Lipe looks on in a junior varsity volleyball match against Lemon Bay. The Bulldogs dropped the match 2-1.JV | 17 Best Prices in Town! We take time to help our customers and provide our service your way! 50475747 DeSoto Pharmacy / 863-491-7415 301 N. Brevard Ave., Ste.-E, Arcadia, FL 34266 Clint, Tara, Duane (RPh), Anamary, Harshil, Britney


Arcadian | Page 16 The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 After a tough extra innings loss to open the season and a 10-0 loss to Hardee that was marred with errors and mistakes, the DeSoto Middle School softball team picked up their rst victory of the season in an 8-3 win over Avon Park. The Bulldogs rode the strong arm of Sophia Ruiz, who gave up just one hit and fanned six. The team also made the most of the nine walks they received to get the Sept. 29 win. The Bulldogs only had two hits, but both of those drove in runs; a double by Desarae Omar in the rst and a single by Kayla Tanner in a three-run fth inning. The other runs scored on a combination of free passes mixed in with a couple of errors and stolen bases. The Bulldogs played a much better game compared to their season opener against Lake Placid. They handled game situations better and were more aware of what was happening on the diamond. Assistant coach Keith Wallace told the team, You played much better tonight. Were doing a lot of things very well. Our defense was much better, and a lot of things are looking better. That was a big catch by Brianna (Manseld) in center eld. Keep your attitudes up and keep improving and keep learning the game, good effort tonight. Tanner added that she sees the teams practices paying off during games. Weve been practicing our hitting more and things are coming around for us, she said.DMS softball notches first winBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comSophia Ruiz is tagged out after getting caught in a rundown in the 8-3 win over Avon Park. The varsity football team whipped Bayshore 41-3 to remain unbeaten. The junior varsity football team fell to Mulberry at home 20-8. The JV and varsity volleyball team lost all four matches during the week. The JV team lost to Lemon Bay and Lake Placid by identical 2-1 scores. The varsity was swept by Lemon Bay 3-0 and lost 3-2 to Lake Placid. At the middle school, the football team lost 36-13 to Lake Placid. The softball team had a perfect week with a pair of wins over Avon Park and Hill Gustat.Upcoming games The varsity football team travels to Frostproof tomorrow night By STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ROUNDUP | 18 North Port High School hosted an invitational cross country meet Sept. 20 that had over 60 schools participating in it. The race was run in divisions between large schools and smaller schools in order to get all of the runners on the course. The cross country trail weaved around buildings, parking lots and bleachers. The cones that marked the trail also took the runners through mud puddles and mud bogs. The Bulldog runners departed DeSoto County High School at 6:30 a.m., Cross country team battles muddy conditionsBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER The DeSoto County cross country team relaxes as they wait for the beginning of their race at North Port High School Sept. 20.ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comCROSS COUNTRY | 22 50475684 We now stock KIA oil filters and can handle all your maintenance needs in town! Save the drive and maintain your warranty TRUSTED AUTO REPAIR & SERVICE Weve built our reputation helping friends and neighbors like you stay safe on the road with honest and reliable automotive service. Joe Spicer Service Advisor Service Advisor


The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Page 17 | Arcadian and two unsportsmanlike conduct flags on the same play. They had to be enforced since they were dead ball fouls so the kickoff was moved up 45 yards to the Bayshore 15-yard-line! The Bruins have only scored two touchdowns this season, and had two called back because of penalties against the Bulldogs. One was a block in the back away from the play on a Bulldog player who had no chance to make a play on the ball carrier. Twice in the game Bayshores Jamar Johnson had touchdowns called back. It was Johnsons fth score of the season that was taken off the board because of a penalty. Several times in the game there was pushing and shoving by the Bruins. One Bruin in particular picked up several personal fouls for excessive trash talking. Much of the players aggression was aimed at Washington, who kept his cool throughout the game. When asked how he kept from retaliating, he said, I pointed at the (penalty) flag and said, I think that belongs to you. Injuries to key playersChace Higgins was knocked out of the game with a left knee injury. Two plays later quarterback Reggie Jones left the game with an injured right knee, which allegedly drew cheers from several Bruins. Higgins, who starts on both the offensive and defensive line, said, I got an MRI and it says I have a partially torn muscle. Im going to a specialist this week to get a definite answer. Im on crutches and have a brace now.BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 14 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comDeSoto Countys Chace Higgins talks to coach Darryl Nicklow after he injured his left knee in the 41-3 win over Bayshore.If Jones cant return, there are experienced players behind him. Taj Jackson has taken many snaps this season and Washington has also played the position. The multi-talented Lee quar terbacked the spring game and can ll the position along with his duties as a running back/receiver/holder. The second half of the season starts tomorrow night at Frostproof. If you are unable to attend the game listen to it on WFLN 1480 AM radio or go to on your computer and follow the steps to listen to the game. encouraging words, but it was complete domination by the Manta Rays, who won the rst two sets by scores of 25-9 and 25-15. The third set was slightly better for the Bulldogs, at one point pulling to within 17-13 before the Manta Rays put on the burners and ended with a 25-17 victory. After defeating Lemon Bay at home earlier in the season, White had a good outlook after the defeat. We had more attack errors than kills, we had our worst passing-on-target score and we had a tough time adjusting to Bethany going down, she said. The best thing we can do is forget this game and go back home working on the things weve been working on. More positive news came later in the week for the Bulldogs. After seeing an orthopedic specialist, it looks like with any bit of luck, well have Bethany back for the district playoffs, White added. Going for their third straight district title, Bulldogs fans hope luck is indeed in their favor.LADY BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 15 PHOTO BY DAVE BREMERBethany Bonville can only look on and hope for better things as she attends to her injured foot. The Bulldogs lost to a determined Manta Ray team 3-0. Bulldogs finally put the set away on a Lipe service ace for a 30-28 victory. The second set looked like the Bulldogs might repeat a comeback performance when a Keirsten Barrera service point brought the Dogs to within two at 23-21, but this time it was Lemon Bays turn to beat out some long rallies and take a 25-22 victory. The third set saw Lemon Bay take a commanding 9-1 lead. The Dogs put a slight scare in the Manta Rays, outscoring them 8-4 to pull within four, but Lemon Bay scored the final two points for a 15-9 set and match victory. Even though we lost, I liked the way we looked, Cail said. We had more bump, set and attack looks in the game which is what you want to prepare them for varsity. Lipe, who had three service aces and three kills in the game also liked the new look. I got to set in the back row and hit in the front row, she said. Jeter echoed Lipes statement. Being a setter you get to touch the ball more, she added. After a foot injury recently sidelined varsity starter Bethany Bonville, however, Jeter was moved up to varsity as a setter, and the JV team is back to a one setter look, but still getting more attacks in the offense.JVFROM PAGE 15 VOTE FOR DESOTO ORDINANCE 2014-04 Penny Sales Tax Supports your Local Hospital Q ) W h a t a r e t h e P R O S a n d C O N S w i t h s e l l i n g t h e h o s p i t a l o r p a r t n e r i n g w i t h a n o t h e r gr o u p ? A) CONS Loss of control like making decisions locally. PROS Financial stability, accessto more specialty care, and better transfer relationships Q ) H o w do I k n o w t h e m o n e y c o l l e c t e d w o u l d b e d i s t r i b u t e d t o t h e U S D A ? A) As with any tax collected, the Department of Revenue is responsibleforassuring the money goes to theintended purpose. County administra tion is responsible for writing the check to the USDA. 50475516


Arcadian | Page 18 The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Come to the Black Bear Festival where the fun includes learning about Florida black bears, which can smell food a mile away, reach an average of 400 pounds if male, and chow down on 20,000 calories a day during fall. The 15th annual Florida Black Bear & Wildlife Conservation Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 11 in the town of Umatilla, in northern Lake County. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is one of the festivals many partners. Nearby is the Ocala National Forest, home to the largest subpopulation of Florida black bears. Get outside, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and learn about Floridas unique and diverse wildlife at the Florida Black Bear & Wildlife Conservation Festival, said Cathy Connolly of the FWCs black bear management program. Central Florida boasts the highest density of bears in the state and can truly be called bear country. But that distinc tion comes with the responsibility of learning about safely coexisting with bears, Connolly said. Our challenge is getting people to securely store their garbage, so bears dont develop the habit of coming into neighborhoods for an easy meal and instead stay in the forest where they belong. The free, family-oriented festival at Caldwell Park begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Activities include: Free two-hour eld trips taking festival goers deep into the Ocala National Forest, where FWC bear biologists Walter McCown and Brian Scheick will lead participants through natural bear habitat and explain black bear natural history. Presentations such as Living Safely in Bear Country by FWC bear biologist Mike Orlando; Living with Coyotes by William Giuliano of the University of Florida; Living with Panthers by Laurie Macdonald of Defenders of Wildlife; and Florida Snakes and Reptiles by FWC Investigator Steven McDaniel. Come Be a Bear, an interactive journey in which children put on furry vests to learn how bears nd food and survive in the wild. Animals from Central Florida Zoo for everyone to see, from noon to 2 p.m. The FWCs popular exhibit trailer featuring native Florida wildlife. Opportunities for children and adults to try out archery or learn how to sh. Storytellers recounting tales of Florida history and culture. Free tours of the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway and the historic Carr family cabin. U.S. Forest Services advice on camping safely in the forest, with kids getting a chance to meet Smokey Bear. For people concerned about bears getting into their trash cans, FWC biologists will present information on options such as using bear-resistant garbage cans, installing electric fencing and modifying an existing trash can. The festival is presented by the FWC, Defenders of Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, city of Umatilla, Lake County, Black Bear Scenic Byway and Umatilla Chamber of Commerce. For more on the festival, visit and click on Black Bear & Wildlife Festival. Go to www.umatillachamber. org/ or call 352-669-3511 for additional information. Learn about Florida black bears at, which has the updated A guide to living in bear country brochure.Learn, have fun at Black Bear festivalPROVIDED BY FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION Black Bears are thrving in some parts of Florida. Learn more abobut this interesting animal at the Bear Festival on Oct. 11. PHOTOS PROVIDEDVisitors to the Black Bear Festival on Oct. 11 can learn several methods to keep bears out of their garbage. looking to improve on their 5-0 record. The JV football team nishes their season with two road games. Tonight they travel to Frostproof and they close their season next week at Port Charlotte. The varsity volley ball team will be at the tournament at Charlotte High School this Saturday. 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The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Page 21 | Arcadian appropriate direction for the hospitals future. It is for these reasons that I nd it so important for everyone to remember all the good that occurs because DeSoto Memorial Hospital is here to serve those in our community. This is an example of one of the many miracles which are often taken for granted, but which are so important to the families we serve, and to us. Late this summer, a beautiful baby was born to a family which had just arrived in Arcadia one week before. This little one appeared per fect, ate well and acted well. All indications were that he was healthy, with an absolutely perfect physical exam. The day after he was born, nurses in the Labor and Delivery unit were performing our routine Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) screening when they noticed the babys oxygen levels were lower than acceptable to pass the screening test. The babys family was informed that there may be a problem with his heart and he was then transferred to All Childrens Hospital in St Petersburg for additional testing. At 10 p.m., the cardiologist from All Childrens Hospital called to let us knowwe had just saved this little boys life. The baby had a heart condition which would have worsened quickly and caused him to become critically ill within days. Because of the CCHD screening and transfer to All Childrens while the baby was still healthy, he was able to undergo life saving surgery the next morning. The most recent information we have received is that the surgery went well and this baby is now recovering under the watchful care of All Childrens physicians. In February 2014, DMH was honored to have been a part of a statewide forum held at All Childrens Hospital. At this forum we presented our experience in implementing the Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening, the same screening which saved this baby. CCHD screening is now being implemented nationwide. However, DMH was ahead of many similar hospitals in our area in implementing CCHD screening because of attentive, educated and progressive staff who insist that we remain on the cutting edge of medical care. That dedication literally saved this babys life. A year ago, before CCHD screening was implemented at DMH, this same child would likely have been discharged home without the life saving intervention he required and his medical condition would probably have gone undetected. I relay this story because I am blessed to be a part of a medical system which provides high quality care and can make such a difference in patients and their families lives. Our hearts and prayers remain with this baby and his family, and all of the families we serve.Fawn Harrison, MD ArcadiaLETTERSFROM PAGE 4 hospital bills, more than $22,000 for psychological services and more than $37,000 for medications. Wise said when a detainee comes to the jail, he lls out a health questionnaire. Within 14 days of their incarcer ation, they get a physical exam. Detainees who come in with a terminal or life-threatening illness must be cared for, and that can entail frequent trips to doctors or hospitals, or to hospice care. If an inmate has to be taken to a hospital out-of-town, deputies must accompany him or her, and depending how long treatment lasts, DCSO may have to pay expenses such as hotels, meals and overtime pay for the deputies and OT for whoever replaces those deputies at their usual posts. People dont realize, the DeSoto County taxpayers are paying for the medical care of these detainees, Wise said. If an inmate has his own insurance, which is rare, DCSO will try to recoup medical costs there. But that still doesnt cover expenses associated with transport. The Sheriffs Ofce can also seek reimbursement; for instance, if an inmate has a commissary account, by law DCSO can apply half of that amount toward the individuals medical costs. DeSoto County Jail also receives residents of the Florida Civil Commitment Center who break the law. Because FCCC does not have certied jail space, DCSO may have to house those individuals. Wise said he, along with former County Commissioner Ronald Neads and former State Representative Paige Kreegel had to go to Tallahassee to get FCCC to pay DCSO $55 per day to house FCCC clients. But there is nothing to cover their medical care, Wise said. Wise said DCSO often has to transport Baker Act cases, juveniles and individuals for Division of Children and Families for health reasons, and again the county picks up those transport costs. Harris said while people are in the jail, they teach them about proper nutrition and diet. We might get someone eating healthier, losing weight, getting off drugs, he said, but once theyre released they might quit taking their medications and start gaining weight and theyre right back where they were. Without the discounts DCSO receives from DMH, Wise said the cost could easily be double what they pay now. We could conceivably be paying more than $1 million. Vince Sica and (DeSoto Memorial) Hospital have worked well with us, and saved the DeSoto taxpayers a lot of money, Wise said.BILLEDFROM PAGE 2 Arcadian Publisher .............................. Joe Gallimore .........................................863-494-2434 Arcadian Editor / Art Director ............. Susan E. Hoffman .................................863-494-0300 Assistant Editor .................................... Steve Bauer ............................................863-494-0300 Office Manager / Advertising ........... 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Arcadian | Page 22 The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 of Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee and Sarasota. Although no settlement existed at that time, Pine Level was chosen as the countys geographical center. It was conveniently distant from the Village of Manatee, the former county seat and ally of the Confederacy. An African-American family was one of the first four to live at Pine Level, and it may have been considered a freedmans town. It was a frontier wild West settlement with saloons and shoot-outs as well as a courthouse, jail, school, churches, stores, boarding houses and a newspaper. Union Veteran John F. Bartholf served as the first postmaster in 1871. When DeSoto County was founded in 1887, Pine Level became the county seat. Voters did not choose Arcadia as the government center until November 1888. It had the advantage of transportation by river or rail. The first train arrived in 1886 the same year that the town was incorporated. Bypassed by the railroad and abandoned by the county government, Pine Level declined. The only physical witnesses of the town are a Florida Historic Marker and the original Pine Level School. The Pine Level Methodist Church purchased the school in 1923, and after a 1930 hurricane damaged the second floor, the church was re-roofed as a one-story structure. It has since been remodeled, and other buildings have been added. Members of the Historical Society participated in the archaeological field work in Pine Level conducted in 2010 by Jana Futch, a student seeking a Master of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of South Florida. Now a professional archaeologist with Brockington and Associates of Atlanta, Ga., she prepared the National Register application. It was financed in part by a grant from the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission. The Florida National Review Board unanimously approved the Pine Level nomination, noting that the town is one of only seven Reconstruction-era sites recognized in the state. For more information, call Carol Mahler at 863-445-0789 or email PAGE 11 The Coastal Conservation Association Peace River Chapter Annual Banquet and Auction will be held on Oct.16 at the Turner AgriCivic Center, 2250 N.E. Roan Street. The event begins at 6 p.m. with the silent auction and rafe. Dinner provided by Texas Cattle Company and the live auction begin at 7:30 p.m. An open bar will be available. Tickets are just $65 per person or $120 per couple and include drink tickets, dinner, and one year CCA membership. Sponsorships start at $800 for a table of eight. For more information call John Court at 863-990-1951; Juanita Bushouse at 863558-1113 or Adam Miller at 941-270-0895. Coastal Conservation Association Florida is a grassroots organization committed to conserving and protecting Floridas marine resources.Coastal Conservation banquet is Oct. 16By JO RIDERCCA PUBLICITY PHOTO PROVIDED BY JO RIDERA family fun day of shing on Lake Katherine attending the Kids Fishing Clinic. This annual event is sponsored by the Arcadia Chapter of the Peace River Coastal Conservation Association and open to all children in the community. It takes place in the spring, and each child is oered instruction, gear and a lunch. drained after a long homecoming week capped off with the football game on Friday night. After arriving at North Port, the runners had to wait in a light drizzle and then run their race through the water hazards. The muddy course left the runners and their uniforms looking like they could be used in a laundry detergent commercial. That is the life of a long distance runner! Neither the boys or girls teams were expected to win the race, but it gave the runners the opportunity to go against some of the best runners in the state. It showed them where they need to be once the district race takes place. Bulldogs girls coach Julie Chidsey said, The girls ran a great race in North Port. All of my new girls (set personal records). My freshmen did an amazing job and have great potential. I expect them to have a great season. For Jami Westberry it was the nal day of an exciting week. She was named 2014 DeSoto County homecoming queen the night before. Its a surreal feeling. At rst I didnt realize that they called my name as the queen, then I saw my family jumping up and down and then I got excited too, she said. I am happy, surprised and humbled all at the same time.CROSS COUNTRYFROM PAGE 16 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comRight: Saida Muniz, a junior on the DeSoto County cross country team, looks as if she is having fun as she nears the end of the race at North Port. 50475514 DESOTO BULLDOGS FOOTBALL Exclusively on Arcadias only radio station! Tune in each Friday Night as Joe Gallimore and Steve Big Daddy Knapp bring you all the action LIVE! Americas Morning News Laura Ingraham Rush Limbaugh Sean Hannity Alan Colmes Dr. Joy Brown Arcadia Morning Monday Thursday 9:06 AM Veterans Corner Fridays 9:06 AM I n H i s H o n o r V B r i n g i n g C h u r c h e s T o g e t h e r in Uni t y F o r O u r L o r d & S a v i o r J e s u s C h r i s t rfntbf r tnn bbrr rr rrntb rr rffntrb frrn 471199 GOSPEL SING Friday, October 24 at 7PM Trinity United Methodist Church 304 W. Oak St. 863-494-2543 I Monday, October 20, 2014


The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 Page 23 | Arcadian manager at the Sarasota County Health Department, was elected to serve along with returning members: Sue Garland, State College of Florida; Tracy Winslow, DeSoto Memorial Hospital; Judith Sedgeman, from Manatee County; and Cristina Pele, health professions students representative. Gulfcoast South AHEC reduces tobac co prevalence in Florida by educating health care providers and health profes sions students, reaching out to tobacco users with cessation programs and by achieving durable social norm changes. GCAHEC also connects students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health. For more information, call 941-361-6602 or visit PAGE 3 PHOTOS PROVIDEDGulfcoast AHEC says goodbye to long-serving board member Melissa Peacock, center, anked by Kimberly Bland, left, and Edna Apostol. Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center elected new ocers and board members for 2014-15. From left: Jeanette Robinson, Linda DeMello, Karol Sweeterman, Kimberly Bland, Tracy Winslow of DeSoto Memorial Hospital, and Edna Apostol. enjoy some light refreshments. Due to ongoing construction on Volusia Avenue, parking will be available at the Mosaic Co. lot at the corner of Volusia and East Oak. Butler, who hails from the East Coast, started coming to DeSoto County when he entered the Art of the River show sponsored by DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council. He creates breathtaking landscape scenes of quintessential Florida scenery, often using a form of post-processing known as High Dynamic Range to capture the whole spectrum of light and shadow in his work. He won rst place in the photography division of the 2014 Art of the River, judged by noted Florida photographer Clyde Butcher. Butler and his wife Lynnda visit DeSoto County frequently in their RV, and have become part of the local art scene. Waters, a retired DeSoto Co. School District teacher and Florida Master Naturalist, captures the essence of local wildlife in beautiful portraits of animals especially birds and with a sensi tive eye to the subtleties of the Florida landscape. His work has been featured in the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program calendar. His exquisite photography of Floridas water birds is unmatched and shows deep knowledge of his subjects. His photo, Great Blue Heron in Flight, won second place in this years Art of the River show and he was also awarded Honorable Mention for another entry. Black and Hoffman both shoot photos for The Arcadian. As a freelancer, Black who formerly owned a camera shop and has also taught photography classes shoots everything from sports to portraits to local festivals. His work includes a wide range of subjects, from ships to landscapes, portraits to rodeo. You can often see him taking photos at Chamber of Commerce events, as well as school, government and civic functions. Hoffman, as editor of The Arcadian, shoots a variety of subjects from human interest features to crime scenes and rodeos. She won rst place in the 2013 Art of the River for photography and honorable mention this year. She enjoys shooting rodeos and ranch events, and with her Pound Pets Project has been taking appealing portraits of shelter pets to help get them adopted quickly. The Martin Art Gallery, in the ofces of Martin Realty Co., has been the hub of DeSotos art scene for several years. Gordon Mac Martin was a founding member of DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council and has been a strong promoter of local talent. The Four Photographers exhibit will be on display from Oct. 6 through early November. It is generally open during normal business hours, but after Oct. 9, call 863-494-2100 in advance to make sure the gallery will be open. For more information on Martin Realty, visit www. 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Arcadian | Page 24 The Sun / Thursday, October 9, 2014 D e S o t o C o u n t y H i g h S c h o o l D e S o t o C o u n t y H i g h S c h o o l DeSoto County High School B u l l d o g F o o t b a l l B u l l d o g F o o t b a l l Bulldog Football PHILS AUTOMOTIVE Full Service Auto Care Phil & Weldon 3193 N.E. Highway 17, Arcadia, FL 34266 863-993-1141 G o D o g s h a v e a g r e a t s e a s o n 494-4848 50475749 We HELP the world GROW the FOOD it needs We help the world grow the food it needs 2014 15 DeSoto Bulldogs Varsity Football Schedule Julee Judy Monica Rita Heres to a Successful Season! Go Bulldogs!!! Dr. Karyn E. Gary Superintendent of Schools Fender Auto Parts Rodger B. Fender 1442 SW Hwy 17, Arcadia, FL 863-494-1866 The Dynamic Duo Fawn Harrison, MD and Kyle Fairchild, ARNP Working TOGETHER to Keep the Children of DeSoto County HEALTHY! CENTER FOR FAMILY HEALTH DESOTO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 888 N. Robert Ave. Arcadia 863-494-8401 Tel: 863.491.6916 9 W. Magnolia St. Arcadia, FL 34266 Go Bulldogs 11am 10pm Sun Thurs 11am-11pm Fri & Sat 1703 E. Oak St., Arcadia 494-9333 Best Chicken Wings in DeSoto Go Dawgs! Arcadia Do it Best Hardware Worlds Largest Hardware Store 1705 E Oak St. Arcadia 993-1773 Lumber Plumbing Electrical Tools Paint & Much More Go Dawgs! Reggie Jones was the WFLN 1480 am radio player of the game SCORE 08/22 7:30pm Port Charlotte L6 33 08/29 7:00pm Lake Region Cancelled 09/05 7:00pm Lehigh Acres W27 8 09/12 7:00pm @ East Lee W56 7 09/19 7:30pm Booker W20 6 09/26 7:00pm @ North Port W44 7 10/03 7:30pm @ Bayshore W41 3 10/10 7:00pm @ Frostproof 10/17 7:30pm @ Southeast 10/30 7:00pm Hardee 11/07 7:00pm @ Braden River Ernest Robinson, Deionte Turner and Oscar Alfonso read The Arcadian. Reggie Jones has a serious look after being injured in the 41-3 win over Bayshore. Tevin Soup Campbell and Alfredrick Tyson enjoy the final minutes of the game. Caleb Blackwood, Stefan Williams and KeShawn Smith all played big roles in the win over Bayshore.


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BoatingAnd WaterLineMagazine23170 Harborview Road Port Charlotte, FL 33980PUBLISHERJOSH OLIVE941-276-9657Publisher@WaterLineWeekly.comCUSTOMER SERVICE & SUBSCRIPTIONS941-206-1300MARKETINGAdvertising Director Leslee Peth 941-205-6400 Advertising Manager Mike Ruiz 941-205-6402 Advertising Sales Erick Sykes 941-205-6405Sales@WaterLineWeekly.comBoaters Bargains 941-429-3110CONTRIBUTORSCapt. Ralph Allen Dr. Mark Asperilla, MD Paige Bakhaus Abbie Banks Greg Bartz Jared Brimer Billy Carl Capt. Josh Greer Bill Hempel Capt. Van Hubbard Ryan Ingle Robin Jenkins, DVM Jeff Kincaid Dawn Klemish Mark & Leigh Ann Long Robert Lugiewicz Nicole Miers-Pandolfi Capt. Mike Myers Betty Staugler Matt Stevens Tony Towns Capt. Cayle WillsProduced & printed by Sun Coast Media GroupSome of WaterLines subject matter consists of the writers opinions. We do our best to be accurate in matters of fact in this publication, but matters of opinion are left to each individual author. ON THE COVERPhoto providedCapt. Ralph Allen shows o a small tripletail, which should be a more common catch now that stone crab pots are out on the water again. WEEKLY MAGAZINE TABLE OF CONTENTS Youve probably heard or read about fishing around structure. But you may not know how broad the definition of structure really is. Its not just sunken logs and rockpiles. If you hold still long enough, you can become structure yourself. structure The Man on the Pier MATT STEVENS Up against the wall ........................................................................................ Page 8 Boating Safety MARK & LEIGH ANN LONG Handling fog .................................................................................................. Page 9 Angling 201 CAPT. CAYLE WILLS That magic moment ..................................................................................... Page 10 SLACK TIDES ........................................................................................... Page 11 Around Charlotte Harbor CAPT. RALPH ALLEN Fish tails ....................................................................................................... Page 12 Peace River Wildlife Center ROBIN JENKINS, DVM The whole story ........................................................................................... Page 14 Dining on the Water Sunset at TTs Tiki Bar ................................................................................... Page 15 Rules of the Road DAVE NIELSEN Lifejackets prevent tragedy .......................................................................... Page 17 A Life on the Water CAPT. VAN HUBBARD Hanging out with the Feds ........................................................................... Page 18 At the Range BILLY CARL Autumn means bird hunting ........................................................................ Page 20 Tournament Bassin GREG BARTZ Rain, rain, go away ...................................................................................... Page 24 Angling 101 ROBERT LUGIEWICZ Page 13 BULLETIN BOARD | Page 3 TIDE CHARTS | Page 4 MAP OF LOCAL WATERS | Page 5 FISH FINDER | Page 6 FISHING REGULATIONS | Page 7 SEAFOOD RECIPES | Page 17 BOATING CLASSES | Page 22 SOLUNAR TABLES | Page 21 REGULAR FEATURES Rain, rain, go away LETTERS TO THE EDITOR JOSH: It has come to my attention that a local captain is accused of being arrogant. Hey, who would hire a slinky, droop-eyed skipper? Personally, my choice must exude condence. He must swagger well, somewhat. Congrats on showing some lovely sherwomen in your Oct. 2 issue, especially the cover girl. This lady somehow managed to keep her nails perfect, hair pretty and merited admiration even though not displaying her belly button, appendectomy incision, and other things best kept o camera. Obviously, she was delighted with her tilapia and radiated the charm of sportshing. I was touched by Tom Johnsons beautiful article and appreciated all the other ne material. My family and I declare your Oct. 2 issue a classic! Marilyn Walker MARILYN: At WaterLine, we appreciate photos of all anglers who are excited about their catches. Also, I gure Capt. Ralph can use this cover shot as ammo the next time Patti gets mad at him for doing some thing dumb, which means he owes me one. I like when Ralph owes me one. As to the arrogant cap tain, that was a fun discussion that we had on the radio show a couple Saturdays ago. For those who missed it, you can go to and click on September 27 to hear the show. I agree with you that you want to see a high level of condence in a charter captain, but that can go too far. Real arrogance is rarely a positive character in anyone. I appreciate your commentary and I declare readers like yourself to be classics. Josh Olive, WaterLine PublisherIf you have a comment or question for WaterLine, email us at are welcome on any outdoor-related subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters may be edited for length as well as grammar and spelling. All letters must be signed with full name not initials. Slanderous or libelous material will not be published. The Letters to the Editor section is designed as a public forum for community discourse. The opinions and statements made in letters are solely those of the individual writers. WaterLine and Sun Coast Media Group take no responsibility for the content of these letters. I like bait and tackle shops. Always have. Theres just something about all the rods and reels and lures, sitting there, waiting to be taken out on the water. I imagine the rods bent over, the reels singing, sh jumping, anglers smiling. It gives me the warm fuzzies. Most such shops have a bit of character, and by that I mean what most folks would call messiness. It might be the shelves crammed with gear, or the smell of shrimp water hanging in the air, or just the general aura of the place. A proper bait and tackle shop is not the sort of place youd expect to nd snooty shoppers. Its a place where real saltof-the-earth shermen can feel at home. So imagine my surprise when I walked into a local shop (I wont say which one; lets call it Fisherman Frankies) and there before my eyes was a oor-to-ceiling rack of stued animals. Now, admittedly, they were all marine-themed sharks, stingrays, turtles, amingos. But right in the middle of a genuine bait shop? Actually, this store has been making some changes lately, adding things like upscale sunglasses cases and actual shirt racks, so I guess this really shouldnt have been such a surprise. But now Im not sure what to call the place. Is it still a bait shop? At what point does it become a boutique? Is there such a thing as a bait boutique? Ive never heard of one, but that doesnt mean anything. Maybe the guys over at Fisherman Frankies are some sort of geniuses, genre-busting entre preneurs at the ragged edge of a new breed of shing tackle retail, one that can draw in both fancy French ladies and charter captains. Maybe. The important thing is that the place at least still smells like a bait shop, so I can still go there. If it starts to smell like rose water, Im out. A bait boutique? FROM THE PUBLISHERS DESK JOSH OLIVE WaterLine photo by Josh OlivePlush toys? At a bait shop? mummm .r,L'JL.LLJlow,snow0% L10 + s .OVIRIII


Page 3 October 9, 2014 NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETSThe Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium (3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers). The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 9. Meetings are free and the public is welcome. For more info, call 239-275-3435.ENGLEWOOD FISHING CLUBThe Englewood Fishing Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Lemon Bay Park Environmental Center (570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood). Featured will be retired Lemon Bay High School principal Dan Jeers, oering tips from his many years of sport and tournament shing. Admission is free and open to the public. For more info, go to WALKIn celebration of Halloween, Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium (3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers) presents Freaks of Nature Haunted Walk. Times are 7:30 to 10 p.m., Fridays from Saturdays Oct. 1018 and daily Oct. 24-31. The Haunted Walk is the centers biggest fundraiser of the year, and has been thrilling residents for many years. Be prepared to be scared not recommended for anyone under 16 years of age. Costumes expected! $10 per person. Call 239-275-3435 for more info.MEET THE SWAMP APEAuthor, cryptozoologist and TV personality Scott C. Marlowe will give a presentation about Florida cryptids at 5:30 pm Oct. 11 at Coppersh Books (1205 Elizabeth Street, Punta Gorda). A cryptid is a creature whose existence has been suggested but has not been documented by the scientic community. Think Swamp Ape, Bigfoot and sea mon sters. His friend Stinky the Swamp Ape may just appear for a photo op for those that want to take a picture with Floridas odoriforous cryptid mascot. This event is free to attend. RSVP to Coppersh Books at 941-205-2560 or BIRD TOURThrough a partnership with Hendry-Glades Audubon, the South Florida Water Management District will oer to the public escorted birding trips to Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5) located at the east end of Deer Fence Road located 27 miles south of Clewiston in eastern Hendry County. Trips are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Nov. 8 & 22, and Dec. 13 & 27. No charge, though donations are gratefully accepted. Limited to 60 participants per trip; call 863-674-0695 to reserve.NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETSAn Introduction to the Five Species of Ground Cherry in Southwest Florida is the topic at the Mangrove Chapter of the Native Plant Society meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Lemon Bay Park (570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood). This fun and informative program will be presented by Denny Girard and Al Squires. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. For more info, contact Denny at 941-474-1492 or IN FLORIDAErnest Hemingway, one of Floridas most colorful and widely read authors, left a lasting legacy in our state. Award-winning author Diane Gilbert Madsen will present an informative and fascinating talk on Hemingway in Florida at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Punta Gorda Womans Club (118 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda). She promises to fascinate the audience with many tidbits not well-known to the general public. Admission is $5; proceeds to benet the Punta Gorda Historical Society. For more info or tickets call 941-639-1887.APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUBThe Appalachian Trail Club of Florida will hold its next monthly meet ing at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Sarasota Garden Club (1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota). The meeting will begin with a potluck supper followed by a program on hiking. Go to for more info.DIVE CLUB MEETSSunCoast Reef Rovers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Nokomis Community Center (234 Nippino Trail E, Nokomis). In addition to a featured speaker, there will be a discussion of upcoming events. For more info, call Susan at 941-488-8143.FAMILY FISHING FUNAMENTMako Boats and Bass Pro Shops are hosting a Fishing Funament Oct. 16-19 at Bass Pro Shops World Wide Sportsman (10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers). This shing tournament is a casual and fun event for family members of all ages. The Funament will be hosted by TV shing personality George Poveromo. Participants can also get advice from the pros, including Poveromo, about lures, electronics, and where, when and how to sh. In addition, event sponsors will display the latest shing gear and participants will have the opportunity to test drive a variety of models in the Mako boats lineup. The Funament also provides an opportunity to teach younger generations the value of sheries conservation. Event organizers are encouraging anglers to practice catch and release. The $100 per boat entry fee includes Fishing Funament T-shirts, dockside cookouts on Friday and Saturday nights, a Bass Pro Shops captains bag and a $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card. The captains bags and gift cards, which are valued at over $150, are available on a rst-come, rst-served basis. For more info, go to YELLOW FEVER CREEK PRESERVEThere is currently no public access to the Cape Coral side of Yellow Fever Creek Preserve, so the only way to get out there is to go on a guided walk. The next one is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 17. Wear sturdy, closed-toed walking shoes or boots, and dress appropriately for rugged, sometimes wet, terrain. $8 per person. Advance registra tion is required; call 239-549-4606. Meeting location provided upon registration. No children younger than 5, please.WILDLIFE RESCUE COURSEPeace River Wildlife Center will sponsor a free wildlife rescue course from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 18. This class, open to the public, will be held at the beautiful Riverside RV Resort (9770 Kings Highway, Arcadia), just down the road from the Nav-A-Gator Grill. The course will oer hands-on training and handouts to help you learn how to safely rescue injured wildlife. Donations to PRWC are gratefully accepted. Reservations are suggested; call 406-6908151 to ensure your spot.MARINEQUEST 2014Once a year, the public gets an up-close opportunity to discover Floridas sh and wildlife as well as their habitats. This event is called MarineQuest, and all are welcome to experience a variety of stations at no cost. MarineQuest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute OUTDOOR NEWS BULLETIN BOARD If you have a meeting, tournament, festival or other event you want included in the Outdoor News Bulletin Board, email it to Editor@WaterLineWeekly.comBULLETIN BOARD | 22 CHARLOTTE HARBOR SIERRA CLUB OUTINGS All outings are free of charge and the public is welcome to attend. Voluntary donations to the Charlotte Sierra Club are attend. Voluntary donations to the Charlotte Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Trips are from 8:30 to 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Call the listed number with any questions. DEEP CREEK PRESERVE: Join Florida Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy Oct. 14 for a walk in this area of longleaf pine atwoods, wetland marshes and hardwood hammock habitats. Call 941-637-8284. SHELL CREEK PADDLE: Enjoy the climbing aster blooms and the buttery trac along this enchanting part of Shell Creek. Join Master Naturalist Rick Fried from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 as he guides us along one of the prettiest waterways in Charlotte County. Participants must provide their own watercraft and be able to swim. Call 941-637-8805. KAYAK PRAIRIE CREEK: Paddle through streamside and cy press wetlands Oct. 23 or Dec. 9, led by Florida Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy. Participants must provide their own watercraft and be able to swim. Call 941-637-8284. CHARLOTTE FLATWOODS PRESERVE: Join Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy Oct. 28 to walk this area of pine atwoods, wetland marshes and freshwater hab itats. Jamie will identify and explain the plants and animals of this preserve as we walk along. Call 941-637-8284. MORGAN PARK: Ancient oaks and other hardwoods line the trail along the Peace River in Arcadias Morgan Park. Join Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy Nov. 11 as we enjoy the birds and ora along this beautiful trail. Call 941-637-8284. PADDLE LETTUCE LAKE: Explore the wooded maze of channels from the lake out into the Peace River from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 or Dec. 17. Our guide, Rick Fried, is an to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 or Dec. 17. Our guide, Rick Fried, is an experienced master naturalist and knows this tricky area well. Once we reach the Peace River, we will stop and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Nav-A-Gator Restaurant. Participants must provide their own watercraft, bring money for lunch and know how to swim. Call 941-637-8805. STUMP PASS BEACH WALK: Join popular biologist Dr. Bill Dunson from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 on this beach walk from Stump Pass State Park to the Pass and back. This will be about 2.5 miles round trip. We will investigate the beach lagoon and learn about barrier island plants and animals. Bring water, lunch and a shady hat. Call 941-423-2713. KAYAK MYRTLE CREEK: Paddle with us from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 or Dec. 13 as we go upstream into an ever-narrowing freshwater jungle. We will return backstream, out into a grassy maze of brackish water channels where Myrtle Creek meets with lower Shell Creek. Our guide will be Master Naturalist Jim Story. We will visit the only waterfall in this area, the Punta Gorda Dam, which contains the citys water supply. Participants must provide their own watercraft and be able to swim. Call 941-505-8904. SHELL CREEK BELOW THE DAM: Paddle Shell Creek below the dam Nov. 20, led by Florida Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy. Participants must provide their own watercraft and be able to swim. Call 941-637-8284. HIKE PRAIRIE CREEK PRESERVE: Join us Nov. 25 for a nature hike led by Florida Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy. They will identify and explain the plants and wildlife of this preserved area of pine atwoods, scrub and riparian habitats. Call 941-637-8284. 50475444 1189 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte 941-255-1555 15001 Gasparilla Rd Placida 941-697-1000 8311 N. 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Page 4 October 9, 2014 THURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W PUNTA GORDA 26.9283 N, 82.0650 W ADD 32 MINUTES TO TIMES FOR EL JOBEAN TIDES PLACIDA, GASPARILLA SOUND 26.8333 N, 82.2667 W ADD 28 MINUTES TO TIMES FOR LEMON BAY TIDES 00:33 2.13 MATLACHA PASS BASCULE BRIDGE 26.6333 N, 82.0667 W MHHW 1.962, MHW 1.703, MTL1.076, MSL 1.070, MLW 0.449, MLLW 0.000 MHHW 1.407, MHW 1.175, MSL 0.784, MTL 0.768, MLW 0.358, MLLW 0.000 MHHW N/A, MHW N/A, MSL N/A, MTL N/A, MLW N/A, MLLW 0.000 MHHW 2.201, MHW 1.932, MSL 1.172, MTL 1.152, MLW 0.371, MLLW 0.000 All measurements in feet; 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Page 6 October 9, 2014 LOCAL FISHING REPORTS FROM VENICE TO PINE ISLAND INSHORE & FRESHWATER GULF & OFFSHORE BEST BETRedsh are schooling up. Most are 18 to 20 inches with a few bigger ones scattered in. Hunt around docks and seawalls. There are single sh on the ats around mullet schools. Either way, they like shrimp on a jighead or cut pinsh. Black drum 24 inches plus are hanging around structure and deeper water. Youll also nd 12to 15-inch snapper there eating shrimp. The trout bite is decent early or late; forget about midday. Grouper are farther out over hard bottom and ledges. A few kingsh are also coming in from the same areas. Sharks are out there in good numbers. Some permit have been caught on the wrecks. The articial reefs have been giving up lots of mangrove snapper. The jetties and bridges are loaded with snook, and there are still quite a few on the beaches. Fish live pinsh or chunks of fresh mullet. Lots of mangrove snapper and sheepshead to 18 inches are on the Placida trestle and nearby docks. Redsh are coming in as bycatch for snook anglers, or you can chase the schools of bigger sh. Flounder are getting to be more common inside the passes and along the beaches. Some really nice lane snapper to 16 inches and piles of mangrove snapper are coming in from the nearshore reefs. Good numbers of cobia are turning up as well, mostly oshore but a few in the Harbor. Fish gags in 38 feet with sardines south of Boca Grande. There are also more than a few being speared. Snook shermen have been catching large numbers on island points with tidal movement and along Boca Grande Pass. A fair number are keepers. Black drum are eating cut mullet or ladysh and shrimp at El Jobean and the U.S. 41 bridges. Look for schools of mullet in Lemon Bay early in the morning and throw chunks of cutbait for the redsh that are mixed in with them. The canals are giving up bass on shiners where you nd moving water and tilapia on red wigglers. Cobia and catch-and-release red grouper are eating cutbait 4 to 8 miles out. The section of the Myakka River that runs through North Port is producing snook on white or lightcolored Rapala topwaters. Redsh are biting pretty well, but the sh in the Harbor have been a bit smaller as the bigger sh stay in the Gulf. There are a good number of small trout and a handful of gators, but few in between. A bit of sheepshead action is being reported, with some popping up on the ats. Tri pletail are moving in but hard to see in the dark water. Tarpon are still all over the place, but theyre also hard to see because a rolling tarpon looks a lot like a whitecap. Red grouper are out until Jan. 1. Near-keep er gags are coming from 12 to 14 miles bottom shing. Squirrelsh and pinsh are grouper candy. Some good mangrove snapper are coming from the same spots. A few kingsh are starting to show up in the nearshore Gulf. The rain has driven the snook back up the creeks, so there are fewer on the beaches. Creek mouths along the east and west walls are snook magnets. Plastic swimbaits will work, live pin sh or whitebait are better. Tarpon are upriver north of U.S. 41. Just look for tilapia schools. The afternoon bite is best. Black drum will take shrimp or squid on the bottom at the north end of the 41 bridges or the bumpers. Small trout are around Burnt Store; check the ICW for bigger sh. Pompano are in the channels outside the bars. The canals are holding snook; sh early or late for best results. Mangrove snapper are everywhere, eating shrimp or stealing baits. Spanish mackerel are biting from the beach out, and there are kingsh starting at 3 miles. The snapper bite is good on rubble piles and hard bottom. If you want gags, plan to troll the ledges theyre still scattered and havent really moved inshore yet. A few cobia have been caught, but the action will probably pick up soon. Good schools of redsh are on the east wall from Whorehouse Point south, plus some scattered on the west wall. They like cutbait, but the snapper are stealing it, so try live pinsh or early morning topwaters. Mangrove snapper are biting in the passes and canals. The redsh bite is good from Burnt Store to Two Pine and better around Patricio and into Pine Island Sound. Lots of snook are coming from Placida and Bull Bay. Pompano are really moving along the beaches, especially toward Venice Inlet. Tarpon are scattered from Boca Grande Pass to the Nav-A-Gator; Id soak a ladysh in the 20-foot holes. Spanish mackerel are thick from the passes to 15 miles. Youll nd a few sharks with them. Mangrove and lane snapper are biting well at 7 to 15 miles, along with a pile of grunts. Flounder and sheepshead are turning up on the reefs and ledges. The stone crab traps have been out for a few days and should be starting to draw in some tripletail, and maybe even cobia. While youre hunting them, troll for mackerel and kingsh. Big schools of over-slot redsh are cruising very shallow grassats early; toss gold spoons or silver topwaters. Tarpon reports are good in the mouth of the Caloosahatchee and in front of York Island. They like pinsh. Snook are taking white soft plastics shed under docks and mangroves. Spanish mackerel are hitting fast-moving silver spoons or threadies. Short trout are all over; keepers are few. The red grouper bite was hot right up until season closed. There are gags in 65 to 70 feet o Sanibel hitting pinsh and squirrelsh; spearshermen also getting quite a few. Big lane snapper are on on natural hard bottom in 55 to 70 feet; try cutbait or squid. Mangrove snapper bite great as well. The Fantastico is producing bonita and blackn tuna. For keeper redsh, throw soft plastic paddletails or jerkbaits under the mangroves late in the morning. Redsh are taking cutbait on the ats. Cobia have been reported on the Burnt Store Bar; feed them cut mullet or live pinsh. Mangrove shorelines are holding some nice redsh and 12to 14-inch snapper. Tarpon about 20 or 30 pounds are hanging around the south side of the Matlacha Bridge; try live pinsh or a red and white Bomber. The red grouper bite is going strong. Snook are whacking pinsh or live greenies in the Matlacha canals. F ISH F INDER ROBERTFISHIN FRANKS Charlotte Harbor 941-625-3888 JEFFCAPT. TEDS TACKLE Port Charlotte 941-627-6800 ROGERFINE BAIT & TACKLE North Port 941-240-5981 JIMFISHERMANS EDGE Grove City 941-697-7595 CAPT. 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Most are 18 to 20 inches with a few bigger ones scattered in. Hunt around docks and seawalls. There are single sh on the ats around mullet schools. Either way, they like shrimp on a jighead or cut pinsh. Black drum 24 inches plus are hanging around structure and deeper water. Youll also nd 12to 15-inch snapper there eating shrimp. The trout bite is decent early or late; forget about midday. Grouper are farther out over hard bottom and ledges. A few kingsh are also coming in from the same areas. Sharks are out there in good numbers. Some permit have been caught on the wrecks. The articial reefs have been giving up lots of mangrove snapper The jetties and bridges are loaded with snook and there are still quite a few on the beaches. Fish live pinsh or chunks of fresh mullet. Lots of mangrove snapper and sheepshead to 18 inches are on the Placida trestle and nearby docks. Redsh are coming in as bycatch for snook anglers, or you can chase the schools of bigger sh. Flounder are getting to be more common inside the passes and along the beaches. Some really nice lane snapper to 16 inches and piles of mangrove snapper are coming in from the nearshore reefs. Good numbers of cobia are turning up as well, mostly oshore but a few in the Harbor. Fish gags in 38 feet with sardines south of Boca Grande. There are also more than a few being speared. Snook shermen have been Snook shermen have been Snook catching large numbers on island points with tidal movement and along Boca Grande Pass. A fair number are keepers. Black drum are eating cut mullet or ladysh and shrimp at El Jobean and the U.S. 41 bridges. Look for schools of mullet in Lemon Bay early in the morning and throw chunks of cutbait for the redsh that are mixed in with them. The canals are giving up bass on shiners where you nd moving water and tilapia on red wigglers. Cobia and catch-and-release red grouper are eating cutbait 4 to 8 miles out. The section of the Myakka River that runs through North Port is producing snook on white or lightsnook on white or lightsnook colored Rapala topwaters. Redsh are biting pretty well, but the sh in the Harbor have been a bit smaller as the bigger sh stay in the Gulf. There are a good number of small trout and a handful of gators, but few in between. A bit of sheepshead action is being reported, with some popping up on the ats. Tri pletail are moving in but hard to see in the dark water. Tarpon are still all over the place, but theyre also hard to see because a rolling tarpon looks a lot like a whitecap. Red grouper are out until Jan. 1. Near-keep er gags are coming from 12 to 14 miles bottom shing. Squirrelsh and pinsh are grouper candy. Some good mangrove snapper are coming from the same spots. A snapper are coming from the same spots. A snapper few kingsh are starting to show up in the nearshore Gulf. The rain has driven the snook back up the creeks, snook back up the creeks, snook so there are fewer on the beaches. Creek mouths along the east and west walls are snook magnets. Plastic swimbaits will work, live pin sh or whitebait are better. Tarpon are upriver north of U.S. 41. Just look for tilapia schools. The afternoon bite is best. Black drum will take shrimp or squid on the bottom at the north end of the 41 bridges or the bumpers. Small trout are around Burnt Store; check the ICW for bigger sh. Pompano are in the channels outside the bars. The canals are holding snook ; sh early or late for best results. Mangrove snapper are snapper are snapper everywhere, eating shrimp or stealing baits. Spanish mackerel are biting from the beach out, and there are kingsh starting at 3 miles. The snapper bite is good on rubble piles and hard bottom. If you want gags, plan to troll the ledges theyre still scattered and havent really moved inshore yet. A few cobia have been caught, but the action will probably pick up soon. Good schools of redsh are on the east wall from Whorehouse Point south, plus some scattered on the west wall. They like cutbait, but the snapper are stealing it, so try live pinsh or early morning topwaters. Mangrove snapper are biting in the passes and canals. The redsh bite is good from Burnt Store to Two Pine and better around Patricio and into Pine Island Sound. Lots of snook are coming from Placida and Bull Bay. snook are coming from Placida and Bull Bay. snook Pompano are really moving along the beaches, espe cially toward Venice Inlet. Tarpon are scattered from Boca Grande Pass to the Nav-A-Gator; Id soak a ladysh in the 20-foot holes. Spanish mackerel are thick from the passes to 15 miles. Youll nd a few sharks with them. Mangrove and lane snapper are biting well at 7 to 15 miles, along with a pile of grunts Flounder and sheepshead are turning up on the reefs and ledges. The stone crab traps have been out for a few days and should be starting to draw in some tripletail and maybe even cobia While youre hunting them, troll for mackerel and kingsh Big schools of over-slot redsh are cruising very shallow grassats early; toss gold spoons or silver topwaters. Tarpon reports are good in the mouth of the Caloosahatchee and in front of York Island. They like pinsh. Snook are taking white soft plastics shed Snook are taking white soft plastics shed Snook under docks and mangroves. Spanish mackerel are hitting fast-moving silver spoons or threadies. Short trout are all over; keepers are few. The red grouper bite was hot right up until red grouper bite was hot right up until red grouper season closed. There are gags in 65 to 70 feet o Sanibel hitting pinsh and squirrelsh; spearshermen also getting quite a few. Big lane snapper are on on natural hard bottom lane snapper are on on natural hard bottom lane snapper in 55 to 70 feet; try cutbait or squid. Mangrove snapper bite great as well. The Fantastico is snapper bite great as well. The Fantastico is snapper producing bonita and blackn tuna For keeper redsh throw soft plastic paddletails or jerkbaits under the man groves late in the morning. Redsh are taking cutbait on the ats. Cobia have been reported on the Burnt Store Bar; feed them cut mullet or live pinsh. Mangrove shorelines are holding some nice redsh and 12to 14-inch snapper Tarpon about 20 or 30 pounds are hanging around the south side of the Matlacha Bridge; try live pinsh or a red and white Bomber. The red grouper bite is going strong. Snook are whacking Snook are whacking Snook pinsh or live greenies in the Matlacha canals. 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Page 7 October 9, 2014 State and federal regulations for Southwest Florida waters as of Sept. 14, 2014. All bag limits are per harvester per day. Other limits may apply. This chart does not include every rule an angler needs to know; for most current rules visit and LICENSES Resident saltwater or freshwater: Annual $17, 5-year $79. If you sh from shore only, a license is required but is free. Resident license for both freshwater and saltwater shing: $32.50 annually. Nonresident saltwater or freshwater: 3 days $17, 7 days $30, annual $47. Free shore shing license not available for nonresidents. Annual shing permits: Snook $10, lobster $5, not required when no license requiredSALTWATER FISH Almaco Jack Bag limit 100 pounds in state waters; notes: 9,11 Amberjack, Greater 30 min. size; bag limit 1; season closed June 1-July 31 in state waters, closed until Jan. 1 in federal waters; notes: 1,3,4,5,9 Amberjack, Lesser & Banded Ruddersh Slot 14 to 22; aggregate bag limit 5; notes: 1,4,5,9 Black Drum Slot 14 to 24 (may possess one over 24); bag limit 5; notes: 5,7,8 Black Sea Bass 10 min. size; bag limit 100 pounds; notes: 2,4,5,9 Bluesh 12 min. size; bag limit 10; notes: 1,5 Blue runner Bag limit 100 Bonesh Harvest prohibited. Cobia 33 min. size; bag limit in state waters, 1 per harvester or 6 per vessel, whichever is less; limit in federal waters, 2; notes: 1,5 Dolphin (Mahi mahi) Bag limit 10 per harvester or 60 per vessel, whichever is less; notes: 5 Flounder, all species 12 min. size; bag limit 10; harvest by gig or spear OK; notes: 2,5,8 Grouper, Black 22 min. size; bag limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Grouper, Gag 22 min. size; bag limit 2; season open July 1 Dec. 3 in state waters; in federal waters, open July 1 until quota met; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10 Grouper, Goliath Harvest prohibited. Legal to target for catch and release in state but not federal waters Grouper, Red 20 min. size; bag limit 4 in state waters or 3 in federal waters; season closed in federal waters Oct. 4 to Jan. 1; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Grouper, Scamp 16 min. size; bag limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Grouper, Snowy & Yellowedge Bag limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10Grouper, Warsaw & Speckled HindBag limit 1 per vessel; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10Grouper, Yellown & Yellowmouth20 min. size; bag limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Grouper, Coney, Graysby, Red Hind, Rock Hind & Tiger Bag limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Hogsh 12 min. size; bag limit 5; notes: 1,4,5,9 Mackerel, King (kingsh) 24 min. size; bag limit 2 (reduced to 1 in some state waters if federal waters are closed to harvest; see for current regulations); notes: 1,5 Mackerel, Spanish 12 min. size; bag limit 15; transfer of Spanish mackerel to other vessels at sea prohibited; notes: 1,5 Mullet, Striped & Silver Bag limit, Feb 1-Aug. 31, aggregate 50 per harvester or 100 per vessel, whichever is less; Sept. 1-Jan. 31, aggregate 50 per harvester or per vessel; bag limit also applies to mullet used as bait; harvest or possession of striped mullet prohibited in Punta Gorda between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1-Feb. 29. See Permit Slot 11 to 20 (may possess one over 20; maximum of 2 over 20 per vessel); bag limit 2; hook and line gear only in state waters; spearing legal in federal waters; notes: 1,5,7 Pompano, Florida 11 min. size; bag limit 6; notes: 1,5,7 Pompano, African 24 min. size; bag limit 2 per harvester or per vessel; spear shing prohibited; notes: 1,5,7 Porgy, Red Bag limit 100 pounds; notes: 4,5,9 Redsh Slot 18 to 27; bag limit 1 per harvester or 8 per vessel, whichever is less; transport limit 6 per person; gigging, spearing or snatching prohibited; illegal to harvest or possess in federal water; notes: 2,5,7 Sailsh 63 min. size from tip of lower jaw to center of fork; bag limit 1 any billsh (sailsh and marlin); Highly Migratory Species permit required to harvest in federal waters and all harvested sh must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours; notes: 5 Sea Trout, Spotted Slot 15 to 20 (may possess one over 20); bag limit 4; notes: 2,5,7 Shark, all species 54 min. size except Atlantic sharpnose, blacknose, blacktip, bonnethead, netooth and smooth dogsh (only exceptions to 54 min. in federal waters are Atlantic sharpnose and bonnethead; bag limit in state waters 1 per harvester or 2 per vessel, whichever is less; bag limit in federal waters, 1 per vessel; may be harvested by hook and line only; Highly Migratory Species permit required to harvest in federal waters; lemon and hammerhead sharks prohibited; notes: 1,5,7 Sheepshead 12 min. size; bag limit 15; notes: 2,5,7 Snapper, Cubera Slot 12 to 30 (may possess 2 over 30 per harvester or per vessel); bag limit 10 if under 30; sh over 30 not included in aggregate limit; notes: 2,4,5,9,13 Snapper, Gray (Mangrove) 10 min. size in state waters; 12 min. in federal waters; bag limit 5; notes: 2,4,5,9,13 Snapper, Lane 8 min. size; bag limit 100 pounds in state waters; not included in aggregate limit; notes: 2,4,5,9,11 Snapper, Mutton 16 min. size; bag limit 10; notes: 2,4,5,9,13 Snapper, Red 16 min. size; bag limit 2; season to be determined in state waters; in federal waters, open June 1 June 12; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,13 Snapper, Schoolmaster 10 min. size; bag limit 10; notes: 2,4,5,9,13 Snapper, Vermilion (beeliner) 10 min. size; bag limit 10; notes: 2,4,5,9,11 Snapper, Blackn, Dog, Queen, Mahogany, Silk & Yellowtail 12 min. size; limit 10 per harvester; notes: 2,4,5,9,13 Snook Slot 28 to 33; bag limit 1; season closed Dec. 1-Feb. 29 & May 1-Aug. 31; $10 snook permit required to harvest when license is required, including free resident shore shing license; state regulations apply in federal waters; notes: 2,5,6,7,8 Tarpon Bag limit 1 per harvester per year; $51.50 tarpon tag required to harvest or possess, which is legal only in pursuit of an IGFA record; for seasonal Boca Grande Pass rules, see http://; notes: 6,8 Triggersh, Gray 14 min. size in state waters; 12 min. size in federal waters); bag limit 2; season closed June 1-July 31 in state waters; closed until Jan. 1 in federal waters; notes: 1,4,5,11 Tripletail 15 min. size; bag limit 2; may be harvested by hook and line only; notes: 2,5,7,8 Wahoo Bag limit 2; notes: 1,5 lionsh Invasive exotic; kill all specimens on sight. Fins have venomous spines. NO-HARVEST SPECIES Zero bag limit for bonesh, Goliath grouper (jewsh), Nassau grouper, sawsh, spotted eagle rays, lemon sharks, hammerhead sharks. Go to the website listed below for a full list of no-harvest species. Visit for full rules. NOTES1. Measured fork length. Fork length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the center of the tail. 2. Measured total length. Total length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed together while the sh is lying on its side. 3. Bag limit zero for captain and crew of for-hire vessels on a paid trip. 4. Reef sh gear rules apply. Anglers must use non-stainless steel circle hooks when using natural baits, and must possess a dehooking device. 5. Must remain in whole condition (head and tail intact) until landed ashore. Removal of gills and internal organs OK. 6. Harvest by spearshing prohibited. 7. Use of multiple or treble hooks in conjunction with natural bait prohibited. 8. Harvest by snatching prohibited. 9. Except for sand perch and dwarf sand perch, sh designated as reef sh are illegal to use as bait in federal waters or aboard a vessel with a federal reef sh permit. In state waters, legal-size reef sh may be used as bait but must remain in whole condition and must be counted against bag limit. 10. Included in aggregate grouper bag limit of 4 sh. 11. Included in 20-sh reef sh aggregate bag in federal waters (vermilion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, grey triggersh, all tileshes). 12. Closed Feb. 1-March 31 ONLY in federal waters outside 20-fathom break. 13: Included in aggregate snapper bag limit of 10 sh.FRESHWATER FISHLargemouth Bass South of State Road 80; max. size 14, bag limit 5 (may possess one over 14) North of State Road 80; slot 14-22, bag limit 5 (may possess one over 22)Sunsh(excluding crappie) Aggregate limit 50Crappie Limit 25 Buttery peacock bass Max. size 17, limit 2 (may possess one over 17) Grass carp Must be released immediately Other exotic shes Please keep and eat or otherwise destroy; do not use as live bait. Unregulated species No bag or size limits on gar (except alligator gar; possession of this species is illegal), bown, pickerel and all catsh. Visit for full rules, including special management areas. F ISHING R ULES Scientists with the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) are asking snook anglers to save their lleted carcasses and take them to a participating bait and tackle store in their area. These carcasses provide information on the size, age, maturity and sex of the catch. This program allows anglers to participate in the collection of data regarding Floridas premier inshore game sh. FWRI conducts applied research and provides scientic information used to manage Floridas marine resources. GUIDELINES FOR DONATING SNOOK CARCASSES All regulations apply. Donate only legal snook during open snook season. Donate all sizes that you harvest. (Donating only large sh will bias the data.) Donate as many sh and as often as you can; however, do not harvest sh for the program. Keep only those snook you would normally keep. Donate both tagged and untagged sh. If a snook is tagged, please report tag information to the Angler Tag Return Hotline at 800-367-4461. When lleting, please leave all internal organs intact. CARCASS DROPOFF LOCATIONS CHARLOTTE COUNTY Stump Pass Marina, 260 Maryland Ave, Englewood Gasparilla Marina, 15001 Gasparilla Rd, Placida Captain Teds Tackle, 1189 Tamiami Tr, Port Charlotte King Fisher Fleet at Fishermens Village Marina, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda LEE COUNTY Seven Seas Bait & Tackle, 4270 Pine Island Rd, Matlacha Lehrs Economy Tackle, 1366 N. Tamiami Tr, North Fort Myers The Bait Box, 1041 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island Fish Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach SARASOTA COUNTY New Pass Grill & Bait Shop, 1505 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota CBs Saltwater Outtters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Siesta Key Hey, snook Hey. snookfishermen!11l1


Page 8 October 9, 2014 Seawalls are often-overlooked structures that can be gold mines for shore anglers. While piers, bridges and beaches get most of the attention, the subtle seawall oers a dierent perspective and a chance to avoid interacting with anything other than sh. The incoming tide and the subsequent rising water level near seawalls brings bait in with it. In turn, hungry predators like snook, tarpon, redsh and jack crevalle are soon to follow. These sh are the most common catches from the seawalls this time of year around Charlotte Harbor, and can be caught using a variety of live baits and articials. The big four seawalls, if you will, of the Harbor are located at Gilchrist Park and Laishley Park in Punta Gorda, around the bridge spanning the Myakka River in El Jobean and at the base of the U.S. 41 bridges in Port Charlotte. These oer public access. There are many miles of seawalls on private property that you will need to get permission to sh. While the square footage of the seawalls near the bridge in Port Charlotte pales in comparison to the other aforementioned seawalls, it is the most popular among local anglers. They are relatively easy to access and have a key component of any good shing hole: Structure. You can cast right up against the bridge pilings. Here, snook and redsh are the main targets, and black drum are a common catch as well. One deadly tactic is to sh a swimbait on the outgoing tide, letting the current carry it as close to the pilings as you dare. Another option is to oat a live shrimp or pinsh under a popping cork near the power lines. Be careful though, as big portions of this seawall are dilapidated. However you choose to sh this area, make certain of this: There is a lot of structure on the bottom here and it doesnt take much to get hung up. Either learn the terrain or stay o the bottom, instead casting suspending plugs or other arti cials that stay higher in the water column. Since they are in such close proximity to each other, the seawalls at Gilchrist and Laishley oer similar shing. Starting around August, you can nd and sight-sh juvenile tarpon sometimes in incredible numbers from these seawalls. Occasionally the adults will come in close enough for a shot at as well. Look for rolling sh and cast a soft plastic shrimp in the eighth-ounce range or a MirrOlure 17MR MirrOdine. The tarpon will stick around through the early part of fall and sometimes longer. By the time the tarpon start to slow down, snook are usually making a good showing. With several hundred feet of seawall to work with at either Gilchrist or Laishley, these are perfect desti nations for land-trolling swimbaits or diving plugs. Let out about 10 feet of line and let your lure troll behind you as you walk up and down the seawall. Its a great way to cover a lot of ground and nd sh. You can keep your bait right up next to the seawall or make a short cast, depending on where the sh are holding. Last but not least are the superb seawalls of El Jobean. While most folks migrate to the pier, those with a little more sense of adventure have learned to love the seawalls here. Again, its all about the structure. On one stretch along El Jobean you can cast right under a section of the old train trestle the portion opposite the one youre allowed to sh on where some bruiser snook hang out. On other parts of the seawall system, you can get right underneath the bridge and sh the pilings. For many anglers, El Jobean is all about the snook, but can be a good tarpon, cobia and sheepshead destination as well. While other spots are strictly seasonal, the Bean seems pretty consistent in holding sh year-round. Swimbaits and El Jobean go hand in hand, so keep some at the ready if youre headed that way. For stretches of the seawall system that arent exposed to heavy current, its hard to beat the MirrOdine. Until next time, hook em up and ght em hard. Fish on, fellow anglers.Matt Stevens is an avid saltwater angler and an award-winning outdoor writer. His writing is dedicated to all types of shore-bound angling in Charlotte Harbor and the surrounding waters. Email him at THE MAN ON THE PIER MATT STEVENS WaterLine photo by Matt StevensThis 38-inch snook was the product of a successful seawall outing recently in El Jobean. Seawalls are often-overlooked structures Up against the wall ter;, ,__ \W/(Trl o o.f '6 a Lt u i lda'04 eecfwferahfv e , ,VouneedSouthwestFlorida'sONIYLo aweekty guide to outdoor recreation' f +Every Thursday in theSUNX WKP WERS1 L.4 M Vii: Xroudal9Nsawa1A71.2061011


Page 9 October 9, 2014 Its that time of year. You wake up early to enjoy a long day on the water, hoping to be the rst to your favorite shing spot. Unfortunately, looking out the window all you see is a low-ying cloud. Pea soup. Fog, technically described as minute water droplets suspended in the atmosphere, is threatening your plans. Fog diers from a cloud only in that it is at the Earths surface instead of high in the sky. Common sense dictates that you delay your day until the fog lifts and you can safely see to navigate. How long will that take? The answer depends upon the type of fog. Is it radiation, advection, steam (also known as sea smoke) or precipitation fog? We will not go into the details of each type of fog (which are easily found online, if you really want to know). No matter the type, the weather must change to disrupt the conditions causing the fog. This can be heating of the atmosphere as the sun rises, rainfall coming to an end, or a change in wind speed or direction. Obviously, if you havent launched the boat, just sit tight. Have another cup of coee, recheck your tackle and conrm you have all of your safety gear. Avoid boating in fog if at all possible. But what if youre already on the water when the fog begins to develop? In certain parts of the country, advection fog can last for days. Lucky for us, here in Southwest Florida we see mostly radiation fog, which burns o from the sun or a slight increase in wind speed. We can, however, experi ence other types of fog like precipitation fog, which can roll in very quickly. If you are on the water when this occurs, there are a few rules with which you need to be familiar. COLREGS (international nautical rules of the road) dictate that every vessel shall, at all times, maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision. Basically, this means if youre in a collision and do not have a lookout toward the bow, you can be cited. Additionally, all available means includes eyes, ears, binoculars, radar and VHF radio. It is worth mentioning that in more than half of all marine accident hearings, both vessels in a collision have been charged with failure to maintain an eective lookout. Lets assume youre alone, fog is coming in and visibility is quickly diminishing what now? Adjusting to a safe speed is crucial. Safe speed is considered the speed at which you have the ability to stop your vessel within half the range of visi bility. For example, if you can see 50 yards, you must be able to stop within 25 yards. Remember, boats dont have brakes! There are also regulations regarding sound. If you are underway, you must blast your horn one long blast (four to six seconds) every two minutes. If you are stopped but not anchored you must blast your horn two long blasts, repeating every two minutes. If you are anchored hopefully out of the channel give a short (one second) blast followed by a long blast and another short blast. This sequence is to be repeated every minute. Whether anchored or underway, make yourself heard, listen for other boats and pay very close attention to your surroundings. If you want to learn more about fog or all things marine weather-related, come take the Peace River Sail and Power Squadrons weather course starting Nov. 3. We cant control the weather, but we can be prepared for the ever-changing conditions we experience in Southwest Florida. Mark Long and his wife Leigh Ann are longtime boaters and active members in the Peace River Sail and Power Squadron. They can be contacted at Handling fog BOATING SAFETY MARK & LEIGH ANN LONG Photo provided 50475441 260 Maryland Ave. Englewood, FL 34224 Shop / bait / fuel (941) 697-2206 Office / boat storage (941) 697-4300 Boat service (941) 698-4757 Neptune Boat Rentals (941) 786-8372 Great staff and everything we need for boatingyou have to check it out! FULL SERVICE Marina DIRECT ACCESS to the Gulf HIGH & DRY STORAGE for Boats RESTAURANT & BAR with Tiki Hut CUSTOMER SERVICE is our #1 Priority! WE HAVE THE BEST TECHNICIANS in the area Open 7 Days Bait & Tackle and Gas Dock 6 AM :30 PM Best 6ation in. Florida witl L direct aeess to the quill'flew A -same ,o )J M1.., J, r...... III TIKI16AATy oSTUMP PASSBEER BAIT .......Lll.u.,411 SHRIMV 4LMMy`-l P-PAr hC wTA5 .a;MOP


Page 10 October 9, 2014 An epiphany is a sudden revelation or insight. The lives of shermen and boaters can be full of epiphanies. I had a rather good one leaving the dock one day. I pushed the boat from the dock, put the boat in gear to head home and nothing happened. I shifted into reverse and nothing happened there either. I looked under the console to ensure the linkage was attached. I removed the engine cowl to make sure the linkage was attached there and working. Everything was working as it should but the boat still would not move. After several minutes of troubleshooting and a phone call to possibly have my trailer brought down to where I was, I had an epiphany: This might work better if the boat was running. Hopefully your epiphany moment wont be as stupid as mine. This one is meant to bring a little humor and to show you that charter captains are no dierent than anyone else. Were not special, we dont have superpowers and we still do dumb things. As a sherman, you should have little epiphanies out there on the water all the time. Most are simple things that just click after a little revelation or help from a friend or something you saw on a TV show or found on your own and it makes things happen. Now, the bad news is that epiphanies are usually accompanied by insanity. In fact, an epiphany is required to break the circle of stupidity that insanity brings. Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting dierent results. Looking back, Im pretty sure most of us are the living embodiment of that denition. We throw the same lure, the same way, over and over hoping for a sh to bite. At some point, something has to change that. It can be as simple as changing your presentation, such as slowing down or speeding up. Never forget that stop is as important as go when using lures. It can be changing your knot. If youre using a loop knot on your lure, try a cinch knot. Using a cinch knot on a lure can sometimes change its action. If the lure has a snap ring on the front, sometimes Ill remove it to help change the action. Something else to try is changing your leader. Going lighter to provide more action in that lure or to make it dive a little deeper. You can also go heavier to accomplish the opposite. Or maybe go longer on your leader to keep your line from being seen. You can also try dierent colors or color combinations. Is the lure too loud or not loud enough? All of these things should be consid ered if youre not producing sh. The same thing goes with live bait. If things arent happening with what youre doing, it may be time to change. Again, the changes can be simple. If youre shing the bottom, try the top (and vice-versa). If youre using whitebait or pinsh, have you ever tried changing where you hook that bait? Most of us nose-hook our bait, but try hooking it across the back or above the anal n. Have you ever noticed that the snook will eat the whitebait that you toss out for chum but ignore the one on your hook? Change your hook placement and watch what happens. If youre using whitebait for snapper and they arent biting, but you know for certain they are there or you can see them just looking at your bait and bolting away, try tearing the back of your bait. You can also give them a squeeze so they appear more wounded. Believe it or not, little things like that can make all the dierence in the world. How about changing locations? Maybe you dont have good waterow, or the sh there arent in a feeding pattern in that spot. Maybe there simply arent any sh there. I cant tell you how many people ask me to help them catch more sh and when I ask them where they sh, they give me one location. When I ask them where else they sh, they say I always go there and only there. Please refer to the above denition of insanity. Just because you caught sh there once doesnt mean youre always going to catch sh there. At some point, the light bulb ought to turn on ... We shermen tend to be creatures of habit, so we will always teeter towards the insanity side of the equation. But if things arent working, you have to make a change. You have to try dierent things. Never be afraid to ask questions. Sometimes that epiphany will come from someone else because youre just being too stubborn to realize it. I still ask people things just for a fresh point of view. Again, just because Im a charter captain doesnt mean I know every thing or Im infallible. If I see something isnt working, Ill usually ask Robert at Fishin Franks his opinion on what Im doing. Hell usually say, Have you tried this? and then that light bulb ashes to life. I can admit that sometimes I need a little help to ip the switch. The question is, can you?Capt. Cayle Wills owns and operates Bad Fish Charters on Charlotte Harbor. 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Page 11 October 9, 2014 MAN FLOATING IN BUBBLE RESCUED BY COAST GUARDORLANDO (AP) A man trying to reach Bermuda in an inatable bubble has been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard o the coast of Florida after he began suering from fatigue and asked for help. Coast Guard spokeswoman Marilyn Fajardo said in a statement Saturday that air crew were able to safely pick up Reza Baluchi and his vessel Saturday morning. He was transported to a Coast Guard station in Clearwater where he was evaluated and found to be uninjured. Ocials originally received a report of Baluchi oating in the bubble Oct. 1. The Coast Guard arrived on the scene about 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine to nd him disoriented and inquiring how to get to Bermuda. Crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Webber conveyed the dangers of the proposed trip and asked him to end it, noting his lack of sustainable supplies. Baluchi had only protein bars, bottled water, a GPS and satellite phone aboard his vessel. He initially refused assistance, but ocials continued to monitor his movement until Baluchi activated his locator beacon Saturday because of fatigue.$10 MILLION UP FOR GRABSDust o that eighth-grade science project. It could be worth $10 million. All you have to do is solve one of the most formidable environmental challenges in the world: Create a technology that removes phosphorus from South Florida waterways, use it to remove those pollutants from the Everglades and recycle the phosphorus into phosphate. The Everglades Foundation is oering $10 million to anyone who can gure out how to clean up south Florida waterways as part of what it calls The Grand Challenge. The project will formally launch in February, and Everglades Foundation representatives say they expect the prize will be claimed by 2022. Excess nutrients have plagued South Florida waters for decades. Sources of the pollu tion include cattle and crop farming operations, septic tanks and heavy stormwater runo. Those nutrients can and do feed algal blooms in fresh and saltwater systems. Water quality scientists say those nutrients can also make red tide outbreaks stronger as well as longer. The Everglades Foundation can be reached at 305-251-001 or GULF WHALES IN TROUBLEResearchers have called for urgent protection for a unique Gulf of Mexico whale that studies suggest could be one of the most endangered species in the world. This specic type of Brydes whale live in waters o the Florida panhandle. Latest calculations show there are only 50 left living under severe threat of habitat destruction. The whales were recently found to be genetically dierent from any other whale found anywhere in the world. This is a small population that is in dicult straits their numbers are under 50, theyre struggling to exist in one of the most heavily industrialized bodies of water in the world, said Michael Jasny from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC are petitioning to have the small number of Brydes whales left in the Gulf listed as endangered. The hope is that listing would guarantee the protection and support needed to allow them to recover. You have a population of whales that without listing will perish, said Jasny.NAVY LAUNCHES DRONE BOATSSelf-guided unmanned patrol boats that can leave warships theyre protecting and swarm and attack potential threats on the water could join the Navys eet within a year, defense ocials say, adding the new technology could one day help stop attacks like the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole o Yemen. The Arlington-based Oce of Naval Research demonstrated the autonomous swarm boat technology over two weeks in August on the James River near Fort Eustis in Virginia not far from one of the Navys largest eet concentration areas. It said the Navy simulated a transit through a strait, just like the routine passage of U.S. warships through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. In the demonstrations, as many as 13 small unmanned patrol boats were escorting a high-value Navy ship. Then as many as eight of the self-guided vessels broke o and swarmed around a threat when a ship playing the part of an enemy vessel was detected, the oce said, calling the demonstrations a success.EXOTIC SNAILS: GOOD OR BAD?A snail invasion that is helping feed endangered birds also threatens to sabotage costly Everglades restoration. Millions of South American apple snails overwhelmed a stormwater treatment area in Wellington and devoured pollution-ltering plants in the man-made marsh beside the northern reaches of the Everglades. The population explosion of snails stripped every blade of vegetation from 750 acres of a key portion of the stormwater treatment area, which is relied on to stop an overload of polluting phosphorus from owing into the Everglades, said Terrie Bates, the South Florida Water Management Districts director of water resources. The incident also raised concerns about the risk of the snails spreading to more of the 57,000 acres of lter marshes that are the states main tools for keeping polluting phosphorus out of the Everglades. Creating those treatment areas has cost taxpayers nearly $2 billion. The inux of exotic apple snails had been credited with helping provide more food for the Everglades snail kite, an endangered bird of prey. Snail kite populations have been on the rebound in recent years, thanks in part to the arrival of the bigger, heartier snails that have delivered a boost to the nicky birds food supply. But if the bigger snails end up being too much of a strain on vegetation vital to wildlife habitat, then the environmental trade-o may be too much for the Everglades.MMMM FISH POOPFish owners know cleaning the tank can be a pain. But a new sh tank solves that problem by making a tank that doubles as a garden, according to The Hungton Post. The catch? The sh waste acts as fertilizer for your vegetables. As The Hungton Post reports, the idea of aquaponics, or using aquatic animals to grow plants, isnt new. But Jack Ikard, the 21-year-old creator of the AquaSprouts Aquaponic Garden, is banking on the products design and ease of use will make it a hit. Its currently about $6,000 short of its $60,000 Kickstarter goal. Ikard realizes some people may not be fans eating kale or tomatoes grown from their shs waste. Thats just the way the world works, he said. If its not waste from your sh, its some other kind of poop.WE USED UP ALL THE GOOD JOKES A WHILE BACKWhat washes up on tiny beaches? Microwaves! 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Page 12 October 9, 2014 WaterLine photo by Ralph AllenThis juvenile snook has a very large tail for its size. As it matures, it will grow into its tail like a Labrador puppy grows into its paws. Every sh you catch has a tail, but have you ever thought much about sh tails? Unless were studiously measuring a sh to see if it meets size requirements to go in the cooler, most of us dont pay much attention to the tails on the sh we handle. The tail on most sh has almost the same function as the propeller on a boat: It provides the push that allows the sh to travel and to maneuver. There are a few sh which dont have a tail (or much of a tail) and these are sh which have little need for propulsion. For example, ocean sunsh (or Mola mola, if you prefer) are huge creatures that can weigh thousands of pounds. Since their lives are mostly spent in the open ocean drifting with the currents as they munch on slow-moving prey such as jelly sh, small crustaceans and plankton, the big creatures get along ne without a tail. There are also some sh, such as rays, which really dont use their tails for propulsion at all. Rare exceptions aside, most sh do need tails to get around. Since the tail of each sh species needs to be sized and shaped to suit its particular lifestyle, there are many dierent types of sh tails. Most of us are familiar with the notion that some species of sh have forked tails and some species do not. In general, deeply forked tails allow for faster top-end swimming speeds. Non-forked or slightly forked tails allow for more maneu verability at slow speed, and more acceleration from a standstill. Most pelagic free-swimming ocean predators, such as mackerels and tunas, are equipped with deeply forked tails, while ambush predators, such as grouper, have tails that are not forked. Many of the very fastest sh have tails that are not only deeply forked, but are also lunate curved along the leading edges for hydrodynamic eciency and rigid so that they can beat side-to-side at a furious pace without collapsing. Next time you catch a Spanish mackerel or bonita, try to pinch together the lobes of the forked tail and youll discover that its almost impossible without breaking the n itself. There are all kinds of variations and in-be tweens on the forked/non-forked tail shapes. Snook have forked tails, but the tail on a snook is very wide and is not deeply forked. This allows snook to be ecient at pouncing on prey and also to swim fairly quickly. Redsh do more grubbing of food along the bottom than snook, so its not surprising that the tail on a redsh is not really forked at all (though the upper lobe on a redshs tail does extend a bit, giving the appearance of a shallow fork). Interestingly, the sizes of redsh tails vary tremendously among individuals of nearly the same overall length. If you watch the weigh-in at a redsh tournament, you get to see dozens of redsh being measured, and youll see that some of these sh will have tails that are nearly twice as large as others of similar size. Tournament anglers prefer to catch redsh with small tails, because a 27-inch small-tailed redsh will weigh more than a 27-incher on which much of the sh consists of lightweight tail n. Some sh use more than just their tails to maneuver. Tripletail spend much of their lives trying to look like a harmless clump of oating seaweed, a feat they accomplish by suspending themselves nearly motionless at the surface, often pressed up against objects such as crab trap buoys or oating debris. Not only do tripletail have a rounded tail, the lobes on their second dorsal n and anal ns extend way rearward, giving the sh their unusual name and additional maneuverability. Did you ever notice that sh tails are vertical while the tails on dolphins and whales are horizontal? Both provide ecient propulsion, so why the dierence? Many scientists believe its because the evolutionary history of sh is along the same lines as ancient marine worms and other slithery things which undulate from side to side, while marine mammals are more closely related to creatures that run erect on legs. An up-and-down tail motion on a dolphin is more similar to the forward striding motion of a land mammal. Lets go shing!Capt. Ralph Allen runs the King Fisher Fleet of sightseeing and shing charter boats located at Fishermens Village Marina in Punta Gorda. He is an award-winning outdoor writer and photographer and is a past president of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. Call him at 941-639-2628 or email Fish tails AROUND CHARLOTTE HARBOR CAPT. RALPH ALLEN Fish tails Page 13 October 9, 2014 Quick quiz: What do the following three things have in common? A oating coconut. A blade of turtle grass. The Great Barrier Reef. If you said theyre all structure, you get a gold star. If you hang around shermen for more than a few minutes, youre likely to hear the word structure. Its a technical term for anything in the water. Im oversimplifying, but thats pretty much the case. Structure is important to sh for two big reasons. First, they can use it to hide from things that want to eat them. Second, because smaller creatures use struc ture to hide, its a great place to nd a meal. Anglers usually focus on large-scale struc ture. Inshore, that would include docks, bridge pilings, mangroves, oyster bars, sandholes and articial reefs. Dropos the edges of boating channels, the troughs that run parallel to the beaches, limestone ledges out in the Gulf are another form of structure that sometimes get overlooked. Hungry predators will sit on the deeper side waiting for unwary prey to pass overhead. This is a good strategy that gets much better when theres current owing, sweeping little sh and shrimp over the drop. Oshore, most people immediately think of reefs and wrecks as structure. These mega structures do draw in sh, and lots of them. But they also draw in shermen, because theyre relatively easy to nd. If you want to have your own spots, it pays to get intimate with your bottom machine, because a lot of oshore bottom structure is very subtle. Areas of exposed limestone often have hundreds or thousands of small caves, just big enough for a grouper to call home. This type of structure is often called Swiss cheese bottom, and its incredibly productive to sh these places. Even something as simple as a patch of exposed at rock can be enough to hold a surprisingly large number of sh in the Gulfs sandy desert. But youll never locate Swiss cheese bottom, much less bare rock, if youre looking for a sunken U-boat. Structure doesnt have to be on the bottom. Crabtrap markers, oating grass or seaweed, and even changes in water color can be called structure, particularly when youre oshore in open water. Anglers with bluewater experi ence will tell you that something as apparently insignicant as a oating board is often a sh magnet. When theres no place to hide, baitsh will utilize anything. Actually, every time you go out on the water, you take structure with you. The moment you turn o your engine, your boat becomes struc ture. Sometimes sh will seek shelter under or next to your hull when predators are nearby. Cobia and barracuda are especially drawn to a boat thats anchored or drifting. The cudas will run circles around you, but the cobes will sit right below you. When that happens, just drop a chunk of cutbait over and hang on. Most sh like structure, but it helps to know the habits of the sh youre targeting since dierent species use structure in dierent ways. Some sh like to get right in the thick of structure: Red grouper and snook, for example. Others, such as ounder and redsh, prefer to sit on the edges. Generally speaking, actively feeding sh will face into the current and hang out on the upcurrent side of whatever structure theyre on. Then there are a few sh that will sit on the downcurrent side of structure, especially pilings or bridge abutments which create fairly large eddies. Theyre usually not feeding aggressively; instead, theyre taking advantage of the calmer water to rest. But if you oer a bait thats not moving fast say, a shrimp under a cork it wouldnt be a huge surprise for an opportunistic sh to grab it. Water ow is always a good thing to look for, and when you nd it working in conjunction with structure, the results can be outstanding. Mangrove shorelines hold a lot of sh, but where a creek mouth ows out through the trees the bite is often much better. The creek can be tiny, with just barely a ripple visible, but the eect can be huge. We could talk for hours about the specics of structure and how each species relates to it, but Im going to save that for another day. The point is to get you thinking about how sh see the world around them so you can start trying to see things through their eyes. Once you start doing that, youll be amazed at how much your shing will improve and you can bet thats not a bad thing.Robert Lugiewicz is the manager of Fishin Franks Bait & Tackle, located at 4425-D Tamiami Trail in Charlotte Harbor. 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Page 14 October 9, 2014 A big shout out to Josh Olive, the esteemed publisher of WaterLine, for looking out for me. I dont always have time to write a column every week. Sometimes Im just too busy taking care of babies, patients and residents of Peace River Wildlife Center, not to mention sta, volunteers and board members (oh, no she dient). Its not like Im just sitting around playing Candy Crush. There are also times, and this will come as some surprise to anyone who knows me at all, when I simply run out of things to say. During just such a time recently, Josh reran one of my older articles. How sweet that he presumed I was busy being overrun by baby squirrels and not that I was trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle on my iPad. He picked that particular article, by his own admission, because he liked the picture of the cute little kitties that accompanied it. Careful there, Josh; youll blow your macho cover. Dont worry, your secret is safe with me. I would never reveal to anyone how much time you spend watching cat videos on YouTube. (Its OK, no one really reads this stu do they?) I know for a fact most people dont read everything in its entirety. I got a lot of grief after the article about the bobcat kittens reran from people wanting to see them, not believing that we had bobcats, or wondering why I would lie about something like that. Even though Josh had printed a disclaimer at the beginning of the column that it was a reprint. My faithful WaterLine readers (yes, both of you!) arent the only ones who look at the picture, skim the headline, and make up their own story to t their preconceived notion of whats not right with the world. PRWC has an active and very engaged following on Face book. While we love our followers, they need to carefully read a post before heatedly replying to it. Noting International Raccoon Appreciation Day Oct. 1, we posted a few fun facts about that rascally species. One of the things we mentioned was that seeing a raccoon during the day doesnt automatically mean its rabid. Healthy moms and juveniles can be seen during the day searching for food. To which the following reply was made: I really wish you would not have said ALL raccoon seen during daylight hours have rabies I know the word ALL was not used, but it was implied by the post. Really? Because thats not how I read it. To repeat just because a raccoon is out during the day does not mean it has rabies. Quite the contrary, most raccoons will forage during daylight hours, particularly a mother and youngsters and especially if there is a source of food in the area. Sources of food include food left out for cats or birds, unsecured trash receptacles and tourists. You all know to whom I am referring: The people who delight in feeding french fries to the seagulls, hot dogs to great blue herons, and marshmallows to raccoons and alligators. I think indigenous peoples just told visitors that animals had bad diseases so they would leave them alone. Like a mother telling a child the mother bird will smell if a human touched her baby. Other than vultures, very few birds have any sense of smell at all. Whoa, I kind of got o on a tangent there. My point was Wait. What was my point? I think it was a really good one, too. Maybe Ill remember by next week. In the meantime, dont believe everything you think you read. Especially if I wrote it.Peace River Wildlife Center is a nonprot organization, dedicated to the care, preservation and protection of Charlotte Countys native wildlife since 1978. They are open seven days a week year-round, including holidays. Tours are oered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PRWC receives no government funding and relies entirely on private donations. For more info, or if you would like to volunteer or make a donation (including aluminum cans), visit PeaceRiverWildlifeCenter. com, email or call 941-637-3830. 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Page 15 October 9, 2014 If you drive over the U.S. 41 bridge from Port Charlotte into Punta Gorda, chances are good youve looked to the left and noticed a little tiki bar nestled right on the Harbor. Well, we noticed it too, and nally we just had to check it out. TTs Tiki Bar is part of the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside Hotel. There are two restaurants here that share a menu: The tiki bar and the Dockside Grill. The Dockside is indoors; the tiki bar is open to the wide world. It wasnt hard to choose one on this breezy, balmy evening. You can tie your boat up at the dock, but since the sign says sunrise to sunset, we chose to arrive by car so we could watch natures nightly western sky show and not worry about time. Other folks were getting ready for another show. TTs oers Thursday night football on their giant screen, and the sports fans seem to dig it. We sat on the other side of the patio, which we had more or less to ourselves. Seating is a bit dierent than you might expect. We were in lounge-style wooden chairs and provided with individual small tabletops that t across the armrests. It worked ne for us, but if youre planning an entire meal you might want to sit at the bar itself. The plan was to go with nger foods, but when I saw seafood gumbo on the menu, I knew Id have to sample it. I was not disappointed. Their hearty recipe is tomato-based and thick, crammed full of tender okra, corn, chopped onion, shredded chicken, sweet crawsh, chewy clams and massive chunks of Andouille sausage. It was spicy, but not nearly enough to melt your face. This gumbo is what they used to call food that sticks to your ribs much more satisfying and lling than most other soups, and Ill bet it would be a great way to stay warm as we look forward to our nights turning cooler. Since it was football night, wings were on special for 50 cents each. Well, thats all she needed to hear. She adores chicken wings. In fact, I could hardly get her to try anything else. We ordered them naked (fried, but not breaded). They were served with a traditional Bualo sauce which, like the gumbo, was pleasantly spicy but not ridiculously hot. If you prefer ridiculously hot, they can accommodate you. The Tiki tacos were a delight generous mahi llets, lettuce, tomato and sour cream on a couple of warmed our tortillas. The pico de gallo served on the side added some punch, with tart tomatillos and a peppery kick. They came with a bowl of black beans and rice. If youre the type to not eat veggies, dont miss these. They were tender and moist, just a bit spicy but there was an unexpected hint of cinnamon that made this dish unique and intriguing. We expected the recracker shrimp to be similarly spicy, but they were not. No worries they were actually quite a bit better than wed though they might be. There were seven big, succulent shrimp, breaded and fried crispy. OK, no surprise yet. But then they were drizzled with an island Bualo sauce that tasted like candied apricots to us. The sweetness provided a perfect counterpoint to all the spicy foods (for me, anyway I couldnt get the wings out of her hands long enough to get a shrimp in there). The black sesame seeds added a subtle nuttiness, but the cucumber dipping sauce was completely superuous. Apparently the game was just getting good, but we gured it was time to walk the bridge and burn o a few calories. Maybe next time, sports fans. TTs Tiki Bar is located at 33 Tamiami Trail in Punta Gorda. For more infor mation, call 941-637-6770 or check out Sunset at TTs Tiki DINING ON THE WATER Firecracker shrimp. Tiki tacos. Naked wings (there were a lot more that didnt get in the photo because they were eaten so fast). The gumbo featured hearty chunks of sausage. 50472550 50475046 w w w K l e e n B o a t s c o m www.K leen B oats .com3 0 y e a r s e x p e r i e n c e 30 years experience 9 4 1 7 6 4 7 9 2 8 9 4 1 7 6 4 7 9 2 8 941-764-7928 6 0 9 6 1 8 0 1 1 3 6 0 9 6 1 8 0 1 1 3 609-618-0113 P r o f e s s i o n a l B o a t D e t a i l i n g Professional Boat DetailingW E C O M E T O Y O U W E C O M E T O Y O U WE COME TO YOU! 2013 Gated Secured Camera Monitored Clean Hurricane Rated Covered Storage Gate Access 24/7 Punta Gordas Premier RV/Boat Storage 150 Rio Villa Drive, Punta Gorda, Florida 941-575-7473 50475040 2013 Voted BEST RV & Boat Storage PIPE ait---------------Follow Florida, Florida State and Miamiin the Sun Sports ..Yr t.section.Doggy Daycare & BoardingWhere a dog can be a doggyoaCAMP oBallIA/AllL YPlay_Certi-ied`CarnpJCun-selors. F r wetbr n%5All-Inclusive-Priming-large IndoorOutd or Play yards9414 -q4117266 TOLEDO BLADE BLVD.PORT CHARLOTTE, FL 33954W W W.CAMPBOW WOW.COM/PORTCHARLOTTEFACE B0OK.COM/CAMPBOWWOWP0RTCHARLOTTEFRAJyIVigl SCAI & TACKLE177i r_Ce151, arc "Iguaranteeyou. il9 be talking aboutk art e 'Is adu e nit forNears to come.Cant Mike MyersReelShark.com941-416-8041SHARKS TARPON GOLIATH GROUPER REOFISH SNOOK TROUT(JIMSCAWFC-harlotte RV .ZSao


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Page 17 October 9, 2014 Page 17 October 9, 2014 2 pounds firm white fish 1 tbsp adobo seasoning 3 cups corn oil 1 egg, beaten 1-1/2 cups bread crumbs 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour Cut fillets in strips 2 inches long and a half-inch wide. Season with adobo. Heat the oil in a frying pan. While the oil is getting hot, dip the fish strips, one at a time, in the egg. Let any excess egg drip off. Dredge each strip in bread crumbs and then in flour. Shake off any excess. Fry the strips in small batches until golden brown. Serve with tartar sauce or cocktail sauce if desired. Serves 4 to 6.A clip-n-save seafood recipe provided by PUERTO RICAN FISH STICKS Recipe adapted from 1 pound lump crab meat 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1 roasted red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 tbsp minced fresh chives 1 tbsp torn fresh basil Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon Salt and black pepper to taste Fresh whole baguette Slice baguette into quarter-inch slices. Brush both sides with garlic butter and bake in a preheated 375F oven 6 to 7 minutes, turning once, until golden brown but not too crispy. Set aside to cool. Pick through crab meat to remove any bits of shell. Transfer to a nonreactive bowl. Add olive oil, roasted bell pepper, chives, basil, lemon juice and zest and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top each crostini with about 1 tbsp crab mixture. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.A clip-n-save seafood recipe provided by CRAB CROSTINI Recipe adapted from Photo providedA lifejacket can save your life but only if you wear it.A couple weekends ago (Sept. 27, to be exact), there was a boating accident with a happy ending. I rst got wind there was some thing amiss when I got a call at work from the U.S. Coast Guard in St. Petersburg. They were asking if I was involved with the rescue of a capsized vessel southwest of Sanibel. I referred them to my counterpart at Sea Tow Lee County. I then learned of a boat in distress that had capsized with seven persons onboard. There were ve adults and two children, ages 4 and 5 years old. The children and all adults were wearing lifejackets. As I understand it from various media reports, the boat had lost power in choppy seas and was drifting west. Without power, the boat operator could not maintain control and waves started to swamp the boat, ultimately capsizing it. The boats operator did not get a MAYDAY call out on the VHF Ch. 16 marine radio and their cellphones were wet. Even tually one of the passengers was able to get a cellular signal and called for help. The 911 operator was able to get GPS coordinates from the cellphone signal and directed rescue assets to the capsized vessel. On the NBC-2 news, a reporter spoke to one of the survivors who stated the children had their lifejackets on rst and everyone stayed with the capsized vessel until the marine police arrived and pulled everyone from the water. Im glad this incident had a happy ending. It could have been much worse. As a reminder to all of us who spend time on the water, all recreational vessels must carry at least one wearable, properly tted, U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejacket for each passenger. All vessels 16 feet or greater must carry one type IV throwable life ring or cushion. Waterskiers must wear a lifejacket while being pulled on skis. Personal watercraft operators and their passengers must wear a lifejacket at all times when using the PWC. While in Florida waters, children under 6 years old must wear a properly tted lifejacket when on board a vessel 26 feet or less when underway. If it becomes necessary to borrow a lifejacket, there are several options. My Coast Guard auxil iary otilla in Englewood has loaner lifejackets available. For more information, visit, or contact me at the address below. In addition, Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor has stationed lifejacket loaner stands stocked with quality Type 3 lifejackets at most of the marinas in the area, and is working on getting them at all the Charlotte County boat ramps. These lifejackets are paid for by Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor and promoted through the Sea Tow Foundation for Safe Boating and Education. For more info about boating safety visit the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Divi sion website at Be safe out there and Ill see you on the water wearing a lifejacket, of course. Dave Nielsen is a safe boating instructor and vessel examiner for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Englewood Flotilla (CoastGuardEnglewood. com) and the Peace River Sail & Power Squadron ( You may contact him at Lifejackets prevent tragedy RULES OF THE ROAD DAVE NIELSEN Call 941m -to list your boat today:D p D p -D 0 S D e Sv r,"!RonFLIt"T f-CANTY'F169911eMae77-


Page 18 October 9, 2014 Page 18 October 9, 2014 Photos providedWant to put a smile on a kids face? Spanish mackerel will do it.Saturday evening, as I prepared to enjoy a fresh snook dinner caught by Mason, we observed the rst ock of migrating white pelicans circling back into Charlotte Harbor. We watched a young bald eagle try to catch a sh. Friends are talking of kingsh and mackerel schools around the Tampa Bay area heading south. The front that blew through Saturday gave us our rst taste of fall weather Sunday morning. The cool change is happening now. Get out when you can, and make time to enjoy our fabulous Southwest Florida shing action before winter blows in and changes everything. I was recently allowed a unique opportu nity. I received an invitation to attend shery management classes presented by the Marine Resource Education Program of Southeastern Fisheries. Alexa Dayton, with the help of many shery sta members and volunteers, put together an awesome educational program. Its dicult to make time to get involved, but its also absolutely necessary if you want your voice and ideas heard. I had no idea what to expect. Quite frankly, because it was part of our National Marine Fisheries Service, I was skeptical. I have felt for some time that our government regulators are killing our shing industries. I was provided the opportunity to understand some of how and why our system functions as it does. Guess what they have rules they have to follow also. The Magnuson-Stevens Act and its revisions are the laws of our land and dictate procedure that must be followed for shery management. There are several proposals bouncing around our do very little Congress to modify MSA, but current legislators are more concerned with their re-election and continue going around and around in the usual D.C. blame the other guy circles. So MSA remains plagued by current language. Locally we are ruled by the Gulf of Mexico Regional Management Council, except with Highly Migratory Species which are managed jointly with the South Atlantic Council. I obviously cant cover all the complexities of our council management system here. If you want to learn more, all the info and much more is on their websites. All I have space for here is an introduction and my sincere desire to encourage all interested the need to educate themselves and get involved. The system has challenges. Hands are tied by rules that never conceived the Hanging out with the Feds A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. VAN HUBBARD 50475393 7341 Sawyer Circle Port Charlotte, FL 33981rr Abels Marine is your repower center Authorized Dealer Best of Englewood in Boat Repair Best of Englewood for Marine Supplies frr 2011 2012 2013 2014ntb n Stocking Services Warranty Call 941-429 311_-`mayto list your boat today=D S D eS,, Ir s REPA6imwNML w%,IT 11 Om Nm ILis ,/A MIBM.--ismr cif \.aw = 1ID OOPP'


Page 19 October 9, 2014 Page 19 October 9, 2014 issues we face today of course, money, politics and much more. Its all uphill, but nothing improves if we dont force it. It will not go away if we just ignore it. I do want to point out that there are many good aspects of this system that could work even better with tweaking. The councils are made up of stakeholders, with advisory panels and committees that work hard to improve our management messes. Too many special interests are ghting for power and control rather than a working compromise that allows all something they can live with. Dont trust any group to convey your best interest; all are self-serving. If you can put sh rst and nd common ground, please get involved, but get out of the way if you are selsh. One more thing about our gathering: We had every aspect of shing represented, and we managed to learn from each other. This was great to understand some things of each others issues. It was a great networking opportunity as well. I was busy from break fast til after dinner making the most of this rare opportunity to talk and listen with other shermen from all over the southeastern U.S., plus most of the major movers and leaders of our marine shery management processes. It was the chance of a lifetime to learn, share and understand more, so I dove in enthusiastically. Capt. Ralph Allen and Charlotte County Sea Grant agent Betty Staugler also attended, so we were well-represented locally. We all want to know what we can expect when we get out shing. Its crystal clear that our weather is cooling o but exactly how much and how soon isnt as obvious. If recent trends are any indication, expect cooler temperatures sooner than later. We have enjoyed warm winters the past couple years, but its my guess this may change now. Animals indicate changes already. Migratory sh will move in soon. They may move through quickly, depending on how fast north winds press them. Redsh are already bunched up and moving Gulfward. I havent heard of any giant sh schools in the Gulf yet, but its time. Trout have eluded me in Lemon Bay, but my guess is they just moved outside for higher salinity and will return when runo from recent rain subsides. Snook are around and appear OK; my thoughts here are that we have so much food sh are happy. As minnows move out, sh will have more incentive to grab our oerings. Every thing is good and improving until the big chill. Go sh soon! As I put this together, the stone crab traps are heading out. Season opens Oct. 15. The trap oats are a pain to troll around but attract tripletail and cobia. Plus we like to eat those heavenly claws, if we can aord the cost. Its time to tangle with the mackerel. The newest stock assessments are due to be presented in January and the outlook is bright here. Both Spanish and king mackerel appear to be undershed. Stocks have recovered but many anglers have forgotten these abundant, easy-to-catch, tasty sh! This is a bright spot that you need to consider when planning your shing trips. Mackerel are fun and have liberal bag limits what more could we ask for? Stop complaining about what we dont have and enjoy this opportunity.Capt. Van Hubbard is a highly respected outdoor writer and shing guide. He has been a professional USCG-licensed year-round guide since 1976, and has been shing the South west Florida coast since 1981. Contact him at 941-740-4665 or Until the federal sheries management system is functional, access to oshore sh like this red snapper is going to be dicey. r rfntbntn rf rfr rfntbf f 487177 Call 941-429-311 _to list your boat-today!-_-__00nb ra w1' 4i ltRi!f: M71, -fniwllmll! Z M%/ may., } IcGot a boat to sell?Call 941-429-3110I II IEbIYN4 '111JG. ` l d


Page 20 October 9, 2014 Page 20 October 9, 2014 Being a Florida outdoorsman, hunter and sherman, several things come to my mind when October rolls around. When those rst cold fronts start to roll on through the state and the Gulf temperature drops to around 74 degrees, the kingsh will appear, the gag grouper will move closer to shore so I can get my limit in sight of land, and stone crab season starts. I wont be dropping a couple thousand traps overboard, like I did for the 24 years I made my living stone crabbing and charter shing, but Ill probably put out a few recreational traps so I dont forget what they taste like. At todays prices I cant aord to buy too many of them. I set my rst commercial stone crab traps in 1976 and we got about $3 a pound back in those days a far cry from the prices we see now. The mullet are getting fat, and I have to make sure my old smoker is all set to go. Anyone who has not tasted a warm, freshfrom-the-smoker mullet or kingsh steak with lemon butter squeezed on it and a cold beer has not really lived. I grew up in St. Pete in the 1960s. Back in those days, when you drove through the alleys of the neighborhoods on a weekend, the smell of smoked sh was in the air. It seemed like almost everybody did a little bit of mullet or king mackerel smoking at this time of year. If you are in St. Pete and you get a chance, stop by Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish on Pasadena Avenue, where you can still get a taste of the old days. The recipe I use for my smoked sh spread comes directly from that place, and I doubt there is one better. The recipe was published in an old Florida cookbook called The Under water Gourmet and I believe it may still be available. The only thing I do dierent in my recipe is I just dont like Miracle Whip, so I use a good grade of mayonnaise. Good smoked sh spread on some saltine crackers will make you feel that all is right with the world and thats a fact, Jack, as Uncle Sy would say. When a cold front passes and the wind is brisk out of the northwest, sit down at your picnic table with some of these gourmet treats and a cold beer or two and welcome fall to our area. The next thing to do is get that old shotgun out and dusted o bird season is here. We have doves, quail, snipe and, of course, ducks. Doves are probably the easiest and least expensive to do. You can hunt the management areas, or if youre lucky enough to know someone living in a rural area, just about any old eld or pasture will work ne. Just get a comfortable chair and a small cooler for some cold beverages and snacks and set yourself up along the edge of a eld, maybe under a pine tree or oak tree, and wait till they y by. Depending on the weather, they may y all Autumn means bird hunting AT THE RANGE BILLY CARL Photo providedBobwhite dont mess around once theyre airborne. Their ight is fast, erratic and brief. _-mayCall 941-429 3110to list your boat today=D S D a SOtAOMW40fl 3M'/f_ 3_rodd--05-_'' lki l! 1C di1F dMON


Page 21 October 9, 2014 Page 21 October 9, 2014 THURSDAY Sunrise: 07:25 Sunset: 19:06 Moonrise: 20:11 Moonset: 8:32 Moon Phase98% waning gibbousMajor Times 01:57 3:57 14:24 16:24 Minor Times 08:32 09:32 20:11 21:11Prediction: Better FRIDAY Sunrise: 07:25 Sunset: 19:05 Moonrise: 20:58 Moonset: 09:34 Moon Phase94% waning gibbousMajor Times 02:51 04:51 15:18 17:18 Minor Times 09:34 10:34 20:58 21:58Prediction: Good SATURDAY Sunrise: 07:26 Sunset: 19:03 Moonrise: 21:47 Moonset: 10:33 Moon Phase87% waning gibbousMajor Times 03:45 05:45 16:12 18:12 Minor Times 10:33 11:33 21:47 22:47Prediction: Average SUNDAY Sunrise: 07:26 Sunset: 19:02 Moonrise: 22:36 Moonset: 11:30 Moon Phase79% waning gibbousMajor Times 04:38 06:38 17:05 19:05 Minor Times 11:30 12:30 22:36 23:36Prediction: Average MONDAY Sunrise: 07:27 Sunset: 19:01 Moonrise: 23:28 Moonset: 12:22 Moon Phase 70% waning gibbousMajor Times 05:30 07:30 17:56 19:56 Minor Times 12:22 13:22 23:28 00:28Prediction: Average TUESDAY Sunrise: 07:27 Sunset: 19:00 Moonrise: Moonset: 13:11 Moon Phase 61% waning gibbousMajor Times 06:21 08:21 18:45 20:45 Minor Times 13:11 14:11Prediction: Average WEDNESDAY Sunrise: 07:28 Sunset: 18:59 Moonrise: 00:19 Moonset: 13:56 Moon Phase Last quarter Major Times 07:09 09:09 19:33 21:33 Minor Times 00:19 01:19 13:56 14:56Prediction: Average SOLUNAR TABLES What is a solunar table? The sun and moon, even when they are out of sight, exert forces wild creatures can feel. These forces aect when sh and other animals feed. Weather and tide also play a role, but expect sh to be more active during the major and minor solunar times. day, but the best shooting usually occurs late afternoon until sunset. Babcock/Webb WMA is usually chock-full of doves. Youll nd some area clubs and folks have dove shoots here with picnics afterwards, so check around for info and ask at the local gun shops for some of these events. You dont need special equipment or vehicles or gun dogs to hunt doves, and its a good starting point for young shooters also. As always, check the rules out with FWC and youll be good to go. Doves are dark-meat birds and most hunters just keep the breast meat when cleaning them. Wash them out real good, season them well and wrap a piece of bacon around the meat. Then roast them in the oven or grill over slow coals. They arent too bad at all. Now my favorites are quail and snipe, but that gets a little more involved and you do need some special equipment. For quail, dogs are a must. Its not like walking wheat or alfalfa elds in Nebraska. Southwest Florida atwoods scrub and palmetto is some tough ground to cover, and you have to be Superman to walk it all day. What most hunters here do is use a buggy designed and hand-built for traversing this kind of terrain. They are tted with dog boxes so while the dogs arent on the ground hunting, they can rest and water in relative comfort. Many hunters scout before the season to nd a likely area. Like shing spots, these places are highly prized, because quail dont wander a lot. With a little practice you can talk to gentleman Bob White, and this is a good way to locate some decent areas to start your hunt. Just nd somebody who has done some hunting here and he may give you some tips on how to make the right noises to get Mr. Quail talking back to you. Usually several hunters ride the buggy. You put a couple of good pointers on the ground and follow very slowly through the palmetto scrub until a dog gets birdy, or possibly goes on point. The buggy is then shut down and maybe two or three hunters get down, form a line some distance apart and advance on the dog on point. There is nothing more beautiful than a well-trained German shorthair or pointer that is locked in position with maybe his back leg quivering a little bit on point. The ultimate rush is a covey of bobwhite quail exploding out of the palmettos in all directions this will denitely make a hunt ers heart skip a beat. They are fast and hard as heck to hit, and you only have a very few seconds to make a shot before theyre down and running as fast as they can to get away. I have seen many a shooter who hunted pheas ants and ducks up north with great success be put to shame by gentleman Bob White. I remember missing a shot while shooting over Bob Clims dog, Jake. Jake turned around and looked at me as if to say, Is this the rst time youve ever done this? Very humbling! After a morning of hunting, we usually nd a shady grove and cook up some lunch out of whatever everybody brought: Pieces of venison loin, sausage, beans or whatever. Its almost always tasty. Maybe a short nap under a tree and its o again for the afternoon hunt. Its a pretty good way to spend a Saturday or Sunday, and even if I dont get a good shot all day, just watching the dogs work the birds is a wonder to behold. Most avid quail hunters are very proud of their dogs and their abilities, and some dogs have quite a reputation for their skills. On the humorous side, an old redneck country boy that I often hunted with up at Rutland Ranch in Manatee County was quite a character. He said he named all his bird dogs after his ex-wives and girlfriends (of which he had many), and that way he never felt bad about giving them a good whipping if they misbehaved by busting the covey or chasing a rabbit. In reality, I dont remember ever seeing him hit a dog. He had some real top-quality animals. Another thing about bush hunting down here in Florida is snakes. Snake boots or leggings are a must. I dont like snakes, even a little bit, and the ones you are very likely to encounter while bird hunting are the bad kind. When you walk the palmetto scrub, it is inevitable that you will encounter rattlesnakes and so will the dogs. Most bird dog trainers will kill a rattler, take it and coil it up, and allow an untrained pup to approach it. Then they will turn the training shock collar up all the way and give him the jolt of his life. This usually cures a young puppy of putting his face anywhere near a rattlesnake. Even then, sometimes dogs get bit, and most of the time its the end of the trail for the dog. Last time I checked on the price of antivenin it was around $900, and by the time you get the dog out of the woods and into the vet its too late. Some survive, but many do not. Last year we were lucky when a small female pointer was struck in the face by a rattlesnake but the fangs apparently stuck through her lip and went out the other side, injecting the venom into the air. We found the fang holes, but she was lucky and survived to hunt another day. Well, shooters, Ive got quite a bit more to say on the subject but I dont think Josh is going to give me much more room this week, so Ill continue this with my next column. Well talk about things like snipe hunting and hunting pen-raised birds at some of the private hunt areas. Ill cover guided hunts, and some of the things that have been done to help the wild quail population. Hunting pen-raised birds and wild birds is a lot dierent. Remember before you go to check the hunting regulations for your particular area so you know the rules. Safe hunting.Billy Carl is an NRA-certied rearms instructor and is available for individual instruction in rearms safety and concealed carry classes. Contact him at 941-769-0767, or through Sportrap Gun Shop at 941-629-7775. H ,aCall 941-429 3110_-to list your boat today=D S D e Sf _Y ,{-"arkac ^....yam u,77 OmI= Os x;rk :1d(INlstM&I IIIm.71" Nk.Now__


Page 22 October 9, 2014 (100 Eighth Avenue Southeast St. Petersburg). Youll see it all, from bass to spiny lobster to live alligators even a simulated manatee rescue. For more info, visit or call 727-896-8626.FALL WILDFLOWER WALKJoin FGCU instructor and wildower expert Brenda Thomas from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 18 for this walk to identify fall-blooming owers and grasses along the Cypress Dome Trails (3980 Corkscrew Road, Immokalee). $5 for CREW members; $8 for nonmembers. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing, closed-toed walking shoes and sun protection, and bring water to drink. Go to to register or call 239-657-2253.PINE ISLAND FISHING TOURNAMENT & DERBYThe Matlacha Hookers will sponsor a shing tournament and kids derby Oct. 19. This event is a fundraiser for Pine Island Elementary School. Registration is $60 for adult anglers and $35 for the kids derby; all participants must be registered by Oct. 18. The captains meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Olde Fish House Marina (4530 Pine Island Road, Matlacha). Go to or call 239-424-8219 for more info.FREE WILDLIFE SEMINARSAre you interested in learning about the native and exotic species found in Cape Coral and Southwest Florida? Enjoy free seminars from 1 to 2 p.m. at Rotary Park Environmental Center (5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral). Lizards, Oct. 20; burrowing owls, Dec. 4; snakes, Dec. 15. RSVP in advance at 239-549-4606. INTRODUCTION TO FLORIDAS BIRDSMore than 600 species of birds have been recorded in Florida close to 300 of them in Sarasota County. Jeanne Dubi will be your guide as you learn to identify some of the most common birds by sound, behavior and habitat in this Argosy University course. One classroom session and three eld trips, Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. starting Oct. 22. Course fee is $60; visit http:// for more info.CAPE CORAL SAILING CLUB MEETSSail and power boaters are invited to join the Cape Coral Sailing Club at their meetings. Get to know them and their events, from cruises in the waters of Southwest Florida to luncheons at boat-friendly restaurants in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Meetings will be held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club (5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22, Nov. 26 and Dec. 24. Call 508-667-7677 for more info.REDSNOOK TOURNAMENTThe 2014 RedSnook catch and release charity tournament will be held Oct. 24-26. This event supports the water quality protection and gamesh research conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida (1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples). New this year is the kayak shing division. Anglers will also enjoy lower entry fees than in years past. For a complete schedule of events, anglers and sponsors can register and learn more at RedSnook, or call 239-262-0304.STONE CRAB FESTIVALCome celebrate the start of the stone crab season with fresh, locally harvested stone crab claws, sh and shellsh, live music, events of all kinds, art, vendors and lots of fun activities for the entire family. Its all happening Oct. 24-26 on the historic Old Naples Waterfront, including Tin City, Bayfront and Port OCall Marina. Free admission; $5 parking at the former Grand Central site and Port OCall Marina. For more info go to StoneCrabFestival. org or call 239-430-7020.YOUTH OUTDOOR FUN DAYThe South Florida Flatwoods chapter of Quail Forever is inviting youth ages 9 to 16 to a free youth day from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Camp Miles (38751 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda). Join us for kayaking, shing, swamp buggy rides, shooting and archery. Lunch and drinks served. Safety equipment provided. A parent or guardian must be present. Kids should wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Preregistration is recommended. For info or to download a registration form, visit Call 941-916-2466 for more info.FALL FLY FISHING CHALLENGEMangrove Coast Fly Fishers and the Sarasota Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association will hold the 10th annual Fall Fly Fishing Challenge on Oct. 25. This is a catch, photo and release event; all sh must be caught on y shing gear. You can enter the Open Division, which permits the use of guides, or the Fly Angler Division, which does not. Entry fee is $50 and includes an awards BBQ following the tournament. There will be an angler meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct 24 at Geckos (351 N. Cattleman Road, Sarasota) with angler check-in beginning at 6:30 p.m. Applications are available online at or Call Brent Wilson at 941-356-7691 for more info.FRIENDLY FORESTCalling all friendly ghosts and goblins up to age 10: Youre invited to the Friendly Forest at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium (3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 & 26. Dress up and visit for candy, crafts and games for a friendly version of Halloween. Theres nothing to fear in the Friendly Forest, just fun to be had. Free with paid museum admission. Call 239-275-3435 for more info.BIRDS AND CLIMATE CHANGEJoin the Venice Area Audubon Society (4002 S Tamiami Trail, Venice) at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 for a climate change presentation. Jim Beever, with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, will discuss the climate change that has already occurred and what can be expected for the city of Venice and the bird species that live in the surrounding areas. There will be a short presenta tion about Floridas Amendment 1: Water and Land Conservation, on the ballot in November.LETS GO FISHING COURSECapt. Ralph Allen will oer an introductory course in Florida shing. The course, held from 7 to 9 p.m. over six Wednesday evenings starting Oct. 29, will be held at the PGI Civic Association building (2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda). Topics to be covered include shing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot tying, lures, baits, cast nets, sh identication, tides and shing regulations for fresh and salt waters of Southwest Florida. Rods, reels, lures, nets and other shing equipment will be displayed during the class and there will be a number of useful handouts issued to students. The class is geared towards beginning anglers, but more experienced shermen will pick up helpful tips as well. The cost for the class is $40; advance registration is recommend ed. Call 941-637-1655.FAMILY NATURE HIKECome join CREW for a fun family walk on the CREW Marsh Trails (4600 Corkscrew Road, Immokalee) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1. More than just a hike, this event is complete with games and activities that will get you dirty, inspire you, and engage all your senses. This is an active walk for the whole family to get involved and enjoy nature at its best. Call 239-657-2253 for more info.BULLETIN BOARDFROM PAGE 3 Want to be in the Bulletin Board? 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Page 23 October 9, 2014 ONGOING EVENTSVOLUNTEER AT SHAMROCK PARK: Shamrock Park Nature Center (3900 Shamrock Drive, Venice) holds its monthly volunteer work mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. on the third Friday of each month. As abilities and interests allow, volunteer tasks may include trash collection along trails and within vegetated areas of the park, light trimming along paved multiuse trail, organization of storage areas, exotic plant removal and other maintenance tasks. Long pants, closed-toe shoes, sun protection, and plenty of drinking water are recommended. Park sta will provide trash collection buckets/bags, pickers, gloves, and other tools as necessary. Meet at the Shamrock Park Environmental Center. For more information, call Jennifer Rogers at 941-861-5000 or email her at FREE SAFETY CHECKS IN VENICE: The Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts free vessel safety checks every Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Venice boat ramp (200 N. Seaboard Ave., Venice). Theyll make sure the safety equipment mandated by federal and state regulations is on board. If an inspected vessel is found to be safe, a Seal of Safety is axed to it. For more info or to schedule an appointment, call Patrick Wheeler at 941-412-1026. CHARLOTTE HARBOR MULTIHULL ASSOCIATION: Members of this club for multihull owners, sailors or those who are interested in the exchange of ideas about equipping and sailing boats, share information about anchorages and cruising destinations, hold informal races that help to improve their sailing ability, and have local raft-ups. No dues. The club meets at the Celtic Ray (145 E Marion Ave., Punta Gorda) on the rst Monday of each month at 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-876-6667. KORESHAN STATE HISTORIC SITE STROLL: Walk or bike the historic site (3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero). Park fee is $2 for walk or bike; $4 for single-occupant vehicle; $5 for two to eight occupants vehicle and $2 for each additional person over eight per vehicle. Call 239-992-0311 for more information. SARASOTA FITNESS WALKS: Join Sarasota County Parks sta each Friday for a tness walk through Rothenbach Park (8650 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota) from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The pace will be geared toward tness, aiming for a 20-minute-mile pace. The walk will cover approximately three miles in one hour of brisk walking. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife, but keep up the pace. Wear appropriate workout clothing, including good walking shoes, and bring your water bottle. Meet in the pavilion near the playground. Call 941-861-5000. WHATS THAT BIRD?: Volunteer bird interpreters share their expertise on ID and behavior of raptors, shorebirds, waterfowl and other avian visitors at Myakka River State Park (13208 S.R. 72, Sarasota). Volunteers set up scopes and help people identify birds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day of the week. HANG OUT WITH SCRUB JAYS: Spend the morning with the scrub jays at Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. This unique Central Florida experience includes a nature walk to see the parks diverse ecosystems, native ora and fauna. Call 941-483-5956 for more info. SIX MILE CYPRESS SLOUGH PRESERVE: Take a leisurely stroll on our fully accessible boardwalk trail anytime dawn to dusk (7791 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers). Visit our Interpretive Center to learn more about the plants and animals that live in the Slough or just talk to a friendly volunteer. The center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is $1 per hour per vehicle. Reservations not required. No groups of eight or more. For more info call 239-533-7550 or visit BIRD WALK AT LAKES PARK: A bird patrol guide will lead an easy walk along clear paths of Lakes Regional Park (7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers) at 8:30 a.m. on the rst Saturday of each month. This free nature walk oers an opportunity to see birds in natural vegetation as your guide points out the many species in what is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Arrive at 8 a.m. at Shelter A7 for a brief intro and sign-in. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for outdoors. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars and camera. Call 239-533-7580 for more info. BOTTOM TIME DIVE CLUB: This Punta Gorda-based SCUBA club meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Call 941-740-4245 or visit BIRD WALK: Search for Florida scrub jays, eastern towhees, brown thrashers, and other pine atwoods species with the Venice Area Audubon Society every Thursday at Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey). Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Nature Center. Two miles walking on sand trails. For more info, call Joyce Leary at 508-737-8954.BIRD ROOKERY SWAMP WALKSJoin the volunteer sta at CREW Bird Rookery Swamp Trails (1295 Shady Hollow Blvd. W, Naples) for a free entertaining and informative 2.5-hour guided walk. Learn the history, see wildlife and enjoy the views. Walks are scheduled for 1:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1 and April 5. Call 239-657-2253 for more info.VOLUNTEER AT CEDAR POINT PARKMeet with like-minded CHEC volunteers at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Cedar Point Environmental Park (2300 Placida Road, Englewood). Hear about new and upcoming CHEC programs and events and how to volunteer to help. Call 941-475-0769 for more info.HOME SCHOOL NATURE PROGRAMBring your home-schooled kids to Rotary Park Environmental Center (5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral), where they can learn all about nature and the environment. Make a related craft in some programs. Please wear shoes and clothes appropriate for hiking and outdoor exploration. Upcoming programs (10 to 11:30 a.m.): Surviving the Wild, Nov. 3; Nature Giving, Dec. 8. Cost is $8 per student. Call 239-549-4606 to register or for more info.FAKAHATCHEE MOONLIT TRAM View Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park under the illumination of a full moon from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 or Dec. 6. The two-hour tours start as the sun is setting, prime time for spotting some of the mammal residents of the Strand as well as birds settling in for the evening. An experienced naturalist leads each tram tour and will demonstrate commu nication with denizens of the night, including reies, bats and owls. The 24-passenger tram is wheelchair accessible and some seats face backwards. The tour leaves from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, o Janes Scenic Drive. To register, go to AFTER DARK See the Big Cypress Bend boardwalk (Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, 17.1 miles east of the intersection of CR 951 along U.S. 41) in a whole new light from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 or Dec. 5. The 2,300-foot boardwalk is sheltered by bald cypress trees. The walk ends at a gator pond, where the tour leader will check for the gleaming eyes of frogs and larger inhabitants. Along the way, the group may hear the cry of owls or the scurrying of raccoons and other nocturnal residents. To register, go to BAY HOSTS TOURNEYThe Friends of Rookery Bay and CCA Florida will jointly host the Guardian Anglers all-release charity shing tournament Nov. 7 and 8. This fundraiser will engage local anglers in an all-release challenge with proceeds beneting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate; entry fee is $100 for a team of two to four anglers. The two-day event begins Friday evening at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center (300 Tower Road, Naples) with the captains meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party. Call 239-530-5940 for more info.BONEFISH & TARPON SYMPOSIUMJoin the Bonesh & Tarpon Trust Nov. 7-8 in Dania Beach, Fla., for two full days of fascinating presentations by the worlds top tarpon, bonesh and permit biologists mixed with enjoyable shing and casting clinics taught by some of the worlds top anglers and instructors including Joan Wul and Andy Mill. Other guests include Stu Apte, Bill Curtis, Will Benson, Ralph Delph, Steve Hu, Sandy Moret, Rick Ruo and Mark Sosin. An all-access event pass, which includes the banquet and silent auction, Friday and Saturday day sessions, and lm and art festival and cocktail hour, costs $150. For more info or to register, visit OF THE ISLANDSSanibels most popular festival is back for its 33rd year to celebrate three Sanibel signatures community, cuisine and CROW all in one fell swoop. Set to the tune of live bands, local restaurants will descend to The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club (949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 with their most decadent delicacies and duke it out to earn top honors for their dish from our esteemed judges and the crowd. This annual fundraiser raises awareness and nancial support for Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), a 501(c)(3) organization that relies 100 percent on the philanthropic support of individu als, corporations and foundations. $5 for adults; children 12 and under admitted free. Call 239-472-3644 for more info.SAND SCULPTING COMPETITIONSiesta Key Public Beach (948 Beach Road, Sarasota) will host the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition Nov. 14-18. Two dozen master sand sculptors from around the world will compete. The ve-day art event will include all-day viewing Friday through Tuesday; more than 50 vendors Friday through Monday; live entertainment noon Friday through Sunday; and an amateur sand sculptor contest on Saturday. Siesta Santa will be on his sand throne again this year, making a great photo op for next years Christmas cards. $6 per person; proceeds benet Mote Marine Laboratorys sea turtle research and conservation programs. Also, Taste of Siesta will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15, featuring more than 15 local restaurants, an open bar and live music by Alli & the Venturas. Advance tickets will be $40. CHARLOTTE HARBOR NATURE FESTIVALThis years festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte). Free admission for all. Explore and learn about the natural environment of Southwest Florida through activities and exhibits for all ages, including more than 50 nature exhibits, Mote Mobile Exhibit and a Childrens Discovery Zone. Guided walks through Tippecanoe Environmental Park will be conducted by trained CHEC volunteers at 10:30 am, noon and 1:30 pm. To learn more, visit TO FLY FISHCBs Saltwater Outtters (1249 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota) will hold an Orvis-endorsed y shing school from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22. Instructor Capt. Rick Grassett will cover y casting basics, line control, shooting line, the roll cast, leader construction, y selection and saltwater y shing techniques. Cost is $150 per person and includes the use of Orvis y tackle, a text book and lunch. Call 941-349-4400 for more info or to reserve a spot. Page 23 October 9, 2014 Call 941-429311Uto list your boat todaviD O DI AftOCEAN,'^a


Page 24 October 9, 2014 Photo provided Rain, rain, go away TOURNAMENT BASSIN GREG BARTZ I have lived in Florida close to 30 years now, and I have never seen this much rain hit us in such a short period of time. The lakes are at the highest points I have ever seen. Its easy to launch the boat, but its harder to nd bass. You know I love bass shing. But with all the rain we have gotten lately, I have chosen to leave the cover on the boat and ride out the weekends much like a gardener would. I dont mind shing in the rain. If you asked me my preference, I would pick the rain any day over the wind. But the constant downpours we have endured lately have made me rethink my position. Taking the boat out in this mess is the hardest part to deal with. When you get back, everything is soaked. You are forced to put the cover on it, unless you are fortunate enough your wife will let you put the boat in the garage over her BMW. I am not that fortunate. So you sit and wait for a day for the sun to come out so you can get the cover o the boat and dry it out. That means getting the lids all opened up and wiping down every square inch of the interior to get rid of any grunge that may want to start forming due to the damp conditions. I can think of better ways to spend a day with some sunshine, but it has to be done. The rain brings so much extra work in putting the boat away, it makes you stop and reconsider even taking the cover o to go sh and risk getting caught in the downpour. This is exactly what I am trying to decide on for going out tomorrow morning. The forecast for tomorrow shows a 40 to 60 percent chance of rain, but mama wants to get out in the boat because she missed the last tournament and the last few times I have gone to the lake to practice. Now, I already know how this scenario is going to play out. She will tell me to plug the boat in tonight, and get everything ready to go tomorrow. If its not raining, well head to the lake to prac tice for the next tournament. Well be out there about 30 minutes and the rains will start up. I can tolerate it, but my better half will take about 15 minutes of that before the complaints will start to come from the back of the boat: How long will we sit out here in this? Is it supposed to rain long? There arent any sh here. By that point, I will have started packing up the rods because the rain will have sucked the life out of her, and I wont be able to take the verbal onslaught. Then, once we get home, I am left to deal with the boat while my shing partner gets to take a warm shower. I will have to throw the cover on the wet boat after I throw all the wet towels in the laundry, put up the electronics, clean out any garbage that was left in the boat during our hasty exit, wipe down as much of the interior as possible if its still raining, then unhook the truck and put it where it needs to be in the driveway. I dont know about you, but to me that doesnt sound like fun-lled trip to the lake. You all know exactly whats going to happen, though. If I can steal one hour of some quality time on the water, I am going to do it. It may mean some extra work in the long run, but if things go well, it could be worth it. Even though the chance of any real good success tomorrow is somewhat remote, I will take it and be happy just to sit out on the boat and have a rod in my hand. For those of you who have followed my columns over time, you know I have always pleaded with the government agencies to leave the water in our better lakes and not run them dry because some weather expert has said to be careful of the hurricanes this fall. Well, even they couldnt cause enough of a panic to get rid of the amount of water we have had to deal with this summer. As much as I wish it wouldnt rain on weekends, Im actually happy to see water levels return to heights I have not seen in years. This can only be a good thing for our lakes and freshwater systems. So tomorrow morning it is. May the shing and rain gods strike up a deal to give me three hours of quality shing before I get pelted with rain. I would be happy with that.Greg Bartz is a tournament bass sherman based in Lakeland. Greg shes lakes throughout Floridas Heartland with his wife and tournament partner, Missy Snapp. Contact him at Greg.Bartz@ Over 50 used boats in stock, pre-2014 Inspected and ready to use! S hop Indoors Out of the Sun & Rain Charlotte Countys Largest Inventory of Used Boats More used boats arriving daily! See details on each boat at or visit our indoor showroom 8:30ampm, MondaySaturday Servicing Inboards and Outboards Upholstery Canvas Trailer Repair Boat Hull Repairs Fiberglass Gelcoat Electrical Insurance Claims WE WILL SELL YOUR BOAT! on your lift or in our showroom. 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