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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, October 23, 2014 24 pages / 75 centsThe varsity football team clinches the district title in nail-biter!PAGE 14 A section of the Sun Arcadian 75 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Family Album ..........7 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Paint the Town Blue ....13 Sports ...............14 Womans Club .........21 ONE LAST BITE AT THE POLITICAL APPLE: Final candidates forum will be held tonight ........................ 3 RIDING FOR THE WALL: Bikers ride to raise money for Traveing Vietnam Wall .............................. 11 BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: Local group walks to courthouse ........................................... 13 INSIDE Over 4,500 followers! Like us on FacebookDISTRICT 5A-13 CHAMPS! Arcadian hosts second meet-the-candidates BBQ ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANMarshal candidate Lorenzo Dixon talks to voters about his views on the City Marshals role during The Arcadians BBQ held Thursday. Turn to page 12 for more photos. City Marshal candidate Matt Anderson, right, talks to a potential voter about his plans during The Arcadians barbecue held to give residents a chance to meet political candidates. City Marshal candidate Cli Brown talks with prospective voters during The Arcadians meet-the-candidates BBQ on Thursday. As one of his last ocial cookouts before retiring his magnicent grill, Marty Dow oversees the barbecue during The Arcadians meet-the-candidates cookout. DeSoto Memorial Hospital personnel perform free blood pressure checks, and talk to voters about the half-percent sales tax referendum on this years ballot.The Arcadia City Council unanimously approved the use of approximately $15,000 from the its capital expenditure fund toward the purchase of a new Arcadia Police Department squad car. The citys marshal said a piston in the engine of one of the departments cars broke apart, with repairs estimated at $7,300. The vehicle is currently valued at only $8,000. The marshal said the APD recently received $8,000 in a drug forfeiture case, which could be used to help cover the cost of purchasing and outtting a new squad car. I think it makes sense nancially for us to invest in a new vehicle instead of putting $7,000 into a car thats only worth a little more than that, and also has a history of transmission issues, the marshal said. After discussions with city staff, we also expect to get anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 by selling the current car in as-is condition. Interim City Administrator Beth Carsten said the city had set aside $100,000 in its capital expenditure fund for unexpected costs such as vehicle repairs, etc., and the purchase of a new squad car would be considered an acceptable use. I dont know if weve decided when the last time the city had a new squad car, and there is money available if the council would like to pursue that option, she said. I feel like you need to have the proper equipment to do your job properly, councilman Keith Keene said, and since weve put money aside for issues like this, and since youve been able to come up with some matching funds I think we need to take advantage of that. After a short discussion, the council voted 5-0 to approve the funds. The marshal said the Tip-A-Cop event held at Slims Barbecue last week raised nearly $6,000 for its Shop With a Cop program. The program, now in its second year in Arcadia, provides gift cards to needy children so they can purchase Christmas presents for themselves and their families. Ofcers City OKs purchase of new police carBy Steve BauerARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORCITY | 2

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Arcadian | Page 2 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 from the APD accompany the children on the shopping trip, then escort them back to the departments headquarters where they help wrap the gifts. Overall the APD has raised nearly $10,000 for this years program, allowing them to include a needy boy and girl from grades kindergarten through eighth, and teaming with Winn-Dixie to provide food packages for the childrens families.Maintenance Committee applicants approvedThe council voted unanimously to approve a seven-member Property Maintenance Committee. The committee will work with the citys code enforcement to review minimum standards for a variety of issues such as lawn maintenance, building appear ances, etc. The committee will include George Cavas, Charles Conklin, Rob Herron, Brenda Johnson, Katherine Ritchie, William Strickland and Linda Williams. The council also voted 5-0 to allow the Florida Highway Patrol to use the property at 1550 N. Brevard Ave. (the old livestock market) to conduct commercial motor vehicle safety inspections. The inspections will take place on six dates between December 2014 and March 2015, with hours of operation between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. In other business, the council voted to move its Tuesday, Nov. 4 meeting to avoid any potential conicts due to that date also being election day. The rst November meeting will now be held Monday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in the councils chamber room.CITYFROM PAGE 1 Arcadia Main Street told City Council, during a workshop held Tuesday before the regular council meeting, it wants to apply for a grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources per taining to the old City Hall Building. AMSs Interim Executive Director, John Bry, told council, A vibrant and vital downtown is important to the economic development of an area. AMS, with support from other organizations such as the DeSoto County Historical Society and DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council, wants to apply for a $50,000 grant to fund a study on the best way to utilize the old City Hall. Councilman Keith Keene said, Im glad Main Street is interested in revitalizing downtown. Im totally on board with this idea, especially with the inclusion of all the stakeholders. Bry said he saw the building as an anchor of a downtown civic hub, along with the Post Ofce and Heritage Baptist Church. The $50,000 grant would require a 10 percent match, but because Arcadia is considered a ready community, the citys match would only have to be half of that, or $2,500. Applications are to be submitted by Oct, 31, and the application would have to be led by the city, although Arcadia Main Street will fund the required matching amount. The grant application would be reviewed by the Florida Historical Commission in December, and grant funds would be issued starting July 1. Bry said the grant would be used to hire an expert consultant to review the condition of the building, consider the prospective uses, and determine what work needs to be done. Suggested uses include using the old City Hall building as a museum of historical, cultural and artistic features, including a gallery for displays, ofce space, classroom or teaching space and possibly a gift shop. Bry cited examples of other projects he had worked on for which complete restoration of an important building was funded by successive grants over a period of several years. AMS President Linda Williams told council next year is the 30th anniversary of the creation of the national Main Street program, and she said Arcadias group was one of the rst ve created, so we were pretty early. During the regular meeting following the workshop, council unanimously approved ling the grant application.City to seek grant for old City Hall studyBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR Hospital reaches out to voters Right: DeSoto Memorial Hospital held a barbecue in front of its main entrance Tuesday to explain why it supports the half-percent sales tax referendum. Along with hamburgers and hot dogs, those who came learned how the funds will be used to pay the hospitals mortgage. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANSeveral residents came to DeSoto Memorial Hospital to learn more about the half-percent tax, and enjoy some hamburgers and hot dogs at the same time. 5047578 4 F ree Burn Switch from chloramines to free chlorine The method of water treatment utilized by Desoto County Utilities to its customers will be temporarily switched from chloramines to free chlorine on November 3, 2014. We will switch back to chloramines on November 17, 2014. This short-term free chlorine change is part of our routine maintenance program to optimize water quality in the water transmission/distribution system. Those impacted by this drinking water maintenance program only include Desoto County Utilities customers that receive water from the Peace River Regional Water Treatment Plant Users of kidney dialysis machines and owners of aquatic life are urged to contact their respective industries for more information about water testing and treatment that may be appropriate for free chlorine rather than chloramines. Desoto County Utilities customers may experience a slight difference in taste and/or smell in the water during this temporary change in treatment. This is normal and does not indicate a problem with the water. For more information, please contact Desoto County Utilities Customer Service at (863) 491-7500. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DESOTO COUNTY Utilities Department 2170 NE Roan Street Arcadia, Florida 34266 Phone: (863) 491-7500 Fax: 491-7506 50475681 50475818 Fruit Harvest Workers Needed DeSoto Harvesting Inc. 1518 NW Eucalyptus, Arcadia, FL 3426 6 Is seeking 71 temporary Farm Workers to harvest citrus and mis cellaneous grove work, from December 1, 2014 until May 27, 2015. During the harvest, workers will be paid a piece rate based on location and variety of fruit harvested. Workers doing miscel laneous grove work will be paid the adverse Effect Wage Rate guaranteed at the present date is $10.26. Juice processing early and midseason $1.00, Valencia $1.05, and Grapefruit at .75 per 85 pound box. Job location is in Central Florida area. Employers will offer a 3/4 guarantee for the work period for each employee. Employer will provide all tools, supplies and equipment nec essary to pick fruit. Housing will be provided for individual workers outside normal commuting distance. Qualified workers will be provided transportation and subsistence expenses to the workplace, upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or ear lier, if appropriate. All workers interested in the job should con tact the nearest One-Stop Career Center Office using job listing number FL9942415. O a k H i l l B a p t i s t C h u r c h Oak Hill Baptist Church F a l l C a r n i v a l F a l l C a r n i v a l Fall CarnivalS a t u r d a y O c t o b e r 2 5 2 0 1 4 Saturday, October 25, 2014 4 : 3 0 p m 7 : 3 0 p m 4:30 pm 7:30 pmF R E E FREE 50475838 5104 NW Oak Hill Ave, Arcadia, FL For More Information: 990-2340 Bounce Houses Games Cake Walk Fall Crafts Face Painting Costume Contest (positive) Corn Dogs & Fries Ice Cream Truck

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The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 3 | Arcadian Tonight, Arcadia voters will have their last chance to learn about the candidates for city ofces in this years election, and will have their last opportunity to meet and question those running for ofce. On Nov. 4, city residents will be choosing from among eight city council candidates to ll three seats on the dais. Both Bob Heine and Bob Allen have The Arcadian hosts final election forum tonightBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITORdecided to step down, leaving their seats open to be lled. Keith Keene, currently a city councilman, is running for reelection. Also running for city council are: William Bailey Sr., Susan Susie Coker, Richard Dick Fazzone, Candy Reid, Judith Wertz Strickland, Delshay Turner and Mitchell Watson Sr. Three candidates are seeking the Arcadia City Marshal position: Matt Anderson (who currently serves as mar shal), Lorenzo Dixon and Cliff Brown. Voters will also decide whether to approve a half-cent sales tax that would help DeSoto Memorial Hospital pay down its mortgage. The forum takes place at Arcadias City Hall, in the Margaret Way Building, 23 N. Polk Ave. (where city council currently meets). It starts at 6 p.m. and is expected to run to 8:30 p.m. The evening will open with questions posed to the three marshal candidates, after which the hospital is being given a few minutes to state its case in favor of the half-cent sales tax. Finally, city council candidates will take the stage around 7 p.m. City marshal candidates will be given 5 minutes to present an opening statement, while council candidates FORUM | 10 Editors note: The following proles were not submitted in time to meet the deadline for last weeks DeSoto Election Guide. They are being included in this weeks edition to allow city and county voters an opportunity to familiarize themselves with all of this elections local candidates. Candidates at a glanceAge: 48 Place of birth: Arcadia How long have you lived in Arcadia: All of my life Education: Graduate of DeSoto County High School Work history: Worked from 1986-1988 for the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce. I also worked more than 19 years for the Arcadia Police Department. I am currently retired. Political history (if any): None Marital status/family: Currently single. I have ve children and one grandchild. Arcadia City Council DeSoto Board of County CommissionersAge: 64 Born: Waukegan, Ill. How long have you lived in DeSoto County: I have lived here for more than 30 years. Education: B.A. degree in criminal justice. In addition, I have training in crime scene investigation, private investigation, logistics and nances. I also served in the U.S. Army. Work history: U.S. Army; substitute teacher and bus driver; road construction; part of crews that would tear down homes. Political history (if any): I have run for the DeSoto County sheriff and also for DeSoto County commissioner. Marital status/family: I have been married for 45 years. My husband and I have one son, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. S. Delshay Turner TURNER Virginia Algar (write-in candidate, District 2) ALGAR 471208 Committed Proven Trustworthy During my 25 years with the Arcadia Police Department, I have served as a Narcotics Detective, Person & Propety Crimes Detective, Sergeant of Road Patrol, Lieutenant over Road Patrol & Criminal Investigation, the Captain, and for the past year, as your City Marshal. Through these roles, I have obtained the necessary skills needed to lead a force that takes pride in our community and keeping it safe. Some of my education and experience includes: A.A. Degree in Criminal Justice More than 2,000 hours of continued Law Enforcement Training Law Enforcement & Correction Academy Homicide Investigation Violent Crimes Investigation Advanced Tactical Operation Internal Affairs Investigation Post Office Box 563 Arcadia, FL 34265 www.ipickmatt.com www.facebook.com/pickmatt Matt Anderson for Arcadia City Marshal Matt Anderson for Arcadia City Marshal Paid Political Advertisement Paid For And Approved By Matt Anderson For Arcadia City Marshal 5 0475839 A RCADIA M AIN S TREET M ARKET Saturday, November 1 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Arcadia at the Tree of Knowledge For more information call: 863-990-2340 Baked Goods Fresh Produce Salsa & Jams Honey Canned Goods Crafts Wood Working Photography

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VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net 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 shoffman@sun-herald.com | OUR VIEW | GRITS & PIECES Acknowledging the goodPeople are often so quick to criticize but slow to compliment. So we want to take time to acknowledge some of the terric things that are happening in our community of late. Lets start with the DeSoto County High School varsity football team claiming the District 5A-13 title. Not only did we win it, but we wrapped it up with two district games still left on our schedule. We now have a 6-1 record and were counting on the Dawgs to make that 7-1 next Thursday after they turn those so-called Wildcats into timid housecats. Along those lines, lets also have a round of applause for Jackie Tucker and Bonnie Molloy, who started the Paint the Town Blue campaign. By next week, we expect to see DeSoto County plastered with blue signs so the Hardee team will know theyre in Bulldog Country as soon as they cross the county line. Arcadia Main Street deserves a pat on the back for organizing the scarecrow event this month. We were delighted to see so many people come out Saturday morning to make their scarecrows, from political candidates to businesses and nonprot groups. They were such an inspiration that we noticed others added after that day. Thanks also to Durwood Smith and Tonya Meredith Lara for providing the straw and bags to stuff the scarecrows. Wed like to see this become an annual event because it really makes the downtown area look festive. Speaking of downtown, the Board of County Commissioners should be thanked for agreeing to put $115,000 toward the enhancement of three downtown intersections, meaning the city had to contribute only $30,000. This project is going to make the intersections of West Oak with Polk, Monroe and Orange avenues safer. Improvements will include ADA compliance along with additional safety and beautication features. Trafc lights will be replaced by stop signs; landscaping will be included; and accent pavers will be used to make the walkways more prominent. The need for the additional funding came about because a state grant only covered part of the work ($195,000), leaving $145,000 to be paid. If the money couldnt be found, we would have lost the state grant. While some might have wanted to use the state money for other purposes, the grant is specically earmarked only for those intersections use it or lose it. We think both the city and county made the right choice, and are grateful to the county for choosing to support the city in this effort. The BOCC could have said, its technically not our jurisdiction, but the commissioners recognized that helping the city is a benet to the entire county. While were handing out compliments, three cheers for the DeSoto County Historical Society and archaeologist Jana Futch for getting the Pine Level Town Site on the National Register of Historic Places. They had a terric Public Art and Archaeology Day last week (with help from the DeSoto Arts & Humanities Council, too) not enough room for photos this week, so watch for them in a future issue. The Friends of Arcadia Airport report | LETTERS TO THE EDITORAdvice for votersEditor: Its that time when one can vocalize, or more accurately, editorialize ones opinion. Simply put, the time has come to exercise our right to make choices (vote). Your local vote will, to a degree, affect politics nationally. So do vote, even if its for the lesser of two evils. Do not be a party-line follower. Vote your gut feeling because your eyes and brain will eventually see what your gut instincts tell you. Regardless of what you may think, this administration, from state to national level, both Democratic and Republican, has been a disaster, and to a degree your local vote will eventually have a bearing on OUR and YOUR future. My personal opinion is that the majority of eligible electorate doesnt have the slightest idea what has been taking place. Grandma said, Ignorance is bliss. Take a look at this mess today, both local and national.George Pratt ArcadiaVote or dont complainEditor: Well, DeSoto County. I hope you are paying attention. This is an important time for our community. The rst most important thing is the half penny sales tax (Ordinance 201404) foe DeSoto Memorial Hospital. Our hospital needs our help and we all need to respond. Could you imagine DeSoto County without a hospital? What would you do in case of an emergency? I cannot count the times it has helped my friends and my deceased husband when he was alive. It has been a very personal experience for me and DeSoto Memorial. Under the leadership of Vince Sica and his staff, they have worked hard to bring us good health care. Hoping we can chill out soonAs Mark Twain so truthfully said, Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it. Cant argue with that, but Ill readily say that Im real happy that the weather is nally starting to change. Not enough, mind you. It could change a lot more and it would suit me just ne if the temperatures dropped at least 20 degrees. And let me say this now and emphatically, I am a Florida native (aka endangered species) and was not raised where it snows, but I do prefer what little bit of winter (if it can be labeled as such) we get. Hot natured is how some people describe folks like me. I would classify myself more like suffering from inner-global warming. I can just think about the word hot and start sweating. And yes, the AC thermostat can be a bone of contention wherever Im at, no matter what time of year. Sure, summertime has its fun and advantages, but give me the fall and winter months. The growth of grass that needs mowing is slowing down thats a plus, right? The kids are back in school, giving you a break, so thats not a bad thing either. Your air conditioner isnt running as often, which will help out with your electric bill as well. So you see? Its getting better with every drop of degrees on the ol thermometer! There are some people who couldnt sweat if they were dressed in snow gear while being interrogated at their Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson troubador55@embarqmail.comOur view: How about a nice round of applause? they had about 80 pilots who ew in last weekend for their rst pancake breakfast of the season. They served so many breakfasts they had to run out and get more supplies! The Friends are putting our little airport on the aviation maps as a great destination. How cool is that? Marty Dow is always there when someone needs help. He ruled the grill at The Arcadians two political barbecues; hes ipped burgers at many other events, including the Brew Crews parties. Hes dressed as Santa more times than we can count, and always managed to dip into his own pocket to get some special gifts for the kids. Hes helped at the Animal Services center, at numerous church functions ... if theres a charity event going on, more likely than not Marty is involved somehow. But hes decided to turn over his grill and triangle dinner bell to someone else, and is going into retirement. (Well see how long that lasts before hes lending a hand here or tending a grill there.) He has done so much for so many, always with a smile and a quick joke. So we just want to wish him the best in his retirement and to say thanks, Marty, for all youve done for the community. LETTERS | 10 GRITS & PIECES | 21

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The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 5 | Arcadian WE BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex age or disability. WE BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economi c growth and prosperity. WE BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn. WE BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that canno t be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is that which governs least. WE BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to people. WE BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to me et the challenges of changing times. WE BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world. FINALLY We believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government. Amendment 1 This amendment removes 33% of state Doc Stamp Funds to purchase more land for the state of Florida. The civilians of Florida DO NOT need to have removal of more land from private ownership and place it under government control. Amendment 2 Florida does not need to become the 1st southern state to legalize marijuana Licensed Florida phys icians help expand the Pill Mill Trade Increased cost to state and local government will rise and it will require additional regula tion and enforcement activities This is only the first step VOTE NO TODAY! V OTE NO Why You Should ELECT Rick Scott Charie is in a sweat and needs to cool off because of Governor Scotts record. Charlie should buy a fan for the 832,000 Floridians who lost their jobs while he was governor. The Real Record GOVERNOR SCOTTS PERSONAL STORY Governor Scott grew up in public housing and his parents struggled to make ends meet. He served our country in the Navy then obtained an education that allowed him to build businesses and create jobs. Governor Scott has lived the American dream and is focused on providing all Florida families the o pportunity to succeed. He is a husband (married at age 19), father of two married daughters, and grandfather to three boy s. ECONOMY/JOBS ACTIONS: Governor Scott has paid down $3.6 billion of the states debt, and paid back $3.5 billion Florida owed to the federal government for unemployment insurance. Governor Scott eliminated the tax on manufacturing equipment and machines, making Florida companie s more competitive with other states and other nations. Governor Scott has cut over 2,800 regulations, cut property & business taxes, and streamlined the permitting process. Governor Scott cut taxes five times in three legislative sessions for families & job creators. Governor Scott recently announced plans to cut $500 million in taxes and fees for Floridas famili es this next fiscal year. Under Charlie Crist, Florida lost 832,000 jobs, increased state debt by $5 billion, and had double -digit unemployment. RESULTS: Under Governor Scotts leadership, Florida seconomy has turned around. Since taking office Govern or Scott has created over 446,300 private-sector jobs and the unemployment rate has dropped 4.7% thats the second largest u nemployment drop in in the nation since December 2010. Floridas unemployment rate has dropped year-over-year for 37 consecutive months. The current rate is 6 4%, below the national average for the 9th consecutive month. Because of Governor Scotts fiscal stewardship, Florida now has a $1.5 billion rainy day fund. Companies from across the country are moving to Florida because Governor Scott has created a clima te that is attractive for businesses. Hertz announced it will be relocating to Florida from New Jersey, adding at least 700 jo bs. Other companies creating jobs in Florida include: DuvaSawka (Volusia), ATR North America (Miami Springs). Global Business So lutions (Pensacola), Darden Restaurants (Miami-Dade), Executive Wings (Brevard) Fort Walton Machining (Okaloosa),Vectorwo rks Marine (Brevard), Widewaters Bradenton (Manatee), 2G Manufacturing (St. Johns), Office Depot (Boca Raton). VerizonWir eless (Lake Mary), Northrop Grumman (Melbourne) and USAA (Hillsborough) The housing market has made a strong comeback and home sales continue to increase. Median home sal e prices are increasing. The momentum in the market means more sellers are listing property. Tourism is stronger than ever, with 91 million tourists coming to Florida in 2012. In the3rd quart er of 2013 22.9 million visited-the largest third quarter for visitation in the states history. Every 85 tourists is another job. EDUCATION ACTIONS: On education, Governor Scott has implemented record state-basedI K-12 funding & merit based pay fo r teachers, ended teacher tenure, and increased the standards of excellence in education for Florida students. Under Governor Scotts leadership, Floridas students are the real winners. Governor Scott, along with the House and Senate, agreed to implement $480 million in teacher pay r aises. Florida Education Association President Andy Ford applauded Governor Scott and the House and Senate for their leadership on education. Governor Scott gave teachers a year-round, tax-free debit card with $250 for school supplies. Some Florida state colleges offer degrees for $10,000 so it is affordable for Florida families. RESULTS: According to The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, Floridas 4th grade students rank 2nd in the world for reading. According to Education Week, Floridas 4th & 8th graders have had better student achievement gains than any of the other la rge states. According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, for two years running, Florida has the best teachers in the country. According to Education Week, Florida is 6th overall for K-12 education. Florida state colleges have degrees for $10,000 so it is affordable for Florida families. Governor Scott has held the line on tuition just because tuition in Florida is low is not a reas on to increase it. 50475833 Paid for and Approved by DeSoto County Republican Executive Committee

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Arcadian | Page 6 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 NOTE: All phone numbers are in Area Code 863 unless stated otherwise. TODAY The Arcadian holds the last of this years political forums, starting at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, the Margaret Way Building, 23 N. Polk Ave. All city council and marshal candidates have been invited for a Q-and-A session. FInd out what visions the candidates have for the city. Free. Fall into Autumn: DeSoto Public Library has a program at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 of Fall colors, science, decorations and food. Open to the public. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at Mt. Olive CME, 7683 S.W. Hull Ave., from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 23. Nova Southeastern University College of Nursing will hold an open house at its Fort Myers campus from noon to 3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 23. 3650 Colonial Court, Fort Myers. Also a Virtual Information Session at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 via www.nova.edu/maincampusnursing/ and www.nova. edu/nursing/index.html. For details, call Susan Holland at 239-274-3088. DeSoto County Cattlemens Association Fall Meeting will be held at the Turner Center at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at Mount Olive CME, 7683 S.W. Hull Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23. Free blood pressure screenings administered by DeSoto Memorial Home Health at the Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St., every 2nd & 4th Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. FRIDAY DeSoto Memorial Hospital will be at the DeSoto Public Library at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, to answer your questions about the proposed half-percent sales tax referendum. 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. 24, Nov. 14 and 28 and Dec. 12. Arcadia Quilt Club meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Palace Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, Arcadia. iPads and eBooks Instruction and assistance with questions about using your digital devices at 3 p.m. every Friday at the DeSoto Public Library. Walk & Talk: gentle exercise and conversation at 4 p.m. every Friday at the DeSoto Public Library. Square Dancing classes are held at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, from 7-9 p.m. every Friday. Robert at 813-601-1834 or Mary at 941-380-5336 494-2749 for information. Friday Night Live the City Takers for Christ presents Friday Night Live with Rev. Troy Rowe, every Friday. Come and experience what God is doing in this season through His word and praise and worship. 37 W. Magnolia St. (across from SunTrust drive-through). For information call 244-4341. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Sabbath service begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SATURDAY Trinity United Methodist Church will hold its Fall Festival Oct. 24-25. The event includes a Friday Craft Show and sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday night Gospel Sing at 7 p.m.; and continuing Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be crafts, pumpkins for sale, face painting, youth praise band, music, storytelling, food and beverages for sale, popcorn, kids games and more. Oak Hill Baptist Church will hold its Fall Carnival from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Free bounce houses, games, face painting, costume contest (only positive costumes), games, cake walk, fall crafts, corn dogs & fries, ice cream truck. 5104 N.W. Oak Hill Ave. For details call 990-2340. The Antique Fair takes place in downtown Arcadia on the fourth Saturday of every month starting at 8 a.m. Dozens of dealers line the sidewalks on and around West Oak St. For information, visit www.ArcadiaFLantiques.com; to inquire about booth space, call 993-5105. The NAACP meets at 6 p.m. every fourth Saturday of the month at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave. Fit DeSoto meets the fourth Saturday of the month for a free exercise class and run/walk at Morgan Park. High energy and fun! Arrive by 10 a.m. in workout clothes, running shoes with a towel and water. Children must be accompanied by an adult. DeSoto County Library childrens movies are offered at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave. every Saturday (except the first Saturday of the month). Children must SPECIAL The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange Ave., from 6 am. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays) through Dec. 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 (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo etc.), household goods (blankets, towels, cooking and eating utensils etc.), supplies anything a person in need might require. The center is dangerously low on food, its shelves are almost bare, and they need to replenish supplies. The cupboards are bare. Any donations are gratefully accepted, including cash, to help those in real need in our community. For more information, call 444-0499. The DeSoto County Library Association needs you to donate gently used hardback and paperback books for the annual Book Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8, indoors at the Fairgrounds, 124 Heard St., along with the DeSoto County Historical Societys annual Yard Sale. Drop off your donations at Mid Florida Credit Union, 128 S. Brevard Ave. Proceeds of the sale will be used for childrens library programs and staff development. 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 if you have 4 hours/week to share. Positions available for receptionists (morning or afternoon), help serving meals, help with activities, special talents, and more. Your clutter may be someone elses treasure, so please donate your gently used items to the DeSoto County Historical Society for their annual Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at the Fairgrounds Exhibition Building, 124 Heard St., Arcadia. Drop off your donations on Thursdays before 1 p.m. at the Howard and Velma Melton Historical Research Library in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street, or call 863-494-6607. All proceeds will benefit the Societys efforts to preserve and promote the history of DeSoto County for future generations. be accompanied by an adult. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Palace Promenaders meet for square and round dance from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle. Art Miller, caller, and Jennie Martin, cueing. Call Jennie at 494-2749 or Mary at 941-380-5336 for information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Kiddush will follow. SUNDAY Trinity United Methodist Church will hold its Fall Festival Oct. 25. The event includes a Friday Craft Show and sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday night Gospel Sing at 7 p.m.; and continuing Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be crafts, pumpkins for sale, face painting, youth praise band, music, storytelling, food and beverages for sale, popcorn, kids games and more. Volunteers needed for new Friendship Center open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 863-4945965 if you have 4 hrs/week to share. Positions available for receptionists (morning or afternoon), help serving meals, help with activities, special talents, and more. Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity Group meets at Grace Lutheran Church, W. Oak St. (State Road 70) at 8 p.m. Sunday. MONDAY Alzheimers Support Group every second Saturday and fourth Monday, at Arcadia Oaks ALF. 11 a.m., complimentary lunch. DeSoto County Historical Society board meets at 5:30 p.m. fourth Mondays monthly at the Ingraham Seed House on W. Gibson St., Arcadia. The 4-H Stitch in Time sewing club meets every fourth Monday at 5 p.m. Women of Worship WOW Womens ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. All are welcome. Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St. Activities daily from 9:00 am 12:00 pm. Watch for special programs coming soon. Lunch program available for those 60-plus with a 48-hr. advance reservation. 863-494-5965 A women-only G.I.R.L.S. AA meeting is held at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. on Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 8 p.m. Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Al-anon is a mutual support program for people who are living with or have lived with someone whose drinking created problems for themselves or others. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. every Monday at Fort Ogden Methodist Church, 6923 S.W. River St. in Fort Ogden. For information call 1-888-425-2666 or visit www.nfldistrict13 al-anon.org. The DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Community Resource Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1425 Martin Luther King St. The center provides referrals for mainstream resources, elderly food stamps (by appointment) and computer service. Salvation Army has office space on Wed. by appointment. For more information, call 491-5683. 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. TUESDAY The Habitat for Humanity class for October is titled Miracles Happen, a motivational talk by Rotary President Rhonda Mixon, at 6 p.m. Oct. 28. SunTrust Bldg., 2nd floor. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. DeSoto County Commission Board meets at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in room 103, County Administration Building, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. DeSoto County School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday in the School Board meeting room, 530 La Solona Ave., Arcadia. S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elderly) has office hours every Tuesday at the Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St., from 12:30-3:30 pm. Phone 239-470-5350 to make an appointment. 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. 28, Nov. 11 and 25, and Dec. 9. Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Every Tuesday night, line dance class at the Palace Dance Hall (17N). Beginners welcome. $3 donation. For more info, call Jennie Martin at 494-2749. Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St. For details visit www. weightwatchers.com and find a meeting or call 800-651-6000. 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. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. 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. Suncoast Community Blood Bank is open from noon to 6 p.m. at 710 N. Brevard Ave. (U.S. 17 North), Arcadia. For more information, call 993-9366. WEDNESDAY The AA Serenity Group Anniversary Night is held at 8 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month at Grace Lutheran Church, 1004 W. Oak St. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. AA Brown Bagger meetings are offered every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity-Big Book meets at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, W. Oak St. (State Road 70). Alcoholics Anonymous open discussion at Trinity Methodist Church, 304 Oak St. 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 Bulldogs Varsity Football team plays Hardee tonight in the oldest high school football rivalry in the state! Its also Senior Night come on out and support our team in this special Thursday night game! DeSoto Public Library will hold a preschool nature walk at Morgan Park, 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, Meet at the picnic shelter. AA Second Tradition Anniversary Night is the last Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Potluck/barbecue before the meeting. AA Second Tradition Anniversary Night is the last Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Open speaker. DeSoto County Historical Society Research Library is open in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except for the second Thursday of the month), and by appointment. DeSoto County Library has story time for children at 3 p.m. every Thursday. The John Morgan Ingraham House is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, except the second Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m. Sign-in 4:50 p.m. Enjoy an hour of serenity focused on breathing, gentle yoga poses, peaceful stretching and quiet relaxation. Held in the Health Dept. conference room, 34 S. Baldwin Ave. Drop-in $7/class, 8-class package $40 ($5 per class). Bring your own mat. For more 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. Temple Beth El North Port Jewish Center, 33840 South Biscayne Drive, North Port,hosts an American Contract Bridge League every Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the temple. The cost is $6 per session. We will be participating in The Common Game.For reservations call Shelli Wetherson at 941-497-7184. Cocaine Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. For information, call Curtis Clark at 244-2884 or Sandra Elmore at 352-476-8520. 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. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. 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. COMING EVENTS On Friday, Oct. 31, DeSoto Public Library will host a discussion of the proposed Constitutional Amendments at 10 a.m. Learn the pros and cons for each measure. The Turner Center will host Trick or Treat for kids from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission and parking are free. DeSoto Youth Football is selling BBQ plates for the 12U teams on Oct. 31, at 1023 S.W. Golden Ave. $10 chicken plates or $12 rib plates, include baked beans, mac n cheese and potato salad. Call Tim White at 263-8233 or J.C. Mansfield at 231-2033. Proceeds will help fund the teams to play in the regional tournament. The Tater Hill BBQ Bunch and DeSoto County Veterans Services will hold All 4 the Wall, a benefit to bring the traveling Vietnam Wall to DeSoto County, at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at Veterans Park. BBQ plates (ribs or chicken) are $7. Drinks, pies and swamp cabbage, too. Bring your own chairs. For details, call Steve Boggess at 941-628-5871 or Ronny Allen at 244-7906. Strolling 4 A Cure will be held Nov. 1 at The Bluffs Community. Call Janet Preston at 303-2690 for details. North Hillsborough Baptist Church will hold its Fall Festival from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 1. Free food, drinks, games, bounce house, face painting, balloons, sand art, clown, cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples, animal petting booth, haystack candy hunt. Friendly costumes only (no scary ones). Bike giveaway at 4 p.m., Gospel Sing at 4:45 p.m. 253 N. Hillsborough Ave. Arcadia Rodeo Nov. 1-2, $15 admission ($14 in advance). Kids 10 and under free. Visit www.ArcadiaRodeo.com or call 800-749-7633 or 863-494-2014. DeSoto Memorial Hospital Foundation is holding its 15th annual Golf Tournament on Nov. 1 at The Bluffs Golf Course. 8 a.m. Shotgun start/4-man scramble. $65 entry fee includes 18 holes, cart, beverages, door prizes, continental breakfast and BBQ lunch. For information call 494-6599 or 494-8402. The Week of the Family takes place Nov. 1-8. The sixth annual Free Family Fun Fair will be held Nov. 8. Groups, businesses and individuals who want to have displays about the services they offer are welcome to participate, and are encouraged to have some kind of game or other kid-friendly activity, and some freebies to hand out. For details, call Cindy Siegel at 990-0387. Peace River Audubon Society will hold a walkabout on Nov. 4 at Audubon Pennington Nature Park, in Port Charlotte. Free and open to the public. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at the DeSoto Homeless Center, 1425 MLK Jr. St., from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 6 and Dec. 4. Thursday, Nov. 6 is the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at the Turner Agri-Civic Center. Reception and cash bar 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. Cornerstone Award presentation, installation of 2015 officers. $35/person, $60/couple. Call 494-4033 or email chamber@desotochamberfl.com. DeSoto County Historical Societys annual Yard Sale is Nov. 8. To volunteer or donate, call Norma at 494-4325. 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.) Nov. 11 and 25, and Dec. 9. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St., from 3-5:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Sierra Club hike: Nov. 11 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Morgan Park. Hike with Florida Master Naturalists Jim Knoy and Jamie Reynolds through live oaks, cypress and unusual vegetation. Free and open to the public. 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The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net 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 Arcadian.editor@gmail.com PHOTO PROVIDEDHappy 100th Birthday on Oct. 23 to Mrs. Dorothy Guinier from all her family and friends.Happy 100th birthday PHOTO PROVIDEDMr. & Mrs. William Jones were married August 4, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Gateway Ballroom in Port Charlotte, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Brutes of Port Charlotte, and the groom is the son of Minnie Jones of Arcadia.Wedding bells Happy birthday, Jasper! We love you and miss you very much. Love, Nanoo and Aunt AshleyHappy birthdayPHOTO PROVIDED rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 50475680 rfn rf ntb t n nb ntbf rf ntbt f r fntbt btb t tb rtbn bb t b 50475532

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Arcadian | Page 8 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 An intoxicated Arcadia man who ed from authorities in Charlotte County, at speeds near 100 mph, is facing ve criminal charges after crashing into a vehicle Saturday night, according to the Charlotte County Sheriffs Ofce. A deputy using radar gear around 7:45 p.m. on South McCall Road near Gulfstream Boulevard in Englewood clocked a Chevrolet Suburban at 95 mph in a 55 mph zone, the report shows. The deputy turned on his lights and sirens and took off after the SUV, which was driven by Scotty Whatley, 26, of the 3200 block of Southwest Live Oak Avenue. Whatley pulled away and headed east over the El Jobean Bridge. The deputy came over the bridge and found a Toyota crashed into a ditch the occupants, who werent seriously injured, said they were hit by a vehicle, struck a curb and rolled into the ditch. A witness who saw Whatley cause that crash called 911, while following the suspect. Whatley eventually pulled over on Toledo Blade Boulevard, and a deputy caught up to him. Whatley told the deputy he wasnt in an accident, but he had stopped to x something. The deputy smelled alcohol on him and tried to detain him. Whatley allegedly struggled, but was handcuffed. He refused a eld sobriety test. On the way to jail, he reportedly argued with the transporting deputy because he wouldnt give him his one free phone call while in the car. When he arrived at the Charlotte County Jail, Whatley refused a breath test. He claimed he only had two pints of beer. Whatley is charged with reckless Report: Drunken driver flees, hits vehicledriving for speeding 40 mph over limit, leaving the scene of a crash, eeing to elude, DUI and resisting arrest. He was released Sunday on $21,000 bond. |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. WHATLEYThe Florida Highway Patrol reported that around 8 p.m. Sunday, a Toyota SUV driven by Brian Smith, 32, of Arcadia, was heading southbound on U.S. Highway 17 just north of Baldwin Street. A Ford pickup, driven by Gregory Bolden, 48, of Arcadia, was northbound on U.S. 17 at Baldwin Street at the same time. For unknown reasons, Smiths Toyota drifted into the northbound lane and struck the pickup. The Toyota spun in a counterclockwise direction, ending up in the northbound lane facing north. The pickup ended up facing northwest, blocking both lanes of travel. FHP reported that alcohol was not a factor. Smith was uninjured; Bolden suffered minor injuries and was taken to DeSoto Memorial Hospital. Charges are pending further investigation.FHP: SUV, truck crash on U.S. 17 SundayThe DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Melinda Kaye Bowling, 43, 1200 block of E. Charles St., Arcadia. Charges: two counts of battery and one count of disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $1,650. Michael Tyrone Bryant, 41, Tampa. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $500. Kevin Gregory Callahan, 27, 200 block of N. Orange Ave., Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: $5,000. David Joseph Chambers, 19, 1300 block of S.W. Bittersweet Drive, Arcadia. Charges: giving false ID to law officer and driving without a valid license. Bond: none. Van Derkel OBryan Clayton, 23, Avon Park, Fla. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: none. Harold Jonathan Fisher, 49, North Fort Myers. Charge: driving while license is expired, third or subsequent offense. Bond: $1,500. Melissa Diane Franko, 42, Port Charlotte. Charge: petty theft between $100-$300. Bond: none. Gabino Perez Parades, 30, 1500 block of S.E. Plum St., Arcadia. Charges: failure to appear, giving false ID to law officer and driving without a valid license. Bond: none. John Eric Roan, 34, 200 block of E. Cypress St., Arcadia. Charges: petty theft between $100-$300, and resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. Bond: $890. Alisha Nicole Seelmaer, 30, 1500 block of S.E. Carnahan Drive, Arcadia. Charges: possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or distribute, possession or use of drug equipment and violation of probation. Bond: none. Robert Charles Simmons, 69, 700 block of 17th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Darren Maurice Stein, 22, St, Petersburg, Fla. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Christopher Arrick Townsend, 26, 4500 block of S.E. U.S. Hwy. 17, Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: none. Cherye Darlene Whidden, 54, 3700 block of Keen Road, Ona, Fla. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Donald Eugene Yates, 24, 1200 block of S.E. Esmerelda, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: $1,470. Marisol Vargas Cervantes, 21, 2400 block of S.E. Shady Circle, Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Celina Younda Davis, 25, 8700 block of County Road 661, Arcadia. Charges: exploitation of elderly person for less than $20,000 and petty theft. Bond: $10,120. Lendy Mae Graham, 49, 700 block of N. 17th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: $1,500. Micheal Allan Harris, 20, 6500 block of S.W. Miami Ave., Arcadia. Charge: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Bond: $120. Julia Barrera Pineda, 27, 500 block of Clark Lane, Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: $1,500. Donna Schmitt Presnell, 55, 300 block of S. Brevard Ave., Arcadia. Charge: trespass. Bond: $250. Alfonso Rincon, 57, 400 block of N. Volusia Ave., Arcadia. Charge: carrying concealed firearm. Bond: $2,000. John Lewis Sorrells, 52, 300 block of S. Brevard Ave., Arcadia. Charge: trespass. Bond: $250. Hope Barile Ebeh, 28, Tampa. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: none. William Curtis Johnson, 56, 1800 block of N.W. Eucalyptus Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Gerald Bryant Owens, 40, Tampa. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Joseph Anthony Tremarco, 52, Bradenton. Charge: grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $10,000. Keondra Alexis Blocker, 18, 1300 block of E. Cypress St., Arcadia. Charge: affray. Bond: $120. Shandria Katise Nicklow, 32, 1300 block of E. Cypress St., Arcadia. Charge: affray. Bond: $120. Daniel Ross Pelham, 30, 1500 block of Carnahan St., Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $1,120. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Brandon Lawrence Povia, 20, 10700 block of S.W. Co. Road 761, Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: none. Chelsea Ann Povia, 18, 10700 block of S.W. Co. Road 761, Arcadia. Charges: petty theft between $100-$300 and fraudulent refunds. Bond: $4,000. Tommy Lee McDuffy, 42, 1700 block of S. Harlem Circle. Arcadia. Charge: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Bond: $2,500. Martell Deion Harris, 23, 1800 block of S.W. Hendry St., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: $9,250. Bridgette Lynn Carter, 27, no address, Arcadia. Charge: giving false ID to law officer. Bond: $2,500. Landrex Cortez Hatcher, 33, 400 block of N. Arcadia Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: none. Omar Hernandez, 23, 1900 block of S.E. Heron Cove, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Jose Valdez, 29, first block of Walnut St., Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $1,500. Compiled by Susan E. Hoffman 50475825 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 Quick Lane at DeSoto Dodge Chrysler For and Jeep 3039 S.E. 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The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESHerbert Hoover CallawayHerbert Hoover Callaway, 86, of Arcadia, Fla., formerly of Wilmington, Del., went to be with his Lord Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, peacefully with his wife at his side. Mr. Callaway voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge in 1949. He then went into the residential trash-removal business until 1989, retiring to Florida. He loved playing bingo, listening to music and staying in touch with family and friends. Herb will be deeply missed by his family and the many people he touched with his gifts, sense of humor and caring for others. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Callaway; his sons, Gregory K. (Britta) Callaway, Norman A. (Patricia) Abrams Jr.; daughter, Vickie L. (Joseph) Rzemieniewski; and granddaughters, Dorothy M. Callaway, Katie L. Abrams, Julie N. Abrams and Annie R. Abrams. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at the Arcadia Village Cantina Club House. In lieu of owers, please make all contributions to the St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Martha E. RalstonMartha E. Ralston (Martie) went home to be with the Lord on Oct 19, 2014. She was born in Akron, Ohio on August 23, 1938 to Henry Paul Ralston and Oma (Santee) Ralston. She attended elementary school in Akron and graduated from Copley High School. Her higher education began at Eastern Nazarine College in Quincy, Mass. She earned her Masters in education at Boston State College. She held a lifetime certication in Director of Guidance for all of Mass. Martha had several vocations during her lifetime, including travel agent for Mitre Corp. in Boston, Mass. While at Mitre she developed a Carrousel Unit which accommodated each agent with a private zone. She was an Education Specialist in the State of New Hampshire. She also had her own Real Estate Agency while in New Hampshire. She was a Real Estate Agent in Florida also. Throughout that time Martha restored homes in New Hampshire and Florida. She also created the plans and then went on to build other homes in Hebron, NH and Punta Gorda, FL. She is survived by her nephews, Henry P. Ralston of Sarasota, FL, Daniel K. Ralston of Conn., Gretchen D. (Ralston) Berkel of Punta Gorda, FL; two great nieces; one great-great nephew; cousins Justine (Lowe) (VonMoos) Burklow, Marylou (Lowe) Easterling, Rex Gene Lowe, Sandra (Santee) Naccarato, Francis Santee, Norma Jean (Santee) Wilke, Gary Santee, Harlan Jay Santee, James E. Santee and Nancy (Santee) McKee. She also leaves behind her longtime friend and companion, Elaine M. Bodie of Punta Gorda, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents and Walter R. Ralston, her only sibling, and her cousin Douglas Santee. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Kays-Ponger & Usleton Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel with services to begin at 3 p.m. Burial will take place in Copley, OH at a later date. In lieu of owers please send donations in her name to One Missionary Society World Headquarters, 941 Fry Road, Greenwood, Indiana 46142. 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 www.cbcarcadia.org DeSoto DeSoto Church Church Directory Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory 50475786 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 www.firstbaptistarcadia.com 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.) 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: trinityarcadia.com 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 www.EpiscopalArcadiaFL.com 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 Traditional Service Wednesday Adult, Youth & Childrens Programs 7 PM Nursery Always Available www.pinelevelumc.com 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! Fort Ogden United Methodist Church 6923 SW River St. 863.494.3881 Adult Sunday School 9:00am Sunday Worship 10:00am (Nursery Childrens Church Provided) Mondays A.A. & Al-Anon 7:30pm Wednesday Youth & Children Ministry 5:30pm 7pm & Bible Study 6:30pm 50475685

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Arcadian | Page 10 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 are allowed 3 minutes each. Arcadian editor Susan E. Hoffman will then pose a number of questions to the candidates. They have been advised of the topics for questions but not the actual wording. Because there are so many candidates, they will not all be answer ing every question. Like the county session held earlier this year, we will also solicit questions from the audience. Cards will be handed out for writing out questions, and some of those may be chosen to ask one or more candidates. This is your last chance to see the candidates in a formal setting, which will give you a good idea how they might perform in ofce. Candidates also are permitted to have campaign literature to hand out. The event is free and the public is urged to attend. Early voting started Monday and will continue through Nov. 1. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.FORUMFROM PAGE 3 I came to DeSoto County 38 years ago, and I remember the hospital at that time and how much they have grown. If you have no other reason to vote and do not care who wins, you need to respond to this calling and vote yes to Ordinance 2014-04. If you do not understand the ordinance, you can call the hospital and they will explain it to you more in detail. What I believe is great about the election is the qualied people who have stepped up to the plate to run. Never have we ever had eight city council candidates and three men running for City Marshal to choose from. If you dont vote, it is not that you did not have a choice of good people to choose from. The thing that bothers me the most about elections are the people who criticize what is happening and yet did not vote. I have always felt, if you dont vote, you should not have an opinion. There is no excuses for low turnouts. Not in this election. Come on, DeSoto County. Lets get out there and vote for your choice and pick the best candidate for the job. 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IN DESOTO COUNTY: Radio Shack Sav-a-Lot McDonalds County Health Department Health Dept. WIC Office K&J Produce Walgreens The Goodwill Store Moose Club First State Bank The Magnolia Street Restaurant Desoto Memorial Hospital County Administration Center Both Winn Dixie Stores Reef and Beef Restaurant Badcock Furniture Habitat for Humanity El Pirata Oaks Trail The King Buffet Theraputic Center (Sav-a-Lot Plaza) Elis Western Wear El Pirata Desoto Appliance All of our advertisers IN HARDEE COUNTY: Stop and Shop, Zolfo Springs Glorias Restaurant Citgo Stop and Shop, Bowling Green Smokin Joes BBQ Circle K Walmart Both Winn Dixie Stores The Coin Laundry in the Walmart Plaza Stop and Shop, Wachula Main Street Grill CVS Pharmacy 106.9 Radio Station 50475519 Voters of DeSoto County: We have a crucial election in November. Important offices will be filled on the Arcadia City Council and Arcadia City Marshal positions as well as an excellent candidate in Jim Selph for re-election to the DeSoto County Commission. Of vital interest to the wellbeing of the people of DeSoto County is the election of Floridas Governor Rick Scott has been disastrous for the people of DeSoto County. The people of this county have endured job losses, cuts to public schools, and denial of available health care money due to the actions and policies of Rick Scott. If he is re-elected, we face even more of the same, including the transfer of the state prison system to for-profit corrections corporations that will result in local loss of jobs and decreased pay and benefits for those who remain employed. In addition to the damage done during the four years of Rick Scott as governor to ou r local economy, the 15 years of one-party rule in Tallahassee have not been good for DeSoto County. The closures of the state hospital and the juvenile justice programs and the resulting loss of hundreds of jobs will negatively impact DeSoto County for decades. During the initial years of his time as governor, education funding was drastically cut. The first month after becoming governor, Rick Scott proposed 10% cut in education funding. Let us take a moment to look at Rick Scotts direct impact on education in DeSoto County: Since Rick Scott took office on January 4, 2011, the School District of DeSoto has lost a total of $1,207,343.00 in state funding. These budget cuts have impacted every classroom. This governor has continued to increase state mandates and high stakes testing in our schools. He has consistently eroded local control of the school board. Our hospital is struggling to remain open and viable for the people of this county. We need local medical care, not additional unemployment. Consider the following actions by Rick Scott that impacted health care in DeSoto County: Rick Scott refused billions of our federal tax dollars for health care coverage. As a result many local people remained uninsured and are contributing to the hospitals deficit. In a May 2014 letter, the hospital CEO wrote: Floridas refusal to expand Medicaid benefits caused a significant impact to access to health care which has resulted in a financial burden to DeSoto Memorial Hospital We have heard some say that they do not want to vote for Rick Scott but do not want to vote for Charlie Crist either. This is usually based on the fact that Charlie Crist has switched political parties. People change political party affiliation for various reasons. Often it is due to either: The persons viewpoint has changed, or The party has changed policy and political philosophy. In fact, a number of people in this county have changed party affiliation. Not voting for Rick Scott is not enough. Refusing to vote for Charlie Crist is a vote for Rick Scott. Florida under Rick Scott has one of the worst recovery results from the recent great recession. Most other states (under both Republican and Democratic governors) have done better. Recovery in DeSoto County is among the slowest of all the Florida counties. This election is an opportunity for Tallahassee to hear the voters of DeSoto County. We do not need more damages. Rather than waiting for more pink slips for the people of this county, it is time to give Rick Scott HIS pink slip on November 4 th -DeSoto County Democratic Party Chairman Robert J Vaughn & Vice-Chair Barbara Foster Jackson Democratic State Committeewoman Colleen Spangler and State Committeeman Jeff Griffis www.democratdesotofl.com Political advertisement paid for and approved by the DeSoto County Democratic Party October 20 November 1 Early Voting Election Day November 4

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The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 11 | Arcadian Bike ride raises funds for Traveling Vietnam Wall ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JACK WELCHTim Martin, Mary Lyne and Ed Lyne with a check for $300 toward bringing the Traveling Vietnam Wall to DeSoto County in December.ARCADIAN PHOTO BY THOMAS SIMMONSCelina Muse, owner of the Wagon Wheel Saloon, signs up riders for the Freedom Isnt Free Bike Run. Each rider with a bike paid $10 for the ride, and each additional rider paid $5. The run raised over $300 toward the project of bringing the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to DeSoto County in December. Celina and her manager-daughter Amber Pierson organized the ride.ARCADIAN PHOTO BY THOMAS SIMMONSThe Freedom Isnt Free Bike Run attracted 37 cycles from all over the Southwest Florida area. Here the Moose Riders from the Arcadia Moose Lodge #1327 prepare to do their part to make the run a success. The Moose Riders came with 13 bikes to participate in Saturdays ride. Memorial students learn about fire safety Thomas Moran with DeSoto County Fire Rescue addressed Memorial Elementary students about re safety during Fire Safety and Prevention Week. The re department not only provided information on re prevention, but also brought over a re truck and ambulance for students to tour. PHOTO PROVIDED BY DALE WOLGAST 50475842 ATTENTION CITY OF ARCADIA UTILITY CUSTOMERS Pursuant to Resolutions 2012-14 and 2012-15 which were each passed on October 2, 2012, there will be a 3% increase for City water and sewer fees. Garbage and trash collection fees will increase 2%. The increases are effective October 1, 2014 and will be reflected on the November billings. 50475531 VOTE YES D E S OTO O RDINANCE 2014-04 1/2 P ENNY S ALES T AX S UPPORTS Y OUR L OCAL H OSPITAL The best explanation appears on the Florida Department of Revenue website: http://or.myflorida.com/dor/forms/current/dr2x.pdf Taxable Purchase Price 90 $1.00 $1.10 $1.15 Total Price Incl Sales Tax 7.00% 97 $1.07 $1.18 $1.24 Total Price Incl Sales Tax 7.50% 97 $1.08 $1.19 $1.24 F REQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Why does DMH need financial support? Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies are all paying DMH less than they did 5 years ago. Our Medicare payments were reduced (approximately $3 million per year) to fund coverage for the working poor (4,000 DeSoto County residents). The Florida legislature refused to accept the funds that would provide healthcare coverage for the working poor. Medicare is paying DMH less and the working poor still do not have coverage. What is the money going to be used for? The existing hospital mortgage with the USDA. (Nothing else) Does the sales tax have an end date? Yes, June 2036 or sooner if the Board of County Commissioners determines it should end. How do I know the money collected will be distributed properly? As with any tax collected the Department of Revenue is responsible for assuring the money goes to its intended purpose. The DeSoto County Administration will be responsible for writing the check to the USDA. Will the 1/2 penny sales tax affect the cost of groceries? No, most food purchased for the consumption at home is excluded from the state sales tax. (Examples are milk, bread, etc...) And sales tax is only paid on the first S5,000 of a major purchase. (Examples are car, boat, etc...)

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Arcadian | Page 12 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 Voters talk with city council, marshal hopefuls at political cookout City Council candidate Susie Coker reaches out to voters during The Arcadians election BBQ. City Council candidate Candy Reid provides information at her table to let voters know her views on city government. Delshay Turner, right, a City Council candidate, talks with Ernie Hewett about his plans if elected to the position. City Council candidate Keith Keene, center, is seeking reelection as he speaks with voters Thursday. Mitchell Watson, running for City Council, attends the Arcadians public BBQ Thursday to reach voters. City Council candidate Bill Bailey, with his wife Dawn, are ready to talk with prospective voters about Novembers election. City Council candidate Dick Fazzone talks with Janie Watson, left, and Interim City Administrator Beth Carsten about his race for a council seat. Judy Wertz Strickland, running for City Council, talks with Tim Backer about her views for the citys future.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANThe Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 13 | Arcadian DeSoto County, its time to show your Bulldog Spirit! The DeSoto County High School Bulldogs have put our team on the map in Varsity Football, after capturing the district title with last weeks 21-20 victory over Southeast. Lets keep the team spirit moving by showing them our support. Bonnie Molloy and Jackie Tucker are encouraging everyone residents, businesses and organizations to show their school spirit by decorating their homes or businesses. Wrap some blue-and-white tinsel around your lamppost, put up some big signs or banners in the front yard, paint some awesome bulldogs in your window and decorate everything with blue and white. Get ready to show those Hardee Wildcats some real DeSoto spirit! Can you imagine how theyll feel as they drive into town seeing everything decorated with Bulldog blue? The aim of this campaign is to show the Bulldogs in all sports how much the town supports them. Come on out to the games (and dont forget your blue-and-white pompoms). On game day, wear your Bulldog T-shirt. Dont have one? Get them at Shirts & Things (in Arcadia Printing), Hibbitt Sports and Walmart. The Paint the Town Blue committee includes Bonnie Molloy, Pam Ames, Bob Miller, Buddy Manseld, and Jackie Tucker. Dont forget to call to register your decorated home or ofce, because there will be prizes. Call Jackie Tucker at 863-993-0083 to make sure the judges see your location. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Residential and Best Commercial display. Judging takes place Oct. 29 and prizes will be awarded by DeSoto School Superintendent Dr. Karyn Gary at noon on Oct. 30 in front of Peddlers Boutique, 25 W. Oak Street in Arcadia.Paint the Town Blue, Bulldogs! RCMA walks for breast cancer awareness Amy Mobley and Bessie Russell take a break from their walk from the Smith-Brown Gym to the DeSoto County courthouse on Saturday.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACKA crowd gathers at Smith-Brown Gym preparing to march to the DeSoto County courthouse for breast cancer awareness. Juan Correa, Thalia Alvarez and their son Uraih Correa, from Nocatee RCMA, want people to know breast cancer does not discriminate. From left, Weeda Mae Williams, Dr. Sharon Goodman, Ernestine Simons, Gloria Kendrick (RCMA area Coordinator) and Stacy Wicks are ready to walk from the RCMA at SmithBrown Gym to the county courthouse, to raise awareness of breast cancer. Williams and Wicks were given the Strong Woman of the Community award. 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. 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SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 14JV BOYS FALL TO PIRATES PAGE 16Despite their best efforts, the junior varsity football team was over whelmed 49-0 by a talented Port Charlotte squad. Let the following phrase soak in for just a moment: The Bulldogs varsity football team are this seasons 5A-13 district champions! Say those words and let them slide through your mouth, roll off your tongue and pass through your smiling lips. It sounds good, doesnt it? It wasnt easy but the squad secured the title after an exciting 21-20 overtime win at Southeast. They also had some help from Bayshore, who beat Hardee to help DeSoto clinch the championship regardless of what happens the rest of the season. Had the Bulldogs failed to beat the Seminoles, they wouldve needed to beat Hardee tonight and hope the Seminoles lost their two nal district games. Its never good to put your destiny in the hands of another team, so the Bulldogs grabbed the bull by the horns and took care of business by themselves.Close game throughoutDeSoto County scored rst on a 13-yard interception by Tony Lee. I was studying lm all week and I watched how they ran the hitch, he said. I knew theyd run it. I knew how the man came off the line and then I saw them run it, so I jumped it. Taj Jackson broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter with a 48-yard touchdown run. A state championship-level track and eld star, Jackson turned on the afterburners and the Seminoles were looking at nothing but his tail lights as he crossed the end zone. He ran for a career-high 215 yards on the night. The Bulldogs took their seven-point lead into halftime, but saw Southeast tie the game in the third quarter on an 18-yard passing score. They ran the same play twice in a row, as the receiver was upset the quarterback didnt see him open on the rst play. He ran the same post route the second time and the result was a tie ballgame.Redemption for BarajasNeither team scored in the fourth quarter to set up over time. It took two plays for the Seminoles to score in overtime. They left the door open for the Bulldogs, however, when they missed their extra point. With the ball placed on the 10-yard-line, offensive coordinator Bumper Hay called for the Diamond Formation. Matt (Head Coach Egloff) looked at me like I was crazy when I called it, Hay said. We hadnt Bulldogs capture district crownBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe 2014 District 5A-13 Champion DeSoto County Bulldogs wait to board the bus for the happy ride home. The scoreboard tells the story after the Bulldogs exciting win. Notice the stadium is named Kiker and it was a kicker who gave the Bulldogs the win.DISTRICT | 18 50475834 Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Jim Selph, Democrat for County Commissioner, Distri ct 2 Re-Elect Jim Selph JIM SELPH For DeSoto County Commissioner District 2 The Best Choice DeSoto County Agricutural Agent in DeSoto County for 30+ years Combat Veteran of the Viet Nam War Graduate of the University of Florida, Bachelors and Masters Degrees Certified County Commissioner and Advanced County Commissioner Experience Education Leadership 50472483 I take care of your needs in the office and in the hospital providing continuity of care. NEW PATIENTS WELCOME! Most insurances accepted Cardiac & Hospital Care Echocardiography Critical Cardiac Care Nuclear Medicine Cardiac Catheterizations Pacemaker/Defribillator

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The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 15 | Arcadian Its doubtful the three seniors on the Bulldogs varsity volleyball team could have written a better script for both themselves and their team during Senior Night against North Port last week. The girls combined for 28 of the teams 44 kills, three of seven service aces and 65 of 124 digs en route to a thrilling 3-2 victory. Setter Datasia Wallace, who led the team with 23 assists and 28 digs, remembers her freshman year playing defense. I came into the game to play some defense and was pretty nervous, she said. Back then I didnt know Id be the setter for the team. Michaela Roberts, who had a game-high 14 kills, remembers playing on the junior varsity team. I was used strictly in the back row, she said. With my height, I wasnt even considered a front row attack player. Kacey Steyer, who had 13 kills for the match, has always been an outside hitter. Ive always played left side, but not always very consistent, she said. Tight game from the startThe first set was close throughout. North Port held a slim lead until the bulldogs pulled ahead 13-12 on a Roberts service point. The Lady Dawgs then held the slight lead until North Port tied it at 23. A Steyer kill broke the tie and Sophomore Jayla Cowell served up an Senior girls shine on special nightBy DAVE BREMERARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER Senior setter Datasia Wallace is escorted by her parents on Senior Night during the last regular season home game against North Port. Datasia had 23 assists and 28 digs in leading the Bulldogs to a 3-2 victory. PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERSenior Michaela Roberts is escorted by her parents and sister on Senior Night. Michaela contributed 14 kills and 19 digs in helping the Bulldogs defeat North Port 3-2. Escorted by her mother and sister, senior outside hitter Kacey Steyer is one of three seniors recognized on Senior Night. Steyer had 13 kills and 18 digs as the Bulldogs defeated North Port on this special night.SENIOR | 18 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 Best Prices in Town! We take time to help our customers and provide our service your way! 50475792 DeSoto Pharmacy / 863-491-7415 301 N. Brevard Ave., Ste.-E, Arcadia, FL 34266 Monday Friday 9AM 7PM Saturday 9AM 2PM

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Arcadian | Page 16 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 Remember the classic 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid? Robert Redford and Paul Newman were the lovable bad guys who rode day and night through rugged terrain trying to lose the lawmen who were always just a short distance behind them. Finally at one point a bewildered Newman asks Redford, Who are those guys? The DeSoto County varsity volleyball team played the role of those lawmen in their game against Charlotte High School Oct. 14, as the Tarpons had a hard time getting away from the Lady Dawgs. Both teams had just played ve games each in a tournament at Charlotte on Saturday. The Tarpons came back with an emotional game against Port Charlotte on Monday, and then traveled to DeSoto Tuesday for what could have been a big upset for the Bulldogs.Bulldogs no pushoversYou couldnt blame the Tarpons if they were suffering from a bit of fatigue from the tournament and the win over the rival Pirates, and they Lady Bulldogs test tired TarponsBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe 2014 DeSoto County High School varsity volleyball team.LADY BULLDOGS | 17 It wasnt a good sign of things to come for the DeSoto County Bulldogs junior varsity football team when they arrived at Port Charlotte High School with less than a minute before the game was supposed to begin. It was a good sign of things to come when they left the eld after taking a 49-0 beating at the hands of the undefeated Pirates. How could an old fashion beating be looked upon as something good? First you need to consider the opponent. The Pirates nished their season not only undefeated, but werent scored upon the entire year! Even when their freshman team played, they held the opponents scoreless. Overall, the Pirates JV squad outscored their opponents 183-0. So you have to admit that the Pirates are good very good. They have a roster of more than 60 players and have talented players on both sides of the ball. The good thing to come out of this game is the character of the players who have hung on with the team during a tough season. There were 32 players at the start of the season who thought they had what it takes to be a DeSoto Bulldog. A couple of them were JV Dawgs blanked by Port CharlotteBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER Bulldogs quarterback Malcom Smith gets caught in a heavy rush. The powerful Port Charlotte defense shut out DeSoto County 49-0.ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comJV | 17 In recognition of substance prevention month, DeSoto Drug Free Youth ... D-FY would like to praise, recognize and thank our local Walk the Walk business partners for their heartfelt and generous sup port in our mission of substance reduction in the young people of our community. Every American family has been touched by the tragedy of substance abuse. It ruins lives, families and futures. We have often heard others say, Someone Ought to DO Something! We are. Drug Free Coalition, in conjunction with many community members, sponsors Drug Free Youth an organization of young people committed to remaining drug, alcohol and tobacco free, sometimes in the face of overwhelming negative influences. Why? Because they have a strong integrity level that says, I k now that it will destroy my future plans and goals. I deserve an opportunity to succeed in life. Drug Free Youth praises, recognizes and rewards our young people for making good decisions. Our Business partners reinforce their commitment, and by doing so, help to build a better future for our young, our families and our community. Please join us in thanking these businesses in DeSoto County for their contribution: Downtown Athletic Club, McDonalds, Burger King, Nail Spa, Clock Restaurant, El Charro Mexican Restaurant, Chilis, Beef OBradys, Magnolia Bridal, Bullseye BBQ, Oak Street Deli, Reef N Beef, P aleteria La Michoacana, Terra Fried Chicken, El Pirata Restaurant Please let us know YOUR Favorite 5 businesses whom you feel contribute to the quality of life in DeSoto County through service, courtesy, respect and community awareness! Well ask them to Walk the Walk with us! If you own a business and would like to participate in our mission to make our kids smarter, safer and healthier, please contact 863-990-8405 Special Thank You to the DeSoto County School System for their strong partnership 50475827 Drug-Free DeSoto Coalition Presents October National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

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The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 17 | Arcadian could have easily overlooked the Bulldogs. That would have been a mistake. The Bulldogs played their most spirited match in several weeks, hustling and chasing balls all over the court as they matched the Tarpons from start to finish. Charlotte trailed in the rst set by as much as eight points at 15-7, but rallied back to within three at 16-13. They were still behind by three at 20-17 before they rallied for a 25-20 victory. The second set ended with the same score as the Tarpons pulled out to a 9-1 lead and were ready for the kill shot on the Bulldogs. The Lady Dawgs werent ready to roll over and play dead though. Again they battled back and scored seven of the next nine points to get back in the game at 11-8. The Tarpons just had too much repower to throw at the Bulldogs, however, and ended with the win. The third set resembled the rst two with the Tarpons taking a six-point lead at 10-4. Back again came the Bulldogs, however, and they pulled to within three points at 20-17 before ultimately falling 25-21.Victory in defeatThe Charlotte team has won 17 matches this season and have dominated most of their contests. The Bulldogs made them work for all three wins and played a very good game. They have a lot to be proud of even in defeat. Charlotte had six substitutes on their bench ready to come in and give their teammates a breather. The Bulldogs only had three girls on the bench. Cassidy Furr pulled her stomach muscles at the Charlotte tournament and didnt play. Kaitlin Steyer sprained her ankle at Port Charlotte the week before and is out for the season, and Bethany Bonville is still nursing her foot injury. Thats a lot of offense and defense to have to make up for with those players out of the lineup. They fought to the end and that was a pleasant thing to see. They didnt give up, Coach Laura White said. They kept going and going and thats what weve got to do in districts. We moved Lucero (Perez) from middle back to left back because she wanted to try it. It turned out to be pretty good since the girls at left back prefer being at middle back. So that worked out for us.LADY BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 16 injured and the rest left the team when things got tough. Going into the game at Port Charlotte, there were only 18 of them still standing.Pirates control from startEven with the Bulldogs running back Jon-Shea Reed out of action with a concussion, it was evident that the Bulldogs werent going to win the game, but wanted to score some points and ruin the Pirates perfect record. That never happened as the Bulldogs only got into Pirate territory three times, and once was on a 15yard penalty. As the first half ended there was a long pass near the end zone that was intercepted by a Port Charlotte defender, and that was the Bulldogs only threat of putting points JVFROM PAGE 16on the board. Three of their six first half possessions ended with a failed fourth down attempt. The other three possessions ended with a punt, a blocked punt and an interception. The only two second-half possessions ended with a lost fumble and failed pass attempt as the clock ran out. The Bulldogs managed just one first down and had another called back on a penalty. Malcom Smith was three-for-seven for 19 yards and an interception. Anthony Blanding carried three times for 30 yards and tallied the only first down. The teams total offense was 52 yards, with 33 of them coming on 17 rushes. Six of the carries ended up with a loss of yardage. After the game Head Coach Richard Koonce told his team, We all had opportunities to make plays but we didnt make them. We have to learn how to prepare for a game. We didnt prepare hard enough and didnt deserve to win, he said. You fought all the way and that made me proud. Im proud of you. What happened to your former teammates when the going got tough? Thats right, they laid down. It takes a man to come out here every week and go through this. Weve got Hardee (game is tonight) and that will make our entire season if we can beat them. If we beat Hardee all is forgotten. All anybody will say about you is that you beat Hardee. M i c h a e l D e r h o d g e O D Michael Derhodge O.D. T h o m a s Q u i g l e y M D Thomas Quigley M.D. FREE EYE EXAM FOR NEW PATIENTS Complete medical exam with one of our board certified eye doctors includes prescription for eyeglasses, and test for cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases. Offer applies to US Citizens 59 years and older. Coupon Expires 10/31/14 No Hidden Charges: It is our policy that the patient and or any other person responsible for payment or be reimburse by payment or any other service., examination or treatment which is performed as a result of reimburse with 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. 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Arcadian | Page 18 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 run it all night and they never saw it on lm. So I gured we were more physical than them and I let Tajahs (Jackson) or Pooh (DaWayne Hearns) take it and outrun them. It was designed to go to the right but he (Hearns) told me that he wanted to go to the left because there were only two players there and he said he could beat them. Thats what good running backs do. He played a good game tonight, we had him at fullback, receiver and on defense. Hes just a good kid who can do it all. Hearns said after the game he insisted on going left because he could see a mismatch in his favor. Before the play I told Tajahs that I was going to the left, he said. He told me no, but I went anyway and was untouched all the way. I knew I could beat those two guys. With the score tied at 20, an injury to a Southeast player delayed the game for more than ve minutes. That generally is a bad thing for the offense because it gives the kicker too much time to think about the important game-winning kick. Bulldogs kicker Cesar Barajas had missed a eld goal earlier in the game. The sophomore said, When that play er was injured I just prayed, he said. I prayed so much and God was there with me and the ball went through. I thought before the kick, man this is a lot of pressure on me because if I would have made that eld goal earlier then we wouldnt be in this spot. When asked to assess his district championship team, Egloff said his squads never-give-in mentality and toughness have been keys to success. I dont know if this is the most talented team weve ever had, and these guys sure do make me more frustrated than all get out, but they stick together, he said. They will ght to the end and that is what I like about them. When asked about the Diamond Formation that resulted in the overtime score, Egloff smiled and said, We ran it one other time this year when Deionte (Turner) carried it in for a touchdown. That play has a pretty high rate of success, doesnt it?Et vellic temolupDISTRICTFROM PAGE 14 ace to give the Bulldogs a first set victory. The next two sets belonged to North Port. In the second set North Port gained an early five-point lead, only to have the Bulldogs battle back and gain a 22-21 advantage. The Bobcats scored the final four points, however, for the victory. The third set was all Bobcats. The Dawgs held a slim 14-12 lead, but North Port outscored DeSoto 13-1 in just two rotations to easily take the set. Staring at defeat, the Bulldogs had to dig deep in the fourth set. A Roberts ser vice ace gave the Bulldogs a 20-17 lead, forcing North Port to use their second time out. There would be four more lead changes and five ties before the Bulldogs pulled out a 28-26 victory on a Roberts set-ending kill. The Bulldogs started playing conservatively in the fifth set and found themselves behind quickly. Down10-7, Wallace stepped to the service line and DeSoto scored four straight points. Roberts quickly got the ball back for the Bulldogs with a kill and service point. After another immediate side out, Jayla Cowell stepped to the line and served the final point, giving the Bulldogs a thrilling 15-12 set and match victory. Hugs, smiles, and photo opportunities followed for the seniors. This feels good, Roberts said after the game. All of our hard work paid off. We had energy the whole match, Wallace said. We were scrappy and fought the whole time. Coach Laura White was pleased with the efforts by her seniors. Honestly, you look at them individually and youre not that impressed, but you put them together on the court and they make a huge impact for us, she said. Sometimes Senior Night scripts dont turn out too well, but on this night you couldnt have asked for a better ending. Hopefully the storyline will remain the same as the Bulldogs head into district playoffs.SENIORFROM PAGE 15 The three seniors give a nal hug before their last regular season home game against North Port. The Bulldogs won 3-2. PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERMiddle hitter Jayla Cowell hits just over the ngertips of the North Port middle blocker. Cowell had seven kills and two blocks to help the Bulldogs pull out a 3-2 victory. For two generations, Kenny Millers family has helped farmers across America produce abundant yields with the use of phosphate from right here in Florida. For more than 31 years, Kenny has been involved with just about every facet of crop nutrient production, and his responsibilities also include environmental stewardship. But theres a lot more to Kenny than his work for Mosaic. Kenny volunteers at his church and with local organizations focused on building a stronger Hardee County a place hes proud to call home. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and shing in Charlotte Harbor. Kenny is just one of the many Mosaic employees committed to the communities where we all live, work and play. Visit mosaicindesoto.com and mosaicco.com/ orida for more information. We help the world grow the food it needs. My job is to be a responsible steward of our natural resources, now and for future generations. Kenny Miller, Mosaics South Pasture Mine Photo (left to right): Kenny Miller with his wife Kelley and their children John Andrew, Savannah and Daniel 50471224

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The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 21 | Arcadian own inquisition in the middle of the desert at high noon. Shame on them I broke out in a sweat just composing that last sentence! Let me also, ahem, clear the air, by saying that being around yours truly is not a close encounter of the odoriferous kind. I do bathe, brush my teeth, and use non-expiring antiperspirant. Otherwise, polecats would break out in a sweat of their own and run away screaming when they saw me coming. The fall weather brings what many call the changing of the colors. We get very little of that in the trees down here in Florida, but I did see something on Facebook the other day that said our color changes take place in license plates. Yep, the fading of summer brings with it the yearly migration of snowbirds into our midst, when the roads will be busier, restaurants will be more crowded, and well be able to unload lots of good junk at our yard sales. And so to those who also suffer from inner-global warming, lets hope and pray that Old Man Winter nds his way to the Sunshine State and visits with us for awhile. After all, dont we want a chance to get our moneys worth out of our sweaters and jackets? You know, the thing with cold and hot weather is this you can always put on more clothing when the temps are down, but when theyre up, you can only take off so much before you get arrested! All the more reason to chill out, literally!GRITS & PIECESFROM PAGE 4 The GFWC Arcadia Womans Club heard the merits of voting yes for the half-cent tax beneting DeSoto Memorial Hospital at the October luncheon meeting. The guests were invited by member Evelyn Sasser. Several speakers gave details from their perspective and answered questions. The hospital representatives promised a tour of the hospital to club members at a future date. The club also welcomed three new members who will be installed at a later meeting. Club president Jannett Hawley had a participant explain that some of the women who worked for womens right to vote in the early 1900s were members of the General Federation of Womens Clubs. They picketed outside the White House with suffragettes and were arrested, beaten and tortured. The club urges all its members to vote at every election in their memory.GFWC Womans Club hears from hospitalBy JUDY VENTRELLAGFWC FLORIDA LEADERSHIP CHAIR From left: Sherry Miraldi, Past President; Karen Taylor; Dan Hogan; Jerry Waters; Andrea Carson; Vince Sica; Lois Hilton; Lew Ambler; Club President Jannett Hawley; and Kristen Spahr. Not pictured: Dr. Vaidy Nathan; Nelda Hill.PHOTO PROVIDED BY JUDY VENTRELLA Paying it forward is a third-party concept that involves doing something good for someone in response to a good deed done on your behalf. When you pay it forward you are not repay ing the person who did something nice for you, but instead you do something nice for someone else. This concept is attributed to Ben Franklin from a letter he wrote to Benjamin Webb in 1784. Franklin told Webb he wanted to help him by lending him money, but insisted it not be paid back. Instead, he hoped in the future Webb would be able to help someone else out in a similar fashion. Paying it forward does not need to involve money; free gestures of kindness or something as simple as buying a strangers lunch can all be forms of the deed. Carolyn Helewski wanted to pay it forward and chose Desoto County Animal Services as the recipient. Helewski is a nancial associate with Suncoast Credit Union in Arcadia. She presented the idea to fellow employees and they all chipped in to collect pet food, treats and toys for the DCAS kennels and Pet Food Bank. Payment was delivered to DCAS on Oct. 15. Suncoast Credit Union is a banking institution that offers services such as checking, savings, loans, mortgages and insurance needs for home and automobile. Hours are MondayThursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about their services call (800) 999-5887, extension 58799.Suncoast pays it forward for animalsSubmitted by Debbie MerkinDESOTO COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES SUPERVISOR PHOTO PROVIDEDFrom left: Carolyn Helewski, Debby Cooper and Ashley Welling pose with food, treats and toys donated from Suncoast Credit Union to Desoto Countys Animal Services.

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Arcadian | Page 22 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 50475828 NOTICE OF POLLING PLACE CHANGE (FS 101.71) PRECINCT 7, SPEER CENTER LOCATED AT: 104 WINIFRED STREET Notice is hereby given that your polling location for Precinct (7) Seven has changed. The former polling location for Precinct Seven (7) was the Speer Center, (Old National Guard Armory). It has been changed to: The Family Service Center Annex, 310 West Whidden Street, at the corner of W. Effie Street and North Orange Avenue. Florida law requires a Florida Driver License or some form of photo identification when voting at the polls. Also, please remember to notify the Supervisor of Elections of any change in name or address. If you have any questions or need directions to your polling location, please contact your Elections office at (863) 9934871 or visit theDeSoto County Administration Building, 201 East Oak Street, Suite 104, Arcadia, Florida, 34266. Mark F. Negley SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA NOTICE OF POLLING PLACE CHANGE (FS 101.71) PRECINCT 5,6 Smith Brown Gym LOCATED AT: 14 SCHOOL STREET Notice is hereby given that your polling location for Precinct (5. 6) Five and 6 has changed. The former polling location for Precinct Five and Six (5, 6) was the Smith Brown Gym. It has been changed to : The House of God Church. 200 South Alabama Ave. Florida law requires a Florida Driver License or some form of photo identification when voting at the polls. Also, please remember to notify the Supervisor of Elections of any change in name or address. If you have any questions or need directions to your polling location, please contact your Elections office at (863) 993-4871 or visit theDeSoto County Administration Building, 201 East Oak Street, Suite 104, Arcadia, Florida, 34266. Mark F. Negley SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA NOTICE OF POLLING PLACE CHANGE (FS 101.71) (Old Location) PRECINCT 9 Brownville Baptist Church LOCATED AT: 7015 NE Cubitis Avenue (New Location) Precinct 9 Bethel Assembly of God Ministries Located at: 7538 NE Cubitis Avenue Notice is hereby given that your polling location for Precinct Nine (9) has moved to Bethel Assembly of God Ministries at 7538 NE Cubitis Ave.. approximately 14 mile North of Brownville Baptist Church Florida law requires a Florida Driver License or some form of photo identification when voting at the polls. Also, please remember to notify the Supervisor of Elections of any change in name or address. If you have any questions or need directions to your polling location, please contact your Elections office at (863) 9934871 or visit theDeSoto County Administration Building, 201 East Oak Street, Suite 104, Arcadia, Florida, 34266. Mark F. Negley SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA Early Voting Schedule at Supervisor of Elections Office 201 E. Oak St., Suite 104 October 20th-Nov. 1st Monday Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Saturday & Sunday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM General Election November 4th, 2014 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at your Polling Place To request an absentee Ballot be mailed to you, call the Elections Office (863) 993-4871 DeSOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA VOTING PRECINCTS NAME 1.South County Annex (Fire station) 2. Owens Community 661 Center / School Thigpen Ave. 3. Pine Level United Methodist Church 5. The House of God Church (Fellowship Hall) 6. The House of God Church (Fellowship Hall) 7. Family Service Center (Annex) 8.Oak Hill Baptist Church 9. Bethel Assembly of God Church 10. Rodeo Grounds Ticket Office 11. Trinity United Methodist Church 13. Nocatee United Methodist Church 14. Ft. Ogden United Methodist Church 15. First Baptist Church Christian Life Center 16. McSwain Building 17. First Baptist Church LOCATION 8789 SW CR 761 (Corner of Hwy 761 and Kings 5586 Owens School Street S.W. / CR. (Corner of Owens School Street 9596 N.W. Pine Level St. (Pine Level United Methodist Church) 200 South Alabama Ave. (Corner of S. Alabama and Gordon St.) 200 South Alabama Ave. (Comer of S. Alabama and Gordon 310 West Whidden Street ( Corner of N. Orange and Effie St. ) 5104 Oak Hill Ave. (Turn off CR 661A onto Oak Hill Ave.) 7538 NE Cubitis Ave (Old Hwy 17) 124 Heard Street (Turn left off Hwy 17 S. onto Heard) 304 West Oak Street (West on Oak Street) 4502 SW Welles Ave (Turn left off Hwy 17 S. onto Welles Ave.) 6923 SW River St. (Right off of Hwy 17S.) 1006 North Brevard Avenue (Hwy 17 North) Chamber of Commerce Office (16 South Volusia Avenue) 1006 North Brevard Avenue (Hwy 17 North) Please remember that state law requires you to present a form of photo/signature identification such as a Florida Driver License, when voting on Election Day.

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The Sun / Thursday, October 23, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 23 | Arcadian The varsity football team won the 5A-13 District title with a thrilling 21-20 overtime win at Southeast. The junior varsity football team lost at Port Charlotte 49-0. The middle school football team hung on for a 7-6 win at Hill-Gustat. The JV volleyball team lost 2-0 to both Charlotte and North Port to finish their season. The varsity volleyball team lost to Charlotte but beat North Port 3-2 and are now in district play. The DeSoto Youth Football teams are enjoying recent success. The 14U team is on a two-game winning streak, and the 10U won their last game. The 12U team is undefeated this season.Upcoming games The JV football team hosts Hardee tonight, while the varsity has a bye this week. The varsity hosts Hardee next Thursday. The DeSoto Middle School softball team concludes their season with games at 5 p.m. home tonight, and their season nale next Monday. DeSoto Youth Football hosts the Crusaders at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Richard Bowers Field. The winter sports season begins in two weeks.By STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER | DESOTO SPORTS ROUNDUP The Charlotte High School junior varsity volleyball team traveled to Arcadia Oct. 14 fresh off a 2-0 sweep the night before against rival Port Charlotte, and were looking to improve on their stellar 16-3 season record. The Bulldogs squad had the home court advantage, however, as a loud group of students in the upper end of the bleachers cheered every DeSoto County point. The Tarpons could have over looked the Bulldogs (whom they had beaten earlier in the season) after the excitement of the previous nights win. If there was ever a time for the Lady Dawgs to pull off the upset, the stage was set. Unfortunately, however, it didnt happen. The Tarpons kept on rolling and showed their skills and experience with 25-9 and 25-16 wins. Charlotte is a tough team that has continued to improve throughout the season. The JV Bulldogs recently had two of their players move up to the varsity team in Hannah Lambright and Malyssa Jeter. That makes a difference, as players are put into new positions and learn how to play the positions during the heat of the battle. Its been a hit or miss season. Sometimes the girls are hitting on all cylinders and they play great; then there are the times when they just cant put it together, said JV Coach Nora Cail. That was due to change as we had two girls move up to varsity, and thats great that they can move up. In the rst set the Bulldogs trailed 9-4 and never recovered as the Tarpons made few errors, showcased good teamwork with good communication and made their shots count. The second set found the Lady Bulldogs trailing 9-2, but they stayed even with the Tarpons the rest of the way and were outscored only 16-14. They played hard and never quit and even scored more points than the Pirates did against Charlotte the night before. Lorena (Lara) and Emily (Milstead) have really shown a lot of progress this season, Cail said. This is Emilys rst year and shes a quick learner. Shes a good athlete and good team player. Lorena had never played before and when we went to the tournament she just kind of opened up and wow, she showed me some skills. She plays middle for her club team, too, and I was very happy with her. And they are both freshmen so theyll be back next year. Milstead said, Ive gotten better on my defense and my agility is better. I still need work on my setting. I enjoy playing defense.JV volleyball swept by CharlotteBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe 2014 DeSoto County High School junior varsity volleyball team. Need that hardto -f ind item? 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TABLE OF CONTENTS These days, Ma Nature gets a bit of help to produce the maximum number of quail possible from a given area of land.Quail rehab Reel-Tors MARK DAVISON & RYAN BOLY Costa Rica or Florida? ..................................................................................... Page 9 Angling 101 ROBERT LUGIEWICZ Pick your poisson ......................................................................................... Page 10 Around Charlotte Harbor CAPT. RALPH ALLEN Fish get gassy, too ........................................................................................ Page 11 Birding ABBIE BANKS Smells like birds to me ................................................................................. Page 13 A Life on the Water CAPT. VAN HUBBARD Learn and understand .................................................................................. Page 14 Dining on the Water Sunset at the Gulf View Grill ........................................................................ Page 15 Peace River Wildlife Center ROBIN JENKINS, DVM One down, eight to go ................................................................................. Page 16 The Man on the Pier MATT STEVENS If you love her, let her go ............................................................................. Page 17 Tournament Bassin GREG BARTZ Outfished. Again. ....................................................................................... Page 22 Boating Safety MARK & LEIGH ANN LONG Water, water everywhere .................................................................... Page 23 SLACK TIDES ........................................................................................... Page 24 At the Range BILLY CARL Page 18 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 21 FISH PROFILES | Page 21 BOATING CLASSES | Page 21 SOLUNAR TABLES | Page 22 REGULAR FEATURES BoatingAnd Fishing.com Facebook.com/ WaterLineMagazine23170 Harborview Road Port Charlotte, FL 33980PUBLISHERJOSH OLIVE941-276-9657Publisher@WaterLineWeekly.comCUSTOMER SERVICE & SUBSCRIPTIONS941-206-1300MARKETINGAdvertising Director Leslee Peth 941-205-6400 LPeth@sun-herald.com Advertising Manager Mike Ruiz 941-205-6402 MRuiz@sun-herald.com Advertising Sales Erick Sykes 941-205-6405Sales@WaterLineWeekly.comBoaters Bargains 941-429-3110CONTRIBUTORSCapt. Ralph Allen 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 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 COVERWaterLine photo by Josh OliveThis Okeechobee bass grabbed a worm almost as long as itself. They dont call em largemouths for nothin. WEEKLY MAGAZINE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR JOSH: I live in Venice January through April and take the party boat out of Englewood. Are there any daily party boats out of Venice? Seems like there would be a market for one. Nick Dej NICK: I dont know of any party boats that run from Venice. However, there are several charter services that will take you oshore from Venice. Generally, a charter will take up to six people. Split six ways, youll spend about two or three times as much for a day of shing but you should expect to have a considerably better shing experience on a private charter than you would from a head boat. I was able to nd several outtters with a simple Google search: Venice Florida oshore shing. Josh Olive, WaterLine Publisher JOSH: I have been reading WaterLine since about 2008. For a long time, you, Josh Olive, were the editor, then you were the publisher and a dierent person (I think his last name was Anderson) was the editor. Now you appear to be the publisher AND the editor. I thought I read your magazine thoroughly, but if you answered that in the magazine I must have missed it. Is that other person gone or just not mentioned anymore? Bob Blank BOB: Lee Anderson was the WaterLine editor for a while, but due to some internal changes hes now part of the team that builds the daily newspaper. Im currently functioning as both publisher and editor. Its a lot to do, but at least I know who to blame when something gets done wrong. Josh Olive, WaterLine PublisherIf you have a comment or question for WaterLine, send it to Editor@WaterLineWeekly.com.Letters 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. A friend of mine called me the other day to talk about sh tags. No, not for tracking for harvesting, like the type alligator hunters are required to use. It seems hed been spending some time reading up on all the lunacy surrounding sector separation (which well talk more about next week, because we should know something), and some folks had brought up the idea that youd have to buy tags in order to take sh home. Want to keep that red grouper? OK attach this one-time use tag to his gill, tear o the part youll have to send in to record the catch, and drop him in the cooler. How would you get a tag? Youd buy it at the tax collectors oce (or, as rabid rumor has it, at Walmart, where they could charge you any price they wanted). For now, its all speculation. But its frantic spec ulation for some people the kind that could END RECREATIONAL FISHING AS WE KNOW IT!!! Could it? Eh probably not. But sh tags or something similar will likely be coming at some point, and for very good reason. Recreational shing as we know it, at least for saltwater species in this part of the country, is unsustainable. There are too many people wanting to bring home the same sh. To balance out the demand and the supply, regulators have used traditional tools such as bag limits and seasons. But were reaching a tipping point for some sh. How do you set a bag limit of a quarter of a sh? Doesnt work. You could restrict seasons tighter, but how tight do you want to go (nine days for red snapper, anyone?) Besides, theres another problem: Counting the sh taken. Stock assessments provide regulators with at least an idea of how many sh are out there. Creel surveys then give them an idea of how many are caught. Add an assumption to an estimate and youll probably get well, its fuzzy math, so the answers are fuzzy. So how do you get better numbers? Fish tags are one possible solution. There would need to be a lot of discussion before they could become reality, but if they were done right, it wouldnt be so bad. Highly sought species, or those that have had management troubles, would probably come rst: Red snapper, various groupers, amberjack, triggersh, hogsh. If the cost were prohibitive, that would be a problem. But when youre talking about oshore species here, which seem to be the focus of the discussion anyway, whats prohibitive? If youre spending $400 to gas up the boat and $100 on bait and chum, is a handful of $5 tags going to be the nal straw that keeps you on the dock? Naturally, demand will exceed supply for some species. In those cases, a lottery system could be instituted again, like what we have for gators. The number of tags issued could be adjusted year to year. With regulators having a harvest estimate that is much closer to the actual harvest (face it; well never get it absolutely right), itll be simpler to gure out how to manage populations for greatest available yield. Or, if the fearmongers are right, all the tags will be bought up like front-row concert tickets, and youll have to pay scalper prices or get left out. If you think theyre right, then heres your challenge: Come up with a better solution that recognizes the realities on the ground (in the water?). Most of the time, opponents of change dont have a working counterproposal. They just say no. This is a problem that needs solving, not an ideological debate. Either help x it or stay out of the way. Look, no one likes this. We all want a return to the good old days of going out and loading the boat. But thats not going to happen. There are too many of us. New solutions are required, or we can give up on the idea of shing having any sort of future at all. When you look at them in that light, are sh tags really so bad? The future of fishing FROM THE PUBLISHERS DESK JOSH OLIVE mmommJjImo,{7iII '

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Page 4 October 23, 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 06:52 0.13 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; for more info see TidesAndCurrents.noaa.gov TIDE CHARTSTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY THURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY THURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY Thursday 06:52 0.13 feet L 13:11 1.63 feet H 18:23 1.05 feet L Friday 00:05 2.12 feet H 07:27 0.02 feet L 13:50 1.58 feet H 18:39 1.11 feet L Saturday 00:34 2.22 feet H 08:04 -0.06 feet L 14:34 1.53 feet H 18:56 1.16 feet L Sunday 01:08 2.28 feet H 08:46 -0.09 feet L 15:22 1.46 feet H 19:17 1.20 feet L Monday 01:47 2.29 feet H 09:34 -0.09 feet L 16:20 1.40 feet H 19:43 1.24 feet L Tuesday 02:31 2.25 feet H 10:30 -0.04 feet L 17:32 1.36 feet H 20:18 1.29 feet L Wednesday 03:22 2.14 feet H 11:33 0.04 feet L 19:02 1.38 feet H 21:29 1.35 feet L Thursday 02:37 1.91 feet H 10:01 0.17 feet L 16:10 1.61 feet H 21:44 0.95 feet L Friday 03:00 2.00 feet H 10:39 0.07 feet L 16:53 1.56 feet H 22:10 1.02 feet L Saturday 03:27 2.08 feet H 11:19 -0.00 feet L 17:40 1.50 feet H 22:37 1.07 feet L Sunday 03:59 2.13 feet H 12:02 -0.04 feet L 18:33 1.44 feet H 23:07 1.12 feet L Monday 04:37 2.15 feet H 12:51 -0.03 feet L 19:33 1.39 feet H 23:44 1.16 feet L Tuesday 05:22 2.13 feet H 13:46 0.01 feet L 20:38 1.36 feet H Wednesday 00:32 1.19 feet L 06:17 2.05 feet H 14:46 0.08 feet L 21:45 1.36 feet H Thursday 00:03 1.68 feet H 07:34 0.16 feet L 13:40 1.38 feet H 19:06 0.83 feet L Friday 00:25 1.76 feet H 08:09 0.07 feet L 14:19 1.34 feet H 19:30 0.89 feet L Saturday 00:52 1.83 feet H 08:47 0.01 feet L 15:01 1.28 feet H 19:55 0.93 feet L Sunday 01:24 1.88 feet H 09:30 -0.02 feet L 15:50 1.23 feet H 20:23 0.97 feet L Monday 02:01 1.89 feet H 10:19 -0.01 feet L 16:49 1.17 feet H 20:57 1.00 feet L Tuesday 02:45 1.86 feet H 11:15 0.03 feet L 18:02 1.13 feet H 21:42 1.04 feet L Wednesday 03:37 1.78 feet H 12:19 0.09 feet L 19:25 1.14 feet H 22:57 1.07 feet L Thursday 02:13 2.00 feet H 10:01 0.19 feet L 15:50 1.64 feet H 21:33 0.99 feet L Friday 02:35 2.09 feet H 10:36 0.09 feet L 16:29 1.58 feet H 21:57 1.05 feet L Saturday 03:02 2.17 feet H 11:14 0.02 feet L 17:11 1.52 feet H 22:22 1.10 feet L Sunday 03:34 2.23 feet H 11:57 -0.02 feet L 18:00 1.45 feet H 22:50 1.15 feet L Monday 04:11 2.24 feet H 12:46 -0.01 feet L 18:59 1.39 feet H 23:24 1.19 feet L Tuesday 04:55 2.21 feet H 13:42 0.03 feet L 20:12 1.35 feet H Wednesday 00:09 1.24 feet L 05:47 2.11 feet H 14:46 0.10 feet L 21:35 1.35 feet HVENICE INLET PUNTA GORDA PLACIDA MATLACHA PASS 13:11 1.63 18:23 1.05 00:05 2.12 07:27 0.02 13:50 1.58 18:39 1.11 00:34 2.22 08:04 -0.06 14:34 1.53 18:56 1.16 01:08 2.28 08:46 -0.09 15:22 1.46 19:17 1.20 01:47 2.29 09:34 -0.09 16:20 1.40 19:43 1.24 02:31 2.25 10:30 -0.04 17:32 1.36 20:18 1.29 03:22 2.14 11:33 0.04 19:02 1.38 21:29 1.35 21:44 0.95 03:00 2.00 10:39 0.07 16:53 1.56 22:10 1.02 03:27 2.08 11:19 -0.00 17:40 1.50 22:37 1.07 03:59 2.13 12:02 -0.04 18:33 1.44 23:07 1.12 04:37 2.15 12:51 -0.03 19:33 1.39 23:44 1.16 05:22 2.13 13:46 0.01 20:38 1.36 00:32 1.19 06:17 2.05 14:46 0.08 21:45 1.36 13:40 1.38 19:06 0.83 00:25 1.76 08:09 0.07 14:19 1.34 19:30 0.89 00:52 1.83 08:47 0.01 15:01 1.28 19:55 0.93 01:24 1.88 09:30 -0.02 15:50 1.23 20:23 0.97 02:01 1.89 10:19 -0.01 16:49 1.17 20:57 1.00 02:45 1.86 11:15 0.03 18:02 1.13 21:42 1.04 03:37 1.78 12:19 0.09 19:25 1.14 02:13 2.00 21:33 0.99 02:35 2.09 10:36 0.09 16:29 1.58 21:57 1.05 03:02 2.17 11:14 0.02 17:11 1.52 22:22 1.10 03:34 2.23 11:57 -0.02 18:00 1.45 22:50 1.15 04:11 2.24 12:46 -0.01 18:59 1.39 23:24 1.19 04:55 2.21 13:42 0.03 20:12 1.35 00:09 1.24 05:47 2.11 14:46 0.10 21:35 1.35 16:10 1.61 10:01 0.17 02:37 1.91 00:03 1.68 10:01 0.19 22:57 1.07 07:34 0.16 15:50 1.64 WATERSIDE GRILLGASAIIdLilkBREAKFAST!l a:N1'YLUNCH!DINNER!r ..FULL LIQUOR BAR!WATERA!E SIGRILLTm=mmGASPLA15001 GASPARILLA RDPLACIDA, FL 941-697-2280GASPARILLAMARINA.COMMARKER 20ON THE ICW NAT'

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Page 6 October 23, 2014 LOCAL FISHING REPORTS FROM VENICE TO PINE ISLAND INSHORE & FRESHWATER GULF & OFFSHORE BEST BETThere are everywhere, but the vast majority are under or over the slot. The inshore mangrove snapper bite has slowed a bit but is still decent. Fish to 14 inches have been taking live shrimp around dock pilings. Red grouper are closed in federal waters but still open inside of 9 miles, and there have been some good keepers taken in state waters at about 50 feet. While youre out there, youll probably pull up decent numbers of lane snapper and grunts, and you can use smaller baits for tasty squirrelsh. The ats of Lemon Bay have been a great spot for redsh at low tide. Theyll be happy to eat root beer MirrOlure Lil Johns and other dark soft plastic baits. There have been great schooling redsh reports from Whidden Creek; whitebait is the top producer if you can get it. Watch them once you hook one or youll lose the school. Big snook to 40 inches plus are taking whitebait around docks and mangroves where the water is moving. Scattered pompano are in the channels and passes; Boca is always good. The best ounder reports are coming from Boca Grande Pass as well. Flag yellowtail snapper and some very nice mangroves are coming in from 33 miles out. Blitzing bonita and Spanish mackerel have been within a mile of the beach tearing up threadns. Good kingsh 35 to 40 inches are hitting trolled 5-inch Yo-Zuris just outside Boca Grande even Jim caught one, so its just about a sure thing. Both juvenile and large tarpon are moving up into the Myakka and will hit topwater plugs. Largemouth bass are hitting shiners in the North Port canals. Tilapia are taking cut shrimp or red worms. Kingsh and barracuda are hitting trolled spoons or other ashy lures 5 to 7 miles out. Anglers are using diamond jigs to catch grouper and kingsh on the deeper reefs. The Myakka from North Port to El Jobean is full of snook and redsh. Bomber topwaters and trolled Rapala X-Raps are hooking a lot of sh. FISHING TIP OF THE WEEK: Using artificial lures can be far more challenging when baitfish are abundant and easy to capture pretty much the situation we have right now. Scaled sardines and juvenile threadfin herring are plentiful, and gamefish are gorging themselves on these swimming protein nuggets. So whats an angler to do? First, try matching the hatch. Throw white soft plastic shad lures, white bucktail jigs, and silver or white spoons. And you should have these available in two or three sizes because baitfish right now range from 3 to 6 inches long. If that doesnt get the results you want, a little scent appeal might. Soaking soft plastics in menhaden oil for a few hours (or days) will impregnate them with a smell you will find disgusting but that the fish will find irresistible. You can also dip a bucktail jig in the same smelly stuff. If you still get no bites, but you know the fish are there, your best option is to go with the flow and break out the cast net. F ISH F INDER ROGERFINE BAIT & TACKLE North Port 941-240-5981 JIMFISHERMANS EDGE Grove City 941-697-7595 ERICCOOKS SPORTLAND Venice 941-493-0025Good redsh schools with lots of overslot sh are cruising Pine Island Sound. The east wall sh are scattered from shing pressure. Trout reports are getting better in the upper Harbor on suspending plugs, swimbaits and shrimp under a cork. The cooler weather has snook feeling spunky and hungry. Big ones are on the bridge pilings, especially if theres a light source at night. The afternoon bite has been better than chilly mornings. Mangrove snapper are taking shrimp or whitebait. Light leader and plenty of chum will improve your chances. Keeper gags are coming from nearshore rocks and micro-reefs. Cobia are spotty but should improve soon. Get out in the Gulf for some kingsh if you can. You dont need to get out far; 2 to 5 miles should do it. Troll Bomber or Rapala lipped plugs at a depth of 5 to 15 feet. If you see them hitting bait, switch to a spoon. Two-pound tilapia are biting red wigglers or corn in the Port Charlotte canals. Trout up to 20 inches are biting as far up as the U.S. 41 bridges. Redsh are good on the east wall from Colony Point south and scattered on the west side. But west wall snook action has been better. Pompano and ounder are haunting the channel edges. The mangrove snapper are still thick on the ats. Theres a good blacktip shark bite around Cape Haze Point. Kingsh are here but still spotty. Spanish mackerel, though, are all over, from Alligator Creek Reef to 15 miles out. Youll nd lots of mangrove snapper at 3 to 5 miles, but for some whopper 5and 6-pounders, head out to 120 feet of water. For gags, troll a big lipped plug in 45 feet. Tarpon are still here. Start looking at the U.S. 41 bridges or the deep holes in the mouth of the Myakka. Theyll whack whitebait, ladysh, Hogys or DOA Bait Busters. The afternoon bite has been best. The south end of the east wall and the ICW are holding scattered small schools of redsh. Big ones from oshore are starting to come in. Snook are in the same spots, but the bites much better at night. Mangrove snapper are still on the ats but there are more around the passes. Pomps are showing up on the beaches; a few are even in the Harbor. Spanish macks are moving in and out with the tides. Small sharks are plentiful on Cape Haze. The mangrove and lane snapper bite is incredible at 10 to 15 miles. A few spotty sheepshead and ounder are starting to show up on the reefs but itll get a lot better soon. Spanish mackerel are from the passes to 15 miles. The kings are coming, but right now there are only a few small ones around. Tarpon in late October? Oh, yeah. There are smaller sh in the rivers and canals, but the bigger ones are from the 41 bridges to Cape Haze Point. Ladysh and Hogys will get em. There are massive schools of Spanish mackerel just o Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel; cast or troll spoons. Trout really havent picked up yet, but there are a few on the ats hanging around the mangrove snapper. A handful of good sharks have been caught despite the cold fronts rolling through. The Matlacha Bridge has been producing a few cobia and some very nice black drum. Gags are turning on in deeper water at 60 miles, along with a ridiculous number of catch-and-release red grouper. Closer in, look for big kings 3 to 4 miles out eating live baitsh, or check the stone crab trap oats for tripletail and the occasional cobia. Redsh and snook are hanging out together under the mangroves. Throw a 4-inch topwater (the Bomber Badonk-A-Donk in mullet is hot) to get them to bite. ROBERTFISHIN FRANKS Charlotte Harbor 941-625-3888 JEFFCAPT. 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The inshore mangrove snapper bite has slowed a bit but is still decent. Fish to 14 inches have been taking live shrimp around dock pilings. Red grouper are closed in federal waters but still open inside of 9 miles, and there have been some good keepers taken in state waters at about 50 feet. While youre out there, youll probably pull up decent numbers of lane snapper and grunts and you can use smaller baits for tasty squirrelsh The ats of Lemon Bay have been a great spot for redsh at low tide. Theyll be happy to eat root beer MirrOlure Lil Johns and other dark soft plastic baits. There have been great schooling redsh reports from Whidden Creek; whitebait is the top producer if you can get it. Watch them once you hook one or youll lose the school. Big snook to 40 inches plus are taking whitebait snook to 40 inches plus are taking whitebait snook around docks and mangroves where the water is moving. Scattered pompano are in the channels and passes; Boca is always good. The best ounder reports are coming from Boca Grande Pass as well. Flag yellowtail snapper and some very nice mangroves are coming in from 33 miles out. Blitzing bonita and Spanish mackerel have been within a mile of the beach tearing up threadns. Good kingsh 35 to 40 inches are hitting trolled 5-inch Yo-Zuris just outside Boca Grande even Jim caught one, so its just about a sure thing. Both juvenile and large tarpon are moving up into the Myakka and will hit topwater plugs. Largemouth bass are hitting shiners in the North Port canals. Tilapia are taking cut shrimp or red worms. Kingsh and barracuda are hitting trolled spoons or other ashy lures 5 to 7 miles out. Anglers are using diamond jigs to catch grou per and per and per kingsh on the deeper reefs. The Myakka from North Port to El Jobean is full of snook and snook and snook redsh Bomber topwaters and trolled Rapala X-Raps are hooking a lot of sh. FISHING TIP OF THE WEEK: Using artificial lures can be far more challenging when baitfish are abundant and easy to capture pretty much the situation we have right now. Scaled sardines and juvenile threadfin herring are plentiful, and gamefish are gorging themselves on these swimming protein nuggets. So whats an angler to do? First, try matching the hatch. Throw white soft plastic shad lures, white bucktail jigs, and silver or white spoons. And you should have these available in two or three sizes because baitfish right now range from 3 to 6 inches long. If that doesnt get the results you want, a little scent appeal might. Soaking soft plastics in menhaden oil for a few hours (or days) will impregnate them with a smell you will find disgusting but that the fish will find irresistible. You can also dip a bucktail jig in the same smelly stuff. If you still get no bites, but you know the fish are there, your best option is to go with the flow and break out the cast net. F F F F F F F ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH F F F F F F INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER ROGER ROGER ROGER FINE BAIT & TACKLE North Port 941-240-5981 JIM JIM JIM JIM FISHERMANS EDGE Grove City 941-697-7595 ERIC ERIC ERIC COOKS SPORTLAND Venice 941-493-0025 Good redsh schools with lots of overslot sh are cruis ing Pine Island Sound. The east wall sh are scattered from shing pressure. Trout reports are getting better in the upper Harbor on suspending plugs, swimbaits and shrimp under a cork. The cooler weather has snook feeling spunky and hungry. Big ones are on the bridge pilings, especially if theres a light source at night. The afternoon bite has been better than chilly mornings. Mangrove snapper are taking shrimp or snapper are taking shrimp or snapper whitebait. Light leader and plenty of chum will improve your chances. Keeper gags are coming from nearshore rocks and micro-reefs. Cobia are spotty but should improve soon. Get out in the Gulf for some kingsh if you can. You dont need to get out far; 2 to 5 miles should do it. Troll Bomber or Rapala lipped plugs at a depth of 5 to 15 feet. If you see them hitting bait, switch to a spoon. Two-pound tilapia are biting red wigglers or corn in the Port Charlotte canals. Trout up to 20 inches are biting as far up as the U.S. 41 bridges. Redsh are good on the east wall from Colony Point south and scattered on the west side. But west wall snook action has been better. snook action has been better. snook Pompano and ounder are haunting the channel edges. ounder are haunting the channel edges. ounder The mangrove snapper are still thick on the ats. Theres mangrove snapper are still thick on the ats. Theres mangrove snapper a good blacktip shark bite around Cape Haze Point. blacktip shark bite around Cape Haze Point. blacktip shark Kingsh are here but still spotty. Spanish mackerel though, are all over, from Alliga tor Creek Reef to 15 miles out. Youll nd lots of mangrove snapper at 3 to 5 miles, but for some whopper 5and 6-pounders, head out to 120 feet of water. For gags troll a big lipped plug in 45 feet. Tarpon are still here. Start looking at the U.S. 41 bridges or the deep holes in the mouth of the Myakka. Theyll whack whitebait, ladysh, Hogys or DOA Bait Busters. The afternoon bite has been best. The south end of the east wall and the ICW are holding scattered small schools of redsh Big ones from oshore are starting to come in. Snook are in the same spots, but Snook are in the same spots, but Snook the bites much better at night. Mangrove snapper are snapper are snapper still on the ats but there are more around the passes. Pomps are showing up on the beaches; a few are even in the Harbor. Spanish macks are moving in and out with the tides. Small sharks are plentiful on Cape Haze. The mangrove and lane snapper bite is incredible at 10 to 15 miles. A few spotty sheepshead and ounder are starting to show up on the reefs but itll get a lot better soon. Spanish mackerel are from the passes to 15 miles. The kings are coming, but right now there are only a few small ones around. Tarpon in late October? Oh, yeah. There are smaller sh in the rivers and canals, but the bigger ones are from the 41 bridges to Cape Haze Point. Ladysh and Hogys will get em. There are massive schools of Spanish mackerel just o Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel; cast or troll spoons. Trout really havent picked up yet, but there are a few on the ats hanging around the mangrove snapper A handful of good sharks have been caught despite the cold fronts rolling through. The Matlacha Bridge has been producing a few cobia and some very nice black drum Gags are turning on in deeper water at 60 miles, along with a ridiculous number of catch-and-release red grouper Closer in, look for big kings 3 to 4 miles out eating live baitsh, or check the stone crab trap oats for tripletail and the occasional cobia Redsh and snook are snook are snook hanging out together under the mangroves. Throw a 4-inch topwater (the Bomb er Badonk-A-Donk in mullet is hot) to get them to bite. ROBERT ROBERT ROBERT ROBERT ROBERT ROBERT ROBERT FISHIN FRANKS Charlotte Harbor 941-625-3888 JEFF JEFF JEFF JEFF JEFF CAPT. TEDS TACKLE Port Charlotte 941-627-6800 CHUCK CHUCK CHUCK CHUCK CHUCK CHUCK LAISHLEY MARINE Punta Gorda 941-639-3949 JESSE JESSE JESSE OLD PINE ISLAND MARINA St. James City 239-283-2548 1 1 1' : 1 A (O MAHA"saw THE BOAT HOUSE wh wait: Bu Now0 o DOp 30 Years of Serving y yIP Southwest Florida Promotion -Extra 3Boaters years of Yamaha`Behind Walgreensoff 41 and Edgewater Extended ServiceT-Ereriaue243 EvergladesIntroductory Pricingo255 EvergladesIntroductory PricingXy.210 Sportsman DiscovryFrom $42,476Mobile service available in all areas_r.. _EvergladesBULLS BAYI/ PONTOON BOATS'ARUL/A14SK/FFU U 1/f 11\(. is 1't nI lfiffCOBAL.tBOAt.S7 /0YAMAHAThe Boat House of Port Charlotte4295 Laura Rd., Port Charlotte941-979-5219The Boat House of Naples2068 Davis Blvd., Naples239-732-8059 The Boat House of Cape Coral or_ :as1516 SE 46th St., Cape Coral239-549-2628 -www.BoatHouseCC.com

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Page 7 October 23, 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 MyFWC.com/shing and GulfCouncil.org/shing_regulations. 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 MyFWC.com/shing 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 http://bit.ly/urExej. 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:// bit.ly/I6zrDj; 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 http://bit.ly/10nYDIz 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 http://bit.ly/10nYJQr 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 `:ryeHey. snookfishermen!111l1I

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Page 8 October 23, 2014 HAUNTED 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. 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 recom mended for anyone under 16 years of age. Costumes expected! $10 per person. Call 239-275-3435 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 Conservancy.org/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 QFFlatwoods.org. 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 CCAFlorida.org or MangroveCoastFlyFishers.com. 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.MOMS & TOTS IN NATUREBring the wee ones (ages 3 to 5) to Cedar Point Environmental Park (2300 Placida Road, Englewood) for a play day in nature. This free one-hour program allows moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers a chance to experience the natural world of Florida with guided walks, puppets, crafts, stories, songs and more. Scheduled for Oct. 27, Nov. 24 and Dec. 29. Registration required; call 941475-0769. Sponsored by Mosaic Company Foundation.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 presentation about Floridas Amendment 1: Water and Land Conservation, on the ballot in November.FLORIDAFRIENDLY LANDSCAPINGNative plants installed and properly cared for can provide long-term benets to coastal yards and neighborhoods. Urban landscapes and yards impact coastal habitats and water quality. This talk addresses how to create low-maintenance Florida-friendly landscapes and plant buers in order to protect critical habitat. Tom Becker from University of Florida/IFAS Extension will present this informative program from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 28 at Cedar Point Environmental Park (2300 Placida Road, Englewood). Free; registration is advised. Call 941-475-0769 to reserve your spot.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 recommended. 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.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. 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 | 20 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 always gratefully accepted. Trips are from 8:30 to 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Call the listed number with any questions. 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 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. KAYAK SHELL CREEK: Paddle the longer route of Shell Creek, up to the shallows and the Cypress Knee Garden, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 or Dec. 29. Our guide will be Master Naturalist Rick Fried, who knows this creek intimately. Participants must provide their own watercraft and be able to swim. Call 941-637-8805. HIKE SHELL CREEK PRESERVE: Join us Dec. 4 for a guided nature walk in this protected preserve of pine atwoods and scrub habitats. Florida Naster Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy will identify and explain the plants and animal life as we walk along. Call 941-637-8284. 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 jrogers@scgov.net. FISHING CLUB MEETINGS: The Gulf Cove Fishing Club meets on the second Monday of the month October through May at the Hope Lutheran Church in Gulf Cove (14200 Hopewell Ave., Port Charlotte) at 7 p.m. At each meeting, a speaker will talk on a timely topic. In addition to the meetings, the club holds a monthly shing tournament and a monthly picnic. For more info, call 941-698-8607. 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. NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETS: The 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). Meetings are free and the public is welcome. For more info, call 239-275-3435. 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 LeeParks.org/SixMile. 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 BottomTimeDiveClub.net. 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. 50475442 260 Maryland Ave. Englewood, FL 34224 www.StumpPassMarina.net Open 7 Days Bait & Tackle and Gas Dock 6 AM :30 PM 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! 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Page 9 October 23, 2014 By Mark Davison & Ryan Boley By Mark Davison & Ryan Boley Costa Rica or Florida?Ryan and I thought we would check out the real estate market in Costa Rica. Actually, thats not the whole truth my daughter is living there, and it was a good excuse to go and see some of the most incredibly stunning scenery in the world. And to get this West Virginia boy out of the country for his very rst interna tional trip (and boy did he ght). We had a full week of fun, shing for roostersh (a great-ghting Pacic game sh) and some of the biggest jack crevalle Ive ever caught. Then we were zip-lining and fourwheeling through the rain forest mountain terrain. If you could think of it, we did it! We made our home base in Quepos, on the Atlantic coast. Its a quaint, rustic town, full of warm and friendly people. Its growth was inuenced by the banana plantations in the area. We never felt unwelcome by the villagers at any time. The mountain Manuel Antonio is a few miles up the road from Quepos, which oers up breathtaking views from every angle. We never tired of these scenic vistas and would go back again in a heartbeat. We did take a break from sight-seeing to visit one of the local real estate brokers and see how their housing market was doing. Some of the agents there told us that they did not suer price drops like we did here in the states. Their market just slowed down a bit but has taken o again, with Americans and Canadians coming into the country to purchase real estate. Buyers are ocking to Costa Rica for waterfront property very similar to the inux of people that we are experiencing here in Southwest Florida. Charlotte Countys market was strong in September, with 467 units sold. October certainly looks to be similar or maybe a little busier. Inventory is low, but buyers still like our prices here in Southwest Florida even if they are going up. We may not have the spectac ular mountain views here, but we do have the beautiful barrier islands, Gulf of Mexico, and Charlotte Harbor with views to die for. The shing here is phenomenal. Saltwater Sportsman magazine recently named Port Charlotte one of the top 20 snook and redsh havens in the world. We also have world-class tarpon shing and sailing and yes, it is truly world-class. Our inventory is a strong factor currently aecting the local housing market, and its certain to be a factor experienced nation wide. The current demand for waterfront properties is high. Trac has already started to pick up the pace in our area. With snowbird season right around the corner, I predict a strong surge in buyer interest for water front real estate. Our community has many extraordinary things to oer, and buyers can still nd a fairly priced waterfront home to purchase. I would consider that very impres sive, wouldnt you? Photos providedOf course, not everything is the same. Ryan found an awesome beachfront rockpile. Marks Costa Rican jack looks a lot like the ones we catch, only bigger. 50429569 3505 VAUGHN LANE POOL HOME ON OVERSIZED LOT! Move-in ready with upgraded kitchen appliances, tile and architectural accents throughout. Engage your senses with serene canal views and mature shade trees in this lovely, quiet neighborhood of North Port. $263,500 321841 E DGEWATER DR. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION ... home located on deep Sailboat Water Canal and just seconds from harbor with access to Gulf of Mexico Eand no bridges. Motivated Seller. $225,000 18442 DRIGGERS AVE. GREAT CANAL ACCESS to Charlotte Harbor, one bridge. Nice neighborhood on a quiet street. This is an opportunity to own a salt water home for a great price. $150,000 134 SINCLAIR ST. SW OVERSIZED TIP LOT, 16,244 sq. ft. on intersecting canals just seconds to open water and the Charlotte Harbor. Prime location, very near Port Charlotte beach complex and boat ramp. This lot has approx. 200 ft. of waterfront on sailboat water with very quick out. $299,900 1376 W. HILLSBOROUGH WATERS EDGE ESTATES!! Extremely well kept 3BD/ 2BA home with a HUGE open 3CG that is high enough for your boat and plenty of room for a workshop. Home sits on a beautiful large canal with easy fishing access and plenty of fish. $186,500 18234 AVONDALE DONT MISS THIS ONE, SAILBOAT for less than $159,000!!!! Super condition and CLEAN! Seller has updated and upgraded ... your gain. The house has new tile throughout, new paint, new kitchen and baths. 31083 PRAIRIE CREEK DR. BEAUTIFUL TOWLES 3/2/2 custom home on the river with dock. What a view! All the sunsets youll ever want! This home is great for entertaining with a gourmet kitchen with large lanai and caged pool. $299,000 401 CAPRI ISLES PGI WATERFRONT HOME features 1,748 sq. ft., a new 32 ft. dock with 2 floating boat lifts. Seawall of course and a short distance to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. $269,777 4060 LEA MARIE ISLAND DR. EXQUISITE CUSTOM BUILT 5/4/3 HOME in a prestigious gated waterfront community Loads of amenities inside and outside with an outdoor kitchen in the oversize lanai area, offering scenic water views and quick access to Charlotte Harbor. $799,000 18449 OHARA DR. SAILBOAT WATER 20 MIN. TO THE HARBOR! Immaculate 3/2/2 solar heated pool home is move-in ready! Many upgrades throughout. Multi-level dock with additional seating and a fire pit perfect for watching a sunset. The dock features a 10K lb. boat lift with cover. $285,000. 18606 KERRVILLE CIR. GREAT OVERSIZED LOT ON SAILBOAT WATER! Short trip to open water and the harbor. This is a great location on a wide waterway in a very desirable section of Port Charlotte. Priced to sell fast $120,000!!! 19155 & 19147 AVIATION CT. SAILBOAT WATER 10 MINUTES TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR! LOTS ARE BUILDER READY!! Floridas natural beauty resides across the saltwater canal from this location. These two parcels are being sold as a package or separately, and feature a new concrete seawall as well as docks. Priced to sell fast. $625,000 ($312,500 separately) iContact us at 941.5.64.5199,. -_HammerheadRealtyGro p cornN, Ryan@HammerheadRealtyGroup.comAA-x` 1 Z7 rte' r}.rx 'f6e..4 461r:IBM-oar,Lis ANcomendr<
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Page 10 October 23, 2014 Photo providedJim Klausing broke in a new reel on this Charlotte Harbor redsh. Most anglers have a favorite sh. Sure, were happy to see something put a bend in the rod, but theres generally something wed really rather be catching. Whats yours? Tarpon? Redsh? Snook? Trout? Cobia? Kingsh? Sharks? Whatever your answer is, Ive got some great news: Theyre biting right now. Were in that magical time of the year when Floridas weather is transitioning from tropical to temperate. The sh of summer are still here (but not for long) and the sh of winter are starting to arrive. Now for the bad news: Theres still a lot of fresh water coming out of the rivers, and thats messing with where the sh are. For example, the schools of redsh arent hanging out where they were a couple weeks ago. But make no mistake, the sh are there. You just might spend more time looking than you want to. Have you ever watched one of those boring bass shing shows? Those guys usually dont devote a lot of time to shing one spot. They make a few casts and move on. Normally I wouldnt advocate that method for our saltwater sh, but lately thats been kind of the way it is. The sh are moving around a lot. A whole lot. By hunting around, youll give yourself a better chance of coming across them, which means you have a better chance of catching them. OK, enough generalities. Lets look at what your favorite sh are doing right now and what you can expect from them in the coming weeks. Tarpon dont like chilly water, so most of the big ones will be moving out soon, headed for the Keys and points south. But it takes energy to migrate, so theyre feeding heavily in the river mouths and open waters of the Harbor. That activity is happening mostly on the incoming tide time of day doesnt seem to matter to them. How long it lasts depends on the weather. If we see a fairly strong front come through, kiss them goodbye. If I were placing a bet, Id say two to three weeks. Tis the season for schooling redsh, and I think we probably have a lot of that still ahead of us because there are still big redsh being caught incidentally oshore on trolled plugs. The west wall is usually a good spot, but the east wall has been doing much better lately because the water is saltier (the rivers ow much more down the west side of the Harbor look at a map and youll see why). Id hunt from just north of Pirate Harbor to Two Pine, then skip over to Pine Island Sound and keep heading south. In the short term, reds will keep doing what theyre doing. Schools, both tightly packed and loosely associated, will be on the ats and under the mangroves. Whitebait are still here, and theyll be the hot bait. Pinsh will work if you cant nd whitebait. The party usually breaks up in the last half of November, and then you wont nd anything but shorts for a few months. Snook move to the beaches to spawn in summer, and a lot of them are still there right now. Theres been a lot of bait out there and its been keeping good numbers of snook in the surf. But not every snook enjoys beach life, and there are more of them moving into the upper Harbor every day. The best bite is prob ably in the passes and the nearby Intracoastal, and the sh will be on the move, not staying in one place for long. As with the reds, whitebait are the top choice as long as theyre around. By this time next month, well see fewer (maybe a lot fewer) snook on the beaches and more (maybe a lot more) moving into the river mouths and deeper canals. Usually theyre reaching their largest numbers at El Jobean and the U.S. 41 bridges just about the time season closes for the winter. As long as the water temperature keeps dropping, the trout bite is about to explode. Right now, theyre on the ats, but in 3 to 5 feet of water and not schooled up yet. Theyre catchable, but its hit or miss. The best chances will be in Lemon Bay, Gasparilla Sound and Pine Island Sound over deeper grass. By mid-November, they ought to be forming gangs and moving up into shallower water. More of them will move up Harbor, showing up around Alligator Creek and Port Charlotte Beach. Theyll also get more aggressive about feeding as the temperature drops. Some years we get a great fall cobia season. This hasnt really been one of those years. There certainly have been some sh caught, but most of them have been short of keeper status. Still, it pays to be ready any time the boat is anchored or drifting, because these sh have a habit of showing up when you least expect them and vanishing as soon as you get a bait ready. The guy whos set to cast at a moments notice is the guy who catches these brown ghosts. King mackerel are pretty specic about the water temperatures they like 72 to 75 degrees suits them best. Its about 80 now and dropping, so were seeing the rst wave of sh coming in. Good schools of smaller sh (5 to 10 pounds) will be showing up in a week or three from 3 to 25 miles oshore. But the big ones those 30to 50-pound smokers will be much closer to the beach, usually within a mile or so. If youre after big ones, you might sh all day for just one bite but what a bite! Since theyre temperature-sensitive, the window of availability might be two weeks or two months. Sharks keep the same calendar as tarpon, mostly. The little (fun-size!) blacknose and sharpnose sharks move oshore into deeper water about the time the tarpon disappear. Sandbar sharks are winter visitors, and they like Spanish mackerel and bonita, so when theyre here, the sandbars are here. Bull sharks will also hang out around those delicious shes, as will big blacktips and spinners. Macks usually stick around for a while, so we should have some good sharks around until maybe January. Actually, bait is really the deciding factor for sharks. The big tarpon-munching hammer heads are long gone, but their teenage kids (the 5to 8-footers) are available because they follow the kingsh migration. As the kings pass us, so will the hammers. By the time it gets chilly, well be left with mostly juveniles of several species and of course bonnetheads, which love to cruise the ats in winter pretending to be their bigger cousins. So many sh, so little space! Mangrove snapper, pompano, tripletail, ounder, gag grouper oh, well. Keep checking the shing reports (or I could do a part two of this column, but youve got to ask). Just get out there and sh, because if you let all this action pass you by, it really would be a bad thing.Robert Lugiewicz is the manager of Fishin Franks Bait & Tackle, located at 4425-D Tamiami Trail in Charlotte Harbor. Call 941-625-3888 for more information about the shop or for local shing info, or visit them online at FishinFranks.com. 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Page 11 October 23, 2014 WaterLine photo by Ralph AllenThis red groupers stomach is protruding from its mouth as a result of barotrauma. Sticking a needle into the exposed organ only makes things worse.When a person has gas, its an inconvenient and sometimes embarrassing condition. For most species of sh, though, having a little gas is a good thing. Most bony sh have a swim bladder, an internal buoyancy organ which contains just enough gas to keep the sh very close to neutrally buoyant. For most sh, this is a good thing. A sh thats neutrally buoyant can stop swimming and remain perfectly motionless without sinking to the bottom like a rock or popping to the surface like a party balloon. If a predatory sh can freeze in position and remain stationary, then it can lie in wait for prey. If a prey sh senses a threat, it can freeze in position and might go unnoticed by the lurking bad guy who wants him for supper. But not all sh are neutrally buoyant. Sharks and stingrays lack swim bladders and are negatively buoyant all the time, meaning that they tend to sink to the bottom. Sting rays spend a great deal of time on the bottom anyway, so being a sinker isnt an issue for a ray. Most sharks are mid-water sh, but since they have no swim bladder they sink if they stop swimming. Have you ever seen a shark that wasnt actively swimming? If so, it was either sinking or already on the bottom. Nurse sharks and a few other species do spend much of their time lying motionless on the sea oor. There are other sh which are sinkers: Toad sh, scorpionsh, blennies, gobies and most other sh which tend to sit on the bottom. Most of the sh we encounter are neutrally buoyant, but maintaining neutral buoyancy is more complicated than it might appear. For example, if the swim bladder of a sh contains just enough gas to achieve neutral buoyancy, and the sh then eats a crab or some other heavy prey, the sh suddenly becomes heavier and tends to sink. The sh compensates for this by chemically producing more gas in its swim bladder until the balance is returned. Then, as the prey is digested and the remains eventually pooped back into the water, the gas bubble in the swim bladder gets smaller and smaller as needed to maintain neutral buoyancy. The size of the gas bubble in the swim bladder of any sh is constantly being tweaked as the sh eats, digests food, burns calories, rises or falls in depth, encounters warmer or cooler water, and as a host of other conditions change. For the most part we dont think too much about the swim bladders in sh, except when were cleaning our catch and our llet knives get bogged down in the rubbery membrane which lines the swim bladder, or when we catch a sh in very deep water. When a sh is pulled to the surface after being hooked at depth, the decrease in pressure as the sh nears the surface can cause the gas in the swim bladder to greatly expand in volume. If the expansion is great enough, the sh can be injured and/or immobilized when the suddenly enlarged swim bladder either displaces internal organs or inates to such a large size that the sh oats like a cork and cannot swim back to the bottom. When a sh is so aicted, its said to be suering from barotrauma, or trauma related to pressure. Most grouper shermen have seen sh that are blown up, suering from barotrauma. In mild cases, the sh may simply appear bloated. In more serious cases, the swollen swim bladder may cause the stomach of the sh to be pushed out the shs mouth, and in extreme cases the eyeballs might bulge out of the shs skull. In todays world of ever-increasing restrictions on the harvest of many popular sh species, anglers often nd themselves releasing sh that are suering from the eects of barotrauma. Many of us have watched helplessly as a released sh drifts away on the surface, unable to swim back to the bottom. Such immobilized sh might eventually recover enough to survive. Or they might die, either because they are extremely vulnerable to predators or because the displacement of their organs eventually proves fatal. In 2008, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council required that anglers harvesting reef sh carry and use a venting tool basically a hollow metal needle that could be poked through the side of a sh to release the gas from the swim bladder prior to release. The FWC soon followed suit with a similar requirement for reef sh taken in Florida waters. It was thought that a sh with a hole poked through its side and into the swim bladder would have a better chance of survival than an intact sh drifting away helplessly at the surface. While it is true that venting of sh probably does increase the odds of survival in some cases, there are problems with this technique. The rst and possibly the greatest problem is the tendency for anglers to stab the sh in the wrong place. Many, many anglers thought that poking a hole in the portion of the shs stomach that was everted out the mouth was the way to go. In reality, this causes serious injury to the stomach lining. Other anglers jabbed the sh too far forward or too high or low on the side. Another issue is that modestly inated sh can often survive just ne if theyre able to swim directly down to the bottom upon release, and the requirements for the use of venting tools resulted in many sh being sent overboard with venting holes needlessly poked in their sides. A few years ago, Florida Sea Grant recog nized that there were problems with the use of venting tools and began searching for alternatives that would both increase the survivability of released sh and be accepted by recreational anglers. If a blown sh can be physically carried down towards the bottom, the increasing pressure as the sh descends will decrease the eects of barotrauma with no need to poke venting holes in the sh, so research focused on equipment that could be used to descend the sh manually. Various contraptions were tested and discarded as too cumbersome or too dicult to employ, and eventually a handful of workable tools were developed. Sea Grant agents took the results of their research to the Gulf Council and the FWC and were able to convince those agencies to remove the regulations requiring the use of venting tools, giving anglers more latitude in deciding what to do with blown sh. Take a look at the Sea Grant website CatchAndRelease.org to learn how you can help your released sh survive. 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. 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Page 12 October 23, 2014 Page 13 October 23, 2014 WaterLine photo by Abbie BanksA great blue heron stalks his supper in a ditch near the Laurel Landll.Don and I were awakened by the alarm clock. I knew the snooze was on so I was a bit lazy and did not jump out of bed. When the snooze alarm went o, that was the countdown as we had to be on the road real soon. Max, our Maltese, got some breakfast and Don walked him and then we gathered our birding gear and we were o. As I walked out to the car, I spotted a catbird and palm warblers. This is the sign of the return of fall birds for us. As we drove down the road, we saw a great horned owl just around the corner, sitting on a wire searching for his breakfast. We had no time to stop. Each October, one of the rst Venice area Birding Association expeditions of the year is a eld trip to the Laurel Landll. Lou and Jan Kovach have led this trip each year. This year was a full trip. We had a caravan of cars riding through the roads at the landll. Immediately as we entered the landll, everyone was treated to the sight of several turkeys trying to get over a barbed wire fence. The gals in our car were getting upset for the turkeys, as the birds were having diculty spreading their wings to y over the fence. Then suddenly they ran out on the road. Cars were coming and I had visions of turkey dinner, but turkeys must be a tad smarter than we give them credit for. They came out on the road to get a bit more room to spread their huge wings so they could y over the fence. This was just in the nick of time, as a big truck was tooling down the road certainly exceeding the speed limit. We all cheered for the gobblers and started to move on but Lou spotted several deer on the side of the road. We had to pull over for a minute to see Bambis beautiful cousins. We pulled into the landll oce to sign in and register our group. Lou informed us all that evidently a new rule exists we have to call when a large group comes through. Last year they installed a gate and one must punch a code in to access the refuge area and dumping areas. I did not realize that trash was so precious. Well, we nally were on our way into the refuge area. Immediately we all spotted a beautiful red-shouldered hawk hunting from the top of a telephone pole. The hawk did not seem to be concerned about the group of people watching him and taking his photo. We spotted one male bluebird. I was very happy for this sighting. There used to be many bluebirds at the landll. When they cut the trees down and did major burns, the bluebird numbers diminished. Lou and Jan picked a beautiful day for this eld trip. It was not humid and the sky was a magnicent cerulean blue. A nice breeze kept our band of VABAites cool. We moved on down the road, driving slowly and stopping to get out when we spotted some birds. We enjoyed sighting palm warblers, great egrets, sandhill cranes, many sh crows and some American crows. Several more red-shouldered hawks were sighted high on poles. Mockingbirds, a logger head shrike and several anhingas ew overhead and also were in the trees. We stopped to see a bald eagle resting and preening on a branch. We see eagles many times but never tire of sighting these magnicent birds. The landll has a very high mound which we refer to as Venice Mountain. Above this mountain are always hundreds of black vultures, turkey vultures and laughing gulls ying in circles. Lou also sighted ring-billed gulls. Suddenly we noticed an immature eagle peering over the top of the mountain. I think he was observing our little VABA group. Mr. Eagle probably writes columns about birders for some other magazine. One of my favorite sightings of the day was a green heron. He was shing in a canal along the side of the road. Although he was well-camou aged, we all managed some great looks at him. Another neat sighting was a quick look at one of Dons favorite birds, a belted kingsher. This one had caught a huge insect and we watched as he downed it pure protein. We stopped at the pond, anticipating seeing the large group of wood storks that are usually feeding on the bank. They were not there, but we did spot great egrets, cattle egrets and a cormorant with a large sh he was trying to gulp down. We had to stay and watch this feat. He nally was successful and we cheered as we watched it go down his gullet. As we were leaving, one lone wood stork ew in. We never saw his buddies. Thank you to Jan and Lou Kovach for leading this fun trip. Wont you join us next time?Abbie Banks is a member of the Venice Area Birding Association, a group of folks who want to enjoy the environment and nature without the cumbersome politics of an organized group. For more info on VABA or to be notied of upcoming birding trips, visitAbbiesWorld.org/references. html or email her at Amberina@aol.com. 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Page 14 October 23, 2014 Photo providedIf red snapper are worth ghting over, theyre probably worth nding a solution that works for everyone.This week our Gulf Council is meeting in Mobile, Ala., and is expected to approve the sector separation recreational for-hire and private anglers today. Whatever they decide, its a done deal. The Council and its advisory panels and committees try to address the concerns raised in their deliberations. So if we dont like the way its done to us, why dont you do something about it? The only way our management is going to change is if we get involved and steer it in a new direction. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Thats just reality in these systems. Several events that could help us learn more about the processes and problems are coming up in St Petersburg soon. The Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit starts Nov. 2. There are world-famous conservation, scien tic and Hollywood celebrities available to share their knowledge and passion to preserve and protect our oceans. A rare opportunity! The University of South Floridas St. Pete College of Marine Science has brought this unique world organization to us. Great job, folks. USF is also bringing the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium to St. Petersburg Nov. 13-15. Again, world leaders in marine shery management gather to share knowledge and experience while exploring networking opportunities. We are becoming a focal point in the under standing and management of world sheries. The Florida Marine Research Institute already wrote the book on aquaculture and stock enhancement protocols (literally) with major contributions from Mote Marine Lab and our states stock enhancement advisory board. This took decades of dedicated work by board members, FMRI sta, Mote sta, and the best experts available all working together to address the need for thought-out aquaculture guidelines. Stakeholders invested the time and energy to understand the challenges and solutions to enhancement and aquaculture issues. They are ready to start on the rst full-blown example for a sh hatchery near Pensacola, paid for with BP oil spill funds. Its a shame these important accomplishments receive very little press. Apparently junk is more newsworthy than these events and accomplishments. Who cares what crazy celebs are doing? The local shing is awesome, just like our recent weather. I cant tell you how long it will last, but I did try to pump you up to be ready. Enjoy this window, however long or short it may be. I also understand all too well that even the best-laid plans backre. I make it a point to try to keep my equipment in top shape, but unseen things catch us o guard. An unavoidable uke failure shut me down, but we got it xed. I got it back and started o strong. We did a lengthy test ride and one trip before it developed a new problem the upper switch for my engine bracket failed. No big deal and I was able to idle home. So we xed it and discovered a tiny pinhole leak in the pump housing. It didnt fail until the switch kept the system under pressure longer and forced out uids. So I was o the water over this beautiful fall weekend. Stu happens. Well, just as I expected, Im hearing all kinds of exciting catching reports from our area. Spanish and king mackerel are showing up as the waters clear up. I got several good reports from Venice to Boca Grande. Spanish are mixed with a few tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor. Inside action from snook, reds and trout has red up with fair weather. There are plenty of baitsh, and its time to sh now. Its impossible to guess how long the hot action will last. It depends directly on if our weather cooperates. Fishing inshore and near shore will usually hold up until we get our rst very windy cold weather sometime in November. In 40 years, Ive seen this come considerably earlier or later. Milder fronts can actually help concentrate sh, improving action. Inside sh are moving shorter distances so we still have good action on these windy days. Outside gets rough and waters are stirred up by westerly winds. Migratory Gulf sh are looking for specic water temperatures and leave as it gets too cold. One other thing to consider: If you like mullet, its time to enjoy them now. They are fat and plentiful. Many of us like them fried; others may prefer them smoked. Try them barbecued or baked with Italian bread crumbs. Season to taste. If you like black ened sh, you need to try mullet! Because they are so moist, they are the best sh ever to blacken. They are as good as ever right now. By Thanksgiving, they will roe up and lose that tasty fat layer. Be sure you break the necks and bleed them out, then ice well immediately. The limit is only 50 sh, but that should take care of a dinner or two. Mullet are best fresh, so dont be stingy share with friends and family. Enjoy this special time. It wont last.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 941-468-4017 or CaptVanHubbard@gmail.com. A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. 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Page 15 October 23, 2014 It was in the shing report, so it had to be true: Flounder on the beach on Manasota Key! Theres not much better than fresh ounder, so we headed up to give it a shot. Well, there were ounder, but our self-imposed size limit is 14 inches and none quite measured up. We caught a couple short pompano as well, plus a bunch of ladysh and one snook that chased down a silly jig at Mach 3. With nothing in the cooler and the sun sinking fast, we needed a dinner plan. Enter the Gulf View Grill. Wed had dinner there once before (family birthday a couple years back) and remembered it was pretty good. Plus it was close and the parking lot wasnt jammed to over owing. Win-win-win! We took the elevator up and were quickly seated near the back. The dining room layout allows for good views of the Gulf of Mexico from just about every table. Naturally, those with a window seat get a better look (call ahead). A quick perusal of the menu showed a good variety to choose from. I had just about settled on a piece of red meat, but the server had a special that quickly changed my mind. We ordered and waited for natures show. The sunset was just starting to color up as our soup landed on the table. She-crab soup is a low-country treat that has become popular in recent years. Gulf Views version is thick, rich and hearty, very much like a bisque but with a more intense crab avor. It also had chunks of tender potato and minced pieces of crab meat, which did not detract from the silky-smooth mouth feel. I like crackers in my soup, so I was glad to see it was served with a huge pile of quality oyster crackers, which I crushed and poured in. Up next were the stued mushrooms. Have you ever eaten an undercooked stued mushroom? Its one of my pet peeves, but fortunately these had been baked to full tenderness. The breadcrumb stung was intensely avorful, fairly bursting with sweet red pepper, onion, garlic and shreds of crabmeat. They came swimming in a decadently creamy cheese sauce. Its a good thing there was bread on the table, because I might have been a bit embarrassed slurping the sauce straight from the dish (not that it would have stopped me, though ). She ordered the Seafood Neptune, a mix of bay scallops, tailless shrimp and white sh topped with avorful crumbs, drenched in melted butter and baked to a slight crunch. Sometimes in these type of dishes the shrimp come out overdone and rubbery, but apparently this chef knows how to avoid that because everything was cooked without being Vulcanized. The casserole was served with delight fully crispy fries and a baked tomato slice covered in melted cheese and chopped basil (one must have some vegetables, after all). And then there was the irresistible special: Hogsh with crab stung. If youve never eaten hogsh, its a mild and sweet white sh thats just about perfect. The llet had been sauted very simply and topped with generous chunks of sweet crab meat, sun-dried tomato and a tangy cream sauce. What a fantastic piece of sh. I could eat this every night for a month, maybe two. The interplay between the caramelized sh and the delicate crab, with the sauce to mingle the avors, was simply excellent. The garlic mashed potatoes were good, but I can hardly recall them because the sh was so memorable. After so rich a meal, I felt guilty taking the elevator back down ( really should have done the stairs), but then we went for a moonlit walk on the beach. Perfect. Gulf View Grill is located at 2095 N Beach Road in Englewood. As season gets going, theyll get busy, so call them at 941-475-3500 for reservations. Sunset at the Gulf View Grill DINING ON THE WATER She-crab soup. Stued mushrooms. Seafood Neptune. Hogsh with crab stung. 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 www.charlotteRVStorage.com 50475040 2013 Voted BEST RV & Boat Storage 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 A M!Rie( I MSAIP'Crharlotte RVStoa,F iWEEKLY MAGAZINEIWeveryoa wAoCe W6e\,bJ&Olkt,QFR_AlyllS!I_!Li1-CAI Et TACKLErI II I I IJe eI5I ark "I-guaranteeyou! il6 he talking aboutC I k ar 'isatlu e nntu'rrefortt ears to come.i;-mt Mike MyersReelShark.com941-416-8041SHARKS TARPON GOLIATH GROUPER REOFISH SNOOK TROUTDow To ym--------------------------

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Page 16 October 23, 2014 Page 16 October 23, 2014 Last weeks wildlife rescue class taught by some of Peace River Wildlife Centers rescue volunteers was a rousing success and not a moment too soon. Life has indeed been a little wild lately at PRWC. We recently admitted an injured adult male bobcat that had been hit by a car. The gentleman traveling in the car behind the one that hit the wayward feline saw the cat y 6 feet in the air. When it landed on the road, he knew it would get hit again if he didnt act quickly. He scooped up the unconscious cat, loaded it into his trunk, and made a beeline to PRWC. Of course, the cat was awake by the time he arrived, so our intrepid rehabber, Cara Brown, had to wrestle the unhappy cat out of the trunk and into a large dog kennel. While we applaud this rescuers bravado, we cannot condone his actions. He could have been seriously hurt. Any mammal should be considered a possible rabies vector species and handled only by trained (and vaccinated) personnel. This rule is for the protection of the people involved as well as the animal. Had this man been scratched or bitten, even inadver tently, the bobcat would have to have been euthanized so it could be tested for rabies. And the man would have had to get a painful and expensive series of injections. If anyone sees an injured mammal and wants to remove it from its immediate environment due to concerns about its safety, the best course of action is to call Charlotte County Animal Control at 941-833-5690 or PRWC at 941-637-3830. Of course, it can take a while for either party to get to a remote location. The next best plan would be to use gloves or a towel to move the animal so that there is no direct contact with skin. Contain the animal if at all possible place it into a box or put a laundry hamper or trash can over it. If you cannot load it into your car and bring it to PRWC (or your nearest wildlife rehabili tator), place it in a dark, quiet location with a moderate temperature (not too hot or too cold) until assistance arrives. It is our hope that with many more rescue volunteers, PRWCs response time can be dramatically reduced. Now that the public service portion of this column is over, Id like to say HOW COOL WAS THAT?! Exxon used to promise to put a tiger in your tank if you used their gas. This guy did the next best thing, putting a bobcat in his trunk. I dont know if it had much of an eect on his cars acceleration, but it sure increased the responsiveness of the sta at PRWC and energized everyone who has been following the story on our Facebook page. The bobcat ended up with some super cial scrapes and bruises. He had minor head trauma that resolved fairly quickly, hence the attempt to leap out of the car trunk. He does have a broken jaw that had an external xation appliance applied at a local veterinar ians oce. Hes now recovering o-exhibit at the Wildlife Center of Venice, a facility with better caging for a large, strong mammal like a bobcat. The cats mental state appears to be completely normal now he snarls and lunges at his caretakers, just as he ought. As soon as his jaw has healed, the bobcat will be released back into the area where he was found, near the site of his capture. Just not back into the middle of the road. If cats really do have nine lives, this guy has eight left and we would like to see him live them out calmly and quietly, well away from trac.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 PeaceRiverWildlife@yahoo.com or call 941-637-3830. One down, eight to go PEACE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTER ROBIN JENKINS, DVMI shouldnt have to tell you its probably a bad plan to put a bobcat in your trunk 50475447 Fiberglass & Gelcoat Repair Professional Detailing Convenient Location with Deepwater Access Competitive Pricing and Shorter Downtime Engine Maintenance and Repair by Experienced Technicians Surveys Get Free Dockage the night before and night of survey. Must present ad for savings. Expires 10/31/14 Marina Service Center Gasparilla Marina Service Center Located at Gasparilla Marina 15001 Gasparilla Rd., Placida, FL 33946 941-698-1750 lori.gmsc@comcast.net SAVE 10%* Bottom Painting & Hull Repairs Materials and Haul Out Excludes labor Call 941-429-311 -to list your boat today.D O D11 ff T_w=7' 4 ics,..FL .iff,iTFoe69 APFS _WAI'.ivy :R-+_M '--J3`^q atillrRYvtive 6vfiP perfecf
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Page 17 October 23, 2014 Page 17 October 23, 2014 If you love her, let her goReviving a snook after an intense battle and watching it swim away is one of the most personal moments you can have with a sh in the wild. There is something very rewarding about supporting a large linesider in the water, with your thumb and forenger of one hand gripping its mouth, and the other hand supporting its belly from underneath. Whether youre wading the ats or the surf, leaning over the side of your boat or the side of the seawall, its just you, the snook and sound of the water. You admire the sh, recalling the ght this worthy contender has just put up: The jumping. The head-shaking. The dragpeeling runs. You look at it and wonder what its thinking. Does it know youre trying to help it, or is it scared to death? You note the size of its eyes, its color, the thick black line running down its side, its hulking shoulders, sloping forehead and protruding lower jaw. You marvel at this powerful yet streamlined predator, near the top of the saltwater food chain. You want it to survive. Sometimes revival is a quick process and the sh starts to kick within 30 seconds. But other times, when over-slot giants have completely worn themselves down, it can be a drawn-out ordeal that leaves you wondering if the sh is going to make it. At rst the snook may seem quite lifeless, barely able to keep itself upright and rolling onto its side in the water. Revival seems hope less, out of reach. But you persevere. You turn the snooks head into the current, letting the water ow over its gills to provide the oxygen that is the lifeblood of these sh. You slowly guide it back and forth, waiting for it to give you that telltale sign of life. Finally, after what seems like an eternity three minutes, maybe ve? you feel the shs lips clamp down gently on your ngers, snook language for letting you know its ghting to stay alive. Then it starts to kick; subtly at rst but then with increasing power, telling you its time for release. With a nal gentle push, you send the snook out of your world and back into hers, watching intently as her back and then her tail slip silently below the surface and out of sight. While we anglers have a tendency to get caught up in the catch, sometimes its the release that weve been craving. 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 mstevens@sun-herald.com. THE MAN ON THE PIER MATT STEVENS A SAFE RELEASE Dont play the sh while youre ghting it to tire it out. In other words, reel it in as quickly as possible. Never pick a large snook up by the lips alone; always support it underneath its belly as well. Keep the pit stop the time from when you remove the sh from the water until you get it back in to a minimum. Shoot for less than a minute. Always have a pair of needle-nose pliers handy for deep-hooked sh. Extract the hook or hooks as carefully as possible. Use a slow, steady pressure with your pliers, not a quick jerking motion. When a large sh is obviously fatigued from the ght, plan on reviving it for as long as it takes to get it healthy enough to swim away; this can take anywhere from 30 seconds to ve minutes. The bigger the sh, the longer this usually takes. To revive a snook, point its head into the current. Keep the thumb and forenger of one hand on its lower (or upper) lip and the other hand underneath it. You can gently move it back and forth, too. Wait until you see obvious signs the sh is ready biting down on your ngers or starting to kick noticeably before letting it swim away. rf rrntbbbf COASTAL FISHING COASTAL COASTAL FISHING COASTAL LAKE FISHING CHARTS LAKE FISHING CHARTS STANDARD NAVIGATION CHARTS STANDARD NAVIGATION CHARTS INSHORE FISHING CHARTS INSHORE FISHING CHARTS LARGE PRINT CHARTS LARGE PRINT CHARTS 50475036 -THE ORIGINAL-WATERPROOF CHARTS////// ///IIPISHORE1CUSTOM oCHART ;FRAMINGo,aCall 941-429-3110.1to list your boat today!r-^.J Pa I I! Far k 7.4R u e',ML17AM&AN. 7ISIY`R -"" Tyr-NOMEBOAT REPAIRsroar.._ `ter

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Page 18 October 23, 2014 Page 18 October 23, 2014 Last time we talked a little bit about quail hunting in our area. Lets start o with some opportunities in our area to hunt quail even if you dont have a lot of equipment or bird dogs. There are some young fellows in Fort Ogden that have a hunt service called Locklear Hunting and Guide Service (863-244-1010). These are local guys who grew up around here and know their way around the atwoods palmetto and piney-woods scrub. They oer several hunt options, but quail hunts are a specialty. If you have dogs, you can use your own; if not, they supply dogs and pretty much everything else that is necessary. They use some pen-raised birds but also have a pretty good number of wild birds on their hunt property. The feedback I have gotten on these guys so far is very positive. If you want to travel a little ways and try a taste of real high-end quail hunting, you can also contact Quail Creek Plantation located over by Okeechobee and check out their program. Back in the old days, quail were quite plentiful in most areas of the South. Nobody back in the s or s gave much thought to quail management. Didnt need to there were a lot of birds, a lot of untouched habitat, plenty of food, and everything was happy, happy, happy. Well, times have changed. Nationwide, bobwhite quail numbers have fallen more than 80 percent since 1967. Hunters have mostly turned their attention to other types of quail hunting, such as pursuing pen-raised birds on shooting preserves or, more recently, managing local wild populations and adding in some pen-raised birds released early in the season. But pen-raised quail, no matter how conditioned to the wild, dont act like wild birds. They dont challenge a bird dog anywhere near as much as wild birds, dont run like wild birds, dont y like wild birds, and certainly dont ush like wild birds. Dont get me wrong; theres Last time we talked a little bit about quail Back in the old days, quail were quite Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab Quail rehab AT THE RANGE BILLY CARL Photo providedPen-raised quail just arent the same as their wild counterparts. 50475395 7341 Sawyer Circle Port Charlotte, FL 33981rr Abels Marine is your repower center Floridas Only Honda Always wear a personal flotation device while boating and read your owners manual. 2008 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Authorized Dealer Best of Englewood in Boat Repair Best of Englewood for Marine Supplies frr 2011 2012 2013 2014 ilkCall 941-429-311x_to list your boat-to AV!D O D"CIA? rG47mom1 V-1.11rrr I 1 -..I NNq 1 ,every Thursday,Only in the `ITRUE HONDAYEAR ni r21ncWARRANTY PROVE N

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Page 19 October 23, 2014 Page 19 October 23, 2014 nothing wrong with hunting pen-raised birds, but the dogs and the hunters and the handlers all know the dierence. Quail management was nonexistent back in those days of old when the birds were virtually everywhere. Its not like that anymore, due mostly to loss of habitat for development, agriculture, timber harvesting and a host of other things. It took a while, but nally people started realizing we were losing a valuable part of our southern hunting heritage with these severely declining numbers of Gentleman Bob White. Just like in many of our other hunting and shing declines, theres more than one thing to blame, but the fact remains that by the 1980s and s bobwhite were fast becoming an endangered bird. What to do? In our area we are fortunate to have a cooperative hookup between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Quail Forever, a group dedicated to saving the wild quail. After my last column, I was contacted by Scott Ford Sr., president of Quail Forevers Southwest Florida chapter. He put me into touch with a fellow named Nigel Morris. He also gets a lot of help from his sons, both of whom are guides and avid hunters, and another gentleman named Jack Waterworth. Not only do these guys enjoy the thrill of hunting wild quail, they are totally dedicated to helping maintain the stock of wild birds in our wildlife management areas. Another guy that I hunt with named Henry Shakeshaft has also been very active and helpful with data gathering over the years. We in this area are extremely fortunate that the cooperation between Quail Forever and the FWC has led to a very healthy wild quail population in the Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area. This hasnt been easy. Great results are never experienced quickly they take a lot of time and eort and resources. Mike Kimmer and his troops from FWC care for this 65,000 acres of undeveloped Florida heri tage and are the driving force in what keeps this treasured land nearly like it was when our forefathers experienced it in times gone by. Mike is the head honcho (not his real title) who makes things happen in this management area. Along with the help from Quail Forever, his sta handles the controlled burns and planting of sesbania plants that help carry the baby quail through the hard times. The quail feed not only on the plants seeds but also the insects that eat the foliage. What factors are important in maintaining a healthy wild quail population? A place called Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy has been in existence for a long time and is pretty much the source of guide lines that organizations across the South use in their struggle to maintain and increase wild quail populations. And theyve got it down to a science. To have quail you must grow quail, and to grow quail you must grow quail food. Tall Timbers recommends 2to 5-acre patches of protein-rich plants like partridge pea, ragweed or gallberries. The Webbs extensive patches of sesbania are planted in strips about 10 feet wide. While I was out on a quail counting expedition with Nigel, he showed me several other plantings I was not aware of, such as lopsided Indian grass, which produces a berry that young quail love. Nigel says that when the birds eat the seeds, they turn a grayish color and look like the birdshot that you red at them. Many private plantations involved in quail restoration work feed the birds directly in areas that quail are known to frequent. In some situations, state laws forbid this, but on private plantations its pretty much up to them and birds are fed year-round. Quail do not ourish in hardwood forests or thick pine vegetation. The area must be burned regularly. Controlled burning clears out young hardwoods and allows a ush of seedand insect-laden grasslands and brambles to thrive. Some of the hardwoods are very persistent, however, and sometimes herbicides are required to knock them down. With the land kept relatively open and the numbers of quail, turkeys, rabbits, and other grassland species on the rise, egg predator numbers skyrocket. Predator control is a very important piece of the puzzle. Most of your ground varmints like raccoons, possums and armadillos prey on the young quail or quail eggs. Just last year, about 70 coyotes were removed from the Webb during hunting season. Good thing. Small-game season allows a harvest of many of these other small predators that are a real detriment to quail population. The Webbs quail hunting areas are sepa rated into zones. With the quail counting operation, by the time season opens FWC and Quail Forever will have a very good idea of how many quail are on the property and the density in each of the separate zones. In this way, they can control the amount of hunting pressure that is allowed in each of these zones. They also will then be able to provide a total quota that will allow a good hunting season but ensure enough birds survive to maintain and grow the population. Many hunters prefer certain zones. Prior success, rumors and other reasons sometimes cause them to want to hunt a particular zone all the time, but in reality, all zones hold good bird populations. If a hunter is assigned one of the zones that hes not happy with, studies have proven that he wont do as well in these areas not because there arent birds, but because he wont work it as hard as he would if he was in his happy zone. Many of the bird locators and trackers watch this happen and chuckle when a hunter pulls some supposedly good bird dogs o of an area that he doesnt like when the bird locators know that there are sucient coveys in this singular area. You must learn to be patient and let the dogs do the job. Just being allowed to accompany Nigel on an early-morning bird count was very educational to me. Ive hunted quail in Florida for least 30 years, and in this one morning I learned a lot of things that are crucial to being a good quail hunter. It takes years to acquire the wealth of knowledge about this little bird that people like Nigel have. When you have a chance, check into Quail Forever and see if you may be able to be part of the solution to conserving this part of our southern hunting heritage. See you at the range. Safe shooting.Billy Carl is an NRA-certied rearms instructor and is available for individual instruction in rearms safety and concealed carry classes. 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Page 20 October 23, 2014 Page 20 October 23, 2014 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.AUDUBON WALKABOUTJoin the Peace River Audubon Society at 8 a.m. Nov. 4 for a walkabout at 8-acre Audubon Pennington Nature Park (1153 Alton Road, Port Charlotte). This peninsula-shaped parcel of land is a jewel of nature supporting oak hammock, pine atwoods, and cypress swamp, the park surrounded on two sides by canals. The dierent seasons provide an ever-changing landscape of wildowers, stately oaks, red maples, bald cypress, buttonbush, a variety of vines, fungi, butteries, ferns, mosses, water inhabitants such as turtles, and, of course, song birds and water birds. For more info, contact Larry Behrens at 941-204-1708.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 FOFReservation.Eventbrite.com.BOARDWALK 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 FOFReservation.Eventbrite.com.ROOKERY 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 and 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 http://bit.ly/1yx3dLj.STA5 BIRD TOURThrough a partnership with HendryGlades Audubon, the South Florida Water BULLETIN BOARDFROM PAGE 8 Want to be in the Bulletin Board? Send your event to Editor@WaterLineWeekly.com CHEC OUTINGSThe following free guided outings will be conducted by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Walks are held from 9 to 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted. You should wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water for all outings. Call 941-475-0769 for info or directions. PLANT WALK AT BILL COY/BUCK CREEK ENVIRONMENTAL PARK (5350 Placida Road, Englewood): Oct. 25. Join the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society on this plant iden tication walk. This 80-acre preserve is comprised of scrubby and mesic atwoods that transition into coastal hammock and mangrove swamp along Buck Creek. Meet at the parking lot. SEAGRASS ADVENTURE WADING TRIP AT CEDAR POINT ENVIRONMENTAL PARK (2300 Placida Road, Englewood): 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 29; Nov. 12 & 26; Dec. 10, 26, 30 & 31. Get wild and wet in Lemon Bay, searching for marine organisms such as seahorses, crabs and juvenile sh. Registration is required and space is limited. Sponsored by The Mosaic Company Foundation. BIRDING WALK AT TIPPECANOE II MITIGATION PARK (16259 Joppa Ave., Port Charlotte): Oct. 30; Dec. 30. The scrub habitat of this 380-acre Charlotte County park is home to the threatened Florida scrub jay as well as red-headed woodpeckers, a species not often observed in this area. WALK AT ANN DEVER/ OYSTER CREEK PARK (6791 San Casa Drive, Englewood): Nov. 1, 14 & 25; Dec. 11 & 21. Bobcats, pileated woodpeckers, gopher tortoises and various wildowers may be seen in the pine atwoods and salt marshes along the trail at this 263-acre Charlotte County park. Meet at San Casa entrance. WALK AT AMBERJACK ENVIRONMENTAL PARK (6450 Gasparilla Pines Blvd., Rotonda West): Nov. 5; Dec. 17. The unique scrub, pine atwoods and marshes of this 217-acre Charlotte County park are home to Florida scrub jays, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles and beautiful seasonal wildowers. WALK AT BILL COY/BUCK CREEK ENVIRON MENTAL PARK (5350 Placida Road, Englewood): Nov. 9 & 20; Dec. 7 & 28. This 80-acre Charlotte County preserve is comprised of scrubby and mesic atwoods that transition into coastal hammock and mangrove swamp along Buck Creek. Meet at the parking lot. BIRDING WALK AT AMBERJACK ENVIRONMENTAL PARK (6450 Gasparilla Pines Blvd., Rotonda): 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 11; Dec. 9. Hike through this 225-acre Charlotte County park in search of some of the many bird species found within. Many wading birds may be seen along the shores of Lemon Lake and the endan gered scrub jays call the rosemary scrub home. WALK AT TIPPECANOE II MITIGATION PARK (16259 Joppa Ave., Port Charlotte): Nov. 12 & 30; Dec. 23. The scrub habitat of this 380-acre Charlotte County park is home to the threatened Florida scrub jay as well as gopher tortoises, indigo snakes and beautiful scrub wildowers. WALK AT TIPPECANOE ENVIRONMENTAL PARK (2400 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte): Dec. 15. Habitats such as scrub, pine atwoods, marsh and wetlands occur in this diverse 380-acre Charlotte County park. Meet behind the Charlotte County Sports Park. rfrfntbrrnt rfftbnntn n rff rf rfr ntbnnnbfnbt 487179 Ela_Call 941429T'.,to list your boat todaydowlpowWWIIEMLMINI41Tl .INr.307WIN-I II II Iwnv/c)uiaT Cti

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Provided by Greg Scotten COAST GUARD AUXILIARYPROGRAM DATES LOCATION CONTACTBoating Skills & Seamanship ........................ Nov. 3 ...................................Sarasota ......................215-317-5167 How to Read A Nav Chart .............................. Nov. 4 ................................... Punta Gorda ................941-639-3811 Navigating with GPS ..................................... Nov. 6 ...................................Venice .........................941-492-5904 Navigating with GPS ..................................... Nov. 8 ................................... North Port ...................941-223-9064 Navigating with GPS ..................................... Nov. 11 ................................. Punta Gorda ................941-639-3811 About Boating Safely .................................... Nov. 16 ................................. Fort Myers ...................239-322-7089 Boating Skills & Seamanship ........................ Nov. 20 ................................. Fort Myers ...................239-322-7089 Provided by Dave Nielsen Management District will oer escorted birding trips to Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5), located 27 miles south of Clewiston in eastern Hendry County. Trips are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.TASTE 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 CHNEP.org.LEARN TO FLY FISHCBs Saltwater Outfitters (1249 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota) will hold an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing school from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22. Instructor Capt. Rick Grassett will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line, the roll cast, leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. Cost is $150 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Call 941-349-4400 for more info or to reserve a spot.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. Nov. 26 and Dec. 24. Call 508-667-7677 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). Burrowing owls, Dec. 4; snakes, Dec. 15. RSVP in advance at 239-549-4606. 8 3-ounce panfish fillets 4 ounces mild green chillies 6 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp paprika Halve and deseed all but one chili. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan over a high heat. Add the chilies and paprika. Fry briefly, then reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes or more, until soft. Heat remaining oil in a large frying pan and fry the fillets for 3 or 4 minutes, turning once. Pile the chilies onto plates and top with the fried fillets. Slice the remaining chili and scatter over the top. Serves 4. -Recipe adapted from All-Fish-Seafood-Recipes.comA clip-n-save seafood recipe provided by PANFISH WITH CHILIES SIZE LIMIT: n/a DAILY BAG LIMIT: 100 lb per harvester AVERAGE SIZE: 3 to 6 STATE RECORD: n/a; maxes out about 12 HABITAT: Open waters of the Gulf. Rarely found in brackish water. LEGAL GEAR: Hook and line, seine or castnet. FOOD VALUE: Good but fishy. This is one of the species sold commercially as sardines. When about 6 inches or less, they can be gutted, fried and eaten whole. Bigger sardines are very good smoked. FISHING METHODS: Usually chummed and castnetted. Spanish sardines can also be caught on a sabiki rig. NOTES: Great as live bait for almost any pred atory fish. Spanish sardines are also commonly sold frozen for use as chum or cutbait for bottom fishing. FISH PROFILE SPANISH SARDINE Call 941-429-3110to list your boat today!D O D FAin IV rfit"1ry' Q' aieT .tk,-` f I.c:s

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Page 22 October 23, 2014 Page 22 October 23, 2014 THURSDAY Sunrise: 07:32 Sunset: 18:52 Moonrise: 07:13 Moonset: 18:52 Moon Phase New moon Major Times 00:42 02:42 13:05 15:05 Minor Times 07:13 08:13 18:52 19:52 Prediction: Best FRIDAY Sunrise: 07:33 Sunset: 18:51 Moonrise: 08:08 Moonset: 19:35 Moon Phase 1% waxing crescent Major Times 01:29 03:29 13:54 15:54 Minor Times 08:08 09:08 19:35 20:35 Prediction: Best SATURDAY Sunrise: 07:34 Sunset: 18:50 Moonrise: 09:05 Moonset: 20:20 Moon Phase 3% waxing crescent Major Times 02:19 04:19 14:44 16:44 Minor Times 09:05 10:05 20:20 21:20 Prediction: Better SUNDAY Sunrise: 07:34 Sunset: 18:49 Moonrise: 10:02 Moonset: 21:10 Moon Phase 8% waxing crescent Major Times 03:11 05:11 15:37 17:37 Minor Times 10:02 11:02 21:10 22:10 Prediction: Good MONDAY Sunrise: 07:35 Sunset: 18:48 Moonrise: 10:59 Moonset: 22:03 Moon Phase 15% waxing crescent Major Times 04:05 06:05 16:32 18:32 Minor Times 10:59 11:59 22:03 23:03 Prediction: Average TUESDAY Sunrise: 07:36 Sunset: 18:48 Moonrise: 11:54 Moonset: 23:01 Moon Phase 24% waxing crescent Major Times 05:00 07:00 17:28 19:28 Minor Times 11:54 12:54 23:01 00:01 Prediction: Average WEDNESDAY Sunrise: 07:36 Sunset: 18:47 Moonrise: 12:47 Moonset: Moon Phase 34% waxing crescent Major Times 05:56 07:56 18:24 20:54 Minor Times 12:47 13:47 Prediction: 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. When you sh in team tournaments, youre always thrilled when your back-boater is catching bass. In my case, its a double-edged sword. My partner in the team tournaments is my wife Missy, and when she puts it on me, I have to live with that for a month until the next event comes around. She did it to me again this past tournament. Did you catch that? Again. This was not the rst time she has put a beating on me from the back of the boat. She outshed me six to one this past event, and she was throwing the same bait in the same areas that I was. All I can say is, good for her. We were shing heavy cover using Gambler Big EZ swimbaits, and that was tough sledding. She handled it like a champ and made the most of her opportunities. I, on the other hand, couldnt get a bite to save my life. While I was up front, wearing out my rotator cu chucking my swimbait around, my lovely wife was snatching bass after bass out of the hydrilla. That was a tad humbling right there. I love that type of shing and have always thrived on it in the past. But not this time. I managed one bite over the course of three hours. That was a little disappointing. Every time we moved the boat a little bit or hit a new area, Missy was setting the hook on another bass. I made numerous casts into the same areas but just never got bit. I have to admit, she has gone through a tough stretch in our tournaments, so it was truly rewarding to see her boat some decent bass over the course of those morning hours. I had one golden opportunity to really help our cause. At about 11 a.m., we moved to a stretch of cattails at the far side of the lake and started pitching baits in the scattered clumps of cattails on this stretch. I pitched my worm into an open area and felt a bass pick it up just as it settled out of sight, but before it hit the bottom. I so badly wanted this bass that I started to swing the rod and set the hook. As I was swinging the rod, the reel was not yet engaged. Unfortunately, I made a huge rookie mistake I missed the reel handle with my right hand. So while I frantically grabbed at the reel handle and attempted to keep the line tight, the bass was moving at me. Needless to say, I did not get the hook set on this sh. To make matters worse, we were pitching shallow at the time, so I got to see the bass swimming just below the surface of the water with my bait before he decided he didnt need it any longer. It wasnt a giant, maybe 4 or 5 pounds, but it would have made a dent in the standings if I could have gotten the job done. Call it a lack of preparedness on my part. After receiving so few bites throughout the morning, I simply wasnt ready to catch that bass. But I was really happy for Missy. I had to step out of the boat and leave my lovely partner to nish the tournament on her own (yeah, I had to go coach soccer long story for some other time). While the bite had slowed considerably by then, she had a limit in the boat already and handled the rest of the day like a true champ. She needed a little assistance getting the boat back on the trailer, but my buddies from the club knew the situ ation and my son came down to the ramp to help her out. All in all, a great day for her. I feel very fortunate to have a wife who loves shing and boating as much as I do. It gives us a chance to get away and spend some time together for long hours in a day or over a weekend. Not every couple wants to spend this kind of time together. Some see it as a chance to take a break, a time to do something for themselves. There is nothing wrong with that line of thinking, but for me, its just fun to have her along because we are so much alike and love the same things. I would be happier with a few less beatings, however. The hurt from this one will take some time to go away.Greg Bartz is a tournament bass sherman based in Lakeland. Greg shes lakes throughout Floridas Heartland with his wife and tourna ment partner, Missy Snapp. Contact him at Greg.Bartz@SummitHoldings.com. Outfished. Again TOURNAMENT BASSIN GREG BARTZ Call 041-42W to list your boat today:00 0Ilkf IxmOCEAN--"4o }

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Page 23 October 23, 2014 BOATING SAFETY MARK & LEIGH ANN LONG nor any drop to drink! This line was penned by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, an extensive ode of peril and nautical adventure. It was true for boaters then and still is today. Drinkable water is a provision that should not be taken lightly, wherever you boat. Dehydration is as easy to detect and avoid as it is to ignore, if you choose. To clarify, it can be ignored only it until it overwhelms you which it will. Your body can go more than three weeks without food, yet a mere three to ve days (a generous estimate) without hydration will kill you. That time can be reduced signicantly when heat and wind are a factor. When the wind is evaporating perspiration, you may not even realize you are losing signicant amounts of body uid. It is possible to lose more than a liter an hour. Dehydration is uncomfortable at best and deadly at worst, and should be avoided if at all possible. There are multiple indicators of dehydration, thirst being the most obvious. But if its windy or youre a mouth-breather due to sinus or allergy issues, you may not notice any dierence from normal. Feeling no need to urinate is probably the most signicant indicator. How long has it been since you drained your personal holding tank? If its been a few hours, youve got trouble. Urine that is dark is also a sign, but urine color is dicult to assess if you arent using an actual boat head. Other signs and symptoms of dehydration are palpitations (rapid heart rate) or dry eyes and lips. The human body needs water to maintain adequate blood pressure. Therefore, dehy dration leads to decrease in blood pressure and increase in heart rate, light-headedness, disorientation and eventually unconsciousness. We also need sucient hydration to maintain a normal body temperature. Perspiration is our best defense to overheating, but it ceases without water. If you have any underlying health issues, you are even more susceptible to the phys ical impacts of becoming dehydrated. As a safety issue, being compromised physically or mentally while boating is risky for all aboard. Prevention is so easy. Just drink plenty of water prior to going boating and be sure drink water regularly while youre out there. I make a point of drinking lots of water the night before and morning before we plan to be on the water, to assure I am leaving the dock adequately hydrated. I know this is a dicult task, especially for women on a boat without a head or porta potty. But its better to go when you must than to become dehydrated. And dont forget to take all your cans and bottles home and recycle them.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 PRSPSBoatSafe@ gmail.com.Water, water everywhere Photo providedDont let the lack of a head keep you from staying hydrated. This simple homemade solution doesnt look great, but it works and your health is too important to worry about appearances. Areas Newest Certified Mercury/Mercruiser Parts and Service Marina We Service All Brands Contact Us For All Your Service Needs 941-697-3778 Service 941-697-4356 Storage Service@PalmIslandMarina.com 7080 Placida Road Cape Haze, FL 33946 50475097 PALMISLJ,kNDMARINE FUEL CLEAN MARINAMERCURYMerCruiser

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Page 24 October 23, 2014 LOBSTER BANDIT FACES HIGH BONDA Miami man who has been arrested multiple times for having undersized lobster tails is behind bars once again and could have a tough time getting out after his bond was set at $1.4 million. Jorge Vargas, 59, was arrested Saturday after he was caught with more than 200 undersized lobster tails near Fiesta Key Marina, the Monroe County Sheris Oce said. A deputy spotted Vargas in a boat pulling traps and putting lobster tails into mesh bags, the sheris oce said. When the deputy stopped him, Vargas had 267 wrung tails, with 246 of them undersized. Vargas was cited for possession of undersized lobster, possession of over the limit lobster and possession of wrung lobster tails. Authorities said Vargas has been cited twice in the past three years for possession of over 300 wrung tails and possessing stone crab out of season. The bond was set at $1.4 million after a warrant was issued Monday for failure to appear in court for a previous case from 2011, authorities said.SHARK FISHING BAN FAILSFishermen can still cast and chum for sharks o Melbourne Beach. By a 4-to-1 vote Wednesday, the Melbourne Beach Town Council tabled a proposal to ban shing for or chumming for sharks within 300 feet of the beach, with no plans to revisit the issue. Mayor Jim Simmons, who had pushed for the ordinance, cast the dissenting vote. I wanted to go on and move forward and tighten up the ordinance and come up with some thing we could defend, Simmons said. But the council balked on the ban after Police Chief Dan Duncan raised concerns about whether it was enforceable. Simmons acknowledged shortcomings in the ordinance. There were no denitions on what constituted shark shing, so we needed to dene that, and we needed to dene what municipal beach was, Simmons said. The proposed ordinance on Wednesday nights agenda also would have strictly prohibited use of shark lures and rigs within 300 feet of the beach. And all accidental shark catches would have to have been cut loose. Simmons says on several occasions he has witnessed anglers shing for sharks near swimmers and surfers. Violators of the proposed ordinance would have faced nes up to $500 and/or up to 60 days in jail per violation, said Paul Gougelman, the towns attorney.DONT BLAME THE SHARKAustralian teenager Kirra-Belle Olsson posted photos on Facebook of the injuries she sustained in a shark attack on Friday, as she made it clear it was not the sharks fault. The 13-year-old Rip Curl-sponsored surfer was bitten on the leg by a wobbegong shark while surng at Avoca Beach, on the central coast of New South Wales. She was about 50 feet from shore when she said she dropped in on the shark, meaning she caught the sharks wave. I took the wave and then I twice felt something grab my foot, and I thought it was a mate behind me trying to scare me, Olsson told ABC News. Then the third time it (the shark) swung me around and tried to pull me under. After that, she went into shock and started laughing while yelling at a friend to make sure he captured photos of the ordeal. Not long after the attack, the teens Facebook account showed graphic photos of her wounds, with the caption got attacked by a shark. Olsson, with a maturity well beyond her years that would put Shark Week out of business, followed up with a post telling people to respect the amazing sharks. She was admitted to Gosford Hospital where she underwent surgery on the deep wounds to her calf and ankle.NO STONE CRAB BARGAINSFlorida stone crab prices could remain high even as there is some indication the harvest may be larger, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The lessened threat of a red tide-triggered blood disease may help boost harvests, as would lack of tropical storm interference during the harvest, Bill Kelly, executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermens Association, told the news outlet. If we dont have any storms, we are fairly upbeat that it will be a productive season, he said, noting that concerns about the blood disease have abated but still exist in the Panhandle (where he also said there is a lingering question about whether theres any correlation in northern gulf (crab numbers) and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill). Steve Crowley at Billys Stone Crab Restaurant told the news outlet prices could be $10 for a pound of medium claws o the dock and more than $19 for large and jumbo sizes, a slight increase over last year.EU BANS SRI LANKAN FISH(Reuters) The European Commission proposed a ban on imports of sh from Sri Lanka for not tackling illegal shing properly and lifted a ban on sh imports from Belize following the reform of its vessel inspection practices. The Commission on Tuesday also lifted warnings on Fiji, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu, saying they had implemented concrete measures to combat illegal shing. The four countries thus avoided being placed on the red list of nations that are not allowed to sell sh to the 28-nation European Union, the worlds biggest sh importer. Our policy of resolute cooperation is yielding results, EU Maritime Aairs Commissioner Maria Damanaki said in a statement. Five countries receive today our appreciation for getting serious on illegal shing. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Sri Lanka. Since 2010 the EU has taken action against countries that do not follow international standards to prevent over-shing, such as policing their waters for unlicensed shing vessels and imposing sanctions to ensure adherence to rules against illegal shing. Damanaki said Sri Lanka did not even have proper legislation in place to prevent and ght illegal shing, which led the Commission to put forward the import ban.THE BIGGEST FOR NOWThe vessel that now holds the title of the worlds biggest ship has taken to the seas for the rst time. Called Pieter Schelte, the behemoth can lift oil rigs right out of the water and move them to new destinations. It measures a stag gering 1,253 feet long and 407 feet wide, making it almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall and wider than the height of Londons Big Ben. It cost $3.1 billion to build and is powered by eight 11.2 megawatt engines connected to 13 Rolls Royce 5.5 megawatt thrusters, reports Gizmodo. The ship is designed to lift and transport both the top and bottom sections of massive oil rigs. The vessel, which will be operated by Swiss company Allseas, is expected to begin oshore operations next year. Pieter Schelte will only hold the title of the worlds biggest ship for six years, though; by 2020 Allseas expects to have an even larger vessel in operation to install and move bigger oil rigs.NOT AT ALL RELEVANT, BUT FUNNYKnock, knock. Whos there? Little old lady. Little old lady who? Hey, I didnt know you could yodel. S LACK T IDES Oddities, rumors, allegations, suggestions, suppositions, random thoughts and the occasional outright lie 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! 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