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Charlotte SunCLASSIFIED: Comics 9-12 | Dear Abby 12 | TV Listings 13 THE SUN: Police Beat 4 | Obituaries 5 | Legals 6 | Crosswords 7 | Viewpoint 8 | Opinion 9 VOL. 123 NO. 86An Edition of the SunAMERICA’S BEST COMMUNITY DAILYFRIDAY MARCH 27, $1.00 80 percent chance of rain81 56 High Low Look inside for valuable couponsThis year’s savings to date ...S UN COUPON VALUE METER CHARLIE SAYS ...This is paradise...INDEX | 705252000258 Daily Edition $1.00 $62,287 PLANE CRASHED ON PURPOSE USS GERALD R. FORD DEFICIENTInvestigators believe the German co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately crashed the jet into the Alps, killing all 150 people onboard. Problems with the aircraft carrier being able to launch top warplanes off its deck add to the list of its shortcomings.THE WIRE PAGE 1THE WIRE PAGE 1 SPORTS: Lotto 2 THE WIRE: Nation 2 | World 2 | Business 4-5 | State 6 | Weather 6 Crystal clock, $75In Today’s Classifieds! AND WEEKLY HERALDCALL US AT 941-206-1000 Frank Robinson thought it was a scam. So did Gene Broecker. Each just received letters from the U.S. Census Bureau in the mail addressed to “Resident.” Frank said the letter instructed him to go online and ll out a survey. To see what this was all about, the 85-year-old Punta Gorda resident went to the website, where he found a 72-question survey. Included were personal questions asking for his total income — including investments and pensions — level of education, mortgage payment, health insurance coverage, physical and mental health conditions, military service, number of vehicles owned and his number of marriages. If this is legitimate, Frank said he thought the questions were “terribly invasive. Big Brother’s looking after me, and I don’t like it,” he told me. Gene said he received a packet with the same survey questions but ignored it. However, a follow-up postcard from the United States Department of Commerce advised the 84-year-old Port Charlotte resident that his response was “required by law.” Frank and Gene aren’t alone in question ing the legitimacy and nature of this survey. The Better Business Bureau notes it gets many calls from people across the country with concerns that the survey is the work of scammers. But it’s not. Unlike the once-a-decade Census head count, this is the American Community Survey. It’s an ongoing Census survey sent to a random sample of some 300,000 addresses each month. “The data help businesses such as manufacturers, retailers, and developers make sound decisions about the location of new factories, stores, homes and consumer services,” the Census Bureau explains. “They help determine how more than $400 billion of federal funding are spent on infrastructure and services, from highways to schools to hospitals.” To understand the purpose of the ACS and each question, go to As for Frank’s “Big Brother” concerns, the Census explains that when it processes information, individuals’ names and other personal identiers are deleted from the les used to tabulate the data. “We do not maintain a national database with the names, addresses, and personal infor mation collected by the ACS,” notes the bureau. Although there are ongoing political discussions to make the ACS voluntary, just like the short survey every decade, responding to the ACS is required by federal law and carries a potential ne of up to $5,000 for noncompliance. However, no one’s ever been ned, and most agree once they understand what the ACS survey is all about. So if Frank and Gene don’t complete the survey, they’ll possibly get a follow-up visit to complete the interview in person. Know that a Census-taker must have an ofcial government badge with a Department of Commerce watermark and will never ask to enter your home. Also know that if anyone calls claiming to be from the Census — even with a U.S. Census caller ID — or sends unsolicited email requesting personal nancial information or Social Security number, that’s a scam. To verify whether a Census Bureau survey is real, call the Atlanta regional ofce at 800-424-6974. You can also contact Tim Olson, respondent advocate at the Census, with any questions at 301-763-3616. David Morris is the Sun’s consumer advocate and a Florida Society of News Editors award-winning columnist. Contact him c/o the Sun, 23170 Harborview Road, Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980, email dmorris@ or leave a message at 941-206-1114.Is this a Census scam? As winter storms dumped feet of snow up north, another kind of tempest was brewing in Southwest Florida. “I call it GES,” Charlotte County Tourism Director Lorah Steiner said Thursday. “Gas, economy, snow. Low gas prices, an improving economy and snow up north created a perfect travel storm. It’s been a season like no other.” Both Charlotte and Sarasota County are reporting record-breaking tourism numbers. More than 77,000 people visited Sarasota County in February, 7.5 percent over last year, which was also a record-breaking year, according to Visit Sarasota County president Virginia Haley. They key to the increase in visitor numbers, she said, is reaching new markets with a strong message. “It’s like in Chicago last year, before we never had the kind of funding to go in there with television and newspapers and wraps inside of train(s) that look like Sarasota County,” she said. “We were really able to do more.” Haley is condent Sarasota will have the resources to keep the momentum going. “We are in a very good position right now. We are doing the early budget planning for 2016 and we are in a good place,” she said. Promoting places like Sarasota and Charlotte counties to potential visitors relies on past and present visitors. Funding comes, in part, from the tourism development tax. Sometimes called a bed tax, it’s a surcharge added to the cost of hotel rooms, seasonal rentals and other short-term lodging. The money generated goes back into county coffers to keep selling the area as a desirable destination. But some things sell themselves. Joanna Gabet, her husband and their ve children left their Indiana home, where it was 22 degrees with three inches of snow, to come to Englewood to play at Stump Pass Beach for 10 days. “When we got off the plane, it was 70 degrees and hot,” Gabet said Thursday. “We are all here for 10 days.” The Gabet family are ideal visitors. They eat at local restaurants. They charter a boat and rent Jet Skis. “We are going to the drum circle (on Englewood Beach) on Sunday,” said Gabet, whose children range in age from 3 to 11. “I love that Englewood isn’t crazy. It’s quiet. There aren’t hundreds of young spring breakers here.”Tourism numbers continue to climbBy CLINTON BURTONSARASOTA COUNTY EDITORTOURISM | 14 Rentals in Englewood are lling up through nextyear. Some believe it’s because the economy is bouncing back and more people are able to take a vacation.SUN PHOTOS BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICHKnox Gabet, 3, plays in the sand on Stump Pass Thursday while his family vacations from Indiana, where it was 22 degrees when they left last week.Southwest Florida’s continual sunshine and “paradise” feel has landed Sarasota and Manatee counties on a top 20 list of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation. U.S. Census Bureau population esti mates released this week state the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota metropolitan statistical area grew by about 16,000 people from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014, with a 2.2 percent growth, marking it 18 on the list of 20 fastest-growing regions in the United States in the past year. Sarasota County and North Port city ofcials said the growth can be attributed to a number of factors, but the overwhelming desire for sunshine and warmer weather, combined with an improving economy, has people ocking to the region in greater numbers. “Mother Nature continues to have a denite and direct impact on folks who move to Florida,” North Port City Growing region tops national CensusBy ALLISON SHIRKSTAFF WRITERCENSUS | 10PUNTA GORDA — A Charlotte County jury decided Thursday that there is merit behind a young girl’s story about being sexually abused in 2013 by a Port Charlotte man. Jose Ramon Almodovar-Chaparro, 37, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole after being convicted of capital sexual battery and other crimes Thursday afternoon at the Charlotte County Justice Center. His lawyer, Chris Brown, of Brown, Suarez, Rios & Weinberg, said he will seek a new trial.Guilty: Man faces life in prison in child sex caseBy ADAM KREGERSTAFF WRITERPRISON | 10GULF COVE — Megan McCormick and her family just moved to Gulf Cove from Michigan. With her 7-year-old daughter, Joslynn, and her 5-year-old son Clay in her arms, McCormick watched as Charlotte County reghters fought a 12-acre brush re Thursday along Gillot Boulevard and north of Quinlan Avenue. Her home was a mile from the re, but McCormick said, “We have lots of trees around our Gulf Cove brush fire burns acresBy STEVE REILLYSTAFF WRITERFIRE | 10 READER ADVOCATE David MORRISCOLUMNIST ALMODOVAR CHAPARRO SUN PHOTO BY STEVE REILLYA Charlotte County reghter douses the ames of a brush re that broke out Thursday in Gulf Cove. As of late Thursday afternoon, no damage to homes or injuries resulted from the re. 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Clinton Burton ............................941-681-3000 SUN NEWSPAPERSMember of the Audit Bureau of Circulation GOVERNMENT TODAY Charlotte-DeSoto, 8am Building Industry Oversight Committee, Building Construction Services 18400 Murdock Circle, PC EVENTS TODAY RWWC Fundraiser, Eat at Bob Evans,P.C.-help RWWC scholarships. Fliers @ r.w.comm.ctr. or just say you want to participate. Easy Does It Club, offers AA & Alanon meetings daily from 7:30 am to 9 pm at 23312 Harper Ave., PC. Call 941-629-0110 Project Linus, Quilt blankets to give to kids in Charlotte County 9-11am FGCU Herald Court, Suite 211, Nancy 627-4364 Deep Creek Elks 2763, Ticket Event Only With Dinner, GoldTones 7-10, Reservations 941-249-8067 Michael Hirst, Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst performs near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Caf 11a.m.-2p.m. 941-639-8721 Punta Gorda Elks, 11am2pm Lunch; 5-8:30pm Dinner; 3pm Tiki open; 6:30-9:30pm Music by Verceal @25538 Shore PG 637-2606, members & guests Ukrainian Dinners, 4:30-6 p.m. Homemade pierogies, call about takeout. St. Mary’s Church at Price & Biscayne, N Port $10 423-2427 Denny Pezzin, performs live music at Fishermen’s Village Center Stage 5-9p.m. 941-639-8721 American Legion 103, ALR-Prime Rib, Fish/Shrimp dinner 5:30-7pm,music Mike & Cheryl until 9pm, 2101 Taylor Road, 639-6337 GOVERNMENT TODAYCity Commission workshop, 9am, North Port City Hall, Room 244, 4970 City Hall Blvd., off Sumter Blvd. 429-7000 SATURDAYWaste Collection Day, Community Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. 8am-noon. 4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port. 941-240-8050. EVENTS TODAY Basic Exercise, $3/class 9-10 am NP Senior Center, 4940 Pan American Blvd., 426-2204 Join Brenda for a good workout & feel better Pierogies Take-Out, Pierogies/Kielbasa, Every Fri.10am-6pm Sat.10am-1pm. St. Andrew Ukr. Ctr., 4100 S.Biscayne Drive, North Port 941-786-5256 Free Tax Help, 10:30 am 2:30 pm, every Fri., AARP Tax-Aide, North Port Senior Center, 4940 Pan American Blvd., NP ACBL Duplicat Bridge, $5/ person 12:30-3pm NP Senior Center 4940 Pan American Blvd Linda 423-3034 Regardless of skill all are welcome Holy Name Bingo, 5-9:30pm San Pedro Activity Center, Up to $1,300 in cash prizes, nonsmoking Refreshments, Open to all 429-6602 North Port Moose, 11-2 Lunch. 4-8 Fish,Shrimp,Prime Rib+Reg. Menu. 7-11 Karaoke. Members/Qual. Guests Only.14156 Tamiami 426-2126 EVENTS TODAYYoga for Every Body, Join us for stretching and rejuvenation!, M-W-F 9-10am Englewood Sports Complex, $4./class 941-468-7327 Denise Crafting Cuties, Love to Craft? Join us at Rotonda W Comm Ctr, 3754 Cape Haze Dr, Rotonda, Fridays @9:30 am. Call Kathy 460-4185 Line Dancing, 9:30 to 11:30 American Legion Post 113, 3436 Indiana Road Rotonda West. High Beg/ Intermediate. Phone Eve at 941-697-8733 Rotonda VFW Post, Best seafood in Rotonda, served 4-8pm. Reg, menu served 11am-8pm. Music w/Quiet Fire. Members & guests. Dessert Card Party, Call for a table of 4 or to sub. Have fun at Lemon Bay Woman’s Club. 51 N. Maple St. 11:30 to 3. $3 474-9762 Seafood Dinner, Seafood or Roast Pork Dinner 4-7pm 3436 Indiana Rd, 697-3616. Post Dance Night, Am Legion Dance Nite with Eddie & the Edsels 7-10pm, 3436 Indiana Rd. 697-3616 Flea market, Boutique, Book, Bake Sale. This event will be held from 8am-1pm on Sat. March28, at The Vizcaya Lakes Clubhouse, 4052 Hollis Ave., El Jobean. There will be clothes, books, a raffle and more. Food will be avail able for purchase. Free and open to the public. For info, call 941-661-8987. Punta Gorda Boat Club Sunset Social, Thinking about joining the club? Watch a beautiful sunset at the PGBC and mingle with the members. Join us on March 27 from 5-7p.m. at 802 W. Retta Esplanade. Bring an appetizer and your drink. For more information call Jan at 743-2472 or Paul at 456-2182 or visit Learn about nonprofits at free event, Meals On Wheels and Visually Impaired Persons, free information and services, 11am-2pm, Friday, March27, Cultural Center of Charlotte County, Room K, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. Information, blood pressure checks, gait/balance screenings, volunteer sign-ups. 625-4343 or 258-5997. Featured EventsPAID ADVERTISEMENTS Bach To The Future presented by The North Port Symphony, under the direction of Robert Romanski. 3pm, Sunday, March29. North Port Performing Arts Center, 6400 W Price Blvd. NP. Box office hours: 10am-1pm. 941-426-8479 (Reserve tickets under Will Call in lobby). Price $12 Adults, $5 Students. Featured EventPAID ADVERTISEMENT Golf Tournament @ Boca Royale CC, L.A. Ainger Middle School will host its First annual Scramble Golf Tournament Sat May2 @ 8a Shotgun Start. Cost $75 per person $300 per team. Includes green fee, cart, and lunch. Contact B. Gibson 941-697-5800 or aingerpto@yahoo. com 50/50 Drawing & Raffle Prizes! Register by April24 . Legion Post 113 Lucky Duck Pull, Sat. March28th Noon to 5PM American Legion Post 113. Rotonda West. Music, Car Show, Food&Bev, Merchandise Vendors, Face Painting, Kids Games. $2500 grand prize. Lucky Duck Ticket $10 adults. Kids Free. Bring chairs & shade. Tommy C & Judy Love, Eddie & The Edsels, Rondezvous, Kenny Rose. Featured EventsPAID ADVERTISEMENTSPUNTA GORDA — Team Punta Gorda and the Isles Yacht Club invite bicyclists of all skill levels to Pedal and Play in Paradise, with proceeds to benet the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (as part of its annual Leukemia Cup events), along with Team Punta Gorda and its bicyclefriendly initiatives. Sign-in and registration for the sixth annual event will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Laishley Park Pavilions,100 Nesbit St., Punta Gorda. The Yoga Sanctuary will provide a preride stretch at 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. A welcome breakfast runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Rest stops will be set up along the way for morning rides, starting at 8 a.m. The City Manager’s/ History Tour begins at 1 p.m., with a cost of $20, and does not include food or rest stops; lunch may be purchased for an additional $10. As a bonus, all morning riders may participate in the City Manager’s/History Tour at no additional charge. Participants have ve bicycle rides to choose from: 15-mile, 30-mile, 62-mile, a 10-mile Mystery tour and the City Manager’s/History Tour with Punta Gorda’s City Manager Howard Kunik. Free post-ride massages will be available at the Laishley Park Pavilions. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. and goes to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy live music with lunch, and a free beer for those of legal drinking age, provided by Punta Gorda’s own Fat Point Brewery. Day-of-event registration is $45. For more information, visit www. pedalandplayinparadise. com or www.facebook. com/PedalAndPlay.Pedal and Play is SaturdayPROVIDED BY TEAM PUNTA GORDALITTLE GASPARILLA ISLAND — The Little Gasparilla Island Fire/ Rescue department is ring up a debate among property owners. What’s sparking the discord may be a proposed 50 percent increase to the existing $350 residential and $125 vacant lot assessments. The department’s board will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the LGIFR re station to discuss the issues with Little Gasparilla proper ty owners. Chuck Soderquist and his wife, Linda, have been involved with the re department since its inception in 2010. The department now depends upon one professional paid reghter on duty during each of the department’s three shifts. Those reghters assist the volunteers. The assessment increase — which is paid through a Charlotte County municipal service benet unit (MSBU) — would allow the department to hire additional paid reghters and maintain two professional reghters on duty per shift. Both Soderquist and department Chief Stephen Demeter noted how many of the homes are vacation homes and rentals. They suggested that doesn’t lend itself to a stable pool of trained volunteers. Prior to the creation of the LGIFR department, re and emer gency medical services had to take a boat from the mainland to the bridgeless barrier island south of the Don Pedro State Park. The island department has also depended upon professional reghters from other departments working off hours on the island. In a January letter posted on the department’s website at www., Demeter wrote, “The single most signicant advantage of the proposed system is that all of the employees who staff our shifts would be employees whose primary obliga tion (and thus primary loyalty) would be to LGIFR rather than to some other employer.” But that’s not how others see the department. “It’s fear mongering — that’s what it is,” said Julio Lleras, a 17-year resident of the barrier island. He’s among the property owners who support a petition that questions the expense, management and operation of the re department. “We can’t get answers,” Lleras said. According to a newsletter posted on the website, LGIFR board chairwoman Judy McCoy responded to allegations by John Baskett, described as a “volunteer bookkeeper” for the department. According to McCoy, Baskett resigned due to what he considered as misappropriations of the department’s funds. McCoy described Baskett’s allegations as a difference of opinion, not misappropriations. “I want to assure you that every dollar of LGIFR funds, from both tax sources and other sources, is completely accounted for in LGIFR’s published budgets and nancial reports (on the LGIFR website),” McCoy wrote. “For the last year, those reports were authored by John Baskett himself. Every year since LGIFR’s inception, those reports have been reviewed by an independent accountant and have been presented to the County for review.” In 2009, property owners were asked whether they wanted a re department. According to Soderquist, 52 percent of the property owners responded, and 60 per cent of them wanted a re department on the island. He suggested those objecting now are those who opposed the department since its inception. “They just don’t want a re department,” Soderquist said.Email: reilly@sun-herald.comLittle Gasparilla fire department sparks debateBy STEVE REILLYSTAFF WRITER | CHARLOTTE | EVENTS | NORTH PORT | EVENTS | ENGLEWOOD EVENTS adno=50477497 DISCOVER THEANTHONY'SWOMAN IN YOU.BIG SPRING SaleMarch 27 March 28 March 29 a44TAKE TAKE TAKE4og0/0 4og1F F 30OFF FOur Entire Stock of Our Entire Stock of Our EntireRegular Priced Regular Priced Stock ofCoordinates fromAlfred Dunner Dresses& Regular Priced,Jones Sport, Shrugs SwimwearCathy DanielsIncluding 1 short 'FxdudesMaxlnePprtbnwkeCee6and Ruby Rd. & sundress styles RoseMarfeReidand24th&Ocean.PLUS, 3 DAYS ONLY BONUS COUPONS!"1 I ' / / 1 ISEE M' I M" I K..ITEMI I FXCLUSIONS*it*30o/a If may not be substituted with 40% off couponPunta Gorda (in Cross Trail Center) 941-505-2177Fort Myers (at College Parkway Center) 239-275-3111Nokomis/Venice FIND &Read our blog for fashion tips & more: FOLLOW US:THE SUNNY STYLE REPORT F 1 Not valid on Leon Levin Basic Cardigans, Jag, Spanx, Jara, Not Your Daughter's Jeans. 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Our Town Page 4 E/N/C The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS LEE COUNTY — A 15-year-old Port Charlotte girl was killed in a wreck after the car she was a passenger in blew a tire on the interstate, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Alodia Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene. It was just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when Alina Barroso, 39, also of Port Charlotte, was driving a Mazda Millenia north on Interstate 75, approaching the Alico Road exit in Fort Myers, the FHP report shows. Authorities say the right rear tire blew, causing the driver to lose control. The vehicle went off the road and rolled into a wooden fence on the right side. Alodia was in the front seat. Barroso and the sole backseat passenger — Helen Olson, 15, also of Port Charlotte — were taken to the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers with minor injuries. Everyone was wearing a seat belt. Charges are pending.Report: Mooner runs into troublePUNTA GORDA — A drunken 19-year-old man mooning trafc early Thursday in the downtown area reportedly ed when he saw the police. He was caught after running face-rst into a large air-conditioner. Charges are pending for damage caused to the A/C unit. According to the Punta Gorda Police Department, Matthew Robert Corry, who was wearing only boxers, exposed his buttocks as a car passed by at the intersection of Taylor Street and Virginia Avenue around 1 a.m. The disturbed motorist called 911. When police approached Corry, he was on his back, and he thanked them. An ofcer, who determined Corry was intoxicated, told the teenager they were getting him medical attention for cuts and abrasions to his elbows, knees, thighs and left big toe. But, as the police were questioning him, Corry sprinted north, running behind a vacant building at 321 Taylor, the PGPD report shows. Authorities say the suspect turned to look back at an ofcer and crashed into the A/C unit just as the ofcer used a Taser on him. Corry resisted medical attention, so the police took him to Bayfront Punta Gorda. At the hospital, the teen was handcuffed to a stretcher and cursed at doctors and police ofcers before allegedly kicking a female ofcer in the neck. Later, Charlotte County Jail deputies came to haul off Corry, but he reportedly told them, “I’m staying here because I don’t want to go to jail. Besides, you are paying for this anyway. So you guys can pay for my nice bed here.” Corry was taken to jail and booked on charges of disorderly intoxication, resisting an ofcer, providing a false name to an ofcer and battery on an ofcer. The police report notes that charges are also pending for damaged landscaping in the breezeway of the Charlotte County Tax Collector building on Taylor Street, near where the suspect’s pants and blood were found. Corry, of the 34700 block of Washington Loop Road in Punta Gorda, was being held without bond.Police: Convicted felons beat, rob manNORTH PORT — Two convicted felons were arrested Wednesday night for an earlier incident where they allegedly pistol-whipped a man and robbed him, according to a North Port police report. Wesley John Pickrell, 37, of the 200 block of Granada Blvd., Warm Mineral Springs, and Ashanti D. Roundtree, 40, of the 4000 block of Oscar Terrace, North Port, were arrested after the alleged crime that happened at a home on Herbison Avenue about 11:35 p.m. March 15. Authorities said when they arrived at the scene, the 35-year-old victim was bleeding from his head, and both Pickrell and Roundtree had ed from the home. According to the report, the victim said he went to his friend’s home to charge his cellphone and found both the defendants in the living room, along with his friend who was renting the house. The victim said Roundtree, whom he referred to as “Bert,” told him that he needed to leave the house. The victim said he told Roundtree that he didn’t own the house, and went to sit in a chair by the front door where his phone was plugged in. The report states that Pickrell and Roundtree rushed the victim, striking him on the head several times with the handle of a “dark-colored revolver” and taking his wallet and keys. Authorities said the victim managed to get away and run to a neighbor’s house to call police. The victim said as he ran from the home the handgun was red, and Roundtree yelled, “Get the (expletive) out of here and don’t come back.” The report states Pickrell and Roundtree then left the house in a white car. Detectives said the renter of the house who witnessed the incident was told by Roundtree to put the gun in a safe in her home. The gun, a Smith and Wesson 38-caliber police special revolver, had been wiped clean and detectives said one shot had been red recently. The witness said that she was scared of “Bert,” and during the struggle she heard Pickrell yell out that the victim had a gun. Authorities said while speaking with the woman, Roundtree called her phone and detectives spoke with him. Reportedly, according to Roundtree, the victim had the handgun in his pants, and he said he and Pickrell tried to take it to protect themselves. Roundtree said the gun went off during the struggle. But detectives said Roundtree’s statement was inconsistent with physical evidence at the scene. Pickrell and Roundtree were each charged with robbery with a rearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. According to the report, there was another co-defendant in the incident, a woman, but the heavily redacted report does not state who she is, or what her role was in the ght. She was charged with robbery with a rearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Pickrell and Roundtree are being held at the Sarasota County Jail without bond. ‘Operation Meltdown Maintenance’ yields eight arrestsSARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Ofce has concluded an operation to ensure pawn shops, gold buyers and secondary metal recycling centers are in compliance with the Second Hand Dealer Ordinance that Sarasota County adopted in 2012. The four-day operation was designed to combat the cycle of criminal activity that involves the theft and sale of metals and metallic items frequently stolen in burglaries, a report shows. The stated goal was to maintain the ground gained by adoption and enforcement of the ordinance, which required better documentation and reporting of items pur chased by scrap yards, gold buyers and pawn shops. Of the 10 businesses observed, eight received warning notices, primarily for not meeting reporting requirements; one received two notice to appear citations, and six businesses received administrative nes or warnings from the Florida Department of Agriculture, which licenses them and therefore provides regulatory oversight. Deputies arrested eight customers, four of whom had warrants and two who are prolic offenders in Sarasota County. Two are from Englewood — Stacey Grifth, 32, and Travis Proud, 29, both of the 200 block of N. McCall Road — and one from Port Charlotte — Thomas Solomon, 41, of the 11400 block of Zola Ave. In total, these eight people have 110 prior felony charges and 92 prior misdemeanor charges, the report shows. The dollar value of metal theft in Sarasota County went from a high of $1.2 million in 2011, before the Second Hand Dealer Ordinance was passed, to $189,000 in 2013, authorities said. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Nakisha Shamika Mann, 36, of Tampa. Charge: grand theft. Bond: $7,500. Cheryl Williams, 43, of Riverview. Charges: grand theft and possessing a forged ID. Bond: $15,000. Ricky Joseph Ahrem, 37, 22000 block of Midway Blvd., Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of a pretrial relief condition. Bond: none. Brian Matthew Bailey, 19, 1200 block of Slash Pine Circle, Punta Gorda. Charge: resisting an officer without violence. Bond: $2,500. Vernon Andrew Burke Jr., 58, 2400 block of State Road 31, east of Punta Gorda. Charge: a DeSoto County warrant for possessing a weapon by a felon. Bond: $25,000. Alicia Marie Clark, 21, 2200 block of Ann Arbor Road, North Port. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $7,500. John Otto Furber, 42, of Ossipee, N.H. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: $6,000. Travis Lee Gerdon, 43, 300 block of Waltham Drive, Port Charlotte. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $7,500. Christopher Fabyan Greene Jr., 33, 20000 block of Chalkleaf Court, Port Charlotte. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: none. Melissa Ann Johnston, 31, 3100 block of Normandy Drive, Port Charlotte. Charge: a Pinellas County warrant for violation of probation. Bond: $500. David Lee Hill, 38, of Plantation, Fla. Charge: violation of probation (original charges: passing 10 or more forged bills or notes, passing a forged check and possessing a forged driver’s license or ID card). Bond: none. Cayne Carlos Martinez, 18, 18100 block of Cheyenne Ave., Port Charlotte. Charges: possession of cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $10,000. Gary Bruce Nilson, 62, of Caddy Road, Rotonda West. 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The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 E/N/C Our Town Page 5 LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS CHARLOTTE Randall Thomas ColeRandall Thomas Cole, 47, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory.Richard Rexford DavidsonRichard Rexford “Dick” Davidson, 87, left this life Wednesday, March 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 9, 1927, in Montgomery County, Iowa. Dick was married 62 years to his beautiful wife Charlotte (nee Monroe). He began his career as a geologist with the Iowa Department of Transportation; was a member of First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda, Fla.; was a National Guard Veteran; served 12 years as a city council member in West Des Moines, Iowa; served terms as president of both the Iowa Limestone Producers Association (ILPA) and Associated General Contractor (AGC) of Iowa; and was a member of the Za-gagzig Shrine. Dick coached Little League, and was head of the nance committee for West Des Moines United Methodist Church. He is survived by his daughter, Jan (Mike) McClure; sons, Doug (Spring), Brian (Marcy) and John (Michelle); brothers, Stanley and Bob; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Rexford and Cornelia (nee Vetter) Davidson; sister, Francis Dean; and brothers, John Max, John and Carleton Davidson. A local memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, in the Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda, 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Memorial donations may be made to AMIKids Crossroads online at www., or sent to 45991 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982.Mabel Davis McCaugheyMabel Davis McCaughey, 96, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Mountain Home, Ark. She was born Feb. 5, 1919, in Penhook, Va., to William and Mabel Davis. Mabel married Charles Douglas McCaughey on Sept. 23, 1950. They resided in Delaware County, Pa., for 27 years. For 30 years, she was a resident of Port Charlotte, Fla., where she was a member of First Presbyterian Church. During her residence in Mountain Home, she attended Mountain Home Bible Church. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Pat) Henry of Mountain Home; son, William (Lynn) of New Jersey; grandchildren, Ian (Liz) Miller, Kevin (Ann) McCaughey and Brian (Bonnie) McCaughey; great-grandchildren, Eve Marie Miller and Abigail Eve McCaughey; and sisters, Mildred, Florence, Rebecca and Veta. Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 53 years, Doug; brothers, George and Will; and sisters, Elizabeth, Gilly and Lucy. Visitation will be conducted from 9 a.m. until a Memorial Service at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Mountain Home, ofciated by Pastor Mike Bennett. Memorial donations may be made to either Mountain Home Bible Church or First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte. Visit the online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes. com. Arrangements are by Roller Funeral Home, Mountain Home.Harold E. PantallHarold E. Pantall, 89, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, with his family by his side, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was born Sept. 21, 1925, in Riceville, Pa. Harold was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II, and the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War. He returned to civilian life and moved to Austin, Texas, where he owned and operated a Chevrolet dealership. Harold retired to Punta Gorda from Austin in 1990, and was a member of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda, the Masonic Order, The Chosin Few-Korean War Veterans and the American Legion. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy E. Pantall; son, Rick L. (Ann) Pantall; daughter, Linda L. Armitage; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; sister; and a grandchild. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until services at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Roberson Funeral Home, 215 Mary St., Punta Gorda. Entombment and Military Honors will follow at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in Punta Gorda. Friends may visit online at www. to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Homes Punta Gorda Chapel.Joseph Gilman SaucierJoseph Gilman Saucier, 68, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory.Susan VennSusan “Sue” Venn, 57, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 22, 2015, after a courageous battle with illness lasting over ve years. She was born July 25, 1957, in Augusta, Maine, to William and Rita Rival. Sue had been a Florida resident for most of her life, and married her loving husband Donald Lee Venn II in 2002. She was the Assistant Manager of Sally’s Beauty Supply for many years, until her illness prevented her from working. Sue enjoyed her job and the camaraderie of her co-workers, and hated to leave. She was a devoted and loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, and loved everyone dearly, always worrying about everyone but herself. Sue touched the lives of many people with her smile and generous, loving and caring personality all the way to the end, despite her pain and suffering. Sue will be forever remembered and missed by her loving family, including her husband, Donald Lee Venn II; parents, William and Rita Rival; daughters, Jessica Howard and Ciarra (Sean) Venn; grandchildren, Zach, Kyle, Mandy, Kimberly, Brody and Audrina; son-in-law, Bud Howard; son, Tony Thomas of Massachusetts; special son, Dustin Baca; sisters, Sharon (Ken) Spence and Cathy Jones of Fort Myers, Fla.; nephews, Matthew, Taylor, Ryann and Sam of Punta Gorda, Fla.; mother-in-law, Shirley Venn; and the rest of the Venn family. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service in Sue’s honor at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Freedom Bible Church, 500 Sable St., Port Charlotte, Fla., ofciated by the Rev. Frank Vargo. Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.ENGLEWOODThere were no deaths reported in Englewood Thursday.NORTH PORT James M. GordonJames M. “Jim” Gordon, 66, of North Port, Fla., passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at his home. He was born May 16, 1948, in Rock Hill, S.C., to James and Mae Etta Gordon. Jim served his country as a Marine in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. He was awarded the Bronze Medal and V Device for Extraordinary Heroic Achievement as a Field Artillery Control Man with Battery G, Third Battalion, Twelfth Marines, Third Marine Division. On returning to the U.S., Jim attended college at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. He graduated in 1972, as the second man to graduate from the historically all-female university. Jim became a special education teacher, and was beloved by students and parents alike for extraordinary teaching and skills with his students. He also started Special Olympics in Clarendon County, S.C., and was the Golf Coach at his school. On retirement from teaching, he drove a big truck for years all over the country. Jim loved his boats, his children and his family. He was also a proud member of the Sons of the Confederacy. Jim is survived by his wife of ve years, Andrea of North Port; sons, Charles and Christopher of Manning, S.C.; daughter, Grace Chorey of Sumter, S.C.; sisters, Peggy Bowers of York, S.C., and Lisa Gordon of Rock Hill; and one grandson. His family will hold a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow, Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4285 Wesley Lane, North Port. Services with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla. To send condolences, please visit at www. Arrangements are by Farley Funeral Home in North Port.DESOTOThere were no deaths reported in DeSoto Thursday. | OBITUARIESMelvyn Joel KatzenMelvyn Joel Katzen, MD passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Baptist Hospital in Miami, following a brief illness. Dr. Katzen was born on June 27, 1935, in New York City. As a child he moved to Miami Beach where he grew up. He attended the University of Chicago and in 1956 he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Miami. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1960. He completed his radiology residencies at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial. When Dr. Katzen came to Charlotte County in 1969, his entrepreneurial spirit changed the medical landscape. He was instrumental in providing the latest diagnostic technology to physicians and patients in the area. These testing and treatment modalities had previously been available only in Miami or Tampa. Dr. Katzen’s list of “Firsts” include: conceiving, building and managing the Oncology Center across from the hospital, installing the rst linear accelerator between Tampa and Miami, designing and building the Medical Arts Building at 713 Marion Ave., introducing the rst ultrasound, implanting the rst pacemakers, starting the rst PSA and prostate screenings, performing the rst peripheral angioplasties, performing the rst cardiac catheterization in 1970, the rst low-dose mammography in 1972, and establishing the rst nuclear medicine department in Charlotte County. Dr. Katzen started the X-ray tech school at Charlotte Regional Medical Center sponsored by the American College of Radiology. He built three new imaging centers as well as several other business ventures including banks, real estate and a chain of hotels. He was the Chairman of Radiology from 1969 to 2002 at the Charlotte Regional Medical Center (now Bayfront Hospital in Punta Gorda). Dr. Katzen’s passion for knowledge and education inuenced everyone around him. He was never too busy to stop and share his wisdom, experience and knowledge with anyone who asked and was a generous benefactor who contributed to the educations of many people who worked for him. Dr. Katzen served on numerous medical boards, including the Board of Trustees at Medical Center Hospital. He was also involved in the nancial community, serving on the boards of ve banks and savings institutions. Mel was an avid pilot, serving as a Certied FAA Accident Investigator and as Senior FAA Aviation Medical Examiner. He enjoyed being on the water and was an accomplished boat captain. Dr. Katzen will be deeply missed by his brothers, Dr. Barry (Judy) Katzen and Dr. Lawrence (Jane) Katzen and other family members. Mel will be especially missed by his loving wife, Dr. Elizabeth Triana Katzen and their 3 dachshunds. A celebration of Dr. Katzen’s life will take place on Sunday, March 29, 2015, from 1 pm until services at 2 pm at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 East Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL. In lieu of owers please consider a donation to Chabad of Charlotte County for the children’s summer program, to the Girl Scouts of Charlotte County, or the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute. The family would like to say a special thank-you to Tidewell Hospice for making her nal days peaceful and comforting for her and her family. For more Words of Comfort, go to CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Melvyn Katzen, a radiologist known for bringing major diagnostic technology to the area, died recently following a brief illness. He was 79. “He was very instrumental in bringing modern medical treatments and diagnostic services to Charlotte County,” which have been “extremely useful in diagnosing diseases,” said Dr. Paul Popper, a local cardiologist. Dr. Elizabeth Triana Katzen said her husband would go to medical conferences to nd out about some of the latest technologies and then bring them here. “Imagine how many lives he saved through the use of those technologies,” she said. She said he also was on a live talk radio show every Friday where the couple was able to educate the average person about their health. His two brothers are also doctors as well and pioneers in their elds, she added. “I think he was never satised with the status quo,” said his younger brother, Dr. Lawrence Katzen. “I think none of us of the three brothers are satised with the status quo. We’re always looking to improve things. It’s also part of being a good doctor.” He said they are also rst-generation Americans born of immigrant parents who operated small hotels. They placed an emphasis on “honesty, integrity, hard work, and doing the right thing,” Lawrence said. Outside of the medical eld, Melvyn also inherited his parents’ entrepreneurial spirit. “He was much more than a physician,” Lawrence said. “He had many businesses, many interests, many causes he cared about. He ew airplanes. He had a chain of motels across the state.” His youngest brother, Barry Katzen, added: “My parents sacriced their own personal luxuries by moving us to go to the best possible schools we could get into. Mel was always very appreciative of that.” Randy Dunn, Melvyn’s business partner of almost 40 years, said he was also very approachable as a mentor. “He was very opendoor,” he said. “In fact, most of his ofces had the door removed, so that there was no barrier for anyone to come in at anytime. He was always accessible.” He also had a passion for community organizations with involvement in groups like the American Cancer Society and United Way, Dunn added. “He was very generous and a great man.” His generosity lives on through his memorial contributions. Rabbi Simon Jacobson of Chabad of Charlotte County said he appreciates charitable contributions that will be made in Melvyn Katzen’s memory to their summer program. “He was a big believer in educational causes and helping children,” he said. “He’s been very generous to many people.” Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, also released a statement that, it “appreciates the support of Dr. Katzen and is touched by the desire to continue his legacy through memorial donations to provide girls leadership opportunities in the future.” Email: sbrokaw@sun-herald.comDoctor left legacy as ‘pioneer’ By SOMMER BROKAWSTAFF WRITER JAMES W. MALLONEE, P.A. LAW OFFICE JAMES W. MALLONEE PROBATE WILLS/TRUSTS GUARDIANSHIPS REAL ESTATE Office Hours – Monday thru Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM 9 46 Tamiami Trail, #206, Port Charlotte, FL 33953 871 Bonita Bay Blvd. Suite #225, Venice, FL 34285 (941) 207-2223 (941) 206-2223 adno=50482142


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The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 E/N/C Our Town Page 7 LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS Look for a third crossword in the Sun Classified section. ROTONDA WEST — “It’s time for our growing community to make a decision to move forward for the next 30 to 40 years.” So said Glynn Perkins, president of the Rotonda West Association, to a near-capacity turnout at a Town Hall meeting Wednesday evening on the recently-acquired Broadmoor Park. The 169-acre Park is reported to be the largest parkland of any homeowners’ association in the state of Florida. It has been labeled a “gem” by many. The landscape is dotted with large lakes and ponds and clusters of trees throughout. In his opening remarks, Perkins assured the residents that funding is available for the initial phase of development of the park, a former nine-hole golf course owned by Rotonda Golf Partners. He allayed concerns by telling the audience, “There will be no special assessment for owners or an increase in the annual assessment.” More than 100 residents were present. One resident asked how far along development is. Perkins pointed to an empty easel and told the audience that the meeting was set up to receive important input from residents on its use. Others participating in the discussion were RWA Manager Jay Lyons and Dean Zeigler, who was chairman of the Park Planning Committee with 26 members and is a member of the newly formed Development Committee. He is a professional park and land planner. His home borders on the park. John Farrell, a resident of the community, donated $50,000 for the purchase of the property as a gift to the association. The rst committee project was to develop a park usage survey for all residents to make their choices. More than 600 responded and passive use was the favorite, including walking and jogging paths, sitting areas, shing, wildlife observations, bike paths and nature gardens. At the bottom of the list were soccer elds and a baseball diamond. Perkins noted that the association’s reserves are currently $650,000 and recent professional appraisals of four association-owned properties provided a value of $545,000. The board has yet to decide which properties might be offered for sale but there could be as much as $1.2 million in funds available to renovate the former pro shop into administrative ofces and to construct a new community building adjacent to the ofces. The existing Community Center on Cape Haze Drive was built 40 years ago as a bowling alley for the “Superstars” TV competition. “That building has outlived its usefulness and we are ready to move on,” Perkins said. Residents attending the meeting were overwhelmingly in favor of proceeding with the development. Questions and comments by residents ranged from available parking to the surface of a one-mile path around two lakes in the center of the property, and renaming the park. Much discussion centered around providing space for community organizations, many that were founded 40 years ago. Several members of the Rotonda West Woman’s Club spoke and expressed the need for space for its 130 members. “We are an active group and do need room,” said Posey Bauer, a former president of the Woman’s Club. Open meetings will now be announced to residents to proceed with the development of the property.Rotonda West residents favor Broadmoor developmentBy DON MAHONSUN CORRESPONDENT PHOTOS BY DAVID PULASKIDean Zeigler, who presented background on the park, takes a question from one of the more than 100 people who attended a special meeting Wednesday evening. Bob Dix and Diane Gruszka examine a rendering of the park.NORTH PORT — A new contract may come for Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa operator National and State Park Concessions Inc. if city commissioners agree they want to keep working with the company. The Springs’ future is the topic of today’s workshop, set for 9 a.m. in Room 244 at North Port City Hall off Sumter Boulevard. Martin County, Fla.-based State Park Concessions currently operates the city-owned, 81-acre property that includes a mineral-rich natural spring. State Park came back on board as short-term operator when the Springs reopened for a second time after North Port obtained full control of the site, following Sarasota County selling its half of the property back to the city for $2.75 million last year. The two governments had purchased the Springs jointly for $5.5 million in 2010. The Springs has been open for about six months under State Park manager Jack Bobo. Currently, swimming only in the Springs’ 87-degree waters is offered to patrons, though new amenities and services could be discussed during today’s workshop. “We plan on sticking around as long as the city will have us,” Bobo said. “We really enjoy working with the city ... the workshop will determine a long-term contract, if that’s what the commissioners want.” Bobo is out of state this week, but said a State Park rep will attend the workshop. The city’s contract with the management rm is scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, a year after it was established. The contract includes an automatic, one-year renewal according to city documents, but that can be terminated by either party at any time, pending a 90-day written notice to the other party. The current oneyear contract costs the city $579,360, or $48,280 a month. North Port Mayor Rhonda DiFranco says the discussion will help city staff determine what should come next for Warm Mineral Springs. “It would be a discussion on if we want to RFP (request for proposal) it, (contract) out or whether to extend it for another short-term, or gure out some policy change so the spring doesn’t close,” DiFranco said. “We are preparing ourselves so it doesn’t close again. “What it basically comes down to is, the staff needs direction. ... There’s several avenues that you can go. I just think, make it simple, why complicate things. (State Park has) proven to be a very good manager, running it properly — let them continue.” Commissioners will also discuss the establishment of an archaeological and historic preservation committee, a city advisory board that would work to, among other things, preserve the Springs’ history. “This has come up a couple times before,” DiFranco said. “I wanted to bring in people who have experience — an archaeologist, history buffs, any science people — because what we have is so unique. It will give North Port a real identity. 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Our Town Page 8 E/N/C The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 OUR VIEW LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters will be edited to length as well as for grammar and spelling. All letters must be signed with full name — not initials. An address and telephone number must be included. The phone number and address are not for publication, but must be provided. Due to the number of letters received, we are able to run only one letter per person per month. The Letters to the Editor section is designed as a public forum for community discourse, and the opinions and statements made in letters are solely those of the individual writers. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content of these letters. Please send or bring correspondence to the Sun, Letters to the Editor, 23170 Harborview Road, Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980, or fax to 941-629-2085. Readers with access to the Internet may email Letters to the Editor at HOW TO SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE EDITOREmail letters to letters@sun-herald.comChairman — Derek Dunn-Rankin Publisher — David Dunn-Rankin Executive Editor — Chris Porter Editorial page editor — Brian Gleason Editorial writer — Stephen Baumann Editor — John Hackworth V IEWPOINTReplace Congress with real workers Full speed ahead on county spending Right to be wrong, ignore proven science Another big fan of John CavanaughEditor: Why do so many of you who say you are an American not vote every two years? I don’t care if you consider the same political things that I do (I’m independent), but because 60 percent of you won’t take the time to participate in the process of “electing” our controllers, we are being messed over by a lot of unethical low-lifes. I’ve seen lots of letters by Democrats that bad mouth President George Bush for his creation of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. These two have lost a little over 6,700 U.S. military, but so far both countries are controlled via democracy. Now consider wars you Democrats have started in the past 60 years. North Korean war in the 1950s lost over 33,000 U.S. military and we have people at risk trying to keep it at bay. South Vietnam war in the 1960s-1970s lost more than 58,000 U.S. military and we ran away and left it to the communists. My point is this. Since World War II, no form of our Editor: As residents and voters of Charlotte County we should realize that our county commissioners have only their constituent’s best interests uppermost in their hearts. Why do we look at the glass as half empty? Murdoch Village was envisioned as a nancially protable center for Charlotte County. After a costly “eminent domain” contentious legal battle with landowners our commissioners nally acquired the land (2006). When you pass by Murdock Village today it appears to be very good scrub jay habitat. What we have seen is really good commercial development only a few miles up the road in North Port. Rest assured, “our day will come” (1963 song). Commercial development will reach Murdock Village. Our commissioners have income from the “bed tax,” the “penny” sales tax, from “impact fees” and as the econ omy improves, property taxes are increasing. They have a laundry list of future projects which, with the “penny tax” approved for years into the future, they will be able to afford. We voted, thus giving the signal, for full spending ahead on their proposed projects. With all this revenue streaming into their coffers they could even afford the nancial 40 percent over rides on the “Spring Lake sewer project.” Do they stop the project or do they, to paraphrase the words of Admiral Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay: “Damn the cost, full speed ahead on spending.” Our commissioners always look for more income to spend for our benet. Remember, the glass is half full.Lloyd Stilson Port CharlotteEditor: In the letter, “Climate change not proven yet,” the author states that he doesn’t believe “the science on this is settled,” “that this country is responsible for nor can it correct the problem” and that he has “a Constitutional right to express those beliefs without fear of reprisal.” Yes, he has the right to believe any fool thing he wants. He must have exceptional information sources to support his beliefs that are more reliable than thousands of highly trained scientists worldwide who Editor: John M. Cavanaugh — your letters are the main reason I read the Sun’s letters to the editor. Actually, I rst scan in who has written a letter and then I may read what they have to say. When I see your name I know my day will start out on a positive note. Thank you, and keep on writing. Oh. I have two screwdrivers in the drawer across from the stove: slotted and Phillips.Sally Lightbourn Port CharlotteCommunity wellness ranks diverge widelyOUR POSITION: Sarasota ranks high in community wellness, while Charlotte struggles and DeSoto faces future crisis.Acombination of lifestyle choices, access to health care and demographics make up the calculus that deter mines a county’s overall wellness, but a recent study showed that health outcomes are subject to rapid changes that require government ofcials, health care organizations and individuals to remain vigilant to maintain their status. And even when overall wellness ranks high, specic behaviors and factors serve as warning signs of lurking trouble. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report issued each year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found Sarasota among the healthiest counties in Florida in 6th place, while Charlotte County ranked 37th. DeSoto County trailed Sarasota by one position, but multiple factors the foundation tracks raise red ags for county residents and policymakers. Sarasota’s ranking was buoyed by comparatively low ratios of doctors to residents, wide access to recreational opportunities, a clean environment and low incidences of teen pregnancy. For example, Sarasota recorded only 29 teen births between 2006 and 2012, while Charlotte County’s 33 teen births represents nearly three times as many per capita. DeSoto, meanwhile, is facing a teen pregnancy crisis, with 68 over that period, a ratio of 1 for every 508 residents. DeSoto deserves credit for achieving the ranking it has considering how many factors are working against it. In addition to the teen pregnancy crisis, the county has twice as many children who live in poverty than its coastal neighbors, incidents of violent crime and the percentage of alcohol-related driving deaths is considerably higher in DeSoto than in Charlotte or Sarasota. The county also lags behind in recreational and exercise oppor tunities, which helps explain a dangerously high percentage of obese adults, 35 percent compared to Sarasota’s 21 percent and Charlotte’s 25 percent. The study’s format is both backwardand forward-looking. Its rankings are based on statistics that are sometimes several years old, but by looking at current outcomes, such as quality of life, health care and socioeconomic categories, and identifying dangerous factors, such as smoking, excessive drinking, obesity and violent crime, it can point to potential future problems. Charlotte County ranked lowest of the three counties in health outcomes, but 13th in health factors, while DeSoto ranked 56th in health factors and Sarasota third. Looking ahead, those factors bode well for Sarasota to retain its position, while Charlotte should improve and DeSoto risks falling off (unless it can address the underlying health and safety issues it is experiencing). Reports such as the Johnson Foundation County Health Ranking serve an important function in highlighting areas of public concern. The more a community’s residents struggle to live healthy lives (and spend heavily on medical care and medicine), the less productive they are and the more they weigh on community services, such as emergency medical services and emergency room care. Considering how preventable many health problems are — and how public infrastructure and amenities, such as parks, sidewalks, public transit and low-income wellness clinics can improve outcomes — we encourage local ofcials to review the ndings and nd ways to help their residents get and stay healthy. Congress has actually conducted in any ethical manner. If you notice in the past 50 years Congress has raised their wages so they make more than 90 percent of taxpaying citizens, 100 percent retirement, and much better health care. It is time we x this. Come on, you 60 percent of nonvot ers. Between you and the rest, we should be able to replace all of Congress (over six years) and then again until we get real workers.John H. Rice Punta GordaThe owner is frustrated, the mayor is weary and a deadline may be slipping past. Chances are increasing that the agreement to allow the Rays to search around the Tampa Bay area for new stadium sites may not get done in 2015. The Rays have generally avoided discussing stadiumrelated issues once the regular season begins, so it’s possible the next meeting or two could be the last opportunities for the mayor’s deal with the team to be approved by the current City Council. Because if the deal doesn’t get done in April, it may not be revived until after the fall election and at least two new members join the council in 2016. Is that a good reason for skeptics on the council to change their minds next week? Certainly not. Is Stu Sternberg’s increasing vexation a legitimate reason to reconsider? Absolutely not. So is there any reason Bill Dudley, Amy Foster, Jim Kennedy, Steve Kornell and Wengay Newton should revisit their positions? Only this: It’s in the city’s best interest. All these months later, those council members fail to see that. They’re too hung up on today’s details, and they’re not considering the bigger picture for the city. They cling to the stadium use agreement as if it is the only thing St. Petersburg has going for it. And, yes, it’s a powerful document that should be given its due weight. But any bureaucrat can enforce a contract. True vision and leadership require looking beyond the facts to understand the ramications. And playing hardball with the team today makes it more likely that St. Petersburg suffers in the long run. For the Rays might be legally forced to complete the nal decade of their lease, but it will only lessen the odds they remain here long term, and it will delay the redevelopment of Tropicana Field land that could be key to the city’s downtown growth corridor. That’s why the council should be proactive next week. It’s why the council should stop looking at this deal as a dilemma and under stand it is an opportunity. It’s why the council should have condence in the city it represents. Here are the two most likely scenarios that will come of the mayor’s proposed deal with the Rays: 1. The team nds a stadium site in Tampa, and St. Pete can begin redeveloping 85 acres of prime real estate at the same time its downtown is taking off. 2. The Rays discover there is no room, or funding for a stadium in Tampa, and they disco ver their best bet is building on the opposite end of the Trop land nearer downtown. You might like one scenario over another, but both have the potential to be transfor mative. And by jump-starting the process today, the city has more to gain. If the Rays decide to leave, the Trop’s redevelopment has the potential to expand the city’s tax base far beyond baseball revenues. And if the Rays discover their options in Tampa are limited, then St. Pete has far more leverage in future stadium talks. The council admirably stood up to the Rays when the rst memo of understanding Hardball with Rays shows lack of vision Guest ColumnistJohn Romano use well-tested physical laws to interpret decades of meticulously gathered climate data and conclude with an extremely high degree of certainty that: Our Earth is warming at an unprecedented, dangerous rate and human release of greenhouse gases (GHG) is the predominate cause. Analysis of atmospheric CO2 carbon isotopes that tag the natural atmospheric CO2 vs. fossil fuel-generated CO2 yields precisely the human contribution. Using this contribution, calculations very nicely t warming data, whereas natural causes alone don’t. So, climate change is proven. The U.S. has a major role in responsibility since it added a greater cumulative amount of GHG than any country. While the U.S. alone can’t solve the problem, as the world’s second-highest GHG polluter we can make a huge differ ence by reducing emissions and setting an example. While some exercise their constitutional right to be wrong, I hope there are enough people who make their decisions based on real-world facts to mitigate this fast-approaching climate disaster.Frank Roeske Englewood ROMANO | 9 P( PQRTo Tu2V cur TUB CEREMoN'AL(5T BOMB of TUE 5EA5oN . .i wit I\/I


The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 E/N/C Our Town Page 9 VIEWPOINTIt is the common temptation of Republicans and Democrats to support a strong executive when it does things they like, and to condemn it when it does things they dont. There is, however, a group of committed institutionalists that has gathered around the Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, now scheduled for a vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 14. The bill is carefully limited in scope, setting a 60-day review period following a nuclear agreement in which Congress can waive (or not) the congressionally mandated sanctions against Iran. Policy related to United Nations sanctions and executive-imposed sanctions would be left entirely to the president. The administration concedes that Congress should eventually have a role in determining the shape of congressional sanctions; the legislation would merely move a congressional vote from the end of the process to the beginning. President Obama has promised to veto the measure. His intention (assuming an agreement with Iran is reached) is to waive congressional sanctions until after his time in of“ce ends. Senate proponents of the Review Act count 11 Democratic supporters, including principled institutionalists such as Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. Assuming all Republican senators come along, only two more Democrats are necessary for a veto-proof majority. The effort to secure those votes was set back by Republican Sen. Tom Cottons ill-advised, partisan Dear Mullah letter. In the estimate of one supporter of the Review Act, six or seven Democratic senators went from gettable to ungettable. The committee vote was delayed until mid-April, in part to allow partisan tempers to cool. Many Republican senators are open to supporting a reasonable nuclear deal with Iran. But they have a series of reasonable concerns. Several weeks ago, the multilateral negotiating process including the “ve members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany was effectively superseded, when the Obama administration began direct talks with the Iranians. Since then, one senator told me on background, the U.S. has moved every day closer to the Iranian position. This is the source of increasingly vocal concern from excluded partners including the French, who called for a stiffened spine in negotiations. As with any nuclear agreement, the devil or, in this case, the Great Satan is in the details. What kinds of centrifuges should be allowed? What sort of inspections would limit the prospect of Iranian covert actions? What do we need to know about the previous military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program? (Recent talks have raised the prospect that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif may not be fully knowledgeable about what the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has been doing.) Senate Republicans not only fear a bad deal, they sense a major shift in American policy a desire to cozy up with Iran in the “ght against Sunni extremism. Such a regional rebalancing would involve a shift away from Israel and Americas traditional Arab partners. (This prospect and not a personality clash between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the main source of Israeli angst.) The result can already be seen in Iraq, where Iranian allies have permeated the parliament and where Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander, has become a folk hero among Iraqi Shiites. Evidence for an evolving administration attitude toward Iran has been on recent display. Recently, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has dropped barrel bombs “lled with chlorine gas on civilians crossing yet another American red line. But punishing the Assad regime with anything more than a tongue-lashing would offend its Iranian sponsor and, perhaps, disrupt nuclear negotiations. So: Assad commits crimes against humanity, while Obama is really angry about Netanyahus campaign strategy. Americas strategic shift in the Middle East is leaving deep, unresolved contractions. The U.S. is vetting, training and equipping moderate rebels to enter Syria, who will be promptly barrel-bombed by the Assad regime, which America has no intention of preventing. (Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently testi“ed that they have no authority to protect American-trained proxies in Syria.) It is a policy so impractical, so careless of consequences, that it is immoral. The administration is attempting a series of enormously complex, consequential diplomatic maneuvers for which it has shown no aptitude in the past (see the Russian reset and three years of disastrous Syrian inaction). But members of Congress are being told to sit down and shut up. Stunts such as the Cotton letter are counterproductive. Responses such as the Review Act are badly needed. Michael Gerson is a Washington Post columnist. Readers may reach him at michaelgerson@ How to block a bad deal with IranJoe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesnt sound as if the ambition that fired him to run when he was 44 or 64 has diminished at 72. What would drive me to do it would be if I thought that I could do it better than anybody else, he said in December. I think this thing is wide open on both sides, he said in January. Thats a family, personal decision that Im going to make sometime at the end of the summer, he told reporters in Iowa last month. After 46 years in politics, Bidens earned the right to be taken seriously. Despite his gaffes some of which fall into the Kinsley gaffe category of revealing politically unpalatable truths hes turned in a solid performance as vice president. Hes negotiated fiscal compromises with balky Republican leaders in Congress. Hes massaged the egos (and, who knows, perhaps the shoulders) of foreign leaders from Iraq to Japan. A CNN poll last week found that 71 percent of Democratic voters think highly of him. But Biden has one obvious problem: Hillary Rodham Clinton. The same CNN poll found that Clinton was the “rst choice of 62 percent of Democratic voters, against only 15 percent for Biden and 10 percent for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (who says she isnt running). The vice president doesnt want to be seen as a mere understudy in his partys presidential race. Hes cast his not-quite-impending decision as a matter of his own future, not a choice contingent on Clintons fortunes. Its about whether he has a contribution to make, said Ted Kaufman, one of Bidens oldest friends and advisers. Not a question of whether Clinton falters? No, Kaufman told me. But its too late; whether he likes it or not, Biden is already Clintons understudy the backup player, there to step in only if the first string falters. Bidens own timetable his stipulation that he doesnt need to make a decision before Labor Day makes that all the more certain. Clinton is expected to announce her candidacy formally next month. But shes been building a campaign apparatus a staff, a strategy, a super PAC, potential donors for months. Shes already been endorsed by more than half of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate. With every month that goes by, she has added to that juggernaut. That means fewer potential supporters remain on the fence to be wooed by any rival candidate, including Biden. At this point, the main cheerleader for a Biden presidency is a voluble former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman, Dick Harpootlian, who laid out the rationale for a run to the Washington Post this way: He aint got no email problems. He aint got no foundation problems. What you see with Joe is what you get. Theres also an amateur Draft Joe Biden website, launched last week by a former Obama volunteer named William Pierce. As of Tuesday afternoon, its Draft Biden petition had collected 4,004 signatures and 62 Facebook likes hardly a tidal wave. Its pitch for the vice president touts his passion, joy and knowledge. All of which Biden undeniably possesses and none of which adds up to a serious chance against Clinton. He flamed out as a presidential candidate in the 1988 campaign, when he faced charges that his speeches were plagiarized, and 2008, when he didnt make it past the Iowa caucuses. And, yes, in much of the country certainly among late-night comics hes thought of as an aging liberal goofball, not an imposing statesman. That kind of image isnt easy to erase. Once she announces, Clinton plans to launch a series of speeches to build a rationale for her candidacy. Biden will still be confined in the role of the Obama administrations energetic salesman, an honorable job but one that wont establish his claim to the nomination. But if Clinton runs into trouble if she has health problems, or legal problems, or any other kind of problems her party is going to need another candidate, and fast. Biden is his partys natural fallback. A Quinnipiac poll this month found that with Clinton out of the race, Biden would be the front-runner with 35 percent; Warren polled 25 percent. No other Democrat has attracted signi“cant interest or support, even among political insiders. Bidens flirtation with candidacy isnt delusional. It isnt just the self-flattery of a politician who long thought he ought to be president. Undeniably, however, hes the second choice and theres nothing wrong with that. By taking on that thankless role, hes doing his party a big service. Doyle McManus is a columnist for The Los Angeles Times. Readers may reach him at doyle. Biden is Democrats 2016 understudy, in case Hillary falters Doyle McManus Micheal Gerson was proposed because there were legitimate questions about the redevelopment revenues. That issue has now been solved, and there is no reason to delay any longer. Demanding the Rays pay more under the memo of understanding is a losing bet. It only guarantees the team will wait out the end of the lease, which is bad news for St. Pete. The last time a St. Petersburg City Council was presented with a stadium question of this magnitude, it was a different era. In the 1980s, St. Pete was a sleepy town with a whitehaired reputation and a serious inferiority complex to Tampa. Back then, the gamble to build a stadium smelled of desperation. Of insecurity and fear. This time, the council can deal from strength. It can dare the Rays to “nd a better deal in Tampa. And if the Rays do, then St. Pete continues growing its downtown while still keeping MLB in the region. Its a gamble without much downside. All it takes is council members who have enough con“dence in their city to bet on its future. John Romano is a columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. Readers may reach him at romano@ PAGE 8 Having Problems With Your Dentures? Difficulty Eating? Sore Gums? Wobbly or Loose? Messy Adhesives? Denture Stabilization Affordable! Complimentary Initial Consultation! Family Dental Care 100 Madrid Blvd., Ste. 414 Punta Gorda 941-575-2626 Are you concerned about zinc content in your denture adhesives? 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Our Town Page 10 E/N/C The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 FROM PAGE ONE Last March, the victim, who turned 9 a week ago, told a family member that AlmodovarChaparro, who has known the child since she was a baby, had been inappropriately touching her. A Charlotte County Sheriff’s investigation determined the sexual abuse took place at least three times between about February 2013 and September 2013, making the victim 6 or 7 at the time. The jury verdict handed down Thursday, however, suggests only one of those unwelcomed encounters was sexual in nature. Brown said after the trial it is “interesting” that three acts of sexual battery were described, but the jury only believed one of them. “If you have reasonable doubt about the story, there should be reasonable doubt about the whole story,” Brown said. Since several months had passed between the incidents and the victim’s disclosure, almost the entire case against Almodovar-Chaparro hinged on the testimony of the young girl, who took the stand on Tuesday. “She knew about sex acts an 8-year-old wouldn’t know about,” assistant state attorney Stephanie Powers reminded the jury of four men and two women during Wednesday’s closing arguments. The victim claimed she was forced to perform a sex act, and she was able to describe in detail what resulted. That act was the basis for the sexual battery conviction. According to court documents, the defendant told investigators he thought the girl was making up the story for attention. But, Powers told jurors, “She has no motivation to come here and lie.” Brown suggested to the jury the girl may have been coaxed into trying to get the defendant in trouble by a certain relative who didn’t like him. He also noted during trial that the victim’s disclosure about what happened came after a “sex talk” with her mother, and the girl had been hearing about sex at school. The defense attor ney, who has young daughters, began his closing statements Wednesday with a story about Christmastime. He recalled telling one of his little girls once on Christmas Eve that she needed to go to bed because Santa Claus would be coming soon. “The next day, I remember her telling me she saw Santa,” Brown told the jury. Prosecutors objected to the story’s relevance, and 20th Judicial Circuit Judge George Richards, who presided over trial, told Brown to “get to the point.” The point, Brown said, is, “Real and imagined things can be mixed together (for children).” Almodovar-Chaparro was arrested about a year ago and has been held since then in the Charlotte County Jail on more than $2 million bond. He was originally charged with three counts of capital sexual battery, but state prosecutors later added other serious charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child (for making the girl touch his penis) and lewd and lascivious exhibition in front of a child (for masturbating in front of the girl). After more than seven hours of deliberation Wednesday and Thursday, the jury found the man guilty as charged except for reducing two capital sexual battery charges to misdemeanor battery. Almodovar-Chaparro still must ofcially be sentenced. A related hearing has been set for June, but Brown said he plans to le a motion for a new trial soon.Email: akreger@sun-herald.comPRISONFROM PAGE 1 house, too. This makes me nervous that can happen by our house.” Late Thursday, county reghters — along with Englewood Area Fire Control District and city of North Port reghters — were still ghting the blaze that was rst reported as a veto six-acre brush re, which expanded into a 15-acre re. The Red Cross and Forest Service also joined the effort. Heavy loads of vegetation and winds fueled the re. Charlotte County rst received the call at 1:12 p.m. Thursday. As a result of the re, Florida Power & Light temporarily cut power off south of VanLenten Boulevard, north of Quinlan, north of Dixon Terrace and east of Gillot, said Charlotte County Fire/EMS spokeswoman Dee Hawkins-Garland. By 5 p.m., the re was 90 percent contained, she said. The cause of the blaze, however, still was under investigation, Hawkins-Garland said. Some homes, especially those along Montgomery Drive, did see the re edge up to property lines, but no structure damage was reported nor did the county call for evacuations, Hawkins-Garland said. “Fireghters were successful in saving many homes in some areas,” she said. “The re came as close as 3 feet to residential homes.” She also said Charlotte County school buses unable to deliver students to bus stops, due to the re and road closures, returned the students to their schools. A controlled burn conducted in the Myakka State Forest near Winchester Boulevard did not start nor affect the brush re in Gulf Cove, HawkinsGarland said.Email: reilly@sun-herald.comFIREFROM PAGE 1 SUN PHOTO BY STEVE REILLYThis Charlotte County Sheri’s helicopter douses a Gulf Cove brush re Thursday with water scooped from the Myakka River. Commissioner Jacqueline Moore said about the growth. “It’s time to get up and move to paradise.” Florida has seven of the nation’s fastest-growing metro areas between July 2013 and July 2014, accounting for more than three-quarters of the state’s population gain in that time period, according to Census gures. The Villages, located west of Orlando, ranked as the nation’s fastestgrowing metro area last year. The city grew by 5.4 percent in the current estimate, reaching a population of nearly 114,000 people. “Florida’s ascension, revealed when the 2014 state population estimates were released last December, was a signicant demographic milestone for our coun try,” Census director John H. Thompson said in a statement. “These county and metro-area estimates provide a more detailed picture of how this happened, showing growth in areas such as Central and Southern Florida.” North Port eclipsed the city of Sarasota as the largest municipality in Sarasota County in 2008. The city more than doubled in size, from 22,797 to 57,357, between April 2000 and April 2010. The population gures for the city of North Port, specically, estimated to be around 60,000 now, will be released next month. Moore said North Port has been “poised for growth,” and with the economy improving, the city is picking back up where it left off. Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson also attributes the growth to “living in paradise.” “Tourism growth is breaking record numbers too,” she said. “It is a mixture of things — baby boomers and tourists.” Stephen Schoenfeld and Shannon Moore, brokers and owners of Green Lion Realty in Sarasota and Manatee counties, said the relative affordability of homes drives people to North Port. They said the median home price in North Port is around $150,000, compared with an average home price of $250,000 in Sarasota. Schoenfeld said young families enjoy being able to buy a brandnew home in the city. “You get a lot more home for your money,” he said. He also said proximity to big shopping centers, like Cocoplum Village Shops off U.S. 41, attracts residents, and communities that were once dormant in North Port, like Talon Bay and Cypress Falls, are beginning to bounce back from the recession years. Shannon said she recently has noticed potential buyers wanting to look at higher-end homes in Sarasota County, like those in Punta Gorda Isles. She said in the past two to three months, she has been showing more million-dollar homes than usual. Preparing for growth in a thriving metropolis has never been easy though. Robinson said county commissioners will look at mobility fees for residents at their next meeting Tuesday. She said the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization is trying to work with local municipalities to better serve the needs for a growing number of residents who need public transportation. North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis said the population estimates now are promising, but the city has to look further to population trends happening in 20 to 30 years. “If we aren’t working on this stuff now, then it is not going to happen,” Lewis said. “We will be behind the growth curve. We need to lay the foundation now.” He said a population growth indicator that most people might not notice is the solid waste collection days changing to deal with greater population density in different areas of the city. He said residential and commercial developers are working with the city, as well, to provide and plan more and more services for residents. “If we preserve services for people, we preserve the quality of life,” Lewis said.Email: ashirk@sun-herald.comCENSUSFROM PAGE 1 PORT CHARLOTTE _ Stormy weather today likely will precede a cold front this weekend, said Rick Davis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He urged locals and spring breakers to be cautious due to a marginal risk of severe weather, especially on the beach or coastal areas. “A lot of showers and thunderstorms are likely to move through the area, mainly in the afternoon,” he said. “With that, we can expect frequent lightning, and a possibility of strong gusty winds (up to 50 mph to 60 mph with strong storms) ahead of a strong cold front.” “If you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning,” he added. “If you hear thunder, seek shelter.” Davis said the thunder storms are coming from the Gulf of Mexico and moving over the area, which may lead to higher waves and rip currents. “Spring breakers from up north think the water’s warm and like to get in and swim,” he said. “We haven’t seen any thunder storms in about a month, so even locals have let their guard down.” He added those going to the beach this weekend should go to “guarded beaches or heed lifeguard warnings.” There is a 70 to 80 percent chance of rain on Friday, making the showers and thunderstorms likely, he said. Expect a cloudy day with a high of around 80, according to the forecast. Davis said cool and dry air is going to move in so there is no chance of rain or storms the rest of the weekend, but it will be breezy. “If you’re boating, there will probably be a small craft advisory in effect,” he said. “And the same rip current risks at beaches.” As the cold front comes through Friday night, temperatures should dip to lows in the mid-to upper 50s overnight into Saturday morning. Davis said it is the “strongest cold front we’ve seen in about a month” with the cold air mass coming from Canada. Saturday is mostly sunny as the storm clears, but the high for the day only reaches around 70 with an overnight low in the low to mid 50s. Davis added the average low for this time of year is 59 degrees, so this overnight low is about 10 degrees below normal. 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The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 E/N/C Our Town Page 11 LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS NORTH PORT — North Port police arrested a Sarasota County school bus driver Wednesday who allegedly struck and bit an 11-year-old special-needs student. Max Eugene Bedwell, 63, of Sarasota, was charged with two misdemeanors — battery, for allegedly assaulting the North Port boy; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, for reportedly letting another student on the bus hit the victim too, on the way home from school March 6. Detectives said Bedwell allegedly covered the video camera on the school bus while the other student was hitting the victim. Sarasota County School District spokesman Scott Ferguson said Bedwell has been working for the district as a bus driver since 2006. His salary is $10,356. A police report states the victim attends Oak Park Elementary School, which serves special-needs children in Sarasota, and he is diagnosed with oppositional deant disorder and attention-decit/ hyperactivity disorder. According to the report, the victim’s mother said Bedwell told her that her son was yelling obscenities at everyone on the bus, and Bedwell said he had to physically restrain the victim because he would not sit down, and the victim continued to ght back. The report states the boy told his mother and police that Bedwell bit him on the arm and covered the camera on the bus, and the incident began when Bedwell told the victim to “shoosh.” The victim said Bedwell tried to get him to sit down by sitting on his legs. The victim said he broke Bedwell’s glasses, and then put him in a neck lock. The report states that’s when Bedwell bit the boy. Authorities said after reviewing video from the bus, it is clear Bedwell is sitting on the victim’s lap, and the boy is trying to pull away from Bedwell. According to detectives, another student, who also was arrested, is seen slapping the victim several times in the face while Bedwell is facing him. The video also shows Bedwell covering the camera shortly after the student gets in the seat next to the victim. Detectives said the victim had injuries on his right knee and back, and a possible bite mark on his right forearm. While the incident was occurring, the report states Bedwell had told another bus driver to take over driving. The ght started after a student was dropped off at Yankee Terrace in North Port, near South Chamberlain Boulevard, and ended after the victim was dropped off at his home on Wood Rose Street, near East Price Boulevard. Bedwell was released from the Sarasota County Jail Wednesday afternoon after posting $1,000 bond. Ferguson said Bedwell will be reassigned to another job in the district that does not deal with students, until the ongo ing investigation by the NPPD is completed.Email: ashirk@sun-herald.comNPPD: School bus driver bites special-needs childBy ALLISON SHIRKSTAFF WRITER BEDWELLSARASOTA COUNTY — The dog shelter at the Sarasota County Humane Society remains closed after 20 puppies died due to parvovirus. Staff members at the Humane Society say they were able to save 40 of the 60 puppies that contracted the virus during transport from a high-kill shelter in Louisiana. As of now, every dog at the shelter appears to be healthy, and the shelter only remains closed as a precaution, officials say. Canine parvo is a highly contagious and dangerous disease that is spread through contact with feces. “We are going to remain under quarantine one more week to make sure that our kennels are clean and our dogs are protected and safe,” said Humane Society executive director Christen Benson. Dr. Nicolas Caceres, the Humane Society’s veterinarian, says the last couple of weeks have taken an emotional toll on everyone. “As a veterinarian, you know you can’t save them all, but when you see a young life go, it’s sad and sad for all of the staff. Anytime we lose puppies, it’s especially sad,” Caceres said. Since the puppies arrived, staff members have been cleaning each kennel, inch by inch, on a daily basis. “The staff has been working 10 to 12 hours every day cleaning, making sure everyone is vaccinated, trying to detect sick animals and providing care for all of them,” Caceres said. As of now, dog adoptions are scheduled to resume on March 31. Cat adop tions are still available. “We want to find every animal in our care a forever home, especially now that they’ve been here a few weeks. They really need the care and attention,” Benson said. The shelter is in need of towels. If you’d like to donate, visit the Humane Society at 2331 15th St. in Sarasota. In Englewood, the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, hasn’t experienced a problem with sick dogs. However, the shelter remains aware and cautious of what happened in Sarasota. “(It) can happen if puppies come in from out of state or locally,” said Suncoast executive Director Phil Snyder. “We are very, very careful here. We know parvo can spread. But so can distemper or the coronavirus. We have to be aware of what’s going on around us, especially in a shelter situation where the animals are all living near one another.” Snyder says prevention is everything. “Anyone who has not inoculated their pets, I urge you to call your veterinarian and do so,” he said. Community News Editor Elaine Allen-Emrich contributed to this report.Sarasota Humane Society dealing with deadly parvovirus By MAX WINITZ ABC-7 PUNTA GORDA — After nearly four years in business, the owner of Opus restaurant has closed the doors. Employees of the downtown eatery were notied via text Wednesday that they were not to report to work. A two-line sentence on the company’s website reads: “We’re sorry. Opus is now closed for a while.” Owner Jim Lawson could not be reached for comment. “It’s been a challenging three or four years,” said Lawson’s spouse and Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce president John Wright. “It’s almost his fourth anniversary of doing business and he wanted to celebrate that, but he just couldn’t make it. At the end of the day, he had to make the best business decision for him.” Known for its elegant interior and high-end offerings, Opus is the latest downtown restaurant to close its doors. The closing comes on the heels of a recent decision by Subway restaurant to move out of downtown. The sandwich retail chain informed the Community Redevelopment Agency last week that it would not renew its lease, which expires June 10, 2015. 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The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 E/N/C Our Town Page 13 LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS Garden clubs show off artful arrangements Right: Dede Ames and Kitty Errell are seen looking at this multiple owering purple orchid plant on display at the ower show. Right: Pictured here is co-chair and internationally accredited designer and ower show judge Claudia Chopp from the Punta Gorda Garden Club standing by two entries in the ower show. Left: Bea Butler and Marge Ronn had a great afternoon checking out the dozens of owers and greenery at this week’s ower show. Frances Houghton and Anne Miller stroll through the tables of award-winning owers and plants at the small stan dard ower show. Above: Port Charlotte Garden Club member and horticulturist Linda Kopycki is seen here with Punta Gorda club member Bonnie Verminski holding her blue-ribbon merit award-winning Anthurium andreanum. Struss Shirk is pictured here by her arrange ment, “Birds of a Feather Flock Together,” made from boondoggled palm frond and black-treated cane. All smiles by her blue-ribbon-winning underwater design in the Freedom Swim category, a cut arrangement of carnations and foxtail fern is Port Charlotte Garden Club President Sandi Witzke.SUN PHOTOS BY DONNELL BATESThe Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte garden clubs held a small standard ower show, “Hands Across the Harbor,” at the First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda this week. Connie and Art Popowich attended the ower show and stopped to admire the array of owers. Chris Kendall and friend Judy Inder are seen here by this underwater design in the Freedom Swim design category by Joyce Arenz from the Port Charlotte Garden Club. 50477202 adno=482885 Hire Craftsmen, Not Installers A+ Rated adno=50482834 Between Teresa and Atwater 2 Blks East of Home Depot 19887 Veterans Blvd. K U S T O M I Z E D K U R B I N G K U S T O M I Z E D K U R B I N G K USTOMIZED K URBING O P E N T O T H E P U B L I C OPEN TO THE PUBLIC D I S C O U N T R O C K D ISCOUNT R OCK 19887 VETERANS BLVD. PH: 941-623-6192 We Sell And Install Rock/Shell/ Pavers/ Curbing C u r b i n g a n d C u r b i n g a n d Curbing and D e c o r a t i v e R o c k D e c o r a t i v e R o c k Decorative Rock FREE ESTIMATES NOW OPEN COME ON DOWN NO DEPOSITS *Paver install excludes Charlotte County. Assorted Landscape Rock Pavers Driveway Rock PLANTS & TREES Driveway Mix $39 99 yd Free Estimates Free Delivery* (Per 5 Yards) Saturday, March 28Bunny Breakfast & -1 e"Egg-Normous" Egg HuntBreakfast: 8am-gamGeorge Mullen Activity CenterCome for breakfast and take a family picturewith the Easter Bunny!Age: 2 yrs. and upFee: $4 per person in advance, $5 at thedoor pending availability. Pre-registrationrecommended for breakfast.Egg Hunt: 9:3oam SHARPThe annual "Egg-Normous" egg hunt takesplace on the field after breakfast. There willbe over 5,000 eggs divided among three agegroups and plenty of prizes.Don't forget your basket!!Age: io yrs. & underFee: FreeY,j1Offered in collaboration with the Early Bird Kiwanis, Harbor Cove Grandmothers Club, Knight OwlKiwanis, NPHS Key Club and the City of North Port Volunteers. For more information or to registeronline, please visit r and click on the Parks and Recreation tab or call 429-PARK.4 1 rlIa'J SGRRCLNDIN3 AP.=is Scend e e Ssys Herewww.puna riockar rn cam-OPEN TO THE PUBLICMoccuo Rote 1-------------Be sureto1jus on


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But off-season marketing of attractions like Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, which hosts international rowing competitions and other events, can keep local business out of the summer doldrums. “Waterfest in Englewood is a huge way to showcase Englewood on both sides of the county line,” Haley said of the planned offshore races and four-day festival planned for November off Manasota Key. Elaine Miller is the co-chair of the Waterfest committee and past pres ident of the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce. “From the revenue point of view, Waterfest can bring folks, not just in the area, but from all around the state and elsewhere. That is great for restaurants and lodging establishments,” she said. Off-season marketing is so important that the Charlotte County Tourism Development Council spent 99 percent of last year’s budget to attract visitors in the summer and fall. “We have a small budget, we have to target certain markets,” Steiner said. “It works.” During season, Steiner said, Charlotte relies a lot on being “more affordable than some areas to the north and south.” Bill Gunnin, executive director of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, says his city depends on its central location and access to nature. “We’re 20 minutes from the beach, we’ve got bike trails, boating, a state forest and lots of water ways to boat,” he said. He added Cocoplum Village Shops’ stores and restaurants also attract visitors. “And obviously there’s Warm Mineral Springs, which is a big international draw,” he said. But no matter how attractive a destination is or how well it’s marketed, a strong season is no guarantee. “Travel is a very different industry from any other. 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PAGE 15 FRIDAY MARCH 27, 2015 T he Wire INSIDE If Florida lawmakers agree to the change, it would mark a major departure from a policy pushed into law by then-Gov. Jeb Bush.— Page 6 —Florida may promote 3rd-graders who fail standardized tests Edgy investors continue to monitor violence in the Middle East and the rapid ascent of the U.S. dollar, which is causing companies to pull back their profit forecasts for the year. — Page 4 —US stocks continue fall STATE NATIONAL WORLD BUSINESS WEATHER 1. Turmoil in Yemen escalatesAs Saudi Arabia and its allies bomb Shiite rebels allied with Iran, Egyptian officials promise that a ground assault will follow. See page 2.2. Plane crash was deliberateMarseille Prosecutor Brice Robin said co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s intention was “to destroy this plane.” See page 1.3. NYC apartment building collapses in fiery blastThe apparent gas explosion also launches rubble and shards of glass across streets in Manhattan’s East Village while injuring at least a dozen people, including several critically. See page 3.4. I-4 corridor propels population growthLumped together as the heart of the I-4 corridor, Orlando and Tampa’s growth in pure numbers last year surpassed that of South Florida by more than 1.3 times. See page 1.5. What could be key to nuclear dealThe U.S. is discussing allowing Iran to run hundreds of centrifuges at a forti fied, underground site in exchange for other restrictions on its nuclear-related work, the AP learns. See page 2.6. Budget bill advancesThe legislative action gives credence to Republican claims that their new, two-house majority will be able to govern without the chaos that has often plagued Congress. See page 3.7. Special ops using flawed intel softwareThey are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews. See page 1.8. Richard III buried with dignityThe human remains — confirmed by scientific sleuthing as those of the longlost king — were found under a parking lot in Leicester in 2012. See page 2.9. Some Navy jets can’t be launched off new carrierTop warplanes carrying extra fuel can’t be launched off its newest aircraft carrier because the ship’s high-tech catapults cause too much wear. See page 1.10. March Madness resumesAfter a three-day breather, the tournament swings back into action with Sweet 16 matchups. See Sports page 1.10 things to know PARIS — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside. The account Thursday of the nal moments of Germanwings Flight 9525 prompted some airlines to immediately impose stricter cockpit rules — and raised haunting questions about the motive of the co-pilot, whose breathing never wavered as he destroyed the plane and the lives of those aboard. “We have no idea of the reason,” Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin said, revealing the chilling conclusions investigators reached after reconstructing the nal minutes of the ight from the plane’s black box voice recorder. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s intention was “to destroy this plane.” French, German and U.S. ofcials said there was no indication of terrorism. The prosecutor did not elaborate on why investigators do not suspect a political motive; Germanwings crash deliberateBy ANGELA CHARLTON and DAVID McHUGHASSOCIATED PRESS WRITERSProsecutor: Co-pilot wanted ‘to destroy this plane’PLANE | 3 AP PHOTORescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday. Building collapses in NYC AP PHOTONew York City reghters work the scene of a large re and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday. For the story, see page 3. ORLANDO, Fla. — People moving to the Interstate 4 corridor and South Florida propelled the state’s population to almost 20 million residents last year, allowing it to surpass New York as the nation’s third-largest state, according to U.S. Census Bureau gures released Thursday. More than half of Florida’s growth last year came from three metropolitan areas: South Florida, Orlando and Tampa. With Florida adding another 292,000 residents last year, the state now has 19.9 million residents, trailing only California and Texas. The new gures show that growth in Florida’s largest cities has returned to, and in some cases surpassed, pure numbers harkening back to the boom years of last decade. “Part of the population growth is everybody is coming back since there are jobs aplenty and construction is on re,” said Jeff Briggs, planning manager for the City of Winter Park, one of the most afuent communities in metro Orlando. There currently are 110 new homes under construction in Winter Park, where the average new home costs $600,000. During the pre-recession boom years last decade, 70 to I-4 corridor propelled population growthBy MIKE SCHNEIDERASSOCIATED PRESS WRITERGROWTH | 3WASHINGTON — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a awed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews. Over the last four months, six Army special operations units about to be deployed into Afghanistan, Iraq and other hostile environments have requested intelligence software made by Palantir, a Silicon Valley company that has synthesized data for the CIA, the Navy SEALs and the country’s largest banks, among other government and private entities. But just two of the requests have been approved, in both cases by the Army after members of Congress inter vened with senior military leaders. Four other requests made through U.S. Army Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, N.C., have not Special ops troops using flawed intel softwareBy KEN DILANIANAP INTELLIGENCE WRITERINTEL | 3 AP PHOTOThis image provided by the U.S. Army shows a page from a brochure about the Distributed Common Ground System.WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy’s top warplanes can’t be launched off its newest air craft carrier if they’re carrying fuel tanks needed to extend their ight range because the ship’s high-tech catapults cause too much wear. Military weapons testers view this as a deciency that would “preclude the Navy from conducting normal oper ations” on the USS Gerald R. Ford until it’s corrected, said Air Force Major Eric Badger, spokesman for the Pentagon’s testing ofce, in an email. 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Page 2 WIRE The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS | NATIONAL NEWS BRIEFS House speaker invites Japanese leader to address CongressWASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is inviting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to address a joint meeting of Congress next month. The Ohio Republican announced Thursday that Abe — who will be the rst Japanese leader to address Congress — is scheduled to speak on April 29. He says the speech will give Americans a chance to hear from a close U.S. ally on a variety of issues, including working together to open new markets and foster more economic growth through free trade. In recent weeks, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have delivered addresses to joint meetings of Congress.Congressman: Cancel VA bonuses, use them for Denver hospitalDENVER (AP) — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to nish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday. Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction ofcial, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando, Fla., racked up huge cost overruns and fell far behind schedule. Haggstrom retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation into the problems at the Denver hospital, the VA said. No phone listing for him could be found to seek comment. Coffman and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, both Republicans, on Thursday introduced legislation in the House and Senate that would erase $360 million in bonuses from the VA’s current budget. Coffman plans to ask Congress to reallocate that money, and all future years’ bonuses, to the Denver hospital until it’s nished, said his spokesman, Tyler Sandberg.Indiana allows needle exchange program to stem HIV outbreakINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use. Pence issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency in Scott County, an economically depressed area about 30 miles north of Louisville, Ky., that has seen 79 new infections since December. The county typically sees only about ve HIV cases each year, health ofcials said. All of those infected either live in Scott County or have ties to the county, and all of the infections have been linked to needle sharing among drug users. Pence, a Republican, said ofcials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who arrived in the county Monday said it would be “medically appropriate” to authorize some type of needle-exchange program to help stem the infections. Such programs are illegal in Indiana, and Pence has opposed needle exchanges as part of drug-control efforts. But his order allows Scott County ofcials to request state approval for a limited, short-term program.Boston hospital treating survivors of Honduran market blastBOSTON (AP) — When a gas explosion ripped through a crowded marketplace in Honduras last month, Paola Matute Porter suffered burns over 40 percent of her body. Now, she and three other children who were among dozens of patrons engulfed in ames are receiving free medical treatment at a Boston hospital specializing in burn care. The gas cylinder explosion rocked the market in Tegucigalpa on Feb. 20 as Paola and her family were eating lunch, killing at least one child and wounding more than 70 other people. Paola’s mother recalled her 9-year-old running to her, screaming for help. Young Paola and other injured family members initially were taken to a local hospital. But thanks to local and international charities, Paola was among four children who were own nearly 3,800 miles from Honduras’ capital to Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston.Suburban Chicago cousins arrested in Islamic State caseCHICAGO (AP) — A member of the Illinois Army National Guard and his suburban Chicago cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. Attorney’s ofce said in a Thursday statement. Hasan Edmonds, the 22-year-old national guard member, was arrested Wednesday night at Chicago Midway International Airport trying to board a ight to Egypt. Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested the same day at his home. Both men are U.S. citizens and come from Aurora, the statement said. According to an unsealed federal complaint, the cousins planned for Jonas Edmonds to carry out a terrorist attack inside the U.S. after Hasan Edmonds left the country. Without naming it, the complaint says they contemplated an armed attack against a U.S. military facility in northern Illinois where Hasan Edmonds had trained.Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdownWASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday. The investigation led by the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement resulted in 252 enforcement actions and $2.6 million in consumer refunds and fees. It was the second time that the FTC has gone after the car industry. Last year, the agency announced 10 cases of deceptive advertising and loans. Ofcials say the more recent investigation in U.S. and Canada involved the Justice Department and state prosecutors. “The clear message is that across this country, and indeed internationally, law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for deceptive and illegal practices by auto dealers, and will take whatever action is necessary to protect consumers,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway houseCHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left an Alabama federal prison early Thursday bound for a halfway house, where he begins his transition back into society two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, speaking by phone shortly after picking up his 50-year-old son, described his release from the minimum security federal prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., as a “joyous reunion.” He added that the younger Jackson was doing “very well.” He later said that his son will be living at the halfway house for six months. Federal ofcials have not conrmed that. Another possibility under U.S. Bureau of Prisons policy is for Jackson to serve the remainder of his 2 12-year term under home connement. “He is respecting the rules and the process,” the Rev. Jackson said. “He is not asking for any special privileges.” Jackson would not say which halfway house his son, Illinois Democrat and Inmate No. 32451-016, was headed for. | WORLD NEWS BRIEFSUS sees opportunity in Iran’s pullback in IraqWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States persuaded Iraq to sideline Iranianbacked Shiite militias as a condition to American airstrikes in the strategic city of Tikrit, a senior U.S. gener al said Thursday. The move limits Iran’s inuence, at least temporarily, and could re-invigorate a ground offensive that U.S. ofcials said had become stalled under Iranian leadership. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Senate hearing that he had insisted that Iranian-backed militias pull back before the U.S. began ying intelligence-gathering ights over the weekend and dropping bombs Wednesday in support of a recongured Iraqi force of soldiers and federal police. Spokesmen for a number of the Shiite militias red back, saying they chose to withdraw from the battle for Tikrit in protest of the United States entering the fray. Either way, the conditions set for U.S. airstrikes were an important turn of events, given U.S. concerns that Iran’s role in Tikrit had unsettled its anti-Islamic State group coalition of Sunni Arab states like Saudi Arabia, that see Iran as an adversary and worry about spread of Iran’s Shiite inuence.Iran may run centrifuges at fortified siteLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortied underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, ofcials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, according to Western ofcials familiar with details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the number of centrifuges it runs at its Natanz facility and accept other restrictions on nuclear-related work. Instead of uranium, which can be enriched to be the ssile core of a nuclear weapon, any centrifuges permitted at Fordo would be fed elements such as zinc, xenon or germanium for separating out isotopes used in medicine, industry or science, the ofcials said. The number of centrifuges would not be enough to produce the amount of uranium needed to produce a weapon within a year — the minimum time frame that Washington and its negotiating partners demand.Saudi Arabia, allies open air campaign against Yemen rebelsSANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. The dramatic military assault turns impoverished, fragmented Yemen into a new front in the conict between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Egyptian military and security ofcials told The Associated Press that the military intervention will go further, with a ground assault into Yemen by Egyptian, Saudi and other forces, planned once air strikes have weakened the capabilities of the rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies. In an angry, televised speech Thursday night, the rebel leader Abdul-Malik alHouthi accused the United States, Saudis, and Israel of launching a “criminal, unjust, brutal and sinful” campaign aimed at invading and occupying Yemen.Royals, Cumberbatch help bury comeback King Richard IIILEICESTER, England (AP) — A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance. Royalty, religious leaders and actor Benedict Cumberbatch joined archaeologists, Richard’s distant relatives and curious Britons for a service in Leicester Cathedral that saw the king’s bones buried with dignity, 530 years after his violent death. “Richard’s posthumous reputation has been less than glorious,” said Gordon Campbell, the University of Leicester’s public orator. But now, Campbell said, he has “the greatest following of all English monarchs” apart from Queen Elizabeth II.Pope’s sex abuse commission alarmed by bishop appointmentVATICAN CITY (AP) — Several members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he covered up for Chile’s most notorious pedophile. In interviews and emails with The Associated Press, the experts have questioned Francis’ pledge to hold bishops accountable, listen to victims and keep children safe, given the record of Bishop Juan Barros in the case of the Rev. Fernando Karadima. Barros was installed last week as bishop of Osorno in southern Chile amid nationwide political opposition, violent protests in the cathedral and a boycott by most of the diocese’s priests and deacons. LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A woman who is accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own after she told her married boy friend she’d given birth to his twins has worked as a self-styled business mogul with hundreds of podcasts, websites and a book to her name, records searches revealed Thursday. Giseleangelique Rene D’Milian, 47, and three others were arrested Wednesday in what police called an “evil” scheme to abduct infants and kill their mothers. The sordid plot led to the abduction and murder of a 3-weekold baby girl in January after her parents and uncle were shot in a home invasion and a second woman was attacked in February with a baseball bat in an attempt to steal her 4-month-old son, police said. There was no hint of D’Milian’s alleged scheme on her multiple websites and fan sites, where she went by Rene Reyes and styled herself as the founder of an Indie label and a professional speaker who has helped multinational corporations improve their operations. She had 271 podcasts on iTunes under the title “Speak Into Existence With Rene Reyes,” where she refers to herself as an award-winning ghost songwriter, poet laureate and empowerment speaker. Police instead painted D’Milian as a twisted schemer who was only out to convince her illicit boyfriend that she had borne his twins last December while she was out of the country. There is no indication he knew of the plans. “She fabricated a story and wanted him to believe these children were his. Why? We don’t know. We’re not sure what the motivation was,” Long Beach Police Lt. Lloyd Cox said, adding that D’Milian was searching for children with a dark complexion that matched her own. A photo on D’Milian’s Twitter account background appears to support the scenario: “Twins with the man I absolutely love!!!” it read, with happy faces blowing heart-shaped kisses. D’Milian and one of her accomplices, 29-year-old Anthony McCall, allegedly tailed the 3-week-old baby, Eliza, and her mother on Jan. 3 as they rode a public bus in Long Beach. D’Milian briey spoke with the mother as she exited the bus and, police say, two hours later McCall burst into the home, shot the baby’s parents and uncle and kidnapped Eliza. The tiny girl was found dead in a trash bin the following day in Imperial Beach, a Mexican border city 100 miles away. On Feb. 6, police said, McCall attacked a 23-year-old mother with a baseball bat in an El Segundo hotel room with the goal of stealing her 4-month-old son. McCall was scared away when hotel guests alerted workers, who intervened. He escaped and the baby was unharmed. Investigators would not say how baby Eliza died and declined to discuss what may have motivated the woman’s accomplices beyond saying that the man they believe carried out the attacks was a friend. Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna called the plot “evil.” “I can’t summarize it any other way,” he said. “In my 29 years, I’ve never seen anything like this.”Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be business coach adno=50471075 Charlotte Sunnrra'tarDon't forget to take us with you! S'tJIN"'NEWSPAPERSRead the SUN-online for 0n/V $3'S m,Anurir:i s REST Cunununic 17.iilv"To sign up 941.206.13 00 or 877.818.(204 ><:,w,Pnos.,s.,.,,urfi.


The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 WIRE Page 3 ALMANACToday is Friday, March 27, the 86th day of 2015. There are 279days left in the year. Today in historyOn March 27, 1945, during World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that Germany’s main defensive line on the Western Front had been broken. On this dateIn 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted present-day Florida. In 1884, the first telephone line between Boston and New York was inaugurated. In 1912, first lady Helen Herron Taft and the wife of Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Viscountess Chinda, planted in Washington the first two of 3,000 cherry trees given as a gift by the mayor of Tokyo. In 1933, Japan officially withdrew from the League of Nations. In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock’s first American movie, “Rebecca” starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, premiered in Los Angeles. In 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake (the strongest on record in North America) and tsunamis that together claimed about 130 lives. In 1975, construction began on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which was completed two years later. In 1977, 583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of Tenerife. In 1980, 123 workers died when a North Sea floating oil field platform, the Alexander Kielland, capsized during a storm. In 1990, the U.S. began test broadcasts of TV Marti to Cuba, which promptly jammed the signal. In 1995, “Forrest Gump” won six Academy Awards, including best picture and a second consecutive best actor Oscar for Tom Hanks; Jessica Lange won best actress for “Blue Sky.” Today’s birthdaysDance company director Arthur Mitchell is 81. Actor Julian Glover is 80. Actor Jerry Lacy is 79. Hall of Fame racer Cale Yarborough is 76. Actor-director Austin Pendleton is 75. Actor Michael York is 73. Rock musician Tony Banks (Genesis) is 65. Rock musician Andrew Farriss (INXS) is 56. Jazz musician Dave Koz is 52. Movie director Quentin Tarantino is 52. Rock musician Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) is 51. Rock musician Johnny April (Staind) is 50. Rock musician Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) is 45. Actress Elizabeth Mitchell is 45. Actor Nathan Fillion is 44. Actress Megan Hilty is 34. Actress Emily Ann Lloyd is 31. Actress Taylor Atelian is 20. FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who’d been wanted by police for several weeks made a couple of critical mistakes that led to his capture — he sent out social media messages pinpointing his location. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for Christopher Wallace, of Fairfield, in connection with a burglary in January. Police tell the Morning Sentinel that on Sunday night they received tips from people who said Wallace had posted on Snapchat that he had returned to his Fairfield home. So, police went to the house. While they were searching with permission of the resident, they were tipped off that Wallace had posted a new Snapchat message saying police were in the house looking for him and he was hiding in a cabinet. He was found in the cabinet.ODD NEWS Police track suspect through Snapchat FROM PAGE ONE the Growler jamming aircraft. The carrier’s electromagnetic launch system, made by General Atomics, puts more stress on the tanks than older steam-powered catapults, and that would cause premature damage to the planes, according to the test ofce and Navy documents. The test ofce learned of the issue in November. Unlike a catapult powered by a steam piston drive, the General Atomics system depends on a motor using electrical currents to generate magnetic elds. A Sept. 5 report by the Naval Air Systems Command found that “the overstress condition will eliminate the employment of external fuel tanks” that are “an essential element” of combat loads for many Super Hornets and most Growler jammer jets. The wing tanks and the pylons they hang from are designed to withstand twisting and yanking when an aircraft is launched, but the stresses add up over time. Given the test results, the warplanes wouldn’t be able to launch with fuel tanks, Badger said. The three-vessel Ford class is the rst major new design for a carrier since the 1960s-era Nimitz class and is projected to cost $40 billion. The launch system is estimated at an additional $3.2 billion. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican and Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, has been a persistent Ford critic, criticizing the Navy for failing to control costs and deferring for several years a key shock test to assess the carrier’s ability to survive if hit in combat. The Navy says it will install corrective software on the launch system intended to reduce acceleration forces and will test it on board the Ford after delivery next March. The software change is intended to adjust the power exerted during launches to reduce stress on the wing tanks.CARRIERFROM PAGE 1 been granted. The Army says its policy is to grant all requests for Palantir, while special operations ofcials say they are work ing through the requests on a case-by-case basis. Email messages and other military records obtained by The Associated Press show that Army and special operations command ofcials have been pressing troops to use an in-house system built and maintained by traditional defense contractors. The Distributed Common Ground System, or DCGS, has consistently failed independent tests and earned the ire of soldiers in the eld for its poor performance. “You literally have these old tired (bureaucrats) stopping the war ghter from getting what they know works,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, a combat veteran and armed ser vices committee member who wants to cut off funding for DCGS. “This is mind-boggling.” Another armed services committee member, Democrat Jackie Speier of California, said in a statement that DCGS systems built for both the Army and for special operations troops have “failed the warghter and the taxpayer. ... It’s a shame that the Army won’t give the troops technology that works and is less expensive when lives hang in the balance.” Special operations units have used Palantir since 2009 to store and analyze intelligence on information ranging from cultural trends to roadside bomb data, but has always been seen by top Pentagon ofcials as an interim solution until their in-house system is elded. There is an Army version of DCGS and a separate system for special operations, although Army troops can use both. Those who have used the systems say neither one has delivered on its promise of seamlessly integrating intelligence. Intelligence ofcers say they use Palantir to analyze and map a variety of intelligence from hundreds of databases. Palantir costs millions, compared to the billions the military has been pouring into DCGS. Pentagon ofcials say DCGS, despite its aws, has broader capabilities than Palantir, and that in some cases it complements Palantir. Special operations ofcials say their version of DCGS has some widely used and successful capabilities, including a system to sort through electronic intercepts and another that analyzes drone video. But all six of the special operations units that requested Palantir said the existing systems did not meet their needs.INTELFROM PAGE 180 homes were considered normal, he said. The construction boom fueled by fatter stock market portfolios among Winter Park’s well-heeled residents has attracted many of the new residents. “You drive around and you see apartments going up everywhere,” Briggs said. “It makes no difference if people are going to live there. It only matters if there is nancing.” South Florida, an area stretching from Palm Beach County to MiamiDade County with 5.9 million residents, had the eighth-highest population increase in the nation with a jump of 66,000 new residents from July 2013 to July 2014. International migration accounted for three-quarters of the growth, while natural population growth made up the rest. The area actually lost domestic residents. Lumped together as the heart of the I-4 corridor, Orlando and Tampa’s growth in pure numbers last year surpassed that of South Florida by more than 1.3 times. Metro Orlando, with a population last year of 2.3 million people, increased by about 50,000 new residents. Domestic migration accounted for under half of the growth, international migration represented less than a third of the growth and natural increase made up less than a quarter of the growth. Natural growth compares the number of babies born to the number of deaths. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region increased by 41,000 people and now stands at 2.9 million residents. Domestic migration made up more than two-thirds of the growth and international migration accounted for more than a quarter of the increase. Natural growth barely registered. The latest numbers shows that Florida’s population growth has returned to normal parameters after screeching to a halt in the wake of the housing downtown and the economic recession seven years ago. “When you look at population growth in the past two or three decades, Florida grows about 300,000 people a year,” said Stefan Rayer, population program director Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida. “So this is pretty close to what has happened in the past.”GROWTHFROM PAGE 1instead they’re focusing on the co-pilot’s “personal, family and professional environment” to try to determine why he did it. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose nation lost 75 people on the ight, said the conclusions brought the tragedy to a “new, simply incomprehensible dimension.” Devastated families of victims visited the crash scene Thursday, looking across a windy mountain meadow toward where their loved ones died. The Airbus A320 was ying from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on Tuesday when it lost radio contact with air trafc controllers and began plunging from its cruising altitude of 38,000 feet, before slamming into the mountainside eight minutes later. The prosecutor laid out in horrifying detail the nal sounds heard in the cockpit extracted from the mangled voice recorder. Lubitz, courteous in the rst part of the trip, became “curt” when the captain began the mid-ight brieng on the planned landing, Robin said. The pilot, who has not been identied, left the cockpit for an apparent bathroom break, and Lubitz took control of the jet. He suddenly started a manual descent, and the pilot started knocking on the door. There was no response. “It was absolute silence in the cockpit,” the prosecutor said — except for the steady breathing he said indicated Lubitz was not panicked, and acted in a calm, deliberate manner. The A320 is designed with safeguards to allow emergency entry into the cockpit if a pilot inside is unresponsive. But the override code known to the crew does not go into effect if the person inside the cockpit specically denies entry. Instrument alarms went off, but no distress call ever went out from the cockpit, and the control tower’s pleas for a response went unanswered. Just before the plane hit the mountain, passengers’ cries of terror could be heard. “The victims realized just at the last moment,” Robin said. “We can hear them screaming.” Their families “are having a hard time believing it,” he said, after brieng some of them in Marseille.PLANEFROM PAGE 1WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward Senate approval on Thursday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase decits through trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the nation’s health care law. Approval of the non-binding budget was certain, one day after the House ratied a slightly different version on a party-line vote. Separately, legislation to stabilize the system for paying physicians who treat Medicare patients cleared the House during the day and is expected to pass the Senate. As a result, the week’s events gave credence to Republican claims that their new, two-house majority would be able to govern without the chaos that has often plagued Congress in recent years. But rst, senators plunged into a peculiarly senatorial ritual known inside the Capitol as “vote-a-rama” — bringing up dozens of proposed changes designed largely to score political points on issues as diverse as the sage grouse and the minimum wage. The 10-year budget plan itself was non-binding, although Republicans said it would lead to tangible gains for hardpressed consumers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said it included ideas “that could boost jobs, raise annual wages by as much as $5,000 per family and drive economic growth for hardworking Americans.” He cited an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Ofce for his claim. With 54 seats in the Senate, Republicans could afford three defections and still be assured a majority for the budget. Even that presented a challenge, though. Four members of the rank and le are likely or announced presidential contenders, and several more face potentially difcult 2016 re-election tests in swing states. The Senate GOP plan envisions mor e than $5 trillion in decit reduction over the next decade without higher taxes, resulting in a $3 billion surplus in the 10th year of the coming decade. By comparison, Obama’s budget, presented to Congress over the winter, envisions about $2 trillion in higher taxes on the wealthy, corporations and smokers of all income levels, as well as more spending on domestic programs. It fails to balance at any point in the coming 10 years. The largest components of decit reduction in the Senate budget, about $4.3 trillion over the decade, would come from benet programs. That would include repeal of the health care law — a step that Obama has vowed to veto — as well as unspecied reductions from projected growth in Medicaid, food stamps, welfare and other social programs that are also likely to trigger White House opposition.House passes bold conservative budget NEW YORK (AP) — An apartment building collapsed in a ery burst of rubble, and ames spread to two nearby buildings, injuring at least a dozen people and scattering debris across surrounding streets in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy East Village. The mayor said preliminary evidence suggested a gas-related explosion was to blame. Orange ames billowed from the blaze on a block near New York University and the Washington Square Park area on Thursday as 120 reghters converged to ght it. Smoke could be seen and smelled for miles. Fireghters said at least 12 people were hurt, three critically, and other people were being evaluated at the scene. Mayor Bill de Blasio said it didn’t appear that any one was missing. He said his thoughts and prayers were with the injured and their families. The re department’s commissioner said about 250 reghters were on the scene and a second building was “in danger of possible collapse.” The area was being evacuated, and the city’s health department advised residents to keep their windows closed because of the smoke. Adil Choudhury, who lives a block away, ran outside when he heard “a huge boom.” “Already there was smoke everywhere” when he saw the building, he said. “The ames were coming out from the roof. The re was coming out of every window.” Items from a groundoor sushi restaurant were blown into a street, and the explosion was so forceful that it blew the door off a cafe across the avenue. Rubble, glass and debris littered sidewalks. Crews with utility Con Edison were at the scene and planned to start investigating after reghters got the blaze under control.NYC fire, building collapse injure several people AP PHOTONew York City reghters work the scene of a large re and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday. aacaaQIr@x j 0i fo4orO40c


Page 4 WIRE The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 BUSINESS NEWS/STOCKS City of North Port Parks and Recreation welcomes Winn-Dixie as a sponsor of the Bunny Breakfast on Saturday at the George Mullen Activity Center in North Port. Indulge in a delicious pancake breakfast including sausage and scrambled eggs, plus orange juice, water and doughnuts, compliments of Winn-Dixie, according to information provided by the city. Be sure to bring your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Register in advance for this popular event either online at www.cityofnorthport. com under the “Parks and Recreation” tab, or in person at the Morgan Family Community Center or the Mullen Center. The cost is $4 per person in advance, or $5 at the door, depending on availability. After breakfast, grab your basket for the free “Egg-Normous” Egg Hunt on the eld behind the Mullen Center. More than 5,000 eggs are hidden for youth ages 3 through 10, along with special prize tickets that can be redeemed for prepackaged baskets. The hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. The event is offered with the support and collaboration of Early Bird Kiwanis, Harbor Cove Grandmothers Club, Knight Owl Kiwanis, NPHS Key Club and city of North Port volunteers. For more information, call 941-429-PARK (7275). Bocca Lupo Coal Fired Pizza, 4301 Aidan Lane (in the shopping plaza behind Perkins), North Port, is the fourth venture in the area for restaurant owners Dennis and David Valentino — they also own a Bocca Lupo in the Murdock Carrousel Shopping Center, Donato’s Italian Restaurant next door, and Prime steakhouse on Cochran Boulevard in Port Charlotte. Bocca Lupo features a variety of pizza, appetizers like wings and calamari, and family-style pasta dishes. For more information, call 941-423-9653. Patio Today, 14889 Tamiami Trail (behind McDonald’s), North Port, is offering 10 percent off everything in the store this weekend. Call 941-400-3403 for more information, and “Like” them on Facebook. K&K Bakery is sponsor ing a car wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 13661 Tamiami Trail (near Wells Fargo Bank), North Port. Every customer of this charitable car wash will get free coffee and a delicious roll. All the money collected will go to four orphanages in Ukraine (in the Odessa and Vinitsa regions), housing about 500 orphans total. Due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the orphanages don’t have enough money to provide food and clothing for these children. If you want to help, visit the car wash as a customer, or join volunteers from Murdock Baptist Church. The Sleep Store president Bob DiPietro announces the introduction of Serta iComfort, which “ offers the comfort of traditional memory foam without the potential negatives. Ninety-eight percent of iComfort mattress owners surveyed are satised with their purchase,” Bob said in a statement. Every iComfort mattress features “Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam,” which infuses both microsupport and microcool gels into premium memory foam for an extremely comfortable and supportive sleep surface that reduces the heat buildup often associated with memory foam mattresses, Bob says. All iComfort mattresses are compatible with adjustable foundations. In addition to customized comfort and support, adjustable foundations can ease back, neck and shoulder pain, improve circulation and reduce snoring, according to information provided by the company. The full line of iComfort sleep systems and ad justable bases is now on display at The Sleep Store, 14906 Tamiami Trail (next to KFC/Taco Bell), North Port. Call 941-426-8808. The Family Table Restaurant, 14132 Tamiami Trail, North Port, is accepting required reservations for Easter dinner. Menu choices are prime rib, roast turkey, ham steak, lamb shank, broiled seafood platter, beef tips over noodles or crabmeat-stuffed grouper, along with soup or salad, potato and a vegetable. Call 941-423-0473 for reservations. Buffalo Wings & Rings will hold an Easter Bunny Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. April 4 at 1081 W. Price Blvd., North Port, for $3 per person. Tickets are on sale at the restaurant. The event is sponsored by the North Port Early Bird Kiwanis and North Port for the Children Inc. Steve Sachkar is publisher of the North Port Sun. Email him at ssachkar@sun-herald. com, or fax business infor mation to 941-429-3007.Winn-Dixie on board as ‘Bunny Breakfast’ sponsor Steve Sachkar | BUSINESS NEWS BRIEFSDiet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spotNEW YORK (AP) — Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday. An annual report by the industry tracker Beverage Digest found that overall soda volume slipped 0.9 percent last year, moderating from the decline of 3 percent the previous year. And the poor perfor mance of diet sodas in particular led to a shake-up in the top 10 U.S. soda rankings; even though people bought less Pepsi, it managed to regain the No. 2 spot from Diet Coke.Gold extends longest rally since 2012(Bloomberg) — Gold extended its longest run of gains in more than two years as Saudi Arabia and its allies started bombing targets in Yemen, boosting demand for haven assets. Spot gold has advanced 4.7 percent in seven straight sessions of gains, the longest streak since August 2012. Gold for immediate delivery rose 0.6 percent to $1,203.16 an ounce at 1:56 p.m. in New York, according to Bloomberg generic pricing. The commodity touched $1,219.79, the highest since March 2.Jobless claims fall again(LA Times) — Fewer people applied for rst-time unemployment insurance last week, indicating a more stable market for jobs despite fears that a late February claims surge was a sign of weakening conditions. The number of initial jobless claims, which is seasonally adjusted, totaled 282,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week, according to gures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor. It was the third straight week with claims below 300,000, a level economists say is consistent with strong jobs growth. NEW YORK (AP) — A see-saw day for U.S. stocks ended with slight losses on Thursday, giving the market its fourth drop in a row. Edgy investors continue to monitor violence in the Middle East and the rapid ascent of the U.S. dollar, which is causing companies to pull back their prot forecasts for the year. After hitting record highs earlier this month, stocks have been steadily declining this week. Strategists and traders said the strong dollar, geopolitical tensions and a market that is already expensive have given investors little impetus to buy in recent days. “We have been due for a pullback,” said Brad Sorensen of the Schwab Center for Financial Research. “The markets have been focused on the Fed (potentially raising interest rates) and the impact of a stronger dollar.” The Dow Jones industrial average lost 40.31 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,678.23. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 4.90 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,056.15 and the Nasdaq composite fell 13.16 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,863.36. The market has fallen every day this week, bringing the S&P 500 index and the Dow down 2.5 percent each and erasing their gains for the year. The Nasdaq composite has dropped even more this week, 3.2 percent, as traders targeted high-ying biotech companies for heavy selling. The Nasdaq is still up 2.7 percent for the year. Most of the action Thursday was in energy markets. The price of oil rose sharply as mounting tensions in Yemen got traders worried that the ow of crude from the Persian Gulf region could be disrupted. U.S. crude rose $2.22, or 4.5 percent, to close at $51.43 a barrel in New York. U.S. crude oil has jumped 17 percent since hitting a low of $43.96 a barrel a week ago. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. rener ies, rose $2.71, or 4.8 per cent, to close at $59.19 a barrel in London.US stocks continue fall k0 0


The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 WIRE Page 5 STOCKS LISTING CHANGE REQUESTS WELCOME!The Sun Newspaper is tweaking the way stocks are listed in the daily paper. We will continue to run a wide range of stocks, but we’re trying to eliminate stocks our readers don’t want. If you do not see your stock in the paper, please let us know and we will put it in the listings. Email the name of the company and the symbol to nlane@sun-herald. com, or call 941-206-1138. You can leave the stock name and symbol on voice mail. If you reach voice mail, please leave your contact information so your call can be returned. STOCKS ................................. ................................. ........ ......... ........ ....................... ............ .............. ............ ......... . . .. ............................... ............. ............ ............ ..................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Page 6 WIRE The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 Port Charlotte Tampa Bradenton Englewood Fort Myers Myakka City Punta Gorda Lehigh Acres Arcadia Hull Bartow Winter Haven Plant City Brandon St. Petersburg Wauchula Sebring Lake Wales Frostproof La Belle Felda Lake Placid Brighton Venus Longboat Key Placida Osprey Limestone Apollo Beach Venice Ft. Meade Sarasota Clearwater Boca Grande Cape Coral 0-50 Good; 51-100 Moderate; 101-150 Unhealthy for sensitive groups; 151-200 Unhealthy; 201-300 Very Unhealthy; 301-500 Hazardous Source : 8 a.m. 10 a.m. Noon 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m.The higher the UV Index number, the greater the need for eye and skin protection. 0-2 Low; 3-5 Moderate; 6-7 High; 8-10 Very High; 11+ Extreme. RealFeel Temperature is the exclusive AccuWeather. com composite of effective temperature based on eight weather factors.UV Index and RealFeel Temperature Today Precipitation (in inches)Temperatures Gulf Water Temperature Source : National Allergy BureauPunta Gorda Englewood Boca Grande El Jobean Venice High Low High Low Cape Sable to Tarpon Springs Tarpon Springs to Apalachicola Wind Speed Seas Bay/Inland direction in knots in feet chop City Hi Lo W Hi Lo WCity Hi Lo W Hi Lo WCity Hi Lo W Hi Lo W WORLD CITIESCity Hi Lo W Hi Lo WCity Hi Lo W Hi Lo W City Hi Lo W Hi Lo WCity Hi Lo W Hi Lo W FLORIDA CITIES CONDITIONS TODAY TIDES AIR QUALITY INDEX POLLEN INDEX Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice. ALMANAC Sanibel Bonita Springs Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows. North Port MARINE THE NATION Cold Warm Stationary Showers T-storms Rain Flurries Snow Ice Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day. Fronts Precipitation -10s-0s0s10s20s30s40s50s60s70s80s90s100s110sU.S. ExtremesThe Sun Rise Set The Moon Rise SetPossible weather-related delays today. Check with your airline for the most updated schedules. Hi/Lo Outlook Delays Minor Major Minor MajorThe solunar period schedule allows planning days so you will be fishing in good territory or hunting in good cover during those times. Major periods begin at the times shown and last for 1.5 to 2 hours. The minor periods are shorter. AIRPORT SUN AND MOON SOLUNAR TABLE Publication date: 03/27/15747980736359 TODAY Rather cloudy and breezy81 / 5680% chance of rainBreezy with sunshine75 / 5010% chance of rain SATURDAY Pleasant with plenty of sunshine77 / 510% chance of rain SUNDAY Pleasant with plenty of sunshine78 / 570% chance of rain MONDAY Nice with plenty of sunshine82 / 610% chance of rain TUESDAYAir Quality Index readings as of ThursdayMain pollutant: particulatesForecasts and graphics, except for the WINK-TV 5-day forecast, provided by AccuWeather, Inc. Punta Gorda through 5 p.m. Thursday24 hours through 5 p.m. Thursday 0.00” Month to date 0.76” Normal month to date 2.79” Year to date 4.99” Normal year to date 7.02” Record 1.70” (1973) High/Low 88/62 Normal High/Low 82/58 Record High 90 (1974) Record Low 46 (2013) Today Sat. Today Sat. Today Sat.Apalachicola 71 46 t 69 47 s Bradenton 78 57 t 71 53 s Clearwater 77 56 t 69 53 s Coral Springs 87 60 t 75 55 s Daytona Beach 78 49 t 67 48 s Fort Lauderdale 85 61 t 74 58 s Fort Myers 82 57 t 75 52 s Fort Pierce 82 55 t 70 49 s Gainesville 74 42 t 66 40 s Jacksonville 72 43 t 63 40 s Key Largo 84 65 t 77 59 pc Key West 83 70 s 76 66 pc Kissimmee 79 52 t 69 50 s Lakeland 76 51 t 68 48 s Melbourne 80 52 t 69 50 s Miami 88 63 t 76 58 s Naples 84 61 t 74 55 s Ocala 75 44 t 67 42 s Okeechobee 82 50 t 72 46 s Orlando 80 52 t 70 50 s Panama City 68 46 pc 64 48 s Pensacola 67 45 pc 66 48 s Pompano Beach 85 61 t 74 56 s St. Augustine 74 47 t 64 46 s St. Petersburg 77 58 t 69 55 s Sanford 78 50 t 69 48 s Sarasota 78 58 t 71 52 s Tallahassee 69 40 t 66 41 s Tampa 78 58 t 70 54 s Titusville 79 51 t 69 49 s Vero Beach 81 54 t 70 49 s West Palm Beach 87 60 t 74 55 s Winter Haven 79 53 t 70 50 sToday 8:53p 4:41a ----Sat. 1:41p 5:54a 10:33p 4:52p Today 7:30p 2:57a ----Sat. 12:18p 4:10a 9:10p 3:08p Today 6:35p 1:18a ----Sat. 11:23a 2:31a 8:15p 1:29p Today 9:25p 5:10a ----Sat. 2:13p 6:23a 11:05p 5:21p Today 5:45p 1:36a ----Sat. 10:33a 2:49a 7:25p 1:47p SW 8-16 1-3 Light W 8-16 3-6 Moderate 81/56 81/48 83/53 84/56 80/49 79/49 82/49 82/49 83/51 78/58 78/57 80/58 78/56 82/57 79/52 80/54 82/54 80/50 80/51 79/50 79/53 78/51 78/53 77/58 79/49 77/58 78/57 77/57 80/49 79/56 77/56 78/50 78/58 77/56 78/57 83/58 81/5577 Pollen Index readings as of Thursday Today Sat. 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Myers 82/57 storms all day Punta Gorda 80/54 storms all day Sarasota 78/58 storms all day First Mar 27 Full Apr 4 Last Apr 11 New Apr 18 Today 1:20 p.m. 2:13 a.m. Saturday 2:12 p.m. 3:00 a.m. Today 7:25 a.m. 7:43 p.m. Saturday 7:24 a.m. 7:43 p.m. Today 12:37a 6:48a 1:01p 7:13p Sat. 1:24a 7:36a 1:48p 8:00p Sun. 2:08a 8:20a 2:31p 8:43p(For the 48 contiguous states yesterday) MONTHLY RAINFALLMonth 2015 2014 Avg. Record/YearJan. 0.64 3.67 1.80 7.07/1979 Feb. 3.59 1.24 2.43 11.05/1983 Mar. 0.76 5.10 3.28 9.26/1970 Apr. 2.00 2.03 5.80/1994 May 3.68 2.50 9.45/1991 Jun. 6.34 8.92 23.99/1974 Jul. 5.21 8.22 14.22/1995 Aug. 7.06 8.01 15.60/1995 Sep. 11.40 6.84 14.03/1979 Oct. 1.67 2.93 10.88/1995 Nov. 4.60 1.91 5.53/2002 Dec. 0.15 1.78 6.83/2002 Year 4.99 52.12 50.65 (since 1931)Totals are from a 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. STATE NEWS/WEATHER TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Amid continued backlash over Florida’s testing regimen, the state may stop holding back thirdgrade students who fail the state’s standardized tests. If Florida lawmakers agree to the change, it would mark a major departure from a policy pushed into law by thenGov. Jeb Bush who decried “social promotion” when he campaigned for governor. Bush vowed to end the practice as part of his A+ education law enacted in 1999. The law tied promotion to the fourth grade to how students did on a standardized reading test. A Senate panel on Wednesday voted in favor of suspending the policy until the state’s new standardized test is independently validated. The test is based heavily on Common Core standards and a rollout this month of an online version for middle and high school students has been marred by technical glitches. The vote on Wednesday came after a sharp debate, where both Democratic and some Republican legislators, argued that the state’s heavy reliance on the high-stakes test has gotten out of control. The Florida Legislature is considering bills that would roll back some testing requirements. “I think if we’re all honest with the people of Florida we would admit right now we have a train wreck on our hands with our educational system,” said Sen. Alan Hays, a Republican from Umatilla. Hays on Wednesday tried to get the Senate Appropriations Committee to halt school grades as well as all other requirements tied to the tests until an in-depth review was conducted. He also wanted to verify that school districts are capable of giving the tests online. Bush has been touting his education policies as he prepares for a likely presidential bid that is supported by many of Florida’s top elected Republicans, including the two leaders of the Legislature. Bush did not respond to an emailed request for comment. Florida expanded the use of standardized testing under Bush’s plan to grade schools. The A to F grades were used to offer rewards and impose sanctions. Students who failed the tests could be held back in third grade or not allowed to graduate from high school. Patricia Levesque, executive director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, a group started by Bush, contended that the policy of holding back third-graders has been a success. “For more than a decade, Florida has placed a command focus on reading through early identication, intervention and retention as a last resort,” Levesque said in a statement. “The results have been transformative: our students outperformed the national average in every subgroup for fourth grade reading on the most recent Nation’s Report Card.”Florida may promote 3rd-graders who fail standardized tests out of control. The Alan Hays, a Republican from Wednesday tried to get the Senate Appropriations Committee to halt | STATE NEWS BRIEFS Citrus growers want change in federal tax law for write-offsLAKELAND (AP) — Citrus growers are looking for a change in federal tax law that would allow them immediately to write off the cost of planting new citrus groves. Under a proposed change in the law, growers wouldn’t have to wait four years to claim a tax benet, but the write-offs would be limited to the rst 10 years of the new grove. The change is potentially worth billions of dollars for the Florida citrus industry. It could provide the incentive to growers to increase planting new groves, the rst step in recovery from a decade of losses to the fatal disease citrus greening. The Ledger reports that Citrus Mutual in Lakeland, the state’s largest growers’ representative, is leading the charge for the change in the tax law, which would take Congressional action.House bill would give tax break to gun buyers, club membersTALLAHASSEE (AP) — Guns, gun rights and gun owners are getting plenty of attention in the Florida Legislature this year, including what may be some nice tax breaks. A tax cut package proposed in the state House would exempt gun and skeet shooting club membership fees from sales taxes and provide a tax holiday July 4 for camping gear. The bill says that includes ries, shotguns and ammunition. State ofcials estimate the club membership exemption will cut state and local revenue by $1.2 million. Rep. Matt Gaetz says it’s a good idea because gun clubs promote safety. So far this year, the Legislature has killed a bill to outlaw backyard shooting ranges and is advancing bills to allow guns to be carried on college campuses and by designated individuals in public schools.Lawmakers back new specialty tags, higher requirementsTALLAHASSEE (News Service of Florida) — Lawmakers took steps Thursday that could cancel a fth of the specialty license plates available in Florida but also advanced 26 more designs for motorists to pre-order. House and Senate committees backed higher thresholds for plates to qualify to be produced and for the current 122 tags to remain on the road. At the same time, the Senate Transportation and House Economic Affairs committees moved a wide range of tags toward pre-sale for Panhellenic organizations, nonprots, environmental endeavors and professional sports teams. However, sponsors of the legislation don’t expect many of the proposed plates to get near a new pre-sale requirement of 4,000 plates within two years, up from the current requirement of 1,000. TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The push to bring Las Vegas-resort-style casinos to South Florida is stalling again this year as the Florida Legislature remains divided over what type of gambling to allow in the state. A major gambling bill sponsored by a top House Republican that includes the casino proposal has yet to be voted on — and it may not get its rst vote until sometime in April. The 60-day session ends May 1. A House panel held a four-hour workshop Thursday on gambling. It was clear that steep divisions remain between casino backers, dog-track and horse-track owners and business groups opposed to gambling. Three years ago, a bill allowing casinos was rejected. Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa and sponsor of the casino bill, tried to downplay the lack of movement, suggesting that “gaming bills never come up until the last couple of days of session.” Young’s proposal would upend Florida’s entire gambling industry. It calls for allowing two massive casinos in Broward and MiamiDade counties. But it would also let dog tracks end live greyhound racing and keep other types of gambling, including poker rooms. The legislation would allow slot machines to be installed at tracks located in Palm Beach and Lee counties. Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, said that a large majority of House members oppose the sweeping bill. He said if it was put before the entire House right now “it would be torn to shreds.” The Senate, meanwhile, has not considered any major gambling bills. Republicans in that chamber are focusing more on striking a new deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The tribe runs several casinos, including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino just outside of Tampa. A key part of the tribe’s deal with the state — which allows them to offer blackjack — is set to expire later this year. The Seminoles have been airing television ads and engaged in a major public relations effort to persuade legislators to keep the current deal intact. Sen. Rob Bradley, the chairman of the committee that regulates gambling, said legislators should concentrate on reaching an agreement with the tribe instead of tackling a massive over haul of gambling laws. “The Senate wants to do the responsible thing on behalf of the state,” said Bradley, R-Fleming Island. “The responsible thing is to see if there is any progress to be made with the tribe.”Push for resort casinos stalls in Florida Legislature ko;bk4;b%. abb.ONLY ON \\\\ v1-ID Wi nipeg Montrealf 61/{9 32/18 36/15 A V f n 31/9inneapals 34/13toL . Minas74/48 3'36/27 34/13Darait N.w York\,;1-San Fnnduo Chicago,) ' r_ _ 9 q V I tbE/55 Dnie 3111871/44' % 8ington....` J Kansas CKy^0 ,. '2 f .}t 1.r Los Angalaa92/61AtlmtaPawX,7 57/35",Y a;hhoTN"`,,'i 7/51p Houstonli J+ '.1 76/5176/43 ....ChlAuahua.Monterrey ..a8t/63 .O420 00 50 100150 200 300 500oTfM --;oGrass _Weedslabseatabsent low moderate NO very high1 IIAccuWeather.comFLORIDALEOISTIATIVESESSION2015


SPORTSFriday, March 27, 2015 @ S unCoastSports SunCoastSportsNow .com Sports Editor: Mark Lawrence INDEX | Lottery 2 | Golf 2 | NHL 2 | College basketball 3 | Baseball 4 | Scoreboard 5 | Quick hits 6 | Preps 6 | Women’s basketball 6 SUN PHOTO BY KATHERINE GODINA Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe throws during Thursday’s game against the Yankees. Rays manager Kevin Cash said Forsythe would start the season as the team’s primary second baseman.Forsythe finds a place of his ownPORT CHARLOTTE — Logan Forsythe has never really had a position to himself. The eighth-year pro had a chance to earn the starting third base job with the San Diego Padres in 2013 while incumbent Chase Headley recovered from a broken thumb, but plantar fasciitis kept him sidelined until June. He was a part of his rst opening day roster last season, but only as a utility player — he started 36 of the Tampa Bay Rays’ rst 85 games. But on April 6, Forsythe will take the eld at a position that will be mostly his own; after Nick Franklin suffered a left oblique injury that will keep him on the disabled list for the rst few weeks of the season, manager Kevin Cash said Forsythe would “see the bulk of the playing time” at second base. “We’ve had some setbacks,” Forsythe said prior to a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday. “But it’s exciting. It’s an opportunity, and I’m going to do everything I need to to play second.” Forsythe has been something of a positional nomad since he was drafted out of the University of Arkansas in 2008. He played third base, second base and shortstop in the minors, and he’s expanded his repertoire to both corner outeld spots and rst base since breaking into the majors in 2011. His versatility was utilized fully by the Rays last season in his rst year in the organization: Forsythe saw action at ve different spots on the By JOSH VITALESPORTS WRITER MLB: Tampa BayLongtime utilityman earns spot as Rays’ second baseman TODAYTampa Bay vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, 1:05 p.m.ONLINEMLB commissioner Rob Manfred visited Port Charlotte on Thursday to address the Rays. For more, visit | 4 Mantas win 6th straight crownBy JEFF GARDENOURSEBRING NEWS-SUNSEBRING — Make it six district championships in a row for Lemon Bay High School’s girls tennis team. The Manta Rays won four out of ve singles nals and both doubles championships to easily outpoint Hardee 27-16 for the District 2A-11 title on Thursday at Sebring High School. Sebring, which had compiled a 14-3 record during the regular season, nished third (15). With the victory, Lemon Bay will host a regional match the week of April 6. Hardee will go on the road that week as district runner-up. “We knew coming into this year, we were down,” Lemon Bay coach Darrell Roach said. “We graduated our No. 1, 2 and 4 (singles) players from last year. But then we went undefeated, PREP GIRLS TENNIS: District 2A-11 tournamentMANTAS | 6 Charlotte boys lead after day 1By GARY BROWNSUN CORRESPONDENTPUNTA GORDA — Charlotte High School boys tennis team is coming together just at the right time. The Tarpons have a onepoint lead after the rst day of the District 3A-11 tournament Thursday at the Charlotte courts. The Tarpons have 11 points, just ahead of favored Fort Myers with 10. Charlotte’s boys has four players in the singles nals; Alex Guzman at No. 1 singles, his brother Christian at No. 2 singles, Jared Bivens at No. 3 singles and Tanner Lansdale at No. 5 singles. Fort Myers has ve players PREP TENNIS: District 3A-11 tournamentCHARLOTTE | 6 AP PHOTONotre Dame’s Pat Connaughton, center, and Zach Auguste, right, wrestle the ball way from Wichita State’s Evan Wessel during the second half Thursday in Cleveland. Notre Dame defeated Wichita State 81-70 for its rst Elite Eight appearance since 1979. CLEVELAND — Notre Dame’s march through March is picking up speed. Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional seminals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the rst time in 36 years. The Irish (32-5) shot 75 percent (18 of 24) in the second half, easily pulling away from the seventh-seeded Shockers (30-5) after Wichita State took its rst and only lead on a layup by Darius Carter early in the second half. Pat Connaughton added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame and Jerian Grant had nine points and 11 assists as the Irish won their eighth straight. Notre Dame will play either unbeaten Kentucky or West Virginia on Saturday night with a Final Four spot on the line. Fred VanVleet led Wichita State with 25 points but the Shockers simply couldn’t keep up with the sharp-shoot ing Irish.Hot-shooting Irish speed past Shockers NCAA TOURNAMENT: Notre Dame 81, Wichita State 70By WILL GRAVESASSOCIATED PRESSIRISH | 3 LOS ANGELES — Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the nal 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 Thursday night and advance to the nal eight of the NCAA Tournament. Zak Showalter came off the bench to score six points in the Badgers’ 19-7 comeback run that sent them into the West Regional nal Saturday against either No. 2 seed Arizona or sixth-seeded Xavier. Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson scored 15 points each for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-12), who got within one with 4:21 remaining but couldn’t retake the lead they owned for much of the second half. Marcus Paige hit consecutive 3-pointers that drew Carolina within one with 54 seconds to go, but Wisconsin (34-3) made all eight of its free throws — four by Kaminsky — over the closing seconds. Paige added 12 points for the Tar Heels. The teams shot exactly the same — 46 percent — for the game, but the Badgers improved to 58 percent in the second half and made 20 of 23 free throws to keep their hopes of a second straight Final Four berth alive. The Tar Heels were trying to reach a regional nal for the rst time since back-to-back appearances in 2011 and . They appeared to have the game in hand when they were up by seven and Kaminsky went down with his hands covering his eyes. Turns out “Frank the Tank” was just getting his team revved up. With Kaminsky on the bench, his right eye reddened after being hit by Isaiah Hicks, the Badgers launched the 19-7 run that put them back in front, 65-60. Kaminsky quickly returned to hit a Badgers brush off HeelsBy BETH HARRISASSOCIATED PRESS NCAA TOURNAMENT: Wisconsin 79, North Carolina 72Wisconsin needs surge in 2nd half to top North Carolina AP PHOTOWisconsin forward Sam Dekker (15) dunks against North Carolina during the rst half Thursday in Los Angeles. Dekker led the Badgers with 23 points in a 79-72 victory over North Carolina. REGIONAL SEMIFINALSTHURDAY MIDWEST Notre Dame 81, Wichita St. 70 Kentucky vs. West Virginia, late WEST Wisconsin 79, North Carolina 72Arizona vs. Xavier, late TODAYEASTN.C. State (22-13) vs. Louisville (26-8), 7:37p.m.Michigan State (25-11) vs. Oklahoma (24-10), 10:07 p.m. SOUTH UCLA (22-13) vs. Gonzaga (34-2), 7:15 p.m. Duke (31-4) vs. Utah (26-8), 9:45 p.m.BADGERS | 3 .......................................................................................................................................................................................................3 0-" 0Ol ll Yr t


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To report an error, call the sports department at 941-206-1175 or email How to Submit a story idea: Email or call Mark Lawrence 941-206-1175. Email or voice message must contain name, address and phone number. Submit local golf scores: Email scores to Scores appear in the weekly Heralds. Report a high school result: Call 877-818-6204 or 941-206-1126 by 10:30 p.m. the day the event is held. Wrestler Cole Murray has been recognized with an esteemed honor. The North Port High School graduate is among seven from University of North Carolina at Pembroke to be named to the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team. The sophomore, who has an overall grade point average of 3.06, received honorable mention recognition. “I’ve been working toward that since my freshman year,” Murray said of the award. “I’m really happy I got it.” North Port wrestling coach Mark Kemble was elated to hear the news about his former standout, whose matches are streamed so that Kemble can watch them. “It shows how important academics are to him,” he said. This season, Murray competed mostly in the 133-pound class and had a 3-16 overall record, his wins coming during tournaments. He said he missed a few matches when he gained weight and had to lose it to compete in his class. “I know I can do better,” said Murray, 8-16 overall as a freshman. “I really want to make sure I can bring my level of wrestling up next year. I want to be more competitive.” “In college everyone you wrestle is a state champion,” he said. “You have to really bring your level up.” His best showing was during the The Citadel Open on Nov. 1. He won an 8-6 decision over a University of Central Florida opponent and a 6-2 decision over a Darton State College foe. He lost by a fall and a decision in his other matches during the event. “I’ve really started to open up my offense and take some risks,” said Murray, whose other victory was a 10-3 decision in the Pembroke Classic. “I’m trying to push the pace of the match. You tire them out.” “You’ve got to have the 1-2-3 moves that you’re going to be able to hit,” he said. “You have to be more versatile for sure.” Kemble likes what he has seen in Murray despite the wrestler’s record. “He looks great,” the coach said. “He’s wrestling the best I’ve ever seen him wrestle.” Murray has helped the Bobcat wrestlers during past summers and expects to do so again this summer.North Port’s Murray earns D-II accoladeBy BARBARA BOXLEITNERSUN CORRESPONDENT AWAY AT COLLEGEEx-Bobcat given academic honor at UNC-Pembroke GOLF: RoundupHoffman leads in Texas SAN ANTONIO — Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the rst-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a 5-under 67 on Thursday. After wind gusts threatening 40 mph pummeled the morning starters, Hoffman faced steady 15 mph wind in the afternoon at TPC San Antonio. He had the lone bogey-free round, birdieing Nos. 2, 3, 9, 11 and 17. The winner last year in Mexico at the start of the wraparound season, Hoffman has eight top-10 nishes in nine appear ances in San Antonio. He was second in 2011 and third in 2013. Aaron Baddeley was second after a 68. The Australian had a remarkable birdie on the par-4 17th when he snap-hooked his drive deep into thick woods, went back to the tee and holed out from 336 yards. Max Homa had a 69, and Phil Mickelson and Ryan Palmer shot 70. Mickelson, winless since the 2013 British Open, lost the clubhead off his 8-iron when it came ying off while he hit from a fairway bunker on the 12th hole. With gusts reaching 38 mph early in the day, no one with a morning tee time managed to break par. Only Matt Kuchar and Cameron Percy matched it, and conditions might have been worse if not for maintenance crews slithering hoses onto some of the greens to water them down. The stroke average for the morning wave was 78.61 and the overall average was 75.9. From the 69 players in the morning, 23 failed to break 80. Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson managed to keep it in the 70s, but they had their struggles with the wind. Furyk opened his day with a 52-foot birdie putt, but he shot 76. Johnson had a 78, his worst since shooting a rst-round 80 before withdrawing last year from the Houston Open. U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer had a two triple bogeys in an 82. Defending champion Steven Bowditch opened with an 80. Sam Burns, an 18-year-old high school senior from Sherevport, Louisiana, who earned a spot in the eld by winning the Junior PGA Championship last summer, carded an 89 with a quadruple bogey at No. 9. Hoffman took the lead when he drove near the collar of the 17th green, chipped up and made a 6-footer for birdie. Jimenez trying to continue roll: Miguel Angel Jimenez has had quite a start to his Champions Tour career. Since becoming eligible for the Tour last year after turning 50 years old, the Spaniard has won two out of the three events he’s entered, including the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in January. He’ll try to continue his run of success at this week’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak. Jimenez — a 21-time European Tour winner — hopes the 7,054-yard Fallen Oak will provide a good test as he prepares to play in The Masters next month. But that doesn’t mean his mind is already in Augusta, Georgia. If Jimenez is able to win, he’ll join some rare company. Fred Couples was the last player to win three of his first four Champions Tour events, accomplishing the feat in 2010. Couples is in this year’s field at Fallen Oak and won the tournament in 2012. Other former winners in Mississippi this week are Tom Lehman (2011) and Michael Allen (2013). Lee leads Kia Classic: At Carlsbad, Calif., Mirim Lee birdied all four par-5 holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Kia Classic. Lee took the outright lead with an 8-foot putt on the par-5 fifth — her 14th hole in her afternoon round at Aviara — and hit a wedge to 3 feet to set up her final birdie on the par-5 eighth. The 24-year-old South Korean player won LPGA Tour events last year in Michigan and China. Yani Tseng, winless in 70 starts since her victory in the 2012 event at nearby La Costa, had a 66. Saddier leads Hassan II: At Agadir, Morocco, Adrien Saddier opened with an eagle and added five birdies in a 7-under round of 65 to lead Englishman Daniel Gaunt by one shot after the first round of the Trophee Hassan II. Gaunt could have gone back to the clubhouse level with Saddier, or better, but bogeyed the 18th after birdies on the three previous holes.BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS5-under 67 good enough on windy afternoonAP PHOTOJimmy Walker lines up a putt on the No. 15 green during the rst round of the Valero Texas Open on Thursday in San Antonio. PGA TourVALERO TEXAS OPEN At TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course San Antonio Purse: $6.2 million Yardage: 7,435; Par: 72 (36-36) (a-amateur) First Round Charley Homan 33-34 — 67 Aaron Baddeley 34-34 — 68 Max Homa 36-33 — 69 Phil Mickelson 35-35 — 70 Ryan Palmer 36-34 — 70 Cameron Beckman 36-35 — 71 Daniel Summerhays 35-36 — 71 Jordan Spieth 38-33 — 71 Jimmy Walker 36-35 — 71 Chris Kirk 36-35 — 71 Zach Johnson 35-36 — 71 Chesson Hadley 35-36 — 71 Cameron Percy 38-34 — 72 Matt Kuchar 36-36 — 72 S.J. Park 37-35 — 72 Kevin Na 38-34 — 72 Billy Horschel 35-37 — 72 John Merrick 38-34 — 72 Scott Piercy 36-36 — 72 Jason Kokrak 35-37 — 72 William McGirt 38-34 — 72 Fabian Gomez 36-36 — 72 Brian Davis 34-39 — 73 Jerry Kelly 38-35 — 73 Kevin Chappell 38-35 — 73 Brendon Todd 36-37 — 73 Michael Thompson 37-36 — 73 Bryce Molder 38-35 — 73 John Huh 37-36 — 73 Scott Pinckney 35-38 — 73 Thomas Birdsey 35-38 — 73 Retief Goosen 36-38 — 74 John Peterson 35-39 — 74 Marc Warren 38-36 — 74 David Lingmerth 36-38 — 74 Chez Reavie 35-39 — 74 Troy Merritt 38-36 — 74 Brendan Steele 37-37 — 74 Seung-Yul Noh 41-33 — 74 Billy Hurley III 39-35 — 74 Shane Lowry 39-35 — 74 Brian Stuard 36-38 — 74 George McNeill 39-35 — 74 Eric Axley 40-34 — 74 Robert Garrigus 38-37 — 75 Harris English 38-37 — 75 Branden Grace 38-37 — 75 Jim Herman 38-37 — 75 Je Overton 39-36 — 75 Gary Woodland 38-37 — 75 K.J. Choi 36-39 — 75 John Senden 38-37 — 75 Scott Brown 37-38 — 75 Andres Romero 40-35 — 75 Cameron Tringale 38-37 — 75 Lance Lopez 40-35 — 75 Kevin Kisner 39-37 — 76 Martin Laird 40-36 — 76 Jim Furyk 39-37 — 76 Luke Guthrie 38-38 — 76 Brice Garnett 37-39 — 76 Zac Blair 36-40 — 76 Jhonattan Vegas 38-38 — 76 Davis Love III 36-40 — 76 Michael Putnam 38-38 — 76 Blake Adams 38-38 — 76 Andrew Putnam 42-34 — 76 Alex Prugh 36-40 — 76 Will MacKenzie 40-37 — 77 Justin Leonard 37-40 — 77 Matt Jones 40-37 — 77 Chad Collins 38-39 — 77 Dudley Hart 40-37 — 77 Sean O’Hair 40-37 — 77 Bo Van Pelt 39-38 — 77 Freddie Jacobson 37-40 — 77 Kyle Reifers 39-38 — 77 Jon Curran 39-38 — 77 Russell Knox 39-39 — 78 Pat Perez 37-41 — 78 Robert Allenby 41-37 — 78 Steve Wheatcroft 42-36 — 78 Dustin Johnson 40-38 — 78 Matt Every 41-37 — 78 Chad Campbell 41-37 — 78 Chris Stroud 41-37 — 78 J.J. Henry 39-39 — 78 Carl Pettersson 40-38 — 78 Daniel Berger 40-38 — 78 Brandon Hagy 40-38 — 78 Mark Hubbard 41-37 — 78 Derek Fathauer 41-37 — 78LPGA TourKIA CLASSIC At Aviara Golf Club Course Carlsbad, Calif. Purse: $1.7 million Yardage: 6,593; Par: 72 (36-36) (a-amateur) First Round Mirim Lee 33-32 — 65 Yani Tseng 33-33 — 66 Cristie Kerr 33-34 — 67 Lydia Ko 33-34 — 67 Xiyu Lin 32-35 — 67 Karrie Webb 33-34 — 67 In Gee Chun 34-34 — 68 Laura Diaz 34-34 — 68 Austin Ernst 34-34 — 68 Karine Icher 33-35 — 68 Hyo Joo Kim 34-34 — 68 Brittany Lang 31-37 — 68 Stacy Lewis 32-36 — 68 Inbee Park 34-34 — 68 Jackie Stoelting 33-35 — 68 Lexi Thompson 32-36 — 68 Paula Creamer 34-35 — 69 Moriya Jutanugarn 34-35 — 69 Alison Lee 35-34 — 69 Se Ri Pak 35-34 — 69 Brooke Pancake 35-34 — 69 Jane Rah 34-35 — 69 Beatriz Recari 34-35 — 69 Jennifer Rosales 34-35 — 69 Alena Sharp 33-36 — 69 Thidapa Suwannapura 33-36 — 69 Michelle Wie 31-38 — 69 Sakura Yokomine 33-36 — 69 Karlin Beck 36-34 — 70 Laetitia Beck 34-36 — 70 Nicole Castrale 35-35 — 70 Chella Choi 35-35 — 70 Carlota Ciganda 33-37 — 70 Shanshan Feng 34-36 — 70 Maria Hernandez 33-37 — 70 Ha Na Jang 34-36 — 70 Ariya Jutanugarn 37-33 — 70 Haeji Kang 36-34 — 70 Mo Martin 34-36 — 70 Ai Miyazato 38-32 — 70 Mika Miyazato 35-35 — 70 Sadena A Parks 35-35 — 70 Morgan Pressel 36-34 — 70 So Yeon Ryu 34-36 — 70 Jennifer Song 35-35 — 70 Angela Stanford 36-34 — 70 Alison Walshe 35-35 — 70 Amy Yang 35-35 — TourCHITIMACHA LOUISIANA OPEN At Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club Broussard, La. Purse: $550,000 Yardage: 7,006; Par 71 Partial First Round Note: Play was suspended due to darkness Rhein Gibson 31-31 — 62 Glen Day 31-33 — 64 Cameron Wilson 32-32 — 64 Bronson Burgoon 31-34 — 65 Wes Roach 33-32 — 65 Whee Kim 32-33 — 65 D.H. Lee 33-33 — 66 James Nitties 34-32 — 66 Greg Owen 32-34 — 66 Jin Park 34-32 — 66 Harold Varner III 33-33 — 66 Kelly Kraft 31-36 — 67 Hunter Haas 32-35 — 67 Steve Allan 33-34 — 67 Seamus Power 32-35 — 67 James Driscoll 33-34 — 67 Dustin Bray 34-33 — 67 Seth Fair 32-35 — 67 Darron Stiles 36-32 — 68 Rod Pampling 35-33 — 68 Neal Lancaster 33-35 — 68 Jhared Hack 35-33 — 68 Brad Elder 31-37 — 68 Patton Kizzire 34-34 — 68 Jorge Fernandez-Valdes 34-34 — 68 Abraham Ancer 35-33 — 68 Michael D. Smith 32-36 — 68European TourTROPHEE HASSAN II At Golf du Palais Royal Agadir, Morocco Purse: $1.63 million Yardage: 7,041; Par: 72 First Round Adrien Saddier 65 Daniel G aun t 66 George Coetzee 67 David Drysdale 67 Chris Wood 67 Anthony Wall 68 Marcel Siem 68 Soren Kjeldsen 68 Romain Wattel 68 Oliver Wilson 68 Richard Green 68 Mikko Korhonen 68 Moritz Lampert 68 Eduardo De La Riva 68 Ricardo Santos 69 Tom Lewis 69 Richard Bland 69 Rafael Cabrera-Bello 69 Jose Maria Olazabal 69 Jaco Van Zyl 69 Ben Evans 69 | SCOREBOARD Rinne picks up 40th victoryBY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TAMPA — Pekka Rinne made 28 saves for his 40th win, and the Nashville Predators moved into first place in the Central Division Thursday night by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. Mike Ribeiro, Paul Gaustad and Mike Santorelli scored for the Predators, who took a one-point lead over St. Louis.Nashville 2 1 0 — 3 LIGHTNING 1 1 0 — 2 First Period—1, Nashville, Ribeiro 14 (Josi), 3:28. 2, Nashville, Gaustad 4 (Beck), 4:08. 3, LIGHTNING, Namestnikov 7 (Sustr, Barberio), 19:31. Second Period—4, Nashville, Santorelli 12 (Jarnkrok, Stalberg), 6:47. 5, LIGHTNING, Boyle 15 (Brown, Drouin), 13:19. Third Period—None. Shots on Goal—Nashville 4-9-6. LIGHTNING 12-7-11. Goalies— Nashville, Rinne. LIGHTNING, Bishop, Va silevskiy. A—19,204 (19,204). T— 2:28.Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 1: At Toronto, Brandon Pirri scored twice. The loss was the seventh straight for Toronto, which is 6-28-3 in 2015. Roberto Luongo delivered a solid performance in goal and Jonathan Huberdeau, Steven Kampfer and Pirri scored second-period goals to put Florida in front. Pirri added a late empty-netter for his 20th of the season.Florida 0 3 1 — 4 Toronto 0 0 1 — 1 First Period—None. Second Period, Florida, Huberdeau 13 (Barkov, Petrovic), 4:23. 2, Florida, Kampfer 2 (Jagr, Barkov), 4:53. 3, Florida, Pirri 19 (Trocheck, Campbell), 14:34. Third Period—4, Toronto, Carrick 1 (Rielly, Lindstrom), 9:13. 5, Florida, Pirri 20, 18:24 (en). Shots on Goal—Florida 9-11-8. Toronto 9-7-9. Goalies—Florida, Lu ongo. Toronto, Bernier, Reimer. A— 18,831 (18,819). T— 2:35.Ducks 3, Bruins 2: At Boston, Ryan Getzlaf scored 3:09 into overtime to lift Anaheim. Coyotes 4, Sabres 3: At Buffalo, Arizona’s Sam Gagner scored 56 seconds into overtime, earning cheers from the last-place Sabres’ fans hoping to get the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft. Kings 3, Islanders 2: At Uniondale, N.Y., Anze Kopitar scored with 4:23 left, defenseman Alec Martinez had two assists, and Los Angeles won its third straight. NHL: Roundup LIGHTNING AT RED WINGSWHO: Tampa Bay (46-22-7) at Detroit (39-22-12) WHEN: Saturday, 2 p.m. WHERE: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit TV: Sun Sports RADIO: 970 AMPANTHERS AT CANADIENSWHO: Florida (34-26-14) at Montreal (46-21-8) WHEN: Saturday, 7 p.m. WHERE: Bell Centre, Montreal TV: Sun Sports RADIO: No local affiliate -;,.,.`,,1,-ti_ -...


The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 SP Page 3 | COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD MenNCAA CONFERENCE RECORDS Through Sunday (Selections in parentheses) Co nference W L Pct. Pacic-12 (4) 7 1 .875 Atlantic Coast (6) 12 2 .857 West Coast (2) 2 1 .667 Big Ten (7) 8 5 .615 Missouri Valley (2) 3 2 .600 Big East (6) 5 5 .500 Southeastern (5) 4 4 .500 Conference USA (1) 1 1 .500 Mid-Eastern Athletic (1) 1 1 .500 Northeast (1) 1 1 .500 Sun Belt (1) 1 1 .500 Big 12 (7) 5 5 .500 Atlantic 10 (3) 2 3 .400 American Athletic (2) 1 2 .333 Mountain West (3) 1 3 .250 America East (1) 0 1 .000 Atlantic Sun (1) 0 1 .000 Big Sky (1) 0 1 .000 Big South (1) 0 1 .000 Big West (1) 0 1 .000 Colonial (1) 0 1 .000 Horizon (1) 0 1 .000 Ivy (1) 0 1 .000 Metro Atlantic (1) 0 1 .000 Mid-American (1) 0 1 .000 Ohio Valley (1) 0 1 .000 Patriot (1) 0 1 .000 Southern (1) 0 1 .000 Southland (1) 0 1 .000 Southwestern Athletic (1) 0 1 .000 Summit (1) 0 1 .000 Western Athletic (1) 0 1 .000 NCAA TOURNAMENTEAST REGIONALThird round Sunday’s results At TWC Arena, Charlotte, N.C. Michigan State 60, Virginia 54 At Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio Oklahoma 72, Dayton 66 At Key Arena, Seattle Louisville 66, Northern Iowa 53 Regional Seminals At The Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. Today’s games N.C. State (22-13) vs. Louisville (26-8), 7:37 p.m. Michigan State (25-11) vs. Oklahoma (2410), 10:07 p.m. Regional Championship: SundaySOUTH REGIONALThird round Sunday’s results At TWC Arena, Charlotte, N.C. Duke 68, San Diego State 49 At KeyArena, Seattle Gonzaga 87, Iowa 68 Regional Seminals At NRG Stadium, Houston Today’s games UCLA (22-13) vs. Gonzaga (34-2), 7:15 p.m. Duke (31-4) vs. Utah (26-8), 9:45 p.m. Regional Championship: SundayMIDWEST REGIONALThird round Sunday’s results At Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio West Virginia 69, Maryland 59 At CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. Wichita State 78, Kansas 65 Regional Seminals At Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Thursday’s results Notre Dame 81, Wichita State 70 Kentucky vs. West Virginia, late Regional Championship Saturday’s Game Notre Dame (32-5) vs. Kentucky-West Vir ginia winnerWEST REGIONALSunday’s results At CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. Wisconsin 72, Oregon 65 Regional Seminals At T he Staples Center, Los Angeles Thursday’s results Wisconsin 79, North Carolina 72 Arizona (33-3) vs. Xavier (23-13), late Regional Championship Saturday’s Game Wisconsin (34-3) vs. TBA NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT Second Round Sunday’s results Temple 90, George Washington 77 Richmond 76, Arizona State 70 Stanford 74, Rhode Island 66 Monday’s results Louisiana Tech 84, Texas A&M 72 Old Dominion 50, Illinois State 49 Murray State 83, Tulsa 62 Quarternals Tuesday’s results Miami 63, Richmond 61 Stanford 78, Vanderbilt 75 Wednesday’s results Old Dominion 72, Murray State 69 Temple 77, Louisiana Tech 59 Seminals At Madison Square Garden Tuesday’s games Miami (24-12) vs. Temple (26-10), 7 p.m. Stanford (22-13) vs. Old Dominion (27-7), 9:30 p.m. Championship: Thursday, 9 p.m. COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL Monday’s results Louisiana-Monroe 71, Mercer 69 Vermont 78, Radford 71 Loyola of Chicago 86, Oral Roberts 78 Seattle 72, Colorado 65 Seminals Wednesday’s results Loyola of Chicago 63, Seattle 48 Louisiana-Monroe 71, Vermont 65 Championship Series (Best-of-3) Monday, April 1, April 3 COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT Quarternals Wednesday’s result UT-Martin 70, Eastern Kentucky 69 Thursday’s results Evansville 89, Louisiana-Lafayette 82 Today’s game Kent State (23-11) at Northern Arizona (2114), 9 p.m. Saturday’s game Canisius (18-14) at NJIT (20-11), 7:30 p.m. Seminals: Tuesday DIV. II TOURNAMENT At Evansville, Ind. Wednesday’s results Tarleton State 77, Mount Olive 59 Indiana (Pa.) 69, Azusa Pacic 65 FLORIDA SOUTHERN 81, S. New Hamp shire 70 Bellarmine 92, Minnesota St.-Moorhead 75 Seminals Thursday’s results TIndiana (Pa.) 72, Tarleton State 68 Florida Southern vs. Bellarmine, late Championship Saturday Indiana (Pa.) vs. Florida Southern-Bellarm ine winner, 3 p.m.WomenNCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENTALBANY REGIONALSecond Round Sunday’s results At Berkeley, Calif. Texas 73, California 70 At Lexington, Ky. Dayton 99, Kentucky 94 Monday’s results At Storrs, Conn. UConn 91, Rutgers 55 At Tampa Louisville 60, South Florida 52 Regional Seminals At Albany, N.Y. Saturday’s games UConn (34-1) vs. Texas (24-10), Noon Dayton (27-6) vs. Louisville (27-6), 2:30 p.m. Regional Championship: March 30SPOKANE REGIONALFirst Round Second Round Sunday’s results At Corvallis, Ore. Gonzaga 76, Oregon State 64 At Durham, N.C. Duke 64, Mississippi St. 56 Monday’s results At College Park, Md. Maryland 85, Princeton 70 At Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee 77, Pittsburgh 67 Regional Seminals At Spokane, Wash. Saturday’s games Maryland (32-2) vs. Duke (23-10), 4:30 p.m. Gonzaga (26-7) vs. Tennessee (29-5), 7 p.m. Regional Championship: March 30OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONALFirst Round Second Round Sunday’s results At Notre Dame, Ind. Notre Dame 79, DePaul 67 At Iowa City Iowa 88, Miami 70 At Waco, Texas Baylor 73, Arkansas 44 Monday’s result At Stanford, Calif. Stanford 86, Oklahoma 76 Regional Seminals At Oklahoma City Today’s games Iowa (26-7) vs. Baylor (32-3), 7:30 p.m. Notre Dame (33-2) vs. Stanford (26-9), 10 p.m. Regional Championship: SundayGREENSBORO REGIONALSecond Round Sunday’s result At Columbia, S.C. South Carolina 97, Syracuse 68 Monday’s results At Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina 86, Ohio State 84 At Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State 57, UALR 54 At Tallahassee Florida State 65, Florida Gulf Coast 47 Regional Seminals At Greensboro, N.C. Today’s games South Carolina (32-2) vs. North Carolina (268), 7 p.m. Arizona State (29-5) vs. Florida State (31-4), 9:30 p.m. Regional Championship: Sunday WOMEN’S NIT Second Round Monday’s results Michigan 74, Toledo 58 Sacramento St. 84, Eastern Washington 49 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 83, Fresno State 64 Tuesday’s results West Virginia 57, Hampton 39 Duquesne 48, Richmond 47 Third Round Wednesday’s result Southern Mississippi 76, Eastern Michigan 65 Thursday’s results Villanova 63, St. John’s 55 Temple 80, NC State 79, OT Michigan 65, Missouri 55 West Virginia 60, Duquesne 39 Middle Tennessee 82, Mississippi 70 Northern Colorado (22-12) at UCLA (15-18), late Saint Mary’s (Cal) (22-10) at Sacramento State (18-15), late Quarternals March 28-30 Southern Mississippi (25-10) vs. Missou ri-Michigan winner, TBA Saint Mary’s (Cal)-Sacramento State winner vs. Northern Colorado-UCLA winner, TBA Mississippi-Middle Tennessee winner vs. NC State-Temple winner, TBA Duquesne-West Virginia winner vs. St. John’s-Villanova winner, TBA Seminals April 1-2 Southern Mississippi—Missouri-Michigan winner vs. Saint Mary’s (Cal)-Sacramento State winner—Northern Colorado-UCLA winner, TBA Mississippi-Middle Tennessee winner—NC State-Temple winner vs. Duquesne-West Virginia winner—St. John’s-Villanova winner, TBA Championship April 4 Seminal winners, 3 p.m. The Shockers appeared ready to take control after climbing out of a 13-point decit to go up 38-37 on Carter’s basket with 16:37 to go. Jackson knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Irish back in front and Wichita State — eyeing a rematch with the Wildcats in the regional nal after Kentucky ended the Shockers’ perfect season last spring — couldn’t respond. Notre Dame didn’t give them a chance. Once Grant decided to become a distributor after missing his all ve of his rst-half shots, the Irish soared. Notre Dame hit eight straight during a 38-18 surge that left Wichita State reeling pushed the Irish to the Elite Eight for the rst time since 1979, when Bill Laimbeer, Orlando Woolridge and Kelly Tripucka fell to Magic Johnson and eventual national champion Michigan State. Carter had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Shockers but guard Ron Baker had just nine points and went scoreless in the second half. Wichita State said it had the repower to keep pace with Notre Dame. The Shockers did for 25 minutes, after that the ACC Tournament champions took ight. The Irish survived two tough opening weekend games, beating Northeastern and Butler by a combined seven points. One of the nation’s most efcient offensive teams advanced to the Sweet 16 for the rst time since 2003 by clamping down at the other end of the court. One key stop late avoided a bracket-busting upset at the hands of the Huskies and an emphatic block by Connaughton just before the buzzer helped Notre Dame fend off the Bulldogs in overtime. The win over Butler came just hours after coach Mike Brey lost his mother Betty to a heart attack at age 84. He spent Sunday celebrating her remarkable life — she was a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic swim team — before returning to the cocoon of his resilient team. Notre Dame rebounded from the worst season of Brey’s 15 years in South Bend last winter — a messy 1517 slog — with a sizzling sprint through March that included wins over Duke and North Carolina on its way to an unlikely ACC Tournament triumph down the street from Tobacco Road.IRISHFROM PAGE 1 NCAAEmmert: Indiana bill troubling INDIANAPOLIS — NCAA President Mark Emmert says the association is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. Emmert says the NCAA is watching to see if it could affect student-athletes and employees. The NCAA is located in Indianapolis and the men’s basketball tournament’s Final Four will be held there next week. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a bill that would prohibit state and local laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to follow their religious beliefs. Emmert released a statement saying the NCAA “will work diligently to assure student-athletes competing in, and visitors attending the Final Four are not impacted negatively by this bill.” He added the NCAA intends to examine how the law might affect future events.BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESSNCAA could move events from state COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NCAA TournamentCoach K vs. Coach KHOUSTON — Coach K vs. Coach K. When Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak sat down on the podium Thursday, he introduced himself before taking questions. Then he was asked why he didn’t just say Coach K, as his players refer to him. “Could be confusing in this situation,” Krystkowiak said. Yes, it could with this NCAA Sweet 16 matchup. Krystkowiak’s fth-seeded Utes (26-8) play tonight against the more well-known Coach K, four-time national champion Mike Krzyzewski and top-seeded Duke (31-4) in the South Regional. This is Duke’s 22nd Sweet 16 appearance under Krzyzewski, the only men’s Division I coach who has won more than 1,000 games. Krystkowiak has 110 career wins, 68 in four seasons at Utah, which is in Sweet 16 for the rst time in 10 years. The longest conversation between the coaches with Polish heritage has been the 20 minutes Krystkowiak spent as a guest on the Duke coach’s weekly satellite radio show earlier this year. Krzyzewski doesn’t even recall meeting Krystkowiak in a 7-Eleven in Las Vegas last summer, when the Utah coach proclaimed, “There’s the real Coach K” and gave him a highve. But the Duke coach hopes that isn’t viewed as a slight. “I would never dis another Polish-American. We’d probably give our secret handshake,” Krzyzewski said. “I admire what Larry’s done. ... He took over a program where it had to rebuilt, but has had great tradition.” Utah’s only NCAA national title came seven decades ago, in 1944. But the Utes have been to the Sweet 16 at least once every decade since. The Blue Devils have won four national titles since 1991, the last coming ve years ago — when they were also the No. 1 seed in the South Regional, and the Sweet 16 and regional nal games were played at NRG Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans. No. 2 seed Gonzaga (34-2) plays No. 11 UCLA (22-13) in the rst game tonight. That means Sunday’s regional nal will have matchup of a Coach K vs. Mark Few or Steve Alford. Krystkowiak, a former NBA player and coach, coached for two seasons at Montana, where he was a three-time Big Sky Conference MVP as a player, before taking the Utah job in 2011. With a decimated roster his rst season, the Utes went 6-25 and had a losing record at home for the rst time in 39 years. With 11 new players the next year, they improved to 15-18, then 21-12 last year. Now they are the No. 5 seed with an at-large bid out of the Pac-12 and NCAA Tournament wins over Stephen F. Austin and Georgetown. “Certainly I’m not predicting the future that we’re going to turn Utah into Duke,” Krystkowiak said. “But (Krzyzewski) reminded me that when he rst started at Duke, it wasn’t all roses and went through a period of about three, four years where there were questions about what was going on there.” Certainly anyone watching the NCAA Tournament knows about the Coach K who has been at Duke since 1980. What about the coach Utah players refer to the same way? “Just a fun guy to be around. Really energetic,” junior forward Jordan Loveridge said. “Great coach, great guy off the oor. He just tells you how it is. He’s not beating around the bush.” HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WELCOME HOME: Thursday was the 19th birthday for Duke freshman Justise Winslow, who is from Houston. A group in the stands started singing “Happy Birthday!” to Winslow when the Blue Devils held their open practice at the stadium.Players call Duke, Utah leaders called by the same monikerBy STEPHEN HAWKINSASSOCIATED PRESS AP FILE PHOTOSDuke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak are both known as “Coach K” by their players. That might be where the similarity ends. Krzyzewski has 10 times as many wins as his counterpart in tonight’s matchup. 3-pointer, and Showalter scored four straight, including a layup off his own steal, putting the red-clad Wisconsin fans in full-throated cheers. Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks returned from a sprained left knee last weekend to bother Kaminsky early before getting in foul trouble. Trailing by one, the Tar Heels outscored the Badgers 14-6 to take their largest lead, 53-46. Berry and Hicks had four apiece while the Badgers struggled to make a shot. Kaminsky got hit in the eye by Hicks on his layup that ended Carolina’s run. He covered his face, but eventually got up and played the rest of the game with an eye that was open even less than his usual sleepy appearance. Dekker carried the Badgers offensively with 15 points in the rst half, including a layup that just beat the buzzer to pull Wisconsin within 33-31, just the sixth time the Badgers trailed at the break this season. Carolina threw a trio of big bodies on Kaminsky, with Meeks, Jackson and Joel James keeping the lanky 7-footer tied up. He had four points and ve rebounds. Neither team led by more than ve points in the rst half, when Carolina shot 50 percent. Dekker sparked an 8-0 run by twice driving into the heart of Carolina’s defense and scoring to give Wisconsin a 25-20 lead. 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Page 4 SP The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 eld and all nine spots in the lineup. The Rays still expect Forsythe to be versatile this season — he’s played 21 innings at second and 14 each at rst base and third base this spring, and he’ll likely spell rst baseman James Loney against left-handed pitching — but most of his playing time should come as shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera’s double-play partner. “With Logan, (we have) a lot of condence,” Cash said. “I think Logan has had a really good spring. He has hit the ball well. Logan is a good defender. He plays second base really well.” A consistent position on the eld — and near-everyday playing time — will likely be a boon for a player who’s rarely had either. Forsythe has been in the majors for four years, but he’s never topped 350 plate appearances, six home runs, or 26 RBIs. His best season came in 2012, when he hit a career-high .273 over 91 games. The 28-year-old matched his career-best home run and RBI totals over 110 games last season, but he only hit .223 in the process. Forsythe showed ashes of what he could bring as a regular during a midseason stretch from June 16 to Aug. 14, though, hitting .330 with ve home runs and 15 RBIs as he played in 37 of the Rays’ 51 games. Through 11 games this spring, Forsythe is 6 for 28 at the plate (.214) with three home runs, four RBIs and seven runs scored. “I think we’re very happy with the way his spring is going. Him and (hitting coach Derek Shelton) have had a lot of discussions on some of the adjustments,” Cash said. “They seem to have paid off. He has barreled a lot of balls this spring.” Forsythe has every reason to be more comfortable this spring. He has a full season with the Rays under his belt, and he married girlfriend Ally Atkins — now Ally Forsythe — in November. And in his fth professional season, he nally has his own position on the eld. “Anybody coming into an organization doesn’t want to step onto any toes,” Forsythe said. “I could say that was the case last year, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse. But I do feel more comfortable, a little bit more condent coming in this spring and denitely going into the season. So we’ll see what happens.”Contact Josh Vitale at 941-206-1122 or PAGE 1 TODAY’S GAMEWHO: Tampa Bay (11-9) at Baltimore (9-15) WHEN: Today, 1:05 p.m. WHERE: Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota SCHEDULED STARTERS: LH Everett Teaford vs. RH Bud Norris PITCHING PROBABLES: RAYS: LH Everett Teaford (start), LH Mike Montgomery. ORIOLES: RH Bud Norris (start), relievers TBA. DIRECTIONS: Take I-75 North to exit 210 (Fruitville Road). Travel west on Fruitville to Tuttle Ave. Turn right on Tuttle, follow to 12th Street, turn left on 12th, stadium will be on left.On deckSATURDAY: vs. Boston, 1:05 p.m. SUN DAY: at Boston, 1:05 p.m. MONDAY: vs. Baltimore, 1:05 p.m. TUESDAY: vs. Boston and at Baltimore (split-squad), 1:05 p.m. WEDNESDAY: at N.Y. Mets, 1:05 p.m.Rays ticketsAll tickets and locations are subject to availability and can be purchased at the Charlotte Sports Park box office, Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at 1-888-FAN-RAYS. On days no game is scheduled, the Charlotte Sports Park box office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday) and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Saturday). On game days, the box office is open from 9 a.m. to 30 minutes after the final out.Rays 6, Yankees 5HITTER OF THE GAMEDesmond Jennings, Rays. The left fielder continued his torrid spring on Thursday, going 1 for 3 with his first home run to bring his batting average to a team-high .483.PITCHER OF THE GAMEErnesto Freieri, Rays. The right-hander was as nearly as perfect as a pitcher can be over his 1 innings Thursday, striking out all four batters he faced.KEY INNINGSixth. Jennings hit a leadoff home run, then center fielder Kevin Kiermaier created a run almost all by himself; he singled to left, stole second and third then scored on a wild pitch.PROSPECT WATCHTim Beckham, Rays. The utility infield candidate made the most of his one at-bat on Thursday, tripling to right field and scoring on Jake Elmore’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.QUOTE OF THE DAY“The havoc that he can create, it’s fun to watch. Hopefully he maintains that aggressive style, aggressive approach, because that will help us definitely get some runs across the plate.” Kevin Cash Rays manager on KiermaierRAYS 6, YANKEES 5New York Tampa Bay ab r h bi ab r h bi Grgorius ss 4 0 2 1 DeJesus dh 2 0 0 0 J.Cave pr-cf 1 0 1 1 Souza dh 1 1 0 0 B.Ryan 2b 3 0 0 0 Guyer rf 3 0 2 1 C.Young cf 4 0 0 0 J.Butler rf 1 0 0 0 J.Galvez 1b 0 0 0 0 Cabrera ss 2 0 1 1 G.Jones 1b 3 0 0 0 Bckhm pr-ss 1 1 1 0 Noonan ss 1 0 0 0 Lngoria 3b 3 1 1 1 J.Murphy c 2 1 1 0 Elmore 3b 0 0 0 1 Rdriguez c 2 0 0 0 Loney 1b 3 0 1 0 Rfsydr dh-2b 3 1 1 0 Frncisco 1b 1 0 0 0 Heathctt lf 2 1 1 1 .Jennings lf 3 1 1 1 B.Gamel lf 1 0 0 0 Velez lf 1 0 0 0 R.Flores rf 4 1 2 2 Krmaier cf 3 1 2 0 Figuroa 3b 4 1 1 0 C.Brown cf 1 0 0 0 Frsythe 2b 3 0 0 0 A.Casilla 2b 1 0 0 0 Casali c 3 1 1 0 M.Acosta c 1 0 0 0 Totals 35 5 9 5 Totals 33 6 10 5 New York 010 200 101 — 5 Tampa Bay 010 022 10x — 6 E—Refsnyder (5), Forsythe (2). LOB— New York 6, Tampa Bay 6. 2B—Gregorius (4), Refsnyder (3), Heathcott (2), R.Flores (1), Guyer (1), Kiermaier (4). 3B—T.Beckham (1). HR—Longoria (2), De.Jennings (1). SB—Ki ermaier 2 (5). CS—J.Cave (1). SF—Elmore. New York IP H R ER BB SO Warren 3 4 1 1 1 5 J.Ramirez BS,2-2 1 3 2 2 1 0 C.Martin L,0-1 1 2 2 2 0 3 D.Burawa 1 1 1 1 0 1 T.Webb 1 0 0 0 0 2 Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO Norberto 2 1 1 1 2 4 Balfour 1 0 0 0 0 1 Jepsen 1 3 2 2 1 2 Frieri 1 0 0 0 0 4 Boxberger W,1-1 1 2 1 1 0 1 Yates 1 1 0 0 0 1 Marinez S,1-1 2 1 1 0 0 WP— C.Martin, Boxberger. Umpires— Home, Doug Vines; First, Bill Welke; Sec ond, Sam Holbrook; Third, David Rackley. T— 3:00. A— 6,148 (6,823). MLB: Rays notebookArcher gets Opening Day nodPORT CHARLOTTE — Chris Archer has maintained all spring that he doesn’t care where he pitches in the Tampa Bay Rays’ rotation. Whether he’s slotted rst, third or last, the right-hander just wants the ball every fth day. He didn’t change his tune at all on Thursday, even after manager Kevin Cash announced he would replace the injured Alex Cobb as the Rays’ opening day starter. He’s excited for the opportunity, and ready to experience the pomp and circumstance that comes with getting the ball on April 6, but the “mindset remains the same.” “I’m going to treat it like any other game,” Archer said. “There’s going to be emotions. There’s going to be a lot of people in the stands, but we pitch in front of a lot of people often. “It’s hard for people who have never been in that situation to put it in perspective, but for me, it’s baseball. It’s 60 feet, 6 inches. I’ve been doing it since I was 14 on the same size eld. The magnitude of the game, whether it’s Game 1 or Game 130, is the same in my eyes. And it might be hard for other people to put it like that, to rationalize it, but for me, it’s the same.” Archer was the obvious choice after Cobb was shelved with right forearm tendinitis last week. The 26-year-old went 10-9 with a 3.33 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 19423 innings last year, and he has the most big-league experience of any pitcher in the Rays’ expected opening day rotation. Cash said the Rays tabbed Archer for that start against the Baltimore Orioles because of “his year, his effort, the work that he put in.” “You don’t want to take anything away from Cobb. It was his, he had earned that,” Cash said. “But we’re extremely comfortable with having that guy now be Arch.” Bullpen day: The Rays skipped the starting pitcher and went straight to the bullpen on Thursday, sending seven relievers to the mound in an 6-5 win over the New York Yankees. Jordan Norberto started and allowed a run on a hit and two walks, Kevin Jepsen gave up two runs on three hits, Brad Boxberger surrendered one run on two hits and Jhan Marinez gave up a run on two hits. Grant Balfour, Ernesto Frieri and Kirby Yates threw scoreless outings. All seven will get the next two days off, and Cash said many of them will start pitching on back-toback days over the final nine days of spring training. The only one who won’t is Balfour, who is still behind the rest of the relievers after spending two weeks in Australia earlier this spring. Roster reduction: The Rays reassigned infielder Eugenio Velez and right-handers Ronald Belisario, Andrew Bellatti and Bryce Stowell to minor league camp after Thursday’s game, bringing their roster to 44 players. Belisario was expected to compete for a spot in the Rays’ opening day bullpen, but a fractured left shoulder suffered in the offseason has slowed his progress. He threw his first bullpen on Thursday — it went well and “everybody was enthused with that,” Cash said — but he won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. “(Belisario) is going to help us as soon as he can get built back up,” Cash said. “Velez, he’s definitely very versatile and a nice player to have. He can hit, so we enjoyed having him here. And Bellatti and Stowell are good guys, but they backed up a lot of games. We appreciated their patience, but it’s time to get them ready for their seasons.” Injury roundup: Left-hander Drew Smyly (left shoulder tendinitis) was “all good” after throwing another bullpen session on Thursday. Left-handers Matt Moore (Tommy John surgery) and Jake McGee (offseason elbow surgery) will both throw bullpens today.Contact Josh Vitale at 941-206-1122 or jvitale@ JOSH VITALESPORTS WRITER SUN PHOTO BY KATHERINE GODINA Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jordan Norberto prepares to re to home plate Thursday against the Yankees. Norberto started for Tampa Bay, allowing one run in two innings.SUN PHOTO BY KATHERINE GODINA Tampa Bay Rays outelder, Steven Souza Jr. rounds third on his way home during Thursday’s game against the Yankees. Cosart: MLB eyeing Twitter accountBY THE ASSOCIATED PRESSJUPITER — Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart said Major League Baseball is reviewing his deleted Twitter account as part of an investigation into gambling-related tweets posted there and he is cooperating with the investigation. “Obviously, I was caught off guard by the whole situation,” Cosart said Thursday. “All I’m really saying to everyone is I’m following the MLB protocol and just talking with MLB security, and they are taking care of the rest.” The 24-year-old Cosart deleted his Twitter account Tuesday after screen shots of comments he purportedly made appeared on the website of Miami New Times. MLB rules prohibit players and other employees from betting on baseball games. A player who bets on a game not involving his team faces a one-year suspension and a player who bets on or against his own team faces a lifetime ban. Cosart deleted his Twitter account following the initial Miami New Times report. “Anything else that happened after that is not me,” he said. “My other one is completely deleted and being looked at by Major League Baseball, and all of the new ones, that’s not me.” Magee switches from NFL’s Buccaneers to Red Sox: In Fort Myers, on Tuesday, Brandon Magee was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker. On Wednesday, he became a Boston Red Sox outfielder. A day after he was cut by the Bucs, Magee reported to minor league spring training. Magee played both sports at Arizona State, wasn’t picked in the 2013 NFL draft and signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Now 24, Magee was drafted by the Red Sox on the 23rd round in 2012. He signed with the Red Sox and attended minor league spring training in 2014. Buck announces retirement, ending bid to make Braves roster: In Atlanta, John Buck, an 11-year major league veteran who was attempting to land a job with the Atlanta Braves as a backup catcher, has retired. The 34-year-old, an All-Star in 2010 with Toronto, hit 134 home runs with seven big league teams. Red Sox 5, Twins 4: In Fort Myers, David Ortiz was 0 for 3 in his return to Boston’s lineup after a nine-day absence, and the Red Sox beat Minnesota. Bothered by a cold and dehydra tion, Ortiz had not played since March 16. Ortiz struck out, grounded into a forceout and popped out against Tommy Milone, dropping his average to .222 (4 for 18). Braves 7, Pirates 5: In Bradenton, Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run that ended Wandy Rodriguez’s scoreless streak at 12 innings, and Atlanta beat Pittsburgh. Chris Johnson had three hits, including a two-run homer that capped a five-run first inning against Vance Worley, a drive just fair down the left-field line. Tigers 6, Orioles 4: In Lakeland, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes each homered for Detroit in a victory over Baltimore. Cabrera connected off Tommy Hunter in the sixth. 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The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 SP Page 5 Sports on TVAUTO RACING10 a.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, practice for Kroger 250, at Martinsville, Va. Noon FS1 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for STP 500, at Martinsville, Va. 1:30 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, practice for Kroger 250, at Martinsville, Va. 3 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, nal practice for Kroger 250, at Martinsville, Va. 4:30 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for STP 500, at Martinsville, Va. 5 a.m. NBCSN — Formula One, qualifying for Ma laysia Grand Prix, at Kuala LumpurGOLF7 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Trophee Has san II, second round, part I, at Agadir, Mo rocco 10:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Trophee Has san II, second round, part II, at Agadir, Mo rocco Noon TGC — Champions Tour, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, rst round, at Saucier 3 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Texas Open, second round, at San Antonio 6 p.m. TGC — LPGA, Kia Classic, second round, at Carlsbad, Calif.MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL1 p.m. ESPN — Preseason, Boston vs. Atlanta, at Orlando, Fla.MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL7:15 p.m. CBS — NCAA Tournament, regional semi nal, Gonzaga vs. UCLA, at Houston 7:37 p.m. TBS — NCAA Tournament, regional semi nal, Louisville vs. N.C. State, at Syracuse, N.Y. 9:45 p.m. CBS — NCAA Tournament, regional semi nal, Duke vs. Utah, at Houston 10:07 p.m. TBS — NCAA Tournament, regional semi nal, Michigan St. vs. Oklahoma, at Syracuse, N.Y.MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY2 p.m. ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playos, region al seminal, Boston U. vs. Yale, at Manchester, N.H. 5:30 p.m. ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playos, region al seminal, Minnesota-Duluth vs. Minne sota, at Manchester, N.H. 8 p.m. ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playos, region al seminal, North Dakota vs. Quinnipiac, at Fargo, N.D.SOCCER3:30 p.m. ESPN2 — UEFA, qualier for European Championship, Spain vs. Ukraine, at Seville, SpainWOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL7 p.m. ESPN — NCAA Tournament, regional semi nal, North Carolina vs. South Carolina, at Greensboro, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Tournament, regional seminal, Iowa vs. Baylor, at Oklahoma City 9:30 p.m. ESPN — NCAA Tournament, regional seminal, Arizona State vs. Florida State, at Greensboro, N.C. 10 p.m. ESPN — NCAA Tournament, regional semi nal, Stanford vs. Notre Dame, at Oklahoma CitySports on RadioARENA FOOTBALL7 p.m. 620 AM — Cleveland at Tampa BayMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL7:15 p.m. 99.3 FM — NCAA Tournament, regional seminal, Gonzaga vs. UCLA, at Houston 9:45 p.m. 99.3 FM — NCAA Tournament, regional seminal, Duke vs. Utah, at HoustonGlantz-Culver LineNCAA TOURNAMENTRegional Seminals Tonight At Cleveland FAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG Kentucky 13 (136) West Virginia Wichita St. 2 (137) Notre Dame At Los Angeles Arizona 10 (135) Xavier Wisconsin 6 (145) North Carolina Tomorrow At Syracuse, N.Y. Louisville 3 (130) NC State Michigan St. 2 (134) Oklahoma At Houston Gonzaga 8 (145) UCLA Duke 5 (134) UtahCOLLEGE INSIDER TOURNAMENTQuarternals Tonight at La.-Lafayette 3 (154) Evansville Tomorrow at N. Arizona 1 (137) Kent St. Saturday at NJIT 2 (141) CanisiusNITTuesday At New York Seminals Miami 1 (142) Temple Stanford 1 (140) Old DominionNBAFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at Milwaukee 1 (187) IndianaNHLFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at N.Y. Islanders -120 Los Angeles +100 at Boston -125 Anaheim +105 Arizona -115 at Bualo -105 at Washington -190 New Jersey +165 Pittsburgh -175 at Carolina +155 at Ottawa -110 N.Y. Rangers -110 Florida -165 at Toronto +145 at Detroit -155 San Jose +135 at Tampa Bay -155 Nashville +135 at Winnipeg -130 Montreal +110 at Vancouver -180 Colorado +160TennisMIAMI OPEN Thursday’s results At The Tennis Center at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Fla. Purse: Men, $6.27 million (Masters 1000); Women, $5.38 million (Premier) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles Men First Round Alejandro Falla, Colombia, def. Michael Berrer, Germany, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia, def. Andrey Gol ubev, Kazakhstan, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, def. Steve Johnson, United States, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Teymuraz Gabashvili, Russia, def. Pablo Andujar, Spain, 0-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Martin Klizan, Slovakia, def. Paolo Loren zi, Italy, 6-3, 6-4. Simone Bolelli, Italy, def. Marcos Baghda tis, Cyprus, 6-2, 6-2. Borna Coric, Croatia, def. Andreas Haid er-Maurer, Austria, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Alexander Zverev, Germany, def. Sam Groth, Australia, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-4. Jerzy Janowicz, Poland, def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, France, 6-4, 6-2. Vasek Pospisil, Canada, def. Juan Martin Del Porto, Argentina, 6-4, 7-6 (7). Women Second Round Agnieszka Radwanska (7), Poland, def. Anna Schmiedlova, Slovakia, 6-4, 7-5. Carla Suarez Navarro (12), Spain, def. Ste fanie Voegele, Switzerland, 6-3, 6-1. Irina-Camelia Begu (31), Romania, def. Tereza Smitkova, Czech Republic, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Paula Badosa Gibert, Spain, def. Zheng Saisai, China, 6-1, 7-5. Andrea Petkovic (9), Germany, def. Chris tina McHale, United States, 6-2, 6-2. Karolina Pliskova (14), Czech Republic, def. Annika Beck, Germany, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Kristina Mladenovic, France, def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (19), Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-2. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia, def. Varvara Lep chenko (28), United States, 6-2, 6-4. Alize Cornet (22), France, def. Elena Vesni na, Russia, 6-4, 6-1. Elina Svitolina (26), Ukraine, def. Bojana Jovanovski, Servia, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Ekaterina Makarova (8), Russia, def. Karin Knapp, Italy, 6-1, 6-3. Caroline Wozniacki (4), Denmark, def. Madison Brengle, United States, 6-0, 6-1. Venus Williams (16), United States, def. Urszula R adw anska, Poland, 6-3, 6-2. Doubles First Round Men Nicolas Almagro and Guillermo Gar cia-Lopez, Spain, def. Adrian Mannarino and Gilles Simon, France, 6-3, 6-2. Kevin Anderson, South Africa, and Jere my Chardy, France, def. Marcin Matkowski, Poland, and Nenad Zimonjic (6), Serbia, 6-3, 6-3. Marin Draganja, Croatia, and Henri Kontinen, Finland, def. Gael Monls and Jo-Wil fried Tsonga, France, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5. John Isner and Sam Querrey, United States, def. Rohan Bopanna, India, and Dan iel Nestor (8), Canada, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Jamie Murray, Britain, and John Peers, Australia, def. Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, and Dominic Thiem, Austria, 6-3, 6-2. Nicolas Almagro, Spain, and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (96), Spain, def. Adrian Man narino, France, and Gilles Simon, France, 6-3, 6-2. Women Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavly uchenkova, Russia, def. Klara Koukalova and Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-0. Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Germany, def. Andrea Hlavackova and Luc ie Hradecka, Czech Republic, 7-6 (0), 4-6, 10-8. Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodiono va, Australia, def. Casey Dellacqua, Austra lia, and Darija Jurak, Croatia, 6-3, 7-6 (5).Pro baseballAMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct Kansas City 14 9 .609 Oakland 14 9 .609 Toronto 14 9 .609 Los Angeles 12 8 .600 Houston 10 8 .556 Boston 11 9 .550 RAYS 11 9 .550 New York 13 11 .542 Seattle 10 12 .455 Cleveland 10 13 .435 Minnesota 9 12 .429 Texas 8 11 .421 Chicago 8 12 .400 Baltimore 9 15 .375 Detroit 9 15 .375 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct Los Angeles 13 6 .684 Colorado 13 9 .591 New York 14 10 .583 St. Louis 10 8 .556 Cincinnati 11 9 .550 Arizona 12 10 .545 MARLINS 12 10 .545 Pittsburgh 10 10 .500 San Diego 11 11 .500 Philadelphia 11 12 .478 Milwaukee 10 11 .476 Washington 9 11 .450 Atlanta 10 13 .435 Chicago 9 13 .409 San Francisco 6 18 .250 NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Wednesday’s results Houston 7, Philadelphia 1 N.Y. Mets 7, N.Y. Yankees 2 RAYS 2, Minnesota 1 Toronto 5, Baltimore 2 Detroit 8, MARLINS 4 St. Louis 1, Washington 0 L.A. Dodgers 9, San Diego 5 Milwaukee 9, Oakland 9, tie L.A. Angels 4, Cleveland 3 Colorado 5, San Francisco 2 Chicago White Sox 6, Kansas City 0 Cincinnati 5, Texas 0 Seattle 3, Chicago Cubs 2 Thursday’s results MARLINS 5, St. Louis 3 Detroit 6, Baltimore 4 RAYS 6, N.Y. Yankees 5 Atlanta 7, Pittsburgh 5 Boston 5, Minnesota 4, 10 innings Toronto 4, Philadelphia 1 Kansas City 3, Seattle (ss) 0 Cincinnati 13, Cleveland 2 Milwaukee 15, Seattle (ss) 1 L.A. Dodgers 9, Chicago White Sox 6 Arizona 3, San Diego 3, tie, 10 innings N.Y. Mets 8, Washington 3 L.A. Angels vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., late Colorado vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., lateO akland vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., late Today’s Games N.Y. Yankees vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, 1:05 p.m. RAYS vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis (ss) at Jupiter,1:05 p.m. St. Louis (ss) vs. Washington at Viera, 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, 1:05 p.m. Detroit vs. Toronto at Dunedin, 1:07 p.m. Texas vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Arizona (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Arizona (ss) vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. MARLINS vs. Houston at Kissimmee, 6:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 9:05 p.m. San Francisco vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. Colorado vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. Saturday’s Games Boston vs. RAYS at Port Charlotte, 1:05 p.m. Houston vs. MARLINS at Jupiter, 1:05 p.m. Toronto (ss) vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, 1:05 p.m. Baltimore vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. Toronto (ss) at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m. Washington vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Oakland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. San Francisco vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. San Diego vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.TIGERS 6, ORIOLES 4At Lakeland Baltimore 000 300 010 — 4 4 1 Detroit 101 001 12x — 6 9 0 Tillman, Tom.Hunter (6), Gausman (8) and Lavarnway; Price, Nesbitt (7), Nathan (8), Soria (9) and Avila, Pina. W—Nathan. L— Gausman. Sv—Soria. HRs—Baltimore, Nix (2). Detroit, Mi.Cabrera (1), V.Martinez (1), Cespedes (3).RED SOX 5, TWINS 4At Fort Myers Minnesota 010 200 100 0 — 4 7 0 Boston 002 100 100 1 — 5 12 0 (10 innings) Milone, Stauer (6), Hamburger (7), J.Reed (10) and Fryer, Herrmann; Miley, Mujica (7), Ogando (8), Layne (9), Tazawa (10) and Quintero, M.Spring. W—Tazawa. L—J.Reed. HRs—Minnesota, Edu.Escobar (3). Boston, R.Castillo (2).ROYALS 3, MARINERS 0At Peoria, Ariz. Kansas City 001 000 020 — 3 6 2 Seattle (ss) 000 000 000 — 0 2 1 Guthrie, G.Holland (6), Frasor (7), K.Herrera (8), Madson (9) and S.Perez, Kratz; F.Her nandez, T.Olson (7), Medina (7), Farquhar (8), G.Wood (8), Furbush (9) and Zunino, M.Dowd. W—Guthrie. L—F.Hernandez. Sv—Madson.BLUE JAYS 4, PHILLIES 1At Dunedin Philadelphia 000 100 000 — 1 5 0 Toronto 000 000 04x — 4 4 0 Hamels, L.Garcia (6), Oliver (7), Giles (7), De Fratus (8) and Ruiz, K.Hill; Aa.Sanchez, Hynes (6), Cecil (7), S.Barnes (8), Drabek (9) and R.Martin, S.Ochinko. W—S.Barnes. L—Giles. Sv—Drabek. HRs—Toronto, St.Tolleson (3).REDS 13, INDIANS 2At Goodyear, Ariz. Cincinnati 140 200 024 — 13 19 1 Cleveland 100 000 001 — 2 8 1 M.Lorenzen, Maholm (4), Hoover (7), Ad cock (8), Villarreal (9) and Mesoraco; Sala zar, Rzepczynski (4), Atchison (5), Shaw (6), Manship (7), T.Murata (8), S.Sides (9) and Y.Gomes, Hayes. W—M.Lorenzen. L—Salazar. HRs—Cincinnati, M.Smith (1), T.Frazier (3), Mesoraco (2).DODGERS 9, WHITE SOX 6At Glendale, Ariz. Los Angeles (N) 040 202 001 — 9 13 2 Chicago (A) 100 000 230 — 6 11 0 Kershaw, Jo.Peralta (7), P.Baez (8), Buchter (8), Hatcher (9) and Grandal, Solis; Penny, Putnam (5), D.Webb (6), Asencio (7), Sur kamp (8), Phillips (9) and Flowers, Kottaras. W—Kershaw. L—Penny. Sv—Hatcher. HRs—Los Angeles (N), Rollins (1), Puig (5), K.Hernandez (4).BREWERS 15, MARINERS 1At Phoenix, Ariz. Seattle (ss) 001 000 000 — 1 4 1 Milwaukee 400 320 24x — 15 22 1 Elias, T.Cochran-Gill (4), Wilhelmsen (5), Correia (6), J.Saunders (7), Lowe (8) and Sucre, Jo.Baker; Fiers, Kintzler (4), W.Smith (6), Cotts (8), Wooten (9) and Lucroy, Cen teno. W—Fiers. L—Elias. HRs—Milwaukee, L.Jimenez (2), K.Davis (1).MARLINS 5, CARDINALS 3At Jupiter Miami 102 100 001 — 5 11 0 St. Louis 101 100 000 — 3 8 0 H.Alvarez, A.McKirahan (4), Claiborne (6), Masset (8), T.Kinley (9) and Saltalamacchia, Solano; Wainwright, Villanueva (4), M.Harris (7), Siegrist (9) and E.Easley, Molina. W—H. Alvarez. L—Wainwright. Sv—T.Kinley. HRs—Miami, Stanton (2). St. Louis, Hey ward (1).BRAVES 7, PIRATES 5At Bradenton Atlanta 500 000 002 — 7 12 0 Pittsburgh 101 110 010 — 5 13 1 W.Rodriguez, Ji.Johnson (6), Avilan (7), Out man (8), A.Kurcz (8), B.Feigl (9) and Bethan court, Flores; Worley, Richard (7), D.Guerra (9) and Cervelli. W—A.Kurcz. L—Richard. Sv—B.Feigl. HRs—Atlanta, J.Gomes (1), C.Johnson (1). Pittsburgh, J.Harrison (1), N.Walker (2).PADRES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 3At Scottsdale, Ariz. San Diego 001 000 020 0 — 3 10 0 A riz ona 010 001 100 0 — 3 13 0 (10 innings) Despaigne, Quackenbush (6), Thayer (7), Mateo (8), A.Torres (9), C.Rearick (10) and De.Norris, Nieves; C.Anderson, Webster (7), Chan (8), Ziegler (9), J.Sherfy (10) and Gosewisch, Lalli. HRs—San Diego, Wallace (1).METS 8, NATIONALS 3At Viera New York (N) 000 001 241 — 8 12 0 Washington 000 003 000 — 3 7 2 M.Bowman, Familia (6), Carlyle (6), Mejia (7), D.Alvarez (8), Goeddel (9) and Recker, Monell; G.Gonzalez, Roark (6), Blevins (7), Stammen (8), X.Cedeno (8), Delcarmen (9) and W.Ramos, Lerud. W—Mejia. L—Stammen. HRs—New York (N), Lagares (3), den Dekker (1), M.Reynolds (2).TransactionsBASEBALLAmerican League BOSTON RED SOX — Optioned OF Bryce Brentz, 3B-OF Garin Cecchini and RHPs Heath Hembree and Zeke Spruill to Pawtucket (IL). Reassigned LHP Henry Ow ens to their minor league camp. Released RHP Mitchell Boggs. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Optioned RHP C.C. Lee to Columbus (IL). Reassigned INF Audy Ciriaco, OF Destin Hood, INF Francis co Lindor, RHP Dustin Molleken, C Adam Moore, RHP Bryan Price and LHP Michael Roth to their minor league camp. DETROIT TIGERS — Optioned RHP Buck Farmer to Toledo (IL). Assigned RHP Rafael Dolis to their minor league camp. HOUSTON ASTROS — Traded INF Dan Johnson to Cincinnati for a player to be named. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Announced the retirement of C John Buck. CINCINNATI REDS — Traded INF Devin Lohman to Philadelphia for a player to be named. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Optioned OF Shane Peterson and INF Luis Sardinas to Colorado Springs (PCL). SAN DIEGO PADRES — Claimed RHP Jandel Gustave o waivers from Kansas City. American Association LAREDO LEMURS — Signed C Rey Ote ro, RHP Andrew Aizenstadt and OF Aaron Haag, ST. PAUL SAINTS — Signed RHP Robert Coe. Can-Am League QUEBEC CAPITALES — Traded RHP Joe Riley to Ottawa to complete an earlier trade. ROCKLAND BOULDERS — Traded OF Carlos Guzman to Camden for a player to be named. TROIS-RIVIERES AIGLES — Signed INF Jose Cuevas, RHP Matt Rusch, INF Eric Grabe and LHP Philippe Valiquette.BASKETBALLNational Basketball Association UTAH JAZZ — Assigned F Grant Jerrett to Idaho (NBADL). Signed F Jack Cooley to a multiyear contract. Women’s National Basketball Association NEW YORK LIBERTY — Named Herb Williams and Katie Smith assistant coaches, and Teresa Weatherspoon director of player development.FOOTBALLNational Football League PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Signed WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year con tract.HOCKEYNational Hockey League NHL — Suspended Columbus F Jared Boll three games for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim F Patrick Maroon during a March 24 game. CALGARY FLAMES — Signed F Austin Carroll to a three-year entry-level contract. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Agreed to terms with F Kyle Baun on a two-year contract EDMONTON OILERS — Recalled D Brandon Davidson from Oklahoma City (AHL). SAN JOSE SHARKS — Signed G Joel Rumpel to a one-year contract and D Joakim Ryan to a two-year contract and assigned them to Worcester (AHL). WINNIPEG JETS — Agreed to terms with F Andrew Copp on a three-year entry level contract. ECHL ELMIRA JACKALS — Signed D Jacob MacDonald.SOCCERMajor League Soccer PORTLAND TIMBERS — Announced the addition F Ishmael Yartey on loan from FC Sochaux-Montbeliard (French Ligue 1).COLLEGECHARLOTTE — Named Mark Price men’s basketball coach. CUMBERLAND — Named James Hicks wrestling coach. DAYTON — Signed men’s basketball coach Archie Miller to a contract extension through 2022. HARVARD — Named Logan Johnson defensive line coach.Pro hockeyNHL EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Montreal 75 46 21 8 100 197 167 LIGHTNING 75 46 22 7 99 244 194 Detroit 73 39 22 12 90 212 201 Ottawa 73 37 25 11 85 213 195 Boston 74 36 25 13 85 195 193 PANTHERS 74 34 26 14 82 184 202 Toronto 75 27 42 6 60 194 241 Bualo 74 20 46 8 48 141 249 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-N.Y. Rangers 73 47 19 7 101 224 168 N.Y. Islanders 75 44 26 5 93 228 208 Pittsburgh 74 40 23 11 91 204 186 Washington 74 40 24 10 90 215 182 Philadelphia 75 30 29 16 76 196 216 New Jersey 74 31 31 12 74 166 189 Columbus 73 34 35 4 72 198 228 Carolina 73 27 36 10 64 170 201 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Nashville 75 46 21 8 100 214 180 St. Louis 74 46 21 7 99 226 182 Chicago 73 44 23 6 94 207 167 Minnesota 74 42 25 7 91 211 183 Winnipeg 75 39 24 12 90 212 197 Dallas 74 36 28 10 82 232 236 Colorado 73 33 28 12 78 196 205 Pacic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 76 47 22 7 101 222 213 Vancouver 73 43 26 4 90 211 195 Los Angeles 74 37 23 14 88 199 184 Calgary 74 40 27 7 87 217 195 San Jose 74 36 30 8 80 207 210 Edmonton 74 21 40 13 55 177 254 Arizona 75 23 44 8 54 158 249 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playo spot Wednesday’s results Dallas 4, Calgary 3, SO Philadelphia 4, Chicago 1 Edmonton 4, Colorado 3 Thursday’s results Anaheim 3, Boston 2, OT Arizona 4, Bualo 3, OT Los Angeles 3, N.Y. Islanders 2 Washington 3, New Jersey 2, OT Carolina 5, Pittsburgh 2 PANTHERS 4, Toronto 1 N.Y. Rangers 5, Ottawa 1 San Jose 6, Detroit 4 Nashville 3, LIGHTNING 2 Winnipeg 5, Montreal 2 Colorado at Vancouver, late Today’s games Calgary at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Columbus at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Dallas at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s games Nashville at Washington, 12:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 1 p.m. Anaheim at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m. San Jose at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Arizona at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. LIGHTNING at Detroit, 2 p.m. Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m. PANTHERS at Montreal, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Carolina, 7 p.m. Columbus at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Bualo at Colorado, 9 p.m. Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m. ECHL EASTERN CONFERENCE East Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA x-Florida 64 44 13 2 5 95 241 184 x-Reading 64 41 17 4 2 88 235 187 x-S.Carolina 65 40 18 1 6 87 204 151 Orlando 63 34 22 4 3 75 211 187 Greenville 65 33 28 1 3 70 188 200 Elmira 64 31 26 0 7 69 169 188 Gwinnett 64 17 41 3 3 40 154 235 North Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA x Toledo 63 44 13 4 2 94 246 157 x-Fort Wayne 64 43 15 2 4 92 230 180 Kalamazoo 63 31 27 2 3 67 196 206 Wheeling 62 30 30 1 1 62 181 185 Cincinnati 63 27 28 1 7 62 168 187 Indy 63 26 28 4 5 61 173 198 Evansville 63 14 41 5 3 36 154 240 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA y-Allen 64 42 14 5 3 92 256 185 Rapid City 64 33 26 2 3 71 192 186 Quad City 66 32 27 4 3 71 185 173 Tulsa 64 33 27 1 3 70 224 221 Wichita 64 30 26 2 6 68 196 211 Missouri 63 23 33 4 3 53 160 205 Brampton 62 21 38 3 0 45 162 251 Pacic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA x-Idaho 66 44 17 2 3 93 230 170 Ontario 64 37 18 4 5 83 204 165 Colorado 65 39 21 2 3 83 220 188 Utah 65 32 25 5 3 72 187 197 Alaska 63 31 25 3 4 69 212 206 Bakerseld 65 24 33 3 5 56 184 233 Stockton 65 19 45 1 0 39 176 262 x-Clinched Playo Berth y-Clinched Divisional Title Note: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Wednesday’s results Toledo 3, Wheeling 2 F or t Wayne 7, Elmira 3 Florida 5, Reading 1 South Carolina 4, Cincinnati 3, SO Allen 3, Tulsa 1 Quad City 5, Wichita 3 Idaho 5, Utah 3 Ontario 7, Stockton 3 Thursday’s results Rapid City at Brampton, late Orlando at Greenville, late Today’s Games Florida at Elmira, 7:05 p.m. South Carolina at Toledo, 7:15 p.m. Rapid City at Brampton, 7:30 p.m. Evansville at Cincinnati, 7:35 p.m. Fort Wayne at Wheeling, 7:35 p.m. Reading at Indy, 7:35 p.m. Orlando at Gwinnett, 7:35 p.m. Missouri at Allen, 8:05 p.m. Wichita at Quad City, 8:05 p.m. Idaho at Utah, 9 p.m. Kalamazoo at Colorado, 9:05 p.m. Ontario at Bakerseld, 10 p.m. Alaska at Stockton, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Greenville at Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Florida at Elmira, 7:05 p.m. Evansville at Toledo, 7:15 p.m. Fort Wayne at Cincinnati, 7:35 p.m. South Carolina at Indy, 7:35 p.m. Reading at Wheeling, 7:35 p.m. Wichita at Missouri, 8:05 p.m. Tulsa at Allen, 8:05 p.m. Idaho at Utah, 9 p.m. Kalamazoo at Colorado, 9:05 p.m. Ontario at Bakerseld, 10 p.m. Alaska at Stockton, 10:30 p.m.Pro BasketballNBA Glance EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W L Pct GB x-Toronto 42 30 .583 — Boston 31 40 .437 10 Brooklyn 30 40 .429 11 Philadelphia 18 54 .250 24 New York 14 58 .194 28 Southeast W L Pct GB y-Atlanta 54 17 .761 — Washington 40 32 .556 14 Miami 33 38 .465 21 Charlotte 30 40 .429 23 Orlando 22 51 .301 33 Central W L Pct GB x-Cleveland 47 26 .644 — x-Chicago 44 29 .603 3 Milwaukee 36 36 .500 10 Indiana 31 41 .431 15 Detroit 27 44 .380 19 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest W L Pct GB x-Memphis 50 22 .694 — Houston 48 23 .676 1 San Antonio 45 26 .634 4 Dallas 45 27 .625 5 New Orleans 37 34 .521 12 Northwest W L Pct GB Portland 45 25 .643 — Oklahoma City 41 31 .569 5 Utah 31 40 .437 14 Denver 27 45 .375 19 Minnesota 16 55 .225 29 Pacic W L Pct GB y-Golden State 58 13 .817 — L.A. Clippers 47 25 .653 11 Phoenix 38 34 .528 20 Sacramento 26 45 .366 32 L.A. Lakers 19 51 .271 38 x-clinched playo spot y-clinched division Wednesday’s results Indiana 103, Washington 101 Chicago 116, Toronto 103 Atlanta 95, Orlando 83 Brooklyn 91, Charlotte 88 L.A. Clippers 111, New York 80 Miami 93, Boston 86 Houston 95, New Orleans 93 Cleveland 111, Memphis 89 L.A. Lakers 101, Minnesota 99, OT Philadelphia 99, Denver 85 Portland 92, Utah 89 San Antonio 130, Oklahoma City 91 Sacramento 108, Phoenix 99 Thursday’s results Milwaukee 111, Indiana 107 Today’s games L.A. Clippers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Washington, 7 p.m. Detroit at Orlando, 7 p.m. Miami at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Cleveland at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Boston at New York, 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Houston, 8 p.m. Golden State at Memphis, 8 p.m. Dallas at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Denver, 9 p.m. Portland at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Saturday’s games Atlanta at Charlotte, 7 p.m. New York at Chicago, 8 p.m. G olden S tate at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Utah, 9 p.m. Denver at Portland, 10 p.m.BoxingFIGHT SCHEDULE Saturday At Motorpoint Arena, Sheeld, England (SHO), Kell Brook vs. Jo Jo Dan, 12, for Brook’s IBF welterweight title; Adam Etches vs. Sergey Khomitsky, 12, middleweights; Oleksander Yegorov vs. Gavin McDonnell, 12, for Yegorov’s European junior feather weight title; Frankie Gavin vs. Bogdan Mitic, 10, welterweights; Khalid Yafai vs. Cristofer Rosales, 10, yweights. At Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas (SHO), Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Gary Russell Jr., 12, for Gonzalez’s WBC featherweight title; Jermell Charlo vs. Vanes Martirosyan, 10, junior middleweights. At Merida, Mexico, Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Rommel Asenjo, 12, for Estrada’s WBA Super World and WBO yweight titles. At Lima, Peru, Carlos Zambrano vs. Dan iel Ramirez, 12, for the interim WBA feath erweight title. April 2 At The Belasco Theater, Los Angeles (FS1), Julian Ramirez vs. Raul Hidalgo, 10, feather weights. April 3 At Omega Products Outdoor Arena, Co rona, Calif. (ESPN2), Petr Petrov vs. Gamaliel Diaz, 10, lightweights. April 4 At Moscow, Denis Lebedev vs. Youri Kalenga, 12, for Lebedev’s WBA cruiser weight title. At Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City (CBS), Adonis Stevenson vs. Sakio Bika, 12, for Stevenson’s WBC light heavyweight title; Artur Beterbiev vs. Gabriel Campillo, 10, light heavyweights; Julian Williams vs. Joey Hernandez, 10, junior middle weights; Kevin Bizier vs. Carlos Molina, 10, welterweights. At Metepec, Mexico, Carlos Cuadras vs. Luis Concepcion, 12, for Cuadras’ WBC su per yweight title. | SCOREBOARD | QUICK HITSDEL POTRO LOSES 1STROUND MATCH AT MIAMI OPENKEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro’s latest comeback from an injury is off to a slow start, and he’s OK with that. Playing his rst match since Jan. 15, del Potro lost Thursday to Vasek Pospisil in the rst round of the Miami Open, 6-4, 7-6 (7). “I don’t feel frustrated,” del Potro said. “I have to take the positive things on my comeback. The score doesn’t matter for now.” Del Potro had been sidelined with a lingering left wrist injury. The 2009 U.S. Open champion had wrist surgery a year ago and played in just four tournaments in 2014, and his ranking has fallen to No. 616. Venus Williams began her 16th appearance at Key Biscayne by beating qualier Urszula Radwanska 6-3, 6-2. Radwanska’s sister Agnieszka won, as did former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.HORSE RACINGMy Point Exactly takes unusual path to Florida Derby: My Point Exactly has taken a most unconventional path to the Florida Derby. On one hand, the last time My Point Exactly lost a race was more than eight months ago. And that being said, the last time My Point Exactly so much as ran a race was nearly seven months ago. He’s going to try to crash the party Saturday, part of an expected nine in the field for the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Finish first or second, and a trip to the Kentucky Derby is virtually guaranteed. Even a third-place showing might be enough to qualify under the points system used to determine the 20-horse field that will head to Churchill Downs for the sport’s signature race. NFLGregory to NFL Media: I failed drug tests: Defensive end Randy Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last month and that he failed two drug tests at Nebraska last year. Gregory went into February’s scouting combine projected to be among the top 10 picks in the draft. He declared for the draft after his junior season at Nebraska, where he recorded 17 1/2 sacks in two seasons. He said he tested positive for marijuana at Nebraska in January 2014 and April 2014. Gregory said he hadn’t smoked marijuana since December. ... The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has resumed after being disrupted by a bomb threat called in to the courthouse. The Fall River Justice Center was evacuated at around noon Thursday and swept by Massachusetts State Police. No explosives were found.NBABucks 11, Pacers 107: At Milwaukee, Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 34 points. Khris Middleton added 17 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 for the Bucks. They have won two straight after breaking a six-game losing streak. George Hill missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds for Indiana. C.J. Miles scored 26 points, Hill added 24 for the Pacers. MAGIC AT PISTONSWHO: Orlando (22-51) at Detroit (27-44) WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Amway Center, Orlando TV: Fox Sports FloridaHEAT AT HAWKSWHO: Miami (33-38) at Atlanta (54-17) WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Philips Arena, Atlanta TV: Sun Sports


Page 6 SP The Sun /Friday, March 27, 2015 AUSTIN, Texas — Poetry, Imani McGeeStafford says, saved her life. She was still in middle school when she began putting the words rumbling through her head down on paper, lling notebook after notebook in search of a voice to break free of the depression that was choking her. After being sexually abused as a child, the promising young basketball player attempted suicide three times by age 17. But she kept writing as part of her daily “dogght” of emotions. Eventually, that writing pulled her out of depression. She found her voice when she arrived at the University of Texas, at slam poetry competitions where she could stand up and use poetry to tell her story. With her mind and personal life now getting more settled every day, McGee-Stafford’s game on the court is on the rise. The 6-foot-7 former high-school All-American has been a driving force in the postseason for the No. 5-seed Longhorns (24-10), carrying them to a Sweet 16 matchup Saturday against No. 1 Connecticut (34-1) on Saturday in Albany, N.Y. But while basketball is in the spotlight, it’s the healing words and perfor mance of her poetry that have pushed her this far. “I don’t want to die (now),” McGee-Stafford said this week, beaming a broad, braces-lled smile as she talked about poetry, her recent engagement and advancing toward a degree. “I can live. I can be OK. I can cope now,” she said. McGee-Stafford always faced big expectations on and off the basketball court. Her mother is Pamela McGee, the for mer second-overall pick in the rst WNBA draft. Her father, Kevin Stafford, is high-prole minister in the Los Angeles area. Her brother, JaVale McGee, plays in the NBA. All that left her searching for her own identity. “I love doing poetry because it’s fun to be nobody,” McGee-Stafford said. “My dad’s a pastor, he’s big in the religious world. My mom is Pam McGee. But with poetry, everyone is in there telling their story, being vulnerable and giving their story to the world. “It was like the only way I could get people to listen to me. I was always really tall, but no one really noticed me ... I had so much to say, but no one would listen,” she said.Poetry saved Texas center from depressionWords helped Longhorn win ‘dogght’ of emotionsBy JIM VERTUNOASSOCIATED PRESSAP PHOTOTexas center Imani McGee-Staord shoots over California forward Reshanda Gray during the rst half of a game in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Berkeley, Calif. on March 22. The 6-foot-7 former high-school All-American has been driving force in the postseason for the No. 5-seed Longhorns. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: NCAA Tournament NCAA TOURNAMENTREGIONAL SEMIFINALS GREENSBORO REGION Today’s games South Carolina (32-2) vs. North Carolina (26-8), 7 p.m. Arizona State (29-5) vs. Florida State (31-4), 9:30 p.m. OKLAHOMA CITY REGION Today’s games Iowa (26-7) vs. Baylor (32-3), 7:30 p.m. Notre Dame (33-2) vs. Stanford (26-9), 10 p.m. ALBANY REGION Saturday’s games UConn (34-1) vs. Texas (24-10), Noon Dayton (27-6) vs. Louisville (27-6), 2:30 p.m. SPOKANE REGION Saturday’s games Maryland (32-2) vs. Duke (23-10), 4:30 p.m. Gonzaga (26-7) vs. Tennessee (29-5), 7 p.m. in the singles nals, all of them the top seeds. Alex Guzman was impressive. He defeated Port Charlotte High School’s J.P. Coogan 6-1, 6-2 in the rst round, then came back to topple Ida Baker’s Ethan Littlestone 6-1, 6-4 in the seminals. He will take on Fort Myers’ John Carlin in the nals this morning. “I did pretty well (aginst Littlestone),” Guzman said. “I used a different strategy and slowed the pace down to take him out of his game. Carlin is a very good player.” Guzman also teamed with Alex Westin to win the No. 1 doubles rst-round match over North Fort Myers’ Ryan Mazon and Nicholas Hulfeld 6-0, 6-1. They will take on Fort Myers’ Carlin and Luka Ilic in the seminals today. Charlotte’s No. 2 boys doubles team of Lansdale and Bivens defeated Port Charlotte’s Matt Amontree and Ethan Katz 6-0, 6-1 in the rst round and will play Fort Myers in the seminals. Westin won his rst No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-0 over North Fort Myers’ Peter Simon before losing to Ida Baker’s George Diggs 6-4, 6-2 in the seminals. “I think our guys are peaking coming into the tournament,” Charlotte boys coach Tony Balut said. “They’ve done a really good job so far.” Port Charlotte’s No. 1 doubles team of Coogan and Parker Murno took a 6-3, 7-6 rst-round victory over Riverdale’s Edward Pratt and Simon Dunham. Murno, the Pirates’ No. 2 singles player, had a bye the rst round before losing a tight 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 seminal match to Christian Guzman. Port Charlotte has three points and is in fourth place among the seven teams. In girls play, Fort Myers leads with 10 points after the rst day. North Fort Myers has nine, followed by Port Charlotte (6), Charlotte (4) and Ida Baker (4). Charlotte and Port Charlotte each had one player qualify for today’s nals. The Tarpons’ Raffaella Ferretti won her rst-round singles match 6-0, 6-0 over Island Coast’s Amy Gavitt. She then topped North Fort Myers’ Erin Post 6-3, 7-5 in the seminals to earn a nals berth in No. 1 singles. She will take on Fort Myers’ Thandiwe Kangwa in the nals. “I think I played really well today,” Ferretti said.”My serving was the best part of my game and I’ve been steadily improving in that area all season. But I’ve got some tough competition tomorrow (against Kangwa).” Pirates freshman Corrin Bresky will be in the No. 2 singles nals against Fort Myers’ Stephanie Chavez. Bresky had a bye in the rst round before defeating Riverdale’s Meghan Newton 6-0, 6-1 in the seminals. Bresky has a 9-0 season record now and has won all of her matches in just two sets. She came in as the no. 1 seed. In girls doubles action, the Port Charlotte No. 2 doubles team of Bresky and Jasmine Hojding won by a forfeit over Island Coast. Charlotte’s No. 1 doubles team of Ferretti and Rachel Adler also won by a forfeit over Island Coast which didn’t have enough players.DISTRICT 3A-11 TOURNAMENT Boys scores (after rst day): Charlotte 11, Fort Myers 10, Ida Baker 4, Port Charlotte 3, Riverdale 22, North Fort Myers 1, Island Coast 0. Girls teams scores (after rst day): Fort Myers 10, North Fort Myers 9, Port Charlotte 6, Charlotte 4, Ida Baker 4, Riverdale 1, Island Coast 0.CHARLOTTEFROM PAGE 1 SUN PHOTO BY GARY BROWNCharlotte’s Raaella Ferretti prepares to return a shot Thursday against North Fort Myers’ Erin Post during the District 3A-11 tennis tournament. Ferretti won 6-3, 7-5. 13-0, and we won four out of ve singles nals here. “The other girls have stepped it up,” Roach said. “This is the best we’ve played all season.” The only setback for Lemon Bay came at No. 1 singles, where Cape Coral’s Melanie Allen powered past the Mantas’ Sarah Lown 6-0, 6-0. Allen, however, did not play at No. 1 doubles because of another commitment. “As soon as she (Allen) was done, she was on a plane to Miami,” Roach said. Lemon Bay had little trouble with the rest of the singles nals. The Rays’ Victoria Antonova crushed Hardee’s Abby Clark 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2; Stephanie Krisinski smashed Sebring’s Destiny Lewis 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3; Ashley Tormey ripped Hardee’s Cheyenne Pohl 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4; and Shannen Smith over whelmed Cape Coral’s Samantha Smart 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5. In doubles, Lown and Antonova dispatched Sebring’s Ashley Castelli and Alaina Keith 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 1 nal; and Krisinski and Tormey outlasted Hardee’s Clark and Ellie Palmer 6-4. 2-6, 6-0 in the No. 2 nal.Girls tennisDISTRICT 2A11 TOURNAMENT Team scoring: Lemon Bay 27, Hardee 16, Sebring 15, Cape Coral 12, Mariner 5 (tie), Oasis 5 (tie), Avon Park 2 (tie), Lake Placid 2 (tie), DeSoto County 0.MANTASFROM PAGE 1SUN PHOTO BY JEFF GARDENOUR Lemon Bay’s Victoria Antonova, left, congratulates No. 1 doubles partner Sarah Lown after winning a point during Thurs day’s victory against Sebring’s Ashley Castelli and Alaina Keith in District 2A-11 tournament at Sebring High School. PREP SCHEDULETODAY Baseball Lemon Bay at Sebring, 7 p.m. St. Stephens at Imagine, 7 p.m. DeSoto County at Hardee, 7 p.m. Bishop Verot at Port Charlotte, 7 p.m. Softball Booker at Port Charlotte, 6 p.m. Lemon Bay at Sebring, 7 p.m. DeSoto County at Hardee, 7:30 p.m. Track DeSoto County, Lemon Bay, Port Charlotte, Venice girls at Marcus Freeman Invitational (North Port), 3 p.m. Lemon Bay, Venice boys at FSU Invite, TBA Thunder lights up PiratesPORT CHARLOTTE — Trenton Radigan had three hits and the Out-of-Door Academy baseball team scored seven runs in the rst inning as it cruised to a 9-2 victory Thursday at the Pirates Cove in a non-district contest. Three Thunder pitchers combined to shut down the Pirates for their fourth straight win, while all but one player in their starting lineup got at least one hit and scored one run. The Pirates have lost ve of their last six and started an eight-game homestand by having their starting pitcher not get out of the rst inning while wasting opportunities to get back in the game by not delivering with runners on base. Out-of-Door (12-2), a 3A school from Sarasota, seemed at home despite playing well above its classication. The Thunder put the game away in the rst inning with a seven-run rst. Austin Hoppe and Cooper Newlin had RBI doubles, while Park Phillips and Radigan belted RBI singles to chase Port Charlotte starter Corey Brightman after retiring just two batters. Carson Jungers drove in a run on a grounder to second, while Owen Ragsdale drove in another on a elder’s choice during that inning. Port Charlotte (8-9) was able to hang in there, thank to the pitching of freshman Jake Eastman, who pitched four innings and kept the Thunder silent until the fth, when be began to tire. Ragsdale drove in another run in the fth on an RBI single off reliever Matt Colombia, and came home on a wild pitch later in the inning to make it 9-1. “We’ve been swinging the bats well lately. We’re locked in offensively,” said Thunder coach Tim Orlosky. “We’re still working on our approaches, but I’m happy where we’re at right now at the plate.” Ragsdale scored twice and drove in two runs. He also pitched three innings of relief and got the win by virtue of being the pitcher of record in the fth inning. He allowed just one run despite constantly pitching with runners on base. The Pirates loaded the bases with nobody out in the third and sixth innings but only able to score once in each inning. The Pirates stranded 12 runners, seven in the last three innings. “We had our chances to get back in the game. We just didn’t produce. We have to get better,” Port Charlotte coach Bryan Beisner said. “Eastman was pitching down in the zone and getting ground balls and doing the job. But we got down early and couldn’t recover. Grady Wells had two hits and threw out three runners trying to steal behind the plate. Mark Ubelacker drove in a run on a sacrice y in he third. Donovan Petrey drove in the other run in the sixth on a elder’s choice.OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY 9, PORT CHARLOTTE 2Out-of-Door 700 020 0 — 9 10 2 Port Charlotte 001 001 0 2 6 1 Austin Hoppe, Jim Kuebler (3), Owen Ragsdale (5) and Park Phillips. Corey Brightman, Jake Eastman (1), Matt Colom bia (5), Raven Jones (6) and Grady Wells. W: Ragsdale. L: Brightman. Top hitters: Trenton Radigan (ODA) 3-3, run, RBI. Ragsdale 1-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI. 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Serving Punta Gorda and Burnt Store A section of the SUN 16 pages The numbers don’t lie. Punta Gorda has become a biking destination, and you don’t have to look far to nd the evidence. On March 28, avid bikers from all over the country will descend on the city to participate in the Pedal and Play in Paradise ride co-sponsored by TEAM Punta Gorda and the Isles Yacht Club, and it is staged out of Laishley Park. The ride is the signature biking event of the year. From the hum blest of beginnings, it grew to 358 riders in 2011 and has been adding about 75 riders per year ever since. This year’s ride continues that pace. Ride director Steve Johnson said of the number of riders expected, “We’ve had over whelming success this year with registrations. Last year we had 535 riders and we thought, ‘OK, this year we might have 600.’ Right now (March 16), we have 500 registered, and we’re going to blow right through 600. We’ve had as many as 90 sign up the day of the ride depending on the weather.” ON THE GREENS INSIDE PEDAL continued on page 9 PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG HERALDPUNTA GORDA By GORDON BOWERPGH CORRESPONDENTFriday, March 27, 2015 Since 1893 LIKE THE PUNTA GORDA HERALD ON Streets packed for Gallery WalkTournament supports TEAM Punta GordaMock Trial team finds success at states P | 8 P | 14 Tournament P | 16 rfnt nb adno=50481133 adno=50478772 Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times 1975 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda 941-575-7575 Prime Rib on Fridays and Saturdays Reservations recommended. Mon -Thurs & Sun 11 Fri & Sat 11 Tip a Cop Officers in blue and green will be your celebrity waiters and waitresses March 27 4:30-9pm A Fund Raiser for Special Olympics! I)I I \G1 SIlEll AVIERICAS \\1ERIC\S \\1ERICtVSIR)SI'II" 100 BEST _ _ 100 BEST 100 BESTFawcett 21 CLINICAL SI'ECIAL'I'Y CARL: SI'ECIAL'l'YCARE Sl ECIALTY CAREEXCELLENCE'" PULMONARY CORONARY STROKECARE" INTERVENTION" CARE'"2014 2014 2014 2014_ IlLaDi


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USPS 743170 The Sun is published daily by Sun Coast Media Group, Inc., 23170 Harborview Road, Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980-2198. place throughout the day, at Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit St., Punta Gorda. Visit www.pedalandplayinparadise. com for ride options, costs and more information. The Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a free Community Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 41660 Horseshoe Road, Punta Gorda. The event will feature face painting for all ages, games for the kids, rafes, local vendors, The Sno Queen, The Cook Shack, Uncle Roy’s Kettle Corn and the chance to see the sanctuary’s rescued animals. Visit www. for details. Celebrate the Peace River Wildlife Center’s 33rd birthday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway, Punta Gorda. The center’s birthday wishlist includes fresh eggs, paper towels, gallon-size freezer bags with sliders and shelled, un-salted walnuts. For more information, visit http:// The Chocolate Fantasia 7K Night Run, a fun-lled, chocolate-themed running event beneting The Tender Hearts Partnership, will take place at 8:30 p.m. in Punta Gorda. For more information, contact Lisa Heid at 920205-1633 or email, MARCH 29 The Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at History Park, 501 Shreve St. Call 941-639-1887 for details. A matine performance for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra has been scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda. The concert will be part of the CSO’s season-ending salute to the classical music of the Academy Awards. For more information, call 941-205-9743 or visit www. The Charlotte High School Silver King Band is offering its third annual Moonlight Serenade from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 29 at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, 4400 Lister St., Port Charlotte. The evening will feature dinner and dancing, with music performed by the school’s jazz bands. Tickets are $35 per person, or $60 for a couple. For details, call 941-575-5450, ext. 1120, or 941-916-2948.TUESDAY, MARCH 31 “Mozart’s Sister,” a lm made in France in 2011, will be shown at 1 p.m. at Florida Gulf Coast University, Herald Court Centre, 117 Herald Court, Suite 211, Punta Gorda. Tickets are $5. Call 941-5051765 for details. Music will be played from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Gilchrist Park, 400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Call Fred at 941-661-8627 for more information.WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 Registration for The Foot Landing’s free, weekly Pub Run begins at 6 p.m. at the store, 117 Herald Court, Suite 1112, Punta Gorda. Call 941-347-7751 for details.THURSDAY, APRIL 2 An acoustical music session in Gilchrist Park will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the park, 400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. — Compiled by Pamela Staik, pstaik@ What’s Inside TABLE OF CONTENTSBusiness News ........................ 4-7 Community Beat .................. 8-12 40 Years Ago ............................. 12 School Buzz ......................... 13-14 Tarpon Page ............................. 14 Sports ................................... 15-16 Hole-in-ones .............................15As we often write about here at the Sun , the city of Punta Gorda regularly receives accolades for its many amenities that draw attention from visitors, seasonal residents and the community at large. From regattas and shing tournaments to bicycle-friendly pathways and parks, Punta Gorda is a town most are thrilled to call home. Not surprisingly, golf is a contributing factor. Here, the weather is tee-off perfect most of the year, attracting folks of all ages and skills out to the links. Some prefer tournament play and participating in ofcial leagues, while others prefer to play a game with a few pals on lazy summer afternoons. The city is home to two full-length golf courses, St. Andrews South Golf Club and Twin Isles Country Club, as well as three executive-length courses — Seminole Lakes Golf Course, Burnt Store Golf & Activity Club and Blue Heron Pines. Rarely do the greens sit empty. The same could be said of golf courses located on the other side of the Peace River, with courses located throughout the Sun ’s readership areas in Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties. Considering all the places golfers can tee off, it’s easy to see how quickly the Sun runs out of space to print the weekly golf score submissions. For years, the Punta Gorda Herald shared the duty of printing submitted golf scores with the Port Charlotte and Englewood heralds, with each section publishing scores recorded in its own readership area. With the loss of the Port Charlotte and Englewood weeklies, that leaves a lot of golf news to run in the Punta Gorda edition. After weeks of not being able to make the scores t on the page, we decided to take a new approach by only printing hole-in-one submissions. Today (March 27) marks the rst edition of hole-inones printing by themselves — you can nd the list on page 15. Just like in the past, all hole-in-one reports must be emailed to golfscores@ For those wanting to submit a hole-in-one report, please keep in mind that we cannot accept scores in JPEG or PDF format, nor will we be able to accept faxes or drop-off results. If you have any questions, send an email to the golf scores email listed above. Have a great week, Punta Gorda.Hole-in-ones to be printed in PGH Pamela Staik PGH EditorPamela Staik is the editor of the Punta Gorda Herald. Contact her at Submit information about public events to Punta Gorda Herald Editor Pamela Staik via email at pstaik@ or by calling 941-2061125. 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Herald Page 4 Friday, March 27, 2015 PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG business news PUNTA GORDA PHOTO PROVIDEDA ribbon-cutting ceremony took place March 19 at the Turtle Club Coastal Tavern & Claw Bar, 139 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda.Easter is nearly upon us. Can you believe it? Three months of 2015 have passed by already. It doesn't seem 5 minutes ago that the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce was planning its January golf tournament and the Sullivan Street Crafts Fair. The clocks are denitely spinning faster these days around here. This past week, I had a very interesting meeting with a new member who really challenged the relevance of what a chamber does for its membership. Needless to say, they did join the Punta Gorda Chamber for a wide variety of reasons, but my curiosity was piqued by them questioning some of the more traditional functions that most chambers undertake. If you are a business-to-business entity, you have no reason not to be a chamber member, as the networking opportunity will generate leads for you on a constant basis. If your business is one that specializes in offering a service to the public, where can the chamber help? The single answer is shop around to nd the chamber that best ts your needs. Unlike certain parts of Europe, where chamber membership is a compulsory business tax levied by the municipality where the business operates, member ship of a chamber in the United States is totally voluntary. However, each and every chamber has a different personality and scope of work. Now in its 10th year, the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is truly a modern and forward-thinking organization that offers a marketing mix for all ages to benet from. Our written communications via email are all-encompassing and comprehensive. Our social media interface is more fun and light-hearted. Our networking events can certainly never be called boring. "If you are not having fun doing something, don't do it" is a motto we adopted several years ago under the chairmanship of Ron Olsen, and it has stuck. The Punta Gorda Chamber excels at hosting events for the city and supporting others who are doing equally as good a job in bringing new residents and visitors to the city. There is no doubt that, countrywide, a lot of chambers have seen a reduction in membership, and many have folded or operate without any paid employees. Those that have thrived, and I am very pleased to say that the Punta Gorda Chamber is one of them, are those that serve to inform their community with relevance. Business-to-business support is a very powerful social networking tool. There is an energy that emanates through the chamber staff, board of directors and membership that leads to a renewed sense of purpose and success for the business community There is no better time than now to get your chamber training wheels out and give us a whirl. The initial investment in your business is minimal, and you can be sure of a great welcome into a very large family. You will nd that fellow members face the same issues and concerns you do, and all of the members want to help each other out. Call the chamber at 941-639-3720 for additional discussion on how being a chamber member pays off. FSW job fair announcedBetween 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 31, Florida SouthWestern State College is hosting a job fair at its Charlotte County campus, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. If you are looking for employment or are an employer looking to recruit, this would be a great event to attend. Call the chamber for details or visit its website, cutting plannedThe Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce has an upcoming ribbon cutting the public is invited to take part in. At 5:30 p.m. April 2, chamber members will visit Brookdale Punta Gorda Isles, formerly the Sterling House, at 250 Bal Harbor Blvd, Punta Gorda, to welcome its new branding and management company. For more information, call the chamber or visit its website. Jazz lineup announced for 2016 concertIt’s been less than a month since the Wine & Jazz Festival rocked Punta Gorda, and the chamber is already selling tickets to its Feb. 20, 2016, festival. Mindi Abair has conrmed her return for 2016, as has Nick Colionne, who gave an incredible performance this year — and most of it was in the crowd. Rounding off the talent trio this year will be Punta Gorda newcomer Bobbie Caldwell. From blue-eyed soul to pop, R&B and standards, this singer/songwriter will be a great addition to the show. The VIP section is more than 90 percent sold out, so don’t delay in getting your groups and families together for next year’s show. Tickets and additional information about the show can be found on the chamber’s website.The value of chamber membership CONTACT THE CHAMBERFor more information about events listed in this column, contact the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce at 941-639-3720 or visit its website at While on the chamber’s website, don’t forget to sign up for the “Friday Facts” newsletter. John R. Wright PG ChamberJohn R. Wright is president of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. Contact him at jrwright@ adno=50467599 318 Tamiami Trail Unit 213 Punta Gorda, FL 33950 941-621-4372 866-871-1040 For new customers. Valid at participating locations. Cannot be combined with other offers or used to ward past services. One coupon per customer and per return. Other exclusions may apply. Void where prohibited by law. 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Friday, March 27, 2015 Herald Page 5 Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary is having a Community Appreciation Day from 11 am to 4 p.m. March 28 at its facility, located at 41660 Horseshoe Road, Punta Gorda. Make plans to attend so you can meet some wonderful animals, volunteers and enjoy food and beverages. Admission is free. Call 239-543-1130 or visit for more details.Cyclists needed to Pedal and PlayPunta Gorda is becoming quite the destination for avid bicyclists, and locals have the chance to join in on a fun day of bike riding by signing up for the annual Pedal and Play in Paradise event. Set for March 28, the event offers ve bike rides, including a 15-mile, 20-mile and 62-mile ride, as well as a 10-mile Mystery Tour ride and the very popular City Manager’s History Tour. The event is hosted by TEAM Punta Gorda and is part of the Isles Yacht Club’s Leukemia Cup Regatta. To register or nd out more about this event, visit offers matine performance on March 29A special matine performance for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra has been scheduled for 2 p.m. March 29 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda. The concert will be part of the CSO’s season-ending salute to the classical music of the Academy Awards. The regular 7:30 p.m. performance is sold out. For pricing, seating and ticket infor mation, call 941-205-9743 or visit www. offering free admission March 28 Leslee Peth Out and AboutLeslee Peth is the publisher of the Punta Gorda Herald. Contact her at FILE PHOTOSRainbow and Harley say hello. Lilly, a black leopard, has been a resident at Octagon for about 12 years ago. PHOTO PROVIDEDFaith Schreiber, a personal banker with Charlotte State Bank & Trust, stands behind Punta Gorda resident Angie Kellett at the bake sale table set up in the Punta Gorda oce, 2331 Tamiami Trail, on March 13. 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Friday, March 27, 2015 Herald Page 7 Michael W. Landsberg, a partner of Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management, associated with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, in Punta Gorda, was ranked among Barron’s Top Financial Advisors for 2015. This was announced in the weekly magazine’s Feb. 21 issue. Landsberg ranked 68th in the state of Florida. This is the fourth time he has been named by Baron’s. “I’m incredibly honored to be recognized alongside the industry’s leading advisors,” Landsberg stated. “My team and I look forward to helping our clients succeed nancially by building even stronger client relationships in the year ahead.” Winner’s Circle, a Barron’s research organization, produced the rankings based on data provided by more than 4,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. Among the factors considered for the rankings are assets under management, revenue produced for the rm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work. Landsberg has 23 years of experience in the bro kerage industry. He has an undergraduate degree from Babson College and an masters of business administration from the University of Florida. He lives in Port Charlotte with his wife, Jamie, and their three children. Landsberg ranks among top financial advisors in stateProvided by DEB COOPEROPERATIONS DIRECTOR AT LANDSBERG BENNETT PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT Michael W. Landsberg PHOTOS PROVIDEDGraduates from Ultra-Tech Enterprises pose for a photo following the ceremony at Florida Gulf Coast University, Herald Court Centre. In the back row, from left, are Dave Ferguson, general manager; Brian Marchant; Marl Liskey; Paul Benton, owner and president; and Vincent Gizzi. In the middle row, from left, are Joshua Jordon; Penny Chinault; Harry Hyman, the production manager; Jeanne Robbins, the nance manager; Susan Robbins; and Harold Crossley. Kneeling is Charlie Brox, the trainer for the program. Graduates representing SandStar Construction and Arthur Rutenburg Homes are shown here. From left are Paul Thornton, Ph.D. and executive director of continuing educa tion at Florida Gulf Coast University; Jim Sanders, the owner and president of SandStar Construction and Arthur Ruten burg Homes; Mike Mavraganes, Cheryl Vogt; and Charlie Brox, the trainer for the program. LEFT: Posing for a photo following graduation are sta members with the city of Punta Gorda. In the back row, from left, are John Giamanco, human resource manager Phil Wickstrom, Brad Schuette and Dalton Cook. In the middle row, from left, are Alicia Oates, Ricky Platt, City Manager Howard Kunik, Chris Bailey and Je Payne. Kneeling is Charlie Brox, the trainer for the program.Students enrolled in a continuing education program at Florida Gulf Coast University, Herald Court Centre, recently graduated from a class called “Team Building for the Non-supervisor.” The satellite campus is located at 117 Herald Court, Suite 211, Punta Gorda.Graduates celebrate completion of team-building programProvided by CHARLES BROXBROX MOTIVATIONAL SERVICES CAYO COSTA DENTAL FREDERICK J. FOX III, DMD PA State-Of-The-Art Dentistry In Historic Punta Gorda Preventive/Restorative Periodontal Therapy Crown & Bridge Root Canal Therapy Teeth Whitening Nitrous Oxide Available Laser Gum Therapy Extractions Dental Implants Treatment of Halitosis Oral Sedation/Anxiolysis D9230 Children Welcome New & Emergency Patients Welcome 941-575-1446 316 W. Helen Ave., Punta Gorda ( 3/10 miles S. of Charlotte Harbor on US 41 Southbound) Mon.-Thurs. 8:00-4:00 Fri. 9:00-12:00 Frederick J. Fox III, DMD PA Comprehensive Dental Examination (D0150), Full Mouth X-rays (D0210) and Consultation (D9310) *FREE 5 day whitening kit (D9972) after initial visit of exam, full set of x-rays and recommended cleaning. Does Not Include Panoramic Xray (D0330) and CT Scan (D3260) No cash value. Not to be used with any other offer. Call for details. Expires 3/31/15 $ 99 SPRING NEW PATIENT SPECIAL FOR ADULTS $ 99 SPRING NEW PATIENT SPECIAL FOR CHILDREN Child Examination (D0150), X-rays (D0272 or D0274) and Child Prophy (D1120) Does Not Include Panoramic Xray (D0330) and CT Scan (D3260) New patients only, offer not valid with other discounts. (Please bring coupon). Expires 3/31/15 UP TO 15 YEARS OF AGE FREE IMPLANT CONSULTATION (D0485) Does Not Include Panoramic Xray (D0330) and CT Scan (D3260) New patients only, offer not valid with other discounts. (Please bring coupon). Expires 3/31/15 0% financing with approved credit. No credit check financing available adno=50481060 .1


Herald Page 8 Friday, March 27, 2015 PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG COMMUNITY BEATPUNTA GORDA The March 19 Gallery Walk was lled with music, good food, beautiful art and volunteers for local organizations who were trying to solicit funds and awareness for their programs. Gallery Walks take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. The next event is planned for April 16.Gallery Walk packs downtown streets Volunteers from the Back Pack Kidz were out in full force during Gallery Walk to solicit donations for the program, which aims to ll the tummies of local, hungry children. RIGHT: Karen Davis displays her works for sale during Gallery Walk. LEFT: Doug Currier and his wife, Christine, who is not pictured, are from the Peace River Regional AACE Car Club. Here, Dougstands by their vintage Volkswagen bus, which was painted by Drew Walker. From the Tamiami Sound Barbershop Quartet Sweet Adelines are Barb Almli, Jannis Williams, Claire Kelly and Judy Hoewischer. The group serenaded the diners at Jacks on Marion during Gallery Walk. RIGHT: Dining al fresco at Italia during Gallery Walk are Betsy Spando, Judy Poirier and Bob Brandt. Visual Arts Center board member Mary Cavanagh promoted the Peace River NationalArt Festival, which was heldMarch 21-22, during Gallery Walk. Bruce Trewyn of Copper Creations makes his art from recycled copper parts. He is a newcomer to the third Thursday Gallery Walk. Donnell Bates PhotojournalistDonnell Bates is a freelance photographer. Contact her at PHOTOS BY DONNELL BATESFriday, March 27, 2015 Herald Page 9 Join the funWhen: March 28; registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m.; rides follow throughout the day; helmets required. Where: Laishley Park waterside pavilions, 100 Nesbit St., Punta Gorda. Rides: 15, 30, 62 miles, plus shorter Mystery Ride Tour and City Manager’s Tour. Cost: $45 day-of for the morning rides; 1 p.m. City Manager’s Tour $20 (plus $10 for those who want to arrive early and eat lunch) and free to those registering for morning rides. Freebies with ride: breakfast, lunch, snacks, T-shirts (supply and sizes may be limited for day-of regis trants, craft beer from Fat Point Brewing and sampler at the brewery tasting room after the ride). Park: Charlotte County Justice Center, area side streets and unposted lots; those living nearby should bike to Laishley; no all-day parking in Laishley Crab House parking lot. On the Web: for ride departure times, more information and testimonials. Benefits: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and local cycling initiatives. Those kinds of numbers bring economic benets to the city. Those bikers spend money here, and many stay a night or two in city hotels. TEAM follows home cities of registrants closely and found 61 percent of the riders in 2013 were from Punta Gorda or Charlotte County. The rest were from Southwest Florida, other areas of Florida and out of state. Some wisely choose to arrive a day early and enjoy the local amenities in order to avoid a long, early morning drive. The reasons for the ride’s popularity are numerous. A beautiful waterfront venue in a charming small town with warm weather helps, but the quality of the ride itself is the big draw. It offers something for all skill levels. Rides are offered from 15 miles to 62 miles with no mass starts. The popular Mystery Tour stays in town, as does the City Manager’s History Tour, an informative ride with Howard Kunik that leaves after lunch. All the routes are well-staged and marked, and your registration gets you freebies like breakfast, lunch, a T-shirt for early registration and free craft beer from Punta Gorda’s own Fat Point Brewing. Johnson’s take on the ride’s success is, “I think it’s the enthusiasm people have about bike riding; we’re lling a need. That’s No. 1. No. 2, we’re putting on a high-quality event. And No. 3, we have great volunteers — 15 hard-working committee people and 114 volunteering the day of the event. It’s a community-building experience.” Pedal and Play maintains a wonderful website at www. on the ride, thanks to contractor/volunteer Dotti Vaivoda and volunteer Terri Hoagland, so there’s no need to belabor the ride details here. Be sure to check out the videos, especially the one on the Mystery Ride Tour, which is being talked about all over town. One addition to the ride this year is a video competition. Riders can make a video of their experience and share it on YouTube. Email the link to Team@ to compete for prizes. Another is a photo spot where a picture of you and your group can be taken to remember the day. Only residents who have lived here for more than 10 years know how far we‘ve come from those dark days after Hurricane Charley, when seeing a cyclist was a novelty and being one was dangerous. 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Herald Page 10 Friday, March 27, 2015 Hundreds of partygoers spent the afternoon and evening celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at various locations in Punta Gorda. Patrons at the Ice House and the Celtic Ray pubs listened to music, drank beer and enjoyed March 17 while wearing their best green ensembles. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Punta Gorda Sue Paquin PhotojournalistSue Paquin is a freelance photographer. Contact her at HERALD PHOTOS BY SUE PAQUINJustin and Camila Ward enjoy a cold pint of beer at the Ice House Pub. Dede Stuart and Diane Flint were ready to party on St. Patrick’s Day. LEFT: Enjoying the entertainment at the Ice House Pub are Tom Uhlich, Jackie Krohn and Roger and Jane Dickinson All decked out in their green for St. Patrick’s Day are Gladys Yankowsky, Kathleen Bailey and Barb Brown. BELOW: Enjoying an afternoon of shenanigans at the Celtic Ray are, in front, Natalie Ruland, Dorothy Hubbard and Gordon Clay, and in back, Dr. Kevin DeSantis, Janet Lightfoot, Jeremy Streing and Josh O’Sullivan. LEFT: Settling down outside the Ice House Pub to enjoy music are Melanie Andrews with Jacob, 1; Gina Smith with 4-month old Jesse Jr.; and Melissa Mills with 9-month-old Abraham. Ave and KJ Sughrue relax and enjoy the music outside of the Celtic Ray. Mike Colgan pours a beer at the Celtic Ray. LEFT: Glowing shamrock glasses were one of the many green items worn by the hundreds of partiers in downtown Punta Gorda on St. Patrick’s Day. Here, Ricki and John Markle, Daniel Sadey and April Santos take a break at the Ice House Pub. For subscript ions, please call 941-206-1300 To have one of our market ing specialists help develop your advert ising campaign call: 941-2056402 adno=50481216 Health Life Auto Financial Service PRIVILEGED TO HELP. Kathy Nash, Agent 3691 Tamiami Trail Punta Gorda, FL 33950 941-637-6001 Located in Punta Gorda. Call TODAY for Special Rates! Get to a better State. Get State Farm. State Farm Home Office, Bloomington, IL adno=50478790 UNWe've ofAmerica's REST Community DailyNEWS for you...Charlotte Sun_ II \ \111 I I\II ItAI '. anlSUN ,ji"iCharlotte Sun North Port Sun:,JEnglewood Sun;,ERA LaGO ,JyvIGARCADIAN/ItHOME&GARDEN Feeling FitAvg*


Friday, March 27, 2015 Herald Page 11 “If you’re looking to write and get direction, this class is excellent.” Bill Taylor is referring to the “Success Camp for Writers,” a class offered through the Renaissance Academy at Florida Gulf Coast University, Herald Court Centre, 117 Herald Court, Unit 211, Punta Gorda. The 10-week course is designed to “help you get your writing project rolling” and teach you “how to wrap up your project with a literary bow.” Nancy Staub, the program director in Punta Gorda, considers this one of the site’s signature programs. “This popular class helps students bond,” she said. “Helping immerse them in every possible way is what instructor James Abraham does so well.” Dennis Kirk, who writes a regular newspaper column, said he had always talked about writing a book, and when he saw this series of classes come up he signed up. “It made me focused and on track to do it,” he said. Abraham, an award-winning former journalist, editorial writer, book critic and founder of Book-Broker Publishing, now focuses his energy on helping other aspiring writers “nd their voice — par ticularly in the long form of literature.” According to Abraham, many amateur or even professional writers want to write a book, but don’t really know what they want to do — or have a clear idea of how to get there. “There are specic tools they can use to accomplish their goals,” Abraham said. The classes are available as a package of 10, a package of ve or individual sessions. Topics addressed include “Getting Started,” “Setting Goals,” “Character Development,” “Dialogue,” “Romance,” “Environment,” “Selling One’s Work,” “Plot and Pacing,” “Conict” and “Endings.” Abraham uses examples of wellknown books and movies to illustrate the class topics, teaching the students to use the elements covered in the sessions just as those familiar authors did. One of the most unusual — and valuable — elements of this class is the instructor’s private, weekly, one-on-one sessions with students, giving each student 30 minutes of personal contact, coaching and input on the books they are currently writing. Student Jonathan Fry said the one-onone is the most helpful part. “I would recommend this class to any writer looking for good ideas and critique,” he said. Class participant Roger Strahan said, “I’ve done a lot of technical writing — tell (them) what you’re going to tell (them), and then re-tell (them). Now that I’m retired, I want a chance to tell stories that have been banging around in my head for years.”FGCU class designed for aspiring writersProvided by CAROL BRUYERESPECIAL TO THE PGH PHOTOS PROVIDEDJames Abraham, the instructor for “Success Camp for Writers,” discusses plot and pacing with his students. Students take notes during a recent writing class taught by James Abraham. 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Herald Page 12 Friday, March 27, 2015 Excerpts from 40 years ago Punta GordaDo you remember when?FROM OUR ARCHIVES Janine Smith 40 Years AgoJanine Smith writes about Punta Gorda’s historic past. Contact her at janinehs1@ The following excerpts are from the Daily Herald-News from March 22, 1975, through March 28, 1975:Dreams are possible hereEach man must have dreams. For thousands, that dream has materialized in Charlotte County, where the fulllment is strong in direct contrast to other areas where shattering of fantasy is certain. Any deciencies here are more than balanced in the good intentioned by those with foresight and expertise. This also goes for those who have learned that history provides apt lessons both for the present as well as for the future. We have a great asset — this area is new and growing. Charlotte has clean air, sunshine and an ideal climate. It has vast expanses of water, both for drinking and recreation. The county has a solid nancial underpinning. Charlotte has a workable mix of young and old. They are increasingly aware of the needs and heritage of Southwest Florida. Bolstering this knowledge are institutions concerned with government, law and education. The news staff at the Daily HeraldNews is partly composed of individuals who have left environments that included grime, slums, high taxes and the mad swirl of an urban area. We have almost everything under the sun, and we will and must try to keep it that way. The future in Charlotte County is ours if we plan here and now.Charlotte rooms fill as tourists move inIndications are that the Easter holiday tourist season may break all records. A quick poll at area motels show that Charlotte County is reaping some of the benets. “People are anxious to have fun in the sun,” said John Sorel, manager of the Port Charlotte Ramada Inn. Both Holiday Inn and Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge in Punta Gorda have had to turn people down requesting reservations. All ages of people are taking vacations.Trees of Southwest FloridaAt the March meeting of the Charlotte Bay Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, the guest speaker was Stephen Spzia from the Department of Forestry. He presented a program on the trees and shrubs in Southwest Florida. Spzia said trees and shrubs serve a three-fold purpose: they provide shel ter, provide a screen from the wind and sun, and they beautify the land. There are 380 species of trees in this area. The Florida state tree is the cabbage palm, and the best owering tree in this area is the magnolia.Citizens speak out in garbage talkSnowbirds, mobile home residents and those from small households voiced their opposition to a mandatory garbage collection system. The system is based on a at-rate fee and without an “escape clause” for those who could not absorb the expected added cost of the collection. More than 225 residents attended the Chamber of Commerce’s public forum in preparation for a public hearing. A basic gripe of those who spoke was that nancing the collection through a at rate was unfair. Quite a few people are only winter residents. For the 19th year in a row, members and friends of the Punta Gorda Boat Club participated in a cleanup program at Ponce de Leon Park on March 14. The group also spent time cleaning up Shreve Street before meeting back at the park for a picnic.PG Boat Club takes part in cleanup efforts Sue Paquin PhotojournalistSue Paquin is a freelance photographer. Contact her at HERALD PHOTOS BY SUE PAQUINRIGHT: Bob Bass, visiting from Akron, Ohio, helps his friends, Tom Amatucci and Sharon Rodgers, members of the Punta Gorda Boat Club, with the cleanup at Ponce de Leon Park. RIGHT: Ava, Eric and Danielle Pawelski made the cleanup a family project. Punta Gorda Boat Club members Bruce and Leo Weisgerber picked up numerous cigarette butts and drink bottles. Paul Cleveland carries away a large waterlogged piece of wood. 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Friday, March 27, 2015 Herald Page 13 Barbara Simo remembers the rst time she met her future husband, Wally. “I was a kid, and he was playing in a band,” she said. “My girlfriend and I went out to get pizza. There was a bar next door. We peeked in, and the band was playing. I was 17. We lied about our ages, and we ordered pizza and beer. “He knew the girl I was with. He came over to chat. That was it.” That was a time ago in Chicago. Later in Punta Gorda, after logging countless hours behind the steering wheel of a truck, and probably just as many blowing sax and clarinet, Wally decided he wanted to do something. He decided he wanted to donate his instruments and all his musical equip ment to the Charlotte High School Silver King Band. He did just that back in December. A few days later, he died of cancer. “It was a bucket-list item for him,” Barbara Simo said. In a letter of thanks written in January, Paul A. Montanari, director of bands for Charlotte High School, wrote: “I have not had the pleasure of getting to know Wally except for one brief meeting, but I have heard many wonderful stories about him in recent weeks. His love of music is evident in the way that he touched so many lives through it. I am amazed to learn how many of the people that I know were acquainted with him, yet I had just met him. His donation to our students has ensured that his legacy will live on.” Wally was 86 when he died on Christmas Eve. He and Barbara would have been married 64 years in February. He drove a truck for Sears before they retired to Punta Gorda in 1996. According to his obituary, he “created and led the Top Hats Swing Band, which for many years played in Charlotte County, including Fishermen’s Village and various country clubs and yacht clubs.” He was a lifelong musician who learned to play at the urging of his single mother. She was working as a librarian and a caterer and wanted to keep him off the streets. “She worked two jobs to keep him off the streets,” Barbara said. “He had aunts who helped raise him, so he was always surrounded by a lot of love and a lot of music.” As an adult, he “always had a night job either playing in a band or he had a band.” Barbara said his donation was worth about $9,000. It included an alto sax, a tenor sax, a clarinet, stands, stand lights, a variety of sound equipment and an extensive music library. The donation means “another student has an oppor tunity to participate,” said Montanari, in his fourth year as Charlotte High’s band director. “There’s a cost factor in obtaining instruments,” Montanari continued. “Wally’s instruments are already in the hands of students. The program is expanding, and we’re always in need of instruments in working condition.” Barbara, who has a son, Bill, and two grandchildren, said Wally “loved kids. And they loved him.” According to his obituary, he died in the belief “young people should have an opportunity to play music.” Giving the young musicians at Charlotte High that chance was an opportunity he did not miss.Simo’s music was a passion, now a legacy Rusty Pray PGH CorrespondentRusty Pray is a freelance correspondent. Contact him at HERALD PHOTO BY RUSTY PRAYBarbara Simo, with her dog, Samson, described her late husband, Wally, as “cheerful, full of fun. He liked to party. He was a popular person. People liked Wally.” PHOTO PROVIDEDWally Simo donated three horns and all of his musical equipment to the Charlotte High School band just before passing away in December. On Dec. 24, when Mikehla Hicks was promoted to the rank of the captain in the Civil Air Patrol, she earned a distinct honor. She became the youngest captain in the Florida Wing — and possibly the nation. Less than 2 percent of cadets in the CAP program attain the rank. Since joining Charlotte County Composite Squadron FL-051 in 2012, Hicks’s CAP career has skyrocketed. Still undecided about her future, she nonetheless has developed a solid foundation for her future. In a little more than two years, her achievements in the squadron are very impressive — instructor at the Curry Award School; cadet assistant to the camp commander at the 2014 Camp Blanding Summer Encampment; and qualied for Urban Direction Finder, Flight Line Marshaler and Aircraft Ground Handling. Hicks is currently the deputy cadet commander of FL-051. An eighth-grader at Punta Gorda Middle School, Hicks, 14, is an honor student in math and science. When she enters high school, she will add English to that list. “I have been taking ying lessons with Jim (Kaletta) in his Bonanza,” she said. “I have 60-plus hours of ight time. I want to get my license when I turn 16 years old.” Hicks said she travels the country attending functions that will allow her to gain valuable experience in her CAP career. “In April, I will be going to the Sun ‘n Fun (Fly-In) Lakeland Air Show,” she said. In May, cadets in her age group will attend the 2015 National Conference and Command Council’s August meeting, a three-day seminar in Orlando. Two days of the conference are set aside for additional professional development opportunities at the pre-conference workshops. Workshops usually include the Public Affairs Ofcer Academy, Cessna G-1000 Ground School and the Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation Portable. The GIIEP is a portable receiver capable of absorbing a variety of visual and written data, which will enhance CAP's ability to respond to disaster situations. “Day one is usually orientation and getting acquainted,” Hicks said. “Days two and three are the classes that also focus on leadership. We have mentors in the classes with us. I want to go to another encampment as well. You are tested on everything you’ve learned since being in CAP. It’s an aggressive learning system.” Hicks’s dream is attending the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual y-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Both the CAP and the EAA will provide training for the cadets to assist at the show. Individuals will work in several sections, including the ight line and exhibits. Cadets will be taught techniques of aircraft marshaling and electronic direction nding. “You have to be a minimum of 16 to go to the air show,” she said. “It is 20 times bigger than the show in Punta Gorda. That’s where you earn the blue beret after you have completed the courses.” Florida Wing 5 Deputy Cmdr. Lt. Col. 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Herald Page 14 Friday, March 27, 2015 Many high students are undecided on what career path to take after graduation, but not Jonathan Skavroneck. He has always wanted to be a lawyer. “I knew it’s what I wanted since seventh-grade,” Skavroneck, an 18-yearold senior at Charlotte High School, said. “I am preparing myself now. I am an intern with the McCrory Law Firm. The areas I most enjoy are civil law and international law.” Preparation is the key word. That is why Skavroneck and seven other CHS students were part of the team representing the school in the 16th annual Twentieth Judicial Court High School Mock Trial Competition. The two-day event was held at the Charlotte County Justice Center, 350 E. Marion Ave., Feb. 20-21. The Tarpon team battled in the courtroom against teams from Lee and Collier counties. Four CHS Team members won individual awards — Anna Taillon, $500 for best attorney-plantiff; Tamra Crystal, $500 for best witness-plantiff; Sergio Albarracin, $250 for best opening argument in the nal round; and Jonathan Skavroneck, $250 for best closing argument in the nal round. Taillon said the case involved Harper Sanders suing Everglade Computers, Inc., and Chartech Tech Service, Inc., for invasion of privacy. “All the names of individuals and companies are ctitious of course,” she said. “It’s a very complex case. We had to prepare both sides.” Taillon, 17, a senior at CHS, said she took a law class as a sophomore and it sparked her interest. “I anticipate a career in law,” she said. “I will be attending New College of Florida in Sarasota, then on to law school.” Mike Riley, the spokesperson for Charlotte County Public Schools, said the event was a real-life experience for the students. “If they are thinking about a career in law, this is priceless,” he said. “Many people don’t get this opportunity. Who knows, we may have the next Clarence Darrow right here in Charlotte County.” When the case was nished, the CHS students walked away with rst place. It is only the second time that CHS has moved on to the state championships, which were held March 5-7 in Orlando. David Riley, advisor for Charlotte High School’s Mock Trial Team, said the team took third place at the state competitions. Taillon was among the top three awarded best attorney and Crystal was in the top three for best witness. “It was unbelievable,” David Riley said. “Last year we ended up in fth place. We did not face the rstand second-place winners. It was just the way we were matched up in the competition.” He added, “The sad part is they are all seniors on the team, and I will be losing them next year.”Tarpons succeed at local, state competition in Mock Trial Al Hemingway PGH CorrespondentAl Hemingway is a freelance writer. Contact him at alhemingway3@ PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG TARPON PAGE PUNTA GORDA Tarpon students give back through Leo ClubBy LAISSA CAIDORCHS JUNIORParticipating in service hours is a great way to give back to the community. Many clubs at Charlotte High School serve the community, and one of them is the Leo Club. One way the Leo Club helped the community this school year was by orchestrating a canned-food drive to feed the hungry during the holidays. “This can food drive is to help the community and give them some food for the holidays,” said Cheyenne Helfrich, a junior at CHS. The Leo Club offers the food drive every year. Several people bring in canned food for the drive so the club can donate it to the less fortunate. “We would usually take the cans that are not damaged, perishable, not outdated and something that’s lling and edible,” said Rachelyn Riley, a member of the Leo Club. The Leo Club’s mission for this particular drive was to help everyone in the community have a greater holiday feast.Beyond the classroom: Tarpons learn more about two science teachersBy JACQUELINE VAN DER MEULENCHS JUNIORAlthough students spend a consider able amount of their time with teachers at Charlotte High School, most students do not know the rst thing about their teachers from a personal level. Mario Iorda and Lynn Nelson, both science teachers at Charlotte High, recently discussed their personal lives. Nelson enjoys playing bridge, tennis and reading. He also used to y radio-controlled model airplanes and was a licensed Coast Guard captain. “I used to sail for 25 years, so I was a very experienced sailor,” he said. “I sailed my boat from Ohio to Florida.” Iorda mentioned his habit of keeping his belongings tidy. “Everything has to have its place, although sometimes it doesn’t look it on my desk. I like things organized,” he said. One person’s habit may be somebody else’s pet peeve. Students who misbehave bugged both of the teachers. “When students are talking when I’m talking, that’s always a pet peeve,” Iorda commented. Nelson said, “If they put the effort in, then I’ll help them as much as I can, but if they don’t want to put the effort in, then I’m not very pleased with them.” As teenagers, both Nelson and Iorda enjoyed much of the same activities as CHS students. 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Friday, March 27, 2015 Herald Page 15 All hole-in-one reports must be emailed to golfscores@sun-herald. com. JPEG or PDF submissions will not be accepted. BURNT STORE GOLF & ACTIVITY CLUB On Feb. 16, Marg MacDougall aced Pelican 5. On Feb. 20, Tom Willer aced Heron 4. MAPLE LEAF GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB On Jan. 5, Bob Lambiase aced Hole No. 2. On Jan. 13, Brenda Flagler aced Hole No. 13. On Jan. 22, Len Turner aced Hole No. 3. On Jan. 22, Ed Mousseau aced Hole No. 2. On Jan. 27, Bill Barker aced Hole No. 11. On Jan. 29, Angie Souza aced Hole No. 2. RIVERWOOD GOLF CLUB On March 20, Kathy McGreal aced Hole No. 13 from 114 yards with a 7 hybrid. The hole-in-one was witnessed by Julie Rossi, Ginger Haythorn and Sue Hogan. On March 17, Irene Proyect aced Hole No. 13 from 97 yards with a pitching wedge. The hole-in-one was witnessed by Donata Eggers and Veronica Bouvier. On Feb. 22, Jack Sortor aced Hole No. 16 from 108 yards with a pitching wedge. The hole-in-one was witnessed by Marcia Sortor, Rosemary See and Carl Speroni. — Compiled by Pamela Stail, | HOLEINONE NOTES There was no full moon when the Charlotte High School Tarpons hosted Bishop Verot High School on March 16, yet several strange things happened that contributed to the team’s 6-4 loss. A pickoff throw to second with nobody covering ended up in center eld. A pitcher forgot to cover rst on a grounder to the rst baseman. Plus, there were several ground balls that the Tarpon inelders let the ball play them. There were six ground balls to the Bishop Verot shortstop as the Tarpons continued to try and pull the outside pitches from Vikings’ starter Bryce Glasson. Rather than go with the pitch to the right side and advance the runners, Charlotte made the Vikings shortstop look like a hall of famer. The rst three hitters in coach Wayne Harrell’s lineup were leading the team in batting average but collectively went just 1-10. That hit came in the seventh inning. The bottom of the order went 3-6, producing all of the Tarpon runs. “We didn’t throw strikes early and walked too many guys. We missed too many signs. We tried to drive the ball rather than go the other way with it, too. Hunter (Grosklas) did a nice job out there and threw strikes — he pitched well tonight,” Harrell said. James Barnes scored the rst Charlotte run in the second when he was hit by a pitch with two outs. He stole second and rode home on D’Andre Hicks’ base knock. In the fourth, trailing 5-1, it was Barnes’ double that plated Dustin Thomas who was safe on a one-out error. Billy Rietter, the starting hurler for the Tarpons, struggled on the mound as the leadoff hitter in each of the rst three innings got on base. All three of those leadoff hitters scored. Hunter Grosklas took the hill to start the fourth, trailing 5-1. The freshman threw just 47 pitches and pitched more than the nal four innings. “My curve was working pretty well tonight,” he said. Grosklas gave up a bad hop single in the fth, but he was erased on a 6-4-3 double play. The only run off of Grosklas came in the seventh inning, and was unearned due to two errors. Another 6-4-3 double play ended the inning. It looked like the Charlotte JV baseball team was going to pull out a come-frombehind win over Bishop Verot in the seventh inning. Everything was set up for the win with the tying runs in scoring position and no outs. Plus, the Tarpons with the secondand third-highest batting averages were coming to bat. The Tarpons knocked Vikings’ starter Glasson out of the game in the seventh inning after Barnes and Hicks led off the inning with walks. Those two speedsters were on base on ve of their six at bats. The Vikings led 6-2 at the time. Clayton Toth followed with a single that easily scored Barnes to cut the Viking lead to 6-3. Barnes said, “I thought we were going to come back and win, especially with the hitters we had coming up.” Leadoff hitter Chris Naskale is the Tarpons’ leading hitter with a .500 average. He got his rst hit of the night when he drilled a long double over the center eld er’s head to score Hicks. With Toth on third and Naskale representing the tying run on second, Garrett Dunson came to bat. Dunson has the third-highest aver age on the team, hitting at a .371 clip. Things looked good for the Tarpons, who just needed a hit to tie the game. Dunson grounded out with the runners unable to advance. Jimmy Garand, who is second on the team with a .387 average, came to the plate. Garand hit a major-league pop up that was caught for the second out. Scott LeMaster, the Tarpon clean-up hitter, stepped up to the plate in search of his rst hit of the night. He worked the count to 3-2. The crowd was quiet as the pitcher delivered the payoff pitch. LeMaster fouled off the pitch as the crowd held its breath for the next pitch. LeMaster took a swing and missed.Tarpons fall 6-4 against Bishop Verot Steve Knapp Sports WriterSteve Knapp is a sports writer and photographer. Contact him at HERALD PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPPCharlotte High School’s second baseman Ben Kamberg was breaking for second on a steal attempt. PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG PG SPORTS Ian K. Sample MBA , CFP CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional 1777 Tamiami, Trl. #304, Pt. Charlotte, FL 33948 www. K ANE -F INANCIAL . COM adno=50476277 We do not give tax or legal advice. Consult your own tax or legal professional for these matters. Pa yments based on the claims paying ability of the insurance carrier. We are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any government agenc y. This is an educational program only and there is no cost or obligation. 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Herald Page 16 Friday, March 27, 2015 TEAM Punta Gorda held its 10th annual golf tournament on March 21 at St. Andrews South Golf Club, 1901 Deborah Drive, Punta Gorda. More than 100 golfers participated in the event, which was in memory of Judy Brentano. For more information, visit off for TEAM Punta Gorda HERALD PHOTOS BY DONNELL BATESBrian Dooley, the assistant golf pro at St. Andrews South Golf Club, gives a few tips to the golfers as they make their way through the course. ON THE COVER: Teammates Mark Whitcher, Mark Dossey, George Olp and Ken Hank hope the outts their wives dressed them in bring them good luck during the golf tournament. RIGHT: Jill and Chad McCrory golfed in support of TEAM Punta Gorda on March 21. ABOVE: Gathered at hole No. 14 are St. Andrews South Golf Club’s golf pro Charlie Priest, St. Andrews’ business manager Sue Garand, ReneRobertand Mark Katz. LEFT: Gregory Lambert, Loren Ben and Michele and John Yancey pose for a photo behind hole sponsor signs for the tour nament. BELOW: Dressed in pink in memory of Judy Brentano are golfers Lin Schepperly, Carol Kerr, Bobbi Crane and Kathy des Enfants. Dave Callin and Jon Colleen head out to the links for the 10th annual golf tournament. Diane Hart, Mike Martin, Patty Hamilton and Dave Paulson prepare for a day on the greens. Donnell Bates PhotojournalistDonnell Bates is a freelance photographer. Contact her at With their Hawaiian attire, it was hard to deny Joyce Dye, Laura Ferrell, Donna Flagg and Dianne Gorman were having a great time on the golf course. LEFT: Posing for a photo are Vin Aurelio, golf tournament chair for TEAM Punta Gorda; Ed Bouton; Susan Miller; Vic Poitras and acting TEAM Punta Gorda historian Marilyn Thomas. adno=50467735 adno=50478913 TAYLOR FUNERAL and Cremation Services L arry Now Available to you 24 hrs A Day At Your Convenience Old Fashioned Service at a Price You Can Afford 1515 Tamiami Trl, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 (941) 833-0600 2002-2014 Don’t be Puzzled when a Death Occurs! $100.00 OFF of any Pre-Arranged Funeral or Cremation. THE CIRCUSi.s conni,kcj to ?utEo. Gordo!!eV /"Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages!" Friday, April 10thCome and see performers from around the 7.00pmworld. death-defying stunts, and a 19-piece Tickets $10-$20band. Popcorn, cotton candy, free pony rides,a human cannonball, and more! An evening of 1st United Methodistexciting entertainment the whole family will 507 West Marion Avenueenjoy! Punta Gorda, FL 33950BOX OFFICE (941)322-7276WWW.1STCLASSCONCERTS.COM-w


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Page 6 Fishing the canals ......................................................................................... Page 6 The real backcountry ...................................................................................... Page 6 Oases in the ocean’s desert ........................................................................... Page 8 The art of faking it ...................................................................................... Page 10 The mighty silver king ................................................................................. Page 12 Redfish: From trash to treasure ................................................................... Page 14 Do you need a license to go fishing? ........................................................... Page 14 Seeing spots and loving it ........................................................................... Page 16 The incredible, edible shrimp ...................................................................... Page 16 My, what big teeth you have ......................................................................... Page 17 Area map ..................................................................................... Starts on Page 18 Tackle to get the job done ........................................................................... Page 19 The well-dressed angler .............................................................................. Page 21 Hiring a ‘pro-fish-onal’ guide ...................................................................... Page 23 No hook, no fish .......................................................................................... Page 26 The man in the brown suit .......................................................................... Page 26 News flash: Big fish eat little fish ................................................................ Page 28 Learning to speak the language .................................................................... Page 30 Everyone line up ......................................................................................... Page 30 Fun with flatfish .......................................................................................... Page 31 When is high tide? ...................................................................................... Page 32 Don’t get snappy with me ........................................................................... Page 32 Los mackerel de espaa .............................................................................. Page 32 Conservation: It’s your choice ...................................................................... Page 33 Red tide: Blecch! ......................................................................................... Page 34 Wait — how many tails? ............................................................................. Page 34 Down here at the bait shop ......................................................................... Page 35 The perfect fishing boat .............................................................................. Page 36 Floating a plan ............................................................................................ Page 37 Here comes Flipper ..................................................................................... Page 38 That sinking feeling .................................................................................... Page 38 The fish so nice we catch ‘em twice ............................................................. Page 39 Rust: The eternal enemy ............................................................................. Page 39 The right way to let ‘em go ............................................................................ Page 40 From the water to the table ........................................................................ Page 41 Abandon ship temporarily .................................................................... Page 42 Hey there, Mr. Whiskers .............................................................................. Page 43 When is a jack not a jack? ........................................................................... Page 43 The ever-changing law and you .................................................................. Page 44 What’s that fish jumping? ........................................................................... Page 45 The musician in your canal .......................................................................... Page 45 Are you a safe boater? ................................................................................. Page 46 Real-life bridge trolls .................................................................................. Page 47 A thief in convict stripes .............................................................................. Page 47 When is high tide? 17 Marine ...............................................................................................47 A Silent Sports Outfitter .........................................................................39 Abel’s Marine ............................................................................. 26, 43, 47 Anglers Dream Deep Sea Fishing ...........................................................44 Camp Bow Wow .....................................................................................34 Cape Haze Marina ........................................................................ 7, 43, 45 Captain Ted’s Tackle ................................................................................31 Charlotte County Seawalls, Inc ...............................................................23 Charlotte RV Storage ..............................................................................44 Cook’s Sportland ....................................................................................19 Davis Marine Repair ...............................................................................43 Fine Bait & Tackle ...................................................................................37 Fishermen’s Village Marina .....................................................................33 Fishin’ Frank’s Bait & Tackle ......................................................................9 Freedom Boat Club .................................................................................42 Gasparilla Marina ....................................................................... 43, 45, 48 Gasparilla Marina Service Center ............................................................38 Gator Creek Marine ................................................................................46 Ingman Marine ........................................................................................3 Kleen All Boats .......................................................................................32 Marine Contracting Group ................................................................ 36, 44 MarineMax ............................................................................ 13, 43, 45, 47 Nav-A-Gator ...........................................................................................45 Outdoor Republic ...................................................................................35 Palm Island Marina ................................................................................11 Peter’s Knife Shop ..................................................................................40 Pier One Yacht Sales ...............................................................................21 Pineapple Storage ..................................................................................30 Roy’s Trailer Country ...............................................................................41 Seams To Be Upholstery ................................................................... 40, 45 Stump Pass Marina ...................................................................... 5, 43, 45 SUP Englewood ......................................................................................15 The Boat House Port Charlotte ................................................... 17, 45, 47 Top Notch Marine Canvas & Upholstery .................................................45 Two Fish Inn ...........................................................................................43 Underwater Fish Light ..................................................................... 28, 45 Waterside Grill .......................................................................................45 ADVERTISER INDEXEvery sherman, no matter how expert he may be, starts out knowing nothing. All that he knows he had to learn, either from someone else’s experience or from his own. Good shermen do both. They study what other anglers do (and don’t do). They talk to other shermen and try to sift out the truths from the “exaggerations.” They read about new techniques and products. Then they take all of this raw information and apply it to their particular style of shing. Some things work, some don’t. Obviously, they keep what succeeds, but the best of them also keep the failures in the backs of their minds. They know that a failure may have been a success with one more key bit of informa tion. So they le it away — just in case that bit of info comes along. This is not a one-time thing. It’s constant: There’s always something new to know, if you’re paying attention. A shing education is neverending, especially in a place as vast as greater Charlotte Harbor. Within our backyard estuary, there are 270 square miles of water and some 1,400 miles of shoreline. There are 255 docu mented sh species living in those waters, and probably at least as many that show up inci dentally. If you’re planning to learn it all, you’d better get on it. Actually, scratch that — it’s an impossible task. No one knows all there is to know about shing here. If you think about it, that’s really a fantastic thing. It means no matter how much experience you have on the water and no matter how many times you go shing on the Harbor, there’s always something new for you to try. Embrace the truth: You’ll always be a student. But the ip side of that is that once you start learning, there are always new students coming in who know less than you. So there’s also plenty of opportunity for you to be a teacher. I enjoy both aspects of this situation. I’ve always loved learning new things and new ways to approach the things I already know. I’m grateful to those who have been my teachers in that process, several of whom are listed at left under the “Fishing Experts” header. Much of what this special guide contains came directly or indi rectly from them. I owe each of them a debt that I can’t repay, because knowledge is priceless. So instead, I’ll have to do the next-best thing: Share that knowledge with others. That’s what this publication is all about. If you’re just begin ning your local shing education, there’s more information here than you can digest in one or two readings. It’s intended to be a reference for you, both now and later. There are some things that won’t make sense until you get some time on the water under your belt. If you’ve got some experience shing Charlotte Harbor and the surrounding waters, you’ll nd a lot of information in here that you agree with — and probably a little that you don’t. As we mature as anglers, each of us develops our own particular style and ways of doing things. The methods described here might not be your methods. That’s OK. Sometimes there are multiple paths to the same destination. Some might have more potholes or take the long way around, though. This is what experimentation is for — nding the paths you prefer. In any event, I’d be willing to bet you’ll nd more than a few useful nuggets in here. I’m always open to new ways of doing things, on and o the water. If you’re familiar with our previous annual shing guides, you’ll notice this one is a little dierent, both in content and in the way it’s presented. That was a conscious decision based on feedback from readers, and hopefully you’ll nd it to be even more user-friendly. Fishing is a lot of fun, but there are some serious aspects every angler needs to be aware of. Our sh stocks are under more pressure than ever before, and some would say the strain is begin ning to show. You’ll nd much of the information in this guide is presented in a way that keeps conservation at the forefront. It’s not done to be a downer — it’s done that way because we need to keep conservation in mind every time we go out on the water. I fell in love with Charlotte Harbor and the surrounding waters years ago. If you haven’t yet, you will. It’s a unique and special place. Each of us has a responsibility to ensure it stays that way. Whether your livelihood depends on it or just your ability to enjoy a fun day of shing, you’ve got to do your part in protecting this treasure. — Josh Olive, WaterLine PublisherThe learning never ends A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER do your part in protecting this treasure. — Josh Olive, WaterLine Publisher it IFddum ml


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PAGE 45 Page 4 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Fishing the flatsIt’s one of the most commonly asked questions by shermen who are new to this area: “Where are the ats?” Well, that’s a pretty easy one. They’re just areas of relatively shallow water. Both the east and the west sides of Charlotte Harbor have extensive areas of ats, as do Lemon Bay and Pine Island Sound. You can also nd ats in parts of Gasparilla Sound and in Bull and Turtle bays. Most of Charlotte Harbor’s ats are at least partially covered in seagrasses. This grass is the reason there is so much life on our ats. The east and west side ats begin at the shoreline. They extend out several hundred yards, reaching all the way to a barrier sandbar. Between this sandbar and the shore, there are a number of troughs. In many areas, these troughs will hold water even on the very lowest tides, so most of the grass grows in them. The higher areas that are sometimes exposed to the air usually remain bare sand, although sometimes a type of grass called shoal grass will grow there. As with any other place sh are found, they prefer areas with structure. For really small sh, the grass itself is structure. For larger predators, they have to make do with what little is available, mostly edges and dropos. When the water is high, pred atory sh will lie in wait along the edge between grass and sand. Most of our ats have potholes scattered throughout them. These are slightly deeper areas that are bare of grass. They can range in size from a card table to a quarter-acre. Smaller potholes are often havens for large predators like snook and redsh, which wait in them to ambush passing baitsh. When the water is low, big sh either abandon the at for deeper water or settle into one of the troughs. They’re often visible as they pass over the open sand of the bars entering or exiting the at, allowing you an opportunity to watch where they go and present a bait. If you don’t see sh, you can cast to the deeper areas of the bar. These natural passes are used as highways by sh. How do you know where they are? It’s where you drive your boat through. Don’t overlook the shoreline portion of the at. In many cases, you’ll nd deeper water right along the shoreline. If there are also mangrove trees here, it’s probably a place where lots of sh hang out. On hot summer days, sh will seek out the shelter of the mangrove shade. Pitching baits underneath (aka “beating the bushes”) can be highly productive. The outside of the barrier bar also draws in many sh. Pompano, cobia, sharks, ounder and mackerel can all be found in this area. They are mostly drawn to the sharp dropo, which acts as a wall they can use to corral prey. On low tides, that’s also where many of the snook and redsh will wait for the water to come back in. However, they’re not usually in a feeding mood. Rising water is what turns a at on. When the tide is low, all the crabs and shrimp and little sh have the place to themselves. When the tide is rising and water is pouring back onto the ats, the predators are eager to get in and start gobbling them down. Redsh often get so wrapped up in snuing through the sand that they don’t notice, or maybe don’t care, that their tails are sticking out of the water. A bait dropped in front of one often gets inhaled. Don’t assume every tail you see is a red, though. Catsh, mullet and stingrays also tail. On a falling tide, the bite can be good but is usually slower. When the water isn’t moving, usually the sh aren’t either. The ats can be a dangerous place for boaters. Boats capable of running in very shallow water have become a trend in Char lotte Harbor over the past few years. Do not assume just because you saw another boat go through an area that it will be ne for you to do so as well. If your draft is deeper than his, you’ll end up mowing the grass at best and running aground at worst. Running aground is an ever-present possibility on the ats, and is far more hazardous when you’re on plane. Passages through the barrier sandbar can sometimes shift, and they’re not usually marked on a chart. Once you get past the bar, the water gets a little deeper before getting shallow again. If you enter the ats system on a falling tide, when it’s time to leave you may discover that the water is too low for you to get past the sandbar. Until you have explored the ats more thoroughly, stick to high tides. Otherwise, you might end up spending several hours out there waiting for the water to come back. Low winter tides are great for such exploration, and the water is usually pretty clear then as well. Just go slow, and don’t forget to take notes. WaterLine le photosStalking the ats of Charlotte Harbor with a pushpole and a y rod. This redsh was sitting in the shade underneath mangrove roots. You’ll often nd sh here when the water is high and the sun is out. zuio Annual uuiae to sournwest ulorina risnmgLfishing f 49,lom'7 i, t, i i d it , I I r a' _ "--5 _ 1mar =,,r-^_ GPt`r _i'C_ ` ^,^r_'^-a . . +1 y,,.= '


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PAGE 47 Page 6 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Photos providedSouthwest Florida’s beaches are great for shelling, sunbathing — and shing. Surfcasting, West Coast style When you hear the words “surf shing,” do you think of 12-foot rods, double-handed casting all the way out past the bar, Van Staal reels or giant popping plugs? You do? OK — forget all those things. This ain’t Cape Hatteras or even Cocoa Beach. Those places might as well be on another planet. When we surf sh here, we usually sh literally in the surf. As in, just a few feet from the dry sand. It may freak out the bathers, but there are pompano, whiting, ounder and snook swimming among them when they’re out taking a dip. If you make hero casts, all you’ve done is succeed in putting your bait where the sh aren’t — most of the time, anyway. Instead, wade out to your knees and cast north. Why to your knees? Well, that puts you in the rst trough, which is where most sh hang out. Here, they can pick o all sorts of small creatures dazed by the tumbling waves. Why north? Because sh expect to see their prey moving with the current, not against it, and our longshore current runs from north to south. What are you going to cast? Bucktail jigs, silly jigs and single-hook spoons all work well, and can be shed as they are or tipped with a bit of shrimp or a soft plastic tail. If you’d rather use natural bait, shrimp and sand eas are top choices. You’ll usually do better keeping your bait near the bottom, as sh here expect to see their food on the sand. When the mackerel move in, you can use the same lures, but you’ll want to cast them out farther and keep them higher in the water column. Macks tend to avoid the surf zone, preferring to travel 50 to 100 feet o the actual beach. If you have your old surfcasting gear, mackerel season is when you may consider breaking it out. You could also use it for smaller sharks. Chucking a bait way, way out there is ne for them. The kids chasing big sharks usually have to kayak their baits out — but then again, it’s tough to cast a 10-pound stingray with any tackle. For little guys — say, 10 to 50 pounds — you could throw half a mullet or ladysh. When a big one takes it, though, you’re going to have to break it o or get spooled. When the snook show up in summer, you can often see them but they won’t hit anything. Try coming back at rst light and throwing a small white jig or spoon. Try to be stealthy. Once the sun rises, the bite is probably done. Fishing the canals Canal shing is popular all year, but espe cially when it’s chilly. Our saltwater canals are fantastic refuges for both sh and shermen in winter. The high walls block a lot of the wind, so the water is usually a lot calmer, and the dark bottom and deep holes oer warm spots for chilly sh. Not all canals are created equal. Some of the better choices in Punta Gorda are Bass Inlet, Colony Point, and the Ponce de Leon rim canal. On the Port Charlotte side, the Elkcam, Sunrise and East Spring Lake waterways from the Harbor to the bridges are good spots. The Ackerman Waterway, which runs from the Port Charlotte Beach Complex to Midway where the old locks used to be, is also a ne area. Each of these has sucient depth and lots of places for sh to hang out. All of the canals hold sh, but these will hold more and probably bigger. Many anglers make the mistake of sitting on the seawall and casting out to the middle of the canal. The sh aren’t out there — they’re under your feet. Where is the structure? The seawalls. Docks. Bridges. Mangroves, if there are any around. Even boats that have been sitting at home port long enough to grow barna cles and oysters. That’s where the snook, tarpon, trout and redsh will hang out. Focus your shing eorts in these areas. Unless, of course, you’re casting to sh you can see. Schooling jacks (aka canal tuna) can often be seen cruising or busting bait in open water. You might also spot tarpon rolling near the middle. Target them when you see them, but otherwise, expect to catch mostly catsh out in the center. Because you’re shing around struc ture, you may want to go with somewhat heavier tackle in the canals than you would on the ats. At the least, upgrade your leader. Think of 30-pound as the minimum for most sh (20-pound for snapper), and 40-pound isn’t overkill. Any of your favorite baits or lures can be used here. One of the best things about canal shing is you don’t need to worry much about stealth. Fish living here are used to boats running close to them as they carry on with their lives. You can use a trolling motor if you want, but if you don’t have one it’s not a problem. You can just bump your engine in and out of gear, and as long as you don’t grind it too much, the sh will barely notice. When you’re casting to docks or boats, remember that’s someone else’s property. Avoid leaving hooks and lines attached to them. You have a right to sh, but no right to damage their stu. You’re shing in someone’s backyard, so be respectful. The real backcountry You’ll sometimes hear shermen talking about backcountry shing. If you ask them where they’re going, they’ll probably say Bull Bay or maybe the east wall. Fishing among the mangrove islands may feel isolated, but they’re not really in the backcountry. True backcountry shing is more like a jungle expedition. Much of Charlotte Harbor is surrounded by mangrove swampland. There are salt ponds, tidal creeks, cuts and all sorts of little pockets that hold water. It’s a mosquito’s dream, but it’s also the ideal place for baby snook, tarpon, redsh, grouper and many other sh to grow up. Many developers have cast covetous eyes on those areas, imagining the stacks of money that could be made by topping them with ll dirt and throwing up condos, but Charlotte County and the state of Florida have blocked them. Hopefully, it’ll stay that way. Tampa and Sarasota bays used to have similar habitat, but most of it is now urbanized. Our backcountry has been the key to maintaining healthy populations of sh despite intense shing pressure. Getting in there to sh is another thing. Much of it is truly inaccessible to motorized boats. Areas that hold enough water are usually blocked by mangrove growth. A really determined kayaker might be able to get in some places. Even if you make it in, there’s not much room to make a cast. Most of the water is owing around mangrove roots, with no open areas to sh. 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PAGE 49 Page 8 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing NOAA photoIt doesn’t take much reef structure to hold a lot of sh. Here, a spawning aggregation of mutton snapper. The bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is mostly tens of thousands of square miles of barren, empty sand. Scattered around this desert, there are thousands of small oases. Some of them are naturally occurring limestone outcroppings and ledges. Some are ancient springs. Some are articially made piles of concrete rubble. Some are boats and aircraft intentionally or unintentionally sunk. All of them serve as sh attractors, concentrating the Gulf’s population of grouper, snapper and hundreds of other species into relatively small areas. The reefs attract more than just bottom dwelling sh. Amberjack, cobia and barra cuda swim through the middle depths, and pelagic predators such as king mackerel and sharks are often found in the waters above them. Reefs, whether natural or articial, are truly sh magnets — and that makes them magnets for shermen, too. A lot of these spots are easy to nd. The state produces an exhaustive list of articial reefs, all of which hold sh. But since these reefs are nite, and the shing pressure is strong, most of what you’ll nd on the public reefs will be smaller, lower value species — grunts, porgies, smaller snapper. If you want to be one of those guys who regularly tosses huge grouper and 8-pound mangrove snapper on the docks, you’ve got some groundwork to lay. With today’s modern electronics, nding your own bottom-shing honeyholes is easier than ever before. In the old days, you had to throw a bait overboard, get it to the bottom, and drift. When a sh ate your bait, you’d mark the spot. Of course, in the old, old days, you’d have to make a notation on your chart. In the old, old, old days nevermind. Now, all you have to do is drive through the Gulf and keep an eye on your shnder’s display. When you see something that looks just a little out of the ordinary — a bump or a dip in the bottom, or a big unexpected school of sh — you can mark it as a potential spot for later or you can stop and try it right away. It still costs you time, and boat fuel is far from free, but being able to locate a spot that not everyone else knows about is priceless. Most bottom shing is done with heavy sinkers, designed to carry the baits all the way down to the sea oor. That method works just ne, and loads of grouper and snapper are caught this way. However, it’s a chore to reel those heavy lead weights o the bottom, and you have to use overly heavy tackle to muscle the sh up away from the rocks before they dive in. If you want to have more fun with your sh, here’s the secret word: Chum. Using chum to get the sh feeding is a time-proven way to bring them o the bottom and up toward the boat. The hard part is already taken care of, so you can use much lighter tackle — your inshore spinning rods, even — to catch the same sh you might otherwise need 30-pound conventional tackle for. You can buy pre-made chum blocks or make your own using ground sh, play sand and menhaden oil. Either way, plan on using lots. The deeper the water, the more it takes. You can drop some down to the bottom in a weighted bag to get the party started. Once you get a good slick going, it’s not uncommon for a bunch of other sh to show up: Mackerel, sharks, bonito, even mahi if you’re in fairly deep water. Chum makes sh stupid; lowers their inhibitions. Be sure it’s mostly smell — you want them to eat your baits, not ll up on freebies. Reef shing is mostly about meat hunting. It’s never inexpensive to go, because you need a large boat and large boats are always thirsty. Often, a group of friends will get together and share expenses. This is a ne plan, and can bring the cost down to an aordable level. But folks are never happy unless they bring back a cooler full of dead sh. For some reason, many people are hung up on the idea that grouper are the only sh worth eating. While it’s true that they are ne table sh, there are many reef species that are easier to catch and just as good to eat. For example, Key West grunts are quite common, have no bag limit, and are the equal of any grouper. Porgies are also common reef sh with no bag limits. Yet when grouper season is closed, far fewer anglers are willing to venture out to the reefs. If you had a plate of fried sh ngers in front of you, it’s extremely unlikely that you would be able to tell whether a random piece was from a grouper, snapper or grunt. Try it sometime — you really might be surprised at how overrated grouper are. 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PAGE 51 Page 10 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing The art of faking itCatching sh is hard enough when you’re trying to tempt them with something they can eat. Why would you want to handicap yourself by using a lure made of metal or plastic? In many circumstances, it’s actually easier to get sh to bite on articial lures. It’s often more work, because a lure depends on the angler for its sh-appealing action, but it’s often possible — even likely, under some circumstances — for a lure sherman to catch more than a bait sherman. Manufacturers of articial lures put a great deal of though into how to make their products catch sh (and shermen). Many years of innovation have brought us to where we are today. There are literally thousands of options for anglers who want to use articial lures, but most can be sorted into one of the following categories: Spoons: These lures are made from shiny metal that ashes erratically as the spoon is pulled through the water. The legend goes that an angler lunching on his boat accidentally dropped a spoon overboard and saw a sh attack it as it fell. The earliest spoons were made from silverware, much to some house wife’s chagrin, but now spoons are made in a huge variety of sizes and shapes. The most popular here are eighthto half-ounce models in gold with some sort of weedguard. Spoons can be worked by simply casting them out and reeling them in, or you can impart bouncing or jigging motion. No matter how you use a spoon, they are prone to spinning, so it’s good idea to use a quality ball bearing swivel so your line doesn’t get twisted. Jigs: A jig is nothing more than a hook weighted at the eye with a piece of metal, usually lead. Jigs can be dressed with nylon, feather, bucktail or plastic skirts (an undressed jig is called a jighead). For shing in shallow water, a jig may be as light as 1/64 ounce, or can be 16 ounces or more for deepwater use. Most jigs weigh between an eighth-ounce and 4 ounces, but for inshore use you’ll rarely use one heavier than half an ounce. Jigs are usually most eective when bounced across the bottom. A special type of jig called a silly jig is meant to be worked erratically in midwater; silly jigs are often paired with very small teaser ies. Other heavy lures made of metal (buttery jigs, diamond jigs, etc.) are also called jigs, but most are designed to be worked vertically rather than cast outward like the jigs most of us are familiar with. A jig can be used in combina tion with a spoonlike blade to make a spinnerbait, popular for both largemouth bass in fresh water and redsh in the salt. Soft plastics: These lures are made in sizes from an inch long up to enormous, and in shapes resem bling sh, worms, lizards, shrimp, craysh, frogs and anything else a sh might eat. The main thing they have in common is that the plastic is meant to move in a lifelike way in the water. Many have curly or paddle-shaped tails that are designed to swim when retrieved. Often, soft plastic lures are impregnated with scent of some sort, either to attract sh or to convince them to hold onto the bait longer after they strike. These baits are usually sold unrigged; depending on the action desired, soft plastic lures can be rigged on bare hooks, weighted hooks or jigs (either dressed or plain). Swimbaits: Technically a type of soft plastic lure, swimbaits are shaped like small sh and are usually sold with a weight and hook already embedded into the lure. Swimbaits are easy to use — just cast it out and reel it in — and come in sizes from 2 inches to the size of an adult mullet. Topwater plugs: These lures are probably the most exciting to catch sh with. Even the most jaded old salts get a thrill when a gamesh blows up on a topwater. There are a number of dierent types. Walk-the-dog lures are torpedo-shaped and are meant to be worked with rhythmic rodtip twitches, which cause the lure to dart back and forth in a zigzag pattern across the water. Poppers have concave fronts to make splashes and noise when the lure is tugged sharply. Prop baits have small propel lers at the front and back of the lures (sometimes just the back) that churn as the lure is retrieved. All topwater plugs work best in low-light conditions — early morning, late evening or overcast days — and in water less than 6 feet deep. Otherwise, sh are wary about coming to the surface to hit a bait. Fish often miss topwater baits when they strike. Don’t jerk the lure away; just keep working it until you feel the weight of the sh. This is easier said than done — it takes nerves of steel to keep walking the dog when a 15-pound snook attacks three or four times in a row. Jerkbaits: Most anglers are familiar with jerkbaits (think of the original Rapala Minnow). These lures have short plastic lips, which cause them to dive under the water’s surface. They’re usually worked by jerking the lure under, reeling it for a few seconds and then allowing it to oat back up. Varying the amount of time between jerks and the speed of the retrieve can make a huge dierence in the interest sh show these lures; you may need to experiment to discover what action works best for a given set of conditions. As with topwater lures, jerkbaits are usually most eective in low light. Sometimes, soft plastic lures are also called jerkbaits. Crankbaits: Many crankbaits are also lipped, but the lip of a crankbait is longer because the lure is intended to be worked underwater most or all of the time. There are also lipless crankbaits (like the Rat-L-Trap) that rely on the shape of the lure to cause it to dive. All crankbaits are designed to vibrate on the retrieve and often work best when simply cast out and reeled back in. Much of Charlotte Harbor is too shallow for many deep-diving crankbaits that are popular up north. Trolling plug: A specialized type of crankbait meant to be towed behind a moving boat. Of course, you can troll with most lures, but these baits are designed specically to be used at trolling speeds and to dive to a certain depth range. Trolling plugs are usually big and usually expensive, but they’re also a fantastic way to target big sh in relatively deep water without having to use natural baits. Twitchbaits: Usually made of hard plastic, twitch baits are weighted to be neutrally buoyant or sink slowly. Unlike most other lures, a twitchbait has virtually no action except what the angler imparts with twitches of the rodtip. 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PAGE 53 Page 12 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing The mighty silver king The mighty silver king The mighty silver king The tarpon is bar none the ultimate Southwest Florida gamesh. It’s nearly worthless on the table. Its only value (for people, anyway) is what it can do on the end of the line. And what it can do is something incredible. A tarpon can rip o 100 yards of line in a single sizzling run, then jump 15 feet into the air, defying gravity in a way no other inshore sh can match. A tarpon can also ght deep, putting up a hard bulldogging ght much like a big shark. On light tackle, a contest with a tarpon can go on for hours. But when you’re using the right gear and putting your back into it, a silver king can be defeated in less than 20 minutes. The backcountry of Charlotte Harbor is a tarpon nursery. Tens of thousands of baby tarpon grow up here before dispersing to live their adult lives all around the Atlantic basin. Many of them will eventually return, joining the huge pre-spawn aggregation that forms in Boca Grande Pass every spring. This annual ritual represents the largest gathering of tarpon anywhere in the world. When this many of a highly sought gamesh show up in the same place at the same time, it’s only natural that thousands of shermen show up here as well. There are many ways to catch a tarpon, mostly because tarpon live in a wide variety of habitats and eat almost anything small enough to swallow. A 200-pound tarpon can eat a 10-pound kingsh in one gulp, or it might daintily slurp a 2-inch shrimp. They’re also not above scavenging and will readily take whole or cut sh soaking on the bottom. The following are just a few of the many ways you can target a tarpon here in Charlotte Harbor: Juvenile tarpon from 5 to about 30 pounds can be found living in canals all around the area. They also live deep in the backcountry and natural creeks, but canal sh are a lot easier to get to. These silver princes behave very much like their parents, only in miniature. They run, they jump, and they frustrate the heck out of anglers by ignoring their baits. Generally, to get a canal tarpon to strike, you need to be using a small bait. Little streamer ies, extra-small soft plastics and the tiniest Rat-L-Traps are good choices. Canal sh can be found all year long, but the best action is often from late fall to spring. On the coldest winter days, don’t expect them to chew. Tarpon are drawn to lights, so if there are snook lights in the canal, it’s a good idea to check those in the wee hours. Not every tarpon leaves after growing up. There is a small population of resident adult sh. During the warmer months, these tarpon hang out with their migratory friends. When it starts to get cold, instead of swimming south they swim up one of the estuary’s rivers. They spend the winter in the river’s deepest holes, eating very little or nothing. When spring arrives, they move toward the river mouths and begin actively feeding. Good places to look for them are around the U.S. 41 and El Jobean bridges, especially along the shadow lines at night. Slow trolling with a live whiting or ladysh works, or you can troll or cast big lipped plugs or large soft plastic baits. Sometimes the little canal sh will show up here to join them, so it’s also not a bad idea to try smaller lures. Be ready to chase a hooked sh through and around bridge pilings. Heavy tackle is helpful here, because you can put more pressure on them to keep them away from the bridge structure. Fishing tarpon in Boca Grande Pass can be done a couple dierent ways. The “ocial” tarpon season here runs from April to the beginning of June, but they can show up as early as late February and sometimes don’t all leave until November. Tarpon swimming in the Pass itself are usually targeted by drop ping baits near the bottom and drifting with the tide. Although you will see many tarpon rolling and sometimes even free-jumping at the surface, most of the actively feeding sh will be deep. Nearly all anglers shing here use live baits, mostly squirrelsh, threadns and the occasional small blue crab. The shallows just east of the Pass also hold Tarpon. This area is called The Hill. Instead of shing deep, the more common tactic is to sight a school of sh, maneuver in front of them and cast baits in their path. You won’t see many shermen using squir relsh, but you will see a lot more anglers throwing crabs and some with shrimp. There’s also a good chance of success with articials on The Hill, and many shermen use DOA Bait Busters or other swimming soft plastics. When the sh are thick, so are the shermen. If you come in under power and spook the sh, you sure won’t make any friends. Most boats will be sneaking around on their trolling motors. If you don’t have one, you can still play, but stick to idle speed and stay a long cast away from the sh. If they start heading your way, shut it o. Tarpon actively cruise up and down the beaches during the spring and summer months. They can be shed here the same way Hill tarpon are — get in front and cast a bait. The sh are usually traveling, so you’ll probably be playing hopscotch with them. When they pass you, wait until they’re 100 yards from you before you re up the engine, then make a big arc and come back well in front of them. As with Hill sh, you probably won’t be alone. Share nice or go home. The inside of a tarpon’s mouth is hard and unyielding except for a couple small areas, so a strong, sharp hook is necessary. They also often throw the hook when they jump by wildly shaking their heads. Circle hooks are becoming more popular among tarpon anglers, partly for conservation reasons but mostly because they stay in better when the sh try to throw them. Many hooks will work, but there’s a reason Owner 7/0 circles are often hard to nd at the tackle shops during tarpon season. Everyone wants a photo with their tarpon catch, and that’s great. But lifting them even partway from the water can do major damage to them, and the heavier the sh, the worse the damage is likely to be. Under current law, tarpon larger than 40 inches must remain in the water during the release. That means the whole sh, not just the tail. A good way to get your photo trophy is to hold the sh alongside the boat and idle forward. Lay the sh on its side and shoot the pic from above. Looks great, and no one gets hurt. WaterLine le photoIf you’re ghting a tarpon and he tries to roll, try to stop him. If he gets a good gulp of air, the ght will be longer. 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PAGE 55 Page 14 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Do you need a license to go fishing?The short answer: Probably, unless you’re under 16 years old or a Florida resident over 65 years old (you’ll have to prove it, so keep proof of age and address with you, or you can get a no-cost shing certicate from your county tax collector’s oce). But there’s a long list of exceptions from the license requirement. If you t one of these exemptions, you don’t need a license: You are a Florida resident certied as totally and permanently disabled and you possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certicate. You are a resident who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, you are not stationed in this state, and you are home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders. You are a resident who is shing with live or natural bait, using poles or lines that are not equipped with a shing-line-re trieval mechanism, and you are shing for noncommercial purposes in your home county. However, you must have a valid shing license to sh by any method in a sh management area. This does not apply to any form of netting, nor to shellsh, lobster, crabs or shrimp. You have been accepted as a client for developmental disabilities services by the Department of Children and Family Services. The department must furnish proof to such clients. The following exemptions apply to only freshwater anglers: You sh in your county of residence on your homestead or the homestead of your spouse or minor child, or if you are a minor child shing on the homestead of your parent. You are shing in a sh pond of 20 acres or less which is located entirely within the private property of its owner. A sh pond is a man-made pond constructed for the primary purpose of shing, entirely within the property lines of the owner and with no surface water connection to public waters. You are shing in a sh pond of 20 acres or more, whose owner has purchased a sh pond license at a fee of $3 per surface acre. You possess a Resident Freshwater Commer cial Fishing License. You are shing during Free Fishing Weekend (the rst weekend of April). The following exemptions apply only to saltwater anglers: You sh from a for-hire vessel (guide, charter, party boat) that has a valid vessel license. You sh from a vessel, the operator of which has a valid vessel license issued in the name of the operator of the vessel. You sh for recreational purposes from a pier with a valid pier saltwater shing license. You have a valid saltwater products license. You sh for mullet in fresh water and you have a valid Florida freshwater shing license. You are a resident who is saltwater shing from land or a structure xed to land who has been determined eligible for the food stamp, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program by the Department of Children and Family Services. Proof of identication and a benet issuance or program identication card issued by DCFS or the Agency for Health Care Administration must be on your person when shing. Until August 2009, Florida residents saltwater shing from shore or any landbased structure didn’t need a license. Now you do, but the license is free. However, note that since you need a license, you will need a lobster or snook permit if you want to harvest those species in season. The shore shing license covers wade shing, but only if you don’t take a boat to your wading location. That means if you take the ferry to Palm Island and then sh from the beach, you need a regular saltwater license. If you already have a regular saltwater shing license, you don’t need a shore license, too — you’re already covered. The free shore license is for residents only — nonresidents must purchase a regular license even if shing only from shore. For more information on shing licenses, visit GOING REEF FISHING?Even if you’re over 65, you’ll still need to sign up for the state’s Gulf Reef Fish Survey. It’s mandatory for all anglers shing in the Gulf of Mexico from a private boat, and planning to harvest, possess or land any of the following reef sh: Red and vermilion snapper; gag, black and red grouper; gray triggersh; greater and lesser amberjack; banded ruddersh; and almaco jack. Sign up to participate in the survey at License., by calling 888-FISHFLORIDA (347-4356) or in person at your local tackle store or tax collector’s oce. The process is easy and won’t cost you a dime. LICENSE FEESRecreational licenses and permits for residents and nonresidents are available at county tax collectors’ oces. In addition, you can buy them from subagents, such as sporting goods stores or other retailers that sell hunting or shing equipment; on the Internet and by phone. All license, permit and issuance fees are subject to change by the legislature. State law guarantees all money from sale of shing licenses goes to the FWC to help fulll its mission of “managing sh and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benet of people.” Resident Saltwater OR Freshwater Fishing $17/year, $79/5 years Resident Saltwater/Freshwater Fishing Combo $32.50/year Resident Saltwater Shoreline License Free Lifetime Saltwater (includes Snook and Lobster perrmits) OR Freshwater Fishing License 4 years or younger $126.50 5-12 years $226.50 13 years or older $301.50 Nonresident 3-Day Freshwater OR Saltwater Fishing $17 Nonresident 7-Day Freshwater OR Saltwater Fishing $30 Nonresident Annual Freshwater OR Saltwater Fishing $47 Not too many years ago, redsh were far less popular than they are today. Most anglers viewed them as sort of a saltwater version of carp — a sh that you would catch by accident while you were trying to catch something good. Back when no one cared and the redsh were stupid, any goober could pull up next to a school and hook redsh until his arms fell o. Today, redsh have millions of fans and are the darlings of the tournament world, with millions of dollars at stake in competitions all over the Gulf states. With so many anglers after them, Charlotte Harbor’s redsh are sometimes spooky ghosts, eeing at the rst sign of an approaching vessel and having a knack for staying just out of casting range. At other times, though, when the sh are not being heavily pressured, it’s almost like the good old days. Most of the time, schooling sh are harder to approach, unless they’re fresh in from the Gulf. Most of the redsh caught in Charlotte Harbor, those under about 30 inches, are juveniles. The estuary is their nursery ground. As they mature into adults, they move out into the open sandy desert of the Gulf of Mexico. This lifecycle dictates the average size of the sh you’ll catch at any given time of year. In the fall, adult or bull reds move in from the Gulf and mingle with schools of sh that are nearing maturity. As the cold fronts of winter start to blow through, the big reds head back out into open water, taking the majority of the nearadult sh with them. What remains in the Harbor’s shallows through the winter are small sh, also called rat reds. When the water warms in spring, many of the redsh that headed out to sea in the fall move back inshore. They spend the summer in small groups feeding heavily on the abundance of the Harbor’s ats, fattening up for the Octoberish spawn. As the air just starts to gets nippy, they again form massive schools, preparing for their permanent move to the Gulf at the end of autumn. Redsh are predators, but they’re not picky ones. Most anglers use shrimp, baitsh or crabs, but reds will happily eat worms, starsh, clams, sea urchins and all sorts of strange things they root out of the sand. Many of these things have hard shells, but that’s no problem for redsh. If you’ve ever looked down the throat of one of these sh, you may have noticed what looked like thorny plates. These are actually pharyngeal teeth, commonly called crushers, and the sh use them to pulverize crunchy meals. A big red can also use them to put a hurting on your ngers if you’re foolhardy enough to reach down there. If you need to remove a deep hook, use a tool. Because they eat so many dierent foods, redsh can be caught on almost any articial lure you have in your tacklebox. The most popular choices include gold spoons, walk-the-dog topwater baits and a wide variety of soft plastics. Topwaters provide lots of excitement, since redsh have a hard time grabbing hold of them with their down-turned mouths. Often it will take them two, three or even a half-dozen tries. Gets the old adrenaline owing for sure. 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Spotted seatrout are a favorite sh for both newbies and experienced anglers alike. Beginners love them because they are usually easy to nd, usually willing to bite once found, and forgive all sorts of angler errors. Using leader that’s too heavy? That’s OK, the trout will bite anyway. Don’t know quite how to work that lure correctly? That’s OK, the trout will bite anyway. Can’t cast 75 yards and land a bait right in the pothole? That’s OK, the trout will bite anyway. Small trout are often regarded as pests by more experienced anglers, but larger trout can still oer them a serious challenge. Although the little ones are often ridiculously easy to catch, big trout, also known as gators, are a lot harder to nd and usually tougher to fool. Trout are mostly sh of the grass ats. Their spotted pattern may seem like a strange choice for camouage in this environment, but it actually works very well. It’s quite dicult to sight a trout sitting motionless on the edge of a pothole or over the grass. This adaptation allows them to live in very shallow water. If they were easier to spot, all of them would get picked o by the ospreys. Even though they’re wellhidden, smaller trout like to have plenty of water between themselves and the birds of prey. The little guys will spend most of their time in water 2.5 to 4 feet deep. Here, they nd abundant prey while avoiding airborne predators. As they grow larger, they are more likely to utilize very shallow areas, often only inches deep. Seatrout are near the southern end of their range here. Warm summer temperatures do not agree with them. During the hottest whether, they will abandon the ats, moving into the passes and the nearshore Gulf. They’re harder to catch here because nding them is tough. Sometimes, blind casting can be productive, but even then it’s rare to catch more than a few sh in a day. When they’re young, spotted seatrout tend to focus more on eating shrimp. When they reach adult size, they shift mostly to sh. Anglers who are targeting big trout will usually do better with baitsh or sh-imi tating lures than with shrimp. A good-size trout can take a surprisingly large meal. A 24-inch trout can easily gulp down a 10-inch ladysh. Spotted seatrout are closely related to a sh living in the Atlantic called a weak sh. Weaksh are not named for a lack of ghting ability but rather for their easily torn mouths — a trait which spotted seatrout share. Fishermen catching small trout will often rapidly reel them in, skiing them across the surface of the water. Trying this with a larger trout will generally result in you reeling a bare hook back to the boat. If you want to catch gator trout consistently, it helps to have a light drag setting and to know when to not pull too hard. When you’re catching small trout by the dozens, it’s easy to forget that these are high-value game sh and must be conserved. Juvenile trout often take a bait or lure with gusto, and it’s not uncommon for the hook to become lodged in the sh’s throat. For this reason, it’s better to use single hooks and to atten the barbs. If you catch 50 trout in a day and 10 of them die after release, you’ve killed more than double your bag limit — and that assumes that you didn’t put any in the cooler. Trout are good to eat, but many of them host parasitic worms. This worm is actually a shark parasite and uses the trout as an intermediate host. Most trout have only one or two, but they’re very long and lleting the sh will often cut the worm as well, causing anglers to think there are several. The parasite can’t infect humans. It can be removed from the llet easily and does not aect the edibility of the sh. For many anglers, there’s a “gross-out” factor. If you’re one of them, avoid keeping trout in summer and fall, when the worms are more common. Seeing spots and loving it Photo providedA very respectable trout. Some would call this a gator, some would not. Page 16 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing The incredible, edible shrimpShrimp are far and away the most popular bait for Southwest Florida saltwater shing, but many anglers are unsure of the best way to get one on a hook. This is an important task, because an improperly hooked shrimp will either fall o the hook or die quickly. You’re paying a premium for shrimp that are still alive, so keeping them alive as long as possible is just common sense. A shrimp is not a worm, and you can’t glob it on the hook. Putting the hook right through the middle makes for a very unnat ural presentation and will twist your line. You really have two choices: In the head or in the tail. No matter which method you choose, the smaller the hook, the less weight your shrimp has to carry and the more lively it will be. Don’t go too light for the job, but go as light as you can. Head-hooking allows a shrimp to present very naturally. Although most people think shrimp swim backward, they only do that when they’re trying to escape something. Even then, it’s in short, rapid hops to safety. Other wise, shrimp always swim forward. There’s a downside, though: Many sh will grab for the tail, where most of the meat is, and miss the hook. Also, if you’re the type who tends toward power casting, you may be more likely to throw them o the hook. Putting the hook in the tail is a better choice when you’re actively casting and retrieving a shrimp rather than just letting it sit. Pinch o the tail fan, which makes the shrimp easier to hook, easier to cast and leaks out delectable shrimpy smell into the water. A de-fanned shrimp is simple to rig on a jighead, or weed less-style on a hook with a longer shank. The negative here is that the technique takes a bit more time to perfect, and of course the natural action of the live shrimp goes out the window. A good angler will use both methods — head-hooking for shrimp that are shed free-lined or under a cork, tail-hooking to cover more ground eciently or bounce along the bottom. Keeping both in your arsenal is denitely not a bad plan. Dead shrimp actually have most of the appeal that live ones do, and when you’re using them you don’t need to worry about keeping them alive. In some circumstances, frozen shrimp will do better than live ones because they put more scent out into the water. However, they also tend to fall apart more quickly. Really, this isn’t a problem for most sh, since they use smell more than sight for hunting. When you’re actively casting and retrieving a dead shrimp, it won’t last as long as a live one. Frozen shrimp can’t take the abuse and tend to fall apart, so tail-hooking is the better idea. If they’re tail-hooked, you still have bait. If they’re head-hooked, you just have a shrimp shell. Bait shops go to great trouble and build elaborate setups to keep their shrimp alive and frisky. So what do you do? You put 50 of them in a 5-gallon bucket with 4 inches of water in the bottom. Even with an aerator, that’s a pretty lousy way to keep your shrimpies alive and kicking. If you can immediately transfer them to an aerated baitwell, that’s much better, but if your boat doesn’t have a well or you’re shing from shore, you’re pretty much out of options — right? Wrong. There’s a very simple way to keep shrimp alive for many hours or even days at a time: Cold-pack them. What you’ll need is a well-insulated cooler, a bag of ice, a towel (don’t use one of the good ones, unless you want to sleep on the couch for the next week), some salt water and, of course, the shrimp. Start by laying the ice in the bottom of the cooler. It’s best to leave it in the bag — you don’t want the ice to touch the shrimp. Soak the towel in salt water and lay it on top of the ice. Arrange it so the ice is completely covered, then put the shrimp on top of the towel. The towel should be big enough that you can lay part of it on top of the shrimp. Now your shrimp are securely encased in a chilly, damp, salty environment. They’ll go torpid — basically, hibernate. When you put them on your hook and plop them in warm salty water, they’ll liven up in a hurry. Meltwater is the enemy. As the ice melts, it becomes very cold fresh water. Any shrimp that come in contact with it will die. If your cooler has a drain spout, it will come in very handy. Obviously, a bigger cooler with more ice will stay cold longer, so use as big a cooler as you practically can. Six-pack coolers are too small — don’t even try it. Photo provided 'LU1J Nnnuai uuiae to sournwest Florina risnmgAftP;ryA i efliiJIce i I401t fir.. L. i 1Ti\oi4jr %1 160la


2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 17 My, what big teeth you have My, what big For most people, sharks are something to avoid. Why would you want to deal with something that has sharp teeth, killer instincts and an insatiable appetite? Shark shing might not be for them. Pursuing sharks, especially big ones, is mostly done by thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies. For others, an enduring fascination starts in childhood and never goes away, leading them to interact with these animals in one of the few ways people can. Whatever the reason, it’s a specialist sport — and the bigger the shark gets, the more special ized the gear and techniques become. Most ats shermen have seen bonnethead sharks cruising the shallows. A small species of hammerhead, they feed mainly on shrimp and crabs. To do so, they have teeth better suited to crushing than ripping and can be caught on mono or uorocarbon leaders. For most other sharks, wire is mandatory. Many anglers mistakenly believe sharks are attracted to the smells of rotting meat or mammal blood. The species living in our waters are actually more likely to be repelled. Standard chum — ground oily and bloody sh — works much better. Baits should be freshly cut or live. For moderately sized sharks, heavy tackle will just take out the sport. Sharks to about 30 pounds are loads of fun on redsh and snook tackle, and up to a couple hundred pounds your tarpon gear is sucient. Only for truly massive sh will you need big conventional reels and beefstick rods. Assuming, that is, you’re shing from a boat and can give chase if needed. Shore-based anglers should kick it up a notch — if you can’t chase ‘em, you’ve got to turn ‘em. If you plan to keep any sharks, being able to positively ID them is necessary. There are size limits for most species and quite a few are o-limits, so if you think every shark is a “sand shark,” you need to stick to catch and release. Their teeth make sharks a dangerous quarry. Handling them for photos or to remove hooks can result in serious injuries, and it’s not something a beginner should try without instruction from someone with lots of experience. Shark shing can be a kick, but it’s not for everyone. The only way to know is to experience it. Most anglers fall in love or hate it right away. Photo providedIf you must handle a shark, lifting it by the dorsal n is relatively safe. This sandbar shark is partially paralyzed at the moment, but be careful how you let it go. adno=50478695 rfrnt rfntbnrrbnntrtnnrrnbrnfrrnfnr rfnfrnt rfrnt NEW & USED BOAT SALES | PARTS & SERVICE HURRICANE | COBALT | SWEETWATER | SANPAN | AQUA PATIO | SPORTSMAN | CAROLINA SKIFF | REGULATOR | EVE RGLADES | SEA CHASER | SEA SKIFF 941-979-5219 WWW.BOATHOUSECC.COM PORT CHARLOTTE INTHE OAT HOUSEA-ABOAT HOUSEBOAT 1 +-AILTHEBOAT HOUSE


IF YOU’RE MAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT ...We’ve devoted seven pages of this publication to maps. These maps should give you an idea of where to look for sh. We also helpfully included locations of marinas, boat ramps and shing piers. If you take all the pages and put them together, you’ll have a map of the coastline from Venice almost to Naples. You’re welcome. During stone crab season, the crab trap oats are tripletail magnets. When you spot one, go back and wait for it to reappear. Toss an unweighted shrimp or whitebait and hang on. Like all the Gulf passes, Venice Inlet is a fantastic spot to sh. The jetties here only make it better. Snook lie in wait near the rocks, sheepshead and snapper hunt among the boulders, and mackerel attack pods of bait in the channel. Some of the same sh you’ll nd at the jetties also hang out around the boulders that make up the mitigation reef o the beach, built to reduce sand erosion. Flounder are common on the sand around the rocks. Any structure out in the open Gulf is likely to hold reef sh. Think of the seaoor as a desert and piles of rubble or wrecks as oases. Gag and juvenile red grouper are quite common in water as shallow as 20 feet. Black grouper prefer deeper water. Goliath grouper are omnipresent on wrecks but less common on ledges and natural hard bottom. The Venice Municipal Pier is one of the longest Gulf piers in the state. In summer, spawning snook prowl beneath it and tarpon are a common sight as they run just o the beach. You’ll also nd specialists here: Some focus on sharks, which are not rare catches; others try for king mackerel in spring and fall. No license is needed to sh here — the city of Venice has you covered. The rocks at Caspersen Beach draw ounder, pompano and other predators. You don’t need huge surf-style rods — standard inshore gear gets it done. When the king mackerel are running, you’ll nd more sh hanging out over reefs and wrecks. But the biggest sh often cruise within a few hundred feet of the beach. Because structure is at a premium out here, it pays to investigate even the smaller irregularities you see on your shnder. What looks insignicant to you might be a natural ledge that is home to hundreds or thousands of sh. The Albee Road and Blackburn Point bridges over Blackburn Bay are conrmed snook hangouts. Redsh and trout are more common in grassy shallows than under the bridges (most of the time, anyway). The ICW is what makes the island of Venice an island. You’ll nd snook around the bridges and redsh feeding along the edges of the channel. Because of the heavy daytime boat trac, shing is best at night. A YEAR OF SALTWATER FISHING Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov DecTarpon Snook Redfish Seatrout Pompano Permit Sheepshead Flounder Cobia Tripletail Bluefish Spanish mackerel King mackerel Amberjack Snapper (inshore) Snapper (offshore) Gag Red Grouper Sharks — Poor; few fish around — Fair; you have to be good or lucky — Good; expect one or two — Excellent; fish all overPLEASE NOTE: This chart is intended to give a general idea of an average year. Every year is different — that’s just part of the fun. The ICW connects to the north end of Lemon Bay. There’s a lot of boat trac here, so the water is often murky. Find healthy grass and you’ll probably nd trout and reds. Pompano love the surf, especially near the passes. No need for long casts — many sh are just a few feet from dry sand. NW EZ' , / l Sri`Gulf400mglkvlrnMOMIMP .106A5 MILES 2 MILES 1 MILE 0.5 MILEThis map is not intended for use as a navigational chart. For your safety, use an actual chart for navigation.x


2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 19 Tackle to get the job doneHaving the right tools is important for any project. Whether you’re at work or at play, you’ll be much more ecient and eective when you have what you need to get the job done. Fishing is no dierent. But with so many options available in rods and reels, it’s easy to get bogged down in the details when you’re selecting your gear. Let’s simplify the situation. You can take part in the majority of our local shing opportunities using one rod and reel outt: A 7-foot medium rod (rated somewhere between 8and 20-pound line) and a 3000 or 4000 size spinning reel, spooled with 12-pound monolament or 20-pound braid. This gener al-purpose combo can be used to catch redsh on the ats, snook around docks, ounder in the surf, mackerel in the passes, snapper on the reefs and bass in the canals. The 7-foot rod is a compromise: A longer rod would be better on the open ats, and a shorter rod would be better when you’re shing straight down or among the trees. Rod action is personal preference, but a softer rod is usually better if you use live bait and a stier rod will help you put more action into articial lures. If you do a little of both, split the dierence. There are some things that your new all-purpose outt is ill-suited for, and those things can be summed up in two words: Big sh. To go after tarpon, seriously big snook, cobia and king mackerel, you need something heavier. A dual-drag spinning reel in a 5000 or 6000 size (that would be the 8000 or 12000, if you’re buying Shimano) paired with a 7-foot heavy rod rated for line between 20 and 50 pounds is just about right. Line up with 30-pound mono or 50-pound braid. The dual-drag reel makes this rig ideal for trolling and for using big live baits, popular methods for taking our bigger gamesh. In addition to the species listed above, this is also a good outt for taking on sharks up to about 100 pounds, big snapper and smaller grouper and amberjack on the reefs, and the huge redsh that school just oshore in fall. You probably won’t be casting articial lures with this rod too often — casting with heavy gear can be exhausting after just a few throws. You will, however, probably be doing some trolling, which works best with a rod that has a softer tip. So far you have two outts: Medium and heavy. But there are yet bigger sh swimming in our waters, so your next rig is the extraheavy. With this, you can take on big grouper (including Goliath grouper up to a couple hundred pounds), bruiser amberjack, and all but the largest sharks. A conventional reel with a star or lever drag in a 4/0 or 6/0 size and a 6-foot rod rated for 50to 80-pound line is about what you’ll want. Braided line is not really appropriate on conventional reels because it has a tendency to dig into the spool under pressure. Many rods in this class have roller guides, which add signicant cost. They’re nice but hardly necessary. With the three rigs we’ve looked at, you can catch 99 percent of what’s out there. But sport shing is about having fun, so you may want one nal outt. As we all know, not every sh is a big one. To make the most out of hooking smaller sh — ladysh, sea trout, rat redsh, and even pansh in salt or fresh water — an ultralight rod and reel is just the ticket. A 1000 size spinning reel on a 6-foot rod rated for 2to 8-pound line makes even little sh a hoot. To maximize line capacity on a small reel, braid in 4to 8-pound test is the way to go. Most true ultralight rods are 5 or 5.5 feet, but a longer rod will cast a lot farther and is worth looking for. As you gain angling experience, you may even use your ultralight to take on larger sh, especially on the ats or in the surf where there are few snags and it’s OK to let the sh run. From this point, you can expand your tackle into more specialized realms. There are any number of rods and reels for specic purposes, which is why there are so many choices avail able at a well-stocked tackle shop. But with a carefully chosen arsenal of multipurpose rods and reels, you can catch almost anything that swims without spending a fortune on gear.WaterLine le photoTom Kasprzak’s 31-inch red was released after a quick photo. The rod and reel he used would also be appropriate for snook, trout and even light reef shing. 482387 CLOSEOUT T -SHIRTS $ 9 9 7 BLEACHERBACK STA DIUM SEAT $ 2 9 99 $ 39 99 $ 1 9 9 99 ARCHERY CLASSES Beginner Intermediate Ad va nced USA Ar ch ery J.O.A.D . Program 3 & 6 We ek Sessions Call for more information BUCK CASE KERSHAW OUTDOOR EDGE VICTORINOX TOREMENTER ANGLER FISH-N-MATE JR UTILITY CART RIGGS WORKWEAR P ANTS KNIVES BOARD SHORTS 4 COLORS Certified Coaches 4419 S. T amiami Tr ., S. V enice , FL 34293 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-5:30pm F ri . 9am-8pm Closed Sunday 493-0025 BEST SELECTION IN TOWN A VA ILABLE IN 4 COLORS FROM R EG. $ 2 2 9 9 $ 3 9 9 9 A VA ILABLE IN 4 COLORS (Similar to those pictured) r .r


It’s nowhere near as deep as Boca Grande Pass, but Redsh Pass still attracts a number of tarpon in late spring and summer. It’s worth trying because there are usually far fewer anglers here. Cobia cruise the beaches regularly. Keep an eye out for a swimming log. When you see one, cast to it. Find all these species and more at the reefs listed above. Public reefs are often heavily used, so plan to sh early or late if you don’t want much company. When the Caloosahatchee is owing strongly, shing in this area is usually slow. Focus your eorts elsewhere at such times. Both the east and west sides of Pine Island are very shy. Matlacha Pass has grassy and muddy areas; Pine Island Sound is grassy. Deeper cuts in Pine Island Sound are often haunts for sharks. Lemon sharks especially nd the mix of shallow ats and rocky channels to their liking. Tarpon Bay is (allegedly) where the rst tarpon was caught on rod and reel. It’s still a good spot, though there are more snook than tarpon. Although Blind Pass is o cially closed, the sh seem to remember. Pompano and ounder, which like passes, can still be caught here. It might have something to do with the structure of the sandy bottom. Sanibel is famed for world-class shelling. You’ll nd the best goodies after a storm moves in from the south. The beaches here are great for family fun: Dad can sh, Mom can hunt shells, and the kids can play. Or however your family does things. Snook can be found far up in small creeks and waterways. They seem to sometimes prefer places where they barely t. These shallow areas are also home to juvenile tarpon. The pilings that support docks and piers also provide a place for oysters and barnacles to attach. Sheepshead love to eat both, which is why they love pilings so darn much. When tarpon are in the rivers, an excellent bait to use is the back half of a saltwater catsh, either on the bottom or suspended under a oat. This bait rarely works elsewhere, but up here it will sometimes beat anything else. Canal snook often hang out under boats. Look for the ones that rarely if ever move from their docks. In winter, the saltwater canals of Cape Coral teem with sheepshead. There’s no better bait than a chunk of fresh shrimp meat with no shell. Look for small depth changes in grassy areas. It doesn’t take much — just a couple inches dierence — to create an ambush spot for a well-camouaged trout. Small areas of hard bottom such as gravel beds or oyster bars can hold surprisingly large numbers of sh. Pompano and redsh especially like to feed in these areas. You’ll usually nd more feeding sh if you arrive as the tide is getting high enough for the sh to get where they couldn’t at low tide. If you catch a snook in the Imperial, look closely. All four species of south Florida snook have been found here. A lot of water ows through Big Carlos Pass, which is why big predators swim here. Snook cruise inches from shore here. To avoid spooking them, cast upcurrent and work your bait with the water ow. Surf shing can be tough on Fort Myers Beach because there are often many people here. The pier oers a better shot at reaching undisturbed sh, or try shing very early in the morning. Although saltwater shing is very popular, Florida’s original claim to angling fame was as the largemouth bass capital of the world. Floridastrain largemouths have now been stocked around the world, but we still have the originals here. Now we also have peacock bass, Mayan cichlids, snakeheads and a bunch of other hard-ghting exotic species calling this state home. If you’re looking for something a little dierent, try tossing a Beetle Spin or small lipped plug in one of our many freshwater canals or retention ponds. The farther south you go, the more likely you are to nd strange and exotic sh on the other end of your line. The Sanibel Causeway spans the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. Its pilings harbor gag and Goliath grouper, and the structure attracts many other nny visitors. emu, _ ,yea L LJ'_ N I /l /'ill ;>Z/'Pip e S G Nti, .UU ,ersa _ or ora ,,;,,. ar+tpIsland'y, : :, M+K wtk -, \,

2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 21 The well-dressed anglerHere are some basic truths: Taxes are going to go up, gas will cost more, and the ozone layer ain’t what it used to be. If you spend any time in the outdoors under the sun, you’re exposing your skin to ultraviolet rays. Too much UV causes sunburn, and the damage caused by sunburn can lead to skin cancer. For those people who haven’t heard, some skin cancers can kill you. That’s probably something you’d prefer to avoid. Fortunately, it’s not that dicult to protect yourself. There are a number of excellent sunscreens on the market, which if applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions do a very good job of preventing sunburn. If you spend only a limited amount of time outdoors, sunscreen may be all you need. For those of you who spend more time under the sun, protective clothing oers a more economical alternative. In addition to being cheaper in the long run, you can also avoid getting sunscreen on your hands (sunscreen acts as a sh repellent, and spray sunscreens will ruin many types of plastics). As an added bonus, these articles of clothing are usually made from materials which dry quickly. There are a number of options for shirts. Button-down nylon or cotton shirts with multiple pockets and mesh back panels have been around for years. Newer to the market are shirts made from stretchy synthetic micro ber with built-in (not topically applied) UV protection. Because it’s part of the fabric, the UV protection in the microber shirts is perma nent and doesn’t wash o, even after repeated laundering (check the label for the actual sun protection factor). The microber not only dries very quickly, it wicks moisture away from your skin and evaporates it to cool you in the heat. This wicking action also helps you feel warmer in cool conditions, especially if the microber shirt is worn as an underlayer. As with buttondown shirts, microber shirts are made in longand short-sleeve versions. Obviously, the long-sleeve models oer more sun protection, although many of the shirts marketed for women are short-sleeved. As with shirts, you have a number of options for pants, and as with the shirts the UV protection should be built in. Good models are available from Columbia, Bimini Bay and a number of other makers. They are made from polyester or nylon, but not microber (it would wear funny). You can choose from pants with full-length legs, shorts or even models that convert back and forth, with legs that zip o. It’s no good to wear quick-dry pants if you’re wearing cotton underwear that soak up the water, so get some nylon ones (Jockey makes some that work well). Some anglers prefer to go without, which is also an option if you’re comfortable with it. Hats and face coverings are key components of your outdoor uniform. Although you don’t need to buy a special hat, most caps either don’t breathe well (so they’re hot to wear) or don’t oer much sun protection (especially if you have some hair loss). Calcutta and Glacier Outdoor make hats with removable neck protectors; Glacier says theirs is 50 UPF, but Calcutta makes no such claim. Head and face coverings have become very popular, not only for sun protection but also to keep wind burn at bay. Bu makes the standard (in fact, many anglers now use bu as a generic term), but Dr. Shade and other companies make them as well. Breathe Like A Fish even makes one that’s built right into a shirt for added convenience. When you’re buying a head and face cover, be sure to check the label — some models don’t have built-in UV protection, so you can get a burn anyway. Many face-covering garments are made from microber, with the same wicking action as microber shirts to keep you cool. When you’re keeping the sun o, don’t forget your hands. Columbia, Bu and Dr. Shade make sun-resistant gloves, most of which are ngerless to allow ease of handling shing gear and tying knots. Made of comfort able synthetic materials, these gloves are meant to be worn all day long. A sunburn on your hands can be very painful, so don’t forget this important part of your outt. No manufacturer sells a shoe marketed as UV protective, but any good pair of canvas or leather sneakers will block out the sun. Water socks made of mesh and sandals allow some sun to get through. If you plan on doing much wading, a pair of wading shoes is a good idea. If you plan to wade in winter, a pair of hip or chest waders is a beautiful thing to have — not for keeping the sun o but for keeping chilly water o your skin. A good pair of polarized sunglasses is indispensable any time you’re on the water. Polarized lenses not only keep the UV from damaging your eyes but also cut glare from the water’s surface, allowing you to see what’s below: Bottom contours, obstructions, bait, sh, whatever. Costa is a very popular brand in this area — not cheap, but very nice glasses. If you can’t drop the money for the good ones, get something. They probably won’t work as well or last as long, but at least your eyes won’t be naked. Being on the water without sunglasses that protect against UV is dangerous, both in the short term (surface glare has caused more than a few boating accidents) and long term, contributing to cataracts. A day on the water is usually a lot of fun, but most of you know what it’s like to pay the price later if you don’t protect yourself from the sun. With the quality outdoor apparel that’s available now, you can have the peace of mind that you’re protected while also making yourself more comfortable and saving money on sunscreen — it’s win-win-win. 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Saltwater ponds are scattered all over the Cape Haze peninsula. Most hold snook and juvenile tarpon, both of which grow up in this type of habitat. (Baby tarpon on y? Yes, please.) Some hold larger adult sh as well. Gravel bottom in this area of the Harbor often holds sharks — some times big sharks. Cape Haze Reef is smaller than Char lotte Harbor Reef, but it’s closer to the Gulf. Fishing is good at both, but if one isn’t producing, try the other. Healthy grass in the northern part of Matlacha Pass holds good numbers of redsh, which come here to feed on worms and clams. The largest gathering of spawning tarpon in the Atlantic Basin happens every spring in Boca Grande Pass. The Pass is also full of gag grouper and mangrove snapper, but you’re just as likely to snag the bottom as hook a sh. As tarpon head to the Pass, they cross over the very shallow waters of Johnson Shoals, where they can be sight-shed. Guys who throw ies at them like that sort of thing, so they hang out here. The Placida trestle holds sh of many species. The mainland and island ends are both public shing piers, but the midsection can be reached only by boat. Gasparilla Pass is tricky to navigate — the north side is shoaling badly. Use caution. Flounder and pompano hang out here. Gasparilla Sound, Bull Bay and Turtle Bay are all shallow and grassy. Island shorelines can be particularly productive areas. Look for areas of deep water right along bushy shorelines. Reds, snook and mangrove snapper love these spots. Hard bottom at Cape Haze Point holds ounder and pompano, and will grind your skeg right o if you’re not careful. Tarpon don’t stay in the passes. They cruise along the beaches to feed, and the bite there is often better. Docks and piers along Gasparilla Island are good places to nd snook and sheepshead. The big oil drums hold Goliath grouper bigger than you probably want to catch. Bottom shing can be fantastic in this general area. To nd new spots, try trolling a deep-running lipped plug about 10 feet o the bottom. When a gag hits it, mark the spot and investigate with baits on the bottom. You probably think of redsh as an inshore species, but those are the babies. Adults spend most of their time in the open waters of the Gulf. Big schools come near shore in late summer and early fall, but you’ll have to be lucky to run into them out here. Some always show up in the Harbor. Pine Island Sound has clear, highly salty water, which is wonderful for seagrass growth. Look for areas of mixed grass and sand, or rocky spots. The shoals here can sneak up on you. Use extra care navigating this area. Tarpon and sharks both frequent the deeper holes in the middle of the Harbor during the warmer months. They’re here to scavenge, so dead baits on the bottom work best. Most of Charlotte Harbor’s bottom is soft. The Sound has some rocks. Use caution outside the channels. Gravel bottom in this area of the Harbor often holds sharks — some times big sharks. Cape Haze Reef is smaller than Char lotte Harbor Reef, but it’s closer to the Gulf. Fishing is good at both, but if one isn’t producing, try the other. Healthy grass in the northern part of Matlacha Pass holds good numbers of redsh, which come here to feed on worms and clams. Hard bottom at Cape Haze Point holds ounder and pompano, and will grind your skeg right o if you’re not careful. The Charlotte Harbor Reef can be highly productive. Keeper gags are a realistic possibility, and Goliath grouper (mostly in the 50-pound range) are common. Watch out for your anchor — many have been lost here. Tarpon and sharks both frequent the deeper holes in the middle of the Harbor during the warmer months. They’re here to scavenge, so dead baits on the bottom work best. Snook get way up into the backcountry, including into water that doesn’t really seem to connect to the Harbor. It does. The area just south of Two Pines often holds large tarpon early in the season. Later in the summer, not so much. Go gure. The shallow grassats in this area are known for redsh, ounder and trout. The barrier sandbar is patrolled by smaller sharks, pompano and (in summer) cobia. The old Matlacha Bridge used to be a world-famous snook hangout. The replace ment bridge has some decent action, but the good old days are gone forever. There are few large tarpon in these canals, but lots and lots of juveniles. They’re more fun anyway — at least, if you can get them to bite. An assortment of tiny ies might help. Canal snook are often well-educated in identifying articial lures. However, half a mullet soaking on the bottom can be very dicult for them to ignore. I don't read the local news, but I want7-1 -7delivered to my door. Can you do that?A'Add WaterLineyour Sun or Gondolier Jwith no newspaper-rrsubscription for just subscription, for justZRi `_-A AA


2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 23 Hiring a ‘pro-fish-onal’ guideSouthwest Florida is home base for hundreds of shing guides. Some of them are profes sionals in every sense of the word; others are not. When you go on a trip with a guide, you have expectations of a good time on the water in exchange for your hard-earned dollars. If you do your homework and ask around a little, that’s exactly what you should get. The rst thing to remember about a charter guide is that you’re paying him to work for you. As with any other service, you shouldn’t just go with the rst guy you nd in the phone book. Call several and chat a bit. Visit the guide’s website. Get a recommendation from a friend, or from one of the local tackle shops. Once you are comfortable you’ve found someone who will do a good job and whose personality will mesh well with yours, tell him exactly what your expectations are — being up-front from the start will prevent misun derstandings. Be reasonable about what you expect. Wanting to catch tarpon in August or big trout in January is reasonable; wanting to catch tarpon in January or big trout in August is not. Every sherman has a favorite sh. So does every captain. Most are versatile and capable of catching whatever is swimming out there, but there are denitely some who are better at targeting certain sh than others. If you want to sh specically for sharks, it makes sense to hire a guide who is known for catching sharks. Also, a guide’s boat will make a dierence in what you target. If he runs a 16-foot ski, don’t expect to go out on the Gulf and catch amberjack. If you want to catch sh and have fun, almost any captain can do that. If you want to learn, though, be sure your guide under stands that ahead of time. Some will even oer teaching services on your boat. Don’t be shy about chatting it up and asking questions while you sh. Most guides are very willing to tell you about the Harbor and all it has to oer. By the time you get on board, your guide should already have loaded the boat with ice and bait. If you have to take the time to go catch bait, your allotted time should start after that chore is done. Be sure to mention it — again, merely to avoid misunderstandings. While you’re on the water, listen to your guide. You’re paying him for his ability and experience, so it will serve you well to take advantage of it. If you shed Turtle Bay last year and caught the heck out of big redsh, but your guide says the big redsh are at Pirate Harbor, you’re probably best o going to Pirate Harbor. If you insist, he’ll probably take you to Turtle Bay — but if the bite is lousy, it’s not fair to blame him. He tried to tell you. Some captains don’t make a single cast for themselves while they have clients on the boat. Others will wet a line, especially if they know they’ve got experienced anglers. Don’t be afraid to say something if you feel your guide is paying more attention to his own shing than to you. Some less-professional guides treat customers more like shing buddies. If that’s what you want, no problem. If it’s not, speak up. Remember, you’re the one paying him, so he’s working for you. Even the best charter captains have bad days shing. If you have a really blah day, many guides will deduct part of their fee and/ or oer you a discount on a future trip. Don’t expect to pay nothing for your trip, especially if the bad shing wasn’t something the guide could have controlled. After all, it costs him money for the fuel, the wear on his boat, bait and all his other expenses. If the weather changes dramatically the day before your charter, call him and ask how he wants to proceed. He may ask you to reschedule, or he may say he can nd the sh you want. As your trip winds down, decide whether you’ll be tipping your captain. Everyone knows to leave a tip for a waiter. What a lot of people don’t realize is that most charter guides also expect to get a tip for a job well done. How much? If your guide goes above and beyond or stretches your trip by a half-hour to keep you on a hot bite, a $50 tip is much appreciated. If he goes way above and beyond, $100 or more isn’t out of line. If there’s a mate on the boat, they usually work for tips only, so it’s expected that you’ll pony up between $50 and $150 for him (depending on how much he hustled for you). After your day on the water, be sure to give a report to the tackle shops that you talked to before you hired your guide. They’ll want to know how your experience was — good, bad or indierent. Reports from a captain’s customers are a big part of the recommen dations a shop makes, so you’ll be doing your part to ensure others have a good time on the water. Charter captains live and die by good word of mouth, so if you had a great time be sure to let others know. 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Knight Island is accessible only by boat, so the beaches see less foot trac than others in the area. There fore, they are excellent for anglers seeking to do a little surf shing. Of course, the hard part is getting there. Tarpon from 2 to 200 pounds use the Peace and Myakka rivers. Small ones can be found year-round; big sh are most often hooked in fall. Snook are quite at home in fresh water and will often travel many miles upriver in winter. It’s not uncommon to catch a snook on one cast and a bass on another. Stump Pass is a great area to sh from shore, but the walk is a killer. Choose your tackle care fully and pare down to the essentials or invest in a beach cart. Lemon Bay is becoming more turbid but still has a lot of healthy seagrass at the moment. This supports large numbers of trout and redsh, making Lemon Bay an angling hotspot. In addition to tarpon, juvenile Goliath grouper and young sharks also utilize the rivers. They’re great places to grow up. At El Jobean, the Myakka narrows and ows through a trestle and under two bridges. With so many ambush sites, it’s no wonder this spot is as popular with sh as it is with shermen. Excellent shing from the trestle or from a boat. Don’t overlook these short canals when you’re shing the Myakka. There’s a huge amount of snook habitat in them. The canals of South Gulf Cove are important habitat for many species of sh. This also makes them a great spot to wet a line. MARINAS1 Gulf Harbor Marina: 100 Circuit Road, Nokomis 2 Crow’s Nest Marina: 1968 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice 3 Venice Yacht Club: 1330 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice (private) 4 Gulf Liner Marine: 601 Tamiami Trail N, Venice 5 MarineMax of Venice: 1485 S Tamiami Trail, Venice 6 Royal Palm Marina: 779 W Wentworth Ave., Englewood 7 Stump Pass Marina: 260 Maryland Ave., Englewood 8 Marine Dynamics: 3340 Placida Road, Englewood 9 Cape Haze Marina: 6950 Placida Road, Englewood 10 Palm Island Marina: 7080 Placida Road, Englewood 11 Gulf Coast Marine Center: 4240 State Road 776, El Jobean 12 Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club: 4400 Lister Street, Port Charlotte (private) 13 Punta Gorda Marina: 25096 Marion Ave, Punta Gorda 14 Laishley Park Municipal Marina: 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda 15 Fishermen’s Village: 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda 16 Isles Yacht Club (private): 1780 W Marion Ave., Punta Gorda 17 Gator Creek Marine: 5000 Deltona Drive, Punta Gorda 18 Gasparilla Marina: 15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida 19 Eldred’s Marina: 6301 Boca Grande Causeway, Placida 20 Uncle Henry’s Marina: 5800 Gasparilla Road, Boca Grande 21 The Inn Marina: 891 E 8th Street, Boca Grande 22 Boca Grande Marina: 220 Harbor Drive, Boca Grande 23 Whidden’s Marina: E 190 1st Street, Boca Grande 24 Burnt Store Marina: 3192 Matecumbe Key Road, Punta Gorda 25 Bocilla Marina: 8115 Main Street, Bokeelia 26 Four Winds Marina: 16501 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia 27 Jug Creek Marina: 16498 Tortuga Street, Bokeelia 28 Cabbage Key: Pineland 29 Pineland Marina: 13921 Waterfront Drive, Pineland 30 Old Fish House Marina: 4530 Pine Island Road NW, MatlachaA word about these maps: The maps presented here are intended to be a representation of Southwest Florida’s waterways and shorelines. No guarantee of exact dimensions or shapes is made or implied. Although every eort has been made to include all available information herein, certain things may have been overlooked or may be incorrect. If you nd any, point them out and we’ll x them next time. Fish are shown in areas where that particular species is likely to nd suitable habitat. Again, no guarantee is made or implied that you will be able to nd or catch that species, or any other sh, in a given location. This map brought to you by MARINAS1 Gulf Harbor Marina: 100 Circuit Road, Nokomis 2 Crow’s Nest Marina: 1968 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice 3 Venice Yacht Club: 1330 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice (private) 4 Gulf Liner Marine: 601 Tamiami Trail N, Venice 5 MarineMax of Venice: 1485 S Tamiami Trail, Venice 6 Royal Palm Marina: 779 W Wentworth Ave., Englewood 7 Stump Pass Marina: 260 Maryland Ave., Englewood 8 Marine Dynamics: 3340 Placida Road, Englewood 9 Cape Haze Marina: 6950 Placida Road, Englewood 10 Palm Island Marina: 7080 Placida Road, Englewood 11 Gulf Coast Marine Center: 4240 State Road 776, El Jobean 12 Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club: 4400 Lister Street, Port Charlotte (private) 13 Punta Gorda Marina: 25096 Marion Ave, Punta Gorda 14 Laishley Park Municipal Marina: 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda 15 Fishermen’s Village: 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda 16 Isles Yacht Club (private): 1780 W Marion Ave., Punta Gorda 17 Gator Creek Marine: 5000 Deltona Drive, Punta Gorda 18 Gasparilla Marina: 15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida 19 Eldred’s Marina: 6301 Boca Grande Causeway, Placida 20 Uncle Henry’s Marina: 5800 Gasparilla Road, Boca Grande 21 The Inn Marina: 891 E 8th Street, Boca Grande 22 Boca Grande Marina: 220 Harbor Drive, Boca Grande 23 Whidden’s Marina: E 190 1st Street, Boca Grande 24 Burnt Store Marina: 3192 Matecumbe Key Road, Punta Gorda 25 Bocilla Marina: 8115 Main Street, Bokeelia 26 Four Winds Marina: 16501 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia 27 Jug Creek Marina: 16498 Tortuga Street, Bokeelia 28 Cabbage Key: Pineland 29 Pineland Marina: 13921 Waterfront Drive, Pineland 30 Old Fish House Marina: 4530 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha 31 Pine Island Commercial Marina: 6001 Maria Drive, St James City 32 Cape Harbour Marina: 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral 33 Tarpon Pointe Marina: 1695 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral 34 Cape Coral Yacht Club: 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral 35 The Landings Marina: 5200 S Landings Drive, Fort Myers 36 Deep Lagoon Boat Club: 14030 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers 37 Gulf Harbour Marina: 14490 Vista River Drive, Fort Myers 38 Peppertree Point: 14801 Laguna Drive, Fort Myers (private)39 St. Charles Yacht Club: 15900 St. Charles Harbour Blvd., Fort Myers (private) 40 Monroe Canal Marina: 3105 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia 41 Tween Waters Marina: 15951 Captiva Road, Captiva 42 Castaways Marina: 6460 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel 43 Sanibel Marina: 634 N Yachtsman Drive, Sanibel 44 Port Sanibel Marina: 14341 Port Comfort Road, Fort Myers 45 Moss Marine: 450 Harbor Court, Fort Myers Beach 46 Ft. Myers Beach Marina: 703 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Myers Beach 47 Salty Sam’s Marina: 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach 48 Snook Bight Marina: 4765 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach 49 Mullock Creek Marina: 1850 Mullock Creek Lane, Fort Myers 50 Fish Tale Marina: 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach 51 Big Hickory Fishing Nook Marina: 26107 Hickory Blvd., Bonita Springs 52 Bonita Bay Marina: 27598 Marina Pointe Drive, Bonita Springs 53 Fish Trap Marina: 4792 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 54 Cocohatchee River Marina: 13535 Vanderbilt Drive, Naples RAMPS55 Nokomis Ramp: 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis 56 Loreto Ramp: 800 Loreto Court, Nokomis (limited parking) 57 Venice Marina Ramp Park: 301 E. Venice Ave., Venice 58 South Venice Ramp: 1500 Lemon Bay Drive, S. Venice (private) 59 Manasota Beach Ramp: 8570 Manasota Key Road, Englewood 60 Snook Haven Ramp: 5000 E. Venice Ave., Venice (fee) 61 Marina Park: 7030 Chancellor Blvd., North Port 62 Indian Mound Park Ramp: 210 Winson Ave., Englewood 63 Ainger Creek Park Ramp: 2011 Placida Road, Englewood 64 El Jobean Ramp: 4224 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte 65 Butterford Ramp: 13555 Marathon Boulevard, Port Charlotte 66 South Gulf Cove Ramp: 10150 Amicola Street, Port Charlotte 67 Spring Lake Ramp: 3520 Lakeview Boulevard, Port Charlotte 68 Port Charlotte Beach Ramp: 4500 Harbor Boulevard, Port Charlotte 69 Harbor Heights Park Ramp: 27420 Voyageur Drive, Punta Gorda70 Riverside Park: 8320 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda (limited parking)71 Darst Park Ramp: 537 Darst Avenue, Punta Gorda 72 Laishley Municipal Ramp: 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda 73 Ponce de Leon Park Ramp: 3400 Ponce De Leon Parkway, Punta Gorda 74 Gasparilla Marina: 15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida (private) 75 Placida Ramp: Boca Grande Causeway and Gasparilla Road, Placida 76 Eldred’s Marina: 6301 Boca Grande Causeway, Placida (fee) 77 Uncle Henry’s Marina: 5820 Gasparilla Road, Boca Grande (fee) 78 Burnt Store Marina Ramp: 3192 Matecumbe Key Road, Punta Gorda (private) 79 Lavender’s Landing: 7290 Barrancas Ave. NW, Bokeelia 80 Pineland Marina Public Ramp: 13851 Waterfront Drive, Pineland 81 Burnt Store Ramp: 230 Burnt Store Road South, Cape Coral 82 D & D Bait & Tackle: 3922 Pine Island Road, Matlacha (private) 83 Matlacha Ramp: 4577 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha 84 Pine Island Commercial Marina Ramp: 6001 Maria Drive, St. James City 85 Cape Coral Yacht Club Ramp: 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral 86 Punta Rassa Ramp: 18700 Punta Rassa Road, Fort Myers 87 Port Sanibel Marina: 14341 Port Comfort Road, Fort Myers (private) 88 Sanibel Ramp: Sextant Drive and Causeway Road, Sanibel 89 Ebb Tide Ramp: 1725 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach (private) 90 Lovers Key State Park Ramp: 8700 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach 91 Big Hickory Pass Ramp: 26107 Hickory Blvd, Bonita Springs 92 Imperial River Ramp: 27551 S Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs 93 Fish Trap Marina: 4794 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs (private)FISHING PIERS94 North Venice Jetty: 1000 Casey Key Road, Nokomis 95 South Venice Jetty: West end of Tarpon Center Drive, Venice 96 Venice Municipal Pier: 1600 Harbor Drive S, Venice (no license req’d) 97 Ainger Pier: 1385 Beach Road, Englewood 98 El Jobean Pier: End of Garden Road, El Jobean 99 Spring Lake Park: 3520 Lakeview Boulevard, Port Charlotte 100 Port Charlotte Beach Park: 4500 Harbor Boulevard, Port Charlotte 101 Bayshore Live Oak Park West Pier: 23157 Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte 102 Bayshore Live Oak Park East Pier: 23157 Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte 103 Adrienne Street Pier: East Marion Ave and Adrienne Street, Punta Gorda104 Laishley Park Pier: 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda 105 Gilchrist Park Pier: 400 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda 106 Ponce de Leon Park Pier: 3400 Ponce De Leon Parkway, Punta Gorda 107 Allapatchee Park Pier: 3100 Hickory Court, Punta Gorda 108 Coral Creek Pier: Fishery Road and Gasparilla Road, Placida 109 Gasparilla Pier: Fishery Road and Gasparilla Road, Placida 110 Boca Grande Pier: 5810 Gasparilla Road, Boca Grande 111 Bokeelia Pier: end of Main Street, Bokeelia (no license req’d, fee) 112 Matlacha Community Park Pier: 4577 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha 113 Yacht Club Community Park Pier: 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral 114 Bunche Beach Piers: 18201 John Morris Road, Fort Myers 115 Lighthouse Beach Pier: Southern end of Periwinkle Way, Sanibel 116 Fishermans Wharf Pier: 700 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Myers Beach 117 Lynn Hall Memorial Pier: 950 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach 118 Lovers Key State Park Pier: 8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach 119 Imperial River Pier: 27551 S Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs A word about these maps:The maps presented here are intended to be a representation of Southwest Florida’s waterways and shorelines. No guarantee of exact dimensions or shapes is made or implied. Although every eort has been made to include all available information herein, certain things may have been overlooked or may be incorrect. If you nd any, point them out and we’ll x them next time. Fish are shown in areas where that particular species is likely to nd suitable habitat. Again, no guarantee is made or implied that you will be able to nd or catch that species, or any other sh, in a given location. The canals of Port Charlotte are generally salt south of U.S. 41 and fresh to the north. Snook and baby tarpon can be found almost anywhere in the system. Many anglers ignore the Peace River, which is dumb. Navigation can be a challenge — go slow until you know. This area often holds small sharks and has been known to hold an occasional sawsh. The U.S. 41 bridges over the Peace River are a favorite shore-shing spot. As of this writing, it’s legal to do so from the catwalk. However, be careful to avoid conicts with those walking or running the bridge. Be sure to take your trash back with you, and collect any trash you come across. It only takes a couple bad actors to ruin this spot for everyone — don’t be one of them. Alligator Creek is shallow and muddy, but there are some huge snook — if you can gure out where they like to stay. The Myakka Cuto is too shallow for most boats, but the shing is great. On a windy day when the Harbor is covered in whitecaps and churned up, the Punta Gorda canal system can be a fantastic place to hide for them wind and get your sh on. If it’s cold, look in the deeper areas; if it’s not, cast to docks, parked boats and mangroves. Be aware of the fact that you’re in someone’s backyard and try not to be a jerk. 5 MILES 2 MILES 1 MILE 0.5 MILEMarinasThis map is not intended for use as a navigational chart. For your safety, use an actual chart for navigation.. Boat ramps. 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PAGE 66 Page 26 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Cobia are somewhat dicult to target in this area, mostly because they’re only here in large numbers for a fairly short period of time. They winter mostly south of us and summer to the north, so we see them mostly as they pass through. Cobes are voracious predators, and will eat almost anything. Baits that will catch cobia include shrimp, crabs, almost any small baitsh, almost any large baitsh, and chunks of cut sh. In other areas, eels are a very popular cobia bait. There are fewer eels in this part of the state, but many anglers use articial lures that resemble eels. These baits can be very eective, as can bucktail jigs, smaller soft plastics, lipped plugs and even topwater lures when the sh are in the mood. However, cobia can be nicky at times, turning up their noses at anything you oer them. If one bait doesn’t work, you’re well-advised to try another as quickly as you can. Don’t assume that just because it’s a big sh, only a big bait will do. You’re pretty big, but you eat M&Ms, don’t you? Sometimes the smallest soft plastic you have, or the back half of a bigger one, is just right. They’re not the brightest sh in the sea, and they are attracted to oating objects. This combination of traits means they will often check out a boat that is at anchor or adrift. They rarely hang around for long, though, so the better prepared you are to take your shot when one swims past, the more likely you are to put one in the boat. Cobia are a highly sought sh not only for their powerful, drag-screaming ght, but also for their delicate, aky white meat. There are a few sh in this area (or any other area) that are better than cobia on the table. If you don’t wear your cobe out while it’s in the water, you’ll have to wear it out in the boat. That might be a problem — cobia have been known to do some intense and crazed thrashing when pulled into a boat. This may result in damaged tackle, injuries to anglers, and not uncommonly a sh that goes back overboard. Be sure your cobia is done ghting before you put it in the boat. If you’re sure it’s a keeper, the best way to deal with it is to pull it out of the water and drop it right in the cooler. Photo providedIn the water, cobia are easily mistaken for sharks. The man in the brown suitNo hook, no fishThe importance of the hook is sometimes overlooked. You can have the most expensive rod and reel on the market, use the highest quality shing line, and be in the middle of the world’s biggest school of redsh — but if you have a dull, rusty or imsy hook, you’re not going to catch much. Hooks have come a long way since Stone Age people rst carved them from abalone shells. Most hooks today are chemically sharpened, and have the sharpest point they’ll ever have right out of the package. However, not all hooks are created equal. Cheap hooks are made from wire of inferior quality. Although they may seem like a bargain, they’re really a tragedy waiting to happen. Imagine that you’ve hooked the sh of a lifetime. You’ve fought it to the side of the boat and are getting ready to net it when the hook snaps. You can bet that obrand hook doesn’t seem like such a good deal now. High-quality hooks are inexpensive anyway. And that’s good, because you need to think of hooks as disposable. If your hook is deep in a sh or for some reason hard to remove, cut the line as close as you can and call it good. If you’re doing more damage removing it than it did going in, you’re killing the sh over 50 cents. Not worth it. Hooks come in packs — just pull out another one. Many anglers tend to use hooks that are unnecessarily large. Take a look at the treble hooks used on hard plastic baits. While some of them are made of wire that’s too thin, the actual size of the hook is more than sucient to hold a big sh. So why would you use a hook any larger than that when shing with another method? Sometimes it makes sense; for example, when you’re using a big bait and a small hook might turn and end up with the point buried. But in general, the biggest mistake most people make is using a hook that’s too large. You’ll sometimes hear of people straightening out hooks while ghting sh. Usually, the hook takes the blame, but most of the time it’s the angler who was at fault. Unless you’re shing around heavy cover, you probably don’t need a 4X-strong hook. What you should do instead is loosen up your drag a bit. When you and the sh are pulling against each other, the drag is what should be taking the strain, not the hook. 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PAGE 67 Page 28 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing News flash: Big fish eat little fishAlthough articial bait has come a long way over the years, sometimes you just can’t beat the real thing. As stinky and smelly as some articials are these days, nothing can replicate the chemicals given o by a living organism. In fact, some oil-based attractants are undetect able because their molecules are too large for the receptor sites of the sh. Natural baits are any live or dead animals, or any parts of them, used to catch sh. You can catch many bait varieties; others are usually purchased. Almost any small sh can also be used for bait, as long as they aren’t juvenile gamesh or other regulated species, but there are a few species that have become standards. How? They’re either readily available, easy to catch in large numbers, just the right size or some combination of the three. Don’t get caught up in the idea that these are the only baits sh will eat — they’re not nearly as picky as shermen. Whitebait are undoubtedly the more popular baitsh choice in this area. There’s no one species called a whitebait — it’s a catchall term for several dierent species of scaled sardines. Some anglers lump in thread herring, menhaden and Spanish sardines under the “whitebait” category. You may also hear the terms greenie, greenback, pilchard or minnow used. What’s so great about them? They’re abun dant from spring through fall, fairly easy to catch in a castnet, fairly easy to keep alive in a ow-thru baitwell, and have no spines or sharp parts to stick in your hands. They’re shiny and sh can spot them from a distance. They’re oily and bloody, so they produce lots of scent. And of course, most predatory sh just love them. Nothing is perfect, though. Whitebait have short life spans when hooked, and even shorter in a bait bucket or well that’s not owing. Plus, you need to own a castnet and be procient in throwing it. When whitebait are scarce, some shermen will spend hours hunting down and catching them. Those are hours that could be spent shing. Atlantic thread herring — threadns — are a top bait for bigger sh. Scaled sardines rarely grow larger than 5 inches. Threadies can push 10. They look like a tiny tarpon, right down to the trailing lament on the dorsal n, but aren’t related. Threadies are less tolerant of crowding in the livewell but live much longer on a hook, so you won’t need as many baits. For bottom shing, pinsh often get the nod over whitebait. These small porgies are very common on the grassats and on the reefs, so grouper and snapper are used to eating them. They also make good bait for redsh, snook, big trout and other inshore species. Be careful with them, as their dorsal n spines are sharp and ne. If you break one o in your palm or nger, it’ll be like the worst splinter you ever had. For really big sh, ladysh are a top choice. Sharks and tarpon love them, and so do big snook. Chunks of fresh cut ladysh are excellent bait for redsh and bottom shing, and they can also be ground into a top-quality chum. If you don’t want to throw a castnet, you can try a sabiki rig. This is basically several small hooks tied a few inches apart on a single line and can be used with any rod and reel. The hooks may be bare shiny metal, dressed with mylar or feathers, or tipped with bits of squid. Threadies prefer bare hooks; pinsh like the squid. To keep your baitsh alive, get them into the livewell as quickly as possible. A bait opping around on a hot deck won’t last long. Don’t take any more baitsh than you need. Remember, the sh you want to catch rely on these baitsh as a food source, and if they don’t feed well they won’t reproduce well. There’s a lot of bait out there, but there are also lots of guys with castnets. Too many anglers just think “free bait” without thinking about the consequences of taking too much. We need to police ourselves, or someone will show up to police us. Photo providedWhitebait: Nature’s candy. 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PAGE 68 Page 30 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Learning to speak the language Learning to speak the language Whether you’re new to the water or an old salt, you have to agree that anglers use some lingo that takes a while to pick up. I thought a glossary of some of these words might be useful to you. Although the following list is far from complete, it should be enough to get you started. ARTIFICIAL LURE: Any bait not organic in nature; usually made of plastic, metal, wood, feathers, hair or some combination thereof. BACKCOUNTRY: Inshore areas characterized by narrow, shallow waterways and heavy mangrove growth. There is open water in the backcountry, but getting to it is often dicult. Sometimes used to refer to any inshore waters. BAG LIMIT: T he quantity of a given species that may be taken by a harvester each day. For the purposes of the bag limit, a harvester is a person actively engaged in catching sh. Someone who isn’t shing, has no license or is too young to hold a rod is not a harvester, which means they cannot collect any part of a bag limit. BAIT: Any natural or articial lure used to entice sh to bite a hook. BLINDCASTING: A method of sportshing in which an angler casts a bait to an area he supposes a sh might be, as opposed to sightcasting. BLUE WATER: Water so deep it appears royal blue. On this coast, it takes a very long run to reach blue water. BOGA: A brand of lip-gripping tool. Often used generically to refer to any similar tool. BOTTOM FISHING: A shing style that utilizes natural baits and heavy sinkers to target reef sh (usually grouper and/or snapper) in the Gulf. BRACKISH: Water that is a mixture of salt and fresh. During the rainy season, the entire Harbor is often brackish due to heavy river ow. When it’s dry in spring, brackish water may extend far up the rivers. Brackish water is often murky and/or tinted brown, but not always. See tannins. BRAID: Fishing line usually made from synthetic bers. Popular braids are characterized by small diameters and high tensile strength. BUCK SNOOK: A small snook (16 to 24 inches). Snook are almost always male at this size and become female when they get larger. BULL REDFISH: Generic term for a large redsh. Usually reserved for sh longer than 30 inches. BUSHES: Mangrove trees overhanging the water, which often provide shelter for surpris ingly large sh. BUSTING BAIT: Large sh attacking small sh at the water’s surface. BYCATCH: A sh caught while targeting a dierent species. CANAL: A long and narrow man-made waterway. May be lled with salt, brackish or fresh water. CASTNET: A circular net 4 to 30 feet in diam eter, weighted at the edges, designed to be thrown. The netter grips an attached rope to retrieve the net. CATCHANDRELEASE: To capture sh with no intention of harvesting them. CHANNEL: A navigable pathway of deeper water through an area of shallower water. Some are natural; others dredged. CHUM: Small pieces of food or liquid (blood, sh oil, etc.) used as a scent attractant and to get sh started feeding. CREEK: A narrow natural body of water, usually owing. Freshwater creeks may ow for many miles. Tidal creeks are brackish or salt water and have no natural ow (water moves only with the tides), and may be as short as 100 feet. CURRENT: Moving water in any form. CUTBAIT: Pieces of sh used as bait. Usually cut from whole sh, not llets. DEHOOKER: A tool used to remove a hook without handling the sh. DRAG: A device that creates friction on a shing reel’s spool to put pressure on a sh as it pulls against the line. DRIFT FISHING: Fishing from an unanchored boat with no propulsion system engaged. DROPOFF: A sudden change of depth. EAST WALL, WEST WALL: The east and west sides of Charlotte Harbor. The east wall extends from roughly Alligator Creek to Matlacha Pass. The west wall extends from Cattle Dock Point to Cape Haze Point. Both walls feature extensive mangroves. The east wall has a much larger area of ats and a large number of small islands. FISHFINDER: An electronic device that uses sonar to illustrate objects beneath the surface of the water. FLAT: A large area of shallow water (0.1 to 6 feet deep), with a more-or-less-level bottom. Most ats are called by what covers the bottom (grassats, mudats, etc.). FLUOROCARBON: A plastic material often formed into thin strands and used for leaders. Fluorocarbon’s refractive index makes it almost invisible in water. FREELINE: To sh a live bait with no weight or oat. FWC: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva tion Commission; sets regulations for harvest of game and sh on Florida lands and waters. GAFF: A large hook attached to a pole used to land sh. Gang is a safer way to handle toothy sh, but should be used only for sh that will be harvested. GATOR TROUT: A large trout. Here, usually any specimen larger than 5 pounds. GOOGAN: Inexperienced boater, especially one who has little regard for other boaters and shermen. Generally not a term of endearment. GREENBACK: See whitebait. GROUPER DIGGING: See bottom shing. GUIDE: A licensed professional who takes indi viduals or small groups on a boat for shing, tourism or other purposes. HARD BOTTOM: A section of seaoor that is shelly or rocky. In the Gulf, hard bottom often refers to exposed limestone bedrock. HARVEST: To remove an animal from the wild. ICW: The Intracoastal Waterway, a system of man-made and naturally occurring channels that allow a boat to traverse the coast without being exposed to the open Gulf. INSHORE: In this area, any salt or Everyone line upOver the past few years, braided “superlines” have become very popular. Many anglers who have made the switch say they’re converts for life and won’t go back to monolament line. Braid has many advantages over mono. It doesn’t stretch, so it’s much more sensitive — you can feel every tap on your line, and you know just what your lure is doing by feel alone. It’s a lot smaller in diameter than mono of the same strength, which means it has less resistance to both air and water, enabling you to cast farther and also allowing a live bait to move about more freely. Reduced water resistance also makes it a better choice for trolling. Because of the smaller diameter, you can pack a lot more line on a given reel. It’s more abrasion resistant than mono — sharp oysters or barnacles that would slice through monolament will do much less damage to braid. Braid both holds less water and is less prone to drying out, both of which contribute to its longer useful lifespan. Of course, it’s not perfect. Braid is opaque, so you have to use leader, which many local anglers won’t. Under some circumstances, braid makes more noise as it moves through the water. Because it won’t stretch, it doesn’t act as a shock absorber like monolament does and can be snapped by rapidly applied force (for example, a snook pounding your bait a foot from the boat). Making the switch from mono to braid will require you to relearn some techniques. Set your drag a little looser — since the line won’t absorb the shock, your drag will need to. When you cast, don’t start cranking as soon as your lure hits the water. Flip your bail manually, pull the line taut, pick up the slack and then start working your lure. This isn’t a bad thing. You may recall having read somewhere that you should wait a few seconds after your bait splashes down to start working it, and this little ritual will give you time to do just that. Another dierence is that cutting braid will require a special tool — you absolutely cannot snip it with your teeth. Braided line is the latest step in the continued evolution of shing line. Although monolament will stick around for a while, it’s not likely braid is going away — until, of course, the next innovation comes along. For leader material, many anglers choose monolament. When the water is dingy or the sh unwary, that’s no problem. But when the water is clear or the sh are line-shy, uorocarbon is the way to go. Yes, it costs more — about ve to 10 times more — but because it’s nearly invisible in water, you’ll get more strikes. With some sh, such as yellow tail snapper and snook under docks, you can sometimes sh for hours with a mono leader and not get bit. 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2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 31 brackish water except the open Gulf of Mexico. JETTY: A man-made wall that extends out into the water. Often made of large rocks. KEEPER: A sh that is legal to harvest. LANDING NET: A large handheld net with a handle, used to bring a sh ashore or into a boat. LEADER: A section of shing line or wire between the lure or bait and the main shing line (also called running line). Leader may be used for stealth (lower visibility) or to prevent breako due to abrasion on rough surfaces or sharp teeth. LEDGE: A dropo in a hard bottom area. Some times used to describe the rapid change in depth found along the edges of natural passes. LIVE BAIT: A natural bait (shrimp, crab, small sh, worm, etc.) that is still alive when used. LIVEWELL: A tank aboard a vessel used to keep harvested sh alive. Usually plumbed with a pump to allow circulation of fresh water. When used for live bait, referred to as a baitwell. Some boats have dedicated livewells and baitwells. MANGROVE: One of several species of trees that form forests along the undeveloped shores of Charlotte Harbor. Mangrove roots are vital habitat for hundreds of species, from snails to Goliath grouper. See bushes. MONOFILAMENT: A strand of nylon used as shing line. MOUTH: The end of a river, creek or canal where it ows into a larger body of water. NOMOTOR ZONE: An area where combustion engines are not allowed to be used. Boats may be powered by electric trolling motors or push poles. Also known as a pole-and-troll zone. OFFSHORE: In this area, anything occurring in the open Gulf of Mexico. OYSTER BAR: A colony of oysters, often found in shallow water and exposed at low tide. Large oyster bars may be called oyster reefs. PASS: A connection between inshore waters and the Gulf of Mexico. Passes are often deep but with associated sandbars and have strong currents, which are appealing to sh and make swimming (and sometimes boating) unsafe. PELAGIC: Animals that live in the open ocean, often near the surface. PIER NET: A circular net 3 to 6 feet in diameter, attached to a rope and used to land hooked sh from a pier or bridge. POINT: A strip of land that extends into the water. POLARIZED LENSES: Lenses which aect light waves to cause an apparent reduction in light reection and glare. Used to see sh or bottom contours from above the water’s surface. POPPING CORK: A shing oat designed to make noise to attract sh. POTHOLE: A sandy area on a grassat. Usually slightly deeper than the surrounding area. Also called a sandhole. RAT REDFISH: A redsh less than 18 inches long (too small to legally keep). RED TIDE: A bloom (rapid growth) of an alga (Karenia brevis) that naturally occurs in Florida’s salt waters. In heavy concentrations, the algae produce toxins that can kill sh and other marine animals. Blooms may make the water look dark or milky, rarely reddish. REEF: An underwater aggregation of rock or coral. An articial reef may be made of rubble, concrete or by intentionally sinking a vessel. RUN: A sh swimming while hooked. Also, the large-scale migration of certain sh species (mackerel, sharks, etc.) SANDBAR: Often shortened to bar. On the ats, there is a barrier sandbar separating the deeper open Harbor from the shallower ats. May also refer to the shallow areas between troughs. On the Gulf beaches, the shallower areas created by wave action (usually the shallowest is closest to shore, with one or two more farther out). In most cases, bars run parallel to shore. SAND SPIKE: A long rod holder (often a simple PVC tube) for beach use. SCHOOLIE: Many pelagic sh (king mackerel, mahi, etc.) school as juveniles and are more or less loners when adult. Schoolies are the young ones. SEAGRASS: Any of several rooted plants found in shallow water (0 to about 6 feet in this area). Sometimes seen uprooted and oating. SEASON: The time of year when a sh can be legally harvested. Seasons are often closed to prevent harvest during spawning. SHORT: A sh too small to legally keep. SIGHTCASTING: A method of sportshing in which the angler sees an individual sh (or school of sh), then casts a bait to it. SIZE LIMIT: The minimum or maximum size of a sh that may be legally harvested. Depending on species, measured to the middle of the tail fork or overall with the tail squeezed. SLAM: The feat of catching one each of several dierent species in a day of shing. The Charlotte Harbor slam is a trout, a redsh and a snook. For a Charlotte Harbor grand slam, add a tarpon. SLOB: An especially large sh, usually grouper, snook or redsh. SLOT LIMIT: A size limit with both a minimum and a maximum. For example, redsh must be between 18 and 27 inches to be harvested. SMOKER: A large king mackerel, usually 4 feet or bigger. SOLUNAR TABLE: A chart showing times when sh are more likely to feed, based on positions of the sun and moon. SPILLWAY: A section of a dam that is open to allow water through, usually during times of high water. STRUCTURE: Any permanent or semiperma nent natural or man-made object in the water. TAILING: Fish feeding in such shallow water that when they lower their heads, their tails stick up out of the water. Practiced especially by redsh; also by hardhead catsh, sheeps head, snook and stingrays. TANNINS: Chemicals in decaying plants that tint water yellow or reddish (think iced tea). The rivers that feed Charlotte Harbor are high in tannins, which darkens the Harbor’s waters. TRASH FISH: A sh not valued for food, bait or sport. TROLLING: A shing method that utilizes a bait or lure towed behind a moving boat. Also, to sh a bait or lure in a similar way from a pier, a bridge or a seawall. TROUGH: On the ats, the deeper areas between sandbars. On the Gulf beaches, the deeper areas created by wave action (usually one in the surf zone and one to three more farther out). Troughs run parallel to shore. VENTING TOOL: A hollow needle used to puncture the swim bladder of a sh. Intended to release gas that builds up in some species when pulled to the surface from depths of 50 feet or more. WEEDLINE: A oating mass of any marine plant or macroalgae. Also, a stand of plants rooted in shallow water and projecting above the surface. WHITEBAIT: A generic term for small baitsh, usually scaled sardines. Also called greenbacks, greenies, pilchards and minnows. WRECK: A sunken vessel or aircraft, sometimes intentional and sometimes accidental, which serves as a type of articial reef. Up north, many anglers living along the Atlantic seaboard target ounder and uke. After moving to sunny Florida, a lot of them seem to forget about the atties. But make no mistake; they are here, and they can be targeted. For most anglers, ounder are an incidental catch. That’s because ounder feed dierently from most popular local game sh. When a ounder grabs a bait, he generally holds it in his mouth and just sits still for a moment. Most anglers, feeling that on the other end of their line, assume they have snagged grass or an oyster shell and give the line a sharp jerk to free it. This pulls the bait right out of the ounder’s mouth, most of the time without the sherman realizing he was ever there. Although ounder are opportunistic predators, they really prefer sh. If you’re going to target ounder, you should be using a live sh, a strip of sh belly, or a sh-imitating soft plastic. Cast it out, let it sink, and drag it across the bottom where you think a ounder might be. When you feel the line snag, stop moving the bait, count slowly to 10 and then set the hook. This gives the ounder time to turn the bait around in his mouth and think about swallowing it. Flounder can be found throughout the Harbor, in the surf, and even around nearshore reefs. In all of these places, they look for a similar type of habitat: Soft open sand near some type of structure. The sand is for burying themselves in to ambush prey, and the structure serves to draw that prey in. Flounder are very strong ghters, which should be no surprise. They’re basically the same shape as a jack except sideways. There are actually two common species here: Gulf ounder, which are brownish with three large black spots on the colored side of the body, prefer to live in the shallow waters of the estuary and rarely grow larger than 16 inches. Southern ounder, which can reach weights of more than 20 pounds, are more commonly caught near the reefs and in the surf. Their coloration is more mottled. Both of our local ounder are very closely related to the sh called uke up north and have the same big, toothy jaws. Don’t stick your ngers in there, OK? 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PAGE 70 Page 32 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing When is high tide?Southwest Florida tides are mysterious things. They come in and go out in odd patterns, with as many as ve a day or as few as one. Low tide may occur an hour after high tide and be recorded at the same height, then the water may ood in and get 18 inches higher in a few hours. It may seem like multiple personality disorder, but our strange tides are really just the result of the shape of the Gulf of Mexico. See, on the open Atlantic coast, you have one high tide and one low tide in a 24-hour period. These are called diurnal tides. In other places, there are two high and two low tides. These are semidiurnal tides. So far, so good. But along the Gulf coast, we have what are called mixed tides — sometimes diurnal, sometimes semidiurnal. The mechanics of it are very complex, so let’s leave it at this: The sea bounces o the coastal contours of the Gulf like water sloshing about in an irregularly shaped bin. Determining what it will do can be done by mathematical equation but not by observing the previous day’s tides. Fortunately, there’s a solution: Tide charts do all that pesky math for you, so at a glance you can nd out how much water will be under your hull when you’re crossing the Cape Haze bar. (That’s mostly true; I’ll explain in just a moment.) But a tide chart is no good unless you can read it. If you’re still in the dark, no worries. Here’s how it works: Tide heights are expressed in feet above or below mean lower low water, which is a technical term for sea level. Abbreviated MLLW, these are the depths shown on a navigational chart. On the charts in WaterLine every week, these are expressed in both text and graph form. The graph (the part that looks a bit like a very unhealthy heart rate readout) is a bit easier for the uninitiated to grasp. Wherever the line goes up, the tide is rising. Where it goes down, the tide is falling. It’s easy to see the height of each day’s tides relative to every other day’s. In this format, it’s easy to see when the tide will be rising or falling quickly — the steeper the slope, the faster the tide (again, mostly true; I really will explain in just a sec here). Below the graphs, you’ll nd the same information in a text-only format. This is how tide charts are usually presented on giveaway cards, because you can t the information into a smaller space. If you look at the numbers and compare them to the ones on the graph, you’ll see they’re the same. Tide charts are only accurate for the listed location. Inshore, the closer you are to the Gulf the sooner a low or high tide will happen. For example, the times listed for Punta Gorda are correct only for the exact spot where the tide station is (I believe it’s the U.S. 41 bridges). If you’re at Ponce de Leon Park, a couple miles closer to the Gulf, low and high tides will occur a few minutes sooner than the time shown. It takes time for water to ow. Now, about that explaining: There are a couple variables that can aect tide height, sometimes hugely. Tide predictions are avail able years in advance. They’re based on moon phase and season, and there’s no way they can account for local weather conditions. In the winter, we have naturally lower low tides. We also have a prevailing north or northwest wind that tends to push water out of the Harbor. No tide chart takes this wind into consideration, which is why sometimes a tide that’s predicted to be, say, 0.36 can actually be -0.24. The harder and longer the wind blows, the more this eect will be magnied. In summer, strong southerly or westerly winds can have the opposite eect, driving water levels up. High tides driven by tropical storms or hurricanes sometimes spill over seawalls (or worse). High rainfall and the river ooding that follows can also cause tides to be higher than predicted. Be absolutely clear on this — tide height is a prediction ONLY. You as a responsible boater must factor in conditions at your location. That weakness aside, tide charts are a fantastic tool for anyone who uses the water, which is why we devote the time and eort to producing them every single week. Also known as gray snapper, mangrove snapper are an extremely popular target both inshore and oshore in this area. Snapper are a favorite table sh, and mangrove snapper are the most abundant species in this area. They are also the only species that can be found at relatively large sizes in the estuary. Mangrove snapper are relatively common around almost any structure, though in shallow water many of the sh will be only a few inches long. These little guys are easy to catch and will take almost any bait, but as they get larger they quickly acquire an education. Big mangrove snapper are very cagey and often dicult to entice with a baited hook. Fish that grow up around shing piers and docks are often the smartest of the group, so if you want to increase your chances of hooking a decent mangrove snapper inshore, it’s a good idea to sh for them where other people don’t. For example, a deep mangrove shoreline, where the sh are probably less educated. Live baits are also helpful, with shrimp a top choice when it’s cooler and whitebait preferred in summer. To really get them going, a handful of disabled live whitebait can be tossed into the area where the snapper are hanging out. No matter where they are, if you can get them feeding with abandon, they’re far easier to catch. To legally harvest mangrove snapper using natural bait, you must use an inline circle hook to catch them. For more infor mation about targeting these and other snappers on the reefs, see the section on bottom shing on page 8. Don’t get snappy with me Spanish mackerel maybe one of the most underrated game sh in the entire state. Their bigger cousins the kingsh get far more publicity. But the little Spanny macks are just as fast and just as powerful, pound for pound, as their bigger relatives. There are a few Spanish mackerel in the area almost all the time, but like many other sh, they are more abundant in the spring and fall. During the runs, it’s not uncommon to catch a sh on every cast for as long as you can stay on the schools. Spanish mackerel are hyperspeed swim mers, and baits that move fast strongly appeal to them. Those who prefer arti cials will nd that spoons, jigs and shiny plugs work very well and that it’s almost impossible to retrieve them too fast. They can also be trolled at 3 to 5 knots. If you like natural baits, casting or drifting with live whitebait or shrimp is hard to beat. Many anglers believe that mackerel teeth will cut through any leader not made from wire. However, wire leader will signicantly reduce the number of strikes you get. More experienced anglers choose heavy uorocarbon or monolament in the 40to 60-pound range, knowing there will be a few cutos but that they will get a lot more bites. When you bring a mackerel into the boat, there’s a potential for you to be injured. These sh have absurdly sharp teeth and will sometimes snap about at anything in range. To minimize the risk, it’s a good plan to use lures that have single hooks and to mash down the barbs — there are fewer sharp things, you can get the sh unhooked more quickly, and if you do manage to get hooked it’s a lot easier to remove. For more about barbless hooks, see page 26. Photo providedA chunky mangrove snapper from a nearshore reef. 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2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 33 Conservation: It’s your choiceBack in Grandpa’s day, it was no big deal to go out and load the boat to the gunnels with sh. There were so many sh that it was ridiculous to think we could ever catch them all, or even catch enough of them to make any dierence. The potential of the oceans seemed unlimited. Now we know better. With more and more people shing the same water and targeting the same sh, we’ve come to understand that we really could catch them all. With some species, we have already come dangerously close. Every sherman today has to also be a conservationist. That doesn’t mean you have to be a tree hugger or join PETA. Conservation means that we can harvest, but only at a sustainable rate. It’s not enough to merely adhere to bag limits. We must also ensure that our released sh survive, take care to not overharvest unregulated species such as bait sh, and minimize the damage that we do to the environment. This is easier when you’re shing in your own backyard. After all, if you’re coming back out tomorrow, you probably don’t want to look at the beer cans that you left yesterday. So why would you chop up the grass you plan to sh later? Why would you burn shorelines, spooking sh away from the areas you’re hoping they’ll be? Think about the eects of your actions, and how those eects are multi plied by the thousands of other shermen out there doing the same things. You don’t have to make huge changes to the way you sh and enjoy the water to make more of an eort for conservation. Little things truly do add up. For example, when you’re catching little trout one after another, use lures with single instead of treble hooks. You’re not going to keep the sh, so why damage them more than necessary? Today’s shorts are tomorrow’s trophies. For that matter, why not mash the barbs down? Many anglers are leery of debarbed hooks, thinking that it will reduce their catch rate. If you have ever experimented with this, you know it’s not true. The only time you might run into a problem is when you’re free-lining live baits. In those cases, the barb helps to keep the bait on the hook. The rest of the time, it doesn’t do a whole lot. As long as you keep the line relatively tight while you’re reeling in a sh, the tension will keep the sh hooked. If you switch to circle hooks, even the bait problem can be avoided. Fish handling is another area where many shermen could be more cautious. Time out of the water is murder on sh. Try holding your breath from the moment you pull a sh out of the water until the moment you put it back. Seconds count, huh? For more tips on handling sh, see page 40. Baitsh conservation is another issue. In 2014, the whitebait arrived much later than usual. The gnashing of teeth could be heard all over Southwest Florida as shing guides and average Joe anglers wailed about not being able to nd bait. Eventually, they showed up — but imagine if it were like that all the time. Many shermen, especially guides who rely on using huge numbers of baitsh as live chum, will tell you that it’s not possible for us to take too much whitebait with our puny little castnets. But there are a lot of people out there throwing a lot of castnets. You need bait, sure, but all the sh you want to catch need something to eat the rest of the year, and there need to be enough left to make the next generation of baitsh. Is it really, truly necessary for you to black out your baitwell? It would be a real shame if we realized too late that we were just as wrong as Grandpa — it is possible to take too many sh from the sea. Photos providedThe next generation of anglers. What are we going to leave for them? Here’s the opposite of conservation: An over-slot and out-of-season snook, dead and in the kitchen. The angler’s face is blurred to protect the guilty, but he’s wearing a big smile. Upper Charlotte Harbor Punta Gorda, Florida (941) 575-3000 142 Slip Marina 111 Permanent Slips & 31 Day Slips Wide Concrete Docks Heated Swimming Pool Fuel Dock and Pump Out Free Water and Cable TV WiFi Internet Service Free Bikes & Tennis Laundry Facilities Clean Restrooms and Showers Large Dinghy Dock 33 Shops and Restaurants Harbor Cruises Fishing Charters and Boat Rentals Villa Vacation Rentals Transient Boats and Live-Aboards Welcome Boat Clubs Are Our Specialty! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC adno=50476765 /-1.41

PAGE 72 Page 34 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing No, they don’t have three tails. Tripletail have one tail, just like every other sh, but they also have large round dorsal and anal fans, giving the impression three tail ns (if you’re cross-eyed and fall-down drunk). If it weren’t for stone crab shing, tripletail would be very dicult for most anglers to target. These sh do not like each other’s company, nor are they commonly found around the types of structure that attract many other sh species. Under truly natural conditions, most tripletail are found around oating vegetation, such as sargassum weed. In today’s world, oating crab trap buoys seem to be preferred by these sh. They will also gravitate toward other surface structure, including channel markers and bridge pilings. Sometimes you may even see a tripletail just lying on its side near the surface, drifting along with the tide. Wherever you nd them, the shing method is basically the same: Cast a shrimp or small baitsh within a couple feet and keep your ngers crossed. Tripletail can be extraordinarily frustrating, ignoring bait after bait no matter what you do. Under these circumstances, you may be tempted to just break out the net. However under Florida law, these sh may be harvested by hook and line only. Dipping one up in your landing net is very much illegal. With their broad, at shape, tripletail are powerful ghters and as a bonus will often jump. Be cautious when handling them, as their scales are hard and sharp and their gill plates are razor-edged. If shing for and handling them sounds like a pain in the butt, well, that’s because it is. But tripletail are widely renowned for their sweet, delicate, snowy white meat, so it’s common for anglers to run close to the crab trap oats and keep an eye out for what looks like seaweed clinging to the line. If the sh has disap peared by the time you get close enough to cast, no worries — he’s just gone deeper. Sit tight and he’ll be right back. Wait — how many tails? WaterLine le photoCapt. Mike Myers with a jumbo tripletail. Red tide: Blecch!Red tide is a bloom of a single-celled alga scientically known as Karenia brevis. Red tide blooms kill marine animals, cause breathing diculties and chase tourists away from Southwest Florida. We asked Betty Staugler, Charlotte County’s Sea Grant agent, to give us a rundown on what red tide is and what it does. WaterLine: What causes red tide blooms to form, and how do they pop up so quickly? What impact does human activity have on these outbreaks? Betty Staugler: The mechanisms leading to bloom inception are unclear. Recent work has focused on complex interactions of many dierent nutrient sources, including nutrients from bottom sediments, from other microalgae that are able to x nitrogen gas and excrete it into seawater in dissolved organic forms, from atmospheric nutrient inputs, from decaying sh and from excretion of small crustaceans that feed on phytoplankton. A rapid increase of K. brevis in the water is known as a harmful algal bloom. HABs occur under the right combi nation of biology (you need the organism), chemistry (you need the right nutrients) and physics (you need the right conditions and a concentrating mechanism). When conditions are favorable, K. brevis reproduces very quickly through cell division, doubling every 48 to 120 hours, creating what we refer to as a bloom. There is no evidence of a direct link between the initiation of Florida red tides and nutrient pollution. Some red tides in other areas of the world, which are caused by dierent species of microalgae, have been linked to nutrient pollution. This may have led to some confusion as to whether nearshore nutrient pollution has aected Florida red tides, but research compiled to date shows that Florida red tides begin 10 to 40 miles oshore in nutrient-poor waters. Researchers are investigating the possibility that pollution or nutrient enrich ment from human activities may inuence K. brevis blooms after they are transported and concentrated inshore. WL: How long does a red tide bloom last? BS: It is extremely dicult to predict the duration of an outbreak, as a number of factors are at play. Blooms may linger for days, weeks or even months until winds and currents introduce new water masses, disperse the cells or move the bloom to another area. WL: Although K. brevis is always present in local waters, it is normally not dangerous to marine life. Is there a red tide season? BS: Red tides can and have occurred every month of the year, but most (about 70 percent) occur from August through February. WL: Why does red tide kill so many sh and other creatures? Is it dangerous to marine mammals and seabirds? BS: Red tide produces a neurotoxin that paralyzes the gills of sh and causes death due to lack of oxygen. Slow-moving sh and bottom dwellers are most susceptible, but all sh are vulnerable, depending upon the severity and duration of the bloom. Red tide toxins can aect invertebrates such as shrimp and crabs, but the extent is not well dened. Bivalve species such as oysters and clams can accumulate high concentrations of the red tide toxin and then purge the toxin from their systems after three to six weeks, but they are still vulnerable to mortality because red tide events often result in low dissolved oxygen levels when WaterLine le photoThese sh were killed by a red tide event in 2011. adno=50482097 Doggy Daycare 6 BoardingWhere a dog can bo,, gIICAMPvcw111/0000Fyu11rlh"All Day Play Certified Camp Counsel" K6Free Web Cams All-Inalusive Priein9far9a IndoorOutdoor Play Yards941-875-941017266 TOLEDO BLADE BLVD. PORT CHARLOTTE, FL 33954vWW.CAM1PBOW, WOW.COM/ PORTCHARLO'I' I'EFACEBOOK.CONI/CAMPBOWWOWPOR'I'CHARLOTT'E


2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 35 the red tide cells and other marine organisms die. Marine mammals can be particularly susceptible to red tide events, as toxins can be directly inhaled or consumed with aquatic plants. In 1996, 149 manatees were killed as a result of a prolonged red tide event. Shore birds and wading birds have also been victims of red tide toxins. WL: What about red tide’s eects on people? Is it safe to go boating or to the beach? BS: Red tide may cause health problems in humans including irritation of sinuses, throats and eyes. This is because tiny airborne particles of broken up dead algae and brevetoxins, when exposed to nerve cells, bind to the cells and interfere with the body’s normal use of sodium ions. Red tide can cause great discomfort to people with respiratory problems, so it is recommended that people with respiratory problems, such as emphy sema or asthma, avoid going near a red tide bloom. Although sh killed by red tides create oensive odors when they wash ashore, most people can still swim in Florida red tide. It may cause skin irritation and burning eyes, and someone whose skin is easily irritated should avoid red tide water. If someone expe riences irritation, they should get out and rinse o with fresh water. Swimming near dead sh is not recommended as the sh may be associated with harmful bacteria. WL: Obviously, dead sh should not be harvested, no matter how fresh they appear. But is it safe to eat sh that are caught in or near a red tide outbreak? What about sh that aren’t dead but are dying? And what about crabs, shrimp, clams and other shellsh? BS: Finsh are safe to eat if they are caught live and lleted. Crabs and shrimp are also OK to eat because the toxins are not absorbed into the edible tissues of these animals. Eating sh that are dead or dying is strongly discouraged, as the exact cause of death or illness cannot be known for sure. It is not safe to eat bivalves (clams, mussels or oysters) from areas with red tide. Shellsh can accumulate high concentra tion of the brevetoxin, that when eaten may cause neurotoxic shellsh poisoning, resulting in serious gastrointestinal distress and neuro logical symptoms which include tingling of extremities and sensation reversal (cold feels hot and vice versa). The state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services closes shellsh beds in red tide areas quickly and will not reopen them until the shellsh are safe to eat. To check the status of shellsh beds, visit Cooking does not destroy brevetoxin. WL: Does rainfall make a dierence? BS: According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida red tide does not tolerate salinities less than 23 ppt (parts per thousand). This is why red tide did not occur in Tampa Bay during the 2005 oshore mortality event. However, K. brevis can survive in higher salinity brackish water. In fact, research ndings from Texas A&M released in June 2011 found that K. brevis produce brevetoxin in response to lower salinities in order to maintain their water and salt balance. This research found the transition to a lower salinity environment triggered a 14-fold increase in brevetoxin. WL: There’s been a lot of research eort spent on red tide over the past few years. Is there anything we can do to eliminate or reduce the impacts of red tide? BS: The subject of controlling red tide is very complicated and widely debated. Many scientists agree that eradication is not feasible, because the area and volume can be so great and the role that red tides play in the marine ecosystem is not well understood. For instance, red tides may be important for nutrient cycling, acting in the water as forest res do on the landscape. Current research led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has focused on evaluating several methods for predicting and tracking red tide blooms, including a computer forecast model to predict movement and landfall, satellites to locate areas of increased color (an indication of high chlorophyll concentrations) and citizen scientists (including captains and shermen) who provide a forewarning mechanism. During active red tide events, information on location and strength can be found on the FWC website at Down here at the bait shopThere’s a lot to know about shing in Southwest Florida. There are dozens of dierent species of sh an angler can target, each of which has its own preferred habitat and food source. Many of these sh are migratory and are found in our area only during certain times of the year. Lures and rigs that are popular and work well in other parts of the country are rarely used by local anglers, who have learned that sh here don’t respond well to them. Then you’ve got to gure out how to deal with weather and tidal uctuations. Consistent shing success in this area requires a certain level of expertise. One way to acquire that knowledge is by trial and error. This method works very well, if you don’t mind taking years to get good at it. You can jump-start your shing know-how by booking trips with a good local charter captain. This isn’t cheap, but if you go out with a guide and pay attention to his instruc tion, you can learn a lot about Florida angling quickly. The downside to this is you’ll have to go on a lot of trips if you want to learn it all — the shing changes often, based on variables such as season, weather, tides, baitsh availability, recent rainfall, water visibility and other factors. What if you can’t aord to book dozens of charter trips, but don’t want to spend forever learning on your own? There’s a very good third option — your local bait and tackle shop. The sta there will usually be anglers themselves, and they denitely hear a lot of good information from their customers about what’s going on out on the water. Want to know where the redsh are biting? Just ask. What color jigs have the bigger trout been biting? They’ll know. And they also act as lters of bad information, having heard all the lies and exaggerations before. Building a good relationship with your local shop will pay you back handsomely. As you become a familiar face, you’ll see that the sta will not only remember you but also your shing preferences, your tackle and what baits you like to use. Being a regular will also often get you in on scuttlebutt and “insider info” that’s not given out freely. So how do you get on these guys’ good side? It’s very simple: When you need tackle or bait, buy it from them. Smaller shops don’t have the buying power of a big-box store, so you might pay a dollar or two more for your rod, but it’s more than worth it. In many cases, the price dierences are negligible. Even if some things do cost more, the bait shop sta can actually save you money by advising you on what tackle and baits will work best for the type of shing you plan to do. What costs less: Spending money on a dozen lures that don’t catch sh before stumbling across one that does, or buying a sh-slayer the rst time? Some anglers try to play this both ways: They go to the bait shop for information but buy their gear at the big box or from a website. This is a bad plan for two reasons. First, the sta at the bait shop aren’t idiots. It won’t take them long to realize what you’re doing, and your ow of good info will dry up fast. Second, if the angling community does not support the local shops nancially, they’ll be forced to close their doors. Same result for you: No more information. Fair is fair. You’ve got to reciprocate. Anglers and bait shops have a symbiotic rela tionship. Each supports the other. Without shermen, the bait shops can’t survive. Without the bait shops, anglers will have to rely on each other for knowledge. But it’s hard to trust information from a bunch of liars, isn’t it? WaterLine le photoBrooke and Caityln Lowery with a 30-inch snook. If you’re want to know where the snook are, start with the sta at your favorite tackle shop. adno=50467716 kpopIIIApparelFeaturing Our Most Popular Lines: AHead wearDecalsBoutiqueClothing &AccessoriesI.0 -, orr off

PAGE 74 Page 36 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Photo providedA ats ski is a great way to sh shallow water, but it’s not the ideal boat for most families. The perfect fishing boat Let me guess: You’re looking for a boat that will run the ats in 5 inches of water, get you safely out 30 miles in the Gulf after grouper, tow the kids tubing, t the whole family for cruising, run comfortably and dry in any sea conditions, and return 5 miles to the gallon at 40 knots. Sounds great, right? But you’ll be doing a lot of looking, because that perfect boat doesn’t exist. Every boat design involves compromise. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t nd a boat that’s versatile. You just need to be aware of its limitations. You can take your 18-foot ats ski 15 miles oshore — as long as it’s a very calm day, with no storms or fronts or wind in the forecast. Even then, it’s a good idea to use the buddy system and get another boat to come out with you. A boat is a major purchase, and as with any major purchase you should do your research and then make a careful, informed choice. Spur-of-the-moment decisions are rarely the best ones. Whether you’re looking at a new or used boat, always take it for a sea trial (test ride, for the non-nautical). If you can, choose a breezy day for the trial. A piece of plywood will run smooth and dry on a calm day. Decide what you want your boat to do. If you want to do some hardcore ats shing, you need a boat designed to run and oat in shallow water. Again, be aware of the vessel’s limitations. Flats skis are usually small and lightweight, and don’t oer a lot of room for comfy cruising with passengers. Maybe you’re thinking, “What will I do when the family comes to visit? They won’t all t in this little boat.” Well, that’s true. But they aren’t the ones making the payment. They’re not going put gas in it. They probably won’t even help you clean it after the trip. And they won’t be there when you’re kicking yourself for buying a boat that runs too deep to sh the ats. Better idea: Get the boat that works for you, and rent a big cushy one when the kids come down for a week. They’ll be happy for the week, and you can be happy the rest of the year. There are boats built to serve a specic purpose — a tunnel-hull ats ski, for example, is made just for shing in skinny water. It’s understood that you’ll be sacricing some comfort and features to have the ability to go where other boats just can’t. Other vessels are multipurpose. These jack-of-all-trades boats are always a compromise, but boats are expensive and there are few of us who can aord a eet of single-purpose boats. Most boats sold for use in salt water are made of berglass, though some manufacturers use aluminum. A handful of companies make aluminum-hulled ats skis for marine use. Most pontoon boats use aluminum, but aluminum boats built for lake use are not recommended for a marine environment. Fiberglass is more or less impervious to the elements, though the gelcoat does require regular mainte nance to prevent oxidation. ‘Glass is also tougher than aluminum and will stand up better to use in choppy water. If ats shing is your thing, a tunnelhulled vessel may t the bill. These boats have a divided hull similar to a catamaran, but the space between them is smaller. The idea is to use the boat’s forward speed to ram air into the tunnel between the hulls, lifting the boat a bit and lessening the draft. Some vessels of this type can run at speed in water a couple inches deep. In places where other boats would just churn mud, a tunnel hull skims above the seagrass. This enables anglers to get into the deep backcountry to nd hidden shing spots. Once the boat slows, the ram-air eect goes away and 4 or 5 inches of water are needed to oat. Boats of this type usually have other features ats anglers demand: Poling platforms, at decks for ease of casting and sh ghting, and below-deck storage to keep the deck clear. What these boats don’t have: Space for multiple passengers, a head (that’s nautical-speak for rest room), and big boomin’ stereos. Maybe you’re looking for a boat that will sh and cruise. Deck boats are good all-rounders. They’re similar to pontoon boats, but there’s a berglass vee-hull under the deck instead of hollow metal tubes. Fishing-style deck boats usually have seats on the side or center and a trolling motor up front. These vessels have lots of passenger room, usually in the form of comfy padded seating. 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2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 37 Floating a plan Almost everyone who shes has some experience with a oat or bobber. For many of you, some of your earliest shing memories probably include watching that red-and-white globe get pulled below the surface of the water as a feisty perch or bluegill chomped on your worm. For a lot of anglers, that’s really as far as they get with using oats. And many of us view them as something for only beginners or young children, so they can see when a sh has taken the bait. But a oat has a lot more uses than that, and all shermen would do well to carry a few in their tackle kits. Of course, they don’t have to be colorful plastic balls. In fact, you shouldn’t use those for saltwater shing. The metal parts rust quickly, and once you slap it up against a piling, it’s going to crack and take on water. Styrofoam is usually the material of choice, and cigar shapes are the most common. The popping cork, with its noise-making cupped top, does see some use in the salt, but it’s almost always by guys shing with shrimp. Some are weighted, which keeps one end pointed up in the water and also gives you a bit more casting distance. You can get models that include clacker-type noisemakers. The noise-making aspect is important, because sh are drawn to the sound of feeding sh. Popping corks make a glurping or blorping sound, which probably sounds a lot like a sh slurping a smaller sh at the surface. I’m not exactly sure what the sh think clacking glass beads are, but they show up all the same. Put your head underwater and you’ll hear all sorts of odd things. Maybe they’re just coming to investigate, and then when they see some thing edible they just take the opportunity to grab a meal. When you’re shing with live bait on the ats, a oat helps keep your bait o the bottom. This is very helpful, because a shrimp or pinsh will often swim straight to the bottom and hide, which makes it harder for a sh to nd and eat your bait. With the oat holding it up, it’s easy prey. Floats work well with articial lures for the same reasons. They hear the sound, they check it out, they see the bait — sh on! When you’re using a soft plastic shrimp or paddletail under a oat, don’t just let it bob along. Reel it in slowly so the lure has a bit of action. Floats are the Rodney Dangerelds of the tackle box — no respect. But they have realworld uses for serious anglers, so if you’ve been prejudiced against them, it’s time to get over it and start catching some sh. Photo providedboat is basically a oating porch, with plenty of space for lounging and relaxing. These are a great choice for younger kids, because the experience is much gentler. Some modern pontoon boats have been designed for speed. These boats have pontoons shaped more like canoes than tubes, and are able to actually get up on plane. Pontoon boats boast a lot of space, and that space can be customized almost any way you want it. If you’re looking at these boats, be sure to get one built for saltwater use. Freshwater pontoon boats have very short lifespans in marine conditions. If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in the open Harbor, center console bay boats generally oer the driest, most comfortable ride. With deep vee-hulls and concave bows, these vessels are designed to cut through waves and deect spray away from those on board. Of course, they aren’t the best choice in skinny water unless you like spending time stuck on sandbars. Going to be going oshore regularly? You should plan your boat purchase accordingly. An 18-foot center console will cost less than a 26-foot bay boat, but the bigger boat is much safer in Gulf conditions. Conditions can deteriorate quickly when you’re more than a couple miles from land, especially if you misjudge the speed of an approaching storm or run afoul of the weather some other way. Don’t compromise too much on this point — if your boat’s not big enough for the Gulf, it’s not worth risking your life for a few grouper llets. Vessels designed for oshore sport shing are sometimes overkill in this area. Unless you plan to make frequent long trips — either 80-plus miles oshore or down to the Keys — you probably don’t need a boat meant for marlin shing. Of course, these large sport shers are status symbols for many, and if that’s what you need there’s nothing wrong with it. There are a lot of dierent boats out there, and it’s impossible to determine what a particular vessel can or can’t do just by looking at it. Boat design is as much art as it is science (and maybe a little magic). Two boats that look a lot alike can be completely dierent on the water. 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PAGE 76 Page 38 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Here comes FlipperHere’s a scenario: You’re out shing the docks on the back side of Gasparilla Island, trying to nd a good snook or two. You lose a couple sh to the pilings before you hook into a monster. After muscling her away from the structure, you get her to the boat and pose for a quick photo before releasing her carefully. Then, ve seconds after you let her go, a bottlenose dolphin pops up 15 feet from the boat and tosses your just-released snook into the air. A second dolphin appears out of nowhere and the two play catch with your sh for a minute or two before one nally eats her. Try to not feel too badly. You’re not the rst angler to lose a released sh to Flipper. In fact, sometimes it can be hard to keep your sh out of the dolphins’ jaws. When it’s ladysh or jacks, most anglers don’t mind too much, but if they’re grabbing your overslot snook or out-of-season gag grouper, people get upset. It’s completely understandable. But try looking at it from the dolphin’s point of view — you’re oering an easy-tocatch meal. They’re too smart to not take advantage of it. Besides, humans often encourage such behavior. Certain charter guides in the area have been known to encourage anglers to feed “trash sh” to dolphins. They use it as a photo op and tip generator. But then these same guides get angry when the dolphin takes a gamesh. Hey, to a dolphin, they’re all fair game. Regular Joe boaters and anglers have also been guilty of the same practice, though it’s usually more to impress the grandkids than snag a bigger payday. If you have ever fed a dolphin anything, you’re part of the problem. Stop it! Understanding the problem is fairly simple. Coming up with a good solution is harder. Dolphins are intelligent and persistent. Really, the only way to avoid them is to leave and sh elsewhere. If you don’t go too far, sometimes they’ll follow you. I have been known to temporarily stash a snook in the livewell to shuttle it to safer waters. Please be aware that this is technically illegal, but I felt that it was “morals over laws” at that point. If you choose to do this, be prepared to explain your actions to a law enforce ment ocer and possibly a judge. If you’re one of those lucky people who seems to have Flipper show up no matter where you sh, you probably curse your luck. Don’t — it’s not fate, it’s the sound of your boat. Dolphins know a good thing when they hear it, and your boat probably has an auditory signature similar to one of the boats that regularly feeds them. Switching to a dierent boat (or maybe just a dierent motor) may be the only way to x it. Much of dolphin behavior is learned from other dolphins, and mothers who have learned to eat anglers’ sh pass that habit on to their calves. That will continue so long as shermen provide dolphins with sh, either by intent or by accident. Dolphins can hunt for themselves just ne, but they’ll be as lazy as we allow them to be. It’s up to each of us to break the cycle by not feeding the dolphins. Photo providedWho can say no to that smiling face? Hopefully, you can.That sinking feelingHow much lead is in your tacklebox? Don’t just count the sinkers. What about the jigheads? The swimbaits? The hard plastics? Most of these contain at least some lead, which is a cheap and eective way to add weight to balance a lure or cause it to sink. We all know lead is not good for you. It’s a neurotoxin. It drove the Romans bonkers and you probably remember the kid who used to eat paint chips (maybe you are the kid who used to eat paint chips). But too often we treat it casually. Don’t bite your splitshot sinkers closed. Don’t hold a jighead in your mouth. If you get lead dust on your hands from a sinker, at least rinse and wipe it o. We’re all using lead. Periodically, there are attempts to ban its use in shing tackle. One of these days, that will probably happen and we’ll have to use steel (less dense and rusts), copper (much more expensive), bismuth (brittle) or tungsten (even more expensive than copper). Until then, it’s a good plan to have an assort ment of sinkers and jigheads of varying sizes. When the current gets stronger, you need more weight to reach the bottom. When it slacks up a bit, you need to lighten up a bit. You’ll nd all sorts of shapes, each for a specic purpose. For general use, it’s hard to beat a pinch-on splitshot. If you need more weight, egg sinkers are very popular. Pyramid and Sputnik sinkers will hold a bait on the bottom in fairly strong current, if that’s what you want to do. Trying to give up lead? There are alterna tives. 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2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 39 Many people are a little lost when they rst sh Charlotte Harbor, especially the guys and gals coming from up north. All the sh are dierent from what they’re used to, the baits are dierent, the water is dierent, and it all seems a little alien. But if you were a bass sh erman up north, you can almost immediately become a snook sherman down here. Snook are very strongly structure-oriented. They like to hang around docks, downed timber, drop-os, points, creek mouths and aquatic vegetation. They are ambush hunters, using whatever cover they can nd to hide and launch sneak attacks. They prey mostly on smaller sh but have been known to eat just about anything that swims past, including shrimp, crabs, water snakes and even baby aquatic birds. Clearly, there are some similari ties between snook and bass. Because of their catholic diets, snook can be caught on most baits and lures. Many anglers prefer to use live whitebait, often combined with live chumming (slinging handfuls of injured baits into likely shing spots to get them feeding). Almost any sh of appropriate size will get eaten by a snook, though. They’ll also take a wide variety of lures, especially swimming soft plastics and hard jerkbaits. These can be any color as long as it’s white (that’s a joke, sort of). There are actually ve species of snook found in Florida, but only one, the common snook, is likely to end up on your line in Charlotte Harbor. The rest of them are more tropical and rarely get this far north. Even common snook sometimes have diculty dealing with our winters here, and during some very cold spells, there are large-scale die-os of these sh. Water temperatures below 60 degrees can be fatal to them, espe cially if it cools rapidly. All snook begin their lives as males. At about 20 inches they begin changing into females. This change happens at a dierent time for every individual sh, and there are a few that remain male at sizes larger than 30 inches. However, by the time they reach the legal slot of 28 to 33 inches, most snook are female and ready to produce eggs. Snook may be found literally anywhere in our estuary system. They are very tolerant of fresh water, and can actually live their entire lives in it. However, they are not able to successfully spawn in fresh water. Every year, most adult snook in our area make a slow-speed migration during spring toward the Gulf beaches. They spawn in the passes several times during the summer, then begin to make their way back inshore in fall. It was once thought that most of them overwintered in the rivers, but we now know many of them hide out in other deep-water sanctuaries, including the canals, marina basins and the reefs of the nearshore Gulf. West Coast snook don’t usually grow quite as large as snook from the Atlantic side of Florida, probably because our sh don’t have access to a steady supply of oil-rich baitsh all year long. But they can grow to impressive sizes, and the Florida state record was caught at Fort Myers Beach. Snook season is closed seven months of the year to protect sh during the spawn and when they are vulnerable to cold shock. When the season is open, the bag limit is one sh and the slot limit is narrow. This means that the overwhelming majority of the snook caught must be let go. Because snook are such highly sought sh, it’s very important that they survive being released. According to FWC data, there are more snook caught every year in Florida than live in the state’s waters. This astounding statistic means that most sh are caught and released at least once every year. It also means that it would not be dicult for us to ruin our snook shing by mishandling these sh. See page 40 for catch-and-release tips. Every sherman needs some sort of tacklebox. Some guys like the lunchpail-style boxes. Others prefer the smaller see-through cases. And some — the guys who like to carry everything (you know the type) — resort to oversized backpacks that can weigh 50 pounds or more when stued with tackle. What type you choose is a personal decision. Any of them can handle the job of keeping your gear organized and available to you at a moment’s notice. What matters more is how well you take care of what’s in your tacklebox. If most of your shing career has been in fresh water, you’re probably used to cutting a lure o your line and simply tossing it back in the box. Here in Charlotte Harbor, we have stu in the water called salt. Salt is the enemy of all things made from iron — things like hooks, split rings, swivels, et cetera. If you just chuck your lure back in the tacklebox, chances are good that when you go to tie it on again, the hooks will be rusted out. Try to get in the habit of rinsing and drying your lures before storing them. Having salt crys tals or salt water in your tacklebox can cause wide-scale damage. One way to do this is to keep used baits in a separate box until the end of the day. Then you can rinse and dry them all before putting them back where they belong. You may also want to spritz your gear with an anti-rust compound, such as Get Some! or Inox. These chemicals are best applied when your gear is rst taken out of the package, before it ever sees the salt. It’s also not a bad idea to put a little of this spray on your reels, your rods guides, your pliers, knives, and any other tools that may come in contact with salt or salt water. A light reapplication after each use will keep your stu in like-new condition. This might sound like a chore. It is. But once you’ve experienced the heartbreak of opening your tacklebox only to discover rust has taken over your expensive gear, you’ll understand why it’s important. 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PAGE 78 Page 40 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing The right way to let ’em go Photo providedSure, it’s fun to catch them — but watching them swim away is another kind of reward. With size limits and closed seasons restricting the sh an angler can keep, most of the sh you catch are going to have to go back in the water. It’s up to you to help them survive to ght another day. Some sh can hurt you. Catsh have venomous spines, snook have sharp gill covers, and several sh — sharks, snapper, mackerel, barracuda, seatrout and puers, just to mention a few — have serious teeth and aren’t shy about using them. Always be careful. Never ga a sh you intend to release. Use a net or your hands to land the sh. If you use a net, be sure it has soft cloth or rubber mesh. Rough nylon mesh will scratch o slime. Wet your hands before handling the sh. Never use a towel or dry gloves, as this will rub o the sh’s protective slime coat. Deslimed sh often die of skin infections. Better yet, use a dehooking tool and avoid handling the sh at all. Keep the sh in the water as much as possible. The bigger the sh, the more important this is — the weight of a large sh can crush its internal organs if it’s not buoyed by water. If you’re lifting the sh for a photo, hold it with both hands. It’s OK to use a BogaGrip on the mouth as long as you support the sh’s belly with your other hand. Never handle a sh you plan to release by just its lower jaw. This can cause damage that will kill the sh slowly. It may swim away, but it won’t be able to eat properly. If you’re catching big sh that you want to weigh, a sling is the best way to go. They’re commonly used for muskies and pike up north and are starting to catch on here in Florida. Use circle hooks if you’re using natural bait. Circle hooks are designed to hook sh in the corner of the mouth, making it much easier to remove the hook from the sh. However, a circle hook can be harder to remove, since it has to be backed out the same way it went in. Mashing the barb with a pair of pliers before you start shing will make this task much easier. As long as you keep the line relatively tight, you don’t need to worry about the hook falling out. If the sh is deeply hooked, cut the leader as close to the hook as possible. This will cause less damage to the sh than a crude surgical procedure to remove the hook, and your 50-cent hook is not worth the sh’s life. For those of you using lures with treble hooks, consider swapping those for single hooks. Multiple hooks cause multiple wounds to the sh. Also, it’s often time-consuming to remove multiple hooks, and a quicker release is better for the sh’s survival chances. When you release a sh, slide it gently into the water. Don’t ever literally throw it back — the shock of hitting the water’s surface hard can stun or kill the sh. If you’re shing from a pier, drop it headrst from as low a height as you can. If you’re shing from a tall pier or bridge, lower the sh to the water in a pier net. Generally, the less time a sh spends in your livewell, the better. But a livewell makes a good “emergency room” for very tired or stressed sh. Be sure the water is well-oxygenated, and close the lid once the sh is inside — the dark well will calm the sh. After a few minutes, the sh should be OK to release. Some sh require a bit of recuperation, especially when the water is very warm. Hold the sh upright, facing into the current, with its mouth open to force water over the gills. If there’s no current, you can walk the sh forward or go very slowly with your trolling motor or engine. Don’t let him go until he truly insists — a sh that’s only kicking a little is likely to sink to the bottom and die. Sometimes, you can do everything right and still lose one. In those cases, consider deducting that sh from what you keep on that trip, or maybe even a future trip. There’s no law that says you have to, but the sh was ne and swimming until you came along. Sometimes, it’s more important to do what’s right than what the law says you have to. Boat & Yacht Interiors Bimini Tops Repairs Isinglass Console Covers Mooring Covers Lanai Furniture and Cushions Roll Down Sun Shades Your Fabric Covering Specialist for Over 22 Years S E A M S SEAMS T O B E TO BE U P H O L S T E R Y UPHOLSTERY 941-505-1566 225 Wood St, Punta Gorda 2009-2014 adno=50476763 Tues–Fri 10 AM PM at 109E Olympia Ave #305, Punta Gorda Sat 8 AM PM at the Punta Gorda Downtown Farmers Market O R I G I N A L ORIGINAL S W I S S A R M Y K N I V E S SWISS ARMY KNIVES PETER’S KNIFE SHOP (941) 639-1542 Professional Sharpening Swiss Army Knives Collectors Knives Knife Museum Pocket Knives Fishing Knives adno=50467630 oocoaadswoss ARMYoESSEAMS.2 wTo BE --_UPHOLSTERYJ ce.`aw/0 0


2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 41 From the water to the tableGoing out on the water and catching your own dinner is awesome. Parasitic infections, food poisoning, and choking on sh bones? Not so much. It’s a good idea to know how to safely keep, clean and prepare your catch without making yourself sick (or your neighbors, just in case you get into that giving mood someday). The rst thing to decide is how you will keep your catch fresh and safe for consumption. Keeping your sh alive until you’re ready to clean them is an option. Stashing them on ice is probably a better choice, especially here in the subtropics. Even if you plan to keep them alive, you should always bring plenty of ice on every shing trip — you never know when your livewell pump will fail, and a dead sh that’s been oating around in your well all day is not edible. Fish are very perishable, and due to their strong digestive juices, it doesn’t take long at all for them to start decomposing. Fish stored on ice often taste better than sh kept in a livewell. It’s all about blood — the less there is in the meat, the milder the sh will be. Fill your cooler about one-third to half full with ice, then add enough freshdipped salty water to make a slush. A sh dropped into this slush will die quickly of hypothermia. As it does, the sh’s circulatory system will constrict the blood vessels in muscle tissue (meat), drawing most of the blood to the internal organs. Not only does the sh have a humane death, your llets will be cleaner and whiter. That’s a win-win. If you ice your catch properly, it can stay good in your cooler for a couple of days. A big cooler with lots of ice will keep sh longer than a 12-pack size cooler or one with just a few pounds of ice in it. A rule of thumb to see if your catch is still fresh is to look for clean red gills and bright unclouded eyes, and make sure there is no strong odor. A fresh sh will have a mild, clean smell. If it makes you go “whoa,” then let it go — in the garbage, that is. Next time, don’t waste it. Now it’s time to clean your catch. There are dierent techniques for cleaning just about every edible sh we have in Southwest Florida — and there are a lot of them. It’s something you really need to show someone rather than tell them. If you don’t have any friends with lleting skills, is a great Internet tool anyone can use. There are videos on there for cleaning everything from pansh to ounder to sharks. No matter what sh you’re cleaning, you’ll always need the right tools to get the job done properly: A sharp llet knife (use a 6-inch blade for smaller sh and a 9-inch blade for larger sh); a knife sharpener to keep your blade honed; running water to rinse the llets and to keep your work station clean; a 5-gallon bucket to hold the carcasses and scraps; and cling wrap or zipper bags to wrap or store your llets for freezing. You should make it a habit to really check out each llet as you’re cleaning your sh. Cut out any deformities, o-color areas, small muscle parasites (just so you know, they won’t hurt you — just saying) or anything that just doesn’t look right. Go through every llet thor oughly and cut out as many bones as you can. There’s nothing worse than biting into a tasty piece of sh and getting stuck in the mouth by a bone — it can ruin a meal. If you plan on eating your sh soon after you have cleaned it but not the same day, it’s OK to store the llets, covered, in the refrigerator for up to two days. If you’re not going to cook it that soon, you should get it into the freezer ASAP. Frozen sh is never as good as fresh. But if you must freeze it, there are some precautions you should take. Try to get as much air out of the bag you are using to freeze your sh in before you place it in the freezer. This will cut down on freezer burn, which will make your sh taste stale. Another good method to avoid freezer burn: Put the llets in a freezer bag, ll it with water and freeze it. Label each bag with the type of sh that’s in it and the date you froze it. Better still, get a vacuum sealer. You can recoup the investment by buying your other meats in bulk and repacking them yourself. About three months is as long as you really want to keep your sh in the freezer, and it should never be in there more than six months. Freezer-burned sh won’t hurt you, but it sure isn’t very good. The best way to avoid this problem is by not putting too much sh in your freezer in the rst place. Remember, it’s not a contest to see whose freezer holds the most. The best and safest way to thaw frozen sh is to leave it in the refrigerator overnight. If you need to thaw it out faster, then place the frozen sh in cold water until thawed. You never want to just leave your frozen sh on a counter or in a sink to thaw — this can actu ally be dangerous. Again, sh spoils quickly. At room temperatures it starts to grow bacteria, some of which can be very harmful to us, in just a matter of minutes. Cooking your sh will kill o many of these microbes, but there are a few that heat does not kill. A microwave oven is also another quick way to thaw your sh, but it can change the avor of your prized catch, and usually not for the better. With proper sh handling and preparation, you can turn your catch into a delicious meal. Do it wrong, and the sh will be a little yucky at best and hazardous to your health at worst. And no, you cannot give bad sh to your neigh bors, no matter how pesky they may be. Two words: More ice! 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PAGE 80 Page 42 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Abandon ship temporarily Wading is a fantastic way to go after sh in very shallow water or sh that are spooky, but there’s more to it than just hopping over the gunwale. You need to be properly equipped and you need to be someplace where it makes sense to wade. The most important piece of equipment is a pair of wading boots. These will protect your feet from sharp shells and keep small creatures out. They also t snugly so they won’t get pulled o your feet. Unless you like wading on cold days, chest waders aren’t really needed here. Some sort of a wading caddy is also very nice to have. You can make your own using pool noodles or styrofoam oats, or you can buy a profes sionally built one. Either way, you need a place to stash some extra tackle and at least one rod holder. The bigger models have a built-in net for carrying live bait or a tasty redsh. You can use your standard rod and reel, but if you plan on doing a lot of wade shing there are some advantages to a special outt. Since you’ll be carrying it pretty much all the time, light weight is a factor. This actually works out pretty well, since a lot of wade shing can be accomplished using ultralight gear. If you’re wading a mangrove shoreline, of course, you’ll need a rig with backbone. For most wade shing, a 2000 size reel should be plenty. Be sure it’s saltwater-worthy; reels often get dunked by accident. Pair it with a long rod — 7 to 8 feet — to extend your casting range, which is helpful in shallow water or around spooky sh (key reasons to wade, remember?) If your caddy has two rod holders, it’s good to carry a spare rod. Some anglers rig both alike; others might put a soft plastic on one and a live bait rig on the backup. Paring your gear down to the essentials is just part of wade shing, but don’t forget a pair of pliers with cutters and some sort of sh grabber. You’ll also need to nd a way to carry some drinking water. Make sure your cellphone is in a waterproof case if you carry it with you. Wade shermen have a way of ending up in the water. A few safety tips: Anchor your boat well, because swimming after it is really hard work. Always do the stingray shue (sliding your feet forward instead of stepping up and down). The most productive ats usually have lots of rays. And if you choose to put sh on a stringer, bring a knife to cut the line in case a shark wants your sh. Remember, when you’re in the water with him, the shark gets what he wants.Photo providedA wade sherman is much more connected to his environment. adno=489971 Imagine having access to more than 300 boats in 14 fabulous 14 SW FL LocationsSouthwest Florida Locations!Bring the party on over and cruise to your favorite waterfront Marco Island Pine Islandrestaurant on a popular pontoon, or take the grandkids waterskiing Naples Englewood or tubing on a sporty dual console. Gather the guys and gals for a(2)full day of inshore or offshore fishing fun on our fleet of center Bonita Springs (2) Venice (2)consoles, or take your friends on a spacious deckboat for a private Ft. Myers Beach Sarasota (2)island picnic. Your boating adventure awaits! Punta Gorda BradentonCall and make your reservation. Load up your gear at the dock. Andthen cast off for an unforgettable day of boating fun, creatingmemories to last a lifetime. When you're done, simpl y turn in yourkeys.CALL OR VISIT any of our SW Florida Freedom Boat Club locations . to learn more about our affordable and flexible membership ,plans. Check out the late model boats from many of the top -brands in the boating business. FREE boat training from our USCoast Guard licensed Captains included in your membershipprogram, along with FREE monthly fishing seminars and monthly socials, too!7171MIWNT


2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 43 You may be wondering why catsh are included here, since few people attempt to catch them on purpose. Well, it’s mostly so you’ll know how to avoid them — if you know how to target them, you can do the opposite. Catsh, particularly hardhead cats, are scavengers. A bait that stinks or is starting to rot is more likely to draw a catsh then anything else. With their highly acute smelling ability, catsh are able to home in on a stinky bait from a good distance. Catsh are also not particularly shy about terminal tackle. Most sh are reluctant to take a bait on an oversized hook or when there is a heavy wire leader attached. However, catsh don’t seem to mind at all. As scavengers, catsh spend much of their time scouring the bottom for bits of edible food. If your bait is anchored to the bottom with a heavy chunk of lead, don’t be surprised if a catsh is what ends up nding it. Virtually any part of Charlotte Harbor may hold catsh. They can be found on the ats, in the canals, up the rivers, out in the middle, in the passes, along the beaches — you get the picture. Pretty much anywhere you put a bait, if some other sh doesn’t nd it, a catsh eventually will. Gatopsail catsh, although similar in appearance to hardheads, are very dierent in behavior. They are much more predatory, and it’s not uncommon to catch them on live baits or even articial lures. This dier ence in lifestyle also leads to a dierence in palatability. While hardhead catsh are generally rejected by even diehard sh eaters, sailcats can be quite good — at least as good as freshwater catsh — and there are no bag or size limits. With both species, great care must be exercised when handling them. The rigid spines in their ns are venomous, and, worse, have a tendency to break o in esh. This can result in a very painful injury and a visit to the emergency room. The best advice is to avoid touching a catsh if you can. Simply clip the line as close to the sh’s mouth as possible. If you choose to deal with catsh more personally than this, there are catsh grippers on the market that can be used to hold onto them. That will help you avoid both the spines and the copious slime these sh produce. WaterLine le photo Hey there, Mr. Whiskers When it’s a pompano. Although they are members of the jack family, pompano are held in much higher regard than many of their cousins. They ght just as hard, which they are able to do because of their disclike shape. Like jack crevalle, when you pull against them, they will turn sideways and use water resistance to ght you. Unlike jack crevalle, pompano are a real treat on the table. This is the reason that most people sh for them, rather than for their ghting ability, because most pompano weigh only a pound or two. Pompano are present in local waters all year, but their abundance is very seasonal. The strong pompano runs occur in spring and fall. During a good run, it’s often possible to catch a couple dozen pomps in a day of shing. However, for most anglers, pompano are just welcome bycatch. Pompano feed mainly on crustaceans, so those are the best baits to use for them. Many shermen use shrimp or sand eas, both of which work beautifully. However, pompano are not quite as picky as some people think, and will happily dine on small baitsh as well. Articial baits include short bucktail jigs, commonly called pompano jigs, and silly jigs. Either may be tipped with shrimp or shed bare. Where you sh is just as important as how you sh. Pompano are particularly fond of drop-os, so seeking out these types of areas is a good plan if you hope to make pompano more than an incidental catch. Good locations include the edges of channels, the outsides of the sandbars that run along the edges of the Harbor, the edges of naturally occurring and dredged passes, and the troughs that run parallel to the Gulf beaches. Pompano have down-turned mouths, which is a clue about how they feed. Keep your baits or lures near the bottom. When shing articials, bounce them along the sand so the lure produces pus of silt. These clouds of material will often draw curious pompano. Another way to locate pomps is to skip them on the ats. This merely means running your boat through water 3 to 5 feet deep where pompano might be found. As you go, keep a lookout behind you. It’s not known why, but a passing boat will often cause pompano to leap out of the water in its wake. Once you see a sh jump, you can turn around and sh that area. Since these are schooling sh, there are likely to be more around. These sh are easily confused with permit, but here’s a simple trick to tell: From the beginning of the dorsal n, draw an imaginary line straight down. If the sh is a permit, the anal n will start even with or just behind the line. A pompano’s anal n will start well behind the line. Photo provided When is a jack not a jack? 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PAGE 82 Page 44 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing The ever-changing law and youIn previous version of the WaterLine Annual Guide, we’ve always included a shing regula tions chart. This year, we’ve decided to break with that tradition. We did so because the laws have a way of changing, sometimes quickly and with little warning. We didn’t want people to use outdated information to make decisions about harvesting sh. Instead, we encourage you to check WaterLine each week for up-todate regulations, or to get current regs directly from the source. For state rules, go to MyFWC. com/Fishing. For federal rules, see GulfCouncil. org/Fishing_Regulations. The main reason laws change so quickly is the strange way federal management works. Each sh species the feds regulate has an annual catch limit — the maximum amount of sh that can be sustainably harvested in a given year. This quantity is then divvied up into commercial and recreational sectors. Commercially caught sh are all accounted for (at least theoretically) and recorded on trip tickets, so regulators know exactly how much has been caught. Fish taken by recreational anglers are dierent. There’s no record made of the catch, so instead regulators rely on random surveys and occasional dockside inspections to create raw numbers, which are then extrapolated to determine how many sh have been caught. This method is prone to error, and the data it produces amounts to an educated guess, but in the absence of solid information it’s what they use. The data always lags behind, so regulators often don’t know the recreational catch limit has been reached until it’s already exceeded. When that happens, the season is closed and the estimated overage is deducted from the following year’s limit. The overage also includes sh caught in state waters. Last year, regulators closed triggersh in federal waters because of an (estimated) overharvest in 2013. But the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission did not close triggersh in state waters. As a result, the feds calculated the number of triggersh they thought were taken from state waters, subtracted that from the 2015 quota, and closed the season for the whole year in February. The FWC, not wanting to see that scenario repeat next year, quickly followed suit. That’s why long-term printed publications need to avoid specic regulations. The state’s 2015 shing regulations book has been updated, but if you got a copy early in the year you would think triggersh season was open except for June and July. If you nd this whole subject confusing, you’re in good company. That’s why we have opted to keep things as simple as possible and not publish a regulations chart that is subject to rapid change in this guide, which is meant to serve as a long-term reference. Photo providedRed snapper are among the species that have been subject to several rule changes over the past couple years. Fenced Personal Gate Code 24/7 Access Surveillance Cameras Lighted Area Police Patrolled Covered Storage to 80 Feet Dump Station Compacted Gravel Parking Area Covered Detailing Building Propane Electric Water Air Available Please Scan Southwest Florida’s Premier RV Storage Facility 150 Rio Villa Drive, Punta Gorda 941-575-7473 r r Discount Rates for Annual Renters Voted BEST RV & Boat Storage 2013 adno=50478694 2014 m vwn,iii,P.Trii, illayini 11111 hAVP W.,r Y^y am C_ I J1iCharlotte RVStorage10F G-H, 10* c :o UHAUL U+IAUL1113 JJJ/, e`Jcn.rbn

2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 45 One of the most visible sh species in Charlotte Harbor, mullet are the sh you see jumping in the canals, on the ats and generally everywhere. They are a favorite of real estate agents, who have been known to point to the jumping mullet in the canal behind the home they’re trying to sell and say to a prospective buyer, “Look at all those sh — and right in your backyard!” In reality, mullet are dicult to catch on hook and line. This is because their diet is mainly vegetarian. Mullet subsist mostly on tiny particles of algae and organic material that they nd on the bottom. If you watch a school of mullet working on the ats, you’ll often notice that the water behind them is murky. That’s because the sh are taking mouthfuls of the bottom sediment, sifting out what they nd edible and spitting the rest out their gills. These murky areas are called mullet muds, and often predatory sh will investigate them as the mullet will turn up small shrimps, crabs and sh as they feed. Mullet are very important as a prey species in the Harbor. When they are small, they are called nger mullet and almost everything that eat smaller sh will eat them. In winter, mullet gather in huge schools and run oshore to spawn. At this time, they are targeted by commercial shermen, many of whom make a large percentage of their annual income during the mullet run. It’s not the meat that is the high-value product, but rather the red roe — the eggs the females are carrying. The largest markets for mullet roe are in Asia. Although there is no shortage of mullet, it still seems like strange behavior to harvest huge numbers of the next generation of these sh to be sold overseas. There are a few tricks for getting a mullet to bite a hook. First it’s a lot easier if you’re in fresh or only mildly salty water. Second, a good amount of chum in the form of rolled oats or breadcrumbs should be broadcast into the water. Once the mullet are feeding, it’s a simple matter of tossing out doughballs on small hooks. Most mullet are caught in castnets or snagged. The esh of a mullet is oily and strongly avored. Many people aren’t big fans of eating mullet, but to Florida Crackers, fried or smoked mullet is a real treat. Somehow, redsh have come to be regarded as a top gamesh while their cousins the black drum are considered almost trash sh. It’s not really fair. Yes, redsh often school up on the ats and black drum rarely do. But in their own way, black drum are still a lot of fun to catch. Plus, when is the last time you heard about a 50-pound redsh caught in Charlotte Harbor? There are black drum that big and bigger swimming underneath the I-75 bridge right now. When they’re younger, black drum have stripes like a sheepshead, and are some times mistaken for those sh. Smaller black drum are often caught around seawalls, dock pilings and in the surf. Fish that still have their stripes are excellent on the table. Once they reach about 10 pounds, the stripes sort of blend into the background and the sh become an overall grayishsilver. About the time they become unicolored, the meat begins to get coarse. Larger sh are more likely to have undesir able parasites. In late winter and early spring, these sh begin to gather for the annual spawn. At this time, many canalfront residents will hear the booming noises that the males make as part of the pre-spawn ritual. They will also see these sh moving around during the daytime. However, they’re more likely to eat at night. Soak a shrimp, half a blue crab, or chunk of cutbait right on the bottom. Black drum nd their food by smell, so just leave the bait sitting until a drum nds it. The initial run is often strong, but these sh don’t have a lot of endurance and will tire quickly. 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PAGE 84 Page 46 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing 2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Are you a safe boater? Are you a safe boater? Are you a safe boater? Are you a safe boater? Are you a safe boater? Are you a safe boater? Boating is a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous pastime. According to the Recre ational Boating Statistics 2013 report produced by U.S. Coast Guard’s Oce of Auxiliary and Boating Safety, in that year there were 4,062 recreational boating accidents resulting in 560 deaths, 2,620 injuries and approximately $39 million in property damage. Operator inattention or inexperience, excessive speed, improper lookout and alcohol consumption rank as the top ve contributing factors to recreational boating accidents. Alcohol consumption is listed as the leading contributing factor in 16 percent of boating related fatalities. Of particular importance, only 13 percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received boating safety instruction from a course provider oering a course meeting the U.S. Coast Guard-recognized national standards. The data in the 2013 publication echoes the message that life jacket wear is critical. Nearly 77 percent of the 560 people who died drowned, and 84 percent of those victims reportedly were not wearing a life jacket. The two most important things boaters can do to prevent the loss of life is to wear a life jacket and take a boater education program. How much do you know about Florida boating laws and responsibilities? Take the following quiz. All answers are either true or false. If you get all of them right, congratula tions! If you don’t know the answers, you need to take a boating safety course. (Answers at the end of this column.) 1. In order to rent a PWC, you must be at least 14 years old and have a safe boating card. 2. When you buy a re extinguisher for your boat, it must be a type C re extinguisher. 3 .You are allowed to tie up your boat to a lateral marker. 4. If you were born on or after January 1, 1988, you must have a safe boating card to operate a boat with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater. 5. Passengers riding on your boat are allowed to ride on the bow of the boat. 6. When you see a diver-down ag on a boat, you must stay at least 50 feet away. 7. The Certicate of Registration must be on board your boat and available for inspection by an enforcement ocer whenever the boat is operated. 8. You must have an observer on board your boat to tow a water skier. 9. Anyone under the age of 21 with a breath alcohol level of 0.02 can be charged with BUI. 10. All children under the age of 10 must wear a life jacket when your boat is underway and is less than 26 feet. How many do you think you got right? If you need to take a boating safety course, the Coast Guard Auxiliary can help you. The Auxiliary oers a number of boating programs that will teach you all you need to know to be a safe boater. Boating safety programs are a valuable tool in learning how to safely operate your vessel as well as learning the state and federal requirements. For more information visit The U.S. Power Squadrons also oer boating safety courses. Photo providedMost boating incidents are Char lotte Harbor are groundings, but worse things can happen if you don’t know what you’re doing. ANSWERS1. False. You must be at least 18, have a safe boating card (if born on or after January 1, 1988) and a photo ID. 2. False. You need a type B re extinguisher. 3. False. You may not tie up to a lateral or non-lateral markers, only mooring buoys. 4. True. 5. False. Passengers may not ride on the bow, gunwale or any other part of a boat from which there may be a chance of falling overboard. 6. False. The minimum distance is 100 feet inshore, 300 feet oshore. 7. True. 8. False. You can also use a wide-angle mirror. 9. True. 10. False. Only children under age 6 are legally required to wear a life jacket. G A T O R C R E E K M A R I N E 941-639-3446 GATOR CREEK MARINE 419552 GATOR CREEK MARINE — We are on the Water Dry Storage—Inside & Outside Factory Trained & Certified Service on Mercury Mercruiser Evinrude/Johnson Volvo Complete Boat Mechanical & Electrical Repair Bottom Painting US 41 to Rio Villa Dr. to Deltona 5000 Deltona Dr., Punta Gorda Deltona Rio Villa Dr US 41 South N PUNTA GORDA Aqui Esta Located at Marker 34 on Alligator Creek Outboards STERN DRIVES & INBOARDS OPEN MON–SAT 8-12, 1-5 “Non-Ethanol Gas available at our fuel dock” Serving Charlotte, DeSoto and Lee Counties Since 1976 adno=50478690 MERCURYEYIMIOErm I. -1 "1 ' (I) l(l;1l; la .1.1. 11'1.\1:


2015 Annual Guide to Southwest Florida Fishing Page 47 Most of the grouper we encounter in shallow water are quite small. However Goliath grouper, also called by their old name jewsh, are denitely an exception — even huge specimens will sometimes live in the waters of the estuary, with sh of a couple hundred pounds known to hang out around the El Jobean and U.S. 41 bridges. Like all other groupers, Goliaths tend to hang out around structure: Bridge pilings, deepwater piers, reefs and wrecks. At one time, these hulking sh were nearly driven to extinction by overhar vesting. They are still protected by the state of Florida and no harvest is allowed, although that may change at some point in the relatively near future. Divers ock here from around the world to see them, but Goliaths can be a pest to bottom shermen. Once they learn that a hooked sh is an easy meal it’s very dicult to convince them to not eat every hooked sh they see. On some of the better-known reefs, there are days when it’s nearly impossible to keep anything away from them. The only solution is to pack up and move. Left to fend for themselves, they have a hard time catching fast-swimming snapper and other reef species, so they mainly feed on crabs, rays, catsh and other bottom dwellers. Goliath grouper grow up in very shallow mangrove swamps, which is why there are large numbers of them in our local area. In much of the rest of the state, mangrove swamps have been obliterated to make room for condos. Although large Goliath grouper are easy to identify by their size alone, sometimes smaller sh are mistaken for gag or red grouper. However, only Goliaths have a rounded, paddle-shaped tail. This key to identication can be used for Goliaths of any size. Although you may see photographs of Goliath grouper pulled up onto both decks or the beach, be aware that this is illegal. Please take your Goliath photos while the sh is still in the water. Many local guides target these sh for catch and release. Although they’re not exactly challenging to hook, it can be quite a thrill to pull on a sh that outweighs you (sometimes by a lot). Some Goliaths have been caught and released so many times their lip membranes are torn to tatters. Of all the sh that we catch, sheeps head may be the one the average angler understands least. It’s because of their unusual method of feeding. Most sh simply grab a food item and swallow it. Sheepshead have a dierent technique. They suck prey in, crush it with their teeth, spit it out, suck it back in again, sort the shell from the meat, then spit the shell back out. This all happens over the course of a couple seconds. Anglers feeling the rst tap will often try to set the hook. All this does is scrape the hook against the sh’s teeth and pull the bait from its mouth. Frustrated shermen have tried to come up with ways of hooking these sh, leading to bizarre advice such as trying to set the hook before the sh strikes. In fact, hooking them is fairly simple. It just requires a little bit of patience. When you feel the strike, don’t react. Hold the rod still, and then begin slowly lifting it, keeping the line tight. Once the sh turns to swim away, the hook will usually bury itself in the softer part of its mouth. And that’s it: Fish on. The subtle bite is easier to detect if you use a jighead rather than a separate hook and sinker. During the short but often cold winters here, many of our favorite gamesh don’t want to play. But sheepshead don’t mind the cold at all. In fact, chilly water seems to really re them up, bringing hordes of them to area bridges and piers. Where they go in summer, no one is quite sure. Sheepshead like crustaceans of all sorts, and will happily eat shrimp, small crabs, barnacles and most types of worms. 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South deals. players often agree that. for Key Cardpurposes, the `agreed' trump suit is CLUES SOLUTIONS >.NORTH the last bid suit whenever the agreedAA K 8 6 4 suit is ambiguous' 1 big planner (10) oK Q 7 5 4 Nort.h's five-spade response4 showed two key card, from among 2 discarding false knowledge (10)465 the four aces and the trump king, as NWEST EAST well as the queen of trumps. Hearts,rlQ J 10 2 A 9 7 3 the last bid suit, was the "agreed3 crustacean's claw (6) o.19 10 8 6 3 2 trump suit. South knew this had to he9 8 7 6 3 Q 5 2 specifically the ace of spades and the 4 where the wharf gets wet (8) 04684 432 king and queen of hearts. He could 9SOUTH count 13 top tricks unless the 5 suspension (8) od5 opponents led a spade. He gambled 0A on the grand slam in no trntnp. 6 Mercury capsule manufacturer (9) CIDA K J 10 reasoning that opponents rarely led4 A K Q J 1097 dummy's first bid suit. Bad luck for South, as West had a 7 a baby six-pack (10)The hiddin": natural spade lead. 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Collector pays highest prices. 207-7126216 or 941-493-4714 FORD V an d oor w i t h g l ass $150 941-232-6967 ALWAYS BUYING ANTIQUES, ART, SILVER NEW ENGLAND ANTIQUES (941) 639-9338 APACHE TEARS vo l can i c g l ass $1 $2 EACH; 941-467-4320 F URNITURE6035 S ERVIN G C ARTRE S IN, white $60 863-258-3077 S ERVIN G C ART/ G arden C art Resin $60 863-258-3077 S IDE TABLE f or living room Stone Base, Glass $150 941429-8221 SO FA &C HAIR w/ O ttoman Tan Leather Must see $450 941505-2350 SO FA & L O VE S EAT $2 5 0 941-625-8757 SO FA & L O VE S EAT All Beige Leather w/ Reclining Ends.. $500. 941-391-5925 SOFA BED goo d con di t i on pastel design colors $75 941-2582175 SO FA BEDQ UEEN $3 5 0 269-649-5563 SOFA LAY Z BOY 90 x 38 tan plaid fabric $250 941-4967569 SO FA RE C L 2 yrs.old Lt. 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Good overall, sl. flaw $15 941447-8982 WICKER DININGTABLE $49 574-315-3891 W INE C ABINET Broyhill excellent condition $450 609-6182082 E L E CTRONICS6038 DVD & C DPLAYERN S 4 2 5P $30 941-697-3850 FLEX U S B CO NNE C T IN S PE C TION CAMERA $50 714-5992137 M O NIT O R +keybd, 2 spkr,mse $25 941-496-7569 P.A. RADI O S hack, New, 2 5 0 W Stereo Amp $150 941-627-9828 TV MONITOR 19 S amsung 940MW LCD remote $70 941697-3850 YAMAHA MX 200 -1 6 , 1 6 C H mixing console. $195 941-627-9828 TV/STE R E O/RA DIO6040 ENTERTAINMENT CENTER BLACK 36L X 48T X 20 $35 941-629-6429 T . V . /VCR COMBO 13 Toshiba $20 941-549-2682 F URNITURE6035 ENTERTAINMENT C ENTER 3 Pc, Dark Wood, Fits 32 Screen TV $150 941-625-8329 ENTERTAINMENT C ENTER 56w X 61H, 3 drawers, holds up to 32 TV. Country Red, Like New! $99 941-882-4342 ENTERTAINMENT C TR f its 32 tv glass enclosed shelves, bottom storage $50 941-2753287 FL OO R S EAT S leather round, red & blue $100 941-429-8221 FUT O N queenWhite wood Reduced from $300 $200 941232-6718 FUT O N Tommy Bahamma $175 609-618-2082 G RANDFATHER C L OC K BE S T OFFER $300 941-426-8837 HARM O N KARD O N C assette Deck Model hk300xm Ultra wide band linear phase $100 941497-7718 HUT C H DE S K $ 175 9 41629 5418 IBUYFURNITURE Or anything of value! 941-485-4964 KIT C HEN TABLE S quare w/ glass top & 4 Chairs. $50 941-625-8329 KIT C HEN TABLE WITH S IX CHAIRS GD CD $100 717-4755237 LAMP S ILVER/ 3 7 tall/ f lared shade $60 941-882-2446 LANAI SET Gl asstop T a bl e w / 6 Cushioned Arm Chairs $90, OBO 941-661-3411 LIVIN G R OO M C HAIR S $ 4 00 574-226-6115 LIVIN G R OO M S ET couchW/ 2 recliners & love seat matching $250 941-766-0679 L O VE S EAT &C HAIR $ 15 0 941-492-5568 L O VE S EATW/recliners Microfiber/dk tan $75 941-2753287 MATTRESS & BOX . New Will Sell $100. 941-629-5550 MATTRE SS S erta I C om f ort G enius TwinXL $429 941-6989899 MIRR O R 2 4x 2 4 gld decorative $20 941-629-4950 NI G HT S TAND Antique S olid Wood need finish $40 941-2237446 O UTD OO R TABLE & 6 C HAIR S $200 910-578-5273 PATI O S ET G lass top table, 4 swivel chairs, side table, xtra set cushions $275 941-625-5245 PATI O TABLE 6 chairs,w/umbrella. VGC $250 269-6495563 PATI O TABLE S ET glass top 4 swivel chairs $325 941-8281076 PATI O TABLE Umbella/Base New call for info $75 941-9798108 PV C PATI OC ART V G condition $25 941-627-6542 REAL W OO D 5 piece bedroom set Reduced from $500. $400 941-232-6718 RE C LINER C HAIR high back w/gold fabric $85 941-4967569 RECLINER tan, green, mauve $95 941-586-2900 RE C LINER, NATUZZI Beige Leather Chair. Lrg. Exc. Cond. $85 941-764-6453 RESTAURANT BOOTH Bl ac k , New Condition, paid $700 Sell for $200 941-441-8255 ROCKING CHAIR map l e w/pads $45 941-249-8708 ROCKINGCHAIR woo d S ma ll adult, rush seat. $20 803-6248039 ROLLTOP DESK oakespecially for computer $800 941223-6647 F URNITURE6035 CHAIR Wi ng b ac k woo d Cl ot h seat $25 941-766-7349 C HINA/TABLE/ C HAIR S 2 leafs $300 239-220-9948 CO FFEE TABLE & two end tables beveled glass $350 941766-0679 CO FFEE TABLE 36 w 8 side pedstl whtgr fx marb VGC $75 941-474-3194 COFFEE TABLE c h rome / glass 42X42 $75 941-2351910 COFFEE TABLE f oss il e stone base, glass $300 941-4298221 COFFEE TABLE tray b e i ge $35 941-586-2900 CO FFEETABLE, 2 end tables wood $150 941-766-7349 CO FFEE/A CC ENT TABLE glass topDark Rattan $45 941-356-0129 COUCH& CLUB CHAIR . B royhill Exc.cond. $400 941-8301531 CO U C H & L O VE S EAT Like New Brown OBO $325 941740-1842 CO U C H 7 f oot good cond comfortable $50 941-979-1458 CO U C H Fabric, 90 X 36 X 36 , $195. RECLINER/ROCKER, La-Z-Boy, Navy Blue Leather, $175. Both In Exc. Cond. 941-474-7458 CO U C H LAR G E Fl. colors, Wicker Trim $300 941-4298221 CO U C H S E C AL Leather Cream/Good Condition $100 253-678-9161 CO UNTER HI G H DINETTE All Wood $350 941-475-4455 CURIO CABINET TALL ETCHEDGLASS LIGHTED 4 SHELVES $800 941-223-6647 CURIO CABT $200 941 625 8757 DE S K DR O PLEAF cherry wood 42wx41h $299 941564-8757 DINETTE S ET & 4 C HAIR S 42 round tile top w/leaf $225 941-676-2019 DINETTE SET w i t h 4 matc hi ng chairs, hunter green farmhouse style $375 941-629-7056 DINING SET E xt r n d White/pine 4 matching chrs $125 941-697-7880 DININ G S ET Rattan Table Glass Top 4 Chrs Cushions $200 941-625-8757 DININ G S ET Round wood table, w/leaf, 4 side chairs, 2 counter height $400 941-625-5245 DININ G S ET Wrought Iron Glass Top 4 Chairs Cushions White $200 941-625-8757 DININ G TABLE Table/oval/4 chairs/light oak $125 941-8822446 DININ G TABLE/ 6 C HAIR S . $375 941-249-9061 DINING TABLE/CHAIRS or first offer takes it! $150 239220-9948 DI S PLAY C ABINET white stucco Glass shelves $70 352212-7070 DI S PLAY C A S E G lass shelves/doors/oak/wired $125 941-882-2446 DRESSER 5d rawers+s h e lf $100 941-766-7349 DRESSER 5d raw 5h x 3 w so lid key west style $225 941-7660679 DRESSER 70W31H , BRN wd/rattan tr 6drws/1 ctr dr $100 941-474-3194 DRE SS ER wood 6 drawers $ 75 941-766-7349 END TABLE dk w d 28wx24h/shelves, wheels EXC $50 941-474-3194 END TABLE/CANE d rs 28x28x21h/inner storage EXC $50 941-474-3194 F URNITURE6035 A RM O IRE 6 ' WI C KER shelves 3 drawers new $349 941-276-1881 A UDI O CO N SO LE $ 5 0 9 41629-5418 BED MATTRESS & BOX . New Will Sell $100. 941-629-5550 BED Q N 4pc Poster Inlaid Cherry/Expresso Excel $250 941-876-4776 BED S ET twin ( 1 ) S et 6 pc lite oak Exc. $400 941-258-1592 BED W/ FRAME king S leep Number $500 603-548-2634 BEDR OO M S ET 5 PIE C E G irls Teen Like New $400 941-2769331 BEDR OO M S ET 7 PIE C EEx Cond $500 941-485-0066 BEDR OO M S ET complete set full size great cond. $200 941426-7103 BEDROOM SET KING BRIDGE 7 piece All wood beige $900 941-223-6647 BEDR OO M S ET Q n + nightstands mattress & boxspring new $200 941-235-1910 BEDR OO M S ET Two maple twins & chest. $350 941-7690709 BEDS tw i n $200 574 226 6115 BENCH SEAT Wi t h cus hi on hand painted cushion $350 941-429-8221 B OO K C A S E 5 S HELVE LI G HT BEIGE WOOD $295 941-2236647 BOOKCASE TALL OAKFIVE SHELVES. EX.CON $300 941223-6647 CABINET solid Wood33Lx17Wx28T $30 941-830-1531 C HAIR LIVIN G R OO M excellent condition $125 609-6182082 CHAIR THOMASVILLE w hi te upholstered $150 941-7639833 C HINA HUT C H/BUFFET Sprague and Carlton maple with glass doors on upper 55x76 $500 941-637-0107 HOUSE HOLD GOODS6030 FREE MERCHANDISE ADS!! To place a FREE merchandise ad go to: and place your ad. Click on Click Here to Place Your Ad Now and follow the prompts. FREE ads are for merchandise UNDER $500. and the ad must be placed online by you. One item per ad, the ad must be 3 lines or less, price must appear in the ad. Your ad will appear online & in print for 7 days! Some restrictions do apply. LIMIT 5 FREE ADS PER WEEK **Everyone Needs to Register on Our New Site** N ee d to Pl ace a Classified Ad? Enter your Classified ad and pay with your credit card 24 hours a day, 7 days week O RIENTAL PI CS C oord vases, decos 4 pcs ea $10 941-8300524 PAINTIN G G IRL in thought, 26w x 36h $20 941-6294950 PICTURE LARGE P a l m T rop i ca l plants 32x25 $35 941-3560129 RU G 5X 8 black Asian moti f $40 910-578-5273 RU G Drury Runner 32 wx1 2 lg pastel desgn $50 941-4967569 RUG J ute w / qu il t e d ge /6 x 8 . $60 941-882-2446 RUG U n i que s h ag rug 3 1/2 x 5, off-wh EC $30 941-6294950 TABLE C L O TH 66 X 8 4wht embr trim 8 naps new $15 941-6970501 HOLIDA YIT E MS6031 C HRI S TMA S LI G HT S rare START AT $2 941-624-0928 C HRI S TMA S S P O DE 4 Mugs & 4 glasses new $40 941-3916334 EA S TER BA S KET S wicker Pink, Aqua, Lilac, Lime (6) $20 941-276-1881 G IFT C ARD S tarbucks $ 5 0 selling for $40 941-474-4120 SANTA COOKIEJAR on t h e in box. $30 941235-2203

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Page 16 The Sun Classified E/N/Cads.yoursun.netFriday, March 27, 2015 6000 MERCHANDISE ENGLEWOOD GARAGE SALES6002 FRIS AT 8 : 30 -5PM 810 Harvard St. Large Garage Sale! Furniture, Sewing & Craft Items, Nice Clothes, Jewelry, Misc. Household Items. FRI. 8 3 & S AT. 8 -1 2 1015 Oleander St. (off Old Englewood Rd in Bay Vista) Books, Clothes, 20X30 Canopy tent, & miscellaneous items. FRI .SAT . 9AM 2PM 8315 Bayside Ave. Grove City, Clothing, Jewelry and Household Goods. S AT. 8 -1 2 1 960 G eorgia Ave. Multi-Family MOVING SALE, Furn., Sporting Goods, Bikes, Clothes, Toys & More! SAT . 8 4 20 & 28 Wi n d sor Dr, Engl. Isles. Household items, +. Antique Lionel (O) Gauge Circus Train. S AT., 9 AM2 PM 3 51 O ak St. Outdoor Furniture, Small Appliances Some Jewelry, Household & MUCH MORE! THUR S & FRI 9 2 1022 KANT ST Household goods,patio furniture, bikes and much more. NOKOMIS/OSPREY GARAGE SALES6004 FRI. 8 AM-1 2 PM 1 393 Mustang St. MOVING SALE! Tools, Contractor items, Lots of Furniture, Gardening supplies, Too Many Items to List!! NORTH PORT GARAGE SALES6005 FRIS AT 8 AM-1PM 2838 Algardi Lane ESTATE SALE! Furniture, Kitchenware, Collectibles, Tools & MUCH MORE! FRI SAT 9 5 8866 Gaillard Ave (Biscayne to Alam). HUGE SALE! NORTH PORT GARAGE SALES6005 S AT 8 2 633 1 Reisterstown Rd. 1997 Harley Sportster Custom (Needs Some Work), Many New Motorcycle Clothes & Access., Office Furn, Household Items, Jeans & More. SAT . 8 2 1318 H e d gewood Cir.-off Toledo Blade. Furniture, Clothing, antiques, household & More! No Mens! SAT . 8 : 00 2 : 00 1350 Hedgewood Cir. MOVING SALE! Some Furniture, Home Decor, Household & MORE SAT ., 9AM 1PM , 1375 Marasco Lane. Fishing, Camping, Boating, Hshld., Epson Printer, & MUCH MORE! SATURDAY ONLY . 10am 3 pm. 2200 Plantation Blvd. CRAFT FAIR!! THUR S S AT . 9 2 . 1 9 51 Scarlett Ave. MOVING house hold items ,dcor,collectibles & Much More!!!!! PT. CHARLOTTE/DEEP CREEK GARAGE SALES6006 FINAL MOVING SALEFRI & SAT 8AM-2PM PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 21500 GIBRALTER DR NEW ITEMS ADDED FRS AT 8 2 309 1 C atalina Ct-hbr hgts Estate/Garage Sale. No reasonable offer refused. Everything from A-Z. GETRESULTS USECLASSIFIED! FRI SAT 8 ? 535hi g hl andavenw. collectible glass, books, lps, patio furniture, hottub, lawnmower, shopvacs, tools, pictures, misc FRI ONLY9-12. 1459 Lullaby St, PC. GREAT DEALS HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, FURNITURE, CLOTHES & MORE!!! FRI SAT 8 4 6055 Gill ot Blvd. Treadmills, Bicycles, Bicycle Carrier, Chain Saw, Water Machine, Household, Mens & Womens Clothes. PT. CHARLOTTE/DEEP CREEK GARAGE SALES6006 FRI SUN . 8AM 2PM . 23143 Landon Ave. Estate Sale entire house full, antique,furniture,outside items FRI.S AT. 8 2 3596 N. Tamiami Trail. The Power of God Ministries. Tools, Household, Sm Appl., Clothing & Books. FRI.S AT. 8 AM3 PM 2980 Cabaret St. Furn., Household, Tools, Fishing, Rifles & Ammo, Harley Leather Outfit etc FRI .SAT . 8AM 4PM 19651 Midway Blvd. Some Tools, Household and miscellenous items. NEEDCASH? FRI.S AT. 9 3 . 1 80 71 Windingvail. ESTATE SALE. Antiques, furn., collect., knives, record players, artwork, tables. FRI .SAT ., 8AM 4PM 2119 Ellery St. (Midway to Albury to Ellery). Automotive Equipment, & Lot of Misc!! FRI.S AT., 9 am? 18150 Garvin Ave. (Murdock) MULTI FAMILY SALE!! Furniture, Tools, Antiques, Plants, Lots of Quality Items! FRIDAYS ATURDAY 9 2 849 Kennwood Terrace Lawn Mower, Toys, Jewelry, And Clothes. SAT 9 2 4280 J ames S t. #8 Whidd. Ind. Pk. Clearance! Need Space! Furniture, tools, fishing, household, vintage stuff, lots of misc. S ATS UN 8 AM3 PM 14502 Lillian Cir. (South Gulf Cove). 3 Family Garage Sale. Too Much To List! S AT. 8 3 2260 Bremen C t. Dining Room Set, Small Roll Top Desk, Some Tools, Lots of misc, Reasonable offers taken. SAT . ONLY 8AM 2PM , 2111 Ellery St. PC 33952 Women`s Clothes, NASCAR, CDs, Misc., NO JUNK! THUR-FRI-SAT 8AM 3239 Jamestown St. Maple queen BR set, vanity & sink,curio cabinet, glassware, clothing, mink jacket, household, linens, holiday & more! THUR S FRI.S AT. 7-4 18033 Cochran Blvd. Tools, Bikes, Furniture, Crocks & Jugs, Household, Fishing, Generator, Planer, & MORE!! ! PT. CHARLOTTE/DEEP CREEK GARAGE SALES6006 THURS .FRI ., 9 NOON , 429 Eppinger Dr. MOVING SALE! Kitchen Table w/ 6 Chairs, Hutch Grandfather Clock, Hshld. Items & MORE! PUNTAGORDA GARAGE SALES6007 ESTATE SALE SAT-SUN 9-31420 Mcgregor St. Lots of Good Furn. & Antiques. NO JUNK! Generator & Guns. Seizethesales withClassified! FRI SAT8 2 . 31720 Washington Loop Rd. Not Your Average Garage Sale! Worth the trip I Guarantee it! FRI SAT . 9AM 12PM 1001 W. Henry St. Golf, Tools, Elec., Auto, Household, Computer, NO EARLY BIRDS!! FRI. 8 -1 2 & S AT. 8 -1 0 4077 LaCostaCircle. ESTATE SALE Assisted by the Isles Girls & Guys (Dir: South on Bal Harbor; Right on Suzi; Left on LaCosta Circle) Dining Room Table w/4 Chairs & 2 Leaves; Queen Sleeper Sofa; Recliner; Entertainment Center; 2 Bar Stools; Twin Beds; Dresser; Night Stand; Desk Unit; Queen Bed; 2 Chests; Night Stand; Dresser & Mirror; Small TV; Books; Lamps; Linens; 2 Lanai Sets; 2 Chaise Lounges; Small Tables; Radio; Beach Chairs; Miscellaneous Kitchen & Garage items. Buyers are responsible for the removal of all purchased items. Our cashier has a list of independent movers. FRI. O NLY 8 3 : 30 26438 Angelica Rd. ESTATE SALE! Furniture, Antiques, Household & MORE! FRI . /SAT .. 8 1 . 2601 POINCIANA Ct.. $1 BARGAIN SALE. Clothes, books, misc./4 DR,file cab/etc. HUGE NEW AMMO SALE SAT-SUN 8-3, 2101 TAYLORRD. AMERICANLEGIONFLEAMKT. 22LR NO LIMIT, 32, 380, 40, 45, 223 All rounds & RARE ammo too. Cash specials or visa/ mc/ etc. DONT MISS THIS. Call 941-626-4291 for Sales!!!! SAT SAT 8 : 30 2 : 30 . 6660 Taylor Rd suite 102 punta gorda fl 33950. Office furniture, go karts, collectables, books, televisions, bikes PUNTAGORDA GARAGE SALES6007 S AT O NLY. 8 2 . 1751 2 Malarky Ln. Household items, some furniture, lap quilts / fabrics and Much More!!! S ATS UN. 8 2 . 6660 Taylor Rd. #108. Antiques, Kayaks, Bikes, Beer Signs, Boston Whaler Montauk, ZHEJ Scooter, etc. See ON LINE AD. SAT . ONLY 9 2 (Indoor, Rain or Shine) First United Methodist Church, 507 West Marion Ave. Our Bargain Boutique Will Also Be Open! Proceeds to Benefit Youth Summer Camp. S AT., O NLY7: 30 2 N O EARLY SALES. 2601 Palm Drive. (Behind Dunkin Donuts). 3 families 2 Driveways: Large Variety of everything S ATURDAY O NLY 9 3 2600 Rio Grande (PGI) Multi-Family Sale. General Household, Computer, Etc. ROTONDAAREA GARAGE SALES6008 FRI .SAT . 8 3 , 32 L ong MeadowPl. Rugs, Furn., Silk Plants, Dishes, Mens 3X, Bikes, Golf Clubs, Treadmill. HUGE SALE! FRI .SAT . 8 : 30 ?? 288 Annapolis Ln. Bedroom Furn., Clothes, Books, Oars, and Lots of miscellenous. FRI.S AT. 9 AM2 PM 23 Pinehurst Pl. Furniture, Lawn Mower, Area Rugs, Antique Plates, Frames Etc. FRI.S AT., 8 AM3 PM, 13Sportsman Rd. BIG SALE! 4 FAMILIES! Tools, Jewelry. Collectibles, Golf, Household & MUCH MORE! FRI.S UN., 8 AM2 PM 14 Clubhouse Rd. MOVING SALE!! Furn., Tools, Cookware, King Bed, Sofa Bed & MORE! SAT 8 4 61 Cl u bh ouse Rd . HUGE Yard Sale! Dark Pine Vermont Furniture, Ladies Bike, Freezer, Pfaltzgraff Dish Set. SAT ONLY . 9 3 . 31 Cl u b house Road. Household items,clothing,holiday & MORE! S AT., 9 AM2 PM, 1023 ROTONDACIRCLE. 5 FAMILY SALE! SOMETHINGFOREVERYONE!! THUR FRI . 8 2 . 65 Mariner Lane. BIG SALEmens & ladies clothes, sofa, table, lamps, sewing machine, shelves, lots of misc!!! S. VENICE AREA GARAGE SALES6010 S ATS UN 8 : 30 2 3 1 6 Roseling Cir. Estate Sale. Antiques, Armoire, Tile/Wood Washstand, Barristers Bookcase, Dressers, Stools, Ent. Units, Lthr Couch/Recliner Chair, Palm LazyBoy Recliner, Chair & a Half/Bed, Lamps, Bahamas Buffet/Coffee Table, Bistro Table/Chairs, Signed Prints, Glassware, Elec: Turn Table, Receivers, CD Player, Speakers, Tools, Yard Art. S AT. 9 3 1 0 55 C obert Rd. Shop Smith, Tools, RV, light Bulbs and miscellenous. VENICE AREA GARAGE SALES6011 FRIS AT 9 3 30 1 Nassau St N. Plant & Garage Sale. 2 Families. Lots of Household Items Saved For You To Enjoy! SUN ONLY.9-4. 318 Seaboard Ave. Huge Sale! Shoes, Kitchen, Home, Fitness, Bed, Outdoor Priced to Sell, Everything must Go! GULFCOVE/SGC GARAGE SALES6014 FRI . & S at. 8 : 30 3 : 00 . Boyle Terrace. Games, craft items, womens clothing, (small sizes) plus more.We are off David in Gulf Cove, Port Charlotte FRI.S AT. 8 AM3 PM 12468 Bacchus Rd. HUGE ESTATE SALE, Furniture, Household, Tools and More! FRIDAY O NLY 8 3 12402 Kneeland Terr. Misc. Male and Female House & Garage Items, Yarn, And More! Classified=Sales SAT 8 1 9260 S pr i ng Ci r. Tools, Quality Fishing Gear, Boat Hardware, Electrical Wire & Boxes, & Miscellaneous. SAT SUN 8AM 3PM 14502 Lillian Cir. (South Gulf Cove). 3 Family Garage Sale. Too Much To List! SAT .SUN . 9 5 15520 & 15496 Avery Rd. TV Stand, Petite Clothing, Household, Puppy Accessories & Lots of miscellenous items. 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Friday, March 27, 2015 E/N/C The Sun Classified Page 17 BICYCLES/ TRICYCLES6135 3 WHEEL ELECTRIC Rid e Bicycle $250 941-786-6239 BIKEHUFFY 1 8 speed 26 bell rack no seat $15 941-8824545 BIKE Hu ff y Per f ect cond 2 4in cruiser $50 941-625-2227 BIKE RA C K Bike S tand $ 45 941-286-6376 BIKE RA C K f or 2 bikes f its 1or2 hitch $50 941-743-0582 BIKE S 1 6 1 G IRL 1 B O Y, G D COND $15 941-475-9146 BIKES Ad u l t /T een 24 & 26 sizes to choose from $45 941474-1776 BIKES HIS & h ers bi g t i re n i ce cond. $120/pair 941-626-3102 BIKE S his & hers. 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Friday, March 27, 2015 E/N/C The Sun Classified Page 19 TOYOTA7210 2004 TOYOTA COROLLA 4DR S 39K MI $9,944 855-481-2060 DLR 2007 TOYOTA CAMRY Taupe, 4dr Sedan LE, Perfect Cond. 73K miles, $12,000 OBO 941-475-4163 2008 T O Y O TA YARI S 5SPD 81K MI $7,685 855-481-2060 DLR 2009 TOYOTA CAMRY 4DR LE 71K MI $11,884 855-481-2060 DLR 20 1 0 T O Y O TA RAV4 5DR 40K MI $15,877 855-481-2060 DLR 2011 TOYOTA RAV4 36K MI $17,990 855-280-4707 DLR 2012 TOYOTA COROLLA 35K MI $14,854 855-481-2060 DLR 2012 TOYOTA SIENNA , 18,333 mi, V6. WH. Excellent condition., $19,499 941-2559887 20 1 3 T O Y O TA CO R O LLA 21K MI $13,911 855-280-4707 DLR 2014 TOYOTA PRIUS NAV 26K MI $24,990 855-280-4707 DLR VOLKSWAGEN7220 20 1 0 V O LK S WA G EN JETTA 67K MI $14,957 855-481-2060 DLR 20 1 3 V O LK S WA G EN PA S SAT SUNROOF 23K MI $23,989 855-242-9258 DLR 2013 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 13K MI $21,989 855-242-9258 DLR 2013 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF BASE 51K MI $13,874 855-481-2060 DLR MISC. IMPORTS7240 200 4 P O R SC HE 9 11 2DR CONV 28K MI $35,989 855-242-9258 DLR 20 1 2 FIAT 1 2 4 14K MI $11,745 855-481-2060 DLR ANTIQUES/ COLLECTIBLES7250 1927 CHRYSLER ROADSTER 10,500 miles, Exc. driver, Must be seen $25k 941-426-5282 REDUCED 1966 REDMUSTANG, black interior, 6 cyl. auto, smooth cruiser. $8800. 574-551-2256. 1993 FORD MUSTANG , 160 mi, Convert. 106K mil Refurbished $3500 in new parts New Paint/Top, $6,200 239-2853557 LEXUS7178 2008 LEXUS ES 350 75K MI $14,990 855-280-4707 DLR 2008 LEXU S I S 2 5 0 63K MI $17,990 855-280-4707 DLR 20 1 0 LEXU S I S 3 5 0C NAV CONV 33K MI $32,990 855-280-4707 DLR 20 11 LEXU S C T200 H NAV 48K MI $20,911 855-280-4707 DLR 20 1 2 LEXU S E S 3 5 0 NAV 30K MI $27,911 855-280-4707 DLR 20 1 2 LEXU S I S 2 5 0C NAV CONV 31K MI $34,990 855-280-4707 DLR 20 1 2 LEXU S RX300 84K MI $11,990 855-280-4707 DLR 2012 LEXUS RX 350 NAV 21K MI $34,990 855-280-4707 DLR 20 1 3 LEXU S E S 3 5 0 NAV 28K MI $33,990 855-280-4707 DLR 2013 LEXUS GS 350 NAV 5,904 MI $42,990 855-280-4707 DLR 20 1 3 LEXU S LX-57 0 NAV 35K MI $69,990 855-280-4707 DLR 20 15 LEXU S E S 3 5 0 NAV 65 MI $39,990 855-280-4707 DLR MAZDA7180 2006 MAZDA 6 94K MILES $6,895 941-916-9222 DLR 20 1 2 MAZDA MIATA-MX-5 CONV 5,611 MI $19,990 855-280-4707 DLR MERCEDES7190 20 11 MER C EDE S -BENZ E350W 37K MI $27,990 855-280-4707 DLR 2011 MERCEDES BENZ GLK-350 36K MI $26,990 855-280-4707 DLR 20 1 2 MER C EDE S -BENZ SLK-350 15K MI $37,769 855-242-9258 DLR 2012 MERCEDES BENZ 21K MI $34,990 855-242-9258 DLR MINICOOPER7192 200 7 MINI COO PER 85K MI $8,990 855-280-4707 DLR 2008 MINI COO PER 2DR 6SPD 49K MI $12,744 855-481-2060 DLR 20 1 2 MINI COO PER 2DR 5SPD 30K MI $16,587 855-481-2060 DLR NISSAN7200 200 7 NI SS AN FR O NTIER 76K MI $14,777 855-481-2060 DLR SUBARU7207 2003 SUBARU LEGACY 66K MI $7,990 855-280-4707 DLR TOYOTA7210 1987 TOYOTA CELICAGTS needs works, has good body $495 941-586-2900 2002 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 86K MI $9,987 855-481-2060 DLR HONDA7160 20 1 3 H O NDA C IVI C 4DR LX 24K MI $16,875 855-481-2060 DLR 2013 HONDA FIT 48K MI $13,987 855-481-2060 DLR 20 1 3 H O NDA FIT BASE 10K MI $15,987 855-481-2060 DLR 20 1 3 H O NDA FIT BASE 12K MI $15,874 855-481-2060 DLR 20 1 3 H O NDA A CCO RD EX-L ONLY 10K MI $22,990 855-242-9258 DLR 2013 HONDA CIVIC LX 26K MI $15,910 855-242-9258 DLR HYUNDAI7163 2009 HYUNDAI ACCENT CLEAN, LOW MILES $7,995 941-916-9222 DLR 20 1 0 HYUNDAI ELANTRA GLS Loaded. $9,995 941-916-9222 DLR 2012 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4DR GLS 54K MI $10,874 855-481-2060 DLR 20 1 2 HYUNDAI A CC ENT 5DR GAS 22K MI $11,687 855-481-2060 DLR INFINITI7165 20 11 INFINITI EX 3 5 27K MI $26,990 855-280-4707 DLR 2014 INFINITI QX60 5,390 MI $43,990 855-280-4707 DLR JAGUAR7175 1 99 5 JA G UAR XJ 6 , 7 9 , 900 mi, CLASSIC XJ6 VDP79900 MI $6,300. 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