Kayak/Canoe Sale - Accepting Deposits
Our kayak rental and
storewide sale will begin on July 25th for 2009. Back by popular
demand we will be accepting early non-refundable deposits (30%
down) towards the rental/demo boat of their choice. Early deposits
will be accepted beginning May 1 2009. The rental/boats will remain in the
Florida Bay Outfitter rental fleet until the release date of July 25
2009 or earlier on some boat models. Balance to be paid on or before
release/sell date. Click Links for more
Everglades Management Plan
May 15 Deadline!!! I would like to take a brief
moment of your time to express the importance of commenting on the
Everglades National Park Management Plan. The most important thing to know
is that this management plan will be in place for the next 20 years.
Having been in Key Largo and having the Everglades as my neighbor now for
22 years I can certainly say we have seen some major changes around here.
And when it comes to the environment I honestly wouldn't be able to think
of anything good to tell you.
the laid back atmosphere our environment is and has been in deterioration
even before I had arrived. Everything looked fabulous to me but there were
apparently noticeable changes going on way back when this was still
a quiet little town. My Conch friends who's families have been here for
generations would point out that yeah it's pretty but there's not much in
the water like there used to be. So yes, but it was still Paradise.
You Are" advertising soon hit the market, my thoughts, probably a big
mistake. Unfortunately some peoples ideas of being laid back don't
include a hammock, flip flops and a cold drink. They slowly destroyed the
Jimmy Buffets island style of living making room for the 5 Star lifestyle
and creating high paying jobs. As success took over, if you want to call
it that, brought more big toys, development, politics and so on... kind of
like everywhere else but in an environment that can only take so much.
Take a look at Google and you can actually see the boundary of the
Everglades Park with the encroaching development in the Miami/Homestead
area. Well by now I think you should be catching my drift. When I look
into the water today I see Paradise dying. It has gone far beyond less
marine animals. Our water quality has deteriorated. I have witnessed sea
creatures swim and crawl onto our shorelines gasping for oxygen as an
algae bloom turns our crystal clear waters into a pea green soup for miles
and the cover up of blame that goes with it. I can show you trash 3 feet
deep in our mangroves that will make you cry. I see manatees scarred,
maimed and killed by propellers and yes strangled by fishing line.
At one time
it was an adventure to trek into Florida Bay and the entire Everglades but
with technology, bigger and faster boats and more people that haven't a
clue, it has become at times an overcrowded free for all with disregard to
the wilderness environment and the very reason why the park was created.
There are ways to enjoy our wilderness areas without harming them, it's
called compatible use. That is why I am asking you to share your ideas and
comments on the Everglades Management Plan. You will not be wasting your
time. I honestly feel that the officials in charge want to make a
difference but they need your support to back them up.
expect everyone to understand my point of view but it's time for some of
us to take a hard look and begin to make the sacrifices that are
necessary. That's progress in my eyes.
We will have
two sessions of Kids Kayak Camp for kids ages 8-12. Price per camper
is $295. Please contact Monica by email for more details and to get signed
up. Hurry we already have campers waiting n line...
Session 1 -
July 6th through July 10th
2 - July 13th through July 17th
6-12 – This is the 10th annual Miami to Key West fundraising
paddle for the Castaways! The team includes club members Steve O’Brien,
Patrick Linfors, and Pedro Almeida. Go to www.castawaysagainstcancer.com for more details and to donate to this worthy
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