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Below is the proposed meeting schedule for 2019. 

As meeting topics and dates are confirmed, we will highlight them in green.

 

January 19 – Field Trip to Mote Aquarium in Sarasota

March 2 -  Field Trip to Florida Aquaculture facility in Apollo Beach  

March 30 – James Fatherree - Aquarium Photography  in Estero

April 27 – Poker Run.  Stops to include JoeFish Aquatics, Saltwater Solutions, Barrier Reef

May 25 - Marc Levenson (aka melev) - Aquarium Plumbing in Estero 

June 22-23 – Keys Field Trip

July 20 – Julian Sprung (Two Little Fishies) - Water Chemistry in Estero

August 17 - Poker Run North - stops include Fishy Business, Aquarium & Reef Center (FTM) and Seven Seas Aquatics

September  21-  Guest speaker, workshop, or panel discussion

October 20 – Frag Auction at Riverside Community Center in Fort Myers

November 16 – Build Your Own Rock Workshop at Jeff's in Lehigh  

December 7 – Boat Parade Holiday Party at RickO's

 

We are open to suggestions for future meetings. This is the thread for that discussion!!

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This is a great list of meetings. Thanks for all the work it takes to pull this together.

 

Any chance the Frag Auction can have a raffle like the ones we have had in the past at Reef Conferences... since there is no reef conference?

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3 hours ago, ronreefman said:

This is a great list of meetings. Thanks for all the work it takes to pull this together.

 

Any chance the Frag Auction can have a raffle like the ones we have had in the past at Reef Conferences... since there is no reef conference?

That is our goal. 

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Updated for confirmed March speaker.  February will be a field trip, just haven't locked down the final details.  Hopefully lock it down tomorrow.

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update - finally got a confirmation for February (although now the first Saturday of March).  Still working on a second stop for that field trip.

 

Confirmed guest speaker for May

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Can someone update the information concerning the tour of aquariums happening this month (April 2019)?  I can't find any updated information about it.

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We had our BOD meeting last night and the Keys trip was part of the planning discussion.  RickO is going to reach out to the Blackfin and a snorkel boat to lock down dates.  Once that is done, I am going to reach out to Mote, Florida Key Aquarium, Turtle Rescue and/or KP Aquatics to lock in secondary stops.  Dinner location will be the last thing to lock in.  All of these will be scheduled for a Saturday (except KP Aquatics.  That will be a Sunday stop on the way out of the Keys) We will update as these things happen.

 

For past years, the club only organizes Saturday events as people tend to make different travel plans for Friday and Sunday ( or possibly stay longer).  When that happens, they will usually post up  anything they have planned for Friday or Sunday in case someone else wants to come along.

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We are already booked at Blackfin for Thursday the 13th thru Sunday the 16th. If anybody intends to get down Thursday or Friday and wants to do a snorkel, we will be doing some on both Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. We will also have our Zodiac there so we can get out to some off shore islands like Little Money Key, Money Key or Little Bahia Honda Key. 

 

Jeff, we haven't had the pleasure of seeing KP Aquatics in person and would love to stop there on the way out Sunday. I'd even consider making an online order and picking it up in person. 

 

Looking forward to this trip.

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The  Keys trip is set for June 22 and 23.  Black Finn motel will be the headquarters for most club memebers attending.  The previous dates will not work as Black Finn was sold out.  Saturday morning we will be snorkleling on Looe Key as a group and have dinner together Saturday night.  I will be stopping after the snorkle trip to look around the "horse shoe" area and scout for creatures to collect. Sunday will be open for snorkling and side trips to local atractions and possible stop at KP aquatics on the way out of the Keys.

 

RickO

 

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Please keep us posted about the possible KP Aquatics stop on Sunday. If we set that up I'd like to place an order and pick it up on Sunday. I didn't make the last visit there as we stayed over a day longer snorkeling.

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