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jdhuyvetter

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  1. Marine forecast for Dania/Hollywood on Saturday is seas less than 2 feet. So, who is in for a snorkel trip to the east coast....post up here
  2. Since our regular meeting places are still closed, we are going to do another snorkel trip. This time Plan A is a reef off of Dania Beach. This will be a beach snorkel. We will do a beach snorkel trip to one of two locations. One is on the east coast and the other is on the west coast. So, we will have a Plan A and B pending what Mother Nature has in store that Saturday. Save the date and post up in this thread if you plan on attending. I will check the marine forecast for both locations a few days before and the finalize the trip. Plan A - Hollywood/Dania Beach snorkel trip. We will go to Charleston St. and park. There are 3 reef lines here that are accessible from the beach. First line is basically just rock bottom with algae and some fish. Good for kids and first timers as you can stand up if you have any issues. Second reef line is very popular for snorkelers as it is easy to get to from the beach, shallow and has a good mix of reef life. Third line is for the strongest swimmers, but can be done. For those that want to make a day of it, we can break for lunch and then head a few blocks north to the Dania Pier. The end of the pier is on a natural reef line. North of the pier there is a row of eurojacks (concrete erosion control devices) that run right off the beach out towards the reef. Map to parking location Plan B - Casperson Beach - Venice This is a good beach to hunt sharks teeth. There are also a series of rock jetties in shallow water. Never snorkeled them, so not sure what to report. Sand, saltwater, sharks teeth, I'm sure there is something to see there!. Again, we will check the marine forecast and post up here with a final location. Based on the marine forecast, Hollywood/Dania it is. Let's plan on meeting at the parking area at 10 am on Saturday morning Attendees: Jeff
  3. I'm a fan of plug and play. I have a bad habit of procrastinating and then it never gets done. Or most likely, gets done enough to work, but never really finished
  4. It's an archaeologic site. So my guess would be no collecting
  5. As near as I can tell, it is a public lot. I did not see any signs when I looked at google indicating a fee to park
  6. Marine forecast for Ana Maria island this Saturday is glassy conditions until 9 am. Wave height is 0.5'. Looks like a perfect morning. So the Regina Barge it is! The google link below is the the nearest parking. Walk across the street and then a 100 yards or so down the beach. Let's meet in the parking lot at 10 am https://goo.gl/maps/4T5TUcUKgUgsYdDo9
  7. Since Mother Nature was not very cooperative this year for our annual June trip to the Keys, we decided to try a snorkel trip again....with a twist. So, for our August meeting, we will do a beach snorkel trip to one of two locations. One is on the east coast and the other is on the west coast. So, we will have a Plan A and B pending what Mother Nature has in store that Saturday. Save the date and post up in this thread if you plan on attending. I will check the marine forecast for both locations a few days before and the finalize the trip. Plan A - Dania Beach snorkel trip. We will go to John Lloyd state park at the pier. The end of the pier is on a natural reef line. North of the pier there is a row of eurojacks (concrete erosion control devices) that run right off the beach out towards the reef. Good snorkel spots. Plan B - Anna Maria island snorkel trip. The Regina ( a sugar barge) sank about 150 feet off of the beach. The site is now an underwater Archaeological preserve. Again, we will check the marine forecast and post up here with a final location.
  8. Tomorrow is the last day to RSVP. I need to give them a head count on Thursday
  9. Our July meeting will be a field trip to the Bailey Mathews Shell Museum on Sanibel. We will be given a behind the scenes tour of the newly opened aquarium exhibits. They are limiting the tour size to 10 people. This is first come, first served via confirmation on this thread. You must post up your name and the names of any others in your group. If we have more than 10, they are willing to do a second group of 10 beginning a half hour after the first group. (So, max 20 people for the day) They are allowing us in an hour before opening so that our tour of the aquariums will be uninterrupted by other guests. Cost will be $25/person (yes, that is $1 more than regular admission, but remember they are coming in an hour earlier just for us). First tour is starts at 9 am, so please arrive no later than 8:45. After the tour, take your time and visit the other exhibits at the museum. We can discuss early lunch options while there. If you are interested in other activities while on Sanibel, post them up here as a discussion. Others may want to join you! Sanibel requires masks while out in public, so masks are required for this tour. Bailey Mathews National Shell Museum 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road Sanibel, FL 33957 https://www.shellmuseum.org/visit 9 am tour (meet at 8:45 outside the main door) 1: Jeff D 2: Rick O 3: Lisa O 4: Matt E 5: Heather L 6: Elaine W. 7: Ron L. 8: Bryon N. 9: Chris M. 10: 9:30 am tour (if we fill the 9 am tour) TBD
  10. Due to a small craft advisory today, the snorkel boats cancelled today and 99% certain tomorrow is off as well. Bars just closed today until further notice. So, Keys trip as a group is postponed. Rick is already at the Blackfin if anyone planned on going but did not post up here. Alex and I haven't left yet, so we pushed this one back until further notice
  11. Rick and Alex.....is it just you guys or are you each bringing a +1?
  12. The Keys have reopened, time to get out and have some fun! Come to Marathon on Saturday, June 27 and join us for some snorkeling! We have confirmed that the Blackfin Hotel on Marathon is open. We have also confirmed that Capt. Hooks snorkel boat is running on Saturday. We will be on the 8:30 am boat. You can book hotel and your snorkel trip at the following links: http://blackfinresort.com/ Link below is the snorkel trip. Make sure you select Marathon as the location (they have three) https://captainhooks.rezdy.com/catalog/66335/diving-snorkeling?_ga=2.236208449.1760075161.1591925490-1641086231.1591304221 Post up here if you are going. We can plan lunch and dinner on Saturday around the snorkel trip. Sunday is on your own, although I have a hunch some people will be hitting the Horseshoe! Tentative itenerary: Friday night - Dinner somewhere on Marathon - location and time is TBD based on everyone's arrival Saturday am - Snorkel trip leaves at 8:30 Saturday 1pm (ish) - lunch on Marathon Saturday pm - trip to the Horseshoe (Spanish Harbor). This is a shallow snorkel spot right off the road. There are some reef safe critters that can be collected here. Make sure you bring a current saltwater fishing license if you plan to collect. Rules have changed in recent years. We will go over the rules before we hit the water. Dive flag is required here as well. If you don't have one, there will be other that do and you can "buddy up". Saturday evening - Dinner somewhere - will update after lock it down....or we can decide as a group. Confirmed attendees: Jeff Rick +1 Alex +1
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