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The Commodore's Comments - May 2013

by Mike Levine, Commodore

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Greetings all! Hope most of you got down to the Stephen C. Smith Regatta. I know all those in attendance had a great time. It was actually my first time attending the auction part of the event and if you have never done it, it’s a blast! Everything from large sailboats, paintings and a coveted Tiki Mon was up for bidding. My daughter Ria had donated a lovely piece of pottery that caused a bidding war! I was the winning bidder on a very nice fishing rod for Robby. Dave and Lizzie did a fine job as MC’ers and it was like witnessing an episode of Storage Wars! Here is a sample of Dave in action getting the highest price for an item:


I was hurting pretty bad after the first half of the racing on Saturday so I relaxed on the committee boat with Laurie and took in the race action first hand. In case you have not had the opportunity to see what goes on at the starting gate, here is a clip of an afternoon race:


I was hurting even more during the long distance race in 12-15 winds and 2-3’ seas. After about eight uphauls, I spent quite a bit of time sitting on my board when a large sea turtle surfaced about 15 feet away. He then began encouraging me to get back up which I thought I should do. I think I might have been hallucinating by then but it worked and I got back up and somehow made it back in. If your knees aren’t bleeding you didn’t give it your all!

With the Smith Regatta in the books, next up is NIMBY XVII which will take place June 28th – 30th at Navarre, FL. Since we don’t like controversy or drama, it will not be Father’s day weekend.

See you at the beach!

Mike Levine
2013 SPSC Commodore


Restoration for Shell Point

$880,000 beach renourishment project is on the state list, to be paid for with BP money
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:03 am

On Thursday, May 2, Governor Rick Scott had good news for state communities that are still recovering from the BP oil spill of 2010 as he announced the proposal of 12 Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) projects totaling $58 million.

Wakulla County will benefit by way of a Shell Point beach nourishment project costing $880,000.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems have long recognized the declining health of the one mile shoreline at Shell Point and has designated it as “critically eroding,” which means that natural processes or human activity have caused or contributed to the erosion and recession of the beach to such a degree that development, recreational interests, wildlife habitat, or important cultural resources are threatened or lost.

The Shell Point beach nourishment project would include the provision of approximately 15,000 cubic yards of dredged sand from an upland borrow area on the one mile beach in hopes of increasing recreational opportunities.
“We feel very proud to get this project,” said Wakulla County Administrator Dave Edwards. “It’s going to help a lot of people and it will add a huge economic boost. It’s not quite as much as we were hoping for, but we’re very happy to have it.”

Other proposed projects include:

Florida Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries Hatchery/Enhancement Center, Escambia County. Approximately $20 million.
Florida Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay counties. Approximately $11.4 million.

Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline, Escambia County. Approximately $11 million.

Florida Oyster Reef Restoration Escambia, Santa Rosa, Bay and Franklin counties. Approximately $5.4 million.

Scallop Enhancement for Increased Recreational Fishing Opportunity in the Florida Panhandle, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties. Approximately $3 million

Florida Bay Seagrass Recovery Project, Gulf, Franklin and Bay counties. Approximately $2.7 million.

Shell Point Beach has been challenged by erosion over the years, including this cedar tree that efforts have been made to save.

Big Lagoon State Park Boat Ramp Improvement, Escambia County. Approximately $1.5 million.
Bob Sikes Pier Restoration, Escambia County. Approximately $1 million.
Florida Cat Point Living Shoreline Project, Franklin County. Approximately $800,000.
Perdido Key Boardwalk Improvements, Escambia County. Approximately $600,000.
Perdido Key Dune Restoration, Escambia County. Approximately $600,000.

The 12 projects would make up Phase III of early restoration.

Early restoration projects are designed to accelerate efforts to restore natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico that were injured as a result of the Deepwater Horizon accident and are made possible under the early restoration framework agreement between BP and trustees. It allows the expediting of projects that would normally only get funded after the NRDA is complete and a final settlement has been reached or a final court judgment has been entered.

The first two phases of state restoration projects have totaled over $11 million, which means that Florida will potentially allocate nearly $69 million, if not more, of the available $100 million designated to the early restoration process by the framework agreement.

“We’re committed to restoring the environment and economy that families have relied upon in the Gulf for generations,” Scott said. “These $58 million in Florida projects represent a critical step forward in recovering from the natural resource and recreational losses that resulted from the BP oil spill. We will continue to work with our state, federal and local partners toward solutions that ensure impacted areas are revitalized for families.”

Smith Regatta Racing

By Lee Chapin

The Smith Regatta started with the usual gathering at the beer truck, good weather and best of all, visiting with good friends. Saturday morning was greeted with a few hangovers, really nice wind and the anticipation of a day of racing. At the skippers meeting Perry introduced everyone to a new race course and after some initial questions everyone setup for the 10 knots of wind that was blowing from the south.

Perry & Brian began setting the course, then Mark & I set out in the committee boat to station ourselves at the start/finish line in the center of the course. With everything set and everyone testing the line angles we went white flag up. Red flag up saw both the ‘A’ fleet and Sport fleet starting at the same time with 18 racers crossing the start line. It was an exciting start with a mix of port & starboard tacks being taken. It was great to see Donna back racing, her knee all well again! As was to be expected there was a little bit of confusion with Perry’s new course, but the majority made it all the way in the prescribed manner with a few informing the committee that they had not. The second and third races went without any course infractions in a wind slowly subsiding to 5 knots by the end of the 3rd race and the beginning of the lunch break. After some lunch refreshment and a bit of wind increase back up to 7-8 knots the 4th race went red flag up with 15 racers. The 5th race started and finished with 13 racers. Everyone retired to dinner at the yacht club then a return to the beer truck for some non-sailing fun with friends and to enjoy the band on the beach.

Sunday morning awakened with some tasty breakfast by Linda, more hangovers and good wind (10-12 knots) out of the south. The Long Distance race was the usual course around the tripod over to the flasher and back. The seas outside around the tripod were a challenge to the sport fleeter’s. but everyone that started did manage to finish. The ‘A’ fleet blazed over to the flasher and back in their usual good form. It was then time for the beer truck and awards.

Race Results
‘A’ Fleet – Heavy ‘A’ Fleet - Light
1 Dan Olivier
2 Paul Hansard
3 Dan Burch
4 Wright Finney
1 Chris Voith
2 Dave Stanger
3 Mark Powell
4 Bob Andrews
Sport Fleet – Women Sport Fleet - Men
1 Julea Williams
2 Linda Downey
3 Donna McMahon
1 Chris McMahon
2 Bob Graves
3 Bill Olsen
4 Mike Levine

The whole weekend ended with a great birthday party orchestrated by the lovely Miss Sherry at Perry’s in honor of Wright and Dan’s 38th, complete with martini’s, great finger food and birthday cake. A fitting end to a great weekend!

Club Meeting April 9, 2013

Called to order at 7:33pm.

Our commodore said we should do the Wind Ceremony twice every year and Rick said “We…”, because our commodore wasn’t at the second one. But, then, after the rebellion was quashed during the first one, he may have felt the Swami didn’t need a reminder of his failed coup attempt.

It’s looking like October 19th and 20th will be the Atlanta Fall Classic. If you want to know the dates for our events, look at the calendar, I’m not your mother.

We sold all but 17 shirts at the Wind Ceremony

Since the first Wind Ceremony was done under inclement conditions, the food winners were never selected. Bob Andrews, chair of the event, raffled off the coveted aprons, at the meeting. To be in the draw, you had to contribute a dish. The winners of the raffle were Sandy, Laurie, and Judy.

This past Wind Ceremony was the first to be cancelled because of the weather.

Purchase of a sailboard from Wind Sense in Atlanta was approved.

First three training classes are full and the others are filling up well. We need trainers to show up on the training days.

We have money in the bank (so says Wright) and members in our club, 61 memberships to be kinda exact, which includes family memberships.

Lee spoke on the Smith Regatta. All is going well but donations are still needed.

April 21st at 2pm is a workday to clean up the beach for the Smith. Linda mentioned that Jo Ann may need help since Lorna won’t be there this year.

Meeting adjourned.

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