Pure Florida presents Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island Saturday, May 14

Edison ExplorerPure Florida’s Fort Myers location will present an Eco-Cruise tour to Picnic Island on Saturday, May 14 from 8 – 11 a.m. The three-hour eco-adventure includes a narrated cruise along the Caloosahatchee River and a guided tour of Picnic Island, a natural, uninhabited island located between Sanibel and Pine Island.

During the Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island excursion, guests will have the opportunity to bask in the sunshine and experience the natural beauty of Southwest Florida. While discovering the island, explorers can enjoy leisurely walking amidst black and white mangroves, playing in sand, shelling and fishing. Visitors will also have the opportunity to observe wildlife native to the Caloosahatchee River and Picnic Island. While Pure Florida cannot guarantee animal sightings in the wild, potential wildlife sightings include dolphins, eagles, manatee, native birds and more.

Eco-Cruise tours are guided by Coast Guard-certified captains and master naturalists and highlight the history of the Caloosahatchee River and the accomplishments of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford during their time spent at the nearby Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Registration for the tour is $44 per person, and the M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers.

The Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island is a popular attraction for voyagers of all ages. Guests are encouraged to bring bottled water and snacks aboard, soft drinks and alcohol are prohibited. Reservations are required. For more information or to book your ticket, call 239-919-2965, email FortMyers@PureFL.com or visit the website at www.PureFL.com. 

About Pure Florida

In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Naples and Fort Myers, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters, group events and educational field trips for schools and students. In addition to Pure Florida, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fifth and sixth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Naples location at 239-263-4949 or its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament

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Annual competition to promote clean waterways

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites Southwest Florida anglers to participate in its annual RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament Oct. 23-25. The three-day fundraising event will feature a kick-off party, two full days of fishing and an awards reception, all while raising awareness of the need for clean waterways and water quality’s influence on the Southwest Florida ecosystem. Proceeds will benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s juvenile game fish studies, water quality research and game estuary protection.

thumbnaiThe event begins on Friday, Oct. 23 with a kick-off party at the Conservancy Nature Center, featuring cocktails, dinner, raffle and a live auction. The Friday evening event is open to Conservancy members and supporters. The community can support the anglers and the Conservancy’s clean water efforts for just $50 per person.

Saturday morning, anglers will launch from Naples, Goodland and Everglades City for two days of fishing. The weekend event wraps up Sunday evening with a celebratory awards reception, at Northern Trust, 4001 Tamiami Trial N. in Naples.

For the second year, fly-fisherman Oliver White, will serve as the honorary chairman of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s RedSnook Charity Fishing Tournament.

“As an environmentalist and fisherman, I am proud to help support the Conservancy’s clean water efforts,” said White at the 2014 Charity Tournament. “The slogan, ‘Clean Water! More Fish!’ perfectly sums up what we want to accomplish so we can continue to enjoy our favorite sport.”thumbnail

The annual tournament will support the Conservancy’s commitment to water quality protection by forming relationships with decision-makers to raise awareness of the importance of clean water; minimizing pollution; creating the “Estuaries Report Card” to rate the condition of local waterways every five years; researching and monitoring juvenile gamefish habitats to ensure abundant future fish populations; restoring natural water flows; and protect environmental landmarks such as Ten Thousand Islands, Big Cypress, Estero Bay, the Cocohatchee Slough and the Caloosahatchee River.

“Through our annual RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament, local anglers will have the opportunity to protect the wildlife of Southwest Florida by supporting Conservancy programs that are dedicated to maintaining the quality of Southwest Florida waterways,” said Rob Moher, Conservancy of Southwest Florida president and CEO. “This tournament will support the efforts of these programs to keep the beautiful Southwest Florida waterways clean and safe for future generations.”

For more information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s RedSnook Charity Fishing Tournament, or to register or sponsor a team, please email NikkieD@conservancy.org, call 239-403-4219 or visit www.Conservancy.org/RedSnook.

Thank you to these generous sponsors

The Beacon Group at Morgan Stanley

RGM Capital

Minto Group

Tompkins Family

DeVoe Automotive Group

Longhorn Steakhouse

Whole Foods Naples

Service by Jordan

Russell’s Clambakes

Naples Beach Brewery

Crave Culinaire

Backcountry Fly Fishers of Naples

Northern Trust

Lurgert Insurance

Premier Sotheby’s International Reality

CliftonLarsonAllen

Florida Weekly

Newbury North Associates

Matanzas on the Bay hosts 11th Annual Fillet and Release tournament Sept. 12 to benefit Hope Hospice

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Photo caption: Anglers line up to weigh-in their catch during the 2014 Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament hosted by Matanzas on the Bay.

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach is hosting the 11th Annual Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament on Sept. 12 to benefit Hope Hospice. This year’s event anticipates more than 320 anglers to join the light tackle, inshore fishing tournament with shotgun start at 7 a.m. and boats returning by 3 p.m. Eighty-seven boats participated in the 2014 event, which raised more than $15,000 to benefit Hope Hospice.

The weigh-in ceremony will take place at Matanzas on the Bay where participants can enter in a raffle to benefit Hope Hospice and, following the weigh-in, enjoy a dinner and awards ceremony. Winners are determined by total weight of fish caught. Eligible species include redfish and snook, and all fish will be released following weigh in. The entry fee is $250 per team with a maximum of four anglers per boat. For more information, visit www.filletandrelease4hospice.com.

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and High 5 IPA on draft from Fort Myers Brewing Company. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.matanzas.com.

Pure Florida offers Eco-Cruise tour to Picnic Island July 18

Edison ExplorerPure Florida’s Fort Myers location is offering an Eco-Cruise tour to Picnic Island on Saturday, July 18, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The narrated cruise will navigate the Caloosahatchee River and includes a walking tour of Picnic Island, a natural, uninhabited island located between Sanibel and Pine Island.

The Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island allows explorers to experience Southwest’s Florida natural environment while walking amongst black and white mangroves, playing in sand, shelling, fishing and enjoying the sun and water. During the 3.5 hour excursion, visitors will have the opportunity to view wildlife including dolphins, manatee, birds and other native animals and plants along the Caloosahatchee River and on Picnic Island.

Directed by Coast Guard-certified captains and master naturalists, the excursion includes the history of the Caloosahatchee River and the exploits of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, who spent many winters at the nearby Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Registration for the tour is $39 per person, and the M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers.

The Eco-Cruise tour is suitable for explorers of all ages. Bottled water and light snacks will be provided and additional refreshments are available for purchase. Reservations are required. For more information or to book your ticket, call 239-919-2965, email info@PureFortMyers.com or visit the website at www.PureFortMyers.com. 

About Pure Florida

In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine cruises and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Fort Myers and Naples, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters and group events. In addition to Pure Fort Myers and Pure Naples, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fifth and sixth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965 or its Naples location at 239-494-5595.