Conservancy of Southwest Florida to host Nature Cat Day May 7

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has partnered with WGCU to host Nature Cat Day, featuring PBS Kids television character, Nature Cat, on Saturday, May 7, at the Conservancy Nature Center.

Children are invited to leave their inner house cats behind and explore the natural world as the Conservancy of Southwest Florida presents a special day of activities and character appearances by PBS Kids newest television show, Nature Cat. Throughout the day, visitors will have the opportunity to learn and experience nature as they encounter animals and enjoy interactive children’s activities that are based on the popular PBS Kids show.

“Our goal at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is to help our community connect with nature, enjoy exploring its many features and grow to love protecting the world we live in,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “Nature Cat Day offers our youngest members of the community the opportunity to have a blast learning with one of their favorite television characters, and we look forward to a day of fun and discovery.”

For more information on activities and experiences available at the Conservancy Nature Center, visit www.Conservancy.org/Nature-Center.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

Pure Florida presents Sunset Music Cruises in Naples and Fort Myers Oct. 30

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Pure Florida will offer Sunset Music Cruises on Friday, Oct. 30 at 5:45 p.m. departing from its Naples and Fort Myers locations. The 90-minute excursions will take passengers on a relaxing cruise featuring a live musical performance and the stunning Southwest Florida sunset.

Passengers cruising from Pure Florida’s Naples location will travel along the Gordon River and Naples coastline as the sun begins to set over the Gulf of Mexico. Aboard the M/V Double Sunshine, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scenery while listening to live music by Sunset Steel.

Guests visiting Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will cruise aboard the M/V Edison Explorer, drifting along the Caloosahatchee River. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the evening scenery of downtown Fort Myers on the water, accompanied by live music.

Aboard the vessel, guests are invited to relax, have a drink and enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings, showcasing the unique wildlife native to Southwest Florida. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase on-board. Once out to sea, the captain will stop the vessel as the sun begins to set so that guests can enjoy the famed Southwest Florida sunset and take advantage of this premier photo opportunity. Once the sun has dropped below the horizon, the vessel will begin its return voyage, providing the opportunity for guests to enjoy the rich colors in the sky and twinkling evening lights on the river, set to the tune of the evening’s musical performance. Upon returning to the Pure Florida dock, guests can conclude their experience by exploring the local shops and restaurants of Tin City or downtown Fort Myers.

The M/V Double Sunshine departs from the historic Tin City, located at 1200 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples and the M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers. Reservations are required. For pricing and registration for the Sunset Music Cruises, contact Pure Florida’s Naples location at 239-263-4949 or Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965. For more information on Pure Florida and its cruises, visit 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.

Pure Florida hosts book signing and cruise event Oct. 17

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Children’s book by Anna Taylor inspired by Pure Florida cruises

Pure Florida’s Naples location, in partnership with Kiwanis Club of Greater Collier, will host author, Anna Taylor, for a book signing event on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. to noon at the Tiki Hut at Tin City. Taylor, whose book was inspired by Pure Florida’s cruises, will read “Sophia and Alexia Watch for Dolphins” to passengers during a children’s cruise aboard the M/V Double Sunshine from 10 to 11:30 a.m. As part of the “Kids Ride Free” program, the cruise will be free for children when accompanied by a regular-priced adult ticket of $35.

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The book features a charming children’s story about marine life. Taylor was inspired by her grandchildren’s experience on Pure Florida’s sightseeing dolphin cruises and the story is focused on relaying the beauty of nature and wildlife to a young audience. “Sophia and Alexia Watch for Dolphins” will be available for purchase for $19.95 for hardcover and $12.95 for paperback, with 30 percent of sales to benefit children’s projects at the Kiwanis Club of Greater Collier.

“Now that I am retired, my focus is children. Currently, I serve as a literacy volunteer at one of the elementary schools here in Naples. My grandchildren have motivated me to write about things that are of interest to them. They especially loved going out on Double Sunshine to watch for dolphins and other wildlife,” Taylor said. “Hopefully, reading this book entitled “Sophia and Alexia Watch for Dolphins” will encourage other Naples’ families to share a similar outing; thus discovering the secrets that seeing nature from the
water surrounding Naples has to offer our young people.”

The M/V Double Sunshine departs from the historic Tin City, located at 1200 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples. To register for the book signing event, or for more information on Pure Florida and its cruises, visit www.PureFL.com or call 239-263-4949.

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.

Pure Florida presents Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island Aug. 8

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Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will present an Eco-Cruise tour to Picnic Island on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The 3.5 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, including dolphins, manatee, birds and other animals and plants.

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 $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 to Picnic Island is a popular attraction for voyagers 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 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.

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.