Events and Opportunities
Up Coming Events
Longboat - Moore's Crab Shack
Leave TSS aroun 9:30 am
Contact Greg Herschell for more information.
Change of Watch Dinner
March 30, 2013
Sandpiper Inn, Sun City
Salmon with Dill Sauce - Rice and Veggies
Chicken Oscar - Rice ad Veggies
Roast Beef - Baked Potato
Dessert, Coffee, Soft Drinks
$25.00 Per Person, Includes Gratuities and Tax
Tickets available at the General Membership Meeting, February 18, 2013.
Contack Barbara Gocek for more information. 813-642-8203
Gasparilla Regatta Photos
Bill Fishbourne has put his Regatta photos up on ShutterFly.
where you can order prints, coffee mugs, posters, etc.
You may also download the files (free) and print them on your home printer. These should be good for up to 8 x 10". If someone needs very high-res images they can contact Bill and he'll work out delivery. He will also put a DVD slide show in the club house.
Cruise to Longboat, Moore's Crab Shack, March 9, Contact Greg Herschell
1250 Apollo Beach Blvd.
This is a good article that appeared in the News and Observer.
SOUTHSHORE NEWS & TRIBUNE
By LOIS KINDLE | The Tampa Tribune Published: June 06, 2012 Updated: June 06, 2012 - 2:35 PM
Channel dredging to begin this summer
APOLLO BEACH -- Boaters in this waterfront community are tired of getting stuck on sandbars at low tide. "People have to time their arrivals and departures to navigate the channels, said Len Berkstresser, president of the Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group. "The reason we buy property in Apollo Beach is to enjoy waterfront living, which includes several marinas, waterside dining, sailing and fishing. Without the ability to transit the channels, having a boat is useless." Due to a lack of tidal flow and low levels of storm-water runoff, silt has built up over the years in the three channels leading into Apollo Beach, causing the average low water level to drop to about 4 feet in spots at low tide and between 5 and 6 feet at high tide. Boats drafting more than 4 feet of water can have trouble getting in and out. Help is on the way. Thanks to the efforts of Berkstresser and volunteers from the waterway improvement group, dredging of the main and south channels is expected to begin this summer. The main channel leads from Tampa Bay into Apollo Beach just south of Andalucia. Just past Andalucia, the south channel turns off the main channel and leads into MiraBay and Symphony Isles. When the dredging is finished, each channel will be 7 feet deep and 60 feet wide. "This means I won't have to pull boats off the sandbars on my way in and out of the channel," said Craig Beggins, a local businessman with a power boat. "If (the dredging) isn't done, the problem will only get worse. Eventually, all boaters will be affected. As a Realtor, Beggins said he discloses "right up front" the issues boaters face in the community. "It's a big detriment," he said. "Fixing the problem will improve property values and attract more buyers to the community."The last time the channels were dredged was 17 years ago. "About four or five years ago, we began having problems again," Berkstresser said. The waterway improvement group, commonly known as ABWIG, was chartered in 1993, two years before the community's first dredging project. Members raised $65,000 to cover the costs for dredging all three channels. After that effort, the group essentially became dormant until 2007, when some of ABWIG's original members, led by Apollo Beach resident Jim Bothwell, resumed efforts to have the channels dredged again. The first step was to obtain permitting, which took about three years. During the permitting process, Hillsborough County commissioned a study for the dredging that concluded it would cost between $500,000 and $750,000 to dredge the channels and haul off the spoils on trucks or a barge, Berkstresser said. "ABWIG members saw this as an insurmountable obstacle, and for six to eight months the project went into mothballs," Berkstresser said. By early 2010, though, permits were in place. Bothwell and members of the Apollo Beach-based Tampa Sailing Squadron approached Berkstresser about taking over the effort. Berkstresser immediately began looking for cost reductions, which included finding other dredge sites or selling dredge spoils as fill. Within three months, he formed a six-member board, which began promoting the project and raising funds to pay for it. ABWIG representatives worked community events such as the Manatee Arts Festival and signed up volunteers to build community awareness and collect money. "Raising funds in these tough economic times has been difficult," Berkstresser said. Tampa Electric Company pitched in $50,000 of the total, and the Symphony Isles Homeowners Association, $35,000. Other large donors include the MiraBay Mariners Club, the residents of MiraBay, Andalucia Yacht Club, Lands End Marina, Circles and The Boulevard restaurants and Century 21 Beggins Enterprises. Caterpillar Inc. is providing a $10,000 in-kind donation for land preparation at the dredge site. Area residents also helped when ABWIG members came calling door to door. That effort raised another $5,000. "We've managed to collect $122,000 of the $150,000 needed to start the first phase of the project. I have every confidence we will get there," Berkstresser said. Once all the money is raised, bids will be taken and evaluated, the land will be prepped, and dredging will start, he said. The work will take several months. The second phase involves dredging the north channel, re-establishing the beach area at Apollo Beach Nature Preserve with dredge spoils, building a jetty and installing large tower-like devices in the water that cut down on wave action, protect the channel from re-silting and keep the beach sand in place. County Commissioner Sandy Murman brought together a coalition of six government agencies and private organizations to help plan and build the $500,000 project. "ABWIG represents many residents in the Apollo Beach community who wanted their channels dredged and the Apollo Beach Park Preserve restored," said Murman. "I pulled together county staff and other stakeholders, and we came up with a plan to solve the problem for the betterment of the community and to enhance the quality of life for these citizens." Restoring the beach was one of her top priorities because it increases the assets in the South County region, Murman said. Resident and business owner Colin Howgill said he walks his dog at the nature park every morning and supports the project. "Replenishing the beach is hugely, hugely overdue," he said. "I'm glad to hear something is finally being done to stop the erosion process." Patti Greene is another supporter. "I'm so excited to hear about the beach," she said. "I'm looking forward to walking along the sand again, enjoying the morning and looking for sharks teeth like I used to. This is fabulous news." Due to area manatee migrations the project's second phase will not start until summer of 2013, at the earliest. For more information on ABWIG visit www.abwig.org. email@example.com (813) 731-8138
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Sailing adventures can change the course of a young person's life. Sailors are a diverse community, respectful of others and the natural environment. Sailing builds bonds across generations and geography and skills and friendships that can last a lifetime.
From the first day, young sailors, ages 7 to 17, are on the water in small boats, having fun and learning the ropes in a safe, organized program. They are rigging, launching, sailing and landing a small sailboat. Advanced students are sharpening their skills for enhanced performance.
Our instructors are certified to teach by U.S. Sailing, the national authority. They are also certified for CPR, First Aid and safety. Class size is limited for safety and personal attention.
Free and discounted tuitions are numerous. We do not count on tuitions to cover our operational costs. Resales of donated boats and equipment and monetary donations from generous sponsors allow us to offer this opportunity to kids, regardless of their financial means. Adult and family sailing classes will supplement our income, while sharing smiles and sailing!
Please help. Donate a few hours! “Fix 4 sale” the boats donated to us by Bob Shaw and Larry Millikan and help us maintain our fleet of trainers (prams, Sunfish, Lasers and Mutineer 15s) and Whalers. Call or see Bill Pflug, our boat angel: 813-385-5490 firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Roberts: 727.641.6309 email@example.com
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Calendar on Kitchen Wall
A calendar has been added to the Kitchen wall for the posting of TSS events by any and all. The purpose of this calendar is the provide a central, easily accessible, simple method of keeping everyone informed of upcoming TSS events.
Silver Anniversary Sea Scout Regatta
The Silver Anniversary Sea Scout Regatta will be held on Friday, 4/26/13, through Sunday, 4/28/13, at TSS. TSS skippers are encouraged to volunteer their boats and TSS members, their time.
Ship 185 is a year-round co-ed program for young adults 14 to 20. We meet on Tuesday nights from 6 to 9 pm at the TSS Clubhouse and sail as often as we can. Know someone that would be interested? Come check us out!
Email SSS185BSA@Gmail.com for more information. (Meeting times may vary depending on activity and weather.)
Karen E Jacobi
Officers and Directors Watch 2013-2014
In accordance with Bylaws Art. VII, para. 2.4, the names of all qualified nominees are hereby made known to the membership in writing:
Commodore: Jim Allen
813-689-5880 and 813-234-8831
Member since 1973
Vice Commodore: Dan Fels
813-645-9583 home and 813-917-8558 cell
Member since 2005
Rear Commodore: Kent Bailey
813-727-1202 and 813-986-7819
Member since 2005
Treasurer: John Chapman
813-260-3618 home and 440-258-6821 cell
Member since 2011
Secretary: Sandy Newgent
Member since 1996
Two 2-year Directors: Bill Fishbourne (withdrew)
813-789-4379 cell and 813-907-8311
Member since 2009
813-677-0224 home and 813-465-4136 cell
Member since 2010
Returning as 1-year Directors :
Member since 2004
Life Member and Member since 1969
Sept 22 nd Baseball Cruise – sign up or contact Bob Sardo for news - Vinoy Transient Dockage Agreement