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KAYAKING

 

Making a decision on which Dry Cleaner and Launderer to use; be sure to check out our Testimonials”Page.See what "active" Best Dry Cleaners FL customers have to say, written by their own hand, using their own words. Read “Sandy’s Story”. 
South Creek at Oscar Scherer State Park
Group photo of the Kayakers of Venice Lemon Bay, FL
Day or night, pick your type of kayak and have a blast. Meet new friends. Develop new skills. Visit new places. Make a new life for yourself. These great friends are all members of the org, Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers. Their web site is at: http://www.venicelemonbaykayakers.org/. We kayak pretty much in the Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte county areas and occasionally do an overnighter out of the area but usually still in Florida. A wonderful, warm, friendly, helpful group. This is a super group to paddle with, whatever your skill level. (Note, Gene and Kayne have reflective tape on their paddle shafts for added visibility both day and night.)


"Recreation or fun is the expenditure of time in a manner designed for therapeutic refreshment of one's bodyor mind. While leisureis more likely a form of entertainmentor sleep, recreation is active for the participant but in a refreshing and diverting manner. As people in the world's wealthier regions lead increasingly sedentary life styles, the need for recreation has increased. The rise of so called active vacationsexemplifies this."From Dictioary.com.



In Memory of My Friend Ed Butcher taken at Oscar Scherer State Park, FL                  Died 2006-04-08.
Photo by Gene
In Memory of My Friend Ed Butcher taken at Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey, FL     Died 2006-04-08.
Photo by Gene
In Memory of My friend Miriam Bennett taken at Mayakka River, Venice, FL  Oct. 01, 2006    Died 2010
Photo by K Torman


Florida Circumnavigation Saltwater Paddling Trail

Florida’s Longest and Most Ambitious Sea Kayaking Trail


The State of Florida has created the Florida Circumnavigation Saltwater Paddling Trail.  You can check out there the web site at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/paddling/saltwater.htm
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In October 2007 the State of Florida, Office of Greenways & Trails asked that a group of volunteers form an organization to monitor and improve the trail.  This organization formed in November 2007 and is now called the Florida Paddling Trails Association (FPTA).  The web site  will be active by Feb1. 

www.floridapaddlingtrails.com

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If you are interested in more information or desire to help the FPTA contact:
Hank Brooks
President FPTA
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"It’s the saltwater version of the Appalachian Trail.

Beginning at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola, extending around the Florida peninsula and Keys, and ending at Fort Clinch State Park near the Georgia border, the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail is a 1,515-mile sea kayaking paradise. The trail includes every Florida coastal habitat type, from barrier island dune systems to salt marsh to mangroves. Several historical sites and points of interest are accessible by kayak along with colorful fishing communities and urban centers.

The Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail has been divided into 26 segments. Each segment is unique, ranging from the remote Big Bend Coast and Everglades/Florida Bay wilderness, to the more urbanized coastlines of Pinellas County and Fort Lauderdale. Once complete, the trail will likely be utilized by thousands of Florida residents and visitors alike who will paddle the trail for a few hours, days, weeks or months. Some hardy souls will want to paddle the entire trail, or complete the trail in segments over several years, similar to how hikers often tackle the Appalachian Trail".



 

Florida Paddling Trails Association

 

Connecting Paddlers to Florida's Water Trails

This site has information on Florida paddling trails with information on both the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail and inland river water trails.  You will find details on campsites, launches, sights to see and facilities along the trails. The Florida Paddling Trails Association, is the steward of the Circumnavigational Trail and helps with all water trails.  Our mission is to develop trail campsites, protect the environment along the trail and build the Florida paddling community. Read more...

 

2009 Photo Contest Winners

 

The 2009 Paddler Photo Contest sponsored by the Florida Paddling Trails Association(floridapaddlingtrails.com) and Club Kayak (clubkayak.com) is now over. The contest has been exciting with so many great entries to choose from!
 
First Place: "Canoe Launch at Snook Haven" by Kayne Torman of Sarasota
 

Kayne receives her choice of a Intova Waterproof Digital Camera rated to 130 feet plus a 2 GB memory card or two hours of kayak skills training provided by Sweetwater Kayaks (Tampa Bay area only). She also gets a nifty Club Kayak ballcap.


ECONOMY TACKLE-DOLPHIN DIVE

6018 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34231

941.922.9671

http://www.economytackledolphindive.com/

“Serving the watersports enthusiasts since 1948”
*Dick Pfaff

 

Economy Tackle - Dolphin Dive
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KAYAKS * NEW * USED * CLASSES * DEMO DAY * RENTALS * TOURS * NEWSWLETTER * MAPS

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Whether you are taking to the water tokayak, dive, or fish,  Economy Tackle/Dolphin Dive and Kayak Center has top-brand names in equipment and a professional, experienced sales and service staff to assist you.

We also carry live and frozen bait plus a full line of top name clothing, footwear, and sunglasses.  Find a listing and weblinks to all our product lines on our Fishing/Tacklepage". 

 

Economy Tackle - Dolphin Dive

 A huge inventory of new kayaks of every description


REVIEW: ECONOMY TACKLE-DOLPHIN DIVE


 

REVIEW:

 

Dick Pfaf and George the kayak department manager provide incredible paddling knowledge about the sport of kayaking and virtually every kayak made. Dick gives paddling lessons twice a month usually just before their spectacular "Demo Day" at which time they take 20 to 30 kayaks of every description over to Turtle Beach on Siesta Key or to Ackerman Park at Fruitville Rd and I-75. The best investment you will ever make is a paddling class with Dick and an opportunity to try every type of kayak possible at no charge and as many times as you like. Their location is convenient from most anywhere. The facility is first class. provides clean bathrooms and fitting rooms. Plenty off parking Their after sale service is unbelievable, period. I feature them on this "Fun" page my website for Best Dry Cleaners FL Nokomis FL.

 

Economy Tackle - Dolphin Dive

Kayak Demo Day At Ackerman Park, Sarasota, Florida

 

From Economy Tackle Dolphin Dives Newsletter,
Dated 09/03/2011, “Kayak Happenings”,
“Out There With George”,
 
I am frequently asked if alligators are in the water. Sometimes sharks are a concern.As a native of Sarasota I give these cautious paddlers my list of the most dangerous "things" that they might encounter in this area.

 

This is it, starting with what I feel presents the most danger, lightning, stepping on sharp objects and long term sun exposure.

 

To protect yourself, wear good sun protection including sun gloves, wear good foot gear, don't go out or get caught out in lightning, and don't plant an umbrella on the beach in a lightning storm!

 

See you out there, George



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A SILENT SPORTS OUTFITTERS

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Mary Gordon mary@silentsports.comcast.net Hal White

941-966-5477

2301 Tamiami Trail North, Nokomis FL 34275

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A Silent Sports OUtfitters

You won't believe how much inventory we have on hand.

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We have over 250 kayaks and canoes on display and the largest selection of kayaking equipment and accessories in Florida.

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Whether a first time kayaker or expert, whether it's for fishing, touring, exercise, surfing or just for fun we will help you select the right kayak for you. 
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We also know the importance of your safety that's why it has been our goal to not only get people started in this great sport but to keep them safe while enjoying this lifelong activity.

 

REVIEW:
I have known my friends, Mary and Hal, at A Silent Sports Outfitters for over six years. They are good people with good products and good prices. At A Silent Sports Outfitters you have met some of kayaking's most knowledgeable people. The folks at A Silent Sports Outfitters really are intimately familiar with every type of kayak made and all of the accessories including paddles. Their selection is unmatched. Trust them to help you make a good choice of kayak to purchase and any other items that you may need. These good folks stand behind everything that they sell. You can't go wrong at A Silent Sports Outfitters.



EASY KAYAKING - LESSONS / TOURS / RENTALS

 

Kayak with confidence and enjoy it more!

 

Terry Brawley, Owner

941-960-5505

352-262-4525

Info@EasyKayaking.NET

Venice, Sarasota, Florida

 

REVIEW:

 

Terry is exceptionally knowledgeable about the Southwest Central Florida waterways. He will help you get more from every hour that you are in a kayak and he will help you do it safely. Terry is one of the good guys. He loves the water, kayaking and wants to help folks enjoy our Florida.



 Snake Island at the mouth of the Venice Jetty in Florida. A very favorite dipping place for everyone.

 

On the right Gene's Current Designs Soltice GTS High Volume in Kevlar with a carbon fiber paddle. 18'-7"x 22"

                                                                                                                                 Picture by K Torman 



SISTA KEY BIKE & KAYAK (Formerly Midnight Pass Bike & Kayak)

 

SISTA KEY BIKE & KAYAK (Formerly Midnight Pass Bike & Kayak)


 SISTA KEY BIKE & KAYAK (Formerly Midnight Pass Bike & Kayak)is a family owned business serving Sarasota-Bradenton and the surrounding island beaches for over 25 years.

 

We have the best rates on Siesta Key with experience and friendly service and quality equipment.

 

We are a Fuji and Caloi Bicycle Dealer.

 

We rent Wilderness, Hurricane, and Ocean Kayaks.

 

We are a full service bike shop with new and used bikes and accessories.

 

SISTA KEY BIKE & KAYAK (Formerly Midnight Pass Bike & Kayak)

We have what you want.


REVIEW: SISTA KEY BIKE & KAYAK (Formerly Midnight Pass Bike & Kayak)


I am a kayaker and have know Scotty and Renee since 2004.I believe that you will never meet nicer, more friendly, helpful and hard working folks than Scotty and his wife Renee at SISTA KEY BIKE & KAYAK (Formerly Midnight Pass Bike & Kayak). I am so pleased to be their friend and fellow Florida small business person. They have a huge variety of quality kayaks for rent. Call or drop in and they will deliver and pick up your rental kayak complete with a map of the area, PFD (Lifejacket) and a paddle or paddles as needed for single or double kayaks. It's as easy as that. They have a dynamite location just over the South Siesta Key bridge. I feature SISTA KEY BIKE & KAYAK (Formerly Midnight Pass Bike & Kayak)on this "Fun" page of my web site for Best Dry Cleaners FL in Nokomis FL



 

Casey Key Fish House Old Tiki Hut. Great gathering place and watering hole. Good dipping place.

Right at the Blackburn Point Rd. Swing Bridge. Good swimming. Good fishing.                 Picture by K Torman



Grande Tours Kayak Center provides incredible paddling from their beautiful, convenient location. Short or long paddles are both a joy. The facility is first class.


The folks at Grande Tours Kayak Center are extremely helpful. You can't ask for nicer more helpful, knowledgable guys than Joe Mullen or Ed Engel. They give super kayak classes and Ed Engel is known and respected as one of the best makers of "Greenland Style", wood, paddles. Ed even gives classes on making paddles and helps folks that want to make their own paddle. A number of my friends have "Greenland Style" paddles made by Ed Engel.


Grande Tours Kayak Center provides clean bathrooms and showers and all other parts of their facilities are always right up to snuff. Plenty off parking on site with a very easy put in.


Ed and Joe are both directors of the Florida Paddling Trails Association.


I feature Grande Tours Kayak Center on this "Fun" page of my website for Best Dry Cleaners FL Nokomis FL.



SIESTA KEY


World's Finest Whitest Sand

Siesta Key FL

Family Shelling At Sunset

Picture by Kayne Torman


Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce




Siesta Key, F., Sunset Walking The Beach

Picture by Kayne Torman


Siesta Key FL., Boy fishing From The Shallows

Picture by Kayne Torman


Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce




VENICE FLORIDA



Venice Florida Fishing Pier & Sharky's On The Pier

Venice Florida Beach At Sharky's On The Pier



Picture by Gene
Venice Florida Sunset October 2006



Picture by Gene

Venice Florida Sunset May 2003



Venice FL Sharkys On The Pier Venice Florida krista milligan




WhatAboutBlue?

 

WAB "The Journey Begins" - Mississippi River Headwaters!

2500 miles down the Mississippi!

 

 

What About Blue?is an emerging non-profit aimed at bringing attention to the Global Water Crisis on a local, national, and international level. Starting in July and ending in October, 3 adventurers will kayak 2500 miles down the length of the Mississippi from Bemidji, MN, to the Gulf of Mexico, in order to help raise awareness about this issue.

What About Blue?’ exists to encourage people to think specifically about Water and all the ways it is used in our lives. The organization’s mission is to enhance the awareness of Water and inspire action to preserve, cultivate, restore, protect, conserve, and share safe water.

 

Founder/Kayaker

 

Guide/Kayaker

 

Guide/Kayaker

 

BENIFICIARY

 

 

 



 

FISHING

Captain Jamie Allen - Shalow Water Guide - Fly & Light Tackle Fishing 

 

Captain Jamie Allen

 

941-628-9031 email jamiesoutfishin@gmail.com

 

Pine Island - Boca Grande - Charlotte Harbor

Captain Jamie Allen

 

Captain Jamie Allen

 

941-628-9031 email jamiesoutfishin@gmail.com

 

Come have some fun!