Florida Gulf Coast University located in Estero Florida, part of Lee County, was founded in 1997. The baseball program was started in 2003. Last year the School moved into division 1 and has very quickly become a baseball power. I went to their home opener Friday night February 19th when the Eagles Temple. They easily defeated Temple 10 to nothing behind starting pitcher Chris Sale, who is pictured on the mound. Sale is 6′ 6″, throws in the mid 90’s and is left handed. He is projected as a first round draft pick in the spring draft. It was an enjoyable evening in Florida.
A while back, Florida suffered a cold spell and I took this rare opportunity to enjoy some time at the Manatee Park in Fort Myers watching the endangeredÂ Manatees.Â The reason for this is that when the waters get a little cooler the Manatees look for the warmer waters that can be found discharging from the nearby Florida Power plant. This usually occurs between the months of October through March.
There were a number of them on this day and various sizes. The viewing area allows you to watch them up close and there is a very informative talk about the Manatees and their habits and the reasons for their endangerment.
This is a 16 acre park that features kayaking, kayak rentals,Â picnic grounds, fishing piers, native plant and butterfly gardens, along with the viewing area. There is also a a kayak and canoe launching area leading into the Orange river available.
Manatee Park is just one more of the extraordinary Lee County parks. Be sure and stop by some cool afternoon and enjoy these incredible creatures.
See You next Sunday!
Storm Treatment Station #5
On Sunday Feb. 14th, Valentine’s Day I took a trip to Storm Treatment Station #5 (STA #5), which is fifteen miles south of Lake Okeechobee. The area is only open one weekend per month and in order to visit you will need to make a reservation with Florida Audubon.
The area consists of several very large shallow ponds created as part of the Everglades Restoration Project. STA #5 is considered by the professionals as one of the three best birding areas in the entire country. This year we saw 51 species, many which are only found in this area. This would be a delightful, one day learning experience. As you will notice on their website, there are many events that are scheduled for the coming seasons that can be booked most any time.
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Sunday was a fun day chasing iceboats! We had 7 iceboats on Canandaigua and a few ice kiters. Whoever thought they invented water skiing would have agreed this is a significant improvement. Very green… no gas, no boat, and you get to go 45 MPH too! Winter is just showing signs of letting up, made 40 degrees each of the last few days. The last day of playing on Canandaigua ice may be tomorrow if it freezes again tonight. Then we move to two other lakes that are higher in elevation that still have thicker ice. They will be used by the iceboaters for next 2-3 weeks for racing and pleasure sailing. I will migrate with them.
Photos… two of playing on the ice. One of my homemade ice buggy. Red fishing pole in front holds a wind tell-tale, gas pedal really holds the GPS box when installed, green flag is anti-pursuit device for iceboats. Lots of fun. One more snow arch for the neighborhood kids to watch melt today. They actually watched it instead of knocking it down today. It fell by 3PM anyhow… just too warm today. Off to check the weather reports for tomorrow and Wednesday.
Andy Kinsman is sharing a few more of his great photos which are always interesting and chalenging. He explains that he went down to Canadaigua Lake and found the surface covered with 8 inches of useless slop. Not good for anything, especially ice kiting. He did spend a few hours and made a Thomas Jefferson style serpentine snowwall and left his signature 30″ high arch so his friends would know the effort was his. He also tells us that the perfect snow blocks are courtesy of his mother’s Christmas gift of nested plastic boxes that worked beautifully.
Check out my favorite meal from my favorite restaurant on Sanibel! Caesar salad, blackened grouper sandwich with coleslaw, tarter sauce and seasoned fries. YUM!
Every now and then I get in the mood for fast food on Sanibel. The service is friendly and fast and the food is consistently good and flavorful.
Laura has been working at The Lazy Flamingo for over 4 years. Looks like she likes the restaurant as much as I do!
Dine in, dine out daily for lunch or dinner. Try The Lazy Flamingo!