BY CAPT. TOM HEALEY AND BETH TAYLOR RITCHIE - The Boating Life here in Southwest Florida offers some of the best boating opportunities to be had. For instance, did you realize that there are more than 25 on-the-water dining destinations between the North Manasota Key Bridge and South Pine Island?
In our new series of articles we will share with you how to get there and what to expect once you arrive. We also have a Facebook-page link that we will be sharing, and it will be tied in with the Boca Beacon.
We are going to video the trips starting from Palm Island Marina, and will show you in real time how to get to all these great destinations. We will share the route, water depths, docking situations, who to contact upon arrival and, what we consider to be the most wonderful part, we will be sampling the best of what each location has to offer ... both food and drink. But first please allow us to introduce ourselves. Beth Taylor-Ritchie is a broker at MarineMax. She has spent most of her life on the water. You may have seen her on her 340-foot Yellowfin with triple Mercury Verados. She loves to offshore fish, to travel and to spend time on the water with friends and family.
My name is Capt. Tom (I’m sure there is more to it, but can’t seem to remember it). I have spent the last 25-plus years here in South Florida on our waterways, exploring and leading boating getaway trips from here to the Keys, the Bahamas, Cuba, New Orleans and every place in between.
Beth and I are very excited to be able to share with you all that we have learned. We will soon be releasing a list of all of our upcoming destinations. Please take a look and see if maybe we missed your favorite spot and, if so, please let us know and we will add it to our list.
This promises to be a truly unique experience to share with you, our readers, and to get you the information you will need to take your friends and family on many fun-filled adventures, all within our local cruising grounds.
We also have a weekly live radio show on WENG, Saturday mornings, from 8:06 to 9 a.m., and a repeat of the show on Sundays from 9:06 to 10 a.m. (just in case 8 in the morning is too early for you). It can be heard on FM 107.5 / AM 1530, or simply go to wengradio.com and click on the “listen now” link.
There is also a TV link that is a live feed inside the studio on Saturdays. All shows are saved in podcast as well.
So please check us out in the Boca Beacon. The links, list and our first week’s pick will be up and running soon.
Don’t forget: Life begins where land ends.
This is Capt. Tom Healey and Beth Taylor-Ritchie’s introduction to the world of Boca Beacon column writing. Capt. Tom Healey moved to Englewood on October 31, 1984. He started at Gulf Wind Marina in Cape Haze, which later became Marine Max. The Capt. has a lovely wife, Carol, and four sons, Branden, Travis, Austin and Troy (Trout). You can find him every second Saturday of the month throwing a Dirty Dog hot dog party on the sandbar between the railroad trestle and the Boca Grande Causeway (only if the water temp is above 80 degrees). He is the guy with the full-sized grill sitting on the sandbar, usually about knee deep. Stop in and get some Dirty Dogs.
Capt. Tom and Beth’s column will be running every other week in the Boca Beacon.
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