Where to stay
There are cheap flights
CNN just voted Ft. DeSoto Park one of 2015’s top 10 Beaches in the US for Families
They have boards
Other stuff to do for the non paddlers
- SUP Yoga with H2YO
- PaddleFit Challenge
- Cast netting with Dusty
- Sea oat planting with an Eagle Scout
- Florida Naturalist Eco Tours with Paige & YOLO
- Make Repurposed t-shirt totes with Surfrider Foundation
- Learn Aquaponics with Morningstar Fishermen
- TIKI Toss Tournament
- Dolphin Rescue Techniques with Clearwater Marine Aquarium
- Stow it Don’t Throw it with MOTE Marine Laboratories
- Flavor and Grind your own freshly harvested sea salt
- Games with Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team
- Friday night’s welcome festivities include Shuffleboard and Ahi Tuna Tacos on Pass-A-Grille Beach (not cracker food, but our friend Isabelle makes killer Mexican).
- Saturday Chef Tina will be cooking up a Low Country Boil complete with sausage, corn on the cob, red skin potatoes and fresh caught shrimp.
- Sunday, local fish broker Tim Nachmann will deliver fresh smoked mullet to the park served up with coleslaw and cornbread.
And of course, boiled peanuts will be served all weekend long!
Silas Dent Waterman & Waterwoman Award
Finally, we will be honoring one Florida’s original paddlers and naturalists by awarding the Silas Dent Waterman & Waterwoman Award. This recognition will be bestowed on two individuals that inspire others, are great stewards of our waters and shores and who most exemplify the spirit and lifestyle of Silas Dent. Here’s a cool article about Silas Dent, the original Cabbage Key Farmer who was part recluse, part pioneer, but definitely a character: NIE: The ‘Happy Hermit of Cabbage Key’ – Tampa Bay Times www.sptimes.com/2002/05/13/NIE/The__Happy_Hermit_of_.shtml