The Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society
Winner of US Sailing’s 2012 Outstanding Organizational Support Award
Here is a brief summary of this very active sailing club’s activities:
- Up to sixteen cruises every year. Cruises range from weekend events to two week extended jaunts. Check out our Cruising Schedule under the Cruising drop-down menu.
- Eleven race events every year. There are a combination of buoy races and off-shore races. Check out our Club Racing Schedule under the Racing drop-down menu.
- Besides our monthly socials / meetings, the club hosts several additional social activities throughout the year.
Scroll down on this webpage to view a recap (BLOG) of what we do…
Guests are always welcome to one of our casual monthly socials / meetings at 6:30 PM on the third Tuesday of every month (except January) at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy., Cape Coral, FL. (No dress codes here.) To learn more about CMCS, simply, scroll down on this page to view our online journal (BLOG). You may also go to About Us for additional links, or email us by going to Contact Us.
In 2012 U.S. Sailing recognized CMCS with the Outstanding Organizational Support award. The award is given annually to an individual or organization that has made notable contributions to promote public access sailing in the development and organization of sailing programs. In addition, CMCS member Ross Webb won the Excellence in Instruction award for his work with the Edison Sailing Center.
In the News
Big Carlos Bridge Alternatives Models on Display at Lakes Regional Library
The Lee County Department of Transportation (DOT) now has two alternative scale models of the Big Carlos Pass Bridge on display for the public to view, until Easter, at the Lakes Regional Library at 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers.
The models were built as part of the Big Carlos Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study and were first exhibited to the public at a Jan. 18 public meeting at Bay Oaks Recreation Center on Fort Myers Beach. DOT is conducting the PD&E Study to assess improvements to the Big Carlos Bridge on Estero Boulevard (County Road 865). The purpose of the study is to provide alternatives to be considered for either rehabilitation or replacement of the bridge.
One of the scale models depicts a new drawbridge; the other depicts a 60-foot vertical clearance fixed bridge. Lee DOT moved the models to the library to provide further opportunity for the public to view them. They will be on display at least through the month of April.
Lakes Regional Library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; and, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Big Carlos Pass Bridge, which joins Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs, is structurally sound for motor vehicles and pedestrians. However, the county is going through the PD&E process because it will need to be upgraded or replaced in the future.
For more information about the project, please visit the project website,www.BigCarlosBridgeProject.com.
Project questions can be directed to Kris Cella, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. at 239-337-1071 or email@example.com.
Lee County DOT information can be found at www.leegov.com/dot. The Lee County Library System has 13 branches. Visit www.leelibrary.net or call 239-479-4636.
Kris Cella, CEO
Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc.
1631 Hendry Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
The MOST MEMORABLE REGATTA 2018
May 18 thru 26: The Naples SAILING & Yacht Club in cooperation with The Davis Island Yacht Club (Tampa Bay), have designed a Memorial Day Double Weekend event. Goto “The MOST MEMORABLE REGATTA 2018” to see NSYC’s announcement and entry forms.
FOR A SINGLE ENTRY FEE of $155 (US SAILING Members $140.00) You get to participate in 2 events!
- On 5/18 at 1000 hours you will set sail for the Davis Island Yacht Club (Tampa Bay), from the San Carlos Light near Fort Myers Beach (approx. 100 miles)
- On 5/19 at 1730 hours you will enjoy a welcome awards dinner at DIYC
- (FREE DOCKAGE at DIYC AS AVAILABLE- first reserved, first served)
- On 5/25 at 1000 hours you will set sail from the Tampa Bay Area for the San Carlos Light (Fort Myers Beach), finish line.
- On 5/26 at 1730 you will enjoy an awards celebration at Bonita Bills (Fort Myers Beach)
Both Events are included for a single entry and include the skipper’s awards dinner at each venue.
Please enter early as the FREE DOCKAGE is LIMITED and will be allocated on 1st ENTERED = 1st ASSIGNED as long as available.
Cape Coral – Chiquita Lock Issue
from Jason Pim of CMCS’s Legislative Committee
Despite being delayed by Irma, the City of Cape Coral applied to remove the Chiquita Lock, which has been deemed an application of “Heightened Public Concern” by the state. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is expected to rule on this permit on January 15th. It is expected to be approved.
There are likely CMCS members who see benefits in the lock’s removal and agree with the city that it will be a help to navigation and safety. However, it is also thought that modifying the city’s canal and storm water mitigation in this way will be another large setback to the water quality and overall health of the Caloosahatchee.
There is an interesting OpEd about it in this morning’s News-Press which points out several reasons and examples why this is a bad idea on the city’s part. Concerned citizens are encouraged to contact the City of Cape Coral / Mayor and ask them to withdraw the request. There will also be a short challenge period after the permit is approved.
Regardless of which side of the fence (lock?) you’re on philosophically, I felt it’s a municipal/environmental issue that hits pretty close to home for a large chunk of the club’s members, and ultimately “trickles down” to all who enjoy boating in SWFL.
Fire Extinguisher Recall!
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports:
The Kidde corporation has recalled 40 million fire extinguishers. Kidde is the most common marine fire extinguisher sold in the United States. There is a good chance that you have one or more of these units on your boat. This recall is for plastic top Kidde fire extinguishers produced between the dates of January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015. The nozzles can clog and fail to activate and have also detached with enough force to cause a hazard.
Kidde is providing free replacements with metal tops. We urge you to check your fire extinguishers and see if they are covered by the recall.
Go to Kidde’s Product Safety Recall webpage , and follow their instructions to obtain your free replacement.