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Ostego Bay receives funds from sailing club

January 16, 2013
By BOB PETCHER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Proceeds from the 2012 Summerset Regatta sponsored by the Caloosahatchee Marching Chowder Society have been directed to a nonprofit environmental organization on San Carlos Island.

Ostego Bay Foundation recently became the recipient of a $500 check to be used for its summer camp scholarship fund. The contribution is an annual gift from the CMCS, which recently won an award for being the best support organizational sailing club in the nation for 2012.

Ostego Bay Foundation President Joanne Semmer graciously accepted the check from Summerset Regatta Vice Commodore Steve Romaine.

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Summerset Regatta Vice Commodore Steve Romaine presents a $500 check to Ostego Bay Foundation President Joanne Semmer. Ostego Bay’s Rusty Gray (l) and Marilyn O’Dea (r) as well as environmental tour group members look on.

"This is just wonderful," said Semmer. "It means we can do more activities with the kids. It also helps us take them on field trips."

CMCS, a 42-year-old sailing club that is the oldest such group southwest of St. Petersburg, has been active in promoting youth activities in both sailing and marine organizations. Other proceeds from the 2012 regatta are going to Fort Myers-based Edison Sailing Center for a grant fund to be used in summer camps.

Beginning in June, Romaine will make his annual solicitation trip to the Beach where he asks businesses to sponsor and contribute financially for the yearly worthwhile cause. Each year, the Semmers donate a room to CMCS officials at Bonita Bill's Waterfront Caf, so that they can have their skippers' meeting.

"That would be a cost to the Regatta. So, therefore, we have more money to distribute," said Romaine.

Ostego Bay Foundation Vice President Betty Goodacre is a past commodore of the Caloosahatchee Marching Chowder Society. In fact, she was the first lady commodore of the sailing club and has lovingly been called the "mommadore" by its members.

Ostego Bay offers tour of million-dollar industry

San Carlos Island's Commercial Fishing Fleet Tour is available each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Ostego Bay Foundation is continuing its three-hour guided tour of the Marine Science Center and the fleet tour (1- hours apiece).

The center includes a touch tank, hands-on beach area and several aquariums and exhibits. The tour then continues with a visit to the commercial fishing industry, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House, Trico Shrimp Company and Beach Seafood.

Experience first hand how the boats are unloaded, the trawl boats are built, the shrimp nets are hand-sewn, the seafood is process and other important factors used in the unique million-dollar industry.

Whether you are visiting, new to the area, or just haven't had a chance to visit us before, this is your chance to experience this exciting way to begin enjoying our marine wonders firsthand.

The Marine Science Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for the tour is $15 per adult and $10 for children over 6 years of age.

The Ostego Bay Foundation is a 501C(3) non-profit organization. The Marine Science Center provides many different interactive educational experiences for children and adults.

For further in formation or to reserve your spot on the tour, call 765-8101.



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