Pizza Party & Float Clean-Up

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

When:    Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Where:   Nemo’s Hidden Fortress  5116 East Shadowlawn Tampa, FL  Calling all hands to stations!  We have an up-coming Downtown Tampa Bay Santa Claus parade on December 3rd and we need clean-up and fix/repair the green monster.  Please come to the new float site near old East Lake Mall off of Hillsborough Ave, East Tampa. Come on out to: See the new float indoor garage, Where your beads will be stored. Fix and repair any float issues General inspections and clean-up Suggest new music system Place new submarine props And hang out with friends! While inside and fully covered garage! We will have some pizza delivered. Bring any beverages, lawn chairs etc with you and sit for a spell. Please bring any tools or ladders you have in case we need them and if you have beads, bring them by! Please bring any friends and family to come see our float. This is kid friendly! Directions: Take Hillsborough East towards casino until 56th intersection. Make a right on 56th street and make your second right turn onto Shadowlawn. Drive down 1/4 mile till you see the Steppes towing yard to the right and make your way through the electrical fence and get. Veer right till you see the garage. Park like a human and come and help! Questions:  Please call 727-743-6253 FLOAT CLEAN...

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6th Annual Nautilus Ball

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in YMKN Events

A wonderful night was had by our Nautilus members on November 5th to celebrate our 2011’s year end accomplishements. It started off with some cool blues and jazz sung by a lady and gentlemen combination with awesome Italian Hors d’oeuvres, while we talked old times. We all marched off to the private dining room and was surprised to see a solo opera singer serenading us as we entered the room. The Donatello Italian Restaurant was truly a great experience! The food was awesome and in such generous portions that we were stuffed so much we could have used Joey pants. This was followed by a presentation by Minesh and awards ceremony. Our year end accomplishments included the formal adoption of Jules Verne Park (in South Tampa also known as Ballast Point Park), Quest for Hope donation to the 1 Voice Foundation and Florida Aquarium of $15,000 and plans for more clean-ups and habitat restoration projects with the Florida Aquarium and more awesome new members. It looks to be a great 2012 year! And of course, we honor those who have contributed much time and energy to the cause. Congratulations to the following: Nauti-King: Marshall Jones Nauti-Queen: Tracy Mills Nauti-Distinguished Member Award: Brian McGowan Nauti-Anchor Award: Christine Cooley and Tom Paul Newbie Award: Mike Pastore and Carol Conn Volunteer Award: Allison Williams and Dan and Christine Fisher Spirit Award: Cindy Sokolowski Dapper Award: Kevin Stevenson Vogue Award: Christine Mattioli Stumble Award: Russ Maynard Lights-Out Award: Matt Cherry Sprinkle Award: Mark Schillig And much thanks to Michelle for putting on such a wonderful...

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2011 Florida Aquarium Fantasy Island Habitat Restoration Project

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Conservation, Uncategorized

  On Saturday, November 12th, the Ye Mystic Krewe of the Nautilus and the Florida Aquarium partnered up for the Fantasy Island habitat restoration project. We woke up bright and early with coffee and smoothies in hand and took the Aquarium Yacht to Fantasy Island. The island is a 3 acre man-made island in the upper Tampa Bay. Popularly known as Fantasy Island, this piece of land is an offshoot of two main spoil islands (islands created by the deposition of dredged bay bottom for shipping channels). Over time, the island had become overrun with exotic vegetation. The Florida Aquarium is engaged in restoration and enhancement activities to create a stand-alone, functioning educational tool for interpreting native local habitats. Microhabitats such as inter-tidal zones, upland scrub, mangrove forest and salt marsh were created and installed in representation of the types that make up the bay. A covered pavilion, boat dock, and interpretive signage were installed to create a “living classroom” where educational programs are presented. On Saturday, we rolled up our sleaves and got to work. We hit the island hard successfully completing the following: • Trash and Fishing Line Removal • Removed Non-Native Plants • Erect a Bat House • Repaired Educational Signs The benefits of our day included: • Habitat Restoration • Conservation Education • Public Awareness • Shore line clean-up After the event, the boat took us on a tour of the bay for some dolphin watching and sight seeing. Thanks to all who came out for the event and thank you Florida Aquarium for hosting us! YMKN...

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