When I left the Florida Sea Base at 07:00 we were dealing with Tropical Depression 16 (since my post earlier today). When I returned from Miami, we were dealing with Tropical Storm Nicole. I arrived back at the base at 14:00, just a few minutes ago. It is raining MUCH harder than this morning and the wind is MUCH stronger. But it could be a lot worse and we are thankful that all we are getting is flooding.
Capt. Bob Hughes rode to Miami with me. He is scheduled to deliver a 35′ Pearson sailboat from Miami to the Brinton Center today with the owner who is making the donation. However, I strongly suspect that they will stay at the dock today and maybe try to bring the boat down tomorrow. The plan is to put the Pearson in service for the Keys Adventure program at the Brinton Environmental Center and retire one of the 33′ Morgan sailboats, Kalypso.
If you have worked at the Florida Sea Base or Brinton Environmental Center in the past and are considering working here in 2011, it is imperative that you read Capt. Rich’s post from earlier today. Mr. Kolb is very serious about the dates imposed in his hiring matrix. As you can see, Capt. Rich, Capt. Scott, Capt. Keith, Chrystene and I are to hire our spring 2011 staff by 15 December 2010. If you wait any later than that there will likely NOT be a position available. PLEASE consider submitting your application for spring 2011 employment as soon as possible. ”You snooze, you loose.”
Christy Clemenson and Laura Kuras scored a $2,600 used gear sale this morning. Great job!!!
I hope you weather is better than ours this afternoon.
Aboard S/V Escape
The good news is TS Nicole is gradually clearing to our west. The edge of the rain is only about 11 miles away. The bad news is our local winds will shift to the west as Nicole passes and it will likely be a bumpy, sleepless night on the dock.