The Florida Sea Base provided boat transportation to Indian Key and Lignume Vitae State Parks for the fourth graders of Plantantion Key School yesterday. Captain Rich Belveau and First Mate Stephanie Mansburger took half the kids and chaperones aboard BSA Quail Ridge Explorer to Lignum Vitae. First Mate Michael Roesel and I took the other half to Indian Key aboard BSA Tarpon. Florida Sea Base General Manager Captain Paul Beal (whose wife Dana is a PKS 4th grade teacher) and Captain Keith Douglass (who was the narrator for the Indian Key tours) also attended. After each group completed their first tour, the groups were transported to the other island. After everyone toured both islands we returned to the Florida Sea Base for lunch, volleyball and games.
We lucked out on the weather during the morning tours. But around 13:30 (1:30 pm) a light but steady rain settled in on the base. I took advantage of the situation and washed my car in the rain; no running water required. We have a decent chance of rain for the remainder of the forecast period. As noted previously, we are in our rainy period.
Staff members are starting to trickle in. Today we will have our monthly Team Meting of the full time Florida Sea Base staff from 0900 to noon. The opportunities for the afternoon are endless.
Have a great day!
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape