Chip Kasper, Senior Marine Weather Forecaster for the National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Key West, Florida stopped by the Florida Sea Base yesterday.  Chip does an outstanding job of sending emails to individuals throughout the Keys when severe or unusual weather systems are a threat.  His dedication is GREATLY appreciated.  And his dedication goes far beyond “office hours”.  He has sent emails and taken phone calls from home and even on vacation.  Chip has a genuine passion for weather forecasting and protecting his constituents.

Paul Noack, Chair of the BSA National Aquatics Task Force and member of the BSA national Health and Safety Committee (plus several more) also stopped by on vacation.  Pat is a TIRELESS volunteer.  It is a privilege to watch him work.


The Upper Keys Rotary Gigantic Nautical Flea Market is being held this weekend in Islamorada.  In the beginning, the Florida Sea Base played a huge part in this annual event; donating staff members for hours of manual labor, golf carts/mules, ice chests, kitchen supplies and more.  Over time, the spring season at the Florida Sea Base has become busier and the Gigantic Flea Market has grown to the point that our resources are not as needed.  However, our General Manager, Captain Paul Beal, is a member of the Upper Keys Rotary and will spend hours upon hours in service at this event.


The Scuba Adventure crew logged two more dives today under less than ideal conditions.  They have matured immeasurably as divers this week.  They will complete their final dive this morning.  The Scuba Liveaboard crew will return from the Conch Pearl today.


S/V Misty Shoals returned from a week of sailing with members of the Philmont Staff Association.  The Sea Exploring crew from the Schooner Jolly II Rover also returned to the Florida Sea Base to end their week.


Breezy, very warm (80s) and a slight chance of showers are forecasted for the Florida Sea Base.  I am concerned about the Daytona 500 which is scheduled to run on Sunday with Danica Patrick on the pole.  (Hmmm, I’m not sure that sounds right.)  Anyway, they have a 50-60% chance of showers for race time.


Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

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