Capt. Rich and I were at the 07:30 staff meeting. Capt. Alex Bergstedt, Matt McClure and Dom Alesandrini did a great job of keeping the lid on the boiling caldron while we were gone. Thanks guys, and thanks to all of the staff members for doing your jobs competently and following Capt. Rich’s #1 rule – Don’t be Stupid!
Tomorrow we will refocus on our annual camp “visitation”. This used to be called an inspection but I guess some bureaucrat thought visitation sounded less threatening. It is what it is. A bunch of folks are going to arrive at the Florida Sea Base on Wednesday to audit our procedures. The actual inspection, I mean visitation, is on Thursday. This is a one day event (it could easily be a day and a half or two days) that requires the inspectors to split into three teams, two at the Florida Sea Base and one at the Brinton Environmental Center. Friday morning they will make a report. This will be my 11th “visitation” at the Florida Sea Base. It is always hard to have a team of people come in and do their best to find some type of deficiency. One year one of the inspectors was displeased because one of our signs read something like “No Unauthorized Personnel” but was supposed to read “Authorized Personnel Only”. So we went across the street to the hardware store, bought the proper sign and put it in place.
I was hoping to find more info on the Deepwater Horizon debacle to report on today but in all honesty I am still dragging and simply haven’t made time to catch myself up. I am very interested in any news any of you can provide with references so I can take a look. Just click on the comment button and type away. I will try to do a better job and have some information to post tomorrow. The bottom line for right now is the Keys – including the Florida Sea Base – are oil free and open for business. Sometimes you just have to take things one day at a time.
Aboard S/V Escape