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Family getaway;

kids, teens sail free

Fort Myers-based Offshore Sailing School is offering a sailing twist to families vacationing in Florida. From June 19 through Sept. 30, each parent taking a course at tuition rates can bring one child or teen (11 to 17 years) to learn with them at no additional cost.

“Sailing is an activity that brings families together. When we see youngsters and teens get excited about sailing, we know we’ve established a meaningful family connection to a lifetime outdoor activity,” says Doris Colgate, CEO and President of Offshore Sailing School.

The “Kids and Teens Sail Free” offer is available at Offshore’s three Florida destinations. Packages, which include tuition, accommodations and applicable taxes, are available. For information, call (800) 221-4326.

Burglars truck away

one dealer’s inventory

A marina owner in Florida is beefing up his security system after a weekend robbery in which some $170,000 in new engines and equipment was stolen.

Mike Murphy, owner of Mike’s Marina in south Fort Myers, says sometime April 9 or 10 burglars scaled a 6-foot fence, entered through the ceiling of the store and disconnected the alarm system.

Murphy says more than a dozen Yamaha engines were taken as well as about $60,000 in parts. There was also damage to a truck and a couple of boats, he says. The thieves apparently used the store’s forklifts to move the equipment. Police believe a large truck was probably used to transport the stolen goods.

The burglary, which police say was likely the job of professionals, is similar to a break-in in November at the Naples Boat Mart in Naples, Fla.

Murphy says his new security system will include cameras and two back-up alarm systems. While the merchandise was insured, Murphy says he has to foot a large deductible. He is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest. The amount of the award is undisclosed.

Boat show

returns to Houston

The Houston Summer Boat Show will be held June 8 to 12 at Reliant Center. The latest watercraft, fishing tackle, marine accessories, travel packages, marine insurance, financing and more will be available, with over 250 exhibitors.

For more information log on to Admission for adults is $7; admission for children under 12 is $3.

Grenada rebounding

from Ivan’s destruction

Hurricane Ivan devastated the island of Grenada, which continues to recover. Hotels and attractions are reopening and the cruise port’s festivals and events are being lined up for the coming months.

As of mid-spring, 933 of Grenada’s rooms are available for occupancy, which constitutes 59 percent of the current rooms on the island. By the end of 2005, another 400 rooms are expected to be available.

Three new resorts are slated to open in May: Maca Bana Villas in Point Salines with seven rooms; Paradise Bay Resort in La Tante, St. David’s, with nine villas; and the South City Plaza Hotel in Grand Anse, St. George’s, with 25 rooms.

Grenada’s dive reefs and wrecks were undisturbed by the storm and all dive shops are in operation. All resorts, restaurants, attractions and tour operators on Grenada’s sister island of Carriacou are welcoming visitors. The Carriacou Regatta, July 24 - Aug. 1, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year and is expected to be the island’s biggest summer event of 2005.

For more information on Grenada, visit