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A Boater's New Year's Resolutions
By Barb Hansen
December, 2013

It’s that time of year.  It’s time for everyone to make those New Year’s resolutions they will never keep.  You know the ones.  They pay to join a fancy fitness center, buy all kinds of diet food and by the time the first Friday night rolls around they are ordering out for pizza.  I usually don’t make any resolutions; however, since it’s our first year in our new business location, I thought I’d throw a few out there.

My New Year's resolutions:

1.  We resolve to spend more time enjoying our new business location at Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral.  I’d also like to get to know more of our Tarpon Point and Cape Coral Neighbors!  We just moved our business from North Fort Myers in September after 30 years there.  We hope our new neighbors and friends will stop in.  I resolve to always have the door open for anyone to stop by and say “hi.”

2.  We resolve to tell everyone about our beautiful cruising area in Southwest Florida.  Oh, I know we have been doing that for 30 years, but it never gets old.  I plan to put even more time and energy into telling our friends and clients about the beauty that surrounds us – watching a gorgeous Florida West Coast sunset, having miles of Cayo Costa beach all to ourselves, anchoring in a quiet cove and watching some of the hundreds of kinds of native birds around us, etc., etc.  We’ve been here for a good while, but we never tire of telling others of the natural beauty you can experience while visiting this area.

3.  We resolve to do more boating and beachcombing with our dog, “Skye.”  There is nothing as joyful as watching him run down the beach or see his ears flapping in the breeze as we motor from one island to another.  He will never stop chasing the shore birds from the beach even though they almost immediately land again just a few feet away.  Besides, we never tire of enjoying all this area has to offer and want to enjoy it more.

4.  I resolve to read more about the history of our great state and of Southwest Florida in particular.  I want to re-read “A Land Remembered” by Patrick D. Smith.  If you have not read it, you should add it to your reading list now.  It’s the story of a Florida frontier family who fought hardship and experienced tragedy and success over three generations.  That just one of my collection of books, many of which I have not read.  Our boat has a special place where a body can curl up and read a good book.  I plan to do much more of that this year and enjoy some of those books I have yet to read.

5.  I resolve to learn more species of Florida birds, especially water birds, in 2014.  I’m always amazed when my husband, Vic, can rattle off the names of four to five different shorebirds as they scurry in and out of the waves where the water meets the beach.  Dowagers, plovers, sandpipers…it’s hard to keep them all straight, but I never tire of watching them play in and out of the surf.  One lifetime is just not enough to take it all in, but I’m game for giving it my best.

Yes, we’ve been enjoying Southwest Florida for three decades.  It never gets old and we always look forward to taking advantage of this area and telling others of the many things they can experience here.  2014 is going to be a great year. 

 

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