Waterfront Times 09 01 2018 E Edition Page 1

Five hip events to take your superyacht Serving South Florida's Coastal Neighborhoods S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 Y E A R 9 I S S U E 3 The doggie deckhand .............................. 3 Space: The final frontier ......................... 5 Admiralty Law 5 l Classifieds 9 l Event Calendar 6 l Tide Table 7 Havoc inflicted from red tide on state's west coast Superyachts are drawn to some of the most fa- mous events in the world including film festivals and holiday bashes. Red carpet arrivals and lots of galas make for an exciting atmosphere with no shortage of eye candy. If you're lucky enough to have a superyacht, here are five hot events where you can rub elbows with fel- low cruisers and celebrities, to see and be seen. Events are listed in chronological order: Art Basel Miami Dec. 6 to 9 marks the return of Art Basel Miami, which draws art collectors and celebrities alike. Because exhibitions are spread across the city, there's no single "best" place to dock. Instead, you can choose from destinations like Island Gardens Marina as well as One Island Park Marina, each purposely created to accommodate superyachts. If you're a VIP client of a charter or brokerage firm, you might just find a superyacht party invitation arriving in your mailbox as December approaches. New Year's Eve in St. Barts Fireworks ring in the New Year in cities around the world. In the Caribbean, the not-to-be-missed show takes place in St. Barts. Because it is incredibly popu- lar, the 60 slips in Port de Plaisance, in Gustavia, book up months in advance. It's therefore never too early to inquire with a charter broker about availability. You'll be especially glad you did this year, given the island's recovery from last year's hurricane sea- son. A-list celebrities will be aboard the yachts beside you, as will A-list superyacht owners. The latter peren- nially includes Roman Abramovich, owner of Eclipse, and Ron Perelman, owner of C2 (and chairman of Revlon cosmetics). Cannes Film Festival While Hollywood heavy weights hotel- and the- ater-hop following the Academy Awards in Hollywood, they party aboard superyachts at the Cannes Film Festival. Each year, the major charter brokerage firms have several superyachts available for charter, too. This year's festival takes place May 9 to 19, 2019. If you're lucky, your yacht has a spot secured in the Old Port of Cannes. That's a stone's throw from the Palais des Festivals, the central location for the event. If you're without a berth, you're not out of luck. Dozens of yachts anchor just offshore. Keep your eyes open for the 414-foot Octopus, owned by Microsoft co-founder and philan- thropist Paul Allen. Octopus is renowned for fantastic parties year after year. Monaco Grand Prix The Monaco Grand Prix is set for May 27. The principality of Monaco saw 200,000 people line its streets last year for this famous road race. Port Hercules is perfectly positioned alongside the route, ensuring superyacht guests need not crane their necks to see the cars whiz by. Because the Monaco Grand Prix is so popular, slips book up well in advance. This means plenty of yachts sit just outside the harbor, at anchor, still keeping you close to the ac- tion. Thankfully, charter brokers still have several yachts available for booking, so check their websites. Between Port Hercules and offshore, you'll see the who's who among superyachts, including several of the largest in the world. Comic-Con Held in San Diego, Comic-Con runs from July 19 to 22. It takes over the San Diego Convention Center, conveniently in the Marina District. That also means it's conveniently near 5th Avenue Landing, a 12-slip superyacht marina. IMDb.com, a website devoted to TV shows and movies, host- ed a yacht party there last year. While a high-pro- file event among entertainers, Comic-Con is lesser known among charter clients. Therefore, fewer yachts head here than elsewhere, so contact your favorite charter broker for availability. ARNOLD MARKOWITZ Waterfront Times By the time it's over, perhaps with the onset of win- ter, the red tide disaster along Florida's Gulf Coast looks certain to surpass the awful one of 2006, not merely as the worst in recent memory but perhaps the worst ever. The tolls of killed food and game fish, turtles, manatees and other sea creatures, as well as economic loss in towns that depend on sea commerce and tourism, was staggering be- fore the middle of August, the event's 11th month. Consider: As of Aug. 13, the city of Sanibel alone reported its cleanup contractor had removed 310 tons of dead marine life from beaches and other coastal spots. Most of that was done in just two weeks. It was Sanibel where in late July an incoming tide brought ashore a 26- foot whale shark, ebbed and left it beached. Cleanup was relatively easy, for the toxic fumes made beach air all but impossible to breathe so nobody was around. Deeper inland, vacation towns were virtu- ally deserted, with stores and restaurants closed. Fort Myers was given a modest state grant for marketing to lure tourists back, no joke intended. FWC executive director Eric Sutton waived rules to let anyone who wants them and can suppress gagging and eye burning to pick up dead fish without worrying about size, bag and possession limits, or closed seasons. That announcement wasn't kidding either, was it? No. It specified seriously that sawfish, turtles, man- atees, dolphins and whales were not to be removed. Those are protected species. You likely couldn't stand to sort them out, but Sutton said he had 30-plus biologists on the job. They're paid to do that. It isn't possible for this monthly report to come out timely, so we've culled some of the most telling informa- tion from everyday news to illustrate how bad it all is. For instance, about 400 dead or dying sea turtles were collected by the end of July. A dead manatee drifted into the Cape Coral Yacht Club, a short distance from where local residents and business people were meeting to holler at the Army Corps of Engineers. The first patches of red tide happened near Sarasota last October - no big deal at first. It's a naturally occur- ring bacteriological phenomenon, often annual, usually scattery, seldom severe. Except there was nothing normal this time. By itself, this red tide event is very bad. It spread from Sarasota northward to the coasts of Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, and south to Charlotte, Lee and Collier. As this report was being prepared, satellite imag- es showed patches of it well west of the shores of main- land Monroe County, which is in Everglades National Park. It didn't look at all far north of the lower Keys. Engineers could say the red tide wasn't their fault, and it wasn't, but they couldn't as easily duck respon- sibility for the neon green algae and other goo flowing down the Caloosahatchee River to the Gulf from Lake Okeechobee. The lake's water level had to be lowered due to seasonal rains and last September's hurricane Irma. The Engineers didn't cause the high water either, but they run Okeechobee and get the blame by default when things get bad. The high-volume water releases churned up nutrients that had been resting on the bottom. Billions of gallons of water, loaded with phospho- rous and tannin, flushed eastward, stunk up St. Lucie River and the Atlantic where it flowed offshore. That was very bad, but red tide doesn't happen on the east coast. Conditions on the Gulf Coast were bad enough for a series of very-veries once the Okeechobee algae - some locals call it "green tide" - arrived to join the red tide. SEE RED TIDE PAGE 8 Photo Courtesy of P. Schmidt, Charlotte (FL) Sun. The infamous Florida "red tide" occurs almost annually along portions of the state's Gulf Coast, causing beach and shellfish closures and negatively impacting Florida's tourism industry. Just one harmful algal bloom event can impose millions of dollars in losses upon local coastal communities.

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