Waterfront Times 11 01 2015 E Edition Page 1

Serving South Florida's Coastal Neighborhoods N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 Y E A R 6 I S S U E 5 Fishing in a secret canal.................................. 3 The legalities of death at sea....................... 5 Admiralty Law 5 Classifieds 14 Eats 8 Events Calendar 10 Tide Table 11 ARNOLD MARKOWITZ Waterfront Times Brian Carlstrom won't be taking many more complaints about a no-fishing zone, under-en- forcement, boat-crowding prohibitions and all the other headaches he's endured as superintendent of Biscayne National Park since March 2013. Carlstrom is leaving in mid-November for a National Park Service headquarters job as deputy associate director for natural resource steward- ship and science. A title with so many words must mean it's an important job, right? Right, says Biscayne public affairs officer Matthew Johnson: "It is a significant step up for Brian because there are seven regions in the National Park Service and Brian is going to the national office, which oversees all the regions." Sula Jacobs, a former deputy superintendent under Carlstrom's predecessor, Mark Lewis, will be acting super until a permanent replacement is chosen - same as she did between Lewis' retire- ment and Carlstrom's appointment. Jacobs now is superintendent of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, in parts of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Carlstrom's term at Biscayne was comparatively short - Lewis served seven years and his predeces- sor, Linda Canzanelli, did five - and it was tumul- tuous. He'll be remembered as the super who finally pushed the controversial no-fishing marine reserve zone into effect after 15 years of arguing between competing public interests. If the squabbling ever got on Carlstrom's nerves, he never showed it in public. When fishing-doers hollered at him about the marine reserve zone plan, his own voice was placid and steady, as if discussing something abstract. He called the Biscayne job "a wonderfully en- riching experience." He said he enjoyed all aspects Park super heading for greener pastures EILEEN SOLER Waterfront Times Two career yachtsmen who spent the better part of their lives hop-scotching across oceans have set their sights on new scaled down horizons. Boat captains Guy Clifford and Brian Fulford, both originally from the Isle of Wight off England's south coast and now of Fort Lauderdale, are gearing up to launch a new, loosely organized remote control model boat-racing group. Participants can be young, old, experienced or not. The only requirement is willingness to enjoy model boat racing for the love and fun of it. "Other clubs are already out there, but they are mostly made up of more serious competitive racers. There are so many rules to follow and the competition can be fierce," said Clifford. Florida boasts 37 American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) clubs but only five are in South Florida and just one, the South Florida Model Sailing Club meets in Broward County. Most AMYA clubs race Soling 1M sailboats and sailboats of other sizes. Clifford, who often attends events with the club at C. B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, said the new group will focus on R/C scale model boats of all kinds; sail- boats, tugs, schooners, military ships and whatever floats the model enthusiast's interest. Fulford said racing the vessels will be an exciting bonus for boat model hobbyists also driven by creativity, history and spending time with fun, like-minded people. "We want to see a diverse group with a diverse col- lection of carious boats: steam, sail, electric . . . except nitro. Nitro is not our cup of tea," Fulford said with a distinguished English brogue. In the office of his waterside home off the New River, Fulford is surrounded by his own handmade R/C boat collection that includes a turn of the century pad- dle steam boat, a coal and sail-powered tug boat and harbor tugboat, the vintage schooner America. Fulford is a detail fanatic. Roaming the deck of a tugboat are vagabond cats, hanging from the side of the tug are bumpers made of rewoven rope; black paint recreates soot that would have collected from coal smokestacks to charge the engines; and two tiny seag- ulls perch on a sail. "Someday I will paint dribbles of poop on the deck right under the seagulls," Fulford said. A handful of years ago, he bought a sewing ma- chine so he could make his sails more authentic looking with perfected stitching patterns and threads that hang like ties. Sometimes remnants of building materials find homes quite unexpectedly. Once, when the leg of a scale-sized deckhand broke, Fulford replaced it with a whittled piece of found wood - suddenly, the deck- hand was dubbed "Pegleg." "We had such a chuckle over that," Fulford said. "Boats bring such adventures." Fulford said he and Clifford met on a sailboat docked in Antigua Guatemala more years ago than ei- ther care to remember, and became fast friends. Their paths crossed several times through the years at events and by coincidence when they "told each other such lies" like seafaring men often do. On a recent Saturday they met again at Fulford's of- fice to check out a few scale model projects in varying states of completion and to talk about when and where to launch their remote control, scale model boat club. But the new venture is not the duo's maiden voy- age into model boat racing clubs. Twenty years ago Fulford built a fleet of sailboat hulls and then gave them away for friends to finish. The group then gathered on Sundays at a wetland near Bass Prop Shops in Dania SEE GRANTS PAGE 6 SEE MODEL BOAT PAGE 12 Brian Carlstrom Photo Eileen Soler Model boat friends: Guy Clifford (left) and Brian Fulford, both career seafarers and friends for decades, check out a detailed, hand made scale remote control model of a tug boat at Fulford's waterside home in Fort Lauderdale. Career seafarers to form local model boat-racing group

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