races and plenty of “messing about” in the sheltered lagoon of the Sailing Squadron and on Sarasota Bay. Speakers are being lined up for education and entertainment, and cost of entering a boat in the festival will include a dinner and awards presentations Saturday evening. Amenities available at the Squadron include camping, with limited RV options, clubhouse, bar with snack foods, large porches and meeting pavilions, and plenty of launching options including beaches, ramps and a hoist. The Squadron is in Ken Thompson Park on City Island—near the north end of Lido Key. For more information, go to www.sarasotasailingsquadron.org, or call (941) 388-2355.
29th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, FL, April 26-28 Pompano Beach oceanfront. Held on the beach, featuring fresh local seafood prepared by area restaurants. Musical entertainment, arts and crafts and children’s play area. Located at the end of Atlantic Boulevard at the beach. More than 50 charities benefit from the proceeds of the Seafood Festival. $12 admission. Kids 10 and under free. Friday, 5-10 pm. Saturday, 10-10, Sunday, 11-8. (954) 570-7785. www .pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com.
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29th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party, April 26-28 Individuals on the beach throwing a mullet from a circle in Alabama to the state line in Florida to benefit the Alabama Sheriffs Boys and Girls Ranch and the Boys and Girls Club of Escambia. Opens at 9. $5 all day and night. No re-entering after leaving. Children’s toss at 10 am. Adult’s toss at noon. Bikini contest, keg toss and tug of war. www.florabama.com. (850) 492-0611. Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507. Great pictures on the website. You will want to go.
Crystal River Boat Bash, Crystal River, FL, April 27 The Crystal River Boat Bash is a celebration of small craft, nautical heritage, and fun on the waters of the Nature Coast. Conditions in late April and early May are ideal in the area— temperatures, humidity, and winds. From around the country, owners of small sailing, rowing and paddling craft—classic, traditional and modern—will be offered the hospitality of Crystal River. Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River, FL. www.tsca.net/CRBB/bashdesc.htm.