U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the one-day, “Boat America” class. This beginner boating class will provide the novice recreational boater with the knowledge needed to obtain the FWC safety certification. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete the Boat America class.
The Boat America Class, as part of National Safe Boating Week, will be held Saturday, May 21st from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in South Fort Myers at the Pine Ridge Community Center (next to the fire station and across from the Tax Collectors Office) at 15660 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers.
The Safe Boating Campaign is a worldwide effort focused on responsible boating led by the National Safe Boating Council with support from boating safety advocates around the world. At its heart, the Safe Boating Campaign is a grassroots effort that collaborates with partners to share about safe boating in their local communities through events, social media, workshops, and more. It is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. National Safe Boating Week runs from May 21st through the 27th.
The class presenters are trained professionals of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary who facilitate the sharing of experiences and relate courseware to our local area. Greg Masonick, the Flotilla Commander of the Fort Myers Beach Flotilla 91 stated, “Education and awareness of boating hazards is the key to safe boating.
Participants learn the importance of life jackets, reducing risks, being prepared, and exercising good judgment. People are very busy today, and this one class can fit easily into everyone’s calendar. Unlike online classes, this program offers student interaction, shared perspectives, and local area knowledge.” The cost is $45 per person and includes study material. Advance registration is required, by phone at 239-690-6780 option 1 or online at http://www.aux91fmb.org/safeboating/ - the class fills up quickly so register today.
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is the lead agency protecting America’s seaward frontier in recreational boating safety. Our vessels and aircraft deploy across the U.S. and aid or save countless boaters every year. Every day the auxiliary saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in property and saves countless lives.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org
The Mighty Mussels started their season on the road and won their first, second, and third game to complete a sweep of the season-opening series at BayCare Ballpark against the Clearwater Threshers
The Mussels were only team in the league to sweep their season-opening series, Fort Myers pulled out three tight games in Clearwater by scores of 6-5, 4-2 and 6-3. The team’s 3-0 start is the best in the league and the franchise’s best since 2014.
Last Tuesday they had their home opener in Fort Myers to a crowd of 2, 000+ fans bringing the best record in the Florida State League into Hammond Stadium welcoming in the Jupiter Hammerheads from Miami who were in first place in their division as they began their season 2 -1 where the Mussels’ Kala’i Rosario delivered a walk-off base hit in the tenth inning Tuesday, giving the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels a 6-5 win over the Hammerheads in 10 innings.
The Mussels entered Wednesday's game against Jupiter with a perfect 4-0 record, looking to continue their winning streak when Kyle Schmidt delivered a decisive three-run home run. Schmidt came to the plate after a pitching change in the bottom of the third with Fort Myers (5-0) trailing 4-3. On the second pitch of the at bat, Schmidt cranked a three-run bomb over the left field berm to give the Mussels their first and only lead at 6-4 and the Mussels’ pitching did the rest and struck out 17 in a 6-4 win over the Hammerheads. Mussels 5-0
The franchise is now 6-0 for the first time since 2013, when the Miracle began the season with a staggering 12-0 record. That team’s roster included future Twins Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano.
LETS GO MUSSELS
Southwest Florida baseball fans, get ready to “Play Ball!” The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels, the Minnesota Twins Low A affiliate in Florida State League (FSL), host their home opener at Hammond Stadium at the Lee County Sports Complex on Tuesday, April 12, against the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Miami Marlins system at 7 p.m.!
A Dream Come True
Majority Owner: John Martin
The Mussels hosted a preseason reception for Season Ticket Holders at Hammond Stadium on Wednesday, April 6. John Martin, who recently became the team’s new majority owner, told the crowd that “this is literally a dream come true for me! From the time I was a little kid from a little dot on the map in the cornfields of Illinois, I watched and played baseball, dreaming that one day I might be successful enough in life to own a baseball team, and now that I do, we will get this right and be a pillar in the Southwest Florida community! We have a simple motto – Affordable Family Fun – to ensure a great atmosphere at the ballpark.”
Mussels Manager Brian Meyer, entering his second season with the organization, calls his team “exciting! We have a nice blend of players from last season combined with a new wave principally from the Twins 2021 draft class. Our coaching staff loves to work with them every day, as it is not just about winning here but moving them up to High-A Cedar Rapids, to continue their journey to their major league dreams.”
Meyer emphasized to the audience that “while the team’s promotional schedule is exciting, we will be equally as exciting on the field! We enjoyed a normal Spring Training on the minor league side, unlike the past two years, and have many rising prospects on our roster, so expect the Mussels to give 100% every single game. As for our players, I assure you they will be better by the end of April than on Opening Night, and much better in September.”
Broadcaster John Vittas, who will call all 60 home games and half of the road ones, predicts that fans “will love this Mussels squad! Our infield is particularly strong and our pitching staff has serious talent.” As for on-field rule changes, “this season the FSL will have a pitch clock to speed up the game; with pitchers having to throw the ball in 14 seconds with the bases empty and 18 seconds with runners on. The FSL will once again experiment with a robo-ump calling balls and strikes in select games in a unique format: the home plate umpire calls the pitches two out of every six home games; the robo-ump in two others; and in the other two, it will be the home plate umpire, but the robo-ump will be on as well, so teams will have up to three challenges to the computer to reverse the call if they feel the umpire got it wrong.”
The Mussels 29-man roster features six of the Twin’s Top-30 prospects, with 16 pitchers and 13 position players. Of these, nearly half – 14 – were with the Mussels at some point during the 2021 season. Highlighting the list are shortstop Noah Miller and outfielder Emmanuel Rodrigues, with Major League Baseball Pipeline ranking Miller the Twins #10 prospect and Baseball America bestowing the same figure on Rodrigues. Miller, age 19, was the 36th overall Major League 2021 draft pick, directly from Ozaukee High School in Fredonia, Wisconsin. In 16 games with the Florida Complex League (FCL) Twins in late 2021, Miller hit .290. Rodriguez, 19 as well from Santiago, Dominican Republic, hit 10 home runs in just 37 games at the FCL while leading the team with 23 walks.
“I played in the Twins last two Spring Training games and that was fun,” said Emmanuel through an interpreter. “I hope to play a lot of centerfield this season, so I prepare for that, but that decision is out of my control, so I will contribute wherever they put me. I am happy to start my first full season of baseball here and look forward to improving. I know I will make mistakes in my first full season of baseball, but that is how you learn and get better.”
The pitching staff has quality prospects as well, led by left-hander Steve Hajjar and righty Marco Raya. Hajjar, 21, a 2021 2nd round draft pick from The University of Michigan who earned 1st Team All-Big Ten honors, makes his professional debut with the Mussels, as does Raya, who is 19 and a 2020 Twins selection who unfortunately missed 2021 with an injury. Among the returning Mussels is towering right-hander Matthew Swain. The 6’7” fireballer was dominant at the tail end of last season, including striking out the side in the final inning of 2021’s second-to-last game to secure the third-ever No Hitter in franchise history!
Something For Everyone
Mighty Mussels Mascott
The Mussels offer something special to their fans at each of their 60 Home contests, often with multiple incentives at the same game, with its initial home stand an excellent example. Each Tuesday features “Two-for-Tuesday” on hot dogs, beers and sodas. The first 2,000 fans on April 12 receive a 2022 Mighty Mussels magnet schedule and if the club does not bring home a win, everyone receives a complimentary ticket to the following evening’s game. Every Wednesday is “Dollar Dog Night”; “Bark in the Park” where fans bring their leashed dogs to the game; and “Guaranteed Win Night,” where if the Mussels come up on the short end of the score, all fans get a free ticket to the following night’s game. Wednesdays as well are “Ladies Night,” who get 2-for-1 seltzers and wine, along with “Silver Sluggers Night,” whose members age 65 and over receive a free ticket and parking.
Thursdays are “Thirsty Thursdays,” with 12-ounce cans of beer for $1 and drafts for $2. Each Thursday is “Miracle Throwback Night,” where the Mussels honor their predecessor namesake by wearing retro Miracle jerseys. Thursdays are “Snowbird Appreciation Night” and “College Night,” where out-of-state patrons and college students with IDs purchase $5 tickets, with April 14 being “90s Night,” with fans encouraged to dress in their finest 1990s attire! Fridays feature fireworks spectaculars immediately following the final pitch, along with the “Wicked Dolphin Happy Hour” two-for-one Wicked Dolphin drinks at the Salty Crab / Wicked Tuna Bar down the 3rd base line, behind the Mussels bullpen. Friday, April 15 is “Big Cat Rescue Night” with Carole Baskin making a celebrity appearance, including throwing out the first pitch, and Mussels players will wear commemorative tiger-print jerseys available for auction at the conclusion of the game.
Saturdays are another “Guarantee Win Night,” with a postgame fireworks display. The first 500 fans receive a Mussels Fanny Pack, while children participate in an Easter Egg Hunt on the field at 6 p.m. And next Sat, the 16th is “Animal Cruelty Awareness Night” with the Lee County Sheriffs Office to prevent animal mistreatment, as well as “Cancer Sucks Night” to assist non-profits in raising funds to help eliminate this dreaded disease. On Sundays, the Mussels host the “All You Can Eat” ballpark brunch that begins at Noon for $15-per-person. Kids can play catch on the field from Noon to 12:30 p.m., then run the bases at the end of the game, with “Kids Club Sunday” members age 14 & under receiving a free ticket and T-shirt.
Baumgartner, Booms & Beers!
Oother 2022 celebrities appearances are Brian Baumgartner from “The Office” on April 29; Jon Gries, who portrayed “Uncle Rico” in “Napoleon Dynamite,” on June 3; and wrestling star Jerry “The King” Lawler on June 18. The Mussels host 17 fireworks extravaganzas, on all Friday Nights, Saturdays through July 2. There are five Beer Festivals on April 30, June 18, July 2 & 30, and August 27, with four special-themed jersey nights: Tiger theme on April 15; Pink Out Cancer on June 4; Hulk Smash on June 17; and 1992 Olympic Basketball on July 3, with all jerseys up for auction purchases throughout the games.
Each of the ten Home series are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m., with Sundays at 1 p.m., with the exceptions of Saturday, May 14, at 5 p.m., as Joe Nichols and Parmelee perform a free concert following the game, and Sunday, July 3rd game is, at 7 p.m. for the largest postgame fireworks in Mussels history.
Tickets are $10 to $15; purchase them at www.mightymussels.com, the box office that opens 60 minutes before each game, or at 239-768-4210, with parking $10-per-car. The Mussels play at Hammond Stadium at the Lee County Sports Complex at 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Vittas broadcasts every Mussels home game and select road contests worldwide at www.mightymussels.com, through the MiLB First Pitch App, or at www.milb.com/fort-myers/fans/ audio-listen-live. Catch the Major League Baseball stars of tomorrow today with the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels!
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration has undertaken a vast scheme against Russian economic actors, which it characterizes as "sanctions." The scheme consists in seizing assets, freezing assets, and prohibiting lawful and constitutionally protected commercial transactions.
All of this is aimed at dissuading Russian President Vladimir Putin from his determination to use extreme state violence to neutralize the government of Ukraine and install a government more favorable to the Kremlin. Yet, the targets of these sanctions are neither Putin nor the Russian state. Rather, his friends and political supporters, as well as Russian banks and commercial entities, and even American banks and commercial entities, have been targeted -- and hundreds of millions of consumers and investors have been harmed.
By prohibiting the use of assets and international money transfers, the sanctions have severely harmed folks in Russia who have nothing to do with Putin's war by radically reducing their purchasing power and eliminating many everyday choices from their spending options. All of this was done by presidential edict.
Can the president constitutionally prevent Americans and foreign persons from the lawful use of their own assets and from engaging freely in lawful commercial transactions?
In a word: No.
Here is the backstory.
The Constitution was written to establish the federal government and to limit it. The same document that delegates to Congress the power to keep interstate and foreign commerce regular also prohibits the states in the Contracts Clause from interfering in private contracts. But there was originally no comparable prohibition restraining the federal government.
In 1791, James Madison, the author of the Constitution, argued as a member of the House of Representatives against legislation establishing the First National Bank of the United States because he feared federal control of commerce. Of course, it became law, caused recessions and was sunset 20 years later.
Yet in 1816, shortly before the end of his second term in the White House, Madison caved to corporatism and signed into law the Second National Bank of the United States. After its constitutionality was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1824, the feds insinuated themselves into all sorts of economic activity, none of it enhancing personal liberty, all of it favoring their patrons.
While still a congressman, and fearing federal insinuation into commerce, Madison authored the Bill of Rights -- the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. He crafted the Fifth Amendment to protect life, liberty and property from the government.
By requiring due process -- a trial at which the federal government must prove fault -- prior to interfering with any person's life, liberty or property, Madison arguably crafted more restraints on the feds than the original Constitution imposed upon the states.
Similarly, by requiring a search warrant issued by a neutral judge based on sworn testimony of probable cause of crime before the feds could seize any person or tangible thing, Madison again added strength and vitality to his understanding of the Constitution's protections of the primacy of the individual with respect to property and privacy.
Both the Fourth and the Fifth Amendments protect all "people" and every "person," not just Americans. This is critical to an understanding of why the sanctions imposed by the Biden administration -- upon those as to whom there has been no due process or against whom there have been no search warrants issued -- are profoundly unconstitutional.
For generations, the government argued that the rights to privacy and due process protected Americans only. In the post-World War II era, the feds have lost those arguments.
Thus, when the feds seize a yacht from a person whom they believe may have financed Putin's political rise to power, or even his personal lifestyle, they are doing so in direct violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Similarly, when they freeze foreign assets in American banks, they engage in a seizure, and seizures can only constitutionally be done with a search warrant.
As well, when the feds interfere -- whether by presidential edict or congressional legislation -- with contract rights by prohibiting compliance with lawful contracts, that, too, implicates due process and can only be done constitutionally after a jury verdict in the government's favor from a trial at which the feds have proven fault.
As if to anticipate these constitutional roadblocks to its interference with free commercial choices by investors, workers and consumers, Congress enacted the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 and the Magnitsky Act of 2016. These constitutional aberrations purport to give the president the power to declare persons and entities to be violators of human rights and, by that mere executive declaration, to punish them without trial.
These laws turn the Fourth and Fifth Amendments on their heads by punishing first and engaging in a perverse variant of due process later.
How perverse? If the feds seize assets or interfere with contracts involving foreign ownership or interests, and the victims want justice, the persons or entities whose assets have been seized or whose contractual rights have been diminished must consent to the jurisdiction of American courts and prove that they are NOT human rights violators.
These statutes are a federal version of "Alice in Wonderland," whereby the punished person or entity must prove innocence. Such a burden defies all American concepts of property ownership, fairness and due process. It is antithetical to our history, repugnant to our values and mocks the Constitution that all in government have sworn to uphold. All persons are presumed innocent. The government must always prove fault.
The restrictions that the Constitution imposes upon the federal government have no emergency exceptions, nor are they theoretical or fanciful. They were crafted by men who knew and had tasted the torments of unbridled government power. They wrote the restrictions to assure that the new federal government could not do to Americans what the British had done to them.
They failed !!
Andrew P Napolitano
OBAMA / OBIDEN, IF YOU KEEP PUTTING OUT THERE… “EMP, EMP, EMP”… AND JUST LIKE UKRAINE…BEGGING RUSSIA TO ATTACK…
IT WILL HAPPEN AND YOU TWO ASSHOLES WILL HAVE KILLED ALL OF US… AND YOU, OBAMA, WILL HAVE NOBODY AND NOTHING, TO RULE!
The instant a country initiates a missile launch we know from where it was launched, who did it, (what country), the type of launch, the direction and after minutes, a good idea where it’s heading.
If you don’t order an immediate, devastating, retaliation…an annihilation… of whoever did it, there will be none…absolutely, no retaliation, and the United States will die!
Airplanes and 500,000 people in the air, will fall from the sky. All electric will stop and cease to exist for years…decades!
You buffoons will have not only killed America but will also have killed many who were traveling in computer controlled vehicles…there will NOT be anyone for you to Rule as Socialists…you will have eliminated any future for anything that was!
Anyone of your advisors who is/are telling you otherwise doesn’t know shit!
Nobody will die from the blast or blasts nor Radiation. We will all, eventually, revert back to the dark ages…no refrigeration, no fuel, no food, no generators that survive an EMP, no banks, no FDIC, no Rule of Law because all the enforcers (police and military) will be fighting to save themselves and protect their own families! No food except what we kill, no water except what we purify, nothing…you morons have no concept what devastation will take place, from your greed, stupidity, recklessness. AND, if you two geniuses shut down our grid, as I personally believe you will try to do (and blame someone else)…it will have the same effect as an EMP! Making you two…our enemies!!!
UNLESS…and I am very serious…UNLESS…you park our Trident fleet of Submarines in close proximity to Russia, China, N Korea and …Iran with orders to completely destroy which ever one launched, that attack on us…and then make certain those morons understand that our Subs will launch an attack on all 4 Nations if there are no orders to step down…because we cannot transmit or don’t want to!
In other words …if we get hit from an EMP device, from anybody…we will kill them …if we cannot identify who did it, within the few minutes we will have…we will launch an all-out attack on all 4 Nations that we believe has the capability, because we know they will attack us if we’re hit with an EMP from anywhere!!!
Let them understand, that they will be committing suicide!
Keep in mind, just one nuclear missile, from a Trident Sub, carries numerous, GPS guided war heads and once locked on, cannot be stopped! Just one missile can wipe out every major city in either Russian, China, Iran or ALL of N Korea… 4 missiles…4 enemies gone, too…see you in Hell!
You, Obama, are out of control…we know what you are doing! Cloward and Piven said to weaken the US…not destroy her! If you leave us helpless, without electric power, you will never be able to repair what you did! Certainly, not enough to make Allah proud of you…not if there’s nothing left!
Besides…what makes you think, that with all the millions of armed Americans, who hate you, that you will even survive to rule, after you have destroyed our Republic?
Listen, here’s the deal, Venezuela is an oil rich country, albite, their product needs cleaning. It’s still valuable and they need a Commie leader, like you. Why not go down there with your black ops and do your thing there? We’ll let all the damage that you have caused go and let bye-gones be bye-gones…but if you destroy much more…we won’t be able to forgive and forget…get it? P.S. take Soros with you!
March is the absolute height of tourism season on Fort Myers Beach. Between residents and Seasonals to Spring Breakers and Spring Training fans, there is always something for everyone on Fort Myers Beach, so while on our 7-mile island, add a visit the iconic Mound House! One of Southwest Florida’s most-beloved historic sites, the Mound House traces its roots to the ancient Calusa of over 2,000 years ago.
Celebrate “Archaeology Month” on Saturday, March 19, as the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society presents “Calusa Coastal Days” at the Mound House! In addition to the Mound House Museum being open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., it offers a “Guided Kayak Tour” at 9 a.m.; “Cool Calusa Tools” at 10 a.m.; “Shell Mound Tours” at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; and the “Family Fun Kayak Tour” at 2 p.m. The Kayak Tours require advance reservations at 239-765-0865 or www.moundhouse.org.
As the oldest standing structure on Estero Island, the Town of Fort Myers Beach operates the Mound House as a museum complex and cultural and environmental learning experience that offers numerous monthly entertainment and educational programs, including for children. The Mound House is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., enforces Social Distancing guidelines and requests that all unvaccinated visitors wear masks. It is at 451 Connecticut Street with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Admission is $10 for ages 13 & up, $8 for students with IDs, $5 ages 6 to 12, and 5 & under free, with Fort Myers Beach residents receiving a 50% museum admission discount. For information, reservations, and a monthly programs schedule, call 239-765-0865 or see www.moundhouse.org.
Shell Mound Tour
For all ages every March Tuesday through Saturday at 11 am & 1 pm.
If you dig archaeology, the Mound House’s signature program is for you! Tour the one-of-a-kind underground 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian Shell Mound, explore the site’s archaeology to unearth clues about this ancient society. $5-per-person that does not include Mound House admission; Free for members.
FREE: Newton Beach Park ‘Guided Beach Walk’
For all ages every Tuesday and Thursday weather permitting at 9 am.
This twice-weekly free outdoor nature program is different every single time, walk roughly a half-mile down the beach and back, discussing whatever you find that morning. Meet at the thatched hut closest to the beach, with Social Distancing in place. Bring sunscreen, shoes to get wet, sunglasses and hat. No reservations necessary; while free, parking is $5-per-hour, with one hour generally enough. Newton Beach Park, 4650 Estero Boulevard.
Cool Calusa Tools
For families with children ages 6 & older every March Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday at 10 a.m.
Learn to hunt, fish, and make masks and pottery, just like the Calusa! In this exciting hands-on tour of the Mound House grounds where staff demonstrate Calusa tools and artifacts, then help you make Calusa-inspired artwork where your imagination runs wild! $5-per-person that does not include Mound House admission, Free for members.
For all ages every March Tuesday & Friday at 2 p.m.
Stroll through the Mound House gardens to discover how its unique plants conserve water and protect wildlife, while learning how the Calusa and other Native Americans used them in their daily lives. $5-per-person that does not include Mound House admission; Free for members.
Latino History Tour
For all ages every March Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Perfect for Florida history buffs! Learn about the Latino fishing village known as a “Rancho” that existed on the shell mound between the ancient Calusa and Anglo-Pioneer eras. Explore the site’s archaeology and history through unearthed clues about this multicultural society. $5-per-person that does not include Mound House admission, Free for members.
Guided Kayak Tour
For ages 12 & up every March Wednesday through Saturday at 9 am as well as Thursday, March 31, at 2 pm.
Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden waters of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve as only a kayaker can on this Environmental Educator-guided tour of the ancient realm of the Calusa! Witness birds, fish, manatee and dolphins as you paddle through the natural beauty of Estero and Hell Peckney Bays in a tandem kayak. All paddling & safety equipment provided; $45-per-person with Mound House members $15 that includes Mound House admission. Advance reservations necessary at www.moundhouse.org
Archaeology: Can You Dig It?
For all ages every March Wednesday & Friday at 10 a.m.
Learn what it takes to be an archaeologist! Handle real artifacts and discover how archaeologists study past cultures in a program perfect for families. $5-per-person that does not include Mound House admission, with Mound House members free.
Family Fun Kayak Tour
For ages 6 & up weather permitting every March Wednesday & Saturday, as well as Thursday, March 24, all at 2 p.m.
This specially-designed Environmental Educator-guided kayak tour is perfect fun for families with children ages 6 & up! See birds, dolphins, manatee, and other wildlife while paddling through the Estero Bay mangroves. $25-per-person ages 13 & up; $15-per-person ages 6 to 12 that includes Mound House admission. Equipment provided. Advance registrations necessary at www.moundhouse.org.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
For ages 12 & up on Friday, March 18, at 6 p.m.
This unique tour offers kayakers the rare opportunity to experience the backwaters of the Estero Bay in the quiet of twilight by the light of the full moon! Participants explore the estuary’s tidal creeks, winding mangroves, and abundant wildlife illuminated by the full moon. Weather permitting and reservations required at www.moundhouse.org; $45-per-person with Mound House members $15. The Mound House provides all paddling equipment.
Sunset Kayak Tour
Ages 12 & up weather permitting on Friday, March 25, at 5:45 p.m.
In addition to catching a breathtaking sunset, explore the tidal creeks and winding mangrove tunnels that extend into the hidden backwaters of Estero Bay while experiencing the estuary’s abundant wildlife in the quiet of twilight. Equipment provided. $45-per-person; Mound House members $15, with advance registrations necessary at www.moundhouse.org.