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2009 Freedom Swim in Punta Gorda, (Photo courtesy Sun Herald)

2015 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Cool 4th of July ‘happening’

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 29, 2015 – PUNTA GORDA — It started small and spontaneous. Twenty four years ago, Punta Gorda attorney Michael Haymans and some friends decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by swimming the 1.5 mile distance across the Peace River. They weren’t athletes in training; they had heard stories about how in the 1940s, swimming across the river was a rite of passage for teens. They had a good time, they told their friends, and […]

Avast ye lubbers! Pirate Festivals invade Florida

Avast ye lubbers! Pirate Festivals invade Florida

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 16, 2015 – Florida was strategically important for the protection of Spanish galleons that plied their way home with precious metals plundered from South America and the Caribbean. Heavily-laden vessels called the plate fleets sailed up the Gulf Stream through the straits that parallel Florida’s Keys, and pirates would prey on the fleets from their hidden sanctuaries in the Keys and along the Florida coast. Hurricanes created additional hazards, sometimes wrecking the ships on the […]

American Heritage wins state mock trial championship (video)

American Heritage wins state mock trial championship (video)

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Mar 10, 2015 – Coached by Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich and Assistant United States Attorney Michael Gilfarb, the American Heritage School Mock Team won for the third time Saturday the state championship hosted by the Florida Law Related Education Association (F.L.R.E.A) in Orlando, according to American Heritage program director, Nikki Ippolitto Laurie, late Monday. Advancing over 16 other Florida teams, American Heritage successfully argued a simulated invasion of privacy matter in the case of Harper Sanders versus CharTech, Inc. […]

by · March 10, 2015 · Broward County, Education, Events, News, Videos
Four Florida kayak trips that aren’t famous but should be

Four Florida kayak trips that aren’t famous but should be

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Sepy 23, 2014 – Where are you going kayaking this fall? Florida has lots of choices, and I’m anxiously awaiting cooler weather to start exploring Florida by kayak and canoe during our glorious cooler, dryer season. My upcoming kayak trip? I plan to stay in Mount Dora and paddle Blackwater Creek to Lake Norris. (If you’ve done that trip and have tips to offer, write me.) I also “need” to paddle Fisheating Creek while […]

by · September 23, 2014 · Featured, FloridaRambler.com, Lifestyle
10 years after Hurricane Charley, rebuilt Punta Gorda is worth re-discovering

10 years after Hurricane Charley, rebuilt Punta Gorda is worth re-discovering

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, July 25, 2014 – Before I visited,  my impression of Punta Gorda was this: That’s the town that got walloped when Hurricane Charley took a slight right turn on Aug. 13, 2004.  I can picture images of smashed trailers, devastated downtown, shredded trees. I never heard the follow up: That the historic town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, midway between Naples and Tampa, used the insurance money, FEMA funds and a wellspring of determination and  […]

2014 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Cool 4th of July ‘happening’

2014 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Cool 4th of July ‘happening’

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 6, 2014 – PUNTA GORDA — It started small and spontaneous. Twenty three years ago, Punta Gorda attorney Michael Haymans and some friends decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by swimming the 1.5 mile distance across the Peace River. They weren’t athletes in training; they had heard stories about how in the 1940s, swimming across the river was a rite of passage for teens. They had a good time, they told their friends, […]

Port Charlotte sea kayaking: White pelicans & mangrove mazes

Port Charlotte sea kayaking: White pelicans & mangrove mazes

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com – Hundreds of miles of Gulf coastline around Port Charlottee and Punta Gorda are wild and natural preserves, making this one of the best places for salt-water kayaking. Launching from Placida, an out-of-the-way fishing town near Port Charlotte,  you can see magnificent white pelicans in winter and explore mangrove tunnels that are true mazes. You’ll constantly hear ospreys calling overhead and see all sorts of wading birds. We got even luckier: We paddled right […]

Shell Creek: The prettiest kayak trail you’ve never heard of

Shell Creek: The prettiest kayak trail you’ve never heard of

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com – Most Florida kayakers and canoeists know the Peace River at Arcadia, but less than a half hour away, there’s a little-known river with scenery and wildlife as splendid as you’ll find in Florida. Shell Creek is about five miles east of Punta Gorda and it deserves to be a destination for kayakers from well beyond its area. You will have to travel several hours to kayak anywhere more beautiful. Shell Creek is easy […]

Florida fish shacks: They’re casual classic seafood restaurants

Florida fish shacks: They’re casual classic seafood restaurants

By Bonnie Gross & Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Oct. 30, 2013 – Florida fish shacks represent just about everything we love about Florida – fresh air, funky style and fun. To be a fish shack, a place has to be open to the air. We may use air conditioning, but we know authentic Florida involves sun and breeze and salt air. To fit our definition, you’d be well-dressed at a fish shack if you’re wearing a T-shirt (and a […]

Punta Gorda: Little-known spot for natural beauty, historic charm

Punta Gorda: Little-known spot for natural beauty, historic charm

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, for EyesOnNews.com, Oct 2, 2013 – Punta Gorda offers plenty of things to do: Kayaking, biking, birding and discovering crab shacks. Before I visited,  my impression of Punta Gorda was this: That’s the town that got walloped when Hurricane Charley took a slight right turn in 2004.  I can call up from my brain’s personal Google Images pictures of smashed trailers, devastated downtown, shredded trees. I never heard the follow up: That the historic town on Florida’s Gulf […]

2013 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Coolest 4th of July activity

2013 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Coolest 4th of July activity

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com (June 25, 2013) – PUNTA GORDA — Plenty of people brave the heat for a traditional Fourth of July picnic. But here’s an event that I would nominate as the coolest Florida Fourth activity: The 2013 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim. Twenty two years ago, it began when Michael Haymans, a Punta Gorda attorney, and friends decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by swimming the 1.5 mile distance across the Peace River. They weren’t athletes in training; […]