South Florida’s 2016 Python Challenge: Snakes Alive, but Hopefully Not For Long

December 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm | Posted in Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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snakeBy Sue Cocking, Guy Harvey Outpost staff writer

Catching a python in the wild is no easy feat:  sort of like trying to solve a large, difficult jigsaw puzzle and then having the puzzle board itself fight back –hard.

That’s what the more than 300 participants who’ve signed up for the 2016 Python Challenge Jan. 16 through Feb. 14 are about to find out for themselves.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Wildlife Foundation of Florida will repeat the South Florida event first held in 2013 when nearly 1,600 participants took out only 68 snakes.  But the low harvest came as no surprise to the wildlife agency and other snake experts. That’s because Burmese pythons– despite reaching sizes of more than 18 feet and numbering in the thousands in the South Florida woods–don’t just jump out at you like an alligator might.

“The detection rate is very low,” said environmental scientist Joe Wasilewski of Homestead, who’s been tracking pythons and other reptiles in South Florida since the 1980s.  “They’re going to walk past them more than not.  They could be right next to you and they just blend right in.”

Wasilewski has some tips and advice for new and inexperienced python hunters hoping for a shot at winning $5,000 for top team or $3,500 for top individual in the 2016 Challenge:

o Pay careful attention during mandatory online and optional in-person training sessions being conducted by the FWC.

Wasilewski says it’s especially important to learn to distinguish exotics like Burmese, rock and reticulated pythons from indigenous snakes.

“Don’t be jumping on everything you see,” he said.  “Be careful and make sure you are grabbing the right snake.”

Even experts, he said, sometimes have difficulty discerning a large rat snake (a harmless native species) from a small Burmese python.  So study lots of pictures before your hunt so you can make a positive ID.

o Plan your hunt for areas bordering Everglades National Park.

The national park will be off-limits to all but a handful of state- and federally-permitted hunters.  So try to hunt in the Southern Glades Wildlife and Environmental Area located between Homestead and the Keys, or in the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area adjacent to Tamiami Trail, Wasilewski suggested.  The Rotenberger and Holey Land Wildlife Management Areas straddling western Broward and Palm Beach counties also should be productive, he said.

o Best hunting will be walking canal levees on sunny mornings following cool nights.

That’s where the cold-blooded reptiles are likely to be out in the open, warming themselves, Wasilewski said.  But if you don’t spot them, poke the bushes with your snake hook; look for “sheds” ( the snake’s sloughed skin); and check around rock piles and human debris such as old carpet or aluminum siding.

o If you are wrestling with a python and it bites your hand, do NOT try to pull  away.

The python’s teeth curve inward, causing severe injury if you try to yank your hand out of its jaws, Wasilewki said.  The solution:  rubbing alcohol.

“Pour it into their mouth and they let go,” he said, citing personal experience.

The scientist doesn’t expect a huge bounty of snakes to be taken in the Challenge, but says it’s still a worthwhile endeavor because it raises awareness of a major environmental problem.

“They’re literally eating their way through the Everglades,” Wasilewski said.  “They eat rats, mice, rabbits, raccoons, bobcats, birds and even full-grown gators.  Definitely not a good thing to have in the Everglades.”

For more information on the 2016 Python Challenge, go to pythonchallenge.org.

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Sue Cocking chronicles the Guy Harvey Outpost travel and adventure experience in regular blog posts on GuyHarveyOutpostNews.com/.  For 21 years, Cocking covered the full spectrum of outdoors adventure opportunities in South Florida and beyond for the Miami Herald, including fishing, diving, hunting, paddling camping, sailing and powerboat racing.  She is a certified scuba diver and holder of an IGFA women’s world fly fishing record for a 29-pound permit.

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Celebrated Resort/Hospitality Designer Malcolm Berg Selected For Guy Harvey Outpost Resort, St. Augustine Beach Conversion

November 17, 2015 at 7:43 pm | Posted in Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., St. Augustine, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Malcolm Berg PhotoRenovations Scheduled For  Completion in Spring 2016 For Re-Opening as a Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts Property

AUGUSTINE BEACH, FL—NOVEMBER 17, 2015—Malcolm Berg and his award winning design firm E0A, Inc., have been selected to create the interior design of the new Guy Harvey Outpost Beach Resort, schedule to debut in the Spring of 2016. Formerly the Holiday Isle Resort, the 152-room property will feature the adventure lifestyle of Guy Harvey, a world renowned marine artist, documentarian, underwater explorer, marine scientist and conservation advocate.

The resort’s new design concept, according to Berg, “is about new discoveries, about finding the unexpected, about looking beneath the surface to find new perspectives.” Adds Mark Ellert, president of Outpost, “Malcolm is the new voice of design.  He’s deconstructing traditional hospitality design, replacing it with the synthesis of art, architecture, technology and cultural narrative that we refer to as social design.”

The project scope entails a complete renovation, including the resort’s registration building, meeting spaces and the poolside bar.  Berg said plans call for “lightening up the feeling of cramped compartmentalized public spaces, creating more connectivity to the outdoors and encouraging a carefree, respectful, nature-loving lifestyle as embodied by Guy Harvey.”

The Guy Harvey Outpost Beach Resort, St. Augustine Beach will join the company’s Signature Collection brand  The other Guy Harvey Outpost Signature resorts are located in St. Pete Beach and Islamorada. The Guy Harvey Outpost Beach Resort St. Augustine is owned and managed by affiliates of Tampa based, HI Development.

Florida Chef Showcases Fishing and Fine Food on “Chopped”

November 17, 2015 at 7:06 pm | Posted in FLW, Food Network, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd. | Leave a comment

ChefABy Sue Cocking, Guy Harvey Outpost Staff Writer

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When the Food Network’s hit series “Chopped” premieres Dec. 3 at 8 p.m., four pastry chefs will compete to create sumptuous chocolate dishes for the host and judges.  One of the contestants is Fort Lauderdale’s Anthony Hunt, 39, corporate pastry chef for the Restaurant People group that operates popular eateries YOLO and S-3.  But Hunt is unique–he’s the only professional bass tournament angler ever featured on the show.

With the nickname “5oz” representing the margin by which he lost a tournament a few years back, Hunt is preparing to break into the bass fishing majors– the Wal-Mart FLW Tour and the Bassmaster Elite Series– in 2016.  But he still keeps a foot in the kitchen and spends time with his four children aged 1-14.

“I’m working; I’m fishing. I’m pulled in 20 different directions,” Hunt said.

With a high social media profile and Internet prominence on both angling and foodie sites, Hunt has been able to attract both fishing industry and non-endemic sponsors to further his tournament quest– something that many would-be bass pros have had difficulty doing.  He’s as likely to get hits and ‘likes’ for promoting a chocolate maker as a plastic frog lure.

“No one’s ever had a chef on board as pro staff,” he said.  “I can grab the two audiences at one time.”

Hunt has been a professional chef for 15 years, but he has aspired to a professional bass fishing career since he was seven years old watching Larry Nixon catch the big ones on television.

The first step in his quest will be the FLW Rayovac Tournament on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston  January 14-16– one of the qualifiers for the national tour.

To score a paycheck, he needs to spend a lot of prep time on the water.

“I approach it like a new lake every time I’m up there,”  he said of the 730-square mile Big O.  “I go fishing like I’ve never been there before. I try to keep an open mind on what you’re going to have to do to catch ’em. The ‘home court’ can hurt you.”

Hunt is hoping for cold weather because he “fishes stronger” under those conditions.  But he’s ready for whatever.

Meanwhile, he’s enjoying his time in the culinary spotlight on “Chopped”.

“It’s just awesome.  I’m happy I made it,” he said.

Now here’s a delicious Chef Anthony recipe you WON’T see on the television show– Swordfish Lollipops:

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. cleaned swordfish rectangles cut 1 inch by 2 inches

2 oz. chopped Italian parsley plus 1 tsp. kosher salt

2 oz. blackening seasoning

1 oz. ground fine black pepper, preferably dry table pepper, plus 1 tsp. kosher salt

3 tbsp. olive oil

8-inch skewers soaked for 1 hour in water

DIRECTIONS:

Skewer fish rectangles three quarters of the way into the flesh.  Pat dry with paper towel.  Roll the fish into each spice or herb to coat all sides.  Sear fish in olive oil in a medium sauté pan on medium-high heat, flat sides down, for 30 seconds on each side or to desired done-ness.  Remove from heat.

Slap on the sauce of your choice, such as homemade guacamole; lemon-garlic mayo; or classic sriracha.

EAT!

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Sue Cocking chronicles the Guy Harvey Outpost travel and adventure experience in regular blog posts on GuyHarveyOutpostNews.com/.  For 21 years, Cocking covered the full spectrum of outdoors adventure opportunities in South Florida and beyond for the Miami Herald, including fishing, diving, hunting, paddling, camping, sailing and powerboat racing.  She is a certified scuba diver and holder of an IGFA women’s world fly fishing record for a 29-pound permit. 

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Take 10 Lionfish, Get an Extra Lobster During Sport Season

June 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Abaco, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Magazine, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd. | Leave a comment
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Lionfish-Being-Netted_359x479At its June meeting in Sarasota, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a new and exciting opportunity that will encourage divers to remove invasive lionfish by allowing them to take one extra spiny lobster each day during the two-day sport season this summer (July 29-30) that they also harvest 10 lionfish.

In addition, people can take a photo of their lionfish and lobster catch during the two-day season and post it on Facebook.com/LionfishReefRangers to get a “Be the Predator” T-shirt. One lucky photo entrant will also win a lifetime saltwater fishing license via a drawing held shortly after the sport season.

“The FWC operates in a culture of innovation. Opportunities like this are a great way to get divers who are already in the water accustomed to removing lionfish,” said Commissioner Brian Yablonski. “Our hope is that once lobster divers realize how easy it is to remove lionfish, they will continue to do so throughout the regular lobster season and beyond.”

Lionfish are invasive species that have a potential negative impact on Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. With no predators or other mechanisms such as disease or parasites keeping the lionfish population under control in Florida at this time, harvest by divers is the primary means of lionfish removal.

For the 2015 spiny lobster sport season only, divers will be allowed a single spiny lobster over the bag limit per dayfor each day that they also harvest 10 or more lionfish. Lionfish must be kept as proof of harvest while on the water. When off the water, a photo of harvesters with their 10 lionfish must be kept to document eligibility for harvesting an extra lobster. Lionfish must be harvested the same day and prior to taking the additional lobster. All other rules, including no spearfishing zones, apply.

The two-day spiny lobster recreational sport season (also known as mini-season) falls on the last Wednesday and Thursday of July each year before the Aug. 6 opening of the regular season. During this two-day season, the regular bag limit is six spiny lobster in state and federal waters of Biscayne National Park waters and off Monroe County, and 12 spiny lobster elsewhere. There is no bag limit for lionfish; harvesters can take as many as they want.

If the program is successful at encouraging lionfish removal, it could be continued in future years.

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings” then the “Agenda.” For information about recreational spiny lobster, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational” and “Lobster.”

Help the FWC by reporting all lionfish catches and sightings via the Report Florida Lionfish app or at MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

This article appears courtesy of Guy Harvey Magazine

High Tea with Bimini’s Hammerhead Sharks

May 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Bimini, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Hammerheads | Leave a comment
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It looks pretty ferocious swimming straight at me – 13 feet of smooth cartilage and muscle topped by rows of jagged teeth and a wide mantle with unblinking black eyes on either end.  But this great hammerhead shark could not care less about me or any of the other guest scuba divers kneeling in the sand a short distance from Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center in the Bahamas.

Instead, the animal’s gaze is trained on Grant Johnson and his aluminum box full of fish scraps.

It glides unhurriedly up to Johnson, who pushes a piece of fish toward it with a PVC staff.  The shark gulps the morsel and moves on, giving the next hammerhead a turn at the feed trough.  It goes on like that 25 feet deep on the sand for nearly two hours, as three more hammerheads–all bearing streamer tags in their dorsal fins–join the rotation.

The apprehension I felt early on soon gives way to awe and enchantment at having a front row seat as one of the ocean’s fiercest predators enjoys an afternoon snack.

It occurs to me that if more people could observe this underwater version of 4 p.m. high tea, then perhaps sharks wouldn’t suffer from such a widespread public relations problem. Johnson, who used to work at the Bimini Biological Research Station (known locally as the ‘shark lab’), serves as the animals’ local spokesman– educating guests on their importance to the marine ecosystem and trying to take the fear factor out of interacting with them.

Hammerheads are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as globally endangered.  When their numbers plummet, the marine environment suffers.  As apex predators, they cull the weak and sick from the world’s oceans and ensure fish stocks remain healthy and balanced.

Although hammerheads are protected in Florida, the Bahamas and some other areas, they travel great distances to other waters, as shown by data from satellite and streamer tags implanted by scientists.  In many of these areas, they are subject to being killed indiscriminately.

An up-close encounter with these magnificent animals can change hearts and minds, inspiring the formerly uninitiated to want to conserve them.  And that’s what Johnson and his colleagues are doing every day out on the waters surrounding Bimini.

Guy Harvey Outpost Launches Fishing for the Future Tournament

January 9, 2015 at 3:38 am | Posted in Bahamas, Billfish, Bimini, Bonefish, Caymans, Conservation, Fishing, Florida, Florida Keys, Galapagos, Green Turtle Club, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Lionfish, Marine Science, St. Augustine, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Running thru 2015, the innovative Fish for the Future tournament is open to anglers anywhere in the world, with divisions and awards for twenty gamefish species.  “With the iGHOFISH app we can now actually host a tournament with literally no limit on fishing boundaries, and in the process populate the foundations’ database with valuable catch data,’ noted Mark Ellert, President of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges.   Ellert announced the launch of the company’s new fishing app, iGHOFISH, created to serve as the record keeper for the tournament. “The iGHOFISH app is a perfect reflection of our Outpost brand focus on convergence of watersport recreation, marine science and conservation. It’s ‘must have’ gear in the tackle box of every Guy Harvey Outpost angler.”  Using software developed by the Snook and Gamefish Foundation, tournament catches will automatically populate the foundation’s database of over 130 inshore and offshore species.

Created initially by the Snook and Gamefish Foundation (SGF) as a snook species data collection process, their Angler Action program has expanded dramatically with its intuitive user-friendly format and ease of use. “Our fishery database now includes over 30,000 catches,” notes Brett Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the SGF. “We’re excited to have Guy Harvey Outpost help us expand our reach with recreational anglers, especially those committed to data-driven fishery management practices and policies.”

“This tournament and our iGHOFISH app are a way of making citizen science just as much fun as fishing,” commented Cliff Jensen, Director of Fishing Programs for Guy Harvey Outpost. “Not all of us who love to fish have a PhD like Guy Harvey, but with this iGHOFISH app every angler can make a difference by collecting data that helps put those PhD’s to work. That sounds like fun, maybe not for the scientists but certainly for the rest of us.”

There is no cost to enter the Guy Harvey Outpost “Fish for the Future” fishing tournament. The iGHOFISH app is free, and is available for iOS and Android phones.

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About Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts     guyharveyoutpost.com

 Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The company’s Signature Collection properties operate under the Guy Harvey Outpost brand name, with resorts currently in Florida’s popular destinations of St. Pete Beach and Islamorada. The newest Guy Harvey Outpost Resort will open on St. Augustine Beach in fall, 2015. A 30-unit Signature Collection eco-lodge is planned for construction in the Galapagos Islands, on the island of San Cristobal.

Members of the company’s Expedition Portfolio are independently operated and managed boutique sized hotels and lodges in remote destinations that offer superior service and amenities. Member hotels enjoy access to Outpost marketing and its reservation system and on-line booking engine. Expedition Properties include four in the Bahamas: Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour at West End, Bimini Sands on South Bimini, the Green Turtle Club and Blackfly Bonefish Lodge, both in the Abaco Islands. In the Caribbean: Fort Young Hotel on Dominica, the Southern Cross Club on Little Cayman and Hotel Playa Media Luna in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  The award winning Iguana Crossing Hotel, Isabella, Galapagos Islands.

Through the company’s GHOFish program, Guy Harvey Outpost promotes scientific angling expeditions, tournaments and charters. Expedition Outfitters an invitation-only collection of top-of-class dive shops and guided or charter boat fishing outfitters.

The company was founded in 2007 by Mark Ellert, a veteran hospitality professional, and is co-owned by Dr. Harvey, Bill Shedd and Charles Forman. Shedd is the owner of AFTCO, recognized worldwide for its big-game fishing tackle and merchandise. AFTCO is the official licensee of Guy Harvey Sportswear. Both Harvey and Shedd are trustees of the prestigious International Game Fishing Association, IGFA, cofounded by Ernest Hemingway during his days on Bimini. Forman is a practicing eminent domain lawyer and early partner of Dr. Harvey in the growth of his licensing and publishing activities.

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About The Snook and Gamefish Foundation     snookfoundation.org

Established in 1998 by Mr. William R. Mote, founder of the world renowned marine science organization Mote Marine Laboratory, the mission of SGF is to aid in the protection and preservation of current fish populations for future generations by facilitating coordination between anglers, researchers, and policy makers. SGF maintains an unwavering ethos of the conservation, preservation, restoration and enhancement of estuarine and coastal water habitats that define fishing – and SGF believes informed anglers are the key to realizing these goals.

SGF’s Angler Action program was designed with Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and input from the TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division and its data is used by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for conduction stock assessments. The program now stands on the threshold of creating a global network of angling data that will assist with stock assessments and functional habitat identification and use.

 

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Neal Watson Inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame!

October 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Bimini, Caymans, Dive Bimini, Diving, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Neal Watson, Scuba Bimini, Scuba Diving, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Headquartered in Georgetown, Grand Cayman; the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame recognizes the Pioneers of Diving.  Neal has been a pioneering leader in dive tourism in the Bahamas and the Caribbean for 40+ years.

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Neal entertains the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame with a few  well chosen words.  Photo Courtesy of Courtney Platt.

 

Congratulations to the “Dive God!” Neal picked up his nick name for his record setting feats and well known sense of humor.  He set the deepest compressed air dive at 437 feet.  Neal also holds the longest underwater non-stop distance record of 66 miles starting off Islamorada, Florida and finishing 19 ½ hours and 25 tanks later off Miami.

Neal Watson serves as Director of Dive Operations for Guy Harvey Outpost and operates Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center, a Guy Harvey Outpost Dive Outfitter.  Among those on hand in Grand Cayman for Hall of Fame induction ceremony were two other ISDHF Inductees, Dr. Guy Harvey and Capt. Spencer Slate.  Also on hand to help celebrate were Neal’s daughter Beth Watson, Director of Sales for Guy Harvey Outpost and Outpost CFO Kevin Denell.

Neal & Beth Watson, happy father and daughter.

Neal & Beth Watson, happy father and daughter.  Photo Courtesy of Courtney Platt.

You can see video of Neal’s induction into the Dive Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (DEMA) Hall of Fame 2005 Induction.  Also available on YouTube is Neal’s 1978 appearance on To Tell The Truth.

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Fish Tales & Cocktails 2014

September 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Posted in Art, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Guy Harvey, Marine Art, St. Augustine, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Casting for Recovery Benefit Oct 3, 2014 – 6 to 8 pm Blackfly Outfitter, 11702 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 904.997.2220

Guy Harvey Outpost is proud to support Casting for RecoveryFounded in 1996 in Manchester, Vermont, by a breast cancer reconstructive surgeon and a professional fly fisher, Casting for Recovery’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing.

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Casting for Recovery provides free fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer
70% of the women who attend Casting for Recovery retreats have never been to a support group
CfR currently offers 42 retreats across the country, serving nearly 600 women each year
CfR relies on the support of more than 1,600 volunteers nationwide, including medical and psychosocial professionals, fly fishing instructors and alumnae

You can make a difference and have a lot of fun attending the benefit “FISH TALES & COCKTAILS” at Blackfly Outfitter Friday October 3, 2014. We will serve you awesome appetizers, cold beer and very nice wine while you peruse the extensive raffle and silent auction items our top vendors and friends have generously donated. The volunteers who work tirelessly for the organization will inspire you with their own stories of how CfR has impacted their lives. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., fly fisherman and Professor of Cancer Biology at Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center will provide the latest on breast cancer research.

An impressive list of raffle and silent auction items include: Costa Del Mar sunglasses, Orvis Clearwater fly rod, Wright & McGill Blair Wiggins fly rod, art from Vaughn Cochran, fishing charters and more.  For a complete list of items check below.  Purchase tickets on-line or stop by or call Blackfly Outfitter. Check out our Facebook page for daily updates

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the event – 1 raffle ticket and limited edition Coozie are included with the purchase of a ticket.

We hope to see you there or, if you cannot, please consider purchasing a ticket as a donation to Casting for Recovery.

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The Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost Opens its Doors in Islamorada

September 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Posted in Art, Conservation, Fishing, Florida, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Magazine, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Marine Art, Marine Science, St. Pete Beach, TradeWinds, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ISLAMORADA FL— SEPTEMBER 17, 2014Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, was officially unveiled this week by Dr. Guy Harvey before a crowd of Islamorada village officials, civic leaders, media representatives and residents. After a year-long multi-million dollar renovation, the popular resort joins the expanding collection of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts, oceanfront resorts and lodges that showcase the marine wildlife art, scientific research and conservation advocacy of Dr. Guy Harvey, the company’s chairman.

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Islander Resort fans & staff look on as Guy Harvey & David Curry cut “THE Ribbon,” re-opening as the new Guy Harvey Outpost.

The ribbon cutting ceremony included a tour of new guestrooms, dining and banquet facilities, a Guy Harvey Outfitter retail store and property-wide upgrades throughout both the main 114-unit Oceanside resort and the 25-unit Bayside marina townhouse compound. Under the terms of the conversion to a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort, ownership and management remains unchanged.

As the Sport fishing Capital of America, I am genuinely honored to fly our Guy Harvey Outpost flag here in Islamorada, commented Dr. Harvey. Without question, the waters around Islamorada offer our adventure travelers some of the world’s best diving and fishing, and for my scientific colleagues, endless opportunities for important cutting edge marine research. I know I’ll be here often.

In his most recent visit, with an audience of fly fishing icons in attendance Guy inaugurated the resort’s new Trophy Room Lounge, created to honor the history of Islamorada sport fishing and its legendary anglers and celebrities.

With this new Guy Harvey affiliation, our family continues its commitment to making the Islander a unique and special destination for families and visitors to Islamorada, said David Curry, President of Hobbs & Curry, the resort owner. The Guy Harvey Outpost mission aligns perfectly with ours.  I don’t know of any other brand that focuses so completely on integrating scientific understanding and environmental awareness with an overall resort experience.

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The Islander Oceanside.

 

The popular Oceanside resort is situated on 22 acres with 1,300 feet of oceanfront, making it one of the largest resort playgrounds in the Florida Keys. Situated on site is the resort’s newly opened Florida Key History and Discovery Center, an elegant venue for weddings, social and group events.

Our mission is to inspire people to travel with a purpose, says Mark Ellert, President of Guy Harvey Outpost. By our way of thinking, every Outpost guest is on an expedition, and the Outpost Islamorada crew is there to deliver a remarkable and memorable adventure, whatever that may be.

Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Company’s Signature Collection resort properties carry the Guy Harvey Outpost brand name with customized Guy Harvey Outpost design. The Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost joins other Signature Florida Guy Harvey Outpost resorts: the Guy Harvey Outpost, a Tradewinds Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach and newly announced for St. Augustine Beach.

Members of the company’s Expedition Portfolio are independently operated and managed boutique sized hotels and lodges in off-shore destinations that offer superior service and amenities.  Member hotels enjoy access to Outpost marketing and its reservation system and on-line booking engine.  Expedition Properties include four in the Bahamas:  Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour at West End, The Bimini Sands Resort on South Bimini, and the Green Turtle Club and the Blackfly Bonefish Lodge, both in the Abaco Islands. Other Expedition Properties include The Southern Cross Club in the Cayman Islands, Hotel Playa Media Luna in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Ft. Young Hotel in Dominica and the Iguana Crossing Hotel, Isabella, Galapagos. Plans are also underway for the construction of 30-unit eco-lodge on the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands.

The company also maintains a system of Expedition Outfitters – dive shops and fishing charter operators offering top of class service often used in Guy’s own globe-trotting scientific research expeditions.  The company’s Expedition Series program offers exclusive opportunities to join Dr. Harvey and other scientists and experts as they engage in cutting edge marine research.

The company was founded in 2007 by Mark Ellert, a veteran hospitality developer, and is co-owned by Dr. Harvey, Bill Shedd and Charles Forman. Shedd is the owner of AFTCO, the official licensee of Guy Harvey sportswear, and recognized worldwide for its big-game fishing tackle and merchandise. Forman is a practicing eminent domain lawyer and early partner of Dr. Harvey in the growth of his licensing and publishing activities.

Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost is located in Islamorada, Florida is an icon of the Florida Keys.  With a beachfront longer than three football fields, the Islander Oceanside offers the best in casual Keys hospitality to be found in the town that bills itself the Sportfishing Capital of America.

With its 114 guestrooms and suites spread across 25 acres, Islander Oceanside offers the best in casual Keys hospitality with its expansive beachfront and extensive pool and patio areas. Purchased in 1999 by current ownership, this Islamorada institution is now joined with Islander Bayside, a 25-unit villa complex and marina.  These two-story two and three bedroom villas are fully equipped vacation homes, all with dramatic sunset views of Florida Bay and the resort’s private 14-slip marina basin.

Islander Bayside is located across from the historic Green Turtle Inn, one of the most popular restaurants in the Village of Islamorada, with its colorful décor dedicated to the history of Islamorada.  The Islander Oceanside enjoys similar neighbors, located across from The Lorelei restaurant, where visitors and residents alike gather for sunset celebrations and the opportunity to share fish stories worthy of the legendary Zane Grey.

Whether on the beach or on the bay, Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost evokes the feel of Old Florida Keys yet complete with modern facilities and amenities, including the resort’s stylish new ballroom and conference center complex overlooking the Atlantic. For work or play, for a short or long term visit, for beach or boating, sunrise or sunsets, Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost offers it all, in the heart of the fabulous Florida Keys.

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Join Guy Harvey at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, In Person for a Signing Event Sept 18th

September 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Art, Conservation, Diving, Fishing, Florida, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Artist, Scientist, Author, Conservationist, Angler & Diver; Guy Harvey will be signing autographs at the Islander Resort Thursday, Sept. 18th from 10 am to 12 noon.  Come join Guy at the Islander Resort, his latest signature hotel and get your autograph or  a quick selfie.

GH Signing at Islander

If you need to pick up the latest Guy Harvey Sportswear the Islander’s Outfitter Shop has a nice selection of Guy’s latest designs.

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