Goodbye Bill, Hello Bills

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Tropical Storm Bill dumped more rain on soggy Texas, but here in sunny Florida it’s clear skies and big fish on tap, as the 13th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic gets underway. At total of 79 boats had signed up to fish with big stakes and spirited competition on the line.

“We’ve had a slow star this year, but as long as Kate [Ferrera] is rolling with us, we’re good,” says Capt. Mike “Whappo” Roberto, the skipper of Reel Fire, ...

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Bring the Power: Baytowne Marina Gets an Upgrade

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It’s a common scenario in marinas around the world: as boats get larger and more complex, they require more power. When Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina was first constructed, 90 percent of the slips were set up for sailboats, which require very little in the way of power. But flash forward to 2015 and 90 percent of the marina’s slips are occupied by a mix of sportfishermen and cruisers, which need significantly more power.

Gulf Power conducted a survey where they determined ...

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Galati Yacht Sales: Strong Support, Right from the Start

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When Ron Starling, Wayne Lewis and Joe Galati considered bringing a world-class billfish tournament back to the Destin area, it was clear they needed a good destination: one with not just an accommodating marina but also lodging, restaurants, nightlife and more. The logical choice was the Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, and the concept of the ECBC gained traction. While the Galatis were not directly involved with the formation of the tournament, they offered their support through sponsorship and also ...

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