The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2002, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Curt Burdick and Joe Cuhaj will speak to us about their new book Paddling Alabama.
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month, same time, same place.
Everyone and anyone is welcome at our meetings. We are a very informal group, with no dues, no membership lists, and no special requirements for "membership" in our "club." We just like to paddle and get together once a month to review and plan paddles, talk about paddling, and maybe even learn something about paddling.
FYI, Lisa did find manatees during her paddle yesterday from McNally Park. And you might too, if you go paddling in that area. Please remember that it is illegal to harass manatees in any way. If a manatee (or any other wildlife) changes its behavior because of your presence, then you are probably closer to it than you should be. Let's all do our part to ensure that manatees and other wildlife continue to visit our area.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
1. We e-mail our monthly newsletter to anyone who requests it from Gene at email@example.com. Gene also snail-mails our newsletter to those members who request it. Contact Gene if you would like to receive a newsletter in either format.
2. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and also enjoy sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists (other than Gene's e-mail list). All you have to do to "join" our "club" is send Gene your e-mail address, show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.
3. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether or not the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision as to whether or not to participate in each event. The coordinator of the paddle should be able to assist with information on the expected paddle conditions. However, always remember that the weather and other conditions can, and quite often do, change both quickly and dramatically. (In other words, paddle at your own risk.)
4. It is always a good idea to contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. They can contact you with important information, such as trip cancellation, etc. Also, thanks to the paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect rubbish along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.
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Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek
A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. You get a map along with the permit that is worth more than the fee.
Request the Recreational Permit, which is the one for paddling. You can get the permit from one of the gates or by mail. Permits may be obtained from the Jackson Guard Office (Natural Resources Branch), located at Highway 85 North, Niceville FL 32578 (850) 882-4164. The mailing address is:
Eglin Natural Resources Branch
107 Highway 85 North
Niceville, FL 32578
For each permit requested, send a photocopy of either a driver's license or identification card which contains full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired. Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (though recent turn-arounds have been only a few days). Payments can be by personal check, money order, or cashiers check made payable to DFAS-LI Eglin AFB. Cash is not accepted.