Staff Report

Saturday, October 17 marks the return of the USCG Auxiliary’s Boating and Nautical Flea Market in the parking lot at Lands End Marina and Circle’s Restaurant, located at 1220 Apollo Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. The eighth annual Flea Market will take place from 7:30 a.m.-12 Noon.

Every year this unique event draws more and more vendors and attendees. Last year over 40 vendors and nearly 1,000 attendees participated and found bargains ranging from fishing rods to electronic equipment to inflatable boats and everything in between.

Got boat stuff? Need boat stuff? This is a proven opportunity for both sellers and savvy buyers. According to Public Affairs Representative and Certified Vessel Examiner for USCGAUX Flotilla 75 in Ruskin, Kevin T. Buckley, “Not only are there bargains galore, but the benefits will help to fund the public education programs of the Apollo Beach Flotilla 75 of the Auxiliary. So far this year, the local Flotilla has graduated well over 1,000 individuals in various safe boating classes, many of them children.”

Coast Guard Auxiliarists will be on hand to answer questions, offer advice and provide brochures and information on Tampa Bay fishing and boating. There will be drinks and refreshments available as well as loads of door prizes.

Sellers of marine or fishing items who are interested in renting a table should contact Coxswain Pat Stone at 651-1763. In years past, participating vendors have called this event their most successful of the year.

Lands End Marina is a full service marina with 105 wet slips, fuel dock, service and parts department, Mercury and Yamaha certified mechanics and over 100 high and dry boat storage. Lands End Marina is located next door to Circles Restaurant on Apollo Beach Blvd. and invites the community to join in this boating and fishing supplies extravaganza.

For more information on the USCGAUX Flotilla 75 in Ruskin, visit www.flotilla75.org.