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Save Bimini, There is Still Hope!

A Note from the President of Hell’s Bay Boatworks, Chris Peterson-
All, many of you may know what a special place Bimini is to me personally and my family.  The flats of Bimini are a wonderful place and home to everything including massive bonefish, permit, tarpon and a tremendous nursery for juvenile sharks.   It is a truly magical place that has been loved by so many from Earnest Hemingway to Martin Luther King Jr.  I feel the development on the north end has ruined not only the island culturally but it has been an ecological disaster.
And now they want to march onto the last wild place in Bimini, East Wells.
Below is information about what is happening and what has already happened. Sadly, I am not sure that the remaining wild ecosystem can be saved but it is worth an effort.  Any influence that you may have, any voice to help save what is left of wild Bimini would be appreciated.
Here is a great video about East Wells and the pleas from the Biminites to save Bimini, please watch.
Bimini Island in the Bahamas lies just 48 miles from Miami, Florida and is an ecological wonderland. But for the past 17 years, Bimini has faced serious environmental threat in the form of a US-owned development. Much of the Island’s mangrove forest has already been dredged out to build luxury homes, a casino and most recently, a Hilton hotel. Just to the east of the development lies East Wells, Bimini’s only remaining pocket of pristine habitat, but the development is growing and the latest marketing brochures advertise a golf course which will be the final blow to the people of Bimini and the ecosystem on which they depend. A new government has just been voted into power. This video is an appeal from the Biminites for the declaration of a marine protected area that will protect their environment.
For even more information on what has happened to Bimini, Click Here!

The CCA Trash Tour in Jacksonville was One to Remember!


The Trash Tour stop in Jacksonville, FL on June 10th was an overwhelming success. Hell’s Bay Boatworks teamed up again with the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida, and Swamp Head Brewery. Tons of trash was collected and everyone had a great time! Thanks to the over 80 volunteers that registered to help, we were able to clean up the waterways of Jacksonville.


The Coastal Conservation Association of Florida had two large dumpsters on site, and both of the dumpsters were filled with trash by the end of the cleanup. The most impressive part of the event was the volunteers! A couple traveled all the way from the Tampa Bay area to help make a difference in Jacksonville. Thanks to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, they had two officers cleaning up the waterway. A big shout out to the Jacksonville community, they did a fantastic job contributing their time and energy for this great cause – with and without boats.


The Jacksonville event was held at Jim King Park and Boat Ramp at Sisters Creek. This venue provided enough room for us to host a momentous eventWe are looking forward to the next Trash Tour stop in Steinhatchee, FL, on Saturday, August 26th. For more information or to register – click here.

Hell’s Bay Boatworks stands behind the Save Our Seas Act!

TITUSVILLE FL.— Hell’s Bay Boatworks today announced its endorsement of S. 756, the bipartisan Save Our Seas Act, which was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ.) The bill aims to strengthen research and international coordination of anti-debris efforts to protect America’s oceans, coastlines, and inland waterways. In addition to reauthorizing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA®) Marine Debris Program, the bill allows for additional funding to assist with debris cleanup, and encourages the executive branch to engage with the nations responsible for the majority of marine debris


“When we learned about the  Save Our Seas Act, we were eager to support it. It is estimated that by 2050 the plastic in our oceans will outweigh the fish and the time to act is now!” said  Chris Peterson, President of Hell’s Bay Boatworks. Keeping America’s oceans and waterways clean is very important, and we encourage everyone to send letters in support of this bill to your Congressmen, here is an easy link to let them know what you think. www.democracy.io      The Save Our Seas Act was unanimously passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee on April 5, 2017, and now awaits action on the Senate floor. It has also been endorsed by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Thom Tillis (R-NC.) Hell’s Bay Boatworks looks forward to the bill passing in the Senate!


You can help do your part and help Hell’s Bay Boatworks, Swamp Head Brewery and CCA Florida by participating in the Trash Tour 20017, see www.ccaflorida.org/media-events/cca-trash-tour.html for more information.


For more information on plastic in our oceans please check out the follow websites:



Congressman Brian Mast introduces Bill to Expedite Everglades Restoration Projects!

Hell’s Bay Boatworks Thanks Florida Congressman Brian Mast for Introduction of the Everglades FIRST Bill Expediting Everglades Restoration Projects


-Bill Co-Sponsors Include Six U.S. Representatives from Florida-

(TITUSVILLE, Fla.) –Hell’s Bay Boatworks praised the unveiling of a bill by U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18) that will expedite the federal timeline for the completion of reports required before Everglades restoration projects can move forward. Bill co-sponsors include U.S. Reps. Francis Rooney (FL-19), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Bill Posey (FL-8), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), John Rutherford (FL-4) and Claudia Tenney (NY-22). The press release announcing the federal legislation is shown below.

The Everglades FIRST (Flow Increases Rely on Storage and Treatment) Act instructs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate completion of required reports and construction for the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir, Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project, Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project and the Western Everglades Restoration Project.

“Congressman Mast has demonstrated impressive leadership for America’s Everglades and all Florida’s waters. The Everglades FIRST Act will help ensure Everglades restoration is a priority as it should be. Congressman Mast is proving in his first term to be a decisive leader on many issues that face our nation that need action now” said Hell’s Bay Boatworks President, Chris Peterson.

Congressman Brian Mast is in his first term representing the 18th Congressional District of Florida.  Prior to his election to Congress, Brian followed in his father’s footsteps by serving in the U.S. Army for more than 12 years, earning medals including The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal. While deployed in Afghanistan, he worked as a bomb disposal expert under the elite Joint Special Operations Command. The last improvised explosive device that he found resulted in catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs.

In Congress, Brian strives to serve as he did on the battlefield: without regard for personal gain or personal sacrifice. He is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where his priorities include fixing the pressing water quality issues stemming from Lake Okeechobee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee, where he uses his military expertise to help strengthen the safety and security of the United States.

Congressman Brian Mast


2017 CCA Florida Trash Tour – Titusville Stop

On April 22, The Coastal Conservation Association Florida ‘s Trash Tour stopped in Titusville, Florida, to clean up the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. CCA, Swamp Head Brewery and Hell’s Bay employee’s joined over 70 local volunteers to make a difference on Earth Day.

The event was based out of Parrish Park boat ramp, and it was the perfect location for everyone to start the day. Volunteers used skiffs, bay boats, canoes and even headed out on foot to pick up trash.

All the trash was returned to Parrish Park, where CCA staff loaded it all into giant dumpsters donated by Waste Pro. Thousands of pounds of trash were collected during the day! The event finished with Sonny’s BBQ, beer from Swamp Head Brewery, raffle prizes and an awards ceremony for the largest and most unique piece of trash. Check out this video from CCA Florida showcasing the event.

Thank you to all who came out to support the Swamp Head Brewery, Hell's Bay Boatworks, CCA Trash Tour on Saturday! With over 70 volunteers and thousands of pounds of trash collected, the event was a huge success! Click here to register for our Jacksonville tour stop on June 10th:https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edx6chp333b48725&oseq&c&ch

Posted by Coastal Conservation Association Florida on Thursday, April 27, 2017

This year’s event was a huge success, and we are looking forward to the next stop in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday,  June 10. For more information and to register for the Jacksonville Trash Tour stop – click here