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Bugfest By The Sea...fifth annual!!!

Discussion in 'Florida' started by DebbyDiver, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I am soooo excited!!! I'm headed up to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea again for lobster mini-season and the fabulous Bugfest By The Sea!!!

    Here's a little video about Bugfest.



    The Town of Lauderdale‐By‐The‐Sea, Fla., once described as a "cozy little drinking town with a diving problem," will once again host BugFest‐By‐The‐Sea, a week‐long series of fun events for divers centered around Florida’s annual lobster mini‐season. BugFest will be held July 26‐July 30, 2016. Florida's 2016 mini‐season is July 27 and 28.

    Sponsored by Reef Safe sun care products, BugFest is giving away $20,000 in cash, dive equipment, dive trips and other prizes.

    This year's top raffle prize is a 4‐day, 4‐night dive trip with UNEXSO in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, courtesy of Reef Safe. The trip includes unlimited diving and a 4‐night stay at the Pelican Bay Hotel. UNEXSO is well known for its fabulous dolphin and shark diving encounters. Divers receive one raffle ticket for registering and for each lobster they catch. Ten lucky scuba divers will also go home with Swiss Legend dive watches!

    Now in its fifth year, BugFest includes the following events:

    ‐ The Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest! Divers can win cash for both the biggest lobster caught off a boat, and the biggest lobster caught on a beach dive off Lauderdale‐By‐The‐Sea. The $20 contest registration fee includes a free BugFest 2016 T‐shirt and Goody Bag. The contest fee is refundable if divers stay in a Lauderdale‐By‐The‐Sea hotel!

    There also are dive gear prizes for the biggest bug caught on the AquaView and Black Pearl morning charter boat dives on July 27. AquaView and Black Pearl are owned by South Florida Diving Headquarters, a Pompano Beach dive charter company. SFDH owner Jeff Torode is a member of the BugFest‐By‐The‐Sea event planning committee.

    ‐ A wreck diving workshop with John Chatterton (Shadow Divers & Pirate Hunters).
    ‐ A beach walk to support shark conservation.
    ‐ Free underwater photo and video contests!
    ‐ A BugFest Mini‐Season Party & Chef Competition on Thursday, July 28.
    ‐ A pier clean‐up on Saturday, July 30.

    BugFest sponsors and supporters include Reef Safe, UNEXSO, Gold Coast Scuba, Aruba Beach Café, South Florida Diving Headquarters, Sea Experience, Reef Photo, Windjammer Resort, Beachside Village Resort, Driftwood Inn, By The Sea Realty, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, Swiss Legend, ScubaNationTV, ScubaRadio and the Chamber of Commerce.

    BugFest is also honored to be supporting Divers Alert Network this year. A DAN seminar on mini‐season safety is scheduled for 6PM on Saturday, July 23 in Jarvis Hall, 4505 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale‐By‐The‐Sea. DAN also plans to survey mini‐season divers this summer to determine how the annual number of mini‐season deaths in Florida can be lowered.

    With a reef just 100 yards offshore, Lauderdale‐By‐The‐Sea is Florida's Beach Diving Capital. The Town was recognized by the Florida Legislature in 2015 for its efforts to promote diving and the wreck of SS Copenhagen, a state underwater archaeological preserve off the Town that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    For more info, call 954‐640‐4209. The BugFest Web site is www.bugfestbythesea.com
     
  2. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    YUM!

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  3. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

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    Sounds like fun! Dive careful and be aware of the Captain Morgan and Ensign Budweisers out on the water.
     
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  4. DMDavid

    DMDavid Divemaster

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    Is Bugfest anything like the old Oceanfest that they used to have there?
    Are there any vendors, dive equipment manufacturers or is it all about lobster hunting?
     
  5. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It's all about lobsters, the environment, photography, cooking contest, etc. And live music and parties! There will be prizes donated by the equipment manufacturers, but this is not a trade show. Come on down! Huge bugs right off the beach.
     
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  6. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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  7. iamrushman

    iamrushman Contributor

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    DebbyDiver.......Glad to see you putting the information out there....i will participate again this year, just for the goody bag that is usually worth more than the entry fee and perhaps win a prize. (smile) (grin)
     
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  8. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I hope you win a prize!! And gosh, even the t-shirts are worth the price of admission. :)
     
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  9. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Here's an amazing video by ScubaNation about Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, the beach diving capital of Florida...but I say of the continental USA!!!

     
  10. iamrushman

    iamrushman Contributor

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    very cool....thanks for sharing.
     
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