Osprey Nokomis Florida Chamber of Commerce


September-October Member News


The ONCC is looking for Hosts and Sponsors for our upcoming Fall & Winter Monthly Meetings.

Breakfast Meeting Sponsors

Sponsors are for the Breakfast meetings. Because of the recent fire at Bentley’s they will be held in the Community Room at Historic Spanish Point except for the November Breakfast Meeting. We will be looking for a different location for that meeting. The sponsor supplies the breakfast items. There are usually 35-50 people for a breakfast meeting. Breakfast meetings are now held on the morning of the 1st Thursday of the month, except for September because of Labor Day. They start at 7:30 am and end at 9 am. This meeting is structured more like an actual meeting and the sponsor has 5-10 minutes to talk and spotlight their business. There is a screen available for a PowerPoint presentation but you will need to provide the projector and lap top or contact Bryan Guenter at Re/Max Platinum Realty to see if you can borrow his.

Mix & Mingle Hosts

Hosts are for Mix & Mingles. Often times it is at a restaurant but not always. We have had them at various member business too. The host supplies appetizers, only if the host is a restaurant, and we buy our own cocktails. If the host is not a restaurant, they supply appetizers and usually beer & wine. Mix & Mingles can range from 20 to 50 people. Sometimes it depends on the time of year. Mix & Mingles are in the evening, from 5:30 pm until 8 pm, now on the 3rd Thursday of the month again except for September. This meeting is more informal, like a social gathering. Networking is done and the host has the opportunity to “showcase” their facility or business and talk more in depth about what they do on a smaller, individual basis.

If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring an event please contact Tracey Viviano at trarikk@comcast.net or call # 941-928-7236.


Breakfast Mtg. 9/8 at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey: $5 Sign up for the Breakfast Meeting here!

Mix-N-Mingle 9/22 at Norma Jean’s Sports Bar & Grill in Osprey. Sign up for the ONCC Mix-N-Mingle here!


Breakfast Mtg. 10/6 at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey: $5

Mix-N-Mingle 10/20: TBD


August 23, 2016 |

Top Rated Osprey Restaurants


osprey-fl-restaurantsTop Ten Best Rated Osprey Restaurants

According to Trip Advisor’s Recent Reviews

There are many choices for dining in Osprey, FL and here are just a few:

Casey Key Fish House – 941-966-1901
801 Blackburn Point Rd, Osprey, FL 34229

Serving Seafood & Sandwiches
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Takes Reservations
Hours: Sun – Sat 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Rosebud’s – 941 918 8771
2215 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

lunch-dining-sandwichesServing Steak, Seafood, International and European Cuisine
Dinner, Late Night, Takes Reservations
Hours: Tue – Sun 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mad Moe’s- 941-966-970

106 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

American Cuisine, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night

Norma Jeans Sports Bar & Grill – 941-786-1834
1272 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

Serving Lunch and Dinner
Hours: Sun 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Mon – Thu 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Fri 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm


August 15, 2015 |

Casey Key Florida Information


casey key-florida-beachCasey Key is a narrow, secluded 8-mile-long barrier island located in Sarasota County, near the town of Nokomis and approximately 15 miles south of the city of Sarasota, Florida.

Casey Key is sandwiched between Sarasota Bay to its east and the Gulf of Mexico to its west. Less than 400 people are thought to live on the island, and there are no hotels or guest houses. All other parts of the beach are considered part of private estates.

Casey Key is a narrow 8 mile long barrier island in Southwest Sarasota County, Florida. The island is a conservation area and has several miles of unspoiled beaches, making it an ideal destination for a quiet, relaxing retreat. Located near Nokomis and about 10 miles south of Sarasota, and just North of Venice, Florida.

Getting to Casey Key

Two bridges connect Casey Key to the mainland, one at either end, and the north bridge — Blackburn Point Bridge — is one of only two swing bridges known to remain in the U.S. from the 1920s. The two roads that connect with Casey Key Road are Blackburn Point Rd to the North end and Albee Road West to the South.

Casey Key Road, which runs the length of the island, is canopied by massive old-growth subtropical vegetation, pines and oaks. And, you can catch a glimpse of huge mansion estates and a few remaining Florida Cracker beach homes along the Gulf. One estate is owned by author Stephen King, who drew inspiration for his novel Duma Key while staying here.


Beaches and Public Facilities

Access to the public beach area is available only near the southern tip of the island. Nokomis Beach is a large white sand beach, with Lyons Bay to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. It has a boat-launch ramp, boardwalk, pavillion with restroom/changing facilities, covered picnic areas and free parking. The town’s holds a drum circle event each week on Wednesday and Saturday from about 4pm to just after sundown.

At the southernmost point you’ll find the North Jetty Park beach and one of the best spots for surfing and snorkeling. The channel is a famous area for dolphin watching, and a resident pod often can be seen to the southeast of the jetty. The beaches are open daily and lifeguards are on duty during peak hours.

Wildlife Sanctuary

The Casey Key Conservation Act of 1970 designated the island as a marine and wildlife sanctuary. There are plenty of opportunities for bird-watching while biking or hiking as well as enjoying the island’s flora and fauna. Endangered sea turtles nest here and their nests are marked with stakes and orange tape. Endangered manatees also frequent the waterways here and visitors often spot dolphins swimming close to shore.


The Intracoastal Waterway is just to the east of Casey Key, which also offers opportunities for boating. Deep water boat docks are available on the bay side of the island. There are full- or half-day charters for boating in the bay and Intracoastal Waterway, with deck boats for parties of up to 10 people and pontoon boats for larger groups. Personal watercraft can be rented by people over age 18 and fees include wetsuits. Kayaking is another way to explore the area inlets and waterways, with both single- and two-rider craft available for rent.


The North Jetty Beach is a popular area for shore fishing, and many anglers also fish off the rocks around the Venice Inlet. Boat charters are available from the marina for deep-sea fishing in the Gulf. Fishing gear and bait are available from the North Jetty Fish Camp on the northern bank of the inlet.


Restaurants, cafes and bars are not allowed on Casey Key. However, their are several restaurants located at the west end of the north bridge and has 175 feet of deep-water dockage for patrons’ use.

Nearby Attractions

osprey-nokomis-florida-chamber-events-beach-attractions-15Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park is located on U.S. 41, two miles south of Osprey. A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida.

The park also protects scrubby and pine flatwoods that were once widespread throughout Sarasota County. Fifteen miles of trails through these beautiful natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing.

Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Freshwater and saltwater fishing are available along the creek. Anglers can fish along the shores of Lake Osprey, which is also the park´s swimming destination.

Picnic areas along South Creek are equipped with grills; pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has full-facility campsites and a youth/group campground.

The Oscar Scherer Park Nature Center also has exhibits and videos about the park´s natural communities.

Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point is a 30-acre archaeological and environmental museum in Osprey, Florida, located just across Little Sarasota Bay from the north end of Casey Key.

The facility boasts the world’s only museum exhibition built inside a prehistoric shell mound. There is also a collection of pioneer-era buildings, a butterfly garden, nature trails that wander throughout the landscaped gardens and native coastal habitats, and a long boardwalk that looks out over the bay.

June 16, 2015 |

Oscar Scherer State Park Earth Day Festival


oscar-scherer-park-celebrationCome celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park with live music, fun-filled activities for kids, environmental and informational booths, and more!

Each year, the Friends of Oscar Scherer State Park throw a party in honor of Earth Day.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Oscar Scherer State Park and the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc. are hosting the 26th Annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

This fun and family-oriented event will feature live music, food vendors, tram tours ($5 per person and free for youth under 6 years of age), information and craft booths, demonstrations, native plants for sale, a photo exhibit featuring local photographers, as well as activities for kids including a coloring contest and a puppet show!

You can make a difference by participating in the service project, this years’ service project will be focused on Lake Osprey restoration.

Additionally, the park’s normal entrance fees will be waived on this date in celebration of Earth Day.

oscar-scherer-park-fl-5For more information or to request ADA accessibility, please contact Oscar Scherer State by phone at (941) 483-5956 or by email at Cristy.Disbrow@dep.state.fl.us.

To learn more about Oscar Scherer State Park, please visit: www.floridastateparks.org.

To learn more about the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc., please visit: www.friendsofoscarscherer.com.

Oscar Scherer State Park Essential Eligibility Criteria

Earth Day Festival

In order to participate in this event, one:

Oscar Scherer State Park: Florida Hiking & Biking Trails

  • Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for up to 6 hours or for the duration of your stay
  • Must have the ability to traverse uneven and unstable terrain independently or with the assistance of a companion or mobility device for at least 100 fee

Tram Tour

In order to participate in this program, one:

Oscar Scherer State Park: Big Lake in Nokomis

  • Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the tram independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment. The angle of the tram ramp is less than 30 degrees.
  • Must have the ability to withstand the exposure to the outdoors for up to 1.5 hours.
  • Must have the ability to remain seated, maneuver, and balance independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment for up to 1.5 hours


April 6, 2015 |

The Wine, Cheese, Jazz and After Expo Mingle


wine-cheese-jazz-eventThe Wine, Cheese, Jazz and After Expo Mingle at Bentley’s Boutique Hotel in Osprey will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

It will follow the 2015 Consumer Business Expo Event. Admission to the Day-Time Expo is free.

The Wine, Cheese, Jazz and After Expo Mingle will feature various wine and craft beer tastings, paired with hors d’oevres from some of our best local restaurants as well as varieties of Wisconsin Cheese.

Entertainment by Jazz Pianist, Bob Teesdale

Meet and Greet Our Expo Speakers, Authors and Guests:

Former White House Chef, John Moeller-

Chef John Moeller is a member of an elite corps of chefs, those who have served in the White House preparing très soigné cuisine for Presidents, First Families, and their guests, including visiting Heads of State.

Chef Moeller will be talking about cooking at the White House, his signature style of cuisine and how to take advantage of fresh seasonal produce at 4 pm.  His Dining in the White House book will be available for purchase and autographing.

Woman’s Business Consultant, Gayle Carson-

Dr. Gayle Carson is an expert adviser to CEO’s and entrepreneurial managers around the world. She is the consultant that major media such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and in the WSJ, USA Today, Newsweek turns to on business, communication and service issues.

Dr. Gayle will be presenting a 1 hour seminar at 1 pm called “No Drama in Business” which includes a free book to attendees. She will also be doing a breakout session after the main seminar called “How to Give Your Business a Mini-Makeover”

2-Time Olympic Coach, Nicholas Romanov, Ph.D.-

2-time Olympic Coach, author, developer of the Pose Method®, and world-renowned sports scientist Nicholas Romanov, Ph.D.

The Pose Method® has been utilized at an institutional level with large organizations including the United States Military, CrossFit, and professional sports programs including the National Triathlon teams of Great Britain, United States, Mexico and Russia. Dr. Romanov also works with medical professionals including physical therapists, podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons. He travels around the world conducting research, consulting professional sports organizations, and as a motivational speaker.

Dr. Romanov will be presenting “The Running Revolution” at 12noon / 3 pm His book by the same name will be available for purchase and autographing after the presentation.

Journalist, Lynn Wadell-

Has covered major news stories for national publications and written several books. Lynn writes for National travel magazines. Lynn Waddell will be a guest speaker and book signer.

Business Consultant: Ken Countess-

Ken Countess is the award‐winning marketer and an internationally recognized, accredited expert on Email and Social Media Marketing.  He has educated audiences on successful use of email marketing and social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to build their business or non‐profit.  He has created successful marketing and sales growth strategies for Fortune 100 companies such as Motorola, Marriott and Caremark.
Ken will be presenting a seminar on Social Media 101 + Linkedin for Business at 2 pm.

Tickets to the Evening Wine/ Beer & Food Festival are as follows:

  • (ONCC members) $25 each. Advance Purchase Only. Tickets on Sale at Bentley’s Boutique Hotel and Dana’s Gourmet Market in Osprey until March 27th.
  • (non-members) $30 each. Available at the door or, Maryanne Bolduc @ Total Therapy Solutions in the Blackburn Point Plaza is selling tickets for the Evening Wine/Beer & Food Festival on behalf of the Venice Relay For Life. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s volunteer driven fundraiser. For every ticket sold here, the Venice Relay For Life will receive $10 towards the fight against cancer!

Tickets to the Wine/Beer & Food Festival will be available at the door for ONCC members and non-members for $30.00.

Event Benefits: Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department, American Cancer Society, Instride Therapy and Habitat for Humanity

March 2, 2015 |

Norma Martin, a Woman of Substance


Celebrating Norma Martin’s 100th Birthday

Norma Martin

It was clear from our first meeting nearly 6 years ago that Norma was a Woman of Substance.

Bentley’s Hotel had just completed it’s first phase of a 5 year refurbishment program and was hosting an open evening for locals to see what all the fuss was about. Norma of course attended and from that moment on has been in our lives as a dear friend and business acquaintance ever since.

Norma reminds us so much of the time we worked with the Royal Household, she has a similar presence of character when she walks into a room to that of Her Majesty herself and we were comforted in that memory from the first time we had the pleasure of meeting with her.

It was very clear to us from the offset that this lady is indeed a fountain of knowledge that only the annuls of time will allow a person to absorb. Rarely does such a wise person retain the kindness of heart and tenderness of soul that Norma exudes in such abundance.

It came as little surprise to any of us when requesting volunteers to help start a Chamber of Commerce in our sleepy hollow of Osprey and Nokomis 3 years ago, that Norma would indeed throw herself into this business community venture. In doing so Norma promptly held court and offered a wealth of information as both she and Jack, her belated husband had been involved in the original Chambers way back in the 50’s and 60’s.


Osprey Nokomis Chamber hosts special Birthday party for Norma at Bentley’s Hotel.

Norma is indeed a dear friend to all that know her and she has the ability to light up a room simply by standing in it. She is a fabulous lady with a heart of gold but do not be fooled, beneath the surface of this beautiful Centurion is indeed a business woman that can still represent you and ensure that your house purchase will complete in a timely and professional manner.

Norma you kindly opened your arms and greeted us with love, friendship and generosity of spirit when at first we landed at the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in our hotel adventure here at Bentley’s.

Norma's radiance lights up the room!

Norma’s radiance lights up the room!

You have talked us through the hard times and encouraged us with your wealth of knowledge throughout , as a business owner in the area I speak for us all when I say thank you for all that you are and all that you have done for our community.

You truly are our Lady Norma Martin of Vamo,  Opsrey and Nokomis.

Congratulations on your 100th Year and may you have many more birthday celebrations in the years to come.

We really do all love you Norma, God Bless…” Forever Young” Norma Martin.

Rod Thomas

ONCC President

Sarasota Observer Article about Norma

January 10, 2015 |

Oscar Scherer State Park Video Tour


Hello, I’m Tony Clements, park manager of Oscar Scherer State Park.

On behalf of the Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Parks Service, and Oscar Scherer State Park, we are welcoming you here today. Let’s explore!

When you come to Oscar Scherer State Park, your adventure starts at the ranger station. There you can find out what we have to offer at the park. We have about fifteen miles of  hiking and biking trails, 104 campsites, a freshwater lake for swimming, several picnic areas, and 1,400 miles to explore within the park. Your adventure begins at the ranger station.

In 1955, Elsa Scherer Boroughs, donated 460 acres to the state to become a park, In 1956, the park was open to the public. At that time it was only 460 acres. Then in 1991, we added another 922 acres: part of the Mary Thaxton Preserve.

As you can see, Oscar Scherer is the type of place that you can go to get away and recharge your batteries. We also have canoes and kayaks available for rent here.

oscar-scherer-park-fl-13Oscar Scherer State Park is located at 1843 South Tamiami Trail, within Sarasota county, right on the border of the towns Osprey and Nokomis.

I like to say it’s close to it all but a thousand miles away because when you’re in here, it definitely feels like you’re a thousand miles away from everything else.

Our first stop within the park is going to be at south creek picnic area. At this location it’s nice and shady, lots of oaks. You can come, have family reunions or picnics. This is also where our canoe rentals start.

Two of our recreational trails begin here at south creek. The first one I’d like to tell you about is the Lester Finley Trail. Lester Finley Trail was the first barrier free trail in the state of Florida. What we mean by barrier free is that people of all kinds can use this trail: whether you’re in a wheelchair, whether you’re blind or have hearing impairment, you can use this trail. It meanders aout a half a mile along the creek. It’s a nice shaded trail. You get a good chance to maybe see some osprey, king fisher, or maybe an otter swimming by.

We are out here on the Lester Finley Trail and this is one of the great stops along the trail: it’s one of our fishing docks. And right here that runs through the park about a mile and a half is an estuary called south creek. It’s great for fishing. There’s snook, red fish, and sheephead, so if you like to fish it’s a great place to come.

osprey-nokomis-fl-oscar-scherer-park1.pngWe also have two freshwater lakes in the park. One of them you can actually swim in.

The great recreational opportunity we have here at Oscar Scherer State Park is canoeing and kayaking. We have about a mile and a half of canoeable waters within the creek along this flat, easy estuary that runs along this park.

The wonderful things about here is that if you fell out of the canoe, all you need to do is stand up. The water is typically about four feet deep, that’s all. If you’ve never gone canoeing or kayaking before, Oscar Scherer State Park is a great place to come to start your adventure.

We offer Wednesday guided canoe trips at eight in the morning and also night paddles during the season. You can call (941)-483-5956 to get a more information.

The Florida Parks Service goes out of its way to provide access to all: to allow those in wheelchairs or to those who might have a hearing impairment, or whatever the disability is, the opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and recreate.

One of the things that we offer here at Oscar Scherer State Park is a new launch. This allows those that use wheelchairs to get down and get in and out of a kayak or canoe safely. Oscar Scherer State Park is one of the best state parks in Florida.

Oscar Scherer State Park | Nokomis, FL CampingWe’re here at south creek picnic area, nestled among these beautiful oak trees. It’s the perfect place to come relax with your family. If you’re looking to plan a family reunion, a child’s birthday party, Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, Florida is a great place to come. We provide the pavilions to be rented, grills and you can get out on the water and canoe. There’s a lot to do here at Oscar Scherer.

Welcome to site 86 at one of the best campgrounds in the whole state of Florida. Our campground is nestled in among the oak hammocks so it’s a nice shady spot, but it still gives you the opportunity to stare up at the stars at night. If you’ve never camped before or if you are a seasonal camper, Oscar Scherer State Park is a perfect place to come. We provide you with a grill, a picnic table, water and electricity: all you need to provide is a good time. I’ll guarantee you’ll have one here at Oscar Scherer State Park.

The nature center is typically manned by volunteers throughout the year, and it’s open typically from 9AM-3PM every day. So if you come in here you can learn a little bit about the park’s history. You can also learn about all of the trails that we have in the parks, and you can also learn about the activities that we have to offer here.

Oscar Scherer State Park is in the process of updating its nature center. One of the things we like to showcase here at the park is how time has changed the park. Back in the 60’s, the park didn’t have any development around it, but now you come all the way back to the picture of 2007, and we’re almost completely surrounded by development, so it’s really important that we do what we can to protect those green spaces and corridors to connect the park to other green spaces within Sarasota county.

Oscar Scherer State Park | Nokomis, FL Trail BridgeLake Osprey picnic area also showcases the only freshwater swimming lake in Sarasota county. So if there is red tide at the beach, Oscar Scherer State Park is a perfect place to come and get your feet wet and take the kids swimming in our lake. It’s about a five acre swimming lake. We’ve got a swimming area and a beach area; and we’re also in the process of restoring some of the native habitat around its boundaries.

The Legacy Trail runs right through Oscar Scherer State Park. The Legacy Trail goes all the way from Venice, Florida, all the way to Sarasota, Florida. And Oscar Scherer State Park is right in the middle in Osprey, Florida. If you enjoy a leisurely bike ride or walking a trail, the Legacy Trail is the perfect place to do it. Come on out and try it for yourself: you’ll enjoy it.

We also have a great youth camp here at Oscar Scherer State Park. In fact, we just moved it from where we were to our new location which is nice and shady and oaky, so it’s a perfect place to bring a church group or a volunteer group, scout group out to enjoy a weekend. There’s over 1400 acres here at Oscar Scherer State Park to explore. Come on out and check it out. You’ll enjoy your day.

When you’re looking for the very best in Florida hiking, biking, canoeing, recreation camping, Oscar Scherer State Park, located in Osprey, Florida is your best bet.

Thank you for riding along with us today and we hope to see you back out here at Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota county very soon. We’ll see you next time.

December 15, 2013 |

Ain’t Love Grand


osprey-nokomis-florida-chamber-new-logoRarely do I get the time to think about writing, most of the time I find myself in a quandary because my deadline has passed and honestly I am not sure what to write about.

Tonight however, it is different. I have “one already in the bag” as they say in the movies and now I have time on my hands.

Kimmie is in bed with a sore neck, the dog is beside her and the cat lying over her head so she is in good hands and paws.

Myself, well that’s another story! My brain is ticking and bedtime is at least 2 hours away at this moment in time. Now I have a moment to reflect and put pen to paper once more without interruption or deadlines to meet.

I have met some very clever people in my time, writers, musicians, business owners and developers. Some have become great pals yet others do not truly light my fire. My great friend of yesteryear that actually is no longer on my Christmas Cards list once told me that; If I reach for the stars and only get to the moon I would have achieved greatness, If I reached for the clouds and didn’t make it, then I would have failed miserably and achieved nothing. Richard was trying to tell me to reach high, touch the sky.

His words stuck with me for all of these years yet I never truly appreciated what he was trying to tell me. The truth of the matter is that I have watched many families over the years and it is not money nor is it business success that makes for a happy family. LOVE makes for a happy family and LOVE makes for a happy life.

To find love when your pockets are bare and life is a struggle just to make ends meet is a gift. For those of you out there that; smile because you love your partner, despite the crusade to keep your heads above water. I salute you.

For those that just grin and bare it, simply because the money and lifestyle has sucked you in, Wow if only you knew what you were missing.

Love is the very reason, in my opinion that we exist. It is love that separates us from any other planetary species. Without the love of our spouse, family friends or God, you truly might as well not exist.

Life is not about driving a big flashy car, living it large in a flashy mansion, showing off to people that really could not care less. I really like nice things and have owned many in my time but if you are asking me what I have learned over the last 50 years, it is that love really is the only glorious feeling that lets me wake up every day smiling and allows me the chance to turn off to the day to day difficulties that pop up from time to time. The love for my family, friends and my God is what makes me truly tick. How about you lot?

Love hurts sometimes, but the lack of it is more painful than any man or woman should endure.

Your Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce, where you are never far away from a friend. Now that’s what I call magical.

Love it! Live It, Join It: www.ospreynokomischamber.com Never regret it!!!

Don’t forget to tune in to www.radioearnetwork.com Chamber Chat every Thursday 3:00 PM or Sunday at 10:00PM where you are the STARS!!!!

If you would like an interview with Kim and Rod I order to showcase your business, hobby or even life story, please call: Rod Thomas 941-266-6462

This really is an experience you will enjoy and help benefit your business.

Have a great week Shipmates.

December 1, 2013 |

Fun at Nokomis Beach Drum Circle


nokomis-beach-drum-circle-2013Belly Fit Fun at Nokomis Beach Drum Circle Event

by Jeannie Bloomfield

Whether you’re a local resident who’s lived in the area for awhile, or a snowbird that’s here for a short visit, you can have a fun experience in a special part of old Florida.

It’s a local tradition that may be the largest circle events of its kind on Florida’s West Coast. You’ll find it at the Nokomis Beach Drum Circle.

The drum circle has been around for decades, yet each circle event is different depending on the time of year and the weather.

People come from all over the world, and the gathering can range anywhere from a handful of people to a crowd numbering in the thousands. It’s an experience that takes you in as the drummers pound out the beat for belly dancers in costume and colorful characters dressed in beach garb. Kids of all ages step out into the circle to have fun and play. It’s people watching at its best!

It’s different watching a sun set when it happens during a drum circle event. It’s a special time to share with family and friends or claim for yourself. It’s simple! All you have to do is pack a picnic, bring a blanket or beach chairs and find a place to sit around the circle. If you want to play in the spirit of fun, bring a drum or tambourine – no experience necessary. Or you may want to get up and move around while you feel the beat of the scene. And maybe- if you can just get over yourself- you might even have the courage to step out into the circle. Whatever you choose to do…the drum circle is easy going- and it’s just plain wonderful!

The drum circle is a fun time for everyone and it shows! You can see for yourself…because wherever you look- whether you’re watching the sun set, or enjoying the scene as the moon and the stars come out- there’s lots of smiles. It’s exhilarating to be out in nature playing in the sand close to the water. The scene at Nokomis Beach Drum Circle is an experience that makes special memories that feel good!

nokomis-beach-drum-circle-belly-dancer-jeannieGive yourself the gift of enjoying the good things in life that feed the soul! Join us at the beach and watch the sunset while you have a little fun moving around the circle. If you step into it, you might discover a whole new side to yourself as you dance like there’s’ no tomorrow! I did- and it changed my life in the best of ways! I can show you how with Belly Fit Fun! So come down to Nokomis Beach and say hello! It all happens every Wednesday and Saturday a few hours before dusk. You can find me dancing at the beach or flying around watching the sunset with a big smile on my face! It’s just fun-and it doesn’t cost a thing!

Nokomis Beach is a public beach located at 100 Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, Florida, 34275, located off US 41, take Albee Road West, over the Nokomis Beach Bridge to where the road ends at the beach. For more information see NokomisBeachDrumCircle.com or OspreyNokomisChamber.com.

Jeannie Bloomfield, President of Shwayed® Inc., Founder of Intentional Interiors®, creator of the Shwayed® Way and Break Free! system for living your dreams, by sharing a mastery of feng shui design artistry for thousands of people at work and play. Bloomfield’s expertise on lifestyle design as a speaker, writer, and consultant for vital well-being shares her skills as entertainer: Jeannie The Genie, instructor of Belly Fit Fun belly dance and costume creator and Tuit® accessories. 

See Jeannie Bloomfield on YouTube. Coming soon: www.JeannieBloomfield.com and Break Free! Keys to Turn the Table and Transform Your Life, Contact Jeannie at: (941) 284-7344


November 26, 2013 |

Nokomis Beach Duck Event October 2013


nokomis-beach-event-duck-race-oct-2013Rubber Duckie’s at Nokomis Beach Event

If you ever wondered what it was like to be a member of a village community then this last Saturday would have been your opportunity to experience it.

Only a village spirit could entertain the idea that a rubber duck race would be so much fun! The time was 11:00 AM on a Saturday morning; the Freedom Boat Club Duck Launcher was throttled back, sweat pouring from the brows of the nervous onlookers and duck sponsors.

The princely sum of one thousand dollars was at stake for the first duck to land on the shore of our beloved beach.

Our intrepid management team comprising of Dana Chase and Chris Stevens were quivering in their flip flops as they discussed the flat glassy seas and still mid- morning air. Liquor had not touched their lips which did not help our Quacked Crusaders.


Rubber Duckies Racing to the shore of Nokomis Beach

To whoops and cheers the ducks gathered in a pod as if frightened to move, this was the first time they had tasted freedom and it was clearly too much for the frightened little duckies to comprehend. “Let’s stick together and do nothing”! exclaimed the leader, maybe if we sit still no one will realize we are here!

At least that’s what I think was being said in rubber duckie language”.

20 minutes passed and not a duck had broken from the gaggle. Freedom made several passes with the powerful blades of the twin engines and then there was a panic in the air. Slowly the ducks separated and Chris our hero launched into the water to encourage our little yellow friends to swim toward the beach.


Event attendees waiting to see who will be the lucky winners

It was now 45 minutes into our duckie ordeal and the closing stages of this spectacular was nearing it’s finale. The onlookers were dancing to the sounds from DJ Harry’s Sound System and “The Rubber Duckie” song from the sensational Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Jim would be proud that his anthem was indeed exploding into the Gulf of Mexico heralding the winners of the first ever extraordinary event unfolding before our very eyes.

The Osprey Nokomis Chamber Crew were on the beach screaming and fainting as the hot morning sun and extraordinary excitement was simply too much to bare.



3rd Place Duck Race Winner: Brian Guentner with his family

Children standing on the water’s edge were waving encouragement with their parents singing along to the words:

When I squeeze you, you make noise

Rubber Duckie

You’re my best friend it’s true.


A scream could be heard as far away as Sarasota and our first duck was plucked to safety, followed swiftly by the runner’s up.

1st Place: Retired USAF Col. Lenny & Dorothy Nolan

2nd Place: Jack Gang with the number “69” (Why did you pick that one Jack)?

3rd Place: Bryan (Remax) Guentner proving that money really does go to money!!! LOLO

Never had Nokomis Beach seen this much excitement, not since Aunt Mildred lost her engagement ring in the warm Gulf Waters, had the beach witnessed such an intense spectacle. Only now can we reflect on the fact that “Never in the field of Rubber Duck Races was so much owed by so many to so few”

Habitat for Humanity will benefit from the trepidation of the Chamber Crew and our new found yellow friends, courtesy of the Venice Rotary Club. Until next year everyone.


Expert Orange Hunter

It pays to be Quackers… Just ask the winners!!!

As if the excitement of 1000 yellow duckies racing toward the beach was not enough, the fun continued into the afternoon as 13 oranges strategically buried in the warm sands were un-earthed by Orange Hunters who had trained for many years to sniff out the citric essence that can only be found on the skin of the Fabulous Florida Orange. Each Orange holding an un-earthly value of $25.00 donated by the Osprey Nokomis vendors that have worked and saved all year with one purpose. To Sponsor the Fabulous Fruity Florida Fantasy Fun Fruit Finding Finale Favorite . To you all I salute you. All 13 Oranges were unearthed which, given all of the training our competitors had gone through was no great surprise.

Our sand castle competition, second only to the great Siesta Key extravaganza was also well received, so great were the castles, that everyone who entered won a tub of Bentley’s Ice Cream. Great Job Kids!


Musician, George De Jong

Let the Music Play On: Our very own local Super Star, George DeJong of Hermans Hermits fame along with the Florida Frets and very special appearance from upcoming legend Cameron with oh so many more local and very talented musicians played to the excited masses. Crowd control was a problem, however the Osprey Nokomis Security Team (Dana Chase, Chris Stevens and Tony Bartlett with a little help from Bryan Guentner kept the masses from swarming the stage) Great Job Security Unlimited! This Team of Professional, Special Forces Trained personnel will be available for children’s parties and come highly recommended. Call in to Butcher’s Gourmet, Southbay Hair Studio, Remax Platinum or Bentley’s Ice Cream for further information.

Special Guest all the way from London, Executive Chef Sir Rodney Thomas (That’s Me)!! And the very talented Su Chef, Cathy of Legendary Journey’s kept the food coming “Hot and Steamy”. A plethora of wonderful people from, Remax, Venetian Coffee, Total Therapy Solutions, Southbay Hair Studio, Silent Sports, First America Bank, Bentley’s Hotel, Freedom Boat Club, PS Printing Inc, Pepperidge Farms, Rotary Club, Walmart, Observer Media Group and our Major Sponsor “The Gondolier Sun” (Where did you go)? Ensured that the event was run like a “well oiled machine” by keeping the flow of beer, and laughter constant. Trust me we were well oiled by the end!

This wasn’t just any event, this was THE NOKOMIS BEACH EVENT of 2013.


Executive Chef, Rod Thomas

If you by chance missed The Spectacular Rubber Duckie Race of 2013 and are suffering from depression because you will have to wait until next year, please contact our HELPLINE (941) 266-6462 Our very own trained professional will be on hand to help you through your grief at this time.

Our thoughts go out to Mona who in the last moments of sticking numbers on our duckie friends, put her back out and was unable to attend. Mona and Red, what can we say, Once again you put duty and responsibility ahead of fun, food and frolics. You paid the ultimate price for which we salute you.

Despite you not being there in body, you were both there in spirit and I drank your beer for you my friends. Until next year!

Click on the video “PLAY” button to watch all the fun at the Nokomis Beach Duck Race Event LIVE!


Sandcastle Contest was fun for all ages!

Thank you all so very much for participating in the October 2013 Nokomis Beach Event and here’s to 2014 when once again we will be pitting the very best against the very best.

A technical write up is to follow so keep your eyes peeled and check out www.radioearnetwork.com (Chamber Chat) to hear and learn so much more.

In the meantime have a fabulous week from all of us at The Osprey Nokomis Chamber, especially me (Rod and my dearly beloved Kimmie) Quack! Quack!

October 20, 2013 |

Wake Up Osprey Nokomis : A Message…


osprey-nokomis-florida-chamber-new-logoWake Up I have Just found the ideal job for everyone that gets pulled from pillar to post!

Hello fellow Noskomians (Osprey Nokomis people)

Living in the hotel and dealing with every day issues is very rewarding. (To a point!)

Imagine that you have 150 toilets, 150 children, 150 bathrooms, and 150 customers along with 50 members of staff, 7 days a week. Now remember that we are living in sunny Florida?

What has this all got to do with me I ask? And I know you are asking!!

The fact is , that if you think running a family is tough, think again! I invite you to run and operate “An Hotel;” !

Bloody hell this was so much more than I had anticipated.

However my fellow chamber colleagues and yes you too John and Crew at Lowes!

I have the perfect solution:

Looking into the depths of our pool, I noticed some black spots. A quick trip to Pinch a Penny followed by a brief discussion with my old British Mate Geoff (Who promised to join the Chamber, but as of now still has not offered his money) I am assured that a little elbow grease with a stainless brush followed by a quick scrub of a chlorine block will eliminate the issue.

Of course the pool we speak of holds in excess of 40,000 gallons and this means that the scrubbing will entail total submersion and probably 2 tanks of oxygen .

Leaving my mobile to one side and adorning my diving gear was somewhat liberating. 4 hours later I rise to the surface having scrubbed that pool from shallow to deep, and I have to tell you; “This was MY most pleasant job in the history of Bentley’s”:

My phone was switched off there were no dire emergencies and I did not have to listen to the ridiculous prattling’s and inter departmental struggles that only belong in an hotel.

For 4 hours I was immersed in a silent exuberance of floatation luxury, armed only with a stainless scrubbing brush and a ring of solidified chlorine.

No noise, no grief, no band trying to book an event, no broken toilet, stuck safe, warm fridge, hot corridor, faulty light. Failed coffee machine, no ice, gecko running across the floor, she said, he said, burned toast, raccoon in bin, noisy neighbors, wet bed, blocked toilet. The list is endless and I have only scratched the surface.,

Do I enjoy diving.. Too bloody right I do and now more than ever. It Is the one time I can be free from the woes of this lovely business they call (Hospitality) indeed I believe that the description is in fact a wise one. Hospitality

Anyone who imagines hospitality is anything short of a trip to the hospital for exhaustion or mental illness is sadly mistaken.

Unless you have diving gear and are prepared to dive and scrub the pool for a couple of hours or more a week, then I would strongly recommend that you look for alternative career.

I was a great technology ombudsman, why oh why did I feel the need for a change in career at 55 yrs old? Do I regret it? Hell Yeah! Would I turn the clocks back? (and lose you lot)! Hell NO!

I Love my job, it’s just the job that I have trouble with!!

Thank God for Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce, without you lovely people I would be lost in space.

I Love Osprey, I Love Nokomis but most of all I love the people that live and work here.

Cheers shipmates


September 24, 2013 |
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