From hourly deck-hand to fleet owner: Seelig remains moored to life-long passion

 From hourly deck-hand to fleet owner: Seelig remains moored to life-long passion

     It is not unusual for college students, even those nearing graduation, to admit they haven’t settled on a career path.  And, of course, few high school students have a clue about their future plans.

        For Kevin Seelig, attending summer camp at age 10 was all he needed to determine his life’s course.  

       “I attended summer camp in Coconut Grove (Fla.), not far from where I grew up” Seelig said.  “The campers had a chance to regularly go out on the water. I quickly became attracted to anything that involved boating.”

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Ride in the Downtown Jacksonville Light Boat Parade aboard the Jacksonville Water Taxi

Ride in the Downtown Jacksonville Light Boat Parade aboard the Jacksonville Water Taxi

Jacksonville, Fla., November 13, 2015 – Lisa “The Boatanista” Almeida, co-owner of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville and St. Augustine, is pleased to announce this year everyone has the opportunity to ride on a boat in the Downtown Jacksonville Light Boat Parade. Almeida, a member of the parade committee, approached the owners of the Jacksonville Water Taxi and convinced them to participate.

 

“This is such an exciting opportunity for anyone to get a front row seat to an amazing and fun event in Downtown Jacksonville,” said Almeida. “Not only will you get to be a part of the event, but you will be treated to hot chocolate and snacks along the way and finish with a front row seat at the Jacksonville Landing to watch the one and only Fireworks Waterfalls.”

 

Freedom Boat Club earns top honors in 2015 Best of St. Augustine Award

Freedom Boat Club earns top honors in 2015 Best of St. Augustine Award

        ST. AUGUSTINE  – The local affiliate of the Freedom Boat Club, based at the Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, has earned honors in the 2015 Best of St. Augustine Award.

      Freedom Boat Club, the nation’s oldest and largest boating club, was selected as St. Augustine’s best Boat Rental & Charter provider. Each year, the St. Augustine Award Program identifies top local companies “that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the St. Augustine area a great place to live, work and play.”

Freedom Boat Club hosts Boat for Hope to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness

Freedom Boat Club hosts Boat for Hope to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness

 

Jacksonville, Fla., October 19, 2015 – Freedom Boat Club will be hosting Boat for Hope on October 24 and October 25 at Julington Creek Marina. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be a $5 cover charge and guests will be treated to free boat rides and refreshments. All proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Awareness.

 

“We want to do our part to make a difference and increase awareness and prevention of breast cancer,” said Lisa Almeida, co-owner of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville and St. Augustine. “It is the most common cancer diagnosis for women, but death rates can decline with increased awareness and early detection. We hope the Boat for Hope can help to make a difference.”

 

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Freedom Boat Club and Julington Creek Marina host third annual Boat-A-Bration on Oct. 17

Freedom Boat Club and Julington Creek Marina host third annual Boat-A-Bration on Oct. 17

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Freedom Boat Club and Julington Creek Marina will once again team up to host a customer-appreciation Boat-A-Bration on Oct. 17, from 1-5 p.m.

     It is the second year that Julington Creek Marina, located at 12807 San Jose Blvd., in Jacksonville, is hosting the event.  Organizers expect up to 150 boats at this year’s gathering. In its first year in 2013, 90 boats took part.

    ‘This is just a great way for us to thank our members for their support and to get together with the folks from Julington Creek Marina,” said Lisa Almeida, of Freedom Boat Club. “It is a fun event for everyone.”

     The 2015 Boat-A-Bration will feature a raft-up, live music on a floating stage provided by the Big Jeff Band.

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.