Port St. Joe will celebrate National Marina Day this Saturday at the Port St. Joe Marina. The national event celebrates the marina industry and its role in boating.


Port St. Joe will celebrate National Marina Day this Saturday at the Port St. Joe Marina. The national event celebrates the marina industry and its role in boating.



Vendors including the Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Development Council and the Humane Society will be on hand with information and free giveaways.



The marina will also play host to the Nautical Flea Market. Daly’s Dock and Dive, Sea Tow and marina customers will be present to sell boating items at a discount.



The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on-hand to conduct free vessel checks. These professional inspections will ensure that boats have adequate and up-to-date safety gear and that the vessel is safe for the water.



Last year’s Marina Day was canceled due to the weather, but marina Bookkeeper Krissy Beatty hopes that this year’s event will be the first of many.



“We want to build awareness,” she said. “We want people to be comfortable with the marina and be informed.”



The goal of Marina day is to educate boaters on how to operate safely and legally on the water.



While at the marina, take a tour of the historic Governor Stone, an all-wood 1877 schooner which will celebrate its first visit to Port St. Joe.



A regular visitor to ports in Apalachicola, Fort Walton, Panama City and its home in St. Andrews, the Governor Stone will finally make its way to Gulf County. This family-friendly boat will show the curious how boats looked and worked over 100 years ago.



“It’s a historic landmark that floats,” said Harry Dennard, President of the Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc. “It’s the only one of its kind.”



After departing St. Andrews, The Governor Stone arrived in Port St. Joe on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. ET. On Friday, a sunset cruise will be held for the Friends of the Governor Stone.



During the Marina Day festivities visitors will be able to board the schooner from 9 a.m. to 5 ET for a guided tour and history lesson. The event is sponsored by the Tourist Development Council and donations will be accepted toward further restoration of the Governor Stone.



The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. ET. Food and drink will be served on-site for donations. 50 percent of all donations will go to the Gulf County Humane Society and 50 percent will be given to the Governor Stone restoration fund. Those interested in selling nautical supplies can put up a table. Register in advance by calling the Port St. Joe Marina at 227-9393.