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Mayor Lures Fellow Politicos To Go Fish

Post Date:05/13/2014 3:07 PM

Palm Bay Mayor William Capote believes “a bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office” and is using that philosophy to lure his fellow municipal mayors out to Palm Bay’s Stick Marsh for a challenge that will benefit local disabled veterans.  The city of Palm Bay is partnering with the Veterans Resource Committee of the Melbourne Regional Chamber and Bass Pro Shops Stick Marsh Outpost to present the inaugural Veterans Stick Marsh Bass Challenge at the Stick Marsh on Saturday September 6, 2014.  The event will provide local disabled veterans with a day of fishing and relaxation, combined with the challenge of competition on the famous bass fishing stick marsh.  In an effort to support the inaugural tournament Mayor Capote is challenging his fellow mayors on the Space Coast to compete for bragging rights and prizes.  “The challenge is for the mayors to participate in this to see who can catch the biggest bass,” Mayor Capote said.  “Besides, a ‘reel’ mayor can ‘tackle’ anything right?  But seriously, it’s all about supporting our veterans and sharing a memorable day with them and I would love to see all our mayors participate.”  Capote issued the “Mayor’s Challenge” at the monthly meeting of the Space Coast League of Cities Monday evening encouraging them to sign up, or to designate an elected representative from their respective cities and towns.  The veteran participants will be selected through the Veterans Resource Committee.

During the tournament, the veterans will be paired with boat captains who will treat them to a day on the marsh competing for the largest bass. Winners will receive not only bragging rights, but also prizes donated by area businesses.  The prizes and winners will be presented at an awards banquet that same night at Palm Bay’s Bass Pro Shops Stick Marsh Outpost.   “We feel this is a great way to get the entire county involved in supporting our veterans and introduce others to the uniqueness of the Stick Marsh,” said Christine Michaels, President and CEO of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida.

For more information contact Justin Anderson, VRC liaison, at or 321-724-5400 ext. 233.

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