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Or you can set up a chair with a good book and occasionally look up to watch boats pass by    and see dolphins and large rays jumping in the inlet.


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2019 Beach Trips

Perhaps more important, two other factors influencing our decision to leave Venice behind included  the very high food prices at Sharky’s on the Pier (where we previously spent the day) and the  hidden and unpredictably dangerous entry and exit shoreline at nearby Venice  Beach.

Therefore, we decided to return to one of our club’s favorites, Nokomis Beach, after having to cancel our trip there in June due to bad weather. 

                       Soooooo on August 19 from 8:30-7:45ish, we’ll journey to 

                         North Jetty Park at Nokomis.

    Oh yeah ~ there’s also a quiet beach and crystal clear water awaiting your pleasure.                  To ensure your safety, there are lifeguards on duty year round.

(Unfortunately, they tend to rescue girls under age 25 first.)


After all of that, you may need to walk home ‘cause
              “ Waist not, want not!”

But be sure to save some of your appetite for a special dinner on the way home at Fred's Market Restaurant in Riverview, Fla.  This four-location restaurant has been lovingly passed down through the Johnson family since 1954.  Their strong emphasis on FAMILY HERITAGE, VALUES and good ole' SOUTHERN CUISINE has contributed to making each Fred's Market Restaurants a place where friends, family and community can come together and connect, enjoying food cooked slow and served fast. They serve up a special taste of farm-to-plate freshness. Their food is cooked in a natural and unprocessed way, served in a cozy buffet atmosphere full of warmth and fun.  “They don't compromise on quality or character whether it's the ingredients in their dishes or the attitudes of their people.”  The building may look small, but they can host 220 diners at a time.


Liability Waiver:  The BBC has a revised Liability Waiver specific to our club.  Even if you have signed a liability release form in the past for our club, we are asking that you sign the revised one. This will only need to be done one time; not yearly as in the past.  Please click on link below, print and sign, and give the form to your bus leader on this trip. 

Aug 19

North Jetty Park at Nokomis Beach
Honeymoon Island
SE Atlantic Coast (4 day)

Siesta Key Sand Sculture Festival

no beach trip

North Jetty Park

Their all-you-can-eat Monday buffet includes—get ready for this!-- a Salad Table, Golden Fried Chicken, Crispy Catfish, Grilled Tilapia, Chicken Pot Pie, Sirloin Tips in Pan Gravy, Honey Barbeque Wings, and Smoked Ribs plus Fresh Vegetables, Casseroles, Yeast Rolls & Skillet Cornbread and a free coffee, tea, soda beverage.  And if you’ve saved room, there’s a Dessert Table too.  Whewwwww!

                                        And all of this for only $ 11.87 –  (plus 18% suggested tip)

If you prefer to limit yourself to one trip/one plate to their hot buffet plus one trip/one plate to their Salad Table plus one dessert, and a free coffee, tea, soda beverage, the cost is only $10.28 (plus 18% suggested tip).   For those of you who want even lighter fare at a lighter price, visit their website menu at:

Plus, 15% off Veterans with valid ID


I/we would like to go to I/we would like to go to North Jetty Park at Nokomis with the BBC on August 19th. Enclosed is my $28 check (pp). 

Print your name(s):   _______________________________________________________________________________________________

I/we wish to be on the bus with these friends (name up to four) ________________________________________________________________________________________________



Some serious fishing happens in the Venice Inlet. There is a bait shop on site if you’d like to bring your rod and join these anglers.  Just be sure your catch can be stored on ice below the bus—out of aromatic range!       

A modern concession serves only fresh made-to-order food worthy of the short wait             you’ll experience. 

There are also relatively new restrooms, covered picnic pavilions, and simple old-fashion picnic tables under the shade of waterfront trees.


We had  hoped  to  venture  off  to  Venice  next  month   but  since  we  learned  that  there  are,  unfortunately,   no  handsome  Venetian  gondoliers  in  Venice,Florida, 

we  changed  our minds. 


It may be one of the most simplistic, back-to-nature beaches we offer our members.  How    does 3+ hours of total relaxation in a beautiful setting on the Gulf sound to you?  Since there is nothing commercial to distract us, the rest of the world will feel many miles away.  As you can see, this park facing the Gulf is lined by a channel leading from the intercoastal waterway  to the Gulf. 

Barefoot Beachcombers Club (‘BBC’ will also suffice)
333 Colony Blvd. #110
The Villages, FL 32162

You could instead hand your addressed envelope to a person at the counter at Safe Ship in Colony Plaza, saving you the stamp.

To join us on this trip, print the reservation form (click on green button below) and mail it along with your check (made out to the BBC) for $28 per person to the address below. On August 6th, we will conduct our lottery and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status.