Leslie Long and Mike Lloyd, Flotilla Commander and Flotilla Vice Commander of the Clearwater Flotilla in 2016, hold the Outstanding Flotilla plaque flanked by the members of the Clearwater Flotilla who attended the Awards banquet.
DUNEDIN – For the fourth consecutive year, the members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Clearwater Flotilla has earned the prestigious Outstanding Flotilla of the Year Award.
Every spring Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 11 (comprised of flotillas from Madeira Beach, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, and Hudson) holds its awards banquet to recognize the contributions of its 265 members. Numerous individual awards are presented for individual members who have achieved significantly high milestones in areas such as operations (patrols on the water), vessel examinations, instructor and instructor aides, public affairs outreach, and direct support to the Coast Guard.
This year’s banquet was Division 11’s 28th year of recognizing the accomplishments of its members. It was held at the Dunedin Golf Club and was attended by over 80 members and guests. These included the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s National Commodore, Rick Washburn; the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s District 7 Chief of Staff, Gary Barth; Coast Guard Air Station Commanding Officer Captain Edward Sandlin; Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Response Department Chief, Lt. Commander Holly Deal; Coast Guard Station Sand Key’s Commanding Officer, Chief Warrant Officer Tracy Randall; and numerous others.
The Clearwater Flotilla is comprised of 72 members who actively participate in the missions of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary. These members contributed thousands of volunteer hours of their time to keep the boating public safe from the sea and to keep the sea safe from the boaters.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Clearwater Flotilla 11-1’s area of responsibility extends from the Belleair Bridge in the south to Stevenson Creek in the north. Their missions mirror those of the Active Duty Coast Guard with the exception of law enforcement and related activities. Being stewards of the environment and assisting boaters in distress are just two of the many missions completed by the members of the Clearwater Flotilla (www.USCGAuxClearwater.com).