Welcome To My Habitat


Aquatic places, especially those more rural and less touched, where Mother Nature is accessible and her unspoiled beauty flourishes, is my type of habitat. Writing is my way to focus my deep concerns about protecting those places that badly need stewardship because of their natural resources, biodiversity and vulnerability.

I freely share my knowledge about how to use, but not abuse, these habitats. Places like the Indian River Lagoon, America’s greatest and most diversified estuary, is one environment that I’m most experienced with and concerned about. It’s a system overstressed by an overload of nutrients due to poor land development practices and unwise management of storm water run-off.

My family consists of dedicated water folk. We swim, fish, free-dive, surf, sail, and surround ourselves with all the other trials and tribulations that come with a water folk lifestyle in this new millennium. I write fiction and non-fiction for two primary reasons. First of all, I use my writing to help express our family’s love and concern for these habitats. And secondly, I hope to inspire, educate and entertain my readers about these places that integrally connect us to water.

Welcome To Rodney’s Habitat


indian river lagoon paddle adventureAquatic places, especially those more rural and less touched, where Mother Nature is accessible and her unspoiled beauty flourishes, is Rodney Smith’s type of habitat. Writing is his way to focus his deep concerns about protecting those places that badly need stewardship because of their natural resources, biodiversity and vulnerability.

“I freely share my knowledge about how to use, but not abuse, these habitats. Places like the Indian River Lagoon, America’s greatest and most diversified estuary, is one environment that I’m most experienced with and concerned about. It’s a system overstressed by an overload of nutrients due to poor land development practices and unwise management of storm water run-off.

“My family consists of dedicated waterfolk. We swim, fish, free-dive, surf, sail, and surround ourselves with all the other trials and tribulations that come with a waterfolk lifestyle in this new millennium. I write fiction and non-fiction for two primary reasons. First of all, I use my writing to help express our family’s love and concern for these habitats. And secondly, I hope to inspire, educate and entertain my readers about these places that integrally connect us to water.”

The Road To Matapalo

The road to matapalo

After nearly thirty years of research and four years of writing, The Road to Matapalo has finally come to fruition. In his first fiction novel, author, photojournalist and outdoorsman Rodney Smith shares his love for surfing and fishing, and the land, water and people of Costa Rica and Florida. Part guidebook and part adventure romance, incorporating murder and intrigue, love and companionship, and a never-ending affair with the people and places of Costa Rica, this book will enlighten you on Costa Rica’s travel, surfing, wildlife, fishing, camping, and its colorful culture.  READ MORE…

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August 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm

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Summertime and the livings easy, we chilling on the beach with pelicans going crazy!

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August 9, 2016 at 4:45 pm

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Is there a God?

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Trying to keep this Serenity Prayer in my mind and heart. Peace be with you all.

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July 30, 2016 at 3:25 pm

The many friends that have been there for me, I appreciated.

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This time-lapse video was taken by my beach-friend, Jim Hauck. Watch closely to see the crab checking out the camera's lens and my meditative state.

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Raise for Rohmann

We support our own here at South Beach Fitness and it’s time to rally around the Rhomann family. Many of you have seen Arianne around the gym or in P90X, and if you have kids they have probably played with her girls Baleigh and Raelyn in the Kids Club. In December her Husband Robert began having serious medical issues. Due to his condition Arianne is no longer able to work.

After many months of tests, hospital stays, and ambulance rides Robert has been diagnosed with CTEPH (Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension). Unfortunately in Robert's case his is even more severe. He has multiple clots, are bilateral, and further back in the arteries so it can be very hard to reach them and a possible chance they can be unreachable during a surgery. Robert's clots are also scab-like with scar tissue. Doesn't end there. The right side of his heart is now failing. The risks of this surgery are more severe than open heart surgery. The survival rate is said to be 85%, but in Roberts case it is estimated to be around 60%.The Rhomann’s found out that Robert isn't stable enough. His heart just isn't strong enough to perform surgery right now. On top of his heart issues his lungs need help. He is not a candidate for a lung transplant because his heart would not survive the surgery which means he would need a heart transplant as well and that is impossible in the US. So the plan is to put a Hickman Catheter in his chest which will have a port for Arianne to feed his pulmonary meds through directly. Hopefully this will help strengthen his heart.

Robert remains in the ICU at Mayo until further notice.

This is where YOU come in!

Ways to Help:

1. Attend our Fit-A-Thon event on June 11, 2016 starting at 8:30 AM. We will have a special class lineup that you can attend; $10 per person a class. We will be offering P90X, a Spin-till-you-drop, and the amazing Dance Mania All Stars will be hosting a dance class for the kiddos! In addition to the classes there will also be raffles, Kids Club games and other fun activities for the whole family.

2. Make a deposit to the gofundme.com page Raise for Rohmann. On here you can also follow updates on his journey. https://www.gofundme.com/mdnzhvcs

3. Own a business? Donate an item to be raffled OR we are happily welcoming vendors who are willing to donate a portion of the proceeds to Raise for Rohmann. Contact us for your vendor spot today!

For more information or questions please feel free to email cs@sobefitness.com

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Fellow Waterfolk please spread the word about this upcoming event. We can take the lead on protecting our waters.

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one of my past fishing clients wanted to know where to buy my books. This is what I told her.

Thanks for your interest.

You can order them on my site http://rodneysmithmedia.com
or I could mail you signed copies. Please let me know what works best for you.

I've just finished my third novel, Pura Vida, and I'm working on the next novel, Pura Aqua.

Namaste'

Rodney

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Here’s a fun way to help raise funds for AFC. Purchase tickets to go see a Brevard Manatees vs. Tampa Yankees baseball game on Sat. May 28th at 6:30pm and for each ticket, $4 will go back to AFC! Just go to this link https://groupmatics.events/ANGLERS and purchase your tickets now. Thanks in advance and we’ll see you at the game!
Stadium is located at 5800 Stadium Prkwy #101, Melbourne, FL 32940.

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Tampa Yankees at Manatees on May 28, 2016 @ 6:35 PM EST at Space Coast Stadium

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New life and a new day are born; our earth revolves till we see the sun again! And the railroad vine's purple flowers appear; golden grains of sea oats spring free; as the stinging nettles guide my steps across the dewy dunes.

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Yesterday afternoon I had a short celebration, sitting on the beach in meditation and gratitude, after finishing the first draft (172 pages) of my third novel, Pura Vida. Still much work needs to be done to complete a final product; like designing Pura Vida's print and digital book covers, proof editing, formatting text and images, and writing the first page of my next novel-Pura Aqua. I love writing for you!

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May 19, 2016 at 9:59 am

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HORRIBLE .... HOW CAN THIS CONTINUE TO HAPPEN ! 🚫The county diverted 688,000 gallons of raw sewage into a pond near Sea Park Elementary School and 1.05 million gallons of raw sewage into Anchor Drive Canal, which connects with the Banana River.

There are MANY other Counties that have 20 year old pipes ... That are not dumping 25 MILLION GALLONS OF RAW SEWAGE into the Intercoastal ??????

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/environment/2016/05/16/spill-sent-1m-gallons-sewage-toward-banana-river/84449254/

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May 16, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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Jenny's Florida garden is growing beautifully! We miss you. Peace be with all of us!

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Jenny's Florida garden is growing beautifully! We miss you. Peace be with all of us!

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May 16, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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Jenny's Florida garden is growing beautifully! We miss you. Peace be with all of us!

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Check out Damien Share's art!

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May 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

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This is the state of Florida recovery plan (BMAP) for the northern Indian River Lagoon. The pictures show the stakeholders in the BMAP plan area. This plan also lists projects that are expected to recover the lagoon. Please spread the word about the BMAP meeting in Brevard on May 18. This is the time and place we get the opportunity to support projects that can help solve the problem rather than just complaining about it. A large attendance at the meeting will help keep the momentum going. Please attend this meeting if you can.

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/watersheds/docs/bmap/north-IRL-bmap.pdf

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Read my blog to better understand the importance of those special plants we often refer to as "weeds".

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It is nesting time of year again for our marine turtles. Watch using lights and making noise on our beaches.

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Sentinel Moment A new clutch of hatchlings head to the surf under watch of adult supervision 48x48 acrylic on museum wrapped canvas

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By reading my blog you will learn more about great southern whites, Virginia pepper grass and tripletail! http://rodneysmithmedia.com/great-southern-whites-and-tripletail-too/

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Pelican and terns share a wealth of Spanish anchovies migrating the Indian River Lagoon coast's surf!

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May 3, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Time to pay a little more attention to distributing my new novels. I've finished Weed Queen. It's the prequel to The Road to Matapalo. Now I've almost done with Pura Vida, the sequel to The Road to Matapalo! I'm trying to come up with a cover design ideas for Pura Vida; If anyone can give me a hint or two on this task I'd appreciate it very much.