Dr. Allan Spiegel was known in his community for donating specialized services to wounded veterans. When he knew that treatments could help veterans regain the ability to function, he would conduct the procedure, regardless of their abilities to compensate him on their own or through Veterans Affairs. He founded Healing Heroes Network (HHN) to organize doctors who felt a similar calling to help heal "those who protect and serve [the] nation." HHN sends wounded service members to a network of carefully selected local medical professionals when their insurance will not cover the costs of necessary treatments, and it also ensures that all necessary services are covered. In addition to providing medical services, the organization raises awareness about the need for greater funding for veterans' medical care.
Stretching across two of the vessel's three decks, Sun Cruz Port Richey Casino offers its visitors something other casinos can't—stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. Aboard the flotilla, game lovers square off against more than 325 slot machines as the calm waters carry them along on a smooth jaunt. After a spirited round of roulette, gamblers can gambol around the decks for roulette and craps, or consult pods of dolphins for advice on winning three-card poker.
Mixers sates all senses with its menu of classic bar cuisine, lively libations, and 18 HD television screens. Plates of macho nachos stick their esophageal landings via chili, cheese, and jalapeños ($6.75), and smoking wings let garlic and barbecue sauce do all the squawking ($5.75 for 10). Sample variations of burgers ($6.75+) or traditional philly sandwiches loaded with steak, onions, peppers, provolone ($7), and desires to punch slabs of raw meat. Pair pub-centric specialties of shepherd's pie ($7.75) and irish fish 'n' chips ($9.25) with frosty pints of Stella ($4.75 each) or a glass of house wine ($4.25).
A warm mug of fragrant coffee is comforting. So is the touch of a soft, hand-knitted scarf on your skin—albeit in a different way. These two comforts come together at Mamma Lane's Coffee House & Yarn Studio, where baristas serve café drinks and baked goods, pairing Mudslide frappuccinos with cookies and scones, while skilled artisans stock yarn and teach knitting classes nearby. Visitors learn to craft yarn into scarves, pompoms, and other cozy creations.
Narcosis Scuba prepares divers of all skill levels for open sea exploration by giving them the education and equipment they need to safely explore the ocean's criminal underworld. An open water certification course outfits submerged swimmers with a designation from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the world's top training organization for scuba diving. Depending on whether you choose an evening, daytime, or weekend class, the curriculum spans one to two weeks and consists of two to four classroom sessions, two dives in an enclosed pool, and a weekend on the open water. Narcosis provides the heavy-duty equipment for each class, so students can leave their harpoon guns at home. However, students must supply their own mask, snorkel, fins, booties, gloves, and weight belt—all of which can be rented from Narcosis for an extra charge. Once they've completed the course, aquatic adventurers can freely probe the briny deep on their own and play the fishbone xylophone during its many undersea musical numbers.
Coconuts Comedy Club, located in Jack’s Joint since 1998, has been luring in chuckle-seekers for more than two decades with a glittering stage filled with nationally touring comedians. To keep growling stomachs from heckling comedians out of frustration, visitors can mute tummy rumbles with a full menu bursting at the seams with saucy wings, 14-inch hand-tossed pizzas, and brawny steaks.