Congrats on the trip. Unfortunately, however, Ike is headed your way, fast, so I wouldn't dawdle. The stretch from Smith Shoal Light to Cape Romano can be a real pip so I'd take advantage of the offshore
and, shortly, southerly winds while possible to get north AFAP.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."