Attention Lobster Lovers: 6 Tips for Hunting Season

Attention Lobster Lovers: 6 Tips for Hunting Season

Grab your nets and tickle sticks Palmetto boaters! August 6 kicked off lobster season, which runs through March 31. Whether you’re new to the sport or an avid lobster hunter, here are some tips for navigating lobster season:

1. Know the regulations. Six lobsters can be captured per person, per day during the season. However, depending on the location, there may be designated harvesting times. Make sure to view the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations for spiny lobsters before beginning your hunt.

2. Get equipped. From the novice to the seasoned hunters, all you need is a mask, snorkel, tickle stick, gloves, a net and a cooler.

3. Scout out the location. Lobsters can be found among ledges, patch reefs, holes, coral heads and even shallow water just 3 feet deep. Just look for their antennae, and you’ll find them in no time.

4. Master your method. Once you spot lobsters’ antennae, be careful not to touch them; they’ll scurry away once their antennae detect danger. Slowly approach the lobster, grab your tickle stick to guide it out of its hiding place, walk it into your net, and quickly close it before it dashes.

5. Measure the lobster to make sure it meets FWC regulations. Place the gauge between the horns and the other end of the carapace. A lobster’s carapace has to be longer than 3 inches in order to take it home. If smaller, the lobster must be released. After measuring, place the qualifying lobsters on ice in the cooler.

6. Clean and enjoy! After separating the lobsters’ carapaces from its tails, rinse them off and fire up the grill!

Nothing is better than a relaxing day out on the water, but now that lobster season is here how many of you will be out even more frequently? Be sure to stop by Riviera Dunes Marina and enjoy one of the most luxurious marinas in all of Central Florida. Did you know that Florida is No. 1 for fishing and boating spots? Read more here.

Top Things to Do in Bradenton, FL

Top Things to Do in Bradenton, FL

Florida’s Bradenton area is popular amongst older travelers, but the city has much to offer young adults, especially golfers. Next time you’re planning a golf getaway with your friends, consider a trip to the Gulf Coast. Here are some of our top things to do in Bradenton when you are visit Riviera Dunes Marina.

Where to stay

Instead of splitting a hotel, rent a beach house. The cost is affordable when you divide it among multiple friends, and there are usually several amenities. Anna Maria Island has gorgeous white-sand beaches and clear, blue water. Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach are great options, too.

AirBnB has a large presence in the area, so that’s a fantastic place to start your search. Rental services, like Island Real Estate, can also help you find lodging.

Where to play

Bradenton has many golf courses to choose from, but IMG Academy Golf Club is a unique option. IMG is a world-renowned boarding school and athletic training facility; Serena Williams and Cam Newton were trained there. The 18-hole championship course measures 6,855 yards, and the course has some incredible views.

For a different kind of golfing experience, visit Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Course. It’s short, which makes it great for walking, but it has several water challenges hidden within.

What else to do

Bradenton has plenty of other outdoor activities to offer. McKechnie Field, located in Downtown Bradenton, is the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bradenton Marauders play there in the summer, and though the stadium can get humid, it’s a neat place to watch baseball.

There are a few charters that will take you offshore fishing from Anna Maria, which is a fun way to spend an afternoon. You just might catch your own dinner!

Where to drink

A visit to the local breweries is a great ending to your day. Darwins Brewing Company is a great little place to check out. Nearby, Motorworks Brewing also has some awesome drafts.

 

The next time you need an escape from reality, be sure to stop by Riviera Dunes Marina. As the premier luxury marina of Central Florida, you can find yourself immersed in a day of relaxation. When you are in need of a few top things to do in Bradenton, FL, be sure to include Riviera Dunes Marina on the list.

Top Ways To Clean Up The Beaches Around Palmetto

Top Ways To Clean Up The Beaches Around Palmetto

It’s not unusual to find balloons, plastic bags, and paper napkins littered on the beach. Beach clean-ups are often done by locals and environmental groups, but unfortunately, trash can travel from miles and miles away. If you are looking to enjoy a nice relaxing day at one of the beaches around Palmetto though, then keeping it clean is the number one priority.

Keeping beaches clean is everyone’s responsibility. Here are five ways you can keep the beaches around Palmetto clean for all to enjoy!

1. Don’t bring plastic shopping bags, plastic straws, plastic water bottles, or Styrofoam plates to the beach. Many animals will mistake plastic items for food and will eat them. This can result in starvation, because the animal’s stomach is filled with plastic that can’t digest. In addition, since plastic never degrades, we need to reduce the amount of plastic that we throw away.

2. Don’t release balloons into the sky. When a balloon’s helium leaks out, it will probably end up in the ocean. Animals can eat balloons or become entangled in the balloon’s string. This string can injure an animal and even take off a limb. Entangled animals are also at risk of drowning.

3. Pick up after your pet. If your pet goes to the bathroom on the beach, pick up the waste and throw it in a trash can. Pet waste adds viruses and bacteria to the environment. Who wants to swim in that?

4. Throw away cigarette butts. Dispose of cigarette butts properly. Nicotine from cigarettes can have a negative effect on the environment.

5. Throw your trash into a designated trash can. Do the same for any other trash you encounter on the beach. The more trash we can remove from the environment, the better. Trash can leach harmful chemicals into the sand or sediment. However, always use common sense when picking up trash on the beach. Don’t pick up sharp objects or anything that could make you sick.

Florida Is Number 1 For Fishing and Boating Spots

Florida Is Number 1 For Fishing and Boating Spots

There are now nine locations in Florida recognized as ideal places for outdoor summer fun for the entire family.

Florida topped the Take Me Fishing 2016 “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list. Florida was in the top four locations, with nine total locations on the list.

The top four locations are: Everglades National Park, Bahia Honda State Park, Blue Springs State Park, and Lake Kissimmee State Park.

Blu-Mangrove-GrillThe other five Florida locations are: Suwannee River, Harris Chain of Lakes, Lake Osborne, Lake Okeeheelee and Katheryn Abbey Hanna Park.

Recreational boating, combined with saltwater and freshwater fishing, contribute more than $20 billion annually to Florida’s economy. Fishing and boating are wholesome activities that bring families together and get more people outdoors. Overall, they’re fun hobbies that positively impact both the community and the economy.

More than 100 state parks in Florida offer fishing as a family-friendly, year-round activity. Visit FloridaStateParks.org to find one in your area. This summer is a great time to get outside, soak in the sunshine, and appreciate nature. What are you waiting for?

If you are ready to take your family fishing trip or boating excursion to the next level then be sure to stop by the Manatee River and Riviera Dunes Marina. We are the premier luxury marina on Florida’s Gulf Coast. With 219 wet slips ranging from 35 to 110 feet, we have everything you need to enjoy a trip to Palmetto. Come on out and explore the beautiful west coast of Florida and we know that you will want to stay forever. Contact one of our talented marina staff members today to see just how Riviera Dunes Marina can help to make your summer of boating and fishing one to remember!

Fishing Update From Your Central Florida Marina

Fishing Update From Your Central Florida Marina

Top updates from your Central Florida Marina: Activity has been sluggish this week, mainly because fishermen are exhausted under extreme temperatures.

The biggest news this week? The best tarpon fishing in the county may be from Doctors Lake to Green Cove Springs. The tarpon are being followed south into the river by jack crevalle and ladyfish. This saltwater activity in a freshwater river is unusual, but it’s becoming more common.

Catfish are still spawning, and some giant ones are being taken out of Lake George. The big lake also has the best bluegill and shellcracker fishing in the area. Bass fishing is slow.

It’s been tough on the Intracoastal Waterway. Guides are picking up a few fish, but nothing impressive. The flounder numbers remain high, but the fish are tougher to find. The trout bite is slow, but the fish are a nice size. The mangrove snapper bite is getting better.

The Atlantic: The kingfish that disappeared last week are starting to appear again. Pogies were easy to find. It’s been very slow for the beach kings.

Bottom fishing has remained good, with mangrove snapper, a few grouper, lots of red snapper, beeliners, triggerfish, and pink porgies.

No one has been out trolling the 21-bottom, but that will change this weekend with the Ancient City Game Fish Association’s Kingfish Challenge. Boats can continue to register through the captain’s meeting Friday night. It begins at 7 p.m. For gawkers, weigh-ins will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Entry is $320.

Of course if you are looking for just a relaxing peaceful time out on the Manatee River this weekend, be sure to stop by your Central Florida Marina, Riviera Dunes Marina. As the luxury marina in Central Florida, we have your yacht in mind with our floating docks and safe waters. Come stop by this weekend and enjoy our beautiful waters and we know that you will want to rent a slip immediately!

Top Tips For A Safe Swim This Summer In Palmetto

Top Tips For A Safe Swim This Summer In Palmetto

Adventure Landing Water Park is often packed with families. According to the Department of Children and Families, Florida loses more children under the age of five to drowning than any other state in the nation. News4Jax spoke with the Jeremy Christian, Manager at Adventure Landing, about how they keep families safe in the water.

If you’re not a strong swimmer, but still want to cool off in the water, wear a life jacket. Floaties and tubes won’t cut it when it comes to water safety. Adventure Landing has dozen of lifeguards on duty in case of an emergency, but Christian said it’s the parents who are the first line of safety, by keeping an eye on their kids. Parents should also make sure they’re in the right pool for their age and swimming abilities. Each pool at Adventure Landing is different, with some being shallow for young children, while others are deep for more experienced swimmers.

DCF offers water safety tips to prevent drowning deaths:

-Supervision: Someone should always be actively watching children when they are in the pool.

-Designate a “water watcher” to keep an eye on swimmers.

-Barriers: A child should never be able to enter the pool area unaccompanied by an adult. Physically barriers should block a curious child from the pool.

-Swimming lessons: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ages 4 and older learn to swim in order to help prevent drowning.

-Be prepared: It’s important to learn and know CPR, in case of an emergency.

 

As the summer starts to heat up, the beach, the pool and the marina are a few of the top destinations to visit. Safety should always be a top priority and making sure that our children stay safe can help to save a life. If you run across any additional tips you would like to share, let us know! Visit the Riviera Dunes Marina Facebook Page and leave us a comment on how you are staying safe this summer!

Top Ways To Stay Safe This Summer In Palmetto

Top Ways To Stay Safe This Summer In Palmetto

Summer’s finally here! In Palmetto, that means summer camp, pool days, beach visits, vacations, and spending plenty of time on your boat. While you’re having fun, don’t forget to stay safe outside this Summer in Palmetto.

Staying Safe in the Heat

The most prominent concern for summer safety is heat and dehydration. While eight glasses of water a day might be fine for office workers, an active child needs a glass of water every 20 minutes. Hydrate before, during, and after exercise.

Be aware of these signs of dehydration:

-Chills

-Nausea

-Poor heart rate

-Pale, moist skin

-Headache

-Thirst

-Weakness

-Muscle cramps

If you think you or someone else is dehydrated, get the victim in the shade or indoors, sponge their body with cold water, drink cool beverages, and get medical assistance immediately.

Hidden Dangers

During the summer, we often hear news about children accidentally left in hot vehicles. Never leave your child alone in a car. Earlier this year, Florida legislature passed a law protecting people who see an animal or person locked inside a hot car. People can now smash a window to rescue them without facing legal action. The law requires that rescuers call 911 right after they break in, and stay with the vehicle until help arrives.

Drowning is also a prominent danger during the summer. It’s important to teach children to only swim in designated areas with friends, and never dive headfirst into shallow water. Always keep safety equipment nearby for emergencies, supervise children in and around water, and learn CPR.

Sun exposure is a concern for all ages. Just a few sunburns can increase the possibility of skin cancer later in life. Cover up with sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 that protects against ultraviolet rays.

Food Safety

People in spending the Summer in Palmetto often enjoying grilling outdoors in the summer. However, it’s important to keep food safety in mind during this time of the year. Food poisoning can be life-threatening to children and those with compromised immune systems.

Some recommendations to avoid spoiled food? Wash your hands, use a food thermometer, clean surfaces and food thoroughly, safely store leftovers, make sure your grill is clean, refrigerate perishable items immediately, and never leave the grill unattended.

Mosquito Dangers

During the wet summer season, mosquito bites and infections are a concern. To avoid mosquito bites while outdoors, wear long sleeves, pants, and mosquito repellent. Don’t apply mosquito repellant to open wounds or near the eyes or mouth.

While mosquito bites are annoying, the major problem is viruses that mosquitoes can carry. The CDC has issued a travel notice for people traveling to places with the Zika virus. Since Zika can cause birth defects, pregnant women should not travel these areas. Pregnant women who must travel to those areas should talk with their doctor first and follow strict steps to prevent mosquito bites.

To help stop mosquitoes from multiplying, take these precautions: Drain still water from garbage cans, gutters, and other areas around the house; discard old, unused items; empty and clean bird baths and pet water bowls; protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarp; empty plastic swimming pools when not in use; and repair screening on windows and doors.

 

Stay safe and have some fun this Summer in Palmetto and of course, be sure to stop by Riviera Dunes Marina for a bite to eat and to enjoy the beauty of the Manatee River.

How to Protect Your Palmetto Boat from a Hurricane

How to Protect Your Palmetto Boat from a Hurricane

Tow Captains are among the most experienced marine professionals on the water. They have seen the horrendous damage that can happen to boats when a hurricane hits, and they know how to prevent it. With this in mind, Sea Tow Services International, Inc. offers boaters the following six tips to prepare your vessel for a hurricane. When hurricane season is at it’s peak, here are some great ways to protect your Palmetto boat from terrible weather.

1. Remove all loose items from your boat, such as sails, cushions, fishing poles, electronics, and antennas. Lash down everything you can’t remove. Don’t leave important documents on board.

2. Disconnect the shore power. If your boat is in a slip, be sure all power is turned off and all power cords are stowed securely.

3. If your boat is on a trailer, secure it. Use tie-downs to anchor the trailer to the ground, let the air out of the tires, and weigh down the frame. If your boat is on a lift, remove it. If possible, store the boat in a safer location on land.

4. If your boat is in a marina, center it on the slip. Check that the boats docked near yours are securely double-tied, too. A boat that breaks loose in a hurricane could severely damage your boat and others.

5. If your boat is at anchor, put out extra scope. Inspect all anchor rodes and chain, and use only good gear. Set extra anchors, as necessary.

6. Resist the urge to stay with your boat. No matter how valuable your vessel may be to you, it’s not worth risking your life.

Of course if you are looking for protection this hurricane season on the Manatee River, then be sure to stop by Riviera Dunes Marina. As the premier luxury marina of Central Florida, Riviera Dunes Marina is one of the most protected marinas in the state. Be safe, and be protected during all weather with our available slips. Contact us today to see just how Riviera Dunes Marina can protect your Palmetto boat!

Don’t Ruin Your Day At The Beach In Palmetto

Don’t Ruin Your Day At The Beach In Palmetto

When you think of the beach, you probably think about palm trees, bathing suits, and sand castles. But a day in the sun can pose many unexpected dangers. Here are some things to keep in mind to avoid ruining your day at the beach in Palmetto.

Heatstroke

The body typically cools itself off by sweating. But sometimes, that’s not enough. During heatstroke, the body’s temperature rises rapidly and quickly. This can damage the brain and other vital organs.

Heatstroke often happens when humidity is high. Other risk factors include old age, young children, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, sunburn and alcohol use.

Symptoms include red, hot and dry skin; rapid pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness.

Algal blooms

Who knew something so small could be so dangerous? Algal blooms, also known as red tides, happen when a colony of algae grows out of control. These blooms can release toxins that harm people and marine life.

One of the most well-known algal blooms happens almost every summer along Florida’s Gulf Coast, and it usually ends up killing fish and making shellfish unsafe to eat.

Waters affected by algal blooms are fairly safe to swim in. However, if you experience skin irritation and burning eyes, get out of the water immediately.

Shark attacks

Shark attacks get a lot of attention, but they are very rare.

Here are some tips for preventing these terrifying events.

● Avoid swimming near fish.

● Avoid deep channels and underwater drop-offs. Fish gather in these areas, attracting sharks.

● Stay out of murky water that makes it hard for you to see marine life.

● Don’t swim alone. Sharks are less likely to go after people in groups.

● Don’t swim at dawn or dusk, when sharks are more likely to be feeding.

● Avoid wearing shiny jewelry in the water. They gleam like fish scales.

Rip currents
Strong rip currents can pull even the most athletic swimmers away from shore. Also called riptides, rip currents frequently form at breaks in sandbars or structures such as piers. People can spot them by looking for a break in the pattern of incoming waves, choppy water, or a place with different water color.

If you get caught in a rip current, don’t fight it. Instead, swim in a direction that follows the shoreline, and return to land once you’re out of the current.

Jellyfish

Jellyfish may look squishy and harmless, but some are deadly, and others can leave swimmers in pain. Look for jellyfish warning signs before you get in the water, and avoid jellies that wash up on the shore.

It’s a myth that urinating on a jellyfish sting will reduce the burn. Instead, find a lifeguard who can give first aid, and see a doctor if you have an allergic reaction. To deactivate the stinging cells, splash vinegar or another acidic solution on the wound.

Sunburns

Always use sunscreen and take cover under shade while at the beach. It only takes 15 minutes to get a sunburn, and sunburn can increase your risk of skin cancer.

To protect your skin, wear long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants. In addition, make sure to reapply sunscreen regularly.

Gross Water

Avoid contaminated water by checking for closure notices. Advisories are usually posted because of water that’s contaminated by sewage, fertilizers, and hazardous spills. In addition, bacteria and harmful chemicals in the water can cause gastrointestinal illness.

Collapsing Sand Holes

Kids often enjoy digging deep holes in the sand. But the holes can unexpectedly collapse and bury people. These collapses are often triggered by tunneling, jumping, or even falling.

Typically, victims are completely submerged in the sand, and there’s little to no evidence of the hole or the location of the victim.

Be aware of sand holes at the beach. If you see one, avoid walking near it, but if you must, be careful not to jump around or move in a sudden way that could cause it to collapse.

 

Of course the best way to stay safe is to lounge around our marina all day long. Riviera Dunes Marina is the premier marina of Palmetto. As one of the safest marinas in Central Florida, we pride ourselves on our luxurious atmosphere and 5 star amenities. Come stop by Riviera Dunes Marina today and enjoy all of the luxury you deserve for your yacht.

Top 5 Palmetto Boating Safety Tips

Top 5 Palmetto Boating Safety Tips

Carelessness and lack of attention are the leading causes of boating accidents in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Pay careful attention to your surroundings while on the water for a safer, more enjoyable outing.

1. Wear a life vest. Modern life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. Many are thin and flexible. Don’t complain that it’s uncomfortable or unattractive. Wear one. It could save your life.

2. File a float plan. Leave it with a person who you can depend on to notify officials if you do not return from your journey as scheduled. If you are delayed, and it is not an emergency, tell those with your float plan to avoid unnecessary panic. Also, make sure those on the boat with you are familiar with the plan.

3. Have safety equipment on board. All recreational vessels are required to have safety equipment on board. Make sure you know what you’re supposed to have, in case of an emergency.

4. Pay attention. About 34% of boating accidents were due to inattention or the operator failing to look out properly. Make sure your eyes are on the water. In addition, stay sober while operating your vessel.

5. Get a Boater Safety Education card. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 is required to have a Boater Safety Education card to legally operate a boat in Florida.

 

Being safe this summer in the Manatee river should always be a top priority. Whether you are a new beginner or a seasoned boater, taking these 5 tips to heart can help you to stay safe. Now that June is here and summer is upon us, be sure to be prepped for an increase of traffic on the water. The best way to stay safe is to be prepared and Riviera Dunes Marina is here to make sure that everyone on the Manatee River does just that!