Attention Lobster Lovers: 6 Tips for Hunting Season

Attention Lobster Lovers: 6 Tips for Hunting SeasonGrab 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...
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Top Things to Do in Bradenton, FL

Top Things to Do in Bradenton, FLFlorida’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 stayInstead 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 playBradenton has many golf courses to choose from, but IMG Academy Golf Club is a unique option. IMG is a world-renowned boarding school and...
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Top Ways To Clean Up The Beaches Around Palmetto

Top Ways To Clean Up The Beaches Around PalmettoIt’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...
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Florida Is Number 1 For Fishing and Boating Spots

Florida Is Number 1 For Fishing and Boating SpotsThere 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.The 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...
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Fishing Update From Your Central Florida Marina

Fishing Update From Your Central Florida MarinaTop 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...
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Top Tips For A Safe Swim This Summer In Palmetto

Top Tips For A Safe Swim This Summer In PalmettoAdventure 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...
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Top Ways To Stay Safe This Summer In Palmetto

Top Ways To Stay Safe This Summer In PalmettoSummer’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 crampsIf 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 DangersDuring 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...
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How to Protect Your Palmetto Boat from a Hurricane

How to Protect Your Palmetto Boat from a HurricaneTow 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...
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Don’t Ruin Your Day At The Beach In Palmetto

Don't Ruin Your Day At The Beach In PalmettoWhen 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.HeatstrokeThe 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 bloomsWho 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...
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Top 5 Palmetto Boating Safety Tips

Top 5 Palmetto Boating Safety TipsCarelessness 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...
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