TARPON SPRINGS - Since June 2, when the Tarpon Springs Golf Course closed for renovations, workers have replaced grass and built new greens. They’ve leveled and re-sodded tee boxes. And now, the course is ready to reopen on Saturday, Sept. 20.
The first nine holes at the public course, located at 1310 S Pinellas Ave. across from Florida Hospital North Pinellas, were built in 1907. In the late ’20s, the second nine holes were completed. But no renovations had been done to the course since it opened, despite recommendations from the United States Golf Association that greens be rebuilt every 25 years.
“Nothing had been done in 100 years,” said Golf Course Manager Howard Hunt. “Right now, we’re in the process of getting it right.”
In the month of blushing brides, eight dolphins milled spritely around a modest patch of water. They appeared and disappeared like characters in a video game.
Nervous milling like this indicates agitation. The seas were probably buzzing with grunts, growls and barks. Without knowing it, we got ringside seats for a most unusual dolphin behavior, thanks to one of our smartest girls.
Of the eight dolphins, there were four onlookers, three contestants and one prize. The onlookers were mother-calf pairs milling on the outskirts of the arena. As with human dramas, dolphin dramas draw a crowd.
Changes are beginning to take place out on our inshore waters. As we begin the trek into fall, the stage is set perfectly; pelicans and terns are active throughout the day as bait stocks become more and more abundant. Schools of pre-spawn black mullet are getting together on specific tides, creating a situation that is synonymous with fall fishing. Redfish, snook and trout shadow these masses of mullet and the fishing can be spectacular.
Four homes and two public landscapes are on the list of locations for the eight annual Tour of Native Landscapes Saturday, sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by the Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.
The 40-acre park Natural Habitat Park at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus will serve as one of two public landscape locations.
The self-guided tour will involve a total of six sites throughout Pinellas County. Participants are given maps and information about each site and they can visit them on their own based on their schedule during the day.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater will host a coastal cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on Sand Key, 1001 Gulf Boulevard.
Hundreds of bags of trash and debris are filled each year during the event. Volunteers will remove trash and debris along the Intracoastal Waterway between the center and the north side of Sand Key Bridge.
Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, dress for the outdoors, wear sunscreen and bring a pair of work or gardening gloves. Supervision, water and supplies will be provided.
ST. PETE BEACH - My Hope Chest plans its Butterfly Glow Party Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m., at Hurley Park, 1501 Gulf Way, in Pass-A-Grille.
General admission is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. VIP tickets are $65 in advance and $75 day of the event. The VIP glow tent includes an open bar, glow accessories and a festive view of the party in the park.
Those attending will have an opportunity to don wings, glow accessories and bling as they bring hope to breast cancer survivors by supporting breast reconstruction surgery.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host the 5th annual Pinellas County Walk Like MADD 5K and MADD Dash 5K Run Friday, Sept. 19.
Sponsored by Bright House Networks, the family-oriented event will be held on Indian Rocks Beach with festivities beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m.
Event planners hope to raise $35,000 to help further MADD’s mission to eliminate drunk driving, support the victims and families of DUI crashes, and prevent underage drinking. The event also strives to rally support for MADD’s educational programs and victim services in Pinellas and Pasco counties. All proceeds raised from the event remain in the community to further MADD’s life-saving mission of supporting and educating local families and youth on the tragic effects of drunk driving.
Redfish numbers are increasing after each big moon phase. More and more reds can be targeted on the shallow grass flats throughout the county.
Last week’s full moon gave us two good tidal stages in which to target redfish.
Early morning low tides will help to condense redfish and many other predatory fish on the outer edge of the grass flats. Dipping terns along with schools of mullet will help to locate good water. Live chumming with pilchards will get any fish in the area looking for something to eat. Otherwise a top-water plug will draw strikes from just about anything lurking off the edge.
For 10 years, Pinellas County volunteers have hauled hundreds of pounds of waste from Cross Bayou and Joe’s Creek. In the March 22 cleanup, more than 70 participants removed over 2,000 pounds of debris from the two waterways.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, volunteers and sponsors have an opportunity to participate in the cleanup of Cross Bayou and Joe’s Creek waterways, which flow in the areas of Seminole, Pinellas Park, Lealman and St. Petersburg.
Businesses also contribute to the success of the cleanup effort by taking advantage of various sponsorships to lend their support and help get the word out to citizens.
At a Sept. 10 meeting in Kissimmee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission acted to prohibit lionfish aquaculture. Lionfish are an invasive species that have a negative impact on native fish and habitat.
The changes will go into effect by Dec. 1. Updates will be available at MyFWC.com/Lionfish.
Management changes were developed in coordination with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and include: