For 22 years, a group of people better known for the work they do to keep the county safe has devoted itself to making sure people in need have a merry Christmas.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Ride and Run with the Stars is Saturday, Dec. 5, at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. in Tierra Verde. The family-friendly event features a 25-mile bike ride, 10K family ride, 5K certified race, 1-mile fun walk/skate, a silent auction, kid’s activities and a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf. Food, water and soda will be available while supplies last.
Proceeds go to the Christmas Sharing Project, which provides food, clothing and toys for crime victims, children and families that have been nominated by members of the Sheriff’s Office.
ST. PETERSBURG - A section of the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail between Fifth Avenue North and Ninth Avenue North in St. Petersburg is closed as part of a two-mile trail repair project.
The construction on the trail spans from Fifth Avenue North to 76th Street North and will occur in sections now through February. The repair segments are:
- Fifth Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North - Ninth Avenue North to 13th Avenue North - 13th Avenue North to 22nd Avenue North - 22nd Avenue North to Tyrone Boulevard - Tyrone Boulevard to 76th Street North
Weekly cold fronts will push our fall to winter transition along much more quickly than in weeks past. Cooler water temperatures as well as windy conditions have made it difficult to pattern baitfish over the past few days, so live shrimp have came in handy. The best thing about live shrimp is that everything eats them, giving you the opportunity to hook into more crustacean minded species such as pompano and sheepshead, two types of fish that would be off the table if you were solely relying on baitfish.
DUNEDIN - More than 15 current PGA pros are expected to participate in the newly created Dunedin Heritage Celebrity/Pro-Am Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, Jan. 25, organizers say.
The list of players who have so far expressed interest include pros Scott Hoch and Greg Kraft and celebrities such as former All-Pro NFL kicker Gary Anderson and ex-Rowdies forward Neill Roberts, announced Dunedin Commissioner Bruce Livingston.
The tournament is the brainchild of Rod Spittle, a current member of the Champions Tour and part-time Dunedin resident, Livingston said. Spittle conceived of the tournament as a way to bring attention to the Dunedin Golf Club, which was the home of the Professional Golfers Association from 1945 to 1972. The course has been played by such greats as Ben Hogan and Bobby Jones.
CLEARWATER - Before you sit down to your Thanksgiving table and indulge in some turkey with all the trimmings, consider taking a run to whet your appetite. The annual Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot kicks off Nov. 26 and is a surefire way to burn off some holiday calories.
“This is Clearwater’s answer to Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade,” Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos said of the annual event. “It is a fun event for families and a great way to get the day started.”
CLEARWATER - Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has asked that Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson remove Pinellas County's Honeymoon Island State Park from a list of potential locations for hunting.
The park is located near Dunedin close to condominium complexes, beachgoers and boaters.
"I was surprised to discover that Honeymoon Island State Park has been added to a list for possible hunting sites. It's almost as if whoever added Honeymoon Island to this list has never actually been to the state park," Latvala said in a media release. "Our state parks are meant to protect the treasured natural beauty of Florida. I'm concerned that allowing hunting would be a disaster waiting to happen."
Strong winds over the last several days haven’t allowed for much fishing. It appears that this current weather pattern is going to last for a while with another cold front making its way through the area later this week. Typically we see this kind of trend begin to take place in October.
However, it seems like Mother Nature is now trying to make up for lost time. On the bright side there’s no real sign of arctic air accompanying these fronts so at least for now when the weather does straighten out we should expect to find plenty of bait and hungry fish.
EGMONT KEY - For those who have never explored the interior of Egmont Key State Park, the opportunity will be there this weekend when the Egmont Key Alliance hosts its annual Discover The Island fundraiser Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15.
The event gives residents an opportunity to explore the island, check out the 157-year-old lighthouse and roam through a number of nature trails. The island is home to Fort Dade, a former U.S. Army installation that includes a number of bunkers. Historical re-enactors will be on hand both days.
Here we are in the second week of November and have yet to see any real fall weather. If anything, our temperatures have been on the increase over the past week. Despite the unseasonably warm water temperatures, the fishing has been nothing short of magical at times both inshore and offshore.
Another weak cold front pushed through the area early this week and with another making its way through by this weekend, we can only assume that this will be a consistent pattern for the time being. Usually I would say that it takes a few days for the fish to begin to actively feed again. However, with the water temperatures still holding around 80 degrees, as long as the bait remains in the area the fish are showing no signs of slowing down.