INDIAN SHORES - Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is now in operation at the beachfront facility, formerly known as Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, located at 18328 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Shores.
The new organization has experienced management, a new board and new leadership from the Busch von Gontard family, who have a long history of wildlife and environmental conservation. The mission of the new organization remains the same: the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of sick, injured and orphaned birds.
“For as long as I can remember, my family has been devoted to causes that conserve precious wildlife and the environments where they thrive,” said Andrew von Gontard, president of Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, in a press release. “It is our passion for wildlife that has moved us to step in to invest significant time and resources into the revitalization of this sanctuary. We look forward to working closely with the staff and volunteers to ensure seabirds have a first class rehabilitation facility working on their behalf.”
Inshore fishing has been really good throughout the Intracoastal Waterway for a month now.
Plenty of lower slot redfish have been schooled up in several different locations. While the trout have still been running on the small side, we are definitely catching more keepers with each passing week.
The key factor to all this great fishing has been the amount of baitfish holding in the shallows. Hordes of juvenile threadfin along with scaled sardines and small shad can be seen flashing and dimpling the surface at every spot we’re fishing.
MADEIRA BEACH - A five-week recreational fishing class will be offered beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Madeira Beach City Marina, 503 150th Ave.
The class will meet Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The instructor is Captain David Zalewski, operator of the charter boat Lucky Too III, which is located at the marina. Zalewski has been fishing local waters since 1962.
Some of the subjects to be covered include knot systems; care, selection and use of tackle; electronics; bottom fishing; live bait and hardware trolling; artificial reefs and the cleaning of fish.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Suncoast Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will host the inaugural Ted Irwin Memorial Tournament/Leukemia Cup Regatta event, set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at the St Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
The regatta will kick off with the Wingshooter’s Sporting Clay Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Sarasota Trap-Skeet & Clays.
LARGO - The Friends of Largo Nature Parks will host a Fall Family Campout Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at Bonner Nature Park, 14444 143rd St. N., Largo.
The event will kick off Friday at 6 p.m. and will conclude Saturday at 10 a.m. Attendees will hike along nature trails through the dark and roast marshmallows by the campfire. There will be music and storytelling. The cost is $10 per person.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brad Kendell, 35, a member of the Clearwater Yacht club sailed to a silver medal Sept. 17 in the Sonar Class at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Kendell and his teammates trained for years to first win a spot in the games representing the U.S. and then winning the medal.
Going into the games, Kendell, in a phone interview from Rio, said they were cautiously confident.
“We were confident,” he said. “We won the world championship earlier this year, and our competition was pretty much the same so we were confident that we could medal, that’s how we looked at it.”
The fall fishing in west central Florida is as good as anywhere in the world. I am constantly repeating that and the fishing always seems to back it up.
Locals know of the potential a day on the water can offer in September through November.
With all the tourists Pinellas County receives, it still flies under the radar when it comes to some of Florida’s other more well-known fishing destinations. I hear it all the time from clients on the boat.
“I can’t believe the fishing is this good here,” they say.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Janice Pritchard is 72 years old yet like many people her age who live on the beach she doesn’t spend her time going for early morning strolls or spend evening’s watching the sunset.
In her free time she trains, she runs, because there is another marathon just around the corner.
Pritchard has been running marathons for the past six years. Her running has taken her to some exotic and faraway places and is all part of what she says is her calling in life.