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ST. PETE BEACH — The weather conditions in January in Florida really couldn’t be more conducive to outdoor activities. It’s the perfect time for a stroll on the beach, or shopping for unique and handcrafted fine art and crafts at an outdoor festival.

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ST. PETE BEACH — For those looking to avoid packed parking lots, long checkout lines, and crowded shopping aisles typically found in shopping malls and big box stores during the holiday shopping season, there’s a popular outdoor alternative available this weekend.

ST. PETERSBURG — Florida CraftArt will present the 24th annual CraftArt Festival Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21, just outside the doors of the Florida CraftArt Gallery, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

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ST. PETERSBURG — The Sunken Gardens Forever Foundation recently announced gifts of $120,000 in support of Sunken Gardens' new history center. The long-awaited history center is being created in the historic former entrance to the Sunken Gardens, which once faced 18th Avenue Northeast.

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A patchy bloom of red tide offshore Pinellas County has resulted in reports of respiratory irritation and dead fish coming in from locations stretching from Fort De Soto in Tierra Verde north to Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, as well as in the Intracoastal Waterway and Boca Ciega Bay.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has been reporting a patchy bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, for the past several weeks. Concentrations in Pinellas had not been worrisome.

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ST. PETE BEACH — American Craft Endeavors, producer of some of the region’s finest juried art shows and craft festivals, will help usher in summer by bringing skilled crafters from around the country to Pinellas for a two-day free event.

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SAFETY HARBOR — Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway in Safety Harbor, reopened at noon Thursday, June 3, after it was closed temporarily due to a black bear sighting by a park ranger.

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Groundbreaking is expected to begin within the next two months on a Children’s Discovery Garden that will allow kids to experience nature and teach them to be good stewards of the environment.

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City of Seminole officials held a ribbon-cutting at Waterfront Park March 3, officially opening its playground to children of all mobilities.

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PALM HARBOR — Historic Palm Harbor will once again serve as the setting for the Palm Harbor Craft Festival, happening Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Florida Avenue in Palm Harbor.

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DUNEDIN — In a letter dated Jan. 22, Eric MacNeill, president of the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation, announced the cancellation of the 2021 Dunedin Highland Games and Festival. The event had been tentatively scheduled for April.

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ST. PETE BEACH — Searching for something unique and out of the ordinary? Something creative, made by hand with meticulous attention to detail and an artistic flair? Look no further: American Craft Endeavors will bring its two-day juried outdoor showcase to a South Pinellas beach community th…

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ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay area is preparing for a stampede: More than 70 animatronic dinosaurs are ready and raring to return from extinction and lay siege to St. Petersburg starting on New Year’s Day.

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ST. PETE BEACH — If the idea of spending time competing for parking spaces and weaving through crowded shopping malls strikes you as particularly unpleasant this holiday season, an alternative destination will be available this weekend.

Several recreational and commercial stone crab regulation changes go into effect, just in time for the Oct. 15 season start date. Florida’s stone crab fishery has experienced a long-term decline in harvest and is likely undergoing overfishing. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissio…

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ST. PETERSBURG — In these unprecedented times, the SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival is adapting to meet the challenges that St. Petersburg, and many cities around the globe, are facing. And now, more than ever, organizers recognize the critical need to nurture the arts, celebrate our reco…

By now, most of us have experience wearing a mask into sparsely-populated public places and veering away from other masked patrons to maintain the recommended social distance. It can be unsettling to be veered away from because it creates the creepy feeling that one is contagious.

Black skimmers are returning to Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach, and they will soon be choosing their nesting site in a colony of up to 300 individuals. These seabirds are colonial and make “scrapes,” or small depressions, in the sand. Each pair will have 3-4 well-camouflaged eggs, and …

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TAMPA — Aligned with the state’s phased approach and all public health directives, the Florida Aquarium recently announced that it will reopen to the public Friday, May 15.

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LARGO — Despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ statewide safer-at-home order, Pinellas County parks remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak, giving residents a place to stretch their legs — as long as they comply with orders to maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves and others.

It should come as no surprise that the fishing in our local waters both inshore and offshore is absolutely great right now. Perfect weather every day for two weeks will do that for you. Kingfish and Spanish mackerel are schooled up thick just offshore countywide and inshore snook, redfish, p…

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