Unintentional drowning causes about 10 deaths a day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the top cause of death for children ages 1-4 in the state of Florida and the second leading cause of death after motor vehicle crashes for children age…
PINELLAS COUNTY — It’s hard to believe summer is almost here after another long and tumultuous school year, but it’s true—Pinellas County students’ last day of school is Thursday, May 26, and that means parents will be looking for something to keep the kids busy during the three-month-long break.
Mosquito season and rainy season are perfect partners. Florida’s mosquitos love the heat of the summer plus the water and humidity the rainy season brings.
Florida’s limitless access to its many waterways makes it a popular destination to live, vacation and retire. Locals and visitors alike agree that boating is one of the best ways to spend leisure time in places like Tampa Bay.
CLEARWATER — Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, 7 Rockaway St. in Clearwater, May 4 to announce that the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget included $14 million to continue Florida’s investment in combatting red tide.
DESTIN – Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the 2022 Gulf red snapper recreational season will last 57 days, the longest season since the state assumed management of red snapper and will include both a summer and fall season. The announcement affects persons fishing from private recreational ve…
ST. PETE BEACH — Bringing a wide variety of appealing and exquisite creations, skilled craft artisans will take part in the free, two-day 18th annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, running Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, on Corey Avenue in downtown St. Pete Beach.
PALM HARBOR — Historic Palm Harbor will once again serve as the setting for the Palm Harbor Craft Festival, happening Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Florida Avenue in Palm Harbor. Admission is free. Visit www.artfestival.com.
DUNEDIN — Why wait until Fat Tuesday to get this party started? The Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association will present the 30th annual Mardi Gras celebration Saturday, Feb. 26, 2 to 11 p.m., in downtown Dunedin.
DUNEDIN — The 29th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival will be presented Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Main Street in Dunedin.
ST. PETERSBURG — The fourth annual St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival will run Friday through Sunday, Jan. 28-30, at Williams Park, 350 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
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.
TARPON SPRINGS — Instead of spending the entire weekend sinking deeper and deeper into the living room furniture while eating chicken wings and watching bowl games, ring in the new year with a brand new two-day outdoor festival.
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.
LARGO — The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) has issued a health alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Eagle Lake Park (Lake #2), 1800 Keene Road in Largo.
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.
For the first time in since June, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reported zero water samples with bloom concentrations of the red tide organism taken offshore or alongshore Pinellas County.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported improvement in red tide conditions in Tampa Bay; however, the same can’t be said for Pinellas County’s beaches.
Hurricane Elsa, which passed offshore Pinellas County’s Gulf coast July 6-7, did nothing to help the red tide situation, especially in southern parts of the county and along Tampa Bay.
DUNEDIN — Finally: The long-awaited return of the fine craft artisanship will bring more than 100 crafters to Dunedin for the 18th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival.
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.
As effects of red tide continue to move north along Pinellas County’s Gulf coast, officials are beginning efforts to clean up dead fish and other marine life from local beaches.
Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is cautioning beachgoers about possible effects from a patchy bloom of red tide reported in and offshore parts of the county’s Gulf coast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reminding property owners to check your home and other man-made structures for bats. If you find any, you still have time to exclude them before bat maternity season begins.
ST. PETERSBURG — The eighth annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival will be presented Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
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.
CLEARWATER — There’s great news for seniors who have enjoyed a lifetime of fishing and want to keep on angling now that they have time to fish: You don’t have to be rich and, regardless of the kind of fishing you do, you don’t have to pay for a Florida fishing license.
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…
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.
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…
LARGO — The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation will not be hosting its annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event this year.
DUNEDIN — It was not the first time — and probably not the last — that a plan to develop land considered to be environmentally sensitive has drawn stiff opposition in the community.
ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg resident Patrick Bradley says he has a little more work to do with his therapy program before he actually “officially” retires.