Saturday, May 18, 2013
In its latest blog on Patch, the Southwest Florida Water Management District explains what it's doing to protect the natural springs it calls "essential" to our environment and economy.
Florida's natural springs are "essential to the environment, economy, citizens and visitors of the state," according to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. That's why the agency invested more than $2.2 million in springs protection and restoration last year and has approved $3.9 million more for the coming fiscal year, SFWMD spokesperson Susanna Martinez Tarokh explains in her latest blog on Patch. "There are more than 150 documented springs throughout the 16-county District, with five first magnitude spring groups that collectively discharge more than one billion gallons of water per day," Martinez Tarokh writes. Have you ever visited any of these springs? Do you agree with SFWMD's mission to protect them? We want to hear …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Beach residents should make sure to keep lights off or dimmed during sea turtle nesting season, which is May 1 through Oct. 31.
Pinellas County beaches experienced one of the most successful sea turtle nesting seasons in the last decade in 2012. Volunteers with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium documented 196 nests even though Tropical Storm Debby wreaked havoc along the coastline. There usually can be up to 120 nests made along beaches in the Tampa Bay area, with each nest having up to 110 eggs. This year, the sea turtle nesting season began on Wendesday, May 1. Because hatchlings find their way to the water following natural light reflected onto the water, residents and businesses near the beach should make sure to shut off or dim lights at night through Oct. 31. This can reduce the amount of artificial light and help the newly hatched turtles safely reach the water…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A law that would make it illegal to sell the long, glass pipes commonly used for smoking marijuana recently sailed over a hurdle in the Florida House. We’d like to get your take on the issue, Tampa Bay!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Gulfport City Council members unanimously voted to remove the smoking ban on the beach to end a lawsuit that claimed the ban was unconstitutional.
All five Gulfport City Councilors voted Tuesday to remove the smoking ban on the beach and allow designated smoking areas at athletic fields and facilities as well as children's outdoor play areas. The decision to lift the ban on the beach comes just two months after a judge in Sarasota ruled the City cannot enforce outdoor smoking restrictions. "A judge has ruled it's unconstitutional," Gulfport City Attorney Andrew Salzman told Patch. Salzman recommended the change as a "compromise" to end a lawsuit filed against the city by St. Petersburg Attorney Andy Strickland. Strickland challenged the ban and claimed it was unconstitutional and illegal. According to a Florida Statute, the regulation of smoking is up to the state, not local …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A proposed 2013 gag grouper season in state waters will be discussed at the February Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting in Orlando.
Wednesday, January 30
Several species of grouper, including black, red, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, rock hind and red hind will close to recreational harvest from Feb. 1 through March 31 in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. According to a news release, gag grouper has a separate season from other Gulf of Mexico grouper and is currently closed to harvest. A proposed 2013 gag grouper season in state waters will be discussed at the February Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting in Orlando. The FWC said the upcoming two-month recreational harvest closure that starts Feb. 1 was put in place to help rebuild the gag grouper fishery. Gag grouper spawn during the …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Crashes are decreasing in Florida communities with red light cameras, according to a statewide report.
More than 400 intersections in Florida have red light cameras, including three in Gulfport. According to a new report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 56 percent of communities surveyed noticed a total reduction in crashes at intersections with red light cameras. The numbers: In total, 73 agencies responded to the survey and included information between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. "Agencies reported that in addition to the decrease in total crashes, traffic safety improved throughout the jurisdiction as drivers were more cautious when approaching all intersections," according to the Florida Red Light Camera Annual Report Survey - which is attached to this article. During the surveyed period these agencies…
Thursday, December 27, 2012
St. Pete's The Boundary Restaurant will re-open on Beach Boulevard in January as the American Grille.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The Boundary: An American Grille, is closing in St. Petersburg after four short months. But the end actually marks a new beginning. The eatery will re-open in January in Gulfport, as the American Grille. Owner Jim Wilson informed The Boundary's Facebook followers: "So I guess you've been wondering where we have been," Wilson wrote. "Well as of a bit more than a week ago I made decision to close The Boundary. For whatever reason it just did not do the business we had predicted and would not support a business of that size." Wilson said that while he is shutting The Boundary's doors, he is moving his restaurant at the end of January to 2930 Beach Blvd., in Gulfport. Coupons that patrons had for the St. Pete place will be honored in Gulfport…
A 16-minute YouTube video captures the fun, excitement and beauty of this year's parade.
From seaside Santas to glow-in-the-dark palm trees, the holiday glitz of Gulfport's annual Christmas boat parade is captured on a YouTube video. The 16-minute video shows why the yearly Boca Ciega Yacht Club parade is so popular with locals. What a great promotion for the city and quality of life in Gulfport, let alone the temperate weather in December. The parade is open to anyone (with a boat, of course) and welcomes spectators, with a party that follows. The video was originally posted on Svhideaway.blogspot.com.
Monday, December 17, 2012
The 83-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle and killed at the intersection of Pasadena Avenue and Majestic Way.
A South Pasadena car crash claimed the life of an 83-year-old woman Monday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Margherita Trupiano was walking across Pasadena Avenue west at the crosswalk at Majestic Way, when she was hit by a Ford Econo-Line Van driven by 54-year Emile Daniel of St.Petersburg. Daniel was traveling north on Pasadena Avenue and in the curb side lane. Trupiano had just stepped into crosswalk when she was struck by the vehicle. Trupiano was transported to Bayfront Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of life-threatening injuries; she was pronounced dead at 1:06 p.m. Trupiano lived on Shore Drive South in St. Petersburg. Neither alcohol nor speed appear to be a factor in this case, and the Major Accident …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Are you in favor of such a law? Do you think it goes too far, or not far enough?
Florida could soon join 39 other states that have banned texting while driving. A bill filed last week by state Rep. Doug Holder, R-Sarasota, would make texting while driving a secondary offense under which a driver can receive a citation, but only after he or she is pulled over for a primary offense such as speeding or reckless driving, TBO.com reports. The bill doesn't prohibit all use of handheld devices while driving, as some state laws do, and cell phone calls would still be permitted. "If you are texting while driving, you are 23 times more likely to have an accident," Holder told TBO. "I think the timing is right. I think we are going to get something passed." Are you in favor of such a law in Florida? Do you think it goes too far, …