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Reel Time: The elephant in the bay

Reel Time: The elephant in the bay

It’s not with any pleasure that I sit down and write an outdoors column on water quality issues and red tide at one of...
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Turtle season is here

BRADENTON BEACH – It’s the first week of sea turtle nesting season, and while turtles jumped the gun on Longboat Key, none have nested...
Fish house owner in Catch-22

Fish house owner in Catch-22

CORTEZ – As the Florida Legislative session winds down this week, Karen Bell, of A.P. Bell Fish Co., is caught in a “Catch-22” –...
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Leffis lizard to be relocated

BRADENTON BEACH – The case of the Leffis lizard is solved. Reports of an iguana at Leffis Key concerned Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria...
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Reel Time: Clear water hides looming problem

The red tide is gone! I don’t know anybody that isn’t elated that the most recent harmful algae bloom is absent from local waters....

Bill bans plastic straw bans

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved a bill today that would prevent local governments from banning plastic straws while the...
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Clams restored in Sarasota Bay

BRADENTON BEACH – Seventy bushels of hard-shelled (Mercenaria mercenaria) quahog clams were delivered and dispersed near the historic Bradenton Beach Pier today. The Bradenton Beach...
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Beaches free of red tide

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Today’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) red tide report shows no red tide in Manatee County waters over...

Redfish released for red tide recovery

BRADENTON – More than 2,000 juvenile redfish and 31 hefty adults were released this morning in the waters of Robinson Preserve to restock the...
John Stevely

Sponge talk absorbing

CORTEZ – John Stevely holds up a two-toned, blue kitchen pot scrubber. “This is not a sponge,” he declares. The manmade commercial product is not as...
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Governor launches environmental reforms

SARASOTA – New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is wasting no time addressing water quality issues, including harmful algae blooms. On Thursday, Jan. 10, DeSantis signed...
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Reel Time: Sarasota Bay seagrasses take a big hit

I don’t have to remind anyone of the devastation the red tide wrought in our bays and Gulf. Images of dumpsters stuffed with fish,...
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Reel Time: Kids for Clean Water

All of us who live on the Gulf coast have been impacted by the recent red tide and the unprecedented death of dolphins, sea...
Mullet fishing tournament Winner

Jeffries wins mullet tournament

CORTEZ – Cortez resident Kenny Jeffries won the Fifth Annual Flippin’ Mullet Sports Bar Mullet Fishing Tournament at the Swordfish Grill in Cortez on...
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Reel Time: Sarasota Bay Watch clams survive red tide

Sarasota Bay Watch (SBW) is excited that the clams they introduced into Sarasota Bay this past summer survived the recent red tide outbreak, an...