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Bay scallop season opens July 1

Time to head over to St. Joe Bay! The recreational harvest season for bay scallops begins July 1 and continues through Sept. 10.  Open scalloping areas on Florida’s Gulf coast extend from the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the Pasco-Hernando county line near Aripeka. You can take bay scallops only within the allowable harvest areas.  It is illegal to possess bay scallops while you’re in or on state waters outside the open harvest areas,...

Rags to Riches Sailing Regatta July 3

Sailing race runs from Grayton to Seagrove Independence Day festivities start early with a Hobie Cat race kicking off the holiday weekend on Grayton Beach. A tradition since 1981, the local sailing regatta race will be held at 12:30 p.m. July 3. Two classes: 16 ft. or 14 ft. Hobie’s or equivalent are required to race. $45 entry fee includes T-shirt, koozie, gift bag for captain and crew, and trophies for top 3 finishes in each class. To enter or...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Lots of activities this weekend, check the calendar for more! Saturday, May 2 Estuary Festival to be held at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park May 2 The second annual Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival, a free family & community event for all ages, will be held Saturday, May 2 from 11:00 am. to 4:00 p.m. at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, located at 4281 Highway 20 East in Niceville. There is no park entrance fee for the festival which...

Georgia man falls overboard cobia fishing; boat winds up in Alabama

Boat drifts from Panama City Beach to Fort Morgan, Alabama It may go down as one of the most bizarre boating accidents in years, but a 41-year-old Georgia man is recovering in Bay Medical Center after falling overboard April 17 while cobia fishing off Panama City Beach. The 24-foot Century boat, which was borrowed, ran out of gas and was found beached Sunday morning at Fort Morgan, Ala. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Jeff Gager said Michael Bursten...

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic returns June 16-21

Popular tournament enters 7th year at Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Timed to coincide with the peak of the Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season, and located at the South’s number-one ranked resort destination, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic has set the new precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments along the Gulf Coast. The three heaviest weighed blue marlin, dolphin, tuna and wahoo are eligible for cash awards, as are the top three teams entered in the All...

Leukemia Cup Regatta events kick off in Panama City May 2

Enjoy a week of festivities for a good cause The inaugural Leukemia Cup Regatta at Bay Point, making its debut in Panama City. Not just an thrilling sailing race, this moving event is intended to raise money to fight blood cancers and will be held at Bay Point Marina May 7th-9th. Never heard about the Leukemia Cup before? You may be surprised to learn that numerous Leukemia Cup Regattas are held around the country, each with one goal: to raise...