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Paddle your way around the Panhandle

  Kayaks an easy fit for anyone interested in outdoor fun     With the Gulf of Mexico, the Choctawhatchee Bay and numerous lakes, creeks and rivers in the area, kayaking is a popular sport in the Panhandle. And with little maintenance cost after purchase, kayaking can be enjoyed by most anyone. There are two basic configurations to choose from, the traditional cockpit style and the sit on top. In a variety of lengths, kayaks range from 8 – 20...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Friday, July 24 Seaside movies under the stars Seaside Amphitheater at  8:00 p.m. Daddy Day Camp – Hilarity reins when Daddy Day Care owners Charlie and Phil expand their business to include running a summer camp. Determined to provide their sons with a positive camp experience, Charlie and Phil visit their childhood Camp Driftwood only to find it dilapidated and on the brink of closure. Link out http://seasidefl.com Saturday, July 25 Redfish tournament at Boon Docks Restaurant – Hwy. 79...

WaterSound hosting weekend of fun for everyone June 12-14

Golf, kayaking, lawn games and swimming all part of the fun-filled weekend at WaterSound The community of WaterSound and The St. Joe Company will host a free public event to celebrate the summer season in South Walton County.  Held at WaterSound’s central gathering spot, Village Commons, and The Origins Golf Course, Summer At The ‘Sound is a fun-filled outing for visiting and local families alike.  Folks of all ages will enjoy live music, swimming in the beautifully designed Village Commons...

Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival May 2

Family Festival to be held at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park 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 offers fun activities, hand-on displays and environmental awareness. The event is hosted by the Mattie...

Paddler Completes Saltwater Florida Trail

Entire Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail paddled Matt Keene’s and Jodi Eller’s Sunshine Expedition reached a significant  milestone on Jan. 5 as Matt arrived at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola. In a 3-½ month sea kayaking trip, Matt Keene became the first ever thru-paddler of the 1600-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. He was welcomed by family, friends and supporters in an event coordinated by Escambia County’s Marine Resources Division.  Having also paddled for much of the trip, Jodi took...

Surf and inshore fishing report

Pompano, redfish, bluefish, flounder being caught surf fishing Surf Fishing Surf Fishing in the winter offers some interesting possibilities.  In the last few weeks we have seen lots of big bull reds, bluefish, black drum, pompano and even bonita caught from the beach.  This time of year, you never know what to expect.  Keep an eye on the fluctuations in water temperature.  The past few weeks have seen the water temperature rise and fall several degrees.  When you see a...

Eglin recreation permits now available

by Jerron Barnett Eglin Environmental Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Attention all Eglin outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the Fiscal Year 2008 hunting, fishing and recreation permits will go on sale at Jackson Guard Wednesday, beginning at 7 a.m. Several of the permit’s prices have slightly increased this year, due to increased costs to keep the program running, Justin Johnson, Jackson Guard outdoor recreation program manager, said. “The prices of the permits have held steady for nearly 15 years,...