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Help clean up the beach May 10

Help clean the beach and celebrate a Mother Nature’s day Surfrider Foundation Emerald Coast Chapter is hosting a beach clean up day Sunday at Ed Walline beach park on the corner of CR 393 and Scenic 30A. Sunday, May 10, 2009 Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am For more information: 850-865-7798 Email: surfinl8er@hotmail.com...

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...

A journey to the Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve

A fun and peculiar adventure not to be missed Up in the Northern part of Walton County sits an extraordinary and interesting place called the Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve. What a great morning I had off the beaten path, exploring living things, rusted things, and eco-friendly methods of laying the deceased to rest. Where else can you find a bamboo farm, Rustaphorian sculptures, a chufa farmer and a green burial ground? John Wilkerson, along with his brother Bill and John’s...

Latest DEP budget proposal to cut State park hours, jobs

Deer Lake, Camp Helen and Ponce de Leon Springs park hours would be affected Last week the Department of Environmental Protection was asked to submit a 20 percent budget reduction to the Legislature. This budget reduction proposal does not call for the closure of any state parks, but does propose a reduction in the days and hours of operation at 58 state parks. Nineteen of those 58 are the 19 that last fall were considered for temporary closure. The proposed...

Ugh… Dog flies are here!

Dog Flies and their habits When fall comes to our area, those refreshing weather fronts will move through from the north bringing lower humidity, lower temperatures and the infamous dog fly. The stable fly, known as the dog fly in northwest Florida, is a blood feeding fly that is a nuisance to man, pets, and livestock. From August through November the dog fly congregates on the Florida Panhandle beaches. This fly originates from farming areas in southern Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia...