Ridge Road Extension granted modifications, added funds

The Pasco County Commission has approved a revision to the Ridge Road Extension project – to provide additional funding and services connected to the project. The board approved a change order on Aug. 6 to pay for post-design assistance from the project engineer, and to analyze possible impacts to gopher tortoises. The county also is allocating an additional $1.4 million toward the first … [Read more...]

Boaters can safely enjoy time on the water

National Safe Boating Week is May 18 to May 24, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is encouraging boaters to focus on simple, effective steps that make boating safer. Though Florida’s boating season never really ends, Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional start nationwide. With nearly 1 million registered boaters in the state, people safely enjoy boating … [Read more...]

Sea turtle nesting season is here

The month of May marks the beginning of sea turtle nesting season on many of Florida’s beaches. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking property owners and beach visitors to help nesting turtles and hatchlings by turning off or shielding lights that are visible from the beach at night. Helping to keep the beaches dark at night is one of the most important things … [Read more...]

Close encounters with manatees on the rise

Chances of a close encounter between Florida manatees and boaters increase in the spring. That’s when manatees leave their winter refuges and travel along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and through inland waters. For boaters, it is the time to be especially vigilant to avoid colliding with these large aquatic mammals. From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters … [Read more...]

Reptiles rule at GatorWorld

At this Central Florida tourist attraction, there are hundreds of alligators — to be seen, fed, and in some cases, touched. GatorWorld Parks of Florida opened its gates to visitors of all ages last fall, in Wildwood, on State Route 44 in Sumter County. The 15-acre park, off Interstate 75, is a family friendly attraction. Visitors can drive through the park and have prime viewing of … [Read more...]

Region has frigid wake-up call

The new year brought the first blast of winter to Pasco County, and to the Tampa Bay region. Freeze warnings and wind chill advisories rained down daily from the National Weather Service, as frigid air dipped into north and central Florida, and stayed for days. For the first time in decades, Tallahassee had measurable snowfall. Here in Tampa Bay, snow was a no-show, but temperatures … [Read more...]

Pasco County Health Department issues rabies alert

A rabies alert has been issued for a portion of Pasco County by Mike Napier, county health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. The rabies alert has been issued for an area that’s generally west of Morris Bridge Road, south of State Road 54, east of Ashton Oaks Boulevard and north of Chancey Road. The alert came in response to a raccoon that tested positive for … [Read more...]

Disney’s gator nightmare packs lessons for us

Alligators are a fact of life in Florida. Walt Disney World is in Florida. Therefore, there are alligators at Walt Disney World. This truth at the East Coast headquarters of the Happiest Place On Earth™ came to shocking light recently when a 2-year-old from Nebraska, Lane Graves, was snatched and drowned by a gator lurking in the manmade Seven Seas Lagoon near the Grand Floridian Beach … [Read more...]

Exotic pets looking for homes, too, through amnesty program

Ever wanted to replace the traditional dog or cat, with a blue-tongued skink, or a green anaconda? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for qualified people willing to adopt exotic pets through its Exotic Pet Amnesty Program. These pets need new homes because owners who can no longer care for them have surrendered them to the state. New owners will need to … [Read more...]

License-free saltwater fishing day set for Sept. 6

Visitors and residents are being given an opportunity this weekend to try out saltwater fishing for a day without the need for a license. The event on Sept. 6 is part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's saltwater license-free fishing days, where the requirement to have a recreational saltwater fishing license is waived. However, all other regulations — such as seasons, … [Read more...]