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County, local officials blast Lake Okeechobee plan

Lee County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Kevin Ruane sat across from Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the Jacksonville district of the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, in the Lee County Administration Building conference room and denounced the plan Kelly brought forward to manage Lake ...

Breakfast Cruises, Touch Tanks return at TBE

Tarpon Bay Explorers reported that its Breakfast Cruises and the Touch Tanks are back to normal operations. In light of the pandemic, it had put the cruises on hold and the tank were switched to hands-off aquarium presentations, where visitors could not handle the wildlife. The cruises are ...

Sanibel Sea School hosts Calusa Week at summer camp

From July 19-23, the Sanibel Sea School held Calusa Week at its flagship campus on the east end of Sanibel. Campers celebrated the Calusa tribe by honing their waterfolk skills, building their own rafts and shelters, weaving palm fronds, and even making tools out of natural materials. The ...

FWC releases new manatee and sea turtle decals

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently released the new 2021-22 manatee and sea turtle decals. The waterproof stickers feature two different designs and are a fun way for people to directly support research, rescue and management efforts that conserve the species and ...

Tips for finding a good fishing spot in open water

When learning the ropes — and rods — of saltwater fishing, thorough preparation involves more than just a rich arsenal of gear and the appropriate attire. Open-water fishing is challenging and requires technique and prior research. If you’re embarking on an open-water adventure for the ...

Junonia found on Sanibel

Patrick O'Rourke, 60, of Crown Point, Indiana, found a junonia on July 19 at Blind Pass Beach on Sanibel. He reported that he was in neck-deep water shelling with a weight belt for a giant conch or whelk, when he found a shelf of shells and decided to bring some up in his net. O'Rourke has been ...

Lightning whelk found on Sanibel

Madison Fischer, 11, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, found a lightning whelk on July 7 at the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa on Sanibel. Laura Fischer reported that her oldest daughter found it in the water after Tropical Storm Elsa. She added that it was the family's first time vacationing on ...