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Simply Carrabelle

DSC_4915ccThere are few places in Florida where you can experience solitude on an abandoned beach while watching the sun set over the Gulf.  However, a small town on the Forgotten Coast is just the place if you're looking to get away from the crowds, traffic and endless displays of Florida t-shirts.  Carrabelle is located about an hour south of Tallahassee, along Highway 98.  Recently we decided to take a look for ourselves and see if this small fishing village had anything to offer. With the boat in tow, we made the 4-hour trip from Jacksonville with no preconceived notions.

4th of July Events by Boat 2015

fireworks2011We have released the 2015 list of places where you can view fireworks from your boat. Thus far, more than 30 locations have been submitted by local Chambers of Commerce as well as Tourism and Visitor bureaus from across the Sunshine State. Please confirm time and dates.

Florida is one of the few states that can offer this many elaborate displays over water, allowing spectators to view the celebration from the comfort of their boat and making for the perfect holiday outing.

There are things that should be kept in mind before venturing out for an evening on the water. Rusty Gardner, founder of Florida By Water, reminds us that even although this can be a great boating experience, safety must always come first. He offers up a few suggestions:

  • First, make sure that all of your navigation lights are in working order. It is imperative that other boaters are able to see you in the dark.
  • Second, it is very helpful to have a chart plotter or other navigation device on board when navigating at night. Slow speeds are always better in these conditions and a extra lookout could be invaluable.
  • Third, make sure you have all of the required safety equipment on board and always wear your life jacket!
  • And finally, never drink and boat. As the captain you are responsible for the safety of everyone on your vessel. With this many boats on the water, the 4th of July is not a time to take risks.

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FWC Announcements

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FWC announced two weekends in June when a saltwater fishing license will not be required statewide. The license-free weekend of June 4 and 5 is the first weekend red snapper season opens in the Gulf, and the second weekend of June 18 and 19 is Father's Day weekend.

Expand Bay Scallop Season

FWC also announced that it will expand bay scallop season to open a week early, on June 25, and extend the season by two weeks to end on Sept. 25. Small Gulf Coast communities from Steinhatchee to St. Marks to St. Joe Bay will have three extra weeks for visitors and residents to explore and enjoy this low cost, fun family activity.

Florida State Parks

In addition, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida State Parks will offer half-off admission on both Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8, and Father's Day, Sunday, June 19. There are 160 parks throughout the state and 74 unique saltwater fishing facilities, including piers, boardwalks and jetties.

Boat's Their Names and Why


A “MUST READ” for all Boat Enthusiasts! “

After noticing for the firsttime, a multitude of named boats moored in a popular Fort Myers, Florida marina; a paining “curiosity” emerged to ask the skippers “why?” a particularboat name was chosen in a few unique and unusual cases. After that experience, the overwhelming and almost paralyzing thought was unlimited and vast inventory existed in type of captain, type of boat, and type of story. Some stories were “dead” serious while others resulted from just afrivolous whim at a given moment. Personalities, looks and style flavored the mix and invigorated the desire further. What a “great” short story and photo opt idea! This seemed an“ideal read” for sitting by the pool or a late night adventure. By Author Linda S Strugill

24.95 plus 3.75 shipping. Sales of this book help support Florida By Water.

Boat Trip Scavenger Hunt


Boating with children or disinterested spouses can make for a long boat ride. That's why our "not so creative" department here at Florida By Water has gone old school and created a new twist on an old game to help keep your passengers from staging a mutiny. We like to call it "Boat Trip Scavenger Hunt." (Great name, huh?!) Just print off the list and start looking for the items.

Here are the rules. First one to call an item gets to check it off their list. First one to complete the list or the one who has found the most items when you reach the dock wins.

It's free, it's fun and you get to discover Florida By Water along the way!