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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!

Florida Severe Weather & Boating

Lightning  On The Water

With an average of 1.4 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes each year, no other state in the country experiences more lightning strikes than Florida. Lightning is very dangerous and can travel as far as 10 miles from a thunderstorm! So while it may not be raining at your location, lightning can still reach you. The key to remaining safe from a lightning strike is to keep an eye to the sky and watch for darkening skies on the horizon along with distant rumbles of thunder.

The vast majority of lightning injuries and deaths on boats occur on small boats with NO cabin. It is crucial to listen to the weather when you are boating. If thunderstorms are forecast, don't go out. If you are out on the water and skies are threatening, get back to land and find a safe building or safe vehicle.


Santa Can Help

santa_boat_150pxFlorida By Water has taken on an extra expense this holiday season by hiring Santa Clause to send out e-mail's to ensure boaters receive the gifts they desire. Santa stated that the new location for employment will be a nice change of pace from the colder temperatures found in the North Pole, not to mention that the use of technology will cut down on endless hours of people sitting on his lap at just about every shopping center in the nation.  Rusty Gardner, President of Florida By Water, created the concept due to the fact that boaters often do not get the gifts they deserve based on the naughty-or-nice theory. However a loophole was found in the Santa policy by the spelling of the word “naughty”. A simple change to “Nauti” now means that boaters are entitled to the nautical gifts they desire. Santa's legal department has agreed that the spelling of the term could be confusing to Florida boaters.  In order to contact Santa and take advantage of the loophole just  e-mail santa@floridabywater.com, and he will send a personal e-mail of your request to the person(s) you specify. Furthermore, Santa will help locate the best prices and include a link for the items you desire. We at Florida By Water wish all you Nauti-or-nice boaters a wonderful and safe holiday season!)