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July declared Florida Recreation and Parks Month

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Summertime in Florida is ideal for enjoying the outdoors, and the perfect reason Gov. Rick Scott declared July as state Parks and Recreation Month.

To celebrate outdoor recreation, events and family fun, the Department of Environmental Protection is calling for visitors and residents to visit state parks and trails during the entire month.

In his declaration statement, Scott said parks and recreational opportunities build family unity, strengthen neighborhood involvement and promote cultural diversity.

“There is something for everyone at Florida’s State Parks – whether you’re into hiking, fishing, learning about our state’s rich history or picnicking with family and friends,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “July is the perfect time to get outdoors with family and friends to enjoy all of the natural wonders that our state has to offer.”

The state is honoring Recreation and Parks Month with a series of special events hosted by Florida State Parks statewide:

Americana Under the Stars
Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Sea Turtle Walks
9 p.m.-12:15 a.m. – Daily except for Thursdays
Sebastian Inlet State Park

Guided River Tour
Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10 a.m.-noon
Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Chimney Chit Chat
Saturday, July 25 from 8-9 p.m.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
Friday, July 31 from 10-11 a.m.
Lovers Key State Park

Floridians are never more than an hour drive from a state park or trail. Finding the nearest outdoor adventure is easy, by simply downloading the Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger app, The app — available at the Apple App Store — provides information on park amenities, facility maps and a real-time calendar of events.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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