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St. Petersburg plans major overhaul to city marina

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City officials are looking for residents to provide ideas for updating the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. They’re holding a public session from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. “We’re taking the first baby step,” project manager Rick Hermann said. “We’re at the very beginning of this.” The docks at the marina were built in the 1960s and 1970s and are starting to show their age, Hermann said. Also, the demand for docks…

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Audubon, Florida FWC warn boaters to watch for wildlife this Memorial Day

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Memorial Day means a weekend by the water to many Floridians, but environmental group Audubon and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission say boaters and beachgoers need to watch out wildlife. Many rare and declining species of water birds make their homes on Florida beaches and islands, and even a small disturbance can decimate an entire colony by causing parents to flee their nests, the groups say. “Memorial Day is always a fun time to be around or on…

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Report: More boating accidents despite drop in fatalities

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A report shows the number of boating accidents in Florida sharply increased in 2015 over 2014, despite there being a 25 percent decrease in fatalities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says in a statement Wednesday that the 2015 Boating Accident Statistical Report reveals the state had 737 boating accidents last year. That’s 103 more accidents as compared to 2014. Fifty-five people died in 2015 as a result of those accidents. FWC spokesman Capt. Tom Shipp says many of…

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