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Just days short of her 16th birthday, a Jupiter area caring young lady named Zoe Loren passed away. Her family and friends knew they lost someone very special.  The bright and generous teen had touched so many lives. To keep her memory and spirit alive the Zoe Loren ‘Make a Difference’ Foundation was established.  

The Zoe Loren Make a Difference Foundation keeps her essence alive through the good works of the foundation. Proceeds from years of 5K fun runs in Jupiter have been able to award scholarships and contribute funds to causes Zoe was zealous about.

Now in its 8th year, the Annual Zoe Loren 'Make A Difference' Foundation 5K Run/Walk will take place at Carlin Park in Jupiter, Florida on Saturday, November 10, 2018.   All proceeds from

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The natural language of around 500,000 deaf people in the US and Canada is American Sign Language (ASL). Loggerhead Marinelife Center has decided to make things easier for their wide range of visitors by offering ASL tours in addition to their regularly scheduled daily tours.

ASL-guided tours are now available upon request and led by a fluent guide ready to share exciting educational information about their incredible sea turtle research and rehabilitation efforts. Tours usually last for an hour and are $10 a person with a five-person or $50 minimum.

For more information about the multiple guided tours provided at Loggerhead, visit marinelife.org or contact Sue Thompson at sthompson@marinelife.org.

14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach;

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The 65th Stuart Sailfish Club Light Tackle Tournament will be held December 5th-8th to benefit the club’s scholarship fund. Every year, the Club provides scholarships to five Martin County students furthering their education in the fields of Marine Science, Marine Biology, or Marine Conservation.

The tournament includes two divisions; Light Tackle and the Treasure Coast Championship. The event includes a kick-off party and nightly festivities. All registered participants are provided a daily breakfast, a lunch to go, and a BBQ on the dock each night, followed by the awards banquet dinner on Saturday, December 8th.

Receive 10% off by registering before November 23rd online.

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Stone Crab Season began in Florida state waters yesterday, and while this sweet succulent meat is allowed to be harvested until May, there are a few things you need to know.

Minimum Size Limit

Stone crab claws must measure at least 2 ¾ inches in length. Learn how to measure them properly HERE.

Daily Bag Limit

Individuals are allowed to harvest 1 gallon of claws per person or 2 gallons of claws per vessel, whichever is less.

How to Harvest

The claws are the only part to be taken from a stone crab, as they grow back when separated from the body properly. The law permits both claws to be harvested if they are of legal size, but it is courtesy to only harvest one claw per crab. This practice leaves the crab with a method of defense, and

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Stone crabs are a delicacy in South Florida, and federal wildlife protection agencies like FWC would like to keep them abundant. In order to do that, they’ve made a minimum size for these delicious crustacean limbs. Here’s how to measure stone crab claws.

Stone crab claws must measure at least 2 ¾-inches in length measured by a straight line from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable finger. This is the largest section of the claw that has both a movable and immovable finger, and is located farthest from the body of the crab.

For more information, visit http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/commercial/stone-crab/

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Pictured: Shannon Discount & Capt. Michael O'Conner of Boatsitters

Offshore, football-sized blackfin tuna have been pretty easy to get ahold of in about 200-400’ of water. You can use small daisy chains or troll with feathers, but quite a few have been caught trolling with small-skirted bonita strips as well. We had a lot of success with neon green and white skirts this week, but colors are a game that changes by the minute, so try a few different ones and switch the rest out as you go if your target fish is tending to a particular color. Dolphin have been in the same areas as blackfin, and wahoo have been non-existent. On the first cold front that rolls through, we’ll have our local favorite Junkanoo Lures ready. Regardless of our lack of cold

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If you’re planning to bring your furry friend with you when cruising to the Bahamas, you’ll need a permit. You can request an application by the way of snail mail below, but most people choose the expedited process by calling 242-325-7502/9 or faxing 242-325-3960. A fee of $10 is required with your application, which can be downloaded HERE.

Your pet must be older than 6 months of age, have required vaccinations, and have a certificate of health from your veterinarian.

For more information about crossing to the Bahamas from Florida, GO HERE.

 

Director of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture

Levy Building, East Bay Street

P.O. BOX N-3704

Nassau, Bahamas

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  Below are the official Bahamian Ports of Entry. Learn more about checking in and other tips on how to crossing from Florida to the Bahamas by boat HERE.  
  • THE ABACOS: Green Turtle Cay, Marsh Harbour, Spanish Cay, Treasure Cay or Walker’s Cay
  • THE BERRYS: Chub or Great Harbour Cays
  • NORTH BIMINI: Alice Town
  • CAT CAY: at Hawk’s Nest Marina
  • ANDROS: Congo Town, Fresh Creek, Mangrove Cay or Morgan’s Bluff
  • NASSAU, NEW PROVIDENCE: any marina
  • GRAND BAHAMA: Freeport Harbour, Lucayan Marina Village and Port Lucaya; Old Bahama Bay at West End
  • ELEUTHERA: Governor’s Harbour, Harbour Island, Rock Sound or Spanish Wells
  • THE EXUMAS: George Town, Exuma
  • LONG ISLAND: Stella Maris Airport
  • SAN SALVADOR: Cockburn Town
  • MAYAGUANA:
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Years ago, only larger sailboats, trawlers, and yachts crossed from Florida to the Bahamas, but with modern technology and engineering, center consoles as small as 25-30 feet have been making the trip with ease.

Between Florida and the Bahamas lies the reason behind Florida’s world-class fishing- the Gulf Stream. This warm and powerful current rushes from south to north, and while crossing the open ocean can be daunting to a newcomer, it’s entirely possible with the right amount of preparation and research. Here are a few considerations when attempting to make a safe crossing.

Proper Equipment

Regardless of the current weather, the boat should be large enough and built well enough to safely travel over open ocean when the wind and seas aren’t

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Photo Courtesy of Jupiter Snooker

Snook and jacks are being caught in the early mornings or low-lit times of the day at the Juno Pier, Jupiter South Jetty, and inshore. Live mullet can be found during low light periods of the day away from boat traffic, and is usually the best bait for snook, as well as top water plugs.

Bottom fishing boats have been catching kingfish and mutton snapper near 120 – 200’ with sardines, and dolphin has been pretty consistent offshore, as well as blackfin tuna in 200-300’ with small-skirted bonita strips. 

This weekend, the 10th Annual Bluewater Babes Fish For a Cure Tournament will be going in full force, so don’t be alarmed if you see boats decked out in pink decorations and festive bikini-clad anglers. These

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