There is something for everyone at the Florida Oceanographic Society, from young to “young at heart”.  Take a scenic ride from the Jupiter area to Hutchison Island in Stuart, FL and see the 57-acre nature center.  The nature center is positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River.

This year at the Martin County Fair the Florida Oceanographic Society presented hands-on demonstrations with sharks, stingrays, turtles, oysters and more.   If you did not have an opportunity to get out seeing the exhibit at the Martin County Fair visit the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center and feed the resident stingrays, explore the “touch tank” and closely observe a feeding frenzy in the 750,000 gallon “Gamefish Lagoon”.

This nonprofit organization…

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Perhaps in South Florida the weather is a bit cool, say 70 degrees, obviously much too cool on a winter day to hit the beach or the waterways.  It would be a great opportunity to try something a little different.   Pull the trigger and consider a shotgun sport at one of the many sporting clubs in the area.

The National Sporting Federation defines sporting clays as “a challenging clay target game designed to simulate a variety of field shooting situations. On sporting clays course shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of birds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots.”

South Florida Shooting Club is one of the best shooting clubs in South Florida.  Only a forty-five minute drive…

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved extensive changes to restructure bass rules and guidelines as well as increase the effectiveness.

Operational on July 1, 2016, the new black bass conservation measures is authorized. On that date, freshwater anglers will be allowed to keep smaller largemouth bass. The perimeter of the bass’s length and many other specific rules for several different bodies of water will be reduced. “The intent is to simplify existing rules and increase abundance of larger bass statewide,” said Tom Champeau, director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management.

Black bass are one of the most popular freshwater fish in Florida; they celebrated for its “trophy” potential.  These fisheries have…

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Photo courtesy of Town of Jupiter.

This week, February 17, 2016, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host a public meeting on the replacement of the US 1 Bridge, connecting the Town of Jupiter to the Village of Tequesta.  The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Jupiter Community Center. 

The bridge, constructed in 1958, spans over the Loxahatchee River and Intracoastal Waterway.  It has been deemed "structurally deficient and functionally obsolete".  In September of 2014, the bridge was structurally checked out and received "substandard sufficiency ratings providing justification for replacement". 

Back in 2013 a $16 million rehab of the bridge was taken into consideration.  Replacing the 50 plus year old…

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According to a report from Golf Digest, two of the top local golfers facing off in a prime time, made for tv event in June. 

Palm Beach Gardens resident Rory Mcllroy and Loxahatchee River resident Rickie Fowler will face off under the lights on Tuesday, June 7th at Detroit Golf Club. The match will begin at 7:00pm, and despite the sun staying out later in the summer, most of the back nine will be played under the lights. The Golf Channel will air the first two hours of covereage with CBS airing the final two hours.

Rory (ranked 3rd in the world) and Fowler (ranked 4th in the world) will be joined by celebrities in the match, but the format has not been decided yet.

The event will take place two days after the Memorial at Muirfield Village in…

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Held at Arthur R. Marshall on February 20, 2016, theming for the Everglades Day Festival is “Song of the Everglades.” The festival will be celebrating its 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty and famous Florida singers/songwriters Dale Crider and Rod MacDonald, this festival is dedicated to learning and having fun.

The Everglades is full of life and serves as a protector for the numerous rare and endangered species such as the manatees, turtles and the Florida panther. This ecosystem foes back a few million years and is so unique and unlike anywhere else in this world. The unparalleled landscape in Miami, Florida’s backyard consists of wet land, hammocks, mangrove swamps and estuaries.  With all the abundance of wildlife, the area has so much…

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Little known interesting facts about Florida are immense.  Of course, there are the well-known tidbits, such as Florida is known as the Sunshine State. It is the flattest state in the United States and has the longest coastline that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.  Orlando attracts more visitors because of their amusement parks than any other city with amusement park attractions, as well as other facts.

Many people think Florida is the furthest south state in the United States, but it is not, Hawaii is further south.

A team of researchers at the University of Florida, Gainesville, first developed Gatorade sports drink.   The unique combination of water, electrolytes and carbohydrates were developed to replenish student…

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A rare North Atlantic right mother whale and calf appeared this week in the Sebastian Inlet and meandered into the mouth of the Indian River Lagoon.

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered species of large whales.  According to the World Wildlife Federation, there are approximately 500 whales and very little population growth even though seven decades of protection have been in place.  The whale is usually found along the Atlantic Coastline, primarily the United States and Canada.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been following the particular North Atlantic right whale for four years now.  They have named her “Clipper” for she has a missing section of her fluke. These whales migrate every year in…

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Happy 91st birthday Jupiter!
(Founded on February 9, 1925)

“Probably no other location on the East Coast of the United States enjoys the international reputation for guiding ships throughout the centuries as does the area now known as Jupiter, Florida.”

Back in the earlier days, the Hobe Indian tribe used to lodge and settle near the Loxahatchee River in Florida. The tribe was very uniquely skilled hunters who based their meals on seafood and all things meat and were incredible craftsman, making useful bare necessities.

Later in time, the area was going to be included in the new world map and the name of the town was misspelled from “Hobe” to “Jove”, later with modifications being named, “Jupiter.” Jupiter is the Latin translation of God.

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A couple of years ago a Florida man posted pictures on Facebook of himself and his daughters playing with a baby manatee.  Sounds innocent enough but according to the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, “it is illegal to molest, harass, disturb or touch a manatee”.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission authorities arrested the Florida native.

The man had no idea it was illegal to touch the “vulnerable species”.  The man faced a misdemeanor charge that entails a couple hundred dollars fine and a couple months in jail.  He meant no harm to the little manatee.

The manatee is protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, by the Endangered Species Act of 1978, and the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978.  If convicted of…

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