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  1. 25 things to remember on the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew


    Twenty-five years ago today, Andrew was born. …

    Satellie images show Hurricane Andrew as its eye makes landfall near Homestead, Fla. on Aug. 24, 1992. (AP Photo/File)
  2. Captain's Corner: On hot days, it pays to prepare


    Fishing can be quite a chore during these hot months. It's important to monitor the tides, water temps and many other variables. Water temps are teetering at an extremely warm 90 degrees. Many fish become lethargic during the hot part of the day, especially when the tide is not moving. Doing a little homework, before you even wet a line, can make all the difference. There are many patterns that become obvious to anglers, after repeatedly having success during certain tidal movements. Simply paying close attention to the tidal flow helps. Another obvious plan is to venture deeper into the gulf, where waters are cooler. Of course, you still need to locate the fish first. That's where closely monitoring your sonar machine is a top priority at all times. This machine allows you to see what going on down deep. We often find our best spot of the day bottom fishing, by keeping a close eye on the sonar while on the move. Deeper waters also put more distance between you and the bottom fish, so your offering isn't so obvious. Fishing clean water conditions can have a major effect on how fish bite. Early mornings seem to be the best time when the sun is not overhead. Most important is still the tides movement. …

  3. When is an island not an island? When it's Caladesi


    CLEARWATER — North of Clearwater Beach, beyond the last brown beach house, where the mangroves jut nearly out to the sea, lies seclusion. …

    Franco Cerliani, left, and Daniella Cerliani, of Beunos Aires, Argentina, hike into the tidal area while exploring Caladesi Island. The swath of vegetation is close to the connection between Clearwater Beach and the so-called island. .DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  4. Captain's Corner: What to fish for in the summer heat


    Here we are again with the summer heat and humidity. Water temperature on the flats is pushing 90 by midmorning as the inshore bite starts to slow. You might wonder what to do when your bait becomes unhappy. You need to get them in some moving water. The simple answer is you go after mackerel, snapper and trout. I didn't think the mangrove snapper bite could get any better, but surprise, it has. You can find a good snapper bite around most structures. The surprise is we're catching them on the grass flats, too. The bite seems better on the slack tide or at the beginning of the incoming. The key is get a chum slick going before you start fishing. Use small white bait or shrimp. There have been nice schools of redfish around. They've been easier to find on the outgoing tide. You can see them tailing everywhere. The key to get them to eat is to watch where they're going, then set up in front of them so you won't spoke them. With the water being this warm, they won't always chase swimming bait. Put out a piece of cut white bait or pinfish to get their attention. Snook bite is still good. Fish for them in deeper water that has good tidal flow. Try fishing docks and structure. Tampa Bay is full of small white bait. Snook seem to be keying in on them. …

  5. Pasco real estate transactions for Aug. 18, 2017


    DADE CITY 36627 Laurel Oaks Ln., to Douglas C. Broyles III by Green C. Jones & Patricia M. Jones, $575,000, 7/18/2017. 31350 Reed Rd., to Walden Dan R Trust by Lauren Murray & Lauren Jo Murray, $310,000, 7/14/2017. …

  6. Before this 'Shark Wrangler' can tag a shark for science, he first has to catch it


    MONTAUK, New York — After four hours at sea aboard a 126-foot vessel off the Long Island shore, the crew of two dozen mariners and scientists started to wonder as they scanned the ocean's small whitecaps amid a drizzling rain. …

    Greg Metzger, left, helps secure a 6 1/2-foot blue shark as Matt Ajemian, center front, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University, and Lisa Hoopes, right front, a nutritionist at the Georgia Aquarium, take blood and tissue samples. Metzler, a high school marine science teacher, helps the crew of the Ocearch to catch sharks from his own boat. They are shown Aug. 9, 2017, near Montauk, New York. [Ricky Carioti | Washington Post]
  7. Frank Broyles: He put the Hog in Heaven


    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Frank Broyles, who guided Arkansas to its lone national football championship and later molded the overall program as its athletic director, died Monday at the age of 92.  …

    Frank Broyles is carried off the field by Arkansas players Teddy Barnes, left, and Richard LaFargue after a win over Texas A&M.
  8. Trump speaks on Charlottesville: 'Racism is evil' (w/ video)


    WASHINGTON — Under relentless pressure, President Donald Trump on Monday named and condemned "repugnant" hate groups and declared that "racism is evil" in a far more forceful statement than he'd made earlier after deadly, race-fueled weekend clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. …

    Raquel Williams hugs her son, Kingston, 7, during a candlelight vigil on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Harrisonburg, Va. The vigil was held for the victims of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. [Stephen Swofford/Daily News-Record via AP]
  9. St. Petersburg's Maureen Cacioppo hand-harvests sea salt from the shores of Florida


    ST. PETERSBURG We are standing in the sand, deciding whether to traverse a pool of water the tide just brought in. …

    Maureen Cacioppo hand-harvests and hand-crafts her own sea salt.
  10. Study could be U-turn for coral


    KEY WEST — A strange scene plays out in the depths below the clear azure water of Key West's Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on a recent morning, one that doesn't quite fit with the serene ambiance of the area.  …

  11. Anti-hate vigils set for St. Pete and Tampa after violence in Virginia


    A day after a white supremacist rally spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia, anti-hate vigils are set for St. Petersburg and Tampa. …

    A Facebook group called Tampa Democratic Socialists of America posted that it will host a "Tampa Vigil Against Hate for Charlottesville" outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  12. Five big projects in Tampa; five big problems looming


    The city of Tampa is on the cusp of a total makeover. With billions of dollars in investment and dozens of new apartment, condo, office and cultural buildings in the pipeline, the city's skyline and surrounding communities are poised to look a whole lot different than what it does today.  …

    Plans for Virage Bayshore call for a new level of luxury in the Tampa Bay market, with a tower topping out at 24 stories and  71 units. The site at 3401 Bayshore Blvd. is the last unclaimed parcel on Bayshore zoned for a high-rise tower. [Photos courtesy of Virage Bayshore]
  13. Captain's Corner: Morning moving tide is key for anglers


    Morning moving tide is the key to success during these dog days of summer. Bait is smallish but it's what the fish are keying in on right now. Virtually every grass flat in Tampa Bay has bait. Once the well is loaded head to deeper water. Spanish mackerel up to 30 inches are traversing the deep edges of the same flats bait was caught on. Chumming with live bait works well and don't be afraid to cut some up to get a slick going. A chum bag is never a bad idea as it will draw in all sorts of bait fish and predators will soon follow. Recently Spanish mackerel, trout and small sharks have been all over the deep flat edges and they have been cooperating well. Snook are biting but you have to fish the peak tidal movement of the day. They are eating the small baits just like everything else is. Chum heavy to get them fired up and trickle back enough to keep them interested. Redfish are the same as the snook — pick the best part of the tide to target them. Cut bait and live sardines are baits of choice. All the above said, morning incoming tide is best if you have that option, if not the best time to fish is when you can. Scalloping in Homosassa has been fantastic and is a great way to beat the summer heat.  …

  14. Bilirakis helps search for money to dredge Anclote


    TARPON SPRINGS — A federal official is continuing Tarpon Springs' push to fund dredging the Anclote River. …

  15. Captain's Corner: Snook, tarpon, mangroves are best bets


    Summer fishing continues to be awesome inside Tampa Bay, with snook, tarpon, and mangrove snapper on fire. Snook fishing has been phenomenal this year. Plenty of juvenile fish are being caught every day. Tarpon fishing inside the bay has picked up as our resident fish push into the bay and feed on the millions of glass minnows around the channels. The key with tarpon is to pick the right tides. Typically you will find a great deal of success fishing the outgoing tides around the new and full moons. This time of year you will also find plenty of juvenile tarpon around the river systems, which makes for a great fight on light tackle. These are peak times as the tides seem to flow best. Mangrove snapper have also been very productive around the wrecks and rocky structures in the bay. Snapper fishing in the summer is great. On a good day, you can have your limit in an hour or so. Smaller bait has moved into the flats, and this is great snapper bait. Make sure to load up with plenty of chum bait, dead and alive. This will bring the fish to you, and sometimes you can actually fish them from the surface. …

    Jason Prieto
  16. Franklin becomes first hurricane of 2017 Atlantic season


    MEXICO CITY — After a relatively mild run across the Yucatan Peninsula, Franklin became the first hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season on Wednesday afternoon. It is expected to make landfall along Mexico's gulf coast Wednesday night or early Thursday. …

    Clouds hang over the town of Mahahual, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, after the passage of Tropical Storm Franklin on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Residents said parts of the beach had shrunk by several meters the morning after the storm struck. A weakened Tropical Storm Franklin chugged across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday, dumping heavy rain after coming ashore on the Caribbean coast. [Associated Press]
  17. The sea level did, in fact, rise faster in Florida and the southeast U.S.


    For people in the southeastern United States, and especially in Florida, who feel that annoying tidal flooding has sneaked up on them in recent years, it turns out to be true. And scientists have a new explanation. …

    Coastal flooding during high tide in Charleston, S.C., on June 4, 2016. [Hunter McRae | New York Times]
  18. SeaWorld reports loss as 'Blackfish' and competition continue to haunt fortunes


    SeaWorld Entertainment reported a second-quarter loss on Tuesday and blamed its attendance woes on reduced national advertising, its persistent "perception issues" over its treatment of orcas and competitive pressures from rival theme parks. …

    Killer whales perform at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld in Orlando in 2011
 [AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack]
  19. 10 must-paddle places in and around Tampa Bay (w/video)


    Tampa Bay residents have an incredible selection of paddling locations at their fingertips, to the point that it can be overwhelming to pick just one place to spend a day on the water. Outside magazine seems to agree, naming St. Petersburg the top city for paddling in the Gulf in a recent issue. …

     A group of senior citizens, led by Treasure Island resident Mary Meyers, 83, paddle down the Withlacoochee River on a 4-day, 4-river tour in west-central Florida Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. The cypress trees on the river turn golden during this time of year.
  20. Florida State's Alabama attitude: 'They have to play us, too'


    TALLAHASSEE — It looks like the biggest game this side of the one for the College Football Championship. The goal is to reach Atlanta. Florida State and Alabama will begin there, with a bang. The Seminoles against the Death Star. Jimbo Fisher against his old boss, Nick Saban. …

    Florida State Seminoles defensive back Derwin James sits on the sidelines of during Florida State's game against USF in September. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

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