Tarpon event to start 79th edition Saturday
The Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, now in its 79th year and one of the oldest fishing tournaments in the United States, kicks off at 6 a.m. Saturday. If you missed the captains' meeting, go by Mastry's Bait and Tackle (1700 4th St. S, St. Petersburg) to register. Download the registration form at suncoasttarpon roundup.org. Anglers can fish until 6 p.m. July 26. The Junior Fish-off is July 27 and the Regular Division Fish-off is Aug. 3. Follow the daily standings and get tournament information online or call (727) 346-4353. Results are usually posted by 8 p.m.
State park service unveils handy app
The Florida Park Service has a new, free smartphone app that gives users on-the-go access to 171 state parks, trails and historic sites. The app has information on campgrounds, amenities, facility maps and directions. The app also allows visitors to search for a park by GPS location or by activity, such as hiking, camping, boating, birding, etc. Once at a site, advanced GPS and GIS mapping technology allows visitors to track and record trails, mark waypoints and locate friends within the park. There is even an option to cache GPS maps in advance so navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception. The Pocket Ranger app is available on iTunes and Android Market by searching "Official Florida State Parks" and is identified under ParksByNature Network. It is also available on PocketRanger.com and is formatted as a mobile website: fl.pocketranger.com.
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