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Outdoors news and notes: FWC cautions boaters as busy weekend begins

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FWC cautions Boaters as Busy Weekend begins

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and that means more boats will be on area waters. Boaters are urged to take extra precautions during this busy boating season. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there were 79 confirmed boating-related deaths in 2010. Of those, 60 percent were attributed to drowning. So far this year, 18 people have lost their lives in boating accidents in state waters. The FWC reminds boaters to pay attention on the water and to wear their personal flotation devices.

CHeck it out

Students to aid housing on lake

If you're cruising by Mirror Lake in St. Petersburg today, you'll notice students from Lakewood High "launching" two islands into the lake. The islands are to help the water quality of the lake and give birds a place to nest. The students are from Lakewood's Academy of Environmental Technology and Marine Science and received a federal grant from the Florida Learn and Serve program. The launch begins at 11 a.m.

Things to do

Tonight: Backpacker magazine's Get Out More Tour, 6:30 p.m., Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park. Free seminar on trip planning, choosing gear and clothing, and outdoors safety. Information: (727) 576-4169.

June 3-4: Johnny Ferlita Memorial Fishing Tournament (inshore species). Captains meeting, 6:30 p.m. June 3, Bay Club at Westshore Yacht Club (6001 Westshore Blvd.) in Tampa. Information: (813) 269-0955.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

5/27 1:05 7:05 1:15 7:25

5/28 1:40 7:45 1:55 8:05

5/29 2:20 8:25 2:35 8:45

5/30 3:00 9:05 3:15 9:30

5/31 3:45 9:50 4:00 10:15

6/1 4:30 10:35 4:45 11:05

6/2 5:20 11:35 5:45 0

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Outdoors news and notes: FWC cautions boaters as busy weekend begins 05/26/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 5:50pm]
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