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
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