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AUGUST DATES TO REMEMBER

4 Family fun fishing day at Walsingham Park, Largo. (727) 464-3347.

Fish-a-thon at Lake Jorgensen. Starts at 9 a.m. and open to kids 3 to 12. Cane poles and live bait will be provided. Personal fishing equipment is not allowed. Free. (727) 893-7441.

5 Exotic bird fair at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (727)-726-6864.

6 Spiny lobster season opens. The bag limit is six per person per day. Details at www.myfwc.com.

8 Free introduction to wind surfing at Watersports West, Largo. (727) 517-7000.

10 More than 328,000 gallons of oil spill when two barges collide near Fort De Soto in 1993.

12 New moon.

13 Sailing safety course at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center. (727) 469-8895.

15 Old Salt Loop tournament captains' meeting. Free kids tournament at St. Petersburg Pier on Aug. 18 and Loop event weigh-in starts at noon Aug. 19. (727) 497-1060.

16 Suncoast Fly Fishers meeting at Walter Fuller Park, St. Petersburg. www.suncoastflyfishers.com.

18 Tampa Bay Watch Great Bay Scallop Search. (727) 867-8166.

23 Beach nesting birds program at Weedon Island Preserve, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500.

28 Full moon.

29 Little Manatee River kayak trip with Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers. www.clubkayak.com/tbsk

September

1 Snook season opens. The slot limit is now 28-32 inches in Atlantic waters and 28-33 inches in Florida's Gulf, Everglades National Park and Monroe County waters.

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