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Palatka Blue Crab Festival features live music and entertainment
05/15/2022 7:23am

Palatka Blue Crab Festival features live music and entertainmentNews StaffSun, 05/15/2022 - 08:23 am Salt and Pine will perform at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the Main Stage photo submitted The Chelsey Michelle Band will perform Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the Main Stage. photo submitted The Palatka Blue Crab Festival will be held Friday, May 27,from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, May 29, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Palatka, 210 St. Johns Ave. Admission and parking are free. The festival is hosted by the city of Palatka and produced by Ancient City Entertainment. For vendor and sponsorship opportunities, email Jeanetta Cebollero atpalatkabluecrabfestgmail.com.Follow along on Facebook bluecrabfestivalpalatka and Instagram palatkabluecrabfest.Live Music Events Schedule:Friday, May 27 Main Stage6 p.m. The Band Be Easy7:20 p.m. Sailor Jane8:25 p.m. The Original Wailers9:40 p.m. GinuwineSaturday, May 28 Main Stage10:30 a.m. The Chelsey Michelle Band12:30 p.m. Chillula2 p.m. Golly Potch3:30 p.m. Salt and Pine5:15 p.m. Paper City Hustlers6:45 p.m. Fortune Child9 p.m. Little TexasSunday, May 29 Main Stage9 a.m. Morning Welcome with Pastor Mulberry10:30 a.m. Meachum L. Clarke & Company11:30 a.m. Meachum L. Clarke & Company12: 45 p.m. Paks Karate Demonstration2 p.m. Lets Ride Brass Band3:45 p.m. Shine & The Shakers5:45 p.m. Monique Denise7:10 p.m. Ramona The Riot8:25 p.m. PapercuttAdditional Details:Pony Rides and Reptile Encounters All Day Saturday and SundayKids Foam Party Saturday at 2 p.m.Fireworks Show Saturday at 8:35 p.m.Gatorland Waterski Show Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.Adult Foam Party Sunday at 8:25 p.m.For more information, visitwww.palatkabluecrabfestival.com.

Many fish varieties available as water warms up
05/13/2022 6:33am

Many fish varieties available as water warms upNews StaffFri, 05/13/2022 - 07:33 am This 7.5-pound fish was caught recently by angler Hank Holbrook. photo submitted By Capt. Chris Shultz, Fishing Columnist Mahi, grouper, tuna, kingfish, cob, tarpon, jacks, sharks its May, and the water is alive again from the inlets to the stream. Unfortunately, unless you like to surf, the ocean has been closed for the last week, but luckily the forecast ahead looks more promising. Inshore, the fishing has been good the days getting longer makes evening trips after work possible, and while the water warmed up quick this spring, the air temps have remained pleasant overall. Make the most out of it before the sweltering days of summer settle in on us and the water gets hot enough for the fish to become lethargic.There are lots of opportunities right now for inshore anglers from the boat, kayak or shore, you can find action all along the beaches. The redfish and trout bite early in the mornings has been great in the creeks similar feeding behavior occurs at dusk, but the window they bite always seems a little longer in the mornings.Stalking Redfish back in the skinny water is equally light-dependent in high sun and clear skies with polarized glasses, you can shift from watching above the water early for wakes and pushes to looking for the actual fish themselves. This is usually a dance for two on a skiff designed with the game in mind. Using a push pole will let you get much closer than a trolling motor, and the added height of standing on a poling platform makes spotting the subtle hues of blue tails and gold scales easier. Silently you stalk along the little finger creeks, pushing a few feet at a time, trying to keep the sun positioned at your back while creeping across the flats. Eyes are always scanning for a glimpse of the next fish. Movement, contrast, color and, with time and experience, the slightest hint will give away the prey.This style of fishing, especially with a fly rod, is almost like bowhunting in the level of zen, patience and practice it takes to become proficient, let alone master. The difference is sight fishing the flats is almost always a team sport, ripe with all the fun dynamics that come along when successfully working with another individual is the only way to achieve a goal. You must have a good rapport, trust each other and, hopefully, both have a good reset switch because you will fail, many, many times learning.If youre looking for a much more relaxing and likely more productive means to bend a rod or fill a cooler, the mangrove snapper are chewing on the rocks and docks of the river and ICW. Usually, youll find a redfish or flounder mixed in, especially if using mud minnows or mullet for bait. Its always good to have a variety of baits, but this time of year, you really cant go wrong with baitfish. There are lots of finger mullets in the creeks, and the slot-sized redfish and flounder, as well as the bigger mangroves, will all greedily take them off your hook.Offshore, its looking like we finally have a reprieve from the winds this weekend. Make the most of it. The bite has been wide open. After days of hard NE flow, I cant tell you what the fish are doing now, but the last few weeks before this started have been the best magi run in a decade. If you dont have any luck on the troll, the bottom fishing is hot, and the grouper fishery is open again. Closer to the beach, the kingfish bite is heating up with the water, and the cob run sucked this year, but we really had tough conditions that didnt help the fishing. Note that FWC has changed cob regulations in state waters to two fish per vessel and increased the size limit to 36 fork length. This is in line with regulations along the rest of the Southeast Atlantic and an anticipated federal change to our offshore waters, as well. The changes go into effect on July 1, 2022.Anyone interested in trying some time on the bow of a technical skiff for something other than redfish, look up our local trout sensei Capt. Matt Chipperfield. Chipperfield is a master of his craft and spends more time on a poling platform than anyone else I know. He has dialed in our local trout fishery.

April showers brought above-average rainfall to most of SJRWMD's southern region
05/11/2022 9:42am

April showers brought above-average rainfall to most of SJRWMDs southern regionNews StaffWed, 05/11/2022 - 10:42 am This map illustrates rainfall conditions in April across the St. Johns River Water Management District. graphic submitted Two consecutive months of above-average rainfall in Northeast Florida still leaves parts of the St. Johns River Water Management Districts southern region Brevard, Indian River, Osceola and Okeechobee abnormally dry, as reported in the U.S. Drought Monitor.A full report outlining Aprils hydrologic conditions was presented at the Districts Governing Board recent meeting. Highlights include:RainfallDistrictwide, April rainfall averaged 3.40 inches, which is 0.80 inches above the average for the month.Seminole County had the most rainfall, with a countywide average of 5.5 inches.Indian River County, which is still abnormally dry, received only 2.1 inches.Districtwide, the cumulative rainfall total for the past 12 months is 52.54 inches, which is 1.53 inches above the long-term average.GroundwaterUpper Floridan aquifer conditions groundwater levels at the end of April were a mix of high and normal conditions across the district. Water levels in many of the wells used for this report remained consistent with Marchs levels.Groundwater levels are at the 72nd percentile districtwide. This means that since 1980, aquifer levels have been higher than they currently are about 28 percent of the time.Surface water flowsOn May 1, flow in all stations across the district was in the average or high range, with the exception of St. Johns River near the Satsuma station, which was in the very high range at 3,919 million gallons per day mgd 91st percentile.On May 1, flow in the St. Johns Rivers headwaters at the Melbourne station was 97 mgd 63rd percentile.Flow in the Econlockhatchee River near Chuluota was in the high range at 68 mgd 78th percentile.Flow in the Wekiva River near Sanford was in the average range at 144 mgd 62nd percentile.Flow at the St. Johns River DeLand station was also in the high range at 2,105 mgd 85th percentile.Flow in the Ocklawaha River, the largest tributary to the St. Johns River, was in the average range at 497 mgd 44th percentile.Flow in the St. Marys River near Macclenny was in the average range at 190 mgd 71st percentile.Lake levelsLake Brooklyn water levels increased 0.8 foot to 102.1 feet in April and remains below average.Lake Weir water levels had a slight decrease from last month of 0.1 foot to 53.7 feet.Lake Winnemissett water level increased 0.1 foot from last month to 56.7 feet.The water level in Lake Apopka was the same at the beginning and end of April at 65.9 feet. However, in response to heavy rainfall the lake level rose shortly after April 1, and in response, the district operated discharge structures to release water downstream, lowering the lake to its regulation schedule level.The water level in Lake Apopka was the same at the beginning and end of April. However, in response to heavy rainfall the lake level rose shortly after April 1, and in response, the district operated discharge structures to release water downstream, lowering the lake to its regulation schedule level.Blue Cypress Lake levels decreased to 21.2 feet. Blue Cypress is also part of a system with water control structures that are operated by the district. During April and May, the regulation schedule levels drop in preparation for the summer wet season.Spring flowsThe mean monthly flow at Silver Springs increased to 685 cubic feet per second cfs, or 443 mgd, which is a 4 cfs increase from Marchs mean.At the Blue Spring station in Volusia County, the mean monthly flow was 162 cfs, or 104 mgd.At Rock Springs, the monthly mean flow increased 1 cfs to 60 cfs 39 mgd, which is in the normal range for April.Mean monthly flow at Wekiwa Springs increased to 66 cfs 43 mgd, which is in the normal range for the time of year.To learn more about rainfall totals and other hydrologic data collected, visit sjrwmd.com.Visit WaterLessFlorida.com for tips to help landscapes thrive while saving water and money. Follow the water conservation conversation at sjrwmd waterconservation savewater.About the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Jacksonville and Palm Bay.Connect with the district on Twitter at SJRWMD, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. For more information about the district, visit www.sjrwmd.com.

FWC announces winners of Florida State Fish Art Contest
05/10/2022 7:37am

FWC announces winners of Florida State Fish Art ContestNews StaffTue, 05/10/2022 - 08:37 am This years winning wahoo artwork by Juliana Sessum from the grades 10 to 12 category. photo submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FWC, in partnership with Wildlife Forever, has announced the winners of the Florida State Fish Art Contest this year. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade submitted their artwork in this free contest for a chance to win state and national honors, and prizes. This program inspires creativity while encouraging the next generation of anglers and conservationists.The top three students from Florida, selected by the FWC, in four grade categories will advance to the National Competition to be judged for top prizes such as the Best of Show.Grades 10-12Juliana SessumTida BagbySara GrantGrades 7-9Lauren HayesLola HathorneIsabella BlancoGrades 4-6Hailey ChenAlyssa Rose BradleyChanning LiGrades K-3Trent CardinalPiper HarcupYanrong ZhuangWe are always amazed by how each students passion shines through their artwork of fresh- and saltwater species. Congratulations to these talented winners said FWC Commissioner Sonya Rood. Encouraging creativity through this wonderful competition is a great way to engage youth in fishing and conservation.Florida will host the contest again next year with some new surprises. Learn more about Florida fish and how you can become an angler at MyFWC.com/Fishing.

New director of tennis announced at PV Inn and Club
05/08/2022 7:07am

New director of tennis announced at PV Inn and ClubNews StaffSun, 05/08/2022 - 08:07 am The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has announced the appointment of Aleco Preovolos as director of tennis at the resorts tennis facility, The Racquet Club. Preovolos was previously the assistant director of tennis at the resort for the past year and, in addition to being rated as a top coach on the ATP and WTA tours, was director of tennis at the Club at Harbor Point in Mill Valley, Calif., before coming to Florida in 2017.Aleco possesses a great passion and knowledge for the game of tennis. He is familiar with our program and his new role at The Racquet Club is a perfect fit, said Michael Gordon, vice president and general manager of Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. As an incredible tennis player and equally impressive coach, he brings a wealth of experience with some of the top names in tennis, even leading his players to Australian Open titles. His skill-set and natural leadership will assist the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club team as they enhance their renowned tennis capabilities and experience.Preovolos is a Hall of Fame Inductee from UC Davis and four-year All American in singles and doubles. He left his professional career to coach other professionals for a 12-year period. Since then, he has attained four Grand Slam titles and mentored tennis prodigies, including Wayne Ferreira and Amanda Coetzer, and guided the doubles team of Rick Leach and Ellis Ferreira to an Australian Open doubles title and the worlds No.1 ranking.I am excited about the opportunity to continue to be a part of such a prestigious resort as the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, said Preovolos. After spending the last year as assistant director of tennis, I am honored to further our teams efforts to make The Racquet Club a place where both professionals and students improve their game.As director of tennis, Preovolos will oversee The Racquet Clubs operations including leading the resorts coaching professionals, instructional programs for members and guests, and summer camps.Ponte Vedra Inn & Club began with a single clay court more than 80 years ago and now, with 15 Har Tru clay courts, is the Official Tennis Club of the ATP Tour, the Association of Tennis Professionals. It has been heralded as one of Americas top-tier tennis destinations.

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WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX
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