Bluewater Bay Marina hosted its 14th Annual Cardboard Boat Race in September. It was a beautiful day on the docks with perfect weather and a crowd lining the docks to cheer on the participants. Twelve juniors (under 12) participated in the race and three adults raced. Awards were given for...

Off the Hook: Shark Week

By Cali Hvalac, Silver Shade Studios In August it’s time for everyone’s favorite: Shark Week! This year, Shark Week ran August 9 to 13 and with that comes Discovery Channel entertainment, restaurant specials, and more. Sharks are an integral part of our eco-system. So, let’s learn a little more about...
By Frank Berte 40—the number of days, at the time of this printing, until the Destin Fishing Rodeo begins! For us locals, it’s time to begin getting ready for this year’s Fishing Rodeo season—part of what Destin is known for! The Destin Fishing Rodeo 1948 – 2021 The Rodeo began in May...
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) just released the new 2021-2022 manatee and sea turtle decals. These high-quality waterproof stickers feature two different designs and are a fun way for people to directly support research, rescue and management efforts that conserve these species and spread awareness about...
By Cali Hvalac, Silver Shade Studio The Tarpon have arrived! A bucket list fish for many anglers, Tarpon are most commonly found in South Florida, but Destin sees a passing migration during June and July. Tarpon are known for their massive size, can reach up to 8 ft. long and...
Will you be fishing for snapper or grouper on your next fishing trip? Continue your role as a conservationist by paying close attention to signs of barotrauma and being prepared to respond. Barotrauma is a condition seen in many fish caught at depths greater than 50 feet and is...
The recreational red snapper season started June 4 in Gulf state and federal waters off Florida and will remain open through July 28, closing July 29. “We are excited about Gov. DeSantis’ recent announcement of this year’s 55-day Gulf red snapper summer season; it is one of the longest...
Gag grouper opened for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters on June 1, and will remain open through Dec. 31. Gulf state waters in Florida are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters begin where state waters end and extend to...
By Cali Hvalac, Silver Shade Studios There are two types of locals: Those that live on land, and those that live in the water. Those in the water were here first, but graciously share this area with us humans who reside here and who vacation here. It doesn’t take long once...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin As one of our area’s long-standing traditions, the Blessing of the Fleet brought out locals and tourists for a ceremony unlike any other on the Destin Harbor. It has become one that many locals and visitors look forward to attending this time of...

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