Tag Archive: Beach

Bacteria at the Beach

Recent news reports have Panhandle Beaches trending on social media. Beaches are open and ready for the holiday weekend. Here’s information to help make sure you are ready too. Photo by Florida Sea Grant. The threat of bacteria in coastal waters can be scary and a challenge to understand. Here is information that helps clarify …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/02/bacteria-at-the-beach/

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Oct. 3 in Fort Walton Beach

Do you have any exotic pets you can no longer care for? Would you like the opportunity to surrender those pets without any penalties or fines? Then join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park for an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day on Oct. 3 in Fort Walton Beach. This …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/01/exotic-pet-amnesty-day-set-for-oct-3-in-fort-walton-beach/

Invasive Species of the Day (February 23): Kudzu Bugs and Beach Vitex

Kudzu Bug (Megacopta cribraria): Florida is extending a warm welcome to a new pest!  In 2012, the Kudzu bug made its first appearance in our state.  And they are settling in to stay.  The kudzu bug was first documented in the US in 2009 in Northeast Georgia.  It has quickly spread throughout the southeast. At …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/24/invasive-species-of-the-day-february-23-kudzu-bugs-and-beach-vitex/

2013 Lionfish Summit; update on FWC meeting in Cocoa Beach

It seems everyone in the Panhandle is talking about the invasive lionfish. This non-native member of the scorpionfish family was first seen in U.S. waters in 1989 near Ft. Lauderdale.  Over the last two decades, much has been learned about the biology and potential impacts of lionfish in our waters; For additional background information you …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/22/2013-lionfish-summit-update-on-fwc-meeting-in-cocoa-beach/

Beach Vitex… Is It a Growing Problem?

Beach vitex expands its woody rhizomes aggressively; it can actually grow over sidewalks and driveways.   It’s actually a pretty plant, this Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia), and it is very good at stabilizing eroding dunes. In the 1990’s, the state of South Carolina planted this shrub to help restore dunes lost during hurricanes. It was …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/20/beach-vitex-is-it-a-growing-problem/