In this Issue:
  • Nature Tourism – Bald Point State Park
  • Celebrating Choctawhatchee Bay – National Estuaries Week
  • Biking to a Healthier Community
  • Bay County Deploys First Super Reefs in Panama City Beach
  • Scalloping: Unrivaled Natural Experience for Kids
  • Life’s a Beach! Practice Beach Safety and Etiquette
  • From Fear to Fascination: White Sharks in the Panhandle
  • Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – Pensacola Beach
  • 2016 Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference
  • Springs of the Western Panhandle
  • Recreation

    Nature Tourism – Bald Point State Park

    Some of the most picturesque and scenic natural areas along north Florida’s Gulf Coast are found in Bald Point State Park. The 4,065 acre park is located on Alligator Point, where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay. Bald Point State Park offers a variety of land and water activities. Coastal marshes, pine flatwoods, and oak thickets …

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    Celebrating Choctawhatchee Bay – National Estuaries Week

    September 17-24, 2016 was the nation’s 28th time to celebrate America’s coasts and estuaries during National Estuaries Week.  This week helps us to remember to appreciate the challenges these coastal ecosystems face, along with their beauty and utility. Estuaries, semi-enclosed bodies of water with both fresh and saltwater, dot the Gulf Coast of the United …

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    Biking to a Healthier Community

    If you told me earlier this summer that I would “accidentally” bike 18 miles one afternoon, I’d have laughed. I’ve always loved biking, but rarely have time for long distance rides. As part of the mobile workshops for an Extension professional development meeting in Burlington, Vermont, fifteen of us met up with the coordinator of …

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    Bay County Deploys First Super Reefs in Panama City Beach

    Earlier this year, Bay County completed an artificial reef project in Gulf waters approximately 3 nautical miles (nm) south of the Panama City Beach Pier (Pier Park) and 11 nm west of St Andrew Bay Pass in Small Area Artificial Reef Site D. On May 14, five Super Reefs were deployed, each weighing approximately 36,000 …

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    Scalloping: Unrivaled Natural Experience for Kids

    If you have done this phenomenal summertime activity, then you know what I’m talking about. And it’s not just the kids that derive an amazing, nature-based educational experience. Anyone who puts on a mask and snorkel for their first scalloping adventure is about to have their world “rocked” in a good way. Gliding over the …

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    Life’s a Beach! Practice Beach Safety and Etiquette

    It is that time of year again. Spring Break brings locals and visitors back to the beach for fun in the sun. It is important to remind folks that part of having fun is playing it safe. At the beach, this means knowing and following some pretty basic safety guidelines. Not all beaches have lifeguards …

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    From Fear to Fascination: White Sharks in the Panhandle

    From Fear to Fascination: White Sharks in the Florida Panhandle UF/IFAS Extension – Florida Sea Grant  By Rick O’Connor (Escambia County) and L. Scott Jackson (Bay County) Recently, I was walking on our local Gulf fishing pier checking fishing line recycle bins. You can’t walk on a Gulf pier without looking over to possibly catch …

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    Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – Pensacola Beach

      All Photos by Molly O’Connor We began our series on Nature Tourism along the ICW at the Alabama state line on Perdido Key and discussed the ICW itself.  This month we will continue in Escambia County with a visit to Pensacola Beach. BARRIER ISLANDS Pensacola Beach is on Santa Rosa Island.  The longest barrier …

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    2016 Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference

    In 2014, five Extension agents involved with www.naturallyescarosa.com launched the first Gulf Coast Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference. Over sixty business owners and members of the hospitality industry met to discuss marketing, sustainable tourism, and how to handle insurance and liability in an industry that involves outdoor exploration. Back by popular demand, we have …

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    Springs of the Western Panhandle

    The Panhandle Outdoors LIVE team, with Extension Agents from eight counties, hosted an outdoor field day on August 26, 2015. Twenty-three participants from over eight counties in Florida attended the event and traveled to three local springs: Vortex, Ponce de Leon, and Morrison Springs. The goal of the day was to learn about spring characteristics, …

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