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Port Charlotte sea kayaking: White pelicans & mangrove mazes

Port Charlotte sea kayaking: White pelicans & mangrove mazes

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com – Hundreds of miles of Gulf coastline around Port Charlottee and Punta Gorda are wild and natural preserves, making this one of the best places for salt-water kayaking. Launching from Placida, an out-of-the-way fishing town near Port Charlotte,  you can see magnificent white pelicans in winter and explore mangrove tunnels that are true mazes. You’ll constantly hear ospreys calling overhead and see all sorts of wading birds. We got even luckier: We paddled right […]

Former Coach Arrested for Sex Trafficking

Former Coach Arrested for Sex Trafficking

Fort Lauderdale – The Fort Lauderdale Police Department Special Investigations Division received information in reference to a former teacher who was believed to be recruiting hundreds of adult and juvenile females for Sex Trafficking. This suspect was identified as James Sylvester Ross, W/M, 02/22/51, last known to be a resident of the City of West Park. Detectives learned that Ross would primarily contact students while he was a coach at Broward Christian School. Broward Christian School is located at 1101 Southwest […]

Lebron James To Be Honored At Annual Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner

Lebron James To Be Honored At Annual Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner

Hollywood, FL –   Sun Sports HEAT TV broadcasters and two of South Florida’s leading sports media personalities, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino announce the dates for the eighth annual Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic.  Taking place in March, the two-day fund raising event and highlight of social season attracts some of the region’s biggest names in sports and entertainment, while honoring the achievements by some of the today’s most acclaimed community heroes. The fund-raiser will benefit two of the most celebrated local charity […]

Daytona 500 & Bike Week: Camping info, things to do nearby

Daytona 500 & Bike Week: Camping info, things to do nearby

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com – Racing is an authentic Florida tradition proudly worn in Daytona, where motor cars first coursed the hard-packed sand of its beaches during the 1930s. You can still drive on the beaches, but the racing has moved inland to Daytona Beach International Speedway. In 2014, Speed Week begins on Saturday Feb. 15, preceded by two days of track practice, and wraps up with the 200-lap Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23. A few weeks […]

Broward wants more info on BB&T Center/Florida Panthers Negotiations

Broward wants more info on BB&T Center/Florida Panthers Negotiations

Fort Lauderdale – Feb 18, 2014 – Broward County Commissioners are saying “not so fast” when it comes to re-negotiating a contract with the new owners of the Florida Panthers and BB&T Center management.  At a workshop today, Commissioners took no vote, but generally agreed that they would like to keep the professional sports team at the BB&T Center. Commissioners asked for more detailed information on the terms of the proposed re-negotiated deal, analysis to determine the benefits of bringing the […]

Talk Of Renaming Hockey Team Fort Lauderdale Panthers

Talk Of Renaming Hockey Team Fort Lauderdale Panthers

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com – Feb 18, 2014 – Try this one on: Fort Lauderdale Panthers. Fort Lauderdale City Hall is cool to the idea of taking the bed tax money from their tourist industry and give it to a team on the edge of the Everglades. So part of the deal being talked about at the Government Center is to buy off pols by changing the name of Broward’s hockey team from the Florida Panthers to the […]

Canoe or kayak Everglades National Park: Coot Bay and Mud Lake trail

Canoe or kayak Everglades National Park: Coot Bay and Mud Lake trail

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com – If you’re interested in back-country kayaking or canoeing in Everglades National Park, there are only a dozen or so marked trails. (Pretty surprising, given the Everglades are the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi.) There’s no “best” trail: It will depend on your own experience – the weather that day, the wildlife you see. I recently paddled the Coot Bay and Mud Lake trail on a crisp sunny January day, and I […]

Panther Deal Would Rip Off Fort Lauderdale, Rest Of Broward

Panther Deal Would Rip Off Fort Lauderdale, Rest Of Broward

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com – Vincent Viola’s Manhattan mansion is on the market for $114 million, about half what he paid for the Florida Panther’s hockey team last year. The price is the most expensive ever in New York City. Viola bought the 20,000 square foot mansion on East 69th Street for $20 million in 2005. If Viola gets his asking price, that would represent quite a profit. With that kind of haul on the horizon, why does […]

Quantum Key West 2014

Quantum Key West 2014

By SailingScuttlebutt.com – Key West, FL (January 24, 2014) – There was plenty of final day drama at Quantum Key West 2014 as the winners of several classes were determined during the last race. And conditions could not have been better for those winner-take-all scenarios with the southernmost point of the United States delivering the strongest winds of the regatta. North-northeasterly breezes in the 18-24 knot range made for some spectacular racing on all three courses and enabled all 10 classes […]

Lovers Key State Park: Great beach, kayaking and manatees

Lovers Key State Park: Great beach, kayaking and manatees

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com  – The best known destinations in southwest Florida are two popular islands — Sanibel and Captiva.  But there are many other wild and natural spots to discover including the very lovable Lovers Key. Lovers Key State Park is worth exploring for two major draws: A 2.5 mile beach lined with natural vegetation that is perfect for beachcombing and bird watching, and mangrove-lined waterways that are major draws for both manatees and kayakers. The park […]

Maine Man, Florida Woman Win Key West Half Marathon

Maine Man, Florida Woman Win Key West Half Marathon

  KEY WEST, Fla. — A 46-year-old runner from Maine won the men’s overall division of  the annual Key West Half Marathon Sunday. Byrne Decker of Yarmouth completed the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 17 minutes and 1 second, more than two minutes faster than his closest competitor. Kim Pawelek Brantly of St. Augustine, Fla., took top honors in the women’s overall division for the second consecutive year. The 39-year-old runner posted a time of 1:20.33. Second place in the men’s […]

Spring Training Guide 2014: Campgrounds, hotels, ticket info, things to do

Spring Training Guide 2014: Campgrounds, hotels, ticket info, things to do

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com – Our annual Grapefruit League Spring Training Guide is a great resource for the best campgrounds and things to do outdoors near Florida’s 14 spring-training camps. This guide divides teams into three regions:  Central Florida, Southwest Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast, with links to other Florida Rambler articles about the best campgrounds and “things to do” near each training camp. This article includes: Complete list of Florida’s spring training camps Ticket information and links to each team’s ticket […]