#Fort De Soto

Fort De Soto’s ecosystem, history make it a ‘piece of paradise tucked away into suburbia’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Whether sitting on the beach or kayaking near the still water's edge at Fort De Soto, people often find themselves absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see. The complex ecosystem is not immediately apparent, but the park weaves together its wealth of birdlife, sea life, wildlife and plant life into a majestic tapestry.
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Mangrove snapper biting both offshore and inshore in Tampa Bay

1: At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, plenty of mangrove snapper have been caught this past week. Speckled trout, sheepshead, whiting and jack crevalle have also been steady catches, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466). 2: At Madeira Beach, good numbers of black sea bass are biting in...

Red Tide, stench of dead fish hangs over Fort De Soto beaches

TIERRA VERDE — A handful of anglers cast their lines off Fort De Soto’s fishing pier on Friday into Red Tide-infested waters. In the sand below them lay dead snook and tarpon, grouper and horseshoe crabs, eels and pufferfish. The stench of dead marine life filled the air at Fort De Soto Park on Friday, one of the crown jewels of Pinellas County beach tourism.
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Anglers finding flounder in spots around Tampa Bay

1: At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, good numbers of mangrove snapper have been caught this week. Key West grunts, jack crevalle and some flounder have also been caught, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466). 2: At Madeira Beach, nearshore the red bite is steady along with plenty...
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Saltwater fishing: Redfish bit is hot around Tampa Bay area

1. At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, speckled trout and jack crevalle have been steady catches most days this week. Sporadic pompano have been caught on shrimp and Doc’s Goofy Jigs, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466). 2. At Madeira Beach, nearshore there’s tripletail on...

Dog The Bounty Hunter Offers Campsite Update On Search For Brian Laundrie

The death of Gabby Petito has captured the attention of the nation, as has the search for her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. Authorities around the country are on alert for any sign of Laundrie and even noted television personality Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman joined the search. While Laundrie still has yet to be found, Chapman provided an update on the search so far and what he and his team have uncovered about his potential whereabouts.

VINTAGE ST. PETE: Fort De Soto and Fort Dade, where history meets tourism

Actor Henry Fonda, lured to the area with the promise of a day’s tarpon fishing, gave a speech at the Fort De Soto Park dedication ceremony on May 11, 1963. Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians performed, and 13 local girls competed for the title of Miss Fort De Soto. There was a waterski show, direct from Cypress Gardens, to hold the interest of the estimated 15,000 locals gathered on a miserably hot Saturday afternoon.

The 9 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Florida

Beach chair and umbrella? Check. Mineral sunscreen? Check. Your super-cute pup? Double-check! Though Florida isn’t short on gorgeous beaches, not all of them allow your furry friend to have some fun in the sun with you. *Sigh* Don’t worry: We found nine beaches across the state that welcome humans and pups alike. Here are the best dog-friendly beaches in Florida.

Fort De Soto Park has a little bit of everything, including history

TIERRE VERDE, Fla. - If there is anything you want to get outside and do, you can probably do it at Fort DeSoto Park. With its roots traced back to the Spanish-American War, the largest Pinellas County park is a local gem for outdoor activities today. It's an gorgeous place to visit that offers camping, fishing, hiking, and much more.
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Saltwater fishing: Fall Redfish bite is starting to pick up around Tampa Bay

1. At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, mangrove snapper and sheepshead have been steady this week. A couple of gag grouper and a black sea bass were caught. Good numbers of snook are lurking around the pier as well, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466). 2. At Madeira...

Friendly manatee surprises 2 women in canoes at Fort DeSoto Park

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Two women canoeing at Fort DeSoto Park made a new friend Wednesday morning. In video taken by See Through Adventures, a manatee can be seen approaching the women who were paddling in two separate see-through vessels. The gentle giant swam up to the first woman and...
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Bobcats Spotted in DeSoto Neighborhood

A DeSoto family is concerned after bobcats were spotted outside of their home over the last few months. Bobcats can be seen in videos and photos outside of the home taken in June, July and September. The family says the bobcat population has been growing in their neighborhood.