Enjoy this digest of October 2018 stories curated from various media and online mentions.
After building reef balls put in the Gulf waters off Hernando County, a group of teens is hard at work monitoring them.
Whether shopping is an outing’s highlight or a day’s drudge, it presents an opportunity to eat out. So every shopping plaza of a certain size seems to serve up a chance to indulge.
New channel markers give safer access to ‘Old Florida’ coast
Hernando County is keeping “Old Florida” a safe for those who want to see it from the water. It’s an outdoorsman paradise, great for fishing, and so remote and untouched that you can only see it from the air or the water.
New kayak launch opens at Linda Pedersen Park
A new kayak launch area in Hernando County is making it easier for people to head out on the water.
The first annual Freedom Fest Florida features legendary rock and country music acts, celebrates America’s Veterans, and donates proceeds to support Wreaths across America and the Florida National Cemetery.
Weeki Wachee mermaids making a splash at Audubon Aquarium
The world-famous Weeki Wachee mermaids will splash into Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for a pair of four-day sessions in November. Visitors can see the mermaids on Thursday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 11.
2019 Swamp Fest mascot chosen
Members of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest T-Shirt Contest Committee, led by Audrey Holley, gathered at the Weeki Wachee Area Club on Shoal Line Boulevard Sept. 29, 2018 to select the winners and runners-up of the annual Swamp Festival mascot contest.
10 spots to scope out on a road trip through west central Florida
Mermaids, manatees, and Greek sponge divers accompany an escape to bygone Florida. For decades, recreational boaters referred to west central Florida as the “lonesome leg.” That’s because on their 160-mile trips from Clearwater to the Big Bend (where the panhandle meets the peninsula) they never encountered a single buoy.
Music, food antique fest at Chinsegut Hill a hit with visitors
Visitors laud well-kept secret. Visitors one by one motored up the winding road to the top of Chinsegut Hill, 269 feet above sea level. From this hill 5 miles north of downtown Brooksville, one can see much of Hernando County.
October celebrates 50 years of the National Trails System Act
In February 1965, President Lyndon Johnson’s speech to Congress on “Conservation and Preservation of Natural Beauty” was more than about clean water and parks. He also spoke about trails.
A real-life mermaid is on a mission to protect the Springs. For Rita King, becoming a Weeki Wachee mermaid was a dream come true. “I wanted to be in the water. I wanted to be in the springs and let fish swim around me and it was just kind of neat,” she said.