Environment

Missing Charter Boat Capitan Found Safe

Missing Charter Boat Capitan Found Safe

Three men were on the water aboard the Cedar Roost Sail Charter heading north toward St. Augustine from Ponce Inlet Monday when the 22 foot vessel  was hit by a large wave  sending the Captain overboard.

The other two passengers contacted  the Coast Guard around 5:00 p.m and the boat and helicopter search for the Sail Boat Captain, Brian Oliver, 45 of St. Augustine began and continued late into the night.

The boat was anchored off and remains off shore. With no knowledge of how to maneuver the vessel the other two passengers were taken to the Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach.

Settlement Reached to Proceed with St. Augustine Beach Renourishment Project

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners approved a proposed settlement agreement today that when fully executed will allow the St. Augustine Beach Renourishment project to commence construction this winter.

Gopher Madness

Gopher Madness

Florida is Famous for many  things.

There is one unusual thing that brings people to Florida and that is the REPTILES!

Most people see the reptiles that are native to Florida in Zoo's and Animal Farms, but there is that rare occasion where you catch them in their natural habitat.

One native Florida reptile has been catching my attention in it's natural habitat more than any other in particular this spring and summer.

The Florida Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoises are hard to spot in their natural habitat because they dig deep, long burrows in the ground in the dunes and forrest.

A Gopher Tortoise can easily be identified by it's appearance. They have large heads, long front legs with big claws for burrowing, and their skin can range in color from light grey to dark brown. Their back legs are shorter but also have large sharp claws. Their shell can be up to 12 inches tall and 14-15 inches long.

26th Annual International Coastal Clean-Up

26th Annual International Coastal Clean-Up

Keepers of the Coast, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting coastal stewardship and the conservation of coastal habitat, is recruiting volunteers to participate in the 26th Annual International Coastal Clean-Up on Saturday, September 17th. This event is spearheaded by the global non-profit Ocean Conservancy.

Irene's Impact on St. Augustine

Irene's Impact on St. Augustine

As the rest of the Eastern Seaboard evacuated, or hunkered down for Hurricane Irene the scene was much different on St. Augustine beach Saturday.

The Beaches in St. Johns County appeared to be business as usual in record breaking heat Saturday in the Oldest City.

Beach ramps on Anastasia Island were re-opened for driving, with the exception of the ramp at Matanzas.

Sea Turtle nests were marked, as the Nesting Season on our beaches took the brunt of the storm due to high tides and beach erosion, which seemed to be the extent of the damage that the beaches suffered.

The over all mood was a sense of calm after preparing for the unexpected with a slow moving, rapidly intensifying storm moving in this direction all week.

Local surfers took advantage of the great surf, and curious on lookers came down to the beach to see what damage was done to the beaches after dodging Irene.

Storm May Toss Sea Turtles Ashore; How to Help

Storm May Toss Sea Turtles Ashore; How to Help

As waves from Hurricane Irene pound sandy Atlantic beaches along Florida’s east coast, they bring more than debris to shore. Small sea turtles carried from their offshore homes of floating seaweed can be cast up on the beach by the waves.


Green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley turtles are federally endangered species, and the loggerhead turtle is a federally threatened species. As a result, people wanting to help these creatures should be aware of some requirements so they don’t find themselves on the wrong side of the law.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) does not recommend going to the beach specifically to search for and rescue stranded sea turtles. However if you are on the beach and see a small sea turtle onshore that is obviously stranded and not attempting to move into the waves, please be aware of the following: