Clearwater Threshers Weekly Promotions

Come out to Bright House Ballpark to chear on your local Clearwater Threshers! Listed below are their weekly promotions! See when their next homegame is here.

Sunday

– Sunday Brunch at the Ballpark, presented by  Bright House Networks$16 advance, $19 day of game. Ticket includes fantastic All-You-Can-Eat brunch from 12-2 p.m. plus a club-level seat! 

Monday

– Feeding Frenzy Monday:  A $13 ticket includes admission and an unlimited menu of select concession items, including hot dogs and hamburgers. Most Feeding Frenzies are themed with visiting restaurants offering free samples and several, like Wing Fest, will be competitions. All ticket options are available on Mondays.  

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Tuesday

– Regions Bank $1.00 Tuesday: $1.00 berm tickets available walk-up. Plus $1 hot dogs, 12oz draft beers, 16oz soft drinks, popcorn, peanuts and ice cream sandwiches. Don’t miss out on this incredible deal!
– Lil’ Anglers Kids Club:  Kids 13-and-under can become part of our team by joining the Lil’ Anglers. Members receive tickets, a T-shirt and more for only $20!  

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– Happy Hour: Your favorite Happy Hour returns for select Wednesdays in April and May at the “Almost World Famous” Frenchy’s Tiki Pavilion at beautiful Bright House Field! Join us for fantastic drink specials out beyond left field starting at 5:00 p.m.
– Silver Sharks Club: presented by Belcher BingoThe Threshers’ Silver Sharks is a club designed for Seniors 55+. The Silver Sharks will meet during every Wednesday home game. Cost is just $20 per Senior per year, and registration is available at any home game. 

Thursday

– Taps and Tacos with Craft Brews: presented by Tijuana FlatsThursday nights will feature 20 local craft beers on tap near the Tijuana Flats kiosk, located on the concourse along the third base line.
– ALL beverages in the ballpark are 1/2 price on Thursdays!
– Bring your ticket stub from a Thursday Threshers home game to a local Tijuana Flats Friday-Sunday and receive a free taco.  

Friday

– Tampa Bay Times Family Pack: Check the Tampa Bay Times for a great offer: four Field Box tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four bags of chips all for just $32 (coupon required).
– Threshers Summer Concert Series by Leinenkugel and New Belgium
– Stay for post-game concerts on many Friday nights.
– Threshers Free T-Shirt Fridays
– Unique and themed, free T-shirts distributed as fans enter the gates on nine different Fridays.  

Saturday

– Fireworks!

2016 Top Florida Beach Bars

florida-beach-barFloridaBeachBar.com is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of its 6th Annual Top 10 Florida Beach Bar competition. During the month of April, over 23,000 beach bar enthusiasts cast online votes for 281 different bars. Votes were combined with FloridaBeachBar.com’s beach bar ratings to create the winning list. Jimmy B’s Beach Bar of St. Pete Beach captured first place followed by Bongos Beach Bar and Grille in St. Pete and Sharky’s On the Pier in Venice. 

Jimmy B’s, The Golden Lion, and Racing’s North Turn are the only bars to make the list 6 years running! Harry’s Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach, Ocean Deck on Daytona Beach, Caddy’s on the Beach on Sunset Beach, Racing’s North Turn in Ponce Inlet, Shephard’s on Clearwater Beach, and Boston’s on the Beach in Delray are previous winners who are back on the list this year.

This year we had a very close competition and there were a few Florida beach bars that were very close to making it in the Top 10. The Lemon Bar on Neptune Beach, Crabby Joe’s Deck and Grill in Daytona Beach, Casino Beach Bar and Grille in Pensacola, Johnny D’s in Flagler Beach, and Toasted Monkey on St. Pete Beach received honorable mentions for a very strong showing in 2016! 

The number of votes collected this year set a record, adding almost 7,000 new voters compared to the previous year! Participating beach bars used local promotions, their web sites, and social media to solicit votes. 

Thank you to all who voted and helped make this the biggest turnout since competition began 6 years ago. Special thanks to the Florida beach bar owners, managers, and staff who work hard every day to bring you this important part of the Florida lifestyle! 

1- Jimmy B’s Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach (pictured below)
2- Bongos Beach Bar and Grille on St. Pete Beach
3- Sharky’s on the Pier in Venice
4- Harry’s Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach
5- Golden Lion Cafe on Flagler Beach
6- Ocean Deck on Daytona Beach
7- Caddy’s on the Beach on Sunset Beach (Treasure Island)
8- Racing’s North Turn on Ponce Inlet
9- Shephard’s Tiki Beach Bar and Grill on Clearwater Beach
10- Boston’s on the Beach on Delray Beach

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See the all time winners at FloridaBeachBar.com

2016 Spring Break Waterfront Festival Brings in Big Money for Madeira Beach

The Gulf Beaches Rotary Club presented a check in the amount of $20,578.58 to the City of Madeira Beach for its share of the proceeds from the 2016 Spring Break Waterfront Festival on Monday, May 10, 2016.  All are looking forward to the 2017 event.

2015 Boating Accident Statistical Report Offer Safe Boating Insights

With the release of the 2015 Boating Accident Statistical Report, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages boaters to focus on simple, effective steps that make boating safer.

“Many of the accidents in this report could have been prevented if the boat operators had paid attention to everything going on around their vessel, maintained a proper lookout and if everyone had been wearing a life jacket,” said Capt. Tom Shipp, FWC Boating and Waterways Section.

The FWC is responsible for reviewing, analyzing and compiling boating accident data for the state. Its statistical report details boating accidents and their causes. The theme of accident-related messages from FWC staff is clear: officers want to help keep Florida’s beautiful waterways a safe place to boat.

“Often, accidents can be prevented by more careful operation,” said Lt. Seth Wagner, FWC Boating and Waterways Section. “It is critical for operators to maintain a proper lookout and focus on what is going on around their boat at all times.”

Nearly half of boating accidents in 2015 involved collisions and 34 percent of all collisions were due to inattention or the operator failing to maintain a proper look-out.

“The leading type of accident continues to be boaters colliding with other boats or objects,” Wagner said. “With the number of boaters in our beautiful state, it’s important to pay close attention to everything that’s going on around you.”

Florida had 737 boating accidents in 2015. That is 103 more accidents as compared to 2014, however, there was a 25 percent decrease in fatalities. A total of 55 people lost their lives last year in boating accidents. Falls overboard have been the leading type of fatal accident since 2003 with drowning as the leading cause of death and 87 percent of these victims were not wearing a life jacket.

Today’s boaters can choose from several models of light and comfortable, inflatable belt-pack or over-the-shoulder life jackets that can be worn while fishing or enjoying the sun. The message is clear, ‘Life Jackets Save Lives.’

For a copy of the 2015 Boating Accident Statistical Report, visit MyFWC.com/Boating and select “Safety and Education” and “Boating Accidents.”

The majority of accidents in Pinellas County involved personal watercraft and were due to lake of lookout or attention. Find out more about Safe Boating in Pinellas County with our May Featured Article on Boating Safety here.

Information and pictures courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. First photo is of the top Florida counties with boating incidents in 2015. The second image is of 2015 boating incidents in Pinellas County. The final image offers a breakdown of vessel type & size and accident cause & type of the 2015 boating incidents in Pinellas County.

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100 Women Who Care Gives $8,000

In April, 100 Women Who Care of Pinellas County presented Directions for Living with an $8,000 donation.  Pictured from left to right: Brittany Peters, Director of Project HOPE; Karen B. Yatchum, Chief Operating Officer; April Lott, President & CEO; Julie Webster, Co-Leader of 100 Women Who Care; Brenda George, Co-Leader of 100 Women Who Care; Lyndsey Slatter, Family Care Manager; and Michelle Pedigo, Director of Family Preservation

Directions for Living offers hope, recovery and compassion while restoring each person’s dignity and quality of life. In coordination with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Child Protection Investigation Division, Family Works is Pinellas County’s Diversion Services program for families who are at high risk for entering the Child Welfare System. Through this program, Directions for Living provides and coordinates resources for families in need, wraps them in the care they require, and helps avoid unnecessarily removing children from their home in order to preserve families. For more info, go to http://www.directionsforliving.org/

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100 Women Who Care of Pinellas County is a philanthropic group that provides an avenue for women to join together to bring financial support to local, charitable organizations. Members commit to attending four meetings per year (one per quarter) and pledge to donate $100 to an elected charity at each meeting. The members have the opportunity to nominate any organization, and then a vote is taken. The goal is to have 100 or more members! The next meeting is 7:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 17th at 4000 Gateway Centre Blvd., Suite 200 in Pinellas Park. There is a social time from 6:00-7:00 pm with drinks and snacks. Since February of 2013, we have given $83,700 to local organizations. 

For more information, contact Brenda George at 727-515-1868 or on Facebook at 100+ Women Who Care- Pinellas County. 

Travel + Leisure Puts Area on “Ultimate Summer Vacation” Shortlist

Affirming the area’s growing reputation as a top international destination, Travel + Leisure listed St. Pete/Clearwater as one of its top Five U.S. Summer Trip Ideas—in the company of New York City, the Pacific Coast Highway, Alaska and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

To kickoff the busy Memorial Day weekend, T+L highlighted five destinations for the “ultimate American summer vacation.” St. Pete/Clearwater filled the “Beach Getaway” category with T+L describing Clearwater Beach as “one of the most desirable summer getaways” and “…with an abundance of arts, food and culture, St. Pete has got it all.”

Specifically highlighted to stay busy were the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club because of its popular St. Pete Shuffle on Friday nights and the Dali Museum’s Disney and Dali exhibit. For the foodies, T + L suggested Locale Market, Brick & Mortar and Clearwater Beach classic Frenchy’s. And to grab a drink it recommended The Canopy at downtown St. Pete’s Birchwood and Green Bench Brewery, as a part of the 27 breweries on the St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail. The iconic Vinoy Renaissance was the hotel of choice.

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“Travel + Leisure is a massive voice in the travel space, so for them to recognize the entire St. Pete/Clearwater as a top summer getaway speaks volumes about the destination,” said VSPC Executive Director David Downing. “In addition to touting our award-winning beaches, they recognized our world-class culture, local culinary offerings and unparalleled craft beer scene, so we could not be more pleased.”

Not to be outdone, Caladesi Island State Park also received national headlines when Dr. Stephen Leatherman, “Dr. Beach,” named it to his Top 10 Beaches of 2016. At No. 9, Dunedin’s Caladesi was heralded for its “crystalline quartz sand which is soft and cushy at the water’s edge, inviting one to take a dip in the sparkling clear waters.” Back in 2008 Dr. Beach named Caladesi Island his No. 1 beach in America.

And just two months ago TripAdvisor named Clearwater Beach the No. 1 beach in America with St. Pete Beach at No. 4.

Information and photo courtesy of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

Aquatic Fitness Classes at St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center

Join us this summer for one of our four Aquatic fitness classes at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr. For more information call 727-363-9264 or visit our website at www.spbrec.com.

The Complete Aquatic Work-Out– This class is designed for a complete work-out using the natural resistance of the water and aided by resistance bells. The class offers stretching, toning, range of motion, balance, strength training, and aerobics, and oh yes, FUN!
Cost: $5 SPB Residents & $6 Non-Residents. Silver Sneakers is also accepted!
Day and Time: Tue, Wed, Thurs: 10:15-11am

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Aqua Zumba– Aqua Zumba allows you to get a great workout but also makes it fun. Just like the regular Zumba format, Aqua Zumba uses dance and fitness moves to fun, up-beat music.
Cost: $5 SPB Residents & $6 Non-Residents. Silver Sneakers is also accepted!
Day and Time: Tue: 7pm-8pm (starting June 7th) Fri: 11am-12pm Sat: 10:15-11:15am

Aquatic Fitness Class– Aquatic Fitness offers a great muscle toning and cardio workout with the benefits and support of the water.
Cost: $5 SPB Residents & $6 Non-Residents. Silver Sneakers is also accepted!
Day and Time: Mon/ Tue/ Wed: 11:15am-12:15pm

Aquatic Yoga– Aqua yoga has all the benefits of land-based yoga such as stress reduction, better body awareness, and increased flexibility. Being in the water adds an increase in your range of motion, decompresses your spine, reduces the weight on your joints and is accessible to everyone.
Cost: $7 SPB Residents & $8 Non-Residents. Silver Sneakers is also accepted!
Day and Time: Thu: 11:15am-12pm

Information and photo courtesy of the St. Pete Beach Community Center

Clearwater Threshers Weekly Specials

threshers-logoSunday
Sunday Brunch at the Ballpark, presented by  Bright House Networks 
$16 advance, $19 day of game
Ticket includes fantastic All-You-Can-Eat brunch from 12-2 p.m. plus a club-level seat!
Monday
Feeding Frenzy Monday
A $13 ticket includes admission and an unlimited menu of select concession items, including hot dogs and hamburgers. Most Feeding Frenzies are themed with visiting restaurants offering free samples and several, like Wing Fest, will be competitions. All ticket options are available on Mondays.

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Tuesday
Regions Bank $1.00 Tuesday:
$1.00 berm tickets available walk-up. Plus $1 hot dogs, 12oz draft beers, 16oz soft drinks, popcorn, peanuts and ice cream sandwiches. Don’t miss out on this incredible deal!
Lil’ Anglers Kids Club
Kids 13-and-under can become part of our team by joining the Lil’ Anglers. Members receive tickets, a T-shirt and more for only $20!
Wednesday
Happy Hour:
Your favorite Happy Hour returns for select Wednesdays in April and May at the “Almost World Famous” Frenchy’s Tiki Pavilion at beautiful Bright House Field! Join us for fantastic drink specials out beyond left field starting at 5:00 p.m.
threshers-nameSilver Sharks Club: presented by Belcher Bingo
The Threshers’ Silver Sharks is a club designed for Seniors 55+. The Silver Sharks will meet during every Wednesday home game. Cost is just $20 per Senior per year, and registration is available at any home game.
Thursday
Taps and Tacos with Craft Brews: presented by Tijuana Flats
Thursday nights will feature 20 local craft beers on tap near the Tijuana Flats kiosk, located on the concourse along the third base line.
ALL beverages in the ballpark are 1/2 price on Thursdays!
Bring your ticket stub from a Thursday Threshers home game to a local Tijuana Flats Friday-Sunday and receive a free taco.
Friday
Tampa Bay Times Family Pack:
Check the Tampa Bay Times for a great offer: four Field Box tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four bags of chips all for just $32 (coupon required).
Threshers Summer Concert Series by Leinenkugel and New Belgium
Stay for post-game concerts on many Friday nights.
Threshers Free T-Shirt Fridays
Unique and themed, free T-shirts distributed as fans enter the gates on nine different Fridays.
Saturday
Fireworks!

Read more here.

City of Treasure Island Summer Camp for Kids

treasureislandpirateThe City of Treasure Island Recreation Department is offering three (2) exciting and fun camps to entertain your children this summer.

An eight (8) week recreational camp for children ages 5 to 13 years old will be held June 13 through August 5, 2016 from 8:00am to 5:00pmMonday through Friday. Before and after care is provided for an additional fee. Family discounts are available. Summer Camp registration is available in the Recreation Department located inside city hall at 120 108th Avenue from 8:00am to 4:30pmMondaythrough Friday. Activities to include games, sports, arts and crafts, parties, guest speakers and entertainment, movies, field trips and much more. For additional information, please call the Recreation Department at (727) 547-4575 or email recreation@mytreasureisland.org .  Participants can obtain registration forms and additional information at www.mytreasureisland.com.

Junior Tennis Camps for juniors ages 8 years old through high school will be held at the Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis facility located at 10315 Paradise Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL. Camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9am-12:00noon. For additional information, please contact Treasure Bay at (727) 360-6062 for registration; or email pgirardi@mytreasureisland.org.

Cownose Rays in our Gulf & Bay Waters

Cownose rays prefer shallow, brackish water like Tampa Bay, but tend to swim at the surface, reducing the risk of humans stepping on them. They are known to school in large groups to migrate great distances, as seen in above picture taken last weekend near Venetian Isles in St. Petersburg. Their tile-like teeth are ideal for crushing crustaceans and mollusks, as well as small invertebrates and bony fish.

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Source: flmnh.ufl.edu, Photo credit: Tim Flanagan.