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Gulf and Bay happenings

A look at what's happening around the area.

By RODNEY PAGE
Published February 23, 2007


YOUR CHANCE TO DIG DEEPER INTO FLORIDA'S HISTORY

The Florida State Fairgrounds' Special Events Center will host Fossil Fest on March 10-11. The event will feature dinosaurs as well as displays of prehistoric man. There will be adult and children's programs, including a fossil mine, and vendors will sell and trade fossils found in Florida and all over the world. The event is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 10 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

NATURE PRESERVE

Wildlife weekend on tap at Boyd Hill

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg will host a wildlife weekend March 10-11. There will be environmental and wildlife exhibits, guided walks, nature-related vendors, kids crafts and food from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 10 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Call (727) 893-7326 for more information.

FISHING TOURNAMENT

Redfish teams fan out along coast

The FLW Redfish Series Eastern Division is holding the first of its four Florida tournaments today and Saturday in Clearwater. The tournament will feature up to 150 teams vying for a $25,000 first-place award. Anglers will take off at 6 a.m. from Coachman Park. Weigh-ins will be held at 3 p.m. at the Coachman Park Marina. For information, go to www.flwoutdoors.com.

FWC HOTLINE

Report missing buoys and signs

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has set up a toll-free line (1-866-405-2869) for boaters to report damaged or missing buoys or signs. The program is part of an on-call response program to allow boater to report hazards.

TURKEY HUNTING

Select spots don't require permit

Spring turkey season is March 17-April 22 in the central zone, and there are still some places to hunt turkey without a permit. You must have a permit for the first nine days in the Richloam Wildlife Management Area, but hunting is open after that. The Upper Hillsborough WMA in Pasco County is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hunting times are 30 minutes before sunrise to 1 p.m.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer