Erika Reineke, who learned how to sail as a child at the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale, is now considered the best boater in the U.S. after being named Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year at the end of 2017. Reineke, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, now coaches kids at the Lauderdale Yacht Club.
Shortfin mako sharks are in trouble, and NOAA is asking anglers who catch them — accidentally or on purpose — to voluntarily comply with new emergency rules that haven’t been enacted yet but probably will later this year. Compliance, though public-spirited, could be difficult and risky.
Paurotis Pond, one of the best wading bird-watching places in Everglades National Park, is closed to boating and fishing until nesting season ends in springtime. Exactly when is up to the birds. Most go on their way in May, but sometimes some stay deep into June.
There’s new leadership at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission. Commissioners appointed Eric Sutton as executive director to replace Nick Wiley, who left in December to become chief conservation officer of Ducks Unlimited. Wiley had been with FWC in various ca- pacities since 1987.
Every December vessels adorned with lights and decorations make up what is known as South Florida’s holiday boat parade season. Preparations can take weeks or months for some, while others prefer instead to watch the parades from waterfront homes and restaurants or spectator locations.
Extreme weather, made worse by climate change, along with the health impacts of burning fossil fuels, has cost the U.S. economy at least $240 billion a year over the past 10 years, a new report has found.

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