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Be prepared for summer health hazards

Be prepared for summer health hazards

As the summer season gets into full swing, the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center–Jacksonville wants to remind the public of a few important tips to keep families safe. “During the summer break, kids are out of school and families are spending time outside, which leads to an increase in poison exposures,” said Dr. Jay L. Schauben, […]

Snorkeling program delivers different aspect of the national seashore

Snorkeling program delivers different aspect of the national seashore

Underneath the sparkling sun-kissed surface of the water off the shore of Naval Live Oaks, no more than a couple of feet really, there is a world that many forget exists. Tucked away in the seagrass that covers large areas of the bay floor are various forms of sea life, everything from fish and hermit […]

Rescues on the rise, again

Rescues on the rise, again

Navarre Beach lifeguards have added two new guards after a record 94 rescues last year in anticipation of another high-traffic beach season. This season has already seen 52 water rescues between March 1 and June 9. To put that in perspective, the season totals for 2012-2014 average less than 44 rescues between March 1 and […]

Sea lice reports fail to deter beach visitors

Sea lice reports fail to deter beach visitors

Visitors packed the Navarre Beach Gulf shore last week despite reports of sea lice. The Navarre Beach Lifeguards flew the purple flag to warn bathers of the critters and the rash they can cause. Sea lice are actually not lice at all. They are tiny, pepper-like jellyfish larvae that float in clouds in the Gulf […]