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2021 GoBoatingFlorida Holiday Gift Guide

We’re avid boaters so of course we did our holiday shopping at the Fort Myers Boat Show! We found great gifts for every boater and every budget so if you’re looking for a little inspiration, check out what we couldn’t resist at this year’s show.


FWC Free Saltwater Fishing Day

When the turkey’s gone and the crew is getting restless it’s time to grab the tackle and hit the water. Luckily, your Thanksgiving visitors won’t need to worry about getting a saltwater license if you go out on Saturday, November 27. FWC fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers and includes fishing from a boat or shore.

Bradenton Holiday Boat Parade

Holiday Boat Parades Across SWFL

One of our favorite Florida traditions continues this season with holiday boat parades up and down our coast. Tarpon Springs and Fort Myers kick things off the first weekend of December, with parades continuing through the first 3 weekends of the month. See the full schedule of holiday happenings and get ready to celebrate like only SWFL can!




Seasonal Speed Zone Changes
As cooler weather arrives, manatees will begin migrating out of the rivers and coastal waters into warmer enclaves such as freshwater springs, power plant outflows and canals where they will spend winter. While some seasonal slow-speed zones expire in November, the timing of manatees traveling between their summer and winter habitats depends on when our coastal water temperatures approach 68 degrees.

In addition to obeying speed regulations, FWC reminds boaters and operators of personal watercraft to avoid collisions with these large marine mammals by:

  • Wearing polarized sunglasses to help spot manatees in the water.
  • Watching for large, flat circles on the water’s surface indicating the presence of manatees.
  • Looking for snouts just above the surface.
  • Slowing down when the presence of manatees is indicated.

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