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Gov. Rick Scott declares license-free fishing days in Florida


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•  Gov. Rick Scott has declared Friday a license-free fishing day in all freshwater bodies throughout Florida and Saturday a license-free day in saltwater. That means anglers do not need a fishing license to wet a line on those days.

•  Diveheart will host a free “Discover Scuba” open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Plantation Aquatic Center, 951 NW 2nd Street, Plantation. For more information, call Wilhelmina Stanton at 561-307-8583 or email wilhelmina.stanton@diveheart.org.

•  The Miami Rowing & Watersports Center, 3601 Rickenbacker Causeway, will host a free water sports open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Try out standup paddleboards, kayaks, rowing shells, outrigger canoes, Dragon boats, kiteboards and sailboards. For more information, email info@miamirowing.org.

•  The Hollywood Hills Saltwater Fishing, Science and Social Club will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Shenanigan’s East Side Pub, 1300 S. Federal Highway, Hollywood. Guest speaker is University of Miami professor Jerry Ault on “sustaining tarpon and bonefish fisheries: rocket science on the flats.” Email professorarthurmariano@gmail.com.

•  The Broward Sierra Club will meet Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd., S., Coconut Creek for a holiday dinner. Bring a dish to share or donate $5 or both. For more information, call Stanley Pannaman at 954-720-4639 or email s_pannaman@yahoo.com.

•  Attend a free, family-friendly swamp heritage festival Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee. The event features storytellers, historians, music, food, art and displays. Visit www.nps.gov/bicy.

•  Biscayne National Park will kick off its seasonal free Family Fun Fests on Dec. 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center. The theme is “The Hungry Games” exploring how the park’s animals get their food, and is targeted at families with toddlers. For more information, call 305-230-7275, ext 0 or visit www.nps.gov/bisc.

•  Catch and release sailfish for a shot at a $500,000 prize purse in the second annual Operation Sailfish Tournament Dec. 13-14 at Sailfish Marina on Singer Island. Entry fee is $4,500 per team. For more information, visit www.operationsailfish.com or call 954-725-4010.

•  Cheeca Lodge & Spa will host the 24th annual Cheeca Lodge Presidental Sailfish Tournament Jan. 16-18 in Islamorada. Entry fee is $695 for the first angler; $645 for each additional angler up to four per boat. Trophies will be awarded. Call Julie Olsen at 305-577-4449 or email jolsen@cheeca.com.

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