Fish and Wildlife Commission Sets Aside a New Conservation Area

Fish and Wildlife Commission Sets Aside a New Conservation Area

Our FWC here in Florida is always engaged in doing things to protect wildlife and make it easier for Floridians to learn about and enjoy it.

In fact, to me, our Fish and Wildlife Commission is just about the only arm of state government here that I have complete confidence in. They do a lot of good work.

The commission released a PR bulletin today to let the public know that they’ve created a new Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County. It’s called the Port Orange Colony and though it’s not of considerable size–being a bit less than two acres–it is, nevertheless, a very important site for many bird species. An incomplete list includes the tricolored heron, great egrets, the American oystercatcher and the brown pelican.

It seems to this nature lover to be a very significant action by the commission and the FWC chairman has said as much. Here’s what chairman Brian Yablonski said in today’s release about the creation of our newest CWA here in the Sunshine State:

“Protecting Florida’s birds is what gave rise to the conservation movement in the United States. This is a legacy moment that we leave for the ages as a Commission.”

Kudos to Florida’s FWC for this and all the fine work they do. To read the complete press release all about the Port Orange Colony, our newest conservation area, follow this link.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

 

 

Great and Authentic Florida Eatery on the Banks of the St. Johns

Great and Authentic Florida Eatery on the Banks of the St. Johns

My companion and I enjoyed lunch recently at the Swamp House Grill in DeBary; it has become a fave spot for me in east Central Florida. The food is fabulous and the service is consistently good.

I had my usual: the blackened seafood trio. I enjoy that one so much, I rarely order anything else.

This gem is just a bit off the beaten path but very well worth it. There are eco boat tours leaving from the dock right behind the restaurant several times a day and they usually feature live acoustic music on the weekends. They do have a full bar and a good beer selection. That’s a “must have” for me and just one more reason why I like this place.

The Swamp House Grill is family friendly, their authentic Florida fare is moderately priced and the setting is idyllic. I’ve got to say that it’s become my favorite eatery in all of Volusia County. I recommend it highly.