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As Americans are planning spring and summer vacations, many planning on visiting Palm Beach County, will be contemplating purchasing a new pair of sunglasses. The American Optometric Association (AOA) reminds buyers to be sure their favorite sunglasses provide quality protection from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. You probably know that too much exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause sunburn and skin cancer. But did you know UV also can harm your eyes?

When you are performing your daily sun protection regimen, do not just stop at applying sunscreen. Make sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a visor or brimmed hat to further shade your eyes from the sun. It is a simple step that can make a world of difference in your eye

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Cruise on the bright Jupiter Intracoastal waterways while listening to island music and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the local area. Gather up some friends and family and have a good old time on the Jupiter and Tequesta waterfront. Hop on board one of the party boats of PonTiki Cruises of Jupiter. Imagine a floating event venue with live music, food, drinks, sun and fun.

PonTiki boats are a casual and a fun, unique way to provide the perfect scene for your special occasion, Sunday Fun Day or while visiting Florida. The vessel crew are safety trained and a well-informed team. They share interesting recounts about the area, people in the area, highlighting distinct landmarks, interesting things along the coastline and point out wildlife spotted

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Shark Wake Park 561 is located at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach. Shark Wake Park located at 1440 Eshleman Trail and is more than fun on the water.  Safe waters, no sharks! The waterpark is some of the best family-friendly cable water sports parks and aqua parks in the world.  In 2019, the waterpark unveiled its location in West Palm Beach.  Shark Wake Park 561 is one of the largest floating playgrounds on the East Coast. Anything you can do behind a boat; you can do at the cable park.

Jump, dive and splash into your next family-friendly adventure on our Obstacle Island. If you ever wanted to wakeboard, learn here. The huge floating playground is full of monkey bars, climbing towers, slides and more! There is no better place for kids to play,

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The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach offers a unique program that allows the public to adopt a sea turtle from their sea turtle research and rehabilitation center. The adoption program helps benefit further research and continuous care for the injured, sick, and endangered sea turtles housed in Juno Beach.

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help protect marine life and help to promote ocean conservation. If an injured sea turtle is found, the center rescues the sea turtle and brings it to their rehabilitation center for treatment and diagnosis before being released back into the ocean.

The beaches in our area are popular every March through October during the Sea Turtle Nesting Season. Along

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Rock'n Riverwalk in downtown Stuart is a signature concert series presented every Sunday by Stuart Main Street and the Historic Stuart Downtown Business Association.  These two non-profit organizations can host the event at no charge to the public thanks to generous sponsors, attendee donations in addition to live music events that benefit Rock'n Riverwalk.

In 2000, Rock'n Riverwalk began as the Lunchbox Concert Series each Friday afternoon from October through June. Over time, the event's popularity grew, and the downtown traffic grew. The event was renamed Riverwalk Jazz Series and moved to Sundays. As popularity increased, they expanded from jazz to all genres of music and once again the event was renamed Rock’n Riverwalk.

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The "Sailfish Capital of the World" has lived up to its name again this year!  Stuart was named to the 2021 "Best Winter Fishing Destinations" nationwide, according to the blog FishingBooker. It was the only Florida city to make the list. FishingBooker is an online marketplace for booking yacht charters for recreational fishing.

The website hyped Stuart's sailfish season, saying people from all over the country should flock to the city during the winter season to test their fishing skills.  The reason Stuart is unique to other places on this coast is that the Gulf Stream comes very close to shore here and can be reached within 10 miles. For anglers, that means that you have a chance of reeling in a Sailfish on a four- or five-hour fishing trip! In

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One of the benefits of living in Florida is being able to hop in a boat and get out on the water and enjoy the sunshine and weather. Boating is a very popular activity for all ages in Florida.  Any day of the week, dozens of boats out will be out on the water for hours enjoying the many benefits of living in the sunshine state.

Since 2010, the state of Florida requires that any person who wishes to operate a vessel of more than ten horsepower or more and is born after January 1st, 1988 must pass and complete a boater safety course. The course can either be done in person or online.

Florida does not have a “boating license” but a Boater Safety Identification Card, the card states that the course has been completed. Florida does not require a follow

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Every Saturday morning, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center hosts their weekly Self-Guided Beach Clean Ip for those wanting to help keep our beaches and oceans clean. All are welcomed and encouraged to help in the effort. 

Those that wish to participate are asked to stop by the back deck of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center before they begin. The supplies will be available at the Marine Debris Sorting Station.  Once supplies are picked up, volunteers can make their way down to the beach and begin. 

Once finished, simply bring your supplies and trash bags back to the Sorting Station at the sea turtle research and rehabilitation center and pick up a free t-shirt as a Thank You gift for helping to keep our beaches clean. 

The Self-Guided cleanup is

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There is a shallow dive trip that will not require a boat and was dubbed the best dive spot in the world by the Professional Association of Professional Divers in 2014! The site is located on Singer Island, just beneath the Blue Heron Bridge.  Singer Island is one of South Florida’s lesser-known beach getaways. 

Beneath the Blue Heron Bridge, you will encounter seahorses, octopi, and all varieties of colorful tropical marine life. The best part is you do not need your own boat.  You will not even need to book an expensive boat ride to dive it. If you have got diving or snorkeling gear, or if not, you can rent some from a nearby dive shop, you can walk right into the water at Phil Foster Park, and do the dive yourself at high tide. The max depth is

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Naturally with all the water in Palm Beach County finding great places to grab a drink and an appetizer on the waterfront is easy.  However, if you want an idyllic spot to imbibe by the water there are a few special spots!  

Your first stop should be the venerable E.R. Bradley’s Saloon, in West Palm Beach, an indoor and outdoor energetic drinking venue where the breezes off Lake Worth blow through and views of Palm Beach never disappoint. Enjoy cold drinks, bar appetizers, and plenty of TVs, and if that is not enough the people watching of those who pack the place can be entertainment enough. 

If you want something more substantial than bar food to enjoy by the water, head to Elisabetta’s along South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. Here you

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