Local schools awarded 'recognition' dollars based on student test scores

Steinhatchee School was the only school in Taylor County to make the list. Congratulations Stingrays!

Twenty-two local schools will get a piece of the $134.6 million pie that is school recognition dollars — an initiative that annually awards schools for achieving either an “A” or substantial progress on state-issued report cards.
— http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/04/26/local-schools-awarded-recognition-dollars-based-student-test-scores/83574474/
 Photo by: Art of the Sky

Photo by: Art of the Sky

10,000 enjoy 8th annual Fiddler Crab Festival

  Happy faces–and fiddler crab headdresses–were the order of the day at Steinhatchee’s three-day Fiddler Crab Festival. 

Happy faces–and fiddler crab headdresses–were the order of the day at Steinhatchee’s three-day Fiddler Crab Festival. 

From perrynewspapers.com:

As many as 10,000 people enjoyed the 8th annual Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival last weekend in Steinhatchee. Festival goers enjoyed great weather and three days of food, music, arts and crafts and fun.

Steinhatchee River Chamber of Commerce President Jim Hunt said more than 5,000 entry arm bands were sold before they ran out.

Take It Outside Planner: Fishing village of Steinhatchee (w/video), paddle Weeki Wachee, catch barracuda | Tampa Bay Times


Looking for Old Florida at its best? Head to Steinhatchee, a town of fewer than 2,000, located about three hours north of Tampa. One of Florida's first settlements, Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto and President Andrew Jackson both passed through here at one time, but today, the tiny fishing village caters to the outdoors crowd. The first thing you learn when you visit is how to say the name. Locals pronounce the "Stein" in Steinhatchee as "Steen," similar to "steam." The name is American Indian in origin. "Esteen hatchee" means river (hatchee) of man (esteen). The town has long been known for its scallops, but now that the season is closed, local fishing guides entertain tourists who come to fish the rich grass beds for trout, redfish, sheepshead, black sea bass and mangrove snapper. But the Big Bend region has more to offer than just scallops, crabs and fish. Head upstream and the Steinhatchee River provides great paddling opportunities. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and check out Steinhatchee Falls. The spot was a historic crossing point for American Indians and other settlers. In terms of lodging, the laid-back luxury of Steinhatchee Landing Resort, a village of quaint rental cottages, is worth the trip. Complete with its own dock, pool, playground and neighborhood goats, you will find it an excellent base for any adventure.