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Charles Perez wears a protective face mask and gloves as he waits on tables at the Morada Bay Beach Cafe in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Monday, June 1, 2020. The Florida Keys reopened for visitors Monday after the tourist-dependent island chain was closed for more than two months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida Keys reopen to visitors as Miami-area beaches closed

Jun. 1, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Keys reopened for visitors Monday after the tourist-dependent island chain was closed for more than two months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As the Keys took down barriers, Miami-Dade County decided to keep its beaches closed because of protests in South...

Virginia Beach cancels July Fourth fireworks over COVID-19

May. 27, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Officials in Virginia Beach have canceled July Fourth fireworks displays slated for two locations in an effort to keep residents safe and comply with orders issued amid the coronavirus pandemic. The displays were scheduled for the Oceanfront and on Mount Trashmore Park, The...

Vermont's free fishing day is June 13; no license required

May. 25, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's free fishing day is coming up next month. On Saturday, June 13, anyone may fish without a fishing license in the state's streams and lakes. The day also kicks off the start of the regular bass fishing season. "Fishing is an activity that can be shared with family or...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo, a person jogs past a closed nightclub in St. Louis. Running is seeing an increase in participation since the coronavirus outbreak began taking off in the United States. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Americans finding ways to stay active while keeping distance

May. 25, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

Vicki L. Friedman always wanted to play golf with her adult sons but until this spring couldn’t find time to learn the game and practice. Shaun Warkentin was looking for a diversion when his young sons tired of jumping on the backyard trampoline and being indoors. He discovered the joy of taking them...

Cody Wiseman climbs his way to the top of a rock formation on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Palisades State Park in Garretson, S.D. (Abigail Dollins/The Argus Leader via AP)

South Dakota state park usage skyrockets during pandemic

May. 25, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of South Dakotans headed into the outdoors as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state, causing state park visitor numbers to bounce back after last year’s rough weather. The boost in visitors is a welcome sight for Scott Simpson, parks division director at...

Some recreational fishing set to reopen in Washington

May. 23, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — After two months of closures because of COVID-19 pandemic concerns, many of Washington state’s coastal waters are set to reopen for fishing on Tuesday, officials said. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said marine areas 1-3 including Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor,...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing teen swimmer in FL

May. 16, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard says its search for an 18-year-old who was last seen swimming in the ocean off Florida's east coast has been suspended. TCPalm reports that Lenton “Ty” Ward has been missing since Wednesday. He was last seen swimming that afternoon. Ward’s...

500 big trout stocked in Vermont's Passumpsic River

May. 10, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — About 500 big trout are now waiting for anglers in Vermont's Passumpsic River. The Caledonian Record reports 350 rainbow and 150 brown trout were stocked in the river not far from downtown St. Johnsbury by officials from the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. The stocking...

Alaska fisheries to get $50M in federal aid amid pandemic

May. 9, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska will receive $50 million in federal coronavirus aid for fisheries, the U.S. Department of Commerce has announced, about half what state officials had expected. Alaska is home to large stocks of pollock, an inexpensive fish used in fast-food sandwiches and fish sticks, and...

South Carolinians find pandemic relief in fishing, hunting

May. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — It appears that the recommendation to remain inside has driven many of us outside. These adventurous forays are not so much to visit the limited number of retailers that remain open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic, but rather those places where maintaining proper social...