Crappies — Pomoxis —  are two species of North American freshwater fish of the genus  POMOXIS 
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astern United States and Canada)  in the family Centrarchidae  (Sunfishes).  Both species of crappies are popular game fish among recreational anglers.  And on light tackle are as great a battle as Bass.
White crappie predominantly 
Great Lakes, Hudson Bay, and the Mississippi River basins expanding from New York and southern Ontario westward to South Dakota and southward to Texas— 

“Anglers fish for specks (black crappie) when they want to have a fish fry,” said FWC Commissioner Gary Lester. “ Black crappie remains a popular target for anglers and we commend staff’s dedication to ensuring crappie fisheries thrive in Florida.”

Featured Fish: Black Crappie — FWC
Size: This fish averages just under one pound; the state record is currently 3.83 pounds. The Big Catch minimum qualifying sizes are 14” or 2.0 pounds (see

Appearance: The black crappie’s distinct black-and-white patterning, symmetrical back (dorsal) and belly (anal) fins and flat panfish shape make it easy to identify. The only other species that might cause some confusion is the nonnative Jaguar Guapote found in south Florida, which has a divided lateral line and sharp teeth that distinguish it from our native black crappie.

Range & Habitat: Black crappie are common throughout Florida lakes and ponds, or in large slow-moving clear water rivers. Lake Okeechobee is the best-know "speck fishing" destination in the state.

Behavior: They nest in colonies from February to April. Nests are fanned by males over gravel or muddy bottoms in depths of 3-8 feet, with big fish deeper. Primary food items are crustaceans, aquatic insects and small fishes.

Sporting Quality: Most Florida anglers are quite familiar with black crappie, also called “speckled perch” or “specks”. This fish follows on the heels of the largemouth bass for popularity in the fresh waters of our state. The crappie is not quite as easily found or as widespread as the bass, however. 

Specks do best in larger lakes, particularly if deep water and cover—especially brush—are present but are less common within canals. Crappie make ideal cane pole or light tackle targets. Missouri minnows are the bait of choice. Lure anglers usually stick with small marabou or curly tail jigs, with white, yellow and black being good starting colors. 

Beetle spins of various colors also work well. Fly anglers can do well with small streamers but will need to use a sinking line to get down to the fish.  Set the hook gently, as the soft mouth (which has resulted in the nickname “paper-mouth”) can result in missed strikes. 

This fish fights well and performs even better on the table.  A key to success is to fish at different depths and keep moving until you find a school. Once located, large numbers of “specks” can often be caught within a short period of time.

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Black Crappie predominantly eastern United States and Canada, Down to Florida and very popular.

The genus name Pomoxis literally means "sharp cover", referring to the fish's spiny gill covers (opercular bones). It is composed of the Greek poma (cover) and oxys ( "sharp").

The common name (also spelled croppie or crappé) derives from the Canadian French “ crapet” , which refers to many different fishes of the sunfish family.  

Fishing Records — According to International Game Fish Association -- 

  • Black Crappie: 5.7 lb. caught by Lionel "Jam" Ferguson at Richeison Pond in Tennessee, on 5-15-2018
  • Best Florida Crappie:  State Record: 3.83 lbs. Specks are a cool-weather favorite and excellent table fare. 
    Crappies are common throughout Florida.  
  • White Crappie: 5.2 lb. caught by Fred Brigh in Water Valley, Mississippi, on 7-31-1957

Goes By Many Aliases —  Other names for crappie are paper-mouths, strawberry bass, speckled bass or specks (especially in Michigan), speckled perch, white perch, crappie bass,  calico bass (throughout the Middle Atlantic states and New England), and Oswego bass.  

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When I was stationed courtesy of the Air Force in Maine we fished for White Perch almost everywhere abundant in the myriad of ponds and lakes, and right into the skillet, over a fire,  delicious.

The fish are light colored but vary with age, habitat, and spawning seasons. On light tackle they fight as hard as Bass. On super-light gear a challenge. 

Some people I know go after them with 2-4-6  lb. test mono. And with a sinking line and Tenkara gear a great challenge.     In Louisiana, it is called sacalait (Cajun French: 'milk bag'), seemingly an allusion to its milky white flesh or silvery skin. The supposed French meaning is, however, folk etymology, because the word is ultimately from Choctaw Sakli, meaning "trout”.

Angling Is a Blast on Light Tackle  These Fish Are Small Fish and Great Fighters  Fly, Cane , Spinner, Tenkara   Angling for crappie is popular throughout much of North America.    Methods vary and may be illegal in some states.  For example  “spider fishing “, and  thats a fisherman with as many as ten rods, multiple rods or lines in the water spread around the boat for purposes of harvesting.  Not welcome in many states — don’t.    If it’s illegal they can take all your gear and fine you.

Anglers may choose from among many popular baits, some of the most popular are plastic jigs with lead jig heads, crank baits or live minnows.   Many anglers also chum or dump live, or  ground-bait into the water to attract the fish to bite their bait. Crappies are also regularly targeted and caught during the spawning period by fly fishermen, and can be taken from frozen ponds and lakes in winter by ice fishing.  Unfortunately, odds are ice fishing is not in Florida.  heat stroke is — Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate —  

Summer Crappie Fishing — Moving Baits To Find The Fish and Strikes —  Crappie and baitfish are more active when water temperatures are high during the heat of summer, meaning both move a lot. Savvy anglers approach summer crappie fishing by mimicking the fleeing motion of baitfish, using “swimming” lures with lively tails.

“A crappie’s metabolism this time of the year is really cranking, and they are eating more now than any other time,”  “Crappie are moving more so I think they like the tail action of those lures a lot better than they do in the wintertime when it is cold. The water temperature has lot to do with it.”

Some guides believe a swimming bait triggers more summer crappie fishing strikes. “It draws that instinct for crappie to bite something moving away from them,”  “The tail on those baits creates more disturbance that actually just helps crappie locate the baits and gets their attention a little bit better.”

The structure that offers access to cooler, deeper water attracts Crappies.  The rock walls also provide hours of shade, creating cooler zone that is ideal for summer crappie fishing.  It was noted that rapid depth changes attract crappie to bluffs. “Crappie can quickly go to shallow water for feeding and then get to the deeper water for comfort,” he said.   

Lurenet has some unique methodology and lures for Crappies especially summer Crappies —

Commercial Fishing —  Before State fisheries departments began to implement more restrictive, conservation-minded regulations, a great number of crappies, especially in the Mississippi River states, were harvested commercially in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
At one point, the annual crappie catch sold at fish markets in the United States was reported to be about 3 million pounds.  A commercial fishery for crappies existed at Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee until 2003. It was one of the few commercial fisheries for crappies in recent decades. Most states are not allowing commercial fishing.  And violations and fines can be high.    
Florida has exacting rules on this and make yourself knowledgeable
.  ⚖️   See the Law and Penalties 

Best Florida Crappie Lakes

Orange Lake / Lochloosa Lake (located between Gainesville and Ocala)
The water level on Orange Lake is back up after being down for years. As a result, crappie fishing has also rebounded. Crappie was biting in open water through last fall, and they’ll start again when the weather warms up this spring. Crappie in this lake like to hit jigs and minnows. Lily pads are favorite hangouts.FWC biologists poured some intensive lake management talent into 5,500-acre Lake Lochloosa, while Mother Nature raised the water level back to what it needs to be. As a result, crappie has responded there too. Fish around the lily pads in the southeast and northwest parts of the lake and in the narrow connection to Little Lake Lochloosa when you’re after crappie. Also, the patches of maiden cane are good spots to try when crappie get ready to spawn in early spring.

Lake Monroe (near Sanford)
The FWC’s habitat-restoration wizards have been tuning up this 9,400-acre sweetie-pie since the late 1980’s, and they’ve got her really purring. Since the Commission lifted the 12-inch minimum length limit in July 2005, anglers have flocked back to Monroe and put up impressive catch rates. Big crappie goes for small jigs, Bream Killers, Hal-Flies, or Beetlespins. Missouri minnows and grass shrimp also work.

Lake Jessup (south of Sanford)
You can wear yourself out catching crappie on this 10,000-acre honey-hole. They run a little smaller than crappie you’ll find in other lakes in this part of central Florida, but there are bunches of them just waiting to get caught on minnows by anglers who drift-fish in the middle of the lake and near Bird Island. Lots of crappies also hang out in the Soldier Creek area and the north end of the lake, where it connects to the St. Johns River.

Lake Talquin (west of Tallahassee)
Think about it. This 8,800-acre reservoir is just outside Tallahassee. It’s where the FWC’s top brass goes fishing, so you know they’re going to make sure this baby doll gets all the attention it can use. Is it any surprise the state record 3-pound, 13 -ounce black crappie was pulled out of Lake Talquin? This lake has lots of submerged stumps and snags, so you don’t want to go hot-rodding around it in a boat. But, if you want to catch some nice crappie, and you’re willing to abide by the 10-inch minimum size limit, you’ll love it here.

Tenoroc / Mosaic Fish Management Area (Polk County)
Fishing for crappie on Tenoroc, a 7,300-acre Fish Management Area near Lakeland, can be a rewarding experience, especially during cooler months. With lakes ranging in size from seven to 227 acres, anglers will have plenty of areas to dunk a bobber with a minnow or jig. Schooling fish can often be caught using this rig near deep drop-offs and underwater humps. Casting a small Beetlespin lure or jig tipped with a minnow can also produce some nice stringers of fish. Try Lakes 3,4,5, and F for some of the best action. Call the Tenoroc office at (863) 499-2422 for more information or to make reservations, because these lakes are only open to fishing four days a week.

Lakes within the 1000-acre Mosaic Fish Management area near Ft. Meade in southern Polk County, have some mighty fine crappie populations. A dozen lakes on the area range in size from 10 to 200 acres and many have shorelines with an abundant supply of woody brush, treetops, and vegetation that are perfect targets for placing a well-hooked minnow under afloat. Trolling deeper areas with this rig can also be productive, especially during the winter months. Casting a small Beetlespin or jig into deeper areas can also produce fish at times. Try Pine Lake East, Coulter Lake, and Haul Road Pit for some of the best action. The area is only open to fishing four days a week and it’s first-come-first-serve – but don’t worry, you’ll always have a spot somewhere. For more information, please call (863) 499-2421 ext.104.

Lake Istokpoga (near Sebring)
This lake may best be known for its largemouth bass fishing, but others know that winter is the prime time to catch crappie in this 28,000-acre fishing wonder. From November through April, anglers troll open water with Hal-Flies, doll flies, spinner jigs, and Napier jigs to locate schools of crappie and then rack up the numbers. When the water temperature stabilizes around 65 degrees, crappie moves into bulrush and spatterdock along the shoreline to spawn. There’s a trick to catching them when that happens. Move slowly through the vegetation in three to six feet of water and thoroughly cover the holes and pockets among the vegetation with a crappie jig.

Lake Kissimmee (east of the city of Lake Wales) 
It’s not just a famous largemouth bass fishing spot. A few years ago, you wouldn’t have seen 35,000-acre Lake Kissimmee on this list, but . . . BOOM . . . things changed about four years ago, and crappie fishing here has been excellent ever since. Anglers are catching big ones too. Some of them throw the 10-inchers back, and say things like “That one was tiny.” To catch your share of crappie in this lake, fish with minnows and jigs along the grass line and offshore. The deeper holes off the grass lines are good spots too.

Lake Marian (southeast Oceola county, east of Lake Kissimmee) 
This is the lake to fish when you want to catch lots of crappies, and you don’t care if they’re not the biggest fish you’ve ever seen. They’re big enough at 9 inches or more though, and they’re packed into this 5,739-acre lake; so, it’s not hard to find them with minnows, small jigs, and such. Troll, drift fish whatever works for you, and go home and have fresh fish for dinner. Then, just for fun, call your friends up north, who are in the middle of a blizzard, and rub it in about your fishing trip.

Lake Weir (South Marion County)
This is another lake on the rebound that is producing very good crappie catches. Located near Weirsdale, this 5685-acre lake is somewhat atypical, with lots of depths exceeding 20 feet and irregular bottom encounters. The FWC refurbished many old fish attractors and built several new ones this summer and anglers are already utilizing them successfully. For productive GPS coordinates of these attractors, contact our fishery biologists at 352-732-1225. Most anglers use minnows and grass shrimp near the attractors, but some will drift the open waters too.

West Lake Tohopekaliga (South of the city of Kissimmee)
In addition to its fame as a nationally acclaimed largemouth bass destination, Lake Toho has quickly gained a reputation in central Florida as a super spot for big and abundant crappie. Quite a few FWC “Big Catch” crappie (minimum 14 inches in length or 2 pounds in weight) have already been reported this year and fall catch rates approached 2 fish per hour. Anglers are having the most success on FWC fish attractors with Hal Flies (most any color) and minnows. For GPS coordinates of the fish attractors on Lake Toho, contact our fishery biologists at 407-846-5300.




🏌🏿‍♂️City Of Largo Central Park Nature Preserve   🎣 I love this town,  it’s filled with forward thinking progressive people and the Parks and Recreation Department has made the parks in Largo outstanding for both the two and four legged occupants with and without wings.  Golf, Fishing, beautiful parks get your mind off of daily stresses. 

But posted signs  stopped me in my tracks, when I drove down to the park,  we call it  LCPNP which is  a strong three wood shot from my condo, I saw it had a bunch of large red signs with a different opinion — It is one of many well-maintained parks here in Largo.  It struck me as, odd because it is the only one with  “ NO FISHING HERE”   

Largo is a great place to live in, in the respect that we have easily accessible, well maintained parks and trails.   Not only footpaths in parks but Floridas Best Bike trail - goes right through Largo with side trails and plenty of places to stop at and enjoy food and drink.   This park has great smaller ( shorter) trails, paved and plenty of little creatures with and without wings, or tails, clean and well maintained.  Help keep it that way. 

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The Bike pathway cuts through Largo and is named after Fred Marquis, a former Pinellas County administrator whose efforts supported its early development.  Thats why my bike has a ( Microlight 5 Oz. ) Tenkara rod holder for fishing excursions, and a box of Tenkara hand tied diaper pin  flies while perusing the trail —      

On a bike at 93 degrees and 80% humidity you don’t want to wind up in the ER.   Carry water and drink it.   Bikers:  The fun of Largo is when you get on the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail in Largo,  you can go North or South, you are somewhat in the middle.  And short sides, small trails to the food and drink areas. You’ll soon have over 75 miles to cover.  And it will connect with the forthcoming Cross Florida trail. Click picture for updates on trails.

⬆️  Going North, you hit many small lakes, ponds, streams and the ocean.  You’ll get Clearwater and then Dunedin, reaching to New Port Richey and Tarpon Springs, the Seaport like town of great food and A Greek Fishing Village atmosphere and they can cook your fish if you get lucky. — 

⬇️  South, a good days ride puts you in people Valhalla, the new downtown  ( rebirth)  of St.Petersburg once recognized downtown  formally known as the staging area for heaven boggles the mind.  If you saw downtown ten years ago,  It was known for an old pier that been demolished and a new pier  that is a showcase of modernism, now high rises and more places to eat and entertain then you can imagine.  You would believe you went through a time warp.   They kept the shuffleboard courts, being extremely popular  sometimes  called “ Curling on concrete by the Canadians".

KAYAKING  🛶  🛶  🛶  🛶 🛶 —

The nature preserve also has a kayak launch, and more than 40 interpretive displays. But the real attraction is the wildlife, the isolation and the quiet.  "There's a difference between parks and preserves,” Someone said. "Parks are for people.  Preserves are for animals.”   Really?   I though a nature park is for people to see and commune with animals.  

🐊  There is/was quite a large Gator that hangs around under the pier  ( They do migrate a bit ) Do not interact in any way shape or form like feeding him, against the law,  and this is his territory.  Est.  600-800 pounds and a brain the size of a pea. And like most Gators, he probably thinks hands taste like chicken.

TRAILS, 🚶‍♀️🚶🏼🚶🏽‍♂️BOARDWALK —   🐿 🦜 🦔 🦨 🌴🦃  🦅  🦉  🦆  🐸🪱

The preserve is located off of East Bay drive near Lake St. and has a small lake connected to a series of ponds and canals thats visible   — but much lies under our land mass which sits on top of soft soil and porous cave like tributaries, with sinkholes and movement as water ebbs and flows because of rain and droughts.    

The Lake was listed in the Florida Management Area by the FWC — as a Crappie area -  Not so by the City Of Largo who posted signs near  and around the Boardwalk entrance  “ ABSOLUTELY NO FISHING “   and all around the water area’s.

The Park is exceptional, preferring to be called a Nature Preserve,   — I disagree,  “ All the world is a Nature Preserve often interrupted, or destroyed by man” .

With patience and stealth and a good set of binoculars or telephoto lens on your camera, the park is home to hundreds of animals, many common and not so common wildlife species for viewing. Over 130 species of birds, otters, red fox,  American alligator, marsh rabbits, wild turkey, and bats all feed or live within the park. 

In one minute you can be in your home or condo in Largo and the next minute be deeply immersed in the woods and marshes, both fresh and saltwater.  I’m lucky I am in the middle of it all.  I can throw a rock from my condo on the golf course, and hit the park, a good short walk if not too hot.  ( which is rare).

And I believe  most of the ponds on my golf course do underground connect with the marsh next door and the lake.  When you live in Florida you understand our water table is like a sponge and teeterboard, unpredictable, adding sinkholes, and the sponge soil creates energy by the soil absorption.  

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Sinkholes, sometimes  big enough an issue to lose a home in.  Fortunately, slightly North-west of here.  Where  literally one part of a sub-division was lost — and declared by the state uninhabitable, those folks lost everything.  Some not allowed back in heir homes for fear of being swallowed, as the first house completely went under and they were not able to rescue the inhabitant.

The 36-year-old's body was never recovered. The sinkhole that killed Jeffrey Bush in 2013 re-opened on Aug. 19, 2015 in Seffner, Fla. "It's the same site it was in 2013 but of course, the property had been fenced off, the house had been demolished, and the hole had been filled in, but several houses nearby were also effected —  

MIRROLURE FISHING LURE FACTORY :   Located just before the park behind a small shoping center on East Bay — Great Fishing Lures -- numero uno in manufacture, design, science, product and results.  They sell their products on premise, and might offer you a tour of the plant, you will be blown away when you see how techno lures are made today.  ranked number one in my book of great products — 

NOTE:  I wanted to do a little Crappie ( also called specs) not for harvest fishing,  just to sample with a Tenkara rig and test some wet flies and hand made  “ No harm hooks I make from all sizes of BABY diaper pins”,  no barbs,  super thin,  no harm to any of the species present, easy off .  “ No harvest"  - you will see why very shortly — I am a more of a scientific fisherman and conservationist, angler —  taking pictures of what I find.  

EATING :  I get great fish from a few Fishmongers, and Boat Captains I know, right at the dock and their boats,  I never eat fresh water catches, Bass, Perch, Bluegills as I don’t trust the water here. they go back happy, happy —  I prefer Salmon, Grouper and Snapper, and fresh farm raised Tilapia  —  Fresh and whole  —  and I prefer Costco whom I trust implicitly for Seafood which in the polluted world we live in, internationally is a dangerous word.  Go to my food court on this site, and you will see why.




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 “ The RABBIT HOLE ”  🐇  A complexly bizarre or difficult state or situation conceived of as a hole into which one falls or descends.  one in which the pursuit of something (such as an answer or solution) leads to other questions, problems, or pursuits  Because it is so early on in this work it is easy to say that we are either at the edge of a remarkable new and useful science or that we are careering down an environmental rabbit hole.

Again, NO FISHING but that was not what the bulletin I received from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission  (FWC) stating the status had been changed.  To verify,— I contacted the Parks and Recreation department and spoke with a lovely representative,  Christy and she forwarded the information I provided,  to her superiors and they would get back with me. They connect didn’t —  So I started looking for information which is what I do.


💢  The following is journalistic research:    05/22-07/22  —  Phone followup with  FWC  —  Crappie Podcast,  and St Petersburg Times Archives —  Contact with FWC who verified —  They removed specialized regulations of Crappie on the following FMA’s:  FMA is a Florida Management Area —  These Lakes and upgrades are cleared for Crappie Fishing and some new Posted limits.  Thats not saying they can’t be overridden by Local and State regulatory departments for safety and other public concerns —  

  • Montgomery Lake  —  Watertown Lake  —  Lang Lake  —  Suwannee Lake —  Hardee County Park  —  
  • Bobby Hicks Pond  —  Gadsden Park Pond  FMA  —  Walsingham Park Lake FMA  —  Middle Lake FMA •
  • The Largo Central Park Nature Preserve was included —  The FWC staff was not aware that   " NO FISHING” at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve  We had an interesting conversation.   I don’t find Rabbit holes,  they find me and I decided to find out why —   It’s what I do —  

💢  THE CITY OF LARGO ordered the signs posted   “ Absolutely NO Fishing”.     I was told by the FWC that they were within the Largo location, and closures are for specific reasons are sometimes necessary.  Mentioned was public safety,  animal control,  specie eradication or contamination.    

Bingo!  I should ask the EPA —  So I made a phone call and checked with the EPA  —   I am a believer of precaution if warranted and this is not anything against Largo,  I love living in Largo, but I also love truthful answers. They provided the following information:   

💢  THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY — Criteria for Florida Lakes  —  EPA is classifying Florida’s lake's into three groups (colored, clear & alkaline, clear & acidic) and assigning different values for total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP) and chlorophyll to each lake group.    It’s a big website —    

💢  There are many pages of information, on the EPA site,  technical from the soil to water to rock to pebbles and so forth — so I queried the location in my data bases and then, by accident falling further, literally  tripping fully head first into the Rabbit hole —
💢  And a word popped up in a small article retrieved from archives of the from my alma matter of great news the  THE ST PETERSBURG TIMES ARCHIVES —The St.Petersburg Times one of the most investigative,  public minded photographic  award winning papers has archives which I can use —  If they ( the City)  felt protection for the various species, flora and fauna of the park is the priority and they can make those regulations.  If humans might be endangered, I support them fully.   I gladly agree to that as I am a believer in the conservatory of nature, protecting nature and respecting it.    

OK I understand,  that was one story —  protecting the animals, but guts told me more, I felt there was more, I found more information in the archives.   More than specie protection—  it’s called people protection —  I tip toed into the Rabbit hole  —  tripped, fell headfirst and found a bit of a challenge over the years and a simple word.

💢 GOT ANSWERS —  The ARSENIC in the park question—  in  2xxx - 2008 — 2012 — 2022  —  the facts uncovered —  Arsenic and the other side of the story was the EPA call on  ARSENIC and the real reason I suspect for closure, that was a long time ago.   

DO NOT get my intentions wrong —   I am faulting no one, no headhunting.    I love the little park, I believe it’s relatively safe and the City has done a good job at making Largo one of the prettiest Florida cities, due to the efforts of the Parks and Recreation.  It  gives it citizens places to go, get away from the TV and bad news,  and literally make peace with yourself and nature. But I can understand the city not publicizing it — One the other hand people have a right to know.

MORE OF THE PARK HAS BEEN RE OPENED   These days, visitors can venture deeper into the preserve than ever.    Earlier this year, a significant part of it reopened after being closed to the public for years.   It's the first time since 2008 that people can visit the observation tower and nearby walking paths toward the back of the park.  

WHY WAS IT CLOSED?   We now know the reason, only two possibilities — eventually correctable or neutralized and should be on a priority list for re-evaluation.  Unless I am told different,  I would like to know when the last testing for  ARSENIC "  took place. Both the water table and the land surfaces. Simple answers.


1️⃣   WE DO KNOW THEY CLOSED DUE TO ARSENIC CONTAMINATION  —  Largo was forced to remove and replace several inches of soil around the tower, which had been identified as an “ Arsenic hot spot." The city removed a few more spots of contaminated soil in the next months, but federal and state regulators are satisfied enough that the entire preserve is safe for visitors.  (Proviso? ) If you stay on the paths, don’t eat anything from the area, no swimming, take no flowers or shrubs,  etc.

2️⃣   PARTS OF THE NATURE PRESERVE USED TO BE A LANDFILL  —  So it has long been the subject of environmental testing.   Arsenic was found throughout the preserve at varying levels.  Theory : Officials think some of the contamination may be from naturally occurring background levels or past uses.   

When the boardwalks and tower were built it created mounds of Arsenic laden preserved wood sawdust eventually mixing with the earth —   The Department, Of Environmental Protection ( DEP) pretreated lumber, and sawdust had the city dig up contaminated soil around the observation tower, where tests found levels of arsenic
more than 11 times higher than Florida's target level for cleanup of arsenic in industrial areas.  

4️⃣  Arsenic can be toxic, but the likelihood and degree of harm is related to exposure, experts say.   The mere presence of arsenic does not mean there's a health risk.   “ There are a handful of small areas where we removed some additional soil.   But we don't have any reason to close the park,"  said Largo city engineer Leland Dicus at that time.   “ It's a passive park, so you're walking on the trails. The soil with higher arsenic levels is off the trails.”  Thus there should be signs indicating   SUGGESTION:    “ DO NOT GO OFF THE TRAILS” 

5️⃣   I am proud of the work that the LARGO CITY Government has done to improve our city — New roads and dressed Islands, widening, better access, traffic, great parks with kids and pets in mind, trails, bike lanes, entertainment, its a nice place to live with top of the order great city agencies, Fire,  Police, Utilities and Trash Removal — Shredding days —  building renewals, education, public programs, and Sports facilities —  the list goes on.  Almost every segment of good living is upgraded in Largo.  If it wasn’t, I would be writing about it and wouldn’t be living here. Though most of the problem might still exist, it showed the reluctance of city official back then was absolute and wrong.

6️⃣   It was difficult to decide whether to be appalled that state officials and local officials took almost four years to figure out there could still be an Arsenic problem in a Largo nature preserve,  or relieved that they unearthed the problem from wherever things go that fall between the cracks.  I found no evidence of those claiming any problems.
It just drifted into oblivion, and ignored.  But now is now. 

7️⃣   And that now the new teams working for Largo and the fine folks who live here,  seem eager to make up for lost time.   How fortunate we have good people in positions that care that the Arsenic in the Largo Central Park Nature Preserve is not considered an immediate - as in emergency - health threat, because it's under control by simple means.  Really?  Show me current samples, I am asking then for permission to take samples and see what the status is.  I totally agree simply keeping people on paths and if it shows contamination leeching into the water, meaning no harvesting or fishing, I would agree because public safety is critical. 


THE TIMES TORE INTO THEM — Not Satisfied With Their Attempts at Cleanup  — One place was not buying it — This is an article Published Jan. 30, 2008 and Updated Feb. 4, 2008 —  Best described as a wakeup call to the City Fathers of LARGO and, well, a do-nothing attitude that prevailed at that time —  for whatever reason —It’s a lot different today, with openness and transparency —  

1️⃣   State and Largo officials have known since 2002 that there is arsenic in the soil of the nature preserve, which is near the intersection of East Bay Drive and Highland Avenue, behind a golf driving range.   In May 2002, a consultant hired by the city sampled the top 6 inches of soil in six locations around the preserve land and found arsenic in all of them. The levels were high enough to require action to protect the public from exposure to arsenic, which can raise the risk of cancer. 

2️⃣   Levels of arsenic were particularly high in an area around the observation tower, leading city officials to theorize that the arsenic contamination in the park came from the use of pressure-treated lumber to construct the tower and walkways.   However, the property also is an old landfill, so the source of the arsenic is not truly known. But leads safely to conclusion  both might be the culprit.  

3️⃣   Largo notified the state in April 2004 that in response to that finding, the city had taken several steps to keep the public safe from exposure, including fencing off some areas, putting a 24-inch-deep "dirt cap" and flowers atop other contaminated areas, and erecting signs telling visitors to stay on designated trails. 

4️⃣   The state had wanted more soil samples as well as water samples taken from the highly contaminated area around the tower, but in that April 2004 letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection, a Largo official said the city  “ does not feel that the sampling is warranted.” 

5️⃣   OK, THAT'S WHERE EVERYTHING STOPPED —  There was no further action by the state or city. Meanwhile, people hiked and jogged and picnicked in the Central Park Nature Preserve.   Boy Scouts and other groups slogged through it picking up trash.  Canoeists paddled in the ponds and canals. And sporting events and other public activities were held there regularly. 

6️⃣   If anyone at the state or local level had any concern about the health of all those folks using the preserve, no one pursued it.   Then the state DEP sent a letter to Largo announcing that it had reviewed the file on the nature preserve (the letter noted the last correspondence on the issue was in April 2004), and found the city's corrective actions there, and even the original soil sampling, and determined that the city's actions were: — 

INADEQUATE  - 2008  — The letter notes that in 2005 the DEP was given new authority to review and enforce action at contaminated sites around the state. Apparently, Largo's contaminated property issue eventually got reviewed and got snagged, lost, mis-placed, hidden, ignored, changed, conformed, massaged, de-escalated and filed as chapter 13 — 

7️⃣   The DEP letter contains some disturbing information, including that the  “ PLUME”  of arsenic contamination never was determined - in other words, how deep and wide it had spread - and the leaching potential of the arsenic is not known. This in an area dotted by ponds and surrounded by subdivisions,  a golf course with large ponds,  and mobile home parks. 

8️⃣   Has the arsenic leached into the ponds or below ground into the water table? Has it spread from the city-owned property? It is impossible to know the answers when only six 6-inch soil samples were taken. 

9️⃣   The good news is that the DEP, armed with new authority under state law, apparently intends to use it to ensure that the public is protected in the future.   Largo should share the state's eagerness to get to the bottom of the arsenic problem at the Central Park Nature Preserve.   If sampling is needed, I know a few volunteers that could help.

🔟   State okays Largo's Arsenic Cleanup plan, but wants other properties tested — again by a by  Times staff writer published mar. 13, 2012 —    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has weighed in on the city's plans to clean up arsenic contamination in Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, nine months after the city submitted its cleanup plans for approval.  The department's answer:  We approve.  But you're not done yet.  More needs to be done and it has been approved but something else is needed.

💢  🈲  ☠️  ERRATA — ARSENIC —is a dangerous chemical element with a long history of medicinal, combat, and agricultural uses. It exists within many minerals, though it can also appear as a pure elemental crystal. There are many types, with the most common being gray arsenic.
The element has potent neurological effects and can dramatically damage the liver, lungs, bladder, and skin. Inorganic compounds of arsenic are typically more toxic than organic, but biological systems can convert organic compounds into inorganic compounds, making them just as dangerous.


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