Hey everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying this little shot of nice weather and, man, let’s hope it lasts a little while. We need some kind of good trend with no wind, no rain, and maybe, just maybe, our water will get cleared up some.
By Bill Roberts
Special to the Beacon
The Martins were an old Cracker family that had settled in the Big Scrub not long after the end of the Second Seminole Indian War. The area was between the Ocklawaha and St. John’s River, and in 1908, became the Ocala National Forest. It was almost a half a million acres and up to the time that I worked there, it had been open range.
Mosquitoes are expected to be bad this season, and county officials are urging residents to take precautions.
"I think it's gonna' be a monster," said Levy County Director of Parks and Recreation and Mosquito Control Matt Weldon about the swarms of biting insects he predicts will be an issue during coming months.
Florida, with about 80 known species inhabiting the state, is no stranger to the mosquito, but recent rains and rising temperatures guarantee the problematic pests will be out in droves.