Save the Lee County Royal Palms

LEE COUNTY - We heard bad news. Apparently Lee County wants to cut down Royal Palms because they don't fit highway standards and folks run into them. In a state that depends upon tourism, you would think that the bureaucrats would know better. The road in question is part of a planned development, and the trees were placed there because of their value to both the look of the … [Read more...]

Florida Tightens Up on Anchoring

TALLAHASSEE - At its meeting Wednesday in Apalachicola, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) selected three sites for an anchoring and mooring pilot program. Two more will be chosen in April. Following staff recommendations, Commissioners voted to select the cities of Sarasota and St. Petersburg and Monroe County as sites for the mooring field pilot … [Read more...]

Grouper Season Reopens May 1

TALLAHASSEE - The recreational and commercial harvest of shallow-water groupers (including gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper and tiger grouper) will reopen on May 1 in all Atlantic Ocean and Monroe County waters.  The harvest of these groupers has been closed since Jan. 1 to address … [Read more...]

Hundreds of Manatees Die in Cold Water

TALLAHASSEE - As of March 19, biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) have documented 431 manatee carcasses in state waters so far in 2010. This preliminary data indicates that in just three months, the number of manatee deaths has exceeded the highest number on record for an entire calendar … [Read more...]