To the Editor:
Thank you so much for your support and articles helping the Florida Atlantic Surf Team. Boca Beacon, your articles and kindness in helping us raise much-needed funds made the trip possible, and what a trip it was.
To the all fishermen,
Temporary changes making it easier for divers to help control the lionfish population will be put into Florida rule soon.
At its June 12 meeting in Lakeland, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission adopted changes that will waive the recreational license requirement for divers harvesting lionfish using certain gear and exclude lionfish from the commercial and recreational bag limits, allowing people to take as many of the invasive fish as they can.
Prior to the change, recreational anglers could not catch more than 100 pounds of lionfish without being required to have a commercial license.
Specific gear that can be used to target lionfish without the requirement of a recreational license includes hand-held nets, pole spears, Hawaiian slings or any other spearing devices designed and marketed exclusively for lionfish.
An identical executive order was put into place in August 2012 and is set to expire August 3. The newly adopted rule will take effect before the executive order expires, so there will be no lapse in the expanded permissions.
Lionfish are a nonnative, invasive species that negatively impact Florida’s native saltwater fish and wildlife. Currently, the most effective method of removing lionfish from Florida waters is by spearing or using a hand-held net. Removing the license requirements and bag limits will increase lionfish harvest opportunities.
For more on the proposal presented to commissioners, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings.”
Amanda NalleyMedia relations, FWC
To my fellow islanders,
As a member of the United States Navy, I would like to thank you for your contributions, prayers, and many heartfelt words of encouragement. I would like to recall and pay tribute to the many great men and women whom I was privileged to serve alongside on the USS LEYTE GULF (CG-55).
Gasparilla Island Water Association Inc. will be temporarily changing the disinfection process for its Placida and Boca Grande potable (drinkable) water supply. From June 24 at 8 a.m. through August 5, GIWA will disinfect the water with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to chlorine (which is a stronger disinfectant) from chloramines (which is a longer-lasting disinfectant) allows GIWA to perform a water distribution system purge as recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant.
This is a picture I took in the waterway behind my house on Gasparilla Pass Blvd. in Boca Grande.
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