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Today's Opinions

  • Our View: Jim Crow of another form

    It was just a short time ago that an appeals court in Florida ruled that the Sunshine clause in the state Constitution did not require councils and commissions of counties and municipalities to take public comment during meetings that were required to be open to the public.

    The Legislature stepped in and in 2013 told local governing bodies they had to take public comment and to formulate a policy to address the issue.

  • Climate change should not be a political issue
  • Put on your tin foil hats for this conspiracy theory

    I don’t care what the three scientists said at last Saturday’s panel discussion which cause the mass evacuation of thousands of birds from Seahorse Key in April 2015.

    First rumors said it was a bad spring storm, but the scientists said we have them all the time.

    Then it was the poor raccoons turn. That story had my mother-in-law asking, “What have you got against raccoons?”

  • Captain's Log for the week of 6-9-16

    It was easy to tell that the offshore fishermen were back last week. By 8 a.m. on Saturday the nearest truck/trailer parking space was in Archer – slight exaggeration, so maybe Otter Creek.

    The weather was ideal and some impressive catches came in. John Blouse reported to me that the gag bite is strong, with plenty of fish in the legal range and several short fish (see photo). And the king mackerel are willing and able to stretch your line to its limits for those who care for smoked mackerel. I just like the way they scream the drag when they hit a flat line.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Cedar Key, it is déjà vu all over again.  On Saturday of small boat weekend our 17-foot Oday day sailor capsized not too far from Atsena Otie in a failed jibe attempt because of what will remain an unspecified operator error. (Déjà vu all over again because this is our second knockdown for the same reason).

  • Captain's Log for the week of 5-19-16

    I have taken the University of Florida research group out several times and have a new outlook on our impact on the fish we put back that are short, big females that just need to be put back or trophy tarpon and such.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 5-5-16

    As a professional fishing guide I am concerned about the future of the resource that provides me an opportunity to pursue my passion...which of course is fishing. But I am very concerned that too many guides are only concerned about "today's dollar" by a practice that needs to stop, giving away their personal limit to their customers. And some guides do this twice a day which is clearly not legal.

  • Spring warmup rotates catch

    Things seem to be heating up offshore. A few red grouper have moved into the shallower water as of late, but the bite is no where near what I would call good. The gags are ready but are still a catch and release issue until June 1.

    A few cobia have also been caught in our local waters and I expect them to continue to get better as our water temps continue to rise. I have not heard of any king mackerel so far but they should be in place at their regular haunts.