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Today's Opinions

  • Captain's Log for the week of 2-18-16

    Good news this week for grouper fishermen. The FWC has announced that gag grouper season will start June 1 this year. Previously gag season started on July 1.

    Part of the thinking on this change was the amount of discard gag grouper caught by fishermen targeting red grouper during the closed gag season. Additionally, the minimum size limit for both gag and black grouper will be increased to a 24 inch minimum. The new size limit for the Gulf will now be the same as on the Atlantic side of the state.

  • Biological Station a part of community

    By Jack Payne

    jackpayne@ufl.edu

    The Nature Coast is a paradise for scientists because it poses so many fascinating riddles: What happened to the birds on Seahorse Key? Can we raise Sunray Venus clams? How does swimming with humans affect manatees? Could the Gulf oil spill affect the fishing for spotted seatrout?

  • Good deed in the Refuge

    The graffiti that detracted from the beautiful refuge vistas on the Dixie Mainline bridge over Sanders creek in the Lower Suwannee Refuge, was recently whitewashed over by an anonymous good citizen.

    The Friends of the Refuge group and Refuge staff extend a heartfelt thank you to those good folks. We can all pitch in to help the refuges manage, protect, and preserve these natural communities for all wildlife while providing for quality outdoor recreational experiences for all of us.

  • Lukens Tract poses dilemma

    Four years ago when the Suwannee River Water Management District was buying the Lukens Tract to prevent it from being developed and to preserve the area’s pristine waters for aquaculture, it cut out 20 acres that had once been home to a dump.

    It’s understandable that the water district did not want to buy into a problem.

    But the water district finds itself snagged in another problem.

  • To the Levy County 4-H Family

    I am retiring as County Extension Director and 4-H Agent after 38-plus years of service to the University of Florida and a total of 42 years with USDA. My official retirement date is Jan. 31.

    I have been planning retirement for well over a year but more definitely in the last 2 months. I officially announced it to the University and to the County on Jan. 15.

  • Good weather and good fishing make good times

    Hey everyone hope you all are enjoying this awesome weather. It's full on fall and it is feeling good.

    The fish are changing along with the weather as well. It's looking really nice for this weekend's Festival. It's some of the nicest weather of the year and can be some of the best fishing as well.

      We have some of the nicest folks from around the world visiting our lil town this week.

  • Pirate 'n' fish galore

    Hello to all the Cedar Key followers and the visiting invasive Pirates.

    I hope everyone enjoys this li'l shot of cool air and lack of rain. It should be the nicest week of the fall to this point. And I imagine that most, as myself, welcome it.

  • Elite Redfish season comes to an end

    Happy pre-Labor Day Weekend.

    I'm hoping this weather holds for everyone's outdoor plans. I have taken this weekend off for the first time in 14 years. I will be spending the time on the rivers and springs but will kick the work week off on Monday.

    The Elite Redfish Challenge held its season ending events this past weekend. The final results in the Team of the Year was Team Eupro Jeremey Heimes and Travis Hancock with a 1.2l pound lead on Team B and S Trailers Danny Allen and Dwyane Harrington.