Fishermen: Save the bay – without the FWC

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Commissioners Rex Buzzett and Phil McCroan were sworn in for new two-year terms last week.

Tim Croft | The Star
Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 09:07 AM.

Three letters proved too controversial in Dusty May’s effort to protect St. Joseph Bay.

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Men and women who make their living on the bay came out in numbers for last week’s regular bi-monthly meeting of the Port St. Joe City Commission to protest a letter that could – could – lead to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission playing a role in the effort May was proposing.

May, a resident of Port St. Joe who spends much time on the bay approached commissioners earlier this month with a multi-prong plan to save St. Joseph Bay and particularly boat scarring of valuable seagrass beds.

Commissioners gave their blessing to proceed while maintaining communication on steps taken, but momentum stopped with a letter May was proposing to send to a high-ranking FWC officer.

The letter attempts to begin at least a dialogue with the agency on enforcing existing laws pertaining to the destruction of seagrass beds.

But any contact with the FWC was a step too far for fishermen who, several mentioned, have long had a “bitter taste” about how the state agency charged with protection and safety on the waterways does its job.



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