- Virulent bacteria affecting oysters found to be a case of mistaken identity
- (OREGON) VIRULENT BACTERIA AFFECTING OYSTERS FOUND TO BE A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY
- Guest Column: Ocean acidification seriously threatens Willapa’s shellfish industry
- Eat Lots of Oysters
- Is oyster dressing a staple of Alabama Thanksgiving dinners? The New York Times thinks so
- Clyde River oyster farmers fed up
- Research identifies bacteria killing oyster larvae in Pacific Northwest
- The Billion Oyster Project: Restoring New York Harbor and Getting to Know the Waterfront
- A world first for Jersey oyster farmers
- Virginia is open for oysters
- Cleaning up with Oysters? The Story NYC’s Unlikely Saviour
- From Death, Comes New Life On The Indian River Lagoon
- Adding oysters to a Thanksgiving favorite
- Oyster Dressing, Just Like My Mother (and Grandmothers) Made
- Bivalves, Beautiful Bivalves: A Thanksgiving Tale
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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For Immediate Release:
FDOT Seeks Input on Five Year Work Program
Chipley – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public hearing session on the department’s tentative five year work program. The hearing will be held to present and receive input on the work program for fiscal years and consider the necessity of making changes to the program. The session will be held , in the Florida Department of Transportation District Three Design Conference Room, 1074 Highway 90, Chipley and broadcasted live to the following locations:
· FDOT Midway Operations Center Conference Room, 17 Commerce Boulevard, Midway
· FDOT Milton Operations Center Conference Room, 6025 Old Bagdad Highway, Milton
· FDOT Panama Operations Center Conference Room, 3633 Highway 390, Panama City
· FDOT Ponce de Leon Operations Center Conference Room, 1723 Sunrise Circle, Ponce de Leon
The hearing will cover the following counties at the scheduled session times, and we anticipate beginning the public comment time approximately 45 minutes after the beginning of each session.
· Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties
· Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties
· Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Leon and Wakulla counties
Written comments from transportation planning organizations, transportation planning agencies and other interested parties will be received by the department at the public hearing and within 10 days thereafter. Comments should be addressed to:
Mr. James T. Barfield, P.E., District SecretaryFlorida Department of Transportation District Three
Post Office Box 607
Chipley, FL 32428
Post Office Box 607
Chipley, FL 32428
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Regina Battles at email@example.com or (850) 330-1270.
For more Florida Department of Transportation District Three information, follow us on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl or like us on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL.
Consistent, Predictable, Repeatable
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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
BOB MARTINEZ CENTER
2600 BLAIRSTONE ROAD
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32399-2400
HERSCHEL T. VINYARD JR.
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For immediate release:
Media contacts: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291
Lisa Thompson, 727-502-4971
’Tis the season for gifts to support Florida wildlife
All year long, residents and visitors to Florida can step outside and find places to watch and photograph wildlife as they hike beaches and trails, steer a boat along rivers and coastlines, fish clear waters, or hunt game in one of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) wildlife management areas.
This holiday season, the FWC hopes people will consider gifts that will make a difference in conservation of Florida’s wildlife and help pass along great outdoors experiences to future generations.
On this checklist are gifts that should please almost anyone who appreciates Florida wildlife:
- Vehicle license plates supporting Florida wildlife and habitats, including “Protect the Panther,” “Conserve Wildlife,” “Helping Sea Turtles Survive,” “Save the Manatee” and “Go Fishing.” Available at local county tax collectors’ offices, with more information atBuyaPlate.com.
- Colorful FWC manatee decals and sea turtle decals to stick on boats, bikes, backpacks, guitar cases or computers. Available for a $5 donation at local county tax collectors’ offices, with more options to order at MyFWC.com/Manatee or MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle.
- A Florida fishing license or hunting license purchased online at License.MyFWC.com or in stores. There are licenses for residents and visitors, including a youth Gold Sportsman’s License good until a child turns 17 that locks in the price and gives a young person bragging rights as a card-carrying sportsman.
- A Lifetime Sportsman License for Florida children and young adults covering hunting, and freshwater and saltwater fishing. The license is available at a greatly reduced cost of $500 (plus processing fees) from now through . Gov. Rick Scott in mid-November signed an execiutive order authorizing the FWC to make this temporary fee reduction. The lifetime license can be purchased for state residents ages 5 to 21 online, by calling 888-347-4356 or at local tax collectors’ offices across the state.
- Florida wildlife T-shirts, sweatshirts, art or other gifts available at WildlifeFlorida.com. Strutapparel featuring your favorite species!
- A personal floatation device, also known as a life jacket, to give someone you care about a safe boating experience. A newer model, such as an inflatable belt pack or suspender-style life jacket, could replace an older, bulkier life jacket.
- Registration of a family member or friend with TrophyCatchFlorida.com, along with the gift of a scale to weigh fish. Just registering that person makes him or her eligible for a drawing for a bass boat, and any time the angler takes a photo of an 8-pound or larger bass and submits it according to TrophyCatch rules, the reward will be at least $100 in gift cards, club shirts, decals and certificates.
Find gifts for people who love the outdoors at MyFWC.com by clicking on “Get Involved” and then “Support FWC.”
Watch the “Unconventional Holiday Gifts from FWC” video on YouTube’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission channel.
And for outdoors fun during the holidays, enjoy FWC’s Wildlife Management Areas andGreat Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail; go to MyFWC.com and click on Wildlife Viewing or FloridaBirdingTrail.com.
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For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2014
FDOT to Suspend Construction for Thanksgiving Holiday
Chipley – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Three office is suspending highway construction projects on major roadways across Northwest Florida for the Thanksgiving Holiday. There will be no work on state roads requiring lane restrictions from, though, . All major roads will be open to normal traffic.
Although no construction closures are scheduled over the holiday weekend, existing state highway work zones will remain in effect. Motorists are reminded to use caution while traveling through work zones around barricades and equipment.
FDOT is encouraging drivers to allow extra travel time and to use extra caution in existing work zones along state highways. Drivers are urged to make sure they buckle up, along with their passengers. FDOT and other safety agencies also ask drivers to obey speed limits, get adequate rest before traveling, avoid distractions and never drink and drive.
Drivers also are urged to be prepared for unscheduled highway closures due to accidents, disabled vehicles or other events. Motorists should be alert to changing weather conditions while traveling.
Travelers can access Florida’s 511 service from cell phones, landlines, and the Internet at www.FL511.com to receive updates on travel in the area. For more Florida Department of Transportation District Three information follow us on twitter @myfdot_nwfl
or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL.
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Monday, November 24, 2014
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TO: Sidneia Thompson
Division of Facilities and Operations Maintenance
Andrew Gillum, Mayor, Tallahassee
Vincent S. Long, County Administrator, Leon County
Larry Campbell, Sheriff, Leon County Sheriff’s Office
FROM: Governor Rick Scott
RE: Flags at Half-Staff
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Deputy Christopher Smith of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Smith lost his life on Saturday, November 22, 2014, when he was ambushed, shot and killed while responding to a house fire. The death of Deputy Smith is a solemn reminder of the risks that law enforcement officers across Florida take to ensure the safety of all Florida citizens.
In honor of Deputy Smith, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at the County Courthouse of Leon County, Florida, at the City Hall of Tallahassee, Florida, at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Florida, and at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida from sunrise to sunset on .
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County commissioners are being asked to help the City of Carrabelle with a sidewalk project along Highway 67.
Carrabelle has been awarded about a half million dollars to design and construct new 5 foot wide sidewalks along the east and west side of Tallahassee Street from Avenue A to Crooked Creek Road.
That’s a little over 2.2 miles.
The design phase will happen soon, the construction will begin in 2017.
The problem is that Carrabelle is not actually eligible to administer the project so the county will have to oversee the project for it to move forward.
Basically the county would act as the project manager even though the project is in the city limits – County administrative director Alan Pierce said that would include selecting the design engineer – approve the design and select the contractor when the construction begins.
The county has to send a letter to the Department of Transportation accepting the responsibility – but decided to hold off on the request to get more information.
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders said she wants to what the deadline is and she wants to know if public hearings were held to find out what residents even want the project.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has appointed a Maine attorney to serve as a special master overseeing the lawsuit by Florida against Georgia over the use of water in the Apalachicola Chattahoochee Flint River system.
The US Supreme Court appointed Ralph Lancaster Jr. to serve as a special master, which means he’ll call witnesses, issue subpoenas, take evidence and submit reports to the Supreme Court.
He works for a firm called Pierce Atwood LLP, and this is the fourth time Lancaster has been appointed a special master by the Supreme Court.
This case, which will likely define the future of this area, resolves around how water in the Apalachicola Chattahoochee Flint River system is shared by Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
Florida has long contended that Georgia takes too much water from the Chattahoochee to meet the demands of the Atlanta area and water flow is needed to help protect the Apalachicola Bay and its important fisheries.
Low water flows are blamed in part for the recent oyster fishery collapse.
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Snook harvest seasonal closure in Gulf starts
The recreational harvest season for snook closes in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through , reopening to harvest . Snook can continue to be caught and released during the closed season.
This and other regular season closures are designed to help protect the species during vulnerable times such as cold weather. Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, will close this year through , reopening to harvest .
Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing” and “Recreational Regulations” for more information on snook.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014
NOAA Fisheries Approves Final Rule to Modify Catch Limits for Spanish Mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic
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