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FWC approves cobia regulations and triggerfish season

July 14, 2017

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission met earlier this week in Orlando and approved a couple things that are important for anglers in the Florida panhandle.

FWC staff proposed that cobia be reduced to one fish per person and two fish per boat per day with a minimum size limit increase from 33 to 38 inches fork length. The FWC Commission approved the proposal and it will be brought back for final action in September.

via FWC approves cobia regulations and triggerfish season.

Jefferson County couple helps in rescue of 9 distressed swimmers at Panama City Beach | AL.com

July 11, 2017

What was supposed to be a dinner at the beach turned into a rescue operation for two Alabama natives who saw a group of people downing at Panama City Beach.

Jessica and Derek Simmons were enjoying time with family before the drowning happened near the M.B. Miller County Pier around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Jefferson County couple moved to Panama City last year after Derek Simmons accepted a management position.

via Jefferson County couple helps in rescue of 9 distressed swimmers at Panama City Beach | AL.com.

Hundreds celebrate Henry Wise at Bayside Academy – FOX10 News | WALA

July 10, 2017

Hundreds gathered at Bayside Academy in Daphne to celebrate the life of Henry Wise – the 19-year-old who is still missing after a jetski accident in Port St. Joe, Florida.

This tragedy hit the tight-knit community extremely hard. Henry started attending Bayside Academy in grade school and stayed until he graduated. Everyone at the ceremony watched Henry grow up and become the amazing young man he was.

via Hundreds celebrate Henry Wise at Bayside Academy – FOX10 News | WALA.

‘He loved people with a reckless abandon:’ Bayside family, friends remember jet ski victim Henry Wise – al.com

July 10, 2017

Henry Alexander Wise V died July 4, 2017 in a jet ski accident.

The recently graduated Bayside Academy senior had recently turned 19.

His body hasn’t been found. His death stunned this Daphne school and community and many around the state.

However, his legacy lives on.

via ‘He loved people with a reckless abandon:’ Bayside family, friends remember jet ski victim Henry Wise – al.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Witness describes moment missing Daphne teen was thrown from a jet ski | WPMI

July 06, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Local 15 News spoke exclusively with a witness who described the tragic moments a Daphne teenager didn’t resurface after he was thrown off a jet ski and went under a moving boat off the coast of Port St. Joe Florida.

While the Coast Guard spent hours searching the waters off Port St. Joe Florida for 19-year-old Henry Wise, his friends took the trip over to comfort his family.

Former class and teammates say wise was a joy to be around.

via EXCLUSIVE: Witness describes moment missing Daphne teen was thrown from a jet ski | WPMI.

Teenager from Baldwin County missing in watercraft accident iden – FOX10 News | WALA

July 05, 2017

The search has resumed Wednesday morning for a Baldwin County teenager who went missing after a personal watercraft accident which occurred Tuesday, July 4.

According to Coast Guard officials, missing is 19-year-old Henrey Alexander Wise VI. Wise is described as a white male weighing approximately 170 pounds and wearing blue swim trunks.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile said they received a report at 7:30 p.m. from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office of a jet skier who went into the water and didn’t resurface following a collision between a jet ski and a boat.

via Teenager from Baldwin County missing in watercraft accident iden – FOX10 News | WALA.

BREAKING: Search Continues for Teen Missing After Jet Ski Accident | WKRG

July 05, 2017

A desperate search will continue at daylight for a missing teenager involved in a jet ski accident near Port St. Joe, Florida.

Multiple sources have confirmed to News 5 that two teenagers from Baldwin County were involved in an accident involving a jet ski and a boat near the Highland Marina in Gulf County.

One teenager was pulled from the water with severe lacerations on his legs.  The teen is in critical condition.

The missing teenager, a 19 year old, was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident, but the life jacket was cut off by the boat’s propeller, according to a spokesperson for the Coast Guard Sector Mobile Command Center.

via BREAKING: Search Continues for Teen Missing After Jet Ski Accident | WKRG.

ESAR Searching For Missing Paddle Boarder | WKRG

July 03, 2017

An intense search this morning for a missing paddle boarder in Pensacola should continue at daybreak. 26-year-old Marc Nestenius disappeared Sunday in Little Sabine Bay.

A man visiting the beach told News 5 late Sunday night he found the missing man’s paddle board and life jacket near some rocks. Meanwhile, search crews completed a sonar sweep of three miles on each side of the cove, but found nothing.

via ESAR Searching For Missing Paddle Boarder | WKRG.

Proposed regulation changes for cobia and sheepshead

June 30, 2017

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FWC will meet July 10-11 in Orlando and there will be two important regulation proposals on the agenda for anglers in the Florida Panhandle, cobia and sheepshead.The proposed draft rule on sheepshead would reduce the daily recreational bag limit for sheepshead from 15 to 5. In addition, it would create a vessel limit of 50 sheepshead for recreational and commercial harvesters during the peak spawning months of March and April.

via Proposed regulation changes for cobia and sheepshead.

Man Floating for 7 Hours, Rescued | WKRG

June 26, 2017

The Coast Guard rescued a person in the water near Fort Walton Beach, Saturday.

A 24-year-old male jet-skier reportedly fell off his jet-ski around 8:00 p.m. and spent about 7 hours floating in the Choctawhatchee Bay.

The Coast Guard Station in Destin responded with a 45-foot response boat-medium crew.  The crew was able to locate the jet-skier, because they heard a faint call for help. The crew transported him to emergency medical services.

via Man Floating for 7 Hours, Rescued | WKRG.

How Alabama got cheated out of Florida’s panhandle | AL.com

June 24, 2017

Staring at a map, one has to wonder why Alabama’s border makes that strange jag across the top of the Florida Panhandle instead of continuing down to the Gulf. The answer, once you’ve cut through the oddly complicated bit of history surrounding the creation of the state, is a simple one: Alabama lost out on its rightful share of Florida’s Panhandle because our founding fathers decided to take something that didn’t belong to them.

via How Alabama got cheated out of Florida’s panhandle | AL.com.

AMBER Alert issued for 4-year-old Milton girl – FOX10 News | WALA

June 21, 2017

A Florida AMBER Alert has been issued for 4-year-old Alanda McCoy who was last seen in the area of the 6000 block of Berry Hill Road in Milton.

Officials say Alanda was taken by 27-year-old William Kavchak.  Kavchak, who is known to the child’s mother, left the Santa Rosa Medical Center at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 to get ice cream and didn’t return.

via AMBER Alert issued for 4-year-old Milton girl – FOX10 News | WALA.

Bill installing first part of $1.5 billion BP settlement signed | WEAR

June 06, 2017

On Monday Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Pensacola to celebrate the signing of two bills that will authorize Triumph Gulf Coast to receive its first $300 million. It’s the first installment of $1.5 billion settlement from BP that will come to eight panhandle counties impacted by the 2010 BP oil spill.

via Bill installing first part of $1.5 billion BP settlement signed | WEAR.

$20,000 reward offered as search for missing Naomi Jones continu – FOX10 News | WALA

June 04, 2017

PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - UPDATE: The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida reports that state and federal agencies are now offering $20,000 to anyone with information that leads to finding 12-year-old Naomi Jones. If you have any information, call 911.

Hundreds of volunteers and several agencies are working around the clock in the search for Jones.

via $20,000 reward offered as search for missing Naomi Jones continu – FOX10 News | WALA.

Lionfish problems: Traps could be answer to Gulf invaders | WEAR

May 20, 2017

An environmental scientist and a physicist got married. Both love to dive and share a passion for protecting the Gulf of Mexico. Luckily, that couple is leading the charge to rid our waters of the dreaded lionfish. Traps may well prove to be a part of the answer. The Clarks are researching how they work and if they’re effective.

Pensacola has an unwelcome new title.

“We’re the lionfish capitol of the world,” said Bryan Clark.

via Lionfish problems: Traps could be answer to Gulf invaders | WEAR.

Cobia workshops start next week

May 12, 2017

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting five public workshops and an online webinar May 16-25 to gather public input on the Gulf of Mexico cobia fishery.

On May 18, a meeting will be held in Pensacola at the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Research Center Parks & Recreation Department located at 913 South I Street. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude no later than 8 p.m.

via Cobia workshops start next week.

BP settlement funds could boost panhandle tourism | WEAR

May 06, 2017

A bill releasing the first payment in a $1.5 billion oil spill settlement is now ready for the governor’s signature. As part of the Triumph Gulf Coast legislation, Northwest Florida tourism could get a big boost.

Presuming Governor Scott signs the bill, $300 million of BP settlement money will be released for projects in eight panhandle counties. It’s the first payout in a settlement that will stretch through 2033.

via BP settlement funds could boost panhandle tourism | WEAR.

Florida Senators call for federal government to extend red snapper season

May 05, 2017

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have called on the federal government to extend the 2017 Gulf of Mexico red snapper season for recreational fishermen.

In a letter sent to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today, the lawmakers cite concerns newly shortened season will have on coastal economies and industries dependent on access to the fishery. They also raised concerns on how this could impact fishermen’s safety.

via Florida Senators call for federal government to extend red snapper season.

Gulf Islands National Seashore is important economic generator for region

April 26, 2017

Gulf Islands National Seashore’s many miles of undeveloped beaches provide a big economic benefit to the region, according to a new study from the National Park Service.

The study, conducted by the park service and an economist for the U.S. Geological Survey, found that the 4.8 million people who visited the park in 2016 spent more than $206 million in surrounding communities and provided an estimated $251.8 million in economic benefit to the region.

via Gulf Islands National Seashore is important economic generator for region.

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