FWC to cut daily grouper bag limit in half this spring
MANATEE -- The Florida Wildlife Commission has changed the red grouper bag limit for the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Manatee County and elsewhere from four to two fish effective this spring.
The FWC Commission approved changing the Gulf red grouper daily bag limit pending similar regulations taking place in Gulf federal waters.
Until then, the red grouper bag limit in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico, excluding Monroe County, will remain at four fish per person per day.
When red grouper season reopens in Gulf federal waters Jan. 1, the federal bag limit will be four fish per person per day until the two-fish bag limit rule becomes effective.
City Commission candidate qualifying set Jan. 5-9
SARASOTA -- The candidate qualifying period for the 2015 City Commission Municipal Election for district seats 1, 2 and 3 begins at noon Monday and ends at noon Friday, Jan. 9.
Candidates must qualify during next week for the ballot for the election Tuesday, March 10.
Candidates must be a registered voter in the district for which they are seeking office for a minimum of one year prior to May 15, and submit the following original documents to the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk:
A petition verified by the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections with a minimum of 25 signatures of registered voters within the district;
Form DS-DE-9 -- Appointment of campaign treasurer and designation of campaign depository for candidates;
Form DS-DE-84 -- Statement of candidate;
Form DS-DE-25 -- Oath of candidate, executed and notarized;
Form 1 2014 -- Completed statement of financial interests for 2014;
$260.12 election assessment fee; or
Affidavit of undue burden.
Early voting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 2-7 at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office, 2001 Adams Lane
Information: Call the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office at 941-861-8600 or go to SarasotaVotes.com.
-- Herald staff reports