2018 red snapper season

2018 red snapper season

Recreational red snapper season starts June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and remains open through July 20, closing July 21. According to FWC, this year and next year are unique compared to previous years in that Florida’s Gulf recreational red snapper season applies to harvest from both state and federal waters. Anglers fishing […]

Gag grouper season opens soon

Gag grouper season opens soon

Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters June 1 and will remain open through December 31. Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, and Jefferson counties are excluded from this opening because they have their own season from April 1-June 30 and September 1-December 31. Monroe County […]

Gas prices creep up for Florida

Gas prices creep up for Florida

If you plan to travel on Memorial Day weekend you will have to open your wallet to higher gas prices. According to a press release from AAA, the national average continues to rise toward $3 a gallon. On May 20, the national average of $2.92 was 5 cents more than a week ago and 57 […]

Stone crab season closed

Stone crab season closed

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on October 15. This five-month closure occurs each year during the peak spawning season to help conserve and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource. Commercially harvested […]

VIDEO: Police officer arrested, charged with felony child abuse

VIDEO: Police officer arrested, charged with felony child abuse

A Miami-Dade police officer, Raymond Rosario, 44, was suspended with pay after he was arrested for hitting his daughter on a school campus. The incident was caught on school surveillance video. Rosario arrived at Pinecrest Cove Preparatory Academy after a teacher called him and stated that his daughter, 14, had been disrespectful to a teacher. […]

Click It or Ticket campaign begins

Click It or Ticket campaign begins

Tallahassee, Florida – Beginning May 14, Drivers will see increased enforcement on buckling up. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will join multiple law enforcement and highway safety partners in participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  The campaign ends June 3. “FHP is committed to raising awareness and educating the public. Not wearing […]

Some Florida schools closing due to cold weather

Some Florida schools closing due to cold weather

Florida — Yes, you read correctly. Alachua County Public Schools announced that due to a cold weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service, Alachua County public schools and offices will be closed January 3 and 4. Schools will re-open Friday, January 5. According to school board officials, makeup days have been rescheduled for June […]

Red tide detected in Southwest Florida

Red tide detected in Southwest Florida

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed along Lee and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida over the past week. In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Manatee County, background to low concentrations in fourteen samples collected from Sarasota County, background to medium […]

Bank of America denies cash deposits

Bank of America denies cash deposits

An Ocala woman says she is disgusted with the way Bank of America (BOA) treats its elderly customers. The woman told Ocala Post that she has been making deposits into her father’s checking account for years. The father is legally blind and cannot drive. She said she was shocked last week when she attempted to […]

FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

  Following a four-month-long investigation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office announced charges against three fishermen in connection with a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at a high rate of speed. During the investigation, officials said they also learned of other […]

Uber driver charged with kidnapping and sexual battery

Uber driver charged with kidnapping and sexual battery

An Uber driver faces charges of Kidnapping and Sexual Battery after a passenger said the driver took advantage of her. The incident happened on May 21, the driver was arrested on December 6. The victim called for an Uber to get a ride to her hotel and 38-year-old Jorge Alberto Antunez Quintero arrived to pick […]

New Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County

New Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today approved a new Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County. The small island, known as Port Orange Colony and now approved as a CWA, shelters hundreds of brown pelicans during nesting season. It is less than 2 acres but is one of the largest breeding sites for […]

Missing man found stuffed in trash can

Missing man found stuffed in trash can

On November 25, a Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a trash can on a wooded lot near American Avocet PT., Homosassa. Upon inspecting the trash can, the deputy determined that it contained human remains. Neighbors told the deputy that the trash can had been discarded on the vacant lot during Hurricane Irma. The human remains […]

Public notice: CDL driving school agreement terminated with DHSMV for allowing drivers to pass without basic skills

Many individuals from all over the state attended the facility simply because they knew they could pass.

Public notice: CDL driving school agreement terminated with DHSMV for allowing drivers to pass without basic skills

  The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has issued a final order terminating its agreement with Key Power Driving School, Inc., a third-party commercial driver license (CDL) testing company with locations in Miami and Labelle. During an investigation into third-party CDL testing sites in Florida, the department found that Key Power […]

Stone crab claw season opens soon in state, federal waters

Stone crab claw season opens soon in state, federal waters

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 through May 15, 2018, closing May 16, in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all conservation-based management guidelines for stone crab harvest. Harvesters should only take […]

WARNING: Post Hurricane Irma, mosquito population will become larger

WARNING: Post Hurricane Irma, mosquito population will become larger

Marion County  — In a press release, the Marion County Health Department said that in the near future mosquito populations are expected to be larger than normal due to Hurricane Irma. Florida Department of Health Officials is urging Floridians and visitors to protect themselves against mosquito-borne diseases during as floodwaters continue to recede. Everyone should remain […]

FEMA Disaster Declaration information for individuals and businesses

FEMA Disaster Declaration information for individuals and businesses

On September 13, 2017, FEMA released a Florida Disaster Declaration for areas hit by Hurricane Irma. Marion County is listed for Individual Assistance (IA). Ocala Post spoke with FEMA Thursday and confirmed the information. According to FEMA, individuals seeking assistance must apply within 60 days. FEMA does not provide assistance for food loss. If you […]

Video: Hurricane Irma update, preparedness, school information

Video: Hurricane Irma update, preparedness, school information

[Video brought to you by our partners at Accuweather.com] Florida residents are once again preparing for a powerful hurricane. The Florida Keys is currently under an evacuation. “This hurricane has the potential to be a major event for the East Coast. It also has the potential to significantly strain FEMA and other governmental resources occurring […]

Duke Energy customers could soon see rate hike

Duke Energy customers could soon see rate hike

Duke Energy Florida customers could soon see a significant increase in their power bills if a rate hike request is approved by the Florida Public Service Commission. Duke Energy has already applied for a request with the Florida Public Service Commission to raise its rates 8.5 percent. This means Duke Energy customers would pay more […]