On April 22nd, Southwest Floridians will elect a Republican nominee in a contentious special congressional election. The primary will likely decide this solidly Republican area’s next member of Congress representing district 19, which includes portions of Lee and Collier Counties.
Congressional district 19 was vacated earlier this year by Trey Radel, who plead guilty to cocaine possession late last year.
The wind- and wave-whipped St. Petersburg waterfront formed the backdrop for what amounted to a plea for more research into how marine life in the Gulf has been affected by the spill - and how to prevent it from happening again.
Congressman David Jolly was joined by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and David White with the National Wildlife Federation. White says a report published this week by his group traces oil from to the spill in every level of the food chain, from tiny plankton to whales. He says oil has been found in the embryos of white pelicans in Minnesota, where they nest after spending their winters n the Gulf.
The state Commission in charge of managing Florida’s fish has pushed forward new rules for one animal that swims the South Florida seas. And it may excite some exotic fishermen. The lionfish is a funky looking red and white striped fish. Its fins fan out like a mane—hence the name. But the real image you should conjure up is one of a big bully, a bully that’s hurting native fish.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working to take steps to kick that bully out of the neighborhood. It’s approved a rough draft of rules that would ban the import of the fish into the state. Amanda Nalley is a representative for the Commission