Stone Crab Season Opens Oct. 15

The commercial and recreational harvest season for stone crab claws in Florida opens on Oct. 15.  The season will remain open through May 15.

Stone crab claws must be at least 2 3/4 inches in length to be harvested legally, and claws may not be taken from egg-bearing female stone crabs.  Recreational harvesters are allowed to use up to five stone crab traps, and there is a daily bag limit of one gallon of claws per person or two gallons per vessel, whichever is less.

Click here for more information regarding the recreational harvest of stone crab claws.

Click here for commercial stone crab regulations and licensing information (click on "Fishing - Saltwater").

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Groundbreaking for Fitness and Training Center at Mayport Oct 14

Congressman Ander Crenshaw will attend and make remarks at the official groundbreaking for the Naval Station Mayport Fitness and Training center at Naval Station Mayport on Thursday, October 14.  

Coast Guard Auxiliary Holds Last Free Boating Safety Class of 2010 on Nov 13

The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Green Cove Springs in concert with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office will hold its last FREE Boating Safety Class for 2010 on Saturday, November 13th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at its base of operations off State Rd 16E in the Reynolds Industrial Center, 910 Roland Avenue.

This course satisfies Florida’s mandatory requirement that to operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater (including PWC’s), a person who was born on or after January 1, 1988, must have completed a boater education course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) or passed an approved equivalency exam. 

Those born before 1/1/1988 can also benefit from the valuable information imparted by the Auxiliary’s knowledgeable instructors. 

City Encourages Participation in "Teal Monday" Events, Offers Free Parking at Select Facilities

Mayor John Peyton has proclaimed Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 as “Teal Monday” in support of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Monday Night Football game against divisional rivals, the Tennessee Titans. To create a fun environment for all to enjoy, the Jaguars and others will host festivities at various locations throughout downtown. 

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Women Invited to St. Johns Town Center for a Night of Fashion and Fun

Grab the girls for a night of fashion, pampering, sweet treats, live entertainment, door prizes and much more! Ladies Night Out presented by St. Vincent’s Healthcare will take place on Thursday, October 14.

Christian Recording Artist Eva Pike To Record Music Video At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

On Friday, October 15, 2010, up and coming Christian recording artist Eva Kroon Pike will be recording her music video “Grace That Chose Me” at Huguenot Park and also at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. Her video will feature adoptive families and also foster children living at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. 

“Grace That Chose Me” is a song about adoption. Eva has chosen adoption as her platform, since she herself was adopted at 10 weeks of age. The music video will also feature Eva with her adopted mother. She has chosen Florida Baptist Children’s Homes as her charity of choice.

Florida Blue Centers Offer Free Small Biz Tax Credit Seminars

Helping small business owners start or continue to keep offering health insurance benefits to their employees, the Jacksonville Florida Blue center and H & R Block tax professionals are hosting two FREE seminars to help employers understand and take advantage of a new federal tax credit created by health care reform law.