Sidewalk, fishing pier closed temporarily for repairs
Sandsprit Park in Martin County is undergoing repairs from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last year. The sidewalk along the north side seawall is being removed and replaced.
This will result in this area being temporarily closed along with Fishing Pier No. 2 for the length of the project. Work will continue thru Oct. 11, weather permitting.
Volunteer Fair a first for library system
The Martin County Library System is hosting a Volunteer Fair on Oct. 5 from 2-4 p.m. at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart.
Attendees will speak with representatives from American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin counties, Elliott Museum, Habitat for Humanity, House of Hope, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Martin County Library System, Safe Harbor, YMCA and many more.
Volunteer opportunities are available to high school students and adults.
To learn more about the Volunteer Fair or the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection, call (772) 221-1403 or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us.
Gulf red snapper season opens Oct. 1
The recreational harvest of red snapper will open Oct. 1 in state and federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In state waters, which are from shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf, the season will remain open through Oct. 21, closing on Oct. 22. In federal waters, which are from 9 nautical miles out to 200 nautical miles, the season will remain open through Oct. 14, closing on Oct. 15.
These supplemental recreational red snapper seasons are for 2013 only. The minimum size limit in state and federal waters is 16 inches, and the daily bag limit is two per harvester, per day. There is a zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels.
Anglers are required to use circle hooks and dehooking devices when fishing for any reef species, including red snapper, in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters. The requirement to use venting tools in federal waters was removed on Sept. 3. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider adopting similar changes at a future meeting. The intent of these rules is to help conserve fishery resources by increasing the chances for a fish to survive after being caught and released.
Learn more about red snapper by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on "Saltwater" and "Recreational Regulations."