Grouper closure starts Jan. 1
A seasonal closure on keeping grouper starts at the first of the year in federal and state waters in the Atlantic Ocean.
Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1. This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby.
The harvest of these species of grouper in Atlantic state waters will remain closed through April 30, reopening May 1. The harvest closure was established to ensure the long-term sustainability of Atlantic grouper species.
Environmental health moving
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County will relocate its environmental health office in Key West next month, moving from the Gato Building in Old Town to Suite 208 of the Department of Juvenile Justice Building, 5503 College Road, Stock Island.
The office will be closed Jan. 15-24 while staff members make the move. It will reopen at the new location on Jan. 27.
Walk-in hours will remain the same -- 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1-4:45 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
For information, call 809-5670.
Lecture at West Martello
The Key West Garden Club is offering a free lecture series titled "Tips on Taking Beautiful Pictures of Plants and Flowers" at 1:30 p.m. Monday at West Martello.
Lynne Bentley-Kemp, a college professor for 29 years and who taught photography at Rochester Institute of Technology for 18 years, will teach the class.
The Key West Garden Club is located at 1100 Atlantic Blvd, Key West.
Call 305-294-3210 for information.