Grouper closure now in effect
A seasonal closure on keeping grouper started the first of the year in federal and state waters in the Atlantic Ocean.
Several species of grouper are closed to recreational and commercial harvest as of Wednesday. 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 and will reopen May 1. The harvest closure was established to ensure the long-term sustainability of Atlantic grouper species.
Environmental health moves
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County will relocate its environmental health office this 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 through 24 while staff members make the move and reopen at the new location on Jan. 27. Walk-in hours will remain the same: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Call 809-5670.
League of Women Voters meets
The Lower Keys League of Women Voters will host a forum on the Affordable Care Act from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 at the Eco-Discovery Center on the Truman Waterfront.
A Florida Blue representative will be in attendance and details on signing up for health insurance coverage from the Florida Keys navigator will be provided.
The group's annual general membership meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 at the New York Pasta Garden, 1075 Duval St. A buffet will be available for purchase.
For more information, visit lowerkeyslwv.weebly.com.