Florida's 2014 Scallop Season Starts Early

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Scallop season usually begins on the first of July and runs through September 24 and has done so for a very long time. This past May, Gov. Rick Scott asked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to expand the harvest by three days in an effort to boost the economies of the scallop fisheries in Florida's Big Bend region. Last year, he asked for the season to start two days early so tourists and locals could enjoy scalloping over the weekend. At least there's more transparency in intent this year.

The legal harvesting area runs northwest from Hernando County to the Mexico Beach Canal, and this year's FWC reports show that the scallop populations in the open harvest areas of St. Joseph Bay, St. Marks, Homosassa, and Steinhatchee have remained steady within the vulnerable numbers while the beds of the closed areas in St. Andrew Bay, Tampa Bay, Pine Island South, and Anclote have spiked lower in the vulnerable and collapsed populations. But marine biology is never a factor in politics.

These declines can be attributed to coastal development and impact on sea grass as well as overfishing the shark populations, which usually control the scallop-loving rays.

See also: Florida Scallop Season Starts Saturday, Two Days Early

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CityPlace Versus Brewzzi: The Troubles Continue

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While this story has all the potential narrative trappings of David and Goliath, the truth seems closer to the harried dealings of taking care of an elderly relative who has gone fully into dementia with a lawyer's number on speed dial. Last year, CityPlace had a dispute with Brewzzi concerning the language of its lease and took it to court. A settlement was quickly reached, and it has been business as usual for both entities ever since.

That is, until recently, when shoppers and patrons looking to get their lunch fix at the award-winning brewery/eatery found it barricaded by mall security and the lights turned off. As it turns out, CityPlace had not received the satisfaction it had sought and moved in that morning with the Sheriff's Department to try to evict the restaurant from the locale it has inhabited for the past 11 years.

See also: Boca Raton's Brewzzi Wins Silver At National Competition For Passionfruit Saison

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Should 83-Year-Old Home Be Torn Down for Dunkin' Donuts Parking Lot?

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Here's a tough one to analyze. On one hand, West Palm Beach's kitschy and charming Antique Row neighborhood will lose a building that's suited for the environment's d├ęcor, and on the other, a hazardous road condition could be improved. 412 Avenida Alegre, located behind the Dunkin' Donuts on 3501 S. Dixie Highway, was built in 1931 and from 2005 until February of this year was inhabited by Mary Johnson, was purchased by the Ocean 11 LLC, and could be torn down in favor of the doughnut shop's parking lot expansion plans.

This is the same shop that was witness last year to a police-involved shooting when Officer Gene Picerno, himself no stranger to legal troubles, fired a shot at a hammer-wielding suspect in the early hours of April 13. This is also the same neighborhood that saw former Supervisor of Elections Theresa "Madame Butterfly" LePore's brother Joseph pull a firearm on a taxi driver and police officer following an altercation concerning the use of his driveway as a u-turn site. Avenida Alegre is a dead end, and, as such, residents have long suffered the use of their driveways by Dunkin' Donuts' patrons.

See also: Best Local Girl Gone Bad Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2001 - Theresa LePore

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Farm Sanctuary's Gene Baur to Speak at Darbster Event Tuesday

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Maybe it was the first time you saw the pink slime footage. Or perhaps it was the first time you saw a video about the grave realities of the veal industry.

Whatever the entry point was, something got you thinking about giving a damn about what you're putting in your mouth and the process of how it got to your plate. For many folks, a visit to a Farm Sanctuary (where rescued animals that were slotted for slaughterhouses live out their lives) is that very entrance.

With farm locations in California and New York, Animal activist, best-selling author and co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary Gene Baur will bring his personal experiences from the farm to a special speaking event and buffet dinner at Darbster in Boca Raton on Tuesday night.

See also: GMO Free USA Pushing Petition Encouraging Publix to Label GMO Products

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Florida Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill: Three "Edibles" We Want to See Here

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While we're not exactly closer to legalizing weed in the state of Florida, earlier this week the Florida Senate passed a landmark bill that would allow for low-THC marijuana for medical purposes.

The Charlotte's Web bill, which was sponsored by three Republicans, would make it legal for doctors to prescribe certain strains to treat children with epilepsy. It passed through the Senate with a 36-3 vote.

Although, the Sheriff's Association is fighting against further legalization and our "beloved" governor has implied he may not sign any new laws on it, we figured it was time to look into pot edibles we'd like to see in the state.

See Also: Ten Best Buffets in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Blackfish Producer to be Honored by PETA at Sublime; B-52's Fred Schneider Will Premiere Rock Lobster Video

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Manny Oteyza, the producer of Blackfish, will receive an award from PETA this Sunday at an invitation-only reception hosted by The B-52s' Fred Schneider.

Schneider has also produced a video exposing cruelty to lobsters. This all-new "Rock Lobster" video, in which he declares crustaceans sea life, not seafood, will make its South Florida debut at the event.

The ceremony, held at animal-friendly Sublime Restaurant & Bar, will honor Oteyza with the Nanci Alexander Award for his animal activism achievements.

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Jaxson's Ice Cream, Caffe Luna Rosa Up Minimum Wage: President Obama Pleased (Video)

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Jaxson's employees get a better wage, thanks to a nudge by President Obama.
It looks like businesses all over the country are taking President Obama's proposal to raise workers' minimum wage to $10.10 to heart.

The President, who proposed upping the minimum wage to $10.10 during his January 2014 State of the Union address, has also taken his fight on the road, talking about raising wages at every opportunity he can -- and citing examples of businesses who have decided to pay their workers a fair, livable wage.

Recently, during a speech at Central Connecticut State University, President Obama named several companies committed to upping employee wages, saying "it's good busines to do right by your workers. Some of the companies mentioned? Costco, the Gap, and Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant. In his talk, the President said that Jaxson's is "an ice cream parlor that's been in business since 1956" and that the restaurant will "lift workers' wages to at least $10.10 without cutting back on hiring."

See also: Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor Behind the Scenes

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Whole Foods CEO Confronted at Lynn University Over Fired Chicago Mom

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Rhiannon Broschat protests Whole Foods after being terminated from the grocery chain.
Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb was invited to speak at Lynn University this past Wednesday as part of the Dively Frontiers in Globalization lecture series. The annual series invites "outstanding individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in world markets" to speak to the community about their work. Past lecturers have included Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey.

But just as Robb started to address the audience with "I appreciate the warm welcome," a woman in the audience interrupted the talk with a question about Whole Foods worker Rhiannon Broschat.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the woman was removed from the audience, with Robb saying this was not the place to discuss the issue, adding that the public didn't have all the facts because it was a personnel matter and therefore confidential.

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Allen West Hates Coca-Cola's Super Bowl Ad

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Allen West finds Coke unrefreshing.
Allen West, one-term congressman, Tea Party darling, and crusader against anything he deems "un-American," doesn't like Coca-Cola's Super Bowl ad. Not one bit.

The... um... "distinguished gentleman" from South Florida blogged not once -- but twice -- about the Coke ad. According to West's first blog post last evening, the ad started off, "rather patriotically with the words of America the Beautiful."

What could be offensive about America the Beautiful, you (rightfully) ask? Some conservatives apparently feel the song is offensive if it's sung in a language other than English.

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House Approves Farm Bill: Food Stamp and Farm Subsidy Cuts, No King Amendment

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After two years of hold-ups the U.S. House of Representatives finally approved a farm bill.

We would say those fine men and women should pat themselves on the back, but it should never have been dragged out this long in the first place.

Anyway, the point is: we've finally made some progress.

The new five-year bill includes cuts to food stamps, caps on farm subsidies, stronger animal protections, and dairy farmer price supports.

It does not have in it the controversial King Act, which would have overruled state agricultural policy including animal welfare standards and genetically modified organism (GMO) restrictions.

See Also: House Blocked Debate, Sought to Limit States' Rights on Animal Welfare in Failed Farm Bill

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