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Outdoors news and notes: FWC seeks public input on alligator hunting hours

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FWC Examines Alligator hunting hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to know what Floridians think about providing alligators hunters with more daylight-hunting hours during the recreational season (Aug. 15 to Nov. 1). Currently, legal hours are from one hour before sunset to one hour after sunrise. "We've received input from the alligator hunting community and are now looking for input from anyone who is interested in this issue," said Harry Dutton, FWC alligator-management program coordinator. People can provide that input at The FWC will take public comments into consideration when deciding whether any change is warranted. Anyone with questions may call Dutton at (850) 488-3831.

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In the market for house on wheels?

The annual Florida RV SuperShow will be held next week, Wednesday to Sunday (Wed.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 9 to 5), at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Recreational vehicles from every major manufacturer will be available for viewing. A two-day pass for adults is $10, and children under 16 are free. For info, call (813) 741-0488 or go to

January Calendar

8: Annual cleanup of Mirror Lake in St. Petersburg. Volunteers needed. Call (727) 827-1432.

11: Winter birding hike at Chinsegut Nature Center in Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

12: Eight-week recreational fishing class begins with instructor Dave Zalewski. (727) 397-8815.

13: Conserving and restoring biodiversity seminar at Brooker Creek Preserve, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800.

15: Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project at Weedon Island Preserve. Learn how to conserve. (727) 453-6500.

19: Safe Boating Course, St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron, 7-9 p.m., Demens Landing. www.boating

23: Last day of general gun season in Zone C (southern Pinellas and Hillsborough and northern Hernando).

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Outdoors news and notes: FWC seeks public input on alligator hunting hours 01/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 7:11pm]
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