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Ban is proposed to help turtles

A state panel has proposed a three-month ban on net fishing along a 70-mile stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast to protect endangered sea turtles. If approved by Gov. Lawton Chiles and the state Cabinet, the January-March prohibition would mark the first time state fishing grounds have been put off limits to help keep turtles from drowning in nets. The rule proposed Wednesday by the Marine Fisheries Commission meeting here would cover the Atlantic Ocean up to a mile offshore between the Jupiter and Sebastian inlets in Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties.

Scientist is poet laureate

PENSACOLA _ A microbiologist is the new poet laureate of the Florida Panhandle. Mary Hood, a professor at the University of West Florida, received the honor Monday night from the West Florida Literary Federation. "The truths of our humanness and existence are found in our poetry," she said. Hood, the third Panhandle poet laureate, will hold the post for three years.

The dog's got to go

WEST PALM BEACH _ An eviction dispute over a fuzzy white dog has reached a state appeals court, which says _ dog gone. The Boca Barwood II Condominium Association had ordered Alfie, a 10-pound bichon frise, out of an apartment owned by Alfred and Grace Cavuoti. Condo rules don't allow animals, and the dog had been soiling common areas, the association argued. Alfie's owners went to court in September 1991, saying the dog was a treatment for Mrs. Cavuoti's depression. Wednesday, the 4th District Court of Appeal overturned a trial court stay of eviction and the association appears to have the right to ban Alfie. It sent the case back for another hearing.