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Proposal would expand commercial fishing in Hernando Beach

Published Jul. 24, 2018

HERNANDO BEACH — Hernando Beach Seafood has proposed a rezoning that would allow it to shift its stone crab operation into new quarters on Shoal Line Boulevard and potentially expand commercial fishing further south into largely residential and recreational canals in Hernando Beach. A public information workshop on the proposal is set for 7 p.m. Friday (July 27) at the Coast Guard Auxiliary building.

The workshop is the first public step in the county's consideration of the rezoning petition for five parcels on Shoal Line Boulevard, according to paperwork submitted by Hernando Beach Seafood. The proposal then goes to the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission, with final consideration by the County Commission.

Hernando Beach Seafood would move its stone crab operation on Calienta Street to the Nature Coast Marina on Shoal Line Boulevard, according to the application, and keep shrimping at the Calienta site. The rezoning would allow the company to take seafood products off fishing vessels and load bait and ice on the vessels.

Social media posts about the proposal reflect continuing concerns by residents about the impact of expanded commercial fishing in residential areas.