The temperature got up to 70 today, but in the sunshine it felt a little warmer. For those of you who wondered if I was stiff and sore from my little bike accident yesterday; I woke up with no side effects, thank goodness! :-) We went for a ride out to Captiva this afternoon with the top down and it was comfortable on the way there. Coming back, it got a little cool, but not bad. There were some bikers on the paths, but there weren't as many people out today. Saturday is a change over day because the condos here usually rent from Sat to Sat. By evening, I'm sure there was more traffic.
This evening I went across the causeway to Publix. The wind had picked up and it was getting cloudy. There were a couple guys wind surfing and a few people fishing on the spoil islands. There really wasn't much activity going on there either.
There's something else that will be of interest to any of you who fish here. Due to the huge number of snook and other species around the state that have been lost during this long cold spell, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has closed snook season until Sept. 1 and also made bonefish and tarpon off limits until April 1. This order went into effect today. Hopefully this will protect surviving snook that spawn in the spring and give our researchers time to evaluate the extent of damage that was done.
The FFW also issued an order to allow people to collect and dispose of dead fish killed by the cold until Feb. 1. That does not include snook, which are illegal to net or gig when stunned by the cold. People taking dead fish are not allowed to trade or consume those fish, and the dead fish must be disposed of according to local safety, health and sanitation requirements. A fishing license isn't needed for the disposal.
This was as much of the sunset as I could see.