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<p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">MAY 28, 2010<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">CONTACT:<span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"> <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">GOVERNOR?S PRESS OFFICE, (850) 488-5394<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">LEE SCHLESINGER, FWC, (850) 487-0554<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">ATTACHMENT:<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">Executive Order 10-115 (Amending 10-115, Authorizing Free Saltwater Fishing Days)<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><a name=OLE_LINK2></a><a name=OLE_LINK3></a><span style="font-size: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">Governor Crist Announces Free Saltwater Fishing Weekends<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><span style="font-size: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">~ Memorial Day weekend and opening weekend for red snapper will be free
for Floridians and visitors to the Sunshine State ~<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">PENSACOLA</st1:City><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"> ? Governor Charlie Crist today announced two free fishing weekends to help draw visitors to the beautiful beaches of the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Sunshine</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">State</st1:placeType></st1:place>. Both residents and nonresidents in Florida can fish for saltwater species around the state without a license during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, May 29 to May 31, and the weekend of June 5 and 6, which is the first weekend after the popular red snapper season opens in the Gulf on June 1, 2010. All other fishing rules apply. <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">?<st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State> is the fishing capital of the world,? said Governor Crist, ?Our beaches are clear, the fish are biting, and we invite our friends to enjoy some <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State></st1:place> hospitality.?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">Chairman Rodney Baretto of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) applauded the Governor?s decision.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">?Governor Crist?s actions to offer free fishing this weekend will do wonders for our business communities that have been suffering cancellations since the oil spill started,? Barreto said. ?We are not experiencing any oil impacts, and the fact remains that <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State></st1:place> is open for business.? <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">The FWC will continue to monitor all of the potential impacts of the oil spill on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State></st1:place>?s fish and wildlife and continue to be involved with many aspects of the oil spill response, Barreto added. In addition, the FWC has consulted with key representatives from several fishing organizations in <st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State> who are very concerned about inaccurate public perceptions regarding the condition of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State></st1:place>?s fisheries and the state?s marine environment. There has been strong agreement from these stakeholders that the fishing business in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State></st1:place> is ?as usual? and that fishing remains a safe and viable recreational and commercial activity. <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">Go to <span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">www.MyFWC.com/Fishing<span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"> to learn about fishing regulations in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"># # #<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p></o:p></p>
 
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