3 To Know: Stone crab season ends Tuesday

Marco Eagle

1. Stone crab season closes May 16

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15. This five-month closure occurs each year during the peak spawning season to help conserve and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource.

Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season, but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.

Stone crabs for sale during the Stone Crab Festival at Tin City in Naples on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within five days after the close of the stone crab season unless a special extension is granted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Stone crab claws cannot be harvested from traps pulled after the season closes.

Learn more about the stone crab harvest season by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” and then either “Recreational Regulations” or “Commercial.”

2. City meetings every day next week

The Marco Island City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday; the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday; the Beach Advisory Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday; the Waterways Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday; and the Planning Board will meet at 9 a.m. Friday. All meetings will take place in the city council's chambers, 51 Bald Eagle Drive.

3. Marco Island’s Embree moves on in Academia Sanchez-Casal tourney


Marco Island's Lauren Embree advanced to the singles main draw of the Women's Pro Circuit tournament at Academia Sanchez-Casal  on Tuesday.

The tournament is part of the Svetlana Kuznetsova Cup Series, a $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit Series event that goes through Sunday.

Embree, won her third-round match in the wild-card qualifier, defeating Caty McNally, 6-3, 6-2. Embree will play Shelby Talcott in the main draw. Talcott advanced as a lucky loser.

Three singles main and five doubles main matches were also played Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Embree advanced to the second round of the singles main draw of the Women’s Pro Circuit tournament.

Embree defeated Shelby Talcott in the main draw, 6-0, 6-3, and, at press time,  was slated to face No. 7-seeded Danielle Rose Collins in the Round of 32 on Thursday.

Twelve singles main and three doubles main matches were also played Wednesday.

All area tennis fans are invited to attend. To access complimentary passes, visit ascbmwopen.eventbrite.com and use the promotional code ASC2017.