Scores of boaters take to the water for lobster mini season

MIAMI – Wednesday morning kicked off the start of lobster mini season, which runs only through Thursday.

The Florida East Coast Railway bridge was down early Wednesday, causing frustration for boaters stuck in the New River boat traffic for hours.

Apparently many boaters thought the bridge opened at 5 a.m., but it actually opened at 7 a.m.

More divers are expected to take to the water north of Monroe County this year as leaders there decided to close all of its public boat ramps in the Upper Keys in an effort to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Miami-Dade Police Marine patrol will be enforcing the 10 p.m. county curfew on the water, with the exception of federal bodies of water like Biscayne National Park.

Most parks and boat ramps close at 8 p.m. No one will be allowed to put their boats in the water after then.

People can take their boats out of the water after 8 p.m. but have to be out in time to get back home by the 10 p.m. curfew.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, a Texas man was arrested Monday afternoon after he was caught poaching lobsters in Islamorada.

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