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Miami daily roundup: Ban on goliath grouper lifted, the homeless could face jail time, and Miami's 'Lizard King'

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(MIAMI, Fla.) In South Florida news today, Florida lifts 30-year-old ban that forbids catching goliath grouper, a Miami commissioner proposes jail time for homeless people, and Miami's 'Lizard King' is accused of smuggling native turtles overseas.

The following list contains the area's breaking news for Thursday, October 6.

Read on today's top stories:

Florida lifts 30-year ban on catching goliath grouper
Force E Scuba Center

Florida is lifting its three-decade ban on catching and killing goliath groupers after wildlife officials say numbers have rebounded.

So just what is a goliath grouper? These large specimens — which can grow up to 500 pounds and over 8 feet — died off in the 1980s from overfishing and pollution. Right now, they are not allowed to be caught in any other state or federal waters.

The proposal is supported by fishing groups, and it calls for a lottery to issue licenses that allow each recipient to catch and kill one goliath. Similar proposals have been under consideration for a few years.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved on Wednesday a proposal to allow recreational harvest of 200 goliaths per year from March to May. South Florida and the Florida Keys will be off-limits, and the size of the catch will be restricted to between 20 inches (51 centimeters) and 36 inches (91 centimeters).

Miami's 'Lizard King' smuggled Florida turtles overseas
WPLG Local 10

A convicted wildlife smuggler who still operates as a leading buyer and seller of reptiles has been accused by federal prosecutors.

For what? Scheming to smuggle illegally harvested Florida turtles to China, Japan, and other places. Who? Michael Van Nostrand, and his company, Strictly Reptiles Inc. of Davie, Florida, which established a network of “collectors" who buy the reptiles.

Going out to eat? Prepare to pay up as food costs continue to rise across Florida
Maui Vang

According to a study from Supermarket News, American consumers plan on eating at home more often in the aftermath of the pandemic — and that might be a good idea if you're pinching pennies.

The effects of COVID-19 on Florida’s food industry are ongoing. The state is experiencing an increase in food prices due to labor and supply shortages for importing companies. Across the state, restaurants are not only short-staffed but are also being forced to limit their operating hours. With importing companies in need of staff, it’s also become increasingly difficult for restaurants to receive their food supply on time.

Should Miami's homeless be given help or jail time?
DVarela / Miami Herald

Commissioner Joe Carollo has proposed new measures to criminalize homelessness by making it illegal to sit or sleep in public spaces.

The city of Miami has tried this approach before, and it failed to reduce homelessness. However, it did bring costly lawsuits and fines. The proposed measures come without costs-benefits analysis, financial or human.

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