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Why didn’t you give us 5 minutes of your time On Feb 24th, when we were in Washington? You had to know about it. I wrote 4 times to your office with no response, and also had Gulf County Commissioner Bill Williams get in touch with you as well. No response from Jan. 15 to March 1 Just a little late to show any support! Barney Frank had enough time to show up and George LeMieux and about 28 other Congressmen and Senators in DC. It would have been nice, if you were too busy, to send an aide to speak in your stead. All in all—Florida with the most coastline of any state –Was a disgrace.
Signed -----VERY Disappointed in Florida
Dear Mr. Adams:
Thank you for the opportunity to address this important issue with you. As a member of our North Florida family, your views are important to me. I appreciate the thoughts you have communicated.
Like you, I am very concerned with the needs of our nation's fishermen. Fishing is a very important industry and sport in North Florida. With the recent release of the Interagency Ocean Policy interim report, it has become increasing clear that science-based decision-making will continue to be a necessity in order to accurately determine fishing quotas and seasons. This science will have to be balanced with the effects of policy on communities whose economic health depend on the fishing industry. Both commercial and recreational fishing plays a key role in Florida's economy.
Because of these reasons, I am a cosponsor to H.R. 1584, the Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act, which would require the Department of Commerce to keep closures as short as possible, rather than a mandatory ten years. I will keep your thoughts in mind as this bill and any others related to our fisheries moves through Congress. Thank you for the opportunity to address this important issue with you. As a member of our North Florida family, your views are important to me. I appreciate the thoughts you have communicated.
Thank you again for bringing your views to my attention and adding your voice to the ongoing debate. Please continue to write to me, and I encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter by visiting my website at www.house.gov/boyd.
F. Allen Boyd, Jr.
Member of Congress