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      Treasure Coast Outdoors

      Redfish Harvest Banned                             in my opinion, is both an ecological disaster and a crime.      Short of that, there are a lot of good people working to
                                                            It started when the C-44 canal was built between 1916   find less drastic solutions. Some of these will hopefully
      By Jim Weix                                        and 1924. This man-made canal was supposedly created to   reduce the need for discharges. Unfortunately, it won’t
         The state has banned                            divert flood waters from Lake Okeechobee. In reality, the   eliminate them.
      harvesting redfish in the                          canal was built so that another foolish ecological disaster,      Given some time, the Indian River Lagoon will start to
      156-mile-long Indian River                         the Herbert Hoover Dike, would allow Lake Okeechobee   recover. The huge amount of toxic muck won’t go away,
      Lagoon that runs through                           to hold more water and be a source of irrigation water for   but seagrass will reestablish itself in areas and there may
      Martin, St. Lucie, Indian                          agricultural interests.                           be some oyster beds in some areas again. I’ve witnessed
      River, Volusia, and Brevard                           A locally built dike, made of sand and muck, was   it several times and get quite excited.
      counties.                                          originally built by local interests in about 1915 to divert      Then heavy rains again create the need for discharges
         Decades of pollution,                           water around towns that should never have existed and to   and it is back to an underwater wasteland. It is a perfect
      brown tides, discharges                            allow more land to be farmed. The so-called towns were   example of insanity.
      from  Lake  Okeechobee,                            population centers for cheap farm labor. That ignorant      Editor’s note: Jim Weix is an avid hunter, angler,
      and algae blooms have                              plan washed away during hurricanes in 1926 and 1928.   conservationist, as well as an outdoor writer. Jim is
      decimated  our  once  beautiful  fishing  paradise.  Gone   Over 2,500 people died as a result.      included in the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association’s Hall of
      are the expansive seagrass beds, oyster beds, and other      In an overly simplistic and perfect world, the towns on   Fame, for his work in helping restore thousands of acres
      important habitats. Areas where I once caught sea trout,   the south end of Lake Okeechobee would be re-located,   of wetlands. Jim is a broker associate with The Keyes
      pompano, and redfish now resemble an underwater    the C-44 canal would be filled in, and the Herbert Hoover   Company. He can be reached at (772) 341-2941 or by
      wasteland.                                         Dike would be removed. You could call it the “blow it up   email:
         Along with the fish, dead manatees now wash up on the   and start over again” approach. But of course, that will
      shores. What has happened to the Indian River Lagoon,   not happen.

                                                              Club News

      Explore Loxahatchee                                   Serving her third term as president of the board of      Looking ahead to November, MCGS will host a Family

      History And Family Trees                           directors of the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists,   History Fair in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of
                                                                                                           Latter-Day Saints in Palm City. There will be 18 presentations
                                                         Texas native Holly Torres has a deep connection to the
      With The Martin County                             past and ancient native cultures. She shares her passion   in four simultaneous sessions ranging from pursuing colonial
                                                         with the public through the Preservationists’ immersive
                                                                                                           ancestors and using DNA technology to researching German,
      Genealogical Society                               history programs.  Torres is a member of the South   Irish and Italian ancestors and American lineage societies.
                                                         Florida Archaeological Society and serves as a Heritage   Lunch and dessert will be offered. Free and open to the public,
         Understanding the Second Seminole War, specifically   Monitoring Scout for Florida Public Archeology Network.  the fair will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Nov. 5 at the
      the 1838 Battle of the Loxahatchee, is critical to      Chessy Ricca, a Palm Beach County native, is vice   Family History Center, 2401 S.W. Matheson Avenue, Palm
      interpreting our local history, some of which has been   president of the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists   City. Preregistration is suggested at or by emailing
      obscured for nearly 200 years. At the Martin County   board. Preserving and interpreting Florida history is her
      Genealogical Society’s (MCGS) October meeting, Holly   paramount goal as a historian. Her training ranges from      The Genealogical Society offers a variety of services
      Torres, and Chessy Ricca, representing the Loxahatchee   16th century Spanish Florida and paleography to modern   at the Genealogy Room in the Blake Library in Stuart
      Battlefield Preservationists, will explain the Seminoles’   Florida in the 20th century. With a Bachelor of Arts in   including an extensive research library, access to
      journey and the role they played in this event. Learn   Fine Art and a Master of Arts in Florida History, Ricca is   several genealogy websites and assistance from MCGS
      about the Seminole leaders, the weaponry they used and   currently completing her Master of Arts in Florida Studies   volunteers. For more information about membership,
      the children who were present during the battle.   at the University of Southern Florida St. Petersburg.   activities and services go to
         Free and open to the public, the meeting will be at
      the Elliott Museum, 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart from
      1 to 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21. To participate via Zoom, go
      to and register by Oct. 20. Regular admission
      is required to tour the Elliott Museum which is free to                                                  CONNECTING
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