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  1. FORT LAUDERDALE — The controversial fishing practice of catching large sharks from shore could be banned from many of Florida’s public beaches, restricted to nighttime hours or subjected to other limits, under options being considered to protect both swimmers and the sharks. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted last April to impose limits on shore-based shark fishing, an activity that produces dramatic Instagram photos and YouTube videos of anglers reeling in 12-foot hammerheads and tiger sharks. Nine workshops have been scheduled around the state, with specific pro
  2. FERNANDINA BEACH — Of 88 unprovoked shark bites that the Florida Museum of Natural History documented around the globe last year, more than one third took place along the shores of Florida, the shark attack capital of the world. But the vast majority of those attacks were on southern beaches between Cape Canaveral and Miami. Shark encounters are relatively rare farther up Florida’s Atlantic coastline and are almost unheard of in northernmost Nassau County. Or so they were before Friday afternoon — when consecutive attacks sent two people to the hospital and shut down Fernandina Beach
  3. TAMPA — A Florida man is behind bars for failing to unlock his phones following a traffic stop. Fox 13 News reported William Montanez was pulled over in June for improper yielding in Tampa. He wouldn’t allow cops to search his car, so a drug-sniffing dog was brought in. A small amount of marijuana was allegedly found, and cops asked to search his cell phones. Again, Montanez said no, so detectives got a warrant. His attorney calls it a “fishing expedition.” Judge Gregory Holder ruled Thursday cops could go through the cell phones, but Montanez said the two phones are new an
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