By Elizabeth Nickerson
September 2, 2013
Panacea, FL-Panacea locals did more stay-cations this summer.
"We had a great summer economically, but you know you could always get better," said Jeff Suber, a Wakulla County resident. "One of the bad things is that people don't have the disposable income to spend like they use to in the past."
"If you have to skimp on a trip, its better than skimping on a meal," said another local.
The summer rain did not help the already struggling fishing community of Panacea, but Crum's Mini Mall owner, Ronald Crum, says the showers could help their fall season.
"The rain may have cost us a downturn in the economy, but in the end it will be very positive," said Ronald Crum, from Crum's Mini Mall.
According to Crum, shrimp only come jumping to the surface when there is high salinity in the waters and that is what rainfall brings.
"I don't think you can get much worse, but I think that things could only get better," said a Wakulla County resident.
For the first time in years, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is allowing Gag Grouper, Red Grouper and Red Snapper to overlap in seasons. Fans of those fish will also be getting longer seasons, according to Crum.
"I think it is a good thing that the Feds and the state are opening Snapper back up, I think it's going to be a very positive effect and we are having Gag Grouper opening at the same time, we are siting in a hot spot," said Crum.
The Red Snapper season opens October first this year and local fishermen predict this could be one of the best Fall seasons for fishing.