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Gotta love Republicans...trying to make a dime every chance they get
Honestly, what's the problem with a $20 annual license? That comes out to $0.05 a day. I figure I blow $20 in beer, snacks, etc in a single fishing trip. Whenever a state institutes a Saltwater license, a similar thread to this pops up. I mean seriously...We all already buy a Freshwater license and a hunting license (if we hunt) We don't complain about those? So why make a big deal about a license for the saltwater? Just look at it as money into your DNR's pocket for enforcement and studies. :)
 

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I'm all for true saltwater fishing license, instead of the boater fishing license. As a matter of fact, I wrote the FWC Commissioner about the possibility of instituting a shore-based saltwater fishing license for Florida, as I had heard that the Federal Government was moving in that direction, and thought we (Florida) would do a better job at licensing that Washington. Not only that, but I also felt we needed to pump more money into the FWC...mainly for more patrol officers and their equipment. Twenty bucks a year, per person, is nothing for the possibility of having better paid, better trained FWC officers looking out for out natural resources. Pretty inexpensive, really.

Here in N. Florida, we could use a few more FWC officers to help keep the "fishing criminals" under control.

Here's hoping the Governor does the right thing and signs off on this. Florida needs it, you need it, the resource needs it.

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Honestly, what's the problem with a $20 annual license? That comes out to $0.05 a day. I figure I blow $20 in beer, snacks, etc in a single fishing trip. Whenever a state institutes a Saltwater license, a similar thread to this pops up. I mean seriously...We all already buy a Freshwater license and a hunting license (if we hunt) We don't complain about those? So why make a big deal about a license for the saltwater? Just look at it as money into your DNR's pocket for enforcement and studies. :)
I have a fishing license cause I go on boats alot too, but it's sickening the way the government is trying to tax EVERYTHING or make us PAY SOME HOW for EVERYTHING. Whats next, taxing watching tv?? Think about that...and think about it good. it's not far away. and NO paying for cable, and other services is NOT what I am talking about. I suspect sometime in the near future the government will try and find a way to tax people who watch tv, or something just as stupid, that alot of people do, so they can get easy money.
 

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And also, we all KNOW just how much of that money will go into enforcement and studies...it's almost a worth laughing at. It's gonna go to line someones pocket, garuntee it. Just like most of the other absurd laws. I would venture to say maybe 10% of the money made from this absurd law will actually go towards FWC/DNR the rest will go to someones pocket
 

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Yes, we all know Florida is making SO much money that they are literally sitting around putting cash in each other pockets...

I was astonished when I first learned some states still did not make you pay for a license to fish from shore. As a boater and shore angler, it does not make sense to force boaters to purchase one if the shore bound guys dont have to.
 

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If you have cable your watching taxed TV, its about time they did this, you should have to buy a duck stamp to fish MINWR too. :p

The US is one of the most taxed countrys in the world. Also, cable is a luxury that a company is providing. Who is providing us the opportunity to fish, it sure isn't the government. Think about it, "UNCLE SAM" takes his share before we even see our money, when we spend our money and then again at the end of the year if we made too much. So............. :confused:
 

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The US is one of the most taxed countrys in the world. Also, cable is a luxury that a company is providing. Who is providing us the opportunity to fish, it sure isn't the government. Think about it, "UNCLE SAM" takes his share before we even see our money, when we spend our money and then again at the end of the year if we made too much. So............. :confused:
Ummmm no. Im a supply-side kind of guy, so I love the notion of reducing taxes, but you are off base in saying we pay some of the most taxes of any country.

http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/Taxes/P148855.asp

Look at the chart.
 

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I don't own a boat and always fish from the pier or surf. Only time I take a boat is a "head boat" that is already licensed. I do, however, buy a license every year, just because I support FWC. My biggest question is: How much of this money will go to the FEDERAL Marine Fisheries and how much will Florida get to keep. My second biggest question is: Will the commercial fishermen who fish from shore be checked more frequently to see if they have a COMMERCIAL license??? Ever stand close to a commercial pomp fisherman on the beach??? Does one of the older bamboo/wooden refurbished and restored surf rods qualify as a "cane pole"???:D The state was FORCED into this by the Federal Government! Seems they can't keep their hands off ANYTHING these days. Bush signed off on this to start with. In my opinion, the beaches belong to US...not the government. Maybe if I trace my ancestory a little further, I can verify my native american heritage. Then, I won't have to pay as much, fish for free, and maybe even open a casino and sell cheap cigarettes!
 

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The republicans on here, are amazing...really are.
Not sure you were referring to my post or not, Snapper, but if you were, you'll notice the ONLY person I mentioned was Bush (a Republican, BTW), who OK'd this crap! You should also note that the legislature in Florida is also a majority of Republicans. I just call it the way I see it!
 

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I"VE GOT A GREAT IDEA!!! How about we tax the Internet??? Since Algore invented it, 59% of the taxes can go to fueling his jet so he can fly around the world and talk about "Global Warming"! Then, 39% can go toward funding "photo ops" for Air Force 1 over NYC, along with the F16 escort. I'm sure the New Yorkers would go for that! One percent of the remaining 2% can go to ACORN, so they can register inelligible voters over the internet that Algore invented, and the last 1% can be spent on administrative expenses involved in falsifying the number of jobs created by this crap!

Since the Feds have decided to raise cigarette taxes 62 cents per pack, I think it is also fair that a Federal Food Tax be implemented! After all, since smokers cost the government money in medical bills, it's time we realized that people who eat too much also cost us. Obviously, there are waaaaaayyy too many obese people in the US, so the only "fair" thing to do is to tax food at the rate of 35 cents on the dollar. When people can no longer afford to eat, they'll loose weight, be healthier, and thus, less of a burden on the taxpayer! This will only affect those who make over $250,000 per year, since they are the ones who spend the most on food, and therefore, must be more obese than the rest of us!
 

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Licenses

Gertting back on track here...I get to visit FL once a year, and I pony up for my non-resident license each time. Fair's fair, and it's well worth the enjoyment I get out of fishing. One funny thing, though...I ordered mine online, and my license was shipped to me by a company out of Nashville. Yeah...Tennessee. I know that this is a common practice now; states contract with private companies to handle licenses, etc... But in light of how little of that revenue actually benefits fishermen and the environment, all of you who are Florida residents should seriously question the wisdom of sending a portion of YOUR money TO ANOTHER STATE!!! Georgia does the same thing, and (no pun intended) I'm not a happy camper about that. I've let my reps. in Congress know it, too.
 

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Holy Smoker Beans! It is geting HOT in here! I see both sides of the agument....but i side with that the idea that the Goverment is sticking it's nose into A LOT of things I feel it should not. The bottom line is I think Florida will follow suit with a lot of other states that already have a surf fishing licence or will have one in the next year. I MAY be wrong it has happen before! ;)
 

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Ummmm no. Im a supply-side kind of guy, so I love the notion of reducing taxes, but you are off base in saying we pay some of the most taxes of any country.

http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/Taxes/P148855.asp

Look at the chart.
JH. That is a perfect example of how Stats lie.

the chart is only focusing on income taxes. How about:

Gas Tax
telecom Tax
Car Registration fees ( a tax).
Cig tax.
Engery Tax.
on and on. Add all these taxes in and we are taxed more then any other country. States call them fees not taxes.

Now they need to raise revenue so they want to Tax fishing. A good given right that people have been doing since the time Men used clubs to get a woman.

What am I going to get for my $7.50 a year? less fish to catch, more closed seasons, larger limits, shorter slots and only half a peir to fish because there is no money to fix the current pier.

GET THOSE POLITICIANS OUT OG MY POCKETS. Does not take a genius to know that you can not have $5.0BB in programs when you only have $3.8 in revenue coming in.
 

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Just a few quick things :

1st. i have had a fishing lience in 3 different states in the last 4 years , fish about 40+ hours a week in all places ( including state parks ) and have NEVER gotten checked


The ocean shouldnt belong to anyone , So Know one should get taxed to use it , what happend to the good days about 150 years ago when people could just live of the land .

Theres ALOT of homeless ,and poor people that fish for dinner ....

last there gunna tax people for everything till people fight back ( which they wont cause peopleare sheep these days, they just go with the heard ) but if there gunna do it ATLEAST PUT IT ALL TO PIERS ,MORE PUBLIC FISHING AREAS , ARTIFICIAL REEFS AND CONSERVATION !!!!!
 

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I personally don't have a problem with it. We don't pay state income tax here and this is one of the only states I've lived in or know of that doesn't require a saltwater license for shorebound anglers. From what I understand, the money will go towards fisheries and not the state coffers to be blown on other nonsense.
 
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