Best beach option is Sea Rim State Park south of Sabine

Best beach option is Sea Rim State Park south of Sabine

It’s been a long time coming but Sea Rim State Park has finally been rebuilt and is open to entertain the entire family with a variety of summer-time outdoor fun in the sand and sun.

To see exactly what Sea Rim has to offer check out the video news report now available at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website called “Sea Rim Rebirth.”

Nearly a decade after being destroyed by not one but two hurricanes, Sea Rim State Park near Port Arthur has a new boardwalk, showers, campsites and even a six-person cabin for visitors. Hurricanes Rita and Ike leveled the park. Now it is back and is better than ever.

For the video, visit The Examiner on Facebook or go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video.

Just down the road from Sea Rim is the McFadden National Wildlife Refuge. Between Sea Rim and the refuge you can fish for trout and reds, go crabbing and bike and hike till you drop. The kids will love it.

Keep cool paddling Texas trails

It’s one of the fastest growing segments of outdoor recreation in the state. And now, finding a place to put in or take out a kayak or canoe is a lot easier since Texas Parks and Wildlife has added several new paddling trails so folks can stay cool this summer and see nature up close.

Look for “June VNR Keep Cool Paddling Texas Trails” on the Texas Parks and Wildlife video website to learn more.

Gill netters get shot down one more time

The Coastal Conservation Association has once again led the charge to support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations implementing the Constitutional Amendment that was passed by 72 percent of the voters in 1994. The same small group of commercial gill netters that have filed one lawsuit after another were rebuffed in the appellate court after finding a sympathetic judge at the circuit court level. The three judge appellate panel held that the trial judge “… erred in determining [the netters] claims were not barred by past legal precedent.”

They also held that the judge was wrong to allow the gill net season to open while the case was pending in the appellate courts.

“This is a big win for all recreational anglers, and CCA Florida will continue to be the outspoken advocate and protector of the Constitutional Amendment which has protected Florida’s marine fisheries and the multibillion dollar economic value of fisheries to Florida’s economy,” says CCA Florida Chairman, Fred Crabill. “CCA Florida will continue to monitor the case and file legal briefs if the matter is appealed.”

No-go fishing zones threaten all fishermen

Recreational anglers are applauding legislation introduced this week by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak) that will prevent any U.S. president from using the Antiquities Act to unilaterally designate large marines areas as no-go zones off limits to the public. Key components of the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act would require Congressional approval prior to the designation of any National Monument as well as approval by each state legislature within 100 miles of it. Congressman Steve Southerland (R-Fl) introduced similar legislation in the House, the Marine Access and State Transparency Act, in June.

“This is legislation that the recreational sector has been seeking since 2006, when the Antiquities Act was used to create a 139,797-square-mile National Marine Monument in Hawaii,” said Bill Bird, chairman of CCA’s National Government Relations Committee. “That was a stark wake-up call as to the sweeping, unilateral powers that the executive branch could employ to lock up vast swaths of the ocean and prohibit all activities within that area, even recreational uses. That is a considerable amount of power locked up in just one branch of our government.”

The Antiquities Act as currently written is sparse on process, according to the CCA.

“The entire Act is roughly a page long and has four sections, one of which provides absolute discretion for the president to establish national monuments and, most recently, marine national monuments,” said Bird.

There is currently no Congressional oversight and no opportunity for public comment or for review of the proposed monument designation. Over the past century, the Act has been used to proclaim 123 national monuments on land, but the creation of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument in 2006 was the first time the law was used to create a marine protected area.

“This is an important piece of legislation and we are grateful to Sen. Murkowski and Rep. Southerland for taking the steps to interject some much-needed process into the designation of these areas,” said Bird. “With the executive branch showing increasing interest in establishing new marine monuments or substantially expanding existing boundaries, there is a critical need to allow stakeholders a greater voice in these decisions.”

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