Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shoreline Fishing License Free to Residents

Starting today, July 1, 2010, the license for FL residents to catch saltwater fish from shore is now free. Last year it cost $9 but the FL Legislature repealed the shoreline license fee during the past session. You still need to get the license but you won't have to pay for it if you're a FL resident. If you order your license over the phone or internet you will still have to pay the processing fee to the vendor ($2.31 for internet sales at or $3.33 for phone sales through 888-FISH-FLORIDA). A couple of permit fees did increase today also. The snook permit increased from $2 to $10 and the lobster permit increased $2 to $5. All permits and licenses can be purchases online at, at county tax collector's offices, many retail outlets that sell fishing supplies, and by calling 888-FISH-FLORIDA. Check out for more information on license requirements and current exemptions.