Dateline Florida

By Times Wires
Published January 23, 2008

Zoo decides to corral smokers

Responding to visitor feedback, Lowry Park Zoo officials said the facility will become almost entirely smoke-free beginning March 29. Zoo officials don't want animals - or human guests - to have to breathe secondhand smoke. They will designate smoking areas on the zoo's 56 acres, far from walkways and animal exhibits. The policy adds onto the smoking ban in common areas and indoor buildings.

Speak your mind about fish farming

Interested in Gulf of Mexico aquaculture? Have a say at hearings in St. Petersburg next week. Texas and Louisiana investors want to grow fish in pens. Environmentalists worry about pollution, medication and fish escaping into the wild. A question-and-answer session is from5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday,and a public hearing 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd.