Chasing Shadows: Oystermen claim a ‘frame up’

Chasing Shadows September 4

Chasing Shadows September 4

Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 01:46 PM.

Forty years ago this week, a crackdown by the Florida Marine Patrol was front-page news. Here’s the story.

 

Oystermen claim a ‘frame up’

More than a dozen oystermen “slept” on the steps of the Franklin County jail Friday night, after being arrested by Florida Marine Patrol (FMP) officers for harvesting oysters at night. Those arrested claimed they were “set up” and allegations were made that one officer had offered protection that night and in the past.

“We were told by the marine patrol we could go oyster on Cat Point and we would not get stopped,” said George Langley. “We took their word and they caught every one of us, plus $20,000 worth of fines. One of them was with us when we were catching oysters. He tied our boat to his boat because our motor was flooded out. It’s sneaky, tricky and downright dirty. We want justice.”



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