Thanks for the welcome and replies.
I was reading the regs a bit more carefully and studying the prohibtied areas of Monroe County. It seems the regs have changed a bit. Here are some links and I am going to cut and paste the important bits here.http://www.myfwc.com/RULESANDREGS/Saltwater_Regulations_lobster.htmhttp://www.myfwc.com/docs/RulesRegulations/Lobster_Brochure.pdf
Tell me what you guys think? How would you interpret the regs below?
The following areas are under local jurisdiction and
subject to the following:
• Unincorporated Monroe County(Tavanier, Key Largo, etc.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_County,_Florida#Unincorporated_islands_and_areas
• Islamorada, Village of Islands
• City of Key Colony Beach **
• City of Marathon
No diving or snorkeling within:
• 300 feet of improved residential or commercial shoreline
• any manmade or private canal
• any public or private marina
** In the City of Key Colony Beach this rule applies
during the 4 days preceding Sport Season and continues until 10 days have elapsed after the opening of Regular Season.
It seems to me that it is prohibited to snorkel for lobster from shore during the sport season in the entire Keys.
As for Biscayne Bay, because of the Card Sound Spiny Lobster Sanctuary, it is out of the question snorkeling from the shore anywhere in Bisacayne National Park, like at Black Point or Homestead Bayfront Park.
The last option I can think of is, Key Biscayne. Has anybody ever tried snorkeling for Lobster from Key Biscayne? I have never heard of anybody doing that.
Any other ideas, besides going on a boat, would be greatly appreciated.