On the front door of Barnacle Bill’s restaurant in Tallahassee is a notice. It reads, “Due to extreme shortages of oysters on the winter oyster beds and catch regulations, the price of oysters has skyrocketed.” Inside, Jim-Bob Heller and Jay Parr are sitting at the bar where customers can buy oysters by the bucket.
“I mean seriously, we just enjoyed some fantastic Apalachicola oysters. They were great. And to think that, you know, we wouldn’t have that anymore, it’s, that would be really unfortunate.”Says Jay Parr. He called the situation a perfect storm.