Wiley

Florida Senate

Florida’s oyster industry has hit rock bottom, and the effects are rippling from the waters of Apalachicola Bay and Suwannee Sound to dinner plates in Tallahassee. The problem is so bad, a conservative Republican lawmaker wants to change all the rules.

Calico Jack’s is a Tallahassee fixture and magnet for oyster lovers like Mark Straubinger.

“I eat here when it’s oyster season as much as possible…”

Since the industry nosedived in 2012, Straubinger’s been watching the oysters shrink and his dinner check climb.