An Octopus Invasion is threatening the Fort Myers, Lee County, FL commercial stone crab season. The eight legged mollusk’s eat the crabs and leave nothing but a pile of shell fragments. Stone crabs are an important part of Florida’s economy as commercial fisherman harvested an average of 2.68-million pounds of stone crab claws with an average dockside value of $23.09-million.
Forbes list of the richest people in the world was just announced and here is the Top Ten list! #10- Jim Walton (Wal-Mart), #9- Christy Walton (Wal-Mart), #8- Sheldon Adelson (The Sands Casino), #6(tie) – David Koch and Charles Koch (oil, paper products), #5 – Larry Ellison (Oracle), #4- Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway), #3- Amancio Ortega (retailer), #2- Carlos Slim (mining, telecom), #1- Bill Gates (Microsoft). There are 1,645 billionaires worldwide and their combined value is over $6.4-trillion. There are 172 women on the list and the biggest gainer last year was Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) who went from a net worth of $15.2-billion to $28.5-billion … still not enough to make the Top Ten list!
Old Man Winter has been a huge pain-in-the-ass for the USA. Today, numerous east coast cities are closed including Philadelphia who is expecting between 8-10 inches of snow. Yesterday it was 50 degrees in Washington DC but today the city could get as much as twelve inches of snow! The cities have used all of their projected winter clean-up funding and the winter headaches will continue well into 2014. Wind chills will hit thirty-five degrees below zero in the Midwest … oh yeah, it will be 75 and sunny here in Tampa Bay today!
Last but not least … Apple rushed out a patch for its iOS6, iOS7 and OSX Maverick operation systems to fix a serious security problem. If you’ve received a prompt to update, do it asap …. LPGA golfer Paula Creamer knocked in an amazing 75-foot putt to win the HSBC Women’s Chmapionship yesterday. It was her first title since 2010 … Birthday wishes go out today to rapper Tone Loc who is 48, actor David Faustino (Married With Children) who is 40 and me !!! Have a great day everybody … I know I will !!!