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Date of Issue: May 26, 2010

Fishing tourney postponed

The Old Salt Fishing tournament scheduled at Galati Marine in Anna Maria Memorial Day weekend (May 26-May 30) has been postponed due to the presence of the Louisiana oil spill near the outer fishing grounds.

Chris Galati, who helped organize the tournament in conjunction with Old Salt, said he was looking to postpone the tournament to a later date, after the spill gets cleaned up.

While the spill is not expected to move close to Anna Maria waters, it would have been just a few miles from the major fishing area for the anglers, Galati said.

Galati expected about 130 boats and more than 1,000 spectators for the tournament.

Anna Maria officials had issued a special event permit for the tournament, and off-duty Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies from the MCSO substation in Anna Maria were set to provide security and traffic control.