October 15 marked the beginning of the stone crab season in Florida.
But this year, crabbers in Everglades City are refusing to pull their cages in for the legendary Joe's Stone Crab restaurant, located in Miami Beach, unless the restaurant raises the initial price for their catch from $7 per pound to $8 per pound.
Joe's, a Miami institution, told the Miami Hearld it has never set wholesale rates this high on day one of the season, but that it usually increase the rate as the Christmas season approaches.
The crabbers on strike say they are not asking for much — just a one dollar increase — but Joe's says their absence should not have a huge effect on business for the first week.
- Doug Hanks, business reporter for the Miami Herlad. He tweets @doug_hanks.
This segment aired on October 16, 2013.