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Tragedy on the Beaches: Irma Sweeps Away Many Florida Sea Turtle Nests

October 12, 2017 - 6:00am
Loggerhead turtle hatchling heads for the sea. Credit: Gustavo Stahelin/UCF

Everybody knows Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on Florida's human population, but it didn't spare one of the state's most precious natural treasures, either. The merciless storm swept away an untold number of sea turtle nests.

Debris Hauler's Success Built on 'Paper Shuffling' and Political Connections

October 9, 2017 - 12:45am
AshBritt President Randy Perkins

When it comes to government investigations, this isn't the first time at the dance for AshBritt Environmental, one of the nation's largest disaster cleanup companies and certainly the largest in Florida under contract to clean up after Irma. AshBritt has seen its share of negative headlines since the company's first storm cleanup in 1992.

Strengthening Tropical System Has Florida Panhandle in Its Crosshairs

October 4, 2017 - 1:30pm

Emergency managers across the northern and eastern Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana to Florida are monitoring the progress of a north-northwest-moving storm system predicted to strengthen and possibly strike the Florida Panhandle as a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday.

Look Around: You Really Think Online Voter Registration Is Safe?

October 3, 2017 - 6:00am

Call me too ignorant, too cynical or too old, but online voter registration, which went into effect in Florida Oct. 1, feels like Big Trouble.

From Citrus to Savior: Caulkins Water Farm to Celebrate Rebirth

September 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

Not many people who witness the death of something as personal and iconic as Caulkins' orange grove was during the last century, actually get to see it reborn in a profoundly significant way during the next century.

I Take a Knee to Playing the National Anthem at Sporting Events

September 26, 2017 - 12:00pm

Probably we're not going to stop singing the National Anthem every time somebody gathers a crowd and produces a bouncing ball. But I can dream.

Rick Baker, Rare Republican at D.C.'s Congressional Black Caucus Shindig

September 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
Rick Baker

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, moving toward a November runoff with incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman to get the mayoral job back, is in Washington, D.C. Friday "listening and learning" at the thousands-strong Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference.

Porn, Ross Spano and Hypocrisy

September 22, 2017 - 8:15am

Much as I hate deputizing the hypocrisy posse to chase down a Republican, hypocrites in positions of influence deserve a good public "outing" no matter which way they lean.

Public Records Violations in Lake Point Case Still Stinging Martin County Taxpayers

September 20, 2017 - 6:30pm

Martin County, already down $371,802 for violating Florida's public records laws, was ordered this week to pay Lake Point rock mine near Lake Okeechobee another $130,107.

Trees and Power Lines: Has Coral Gables Been Entirely Honest with Its Citizens?

September 19, 2017 - 8:15am

During a special meeting last Thursday, Coral Gables city commissioners and residents took it in turn to lambaste Florida Power and Light Co. for virtually everything Hurricane Irma did to collapse and darken the sweltering Miami-Dade city.

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