FLORIDA ADDS PRIZES TO BOOST PYTHON REMOVALS IN EVERGLADES
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials announced Monday new incentives to report and remove the giant constrictors blamed for decimating populations of native animals. Under the Python Pickup Program , anyone submitting the location and a photograph of a python removal on certain state-managed lands will receive a T-shirt and be entered into monthly prize drawings.
DAD OF FLORIDA STATE STAR DIES AFTER GUN FIRES AT STRIP CLUB
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 55-year-old Darryl Rudolph was fixing items at Sugar D’s Adult Club in West Palm Beach when another worker moved a gun off a shelf in an adjacent room and it fired. The bullet struck Rudolph in the back of the neck on Friday. Wide receiver Travis Rudolph led Florida State in receiving the past two seasons and is forgoing his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft this week.
REPORT: ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS ROSE IN FLORIDA LAST YEAR
The Anti-Defamation League reported Monday that there were 137 anti-Semitic incidents in Florida in 2016, a 50 percent increase over the previous year. Only California, New York and New Jersey had a larger number of anti-Semitic incidents. The largest number of incidents was harassment. The ADL said in a statement that there were 119 harassment incidents in 2016, compared with 61 in 2015.
MIAMI PASSPORT OFFICE CLOSED BECAUSE OF WATER DAMAGE
The U.S. State Department posted on its website Monday that its Miami Passport Agency is temporarily closed to the public. The building where the office is located suffered water damage, ruining electronics and paperwork. The office says it’s unable to take appointments or process passports in one of the nation’s major hub cities for international travel.
RIDE TIDE MAY BE OVER ALONG FLA.’S SOUTHWEST COAST
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s red tide status update says data collected in the last two weeks from Tampa Bay has revealed predominantly non-detectable and very low levels of the red tide organism. Mote Marine Laboratory scientist Tracy Fanara says it’s not surprising since the organism becomes stressed as water temperatures rise.