Florida Keys

Navarre teens help restore reefs during Keys trip

Navarre teens help restore reefs during Keys trip

For five days, 20 high school students of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station dived reefs, snorkeled and learned from field experts on issues of marine biology and conservancy in Key Largo as part of an annual field trip. Station Director Charlene Mauro said the students begin learning to dive in August, then spend the […]

Citizens seeks AOB solution, postpones rate increase

Citizens seeks AOB solution, postpones rate increase

After a bill aimed at reforming Florida’s insurance industry and preventing Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse failed in the Legislature’s last session, the state’s largest insurer has taken steps to solve the problem itself. Part of that solution is to suspend its plan to hike rates as much as 10 percent for consumers. Citizens Property […]

2018 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released

2018 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released

The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project has released its 2018 Hurricane Forecast and it is above the 30-year average storm predictions. A total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes are expected this season. While those numbers are slightly above historical averages, they are less than last year. The state of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

5 FORMER PRESIDENTS TO ATTEND HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT All five living former U.S. presidents will attend a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M University later this month to help storm recoveries in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. George H.W Bush would be joined by his son, former President George W. Bush, and former presidents Barack […]

Lessons from Irma

Lessons from Irma

Hurricane Irma decided Navarre was not for her. She looked at us for a while, taunted us by moving west and west again and again and one last time before she made the turn to the alluring Florida Keys. We are a grateful community. We learned a lot in the 10 days we were watching […]

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

In the afternoon hours of Sept. 6, uncertain projection models for the future of then category 5 Hurricane Irma began to shift north putting the peninsula of Florida in the direct line of fire. The entire state had been preparing for catastrophe, from the eastern tip of Escambia County to the southernmost Keys. News reports […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

POLICE CHIEF FIRED OVER FATAL CITIZENS ACADEMY EXERCISE Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik announced Tom Lewis’ termination on the city’s website Wednesday after an internal investigation. Authorities say former Officer Lee Coel mistakenly shot and killed 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a role-playing scenario last August. Lewis, as Coel’s boss, had been charged with misdemeanor […]

At thirteen years old she’s the dive master

At thirteen years old she’s the dive master

At 8 years old, Taryn Felde had taken her first diving lesson. She had her first scuba certification by 10, and by age 11, she had performed her first dive rescue. A year later she was officially recognized as a certified master scuba diver, the highest certification she can achieve at her age. All told […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 6

SHERIFF SAYS SHOOTER TARGETED FORMER CO-WORKERS Sheriff Jerry Demings said 45-year-old John Robert Neumann Jr. spared the life of a woman who started working at the Fiamma factory after he was fired there in April, and for that reason, the sheriff says, he was probably targeting former co-workers. The woman ran out of the factory […]

Local graduate pursues conservation at Key West Aquarium

Local graduate pursues conservation at Key West Aquarium

Often there is a moment in life that a person can point to when they discover their passion. There is that one experience or piece of advice that launches a lifelong pursuit. For Key West Aquarium aquarist and college student Laura Canella, that moment came on a student field trip to the Florida Keys with […]

Students from Navarre scuba dive in the Florida Keys

Students from Navarre scuba dive in the Florida Keys

Nighttime scuba diving, researching the growth of coral reefs and exploring an aquarium behind the scenes were some of the highlights of this month’s annual trip to the Florida Keys by students from the Navarre Beach Science Station. Science station director Charlene Mauro said the students gained real-world knowledge of the lessons they learned in […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 4

WOMAN CHARGED IN SANDY HOOK PARENT THREAT ARRESTED AFTER MISSING COURT APPEARANCE Jail records show 57-year-old Lucy Richards was arrested on Saturday in Hillsborough County in the Tampa Bay area. A judge issued an arrest warrant March 29 after Richards failed to show up in federal court in Fort Lauderdale for a change-of-plea hearing and […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 31

WEST INDIAN MANATEES GO FROM ‘ENDANGERED’ TO ‘THREATENED” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a news release Thursday that challenges remain to ensuring the species’ long-term future, even though the manatee population has increased over the years. The new status won’t diminish existing federal protections and the manatee will continue to be protected […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 20

GEORGIA TAKING PRECAUTIONS AGAINST FLORIDA KEYS SCREWWORMS A Florida Department of Agriculture news release said Wednesday that new restrictions are being placed on livestock and pets being moved from Florida to Georgia. The release says animals should be carefully examined for signs of screwworm and treated appropriately. Animals coming from the quarantined area in the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 19

DESPITE STORMS FLORIDA HURRICANE FUND REMAINS IN GOOD SHAPE Anne Bert, the chief operating officer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, said preliminary estimates predict that the fund will pay out less than $200 million for Hurricane Matthew. Bert said it appears there will likely be only minimal payouts associated with Hurricane Hermine. NEW POOL […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 4

SCREWWORM INFESTATION THREATENS TINY DEER IN FLORIDA KEYS Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says the discovery of New World screwworm in the National Key Deer Refuge “sends shivers down every rancher’s spine.” Screwworm feed on the animals’ flesh, and infestations can be fatal to livestock and pets. Refuge manager Dan Clark says about 40 of the […]

Science station adds new learning modules

Science station adds new learning modules

The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station welcomed its first class field trip of the school year Thursday, Sept. 1, to participate in data collection and education about marine populations in the Santa Rosa Sound. This is the first of 50 student groups scheduled to visit the station. Director Charlene Mauro said this year’s curriculum has […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 11

MAN WITH GUN ARRESTED WHILE TRYING TO ENTER DISNEY WORLD The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Kevin Webb was charged with falsely impersonating an officer and carrying a concealed firearm. An arrest affidavit says Webb was selected to go through a metal detector Monday when he tried to enter the Magic Kingdom park. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 6

MORTAR-TYPE FIREWORKS EXPLODE IN PIPE, KILLING FLORIDA MAN Darren Lotow’s wife called 911 Monday night, saying she couldn’t reach her husband. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies and fire rescue workers responded to the nearby pasture, where Lotow’s wife said he had been trying to set off fireworks for the Fourth of July. […]

Five Things to know in Florida for July 2

Five Things to know in Florida for July 2

COMPENSATION EXPERT TO OVERSEE ORLANDO DONATION FUNDS Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a news release Friday that Kenneth R. Feinberg will work with the OneOrlando fund and with the National Compassion Fund. The National Compassion Fund is a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, a nonprofit group dedicated to assisting mass […]

Florida Chamber: Homeowners’ insurance rates pushed up by hurricane threat

Florida Chamber: Homeowners’ insurance rates pushed up by hurricane threat

Florida residents pay twice the national average for homeowners insurance according to the Florida Chamber Foundation, and the risk for catastrophic hurricanes may be to blame. East Bay Insurance Agency Principal John Hays handles thousands of homeowners’ insurance policies throughout the state of Florida. He said although the system is complex, the level of risk […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

UDGE UPHOLDS $23 MILLION AWARD FOR UNARMED MAN DEPUTY SHOT Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer ruled Wednesday that the amount awarded to 23-year-old Dontrell Stephens last February was not excessive. He said Stephens’ disabilities and pain justifies the award levied by the jury against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Adams Lin. FRENCH TOURIST […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 30

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 30

GOV. RICK SCOTT TELLS YALE: BRING THE IVY LEAGUE TO FLORIDA Scott on Tuesday urged Yale University to ditch Connecticut and relocate its campus. The Republican explained that Connecticut legislators are considering a bill that would tax Yale’s massive university endowment. Scott said in a statement that Florida would “welcome a world-renowned university” and promised […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 28

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 28

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Coast Guard continues search for missing Florida teens The Coast Guard scoured the waters off Florida on Monday, searching for any sign of two 14-year-old fishermen who disappeared three days earlier as they headed toward the Bahamas. […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 22

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 22

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Gov. Rick Scott kicks off 7-city tax cut tour Florida Gov. Rick Scott is hitting the road on a seven-city tour Monday to celebrate a tax cut package he signed into law. The Florida Legislature passed the […]