Gov. Rick Scott won the Florida Keys by one vote — 18,021 to 18,020. Scott’s been criticized for cutting millions from state water agencies — a key issue in the Keys. Republicans tend to value conservation.
The toxic tide had mostly eased along the west coast and appeared in medium and low amounts on the Atlantic Coast, but after Hurricane Michael churned across the Gulf of Mexico it has again grown steadily worse.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is planning a prescribed burn Tuesday at Curry Hammock State Park, near Marathon. The burn is aimed at mimicking natural cycles and preventing wildfires.
A look at red tide conditions on Anna Maria Island beaches on Oct. 17, more than a week after Hurricane Michael tore through the Gulf of Mexico, but failed to break up the red tide bloom, according to a report.
As the algae bloom that causes red tide appears to be impacting the Florida West Coast fishery, the Keys have likely been spared. The season is off to a promising start for fishermen in the island chain.
The U.S. Coast Guard has declared five of the six lighthouses that dot the Florida Keys reef “excess,” meaning they are no longer needed and the government no longer wants to pay the cost to maintain them.
Florida International University scientists are keeping an eye on an algae species found in a Key Largo canal earlier this month. The algae cause red tide, but a different type than is plaguing Florida’s west coast.
Florida Keys veterinarians euthanized an osprey that was shot by a man with a pellet gun, causing it to fall from a ship’s mast onto a Key West pier. A wildlife group had been rehabilitating the bird for a month.
A Florida Keys flats fishing guide reported a stranded Atlantic bottlenose dolphin while participating in a tournament. National Park Service rangers and volunteers were able to push the dolphin safely to sea.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has changed its stance on saltwater crocodiles in the Keys. The agency no longer feels the reptiles should live in residential areas and will remove them.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it was declaring a spike in dolphin deaths in Southwest Florida tied to red tide an “unusual mortality event.” An investigation has been opened.
Since October, the largest red tide in over a decade has spread along the coast of Southwest Florida, depositing piles of dead marine life on beaches and threatening a way of life and the economy of that coast.
Hundreds of people gathered on Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island Sunday morning as part of the statewide “Hands Along the Water” event. The peaceful demonstration was designed to bring awareness to the devastating red tide ravaging Florida’s beaches.
The Islamorada Village Council decided not to vote on an ordinance that would have banned plastic straws and stirrers. Instead, the village will draft a resolution to discourage businesses from using plastic products.
Despite rising threats from pollution fueled by increasing development and climate change, Florida has repeatedly cut back on monitoring its water and providing critical data that scientists need to understand how problems like algae blooms and red tide occur.
A young adult manatee was rescued in Key Largo Friday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Dolphin Research Center and the Miami Seaquarium after he was spotted with both flippers and his tail tangled in fishing line.