A 60-year-old man from Little Torch Key died Wednesday morning while diving for lobster on the Gulf side of Cudjoe Key, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. It was the first day of Florida spiny lobster season, which ends Thursday.
What is thought to be the first leatherback sea turtle nest ever in the Florida Keys was discovered this month, and it looks like some of the hatchlings have made it to the water and more hatchlings are expected. The nest is at Bahia Honda State Park at mile marker 36.8 in the Lower Keys. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife biologist Sue Schaf said the last time leatherback nests were found in the region was in 2004, when three were found in the Dry Tortugas 70 miles west of Key West.
Florida’s regulations for what constitutes clean water haven’t been updated in 24 years. The proposed new guidelines would add to the list of allowed toxins, increase the allowable levels of others and decrease a few, too.
Less than a week after South Florida water managers unveiled a quick fix to bring more fresh water to the wilting bay, county commissioners want to speed up restoration work and efforts to buy land to clean and store water.
As they struggle to resolve a massive algae bloom sliming the Treasure Coast, South Florida Water Management District officials outlined plans to increase water flowing into Taylor Slough that could help the central bay where miles of seagrass have died.
Environmentalists claiming the nation’s sixth largest electrical plant violated the Clean Water Act want a federal court to order FPL to clean up pollution and pay fines amounting to nearly $76 million.
Climate change fueling a dangerous mix of heat and humidity is expected to make Florida one of the most miserable states in the nation, with 13 metro areas expected to see at least 100 days each year with heat-index temperatures exceeding 104 degrees.
The sugar industry has seeded Florida politicians and governors with more than $57 million over the last two decades, securing favorable treatment in every pivotal policy decision — from 1996 to the last legislative session
Geochemist Henry Briceño and NOAA molecular biologist Chris Sinigalliano address their report about human waste bacteria being present during king tides to Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine and commissioners.
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