Two Miami men are behind bars following a year-long investigation by state and federal wildlife officers who viewed several online videos of one of the men handling federally protected Florida panther kittens and wrestling and harassing several alligators in the Big Cypress National Preserve.
Botanist, Roger Hammer gives us a brief tour of a trail blocked by fallen trees and a saltwater march with damage done to a large Cowhorn Orchid knocked over by high winds from Hurricane Irma at Everglades National Park on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The park has a crippling maintenance backlog of more than $80 million, that has piled up over the years because Congress has failed to spend money on repairs. Last week, most of the National Park Service advisory board resigned in disgust, saying the new administration had refused repeated requests to meet and ignored their concerns over DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposal to double entrance fees to some parks during peak times to raise money for repairs.
The City of Miami Beach is spending $500 million to raise roads and seawalls. So far about 13% of the city has been raised 2 feet. With Sea Level Rise expected in as soon as 30 years to reach 2 feet, the City will have to start raising roads again. The City has only 58 miles of sea walls to get ready by then!
SEA LEVEL RISE, commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places and the John & James L. Knight Foundation, provides opportunities for selected artists to create temporary, site-specific artworks that explore this climate change crisis during 2017-2018. Misael Soto's project "Flood Relief," was presented in a series of theatrical events in Museum Park, adjacent to the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Officer Joseph Cabrera, of the Pembroke Pines Police Department, responded to a call of a 12.5-foot long Burmese python seen heading towards the Chapel Trail area near US-27 and Johnson street on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Officer Cabrera was able to secure the snake and safely transport it to the police department until a licensed python remover arrived.