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Jul

In foreclosure-ridden Florida, ‘zombie’ swimming pools add to mosquito woesA discerning skeeter couldn’t ask for a better breeding habitat than an abandoned swimming pool. And unfortunately for post-recession Florida, there’s a whole lot of them.

In foreclosure-ridden Florida, ‘zombie’ swimming pools add to mosquito woes
A discerning skeeter couldn’t ask for a better breeding habitat than an abandoned swimming pool. And unfortunately for post-recession Florida, there’s a whole lot of them.

03

Apr

Will this be a banner year for manatees?After a record number of deaths last year, wildlife officials counted 4,831 of the aquatic mammals in Florida’s waters, the third highest number since the statewide aerial survey began in 1991.

Will this be a banner year for manatees?
After a record number of deaths last year, wildlife officials counted 4,831 of the aquatic mammals in Florida’s waters, the third highest number since the statewide aerial survey began in 1991.

19

Mar

Florida pythons navigate home over record-breaking distanceA new study shows that Burmese pythons are skilled navigators, able to find their way back from over 20 miles away.

Florida pythons navigate home over record-breaking distance
A new study shows that Burmese pythons are skilled navigators, able to find their way back from over 20 miles away.

02

Jan

Florida’s mangrove forests expand with climate changeScientists aren’t sure what this expansion means for surrounding human communities and aquatic life.

Florida’s mangrove forests expand with climate change
Scientists aren’t sure what this expansion means for surrounding human communities and aquatic life.

21

Nov

Veggie-farming couple sues Miami Shores for the right to grow a garden againIt’s OK to sprout fruit, flowers and pink plastic flamingos on your lawn in Miami Shores, Fla. But vegetables? That’ll earn you a $50/day fine.

Veggie-farming couple sues Miami Shores for the right to grow a garden again
It’s OK to sprout fruit, flowers and pink plastic flamingos on your lawn in Miami Shores, Fla. But vegetables? That’ll earn you a $50/day fine.

09

Sep

Pollution in Florida’s Lake Okeechobee swells to near-disaster levelsFed by heavy rains, the overfilled lake is about to burst — which could spell disaster.

Pollution in Florida’s Lake Okeechobee swells to near-disaster levels
Fed by heavy rains, the overfilled lake is about to burst — which could spell disaster.

16

Aug

Florida may use drones to fight mosquitoesThe Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is considering a plan to combat the disease-carrying insects with ‘unmanned autonomous vehicles,’ aka drones.

Florida may use drones to fight mosquitoes
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is considering a plan to combat the disease-carrying insects with ‘unmanned autonomous vehicles,’ aka drones.

12

Aug

Why sinkholes are eating FloridaFlorida sits atop a large number of underground limestone aquifers, and as water flows through the limestone it can form sinkholes.

Why sinkholes are eating Florida
Florida sits atop a large number of underground limestone aquifers, and as water flows through the limestone it can form sinkholes.

08

Aug

Florida cop saves sea turtle hatchlingsThe police officer collected the tiny turtles in a hotel parking lot and released them into the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida cop saves sea turtle hatchlings
The police officer collected the tiny turtles in a hotel parking lot and released them into the Gulf of Mexico.

12

Jul

Photographer captures the essence of an organic learning farm in FloridaThanks to Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, Jake Stangel spent two weeks working with his hands, tilling some land — and taking some amazing photographs.

Photographer captures the essence of an organic learning farm in Florida
Thanks to Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, Jake Stangel spent two weeks working with his hands, tilling some land — and taking some amazing photographs.