Last month, snake hunters for the Florida Wildlife and Conservation Commission hit a major milestone: the 1,000 captured Burmese python, a 15-foot, 3-inch male snake. According to the United States Association of Reptile Keepers, the snake population exploded in South Florida because of Hurricane Andrew. When the storm hit back in 1992, it destroyed zoos, pet stores, exotic animal warehouses
Winter in South Florida means one thing, tourists. But visitors trying to escape the cold and catch some sun may want to think twice before going for a swim, or at least check with Waterkeepers’ Swim Guide app. On Dec. 3, just in time for Art Basel, a contractor broke
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, in collaboration with several counties surrounding Lake Okeechobee, has been spraying the lake with herbicide to help mitigate invasive growth. The spraying, however, has remained controversial. “I think what they’re doing to the lake is absolutely atrocious,” said Mike Krause, a fisherman who’s lived in Okeechobee for
Miami Beach officials are pushing to get more businesses on board with the city’s plastic-free pledge which they say will protect the environment. According to a press release sent by city officials, nearly eight million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year and which kills 100 million marine animals annually.
Business owners, residents, and people without a permanent home in Miami say that the public bathroom that opened last month has been very convenient for all who are in the area. Miami officials unveiled the facility, the first of its kind, on Sept. 19 at 101 W. Flagler St. The new public bathroom, which
Despite the immense amount of power that the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services holds, not many voters are aware what the position entails. The job description is extensive and requires the commissioner to oversee 19 offices and about 3,600 employees. Ana Gomez, a student at Florida International University,
A program funded by the city of Miami employs members of the community to maintain and landscape the historic Overtown area, improving both the lives of those involved and the neighborhood as a whole, say officials. Also known as “Blue Shirts,” members of the Beatification Team can be seen around the Northwest Third Avenue
At Hialeah Gardens High School, a high school trust counselor inspires adolescents to do more for the environment through the Florida parks program. In addition to his day job, Tom Binder is also a sponsor of National Park Ambassadors club at the school -- a program which gives students the
A red tide has forced the closure of beaches north of Haulover Inlet, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said in a statement Thursday morning. Red tide confirmed in @MiamiDadeCounty. In abundance of caution, public beaches north of Haulover Inlet are closed until further notice. Statement to follow. — MiamiDade
Florida's main attraction -- its beaches -- are in danger of disappearing. In February 2017, Sen. Marco Rubio introduced the "Sand Acquisition, Nourishment and Development Act" or SAND Act in attempt to reverse the erosion issues on the Sunshine State's coastline. It would allow for the purchase of foreign sand, which is currently prohibited.