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Property

FL - Panama City Beach Residents to Receive Flood Insurance Premium Discounts

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A number of flooding events have taken place in Panama City Beach over the last year, and the city has been hard at work to help ease some of the issues that have resulted from floods.

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Waterways

FL - Scientist Says Cutbacks on Lake O Releases Will Improve Caloosahatchee Ecosystem

As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cuts back on water releases from Lake Okeechobee feeding into Southwest Florida, we decided to look at whether this will help the Caloosahatchee River bounce back Wednesday.

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Local

FL - Florida Senate May Consider Permanent Post to Address Climate Change

A similar proposal to form an Office of Resiliency failed to get through House committees during last year's legislative session.

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Engineering

FL - University of Florida, City of Palatka Receive Money for Disaster Mitigation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -$20 million is being allocated by the state to mitigate disasters, and some of that money is coming to North Central Florida.

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Property

FL - Residents Learn More About Escambia County's Plans For Bristol Park Flooding FEMA Grant

Dozens of people attended a meeting Monday night to learn more about how Escambia County hopes to purchase homes in the flood-prone Bristol Park and Ashbury Hills neighborhoods from willing homeowners.

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Waterways

FL - Is Red Tide Outbreak in Southwest Florida a Threat to Palm Beach County?

A late-season bloom of red tide has a foothold in Southwest Florida with a toxic punch causing fish kills and triggering a beach hazard alert late last week. But experts said the chances it will reach Palm Beach County are low.

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Local

SC - 65-foot trawler among new structures added to SC artificial reef system

A 65-foot trawler is the latest large vessel added to South Carolina’s fleet of artificial reefs.

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Engineering

SC - Charleston needs to better plan how Army Corps wall fits into the city, consultant says

Consultants hired by Charleston to review a proposed seawall around downtown said the city needs to be more proactive about making sure the structure works over the long term, or risk being disappointed by the end result.

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Advocacy

FL - Unsolved mystery, but lawyer says Palm Beach should fight to keep beach access public

The town should fight to keep a disputed beach access trail open to the public despite a private company’s claim that it owns the property, said Town Attorney John Randolph.

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Federal

FL - It's official: Lake O discharges to the St. Lucie River will end Saturday, Corps announces

It's official: Lake Okeechobee discharges will end Saturday after nearly three months and roughly 75 billion gallons of water poured into the St. Lucie River.

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Property

NJ - DEP Issues $1.49 Million Fine for CAFRA Violations at Hotel LBI

The attorney for the owner of Hotel LBI said his client is working with the state Department of Environmental Protection to resolve all open issues regarding Coastal Area Facilities Review Act violations at the luxury resort just off the Causeway at the entrance to Long Beach Island.

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Engineering

FL - Marco Island Tells Collier to Restore Tigertail Lagoon

Marco Island City Council unanimously passed a motion Monday in support of a dredging and restoration plan for Tigertail lagoon to improve tidal flow and protect its ecosystem.

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Waterways

GA - VIDEO: Stern Section Removed From Golden Ray Wreck

The St. Simons Sound Incident response team today completed the removal of Section Eight, the stern, of the capsized car carrier Golden Ray.

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Local

FL - Florida Senate Environmental Panel to Look at 'Resiliency'

With calls growing for lawmakers to pay more attention to climate change, the state Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection and the chief resiliency officer position are slated to be reviewed Monday by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

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Engineering

FL - EVERGLADES: Restoration Costs Soar as Seas Rise and Pythons Slither In

The ballyhooed Everglades rescue — one of the world's largest ecosystem restoration efforts — is in trouble, besieged by rising seas, rapacious developers, toxic algal blooms and a python invasion worthy of a horror movie.

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Advocacy

FL - Mote Marine Releases Nine Rehabilitated Sea Turtles

Staff from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium released nine juvenile, endangered, Kemp’s ridley sea turtles on Monday in New Smyrna at Canaveral National Seashore, after their rehabilitation in Sarasota.

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Property

FL - The Climate Picture in South Florida by 2100 Is ‘Not Pretty’ | Opinion

As part of its series “The Business of Climate Change,” which highlights the climate views of business men and women throughout the state, The Invading Sea spoke with Albert Slap, president of Coastal Risk Consulting, a company that offers a combination of tech and reporting services meant to help clients better understand and plan for climate-related issues.

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Fisheries

GA - At Least 4 Right Whale Calves, Mothers Spotted Along Ga./S.C. Coast

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - It’s an exciting time in our coastal waters - four right whale calves have been spotted and the season is just beginning.

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Property

FL - Battle Over 20-Foot Wide Beach Access Uncovers Century-Old Mystery in Palm Beach

Tucked inside Palm Beach is a street dotted with shotgun-style cottages more reminiscent of Hemingway’s Key West than flamboyant Henry Flagler.

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Federal

FL - Florida Receives EPA Approval to Assume Clean Water Act Section 404 Program

Florida’s 404 program aims to increase regulatory efficiency and reduce duplication between the state’s existing Environmental Resource Permitting Program (ERP) and the federal 404 program.

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Engineering

FL - St. Johns County Beach Renourishment Wrapping Up

A beach renourishment in St. Johns County will wrap up soon, but more beach projects are gearing up.

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Waterways

FL - Report: Decades of Corrosion and Underground Log Caused Longboat Key Sewage Spill

LONGBOAT KEY – A contractor hired by the town of Longboat Key has determined that decades of corrosion and a buried log undermined the town’s only sewage disposal line to mainland Manatee County over the summer.

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Waterways

FL - Guest Commentary: Corps Steps Down Harmful Lake Okeechobee Releases

In a much-anticipated decision on Dec. 3, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would begin cutting back freshwater releases to the Caloosahatchee from Lake Okeechobee.

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Property

FL - Private Property Posts Yanked Out of Sand Along Disputed Palm Beach Beach

About half of the plastic posts put out by homeowners on the beach north of Root Trail to denote private property were ripped out of the ground over the weekend by an unknown vandal.

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Waterways

FL - Red Tide Causing Mass Fish Kills Along Sanibel

(WBBH/NBC News Channel) – Red tide is causing mass fish kills along Sanibel, Florida.

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Property

FL - Miami Beach Considers Homeowner Grants to Prepare Property for Sea Rise

Miami Beach is exploring a way to help residents cover the cost of floodproofing their properties from heavy rains and high tides made even higher by sea level rise – at least a little.

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Engineering

GA - Fight Over Mining Proposal Near Okefenokee Draws National Spotlight

In winter, visitors to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge can hear the loud bugle call of the sandhill crane. If it’s warm, lethargic alligators may emerge from their burrows to soak up the sun.

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Engineering

FL - Gov. DeSantis’ Welcome Commitment to Lake Okeechobee Reservoir and Everglades Restoration | Opinion

Twenty years after creation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, evidence is building that the ambitious effort will succeed. Consider two recent developments.

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Engineering

FL - Coquina Beach Renourishment Slated for Early 2021

MANATEE COUNTY – Manatee County has a FEMA-funded, county-managed beach renourishment project planned for Coquina Beach in early 2021.

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Engineering

FL - Tampa Addresses Chronic Flooding as Climate Challenges Loom

As $251 million in stormwater improvements proceed, city engineers grapple with rising seas.

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Waterways

FL - Transplanted 'Super Clams' Thrive, Sparking Hope of Cleansing Gunked-up Indian River Lagoon

Whatever genes it takes to survive our collective waste, these clams seem to have them. They are, in the words of one researcher, "super clams."

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Fisheries

FL - Bonefish Spawning Secrets Unlocked by Researchers to Conserve Near-Threatened Species

Cutting across the island nation of the Bahamas and running along the southern edge of Great Abaco is the deep and mysterious Providence Channel.

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Property

FL - 2020 Showed Florida That Sustainability and Resilience Are the Only Way Forward

This year made Floridians feel climate change in our daily lives as we slogged through a supercharged hurricane season, extreme rainfall, and heat, in the midst of a pandemic.

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Engineering

FL - Fernandina, Fort Clinch Beaches to Be Replenished by Sand From Kings Bay Dredging

Crews will begin adding sand to northern sections of Fernandina Beach’s shoreline next month as part of a project dredging the entrance channel to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.

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Advocacy

FL - Oil Drilling Opponents Hang Billboards off Florida Beaches

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — On South Florida beaches, a Florida-based multimedia company has over the past few weeks displayed billboards against Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) planned exploratory oil drilling, according to environmentalist coalition Our Islands, Our Future.

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Tourism

FL - Is Red Tide Here? Tools to Help Beachgoers Plan Ahead

Reports of red tide patches up and down the Southwest Florida coast have started trickling in, just as the Christmas and New Year's holidays begin, where beaches are a popular destination for residents and visitors.

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Science

FL - 'Blue Carbon' Could Help Preserve Volusia, Flagler, St Johns Fragile Coastal Ecosystems

Daytona Beach is synonymous with its wide, flat expanse of beach meeting the waves of the Atlantic, and landward, the marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway, the vibrant Mosquito Lagoon, and the palm-lined Tomoka River.

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Property

GA - A Tale of Two Parcels: Case Examples Using REPI in Coastal Georgia

In the southeast corner of Georgia, bisected by Interstate 95, sits the county of Camden.

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Property

FL - Jimmy Buffett Sells His Palm Beach Mansion For Millions

Jimmy Buffett has come a long way since his days of living on a boat. "I came to Key West [Fla.] with a little bit of luggage and a lot of songs," he told Rolling Stone about his early career.

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Property

FL - Rising seas could divert Florida focus, funding from Everglades water quality to tidal flooding

“With 1,350 miles of coastline, relatively low elevations, and communities built largely on top of former swampland, Florida remains particularly vulnerable to the risk of flooding caused by sea level rise. Over the last several years, we have seen that risk grow exponentially.”

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Fisheries

FL - Study Finds Growing Numbers of Critically Endangered Sawfish in Miami Waters

A new collaborative study lead by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found evidence of growing numbers of critically endangered smalltooth sawfish within coastal waters off Miami, Florida, an area where the regular presence of this rare species had gone largely undocumented, until now.

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Tourism

FL - Locked Gates, $5 Parking and Sand Control Mark Recent Oceanfront Beach-Access Dispute in Palm Beach

Any discussion of public beach access ought to include an acknowledgement of who pays for the sand.

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Energy

FL - Congressional Reps Urge Bahamas to Stop Drilling 150 Miles From South Florida

Members of the Florida congressional delegation continued their fight against offshore drilling this week, urging the government of the Bahamas to stop a drilling project only 150 miles away from South Florida.

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Property

FL - US Gives Florida Wider Authority Over Wetland Development

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government granted Florida’s request for wider authority over wetland development, a move that came under immediate fire by environmentalist who worry that the country's largest network of wetlands could be at risk of being further destroyed.

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Engineering

FL - Cavache Wins Okeechobee Dredging Contract

Cavache, Inc., of Pompano Beach, Florida, has won a maintenance dredging contract for the Okeechobee Waterway in sections of the St. Lucie River in Martin County.

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Engineering

FL - Workers Build up Dunes Ravaged by Tropical Storm Eta on Fort Myers Beach

Crews are hard at work in Fort Myers Beach a month after Tropical Storm Eta damaged Lynn Hall Park.

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Engineering

FL - County Will Proceed With Eminent Domain on Two Dune Properties

A handful of property owners represented by a Clearwater-based attorney recently agreed to terms.

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Property

FL - Pinellas County Leaders to Host Online Conversation Addressing Tropical Storm ETA Impacts

Tuesday's zoom meeting is being hosted by Pinellas County Emergency Management and Floodplain Management.

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Property

FL - Miami Beach Wants to Help Homeowners Adapt to Sea Level Rise With Matching Grants

Miami Beach is exploring a way to help residents cover the cost of floodproofing their properties from heavy rains and high tides made even higher by sea level rise — at least a little.

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Property

FL - Karen Clark & Company Flood Model Certified by Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Karen Clark & Company (KCC) today announced that the KCC Flood Model has been certified by the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology.

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Property

FL - Racing The Sea: Miami Beach's Housing Crisis Worsened By Climate Change

A little over four feet of elevation is all that’s standing between some waterfront neighborhoods winding through Miami Beach and the unrelenting force of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Energy

FL - Bahamas Oil Well Could Affect Florida's Coasts

Despite an ongoing ban on offshore oil drilling off the coast of Florida, an upcoming exploratory drilling project in the Bahamas could pose a significant risk to Miami's beaches, environmentalists say.

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Waterways

FL - Army Corps: Lake Okeechobee Discharges to Continue Through Jan. 9

Reduced and pulsed Lake Okeechobee discharges into the St. Lucie River estuary will continue at least through Jan. 9, officials announced Friday.

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Science

FL - Signs warn of potentially toxic blue-green algae in the Indian River Lagoon

Posted signs warned of possible toxic water as more foam and fish floated up in Cocoa Friday, hinting at another round of foul fallout from an ongoing algae bloom in the Indian River Lagoon that has scientists and residents wondering what's next.

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Waterways

FL - FAU Receives Florida Department of Health Grant to Study Health Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms

Study Will Provide Preliminary Exploration of Possible Increased Susceptibility in Those Infected with COVID-19

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Tourism

FL - Report Says Florida's Tourism Recovery Is a Year Away

Overseas visitors to Florida from April to September was 2.65 million in 2019; in 2020, that number fell to 464,000.

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Science

FL - How Seaweed-Munching Crabs Could Help Save Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are facing a steep decline today for many reasons, including climate change, overfishing, pollution, disease, and more.

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Property

FL - Sea Level Rise Could Flood Thousands of Miami's Affordable Housing Spots, Research Shows

Daele Guerra keeps a stack of bricks in her first-floor apartment in Hialeah. It's the only protection she can afford against the floodwaters that have ruined all of her belongings three times this year alone. When the water comes, she uses them to prop up her furniture.

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Tourism

FL - Despite the Pandemic, People Still Want to Visit Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - One thing Panama City Beach has continued to do well throughout the pandemic is to make people want to visit the world’s most beautiful beaches.

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Waterways

FL - Indian River Lagoon Looks Lackluster in Annual Report Card

As fish float up and browned water froths with thick organic algae suds, the Indian River Lagoon continues to score poorly on a yearly report card put out by a regional nonprofit group, testing the endurance of those who hope to save the estuary.

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Waterways

FL - Sea & Shoreline Restores Seagrass Habitat in the Indian River Lagoon to Enhance Water Quality

Sea & Shoreline began a two-acre seagrass restoration project in Fort Pierce Inlet State Park's Tucker Cove in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL).

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Advocacy

FL - Marine Conservationists Sound Alarm About Hazardous Plastics in Florida

Plastic waste kills and injures more sea turtles, manatees and marine mammals off the coasts of Florida and neighboring states than in any other region in the United States, according to an in-depth analysis of federal and state data.

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Engineering

FL - Vilano Beach Is Taller, Wider as Restoration Project Continues

The project to restore this part of Vilano Beach that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

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Property

FL - A Flooded Everglades: Boon for Birds but High Waters Threaten Some Species

A record-breaking rainy season has left the River of Grass looking like a real river.

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Engineering

FL - Charlie Crist: Army Corps of Engineers, Pinellas County Need to Work Together on Shore Protection Project

This week, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work with Pinellas County on its Shore Protection Project.

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Waterways

FL - Corps of Engineers to Start Reducing Flows From Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will start reducing outflows from Lake Okeechobee to the estuaries, starting Saturday, December 5.

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Property

FL - Florida Looking at Increasing Insurance Premiums

Homeowners in Central Florida should be prepared to face higher property insurance rates next year, increases fueled by busy lawyers and record-setting hurricane seasons.

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Property

FL - Hurricane Season Ends Monday, But December Storm Possible

GULFPORT, Fla. — A historic and relentless hurricane season is finally coming to an end. Monday marks the final day.

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Engineering

FL - Ask the Mayor: Coastal Management Vital to the Island

The town has established a coastal management program to provide long-term storm protection, while also offering recreational benefits.

Southeast
Property

GA - In Georgia, 16 Superfund Sites Are Threatened by Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change

With climate a major issue in two Senate runoff elections, the state’s voters need look no further than coastal Brunswick for potential risks.

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Waterways

FL - Clearing up Delray Beach’s Water Issues

In our embattled “Village by the Sea,” everything is political now — whether it’s sea grape trimming, the very public dismissal of our city manager or even our water quality.

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Energy

FL - Bahamas Is Set to Start Offshore Oil Drilling Just 150 Miles off South Florida

Florida’s waters may be protected from offshore drilling but the Bahamas plans to start looking for oil in less than a month at an exploratory well just 150 miles off the coast of the Sunshine State.

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Advocacy

FL - Hundreds of Opponents Ask EPA to Deny Florida More Control of Its Wetlands

They fear the state will be too lenient in handing out permits to developers, who support the plan.

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Property

FL - Looking Back On the Great Thanksgiving Day Storm of 1984

Despite the crazy year we’ve had so far, it looks like our Thanksgiving weather will be quiet.

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