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Fisheries

FL - New Buoys Near Destin and Fort Walton Beach Will Attract Large Game Fish Closer to Shore

Okaloosa County officials planned to deploy four fish aggregating device buoys in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, marking the first such deployments in the continental United States.

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Science

FL - Mote Scientific 'Breakthrough' Helping to Restore Threatened Coral Species

Massive corals planted in Florida's Coral Reef are ready to become parents in the wild.

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Fisheries

FL - FWC Blackwater Hatchery Celebrates 80 years of Sustaining Florida Marine Life

In the 1930s, the Blackwater Hatchery helped Florida families put food on the table. Today, it helps sustain and protect Florida's fishing industry and numerous species of vulnerable marine life.

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Tourism

FL - Palm Beach Town Council to Discuss Public Beach Access

Director of Public Works Paul Brazil will present a proposal to the council at Tuesday’s meeting to maintain public beach access points at Wells and Dunbar roads.

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Science

FL - Florida current is weaker now than at any point in the past century

A key component of the Gulf Stream has markedly slowed over the past century--that's the conclusion of a new research paper in Nature Communications published on August 7.

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Science

FL - Detecting Season Presence of Sharks in the Water—With eDNA

New research reveals it's possible to detect sharks moving into an area without actually seeing any of them.

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Property

FL - Florida Got Lucky with Isaias. More Hurricanes are Coming. Get Ready | Opinion

This past weekend Florida dodged another hurricane, when Isaias shifted east at the last minute and left residents of the sunshine state relieved to avoid the damage it would’ve brought.

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Tourism

FL - Sarasota County’s Tourist-Funded Arts Grants Drop 20%

The money is designed to encourage events and programs that will boost tourism in the county.

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Engineering

FL - Destin Council to Discuss Possible Beach Expansion

The city currently has three public beach parks and eight public beach trails. Nine of the city’s public beach access points, dispersed throughout the Crystal Beach and Scenic Highway 98 areas, have a combined total of less than a half mile of public beach, according to a Destin Log story from 2018.

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Engineering

FL - Isaias Didn't Dump Enough Rain to Cause Lake Okeechobee Discharges to St. Lucie River

Tropical Storm Isaias didn't drop enough rain on Central Florida to cause the Army Corps of Engineers to start Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River. That's the good news.

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Engineering

FL - Army Corps of Engineers to Inspect Erosion at St. Augustine Beach

The local beach saw the worst erosion from Isaias compared to other area beaches, according to officials.

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Engineering

FL - Hurricane-Wary Palm Beach Slowly, But Steadily, Burying All Overhead Utilities

Construction has reached the third of eight planned phases for the burial of all overhead utility lines in the Town of Palm Beach. Town officials say the underground system is safer, more reliable and aesthetically superior to the overhead system, which is more vulnerable to power outages caused by storm winds.

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Fisheries

AL - There is No Catch and Release of Alligators, Except in Lake Eufaula

Alabama is a sportsman’s paradise with freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing and even hunting year-round.

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Advocacy

FL - Sea Turtle Nests Ruined by Tropical Storm Isaias - But Don't Touch Hatchlings or Eggs

After its egg broiled in the sun for hours atop the sand in Satellite Beach, a sluggish loggerhead sea turtle hatchling emerged from its Tropical Storm Isaias-wrecked nest.

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Tourism

FL - Hurricane Isaias One More Challenge for Volusia Hotels

As Hurricane Isaias looms, hoteliers in Volusia County make preparations and field cancellation calls, another dose of bad news in a tough summer already affected by the pandemic.

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Property

FL - Isaias Could Swipe Newfound Sand Away from Brevard's Coastline

By the time you are reading this, the wind and surf whipped up by Isaias will likely have already started eating away at Brevard's coastline, striping away public peace of mind as it rips away the barrier island sands that guard us and our properties from the mammoth power of the ocean.

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Tourism

FL - BOCC Hears Public Comments on Beach Ordinance

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners seemed as physically prepared as it could be Tuesday night to safely take comments from residents at a public hearing on a new ordinance covering county-controlled beaches.

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Fisheries

FL - Famed Oyster Fishery Shut Down to Recover

No doubt hundreds, maybe thousands, of area anglers visit Florida's Apalachicola Bay every year to fish.

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Tourism

FL - At Jacksonville’s Beaches, COVID-19 Shelves Several Planned Projects While Others Move Forward

The staccato of pounding hammers and screech of power saws still can be heard at Jacksonville’s three beach communities as construction workers build hotels, restaurants and retail shops.

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Science

FL - Sea Turtle Conservation Flies Forward Thanks to New Drone Project

To better understand the behavior of multiple sea turtle species along Florida’s Space Coast, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has teamed up with aviation leader Northrop Grumman and the Brevard Zoo to launch a drone-based surveillance effort.

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Science

FL - Scientists Dive Deep to Explore Mysterious 'Blue Hole' on the Florida Seabed

Arguably, we know more about the surface of the moon that we do about our oceans. A group of scientists and explorers with specialized diving expertise are looking to change that.

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Tourism

FL - Piles of Seaweed or 'Wrack' Have Washed Up onto Space Coast Beaches

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Piles of seaweed or “wrack” have washed up onto Space Coast beaches. Sargassum is a brown seaweed that floats in the ocean and is washing up along the east coast of Florida in large amounts.

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Property

FL - Florida Farmers Battle Rising Water and Salt as Sea Water Floods Fields

Ocean water is moving in laterally, brackish water is pushing upwards from underneath and more frequent and intense hurricanes are ruining once-prosperous coastal farms.

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Property

FL - Say No to the $100 Million Bond

Proponents for the $100 million bond argue that Key Biscayne needs to invest in resiliency initiatives to safeguard our barrier island from sea level rise, flooding; to protect the village’s beaches and shorelines, harden and protect infrastructure from hurricanes.

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Tourism

FL - Florida Tourism Struggles to Balance Commerce, Safety in Era of Coronavirus

Even as Florida has become a hotbed for the coronavirus pandemic, the Sunshine State remains a favored tourist destination, a scenario that both tourism and medical experts agree could contribute to additional spread without consistent adherence to public health guidelines.

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Property

FL - The Nightmare Scenario for Florida’s Coastal Homeowners

Demand and financing could collapse before the sea consumes a single house.

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Engineering

FL - Early Season Lake Releases May Become More Common, Help Keep Blue-Green Algae out of the Caloosahatchee

A federal agency charged with managing Lake Okeechobee levels is taking public input about dry season lake releases that in theory will keep blue-green algae blooms contained to Okeechobee during the summer rainy season.

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Science

FL - Biotelemetry Provides Unique Glimpse into Whitespotted Eagle Rays’ Behavior

Study by FAU Harbor Branch Scientists First to Characterize Ecology of this ‘Near Threatened’ Species in Florida

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Science

FL - Climate Change has Scientists Trying to Solve South Florida’s Rainfall Mystery

Rainfall is capricious in South Florida. It’s an even bigger puzzle as the climate warms. A new study aims to look at global climate change models on rainfall patterns to better fit South Florida’s predicament.

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Engineering

FL - Flagler Beach Property Owners Delay Dune Project

Flagler Beach dune project stalled. Funding could go to another coastal city.

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Science

FL - NOAA Names University of Miami to Lead Cooperative Institute

Awarded up to $310 million over the course of five years, potential for renewal for another five years based on successful performance

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Engineering

FL - Florida to Require Sea Level Studies for Coastal Public Construction Projects

Florida's new Public Financing of Construction law requires contractors on publicly funded coastal projects to study how those projects could be impacted by sea level rise before starting work.

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Energy

FL - Florida Defends Its Shores Ten Years After the BP Oil Disaster Was Finally Contained

As birds in the Gulf are still recovering, the Sunshine State faces a threat of expanded offshore drilling.

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Engineering

FL - FPL Deploys Artificial Reef Ball Project to Stop Beach Erosion, Create Wildlife Habitat

In the shallow, warm, clear waters just off the beach in front of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island, a new creation is taking shape.

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Engineering

FL - Anna Maria-Wide Beach Renourishment Under Way in Florida

The first of two phases of beach renourishment, approved by the Manatee County (FL) board of commissioners in October 2019, got under way July 2 to restore sand lost through erosion.

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Science

FL - Lake Okechobee blue-green algae bloom shrinks in size

Recent satellite images shows a shrinking blue-green algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee, but it's still too early in the summer to know whether or not a major bloom will manifest this year.

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Fisheries

FL - Red snapper season: Florida's east coast anglers need to know 2 new federal regulations

Red snapper season will be short and sweet along the U.S. Atlantic Coast this year — just four days.

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Engineering

FL - Judge denies attempt to halt the dredging of Big Pass

Tardiness and inconsistent court filings cited in decision to let beach project proceed.

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Tourism

FL - Tourism officials say 4th July Weekend was one of the largest we've seen

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG) -Thousands flocked to our area to celebrate the Fourth of July and some say the holiday weekend was one of the largest turnouts they’ve ever seen, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

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Energy

FL - Florida's first aquatic preserve in 32 years a possible snag in federal plans for drilling

(The Center Square) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made water quality improvements through environmental regulation a priority of his administration.

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Tourism

FL - Visit Virtually: Popular Parks, Attractions Adjust to COVID-19

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- While the coronavirus pandemic has altered many travel plans, a number of attractions are offering an interactive virtual experience in the era of social distancing.

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