Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Verify: Can access to a public Texas beach be restricted?

Under the Texas Open Beaches Act, the public has the free and unrestricted right to access Texas beaches. According to the Texas General Land Office, there may be some exceptions to this rule.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Ocean Springs will build beach sidewalk after legal battle

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is moving ahead with plans to build a new sidewalk by a beach, after homeowners lost a legal battle to block the project.

Southeast
Property

Preparing low-income communities for hurricanes begins with outreach

Governments seeking to help their most vulnerable residents prepare for hurricanes and other disasters should create community-based information campaigns ahead of time, according to a Rutgers study of economically disadvantaged New Jerseyans in the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Baton Rouge’s Water Campus Attracts Researchers from Around the World

It is hoped that for firms with an interest in the water sector, the Water Campus will be a magnet for innovation and private-sector investment.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Collier watershed restoration project seeks to reverse decades of damage

Florida - For decades, an extensive canal system dug to make way for development and farms in Collier County has altered historical water flows through the region’s two major watersheds and into its estuaries and bays.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

'Large to very large' Gulf of Mexico dead zone expected this year; Here's what caused it

Scientists are predicting a "large to very large" Gulf of Mexico dead zone this year. It may even wind up being the largest on record.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Freeport LNG Secures Federal Approval - the fourth LNG Export Facility License Issued by FERC this Year

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reported Thursday that it has approved the construction of the Train 4 expansion at the Freeport LNG export facility, located on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Louisiana Unveils Ambitious Plan to Help People Get Out of the Way of Climate Change

An incredibly well-done bit of writing and multi-media storytelling on the Louisiana coast from Bloomberg.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Walton County, Florida works to expand beach accesses

SANTA ROSA BEACH — The Walton County Commission and its Tourist Development Council continue their aggressive push to provide access to public beaches.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Study: Louisiana marshes will take longer to recover from Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Today, all of the sites under review have seen the return of some greenery and wildlife. But the new growth tells only part of the story.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

First signs of algae that cause red tide found off Florida’s Gulf Coast

Red tide isn’t likely to ruin anyone’s weekend, but state measurements taken in the last week have found small concentrations of the algae that cause it off Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

N. Breton Island to gain 53 acres for pelicans oiled in 2005 Hess spill

The map above shows the plan for using BP oil spill money to rebuild North Breton Island. On the right, the area in green is the 53 acres that would be slightly elevated and widened to provide brown pelican habitat with the $8.6 million from Hess Corp.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Pinellas County FL appoints Sustainability and Resilience Coordinator

CLEARWATER — Hank Hodde will become Pinellas County’s new Sustainability and Resilience Coordinator in July

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Storm Water Banking Could Help Texas Manage Floods and Droughts

The study, published May 10 in the journal Environmental Research Letters, quantified the amount of water flowing in major Texas rivers during heavy rains and found that there is enough room in coastal aquifers to store most of it.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL: Dune plan is better than wall for Bolivar

The plan unveiled last week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect the Bolivar Peninsula from storm surge should have been the one proposed in December. But this is a case of better late than never, and Bolivar residents are undoubtedly relieved to see this logical proposal finally coming forward. It would rely on natural sand dunes to absorb the energy of a surge instead of wall running the partial length of the peninsula.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Bayou Black maps show private bayous: High school bass anglers told to stay out

When the Louisiana High School Bass Fishing Association planned a tournament on Bayou Black, they used maps created by Media Bass showing restricted areas.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Santa Rosa seeks public input for multi-year plan for RESTORE Act funds

MILTON — At the April 11 commission regular meeting, the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners proposed amendments to the initial multi-year implementation plan that was accepted by the U.S. Treasury in May 2017.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater hit new tourism revenue records for March

From the white sand beaches of Clearwater to the festivals in Tampa, the area has reported tourism growth.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Attention Louisiana climate deniers: Insurers say climate change now biggest risk

History is full of moments when communities facing an existential challenge have two fates.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Corps now looking at dunes instead of levees as key part of ‘coastal spine’ (Listen to ASPN Interviews)

HOUSTON/GALVESTON - Sand dunes, not 70 miles of levees and gates, would flank flood gates at the mouth of Galveston Bay under a new plan the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is studying to protect the Houston-Galveston region from storm surge.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge adds more land

USFWS, the Conservation Fund, and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources expand Alabama's coastal National Wildlife Refuge

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Open Ocean Trustees Release Monitoring and Adaptive Management Strategy

The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group released the Open Ocean Monitoring and Adaptive Management Strategy (PDF, 18 pg.), a document describing processes to help us fine-tune our restoration work, and promote effective and efficient use of restoration funding.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Florida passes $240 million in Hurricane Michael aid, $30M for Bay County projects

PANAMA CITY — Hurricane Michael might not have dominated the headlines during the Florida legislative session, but local lawmakers came away with a big haul.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

U.S. Fish & Wildlife cracking down on condo lights impacting sea turtle hatching

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The US Fish and Wildlife Service is cracking down on Alabama beachfront condominiums with lighting that's impacting sea turtle nesting and hatching.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Matagorda County to reap rewards from GOMESA

Matagorda County stands to receive $901,868.30 that will be disbursed by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) in FY 2018 energy revenues to the four Gulf oil and gas producing states.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Opinion: Paying Florida's reefs the hundreds of millions we owe them

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is almost upon us; the last two hurricane seasons were devastating for Florida. The race is on to recover and build resilience ahead of the next storms.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Oil Port Proposed Next to Louisiana River Diversion Moves Forward

A $2.5 billion oil export terminal planned for the Mississippi River in Louisiana is one step closer to construction following a preliminary OK from a stage agency building an adjacent river diversion.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Guest column: Engaging the business community in disaster recovery

Commissioner George P. Bush of the Texas General Land Office -- the lead coastal agency in Texas -- on disaster recovery.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

The Challenges And Opportunities of the Mississippi River

From flooding to commerce to recreation -- the Mississippi River poses all kinds of challenges and opportunities for those who live along its banks.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Cameron, Willacy County awarded funds for shoreline projects

Texas - On Thursday Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced Cameron and Willacy County are among many coast line counties receiving funds from his office for projects helpful to restoring the coast.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Judge puts treehouse setback case first on docket

Treehouse huggers stay tuned. 12th Circuit Judge Ed Nicholas decided April 29 to move ahead with the owners’ 2013 case to declare a city setback unconstitutional before ruling on an enforcement case seeking to enforce city orders to remove the structure and pay fines.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Beach Access Fight: Judge grants delay to Walton

Walton County has been given until May 6 to verify that it has notified all beach property owners of its intention to seek a declaration of customary use.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Beach leaders discuss efforts to clean up the Gulf

MADEIRA BEACH, FLORIDA — Members of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council got a lesson in how fragile Florida’s waters are and how problems can be dealt with.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Port of Corpus Christi Pushes Ahead with Oil Terminal Project, Environment Be Damned

As the agency courts tankers that can carry 2.2 million barrels of crude each, activists worry that the plan could spoil the habitats of the aquatic species that thrive here.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

After Hurricane Devastation, Sea Turtle Scientists Rebound, Help Rebuild

Seven months after their home base in the Florida Panhandle was demolished by Hurricane Michael, U.S. Geological Survey sea turtle researchers are headed back into the field on May 1, the start of nesting season for Florida's sea turtles.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Indiana University awarded 10-year, $40M contract to manage NOAA's N-Wave network

GlobalNOC to continue as contractor for N-Wave, which transports weather forecasting, severe storm modeling, climate and ocean data

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

GOMESA: Dept. of Interior Announces $214.9 Million for Gulf state Coastal Projects

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt announced that the Department will disburse nearly $215 million in FY 2018 energy revenues to the four Gulf oil and gas producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and their coastal political subdivisions (CPS) – an increase of 14.3 percent over the prior year.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Task force turns to crafting recovery action plan for Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY — Nearing a self-imposed May deadline to create a comprehensive blueprint, the Bay County Long-Term Recovery Task Force received a 400-page draft report that outlines 320 proposals or concepts for the community’s regeneration from Hurricane Michael.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Renourishment planned for some Gasparilla Island beaches

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of Jacksonville awarded a $6.4 million contract to Weeks Marine for what they call “reducing risks to landside infrastructure in the Lee County portion of Gasparilla Island.”

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Meet Florida’s chief science officer. He’s a surfer dude, academic and water expert

Florida’s new chief science officer didn’t start out as a scientist. Instead he was a surfer dude.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Army Corps responds to Lido Beach lawsuit

The agency denied that it broke federal laws in granting permssion for dredging to renourish Lido Beach

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Plaquemines oil export terminal gets state’s initial approval

NEW ORLEANS -- A proposed $2.5 billion, 20-million-barrel crude oil export terminal to be built in Plaquemines Parish adjacent to the state’s planned $1.4 billion Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion “is not inconsistent” with the coastal Master Plan, state coastal officials have decided.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Big shift in thinking about red tide cause

Research has shed new light on what created the algal bloom that swept the Gulf Coast last year.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Editor’s opinion: The pioneers of Isle de Jean Charles

For a glimpse into the future of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, keep an eye on the effort underway to relocate residents of Isle de Jean Charles.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Did opening the Bonnet Carré kill dolphins, turtles in Gulf? Mississippi, Louisiana officials disagree

Mississippi authorities are blaming the Bonnet Carré spillway for the dead dolphins and turtles washing up on their shore, though Louisiana officials are contesting those claims, and federal scientists are withholding judgment until they know more.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Going deep: LNG company commits to channel improvements

NextDecade Corporation, which plans to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal at the Port of Brownsville, signed a deal Wednesday with the Brownsville Navigation District committing the company to paying for deepening about half of the Brownsville Ship Channel.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Next steps for beach renourishment project on Captiva

Thank you for voting yes on the bond referendum for the 2020-2021 beach renourishment project. What happens next? There are several moving pieces, including apportionment, engineering and project management, and financing.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Alabama: Concerns over city of Mobile selling lots in flood-prone areas causes council moratorium

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Residents in one Midtown neighborhood raised concerns after the city put up more than a dozen “for sale” signs on more than a dozen lots last month because they say it's prone to flooding

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Collier County explores making its beaches wider, taller

Collier County officials are exploring the possibility of expanding the county's beaches in an effort to make them more resilient to hurricanes and sea level rise.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Continues to Impact Environment

Nine years ago—April 20, 2010—crude oil began leaking from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig into the Gulf of Mexico in what turned out to be the largest marine oil spill in history. A long-term study suggests the oil is still affecting the salt marshes of the Gulf Coast, and reveals the key role that marsh grasses play in the overall recovery of these important coastal wetlands.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Florida's algae crisis and lingering red tide hurt waterfront home sales

Water quality problems from algae and red tide not only cause some buyers to back out of Southwest Florida home purchases; they also appear to dampen sales values, local real estate agents say.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

New Sea Turtle Research Center Coming to Texas A&M-Galveston

Unique facility will promote and support research about sea turtles and their restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Beach preservation projects capped

Some resident members of the South Ponte Vedra and Vilano Beach Preservation Association have been actively working on beach restoration solutions for the north barrier island for 14 years. The County Commission on March 19 addressed three separate agenda items for solving and funding beach restoration and preservation.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Texas: Corpus Christi looking at options to collect taxes on short term rentals

City leaders believe Corpus Christi is missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in taxes from short term rentals on sites like AirBNB. The city has been looking for a way to start collecting those taxes, and a recent Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for that to happen.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Big ‘green’ mistake: dumping sewage in wetlands carries hidden costs

There is a dangerous confusion at the core of the current debate over a seemingly “greenwashed” way to handle sewage and other kinds of effluent.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Louisiana: More floating mats, less erosion

CCA-Louisiana, volunteers continue Floating Islands Restoration Project

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Florida: Beach erosion project in design phase

The city of Sanibel anticipates having the design plans in the next week or so for a project aimed at addressing beach erosion on the northern end of the island, adjacent to Sanibel-Captiva Road.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Louisiana : Nurturing Nature

Louisiana has lost about a third of its 3.2 million acres of wetlands since 1930, but the state is working hard to turn the tide.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Texas: FERC authorizes Driftwood, Port Arthur LNG export terminals

Washington — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday granted certificate approval to the Driftwood LNG and Port Arthur LNG export terminals, bolstering prospects for two projects in the second wave of US LNG development.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Scientists Upgrade Hurricane Michael To Category 5

After months spent poring over data, the National Hurricane Center announced that it has upgraded Hurricane Michael to a rare Category 5.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Louisiana: Port Submits Draft Feasibility Study to Deepen Port Fourchon Channel

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) took a major step forward in its plans to develop the next generation of Deepwater port facilities at Port Fourchon, thanks to an agreement signed in September by the Edward Wisner Donation Trust granting GLPC a long-term lease of more than 900 acres of property immediately south of the Port, to be known as Fourchon Island.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Florida: Ocean circulation likely to blame for severity of 2018 red tide

2018 was the worst year for red tide in more than a decade. A new study reveals what made it so severe.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Sarasota County Water Quality Summit Seeks to Address Red Tide

The Sarasota County Water Quality Summit will bring together local, regional and state experts to discuss water quality issues. Free and open to the public, the summit will be held 1-6:30 p.m. June 5 (Wednesday) in the auditorium at Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way in Sarasota.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Gulf of Mexico: Nurdle Expedition Announced for May 19-26, 2019

nurdle | ˈnərdl | noun (usually nurdles) a very small pellet of plastic which serves as raw material in the manufacture of plastic products.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Is Texas Leading On Disaster Preparedness? Yes And No, Experts Say

More than a year and a half after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas, killing dozens, the state is still waiting on billions in federal recovery dollars. In the meantime, Texas lawmakers are looking to prepare the state — the most disaster-prone in the nation — for future storms.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Florida: Tampa port's expansion of Big Bend channel done a year early

"One of the largest projects we have worked on" wrapped up 12 months ahead of schedule thanks to a couple of especially powerful suction dredges.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Florida DEP responds to beachfront treehouse owners, files for dismissal

In the battle of the beachfront treehouse, the march from the treehouse to the courthouse continues

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Texas: $105 M in coastal funding secured for Jefferson County/Port Arthur

BEAUMONT — Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick updated commissioners’ court Monday on the ongoing coastal reconstruction project. (CNT Note: For you non-Texans, the "County Judge" is the elected Chief Executive of the county, not a judicial position. The "Commissioners Court" is the county's board of county commissioners).

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Florida: Everyone agrees Pensacola Beach's lease system is broken. Now how do we fix it?

Sitting next to his Pensacola Beach neighbor at a recent Santa Rosa Island Authority meeting, Mark DeNunzio gave beach leaders one example the often inequitable and frequently nonsensical system that determines the amount of taxes and lease fees beach residents pay for their homes.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Texas Coast: Duke Energy is building fourth wind farm in Starr County

North Carolina-based Duke Energy said it will build, own and operate a 200 megawatt wind project in Starr County in South Texas, marking the company’s fourth wind generation facility in the county that sits between Laredo and McAllen.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Louisiana: After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans' Levees Are Sinking

Sea level rise and ground subsidence will render the flood barriers inadequate in just four years

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Florida: Simmering hostilities greet tourists in South Walton

It is telling that the two sides in Walton County’s bitter battle over its beaches don’t even agree about what it was last year that blew apart decades of harmonious relations along one of Florida’s most beautiful coastlines.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Florida Beach Access: Walton group supports HB 631

Should other people have a say in how you use your backyard? Tammy Alford, president of Florida Coastal Property Rights, doesn’t think so.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Texas Port Report: Port Houston's vessel limits put cap on ability to serve growing export market

Anyone up for some ‘Texas Chicken’? Maybe not anymore as pilots request one-way traffic on busiest shipping hub in North America.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

With 33 remaining, Feds list Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whales as endangered

A rare baleen whale found in the Gulf of Mexico has gained protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale is a subspecies of the Bryde’s whale and one of the most endangered whales in the world, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

$132 million slate of Alabama coastal restoration projects gets federal approval

A slate of $132 million in projects intended to offset environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Alabama coast has received federal approval, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced Friday.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Lido Beach emergency rebuilding is complete

FLORIDA - Sarasota finished work that began last November and added 40 to 80 feet of sand to critically eroded areas.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Hurricane Harvey provides lessons learned for flood resiliency plans

Scientists use satellite data to map the Houston-Galveston area impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Port Houston Takes Action to Accelerate Widening of Houston Ship Channel

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority met in special session Monday and moved to accelerate widening of the Houston Ship Channel, the nation’s busiest waterway. “The Houston Ship Channel is open for business for all and will continue to be,” said Chairman Ric Campo.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush to Award top to $1.8 million in Coastal Project Grants

The General Land Office, the lead coastal agency in Texas, is making available $1.8 M in new grant funds for coastal projects. The GLO administers the state Beach Access & Dune Protection Program, Texas Coastal Management Program, the Coastal Erosion Response and Planning Act (CEPRA), the Texas Oil Spill Response Program, Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funds, and Post-Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grants, and plays an major role in the allocation of RESTORE Act revenues derived from the BP Horizon Oil Spill,

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Coastal Alabama joins together in opposition of plastic bag legislation

Coastal Alabama leaders are joining up in opposition over two pieces of legislation that would remove cities from enforcing plastics.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

PHOTOS: Mexico Beach six months after Hurricane Michael

View the condition of Mexico beach six months after the major storm demolished the area.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Navarre Beach welcomes new ADA-friendly boardwalks on soundside in nearly $500,000 project

The soundside area of Navarre Beach is more accessible to more people now. And it's thanks to a newly completed Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Early Restoration Program project, which was touted as a community-wide effort and celebrated by commissioners and Navarre area residents Tuesday afternoon.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Protecting Pensacola Beach: Double Taxation Sparks Today's Controversy

Continuing the series on Pensacola Beach ownership and access, Abigail Megginson explores the double taxation claims on the beach and how that issue could potentially affect development and public access.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Sarasota County greenlights joint Manasota Key beach renourishment project with Charlotte County

SARASOTA COUNTY — Residents on Manasota Key who fear their homes could be washed away by the Gulf of Mexico will finally get the protection they desperately need for their properties.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Good news for Gulf anglers? State taking over red snapper management

Red snapper are without question the poster-children of coastal fishing in Alabama, generating tens of millions in charter fees, lots more in fish market and restaurant sales, and drawing thousands of anglers to the coast to pump up resort and motel income.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Alligator seen relaxing in surf on Florida beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Thousands flock to Florida every year to relax on the sunshine state's beaches, and apparently even alligators can't resist them!

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Padre Island National Seashore officially dedicated 51 years ago today

The Padre Island National Seashore is the longest in the national parks system with more than 130,000 acres.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Opinion: Better public access needed to Holiday Isle beaches

FLORIDA - It’s time for Destin and Okaloosa County to act on Holiday Isle beach access.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Port of Corpus Christi seeks to keep Harbor Island lease agreement confidential

The Port of Corpus Christi is seeking an opinion from the Texas Attorney General's Office to withhold a copy of a lease for a proposed crude oil terminal on Harbor Island in Port Aransas.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

OPINION: 93 years later, this is the role of the Port of Corpus Christi in our economy

In 1926, community leaders had the foresight to dig a channel from the Gulf of Mexico at Port Aransas all the way to the inner harbor in Corpus Christi. This channel first attracted businesses shipping cotton and grain from local farmers' fields and soon thereafter oil, which came from many of those same fields.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Louisiana bill would put BP funds towards highways, bridges

In yet another effort to dedicate more state funding to new highways and bridges, Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, is proposing a bill that would dedicate $50 million a year in BP settlement funds to a few specific infrastructure projects. Among these projects is a new flyover ramp connecting La. 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish across the Intracoastal Waterway to La. 1.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Naples to spend county sales tax money on hurricane preparedness, safety improvements

The Naples City Council agreed Wednesday to spend the nearly $26 million it expects to receive from the Collier County sales tax increase on preparing for the next big hurricane and improving safety.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Officials Open Mississippi Floodgate to Handle River Flooding

Officials have finally pulled the plug to allow an unusual flood trapped inside a levee system in Mississippi to drain, but it could be weeks before waters fully recede.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Sarasota County Spills Millions Of Gallons Of Wastewater Into Area Wetlands

Sarasota County is under fire for the massive amount of treated wastewater that has spilled from its Bee Ridge treatment facility into local waterways. Three nonprofits have told the county they plan to sue if it cannot figure out how to stop the spillage.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

North Beach redevelopment: Task force unveils solutions to flooding, erosion problems

A $40 million canal stretched across 6,387 feet in the middle of North Beach would change the face of the peninsula for the better, a Dallas developer said.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

SpaceX testing closure of Boca Chica Beach extended

Closures of State Highway 4 leading to Boca Chica Beach so SpaceX can continue testing its Starship Hopper prototype entered a third week Tuesday.

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