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2006-11-24 06:00:49

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Nov. 24--Work to widen the 18-Mile Stretch, already under a multiagency microscope because of a massive algae bloom tainting surrounding waters, has a new problem: Tons of excavated muck and mulched mangrove are fast piling up along the main road into the Keys. Contractors, backed by the Florida Department of Transportation, want to truck part of it to a nearby state park in North Key Largo, where it would be used to help fill illegally dug rock pits....

2006-08-29 09:00:46

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto began intensifying on Tuesday as it left Cuba and headed over open water toward south Florida where forecasters said there was a chance it could come ashore at hurricane strength. On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a state of emergency was in effect in Florida. Residents stocked up on supplies, tourists were ordered out of the Florida Keys and courts and schools were closed. At 8 a.m. 1200 GMT), Ernesto's maximum...

2006-08-29 05:15:40

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto began intensifying on Tuesday as it left Cuba and headed over open water toward south Florida where forecasters said there was a chance it could come ashore at hurricane strength. On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which battered the U.S. Gulf Coast and swamped New Orleans, a state of emergency was in effect in Florida as Ernesto approached. Residents stocked up on supplies, tourists were ordered out of the Florida...

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2006-08-18 17:10:00

KEY LARGO, Fla. -- Lain Goodwin eased his boat into Florida Bay, hoping for the water to clear. He looked for the holes in the bay floor where he would always catch some snook, but there was nothing to see. The only clear blue was the sky. Back east across Blackwater Sound, under the construction along U.S. 1, through Barnes Sound and 5 miles north into Biscayne Bay, the water remained the same deep green as the mangrove stands that hug the islands of the upper Florida Keys. The shallow...

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2006-08-16 17:36:18

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - Marine scientists hope "test-tube coral babies" will take root to help restore a tract of reef ravaged by a 1984 ship grounding in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. A team of University of Miami marine science researchers is collecting coral eggs and sperm all this week during an annual reproductive ritual, dubbed coral spawning. Looking like an upside-down, underwater snowstorm, most corals in the Keys, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean release eggs and sperm...

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2006-07-05 07:50:00

By Laura Myers DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK, Florida -- In the azure waters of Florida's remote Dry Tortugas National Park, corals have been toppled by hurricanes and blighted by disease and a phenomenon known as bleaching. Eight hurricanes in two years and a plague of disease that swept the Caribbean recently have damaged the colorful, thick carpets of open-water coral reefs in the 100-square-mile (260-sq-km) park off Florida's southwest coast. With another hurricane season under way and...

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2006-05-03 07:15:00

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida -- Spiraling living costs, lingering trauma from past evacuations and fear that one day million-dollar homes could be reduced to rubble or again flooded are driving people out of the vulnerable Florida Keys as another hurricane season looms. While most of Florida experiences one of the country's fastest population growths, the number of people living in the low-lying 110-mile (180-km) island chain at the southern tip of the peninsula is slowly dwindling. In...

2006-01-12 17:57:01

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. judge agreed on Thursday to review Washington's decision to send 15 migrants back to Cuba because the decrepit Florida Keys bridge they landed on was not connected to the mainland. The ruling, which sparked protests from the politically powerful Cuban-American community, deemed the Cubans had not touched U.S. soil because the old bridge, which is missing several sections, is no longer attached to land. The legal challenge to the ruling, launched...

2005-12-30 15:48:40

MIAMI (Reuters) - Eighty-seven Cuban migrants reached Florida's coast on Friday, including a group of 28 who waded ashore in a Miami Beach waterfront park. Federal officials said most of the migrants appeared to have been brought to the United States by smugglers who carry Cubans in fast boats across the 100 miles of open water that separates the communist-ruled island from Florida. The arrivals capped a year in which unusually high numbers of Cubans and Dominicans left their...

2005-12-11 17:18:14

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - Thinned ranks of tourists watched bared-bottom Santas and other adult shenanigans at Fantasy Fest, Key West's yearly street salute to Halloween delayed by 2005's hurricanes. Parade-watchers on Saturday packed downtown Key West, located at the southernmost tip of the continental United States, for the festival themed, "Freaks, Geeks and Goddesses." Topless elves tossed beads and candy as people in bottomless Santa costumes waved to...


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Dry Tortugas National Park
2013-04-18 12:21:11

Dry Tortugas National Park is located in the Gulf of Mexico in the United States. The park consists of a small chain of coral islands, comprising 64,701 acres, but only 104 acres of land. The islands are about seventy miles from Key West, Florida and comprise the far western portion of the Florida Keys. The first European explorer to visit the area was Juan Ponce de León, who named the islands the Tortugas after catching 160 sea turtles near them. The term “dry” is used to denote the...

Biscayne National Park
2013-04-17 23:58:18

Biscayne National Park is located in the southern area of Florida in the United States. The park holds 172,971 acres, of which ninety-five percent consists of water. Native Americans first inhabited the area when water levels were low in the Biscayne Bay. Evidence has been found in the area supporting the inhabitance of other Native Americans, like the Tequesta people, from at least 2,500 years ago. European settlement did not occur in the area until the 19th century, when farmers settled on...

2012-06-14 08:35:04

Symbol: TRSA2 Group: Dicot Family: Euphorbiaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class  ...

2012-06-14 10:18:34

Symbol: SCLI3 Group: Monocot Family: Cyperaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Graminoid Native Status: L48    N PR    N VI    N Synonyms:   SCLI8 Scirpus lithospermus L. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta...

2012-06-14 10:43:15

Symbol: SARI5 Group: Dicot Family: Lamiaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   SAPR4 Salvia privoides Benth. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division  ...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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