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Man seriously injured after gator attack in Stuart park

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla.– Officials are responding to an alligator attack at a park in Stuart. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that a man was severely injured after being bit by a gator. The man said he fell off his bike and was attacked. Video of a helicopter taking the bike rider to the hospital can be seen here: The post Man seriously injured after gator attack in Stuart park appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Millions spent to protect Manasota Key from Erosion

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.– Every storm that hits the shores of Southwest Florida could cause beach erosion. Officials in Charlotte County are working to protect their beaches by surveying the sand before and after major storms. Before the Manasota Key Restoration project, the beach was basically non-existent. Residents said the waves were practically knocking at their back doors. “There was significant erosion. In some cases actually impacting structures on the beach, houses, and condos,” public works director, John Elias said. These waves could have caused major...

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Firefighters rescue ducklings from Lehigh Acres storm drain

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — A group of ducklings following their mother accidentally slid down a storm drain in Lehigh Acres on Wednesday. Fire crews with the Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue District responded to Rowland Drive in Lehigh Acres after reports of ducklings in distress. When they arrived, firefighters lifted the storm drain lid and jumped in to help reunite the ducklings with their mother. The baby ducks tried to challenge the rescue crew by hiding in a pipe under the road, but firefighters were able to flush the animals out and bring them to safety. The post Firefighters rescue ducklings...

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Coral fragments planted at reefs off Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Environmentalists and federal officials have started planting more than 60,000 fragments of nursery-raised coral at reefs off of the Florida Keys. On Tuesday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that workers have started the three-year long project at Eastern Dry Rocks Sanctuary Preservation Area near Key West. “Outplanting at this unprecedented scale is one of many immediate actions needed to address the rapid decline in our treasured coral reefs,” acting NOAA Administrator Ben Friedman said in a statement. The area houses a concentration of...

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County cleans up fish kill at Port Charlotte Beach Park

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.– Tommy Scott, the community service director for Charlotte County saw just how bad things were at Port Charlotte Beach Park on Monday. His staff got right to work cleaning it up.  “They were able to cleanup all the dead fish her at Port Charlotte Beach. They also cleaned up the Bayshore Park, another beach property that we have,” said Scott. He said crews used heavy equipment to haul away the piles of dead fish littering the beach, but by the time we got there, even more had washed in. “This typically isn’t a one and done...

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Algal bloom killing fish at Port Charlotte Beach Park

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.–Charlotte County is seeing a large amount of dead fish washing up on its shores. Scientists are working to figure out what killed them. “Any kill is bad, you know, but what can I say? I’m a fisherman and its not a nice thing for me to see.” said Bob Imsho, of Punta Gorda  For weeks, Port Charlotte Beach Park in Port Charlotte has had medium concentrations of Red Tide according to FWC. However, the park has not suffered from dead fish until now.   Rick Bartleson from the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation said a wind change is likely...

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Message stuck to dead alligator found in Collier County

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.– A dead alligator was found marked with a message near Olde Cypress Golf Course on Monday morning.  “I was walking along Logan Boulevard and was pretty startled to see a dead alligator laying there along the path with a big piece of yellow tape stuck on it,” Elizabeth Axeberg said.  The yellow piece of tape was stuck on the gators stomach with a message saying “hit by a car”.  “It was just very surprising that someone would be callous enough to take the time to stick a piece of tape on it then just throw it to the side of the road. It just doesn’t...

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How to stay safe on your commute during severe weather

ESTERO, Fla. — As storms move through Southwest Florida Monday, April 19, drivers are being urged to use extreme caution to avoid causing a crash. Officials with Estero Fire Rescue are urging motorists to give themselves extra time on their commute and slow down. Rain can make roads slick, so be sure to give yourself plenty of stopping space between you and other vehicles. In Florida, it’s the law to turn your headlights on in the rain. Florida law prohibits driving with flashing hazard lights. Hazard lights can only be used when the vehicle is legally stopped or disabled on the...

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Mysterious smell stinks up Sanibel Causeway

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Iona in Lee County, isn’t far from the Sanibel Causeway, and for many, its paradise. But lately, the locals said they haven’t been enjoying it as much.  “We’re people who usually will be out here during the day,” said local resident Daynalyn Mountney. “Hanging out enjoying the weather. It was so bad, we couldn’t even come out here. It’s almost like raw sewage and dead fish?”  She wasn’t the first person to tip us off to the stench, so we set off to figure out its cause. After a day of driving around...

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This paint color could cut the need for air conditioning

CNN — Scientists have developed a paint color that reflects light and could negate the need for air conditioning and even reduce carbon emissions, if used on a mass scale. The paint, developed by engineers at Purdue University, is capable of reflecting up to 98.1% of sunlight and therefore has the ability to cool buildings, according to a press release. Unlike traditional paint, the “ultra-white” paint is made with a chemical compound called barium sulfate, which is also used in the production of cosmetics and photo paper. Barium sulfate particles are made up of varying sizes,...

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