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Carl Hiaasen in the current Men's Journal: "Florida was a real estate deal pretty much from day one."

Shirley Davis in today's Tampa Bay Times: "The market dried up. It died. Now, they call and the first question is, 'Is it in a flood zone?' We just want to sell, and we're stuck."

The water is rising. And people know it.

A young woman in Ocala, meanwhile, punched and bit two loss prevention officers at a Walmart but left behind her purse with her ID after stealing five tablets to help her mother keep the lights on at home.

Not totally unrelated? This update about the Port Orange bank-robbing "Bad Santa" and the following sentence in the Orlando Sentinel: It was a long slide from a lengthy career as a top commercial-real-estate manager to a cell at the Volusia County Branch Jail, where London was being held Saturday on charges of armed robbery false imprisonment, displaying a hoax bomb and grand theft of between $5,000 and $10,000. These two, too: London, who once lived with his wife and family in an $800,000 house, was arrested Friday outside his apartment in Port Orange, where he lives alone. He had no criminal record before last week, authorities said.

A "community" in Lakewood Ranch banned kids from playing in the street.

Florida's still trying to put ads on nature trails.

Bears can smell food from a mile away. "The bear was just being a bear," the homeowner said.

A 15-foot python strangled a security guard near a luxury hotel — in Indonesia.

A church's nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the baby Jesus — in Southern California.

Don't do drugs.

[Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 9:15am]


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