Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

Florida briefs: Tree trimmer killed in Winter Park

WINTER PARK

Touching power line kills tree trimmer

One tree trimmer is dead and another injured after coming into contact with a power line in central Florida.

The landscapers were working in a subdivision Saturday morning in Winter Park, about 7 miles north of Orlando.

Firefighters say two workers were shocked while trimming trees.

One was pronounced dead at the scene and a second was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

No further information was immediately released.

ST. AUGUSTINE

Renovated seawall to reopen soon to public

A St. Augustine seawall built between 1837 and 1846 has been renovated and will soon be open to the public.

The wall was damaged by Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and parts of it collapsed during Tropical Storm Gabrielle in 2001. Over the last 50 years, the wall's coquina rock had steadily deteriorated.

The St. Augustine Record reports legislators secured a $4.7  million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant and the city contributed a $1.6 million match.

The seawall has long been a part of St. Augustine's history; it replaced one the Spanish built in 1696 that was torn down in 1837.

The new wall was built 13 feet out into the Matanzas River and leaves the 1846 wall intact but protected.

A public ceremony will be held on Feb. 7.

Times wires

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