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Record year for green sea turtle nests on Florida beaches

Green sea turtles had a record year for nesting on Florida's beaches, marine scientists announced Monday. Leatherback sea turtle nesting numbers showed an increase as well, they said, but loggerheads —- the most common type of sea turtle —- did not. During the nesting season, which just ended, female turtles swim ashore, dig holes and lay their eggs. Hundreds of people document the nesting on a set of "index beaches" around the state to determine how well the season went. The count for green sea turtle nests on those index beaches, 10,701, broke the previous record. The count for leatherbacks of 601 fell just shy of the record. Loggerheads have been in decline since 1998, and this year's index beach total of 41,939 was about average for the past five years of dropping numbers, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Record year for green sea turtle nests on Florida beaches 10/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 5:16pm]
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  1. Rays beat Orioles, but tough stretch looms that could change their plans (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday was a step back in the right direction for the Rays, who halted a season-high five-game losing streak by hanging on — and we mean that pretty much literally — for a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

    The Rays’ Tim Beckham celebrates with Mallex Smith after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.
  2. Diaz, Taddeo win easily in special Miami Senate primaries


    Two Miami state Senate candidates who raised and spent the most in their respective primaries — Republican Rep. Jose Felix Diaz and Democratic businesswoman Annette Taddeo — notched easy victories in a special election Tuesday night.

    Republican candidate Jose Felix Diaz is surrounded by supporters after he won the primary for Florida’s Senate District 40 race. Democrat Annette Taddeo, right, celebrates her victory with supporter Venus Lovely at BJ’s Restaurant in The Falls.
  3. In live debate, Kriseman and Baker ask St. Pete: Is the city better off?



    Mayoral candidates Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker made their best pitch to voters in front of a live television audience on Tuesday night. The candidates essentially asked this: Is the city better off now than it was four years ago?

    Incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker debate in front of a live television audience during the City of St. Petersburg Mayoral Debate at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg on Tuesday evening. The event was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
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    Local Government

    Well, poop.

    Nothing else really matters, does it?

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    At Tuesday’s debate, incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman said responsibility lies on him regarding the sewage crisis.
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