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  1. Feds release new winter regulations to protect manatees in Three Sisters Springs

    Wildlife

    On these winter days when Kings Bay turns chilly, hundreds of manatees crowd into Three Sisters Springs in Citrus County, huddling together in the warmth flowing from the underground spring vents.

    The number of snorkelers and boaters visiting the Three Sisters Springs to see the manatees has nearly doubled from 67,000 permitted visitors in 2010 to more than 125,000 in 2013.
  2. Treasure Island sand loss normal, experts say

    Environment

    TREASURE ISLAND — Visitors to Sunset Beach may be startled to find a large, exposed concrete and rock groin despite a $16 million beach renourishment project completed over the summer.

    Visitors walk along Sunset Beach in Treasure Island just north of the Mansions by the Sea condominium complex on Nov. 10. Recent beach erosion has removed some of the sand pumped onto the beach by Weeks Marine Co. of Covington, La., in a $10.8 million beach renourishment project completed over the summer.
  3. Bowen: 'Gotcha law' fuels cleanup resentment

    Environment

    Greener pastures shouldn't be accompanied by brown fields.

  4. Discovery TV show star and partner sent to prison for smuggling snakes

    Wildlife

    On his reality television show, Swamp Brothers, Robbie Keszey wrestled with scores of alligators, crocodiles and venomous reptiles swarming across his Bushnell snake farm.

    Robbie Keszey and Robroy MacInnes transported eastern indigo snakes, pictured, from Florida to Pennsylvania. And they shipped eastern timber rattlesnakes to Florida. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]
  5. Rescuers searching for injured bald eagle in Clearwater

    Wildlife

    CLEARWATER — An injured bald eagle was spotted near U.S. 19 Monday morning.

  6. DEP upsets state park fans by proposing marina, cabins and other alterations

    Environment

    Three years ago, early in Gov. Rick Scott's administration, his Department of Environmental Protection proposed major changes in the state park system — mostly to add more campgrounds and other facilities, including a place for recreational vehicles to park overnight at Honeymoon Island State Park.

    Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park, home to mangroves and sea grass beds, is in southern Hillsborough County. But the Department of Environmental Protection’s public hearing on proposed changes to the preserve was held in Manatee County.
  7. Record-breaking 20th panther killed by vehicle in Collier County

    Wildlife

    Two weeks ago, when the year's 19th Florida panther was killed by a vehicle, experts warned that the all-time record would fall by New Year's Day.

    The remains of a male Florida panther, about 6 months old, that had been hit by a vehicle were collected on Friday in Collier County. It was the 20th Florida panther killed in a crash this year.
  8. Coast Guard plane brings 193 rare sea turtles from Cape Cod to Florida

    Wildlife

    ORLANDO — A Coast Guard plane touched down in Orlando at dusk Tuesday, hauling a cargo of the world's rarest sea turtles, rescued by volunteers from the lethally chilly waters and beaches of Cape Cod Bay.

    In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Bette Zirkelbach checks a Kemp's ridley sea turtle's heart rate, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon. The hospital received 30 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley turtles to care for after they were rescued suffering from hypothermia on a Cape Cod Bay, Mass., beach. The species is endangered, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. [AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman]
  9. Flooding closes Odessa preserves

    Environment

    TAMPA – Flooding has closed two Hillsborough County preserves in Odessa.

  10. Sugarcane Mosaic virus returns as threat to lawns

    Environment

    MIAMI — A plant disease linked to sugarcane that had largely vanished 40 years ago has suddenly reappeared, becoming the first virus in the state to attack South Florida's manicured lawns.