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  1. Video shows giant gator meandering across path at Polk County preserve


    Another day, another spotting of a giant alligator in Florida that's causing quite the stir on social media.

    A video posted by Kim Joiner on the Polk Nature Discovery Center's Facebook page on Jan. 15, 2017, shows the giant gator slowly meandering across a path while curious onlookers - cameras in hand - could be seen capturing the moment in the background. [Facebook]
  2. Kriseman scoffs at Foster's claim that sewage dumps hurt Tampa Bay, endangered public health


    ST. PETERSBURG — Hours after Mayor Rick Kriseman took full responsibility for the city’s sewage crisis, he told the Tampa Bay Times on Saturday that more than 100 million gallons of sewage dumped into Tampa Bay had done no environmental harm or risked public health.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman speaks during the State of the city address Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Palladium theater in St. Petersburg.
  3. Flush sewage underground instead of into the bay? St. Petersburg consultant says it’s an option


    ST. PETERSBURG — At a sparsely attended presentation Wednesday night at a city recreation center, a sewer consultant offered a possible strategy for St. Petersburg to grapple with the upcoming rainy season:

    During the St. Petersburg sewage crisis, the city’s ancient sewer system released about 200 million gallons of sewage into local waterways, spurring state and federal investigations. The sewage can be seen here, bubbling up through a pipe at the bottom of the Tampa Bay in September. Next time, a consultant said, the city could use new injection wells to flush excess sewage underground instead of releasing it into the bay. But that would be a violation of state rules, and city officials said they have no plans to do so. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  4. Mass sit-in targets controversial Sabal Trail Pipeline at Suwannee River


    The clash over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota — and the success opponents have had temporarily blocking it — has inspired a Florida group opposed to a controversial new pipeline cutting through North Florida. They're planning to hold a major protest this weekend.

    Demonstrators make their way down Second Avenue S during a march protesting the Sabal Trail Pipeline in downtown St. Petersburg on Dec. 29. Opponents fear the environmental consequences of the $3.2 billion Sabal Trail Pipeline, a 515-mile conduit for natural gas that is planned to snake through Alabama, Georgia and Florida. At 268 miles, the Florida section is the longest, and will involve drilling beneath the state's most famous river, the Suwannee. A mass protest is scheduled for Suwannee River State Park at 10 a.m. Saturday. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  5. St. Petersburg plans to drill new wells to help solve sewage crisis


    ST. PETERSBURG — A key part of solving the city's sewage crisis lies underground.

    St. Petersburg officials have proposed digging four deep wasterwater wells to help prevent more dumping of sewage into Tampa Bay and other waterways. Here, a beach is closed for swimming at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg on Sept. 13, 2016, after heavy rains forced the city to pump millions of gallons of partially treated sewage into the waters of Tampa Bay.  [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  6. Population crash lands bumblebee on endangered list


    The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday.

    This 2012 photo provided by The Xerces Society shows a rusty patched bumblebee in Minnesota. Federal officials said Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, that the rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years. (Sarina Jepsen/The Xerces Society via AP)
  7. Overhaul underway for Clearwater's 51-acre oasis


    CLEARWATER —With buildings pushing 40 years old and toilets that operate without running water, Moccasin Lake Environment Education Center has been long overdue for an upgrade.

    A limpkin feeds at the shore of Moccasin Lake on Tuesday (1/3/17) at Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater. The bird is among a large variety of wetlands birds that can be observed at the park.
  8. Coast Guard: Fire extinguished on platform in Gulf of Mexico


    A fire broke out on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico early Thursday, forcing four workers to evacuate by lifeboat before the blaze was extinguished. There were no injuries and inspectors found no sign of pollution, authorities said.

  9. To figure out why the zebra got its stripes, this researcher dressed up like one


    Most mammals, Tim Caro says, are "rather boringly colored, drab browns and grays."

    Caro in his tailor-made, horizontally striped suit. [Courtesy of Tim Caro]
  10. All Eyes photo gallery: Revitalizing Moccasin Lake Nature Park


    The city of Clearwater has secured a grant to help fund renovations at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, a 51-acre nature preserve which features trails and boardwalks under a canopy of mature oaks where visitors can observe wildlife, including gopher turtles, raccoons, and many birds. It is home to several injured birds of …

    A captive great-horned owl is one of the permanent resident birds of prey living in the animal exhibit on Tuesday (1/3/17) at Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater.