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  1. Tampa City Council member Bill Carlson has been a leading critic of proposals to treat wastewater and diverting it to places where it could mix with the drinking water supply.
  2. Jimmy Patronis, chief financial officer of the state of Florida, announced Thursday that the state will immediately freeze about $1.43 billion in long-term securities and about $600 million in short-term overnight investments managed by BlackRock.
  3. Dead birds of prey, from left, a red-tailed hawk, a pair of red-shouldered hawks, a sharp-shinned hawk and an American kestrel lay on an examination table. The birds were arranged by longtime Pinellas County rescuer Barbara Walker, who wanted to send them for necropsies to confirm their causes of death. Walker said birds regularly die in Tampa Bay because of exposure to rat poisons.
  4. Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Minden Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nevada, on Oct. 8, 2022.
  5. Dead fish washed up on the shores of Fort De Soto Park in 2021 during a Red Tide outbreak. Low amounts of Red Tide have been found off Fort De Soto again this week.
  6. Barbie Beltran, left, of Spring Hill, Anna Sayers of Jackson, Michigan, Drew Berry of Jackson, Michigan, Michael Santos of Spring Hill, John Roger of Tampa, Manuel Santos of Spring Hill and Johnny DeMico of Tampa park on a sandbank on the Weeki Wachee River in May. Canoes, kayaks and boats stopped on the river are damaging the water bottoms and destroying the important vegetation that grows there.
  7. A turkey vulture tussles with a bald eagle for a remnant of food at the Hernando County Landfill on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022, in Brooksville. More than half of all Florida counties have confirmed or suspected cases of the extremely infectious bird flu strain this year. The epicenter of the outbreak initially emerged in Brevard County and along Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
  8. Renderings of the proposed Anclote Harbor Apartments are seen in this image taken from video. A three-judge panel has upheld the city's 2021 approval of the project amid a legal challenge from Concerned Citizens of Tarpon Springs.
  9. Alligator trapper Phil Walters (standing) and a colleague remove an alligator from the Hillsborough River at Water Works Park in Tampa earlier this month.
  10. Anglers fish along the North Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier on Wednesday in St. Petersburg. Wildlife officials are considering new rules to prevent seabird entanglements at the Skyway Fishing Pier.
  11. A look at the Tampa Riverwalk behind the Tampa Convention Center last year, when a portion of the Riverwalk closed for construction.
  12. A great horned owlet, left, and its mother share a rat on March 2 in Philippe Park in Safety Harbor. Within days, both would die.
  13. Joe Rufin with Creepy Creatures Termite and Pest Control, of Palm Harbor, organizes blocks of rodenticide while preparing a bait station as he worked to exterminate rodents from a condominium complex on Aug. 18 in Clearwater. The rodenticide is made with cholecalciferol, which is not among the anticoagulants that local wildlife advocates are trying to get off the street.
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  15. Manatees that are dying by the hundreds mainly from pollution-caused starvation in Florida should once again be listed as an endangered species, environmental groups said Monday in a petition seeking the change.
  16. A pedestrian walks on a sidewalk of solar panels that power the traffic signal at the intersection of Cass and Jefferson streets in downtown Tampa.
  17. A biologist from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium helps a recently hatched sea turtle find its way from the beach to the water. While sea turtle nests are up this year, the aquarium reported an alarming number of times the hatchlings were confused by artificial lights and headed to hotels and garages instead of the ocean.
  18. Dead fish are seen along Madeira Beach during a Red Tide bloom at Madeira Beach in June 2021.
  19. Hillsborough County will spend $10.24 million for this 487-acre cattle ranch in Wimauma to add to the Little Manatee River environmental corridor. The property, owned by Bickett Holdings of Kentucky, is on Flowers Road.
  20. A group of manatees are pictured in a canal where discharge from a nearby Florida Power & Light plant warms the water. Fewer manatee deaths have been recorded so far this year in Florida compared to the record-setting numbers in 2021 but wildlife officials cautioned that chronic starvation remains a dire and ongoing threat to the marine mammals.
  21. A rattlesnake sits on a platform under the Tierra Verde Bridge on Thursday, Oct. 27. This screenshot of a video taken by Capt. Brett Norris shows the roughly 4-foot snake stretched out over the busy boat channel.
  22. Forty-eight hours after Hurricane Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach as a Category 1 storm, residents of Daytona Beach Shores began to assess the damage wrought by intense coastal erosion. Beach boardwalks and coastal infrastructure were washed away by hours of surging seas. From the air, scenes of strewn debris, damaged hotels and homes now at-risk from erosion begin to come to light. Volusia County faced the northern portion of the storm, which brought the strongest gusts and turbulent seas.
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