1. Researchers recently documented, then killed, a population of invasive, air-breathing goldline snakehead fish living in a pond in Manatee County.
  2. A Hillsborough Circuit Court judge barred Taylor Morrion from selling homes or lots in its ongoing development off Patterson Road in Keystone.
  3. Anglers fish along the North Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier in November. Wildlife officials are considering new rules to prevent seabird entanglements at the pier.
  4. Rehabilitation work takes place on top of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee, just a few feet from a home on Nov. 1, 2019, in Pahokee. Hurricane tides overtopped the original dike in 1926 and 1928, washed away houses and caused over 2,500 deaths. After 18 years, a $1.5 billion project was officially completed Wednesday.
  5. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor spoke to members of the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Tuesday. “I’m not into the legacy," she said. "I just like to get things done, and if somebody else wants to take credit for it, that’s fine with me."
  6. Pictured are American white pelicans, one of the affected species. The news of two new infected species this week underscores bird flu’s widening reach.
  7. Tampa Bay Water, the regional water supplier, finalized a planned 26-mile pipeline route to carry water from its surface treatment facility in Brandon, shown here, to a Hillsborough County treatment plant in Lithia and then on to southern Hillsborough County.
  8. Hemingway, a dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, was estimated to be about 37 years old. He was found stranded off Fiesta Key in July 2019.
  9. Ron DeSantis announces the removal of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren during a news conference Thursday at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office administration building in Tampa.
  10. Florida wildlife biologists rescue a cold-stressed manatee from Bayboro Harbor in St. Petersburg on Thursday. The young male manatee was brought to ZooTampa for rehabilitation, according to wildlife officials.
  11. Casa di Francesco, a 140-unit affordable housing building, is slated to open in Mango in summer 2024. On Thursday, Hillsborough County commissioners allocated $6 million to the project by Blue Sky Communities.
  12. Toxic red tide blooms clash with clearer Gulf of Mexico water just offshore of Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island near the lower section of Tampa Bay on Dec. 17.
  13. In this undated photo released by the Hawaii Police Department is Mark Knittle. Rescuers searched for a third day Tuesday for Knittle, a Hawaii fisherman who went overboard from a boat after hooking a tuna over the weekend, authorities said.
  14. Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council released the Regional Resiliency Action Plan in November aimed at strengthening the region against extreme weather events. Residents that rode out Hurricane Ian got their first look at the devastating damage from Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in Bonita Beach.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, backed by wildlife experts, marine business owners and politicians, discusses the state’s effort to combat the recent red tide outbreak plaguing Tampa Bay waters during a news conference held at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg in 2021.
  16. This 4- year-old female right whale is heavily entangled in fishing gear and fighting for its life.
  17. Goldie Limon, 1, of Clearwater, reaches to help her mother, Jessica Limon, left, after selecting oranges while visiting the Dunedin Downtown Market with his parents on Friday.
  18. Gov. Ron DeSantis pulled out signs in support of gas stoves at a Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, news conference on drug reform in The Villages.
  19. This photo provided by Flagler County Sheriff’s Office shows a stranded killer whale in Palm Coast on Wednesday.
  20. A West Indian manatee surfaces for a breath of air while feeding in a canal near the Three Sisters Springs in May at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Citrus County. “Manatee mortality is getting substantially worse,” said Pat Rose, an aquatic biologist and executive director of the Maitland-based nonprofit Save the Manatee Club.
  21. This photo provided by Flagler County Sheriff’s Office shows a dead killer whale in Palm Coast on Wednesday.
  22. Audience members at Plant High hold signs protesting proposed school boundary changes in Hillsborough County while Superintendent Addison Davis answers a question on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Tampa.
  23. At least six Florida cities have cut recycling programs in recent years as they face rising costs. But a new recycling method may solve the costly problem -- while also helping the planet.
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