1. Hills borough Commissioner Kimberly Overman wants the county to preserve the 769 acres for which the University of South Florida is seeking development proposals. (Photo courtesy of Jeannie Mounger).
  2. Sunday's seven-day forecast from Spectrum Bay News 9.
  3. A drone image shows a partially drained wastewater reservoir at Piney Point, with Tampa Bay visible in the distance.
  4. Signs warning beach goers of the presence of Red Tide are placed Friday around Nokomis Beach after officials detected higher than normal levels of Red Tide.
  5. An aerial view of a storage pond at the closed Piney Point fertilizer operation in Palmetto, Manatee County. .
  6. An elevated view of a Hamlin orange grove at the corner of SR 62 & Duette Road on Tuesday in Manatee County. California is expected to surpass Florida for the season in a new estimate of orange production, the latest sign of continuing struggles in Florida’s citrus industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in a monthly update released Friday, said Florida is forecast to produce enough oranges to fill 51.7 million 90-pound boxes by the time the 2020-2021 growing season ends in July. That is down 6.8 percent from a March forecast and would be 23 percent lower than production during the 2019-2020 season.
  7. Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the situation at Piney Point at a press conference in Manatee County on April 4.
  8. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, attends a cabinet meeting at his official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, April 12, 2021. Japan’s government said Tuesday it has decided to start releasing massive amounts of radioactive water stored at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in two years after treatment. Suga told that the government adopted the release to sea as “most realistic” and that the disposal of the water is “unavoidable in order to achieve Fukushima's recovery.”
  9. A model from researchers at the University of South Florida simulates the first days of a pollutant plume off Piney Point.  Orange and yellow indicate higher concentrations.
  10. A collage of videos and images from inside Gopher Resource.
  11. This April 9 image shows the eruption of La Soufrière Volcano from Rillan Hill in Saint Vincent. La Soufriere erupted Friday for the first time in 40 years on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent, prompting thousands of people to evacuate, seismologists said.
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  13. Aerial view of Rattlesnake Point showing a chlorine plant near residential areas on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Tampa.
  14. Effluent flows from a pipe into a drainage ditch at Port Manatee South Gate on Tuesday across from the old Piney Point phosphate plant property.
  15. This March 2021 photo provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries shows a brown pelican with a red band marked “33Z” on Louisiana's Queen Bess Island. The pelican, rescued from the 2010 oil spill, cleaned of oil and released in Georgia, has returned 700 miles to the island restored for pelicans and other seabirds.
  16. Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park, home to mangroves and sea grass beds, is in southern Hillsborough County.
  17. Effluent flows from a pipe into a drainage ditch at Port Manatee South Gate on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
  18. This August 2017 photo made available by Fermilab shows the Muon g-2 ring at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory outside of Chicago. It operates at -450 degrees Fahrenheit (-267 degrees Celsius) to detect the wobble of muons as they travel through a magnetic field. Preliminary results published in 2021 of experiments from here and the CERN facility in Europe challenge the way physicists think the universe works, a prospect that has the field of particle physics both baffled and thrilled.
  19. For residents and business owners evacuated because of the Piney Point leak, insurance may help pay some of the displacement costs. Pictured is effluent flowing from a pipe into a drainage ditch at Port Manatee South Gate on Tuesday. | [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
  20. Aerial view overlooking the site of the Piney Point wastewater release on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Palmetto.
  21. The view from above looking northwest at the Tides Golf Course, 11832 66th Ave N, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Seminole. The former Tides Golf Course in Seminole abuts the Millennium Park nature preserve, is 100 acres of undeveloped land and is the subject of intense debate over the future of land in Pinellas County.
  22. Seasonal algae floats in the water off Port Manatee on Tuesday as wastewater is released from the old Piney Point phosphate plant into Tampa Bay. Evacuation orders were ended as the risk of an immediate crisis appears to have subsided. A nearby stretch of U.S. 41 that had been closed for days between Manatee and Hillsborough counties was also reopened, another signal of improving conditions at the site.
  23. This aerial photo taken from an airplane shows a reservoir near the old Piney Point phosphate mine, Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Bradenton, Fla. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Saturday after a significant leak at a large pond of wastewater threatened to flood roads and burst a system that stores polluted waters. The pond where the leak was discovered is at the old Piney Point phosphate mine, sitting in a stack of phosphogypsum, a waste product from manufacturing fertilizer that is radioactive. (Tiffany Tompkins/The Bradenton Herald via AP)