1. Prayer walks, Indigenous ceremonies to raise awareness on environmental issues, are held each month in South Florida to bring attention to the "radioactive roads" bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in June. The event's organizer, Garrett Stuart, said he feels called to alert the public about the potential health risks of using phosphogypsum in road construction.
  2. An aerial drone view looking east toward downtown St. Petersburg as hazy conditions continue due to Canadian wildfires on Tuesday.
  3. A row of grapes is seen inside the quasi greenhouse at the Oregon State University's vineyard near Alpine, Ore., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023. The U.S. West Coast produces over 90% of America's wine, but it's also prone to wildfires, a combustible combination that spelled disaster in 2020 and one that scientists, including at Oregon State, are scrambling to neutralize. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
  4. A damaged home caused by Hurricane Ian seen along Fort Myers Beach on Oct. 3, 2022.
  5. Swim advisories have been issued at two Hillsborough County beaches, including the Davis Islands Beach, shown above in a 2022 photo, after fecal bacteria was found in the water.
  6. Peaches the flamingo walks along the shallow waters on the northern tip of the east beach at Fort De Soto Park on Tuesday in Pinellas County. Peaches, who has been solo, probably came from the Yucatán peninsula or Cuba, gliding on the winds of Hurricane Idalia. Peaches was rescued, tagged and released. Her tag number is US02, only the second flamingo to be tagged in the U.S.
  7. Beachgoers relax along the sand while looking out at the Gulf of Mexico on Treasure Island Beach on Aug. 15 in Pinellas County.
  8. Paul DeGaeta with the 42-foot Bachelor Pad behind him. The boat has been wedged between pilings beside Bonita Bill’s bar on Fort Myers Beach for almost a year. In his booklet, Capt. Paul put it under the headline, “Bellying up to the bar.”
  9. The National Weather Service is expecting high rain chances for the remainder of the week in Tampa Bay. This photo showed rain and wind along the causeway Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 in Dunedin.
  10. After retiring in 2012, Arthur Schnurpel moved to Florida from Indiana to live out his dream of being close to the beach.
  11. A wave sweeps through a mat of mangrove roots, many of which showed signs of damage on Sept. 18 on Three Rooker Island off Pinellas County.
  12. Sheila Scolaro, a community programs scientist for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, holds a PVC pipe as she works to attach a temperature data logger in Old Tampa Bay near Safety Harbor on Aug. 25. The estuary program has launched a five-year study to determine if warmer water temperatures are hurting seagrasses’ chance to recover.
  13. Aerial footage shows a partially submerged home in October 2022, the result of Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 storm.
  14. Ships docked at Tampa's port. (Photo courtesy Port Tampa Bay)
  15. A portion of Sunset Beach is seen before and after Hurricane Idalia.
  16. Mosaic's several facilities across Florida take mined phosphate, like this, and turn it into millions of tons of fertilizer a year. What's left behind is a mildly radioactive byproduct called phosphogypsum, which the company wants to use as a test ingredient in road construction. Several state lawmakers and local officials have signed a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opposing the plan.
  17. Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, photographed Saturday, June 3, 2023.
  18. An aerial view of West Prospect Road near South Marti Street, looking west toward Sout MacDill Avenue, shows several large shade trees creating a canopy on July 6 in Tampa.
  19. This Burmese python was captured during the 2022 hunt.
  20. Gary Gepfrey, 67, of Seminole walks down a path between eroded sand dunes along Indian Rocks Beach after Hurricane Idalia last month. The storm worsened erosion on Pinellas County's beaches.
  21. In this July 8, 2013, photo, a rare ghost orchid blooms in Charleston, W.Va. The rare ghost orchid found mainly in Florida and Cuba should be immediately protected by the U.S. as an endangered species, three environmental groups claimed Wednesday in a lawsuit arguing that federal officials are unduly delaying a decision.
  22. A portion of Pass-a-Grille Beach is seen before and after Hurricane Idalia.
  23. A gate secures the waterside area of Tampa's cruise ship Terminal 2.
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