1. Ships docked at Tampa's port. (Photo courtesy Port Tampa Bay)
  2. A portion of Sunset Beach is seen before and after Hurricane Idalia.
  3. 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.
  4. Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, photographed Saturday, June 3, 2023.
  5. 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.
  6. This Burmese python was captured during the 2022 hunt.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. A portion of Pass-a-Grille Beach is seen before and after Hurricane Idalia.
  10. A gate secures the waterside area of Tampa's cruise ship Terminal 2.
  11. A remote ocean drone, dubbed the Saildrone Explorer, launched from St. Petersburg before Hurricane Idalia smashed into Florida's Big Bend. It captured this dramatic footage inside the powerful Category 4 storm.
  12. A drone photo of Florida's Horseshoe Beach in the Big Bend area after Hurricane Idalia. Water temperatures cooled in the Gulf of Mexico along Idalia's path in the days after landfall. Experts say this cooler water won't last long.
  13. Solar array floats out as FPL and Miami-Dade County launched a half-acre 402-panel floating solar array generating 160 kilowatts of power into the Blue Lagoon adjacent to Miami International Airport on Jan. 28, 2020.
  14. Leatherbacks are the giants among sea turtles, capable of reaching more than 1,000 pounds. Living almost entirely on jellyfish, they will dive thousands of feet to get their prey. They return to land only to lay eggs.
  15. Col. James Booth, district commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, speaks during a briefing Friday in Indian Shores. The Army Corps of Engineers worked to explain beach renourishment along some Pinellas County beaches as they fielded questions from elected officials and local residents.
  16. In Horseshoe Beach, near where Idalia made landfall, aerial drone imagery from a Tampa Bay Times reporter shows a displaced vehicle spewing gasoline into a neighborhood canal.
  17. Peaches the flamingo, rescued off the shore of St. Pete Beach on Friday, is recovering at Indian Shores’ Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.
  18. The United States Coast Guard said Monday that about 19,000 gallons of oil-water mixture was been removed from the waters of Port Manatee as they investigate the cause of a crude oil spill.
  19. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay helped rescue a displaced flamingo off St. Pete Beach over the weekend.
  20. A rare ghost orchid grows in an old cypress tree at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida.
  21. Dr Meghan Martin, known as @beachgem10 to her 1.4 million TikTok followers, is pictured in her Shore Acres home on Friday in St. Petersburg.
  22. Phillip Blay works to escape the rising water and blaze just minutes before his own mobile home caught fire early Wednesday in Tarpon Springs. Blay and his wife, Anne, were home when tidal floodwaters began to rise from Hurricane Idalia.
  23. Sand is seen in a shower area along Clearwater Beach Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023. The Pinellas County Department of Health issued a no-swim advisory for Clearwater Beach, Mandalay Park and Sand Key due
to fecal pollution.
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