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  1. This image provided by the Naples Fire Rescue Department shows a firefighter carrying gear in water from the storm surge from Hurricane Ian on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Naples, Fla. Hurricane Ian has made landfall in southwestern Florida as a massive Category 4 storm.
  2. A man is evacuated by the United States Coast Guard after being found among the wreckage of homes on Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  3. A view of The Pier as the Tampa Bay drains in a reverse storm surge with Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall this afternoon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  4. A view of the pier as the Tampa Bay is draining in a reverse storm surge with Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall this afternoon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Kiwi, a parakeet, arrives with his family at one of Hillsborough County’s pet-friendly shelters in preparation for Hurricane Ian at Durant High in Plant City on Tuesday.
  6. Antonio Perez Miranda walks out of his house through the mud left by the river Rio de la Plata overflowing in the San Jose de Toa Baja caused by Hurricane Fiona that passed by Puerto Rico on Monday Sept. 18, on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
  7. A man points to a home that was collapsed by Hurricane Fiona at Villa Esperanza in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Tampa Bay groups are sending help to the island after the hurricane.
  8. George Naylor looks over organic apples grown on his farm, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, near Churdan, Iowa. Naylor, along with his wife Patti, began the transition to organic crops in 2014. The demand for organics has increased so fast that the U.S. Department of Agriculture last month committed up to $300 million to help farmers switch from conventional crops.
  9. This property at 3535 Safford Road, Wimauma, is scheduled to be acquired by Hillsborough County through the Jan K. Platt Environmental
Lands Acquisition and Protection Program..
  10. Some residents preferred a pipeline route more to the east to cause fewer disruptions, but Tampa Bay Water's board of directors Monday settled on a corridor for a planned $419 million, 26-mile pipeline to deliver more water to fast-growing southern Hillsborough County.
  11. An aerial view of the Howco Environmental Services plant, on 43rd Street S between 8th Ave S and 9th Ave S, and other parts of St. Petersburg's Childs Park industrial corridor, with homes in the neighborhood pictured in the background in February. After the city and neighborhood association's awareness-raising campaign about persistent odors associated with the corridor, State Sen. Darryl Rouson has called for a state investigation into the source of the smells and increased air-quality monitoring.
  12. Tampa City Council members Thursday rejected a $1.2 million funding request for a controversial project that would turn wastewater into water.
  13. Tesla vehicles are seen at charging stations Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 at a Wawa gas station in Clearwater. There are an estimated 58,000 electric vehicles in Florida and, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, Florida has the third-largest electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the country, behind California and New York.
  14. Pine Key Tampa Bay, formerly known as Beer Can Island, is seen in this image taken from a drone on Jan. 10, 2018, in Tampa Bay. The owners, four partners who purchased the land for $63,650, are seeking a new land use category from Hillsborough County - Island recreation.  [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  15. Sierra Club Tampa Bay vice chairperson Gary Gibbons and other opponents of the city's plan to reuse highly treated wastewater detailed their concerns at a news conference Monday in Sulphur Springs.
  16. Nearly three dozen trees were cut down at a half-abandoned trailer park along Gandy Boulevard in 2019, enraging tree advocates. Mayor Jane Castor held a news conference Monday to celebrate a judge upholding a hefty fine against the company that did the work. [CHARLIE FRAGO | Times]
  17. A lobster fisherman drops an undersized lobster into the water while fishing Thursday off of Kennebunkport, Maine. Hello Fresh and Blue Apron have pulled lobster from their menus after a warning about the dangers lobster harvesting poses to whales.
  18. Members of the media join the West Klosterman Preservation Group for a tour in November 2021 of 14 acres owned by Pinellas County Schools in Tarpon Springs. A state grant helped the nonprofit group close the gap to meet the school district's $3 million asking price for the land.
  19. A view from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg  campus in front of the USF St. Pete University Student Center on Monday, March 21, 2022, in St. Petersburg.
  20. Wild hogs are pictured rooting for food in Sun City Center.
  21. A Tampa woman took this photo of a gator strapped to a bumper on Interstate 95 in Florida.
  22. Dead fish fill the end of a canal near the Sell Isle Marina off Snell Island during a Red Tide bloom last July.
  23. Eric and Jesse Ziegelbauer talk to reporters after their son Caleb was moved from an ambulance to an airplane, pictured in the background, at Signature Flight Support at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday in Tampa. The family is flying to Chicago so the 13-year-old Florida boy can receive additional treatment after contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba during a beach trip in Port Charlotte.
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