Deirdra Funcheon
Mar 28, 2023 - News

FWC seeks public input on anchoring in the Florida Keys

A sailboat with two full triangular sails in clear blue waters on a sunny day

A sailboat near Fort Zachary Taylor State Beach in 2021 in Key West, Florida. Photo: AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images.

Florida's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking input from the public as it formulates new rules about where boaters can anchor long-term in Monroe County.

Why it matters: New rules could impact the workforce in the Florida Keys, where hundreds of people live permanently on their anchored boats, some because they cannot afford homes on land or the cost of staying docked at a marina.

Martin Vassolo
Mar 27, 2023 - News

Miami Beach wants to impose a curfew for spring break 2024

People stand on Ocean Drive during spring break in Miami Beach, Florida, on March 24, 2022. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images

As spring break in Miami Beach comes to a close, city officials have already begun crafting a message to the large crowds planning to visit next year: Party's over.

What's happening: Commissioners voted Monday in support of imposing a curfew for spring break 2024 and to explore creating a gun-free perimeter along world-famous Ocean Drive through a private event.

Martin Vassolo
Mar 24, 2023 - News

New mosquito species found in Miami-Dade is spreading across Florida

Mosquito biologist Lawrence Reeves uses an aspirator machine to collect mosquitoes.

University of Florida assistant professor and mosquito biologist Lawrence Reeves uses an aspirator to catch mosquitoes. Photo: Courtesy of Lawrence Reeves, UF/IFAS

What's that buzz? It could be one of the 90 mosquito species that call Florida home.

Driving the news: Add one more to the list. A new species of mosquito has made a permanent home in at least three Florida counties, including Miami-Dade, according to a new study by faculty at the University of Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory.

Martin Vassolo
Mar 23, 2023 - News

Florida permitless carry bill set for a House vote amid protests

David Hogg, March For Our Lives co-founder and Parkland school shooting survivor, speaks during a rally in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2022. Photo: Craig Hudson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The gun safety advocacy group that formed after the 2018 Parkland school shooting is pushing back on a permitless carry bill that's set to be considered in the Florida House Thursday.

Driving the news: March for Our Lives, a youth-led organization seeking to end gun violence, will protest the bill outside the State Capitol on Thursday.

How December's air travel meltdown affected Miami Airport

Data: BTS; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios
Data: BTS; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

When it comes to flights departing on time, Miami International Airport's performance declined late last year, according to recently released data from the department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

By the numbers: 73.2% of domestic flights departed from MIA on time in December 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Deirdra Funcheon
Mar 23, 2023 - News

The love story behind a bald eagle hatching in Miami-Dade County

A baby eagle chick opens its mouth wide as it sits next to an egg.

Welcome to the world, R4! Photo: Courtesy of Wildlife Rescue of Dade.

Love is in the air for a pair of local bald eagles.

What's happening: Ron, a Miami-area bald eagle, mated with a new lover on Christmas Day, and their two baby eaglets hatched last week.

Martin Vassolo
Mar 22, 2023 - News

5,000-mile-long seaweed belt heading toward Miami

Sargassum seaweed is pictured on the shore of Miami Beach in 2020. Photo: Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

A 5,000-mile-long cluster of seaweed might spoil your summer beach plans as it inches across the Caribbean to Miami.

What's happening: A sargassum bloom weighing an estimated 12 million tons — roughly half the record-setting total found across the Atlantic Ocean last year — is already washing up along Florida beaches from Key West to Fort Lauderdale.

Martin Vassolo
Mar 21, 2023 - News

Miami Beach won't extend spring break curfew for this weekend

A Miami Beach police officer exits a closed road on Ocean Drive during spring break in 2022. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images

Miami Beach won't be extending a spring break curfew in South Beach for another weekend, despite a request for the order from the city's top administrator in the wake of two fatal shootings.

Why it matters: This is the third straight year that the city imposed a curfew during spring break, and the second year that shootings on Ocean Drive sparked the emergency order.


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