Nesting numbers continue to decline for loggerhead sea turtle
Published 08/09/2009 at 5:13 p.m.
At 6:30 a.m., the sand on Vanderbilt Beach is void of yesterday’s footprints and sand castles as the sun rises over downtown Naples to the south. Only the tracks of an ATV run in a straight line down the beach ...
Dry July brings halt to promising wet season
Updated 07/31/2009 at 11:39 p.m.
A lack of tropical activity made a dry July even dryer in Southwest Florida. What started as a promising wet season with record rainfall toward the end of May evaporated in July, which saw a nearly five-inch deficit from the ...
Money python: Hunters seek deadly snake in Everglades for kills, not dollar bills
Published 07/26/2009 at 8:30 p.m.
Men with snake hooks and pocket knives will not cure the problem of pythons in the Everglades, but that doesn’t stop Shawn Heflick from trying, along with his 14-year-old son, Thorne. Heflick, president of the Central Florida Herpetological Society, is ...
State issuing permits to hunt pythons in Everglades
Updated 07/15/2009 at 8:35 p.m.
A new program to control Burmese pythons in the Everglades may lead to a bounty against the exotic snakes. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Wednesday it selected a group of reptile experts, based on handling experience and ...
Property tax rate increase proposed in Lee, Collier to fight mosquitoes
Updated 07/13/2009 at 6:34 p.m.
John Appezzato goes to work about 5 a.m. After a morning of collecting last night’s catch, he puts a plastic bowl in the microwave. Thirty seconds should do it. It’s not a warm breakfast he takes out, but a bowl ...
Sen. Nelson pleads to ban pythons, constrictor snakes, as pets
Updated 07/08/2009 at 7:30 p.m. 2 Comments
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson presented a bill to Congress that would restrict access and transportation of pythons at a hearing Wednesday. Nelson, D-Fla., began his argument by describing the recent death of a 2-year-old girl caused by a pet python ...
Collier beach parking will stay free for residents
Published 07/01/2009 at 6:35 p.m.
Beach parking permits will be free for Collier County residents for another year. County Commissioners did not support the option to charge county residents up to $75 for beach parking permits and officially took it off the table during budget ...
Collier commissioners want more info before deciding on beach parking fees CORRECTION
Published 06/29/2009 at 11:55 a.m.
Fees for beach parking permits were suggested by the Collier County productivity committee during the Collier County Commission's budget workshop this morning. The productivity committee recommended "the dreaded beach parking fee" to commissioners as a way to reduce the fiscal ...
PHOTOS/POLL: Collier County considering upping beach parking rates
Published 06/16/2009 at 4:11 p.m.
Collier County has included an option to increase the price of county beach parking passes in its budget proposal for fiscal year 2010. Collier County residents receive the pass free now but would pay an annual fee of $75 if ...
PHOTOS/POLL: Some Southwest Florida anglers unhappy about new shoreline fishing license
Updated 07/30/2009 at 3:13 p.m.
Some Southwest Florida anglers are floundering about the new shoreline fishing license but said at least the new fee isn’t too stiff. Florida residents have always been able to fish the shore without a license but a new state law, ...
Wet May helps quench drought-stricken area
Published 06/01/2009 at 6:05 p.m.
After months of significantly below-average rainfall, May offered a quenching reprieve. The question is, was May an oasis in one of the worst droughts on record or is it a preview of what’s to come for the wet season?