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‘Recycling Grannies’ get new use from discarded plastic bags

MELBOURNE BEACH — It’s volunteer work that could have an impact for centuries. And it just involves some crocheting skills and a ton of plastic bags. Nannette Wall, 67, and Ethel Ford, 70, sat in the middle of the museum at the Sebastian Inlet State Park, pulling at thin strands[…]

Florida’s 2 senators want Canadian snowbirds to stay longer

ORLANDO — Florida’s two senators want the state’s Canadian snowbirds to stay a little longer. U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott last week introduced legislation that would allow Canadian visitors to spend eight months a year in the United States, two months longer than is currently allowed. The senators[…]

Florida voter registration site back, Democrats skeptical

ORLANDO — A Florida voter registration website was back up and running Sunday, hours after Democrats accused the state’s Republican governor of voter suppression for taking it down for maintenance. The Florida Online Voter Registration site was offline over the weekend, angering Florida Democrats who accused Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration[…]

Cremated remains of 15 people turned into artificial reefs

PENSACOLA — Surrounded by her family on the bow of a fishing boat, Judy Manning said her final goodbyes to her husband, Brian Delf, who passed away in May after a third round of cancer. Manning held in her hands a concrete reef ball about the size of a basketball,[…]

Coast Guard seizes 12,000 pounds of cocaine in Pacific Ocean

MIAMI BEACH — The United States Coast Guard will be offloading cocaine in Miami Beach that was seized from suspected drug smugglers in international waters. The agency said in a news release that crews patrolling in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South American[…]

Barge gets stuck in sand while creating diving reef

DEERFIELD BEACH — A barge being used to create an artificial reef to mark a South Florida city from the air got stuck in the sand, stalling the project. Deerfield Beach spokeswoman Rebecca Stewart tells the South Florida SunSentinel that the rough Atlantic Ocean conditions are fueled partly by Hurricane[…]

Florida students join climate strike, express sea-rise fears

MIAMI BEACH — Hundreds of high school students shouted “Miami is under attack” at Miami Beach city hall to underline concerns over sea rise in their coastal city as they joined the global climate strike. Sixteen-year-old Aleksandar Demetriades said Friday, “I’m scared that I am going to lose my house”[…]

Mom goes home 5 years after driving van with kids into ocean

DAYTONA BEACH — A South Carolina woman who drove her minivan with her children inside into the Atlantic Ocean in Florida five years ago has been allowed to return home to her family. Volusia County Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano on Thursday allowed 38-year-old Ebony Wilkerson to leave Daytona Beach, where[…]

Florida police officer arrested on child porn charges

TAMPA — A Florida police officer is accused of possession and distribution of child pornography Federal prosecutors said in a news release that 34-year-old Matthew Enhoffer was arrested Thursday in St. Petersburg, where he is a police officer. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The criminal[…]

Teacher found guilty of selling drugs to kids at school

CLEWISTON — A 37-year-old teacher has been found guilty of selling illegal drugs to two students at her Florida middle school. Prosecutors say Maria Otilia Rivera faces up to 35 years in prison when she’s sentenced Oct. 16. A Hendry County Sheriff’s Office investigation that began in 2017 found that[…]