The United States Association of Reptile Keepers wants the government to lift the ban on bringing invasive snakes and reptiles into places like the Everglades. According to a lawsuit filed by The Keepers, the science behind banning people from introducing snakes into an ecosystem they absolutely do ... More >>
Sadly, Florida has seen a lot of pilot whales wash ashore or beach themselves in the past couple of months. Last Sunday, 25 pilot whales were found dead off the shores of Kice Island, in the southwest part of the state. On Friday, a team of biologists began performing necropsies on the dead whales ... More >>
With all the flip-floppy talk that is sure to come at Charlie Crist in the coming year from Rick Scott and the GOP, there's one area where they might not be able to touch. The environment. Even before he changed parties and began changing his views from right things to left things, Crist had a pre ... More >>
Alligator wrestler John Carlos Martinez, a lifelong animal lover and a character on the reality show Gator Boys, died on September 3, New Times has learned. He was 30 years old. The show focuses on "the only bare-hand nuisance animal trapping company in Florida" -- guys who trap gators with their ... More >>
A North African python, which also goes by the menacing name "rock python," killed a West Kendall family's 60-pound Siberian Husky. Florida already has a pretty bad snake problem, what with the invasive Burmese python causing havoc in the Everglades. Now comes this brand new species of python br ... More >>
Benjamin Prows settled a pirate mask over his brown eyes, took a deep breath, and tiptoed out onto the slackline -- nothing but 12 feet of air between him and the ground. Anything but a conformist, Prows dresses like Jack Sparrow, juggles daily, and lives on a 65-foot catamaran. But as this most unu ... More >>
For a certain brand of South Florida outdoorsy-type, nothing beats blasting through the great outdoors on a giant off-road vehicle - wind wiping your hair, bug guts painting the windscreen, huge tires below mulching up the turf. But questions about where backwoods cruising should be allowed in Big ... More >>
Spring -- or, for us, the beginning of wet season -- if officially here. And just like the weather, the South Florida food and drink scene is heating up this weekend. Whether you're into laid-back gardening, big-bet horseracing, or getting your drink on, there is something to keep you occupied on th ... More >>
Apparently trying to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. by stuffing bags of it up one's rectum is something the feds are on to. So the next logical step was to try to stuff coke into hollowed-out coconuts and smuggle them in that way, because coconuts is not a person's rectum. Unfortunately for three me ... More >>
South Florida is about to see its newest urban farm.On Wednesday, Oakland Park City Commissioners unanimously voted to to accept a contract for the Urban Farmer's farm park, in the northern part of Jaco Pastorius Park. See Also:- Andrews Farm: New Urban Farm to Provide Cheap Organic Produce in ... More >>
Let's talk about beer and grub at Humid Life Stadium (where the Miami Dolphins play) for a sec. In recent years, the trend in American sports stadiums has been a shift away from the "foodservice" grade staples of my youth, such as stale pretzels and dirty water hot dogs whose only function is as s ... More >>
One month from now, something very unusual -- and very, very Florida -- will occur in the Everglades, representing a metaphoric clash of man and beast: the Burmese python challenge. Its requests are simple. Kill as many snakes as you can. No, no, no. Don't worry. You don't need a hunting license o ... More >>
See also "Feds Likely To Face Legal Battle Over Python Ban" and "JAVMA Probes Whether Burmese Pythons Are Mere Hype or Destructive Force"Want to see a guy get bit by a relatively huge and very pissed off Burmese python? Then keep reading because esteemed broadcast journalist Dan Rather has you ... More >>
Earlier this year, our cowboy-hat-wearing secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, hosted a news conference in the Everglades to announce a federal ban on importing four species of snakes, including the much-loathed Burmese python. Now, a new proposal from Reps. Tom Rooney and Ted Deutch ... More >>
Along with agitated residents and the entire city government of Pembroke Pines, here's another addition to the list of opponents to the planned immigration detention facility in Southwest Ranches: the local branch of the Sierra Club.The group released a formal resolution today opposing the constr ... More >>
It's no secret that Burmese pythons have been wreaking havoc in the Everglades, but the extent of their destruction has been hard to grasp. A new study provides some of the first hard statistics on how these invasive reptiles are altering the food chain, and the numbers are downright scary.Betwee ... More >>
These masts don't mix well with, say, a flight to Albuquerque.The Maltese Falcon, the world's largest sailing yacht and also a giant floating metaphor for the financial collapse, has pulled into Port Everglades, tucked away unceremoniously in a spot far from the riffraff and almost unseen unless ... More >>
Smoke filled Fort Lauderdale skylineWhat's that smell? Yesterday and this morning, many South Floridians woke up to the smoky stench of a brush fire blazing in the Everglades. The fire, destroying over 28,000 acres, has been burning in the Big Cypress National Preserve since April 26th, reports S ... More >>
Land Ad from 1910This is the lede of a real estate ad in the old Miami Metropolis newspaper published on September 3, 1910. It was placed by William Marshall, a land speculator who would go on to become Fort Lauderdale's first mayor when it was incorporated on March 28, 1911 -- one hundred years ... More >>
Oasis of the Seas at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.
The latest PR splash for the South Florida Tea Party pairs the conservative activists with a strange bedfellow, the New York Times. Even weirder, the much-ridiculed protest group appears to have chosen a worthy cause. Tomorrow, the activists plan to protest Charlie Crist's $536 million ... More >>
Edmundo Velasquez is the name of the 49-year-old man whose plane crashed Sunday in the Everglades of West Broward. A resident of Oviedo, Velasquez's plane was found partially submerged, roughly 200 feet north of I-75. Here's the news release from Broward Sheriff's Office.And here's a link to the 911 ... More >>
[Well, it's official: Roger Wishner is a man-whore. As predicted below, Roger Wishner and his do-boy Rosen voted tonight for the zoning change to allow Everglades Corporate Park to build a bigger development on the Everglades west of the Sawgrass. The stinking thing was passed 4-1, with on ... More >>
To get an introduction to Jose El Rey (if you actually need one!) and to read previous installments of his weekly Crossfade column, Que Pasa, M.I.A?, click here.Against my better judgment and sense of comfort and convenience, I went camping. Into the woods. Into the night. With fire. And "beware of ... More >>
Developers gobble up a section of the River of Grass to build an outrage of a project
Petite and badass, she keeps hunters in her sights
The plan includes playing footsie with a controversial land baron and paving over a piece of the Everglades
Bad, CRA! Bad, Bad CRA!
A too-hip tree trimmer is the major contributor in a bizarre mayor's race
Everglades Holiday Park
Yoo-hoo! Investigators! Check the president's pockets!
Burt & Jack's
Save the baby sea turtles!
Calypso Bay Waterpark
The state has a big job in trying to save the Everglades. Question is, Does it know what it's doing?
Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska (Sub Pop Records)
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
May 21 - 27, 1998