As many as 30 to 40 short-finned pilot whales have stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park. As many as ten have beached themselves, with four having already died, according to officials. The pod was first seen on Tuesday, about 30 miles from Flamingo in Monroe County.
The Everglades restoration bill is being threatened to be Hiroshima'd by the government shutdown, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Florida politics as a whole has traditionally screwed the state's environmental priorities to begin with, but now the the Water Resources Development Act ... More >>
The epic task of restoring and preserving the Everglades faces a major new step in the coming weeks, as a draft report on implementation of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) comes under review by the general public and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Finalizing the plan in timely fas ... 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 >>
Most people probably don't think of Florida as a place with deserts, but if you look closely, they're there. They run up and down what city planner types call "the transportation corridor." They are the areas immediately surrounding I-95. They are food deserts. Researchers call them "red zones." T ... 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 >>
Despite the string of national headlines, television specials, a federal ban, and grotesque photographs, it's becoming increasingly unclear whether Burmese pythons are permanently wrecking the Everglades or if they're just an overhyped nuisance. Earlier this year, scientists r ... More >>
At the end of January, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a study suggesting that Burmese pythons were decimating mammal populations in the Everglades. The numbers were shocking: a 99 percent decline in raccoon sightings, a 98 percent drop in opossum  ... More >>
Harriet TubmanGOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann is about to receive a letter from one of those "radical environmentalists" she so loathes -- Rep. Allen West.In a letter dated yesterday, West writes that he was "troubled" by the interview in which Bachmann said she'd be open to dril ... More >>
Flicker user: VeronicaCastillo.comThe Everglades Club is an institution on Worth Avenue.The Great Recession and soaring unemployment rates haven't stopped Florida businesses from hiring cheap, temporary labor from abroad, federal visa records show.In Tampa, one company imported 40 electricians. I ... More >>
flickr user: BashorerepublicanThe uproar over Rush Limbaugh's bungled bid to buy the St. Louis Rams wouldn't be complete without a mention of his membership in Palm Beach's oldest and most exclusive country club, the Everglades Club.Palm Beach's infamous bloviater was kicked out of a group trying ... More >>
Two years ago, the athletic director of Everglades High in Miramar was desperate to hang on to the school's promising young coach, Mike Palmieri. A 2007 article in the Sun-Sentinel (sorry, I can't find a link to a web version) details how Everglades lost Palmieri -- who it paid about $3,000 -- becau ... More >>
Flickr user: VeronicaCastillo.comThe Everglades Club is an institution on Worth Avenue.In this week's cover story, "The Chef and the 'Amigo,'" New Times goes behind the scenes at Palm Beach's oldest country club. When Esdras Cardona, a Guatemalan immigrant and dishwasher at the Everglades Club, was ... More >>
NFL.comCorey SmithIn news stories about the four (now three) football players missing at sea, Coast Guard Capt. Tim Close has been quoted as saying that the boat they left shore in -- a 21-foot, single-engine, center-console boat made by Everglades Boats -- is "billed as 'unsinkable.' " True, the we ... More >>
A South Florida company caught stealing twice surfaces under a new name and gets a lucrative government franchise.
Beach erosion has been a problem in South Florida at least since the Army Corps of Engineers created the Intracoastal Waterway last century. Under natural circumstances, winds and waves push sand down the coast, gently and perpetually southward. But wherever there's a man-made jetty that ... 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 >>
You could be there for Lindsay's next embarrassment! So you've opened the presents and done all your dreaming about sugar plums, which is probably what the kids are calling some kind of messed up pill these days. Now your brain moves on to the next challenge: how to spend New Year's Eve. Sou ... More >>
Can a hardy little moth stop the fern that wants to eat the Everglades?
Origami at Morikami -- it's a natural
Sure, Hollywood's sewage plan is dirty. It pollutes the Everglades too.
Scrub Jay Campsite
Get Silly with Uncle Willy
A lush idyllic chunk of the Everglades was transformed by bulldozers and a huge tree-eating juggernaut
A watery good time
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
I-75 Rest Area
West Lake Park/Anne Kolb Nature Center
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
Get thee to the secret wood to venerate the goddess
De Land, Florida
Heliflight Helicopter Air Tours
Florida Scenic Trail, Section Two
Just try writing a book about orchid thieves in South Florida and unwittingly including some errors. Then watch the critics bloom.
Everglades Holiday Park
A million gallons of petroleum has leaked into the environment at Port Everglades. So what's being done about it? Nothing.