U.S. Coast Guard

  • Calendar

    November 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    USS New York, Ship Made From Twin Towers, Leads Fort Lauderdale Fleet Week

    Fort Lauderdale Fleet Week is here, which means Navy ships and all-around maritime awesomeness. Of all the ships coming into Port Everglades, the biggest star will undoubtedly be the USS New York, which was constructed from steel recovered from the wreckage of the Twin Towers. Coming in at 684 fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Floatopia 2014: Yesterday's Massive Spring Break Boating Party on Peanut Island

    Fort Lauderdale used to be the spring break capital of the world and still draws a hearty crowd, and Miami has Winter Music Conference coming up in two weeks, but if you're a college kid making Palm Beach County your destination, ain't no shame in it. Partiers have grown a boat/float party on Pea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Boat Catches Fire and Sinks off Hillsboro Inlet (Video)

    Two men and a boy had to evacuate a sportfishing boat they were on when the vessel caught on fire and sank on Sunday morning. The 46-door Sea Lion caught fire around 7:30 a.m. as it sailed off the Hillsboro Inlet. An hour after the distress call was made, the boat sank as fire consumed it and pil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Dead Short-Finned Pilot Whales Suffered From Malnutrition

    Necropsies performed on 11 dead short-finned pilot whales found in the Florida Keys on Sunday revealed the mammals suffered from malnutrition. Officials believe the 11 were part of the whale pod that stranded itself in Florida's Everglades National Park last week. According to the National Ocean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Short-Finned Pilot Whales May Have Moved Into Deeper Waters

    Some of the short-finned pilot whales that had stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park earlier this week may have swam into deeper waters, according to the Coast Guard. About 20 or so whales of the 40 that had stranded themselves were missing on Friday morning, leading officials ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Rescue Attempts Continue For Short-Finned Pilot Whales That Stranded Themselves at Everglades National Park

    Marine officials are scrambling to rescue the 41 short-finned pilot whales that have stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park on Sunday. Experts from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, took 15 boats and 31 voluntee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    $18 Million Worth of Cocaine Snagged Off Florida Coast

    Ah, Florida. Another day, another crapload of cocaine washing up in our waters. This time, however, the cocaine didn't just appear out of nowhere. This load was caught in a Coast Guard Operation off the Gulf of Mexico. And the op, called Operation Martillo -- Operation Hammer! -- yielded more th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Learjet Crashes Into Ocean Off Fort Lauderdale; Two Confirmed Dead (Audio)

    A Mexican-registered Learjet 35, bound for Cozumel with four on board, crashed into the ocean shortly after taking off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Tuesday evening. Hours after sending a rescue crew to search for the plane, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that two bodies -- t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Passenger Falls Out of Plane After Takeoff, According to FAA

    According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot of a Piper PA 46 reported to them that a passenger fell from aircraft on Thursday afternoon. The pilot told the FAA that he had been flying at 1,800 feet, about eight miles southeast of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, when the pas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Pot Boat Washes Ashore on Fort Lauderdale Beach

    A small, unmanned, boat washed ashore onto Ft. Lauderdale beach early Monday morning. And while boats washing ashore is nothing new to South Florida, this particular boat had several bales of pot on board. Come to think of it, boats washing ashore with bales of pot in them is nothing new in South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Marijuana Bale Shaped Like a Beer Keg Found By Lifeguards

    Working as a lifeguard in South Florida is more than just about keeping your eyes open in case somebody drowns. It's also about keeping your eyes open in case drugs wash up on shore. And, at around 11:45 a.m. Monday morning, Gulfstream Park lifeguards earned their pay when they spotted a giant bale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Authorities Find 3,600 Pounds of Cocaine on Sinking Boat

    Apparently the Goodship Yeyo was headed to Blowtown, USA, because federal agents found themselves a boat with a crapload of cocaine earlier this month. U.S. Customs, Border Protection officers, and a Fort Lauderdale Marine Unit were called in to investigate a sinking boat that was being reported to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Fishermen Find $2.5 Million Worth of Cocaine Floating in Gulf

    Usually when a fisherman fishes out an unusual object from the water, it's a boot or a tin can or a license plate. Except if you're a fisherman in Florida, in which case the unusual object you fish out is usually a sack of drugs. Five fishermen found a large package of cocaine floating in the wat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Port Everglades Weapons of Mass Destruction Drill Is Going Down Today

    Oh hey, Broward County. If there are sudden whispers in your office about a possible deadly chemical leak or some other man-made terror disaster, it's only a rumor. So no need to hide under your desk. The Port Everglades Department and Emergency Management Division are conducting a "weapons of mass ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Royal Caribbean Passenger Lost at Sea, Coast Guard Says

    The U.S. Coast Guard says it's searching for a passenger who reportedly fell overboard from Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas mega-cruise ship about 47 miles east of Fort Lauderdale.The 21-year-old woman from Bartlett, Tennessee -- whose name has not been released -- was reported missing on Sunda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Cannabis Washes Ashore in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

    Every now and then, beachgoers run into debris that has washed up on shore: seaweed, jellyfish, seashells, and the occasional plastic CVS bag. And now you can add weed to that list. Early this morning, some people walking on the beach called 911 after they found 15-pound packages of cannabis in La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Harry Miller Celebrated 103rd Birthday on Coast Guard Vessel, Celebrated 104th Birthday on Coast Guard Vessel

    While we're talking about old people doing whatever the fuck they want...The news stories were everywhere last summer: Harry Miller, a 103-year-old veteran with sparkling eyes and a warm smile, wanted nothing more than to be back onboard a Coast Guard ship for his birthday. The Coast Guard gave him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Man Jumps From Carnival Cruise Ship

    The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a man authorities say jumped off a cruise ship 25 miles off Ponce De Leon. A 31-year-old gent, who was last seen on the cruise ship Carnival Fascination by a security guard, is said to have been seen plummeting into the water this morning.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Fresh Seafood Markets in Broward and Palm Beach

    There's buying fish from a commercial chain grocery store, and then there's buying fish from a local fish market. If you've ever walked past your local supermarket fish department and gasped for air, you know exactly what I mean.Especially after recent concerns of area fish fraud and mislabeling, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Satellite Images Show First Glimpse of Cuba's Offshore Drilling Rig in Florida Straits

    Earlier this year, Spanish oil giant Repsol YPF announced that a massive drilling rig had started operating  in "ultra-deep water" in the Straits of Florida, somewhere between Cuba and the Keys. One of the more problematic aspects of the operation is the dearth of information about where the ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    FIND Passes Resolution to Protect Hillsboro Lighthouse From Danger That's Probably Fictional

    ​Today, in turtle-wonkery:We told you last week about the big fight to keep Hillsboro Lighthouse from being turned out by sea-turtle activists, even though the sea-turtle activists say they love the lighthouse and don't want it turned out at all.The advocates even sent the Coast Guard a list of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Save the Turtles: The Misguided, Misinformed, and Misdirected Battle for Hillsboro Lighthouse

    ​​All they wanted was some darkness for the baby sea turtles. But what started out as a simple request for protection of the endangered animals has ballooned into a yearslong battle among local advocates, the U.S. Coast Guard, and numerous agencies in which the original message has been lost in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Cruise Ships to Accommodate Fatter Passengers

    ​The U.S. Coast Guard is the last to acknowledge that people on boats are fatter than they were in 1960. So while cruise ships nixed armrests and installed wider seats years ago, the U.S. Coast Guard has just gotten around to raising the Assumed Average Weight Per Person from 160 to 180 pounds las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2011

    Hey -- The Supermoon Really Did Screw With Us!

    The moon's up to no good.​Whoops, I was wrong. Last week, I wrote that the so-called "supermoon" wouldn't cause any problems, 'cuz it's a silly astrological concept with virtually no real-world significance. Read the debunking here! It's great!Unfortunately, it failed to account for human bonehead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Has Oil Entered Gulf Stream, Reached Fort Lauderdale?

    B. BrownOil off of Port Everglades ​Yesterday, a Fort Lauderdale-based yacht captain was boating about 12.5 miles offshore from Port Everglades when he and his passengers noticed the oil slick pictured above.  According to the captain, the slick was about a half-mile long. It was unlike anyth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Retired Admiral Describes Dread of Spending Military Career in Closet

    Steinman​For gays serving in the U.S. military the fear of exposure exists at every level of the chain of command. Just ask Dr. Alan Steinman. In the early Nineties, Steinman served the four final years of a 25-year career a rear admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard as its director of health and safety ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Morning Juice: Bagmen Grabs a Guilty Plea; Trial Begins for Teen Accused in Coral Springs Kidnapping

    ​Here's what's happening in Broward and Palm Beach this morning:Ronald Owens, accused of handling $900,000 in dirty money on behalf of former Broward County Commission Joe Eggelletion, will plead guilty today in federal court, according to his lawyer. It appears that Owens was flipped by authoriti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    24-Style Diary of a Palm Beach Sheriff's Anti-Climactic Water Rescue Mission

    Flickr: davidousTake the day off, Jack.​A few minutes past midnight today, August 19, and the crisis begins. The clock starts. An excerpt from the first bulletin by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office:Dawn Roberts and her roommate decided to go fishing at Phil Foster Park. As soon as they arrived at ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Sen. John Kerry: Cruise Ships Should Have Laws

    Kerry knows the importance of flotation devices on cruises.Sen. John Kerry knows a thing or two about boating safety. He actually drove one around during some stupid war in Southeast Asia. Now he's trying to bring more safety to the cruise liners, which apparently are floating anarchies. Ship staff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Did Drug Money Fund Renovation of Mayor's Home?

    The answer: Maybe, maybe not. But it's a fair question. Mutual Benefits, the fraud-filled firm that employed Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter's husband and paid $117,000 to renovate her Parkland home, was just a moderately successful (and moderately dirty) firm in 2001. Then it made its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008
  • News

    June 12, 2008

    Shark Huggers

    Tourists can't wait to get next to them – even if they are eating machines

  • News

    January 24, 2008

    Dark Passage

    Six set sail on the Joe Cool hoping for better luck. Only two saw land again.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007
  • Blogs

    July 13, 2006

    In The News

    Miami Herald crime writer Wanda DeMarzo tells us today about a "stunning" plea deal: The State Attorney's Office is dropping charges against Deputy Chris Thieman in the crime-reporting scandal in exchange for Thieman's testimony against higher-ups. Yeah, I suppose it's stunning. It also proves -- ag ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 4, 2006

    Lauderpocalypse Now

    The script of "Invasion of the Beach" passion play is getting a little worn around the edges.

  • Film

    November 24, 2005

    All Yours

    Yours, Mine & Ours lowers the bar for miserable remakes

  • News

    October 20, 2005

    He Dunnit (No, He Dunnit!)

    Michael Ray Roberts has avoided serious prison time by ratting out his partners. So far.

  • News

    August 4, 2005

    Finding Gary, Part 1

    After 21 years, Donna Weaver seems to finally be zeroing in on her lost husband

  • Nightlife

    May 12, 2005

    Best Place to Meet Single Men

    Fort Lauderdale Beach During Fleet Week

  • Music

    October 14, 2004
  • News

    October 7, 2004

    Mutiny on the Atlantica

    Maurice Denis wouldn't give crewmen their wages, so they took his ship

  • News

    April 1, 2004

    Peddling the Park

    You can beat City Hall. Just make friends with the mayor.

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2003
  • News

    May 14, 1998
  • News

    April 30, 1998

    Cruisin' for a Bruisin'

    With politicians in its pocket and more than a few violations under its belt, SunCruz sails into a port near you

  • News

    December 4, 1997

    The Gallows and the Deep

    The story of the bloody, high-seas crimes and execution of smuggler Horace Alderman is a yarn worthy of Joseph Conrad. Or Quentin Tarantino.

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