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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
SteinmanFor 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Tourists can't wait to get next to them – even if they are eating machines
Six set sail on the Joe Cool hoping for better luck. Only two saw land again.
Coast Guard epic succumbs to watery clichés
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 >>
The script of "Invasion of the Beach" passion play is getting a little worn around the edges.
Yours, Mine & Ours lowers the bar for miserable remakes
Michael Ray Roberts has avoided serious prison time by ratting out his partners. So far.
After 21 years, Donna Weaver seems to finally be zeroing in on her lost husband
Fort Lauderdale Beach During Fleet Week
Maurice Denis wouldn't give crewmen their wages, so they took his ship
You can beat City Hall. Just make friends with the mayor.
With politicians in its pocket and more than a few violations under its belt, SunCruz sails into a port near you
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