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feed text Cocoa Beach rebounding quickly from red tide
Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:15:00 PDT

Despite a large fish kill and the presence of red tide, Cocoa Beach residents and visitors were doing their normal thing on Saturday.

Runners, surfers, paddle boarders, anglers and sun bathers were all present in the area from the Cocoa Beach Pier to Lori Wilson Park, where hundreds of pogies and...


Gov. Rick Scott and his wife have financial ties to the hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico electric utility, according to federal campaign disclosure records, the same company Scott has been advising the island government about getting back to operation after being hit hard by Hurricane Maria last year.

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A man died in a car fire near Orange Blossom Trail early Saturday after he lost control of his car, left the road and struck two vehicles in a dealership lot, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 2008 BMW 328i also struck a fence and a tree before catching fire.

The man has...


A 65-year-old Apopka man was struck by a car and killed while walking across the street Friday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

In a report, police said 36-year-old Madairies Boyd of Apopka had been driving his 2004 Ford Mustang northbound on Apopka Boulevard when the pedestrian...


A 24-year-old man was shot multiple times Friday night near Waterbridge Circle and Orange Blossom Trail, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

He ended up down the street at a shopping center, deputies say. It happened around 7:45 p.m.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition....


A Lakeland City Commissioner who shot and killed a shoplifting suspect at his military supply store was indicted by a grand jury on a second-degree murder charge, according to the State Attorney's Office.

Lakeland Commissioner Michael Dunn was taken to the Polk County Jail on Friday. Saturday morning,...


Rescuers from agencies across Central Florida were reunited with friends and family Friday after spending 10 days in the Panhandle rescuing people in need and clearing debris left behind by Hurricane Michael.

Seminole County firefighter David McDonald, one of the 46 members of FEMA Urban Search...


A 58-year-old driver who stopped in the emergency lane of Florida’s Turnpike and got out of his Ford Escape was struck and killed by another car this morning in south Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol has reported.

The man, Charles Fulci, died at the scene, according to FHP, which reported...


The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a 29-year-old woman was found in a vehicle with a gunshot wound near Apopka.

Deputies responded around 9 p.m. to Boy Scout Road near Ocoee Apopka Road for shots fired. They found the woman in a car shot. Apopka police also responded to the...


A man has climbed to the top of a 200-plus-foot-tall cell phone tower in Hialeah, according to a report by NBC Miami.

The news site reported that the man was seen climbing the tower near 45th Place and Palm Avenue this morning. Using a rope or cloth to help him scale the tower, he has since reached...


A hearing Friday afternoon to determine whether Orange County sheriff candidate Darryl Sheppard’s name will remain on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election was delayed until Monday.

A lawsuit filed by Said Lutfi, an Orlando real-estate investor with whom Sheppard had done business, claims Sheppard,...


Francina Ogburn said she had one wish for the man who killed her father.

"I don’t have any animosity toward the defendant," Ogburn said in an Orange County courtroom Friday as Joseph Robinson stood nearby, looking down. "I just pray that when he gets out in 20 years [he will] try to give his kids...


Troopers have identified the 45-year-old woman fatally injured Thursday morning while crossing Silver Star Road as Belva Beckford Tomlinson of Orlando.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, she was crossing near Hiawassee Road about 6:15 a.m. Thursday when she was struck by a 2015 Kia driven...


The first preserved piece of Orlando’s distinctive round building, which was demolished in 2015, is on the verge of going on display.

Plans call for one of the 20-foot tall concrete "brise soleil" panels — which, translated from French, means sun blocker — to be resurrected outside of the Orange...


Florida’s unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in September and plummeted to 2.7 percent in metro Orlando, a state report revealed Friday.

The statewide rate was down from 3.7 percent in August and from 3.9 percent in September 2017, the Department of Economic Opportunity said.

In metro Orlando,...


Ron DeSantis is doing something politicians don’t normally do — doling out cash a dollar at a time.

But there’s a catch: he wants it back and then some.

Enclosed in a letter to potential donors, the GOP candidate for governor is sending a crisp $1 bill. But the letter asks for a donation of up...


A former teacher at New Smyrna Middle School accused of having sex with an eighth-grade boy pleaded guilty this week in Volusia County, court records show.

Stephanie Peterson, 27, on Tuesday entered a guilty plea to felony charges of lewd and lascivious battery of a child younger than 16 and transmission...


Orange County commissioners set aside $567,000 for an affordable housing project in Pine Hills that could replace an under-used shopping center and become an anchor for the struggling community’s new town center.

The $19-million project, the Hawthorne Park Apartments, is a 120-unit, rent-restricted...


Central Florida’s public-bus agency, Lynx, has canceled another meeting by its board of directors.

The board is made up of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine, Osceola County Commissioner Viviana Janer, and the Florida Department...


With Florida’s water increasingly distressed by pollution and algae blooms, the Florida Springs Restoration Summit for 2018 will be Nov. 1 through Nov. 4.

The event is held every two years by the Florida Springs Council, with support from the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Jelks Family...


MOUNT DORA — Lori Heath knows the pain of watching a loved one succumb to opioid addiction.

The Tavares resident has publicly shared her anguish over losing her 28-year-old son, who she said was 16 when he became hooked on prescription painkillers after oral surgery. In 2016, while living in Maryland,...


A disabled vehicle in Orange County on eastbound Interstate 4 has traffic backed up to the ramp at Fairbanks Avenue, leaving the right lane blocked.

Other Central Florida roads are clear of major crashes blocking lanes, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The department is reporting partial...


There’s a house in Orlando that shows every sign of being haunted.

Garrick Spears’ home, on Orange Avenue just south of Mills Avenue, is covered in large spiders and skeletons — presumably humans who had the misfortune of meeting the spiders. And in the north corner of the yard, three specters...


Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a car accident where a bicyclist was killed in east Orange County.

It happened around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday on Colonial Drive near Bonneville Drive when Rene Torres Texeira was riding his bicycle across Colonial.

Texeira, 25, of Orlando, was hit by...


An investigation determined Florida Department of Corrections officers did nothing wrong when an inmate escaped the Lake Correctional Institute, but suggested installing further security measures to stop a similar incident from happening again.

Alinton John, 34, escaped from the prison in May while...