There’s a massive red tide blooming off the coast of southwestern Florida and it appears to be growing.
The red tide is patchy, but researchers say it stretches an amazing 60 miles wide and 90 miles long in the Gulf of Mexico.
Just a few weeks ago it was reported to be 50 miles wide and 80 miles long.
Pamela Druckerman writes:
IF you had asked me what I wanted when I was 12 years old, I probably would have said, “to marry a plastic surgeon.” You can hardly blame me: I was growing up in Miami. My life plan elegantly combined the city’s worship of bodies and money, and its indifference to how you came by either.
The Florida judge who ruled last month that two of the state’s congressional districts were illegally drawn to favor Republicans issued a new court ruling Friday, this time admitting that he was unsure how to resolve the problem by November’s election.
Judge Terry P. Lewis of Leon County gave the State Legislature two weeks to submit a new proposed congressional map to replace the gerrymandered boundaries of the Fifth and 10th Congressional Districts, which he had already ruled unconstitutional. Admitting that law and logistics could prove formidable obstacles, he postponed his decision on whether to delay the November 2014 general elections, putting the future of those congressional races and those closest to them in doubt.
|—||Marcelo Claure, speaking of Miami: Influx of South Americans Drives Miami’s Reinvention - NYTimes.com|
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The Sun-Sentinel reports:
TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s re-drawn congressional map intentionally favors Republicans in violation of the anti-gerrymandering standards voters approved in 2010 and will have to be re-drawn, according to a ruling late Thursday from a Tallahassee judge.
The judge found particular problems with two seats that knife through Central Florida, held by Reps. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, and Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden.
The 41-page order from Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis will almost certainly be appealed to the Florida Supreme Court. But if the decision is upheld, lawmakers or the courts could have to go back to the drawing board to design congressional seats throughout Central Florida to comply with the Fair Districts mandate that seats not be drawn to intentionally favor incumbents or parties.
In his ruling, Lewis quoted President George Washington’s farewell address warning of associations of “cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men” who could subvert the will of voters.
… [T]he feud runs [deep] on this Gulf Coast island-speckled stretch of the Everglades known as the Last Frontier: It is about protecting the remnants of history, the kind steeped in the grit, the survival and the long-ago code of lawlessness forged by Florida crackers, the so-called early settlers in these parts.
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The BBC reports on Miami:
When Major League Soccer player David Beckham announced plans to start a soccer franchise in Miami, the buzz became yet another jewel in the city’s shiny crown. There’s no question about it: Miami is hotter than ever. While the location of the new 25,000-seat stadium is still up in the air, the fan enthusiasm is firmly planted on solid ground.
"Miami has never seen such tremendous growth in so many areas," said Jorge Salum, a city native and business development leader at Visa who has travelled throughout the Caribbean and Latin America for the last decade.
International traffic to the city is on the upswing, and in 2013, for the first time ever, the majority of visitors—51 percent—came from outside the US. Together they represent 70 percent of overall tourism dollars spent in Miami, according to William Talbert III, the president of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
There may now be as many as 180 endangered Florida panthers roaming in the wild, and state wildlife officials are exploring programs designed to encourage private landowners to welcome the big cats on their property.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists updated their population estimate for the panthers during the agency’s meeting this week in Fort Myers.
The panther hovered on the brink of extinction in 1994 when just 20 to 30 panthers remained. After years of conservation efforts, including the introduction of a handful of pumas from Texas to southwest Florida, the number of panthers rose was estimated at 100 to 160 adult cats.
The commission documented the births of 21 panther kittens last year.