Florida

Man's need to apologize for using dad's truck to help Irma victims may have cost his life

NAPLES, Fla. — Devan Rewis wanted to apologize to his father after an argument over the family truck.<p>It may have cost him his life.<p>The 31-year-old lifelong Chokoloskee resident died in custody at NCH Downtown Baker Hospital in Naples on Friday after he was arrested on a charge of violating Collier …

News (U.S.)

A thirsty deer in Florida Keys receives hurricane relief; video | GrindTV.com

During recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a Florida Keys Strike Team was checking on a badly damaged structure in the Lower Keys on …

American South

What happened to boats left in the Keys? At this marina, it was tragedy

At Monroe County’s largest publicly managed harbor, about two-thirds of the vessels are gone.<p>Of the nearly 300 boats docked at the Boot Key Harbor …

U.S. Coast Guard

Report-Suspended Gators players will be now be arrested

The picture is getting clearer and worse for the Florida Gators players currently suspended in an ongoing credit card fraud investigation. And a …

College & University

For a new Key West resident, Irma was her welcome-to-town

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Prudence Duchene will never forget the day she moved to Key West.<p>It was Aug. 30 — the day a storm brewing in the Atlantic got named Irma.<p>Duchene, 22, was actually waiting to board her Florida-bound flight from Albany International Airport when she saw the news that the newly …

Hurricane Irma

Florida nurse allegedly fired from job for not coming to work during Hurricane Irma

Lisa Santamaria, a single mother of two, said she could not go to work fearing for the safety of her family members.<p>A mother of two who works as a …

Hurricane Irma

‘It’s All Very Grim’: Hurricane Irma Leaves Behind a Broken Paradise in the Florida Keys

Residents returned to their devastated homes this week after a mandatory evacuation.<p>Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm recorded in region's history, tore through the Caribbean Islands and crashed into the Florida Keys about 10 days ago. Now, the affected areas are trying to rebuild in the face …

Florida Keys

Timelapse shows Hurricane Irma making its way through Miami Beach

Florida residents will no longer get a free pass traversing most stretches of Florida’s Turnpike or certain local expressways across the state.<p>The …

Weather

Buzz about Drake at Kentucky vs Florida is Building

There have been rumors buzzing this week that there will be something or someone special at Kroger Field on Saturday night when the Kentucky Wildcats …

College Basketball

Pregnant Woman Bitten By Snake

A pregnant woman out on a walk was bitten by a water moccasin and had to be rushed to the hospital. The family had to decide -- deliver the baby …

Dallas

Inmate returning to Keys after Irma evacuation leaps from the van

The checkpoints may be gone in most places in the Florida Keys as residents try to rebuild, refurbish and get back to regular routines, but that …

Weather

Inside the numbers: A closer look at Florida heading into game at Kentucky

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Welcome to the latest installment of Inside the Numbers, a weekly column that breaks down the stats and numbers you need to know …

College Football

Some Florida Keys schools to open Monday. For others hit by Irma, it could be much longer

Schools in the Florida Keys will begin reopening Monday, just over two weeks after Hurricane Irma devastated the island chain.<p>Five traditional public …

Education

Dan Marino kicks off touchdown drive of Hurricane Irma relief to the Florida Keys

Over the weekend, the Florida Panthers collected hurricane relief supplies for those hit hardest by Hurricane Irma.<p>On Wednesday morning, they were …

Hurricane Irma

Residents return to Summerland Key after Hurricane Irma

First responder, utility lineman, supply truck driver, National Guard soldier, cop. If your job deals with Hurricane Irma and its aftermath, you’ve …

Hurricane Irma

Florida county’s fake ASL translator has become a sensation

Hearing-impaired people looking for help didn't find any, because their sign language translator couldn't sign<p>In times of crisis, those of us not in the danger zone have enjoyed what has become a time-honored tradition: Sign language interpreters. It started with Lydia Callis, who stole the show …

Liberal View

Canoe Washed Ashore by Hurricane Irma Could Be Hundreds of Years Old

Hurricane Irma left a lot of destruction on its wake, but also some surprising discoveries. Florida photographer and self-proclaimed history buff Randy Lathrop stumbled upon an interesting piece of history after an early morning bike ride the day after the natural disaster touched down.<p>Emerging …

Extreme Sports

Jacksonville’s One Spark festival has been postponed, again, now set for April

On the brink of what was promised as a revival of Jacksonville’s One Spark entrepreneurial festival, the event has been postpoined and organizers are …

Jacksonville

The Tennessee-Florida rivalry, summed up in a 9-second video

It’s a special breed of animosity, folks.<p>The Florida Gators beat the Tennessee Volunteers on a last-second touchdown pass from Feleipe Franks to Tyrie Cleveland. The final play and Gators’ victory sent Ben Hill Griffin Stadium into a frenzy. On Saturday evening after the game, a Tennessee fan …

Sports

Nation's littlest post office, located in Collier County, beats Irma

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - At just 61 square-feet it's the smallest post office in the nation, but it still held its own against Hurricane Irma.<p>The …

American South

Irma Stirs Fear of Setback to $16 Billion Everglades Restoration

For two decades Steve Davis has made it his life’s work to save the Florida Everglades.<p>Davis, a wetland ecologist with the Everglades Foundation, has …

Business

Despite Rising Seas and Bigger Storms, Florida’s Land Rush Endures

MIAMI — Florida was built on the seductive delusion that a swamp is a fine place for paradise.<p>The state’s allure — peddled first by visionaries and hucksters, most famously in the Great Florida Land Boom of the 1920s — is no less potent today.<p>Only, now there is a twist: Florida is no longer the …

Florida Keys

Hurricanes ravaged their hometowns. Mass deportation rumors have them scared. So Colorado colleges are lending a hand.

After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left their hometowns devastated, and rumors of mass deportations led them to question their futures, hundreds of …

Denver

Saving Manatees Left High and Dry by Hurricane Irma

Wildlife specialists in Florida come to the aid of the gentle giants before and after storms<p>The first manatee rescue happened before Hurricane Irma even arrived.<p>The storm, which was still hours south of Sarasota, Florida, was so strong, it pulled water out of Sarasota Bay, stranding two of the …

Weather

Parents in 48 Florida counties don’t have to worry about lunch money for a month

There is such a thing as a free lunch for students in 48 Irma-affected Florida counties.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture accepted Florida’s …

American South

Irma could bust Florida’s budget surplus — Death and fear in Everglades City — Category 5 climate change ‘hype’ — Mar-a-Lago moolah

<b>By Marc Caputo</b> (mcaputo@politico.com; @MarcACaputo) with <b>Kristen East</b> (keast@politico.com; @kristenicoleast), <b>Sergio Bustos</b> (sbustos@politico.com; @sbustosFL) and the staff of POLITICO Florida<p><b>On this Monday morning,</b> the terrible truth of Hurricane Irma dawns on the hardest hit South Floridians: The …

American South

What hurricanes can dredge up: Coffins, canoes and creatures

Jarring things can happen when the sea comes crashing into human habitats.<p>After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered Texas, the Caribbean and Florida, …

Hurricane Harvey

Official: 'Lethal' Irma a 'major calamity' for Florida crops

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida's agriculture commissioner said Monday that the path of Hurricane Irma "could not have been more lethal" to the state's farmers and that the scope of damage to the state's fruits and vegetables is unprecedented.<p>Commissioner Adam Putnam, along with U.S. …

Business

New College Football Top 25 AP and Coaches Poll

The latest college football top 25 polls are out, and the Kentucky Wildcats still aren’t cracking them.<p>Even after an impressive win at South …

College Football

Florida's insured losses from Irma total nearly $2 billion to date

(Reuters) - Florida policyholders so far have filed nearly $2 billion in claims to insurers for damage from Hurricane Irma, the state's insurance regulator said on Monday.<p>The estimate of insured losses is based on preliminary statewide data that insurers filed with the Florida Office of Insurance …

Hurricane Irma