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Getty Images, photo by David E. Sherman
Getty Images, photo by David E. Sherman

Mosquitoes the Size of Quarters are Headed to Florida This Year

If you’re heading to Florida for vacation this summer take a lot of mosquito repellant because the little pests that bite are getting bigger. Mosquitoes the size of a quarter are headed to Florida in large numbers and these things can bite right through your clothing.

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Getty Images, photo by J. D. Pooley
Getty Images, photo by J. D. Pooley

Florida Quietly Reduces Time Between Yellow and Red Light Change

Seems like a small thing and it has been done quietly in Florida, but the Florida Department of Transportation has shortened the time on their traffic lights on how long they stay yellow before they turn red. They started the change in 2011 at key intersections in the state, mostly intersections that have red light cameras or RLC’s.

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Giant African Snail
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Giant African Sanils Invade South Florida

Its bad enough Florida is dealing with a huge population of wild pythons, now in South Florida they are dealing with a new problem, giant African snails. The snails can eat through almost anything including stucco, hard plastic recycling bins and their shells are hard enough to blow-out a vehicle tire if run over.

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Blacktip Shark
Getty Images, photo by Carol Buchanan

Thousands of Sharks Spotted off the Coast of Florida

Many beaches in South Florida were closed after thousands of sharks were spotted of the coast as close as 60 feet away.  Lifeguards raised red flags getting people out of the water around 11am when the sharks were spotted but were allowed back in the water by the afternoon but warned to be careful

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Photo by Andy Capwell
Photo by Andy Capwell

It’s Fantasy Baseball Season!

With another winter storm warning in effect as we expect another foot or so of heavy, wet snow in Central Maine, I think we could all use a sign of spring! Last week, I saw it, one of my favorite things this time of year. It wasn't a robin, or a crocus, it was a fantasy baseball magazine!

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Burmese Python
Getty Images, photo by Joe Raedle

Flordia’s Burmese Python Hunt is Over and Only 50 Snakes Bagged

Here’s an update on the great Burmese python hunt in Florida, it’s not going very well. Florida has about 100,000 pythons in the Everglades and they are becoming an ecological nightmare, so the state is paying per catch

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Burmese Python
Getty Omages, photo by, Shawn Heflick

Too Many Snakes? No Problem! The Hunt for Burmese Pythons is on in Florida

Snakes… creatures most people like to avoid. Florida is being over-run by snakes and is holding a month long snake hunt. Burmese pythons are ravaging the Everglades, eating everything in sight. So, there will be a month long hunt. 

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photo by Andy Capwell
photo by Andy Capwell

Andy’s ‘Memorable’ Florida Road Trip

If you have been a friend of mine since the late 1990's you have heard this story, probably more than you would have liked to have heard it. It's become 'Andy's Big Story', really because nothing very exciting often happens in my life. The story all began on a Monday night in March of 1997. My best friend, Alan Nickerson Jr. and I were shooting darts at Andy's Baked Beans in Auburn with the Central Maine Dart League. Then out of the blue, Alan tells me that he's going to go to Florida for a week.

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