All Florida Power and Light customers in Port Charlotte have their power back. Electricians have fixed frayed power lines in the area. A giant construction crane tipped over yesterday and fell on them at Highway 41 and Harbor Boulevard. WINK-TV reports this put 300 people in the dark for a few hours.
Florida’s blueberry growers say a shrinking supply of pine bark threatens this blossoming crop. A bark shortage has some people scrambling to find suppliers with enough to sell. Limestone in some parts of the state leave the soil unsuitable for blueberries, so growers have relied on layers of pine bark to lower its pH.
Some Florida lawmakers have pretty deep pockets. The News Service of Florida finds the average state senator has a net worth of $3.7 million. In the House, members have an average net worth of $1.4 million.
Residents of one Sarasota neighborhood say they have finally caught the large tegu lizard on the loose in their community. Fed up with the lizard scaring their pets and eating from their gardens, someone set a trap to capture the four-foot lizard. A local trapper has destroyed the lizard, which FWC calls an invasive species. […]
A solution to next year’s projected $3.6 million budget deficit in Sarasota may involve reducing payments to a city employee benefits fund. Meanwhile, Sarasota leaders continue to grapple with this summer’s financial problems, brought about in part by declining revenues from red light camera fines. The Herald Tribune reports the City Commission voted unanimously yesterday […]