Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cocoa Beach Man Catches, Cooks Baby Manatee


COCOA BEACH, Florida - Fed up with manatees eating all the sea grass and pooping in his canal, one Cocoa Beach, Florida man has taken measures into his own hands to save the Indian River Lagoon by catching and cooking a baby manatee.

Many anglers and waterfront property owners have taken to social media to blame the lagoon's plight on the record number of manatees and the unnatural manatee migration patterns caused by the warm water discharges from the FPL power plant in Port Saint John. An environmental group filed a lawsuit in 2014 which contends that such thermal pollution is harmful to the environment. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection estimates that manatees are responsible for 1.7% to 6.7% of the total nitrogen loads and 0.7% to 3.0% of the total phosphorus loads entering the Indian River Lagoon system.


"As you know, over the past week some blow-hards here have stated they would make a donation to the Save the Manatee Club every time someone here mentioned manatee as being a potential cause of the Banana River decline," said Bill Geiger, Jr. 

An 800 to 1,200-pound adult manatee can eat up 10% to 15% of its body weight daily in aquatic vegetation which mostly consists of seagrass.  According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Manatee Recovery Plan, manatees sometime graze on seagrass which leaves the possibility for regrowth - but manatees also "root" seagrass - meaning the entire plant is pulled and the underwater sediment is disturbed.  Based on those consumption rates, an average manatee can consume and/or destroy around 3 acres of seagrass a year, depending on the density of the seagrass per acre.

"I do hereby commit to catch, cook and eat a manatee each time someone threatens to make a donation to the SMC," Geiger said. "Being a man of my word, I have made the first catch today. I went for a baby, thinking the meat may be more tender, (as veal is with a calf). It was actually easier than I thought to catch! Even the babies are heavy!"

Geiger's only complaint about catching and cooking the baby manatee was that his grill was not large enough.

"However, I have a problem. I'm going to need a larger grill," said Geiger who landed his first catch on April 1st (April Fool's Day). "I have it on ice right now, but need to get it cooked pretty soon. Does anyone have a rotisserie I can borrow to cook it over an open fire? I'll repay you with some GOOD meat!"

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Florida Man Steals Cable Truck, Knocks Out Service For Thousands


COCOA, Florida - A Florida man knocked out cable service for thousands of customers when he allegedly stole a cable truck that workers were using to feed new fiber optic cables lines in a neighborhood in Cocoa, Florida.

According to police, a worker was performing repair work inside a trailer attached to the truck parked on the side of South Fiske Boulevard when he felt the trailer start to rock and move. The worker then jumped out of the trailer and watched the truck speed away with the trailer. 

As the truck traveled southbound, the cable that was being fed from the trailer was yanked off of the utility pole, causing over $10,000 in damage to the fiber optic lines and knocking out service for 7,000 customers, including the Rockledge and Cocoa Police Departments.

Several minutes later, 25-year-old Shane Edward Younger of Melbourne, Florida allegedly parked the truck in front of the restaurant so as to prevent other customers from being able to park. A chef in the restaurant asked Younger to move the truck but Younger denied that the truck was his.

Younger also allegedly told his waitress that people were trying to kill him. 

The Denny's employees then called the Brevard County Sheriff's Office who later notified the Cocoa Police Department that the truck had been located at a Denny's in Merritt Island, Florida.

Younger was arrested and charged with Grand Theft, Felony Criminal Mischief, Driving While License Suspended, and Violation of Probation.

Lisa Turner of Titusville, Florida Killed In Orange County Crash


CHRISTMAS, Florida - A Brevard County woman died as a result of injuries she sustained in a vehicle crash that occurred near the intersection of West Christmas Road and Fort Christmas Road at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

54-year-old Robert Green of Titusville, Florida was driving a 1994 Mazda eastbound on Fort Christmas Road when, for an unknown reason, the Mazda left the roadway to the right. 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Green over-corrected which caused the Mazda to travel across the westbound lanes and leave the roadway. 

47-year-old Lisa Turner, a passenger in the vehicle who was not wearing her seat belt, was ejected when the Mazda struck a tree. Turner was transported to Ovedio Medical Center.

Green was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Lake Wind Advisory For East Central Florida


The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Wind Advisory for Volusia, Lake, Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Osceola, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, and Martin counties that will remain in effect from noon today until 8 p.m. tonight.

West winds will increase to 20 to 25 mph by mid-to-late afternoon with gusts to around 35 mph as scattered showers and isolated lighting storms develop out ahead of a strong cold front.

Cells will move rapidly from the west to the east at 45 to 55 mph. This will take activity quickly off of the east coast and across the intracoastal and near shore Atlantic waters.

The greatest threats this morning will be north of I-4 and also further south across Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast. Threats from the strongest cells include occasional lightning strike, brief heavy downpours, and gusty winds of 35 to 45 mph.

The gusty winds will create choppy conditions across inland lakes. Boaters should exercise caution and always wear a life jacket on the water.

Small Craft Advisories are also in effect for the local coastal waters for the increasing winds and building seas. A Gale Warning will go into effect this afternoon for offshore marine legs north of Sebastian Inlet, as frequent gusts to gale force are forecast. Seas will build through late tonight up to 8 to 11 feet over the Gulf Stream.

Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Florida Governor Signs Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act


TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law which permits arming non-classroom teacher school employees, raises the age to buy all types of firearms from 18 to 21, bans bump-stocks, and provides funding for school resource officers and youth mental health counseling.

The law also creates “Risk Protection Orders” which allows a court to prohibit a violent or mentally ill individual from purchasing or possessing a firearm or any other weapon.

It also allows law enforcement to seize firearms when a person has been detained under the “Baker Act” and prohibits a person who has been “adjudicated mentally defective” or who has been “committed to a mental institution” from owning or possessing a firearm.

Criminal penalties for individuals who make threats to schools, such as social media threats of shootings or bombings were also enhanced under the new law.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act also provides $99 million for school hardening measures such as metal detectors, bulletproof glass, steel doors and upgraded locks.  

The Brevard Public Schools administration applauded the action taken by Governor Rick Scott.

“I’m proud of our state leaders’ courage to consider recommendations from both sides of the aisle for the greater good,” said BPS Superintendent Desmond Blackburn.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Blackburn announced their intention to arm school employees before the act was passed. With the exception of Volusia County, all other Central Florida school districts are opposed to arming school employees.

Free Recycled Paint In Brevard County March 31

Paint can

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Recycled paint will be available to residents of Brevard County at five Richard Paint stores and one Ace Hardware store beginning Saturday, March 31, 2018.

The paint is free to homeowners in limited quantities only. Homeowners will be able to receive up to 10 gallons of one color for the shell of the house, up to three gallons of a second color for trim.

Paint will be available on a first come first served basis only. Proof of home ownership will be required in order to obtain paint (i.e. valid driver’s license with the current residential address or property tax notice). The recycled paint is available in five colors and one floor paint.

COLORS

Off white
Gray
Green
Light Beige
Dark Beige
Texture floor paint

Available at the following locations only – Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Richard’s Paint

2900 Post Road, Melbourne
1510 Cheney Highway, Titusville
1950 Viera Boulevard, Viera
5000 Stack Road, Suite A-1, Palm Bay
230 East Merritt Island Causeway (520) Merritt Island

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware/Beach Discount Plumbing/Supply, 866 North Highway A1A, Indialantic

For more information regarding the recycled paint call 633-1888, 633-2042 or visit www.brevardcounty.us/swr

Image Credit: English Wikipedia / Daniel Case

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Daylight Savings Time 2018: Spring Forward Time Change

Change Clockds During Daylight Savings Time 2018

If you are asking, "When does Daylights Savings time start in 2018 in the U.S.A.?" The answer is the date that Daylight Savings Time (DST) will begin for Florida is at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Daylight Savings Time 2017 begins before Easter (or Resurrection Sunday) when days become longer and longer heading closer to the Spring Equinox.

The rest of the United States will also turn their clocks forward on March 11, 2017 with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona because those states do not practice Daylight Savings Time.

This means that we lose (not gain) an hour when we turn our clocks ahead an hour to 3:00 a.m. when our clocks reach 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.

A helpful way to remember whether to set our clocks ahead or behind one hour during the Daylight Saving Time change for Spring 2018 is to "Fall Back" and "Spring Ahead."

Daylight Saving Time will end again on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

Why was Daylight Saving Time Created?

Benjamin Franklin did not propose Daylight Saving Time. This misconception grew out of the  proverb "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" that was published in Franklin's Poor Richards' Alamanac.

Daylight Savings Time actually started in Europe during World War I as a way to economize fuel usage. The United States started Daylight Savings Time a year after WWI in 1918.

What was the first country to institute Daylight Saving Time?

Germany and Austria-Hungary, also known as the Axis Powers in World War I, first instituted Daylight Saving Time nationwide in 1916 in order to economize energy usage during the war.

Correct Spelling of Daylight Savings Time

Is it "Daylight Savings Time 2018" or "Daylight Saving Time 2018"?  The correct term is without the "s" but the added "s" has become widely used in the United States.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

$103,000 Fantasy Five Ticket Sold On Merritt Island


MERRITT ISLAND, Florida -- The Florida Lottery announced that one of two winning tickets which matched all five numbers drawn in last night's Fantasy 5 game was sold on Merritt Island, Florida.

The winning ticket worth $103,970.74 was sold at a Publix supermarket located at 1850 North Courtenay Parkway. 

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for Tuesday, March 6, 2018, are: 02-04-13-19-33.

The odds of picking all five winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1 in 376,992.

There were also 277 players who picked four out of five numbers to win $121.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Year-Round Daylight Saving Time Bill Heads To Florida Governor's Desk


TALLAHASSEE, Florida -  Daylight Saving Time may soon be observed throughout the year in the Sunshine State after the Florida Senate passed legislation to put an end to the practice of setting clocks back and forward every six months.

Unlike northern states in the continental U.S. that only experience around 9 hours of daylight during the shortest days of Winter, Florida has over 10 hours of daylight during the shortest day of the year - the Winter Solstice.

Florida Senate Bill 858 passed by an overwhelming majority of 103-11.  Its companion Florida House Bill 1013 also overwhelmingly passed in the Florida House of Representatives in February. The proposed law now heads to Governor Rick Scott's desk to be signed into law.

If Governor Rick Scott signs 'The Sunshine Protection Act' into law, Florida would then ask the U.S. Congress for an exemption to stay on Daylight Savings Time throughout the year.

History of Daylight Saving Time


Daylight Savings Time started in Europe during World War I as a way to economize fuel usage. The United States started Daylight Savings Time a year after WWI ended in 1918.

Benjamin Franklin did not propose Daylight Saving Time. This misconception grew out of the proverb "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" that was published in Franklin's Poor Richards' Almanac.

How to Correctly Spell and Say Daylight Saving Time

Is it "Daylight Savings Time" or "Daylight Saving Time"?  The correct term is without the "s" but the added "s" has become widely used in the United States.

Daylight Saving Time Bad For Your Health

Losing an hour of sleep is bad for your health, studies find. The overall rate for stroke was 8% higher and heart attacks 10% higher in the days following the daylight saving time change.

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Two Winning Fantasy 5 Tickets Sold In Titusville


TITUSVILLE, Florida -- The Florida Lottery announced that two winning tickets which matched all of the numbers drawn in last night's Fantasy 5 jackpot were sold in Titusville, Florida.

One of the winning tickets worth $29,252.08 each was sold at a Publix supermarket located at 2000 Cheney Highway.

The other the winning ticket was a Quick Pick sold at a Winn-Dixie supermarket located at 1564 Harrison Street.

Five more winning tickets were sold in Sebastian, Palm Harbor, Sebring, Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale.

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for Monday, March 5, 2018 are: 05-13-18-25-35.

The odds of picking all five winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1 in 376,992.

There were also 307 tickets that matched 4 of 5 numbers for a payout of $107.50.

Image credit: Florida Lottery

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Pedestrian Struck By Cocoa Police Car


COCOA, Florida - A woman is in serious condition after she was struck by a Cocoa Police Department patrol car Friday night.

Around 9:18 p.m., a Cocoa police officer was responding to a  report of a suicide attempt in progress when the patrol car struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Clearlake Road and Lake Drive.

The woman was walking eastbound on Lake Drive to cross Clearlake Road when she was hit. She was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the officer involved crash.

The Cocoa police officer is on paid administrative leave per department policy while the initial investigation is ongoing.

The officer was not injured.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 Florida Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins


March 1 is the official start of the sea turtle nesting season.
 
From now through the end of October, three different species of sea turtle will land on Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches to lay their eggs. 

MARCH - JULY: Leatherback sea turtles begin to come ashore from March through July to lay their eggs. Florida is the only state in the continental U.S. where leatherback sea turtles regularly nest. With the exception of a few nests on the west coast, leatherbacks nest almost exclusively on the east coast of Florida. In fact, about 50 percent of leatherback nesting occurs in Palm Beach County.

APRIL - SEPTEMBER: Loggerhead sea turtles typically nest in Florida from April through September. In the United States, 90 percent of all loggerhead nesting occurs in Florida. The majority of this nesting takes place on the east coast of Florida. In fact, in Brevard County there were 23,457 loggerhead nests in 2014.

JUNE - SEPTEMBER: Green sea turtle nesting in Florida occurs from June through late September with the highest concentration of nests along Florida's east coast - but green turtle nests have been found in every coastal county of the Sunshine State. 

People can help sea turtles that nest on Florida’s beaches at night by leaving the beach as natural as possible. To do this, beachgoers should remove beach furniture and other obstacles before sunset each day.

“Anyone spending time on Florida’s beaches can do something to help save Florida’s threatened and endangered sea turtles. People’s actions on the beach can have a positive impact on whether our loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles nest successfully,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sea turtle management program.


Trenches and holes left by a sand artist celebrating Earth Day created a hazard for endangered nesting sea turtles in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
“Whether you are a resident or a visitor, remember to take beach furniture, boats and canopies off Florida’s sandy beaches at night so these items won’t block sea turtles attempting to nest,” Trindell said. “When departing at the end of the day, beach visitors should fill any holes dug in the sand so nesting and hatchling turtles don’t become trapped. Please be careful not to disturb nesting sea turtles by getting too close, shining lights on them or taking flash photos.”

Exactly when sea turtle nesting season starts depends on where you are in Florida. While it begins in March on the Atlantic coast, it starts later in the spring in late April or May along the Gulf coast. Yet wherever you are in the Sunshine State, what you do on the beach can make a significant difference on whether sea turtles nest successfully.

Florida hosts nearly 90 percent of loggerhead nests within this species’ northern Atlantic Ocean population, the state plays an important role in its conservation.

Report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC).

Photo credit: FWC

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

$51,000 Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold In Palm Bay


PALM BAY, Florida -- The Florida Lottery announced that four tickets matched all of the numbers drawn in Tuesday night's Fantasy 5 jackpot. 

One of the winning tickets worth $51,126.13 each was sold at a Country Farms convenience store located at 2140 Port Malabar Road Northeast in Palm Bay, Florida.

The other winning tickets were sold at:

Publix located at 19390 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville.

Publix located at 23965 US Highway 27 in Lake Wales.

7-Eleven located at 4048 Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for Tuesday, February 27, 2018 are: 01-04-05-11-14.

The odds of picking all five winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1 in 376,992.

There were also 453 tickets that matched 4 of 5 numbers for a payout of $72.50.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Titusville Man Seriously Injured In Hit-and-Run Crash


TITUSVILLE, Florida - A Brevard County man is is hospitalized in serious condition due to injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run crash that occurred Sunday night in Titusville, Florida.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two white males were driving a stolen 2015 Nissan west on Cuyler Street around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Eric Spears, of Titusville, Florida, was driving a 2018 Chevy pickup truck northbound on U.S. Highway 1.

According to FHP, the Nissan pulled out into the direct of of the Chevy. Spears swerved in an attempt to avoid the crash but the front of the Ford struck the front of the Nissan.

The occupants of the stolen Nissan then fled on foot after the crash.

Spears was later transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. 

He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, according to FHP reports.

$64,000 Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold In West Melbourne


WEST MELBOURNE, Florida -- The Florida Lottery announced that three tickets matched all of the numbers drawn in last night's Fantasy 5 jackpot. One of those tickets was sold in West Melbourne, Florida.

The winning ticket worth $64,397.85 was sold at Publix supermarket located at 145 Palm Bay Road Northeast in West Melbourne

The other two winning tickets were sold in Jacksonville and Port Richey, Florida.

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for Sunday, February 25, 2018, are: 04-13-17-22-30.

The odds of picking all five winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1 in 376,992.

There were also 284 tickets that matched 4 of 5 numbers for a payout of $109.50.

Image credit: Florida Lottery