With Tropical Storm Debby hovering in the Gulf, large portions of Florida are seeing heavy rainfall. The National Hurricane Center predicts total rainfall over several days could be 10-15 inches over the eastern Panhandle and northern Florida, with isolated amounts of up to 25 inches. In this video (courtesy WFLA-TV) you see road flooding from Sunday in Pasco County. In the Ocala area, scattered power outages affected more than 1500 homes overnight, and Monday morning brought the start of Ocala sandbagging operations. Sandbags are available at Tuscawilla Park, the MLK Rec. Complex, and Jervey Gantt Park.
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Protesters voiced their opposition to the proposed bear hunt on Monday outside of the Ocala office for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The FWC is expected to vote on the issue Wednesday.
Red snapper season was divided on June 1 into two recreational sectors: federal for-hire charter captains and private recreational fishermen. The season for recreational fisherman will be limited to 10 consecutive days, ending at 12:01 a.m. on June 11.
Florida legislators began a special session Monday to pass a budget for the year beginning July 1. But the House and Senate are still in a stalemate over whether to adopt a Senate proposal use Medicaid expansion money from the Affordable Care Act to help lower-income Floridians purchase private health insurance.
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday the parents of University of Central Florida football player, Ereck Plancher, are limited to collecting $200,000 in a lawsuit they filed against UCF Athletics Association, Inc. Plancher collapsed and died in March 2008 after off-season football drills supervised by football coach George O’Leary.
Florida officials predict a strain of marijuana, known as Charlotte’s Web, will be available for medical purposes later this year. The Department of Health released a statement that said they are moving quickly to allow access to it.