In the News: Beer Can Pole in Capitol, Panther Shot Dead, Red Sea to Fill Dead Sea
Festivus pole to go up in Florida Capitol rotunda – In protest of the presence of a Christmas nativity scene, a Festivus pole made from empty beer cans will be placed on the first floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol building. Festivus, a fictional holiday created by the sitcom “Seinfeld” was made as a “festival for the rest of us” during the Winter holiday season. Orlando Sentinel
Panther shot dead on Big Cypress Preserve – A Florida Panther was found dead on a federal preserve Saturday. The endangered panther was illegally shot in Big Cypress National Preserve. Federal officials have opened a criminal investigation, and the criminal if discovered, could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Tampa Bay Times
Israel, Jordan and Palestinians Sign Water Project Deal – An agreement signed Monday between Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials has called for a desalination plant in Jordan that will help refill the disappearing Dead Sea. The plant will suck billions of gallons of water from the Red Sea and convert it into drinking water, and the rejected extremely salted water from the Red Sea will be pumped back into the Dead Sea. Washington Post
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Florida Lawmakers Get to Work On Gun-Friendly Legislation – The Florida Legislature has set its sights on a slew of bills being pushed by gun advocates during this legislative session, which began this week. So far, four gun bills are [...]
Families from across the state gathered at Hog Waller last weekend, a privately owned park in Palatka, to drive through its six-acre mud pit.
Ocala National Forest is still recovering from two notable forest fires that resulted in a noticeable loss of tree cover.
The city of Live Oak is looking to change the city administrator position to a city manager, which is hasn’t had since 1878.