The Point, May 6, 2019: Florida’s Weirdest Stories Of April 2019


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Our April Fool’s Day edition highlighting Florida’s strange stories so far this year found such favor with readers that we opted to make it a monthly feature.

People in The Keys and parts of Central Florida seemed to offer outsized shares of particularly bizarre behavior during April — especially on the night of Easter in downtown Orlando — but the 24 stories below reveal an entire peninsula’s worth of mayhem and mischief.

Tomorrow, we’ll return to featuring more serious journalism.

The foolish

• “Florida Porsche salesman duped buyers out of $2.2 million for cars he never delivered, feds say” (Miami Herald, April 2)

“He bought an $8 million island. The next week he was stealing from Kmart, police say.” (FLKeysNews, April 8)

“Florida man accidentally shoots himself at I-4 rest stop, claims it was someone else, deputies say” (Orlando Sentinel, April 24)

“Buying while buzzed: Florida’s strangest drunk purchases, from stripper poles to toilet lights” (Tampa Bay Times, April 24)

“Watch Florida man run across I-4, under semi truck while fleeing police” (Orlando Sentinel, April 25)

“This couple had sex outside the police station, cops say, in a ‘Key West moment'” (FLKeysNews, April 30)

“Panama City Beach Police searching for ‘balding litterbug’ in amusing video” (Panama City News Herald, April 30)

The allegedly violent

• “Man who drove into pedestrian in parking lot ‘feared for his life,’ attorney says” (Sun Sentinel, April 11)

“Police: Orlando woman fires multiple shots at neighbor who asked her to turn down her music” (Orlando Sentinel, April 15)

• “65-year-old Florida woman slugs 300-pound, half-naked attacker with baseball bat” (CBS4, April 15)

“The Easter Bunny literally beat someone up in downtown Orlando last night” (Orlando Weekly, April 22)

“Man bites man in the Keys during an argument over a Rolex, police say” (FLKeysNews, April 22)

“He didn’t do his homework, so his mom hit him with a meat tenderizer, cops say” (Miami Herald, April 23)

“Pinellas Co. inmate kicked in ribs after trying to give bird a cookie, deputy charged” (ABC Action News, April 23)

“Deputies: Felon beats Deltona military veteran with bamboo stick” (Daytona Beach News-Journal, April 25)

The downright weird

• “‘I’d do it again’: Florida man arrested for squirting a water pistol filled with his own urine at a woman walking her dog is unrepentant” (Daily Mail, April 15)

“After getting booted from Bumble, George Zimmerman is now using a fake name on Tinder” (Orlando Weekly, April 17)

“Pasco man impersonating officer pulls over undercover cop” (WFLA, April 18)

“Dispute over grass clippings ends with arrest” (WPEC, April 27)

The wildlife

• “‘Don’t f— with me.’ Orlando cat lover uses gun to defend right to feed hungry strays” (Miami Herald, April 6)

“Wild hog weighing 350 pounds captured off Sarno Road in Melbourne” (Florida Today, April 21)

“How much jail time can you get for pouncing on a pelican? Facebook poster gets sentenced” (FLKeysNews, April 25)

“Aggressive ’gator terrifies Palm Coast woman” (St. Augustine Record, April 26)

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About today’s curator

I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to

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