Environment

Rock revetment project underway to restore Flagler Beach shoreline after Hurricane Ian

Florida Department of Transportation crews began rock and sand revetment Wednesday on the shoreline along State Road A1A as part of its emergency recovery effort after Tropical Storm Ian ravaged the state’s Atlantic coast. Rock revetment absorbs energy from incoming waves and prevents damage from coastal erosion by layering stone and sand on shorelines to create a barrier between the ocean and the shore. FDOT crews will use coquina rock between South 9th Street and South 23rd Street to return the beach’s shoreline to its pre-storm conditions. The crews will work during the day, and the project is estimated to take about two weeks to complete. FDOT asks pedestrians and motorists to use caution and obey traffic signs directing them through the work area.

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Cape Coral residents deal with limited food and water supplies after Hurricane Ian devastated the area

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Those impacted by Hurricane Ian on the Gulf Coast were hit hard by flooding and other storm damage, now they’re also facing the prospect of dwindling food and water supplies. The Lee County government announced Saturday that they have opened 8 Points of Distribution (PODS) where residents …

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Lifelines after landfall: Southwest Florida grapples with Hurricane Ian’s impact

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Gulf of Mexico swallowed driftwood, stray shoes, split skim boards and the last vestige of Crystal Edge’s mother’s memory in the days following Hurricane Ian’s devastation. The 28-year-old sailboat – a family heirloom – remained trapped below piled debris at a marina under the Fort …

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Florida wildlife agency expected to shoot down commercialized turtle breeding proposal

The U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers of Florida wants the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to approve captive breeding of Diamondback terrapins. The move would combat declining populations of the species of turtle due to high demand as both low-maintenance pets and poachable commodities. The program will be discussed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting Wednesday, but FWC’s staff report, slated to be presented during discussion, recommends maintaining current rules.

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