Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1061, expanding Florida’s new aquatic preserve about 800 square miles along the Gulf Coast, its first new aquatic preserve in over 30 years. This bill creates the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, which will protect approximately 400,000 acres of aquatic habitat stretching from Pinellas County
January was a cold month for Florida’s wildlife and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says 35 manatees were killed because of cold weather Jan. 1 through Jan. 26. Overall, January 2018 was the deadliest for manatees in years, with 87 dying, the majority of which was from cold stress.
A Citrus County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on prostitution and solicitation charges in Hernando County. Robert Grange was taken into custody by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and fired from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. Grange, 31, is now the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation. Deputies say that the arrest is