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Pass-A-Grille making a move to ban McMansions listen

07/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Pass-A-Grille, Development, beaches, sea level rise

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St. Pete Beach is getting ready to make some changes to its historical Pass-A-Grille district. The small barrier island at the southern-most tip of the beach is seeing a burst in new development and is high risk for sea level rise. Residents will have a chance to weigh in during a public meeting on Thursday. Chelsey Weldon is the urban planner for the city.

The community meeting is Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Warren Webster Building on Pass-A-Grille Way. The city is working with a consul...

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Pinellas Beaches among cleanest in the nation listen

06/25/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: beaches, water, water quality, Pinellas County, Sarasota County, Ben T. Davis beach, Fort DeSoto

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Pinellas County beaches are among the cleanest in the nation. A report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that most Tampa Bay region beaches are consistently safe for swimming. Steve Fleischli is the water program director for the group. He says the water quality tests look for harmful bacteria.

“…that can cause a grim inventory of illnesses like dysentery, hepatitis, stomach flu, infections and rashes.”

Ten beaches in Pinellas County were tested. Most of...

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Here's why you should care about the health of the Gulf of Mexico listen

06/12/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Gulf of Mexico, environment, Florida, fishing, beaches, BP oil spill

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Most people look out at the sparkly blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and figure it’s perfectly healthy. But Don Boesch, president of the University of Maryland’s center for environmental science says there are plenty of reasons to worry.

“For example, the whole water system in terms of the water that evaporates and comes back down in rain – it removes about 2/3 of the carbon dioxide that we produce excessively.”

A White House climate change report released earlier this year shows that...

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Some Treasure Island hotel owners want to curb festivals and parking on beach listen

02/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: treasure island, beaches, Pinellas County

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Some hotel owners on Treasure Island in Pinellas County are challenging the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Treasure Island over what they’re calling overuse of the beach. They contend using the beach for things like festivals and allowing cars to drive and park on the beach is hindering the development of dunes, which could lead to more erosion. To make that case, they’ve hired beach expert Robert Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorel...

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David Jolly tells Pinellas voters he didn't lobby for offshore oil drilling; DCCC accuses him of lying listen

01/07/14 Seán Kinane and Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: David Jolly, DCCC, oil drilling, Bill Young, Alex Sink, Kathleen Peters, beaches, Oil

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is accusing Republican Congressional candidate David Jolly of lying about whether he lobbied for the petroleum industry.

During a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, Jolly was asked if he lobbied for oil companies.

During his response, he denied it.

But in emails last...

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Pinellas and Hillsborough beach goers warned about high bacteria counts

07/18/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Update Wednesday 25 July:

Hillsborough County has lifted its beach advisory for all five beaches.

Update Friday 20 July:

After re-sampling these five locations, the Pinellas County Health Department has lifted its saltwater beach advisory for

Honeymoon Island, Dunedin

Sand Key Park, Clearwater

Indian Rocks Beach (1700 Gulf Blvd.)

Madeira Beach, Archibald Park

Redington Shores near 182nd Ave. W.

They have "received lab results with moderate or good readings...

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Natural Resources Defense Council releases beach water quality report listen

07/12/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released their 22nd annual Vacation Beach Water Quality Report. The findings show an overall rise in pollution at beaches around the US, but Florida fared better than most states.

According to NRDC’s results, Florida’s beaches ranked 5th in Beachwater Quality out of 30 states. Only 3% of samples in the Sunshine State exceeded national standards for beaches in 2011. At beaches like Fort DeSoto, and Sand Key less than 5% of water samples ex...

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Sarasota County promotes environmental awareness about Florida’s seagrass meadows listen

03/28/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Environmentally engaged volunteers are acquainting the public to the importance of Florida’s unique animals and plants. At an event for seagrass Awareness Month in Siesta Key, organizers said protecting and preserving Florida’s coastal regions starts at the grassroots level.

The volunteers, calling themselves, “beach ambassadors,” have adopted a simple goal. They serve residents who are interested in knowing mor...

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150 tons of sand sculptures showcased on Treasure Island beach listen

11/22/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Over the weekend, visitors to Treasure Island saw 150 tons of sand transformed into massive sand sculptures.

Among the ten professionals from all over the world who competed for the Sanding Ovations Masters Cup last weekend was Rusty Croft from Carmel, California. He has been traveling all over the world for the last 14 years creating sand sculptures. Croft fought the windy weather and surrounded himself with buckets of sand for 24 hours to carve the masterpiece Sprouting Ideas. It’s a ...

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USF researchers study ghost crabs to find out more about impacts of Gulf oil spill listen

07/20/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Questions about the impact of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and the effectiveness of the beach cleanups remain to be answered by researchers. A team of researchers from the University of South Florida say that their study on ghost crab populations and sediments of Gulf beaches might answer these questions.

Susan Bell, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Integrative Biology, and her research team will start to document the...

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