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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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Pinellas County begins recycling program for beaches listen

07/13/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new Gulf Beaches Recycling Program is providing Pinellas beachgoers the opportunity to recycle. It will make recycling at the beach easy and convenient.

If you visit any of the Gulf beaches or Pinellas County beach parks you may see new blue plastic recycling containers. Pinellas County’s Solid Waste Program Supervisor, Bill Embry hopes to provide the community with an easy way to recycle all their plastic and aluminum containers.

"The ultimate goal is to have every community that ...

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NRDC releases beaches scorecard; Florida scores well except for effects of BP oil listen

06/29/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Bay Beaches will likely be packed this holiday weekend, and an environmental study out today ranks beaches nationwide on pollution and closures. Despite oil hitting the Panhandle last year, Florida Beaches as a whole didn’t fare too poorly.

"Beaches in Florida, the overall picture is that 4 percent of the samples exceeded national standards in 2010."

Jon Devine, senior lawyer...

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Governor Scott leaves beach renourishment funding in budget listen

06/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The state of Florida boasts of more than 800 miles of beachfront. Some of these beaches erode so much that encroaching waters threaten buildings and worsen the impacts of storm surge. Across the state, a practice known as beach renourishment attempts to stop this. Such projects rely heavily on state funding, which Governor Rick Scott threatened to cut. But $16 million dollars for beach renourishment was not among the items he vetoed when he signed the state budget passed by the Legislature. B...

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Offshore drilling opponents protest Gingrich listen

04/01/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former Speaker and possible Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich hosted a jobs summit in St. Petersburg yesterday to promote ways lawmakers can create jobs now.

But his idea for more oil drilling was met by scores of protesters.

The jobs plan presented by Newt Gingrich at the American Solutions Real Jobs Summit was a conservative policy wish list: reduce government spending, balance the budget, lower taxes, and develop America’s energy supplies. ...

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Gulf drilling expansion vote is next week

09/09/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up first today: there will soon be a vote in the U.S. Senate to open up the eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling. We’ll speak with two environmentalists about the upcoming vote.

Later, since this program has not been on for several weeks- it’s our first opportunity to talk about the political conventions. And we’ll do that in the second part of the program.

First up, oil drilling in the gulf:

Fr...

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