The Scoop: Fri., September 29, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Naples Capitol breacher caught A member of the ‘Proud Boys’ extremist group, who disappeared days before his sentencing in the U.S. Capitol riot case in August, is now in FBI custody. Christopher John Worrell was...
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Nonprofit brings beach access mat to Clearwater beach

A local nonprofit is making the beach more accessible for people with disabilities. According to a press release from Help Us Gather (HUG), a 372-foot-long mobility mat will open at Sand Key Park this Friday....

Red tide reported off Pinellas, Manatee & Sarasota Counties outside of typical season

Red Tide is currently back in several Tampa Bay area coastal counties. But it’s outside of the typical season.
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St. Pete bans smoking and vaping at city beaches and parks

St Pete City leaders voted unanimously to ban smoking and vaping at public parks. This ban will not be enforced right away.
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Red tide update from Pinellas County

Pinellas County released a statement Tuesday that red tide conditions still persist off the coast of Pinellas.
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Water quality advisories at Pasco County’s Robert J. Strickland Beach and Gulf Harbors Beach

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County announced Wednesday that two of its beaches are under a water quality advisory. Based on water sampling done on Monday (24 August 2020), Robert J. Strickland Beach and...
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Pinellas County beaches will reopen after Florida coronavirus closure

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Pinellas County Beaches will reopen Monday at 7:00 a.m.; the Board of County Commissioners voted 6-to-1 Tuesday afternoon to reopen beaches with CDC guidelines for disinfecting restrooms...
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Worried about red tide on Pinellas beaches? “Plan ahead and call ahead”

High concentrations of the organism that causes red tide are being found on virtually all of the beaches in Pinellas County barrier islands; Pinellas County Environmental Management measured high concentrations of Karenia brevis cells Monday...
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Sheriff in Florida Panhandle laments confusion from new beach law

Update: Since this story aired, the News Service of Florida is reporting that, ‘Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday to block state agencies from taking action on a bill he signed into law...
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Is another type of algae bloom – Sargassum – coming to a beach near you?

The Gulf Coast of Florida is already dealing with two different algae blooms: a red tide on many beaches south of Manatee County and blue-green algae spilling into the Gulf from Lake Okeechobee; but now outbreaks...
Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Hands Across the Sand 2018 preview

Every spring, beach lovers across Florida – and in other parts of the world – gather to hold Hands Across the Sand to oppose offshore oil and gas drilling. Jana Wiggins is a volunteer with...
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Does a new law privatize some Florida beaches? It’s more complicated than that

There’s a new law in Florida that goes into effect in July that may put more of a burden on local governments to defend public access to sections of beaches that are technically private property;...

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