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State, feds agree to extension for red snapper fishing

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Most anglers thought the red snapper season for fishing in federal waters came and went almost two weeks ago. Thanks to an agreement between the U.S Department of Commerce and the State of Florida, recreational anglers now have 39 additional days to go after the prized catch. The previous season lasted only three days, from June 1 until June 4, leaving fishing enthusiasts and members of Congress highly frustrated. The new arrangement calls for rolling back available red snapper days…

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Twitter unveils new look, which users quickly mock

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Twitter has unveiled a new look, and much like some previous changes the company has made to its short-messaging service, it’s not going over so well with the Twitterati. The San Francisco company says the new design emphasizes simplicity, making it faster and easier to use, with bolder headlines and more intuitive icons. It also changed users’ profile images from square-shaped to round. The company said the new user interface will roll out on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for…

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Florida retailers expect record Father’s Day spending

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Florida retailers expect dads to be showered with gifts, with a record-setting Father’s Day in 2017. The Florida Retail Federation, the state’s leading trade association for the retail industry, predicts consumers will spend an average $134.75 for the holiday, up almost $10 from last year’s $125.92. Spending nationwide is also expected to reach $15.5 billion, the highest in the survey’s 15-year history – nearly a billion more than 2016. “I am very encouraged to see that Floridians and families across…

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Sundial launches Friday Night Summer Music Series

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Sundial, downtown St. Petersburg’s high-profile retail, dining and entertainment center, will offer guests a special treat all summer, with its Friday Night Summer Music Series which begins this Friday. Each Friday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. artists will entertain shoppers, happy-hour enthusiasts, and diners. The series showcases some of the best local talents in the Tampa Bay region, with a different musical experience each week. Acts include DJs, singer-songwriters, folk artists and jazz ensembles. For updates and a schedule,…

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Florida Power & Light’s sunny future, major solar expansion on track

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It’s a sunny future for Florida Power & Light Co., as construction is now well underway on all eight of the utility’s planned solar power plants. New 74.5-megawatt solar power plants, with 2.5 million panels offering a joint capacity of 600 MW, are on track for completion by early 2018, making it one of the largest solar expansions ever in the eastern U.S. Once completed, the plants will contribute enough low-emissions energy to the FPL grid to power nearly 120,000…

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United in purpose, Miami’s Overtown says ‘move on’ with I-395 project

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Earlier this month, FloridaPolitics.com reported on the outpouring of community support for the “signature bridge” design chosen for the new I-395 overpass through Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. Despite protests by some with a political agenda, the drumbeat of support for Archer Western-de Moya’s winning design continues to grow in intensity. After more than a quarter-century of discussion and debate, this final design — one selected by Florida’s Department of Transportation that melds both form and function — comes as a welcome relief…

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Disney to remember boy killed by alligator with sculpture

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Walt Disney World plans to honor a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was killed by an alligator last year at one of its resorts near Orlando with a sculpture of a lighthouse. A year ago Wednesday, an alligator grabbed little Lane Graves, who was playing along the Seven Seas Lagoon beach outside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The child’s father, Matt Graves of Omaha, jumped into the water to try to free his son, whose body was found 16 hours…

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