Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

black bears

Florida wildlife officials vote against 2016 bear hunt

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Florida wildlife officials have voted against holding a black bear hunt this year at their quarterly meeting. After nearly seven hours of comments Wednesday from staff and the public, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 4-3 against a 2016 hunt. They also voted to have staff gather more information so that they could vote again next year on whether to hold a 2017 hunt. Commission staff had recommended a more limited black bear hunt this year in order…

Keep Reading

Oil company gets green light to survey in Florida preserve

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

The National Park Service has given the green light for a Texas company to explore for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Park service officials said Friday that a 20-month environmental review showed there would be no significant impact if Burnett Oil Company did a survey 110 square miles in the national preserve. The survey will use sound waves from truck-mounted vibrators to create three-dimensional map of potential oil and gas reserves. The park service says if…

Keep Reading

Gay marriage is biggest Florida story of 2015, poll says

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Florida’s biggest news story for 2015 happened in the year’s first days, when the state became the 36th with legalized gay marriage, according to an Associated Press poll of the state’s newspaper and broadcast editors. Gay marriage easily beat out the No. 2 story, the long-running saga over the districts the Florida Legislature drew for Congress and the state Senate that had to be redrawn because they violated the state’s 2010 anti-gerrymandering law. The first same-sex marriage happened Jan. 5…

Keep Reading

Black bear activist Chuck O’Neal announces HD 29 run

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Sunday afternoon, real estate investor and black bear activist Chuck O’Neal announced his intention to run for Florida House District 29, surrounded by friends and family in downtown Orlando. O’Neal made the announcement at a memorial held to mourn and raise awareness of the 300 black bears killed the previous weekend during a hunt authorized by the Florida Wildlife Commission to reduce the species’ population. “We had a memorial service for the Florida black bear and had several hundred people to pay homage…

Keep Reading

Today on Context Florida: Republican Crazy Peak, bad bear week and mastering core subjects

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

Today on Context Florida: It’s “Crazy Peak” time for Republican presidential candidates, says Jac VerSteeg. At the moment, that favors two candidates with Florida ties: Donald Trump and Ben Carson. When the peaks flatten, as Trump’s might already be doing, two other Floridians – Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio – will benefit. But Rubio will benefit more than Bush. VerSteeg says when Republican voters decide they want a more electable candidate, they will turn to someone like Jeb Bush or Marco…

Keep Reading

Officials lean toward shutting down controversial bear hunt

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

Florida wildlife officials say they are considering shutting down the statewide bear hunt at the end of the second day after a higher than excepted number of bears had been killed. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said 293 bears had been killed by midday Sunday. Officials capped the limit at 320, but hunters have 12 hours to have their bear weighed so numbers are still coming in. Officials shut down the central and east Panhandle regions after the…

Keep Reading

Today on Context Florida: Happy endings, bad reviews, black bears and no joy in Tallahassee

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

Today on Context Florida: On Tuesday night, Tom O’Hara heard two attorneys at the heart of the redistricting fight tell a riveting tale that has a happy ending. Dan Gelber, a prominent Florida Democrat, and Ellen Freidin, the woman who is primarily responsible for the state constitutional amendments that guarantee fair districts, told a story about how determined citizens can overcome brute political power. Heather Gibson, who serves as marketing director for the UCF School of Performing Arts, believes it’s critical…

Keep Reading

Go to Top