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Rick Scott gets aerial view of Keys damage

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Gov. Rick Scott will get an aerial view Monday of damage to the Florida Keys from Hurricane Irma.

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Gov. Scott cancels Cabinet meeting to monitor Matthew

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The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday warned boaters to start preparing for Hurricane Matthew, and Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to visit the state’s emergency operations centers along Florida’s east coast. Scott canceled Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting to make the trip. He wants to make sure counties are prepared if the storm moves toward Florida, spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said. Scott signed an executive order on Monday declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county. Matthew was a Category 4 storm…

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President John F. Kennedy’s Florida nuke bunker could be shuttered

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The bunker where President John F. Kennedy would have been whisked if World War III erupted while he vacationed in Florida may face a bigger threat than Soviet missiles ever posed: a battle between its operators and the Port of Palm Beach. The once top-secret fallout shelter, code name “Hotel,” and the retired Coast Guard station on Peanut Island are now a tourist attraction and the focal point of a long-running legal war between the port, which owns the island,…

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Coast Guard offers boating tips for safe Labor Day

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The U.S. Coast Guard is urging boaters to be cautious this Labor Day weekend. The Miami Herald reports that the Coast Guard as well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and local law enforcement agencies are enforcing a zero tolerance policy for unsafe or drunken boating. The push for safer waters came after a series of deadly boating accidents including a three-boat crash July 4, 2014, that killed four people and injured seven. The Coast Guard is urging…

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Coast Guard, Cuban migrants continue deadly hide-and-seek

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With a shift in the relationship between Havana and Washington, many Cubans are now attempting a risky sea crossing out of fear that the U.S. will change its “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy allowing any Cuban reaching U.S. land to stay and pursue citizenship. Without it, they’d be treated like other foreigners caught illegally in the country – ineligible for citizenship and subject to deportation. The U.S. Coast Guard returns any Cuban migrants caught at sea to the communist island. Authorities have…

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Charlie Crist on ‘Face the Nation’: BP spill should be a wake-up call

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From CBS News: As President Barack Obama prepares to head back to the Gulf states on Monday to get a personal update what’s being done concerning the oil spill, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says state crews are doing everything they can to be ready for the worst. Speaking to Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” for the shore of Seagrove on Sunday morning, Governor Charlie Crist said while the impact from the BP spill has been limited up to…

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Charlie Crist on ‘Face the Nation’: BP spill should be a wake-up call

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From CBS News: As President Barack Obama prepares to head back to the Gulf states on Monday to get a personal update on what’s being done concerning the oil spill, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says state crews are doing everything they can to be ready for the worst. Speaking to Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” from the shore of Seagrove on Sunday morning, Governor Charlie Crist said while the impact from the BP spill has been limited up…

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