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Lightning sparks fire, burns 80 acres on Egmont Key

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Fire officials are assessing the damage after a lightning strike sparked a fire on Egmont Key off Florida’s west coast. Authorities say almost 80 acres burned Tuesday following the lightning strike on the state park which is located on a small island at the mouth of Tampa Bay. News outlets report that officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Forest Service are expected to assess the damage on Wednesday. No…

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University research crew rescues distressed boater in Gulf

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A crew of university research students saved the life of a distressed boater in the Gulf of Mexico near Egmont Key. According to the University of South Florida, the crew and students aboard the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Weatherbird II vessel on Saturday night heard an urgency call from the U.S. Coast Guard explaining that three men were in the water, separated from their boat about two miles away from the Weatherbird’s location. The Coast Guard rescued two of the…

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