Protestors gathered Friday in Stuart near the private land visited by Senator Marco Rubio during his tour viewing areas hit by the algae.
Jill Roberts

This week on The Florida Roundup...

New details are emerging about the horror inside the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando. Transcripts of police communications also raise questions about the  law enforcement response. Why is it important to understand the police decisions involved, and what do these records indicate?

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Key West Wildlife Center

  Least terns are having a banner breeding year in Key West.

That's good news — the seabirds are listed as threatened by the state of Florida.

But it also means more young birds are falling from the rooftops where many least terns nest.

Miami Herald

Florida Power & Light has until June 24 to provide a plan to the state Department of Environmental Protection to stop the saltwater plume that originates in the cooling canals at its Turkey Point nuclear power plant in South Miami-Dade.

On Monday, state Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami-Dade,  told the South Florida Regional Planning Commission that it was important for people from throughout the region to weigh in and make sure the fix gets done right. 

Florida Fish And Wildlife Commission

  The boat that ran into a patch reef off Key West recently left without reporting the grounding. But it left some pieces behind.

"Essentially, this is a hit-and-run on the coral," said Sean Morton, superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. "We're on the lookout for a very large boat that is missing one prop and has probably a very large dent and damage to the hull on the front."

Logan Fazio

On a scorcher of a day at the beach, there's almost nothing like reaching into your cooler or a beach bag and taking a swig out of an ice cold water bottle.

But if they're plastic, all those little bottles add up.

It's estimated that 60 million plastic bottles are used in the United States every day, with many of them going unrecycled and ending up in landfills and in the ocean. But in Miami-Dade, a non-profit is enlisting the help of some old-fashioned technology in the fight against plastic waste: the water fountain.

How do you teach kids about ecology when the natural world is shrinking around them?

In fast growing Florida, one solution is to take environmental studies outside the walls of a classroom.

It's not just the Gators that will kill you in Florida…. Turns out the plants will too.

This summer the 2017 Guiness Book of World Records will come out. And, for the sixth year in a row, it looks like a native tree of Florida will take the title of the world's most dangerous tree. 

Spanish conquistadors dubbed the fruit of Florida’s Manchineel tree the Manzanita de la Muerte or ‘the little apple of death.’ One bite can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, bleeding, digestive tract damage or possibly kill you.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

  Key deer were almost hunted to extinction. By 1950, as few as 25-50 of the animals were left.

But the creation of the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key and protection under the Endangered Species Act have led to a comeback. The most recent population study estimates the herd at 900 to 1,000.

"They are truly one of the success stories of conservation," said Adam Emerick, a refuge biologist who gave an update on the Key deer to the Monroe County Commission this week.

Is Floatopia Aftermath To Blame For Beach Litter?

Apr 20, 2016
Barbara Corbellini Duarte

Floatopia is a biannual Miami Beach floaty party that's now causing trouble with Beach officials who say the event leaves behind too much of a mess.


The event, which was brought to Miami in 2012 by a group of anonymous volunteers, is organized through social media. Floatopia began in California in 2004 and also takes place in Palm Beach County.


Leonardo DaSilva/Flickr

A sea change has taken place at SeaWorld.

The company announced Thursday it will end captive breeding of its orcas. Animal rights’ activists have called the decision a positive step. But they also say SeaWorld could go farther.

Mac Stone Photography

  Roseate spoonbills may not appear in plastic as lawn ornaments — but they are up there with flamingos as one of Florida's iconic birds. They're the other pink birds.

  Scientists from the National Audubon Society and Audubon Florida have been studying the spoonbill population of Florida Bay since 1939. First it was to determine whether the birds could come back from plume hunting in the late 19th century.

Anti-fracking Rallies: A Response to Oust Local Bans

Feb 1, 2016
Caitlin Granfield / WLRN

  Anti-fracking rallies were held across the state over the weekend after the Florida House voted to prohibit local municipalities from placing their own bans on the controversial drilling practice.

Fracking could take place in the Sunshine State as early as next year. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will first conduct  $1 million study of the potential environmental and human health impacts of fracking.

Researchers are concerned about another nonnative species moving into Florida waters. Schools of the regal damselfish now live in coral reefs on the western side of the Gulf of Mexico. The fish are not harmful, but they could be a nuisance.

Former Florida Governor Bob Graham wants Governor Rick Scott to veto a bill lawmakers say would rescue the state's troubled waterways. Scott is expected to sign the bill tomorrow.

But Graham says the bill would weaken protection of Florida’s water resources.

The former governor joins environment groups opposing the bill and sent Scott a letter detailing his disapproval.

In the Florida Everglades alligators are in trouble. The reptiles are scrawny, weighing 80 percent of what they should. The alligators grow slower, reproduce less and die younger.

Researchers are trying to understand why the Everglades' iconic species is in decline and what it means for the ailing river of grass.