this is why Florida can't have nice things http://blog.wlrn.org en Florida Is Weird. But Here's What Was Weirdest This Year. http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-weird-heres-what-was-weirdest-year <p>Florida can be a pretty weird place, and it's something of a holiday tradition for news organizations throughout the state to put together lists of the weirdest stories of the year. (Read our "<a href="http://wlrn.org/post/why-south-florida-cant-have-nice-things" target="_blank">Why South Florida Can't Have Nice Things</a>" roundup from last year.)</p><p>We decided to go straight to the people on the front lines:&nbsp;WLRN-Miami Herald News&nbsp;anchors, producers, editors and reporters. Here are what they thought were the most bizarre Florida stories of 2013.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:43:50 +0000 Arianna Prothero 25405 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Is Weird. But Here's What Was Weirdest This Year. Florida Capitol's Holiday Display Now Includes A Spaghetti Monster http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-capitols-holiday-display-now-includes-spaghetti-monster <p>After <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-capitols-festivus-pole-gets-international-attention" target="_blank">making headlines with the Festivus&nbsp;pole</a> brought in by Deerfield Beach's Chaz Stevens, Florida's Capitol building continues to welcome holiday cheer from every denomination.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:30:02 +0000 Maria Murriel 25315 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Capitol's Holiday Display Now Includes A Spaghetti Monster Got Giant African Land Snails? Release The Hounds! http://blog.wlrn.org/post/got-giant-african-land-snails-release-hounds <p></p><p>In the ongoing assault on invasive giant African land snails, Florida is ready to release the hounds.</p><p>Literally.</p><p>The state will be adding snail-sniffing dogs to its team of 50 full-time snail hunters.</p><p><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/dogs-prove-be-key-battle-against-giant-african-snails?nopop=1" target="_blank">RELATED: Dogs Prove To Be Key In Battle Against Giant African Snails</a></strong></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:43:42 +0000 Sammy Mack 19880 at http://blog.wlrn.org Got Giant African Land Snails? Release The Hounds! New Blog To Cover Florida's Ironic (But Hilarious) Shortcomings All Month Long http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-blog-cover-floridas-ironic-hilarious-shortcomings-all-month-long <p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Did you know that the first flag to fly over Florida's capitol after admission into the Union read "Let Us Alone?"</span><br style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Yes. That's right. Neither did we.</span></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 16712 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Blog To Cover Florida's Ironic (But Hilarious) Shortcomings All Month Long Add 'Crazy Ants' To Growing List Of Florida Invasive Species http://blog.wlrn.org/post/add-crazy-ants-growing-list-florida-invasive-species <p>The <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/some-health-risks-eating-giant-african-land-snail" target="_blank">giant African land snail</a> has competition in the "strange and destructive little invasive species" department. A <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10530-013-0463-6" target="_blank">report </a>released last month by University of Texas scientists shows that "crazy ants" are "invading the southeastern United States and Texas" -- including Florida.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14600 at http://blog.wlrn.org Add 'Crazy Ants' To Growing List Of Florida Invasive Species Sea Level Rise May Happen Too Quick For Shore Birds To React http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sea-level-rise-may-happen-too-quick-shore-birds-react <p>Humans aren't the only species facing an uncertain future in South Florida should current sea level rise predictions prove accurate. Migratory and resident shore birds also would feel the pinch of encroaching salt water, beach erosion, and shore line and habitat loss.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14033 at http://blog.wlrn.org Sea Level Rise May Happen Too Quick For Shore Birds To React Going Sockless In South Florida Can Be A Bit Hazardous http://blog.wlrn.org/post/going-sockless-south-florida-can-be-bit-hazardous <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-5901f333-806f-7327-409a-47670844569c" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Socks.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Those wonderful cotton foot huggers which absorb our sweat and decorate our ankles, are taking the day off.</span></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Kathleen Elise 13667 at http://blog.wlrn.org Going Sockless In South Florida Can Be A Bit Hazardous In The Fight Against A Lionfish Invasion, Florida Turns To Creative Photo Contest http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fight-against-lionfish-invasion-florida-turns-creative-photo-contest <p>Lionfish are the newest target of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation's (FWC) efforts to use social engagement to tackle the problem of exotic, invasives in the state. The FWC&nbsp;announced last week the launch of its "<a href="http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2013/march/28/lionfish-photos/" target="_blank">Lionfish Control Team</a>" photo contest for the month of April.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11729 at http://blog.wlrn.org In The Fight Against A Lionfish Invasion, Florida Turns To Creative Photo Contest Volunteers Pull 57,154 Pounds Of Litter From Natural Areas http://blog.wlrn.org/post/volunteers-pull-57154-pounds-litter-natural-areas <p>On a recent Sunday morning, a group of hikers paused on a heavily canopied trail to observe a bird perched high atop a tree, its body&nbsp;silhouetted&nbsp;against the rising sun. A brief hush took hold as binoculars focused in on the back-lit bird, loudly churring&nbsp;its morning song. Bodies shifted for a better view, until: "Yep,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_crested_flycatcher/id" target="_blank">great crested flycatcher</a>!"</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:00:55 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11448 at http://blog.wlrn.org Volunteers Pull 57,154 Pounds Of Litter From Natural Areas Here's One Way To Help The Almost-Extinct Grasshopper Sparrow: Kill Fire Ants http://blog.wlrn.org/post/heres-one-way-help-almost-extinct-grasshopper-sparrow-kill-fire-ants <p>Fire ants are notorious Florida invasives, leaving a trail of painful welts and blisters in their wake. Those pesky exotic intruders also happen to be a serious threat to some of the state's most vulnerable endemic species. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:01:56 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11219 at http://blog.wlrn.org Here's One Way To Help The Almost-Extinct Grasshopper Sparrow: Kill Fire Ants South Florida Beaches Reopen After Shark Scare http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-beaches-reopen-after-shark-scare-yeah-shark-scare Several beaches in South Florida are open again following their closure earlier this week as a precautionary measure after thousands of migrating sharks were spotted near shore.<p><a href="http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/palm-beach-county-beaches-open-as-sharks-keep-dist/nWj4m/">The Palm Beach Post</a> reports that as of 9 a.m. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 19:49:33 +0000 Scott Neuman 10514 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida May Be Source Of Banned Drugs In Major League Baseball http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-may-be-source-banned-drugs-major-league-baseball <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>South Florida may be a source for banned performance-enhancing drugs making their way into major league baseball.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 8454 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida May Be Source Of Banned Drugs In Major League Baseball Why The Everglades National Park Is Handing Out Anti-Vulture Kits http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-everglades-national-park-handing-out-anti-vulture-kits <p></p><p></p><p>Next time you go to the Everglades you'll have the option to pick up an anti-vulture kit.</p><p></p><p>The park is offering the kits so people can protect their cars against vultures during the winter months. The black vultures sometimes rip the rubber and vinyl parts--such as windshield wipers and sunroof seals--off of cars.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 7388 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why The Everglades National Park Is Handing Out Anti-Vulture Kits The 2012 Weird Stories That Defined Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/2012-weird-stories-defined-florida <p></p><p>The end of the year is approaching and the news columns and web sites of a hungry nation are filling up with weird Florida stories, each supposedly an illustration of the character, lifestyle and unholy preoccupations of our strange, strange state.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:32:20 +0000 Rick Stone 6901 at http://blog.wlrn.org The 2012 Weird Stories That Defined Florida Why South Florida Can't Have Nice Things http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-south-florida-cant-have-nice-things <p>We all know South Florida can be a pretty weird place, and it's something of a holiday tradition for news organizations around the state to put together lists of the weirdest stories of the year.</p><p></p><p>We decided to go straight to the people on the front lines,&nbsp;WLRN's&nbsp;anchors, producers, editors and reporters, and ask them what they thought were the most bizarre Florida stories of 2012.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Some stories were funny, others perplexing and some macabre.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:29:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 6437 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why South Florida Can't Have Nice Things