Charles Stockdale 24/7 Wall Street Published 7:00 AM EDT Aug 4, 2019 Hurricane season can be one of the most nerve-wracking times of the year for Americans living on the coast. The period runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, although severe storms can also occur outside of those dates. While the number of storms that reach U.S. shores varies from year to year – as does their intensity – it only takes one storm to potentially damage hundreds of thousands of homes and cause tens of billions of dollars in damage. The three elements of a hurricane – wind, precipitation, and storm surge – are also what makes them so wildly destructive. Storm surge, or the water that is pushed on shore by a hurricane, can be particularly destructive. Flooding caused by storm surge is often the most damaging aspect of a hurricane to infrastructure and people’s homes. The extent of such damage can be seen in these before and after pictures of the worst hurricanes in American … [Read more...] about Hurricane 2019: New York, Miami, Tampa, New Orleans most at risk
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That’s natural delights, sport, history and lots of fun, says Ruth Brindle Watching the Red Sox baseball team play in their Florida spring training home of Fort Myers was just one of the highlights of a fabulous trip that had also encompassed history and stunning natural beauty, not to mention deep relaxation. I’d seen the Sox play in Boston’s legendary Fenway Park but on a weekend visit to their Fenway South stadium JetBlue Park, it felt really familiar as the iconic Green Monster wall is replicated right down to the vintage-style manual scoreboard. A fabulous, fun day out for all ages and they won the game too which added to the excitement. Singing Take Me Out To The Ballgame and Sweet Caroline with thousands of others was quite an experience. We stayed just a 10-minute drive from the stadium at the Drury’s Inn and Suites Fort Myers. It was a great location for discovering the area and just a short walk from the front door is the Gulf Coast Town Centre with … [Read more...] about Travel: Fort Myers and Sanibel have it all
Michael Braun Fort Myers News-Press Published 9:22 PM EDT Jul 11, 2019 FORT MYERS, Fla. – Investigators are looking into who or what made a penetrating gash in the head of a bottlenose dolphin that was later found dead on a Florida beach. Investigators from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's Office of Law Enforcement said marine mammal experts saw the wound after the dolphin was found dead on Upper Captiva Island in the Gulf of Mexico near Fort Myers. The association announced a $38,000 reward Thursday for a conviction related to the death. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recovered the animal at the end of May, and a necropsy revealed it had been impaled in the head with a spear-like object while alive. “It takes a truly callous person to stab a gentle dolphin in the head,” said Kate MacFall, Florida state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Dolphins are among the most … [Read more...] about Dolphin impaled in head found dead on Florida’s Captiva Island
Megan Kearney Fort Myers News-Press Published 4:10 PM EDT Apr 13, 2019 Nothing good happens at 2 a.m., but only in Florida can that also refer to alligators. A Fort Myers family called police after they spotted someone — err, something — breaking and entering early Friday morning. Turns out an alligator meauring about 8 feet long had torn through the family's lanai screen and was camped out on the back porch, according to the Fort Myers Police Department. FMPD officers were dispatched to the home in the Somerset at the Plantation gated community early Friday morning after they received the call. The gator was captured by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and will be relocated, FMPD said. Follow Megan Kearney on Twitter: @megkear … [Read more...] about Fort Myers, Florida family surprised by alligator at 2 a.m.
Brooke Baitinger Fort Myers News-Press Published 6:24 AM EDT Apr 9, 2019 FORT MYERS, Fla. — A 19-year-old Florida man is accused of abusing a young alligator with a cigarette. The charge of injuring an alligator added to his growing rap sheet that started in 2017 with 20 different charges, including burglary, grand theft and fraud, according to Lee County, Fla., booking records. According to a Lee County Sheriff's Office arrest report, 19-year-old Philip Kolbe Harris was identified for his alleged involvement in a March 28 crime spree on Fort Myers Beach where he is accused of stealing two cars and dumping them in separate canals. More: Massive 12-foot alligator trapped in Florida weighs nearly 750 pounds More: Record-setting 17-foot long python found near Florida Everglades. It was carrying 73 eggs The Lee County Sheriff's Office received numerous crime complaints on Fort Myers Beach during the same time period, the report said, which led … [Read more...] about Florida man arrested for abusing alligator on video with cigarette