AAA predicts record travel numbers in Florida during Thanksgiving week

AAA – Thanksgiving Dinner — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Image by: Ground Picture Thanksgiving is now less than a week away, and for many people looking to get away, holiday travel will begin on Friday. People are taking to the roads and the skies to travel, and for those going north, the present snowstorm may have

Did sharks abandon the waters off of Florida during Hurricane Ian? Experts talk about how hurricanes affect wildlife

Aftermath of Hurricane Ian — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Felix Mizioznikov Florida is known for its incredible wildlife, from the birds that fly high in the sky to the beasts that roam through the swamps and gorgeous beaches. However, Florida’s beauty sometimes gets brutally interrupted, just as it did last month when Hurricane Ian rammed into

Asbury Automotive Group and CarMax close Florida locations as Hurricane Ian grows into Category 4 storm

CarMax Dealership – Hurricane Ian closes several dealerships throughout FL. – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: George Sheldon Several dealership groups located in Florida scrambled to close their stores Tuesday as Hurricane Ian ravaged the Gulf Coast, threatening much of the Sunshine State with flooding, tornadoes, high winds, and widespread property damage. At around 5

Why scientists believe that 99 percent of sea turtle babies are now born female

Sea turtles swimming – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Gail Johnson Florida’s sea turtles are struggling with a unique problem made even worse by climate change: recent heat waves have caused the sand on certain beaches to become so warm that nearly every turtle born was female. “The frightening thing is the last four summers

Florida’s population is anticipated to grow somewhat more slowly

Florida population growth slows – Florida Welcomes You Sign – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Sean Pavone The Sunshine State’s population growth is coming to a halt as deaths outpace births and as a rush of people moving from other states due to the COVID-19 pandemic slows down. Still, with approximately 22.25 million residents as of

Gas Update: Florida gas prices break another record as $5 a gallon nears

Gas Prices Continue to Increase – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by jittawit21 If you think you paid a bit more for gas over the last week in the Sunshine State, you are right. As Florida gas prices hit another high, AAA predicts that prices will soon reach $5 per gallon.  According to the auto group,

Study says the Sunshine State’s $23 billion freelance economy is booming

Freelance Worker Working From Home – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by DimaBerlin A multitude of companies in Tampa Bay are still struggling to find workers. However, one group of Tampa Bay workers is doing just fine: Freelancers. According to a new study from digital freelance marketplace Fiverr, Tampa Bay’s independent freelance workers brought in an

Lawmakers meet to try and improve Florida’s property insurance market

Property Insurance Market – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Alexander Raths The Sunshine State has not seen a major storm in several years, but policyholders across Florida are dealing with a different kind of catastrophe. “We’re spiraling toward a collapse of the private insurance market in Florida, meaning there will be no options for Florida

Florida Memorabilia Fest takes over Gulfport on Saturday

Memorabilia Fest Gulfport, FL – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by SevenMaps Ken Breslauer, who’s written several books on the Sunshine State’s mid-century tourism and its long-vanished roadside attractions, believes he truly understands why native Floridians, like him, treasure Florida memories that no longer exist.  “It’s funny how as you grow up you develop this loyalty

Florida health officials warn of ‘alarming’ outbreak of meningococcal disease

Meningococcal Disease — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Steph Photographies Florida health officials are warning residents about an ‘alarmingly large’ outbreak of a potentially fatal bacterial illness known as meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease commonly leads to two possibly fatal infections—meningitis, when the lining of the spinal cord and brain become infected, and a bloodstream infection. The disease