It’s also the largest lizard in Florida.
No one knows exactly when the monitor arrived in Florida, but it was first spotted in 1990. It was probably introduced as part of the pet trade. It then either escaped or was released by people who realized much too late that maybe a huge, intelligent, active, predatory lizard doesn’t make a great pet.
Once the monitors were free, events unfolded predictably. These lizards wander over large areas, grow quickly, breed at an early age, and lay up to 60 eggs in a single clutch—so their numbers quickly grew. They love water, and were drawn to the same waterfront properties that attract Florida home-owners. There are now three permanent breeding populations in the state, the largest of which includes more than 1,000 individuals
waking up at 4:30 am was def worth it. florida, you never fail to impress me
You’re not going to want to miss this.
The sun paints Florida’s sky twice a day and depending on where you are standing, the view is unbelievable. Whether you are an early riser or ending the day with a beautiful scene, Florida is home to some of the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets in the world. You can catch a glimpse of this gorgeous sky from just about anywhere in the Sunshine State. To make sure you have a front-row seat, we picked out some of the best places to catch the sunrises and sunsets around the state.
Miami Beach may be a major night-life and party destination, but if you happen to get up early enough (or stay up late enough) you can witness the beautiful sunrise as it kisses the skyline of the city. Grab your towel and get ready to experience the peaceful, zen-like side to this energetic, vibrant city. 3rd Street Beach Yoga holds classes 365 days a year for sunrise and sunset. What’s the best part? The classes are all donation based! Start the day right as you listen to the waves crashing and stretch to salute the sun.
The classes are open for everyone to join and they offer classes at every level. After yoga, spend the day enjoying the beach or any of the other exciting activities, restaurants, and bars that Miami Beach has to offer.
Note: Of course yoga mats are welcome but, according to their website, a towel works best on the sandy ground!
Why lease a car when you can steal one? And why steal any car when you could steal a police cruiser? Finally, why steal one police cruiser when you can steal two? That’s the mindset of a Florida man who recently swiped not one, but two police cars in the span of one afternoon. (Talk about an overachiever!)
It all started when someone called police to report a suspicious person on 1-95 in Cocoa, Volusia County, Florida. Officers responded and came upon Xavier Javern Cummings. He escaped by jumping in one of the marked patrol cars, sparking a high-speed chase on the highway. The cops forced Cummings off the road and into a wooded area, where they tried to get Cummings out of the car, but he evaded arrest once again…by running away and jumping in another (unlocked, running) cop car. (Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice…)
With Elsa approaching Florida we had
Elsa, the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic storm season, was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday and was on track to impact Florida by early next week.
“We do feel pretty confident that we are going to be experiencing at least a tropical storm that’s going to impact a lot of communities in Florida,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference in Surfside early Saturday.
He added: “You’re looking at a track that is going to go, probably, pass over the western portion of Cuba, end up in the Florida Straits and then start impacting Florida with the eye of the storm looking to be, right now, on the west side of Florida.”
DeSantis declared an emergency for South Florida on Saturday and urged citizens to pay attention to weather advisories in the next few days. The state’s Emergency Operations Center was activated to track Elsa’s progress through the Caribbean.
Elsa was expected to move near the southwestern peninsula of Haiti Saturday evening, and then near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm was expected to slow down late Saturday and Sunday and turn northwest Sunday night or Monday.