August 25, 2001 |
A one-mile stretch of beach will be closed this weekend after a helicopter survey Friday showed dozens of sharks off the coast. Eight people in the last week have been bitten at New Smyrna Beach. "It's due to the frequency and number of bites in a relatively short period of time," beach patrol Capt. Robert Horster said of the closure. Volusia County Beach Patrol spotted 30 to 40 sharks in the area Friday. New Smyrna Beach is considered one of Florida's best surfing spots.
August 16, 2001 |
Hundreds of sharks that gathered off the west coast of Florida this week have swum away, police said Wednesday. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office issued an alert to swimmers and boaters Tuesday after its marine patrol officers spotted a concentration of hundreds of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico about three miles from the county's beaches. The officers checked the area again Wednesday morning and found only a few sharks, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.
July 13, 2001 |
The Senate embraced President Bush's scaled-down plan for oil and gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico by rejecting an amendment Thursday that would have blocked energy production off Florida's shores. Eighteen Democrats, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, joined all Republican senators to kill the proposed ban. Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer hailed the 67-33 vote as "a victory for all Americans who want to see environmentally responsible energy production." Sen.
June 22, 2001 |
In a blow to President Bush's production-oriented energy policy, the House on Thursday voted to block oil and gas development off the Florida coast and on the grounds of national monuments. The White House is considering whether to open a part of the Gulf of Mexico for drilling, and Bush has said he would like to retain the option of exploration in some areas of national monuments.
April 17, 2001 |
It lies beneath the flat, shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico, off the coasts of Florida and Alabama: a 6-million-acre expanse that oil and gas interests believe holds a rich reservoir of natural gas. Industry officials are pushing to open up the eastern gulf to drilling by allowing the federal government to move forward with the first lease sale there in more than a decade.
June 30, 2000 |
Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, health officials Thursday reopened most of the 25 miles of beaches that had been closed by a giant sewage spill. Four miles of beach remained closed. The reopened beaches included popular tourist spots like Miami Beach's South Beach and the beach at Bal Harbour. The millions of gallons of sewage that spewed from a ruptured underwater pipe have been swept away by ocean currents, health officials said.