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Register for 2025 CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan public meeting

The 2025 Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) Team will be holding a virtual public meeting Oct. 13, 2023, from 9-11 a.m. The 2025 CFWI RWSP is the second five-year update to the 2015 CFWI RWSP and is a collaborative effort between the St. Johns, Southwest and South Florida water management...


Black Bears more active during Fall

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds residents and visitors that our state’s black bears are more active in search of food as autumn approaches. Following BearWise® practices can help prevent negative interactions with bears and other wildlife, including securing garbage and removing food attractants. During the fall, bears start consuming more calories...


Extended Florida red snapper season starts on Labor Day weekend

(The Center Square) — An extension of Florida’s red snapper season begins Labor Day weekend and could be one of the longest since the state took over management of the tasty game fish. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Aug. 11 that the red snapper season would be extended by 17 days to 87 days, according...


FWC continues to monitor avian influenza across Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to monitor bird mortalities suspected to be attributed to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza throughout Florida. This strain has been documented in the United States since 2021 and was detected for the first time in Florida in January 2022. The FWC has documented the virus in 37...


Governor appoints 3 to SWFWMD governing board

Governor Ron DeSantis appointed James Holton, Dustin Rowland and Robert Stern to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board. Holton, of St. Petersburg, is the president and owner of JWH Properties, Inc., MHH Enterprises, Inc. and James W. Holton, P.A. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his master’s degree and juris...