Small city makes big goal to become Clean Energy City
It's a small town hoping to make a big difference. Safety Harbor is now the ninth city in Florida to commit to a future of 100% clean energy.
"We thought it was important to do our part in being a responsible community," Mayor of Safety Harbor Joe Ayoub said. "2035 for the city government to be 100% renewable, and then 2050 for all of city-wide to be 100% renewable."
The goal will prove to be no small task, but with other Bay Area cities already paving the way, the future seems promising.Read the full article
Warrior Games kick off this weekend in Tampa
This weekend kicks off the Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa.
The paralympic games bring together wounded warriors from all branches of the military.
Some compete in multiple events, like David Snyder, a 40-year-old Air Force Master Sgt. whose leg was amputated in a motorcycle accident.Read the full article
Black bear spotted roaming Polk County
A Florida black bear has been spotted near Lakeland Linder International Airport several times since the weekend.
More recent sightings in Plant City are thought to be the same one seen in Lakeland.
Pamela Simmons, who lives just south of the airport, was having her coffee at a table in her garage early Sunday morning when it caught her eye.Read the full article
They seem to be popping up all over, especially in the Historic Lake Morton District of Lakeland. This is breeding season for Bufo toads so their population is booming.
That's a potential problem if you have a pet. If your dog or cat gets a hold of one, the poison that the Bufo secretes from the glands on its back can be deadly.
"Small children can be at risk as well," said Lisa Ricigliano, who owns L and R Wildlife Service in Lakeland, which removes nuisance wildlife.
Bufos are not native. They were introduced to the U.S. in the late 1930's. Scientists from the University of Florida got about 200 from Puerto Rico and released them in the sugar cane fields in South Florida to control the pest population. Bufos eat bugs.
They were highly successful breeders and adapted quickly to Florida's hot, wet climate. Eventually, they migrated across the state and are now found all over the Tampa Bay area.
If your pet comes in contact with a Bufo, you need to act immediately. Wash out your pet's mouth with a cloth that supersaturated with water. Don't use a hose, because the pressure can push the poison down your pets throat. Then get to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you waste time or ignore the situation, chances are that your pet will start foaming at the mouth, have convulsions, become paralyzed, and die.
You should never pick up a Bufo without wearing gloves. The poison can irritate your skin.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says the most humane way to get rid of a Bufo is by putting it in a plastic bag, and putting the bag in your freezer for three days. If that's not your thing, you may want to call a wildlife service to catch and dispose of Bufos.