July 21, 2016

A NIMBY battle is brewing in the tiny county of Hendry, Florida, population 39,000.  What don't the citizens of Hendry want in their backyard?  The usual landfill or power plant?  No, it’s a monkey farm that may soon house thousands of macaque monkeys and the citizens of Hendry aren't monkeying around in voicing their dissent.

Litigation arose once the County authorized the monkey farms without seeking public input....

July 21, 2016

FWC officials rescued numerous pets from a derelict sailboat moored in Marathon Key's Boot Key Harbor.  Police officials boarded the vessel to take Susanne Kynast into protective custody pursuant the Baker Act.  Police also arrested Kynast's husband, Raymond Geisel, on unrelated charges for stalking and threatening law enforcement.

Living onboard with Kynast and Geiser were four cats, nine iguanas, and five...

July 21, 2016

Following a 38-day trial, D.L.W. was convicted of numerous sexual offenses against his two stepdaughters, one of which involved nonpenetrative sexual acts with the family dog.  The trial court interpreted Canada's bestiality statute to include "touching between a person and an animal for a person's sexual purpose."  According to the trial court, penetration was not required.  But on June 9, 2016, the Canadian Supreme Court rev...

July 21, 2016

Bud, an African Grey parrot previously owned by Martin Durham, appears to have witnessed the murder of his former owner and has something to say about it.  After Bud was transferred to Christine Keller, Martin's ex-wife, he apparently began to reenact the last moments of Martin's life.  According to Christine, Bud replays an argument between Martin and Glenna Durham, which ends with Martin asking Glenna not to shoot.

Given...

July 21, 2016

Robert Stigile called the police when he was hit by an Uber driver’s vehicle as the driver left him on the street without picking him up.  Stigile, a blind man, was with several other blind people and their service dogs when he requested an Uber ride.  The driver, Simon Pierre Andre Nau, was requested by Stigile as the latter left Bahama Breeze in Orlando.  Stigile was attempting to get in the vehicle when Nau told him “I don’...

July 21, 2016

After hearing eight hours of public testimony, Florida Fish and Wildlife commissioners voted 4-3 to forego a bear hunt this year.  With interactions between humans and bears on the rise, some Florida residents see the bears as nuisance animals that pose a threat to their property, pets, and themselves.  However, many Florida residents advocate against the hunt, recommending instead for community garbage regulations and managem...

July 21, 2016

Governor Rick Scott recently declared a state of emergency in Martin, St. Lucie, Lee, and Palm Beach Counties due to toxic blooms of blue-green algae—also known as cyanobacteria—that have spread from Lake Okeechobee into local canals, rivers, estuaries, and beaches.  By early May of this year, the toxin-producing algae covered 33 square miles of the lake.  In order to prevent flooding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonv...

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