Texts show Manatee COVID-19 vaccine site was set up to help DeSantis’ reelection
“They were like 20-some percent [of seniors vaccinated],” DeSantis said. “I had some counties that were 50% just a few weeks ago. So we said, ‘Where can we go to make an impact?’ So we did a senior pod at Lakewood Ranch, which is very successful, thousands of seniors got it. … So what we did worked in Manatee, we’re not done in Manatee, but that’s what it was about.”sun-sentinel.com
DeSantis calls criticism of pop-up coronavirus vaccination sites in wealthy neighborhoods ‘a joke’
“Anyone in Manatee [County], if they don’t want us doing it, then just tell us, and we’ll make sure that we send those doses to folks who want it,” DeSantis said threateningly in response to county commissioners who asked why the “whitest and richest” portions of the county were able to access more doses than other areas.sun-sentinel.com
Reward Offered After ‘Trump’ Etched into Huge Manatee’s Back
CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of whoever etched “Trump” onto a manatee’s back in Citrus County, Florida. Fish and Wildlife Service in Jacksonville, who also confirmed in a Jan. 13 email to Zenger News that the agency is investigating the matter. The nonprofit group Center for Biological Diversity has offered the $5,000 reward “because what happened to this manatee was wrong and unlawful. It is clear that the offender handled the wild manatee and prevented it from escaping,” Save the Manatee said. Fish and Wildlife Service, in a press statement, adding that the federal agency is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on the case.thewestsidegazette.com
Manatee found dead, with disturbing scene leading to questions about how it died and what killed it
MIAMI – A manatee mystery has South Florida officials scratching their heads after one of the gentle sea cows was found dead. “I came over here and I see this giant manatee without a head,” Mahomar told Local 10. “Salinity control structures closing on manatees was the second leading cause of deaths of manatees in the state of Florida,” said Silverstein. Now, as those gates are closing, if it detects the presence of a manatee those gates are supposed to stop. That leads to a question of whether those sensors were working at the time the manatee Mahomar found was crushed.
Orphaned baby manatee rescued in the Keys
ISLAMORADA, Fla. – An orphaned infant manatee was rescued Saturday after being spotted by homeowners that there was something beneath underwater rocks along their dock. The Dolphin Research Center’s (DRC) Manatee Rescue Team and volunteers with Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder unit assisted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee to corral the calf with netting. They then successfully scooped the manatee from the water using a large hoop net. They did not know why the calf separated from her mom. On Sunday afternoon, a Seaquarium veterinarian said the manatee was in “guarded condition.”After evaluation and treatment, she was placed in a pool with an older orphaned female manatee.
Manatee rescued by FWC, local citizens after being found in distress off Plantation Key
PLANTATION KEY, Fla. – A manatee was rescued over the weekend by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers with the help of local citizens, authorities said. FWC Officer Bobby Dube said several people spotted the manatee in the water off a dock in Plantation Key early Saturday and told officers that the manatee seemed to be in distress and injured. When officers arrived, they noticed that the manatee could not swim or use its left fin. The people who spotted the manatee watched it until the FWC's Manatee Group arrived. BaumGartner operated a boat while the Manatee Group guided the injured manatee into a hoop net and safely loaded him into their transport vehicle.