Heading to a Florida beach this Memorial Day weekend? A wildlife conservation group is asking beachgoers to keep nesting birds in mind. Baby birds and eggs are in greater danger, as crowds of people flock to their habitats.
Many beach-dwelling birds make their nests in the Florida sand. And when threatened species, like the least tern, hatch, Julie Wraithmell, with Audubon of Florida said, “They’re basically these little fluff balls on legs that are scrambling around the beach.”
Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is going through the Department of Education’s job descriptions to see what’s necessary, and what’s not. Bennett’s reorganization efforts are aimed at making the department more efficient. But in his initial efforts to make his agency leaner, Bennett says he failed to realize one key thing:
"There are a lot of positions in the Florida Department of Education that are outlined in statute. I have to tell you, I didn’t know that.”
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are stepping up their patrol to make sure travelers are wearing their seatbelts. They’ll be cracking down on drivers over the next couple of weeks as part of a national campaign seat-belt enforcement campaign called Click It Or Ticket.
Captain Nancy Rasmussen with the Florida Highway Patrol says this campaign reminds drivers seat belts save lives.