Florida Keys

Governor Scott surveying damage in the Keys.
Governor's Press Office

Florida Governor Rick Scott and elected officials in the Keys have one message: we’re open for business.  But the island chain is still recovering from Hurricane Irma.

Evan Vucci / AP Photo

President Trump is expected to make a visit to Florida this week due to Irma. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made that announcement Tuesday.

Oxitec

A British biotech company wants to release genetically modified mosquitos in Florida to slow the spread of the Zika virus. The fate of the program rests with the small community of Key Haven, and many residents are skeptical.

same-sex wedding cake
Equality Florida via Facebook

Florida gay-marriage advocates are exploring legal options to get Monroe County to be allowed to issue same-sex marriage licenses. State Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately appealed a judge’s ruling Thursday—at least temporarily stopping wedding plans in the Florida Keys.

For a short time Thursday, it looked like same-sex couples could start getting married soon in the Keys.

“I have a feeling that there were a couple of hours yesterday where guest houses were getting a lot of reservations for next week," says Equality Florida Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer. 

Capital Report: 06-13-2014

Jun 13, 2014

Governor Rick Scott recently signed the so-called Immigrant Tuition bill into law that would grant in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants. Since near the end of Session, Scott has been touting the legislation and even did a week-long tour this week. While it’s publicized more as a Hispanic win, Sascha Cordner reports on other segments of the immigrant population who will be also affected by the new law.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

For years, scientists have been sounding the alarm that the world’s coral reefs are dying and disappearing rapidly. One Key Largo man is using low-tech methods and an army of volunteers to help reverse that trend and restore coral reefs in what’s known as the dive capital of the world. 

At the headquarters of the nonprofit Coral Restoration Foundation, in Key Largo, founder Ken Nedimyer is leafing through photos of what coral reefs in the area used to look like when he would go diving as a young man.