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Dateline Florida

Published March 30, 2007


Boating on Suwannee? Armor plating might not be a bad idea

It's spring, and the sturgeon are returning to the Suwannee River. And you know what that means: Watch out for flying sturgeon! Eight people were injured last year by sturgeon leaping from the river and colliding with boaters. Two other boaters were injured when they swerved to avoid a sturgeon and hit a bridge support. So the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued an alert Thursday reminding boaters to be aware of leaping sturgeon. "We certainly don't want a repeat of last year," said Maj. Bruce Hamlin of the commission. "We want people to be aware that sturgeon are returning, and the risk of injury to boaters does exist." Gulf sturgeon can grow to 8 feet and weigh up to 200 pounds.

How about a big sign that says: I stole this

Two men carjacked what is likely one of St. Petersburg's most recognizable vehicles - a pink Lexus with pink rims. Emerson Walls, 25, was driving his sister's pink Lexus in the 1200 block of 11th Avenue S about 11:20 a.m. Thursday when two gun-wielding men in a white pickup pulled up beside him. They dragged Walls out, shot him and robbed him. One of them drove off in the Lexus; the other left in the truck. Walls was treated for injuries not considered life threatening. Police ask anyone who sees the pink Lexus to call them at (727) 893-7780. "It sounds like it would stand out," said Lt. Dennis Bolender.

Mayfield to keep face in front of cameras

Max Mayfield became a reluctant TV celeb as head of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. After retiring in January, his reluctance apparently melted away. He has signed a three-year contract to be the full-time hurricane specialist for Miami's WPLG-TV, the Miami Herald reports. He plans to interpret tropical weather forecasts and help viewers prepare, not second-guess the hurricane center. "I will not expend any effort ever on the forecast," Mayfield, 58, said. "I don't think anyone can beat the quality of the forecasts of the hurricane center."

Saturday market to take a day off

St. Petersburg's popular Saturday Morning Market will take off this week, bowing to the roar and the crowds of the Grand Prix. It returns the following Saturday, April 7.


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