Blog: Poisonous bufo toads infesting South Florida neighborhood and they are spreading

A South Florida city is being plagued by thousands of poisonous toads.

Experts say the amphibians are bufo toads, also known as cane toads. Residents in the infested Palm Beach Gardens neighborhood worry toxins secreted by the toads will harm their pets and children.

News stations broadcast images of the small toads clogging pool filters, hopping en masse across driveways and sidewalks, and lurking in landscaped lawns.

Resident Jennifer Quasha told WPBF her family first noticed the toads Friday. She said hundreds of them were in her swimming pool.

Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Blog: Crocodile spotted in Aventura woman’s backyard: report

An Aventura woman was disturbed to find a crocodile in her backyard, and has to wait over a month for its removal, according to a report by WSVN, a Fox affiliated news station serving Miami.

Patricia Jesurum was walking her dog Sunday when she spotted the crocodile on her lakeside property near Northwest 25th Court and 214th Street, according to WSVN.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told Jesurum that it would be 45 days before they could remove the animal, since the crocodile is in its natural habitat, WSVN reported.

Jesurum was disturbed to hear this as there are several families with children and pets in the neighborhood.

Source: Orlando Sentinel- Orlando news, sports and more

Blog: Surfer catches wave just before shark catches his foot

By the time Jupiter surfer Chris Bryan realized what happened, it was already over.

“It was so fast,” he said Sunday from his room at Jupiter Medical Center. “I didn’t think it was as bad as it ended up being.”

About 4 p.m. Friday, Bryan, 42, said he was bitten on the foot by a shark at Hobe Sound Beach, just after catching his last wave of the day.

“I took a wave back in, jumped off my board and the second my feet touched the water, it grabbed me,” Bryan said.

Source: Orlando Sentinel- Orlando news, sports and more

Blog: Will Smith looking for fans to visit the Miami set of ‘Bad Boys For Life’

Want to hang out with Will Smith in Miami?

The actor who is filming the third “Bad Boys” film posted an invitation for fans “to come hang with ME…in MIAMI…on the set of “Bad Boys For Life.”

Smith called the invite “a Bucket List experience in the making” which is being organized through online fundraising site omaze.com to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

When fans make a donation to the nonprofit through Omaze, they will be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to be flown to Miami and stay in a four-star hotel. They will also get behind the scenes access of the movie and spend a day on the set with Smith. Filming was expected to start in April; scenes will be shot at PortMiami, nearby causeways and in various parts of Miami Beach.

Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Blog: Florida Arts Tour features 21 Lake County studios and 29 artists eager to show how they create art

Area art aficionados and the just plain curious will have the chance to visit with an eclectic mix of Lake County artists and watch them create art during the last leg of the ninth annual Off the Beaten Path Florida Arts Tour this weekend.

The free self-guided tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 21 professional studios in the Golden Triangle, Leesburg, Umatilla and Weirsdale areas, with stops at area cultural venues, including museums and art centers, too.

In February, the annual region-wide event took art lovers to studios across east and west Volusia County, for visits with 54 artists in 40 studios during two separate dates.In Lake, 29 artists will give demonstrations at their studios and “talk shop,” during the tour. They include watercolor, acrylic, and oil painters; artists who work with clay, metal, paper, wood and mixed media; and jewelers, potters and sculptors.

“Visitors can see what’s going on, how we create our art and the atmosphere of the studio,” said Eustis artist Kace Montgomery, who’s known for her work in clay. “Artists will talk your ear off, if you let them.”

Source: Orlando Sentinel- Orlando news, sports and more

Blog: Powerball jackpot is now $750 million – the fourth-largest in US history

A great man once said to never tell him the odds, but we’re sorry to inform you that the odds of winning the Powerball are 1 in 292,201,338.00, and nobody beat them this time around.

The Powerball numbers announced during Saturday night’s drawing were 24, 25, 52, 60, 66, and 05. With no winning grand prize ticket, the pot for the multistate lottery is now at $750 million, swollen with the hopes and dreams of millions who purchase tickets for the biweekly drawings. The jackpot is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the biggest Powerball total so far this year.

While a player must match all six winning numbers to win the grand prize, some Saturday drawing winners matched enough to earn a mere $2 million or $1 million dollar prize.

In December, David Johnson of Brooklyn bought the winner Powerball ticket for a $298.3 million.

Source: Orlando Sentinel- Orlando news, sports and more

Blog: Surfer catches wave just before shark catches his foot

By the time Jupiter surfer Chris Bryan realized what happened, it was already over.

“It was so fast,” he said Sunday from his room at Jupiter Medical Center. “I didn’t think it was as bad as it ended up being.”

About 4 p.m. Friday, Bryan, 42, said he was bitten on the foot by a shark at Hobe Sound Beach, just after catching his last wave of the day.

“I took a wave back in, jumped off my board and the second my feet touched the water, it grabbed me,” Bryan said.

Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel