2 Florida men charged with federal hate crime for beating Black man, shouting racial slurs
A grand jury in the Middle District of Florida’s Ocala Division has charged two men with a federal hate crime for their alleged role in the beating of a Black man because of his race, according to the Department of Justice.
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Florida children rescue bald eagle found with hook in beak
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – What would you do if you were walking and found a bald eagle struggling to stay alive? Well, some children in Pasco County are being praised after rescuing a bald eagle and taking it to someone who could help. Once crews took a look, they noticed that the eagle had a fishing hook stuck in its beak and fishing line wrapped around its wings. #GoodNews: Pasco County Fire Rescue assists with the rescue of a Bald Eagle wrapped in a fishing line. Experts say that if you find an injured eagle, you should call authorities immediately.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay all jazzed up for Mardi Gras celebration
TAMPA, Fla – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay shared new details Monday about its upcoming Mardi Gras celebration which kicks off on Jan. 16. (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)Event organizers said some of the food available include a signature shrimp po’ boy, hearty jambalaya, shrimp and grits, voodoo coffee and hot and fresh beignets. Guests will also get the chance to try a number of new Mardi Gras inspired cocktails including hurricane drinks. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Mardi Gras (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)The Busch Gardens team has consulted with medical experts to offer modified events with required reservations and limited capacity for safe celebrations. The Mardi Gras celebration runs through Feb. 16.
Here are the new attractions coming to Central Florida theme parks this year
Disney officials said the show is a first-ever collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering. Star Wars: Galactic StarcruiserStill under construction near the once former entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Walt Disney World’s most immersive Star Wars hotel experience. “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a completely new type of experience,” said Ann Morrow Johnson, executive producer for Walt Disney Imagineering. “You’re going to live onboard a star cruiser…and you can get wrapped up in the larger Star Wars story” she described on Disney’s blog. Other exciting additions coming to Walt Disney World this year include:Universal Orlando ResortJurassic World: VelocicoasterUniversal Orlando Resort is set to unleash and all new predator, the Jurassic World: Velocicoaster.
’I won’t tolerate it:’ Judge scolds theme park trespasser
Circuit Court Judge Jack Gutman adjudicated St. Cyr guilty and ordered him to pay $303 in court costs. “I know the game going into theme parks when they’re closed and posting them on YouTube,” Gutman told St. Cyr during the hearing. St. Cyr did not respond to a voicemail and text message from News 6 seeking comment for this story. His attorney, Jonah Dickstein, told the judge that St. Cyr is moving on from the conduct that landed him in court. Unlike St. Cyr, a judge did not adjudicate McGuire guilty after he entered a no contest plea, so the Alabama man avoided a criminal conviction on his record.
First look: Busch Gardens shows off 4 new Howl-O-Scream scare zones
TAMPA, Fla – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced new details Thursday about its upcoming Howl-O-Scream event. Lycan LandingLycan Landing Scare Zone (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)It’s always a full moon at this campground and the park rangers can’t hear you scream. The ShortcutThe Shortcut Scare Zone (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)Cutting through the cemetery may seem like an easy way out, except when the corpses rise from the ground to invite you into their gravesThe EscapeThe Escape Scare Zone (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)In this treacherous realm, chaos reigns and rules are made to be broken. The JunkyardThe Junkyard Scare Zone (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)You’ll find more than spare parts as you explore this surly scrap site. 2020 Scare Zones | Howl-O-Scream Brave your way through TEN spacious scare zones, including four all-new zones throughout the park.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces 2021 Fun Card bonus, seasonal bier fest
TAMPA, Fla. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Monday offered new incentives to purchase a 2021 Fun Card and gave details about its upcoming seasonal bier fest event. One event included is Busch Gardens seasonal bier fest, which is set to begin Sept. 12. Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)Some food offerings include Sam Adams Octoberfest braised short ribs, New England IPA drunken shrimp tacos, loaded mac and cheese with creamy Budweiser cheese sauce, Bavarian pretzel sticks and Yuengling black and tan chocolate cupcakes. Bier fest sampler lanyards, which include a five-sample punch card, will be available for $32.99. Busch Gardens will welcome back its Sesame Street kids weekends Oct. 3 and holiday Christmas town event on Nov. 23.
Busch Gardens employee loses jobless benefits because of duplicate application, DEO says
The Busch Gardens restaurant supervisor told News 6 the DEO notice indicated there were some issues that suggested she might not be eligible after all. When she called the DEO to get some answers, she said the conversation with the woman checking her account was very confusing. ”I said, ‘I just received two checks from you guys.‘”Brannon’s W2 confirms she has been an employee with Busch Gardens and is eligible for unemployment benefits. The single mom of a 17-year-old boy said she has worked for Busch Gardens for “nearly 23 years” and was surprised to see a list of employers and a Social Security number that didn’t match her personal information. Brannon’s account was locked due to duplicate claims (one with a wrong social security number), but our team has been in contact with her and we have resolved her issue,” Landrum wrote.
New ride at SeaWorld Orlando may top 200 feet
ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld Orlando's "biggest ride yet" could be even bigger than expected. According to a filing with the Federal Aviation Administration, SeaWorld wants the planned roller coaster to rise 201 feet into the sky. The FAA has to sign off on anything taller than 200 feet. Sharks are rumored to be the theme of the thrill ride. SeaWorld plans to reveal more details May 27.