Florida on pace for record number of manatee deaths in 2021
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A combination of cold weather, a decline in seagrass due to development and contaminated waterways have put Florida on pace for its highest number of manatee deaths in a decade. Last year, the state recorded 637 manatee deaths, and in 2019, 607. AdThe largest number of deaths is in Brevard County, with 179, the newspaper reported. But the loss of sea grass there is forcing them into other areas. AdRose said there are probably more manatee deaths than the state has documented and the causes might not be accurately attributed.
Indian River County prescribed burn causes smoky conditions in Brevard County
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Although no prescribed burns were scheduled for Brevard County, two large burns in Osceola and Indian River counties have been sending smoke to Central Brevard Wednesday afternoon, reports News 6 partner Florida Today. Skies over parts of Melbourne, Rockledge and Merritt Island were filled with grey smoke that obscured the sun and glowed bright orange from the 9,600-acre burn in Indian River County. Winds carried the smoke into a large portion of southern and central Brevard County. Radar images from the National Weather Service showed how south-by-southwest winds carried smoke from the prescribed burn in western Indian River County into Brevard. Ash and poor air quality were reported over large swaths of Brevard.
80s to take flight with no rain in sight
(Image credit: John Speck)ORLANDO, Fla. – A new front has moved through Central Florida, bringing cooler afternoon high temperatures, but the “cooldown” won’t last very long. We will see upper 70s on Wednesday, with no chance of rain through the weekend. Afternoon highs will be in the low 80s on Thursday. Highs will top of in the mid 80s from Friday through Sunday. Orlando has a yearly rain deficit of 1.32 inches.
Brevard residents drive to Indian River County for COVID-19 vaccine
Doug Gray of Melbourne brought his 87-year-old dad to the health department drive-through site in Vero Beach rather than the Brevard County site in Viera. News 6 also met people Tuesday from Palm Beach County, an hour and a half away. And also like the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, Indian River County advised people to sign up for its text-alerts to know immediately when new appointments open up. “I can’t say enough about Indian River County and the whole nine yards. In Indian River, the county Tuesday afternoon said it does not know when its next shipment is coming.
Cold front drops temperatures in Central Florida
(Image credit: John Speck)ORLANDO, Fla. – After a cold front moved through Central Florida, we will enjoy clearing skies with cooler temperatures on Thursday. The normal high in Orlando on this date is 72. The record high is 87, set in 1922. The normal low is 52. The record low is 31, set in 1916.
Meet the candidates: Here’s who’s running for US House District 8
Florida’s 8th Congressional District includes Brevard and Indian River counties, as well as parts of eastern Orange County. Here’s how to track your ballot]Here’s what you need to know about the candidates:Bill Posey (R)Posey is running for his fifth term in office. Posey graduated from Brevard Community College and worked at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center until the end of the Apollo program. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House, Posey served on the Rockledge City Council and then in both the Florida House and Senate. Jim Kennedy (D)According to his campaign website, Kennedy is an engineer and scientist at the Kennedy Space Center.
Some Edgewater boat ramps, parks closed due to flooding from weekend storms
EDGEWATER, Fla. – People who live in Edgewater are starting to see the standing water recede in the neighborhoods, but the issue is the rising water levels of the Indian River. That’s why the city has had to shut down some boat ramps and parks because of the flooding. Over the weekend, the City of Edgewater recorded nearly a foot of rain in some areas, flooding streets and driveways. Edgewater City Manager Glenn Irby said the storms brought too much water all at once. I’ve never seen rain like that before, it was a lot of water,” Irby said.
Video: 3 giant sawfish spotted in Indian River in Melbourne Beach
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. – With fewer people out enjoying Florida’s water, some sea creatures you don’t see too often have been spotted in local waterways. Three giant smalltooth sawfish were captured on video next to a dock in the shallow water in the Indian River in Melbourne Beach. Alavarez said, “Got to witness something amazing this morning in Melbourne Beach in the Indian River. The FWC says sawfish sightings are now less common because they were unintentionally over fished. Alavrez reported the sighting to the FWC so the agency can better understand which areas the sawfish are in.
Missing 94-year-old Palm Bay man found dead in Indian River
A missing 94-year-old Palm Bay man has been found dead, according to police. Palm Bay police said George Robbins was found dead Wednesday morning in the Indian River. “The family and the PD are thankful for all of your thoughts and prayers for the recovery of our missing resident. Unfortunately, he was the decedent we located this morning,” a Palm Bay police Facebook comment stated. Robbins’ red 2019 Subaru Forester was located at 8 a.m. Wednesday near U.S. 1 and Malabar Road, according to authorities.
A look at Space Coast when Saturn V launched Apollo 11 to moon
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Fifty years ago this July 16, Saturn V launched Apollo 11 to the moon. More than one million people gathered on the Space Coast to watch Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins lift off for the moon from Kennedy Space Center. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing News 6 created a hotline for viewers to record their Apollo 11 memories. The historic moon landing happened eight years after President John F. Kennedy declared his vision of putting a man on the moon. Above is a photo of the Indian River, which is about 4 miles west of the Kennedy Space Center.