| Sep 10, 2014
| 11:21 AM
TALLAHASSEE – About two-dozen Florida springs clean-up projects got a $25 million taxpayer infusion Wednesday when a budget-writing panel signed off on plans to clean up leaky septic tanks and polluted waters, feeding both springs and development....
| Aug 20, 2014
| 9:00 PM
I was recently part of an Orange Audubon Society survey of scrub lands proposed for purchase by the Central Florida Expressway Authority as mitigation for construction of the Wekiva Parkway. These scrub lands are home to the Florida scrub-jay. This native...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 4:58 PM
Term limits are forcing Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummer from the seat that represents the northwest area of the county around Lake Apopka.
Five candidates are vying to replace him in an Aug. 26 primary, and if no one wins more than 50 percent of...
| Jul 27, 2014
| 10:32 AM
A Saturday night crash in Lake County left one man dead and another jailed on DUI and other charges.
Robert Wenrick, 43, of DeBary, was driving east on State Road 46 at about 10:15 p.m. when he struck a pedestrian who was standing in the roadway,...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 5:58 PM
A plan to extend sewer lines near Wekiwa Springs to homes that have septic systems would be paid for mostly with tax money but has agitated residents who fear the project would cost them thousands of dollars, tear up streets and yards — but do...
| Jul 27, 2014
| 6:52 PM
With just a few weeks remaining till most kids go back to school, time's getting short to get some outdoors exercise with them unhurried by worries about homework and tests. If you own a canoe or kayak or can rent or borrow one, why not try some of the...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 7:59 PM
So you're ready to paddle the Wekiva River, but where to rent a canoe or kayak? And what else is there to do? Here are four options. Click the name of each location for its website:
Wekiwa Springs State Park: The park concession rents canoes or single...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 7:15 PM
We hear a lot about Central Florida's paved bike trails but less about the even more abundant unpaved hiking trails. Here are seven gems all within an hour's drive of downtown Orlando: Florida Trail, Flagler Trail, Shingle Creek Trail, Wekiva River Buffer...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 4:48 PM
It's well-known that our very own Wekiva River is designated a National Wild and Scenic River, great for kayaking and canoeing. Just one other Florida river has such a designation: the Loxahatchee River, two hours south of Orlando. It's a river dark...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 3:02 PM
With brooms, rakes, nets and bare hands, nearly 50 volunteers on Sunday scrubbed a scum of green algae off the floor of Wekiwa Springs, hoping to bring back its white sand and blue water.
"What do you think, is it working?" said organizer Russell...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 6:08 PM
In the aftermath of the most serious bear attack in Florida history, a top state wildlife officer admitted Wednesday that "we could've done better."
That assessment from Thomas Eason of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came amid...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 10:06 AM
A Central Florida woman has been searching day and night for her missing mini horse after the animal went missing from its trailer on Sunday.
Brenda Young Johnson took her 10-year-old mini horse Tootsie to a charity event at Lower Wekiva River Preserve,...