motorcyclist killed on u.S. 19 wasn’t wearing a helmet
A Hudson man died in a motorcycle accident Sunday morning on U.S. 19 in Hernando County.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 51-year-old Timothy Guillotte was driving his 2007 Honda Silver Wing motorcycle southbound on U.S. 19, as Brooksville resident Jerry Cowling was driving his 2011 Chevy Aveo northbound in the left turn lane approaching St. Andrews Boulevard.
As Cowling attempted to turn left onto St. Andrews Boulevard, he drove into Guillotte’s path.
The front of Guillotte’s motorcycle struck the right side of the Aveo.
Guillotte suffered fatal injuries at the crash scene. The FHP said he was not wearing a helmet, and that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
Protests planned over water releases, algae
Residents of one southwest Florida community will protest the continuation of releases from Lake Okeechobee and the spread of blue-green algae throughout the region.
The News-Press reports the protest will take place Sunday afternoon, with residents of Pine Island rallying on the Matlacha Bridge, which connects the island to Cape Coral in Lee County.
Blue-green algal blooms have grown for several weeks in Lake Okeechobee and along the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, both of which were connected to the lake to drain the Everglades for farming and development.
The algae grows in thick mats and produces a putrid smell as it dies off.
There have been reports of fish, waterfowl and other animals being affected by the algae.
New nets could help sea turtle rescues
The rescues of two sea turtles within the last month on Florida’s Panhandle might lead to a new and improved device to bring the animals to land after they get hooked on a fisherman’s line.
The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is working to secure a patent for a new and bigger net to make it easier for pier staff to lift larger sea turtles onto the pier after they’re caught.
The organization is working with a local resident on the larger and bulkier net, which has a wider opening that will more easily slide under a sea turtle during a rescue. They submitted paperwork to the U.S. Patent Office this month for the net.
It will be employed when working with larger sea turtles — of all different kinds — that can weigh up to hundreds of pounds.
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