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An anonymous Curious Gulf Coast inquirer asked: 

"Are there refugees living in southwest Florida? If so, what country did they come from? Why did they have to leave? What is their experience like?" 

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The Florida Supreme Court will not overturn the governor’s vetoes of money the state owes some residents for destroying their citrus trees. However, justices did appear to agree the homeowners are due their compensation.

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Warming temperatures and ocean acidification are significant threats to coral reefs, but a new study by Mote Marine Laboratory researchers last month provides something of a silver lining.   Researchers found that ocean acidification could actually help slow the progression of a disease that kills corals.

Amy Bennett Williams

The sweltering heat of sub-tropical summer has taken hold here in Southwest Florida.  On the bright side though, it’s the time of year when delicious mangoes abound and when Southwest Florida residents look forward to MangoMania, which hits Pine Island this weekend.  While our taste buds may relish their juicy sweetness, the fruit comes with its perils.  Many people either have or can develop an allergic reaction to the skin of mangoes and their sticky sap.

Diana Umpierre

It’s rare to see an unfiltered night sky in many parts of Florida. Artificial lights in highly populated areas, like Fort Myers or Miami, cover up views of constellations and the Milky Way. But, Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee is now an “International Dark Sky Park.” That means the preserve removed unnecessary lights. And the ones they kept were changed to be “night sky friendly” by using different bulbs or making the lights point down to the ground, rather than up to the sky.

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