A Florida boater was ordered to forfeit his boat and serve one year’s probation for killing a manatee near Merritt Island.
In February, Joseph Miata, Jr., 62, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for speeding through the Sykes Creek Manatee Refuge last summer and killing a female manatee who was nursing a ten-month-old calf. The case marks Florida’s first conviction for striking and killing a manatee in the 40 years since the Endangered Species Act was passed.
Bealls Department Stores has donated more than $200,000 to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for oil spill-related research. The Bradenton, Florida-based retail chain raised the funds following the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The store solicited donations from customers and raised funds through “Save Our Gulf” branded merchandise. “Last year’s oil spill is an ongoing issue that needs serious research and resolve in the immediate short-term,” said Mary Beth Fox, vice president of marketing for Bealls.
Audiences eager to see Capt. Jack Sparrow return to the big screen next month in Pirates of the Caribbean IV should check out a new discovery left behind by the real-life pirate of all pirates: Blackbeard.
Liberty Associates appointed John Walker president and CEO of Fountain Powerboats in December just days after Reggie Fountain, who founded the company more than 30 years ago, resigned.