| 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...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 1:14 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Lawmakers trying to divide $1.3 billion in surplus cash haggled through the weekend over hometown water and education projects, health-care needs and hundreds of other dueling spending priorities.
| Jan 18, 2014
| 8:40 PM
The first Saturday each month at noon, kids and adults are invited to join the Central Florida Insect Enthusiasts at Oakland Nature Preserve for a guided insect-catching tour. Get exercise hiking as you learn how to catch, identify, preserve and admire...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 8:15 PM
Now there are many more miles of trails for birders during Birdapalooza and Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Magnolia Park on the lake's eastern shore. The park is a trailhead for Lake Apopka Loop Trail, which used...
| Sep 8, 2004
As Seminole County waited for the St. Johns River to crest in Sanford, homeowners throughout Central Florida saw their yards slowly fill with water from Hurricane Frances.
Officials from the National Weather Service said the St. Johns -- which drains the...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 7:58 AM
The low growl, grunt and bark of alligators call out in the morning.
Home of alligators, herons, ospreys, egrets and eagles, Lake Apopka is Florida's fourth-largest lake.
The natural beauty belies the sad story of the lake. Once anglers visited, hoping...
| Nov 20, 2013
Help Zimmerman cope
The continuing news about George Zimmerman and his run-ins with the law give me pause. When a person is charged with a crime and found not guilty — but remains a target of attention — steps should be taken to help that...
| Feb 17, 2008
Roberto and Cyndi Carrion designed their Montverde home to be a journey of sights and sounds: shimmering lake views, rough cypress ceilings, soothing water features and meditative silence.
They built it to be strong and practical, with energy-efficient...
| Nov 11, 2007
Roberto Carrion is expecting visitors to his new Lake County home early next year.
In fact, he's expecting not one, not two, but thousands, even before he has had a chance to settle in.
Although the three-level, lakefront home will be completed in mid-...
| Mar 9, 2008
What's most remarkable about Roberto and Cyndi Carrion's new pool in Montverde isn't its party-friendly design or even its eye-catching view of Lake Apopka — although those are noteworthy features. It's that the pool manages to be environmentally...
| Mar 9, 2008
This is the stuff that swimming-pool dreams are made of.
It has a vanishing edge that seems to disappear into Lake Apopka and a water level that gives the impression that it's even with the Turkish travertine deck. And it's lined with one-inch pieces...