| May 18, 2011
| 4:01 PM
Ladies and gentleman, we have clean water in Florida. Don't let any environmentalist tell you otherwise. It is clean; it smells good; it looks good. — Barney Bishop, president of Associated Industries of Florida
Barney needs to get out of his...
| Sep 11, 2009
| 5:14 PM
Delilah, an 18-foot-long, 400-plus-pound Burmese python who had enjoyed a swell existence in an Apopka-area backyard feeding on rabbits, has a new home -- for now.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials removed the Burmese python...
| Dec 22, 2009
The year Mary Sopher's mobile home was built, Woodstock rocked the world, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and President Richard Nixon inherited the war in Vietnam.
Forty years later, Sopher's simple, well-kept structure at Lake Dora Park in Tavares...
| 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...
| Mar 30, 2010
| 4:40 PM
The weather has been about picture-postcard perfect this week in Central Florida — at least today — which makes even a city slicker (moi) consider the notion of horseback riding as a fun Florida diversion. It was good timing, then, that I...
| May 26, 2010
| 9:34 PM
It's a sad photo: A frog flattened on Binion Road near Lake Apopka. But even worse, the frog wasn't alone in its fate. According to a nearby resident, late Monday night “they were just hopping everywhere. There were tons of them.” Hundreds,...
| Jun 19, 2009
Nowhere are there more daydreams about air travel than on a congested highway. So where better to put signage that touts helicopter rides "from $20" than Interstate 4?
Air Florida Helicopter Charters, based on International Drive, backs up to I-4 and...
| Aug 14, 2006
The alligator's massive jaws and powerful tail mark it as a relic of the dinosaur age, a primitive creature that would appear to have little in common with humans. Yet scientists are studying aspects of alligator biology that could lead to new medical...