| Feb 23, 2014
| 9:00 PM
The need for well-informed citizen-advocacy groups is more critical now than ever. Policy making is frequently dominated by politics rather than science, especially in environmental issues. The results include decreased quality of life, loss of habitat...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 5:23 PM
Just by its name, the Lake Apopka Loop Trail, which now crosses miles of old farmland at Lake Apopka, sounds promising.
Well, it's a freak show — which is why it's worth checking out if you hike or ride a bike. Though the area isan environmental...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 23, 2011
| 9:31 AM
Central Florida may not have the lock on sweet-corn production it once did, but for more than three decades Zellwood has rallied to celebrate our agricultural history. In the early '70s, the Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival was created by the Northwest Orange...