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93-year-old Florida mayor seeks 20th term in runoff election

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Voters in a central Florida town will decide on Tuesday whether to re-elect their 93-year-old mayor for a record 20th term in office. Mayor John Land of Apopka, population 41,000, is facing opposition for the first time in a decade after finishing second…

Florida resort hit by sinkhole invites guests to ‘come on down’

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida time-share resort where a sinkhole devoured a building Sunday night said that it is open for business and next week’s guests should “come on down.” Paul Caldwell, the general manager of Summer Bay Resorts, which is located 6 miles from Walt…

Explosions rock propane plant in central Florida

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Dozens of explosions rocked a propane tank servicing plant in central Florida, northwest of Orlando, late on Monday, injuring seven workers, at least three critically, and prompting the evacuation of nearby homes, authorities said. No one outside the plant was hurt by the…

Expectations of Burmese pythons overrunning Everglades called ‘premature’

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Reports that Burmese pythons are devouring almost entire populations of mammals in the Florida Everglades are premature, according to some exotic species experts and a co-author of a widely quoted study. The idea of pythons annihilating the Everglades made headlines after a January…

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