They've been spotted crawling across lawns, basking in the sun along busy highways and peering out from golf course water hazards.
They're alligators, and they've always been a part of the landscape in the Sunshine State.
But the death of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy, pulled underwater June 14 at a lake at a Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, is raising new questions about how to keep alligators and people out of each other's way.
The percentage growth of Collier County's just and taxable values is up by double digits, according to preliminary numbers released Tuesday by the Collier County Property Appraiser's office.
But until the county's various taxing authorities set their millage rates, the effect on residents' property tax bills has yet to be determined.
"If the millage rate stays the same or increases, your property taxes will increase," said Collier County Property Appraiser Abe Skinner.
Patriots, rejoice! This Fourth of July will see the lowest gas prices since 2005, according to predictions from the popular smartphone app GasBuddy.
The company, which collects gas prices to direct users to the cheapest station in their location, predicts that the national average will hit $2.27 per gallon on the Fourth, down $1.39 from the same time two years ago.
Floridians in particular have reason to celebrate. According to the apps' data, the state's current average gas prices are at $2.24 per gallon, down 44 cents from last year.
There's that moment when families escort their new, adopted dog or cat from the humane society to their car.
"(The owner) is so happy, the dog is so happy," volunteer Bill Galas says. That moment, he said, is what makes his work worthwhile.
The Humane Society of Naples — which is not associated with the Humane Society of America or receive funding from it, said director of development Lois Taylor — is ranked the No. 1 shelter in Florida and No. 13 in the country by Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator. It is a four-star, no-kill shelter, adoption center, animal clinic and dog training agency.
here's no room left at the Hampton Inn Naples-Central.
The 107-room hotel off U.S. 41 is packed like an overstuffed suitcase for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, with most of its visitors driving from other parts of Florida, especially the east coast.
"We expect craziness, craziness — too many families, too many kids, too many tournaments," said a jovial Priscilla Dias, the inn's general manager.