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Additional Homestead Parks have reopen on Monday, October 5, 2020 as the City of Homestead and all of Miami-Dade County continues to move towards a “new normal” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. City Officials are also

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It was a beautiful day last Friday for the Military Affairs Council’s (MAC) 51st Annual Golf Tournament held at the Redland Country Golf Club. The day started at 7:00 AM with registration and a box breakfast followed by an emotional opening ceremony and shot gun start. The 24 teams of milita…

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For the second time in as many months last week, we witnessed entertaining racing on a road course as the circuit took to the Charlotte ROVAL. After making history and hitting the Daytona Road Course in mid-August, road course racing once again rose to the forefront. It provided many intense…

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As we wind down the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s hard not to do that without recognizing everything that our founder Ralph Sanchez did for South Florida, especially Homestead-Miami Speedway as we are in the midst of our 25th anniversary. It also is an opportunity to reflect o…

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More than a year ago when the 2020 schedule was revealed, I said that if we could not be the season finale, then mid-March – our original date for this year – was the perfect fit. It fell right into South Florida’s “Super Season,” and we were included among some of the area’s most iconic eve…

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Despite social distancing requirements and less than ideal weather thanks to Tropical Storm Sally, twenty-seven teams fished from sunrise to sunset September 11-12, 2020 to bring in 1,321 destructive lionfish during the recent REEF Lionfish Derby. As previously reported, the Reef Environmental

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Johnny Torres was only four years old when his family moved from his birthplace in Okeechobee to Homestead, Florida. Like his parents and siblings, the boy would find himself in the fields as a migrant picking tomatoes.

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Every so often there is a particular event that changes the landscape of a certain sport and the way it is viewed. Many times it occurs on the field of play. In other instances it takes place off of it. Such is the case in NASCAR when earlier this week it was announced that Michael Jordan – …

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On Saturday, September 19th, “Pongo,” an 11 year old reticulated giraffe was immobilized for a series of procedures that were necessary to improve his quality of life which had experienced significant decline over the last several weeks. Standing over 16 feet tall and weighing close to 2,000…

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Earlier this week I came across a note that I never thought I would see in my lifetime. Last Thursday was the first time that NASCAR, Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA and NHL and Major League Soccer all played on the same day. NASCAR was represented in that mix with the Gander Truck Series ra…

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Recreational bay scallop season harvest will close Sept. 25 in Gulf County through northwest Taylor County, and in Levy through Hernando counties. The last day harvest will be open is Sept. 24. Once these areas close, scallop

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President Donald Trump, giving in to pressure from members of his party, signed an executive order Tuesday extending a moratorium on oil drilling off Florida’s shores as he ramped up his 2020 re-election effort in the critical battleground state.

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The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opened with great anticipation last weekend in Darlington, and a familiar name surfaced to capture the checkered flag and secure his way into the Round of 12. Regular season champion Kevin Harvick recorded his Cup Series-best eighth win of the season, taking ad…

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Lionfish are miniscule compared to pythons, yet they have a common trait as an invasive species with no natural predators. Pythons relentlessly devour mammals, birds, even alligators, upsetting the ecological balance of the Everglades.

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In the past years we have looked forward to the NASCAR Playoffs with a fixed eye on which four drivers could rise above the rest and have the chance to compete for a championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It goes without saying that things will be a little different this year in that the …

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A limited number of Miami football fans can make plans to watch college and professional games in person next month, even as South Florida remains behind the rest of the state in reopening its economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

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After 25 races and nearly five months – two of which we were at a standstill because of the pandemic - we are down to one final race to determine the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff field. While most of the 16 spots – 13 to be exact – have already been solidified, three more are up for grabs …

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Dr. Christina Romagosa is a research associate professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in Gainesville, Florida, but much of her work is in South Florida.

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I know I talked about it a couple of weeks ago in this space, but now that it is upon us, I am extremely excited to host our first “Give Back at the Track” event of 2020 this Saturday. We were scheduled to host several of these this year – and will hopefully be able to do it again – since we…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday continued to pitch the return of college and high-school sports as a safer environment for student-athletes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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I’ve said this many times in this space since NASCAR’s return to racing in mid-May, but the change in schedule, while keeping things very fluid, has provided fans the opportunity to witness things that they might not have otherwise been able to see. Last weekend at Michigan and this upcoming…

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The NASCAR season has been churning forward since mid-May and has not missed a beat. While we obviously miss the fans, which has been the case for most of our events, the races have gone on with many modifications to the original schedule. Following the NASCAR Cup Series event last weekend i…

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It’s hard to believe that more than half the 2020 season now has been completed as we head to the White Mountains and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. While we have completed 19 races this year, I guess you could say it’s been done in the most unconven-tional of ways. In the midst of the most u…

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At this point in COVID-19 response closures, many non-profit organizations have been forced to postpone or cancel fundraising events. Creativity and technology are being drawn upon to adapt and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in Key Largo has come up with their, “The Fish …

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) participated in the 2020 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) virtual trade show. Recognizing the importance of environmental stewardship and awareness of Florida’s natural resources when fishing and recreatin…

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It was a big weekend for Richard Childress Racing at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend with a 1-2 finish as Austin Dillon, grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer and team owner Richard Childress, won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, while rookie teammate, Tyler Reddick, finished second by a mere .149-…

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What a weekend for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series rookie class! It is no surprise that three of the six rookies who competed in the race placed in the Top-10 this past weekend at Kentucky Speedway. This class has been referred to by many as NASCAR’s best rookie class in a long time. I am proud t…

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FWC Officer Bobby Dube responded to an injured Sea Turtle approximately 5 miles offshore Bayside of Conch Key with staff from the Marathon Turtle Hospital after a recreational boater observed the turtle in distress.

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In last week’s column I referenced the fact of how historic the NASCAR/IndyCar doubleheader at Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be. While I talked about it, I vastly underrated how much it could serve as a sign of things to come in our sport.

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Although summer may feel different this year, it is still a regular busy season for migratory manatees. With temperatures heating up for the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend, manatees are on the move, and Save the Manatee Club reminds boaters and vacationers throughout the southeast to keep…