Jenny Staletovich

Environment Reporter

Jenny Staletovich has been a journalist working in Florida for nearly 20 years.

She’s reported on some of the region’s major environment stories, including the 2018 devastating red tide and blue-green algae blooms, impacts from climate change and Everglades restoration, the nation’s largest water restoration project. She’s also written about disappearing rare forests, invasive pythons, diseased coral and a host of other critical issues around the state.

She covered the environment, climate change and hurricanes for the Miami Herald for five years and previously freelanced for the paper. She worked at the Palm Beach Post from 1989 to 2000, covering crime, government and general assignment stories.

She has won several state and national awards including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment, the Green Eyeshades and the Sunshine State Awards.

Staletovich graduated from Smith College and lives in Miami, with her husband and their three children.

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Labor unions are calling on Governor Ron DeSantis to fix Florida’s unemployment system before a wave of joblessness hits the state.

In a telephone press conference on Thursday, the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union and Unite Here, which combined represent more than a million workers and their families in Florida, say the cumbersome system has been crashing as workers race to apply for benefits. The state’s unemployment office received about 200,000 inquiries just last week.

Jenny Staletovich / WLRN

As businesses shut indefinitely to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, thousands of workers around South Florida are facing an uncertain future.

MICHAEL DWYER / AP

A new University of Florida poll has found Americans increasingly understand the severity of the COVID-19 coronavirus and, more suprisingly, 80 percent would get vaccinated to stop the pandemic.

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South Florida ramped up testing and treatment measures Sunday as the number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases continues to rise, accounting for half the state’s infections.

Bob Krist / Florida Keys New Bureau

When Marlins Park opened in 2012, a neomodern shrine to baseball rising in Miami’s Little Havana, Duane Thwaites figured he’d found his dream job.

The Brooklyn native moved to Miami nearly 30 years ago, raised his four kids, got hired for opening day and returned every season, climbing the ladder to supervise a concession.

“It's just hard to explain why I like the job and I stick with it, but it's, you know, I feel it's like my passion,” said Thwaites, 51.

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All of Miami-Dade County is closing restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other places that draw crowds in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Need some social distancing? South Florida’s national parks will remain open but cut back on operations to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.

On Tuesday, the National Park Service said Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas national parks would remain open, along with the Big Cypress National Preserve. To lessen the risk of transmitting the virus, visitor centers were closed Tuesday, the Service said.  Ranger programs, guided tours and concessions were also suspended. Everglades National Park also closed campgrounds at Flamingo and Long Pine Key.

Teresa Frontado / WLRN

The Florida primary polls are open, but dozens have changed locations amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Election officials say 16 locations had moved in Broward County in the last few days. In Miami-Dade, 35 had moved. Nineteen last-minute changes were made in Palm Beach County and two moved in Monroe County.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County Circuit Court shut down public access for all but urgent proceedings Monday, joining a growing number of government agencies shuttering doors to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

David Goldman / AP

In South Florida, a normal emergency looks like a column of swirling wind. Hurricanes are our definition of disaster preparation.

But the COVID-19 coronavirus is redefining what an emergency means, and interrupting life is ways many of us couldn’t imagine just a few weeks ago. 

Bibi Andrade

Miami Beach joined the ranks of South Florida cities battling aging sewer systems when three sewer line breaks knocked out half the city’s sewer capacity last week, dumping nearly 1.4 million gallons of raw sewage into Biscayne Bay.

After a driller working on a Florida Power & Light drainage well ruptured a 42-inch main line near Lincoln Road, pressure shifted to a frail, 30-inch line installed a half century ago, Public Works Director Roy Coley said Tuesday.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found a Texas company damaged wetlands in Big Cypress National Preserve during its search for oil.

In a letter to Burnett Oil last week, Corps officials said in January they visited a 110-square-mile area in the preserve where the company was using heavy, 33-ton thumper trucks equipped with sonic equipment to look for oil. When they examined the area, they found wetlands had been cleared and the land elevation altered, damaging water quality in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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Choking plastics and deafening noise in the world’s oceans may be harming wildlife in more ways than scientists previously thought.

In two new studies published Monday, researchers found stinky plastics may be luring sea turtles while ship noise may be damaging crabs’ ability to protect themselves from prey. Both studies, from the University of Florida and University of Exeter in England, were published in the journal Current Biology.

Bibi Andrade

A 42-inch sewer pipe that burst in Miami Beach earlier this week, triggering breaks in two more lines, has been repaired.

City officials said the line along Michigan Avenue was fixed Friday and would be back in service by the end of the day. Contractors are still working on smaller breaks along Pine Tree Drive and Harding Avenue, spokeswoman Melissa Berthier said in an email.

Bibi Andrade

Residents of Miami Beach, Surfside and Bal Harbour Village are being warned to steer clear of some waterways and reduce water use after three sewer line breaks this week.

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