summer

In recognition of National Heatstroke Prevention Day, the Safe Kids Coalition of Southwest Florida partnered with first responders in Collier County to share tips on how to prevent leaving a child in a car and what to do if a person encounters a child left in a car.


Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Electric scooters are becoming a popular form of transportation in parts of South Florida, like Fort Lauderdale Beach.

But not for the summer.

Fort Lauderdale officials announced yesterday that electric scooters are now banned on the beach through mid-August, as reported by the Sun Sentinel.

Jonathan Ogden

Have you looked up recently? 

It’s that time of the year when we see deep red-orange -- and sometimes yellow -- flowers blooming on tall trees with wide branches all across South Florida. Royal Poinciana trees, or in Spanish Flamboyant, are in full bloom across the region. We asked listeners on Facebook and Twitter to share their Royal Poinciana photos and tell us why they love them.

Can't cool off this summer? Heat waves can slow us down in ways we may not realize.

New research suggests heat stress can muddle our thinking, making simple math a little harder to do.

Kathleen Dubos

When Cardal Dobard received his “Summer Fun Pack” Friday, he smiled bright. Inside, he found a jump rope, frisbee, chalk, sunscreen and instructions for a number of outdoor games.

“I like my jump rope the most because it helps you exercise while having fun,” says Dobard, an elementary school-aged kid who lives in Fort Lauderdale.

Cathy Carter / WUSF Public Media

At the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, a dozen or so kindergartners gather for a pop quiz, next to a coop holding an injured bird.

“Name a bird that can fly,” asks teacher Victoria Rhodes.

“A vulture and a pelican," a student quickly answers.

"Now," Rhodes pauses, "name a bird that cannot fly."

Kleanish Reynolds, 6, raises her hand and offers "penguin" as one possible correct answer.

Jennifer Palma / UM Communications

What did you do during the summers when you were a teenager? Did you play video games? Did you spend your time at the pool or beach? Or perhaps you favored the park?  For 17 local girls, this summer has been all about learning computer science. 

Most of these future coders are in high school, though some are younger. And about half of them are in foster care.  It was a sunny Thursday morning in July when they got to show off all they had learned in the six-week college readiness camp, four of which were focused on data and computational science. 

It's summer vacation season and many families will be lucky enough to be heading off for at least a few days. At least half of parents say quality time together is the most important reason to take a family vacation, according to a national survey by the rental car company Alamo.

Waylon Faulkner, a 12-year-old from Jersey City, N.J., is headed off to a sleepaway camp in upstate New York this summer.

Rowan Moore Gerety / WLRN

Some 200 young people from schools throughout Broward and Miami-Dade are lined up on a football field while instructions come over the loudspeaker from a perch high in the stands.

When Will It Feel Like Fall In South Florida?

Sep 23, 2015
Graphic by Kenny Malone. Beach and pumpkin images from Flickr users Jorge Brazil and Kam Abbot (respectively) per CC license.

Wednesday may technically be the first day of fall, but it certainly doesn't feel any different.

In South Florida, according to the National Weather Service, "fall-like weather is usually delayed by about 4-6 weeks from the start of fall."

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

Visiting a national park this summer?

Be prepared to pay more for the experience. Many national parks across the country, faced with tight budgets and delayed maintenance, are increasing entrance fees.

The National Park Service says 106 of the 128 parks that charge entry fees are raising those fees or planning to do so in the coming year.

The list includes many of the most popular parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, as well as monuments and historic sites.

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Like every other state, Florida has two statues in the U.S. Capitol that honor notable people in the state’s history. Dr. John Gorrie is one of them, because he pioneered a contraption in the mid-1800s that changed our lives: Air conditioning.

Summer is a great time to take a break from some of the stressors in our lives. For many of us, that stress is brought on by too much screen time and the pressure to stay connected.

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