Dateline Florida

Published: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 1:21 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE: Slow-speed zones for manatees to be expanded

Slow-speed zones to protect manatees from boats will be expanded in four Florida rivers under a new agreement reached between the federal government and environmentalists. The plan for the Caloosahatchee, St. Johns, Halifax and Tomoka Rivers is the result of negotiations between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a coalition of environmental groups that sued the agency over its inability to protect the docile sea mammal.

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Marco Danto, a volunteer with the Florida Keys-based Marine Mammal Conservancy, tends to an ill pygmy sperm whale Friday in The islander resort's heated saltwater pool.

(AP Photo)

FORT MYERS: Owner of 9-11 flight school survives crash

The owner of a flight school where two of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists trained survived a helicopter crash early Friday when another pilot rescued him from a river. Rudi Dekkers, 48, of Bonita Springs, owner of Huffman Aviation of Venice and president of Dekkers Aviation Group, was in a helicopter on his way to work when it flipped over and crashed into the Caloosahatchee River near downtown Fort Myers at 7:25 a.m., Fort Myers Police spokeswoman Kara Winton said.

TALLAHASSEE: Governor wagers Tampa Bay will win Super Bowl

Gov. Jeb Bush will try to break his football wagering losing streak when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders face off Sunday in the Super Bowl. Bush accepted a friendly wager Friday with California Governor Gray Davis on the outcome of Super Bowl XXXVII. If the Buccaneers win, Bush will receive a case of California wines, a fish taco dinner at Rubio's Baja Grill in San Diego and some of California's agricultural products. If the Raiders win, Davis will get a dinner from The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa and some citrus and agricultural products from Florida.

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