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C. A. Bridges


Orange City, FL, United States

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Past articles by C.:

Can I touch a manatee? What to do if you get close to a Florida manatee (hint: stay away)

They're big, slow, and lovable. Who wouldn't want to swim with, pet or even ride a manatee? Here's why you shouldn't, and what will happen if you do. → Read More

Can I touch a manatee? What to do if you get close to a Florida manatee (hint: stay away)

They're big, slow, and lovable. Who wouldn't want to swim with, pet or even ride a manatee? Here's why you shouldn't, and what will happen if you do. → Read More

Bump drafting? 500 what? A non-NASCAR-fan's guide to the Daytona 500

Not a race fan but curious what's going on? Here's what you need to know about the Daytona 500. → Read More

A travel website listed the 10 'deadliest' US beaches. 7 of them are in Florida, here's where

Be careful when you hit the beach. A new list from Travel Lens on the 10 'deadliest' beaches in the US is heavily Florida-centric. → Read More

Repurpose, recycle: Things to do with your old Christmas tree

There are a lot more things to do with your old live Christmas tree than dump it on the curb. → Read More

What do I do if I find a shipwreck? Who owns it?

There have been thousands of shipwrecks around the Florida coast over hundreds of years. What should you do if you find one? → Read More

National Weather Service tracking two systems, one from Ian's direction

A tropical wave coming from the same area that gave us Bonnie, Julia and Ian may develop by next week. → Read More

Swatting: False active shooter calls clog law enforcement, terrify schools and communities

Over the last month, false active-shooter "swatting" calls have been provoking armed police responses to schools across Florida and the U.S. → Read More

Water-damaged vehicles may flood used-car market. Here's how to spot them before you buy

Not every car owner dumps their flooded car for parts after the insurance company calls it a loss. Some of them might try to sell it to you instead. → Read More

Hurricane Ian vs. Hurricane Charley: Ian potentially 'catastrophic' for Florida, forecasters say

Hurricane Ian's path is eerily similar to Charley in 2004, but there are some significant differences. → Read More

Tropical Depression Nine may hit Florida's west coast as major hurricane

A new tropical depression forming in the Caribbean may have serious impacts on Florida next week. → Read More

Tropical storm, possible hurricane forecast for Gulf; Fiona nears Bermuda

If the tropical wave in the Caribbean hits the bath-warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. could see its first major hurricane landfall this season. → Read More

Hurricane Fiona strengthens to Category 4; new tropical system may threaten Florida

Hurricane Fiona became a Category 4 storm after pounding Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands with wind and rain. → Read More

Fiona becomes Category 3, 1st major Atlantic hurricane of 2022, after slamming Puerto Rico

Hurricane Fiona strengthened into a powerful Category 3 storm after whipping Puerto Rico with relentless rain. → Read More

New COVID boosters coming that target BA.4, BA.5 variants. Here's what you need to know

The FDA and CDC have authorized new boosters from Pfizer and Moderna. What do they do, and do you need them? → Read More

Tropics watch: NHC tracking waves, Gulf trough; few chances of development so far

There are three tropical waves in the Atlantic and Carribean and a trough in the Gulf of Mexico, but no immediate danger expected according to the NHC. → Read More

The BA.5 'ninja' COVID-19 variant is now dominant in Florida. What that means, and what to do

People are getting sick again thanks to the newest, highly-transmissible omicron variant BA.5. And, worse, many of them have had COVID before. → Read More

Is an AR-15 an assault rifle? What you need to know about America's most popular rifle

What is an AR-15 rifle, and why is it so popular for home defense, target practice and mass shooters? Here's what you need to know. → Read More

Love is in the air, and on your car grill: What does lovebug season mean in Florida?

It's lovebug season again, and that means vigilance and cleaning supplies. Here's what you need to know. → Read More


What's so great about Wawa? Grab a hoagie, here's everything you need to know

As Wawas continue to spread across Florida, it's time to examine just what this cultlike phenomenon is and how i got here. → Read More