Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sarasota, Florida: As freeze looms, a tight economy adds to the peril in "Sarasota Herald Tribune".

In the state's(Florida, USA) agricultural belt, the situation is even worse. Forecasts predicted temperatures in the teens in parts of Central Florida and the low 20s for more southern locales, including Arcadia.Picture:(An iguana lies frozen, or possibly just in suspended animation, on the ground at a Florida Keys park following a cold snap.)
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Reading this in our local  paper I remembered a few days ago I chatted with a young tourist from Norway and she told me that summer there was like the Floridian winter in, but that was a few days ago, on this day when from the trees raining iguanas in cities as Miami,(It's raining iguanas in South Florida)* here in Sarasota,with  five degrees centigrade, about 42 farhenheit, the Norwegian tourist will have to wear coat and dispense with bathing beach where even she was last week, clear, that for the thousands who have lost their home and work, situation is much worse without counting those who are cold indoors for fear that if they can not afford the heating light-I'm one of those- and turn to wood fireplaces for warmth if you are living in a house.

(...The implications are harsh for the state's agriculture industry. Any freeze below 28 degrees for more than four hours causes catastrophic crop damage for strawberries, citrus, nursery plants, tropical fish and vegetables.("Sarasota Herald Tribune", today)
The local newspaper today, does not give much encouragement, let these pieces of "Sarasota Herald Tribune" that say:Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida, 34232.
Hace pocos dias yo conversaba con una joven turista de Noruega y ella me decia que verano Noruego era como el invierno en Florida, pero eso fue hace pocos dias, en el dia de hoy cuando llueven iguanas de los arboles  por el frio en ciudades como Miami, aqui en Sarasota, a cinco grados centigrados, unos 42 farhenheit la turista noruega tendra que ponerse abrigo y renunciar a la playa donde aun se banaba la semana pasada, claro que para los miles que han perdido la casa y el trabajo, la situacion es mucho peor sin contar aquellos que pasan frio dentro de las casas por miedo a que si ponen la calefaccion no pueden pagar la luz y recurren a chimeneas de madera para calentarse si es que viven en una casa.

El periodico local, hoy, no da mucho aliento porque el cambio del clima empeora las cosas y origina perdidas y problemas sociales, veamos estos fragmentos del "Sarasota Herald Tribune" que dicen:

(...)The frigid conditions cap a week of far below-normal temperatures, and forecasters say it is only the beginning of a winter that will be exceptionally cold, grim news for those without money for heating.

The combination of near-record unemployment and potentially record-breaking lows could be brutal, as some area residents shiver in homes without heat, while others resort to extreme warming measures that can cause fires or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Demand for financial aid to keep heaters going far outstrips available aid, and nothing prohibits utilities from cutting power off to those who cannot pay as the winter progresses.
"It's a crisis for people who are here. The houses are not as well insulated as they are in Maine," said Bryan Pope, general manager at the Salvation Army in Sarasota, where people have been crowding the shelter's floor like sardines. "You can freeze to death in Sarasota. It doesn't sound like it, but you can."
Forecasts predicted 32 degrees at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for Saturday and Sunday nights, with a windchill factor of 23.(...)
Frozen Iguanas Fall From Florida TreesFox NewsThursday, January 03, 2008
 A remarkable cold snap that brought temperatures in the mid-30s to the Miami area Thursday morning also brought lizards falling out of trees at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne, the Miami Herald reported.

"We have found dozens on the bike path after a major cold snap," said park manager Robert Yero. "When they warm up in the sun, they come back to life."
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At least three iguanas in suspended animation could be found under trees in the park, which lies on the southern tip of Key Biscayne, a barrier island just south of Miami Beach and across Biscayne Bay from the city of Miami.
Yero had little sympathy for the frozen iguanas, explaining that they were an invasive species devastating to native plant life.
"They really are taking over," he lamented.

Don't trip on the iguanas("Sarasota Herald Tribune")

Published: Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 7:19 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 7:19 a.m.
Not long ago, when Florida's weather was seasonably hot, a green iguana
several feet long took up residence in a palm tree outside my office
A guy in an Indiana Jones hat and khaki shirt was summoned by management.
The man climbed the tree and poked at the iguana until it fell into a net
set up down below. The iguana was put into a burlap bag and trucked
So went another day in Florida, a place with an image partially
created by the wide range of exotic species that now make their home in the
Sunshine State.
"Exotics" is a term for creatures that come from somewhere else.
Most iguanas apparently arrive as pets. They lose their cuteness as they
grow. And grow. (Would you continue to keep a pet lizard six feet long?)
The same thing happens with Burmese pythons, but that's another subjectIguanas made news Wednesday and Thursday during a cold snap, when
temperatures dipped into the 30s in South Florida. Like most year-round
Floridians, iguanas don't handle cold weather very well. They get so cold
that they fall out of trees. Iguanas, that is.
Friday's Miami Herald covered the iguana-droppings.
Meanwhile, are you prepared to live with an iguana? Are you aware that iguanas need love and stability? The Green Iguana Society doesn't want just anybody picking up a half-frozen iguana and taking it home.
Larry Evans is a Sarasota Herald-Tribune blogger. He can be reached at

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