Latest Editorial in my local POS NEWSPAPER!! I HATE THE FLORIDATODAY NEWSPAPER!
It's a list Brevard County did not want to top.
More endangered manatees died in local waters last year -- 65 -- than in any other county in Florida, according to the state's annual report.
The breakdown showed 29 of the fatalities were among young manatees less than 5 feet in length, 12 from unknown causes and 11 from watercraft collisions. Thirteen died in a variety of other ways.
Some 264 sea cows perished across Florida, marking the 10th consecutive year that more than 200 have died in the state.
The high numbers tell us again that strong manatee protection measures should stay in place locally and throughout Florida, and efforts by boating groups and the marine construction industry to weaken or eliminate them deserve defeat.
Many scientists stress that strategy is necessary for these reasons:
The key to manatee survival is the reproductive cycle speed, and it's not fast with manatees as the females are slow to sexually mature.
Long-term survival also depends heavily on the hard-to-track adult survival rate. Population models shows that a small reduction in it can send the species spiraling downward.
Manatees face ever-worsening threats from habitat destroyed by development, loss of food sources and increasing pollution pouring into waterways.
In the face of such severe threats, current protection plans -- consistently backed by a solid majority of Floridians over the years -- remain the right way to go.