Forty years ago, JAWS thrilled Al Brenneka like any other moviegoer, but he figured his chances of encountering a shark in the ocean were slim to none. Until he went surfing and nearly lost his life. In the decades since, he has come to accept his membership in the small community of shark attack survivors and changed his feelings toward the animal that bit him.
Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about state regulation of the oil and gas industry. A Miami company, Kanter Real Estate LLC, has submitted a permit application to drill an exploratory oil well on the eastern edge of the Everglades. Meanwhile, federal approval is pending for a seismic survey meant to locate new areas for drilling in the Big Cypress National Preserve, a freshwater swamp whose health is vital to the neighboring Everglades and to native wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther.