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Free Morgan: A Killer Whale’s Punishing Captivity Gets Its Day in Court

| October 28, 2012

In June 2010, Morgan, an orca, or killer whale, was captured from the North Atlantic and rehabilitated, but instead of being returned to the wild, was sent to an amusement park. A judge may decide its fate on Nov. 1.

Snap, Crackle and Reef:
Oyster Restoration in Northeast Florida

| October 20, 2012

Oysters play an critical role in filtering pollution and maintaining the coastal marine system, but their disappearance along the barrier island north of St. Augustine has created a kind of domino effect of environmental destruction. One local project involving restaurants seeks to restore oyster reefs.

A Radio Voice of America from Palm Coast: Mario Jr. Alive and Green, and National

| October 13, 2012

Palm Coast’s 14-year-old Mario Ridgley has been hosting “Mario Jr. Alive and Green,” a radio show on Voice of America Kids, since he was 10. Columnist Frank Gromling was a guest on his show, and relates the tale.

The Jellyfish: Nearly All Water and Sting, But Neither Jelly Nor Fish

| October 6, 2012

Jellyfish’s 200 species, among the oldest animals on the planet, are among the least understood, their occasional blooms–even in Flagler–drawing particular interests from scientists.

Deeper Knowledge from an Ocean of Films

| September 29, 2012

Ocean film festivals are venues for knowledge, understanding, networking and, of course, the viewing of beautiful and important films, and they’re vital for those who want to be involved in ocean conservation, writes Frank Gromling.

Ocean Publishing’s Gromling Speaking at BLUE Ocean Film Festival

| September 19, 2012

Frank Gromling, owner and publisher of Ocean Publishing in Flagler Beach, will present a talk at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit in Monterrey, Calif., on Sep. 25, entitled “Films to Books, How to Do It Without the Pain.”

Russian Roulette With MSG

| September 15, 2012

In today’s American restaurants, MSG has become so prevalent that it is in practically every kind of food. It’s no longer isolated to Chinese cuisine. And it can be very dangerous to eat, making eating out a gamble.

Follow the Lead of Flagler Beach’s Restaurants: Trash the Styrofoam

| September 8, 2012

Restaurants in Flagler Beach, among them the Turtle Shack and the Flagler Fish Company, decided to drop the use of Styrofoam and adopt all-recyclable containers, taking a lead other local businesses should follow, Frank Gromling writes, given Styrofoam’s polluting and carcinogenic properties.

Prodigal Turtle: Kemp’s Ridley, Smallest of the Seas, Digs First-Ever Nest in Flagler Sands

| September 1, 2012

Once endangered, Kemp’s ridley turtles, usually nesting in the Gulf of Mexico, have flourished, and one made a landing in Flagler Beach, digging only the sixth documented nest in Florida, and the very first in Flagler County.

Lessons from a Storm: How to Prepare for Hurricanes

| August 25, 2012

From living through Hurricane Andrew at Ground Zero 20 years ago to rebuilding a home and a business in its wake, Frank Gromling shares lessons learned and advice for Flagler County and Florida residents, applicable in any hurricane emergency.

Disaster Recovery Days:
Rebuilding a Business After Hurricane Andrew

| August 18, 2012

When Hurricane Andrews ravaged the physical location of the main offices of his electronic protection firm in Miami 20 years ago, Frank Gromling discovered new sources of ingenuity and rewards, despite, and at times because of, the struggles to rebuild.

Hurricane Andrew 20 Years Later: Memories of Resilience in a Storm’s Wake

| August 11, 2012

Frank Gromling, who lived and worked in the path of Hurricane Andrew 20 years ago, remembers the days of the storm and its aftermath in a South Florida ravished beyond recognition. A spirit for rebirth was left intact, however.

Undiscovered Country: A Census of the Seas

| August 4, 2012

Over a ten-year period, a group of international scientists studied the oceans and their inhabitants in an effort to, in part, answer the question Frank Gromling poses: how many animal and plant species live in the sea?

Ed Hess, Beverly Beach Commissioner and Walter Brennan Alter Ego, Died in A1A Wreck

| August 3, 2012

Ed Hess was a Beverly Beach commissioner for at least 16 years, and had performed on stages and elsewhere for half a century, especially his Walter Brennan imitations.

Slipping the Surly Bonds of Earth On the Hovers of Ospreys

| July 28, 2012

Watching wild birds, ospreys especially, is one of Frank Gromling’s favorite things to do, linking back to a romance with the thrill of flying flying that takes its inspiration from John Magee’s “high untrespassed sanctity of space.”

Picking Up Trash on A1A: A Harvest Of Sloth You Can Do Something About

| July 21, 2012

Frank Gromling’s Ocean Publishing adopted a 2-mile stretch of A1A to keep clean of trash–cigarette butts, soda and beer cans, food wrappers–people are too slothful not to drop on their way. Gromling tells of the experience of periodically picking up after you.

Pythons in the Everglades: Coils of a Florida Infestation

| July 14, 2012

Burmese pythons infesting the Everglades have a history in the exotic animals business and could add up to a few thousand up to 150,000 nesting, breeding, and feeding, all with no known natural predator, though a migration of pythons up the Florida peninsula is unlikely.

When Oceans Heal:
In Praise of the Jimmy Miller Foundation

| July 7, 2012

The Jimmy Miller Foundation is a non-profit organization helping people challenged by physical and mental illness, including through the Wounder Warrior Project.

At the Flagler Beach Pier, A Window Into a Private Romance for the Ages

| June 30, 2012

From his window onto the boardwalk at the Flagler Beach pier, the author has been witnessing the intimate ritual of an ancient couple’s love for years, and understands exactly why they come to their their oceanfront table.

Oceans on Acid: How a Greenhouse Gas May Be Taxing the Seas

| June 23, 2012

The surge in worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide–a greenhouse gas–may be overtaxing oceans, which can absorb only so much of it before altering their acidification, and affecting marine life.

Michael Klubock, Ocean-Size Hero

| June 16, 2012

Michael Klubock and his Malibu Foundation spent almost 20 years helping middle school kids understand the importance of protecting the oceans, especially against plastics. Frank Gromling showcases him.

Understated Slivers: The Unique Fragility and Vitality of Barrier Islands

| June 9, 2012

Barrier islands such as the one that hosts Flagler Beach are fragile, diverse and play a vital, understated but often unappreciated role in coastal ecology and protection. Frank Gromling provides a tour.

Dolphin Deaths and Seismic Shockwaves: A Theory

| June 2, 2012

Dolphins have been washing ashore, dead, by the hundreds, in Peru. Scientists theorize that oil and gas exploration’s blasting underwater, which breaks dolphins’ bones around the ear, may be the cause.

70 Homes and Counting as Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Project in New Orleans Builds On

| May 26, 2012

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which builds affordable homes in new Orleans’s deva In many cases, the private sector can move faster and better than government agencies. In my opinion, that is the record of Brad Pitt’s vision and action in New Orleans.

Invasion of the Giant African Snail: Florida’s Latest Slimy Bane

| May 19, 2012

The giant African snail is again invading South Florida and possibly spreading north, devouring numerous crops such as banana, potato, onion and cabbage, and also eating stucco plaster and concrete. Frank Gromling reports.

From Pathways Academy and Matanzas High To Beverly Beach: A Sea Oats Odyssey

| May 12, 2012

Students from Pathways Academy and Matanzas High School planted 750 sea oats along Beverly Beach’s dunes through a University of Florida project and the initiative of Beverly Beach Commissioner–and FlaglerLive columnist–Frank Gromling, who relates the story.

The Threats Are Out There: Asian Tiger Shrimp Invade Gulf’s Ecosystem

| May 5, 2012

The Asian tiger shrimp, predatory and cannibalistic, is one of many invasive species being discovered in the Gulf of Mexico and possibly along Florida’s East Coast, that threaten local habitats and fisheries. Frank Gromling reports from New Orleans.

Return of the Sea Turtles: Flagler’s First Sighting Renews a Million-Year Ritual

| April 28, 2012

The first sea turtle to scout for a nest on a Flagler beach did so Tuesday, renewing a ritual going back 200 million years. She scouted Columnist Frank Gromling’s beach backyard for her nursery. A report from the sands.

The Citizen Scientist:
Inside Marine Mammal Research Offshore

| April 21, 2012

Frank Gromling describes his two days off the coast of St. Johns County as he assisted marine mammal scientists in various research projects about endangered whales.

Protecting the Oceans: Your Role

| April 14, 2012

Individuals can have a big role in protecting oceans no matter here they live. The key in ocean protection is to get started today, right now, argues Frank Gromling, who provides a list of suggestions.

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