News briefs for the week of July 22-28, 2021


State Rep. Cyndi Stevenson releases mobile office hours for August

For the convenience of residents of District 17, state Rep. Cyndi Stevenson will be hosting “Mobile Office Hours” throughout House District 17 during August. To set an appointment, contact Frank DiMarco at

Dates, times and locations are as follows:

■ 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 18, Ponte Vedra Branch Public Library (101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach)

■ 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 19, Bartram Trail Library Branch (60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove)

■ 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 23, St. Johns County Convention Center at World Golf Village (500 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine)

■ 10 a.m.-noon, August 24, Anastasia Library Branch (124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine Beach)

■ 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 25, Saint Johns County Main Library Branch (1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine)


U.S. Reps. Rutherford, Murphy reintroduce right whale legislation

On July 18, U.S. Reps John Rutherford (FL-04) and Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) introduced the Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (SAVE) Right Whales Act. This bipartisan plan would invest $5 million annually in grants that states, nonprofits and members of the fishing and marine shipping industries can use to fund research and efforts that restore the North Atlantic right whale population.

“The North Atlantic right whale is in desperate need of our help,” Rutherford said. “With their calving grounds right off the First Coast, this legislation seeks to prevent another tragedy of a right whale washing up on our shores. I’m encouraged by the widespread support this bill has received in the past and I’m thankful to Representative Murphy for joining me as we work together to rescue the North Atlantic right whale from extinction.”

Fewer than 400 North Atlantic right whales currently exist in the wild, and only 41 calves have been born since 2017. Additionally, there are fewer than 100 breeding females left in the world. Experts unanimously agree the biggest threats to the right whale are ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements.

“The North Atlantic right whale is critically endangered, with less than 400 left as a result of fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes,” said Murphy. “Floridians pride ourselves on our diverse wildlife and these whales can often be seen off the coast of our state with their young. I’m proud to join Congressman Rutherford in this bipartisan effort to protect these majestic creatures.”



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