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Environment - Florida Newsmakers of the Year

• EXTREME TEMPERATURES

Statewide, the opening months of the year were the coldest in Florida's history, while July through September ranked as the warmest, according to state meteorologist David Zierden.

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COLD

Record: Miami, Jan. 11: 36 degrees

Record: Tallahassee, 14 consecutive mornings below freezing

Record: Tampa, Jan. 11: 25 degrees

Record: Vero Beach, March 5: 33 degrees


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HOT

Record: Orlando, Oct. 26: 92 degrees

Record: Miami, where the weather station at the Miami International Airport logged a summer average of 85.17 degrees, the hottest since the city began keeping records in 1895.

Record: Daily maximum temperatures in the West Palm Beach area reached or exceeded 90 degrees on 79 days.


Business
Mark Wilson
Wilbur Ross Jr.
Lola Gonzalez
John Textor
Robert Clements
Thomas Gaffney
Hugh Green
R.J. Scaringe
Foreclosure Fighters
Julian MacQueen

Politics
Mel Martinez & The Dominoes

Military
Florida's Fallen Soldiers

Education
Frank Brogan
Maryellen Elia

Science/Innovation
Win Phillips & David Day
Ian MacDonald & William Hogarth

Environment
Extreme Temperatures

CRITTERS
Mystery Monkey

Sports
Tampa Bay Rays' Top Brass
Pat Riley

Volunteer/Non-Profit
Barth Green

Arts/Entertainment
New World Symphony
Pitbull
Pamela Tuscany

Dubious Achievers
Scott Rothstein
David Brooks

Jim Greer
Wayne McLeod
Lewis Freeman
Pawl Hawks
Lee Farkas

• MYSTERY MONKEY
Tampa Bay

The Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay remained on the lam and in the news in 2010. The brown, 15-pound rhesus macaque dodged wildlife officials, traffic, banana-baited traps and a dozen tranquilizer darts as it made its way south through at least three Bay area counties. Wildlife officials believe the monkey may have been cast out from a wild monkey tribe in central Florida or was released or escaped from an owner who was keeping him illegally. The monkey was featured on the "Colbert Report" and followed by legions of fans, including more than 81,000 "friends" on a Facebook page. Toward year's end, a more melancholy story emerged, as the monkey took up residence in a south Pinellas County neighborhood and was photographed gazing sadly at himself in a mirror. Was he sick of roaming — or just lonely for a primate partner?

Mystery Monkey
The Mystery Monkey, who has more than 81,000 friends on Facebook, gazes at its reflection in a mirror. [Photo:Don McBride]

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Business
Mark Wilson
Wilbur Ross Jr.
Lola Gonzalez
John Textor
Robert Clements
Thomas Gaffney
Hugh Green
R.J. Scaringe
Foreclosure Fighters
Julian MacQueen

Politics
Mel Martinez & The Dominoes

Military
Florida's Fallen Soldiers

Education
Frank Brogan
Maryellen Elia

Science/Innovation
Win Phillips & David Day
Ian MacDonald & William Hogarth

Environment
Extreme Temperatures

CRITTERS
Mystery Monkey

Sports
Tampa Bay Rays' Top Brass
Pat Riley

Volunteer/Non-Profit
Barth Green

Arts/Entertainment
New World Symphony
Pitbull
Pamela Tuscany

Dubious Achievers
Scott Rothstein
David Brooks

Jim Greer
Wayne McLeod
Lewis Freeman
Pawl Hawks
Lee Farkas