When you're arrested in Florida your mug shots gets splashed across the internet in a matter of days. That's because Florida police agencies and sheriff's departments release the photos online in compliance with Florida's progressive public record laws. Though, in recent years several commercial web ... More >>
[Insert joke about a bill causing fireworks in Tallahassee here.] Florida bans regular citizens from buying fireworks that shoot of into the air for most purposes, but a bill filed by state Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Ft. Walton Beach) could reverse that. Fire chiefs across the state however aren't celebra ... More >>
William Joseph Eitel was recently booked into Okaloosa County Jailon charges of with loitering and prowling stemming from a fire he allegedly set inside a Destin bar called the Freaky Tiki. Eitel had quite an excuse for setting the blaze, though: He was trying to keep the bar up to code on its fir ... More >>
Despite calls from all across the globe for Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law to be repealed, Florida Sheriffs Association voted unanimously last week to support the law exactly as written.
Holly Jacobs' nightmare began in 2009. That's when naked photos of the Miami PhD student first appeared online. They soon went viral, appearing on hundreds of so-called revenge porn websites along with her name, phone number, and email address. Photos and videos were even sent to her bosses. Jacobs ... More >>
In an event that can be described only as one of the most Florida things to ever happen, three self-proclaimed rednecks attempted to catch a 277.7-pound bull shark with their bare hands. Floridians might be odd, but we are nothing if not tough. So, naturally, these guys succeeded. Of course, at fir ... More >>
What happens when you put a bunch of Florida Republican reps up in Disney's swanky Grand Floridian resort in Orlando? Apparently some drunken, rowdy nonsense. No one knows exactly what went down on a night in November, but Speaker of the House Will Weatherford says he's looking into it.
What is it about an empty stomach that leads to so much crime in the Sunshine State? Regular readers of Riptide already know that Florida is well known for its bizarre, sometimes incomprehensible news stories about bungled robberies, bizarre murders, and drug deals gone bad. But a bizarre number of ... More >>
As if anyone needed another reason to avoid nightlife in the Florida Panhandle, be aware that a man was recently stabbed in the neck with a broken beer bottle by a man named "Cowboy" after getting into an argument over a bag of fried pork rinds.
It seems Florida has a problem with people's remains being sold at garage sales. Earlier this week, an authentic human skeleton was sold for $8 as a Halloween decoration. Now it appears that the ashes of a 99-year-old grandmother were accidentally sold in Ft. Walton Beach.
For this year's training camp the Miami Heat have gone way up North in Florida to the real South, and will be holding court at the Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach in the Panhandle. Yes Pat Riley and crew are keeping the on-court development of Wade, Bosh and James so und ... More >>
Riptide put up somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 posts this year, so before we get started on writing 3,000 more it's time to sit back and look at some our successes: Our top ten posts by pageviews.Yeah, it's a collection of slightly seedy stuff, with abortion doughnuts, rape tunnels, and XXXra ... More >>
Remember Andy "Obama Half-Breed Muslin" Lacasse? Of course not, it was over 9000 news cycles ago. The poor redneck from some hell in Central Florida put a misspelled, sharpie sign in his front yard. Well another idiot in Fort Walton Beach, Larry Ford, has a misspelled anti-Obama sign, though it's ev ... More >>
The past 24 months have been excruciating for Michelle Baker, a free-spirited 23-year-old from Flamingo. In 2004 Baker was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer and began a round of debilitating chemotherapy cycles. Alone in South Florida and unable to make the drive from her home near Everglades N ... More >>
Florida's Seabee reservists went to Iraq to help, not fight. But they fought and died
A plant-fancying Wal-Mart window shopper gets more than he bargained for