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Pigeons unwelcome guests at Venice restaurant

Venice, Florida - Some call the pier in Venice along the Gulf of Mexico a "pigeon's palace." It attracts hundreds of pigeons. But management at Sharky's on the Pier does not see the pigeons as royalty.

"They're a nuisance and the birds create a health hazard for customers," says Justin Pachota, manager at Sharky's. Pachota says the birds have taken food off tables and some customers have moved indoors.

Pachota says they tried everything from using fishing line, high frequency pitches, eagle calls, placing owl statues and even birth control, but nothing worked. Pachota says poison was a last resort. "Did this to thin out the flock, so we could go back to using the birth control," says Pachota.

About a week ago, a pest control worker put poison in a feeder on the restaurant's roof top. Pachota says 40 to 50 birds died. Some turned up on the beach and pier.

Man arrested for stalking and indecent exposure

Man arrested for stalking and indecent exposure

Sarasota, FL -- After several incidents of indecent exposure and stalking dating back to March, Bradenton resident Alexis Moreland was arrested in Sarasota County today. He is being charged with five counts of Exposure of Sexual Organs and one count of Stalking.

The 27-year-old male has been harassing the same 89-year-old woman throughout the year, including incidents of peering in her window and masturbating while standing naked in her yard. The victim reported a total of seven different encounters with Moreland.

The first account was reported to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in March 2010, with additional reports filed in September and October. Increased surveillance and covert monitoring equipment were used to identify the suspect.

Like caviar? The delicacy is now being produced a lot closer to home

Sarasota, Florida - With their pointy noses and whisker-like sensors, sturgeon are an odd-looking and ancient fish. "They're the dinosaurs of the fish world," explains Kevan Main while looking into a tank teaming with fish. She's the director of the Mote Aquaculture Research Park.

And Mote scientists are trying to prevent sturgeon from disappearing like the dinosaurs. "The majority of the sturgeons around the world are either on the endangered or threatened species list and that's because they have been harvested for years for the caviar," says Main.

Photo Gallery: Siberian Sturgeon

Forecast: Manatee and Sarasota counties issued Freeze Warning

Forecast: Manatee and Sarasota counties issued Freeze Warning

Tampa Bay, FL -  A large Canadian high pressure has plummeted south into the eastern U.S. bringing cold air all the way down to Florida, including Manatee and Sarasota counties. You can see the zoom radar for the area here.

We are waking up to Wind Chill Advisories this morning and Freeze Warnings for tonight and likely tomorrow night. That cold air is blowing in on northwest winds that will stay in the 10-20 mph range through this afternoon. A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued until 9 a.m. for Pasco, Hillsborough and Polk counties as it will feel like 30-35 degrees at times this morning. Skies will be clear and sunny today, but the cold air will only allow us to warm to the mid 50s today when the typical high is 73!

Districts failing to meet class size limits face steep fines

Bradenton, Florida -- School districts had eight years to meet the class size limits set by the state.

According to the state, 35 of the 67 school districts did not adhere to the size limitations per class, and now face steep fines. In the Bay area, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Citrus and Hernando counties are in compliance. Manatee and Sarasota school districts, however, are not.

Sarasota faces more than $500,000 in fines. The state reports 625 classes were over the limit, representing 4.92% of the district's classrooms.