Florida News Dec 9: Crist to Run for Governor; More Turtles Returned

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Now that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is a Democrat, pretty much everyone in Florida's political world expects him to seek his old job.
Crist tells The Associated Press he "will consider it," and "think about it."
He's had dinner Saturday night with former Democratic governor and Sen. Bob Graham.
The former Republican governor revealed his long-anticipated conversion Friday, after more than two years as an independent. He made the announcement on Twitter and included a photo of his new voter registration form, which he filled out at the White House.
Earlier Saturday, Florida Republicans gathered for a meeting and said they will be extra motivated to re-elect Gov. Rick Scott if his opponent is Crist, who left the GOP during his 2010 run for Senate.
Peter Feaman, the party's national committeeman, told a room of Republican activists "Bring it on."

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Highway Patrol has issued more than a dozen traffic citations to drivers involved in a chain reaction of collisions that injured more than 50 people. No one died in the Oct. 5 crashes that closed a section of Interstate 75 for six hours along Florida's Gulf Coast. Authorities say 52 people were injured, including 22 who were hospitalized.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- More than two dozen cold-stressed sea turtles have been airlifted from New England to recover in balmy Florida. The Coast Guard flew the turtles to Orlando on Friday. A New England Aquarium spokesman says a record number of endangered and federally protected sea turtles have been treated this year for cold stress.

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