What the Florida: Top 9 Florida man stories of 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s been another eventful year for Florida man. He has wrestled with alligators and attempted unusual solutions to bypassing face mask requirements.


To commemorate his antics, Channel 9 compiled the top nine Florida man stories of the year below:

Florida man accused of jumping naked on neighbor’s trampoline before breaking into home

A Florida man is accused of jumping on a neighbor’s trampoline while naked and later breaking into her home while still unclothed, authorities said.

Adrian Lee Gonzalez-Bradway, 21, was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary and criminal mischief with property damage of more than $200, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s online booking records.

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Man jumps into Bass Pro Shops fish tank in South Florida

A man climbed the side of a Bass Pro Shops fish tank in South Florida, then jumped in before quickly running off, video shows.

The man is seen climbing an artificial rock formation before performing a cannonball into the large fish tank at a store at the Dolphin Mall, WPLG reported.

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Man with Florida tattoo on forehead arrested for misusing 911, cursing dispatcher

A Florida man left no doubt where he was from. A 22-year-old man from Hudson, who sports a state of Florida tattoo on his forehead, is accused of misusing 911, authorities said.

Matthew Kyle Leatham, 22, of New Port Richey, was charged with misuse of the 911 system and possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, according to Pasco County online booking records.

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Florida man joyriding excavator likely caused neighborhood’s power outage before Super Bowl

Some sports fans in South Florida were forced to find another way to watch the Super Bowl when the power inexplicably went out to their neighborhood.

A neighbor said a man randomly started operating an excavator that was parked on the street for a project and accidentally knocked down a power line, WPLG reported. The man then hopped out and rode off on a bicycle. Police are investigating.

The power was restored for the game’s second half. Click here for the full story.

Florida man attempts to use women’s underwear to comply with mask policy

A Florida man said he was kicked off a United Airlines flight for using women’s underwear as a face mask.

Adam Jenne, of Cape Coral, told WFTX he believes the rule requiring to wear face masks on a plane is silly, so he opted to follow the rule in a silly way. A passenger took a video of the incident on the plane and shared it with WFTX.

In the video, you can see a flight attendant tell Jenne, “You’re going to have to come off the airplane. We’re not going to let you travel.” She goes on to explain that he has to leave the plane because he is not in compliance with the airline’s mask policy.

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Trash talking: Florida man captures alligator with bin

In Florida, capturing an alligator is apparently as easy as taking out the trash.

But honestly, don’t try this at home. Alligators are fast, testy and unpredictable. An Army veteran in Central Florida, however, was able to use a trash bin to corral the alligator, who had wandered onto his yard in Mount Dora.

See the video here.

Police: Florida man driving with clown mannequin had live grenade in pickup

A Florida man who was driving with a clown mannequin is accused of having a live grenade in the back of his pickup, authorities said.

Louis Wyatt Branson, 65, of Palatka, was charged with driving with an expired license for more than six months, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm, weapon, or ammo by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine, in addition to the original charges, according to Flagler County Sheriff’s Office booking records.

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Fish tale: Bald eagle dives to steal Florida man’s shark

Fishermen constantly lament about the one that got away, but a Florida angler’s frustration this week was understandable.

After waiting all day for a nibble, Chad Rissman and his uncle, Darrin Vick, were finally able to reel in a catch from the Dunedin Causeway, WTVT reported. Their elation at reeling in a shark was tempered when a bald eagle swooped in and snagged the catch for its own meal.

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‘Firecracker!’: Florida man with short fuse keeps neighbors awake

A Florida man had a short fuse about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

An unidentified man, protesting the loud noises caused by fireworks, was caught screaming on a Cape Coral security camera last week, WBBH reported.

At about 3 a.m. EDT on June 25, the man could be heard screaming, “Firecracker, firecracker, boom,” the television station reported.

“The dogs were barking and we go outside and this guy was screaming, I mean so loud,” Sara Warnecke, whose security camera captured the man’s noisy tirade, told WBBH. “He seemed to be upset that people were celebrating early.”

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.