Heads up on story next week

I don't usually give a heads-up on a story scheduled to be broadcast next week, but I'll make an exception today.

I recently interviewed a local film maker about his award-winning documentary on manatee abuse in Florida. Mark Santa-Maria has revealed how tour operators around Crystal River, FL, allow and even encourage tourists to touch and grab these gentle giants. Mark's documentary has generated a ground swell of interest in the problem.

NBC24's segment on Mark and his film will be broadcast Thursday, March 20, on NBC24 News at 7:00PM. You might want to set your DVR or VCR to record it if you can't watch live. I believe it's an unforgettable story.