Month: August 2018

Play Video After progressive candidate Andrew Gillum pulled off a stunning upset in Florida’s Democratic primary for governor Tuesday, putting him on a path to become the state’s first African-American governor, he was attacked within hours by his Republican opponent—handpicked by Trump—who warned voters not to “monkey this up” by supporting Gillum. Even Fox said […]

The mayor of Tallahassee just pulled off a major primary upset in Florida’s governor’s race. By Ella  Updated Aug 29, 2018, 8:02am EDT Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum listens to residents of the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami on August 13, 2018. Lynne Sladky/AP Andrew Gillum just pulled out the surprise primary win of Tuesday evening — upsetting presumed frontrunner […]

The fierce showdown between Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum for governor has begun, with a handful of current and former Democratic members from Congress blasting DeSantis in a conference call early Wednesday as a conservative Republican more focused on ideology that governing – and also suggested he used a “racist dog whistle” against his African-American […]

If elected, Andrew Gillum would become the state’s first Black governor. MIAMI, FLORIDA — Former Mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum secured the Democratic nomination in Florida’s hotly-contested gubernatorial primary, putting an end to a messy and expensive race. “The job of the governor is to do what is best for everyone in the state of Florida, […]

Patrons of the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill on Florida’s Longboat Key usually enjoy stunning views of the Sarasota Bay. Now, they get an unpleasant stench. A red tide—a natural phenomenon involving an accumulation of algae brought to shore by currents and wind—is killing marine life and hurting the tourism industry across Florida’s Gulf Coast. Local […]

The Right to Pollute is worth billions, especially the right to pollute a national park. That means there’s money to be made defending that right. Champions of pollution build careers and fortunes helping private industry destroy public places, and few have attracted more mercenaries than the Everglades. We saw it on the national stage last […]

Toxic wastewater from fracking jumps 14-fold from 2011 to 2016 — and it may get 50 times bigger by 2030. An alarming new study reveals fracking is quite simply destroying America’s water supply. That means we are losing potable water forever in many semi-arid regions of the country, while simultaneously producing more carbon pollution that […]

“Covering stuff up doesn’t make it go away,” said Lilly Womble, an 18-year-old on vacation on Florida’s Sanibel Island. The island is world renowned for its sea shells but that day we were watching employees from the Sanibel Moorings Resort pull a sheet over a dead loggerhead sea turtle on the beach behind the hotel. One of […]

Gov. Rick Scott traveled to southeast Florida today where nasty fluorescent green algae is blanketing waterways around Stuart, but he declined to speak to reporters “due to security issues,” according to TC Palm reporter Ali Schmitz, who videotaped Scott’s 30-second cruise across a slimed marina basin. The governor has been desperate to paint himself as an environmental […]

GOP candidate Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson are blaming each other for the Sunshine State’s toxic algae problem, which has raised health concerns and threatened tourism in Florida. In recent days, the U.S. Senate race in Florida has turned decidedly slimy. Incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and his Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, […]

Despite rising threats from pollution fueled by increasing development and climate change, Florida has repeatedly cut back on monitoring its water and providing critical data that scientists need to understand how problems like algae blooms and red tide occur. When Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens, who is a well-regarded expert on water and has […]

SANIBEL , FL – AUGUST 01: Fish are seen washed ashore the Sanibel causeway after dying in a red tide on August 1, 2018 in Sanibel, Florida. Red tide season usually lasts from October to around February, but the current red tide has stayed along the coast for around 10 months, killing massive amounts of […]

Florida’s southwest coast is grappling with the largest, longest red tide in more than a decade. Dead fish, sea turtles and manatees are littering the sugar sand beaches of Lee and Collier counties. Last weekend nearly 4,000 dead fish were counted on Sanibel beaches. Florida’s southeast coast is similarly struggling with massive blue-green algae blooms. A […]

As horrified people watch dead manatees, marine mammals, fish and hundreds of sea turtles wash up on Florida’s southwest coast, politicians are tripping over one another to express concern. But a look back eight years ago shows that three key state leaders – Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, and Attorney General Pam Bondi […]

Florida is in the midst of a still-unfolding water pollution catastrophe. Many formerly picture-perfect beaches and posh waterfront neighborhoods are now surreal toxic landscapes where the smell is so pungent, it can make you nauseous. Florida is in the midst of a still-unfolding water pollution catastrophe. Many formerly picture-perfect beaches and posh waterfront neighborhoods are now surreal […]

A red tide that appeared in October and lasted well past the normal season is now the worst to hit Florida in more than a decade, sickening sea birds and leaving beaches and inlets littered with dead fish, sea turtles and manatees. Florida’s southwest coast, a ribbon of inlets and barrier islands normally brimming with […]

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