Everglades Restoration

After eight years of sponsoring legislation designed to undermine water resource regulations, Representative Matt Caldwell’s trail of stench ended with his recent loss to Nikki Fried for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Never has one elected official so blatantly sold out his community and left a legacy of destruction of our precious and fragile […]

In Florida, Republicans have held the Governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature for over 20 years and there is little tension between them. Major policy shifts have occurred with little or no dissent from either branch, especially in the last 8 years: Water pollution regulation was de-funded, unenforced, or eliminated altogether Florida Forever’s […]

Why vote AGAINST DeSantis? DeSantis on the environment: He advocates for more research, not tough regulation and direct action to address red tide He’s afraid to be a “climate change believer” and an “alarmist” He thinks the state can’t help coastal cities and counties protect property from climate change and  sea level rise He supports […]

One is backed by President Donald Trump, the other has Sen. Bernie Sanders’ support. Nate Chute, IndyStar On the campaign trail, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum often claims to have a stronger environmental record than Republican opponent Ron DeSantis. Gillum supports banning fracking, talks about climate change solutions and bashes corporate polluters, including the sugar industry. He says […]

TALLAHASSEE — The Rick Scott who’s running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 often bears only a hazy resemblance to the newcomer who burst on the scene and became governor of Florida eight years ago. On a wide range of issues, Scott has shifted positions to adapt to changing political times, defying the conventional wisdom […]

Water managers look at new solution for Lake Okeechobee overflow in effort to keep it out of estuaries. Water managers are fast-tracking plans to dispose of Lake Okeechobee overflow by pumping it 3,000 feet underground, agreeing to spend $10 million this week to build two deep injection wells in a test of the project’s viability. The so-called […]

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 […]

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 […]

The harmful blue green algae bloom that has plagued Lee County waters is directly attributable to irresponsible government oversight on the timing and volume of water released from Lake Okeechobee and excessive nutrients, sediments and toxic brew of insecticides, pesticides and fungicides released from sugar cane fields into the Lake. The South Florida Water Management […]

Discussion of algal blooms on the Caloosahatchee River took a decidedly political turn at a roundtable hosted by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in North Fort Myers. Braced for a tight re-election fight where he faces a challenge from Republican Gov. Rick Scott, the three-term senator put the onus of the green-algae problem on poor state leadership. “Rick Scott has systematically dismembered […]

Florida legislators stole funds earmarked for conservation to pay for salaries and agency-operating expenses. On behalf of millions of Floridians, Earthjustice fought back—and we just won. Update, 6/20/18: In a victory for Earthjustice and millions of Florida voters, a judge ruled last week that the voters clearly intended for the several hundreds of millions of dollars […]

Miami-Dade County transportation planners want to extend the Dolphin Expressway about 14 miles across wetlands just north of the Tamiami Trail and then south through the Bird Drive Basin and about 2,000 feet west of Southwest 157th Avenue, shown here, across wetlands that include land set aside for Everglades restoration. Pedro Portal [email protected] After vowing to “stand […]

Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Ruling […]

The Army Corps is “undermining” Florida’s plans for an ecosystem-saving reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee with doubts about the restorative benefits of sending water to the central Everglades, according to state water managers. The $1.4 billion reservoir, slated for state-owned land in western Palm Beach County, was approved by state lawmakers last year. It is expected to serve two […]

Longstanding U.S. sugar policy pummels consumers and taxpayers in three ways: We subsidize growers, pay higher food prices and then pay even more for environmental damage sugar production causes in South Florida. The only winners are Big Sugar and the politicians who rake in its campaign cash. With a new farm bill coming up in […]


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