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Florida Wildlife Officials Call Bear Hunt a “Success,” Opponents Call It a Slaughter

| November 12, 2015

Some 304 bears were killed in two days and few hunters cited for violations, but critics called it a slaughter, saying most of the bears were killed on private land, where state regulations could be more easily skirted.

On Marineland’s 75th Anniversary, Celebration of More Than Dolphins or a Storied Past

| November 12, 2015

Marineland’s 75th anniversary celebrates past, present and future, highlighting the town’s continued ecological and cultural importance beyond dolphin adventures, which nevertheless play a large role in the town’s identity.

Hunting Bear at Whole Foods Misfires

| November 4, 2015

The chairman of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s comparison of hunting bear to shopping at Whole Foods prompts Tom O’Hara to investigate. He strikes out on bear meat.

Bear-Kill Quota Popped 5 Days Early:
Florida Officials Reassess Before Next Hunt

| October 26, 2015

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials acknowledged the agency “underestimated the hunter success for the first day,” and said a number of scenarios from the planned week-long hunt — cut down to two days — will have to be factored into future planning.

Long Creek Preserve: For Palm Coast, a Chance to Restore a Vast, Lucrative History

| October 26, 2015

Beyond the Long Creek Nature Preserve, Palm Coast has an opportunity to revive the state and national importance the area of the preserve played in the plantation system of the 18th and 19th centuries, says County Attorney Al Hadeed.

Seek Cover, Teddy: 3,500 Hunters Take Guns and Bows to Bears Across Florida

| October 24, 2015

The hunt, which includes Flagler County, limits each permit holder to killing a single bear weighing at least 100 pounds and won’t exceed the overall 320 bears targeted for what the commission calls a “harvest.”

Cabinet Outvotes Gov. Scott to Buy Ranch Lands at Near Appraised-Value Price

| September 29, 2015

Florida Cabinet members agreed Tuesday to spend $7.8 million to conserve two large tracts of ranch land over objections from Gov. Rick Scott, who said he wanted a better deal on one of the parcels.

Trash Bandits: Sheriff Looking for Rogues Who Dumped 18 Tons of Tires Off Old Kings Road

| September 21, 2015

The 18 to 19 tons of use tires (37,000 pounds) were dumped off North Old Kings Road, between Matanzas Woods Parkway and Princess Place Preserve. Flagler government removed them.

Federal Bureaucracy Is the Monster Killing the Florida Everglades

| September 15, 2015

Federal regulations keep water from flowing south into Everglades National Park, where it could save a freshwater-dependent ecosystem dying of thirst, argues Nancy Smith.

County Rejects One Jumbo Cell Tower, Approves Another and Hedges On Third

| September 9, 2015

The Flagler commission was responding to concerns about the height and visibility of three proposed communications towers rising between 320 and 350 feet–more than twice the allowable size under county rules.

Split Florida Conservation Commission Approves Letting Hunters Kill 10% of Bear Population in 4 Regions

| September 2, 2015

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission cleared the killing of at least 320 black bears for two to seven days in October, the first bear-hunting season in two decades.

Overselling Flagler: How County Tourism and Government Zeal Lost the Spartan Race Before It Started

| August 26, 2015

An examination of the documents behind the Spartan Race proposed for Princess Place show tourism chief Matt Dunn repeatedly getting ahead of the process, showing little awareness of policy and protocols and virtually no appreciation for the political context that ultimately sank his biggest pet project to date.

No Pollution Problem Along Florida Park Drive, Council Concludes, Ending Further Debate

| August 25, 2015

After ruling out traffic as a problem, the Palm Coast council Tuesday ruled out pollution and appeared to end its response to recurring complaints from residents along Florida Park Drive.

Princess Place Saved Again: Flagler Pulls Extreme Race Out of Preserve and Looks Elsewhere

| August 23, 2015

County Administrator Craig Coffey, conceding to the outpouring of opposition to holding such a race at the preserve—and to a majority of county commissioners’ categorical opposition to the event there—informed commissioners Sunday that the race would be pulled.

How County Government Is Pimping Princess Place While Spinning Fairy Tales

| August 22, 2015

Flagler County’s justifications for holding a Spartan extreme-sport race at Princess Place Preserve fails the smell test on all counts and raise questions about how tourism chief Matt Dunn and County Administrator Craig Coffey got the deal so far to start with.

Princess Place Preserve Slated for Extreme-Sport-Type Endurance Race, and 6,000 Racers

| August 19, 2015

The Spartan extreme-sport race in March will cover 8-10 miles and feature nearly 30 landscape-altering obstacles, with 6,000 racers and 2,000 spectators expected. The county is subsidizing the race.

Boat-Dock Permits Revoked, Flagler Re-Ignites Urgency to Finish Manatee Protection Plan

| August 17, 2015

Federal officials have revoked all boat-dock permits for non-residential homes in Flagler because a manatee protection plan and an additional speed zone are not in place.

The Population Bomb Reloads: How Humans Cause Mass Extinctions

| August 14, 2015

The world’s expanding human population is in competition with the populations of most other animals. Our population bomb has already claimed its first casualties. They will not be the last, argue Paul and Anne Ehrlich.

Not So Fast on Killing Teddy: Conservationists File Suit to Stop Bear Hunting in Florida

| August 1, 2015

With permits for this fall’s hunt going on sale Monday, the Seminole County-based group Speak Up Wekiva filed a lawsuit in Leon County circuit court Friday challenging the constitutionality of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-approved bear hunt.

Genesis Was Wrong: Man’s Dominion Over Animals Is Stewardship, Not Ownership

| July 28, 2015

Pope Francis has now rejected mainstream Christian view, insisting that being created in God’s image doesn’t mean dominion over the earth or absolute domination over other creatures.

Just as Flagler County Resolves Against Fracking, Ratepayers Will Underwrite FPL’s Fracking Bills

| June 18, 2015

FPL can invest $500 million in fracking ventures at ratepayers’ expense, making it the first utility in the nation–according to an analysis by the Public Service Commission–to spend ratepayers dollars on “non-regulated risk.”

Florida’s Nature Conservancy Gets It:
It’s About Land Management

| June 18, 2015

Most Florida environmental groups this special session made a lot of noise and spent a lot of money, but came away empty-handed and unhappy. Not The Nature Conservancy.

Palm Coast Passes on Supporting County In Anti-Fracking and Drilling Resolutions

| June 10, 2015

The Palm Coast City Council chose not to sign on to a pair of resolutions opposing fracking or seismic testing for oil offshore of Florida, saying the county has already spoken.

Forget Its Cause. Fighting Global Warming Is Good For Your Health. Period.

| May 27, 2015

Governments often see climate change as too costly to address. In fact, it is too costly to ignore, with the prevention of disastrous climate change tied to immediate health benefits and health cost savings from the reduction of air pollution.

From “Sustainable Tourism” to Full Employment: Right and Wrong of Smart Development

| May 20, 2015

The UN’s 169 priorities for sustainable development are too many and are like having none at all, argues Bjorn Lomborg. So he asked leading economists to evaluate which targets would do the most good for every dollar.

Flagler Commissioners Formalize Opposition to Fracking and Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas

| May 18, 2015

A pair of resolutions put Flagler government on record opposing the Obama administration’s allowance for seismic testing for oil and gas offshore, and opposing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Florida.

Florida Leads Nation in Boating Accidents With 70 Deaths; Coast Guard Releases Safety App

| May 17, 2015

Features of the app include state boating information, a safety equipment checklist, free boating safety check requests, navigation rules, float plans, and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity.

Florida Issues “Open Season” Bear-Hunting Rules as Humane Society Calls For Delay

| May 13, 2015

Opponents of the proposed hunt have argued the state should consider relocating problem bears and that people need to be held more responsible for leaving out unsecured food and trash that attracts bears.

Don’t Tell Rick Scott: Pope Francis Wants Action on Global Warming, Steaming Conservatives

| May 7, 2015

Pope Francis’s call for action against global warming has many conservatives in the US up in arms, but his message is a matter of morality, argues Jeffrey Sachs.

Florida House Approves Some Fracking Regulations, But Critics Find Them Shallow

| April 27, 2015

Merely asking oil and gas companies what chemicals they’re injecting during fracking creates the appearance of government scrutiny, critics say, at the expense of the state’s groundwater at a time when lawmakers are looking to implement new water policies.



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