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Gov. Scott Punts on Proposed Land-Preservation Amendment

| June 17, 2014

When asked after the Cabinet meeting whether he would support or oppose an amendment in November that would cement funding for land conservation into Florida’s Constitution, Scott avoided directly answering the question.

First Manatee Count in 3 Years Shows Healthier Number Despite 2013′s Record Deaths

| February 7, 2014

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported a preliminary count of 4,831 manatees in Florida during a statewide aerial survey conducted on Jan. 24 and Jan. 27. That’s the third-highest number of manatees recorded since such surveys began in 1991. No surveys were conducted in 2013 and 2012 because of unusually warm weather.

GOP Lawmaker Calls State’s Surplus Land Sale Program a “Disaster”

| January 13, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection effort was created with the intent of generating $50 million and replace the defunct and once-popular Florida Forever program, but so far no money has been raised and what has become a shortened list continues to draw criticism for sites remaining under consideration.

County Sharpens Its Authority to Close Public Lands, But Not Without Commission Input

| November 4, 2013

County Administrator Craig Coffey formalized authority to close certain public lands, including Bulow Woods, Pellicer Flats and the old hospital in Bunnell, either for safety reasons or as lands are undergoing construction or conservation. Trespassers may be arrested. Commissioners wanted to ensure that the administrator would not close lands without their knowledge.

Record 769 Manatee Deaths So Far This Year Represent 15% of Endangered Population

| October 31, 2013

With two months to go in the year, 769 manatee deaths have bee recorded in Florida waters, breaking the previous record of 766 set in 2010. Deaths are blamed mostly on a red tide bloom that started in southwest Florida in September 2012 and that only recently dissipated. Four manatees have died in Flagler so far this year.

Burnishing Green Creds Ahead of Election, Gov. Scott Wants To Give Everglades a Lift

| August 29, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott is proposing $90 million to help lift a section of the Tamiami Trail, which groups such as the Everglades Foundation have called “one of the most prominent dams” blocking the natural flow of the River of Grass.

Fish and Wildlife Asking Public to Report Sightings of 3 Rare Snake Species

| August 14, 2013

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists are asking the public to report sightings of three rare snake species–Florida pine snake, southern hognose snake and short-tailed snake–to help with research.

Water Management District Tax Will Decline Slightly, to About $33 For Average Flagler House

| July 10, 2013

All property owners in Flagler County, including all its cities, pay the St. Johns River Water Management District tax. The district’s $135.5 million proposed budget includes $13 million for 22 reclaimed water and water conservation projects, one of them in Flagler.

Flagler County Will Buy 11 Billboards on A1A and I-95 and Eliminate Most of Them By 2016

| June 3, 2013

The Flagler County Commission agreed to buy 10 billboards on A1A and one on I-95 for $140,000, and eliminate all but three by 2016, retaining the one on I-95 and two on A1A to promote the county’s tourism and economic development efforts.

Flagler Scrapes Up a Few Acres of Preservation Despite Demise of Florida Protection Program

| June 3, 2013

Even though it’s not been a good few years for land preservation in Florida, two areas tagged by environmentalists as Jewels of Flagler County were expanded with recent purchases as those who work to set aside land for the future struggle with diminishing budgets amid great opportunity.

Palm Coast’s Arbor Day Moves Back to Central Park on May 18

| May 7, 2013

Palm Coast is bringing back its rescheduled Arbor Day celebration to Central Park (from Waterfront Park), on May 18. the event will be featuring a tree give-away, butterfly release, food drive, walk and run, exhibits and activities for children including a petting zoo, character visits and rock-climbing wall. Admission and parking are free.

Between Flagler Beach and the County, a Clash of Visions Over Protecting an Eroding Shore

| March 26, 2013

Flagler Beach and Flagler County may be heading toward a showdown over the fate of the eroding beach they have in common. Between now and then, the Flagler Beach City Commission itself may fracture on either side of an unresolved conflict between those opposed to protecting the beach by way of dredging up and dumping sand on it, and those willing to give that approach a shot despite its costs and uncertainties.

From Green to Red: With Golf Course Buy, Flagler Beach Fears Going Palm Coast’s Way

| March 8, 2013

Flagler Beach officials are looking into whether the city should bid on the failed the Ocean Palm Golf Club course at a foreclosure sale, but they don;t want to repeat Palm Coast’s money-pit experience after that city bought the Palm Harbor golf course.

Palm Coast Irrigation Restrictions for Daylight Savings Time

| March 7, 2013

The Palm Coast City Council has adopted a landscape irrigation policy for Daylight Savings Time, aligning with the restrictions issued by the St. Johns River Water Management District, in effect from Sunday, March 10, through Nov. 3, 2013.

Repeat Folly: Florida Prepares to Boom Again By Busting Local Environmental Authority

| February 27, 2013

Bills in the Florida Legislature would take away Flagler’s and other counties’ authority to ensure that development doesn’t sprawl without required infrastructure, and would virtually demolish environmental land acquisition programs. Milissa Holland argues that such bills make a mockery of local control.

Losing “Protection”
In Florida’s Environmental Agency

| December 31, 2012

Some of the state’s strongest protectors of our natural resources were recently expelled from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Fifty-eight of the most knowledgeable and long-serving employees were let go in order to fulfill the governor’s promise/threat of less regulation.

Global Warming and Hurricane Sandy’s Wake-Up Call

| November 10, 2012

The frightening consequences of climate disruption that scientists have warned us about for decades are already here. Sandy is only the latest and most devastating incident in a pattern of extreme weather that’s become impossible to ignore, argues the Sierra Club’s Michael Brune.

Proposed Conservation Amendment: $5 Billion Over 10 Years, Without Raising Taxes

| October 5, 2012

The proposed 2014 constitutional amendment, dubbed the Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment, would set aside 33 percent of documentary tax collections for 20 years for land and water purchases, leases and restoration efforts. The taxes are collected on real estate and other legal transactions.

Florida Conservation Groups Mobilize for National Public Lands Day Saturday

| September 28, 2012

A coalition of Northeast Florida’s leading conservation organizations are using this occasion to raise awareness about the importance of  publicly-owned conservation lands and to encourage the community to explore, volunteer and advocate for the protection of these vital natural resources.

Follow the Lead of Flagler Beach’s Restaurants: Trash the Styrofoam

| September 8, 2012

Restaurants in Flagler Beach, among them the Turtle Shack and the Flagler Fish Company, decided to drop the use of Styrofoam and adopt all-recyclable containers, taking a lead other local businesses should follow, Frank Gromling writes, given Styrofoam’s polluting and carcinogenic properties.

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