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Democratic or Republican, Florida’s Candidates For Governor Say What Voters Want To Hear on Environment

| August 3, 2018

Candidates’ solutions are mostly general and vary on how to keep up with the state’s growing population and businesses while keeping springs and rivers clean from the Panhandle to the Everglades.

Nat Reed, Adviser to Governors and Presidents Who Left His Imprint on Flagler’s Environment, Dies

| July 12, 2018

Nat Reed, who died at 84, co-founded 1,000 Friends of Florida. His stewardship led to Flagler’s progressive comprehensive plan and greenway and environmental successes.

Days After Criticism From Sen. Nelson, Governor Declares Emergency Over Algae Outbreak

| July 9, 2018

On Friday and over the weekend Democrats and Bill Nelson accused Scott of “going through the motions” in dealing with the algae blooms.

Judge Says Legislature Illegally Spending Florida’s Land-Preservation Money on Operating Costs

| June 17, 2018

Striking a blow to the Legislature, a judge ruled lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands.

Florida Angling Closer to More Restrictions On Shark-Fishing From Beaches and Piers

| April 25, 2018

Calls to restrict or ban shark fishing from beaches, piers and bridges led the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to direct staff to craft new rules.

Flagler Moves to Protect Public’s Use Of Beaches Ahead of Law Granting Property Owners Restrictive Rights

| April 16, 2018

The new law allows beachfront private property owners to trespass the public from private beaches, something not allowed currently, and never done in Flagler.

Court Rejects Curbs on “Deer Dog Hunting” in Florida Wildlife Management Area

| April 11, 2018

Property owners sued the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for not properly keeping hunters’ dogs away from their lands. They won, only for an appeals court to reverse the decision.

Among Slew of Legislative Rules, A Proposal To Limit Local Authority on Environment

| December 28, 2017

From fracking to tree-trimming to using close to $900 million from a voter-approved conservation fund, Florida lawmakers are lining up their wishes ahead of the 2018 session.

As Seas Rise Over South Florida: When’s the Last Time I’ll Go Home for Christmas?

| December 23, 2017

By the author’s count, she’ll get 13 more holidays before the sea threatens to swallow her family’s home in South Florida, where the risk of a storm surge within four feet of high tide lines has doubled.

Blaming Climate Change, Ex-Emergency Management Chief Warns Floridians of More Intense Storms Ahead

| December 15, 2017

Craig Fugate, a former FEMA and Florida Division of Emergency Management chief, highlighted the need for people in Florida to plan year-round for the six-month hurricane season.

$50 Million for St. Johns River Protection, $100 Million for Florida Forever: Measures Advance

| December 7, 2017

Measures doubling Gov. Scott’s request for the Florida Forever conservation program and earmark money to improve the St. Johns River moved easily through the Senate Thursday.

State Agency Seeks $50 Million to Replenish Florida Forever, the Land-Preservation Fund

| September 28, 2017

Florida Forever funding is expected to help the state “acquire rare and sensitive lands that will benefit our communities and environment.” But Florida Forever has been an afterthought in the Scott Administration.

Scott and Cabinet Poised for $16 Million Sensitive Land Buy, Largest in 10 Years

| October 4, 2016

The land, known as Horn Spring Woods, contains 10 natural springs, has nearly 10 miles of meandering frontage along the St. Marks River and would help create an environmental corridor linking the St. Marks River Preserve State Park to the north, the Fanlew Preserve and Aucilla Wildlife Management Area to the east, and the Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park to the south.

First Four Cases of Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Reported in Florida–And the U.S.

| July 29, 2016

Florida has seen a steady increase in Zika diagnoses to nearly 400, but until Friday, cases stemmed from people infected while traveling to South America. Today’s revelation is the first Florida-based set of infections.

Community Plants 1,000 trees at St. Johns Water District’s Lake Apopka North Shore

| June 27, 2016

Once home to several farms in the 1940s, the nearly 20,00 acres along Lake Apopka’s northern shore were acquired by the water district in a push to restore water quality and fish and wildlife habitat within the lake.

Sen. Bill Nelson Named to Florida Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Hall of Fame

| June 21, 2016

Nelson is among 10 Florida conservationists who will be recognized for their achievements. Conservation award winners are chosen from nominations made to the Federation’s board of directors based on their accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s fish, wildlife and native habitats.

St. Johns Water Management District Transfers Gemini Springs Addition to Volusia County

| June 14, 2016

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board voted to donate the 947-acre Gemini Springs Addition to Volusia County with a conservation easement to protect its conservation values and to comply with the mitigation permit requirements.

NRA Calls for Renewed and Extended Hunt Of Florida Bears that “Terrorize Homeowners”

| June 1, 2016

Florida wildlife officials approved a controversial bear hunt last year but have not made a decision about another hunt yet. They’re expected to receive a staff recommendation by June 22.

Hurricane Amnesia Worries Officials as Florida Weathers 11th Year Without Direct Hit

| May 28, 2016

On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gave a “near-normal” forecast for the 2016 Atlantic season, which means a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 4 to 8 could grow into hurricanes.

Claiming “Robust” Bear Population, Florida Wildlife Commission Targets Another Hunt

| April 13, 2016

The commission in October 2015 held its first bear hunt in more than two decades as a means to slow the increase of black bears in the state and to reduce dangerous interactions between bears and humans. But the hunt was highly controversial, with opponents protesting in various parts of the state.

Fiercely Opposed by Environmentalists, Bill To Ease Fracking in Florida Dies In the Senate

| March 1, 2016

The bill was backed by the Florida Petroleum Council, Associated Industries of Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. It is opposed by environmental groups and dozens of local governments that have approved fracking bans.

Florida Lawmakers Drilling the Way for Fracking Even as Need Is Questioned

| January 19, 2016

The assault on Florida’s environment continues as a Senate committee last week approved a bill that would make it easier for companies to use fracking technology to drill for oil and gas in the state.

Floridians for Solar Choice Ballot Initiative Unlikely to Meet Deadline to Qualify

| December 21, 2015

The proposal, favored by liberals but opposed by the utility industry, would allow businesses to generate up to two megawatts of electricity and sell it to neighboring properties.

Flagler’s Sensitive Land Acquisition Panel Cool to 116-Acre Pitch Along Lake Disston

| December 14, 2015

John A. Kern is proposing to sell the 116 acres along Lake Disston for $2.8 million (14 times the assessed value), but without an additional 20 acres the the Flagler county committee wants in the deal if it’s to keep pursuing the proposal.

Judge Tosses Part of Amendment 1 Challenge, But Environmentalists Claim Success

| December 7, 2015

A Leon County judge Thursday removed a major part of a lawsuit that contests how lawmakers decided to spend money that voters approved last year for land buying and preservation.
However, an attorney for four environmental groups challenging the state’s spending called the ruling a victory.
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“We’re in this case,” said David Guest, managing attorney for […]

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.

Two Sisters and a Solar-Electric Boat, on a 9-Day Journey for a Cause on ICW, Dock in Palm Coast

| November 2, 2015

Nancy and Paula Frainetti are spending nine days aboard a solar-aided electric boat from Miami to Jacksonville to raise awareness and money for breast cancer–and for electric boating.

Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Big Lies

| October 12, 2015

Exxon’s scientists knew by the early 1980s that human causes of global warming could be catastrophic, but quashed the findings and peddled junk science instead. It’s time to get Big Oil out of the policymaking process altogether, write Bill McKibben and Kelle Louaillier.

In Plantation Bay, 1,600 Customers Are Stuck Between Cruddy Water and Cruddier Bills

| October 2, 2015

As Flagler government fully acquires the Plantation bay utility from Bunnell, residents have seen water bills more than double, and may see further rate increases yet if the shoddy water plant is to be improved.

Growers Defend Annual Burning of Sugarcane Fields as Environmentalists Prepare to Sue

| September 30, 2015

The burns, regulated by the Florida Forest Service, are intended to make it easier for harvest machines to cut down and collect the stalks, but they emit pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde.

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