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St. Johns River District Was Barreling Into Flagler Beach’s Marshes to “Restore” Them. Then It Met Fierce Opposition.

| October 3, 2018

With little notice, some haphazardness and many unanswered questions, the St. Johns River Water Management District was speeding toward a $500,000, 113-acre “restoration” of marshes at the south end of Flagler Beach, angering residents and businesses, who slowed the project.

Should Plastic Bags Be Banned? State and Local Officials Have Different Answers

| February 11, 2018

Local governments, including Coral Gables in Florida, are banning single-use plastic bags, but state legislators are either questioning or banning the bans.

Hikers, Campers, and the Limits of Leave No Trace

| August 18, 2016

Leave No Trace seems to extend only to the easily visible: trash, toilet paper, bodily functions, and so forth. Anything you can’t see with the naked eye — like sweat, detergent, sunblock, mosquito repellent, pesticides, and other chemicals — seems to get a pass.

Court Deals Blow to FPL’s Already Leaky Nuclear Power Plans at Turkey Point

| April 20, 2016

An appeals court Wednesday overturned a decision by Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet that could have helped clear the way for Florida Power & Light to add two nuclear reactors in Miami-Dade County.

Why Is International Law Failing to Protect Sharks?

| February 18, 2016

A key meeting this month on migratory sharks represent an important opportunity for advancing regulations to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of endangered shark species.

In a Decisive Shift, Palm Coast Will Oppose Fracking On and Offshore, Citing Environment

| February 9, 2016

Abandoning its silence and tacit nod to fracking, the Palm Coast City Council will forcefully oppose hydraulic fracturing in a resolution, citing water and environmental protection.

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.

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.

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.

One More Hurdle for Sea Ray as Planned Parking Lot Must First Pave Through Rezoning

| July 13, 2015

Sea Ray Boats Tuesday evening again will appear before the Flagler planning board as the luxury boat manufacturer’s plan to expand its footprint south of its plant off Colbert Lane in Palm Coast seeks to advance.

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.

Florida Legislature to Voters For Amendment 1’s Water Protection: Drop Dead

| March 23, 2015

Even when expressed via an overwhelming majority “Yes” vote on a constitutional amendment, the Florida Legislature can and does subvert it, argues Daniel Tilson.

Hearing Voters’ Demand for Conservation, Florida Senate Begins Money Game

| January 8, 2015

Since the amendment was approved, concerns have been expressed about issues such as how lawmakers will define land-preservation or water-conservation projects, how the state will determine which of its “impaired” water bodies is most critical and how to approach the reduction of stormwater runoff and agriculture fertilizer use.

Thank You EPA: Satellite Imagery Shows Dramatic Air Quality Improvements

| July 1, 2014

An animated map created from NASA satellite data shows stunning improvements in air quality in U.S. cities between 2005 and 2011.

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.

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.

Snap, Crackle and Reef:
Oyster Restoration in Northeast Florida

| October 20, 2012

Oysters play an critical role in filtering pollution and maintaining the coastal marine system, but their disappearance along the barrier island north of St. Augustine has created a kind of domino effect of environmental destruction. One local project involving restaurants seeks to restore oyster reefs.

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.

Picking Up Trash on A1A: A Harvest Of Sloth You Can Do Something About

| July 21, 2012

Frank Gromling’s Ocean Publishing adopted a 2-mile stretch of A1A to keep clean of trash–cigarette butts, soda and beer cans, food wrappers–people are too slothful not to drop on their way. Gromling tells of the experience of periodically picking up after you.

Florida Audubon Asks for Beachgoers’ Help This Memorial Day Weekend

| May 24, 2012

This Memorial Day Weekend, Audubon is reminding Floridians to take care with Florida’s original “beach babies,” rare and declining species of waterbirds that nest on Florida’s beaches and mangrove islands.

From Pathways Academy and Matanzas High To Beverly Beach: A Sea Oats Odyssey

| May 12, 2012

Students from Pathways Academy and Matanzas High School planted 750 sea oats along Beverly Beach’s dunes through a University of Florida project and the initiative of Beverly Beach Commissioner–and FlaglerLive columnist–Frank Gromling, who relates the story.

Before You Next Feast on Seafood

| March 24, 2012

Does it really matter what fish we eat? Yes, says Frank Gromling, if health and overfishing are concerns. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch programs helps consumers and restaurants figure out how to do their part in preserving fishing stocks.

Public Mostly Rejects State Proposal for 2.7 Miles of Manatee Speed Zones in Flagler Waters

| February 29, 2012

Three-quarters of the people who addressed a Florida Fish and Wildlife delegation on the proposed speed zones on the Intracoastal Waterway rejected the argument that manatees are endangered, or that further regulation is needed.

Much Slimmer Water Management District Approves Lower Tax Rate Imposed From Above

| September 28, 2011

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s 26 percent tax reduction resulted in lay-offs of 95 people and the elimination of more jobs through buyouts and vacancies, affecting various parts of the district’s mission.

County’s $3.5 Million Gamble on Pellicer Flats Raids Credibility of Land Program

| September 26, 2010

Tobin, an expert on the Ginn Co.’s shredding history in the county, outlines three reasons why the county commission’s $3.5 million Pellicer Flats land buy was risky, reckless gamble.

Burned Just 4 Months Ago, County Cooks Yet Another Risky Deal With Ginn on Public Dime

| August 30, 2010

The $4.75 million acquisition of 980 acres around Pellicer Creek is almost 10 times the land’s appraised value. Part of the buy rests on a creative but risky, long-term scheme.

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