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Cabinet approves search for DEP secretary and first oyster leases near Pensacola

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM The Florida Cabinet will conduct a nationwide search for the Department of Environmental Protection secretary following the Senate’s refusal to confirm appointments during the 2015 legislative session. Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet on Tuesday voted to reappoin DEP Secretary Jon Steverson and Rick Swearingen as director of the Florida Department […]

Court official in FL v. GA water case issues confidentiality order

Monday, April 13, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAPOLITICS.COM An official appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to oversee a lawsuit filed by Florida against Georgia over water use on Monday issued an order providing for confidential talks among the states. Ralph I. Lancaster, a Maine attorney who’s special master in the case, in a conference call also called the […]

Graham irks environmentalists with vote for Keystone XL pipeline

Friday, January 9, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS After taking office this week, “The North Florida Way” for U. S. Rep. Gwen Graham on Friday meant joining with Republicans on Friday in support of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Graham, D-Tallahassee, unseated Republican Rep. Steve Southerland of Panama City in November. She said in her campaign she would bring the “North Florida […]

Vinyard announces he’s leaving DEP, interim replacement named

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. told Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday that he is leaving the department on Dec. 1. Vinyard, who has lived in Tallahassee while commuting to his Jacksonville home on weekends since being appointed in 2011, was expected to leave following Scott’s re-election […]

Supreme Court appoints special master in GA v. FL water dispute

Friday, November 21, 2014

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The U. S. Supreme Court has appointed Maine lawyer Robert I. Lancaster to oversee a water dispute between Florida and Georgia. The Supreme Court earlier this month gave Florida permission to sue Georgia over water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Florida Gov. Rick Scott blames Georgia for lack of freshwater flow that harms Apalachicola Bay […]

Scott, conservation lands amendment win in Florida election

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM A Florida election with environmental overtones saw Gov. Rick Scott re-elected Tuesday over Democrat Charlie Crist and a state constitutional amendment for conservation passing by a wide margin. Scott, who won election in 2010 with tea party backing and vetoed conservation lands spending in his first year of office, led by […]

Graham denies Southerland accusation of river flip-flop

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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BY BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM U. S. Rep. Steve Southerland is accusing Democratic challenger Gwen Graham of flip-flopping on the issue of the Apalachicola River but Graham denies there has been any shift in her stance. A year ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott filed a lawsuit against Georgia asking the U. S. Supreme Court to divide […]

With Apalachicola Bay oysters continuing to suffer, state further tightens harvesting

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM APALACHICOLA — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is sharply reducing the number of oysters that can be taken from Apalachicola Bay because the oyster population there remains low. And some seafood workers are warning that oysters soon could be wiped out in a key harvesting area. State officials in […]

Alabama grapples with water use, planning affecting Florida

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A flotilla of about 70 red, green, orange a blue kayaks and canoes drifted down the Alabama River, providing a colorful contrast against the gray capital city and overcast skies. Alabama depends on water flowing from Georgia to feed some of its rivers just as Florida does with […]

Scott signs environmental bills following quiet session

Friday, June 13, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed 94 bills into law including most of the notable environmental legislation that passed in the 2014 legislative session. The 2014 session overall was quiet, but only after controversial bills dealing with growth management (SB 372) and environmental regulation (HB 703) died in committees. Among the bills signed […]