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Enviromental issues a key part of upcoming special session

Friday, November 5, 2010

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Florida’s two incoming legislative leaders announced on Thursday that they plan to take up several significant environmental issues during a one-day special session planned for later this month. The list for the Nov. 16 special session covers everything from septic tanks and energy rebates. Both incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, and House Speaker […]

EPA taps Florida’s Hankinson as director of Gulf restoration panel

Monday, October 25, 2010

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John H. Hankinson Jr., a Florida native and former regional U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, was named Monday as executive director of the new federal Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. President Barack Obama signed an executive order earlier this month establishing the task force, which will coordinate restoration programs and projects following the BP […]

Federal official defends Gulf oil spill reporting

Friday, October 15, 2010

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MISSOULA, Mont. — NOAA Administrator Jane Lubcheco on Friday defended as “consistent” her description of the fate of oil spilled last summer in the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, an oil industry representative told environmental journalists that the nation must continue deep-water oil drilling as an important economic driver in the Gulf region. The Deepwater Horizon […]

Florida closes on scaled-back Everglades purchase

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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The South Florida Water Management District on Tuesday closed on the purchase of nearly 27,000 acres of U.S. Sugar Corp. land in a scaled-down version of the once-massive Everglades restoration project. Gov. Charlie Crist in 2008 first proposed the purchase of 187,000 acres, which the district agreed to buy for $1.3 billion. But the economic […]

Argenziano quits Florida PSC to support Alex Sink for governor

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Nancy Argenziano announced Tuesday she is resigning from the Florida Public Service Commission to support Democrat Alex Sink in her race against Republican Rick Scott for governor. Argenziano — who was elected as a Republican state senator — told reporters she is resigning to speak out against what she considers to be a “catastrophe” facing […]

State nixes bear workshops because of hunting controversy

Monday, October 11, 2010

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State wildlife officials on Monday postponed workshops on black bear management because they said too many people wanted to talk about hunting bears. But it was a state wildlife official who publicly suggested that hunting should remain an option in the future. The state banned bear hunting in 1994 because of an outcry from animal […]

Environment a neglected issue in Florida governor’s race

Saturday, October 9, 2010

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1000 Friends of Florida, a group focusing on growth management issues statewide, sent a questionnaire last month to the eight major party candidates in the state Cabinet races. The number of responses: Zero, said Charles Pattison, the group’s president. That may be telling about the importance that growth and environmental issues are playing in this […]

La Niña contributes to tough Florida wildfire season forecast

Saturday, October 9, 2010

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Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson on Friday predicted a tough wildfire season because of a long-range weather forecast calling for dry conditions. Wildfire season typically peaks in January and extends until June, though fires can break out any time because of dry conditions. The dire forecast should cause state and federal parks and other land-management […]

Rick Scott takes aim at Florida DCA

Friday, October 8, 2010

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Republican candidate for governor Rick Scott says he would put a bull’s-eye on the Florida Department of Community Affairs, the scorn of many developers. Scott said he would support eliminating DCA, which oversees growth in the state, according to a St. Petersburg Times report on Friday. “On the campaign trail, I’ll tell you the one […]

Meek rejects Sierra Club endorsement with Crist in Senate race

Friday, October 8, 2010

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The Sierra Club’s endorsement of both Gov. Charlie Crist and U. S. Rep. Kendrick Meek in the Senate race on Thursday took a surprise turn when Meek immediately rejected the endorsement. Sierra Club officials said both Crist, a former Republican now running as an independent, and Meek, a Democrat, have strong environmental records — especially […]