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Â The Florida House passed on Monday a second bill that will help the postponed Port of Miami Deep Dredging project to move forward, reports The Miami Herald. The $150 million project is a priority for Gov.
The battle of the Everglades vs. development is back in the political spotlight, with one local lawmaker arguing it should be easier to move the urban development boundary in place to protect Florida's delicate river of grass.
MIAMI -- A federal judge on Thursday urged federal and state environmental officials to take real, concrete steps toward reducing pollution in the Florida Everglades and move away from the endless court battles that have stalled progress for more...
Gov. Rick Scott has already taken a leadership role in the protection of the Florida Everglades, beyond mere statements, a spokesman said as a new bi-partisan coalition wants the governor to make conserving all of the state’s natural resources a top priority.
Anti-dredge activists make "Battle for Biscayne Bay" filmMiamiHerald.comBy Jordan Melnick Last week the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that, with Senate approval, would put the Port of Miami Deep Dredge project on the fast track to...
Michael Peltier of the News Service of Florida reports on the formation of the newly created Florida Conservation Coalition and what it wants from the state.
"Buoyed by recent comments by Gov. Rick Scott, a new coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday called on lawmakers to restore growth management protections and resist the temptation to further consolidate control over the state's water resources," he writes.
The coalition, headed by former Gov. Bob Graham, did not suggest where the state might find the money to restore programs as the economy continues wobbling uncertainly and government budgets crumble.
And (this is not by way of faulting Mr. Peltier's otherwise excellent reporting) there is a need for additional context here.
For example, the same groups forming the new coalition only a few years ago successfully engineered a huge taxpayer bailout of ailing US Sugar and called it the best way to restore the Everglades -- a very expensive deal they're now obviously hoping to preserve.
When it comes to the water management district in South Florida's handling of this deal the coalition is decidedly hush-hush. The taxpayers are now on the hook for what was originally a $1.75 billion payment to US Sugar for land the state is not even using! US Sugar gets to continue to hold and farm it indefinitely at taxpayer expense.
That something-for-nothing deal left Florida taxpayers in south Florida holding the bag drew wide criticism.