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EYE ON MIAMI: Kirk Fordham to leave Everglades Foundation ... by gimleteye

RT @SethPlatt: Kirk Fordham to leave Everglades Foundation @evergfoundation http://t.co/Ee4oT66M...
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Pure and mysterious Everglades National Park in Miami | Free ...

Pure and mysterious Everglades National Park in Miami | Free ... | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Everglades National Park is America's largest subtropical Natural Park. It contains 25 per cent of the original wetlands of Southwest Florida area, and.
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Spring Breakers Tackle Climate and Environmental Issues at Everglades and Joshua Tree

CHARLESTOWN, N.H., Mar 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- American Eagle Outfitters AEO -0.27% and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) today announced their fifth annual Alternative Spring Break program--the ultimate week-long educational and work experience for new generations of conservation leaders. AEO and SCA have doubled the number of volunteers and locations th

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Dredging Today – Port of Miami Dredging Step Closer to Realization ...

Dredging Today – Port of Miami Dredging Step Closer to Realization ... | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
 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.
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Florida Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff And Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Battle Over Everglades Urban Development Boundary

Florida Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff And Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Battle Over Everglades Urban Development Boundary | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
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.
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U.S. District Judge Alan Gold Urges Florida Officials To Stop Everglades Pollution

U.S. District Judge Alan Gold Urges Florida Officials To Stop Everglades Pollution | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
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...
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Bipartisan Coalition wants Scott to Champion More than just Everglades Restoration | Sunshine State News

Bipartisan Coalition wants Scott to Champion More than just Everglades Restoration | Sunshine State News | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it

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.

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Everglades restoration remains 'slow,' according to federal review

Everglades restoration remains slow and may require "tradeoffs" between water quality and water quantity in the decades-long effort to save Florida's fading River of Grass, according to a report to...
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Study On Benefits Of Everglades Cleanup Seen Bolstering EPA Water Rules | Everglades Ecosystem Restoration--Everglades Foundation

Study On Benefits Of Everglades Cleanup Seen Bolstering EPA Water Rules | Everglades Ecosystem Restoration--Everglades Foundation | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
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Everglades: Friends of the Everglades

Everglades: Friends of the Everglades | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Friends of the Everglades was founded in 1969 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a pioneer conservationist and author of The Everglades: River of Grass.
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Megan Tinsley: Remove obstacles to Everglades restoration

On March 7, officials convened in South Florida for a meeting of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. The group was charged with overseeing Everglades restoration.
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Wind-farm plan OK'd by Palm Beach County zoning panel

Wind-farm plan OK'd by Palm Beach County zoning panel | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Palm Beach County zoning commissioners voted Thursday to allow construction on Florida's first wind turbine farm near Belle Glade.
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Anti-dredge activists make "Battle for Biscayne Bay" film - MiamiHerald.com

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...
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House and Senate negotiators agree on Everglades restoration, invasive plants spending | The Florida Current

RT @SethPlatt: FL House and Senate negotiators agree on #Everglades restoration, invasive plants spending http://t.co/aeNAaLcT...
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Florida $650 Million Land Bond Faces Financial, Legal Challenge - Bloomberg

Florida’s plan to borrow $650 million to buy private land for Everglades restoration faces political and legal hurdles amid warnings that water managers can’t afford it.
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Conservationists think they may have found common ground with Scott on restoring growth management rules | StAugustine.com

Conservationists think they may have found common ground with Scott on restoring growth management rules | StAugustine.com | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it

CONSERVATIONISTS SEE SCOTT AS ALLY 

 

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.

 

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Getting U.S. Sugar land ready for Glades restoration would cost millions - Sun Sentinel

A more than two-year odyssey of legal fights and political battles over buying U.S. Sugar farmland for Everglades restoration may ultimately prove easier than actually putting the land to use. The
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Water managers blast federal Everglades cleanup plan - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

Water managers on Thursday roundly criticized a court-ordered federal plan to speed up and expand the sluggish, repeatedly delayed effort to stem the flow of pollution into the Everglades.

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Two Views on Everglades cleanup: Foot-dragging over, EPA finally does its job

Two Views on Everglades cleanup: Foot-dragging over, EPA finally does its job | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
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Two Views on Everglades cleanup: Foot-dragging over, EPA finally does its job

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