Scott pitches dike repairs to Trump

“Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday about the importance of completing repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, according to News Service of FL … Click here to read more

Full Pink Moon tonight, April 11, 2017

From The Brevard Times: There will be a Full Moon tonight on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, that is called a Pink Moon. Because Passover and Easter occur in April in 2017, this particular moon is also known as an “Easter Moon” and “The Paschal Moon … Click here to read more

Revised Lake Okeechobee bill heads to the Senate floor

From The Associated Press: “Top Florida Republicans have taken a big step toward making their plan of building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee an easier-to-swallow proposal for its opponents. A Senate budget committee on Wednesday approved drastic changes to the project, which seeks to divert toxic algae blooms … Click here to read more

Negron offers compromise on Everglades reservoir — state-owned and leased land

“Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday filed a sweeping rewrite of his top priority legislation to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, abandoning plans to buy up to 60,000 acres of agriculture land and relying on more state-owned and state-leased sugar fields to store and clean water to be sent into Florida Bay,” reports The Miami Herald … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: ‘Like phosphorus in your water? You’re in luck!’

“The federal role in Everglades restoration was expanded by U.S. District Judge Alan Gold, now retired, who had become increasingly exasperated by the stall tactics of Florida officials and the weakening of pollution limits for farm runoff waters. In a 2011 order, Gold irritably concluded that the state and the South Florida Water Management District, ‘have not been … Click here to read more

US Army Corps of Engineers doesn’t expect to see water releases like 2016

From WPTV: “Even though there are not drastic changes as to how the Army Corps of Engineers stores and releases water, it doesn’t think we will see conditions that created the murky, toxic blue-green algae that plagued the Treasure Coast; and the reason is rain … Click here to read more

As the legislative session begins, here are top bills to watch in Tallahassee

As the 2017 Florida Legislature session begins, click the Bill No. link to access specific bill status, committees to hear the bill, staff analysis on the bill and more … Click here to read more

Reality check: Martin County Commissioner Smith’s alternative promises

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, Doug Smith managed to turn a reasonable proposal into another opportunity to advance Big Sugar’s agenda … Click here to read more

Witham Field in Stuart getting more traffic with Palm Beach County flight restrictions

“There’s more air traffic going into a Stuart airport thanks to Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions in place whenever President Donald Trump comes to town,” according to WPTV. “Witham Field Airport Manager George Stokus says with the TFR in place in Palm Beach County, he estimates his airport is getting at least 100 more aircraft than normal this time of year … Click here to read more

Dry conditions continue: South Florida Water Management District urges conservation

Following three months of dry conditions, including a record-dry November, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is urging South Florida families to boost water conservation efforts. A total of 1.49 inches of rain fell District-wide in January, representing 76 percent of average, or 0.47 inches below average for the month. … Click here to read more

75 years later: How World War II changed Florida forever

From The Palm Beach Post: “If you were living on Jupiter Island 75 years ago, on Feb. 21, 1942, you might have been partying at the local drinking hole, relaxing in your living room, or asleep in bed. All of a sudden, you would have felt the ground beneath you vibrate… Stuart insurance agent Ralph Hartman recalled that night … Click here to read more