Brother of Carl Hiaasen: Former PBPost newsman Rob Hiaasen killed in Maryland attack

From Carl Hiaasen, noted Treasure Coast author and columnist: “I am devastated and heartsick to confirm the loss of my wonderful brother Rob today in the mass shooting in the newsroom at the Annapolis Capital Gazette. Rob was an editor and columnist at the paper, and one of the most gentle and funny people I’ve ever known … Click here to read more

Bullsugar’s EAA Reservoir Update: ‘Do not give up on Florida’s waterways’

From Bullsugar.org: “…We’re talking about spending almost $2 billion on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse decades of damage. Legislators cannot waste this opportunity on a gamed, half-baked box-checking exercise that federal partners struggle to take seriously … Click here to read more

Brightline high-speed trains have a dark side

From Carl Hiaasen in The Miami Herald: “Every passenger rail in this country spews red ink, and Brightline has zero chance of being the lone exception. Its exorbitant Phase 2 is a nonstop run from West Palm to Orlando, via Cocoa. Eventually, we’ll all be paying for this doomed folly, falsely promoted as privately funded … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: ‘Who’s the real animal? The shark abuser’

From Carl Hiaasen in The Miami Herald: “The group of cackling sadists that dragged a live shark at high speed behind a boat — and then shared the video — might soon be seeing their own police mug shots all over social media. It would be the least of their problems. Florida wildlife officials say they’ve identified the men … 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

Nathaniel Reed’s new book – ‘Travels on the Green Highway: An Environmentalist’s Journey’

From Senator Bob Graham, on Jupiter Islander Nathaniel Reed’s new book, Travels on the Green Highway: “It is impossible to overstate the contribution Nathaniel Reed has made to transforming the culture of Florida. When he arrived more than six decades ago, Florida was continuing a long-held belief that Florida, its land, water, wildlife, other natural resources with few exceptions, were commodities to be used and disposed of at the will of … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: Amendment 1 ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

“Let the scum shine. The solar-power amendment on Florida’s ballot is a slick, oily fraud. Promoted as a way to expand solar energy and protect residents who want it, Amendment 1 would do just the opposite. All you need to know is who’s bankrolling the massive advertising campaign: Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: Enjoy your vacation on Playa Guacamole

From Carl Hiaasen in The Miami Herald: “Hardest hit is Martin County, on the Treasure Coast, where scummy Lake O water has poured into the saltwater estuary from the St. Lucie River. Gov. Rick Scott has reacted with unwavering impotence …He’ll be running for the Senate in two years and desperately wants not to be tagged as Governor Algae … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: It’s summer, and here comes the slime

“If you live on the estuary in Stuart, or along the St. Lucie River, summer time is algae time. This year, the ribbons of goop have arrived early. The discharges go on day after day, week after week — perhaps the most massive, long-term act of pollution in the country, and it’s committed annually by the government. No president, including Barack Obama, has made a priority of stopping it … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: ‘Gov. Scott went to California, dreaming’

“Gov. Rick Scott went to California last week to steal some jobs. Guess how that brilliant idea turned out … Click here to read more

Miami Herald: Carl Hiaasen – ‘Polluters win again in the state Legislature’

“Touted as an environmental breakthrough, the water policy bill passed last week by the Florida Legislature is actually a major win for polluters and the politicians they own…Even some environmental groups went along with the rewrite, asserting that it was the best they could hope for. Which is just sad … Click here to read more