House Forever Florida bill could undo Negron Everglades reservoir plan

From The Palm Beach Post: “More money would be set aside for land conservation under a House bill rolled out Monday, with some environmentalists contending the proposal could hinder Senate President Joe Negron’s push to speed construction of a water-cleaning reservoir in the Everglades … 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

Martin Commissioner Sarah Heard: ‘Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering’

“Last summer, Florida’s incoming Senate President Joe Negron stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse.The whole idea of fixing the South Florida water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall apart … Click here to read more

ABC News: Man-eating Nile crocodiles found in Florida

“Researchers from the University of Florida have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near Miami, and there may be more out there in the wild. All three were captured in South Florida, with one found in the Everglades National Park … Click here to read more

Florida drops bill to open fracking in the Everglades after public outcry

From The Guardian: Environmentalists in Florida are celebrating the failure of an oil industry-backed bill they say would have opened a pathway to fracking in the ecologically sensitive Everglades wetlands … Click here to read more

Everglades Restoration Bill with up to $200M a year unanimously passes House Committee

Florida Politics reports: “A bill that would fund Everglades restoration efforts with up to $200 million a year cleared the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday with a unanimous vote. HB 989, sponsored by Republican Reps. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and … Click here to read more

The Palm Beach Post: Maggy Hurchalla – ‘It’s the Everglades, stupid!’

“In the 1990s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was asked to save the Everglades. They put up a banner in the Jacksonville office: ‘It’s the Everglades, stupid!’ The Corps and the state of Florida became partners in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). But CERP hit a brick wall in 2015 … Click here to read more

Two months late, Florida lawmakers approve state budget, ‘turned their back on the public…

From The Tampa Bay Times: “Environmentalists wanted the state to buy land owned by U.S. Sugar south of Lake Okeechobee to store and refresh water that flows to the Everglades, and they are likely to sue the Legislature as soon as next week. ‘They’ve turned their back on the public … Click here to read more

CBS Miami: Environmentalists optimistic over Everglades reservoir money

“Environmentalists will be pushing to get money from Florida lawmakers for a reservoir in the Everglades this upcoming special legislative session and they’re optimistic about getting it,” according to CBS Miami. “But so far, only a handful of legislative leaders have proposed such funding as they prepare to return to Tallahassee on Monday to work on the state budget. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, … Click here to read more

President’s Earth Day visit to Everglades included Congressman Murphy aboard Air Force One

NBC News reports that Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), elected in 2012, was aboard Air Force One during President Obama’s Earth Day visit to the Everglades. [Congressman Murphy represents Florida’s 18th Congressional district, which includes Martin County.] … Click here to read more

Big sugar land buy for Everglades restoration hits road block

The Miami Herald reports: “Calling the deal too costly with too little benefit, the South Florida Water Management District board on Thursday effectively canned a 2010 deal to buy 46,800 acres of U.S. Sugar land that it once considered critical to restoring the Everglades and coastal estuaries. … Click here to read more