WPTV: Gov. Rick Scott tours St. Lucie River as algae impacts Treasure Coast

“Gov. Rick Scott toured the St. Lucie River and areas affected by algae Friday morning but did not take questions from the media or the public. The governor did not take questions from reporters because of a ‘security issue’ … Click here to read more

Bullsugar.org: ‘Legislative session’s anti-clean-water proposals will affect your life. Here’s how…’

From bullsugar.org: “2018’s Legislative Water Woes – More bills await Governor Scott’s power of the pen, and residents and visitors will feel the impact of his decisions personally. Many have repercussions for the state’s uniquely fragile groundwater, jeopardizing a resource that Florida wouldn’t be the same without. Scott has until April 10 to act … Click here to read more

Governor Scott signs 74 bills into law, includes tax cuts, daylight saving time

In Tallahassee on Friday, March 23, Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law: … Click here to read more

Florida governor signs 30 bills into law

From ABC Action News: “Florida Governor Rick Scott signed 30 bills into law. The bills were presented during the 2018 session and will go into effect in the state of Florida on July 1 … Click here to read more

Reuters: Trump administration bars oil drilling off Florida after governor’s plea

“President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state’s governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday. Zinke said in a statement, ‘As a result of discussion with Governor (Rick) Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms … Click here to read more

LIST: New Florida state laws take effect July 1

From WFLA: “The new laws include Florida’s $82 billion budget, along with a package offering $91.6 million in tax breaks during the upcoming year. Commercial delivery by drones, new rules for Uber and Lyft, boat docking and expressing religious beliefs at schools … Click here to read more

Final passage of Negron Bill: Plan to reduce Lake O discharges heads to Gov Scott

Senate Bill 10, Water Resources, by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) saw final passage in both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives today. The legislation will now be sent to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Senate Bill 10 authorizes a significant increase in southern water storage to further the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee, a priority of Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more

Request denied for federal state of emergency because of toxic algae

“‘It’s unfortunate President Barack Obama has deemed Florida’s Treasure Coast worthy enough to play golf in, but not important enough to provide assistance to the Floridians dealing with the ongoing algae bloom crisis and poor water quality conditions,” Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) said Saturday in a prepared release,’ according to TCPalm … Click here to read more

Martin County extends local state of emergency a 3rd week due to toxic algae

From WPTV: “Martin County said it is extending a local state of emergency for a third week due to toxic algae. The decision allows the government to streamline efforts to finance projects that could remedy the algae situation. … 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

Highlights of 159 new laws that take effect July 1

From The Palm Beach Post: “Starting Friday, clergy who don’t want to marry same-sex couples will have state backing for their beliefs, high school students will have more choice over where they play sports or study, and local governments won’t be able to regulate the use of Styrofoam containers.Those are among the 159 new laws … Click here to read more