Governor declares state of emergency in St. Lucie and Martin Counties following algal blooms

Today, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 16-155 declaring a state of emergency in Martin and St. Lucie Counties following the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. The Executive Order will allow state and local governmental agencies to take swift action to mitigate the spread of algal blooms in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries by redirecting the flow of water in and out of Lake Okeechobee. … Click here to read more

WPTV video: Gov. Scott proposes $5B in Everglades restoration funding

Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott pledged 5 billion-dollars, 150-million this year, for Everglades restoration. “We need to continue to finish projects, we need to continue to work on storage. We don’t want to have the problems we had two years ago … Click here to read more

Gov. Scott’s efforts applauded by commissioners during his visit to Martin County

From The Sunshine State News: Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard expressed her support for Scott’s agenda, especially his commitment to the Indian River: “On behalf of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, I applaud Gov. Scott for his continued efforts toward completion of the Indian River Lagoon-South restoration project … Click here to read more

In Palm City, Gov. Scott unveils environmental plan

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a plan for how he will improve Florida’s environment if voters give him four more years in office. Speaking before Monday’s Martin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting at Martin Downs Golf Club in Palm City … Click here to read more

Huffington Post: Governor Scott orders Florida not to fund federal programs as local losses mount

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has forbidden the use of state funds to keep federal programs run by the state afloat, according to a memo obtained by the Times/Herald Bureau. Some of the programs facing closure serve foster children, veterans, and schools. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they are closing campgrounds and parks because of the shutdown, including those in Stuart… … Click here to read more

New York Times: In South Florida, a polluted bubble ready to burst

“The rush of fresh water, both from the lake and its own river basin, has had an immediate impact on the St. Lucie River estuary to the east. Life in and around it has come to a standstill this summer — one recent afternoon, boats could be tallied on one hand. Fishing piers sat forlorn. Any fish capable of swimming away have already done so.” … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen on Big Sugar, Lake O, and politicos: Clueless to crisis in our environment

Renowned columnist and author, Vero Beach resident Carl Hiaasen comments on the Treasure Coast’s environmental crisis: “Governor Clueless showed up the other day for a photo-op at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam. The governor’s low-voltage response to the crisis is to blame the feds and spend a few minutes up on a dam.” … Click here to read more

WPTV video: Rep. Patrick Murphy to visit Treasure Coast; Gov. Scott still has no plans

Murphy says he has been talking with Gov. Scott to arrange a time for him, or someone with the Department of Environmental Protection, to make a stop along the Treasure Coast. WPTV video on next page. … Click here to read more

Sign petition to Governor Scott: ‘Stop the Lake O discharges into the St. Lucie River and Estuaries’

Sign the petition “Governor Rick Scott: Stop the Lake Okeechobee discharges into the St Lucie River and Estuaries”, here’s the link … Click here to read more

Governor Scott critical of $20 million paid to Textor’s failed Digital Domain

According to the Inspector General’s report, after Digital Domain and its president John Textor of Jupiter Island failed to get the favorable recommendation, he and David Brill, former Governor Crist’s economic development director, and former Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, took the project through the Legislature, according to The Business Journal. … Click here to read more

Negron (R-Stuart) proposes new health insurance coverage for state employees

Governor Scott and his wife pay less than $400 a year. Members of the Florida House pay the same or less for coverage, according to The News-Journal. Members of the Florida Senate also are covered by the state, but this month they started paying the same as rank-and-file career service employees under a proposal pushed by Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart. … Click here to read more