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

Miami Herald: Grupo Mexico to buy Florida rail line for $2.1 billion

“Mexican mining and rail conglomerate Grupo Mexico says it has reached an agreement to buy Brightline parent Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corporation for $2.1 billion from Fortress Investment Group.The sale will not affect Brightline, the Miami-to-Orlando passenger train slated to begin service this summer … Click here to read more

‘Sexy Beaches:’ FL legislature’s public relations war on tourism marketing, business development

From The Miami Herald: “What started out as a disagreement over taxpayers footing the bill for a version of Pitbull’s ‘Sexy Beaches’ video is now turning into a full-blown public relations war between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-controlled Florida House. … Click here to read more

Gave millions to help students and animals: Marti Huizenga, wife of Wayne Huizenga, dies at 74

From The MIami Herald: “In 1999, the Huizengas donated $1 million to United Way organizations in Martin and St. Lucie counties, where the Fort Lauderdale couple had a private golf course. Born Martha Jean Pike in San Antonio, Florida, on Nov. 26, 1942, Marti Huizenga was working as a secretary at one of Wayne Huizenga’s companies when she became his second wife in 1972 … Click here to read more

Will Florida have enough water by 2070?

From The Miami Herald: “During the next half century, urban sprawl across Florida could double the water consumption of cities and suburbs, according to a new study released Tuesday. … 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

Unbelievable shocker: State regulators vote to allow more toxic chemicals in Florida waterways

From The Miami Herald: “State environmental regulators voted 3-2 in favor of new rules. The number of regulated chemicals will increase from 54 to 92. The dozens of chemicals are among those released by oil and gas drilling companies (including fracking operations) … 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

Carl Hiaasen: Taken for a ride on the Boondoggle Express aka ‘All Appalled Florida’

“All passenger trains in this country operate deep in the red, and couldn’t exist without heavy government subsidies. AAF wants Floridians to believe that it will be the sole exception, magically turning a profit where all others have failed. In the parlance of the business world, this is known variously as ‘a crock,’ or a ‘steaming crock.’ … Click here to read more