Orlando City Council: Reject bill that could slow Brightline train

From The Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando’s City Council urged state legislators to reject a bill that critics say could slow, or even halt, plans for a passenger-rail service linking Orlando and Miami. The service already faces lawsuits from Martin and Indian River counties … Click here to read more

Scientists fear devastating ecosytem collapse in Indian River Lagoon

Several manatees and pelicans have been found dead in the Indian River Lagoon, most likely due to the algae blooms that are quickly invading the area. With the deaths of these animals, scientist fear this is the beginning of a devastating ecosystem collapse. … Click here to read more

Florida’s largest solar-energy plant (in Martin County) fails to meet potential, cites toxic accident

An Orlando Sentinel review of production data on file with state regulators reveals that, during its first year of operation, the Florida Power & Light (FP&L) Company solar plant in Martin County has not come close to producing enough electricity to meet the demand of 11,000 homes – the output that FPL continues to claim for its one-of-a-kind facility. The Sentinel also details a June accident that threatened Lake Okeechobee’s fish and aquatic organisms: crews worked around the clock through June and maintained extended shifts in July to remove 94,200 gallons of contaminated water and 27,253 tons of soil, asphalt, gravel and vegetation. … Click here to read more