Environment

Environmentalists wonder what went wrong with chief resilience officer’s job

Florida’s first statewide resilience officer, appointed to protect the state from the ravages of climate change, has left after a short stint.Environmentalists, who had...
Florida wetlands

No dang wetland should ever interfere with the pursuit of profit!

OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE — Stop worrying your pretty little head. The state of Florida knows what’s best for that ecosystem thingamajig, so sit back, relax,...

Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried continues fight over FL Office of Energy

Nikki Fried, Florida’s only statewide-elected Democratic Cabinet member, is continuing her campaign to retain control of the Florida Office of Energy, even though legislation...

Republican Sen. Tom Lee to governor’s office: “Shame on them”

Republican Sen. Tom Lee blasted Gov. Ron DeSantis' office Thursday for what Lee described as a stealth amendment he found tacked onto clean-water legislation...

Polluted waters: Will FL lawmakers insist on tough cleanup measures?

Toxic algae blooms, red tide, chronic sewage spills and agricultural runoff are fouling Florida waterways, creating hazards to humans and marine life and making...

Electric-vehicle bill picks up an odd passenger: fuel pipelines

A bill to build electric-vehicle charging stations on Florida highways has turned into a broader piece of legislation that alarms clean-energy advocates.The advocates fear...
Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Chief science officer defends water-quality bills that critics argue are deeply flawed

Florida Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer on Thursday defended his praise of water-quality legislation that environmentalists say is designed to fail and protects polluters.“I...
Florida Capitol

FL House and Senate advance competing budget bills for 2020-21

With differences over funding for affordable housing, environmental land purchases, and tourism promotion, the Florida House and Senate on Wednesday advanced separate versions of...

Huh? Clean-water groups say chief science officer is missing the point

Clean-water organizations lobbying for strong legislation to clean up water pollution in Florida are calling upon the state’s chief science officer to “set the...
algae bloom

Bill would raise penalties for pollution and ‘shame’ offending municipalities

Florida lawmakers hoping to reduce the pollution choking bays, lagoons, and other waterways are proposing stiffer fines against cities around the state for spilling...

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