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FCC Daily News Brief - November 20th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, November 20th, 2014 @ 12:25pm

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

November 20, 2014

WFTV reports – “According to statements made staff members, the water models used by staff at the St. Johns (Water Management) District may have had a fundamental flaw that caused the water management district to miscalculate how fast water is coming out of the Floridan Aquifer versus how fast the aquifer is recharging.” Read Math mistake could mean central Fla. runs out of water faster than expected.

Bruce Ritchie writes in Context Florida – OK, 2015 actually could be the ‘year of water’ in the Florida Legislature. Certain Capitol pundits earlier this year predicted that water would be a top issue during the 2014 session. But they were wrong because there wasn’t support in both chambers for dealing with the issue… The difference this year, according to House and Senate leaders, is that voter approval of Amendment 1 will drive a focus on water issues. Approved by 75 percent of voters, Amendment 1 is expected to provide more than $10 billion over the next 20 years for land and water conservation.” Read Water will become a top issue in 2015 with the help of Amendment 1.

David Guest writes in the Pensacola News Journal – “It's hard to believe that in this age of technological innovation, Florida's utilities are acting like it's the 1950s… Despite pledging to meet state goals for increased energy conservation and efficiency, Duke, Florida Power and Light, Tampa Electric Company and Gulf Power are seeking permission from the state's Public Service Commission to gut their conservation goals by more than 90 percent. As citizens and customers, we simply should not stand for this nonsense.” Read Don't gut state's energy-conservation goals.

Jennifer Jensen reports for the Florida Times-Union – “’An environmental advocacy group that serves as the voice of the 310-mile-long St. Johns River.’ That’s how Shannon Blankinship, outreach director of St. Johns Riverkeeper, describes the organization’s mission… The privately funded, nonprofit organization was created in 2010 and is the regional affiliate of the national organization, the Waterkeeper Alliance. Its main goal is to help protect and restore the river. This is achieved through advocacy, litigation, investigation, outreach and education — the cornerstone principles of the group…” Read St. Johns Riverkeeper offers voice for area waterways.

Chris Joseph reports in the New Times – “A research crew from the University of Florida, led by a wildlife ecologist who has studied alligators for decades, has discovered that the alligators living in the Everglades are getting more and more emaciated… Not surprisingly, it turns out that people may be the reason the gators are getting skinnier every year. Scientists believe that building and expanding a city on top of a swamp might be contributing to the animals' poor health… Pollutants and fertilizers have streamed through the swampland and shrunken the habitat. Moreover, the drainage might also be limiting the gators' diet, since the farther north you go, the fatter the gators get.” Read Alligators in the Everglades are losing massive amounts of weight.

James L. Rosica reports for Political Fix Florida – “Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, spoke to reporters after the conclusion of the post-election organization session on Tuesday. Among other subjects, he was asked about the recent passage of Amendment 1, the state constitutional amendment that now requires a one-third set aside of documentary stamp revenue for conservation.” Read Gardiner wants “open dialogue” on Amendment 1.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Team writes in the Pensacola News Journal – “Imagine a Florida where diverse wildlife abounds, where our life-giving springs, rivers and estuaries are restored and protected, and where ranchers, farmers and fisherman cultivate the working landscape and support thriving rural communities. Last week, voters passed the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment and made it clear that this is their vision for our great state. And at the Florida Wildlife Corridor, it's ours too. We are pleased voters have taken this bold step to keep Florida wild.” Read Funding can help connect the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 19th, 10:00 am – Help the Florida Springs Institute, Save the Manatee Club and the Kings Bay Springs Alliance assemble cages for aquatic plants to protect water quality in Kings Bay.Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

November 23rd, 4:30 pm The Miami Pine Rocklands Preservation Coalition will be meeting at the Tropical Audubon Society's Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143. We'll be discussing strategies to combat two huge developments in the Richmond pine rockland tract, which is home to federally endangered plants, butterflies and bats. For more info here

December 5th, 7:00 pm – The Big Cypress National Preserve hosts the Big Cypress Birthday Bash at the Collier County Museum in NaplesFind more information and buy tickets here.

December 6th, 10:30 am – The Big Cypress National Preserve hosts the 4th annual Swamp Heritage Festival at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Big Cypress. Admission is free. Find more info here.

January 15th, 2015 6:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars perform at The Moon in Tallahassee. Find more information here. Buy tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – The City of Orlando 
holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. Find more info here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

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FCC Daily News Brief - November 18th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 @ 11:41am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

November 18, 2014

The Tampa Tribune reports –Florida on Monday received $34.3 million in a second batch of conservation grants from a settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation said the money will fund nine projects that were decided upon in consultation with Florida and federal environmental agencies… Among the projects funded are a $3 million plan to continue studying the recovery of fisheries; $4.5 million for studying the west Florida reefs potentially damaged by the spill and nearly $2 million for oyster habitat restoration in Saint Andrew Bay.” Read Florida gets $34M oil spill grant for conservation.

Ron Littlepage writes in the Florida Times Union – “When the task force studying (dredging the St. Johns River) met last week, (Jacksonville) Mayor Alvin Brown assured the members that the goal was to find a balance between protecting the environment and creating jobs at JaxPort. But with the dredging, there’s only two options: Either your do it, or you don’t. If it’s done, the mitigation has to get more freshwater into the river to offset the increase in salinity. The task force spent time discussing the only viable way to achieve that: breaching the Rodman dam and restoring the natural flow of the Ocklawaha River.” Read Restore the Ocklawaha!

Margie Menzel reports in the Sunshine State News – Five questions for incoming Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and incoming Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. Both legislative leaders discuss the future of water policy and Amendment 1 funding. Read Five questions for Andy Gardiner and Five Questions for Steve Crisafulli.

Tom Swihart writes on the blog Watery Foundation – “The good done by passage of the Land and Water Legacy amendment, if properly implemented, can far outweigh short term disappointments. If you believe this, you might be interested in listening to Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to the Wilderness.” Read Taking the long view.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 19th, 10:00 am – Help the Florida Springs Institute, Save the Manatee Club and the Kings Bay Springs Alliance assemble cages for aquatic plants to protect water quality in Kings Bay. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

January 15th, 2015 6:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars perform at The Moon in Tallahassee. Find more information here. Buy tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – The City of Orlando 
holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. Find more info here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart atrsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - November 17th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, November 17th, 2014 @ 11:57am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

November 17, 2014

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board writes – “Florida voters spoke with an overwhelming sense of unity this month in passing Amendment 1, the ballot measure dedicating some $10 billion over the next 20 years for water, land and wildlife conservation. Now Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-led Legislature have a responsibility to spend the money in areas that promote the long-term protection of the state's natural resources… The state needs to ensure the money is not frittered away on isolated or pork-barrel projects, and the way to start is by bringing in public and private groups to agree on a guiding mission and a list of spending priorities… The trust fund should be seen as money above and beyond to augment the state's conservation program, not a shell game to merely swap one funding source for another.” Read Spend responsibly on environment.

The Orlando Sentinel editorial board writes – “Over the past decade, (Floridians) pumped less water out of the ground even as the state's population grew by nearly 3 million… Before toasting such success with a glass of our finest drawn from deep in the Floridan Aquifer, however, we should delve into the future of Florida's drinking water supply. Here the outlook becomes more sobering... Each of us will need to be better stewards of the finite and irreplaceable resource that is Florida's water supply. We will need to demand that our government officials stiffen their resolve to stop wasteful water use and reckless development. Otherwise, recent gains in conservation become an excuse for inaction.” Read Future growth makes water conservation vital.

Tyler Treadway reports for TCPalm – “The state is trying to buy about 1,800 acres of Harmony Ranch, where houses and businesses once were proposed, to restore it to a water-cleansing wetland.” Read Martin County suburban sprawl out, wetland in.

Bruce Ritchie writes for Context Florida – “Pipes vs. parks. Could that become the focus of debate over Amendment 1, the conservation lands amendment approved by 75 percent of voters on Nov. 4... Will Abberger, campaign manager for the Florida’s Water and Land Legacy group behind Amendment 1, said the amendment sponsors don’t believe it should be used to pay for wastewater treatment… State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said this week that Amendment 1 is an ‘essential ingredient’ of legislation he is working on the preserve springs.” Read Did voters envision sewage plants when they voted on Amendment 1?

Craig Pittman reports in the Tampa Bay Times – “On a Southwest Florida road last week, biologists found a female Florida panther that had been run over by a car or truck. The death of that 3- or 4-year-old panther marks the 19th roadkill death of one of Florida's official state animals this year. That ties the all-time record set in 2012 — with more than a month left to go in the year. Experts expect to see the record broken before New Year's Eve rolls around.” Read Deadly times for the panther as Florida ties roadkill record.

Kevin Spear reports in the Orlando Sentinel – “An Orange County family sued in 2012 by a neighborhood association for planting environmentally friendly landscaping is still fighting the civil action… The snail's pace of the case underscores ambiguity in Florida law enacted in 2009 to promote yards that conserve water and lessen harm to the environment, So far, there has been little clarity arising from court actions over whether association rules that favor thirsty grass can be overruled by a homeowner citing the Florida-friendly landscaping law.” Read Legal fights drag on over environmentally friendly landscaping.

Sarah Zielinski reports for Smithsonian Magazine – “A third of the United Nations World Heritage sites valued for their geology, biodiversity or natural beauty are in danger. And 8 percent of all the sites—including Everglades National Park in Florida—are now considered to be in critical condition, according to an assessment from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.” Read the full story here.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 19th, 10:00 am – Help the Florida Springs Institute, Save the Manatee Club and the Kings Bay Springs Alliance assemble cages for aquatic plants to protect water quality in Kings Bay. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

January 15th, 2015 6:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars perform at The Moon in Tallahassee. Find more information here. Buy tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – The City of Orlando 
holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. Find more info here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart atrsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - November 14th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ashley Killough, Friday, November 14th, 2014 @ 12:28pm

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

November 14, 2014

Andy Reid reports for the Sun Sentinel – “Palm Beach County voters seem to love real estate shopping, especially when taxpayers are buying. On Election Day, they gave the biggest stamp of approval in the state to buying more land to protect the environment. The county's 85 percent approval for Amendment 1 was the largest percentage of ‘Yes’ votes among Florida's 67 counties for the measure to buy more land for conservation and to clean up water pollution.” Read Palm Beach County voters deliver big support for environmental land buying.

Scott Powers reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “In a bi-partisan effort, Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Posey of Rockledge and Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter got the House of Representatives to reauthorize money Tuesday for estuary restoration, with some specifically to help the troubled Indian River Lagoon, which runs through both their districts.” Read Posey, Murphy push through Indian River Lagoon aid.

The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board writes – “The agreement between the United States and China to curb carbon emissions is a historic step toward addressing the dire threats posed by climate change. The deal sends a timely message to other industrialized states as world leaders prepare to draft a broader climate pact next year, and it should inspire the clean energy industry, which has been looking for a sign that the global community is prepared to move away from its reliance on dirty fossil fuels. The agreement hinges on mutual cooperation and a heavy dose of public faith, but it's a solid starting point that should have a positive domino effect across the globe.” Read Bold step on climate change.

Fred Grimm writes for the Miami Herald – “After 24 years of unending, uncompromising water wars, Florida versus Georgia, one lawsuit after another, the flow has built to a mighty torrent. Of legal fees, that is. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court set off yet another litigation bonanza, agreeing to consider Florida’s claim that Georgia has been pilfering so much water out of the Chattahoochee River on behalf of the sprawling Atlanta metropolitan region that the downstream effect has ravaged Florida’s Apalachicola Bay.” Read Florida’s legal fees flow like a mighty river.

Paula Dockery writes in Florida Today – “The biggest winner of the Nov. 4 election was Amendment 1. Not only was it the only one of three amendments on the ballot to pass, but it passed with 75 percent of the vote… The Legislature should fully fund Florida Forever at $300 million and Water Sustainability at $100 million and use the remaining $197 million for Everglades restoration, springs protection, and a healthy annual boost to our underfunded state park system for land management and capital projects and maintenance.” Read Respect voters' wishes on Amendment 1.

Jim Turner reports in the Orlando Sentinel – “A retired U.S. Air Force pilot and National Rifle Association member wants the state to stop hunters from using dogs to track down deer around his Panhandle property. Claiming they have been threatened by hunters and that dogs chasing deer can scare rescued horses, William Daws Jr., and his wife, Ouida Gershon, filed a suit Wednesday in Leon Circuit Court against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The lawsuit seeks to stop deer-dog hunting in the portion of the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area where they have lived since 2005.” Read Couple seeks to stop deer-dog hunts near home.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 19th, 10:00 am – Help the Florida Springs Institute, Save the Manatee Club and the Kings Bay Springs Alliance assemble cages for aquatic plants to protect water quality in Kings Bay. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

January 15th, 2015 6:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars perform at The Moon in Tallahassee. Find more information here. Buy tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – The City of Orlando 
holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. Find more info here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - November 11th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 @ 11:02am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

November 11, 2014

Gail Collins writes in the New York Times – “The Keystone XL oil pipeline is so popular! Ever since the Republicans won control of the Senate, it’s become the Taylor Swift of political issues… It’s hard to figure where all the enthusiasm comes from… The only people who would seem to have an intense practical interest in which way this plays out would be Nebraskans who will have to live with the pipeline, and the people who control the tar sands land in Canada. That group happens to include the famous campaign-contributing Koch brothers. So, question answered… There’s a nice bipartisan energy efficiency bill that’s been sitting in limbo in the Senate. It would help manufacturers reduce energy costs, promote model building codes and do a bunch of other useful things. If the Republicans would forget about posturing for their campaign contributors, drop Keystone and pass the energy efficiency bill instead, it really would be a new day.” Must read Republicans Love Pipeline.

Ron Littlepage writes in the Florida Times-Union – “(T)he Matanzas River is a shining jewel among Northeast Florida’s environmental jewels that we are blessed to have. But Florida’s last, best river, is not without its challenges. There is pressure to build large developments within the watershed and the problems that would come with that. There are issues with wastewater treatment plants. And there’s what could be the biggest danger on the horizon — the seismic testing for oil and gas exploration that President Barack Obama has approved off the Atlantic Coast.” Read Matanzas River is an environmental jewel worth protecting.

Andy Reid reports in the Sun Sentinel – “Taxpayer money intended for hurricane recovery could possibly be used to boost pay at the South Florida Water Management District, according to a district proposal.” Read the full story here.

Sean Kinane reports for WMNF – “Red tide can be a problem in Florida – both for marine species and for humans; now, several researchers, including from Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, have just published their findings about how nutrients fuel red tides.” Listen to an interview with the researchers here.

 Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 19th, 10:00 am – Help the Florida Springs Institute, Save the Manatee Club and the Kings Bay Springs Alliance assemble cages for aquatic plants to protect water quality in Kings Bay. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

January 15th, 2015 6:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars perform at The Moon in Tallahassee. Find more information here. Buy tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – The City of Orlando 
holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. Find more info here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - November 10th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, November 10th, 2014 @ 1:17pm

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

November 10, 2014

The Gainesville Sun editorial board writes –The biggest contradiction of Tuesday's election was that Florida voters approved a land and water conservation initiative while re-electing a governor whose awful environmental record makes that initiative necessary… Amendment 1 dedicates one third of an existing tax on real-estate sales over 20 years for purchasing, managing and restoration of conservation land. It would generate $648 million its first year to those efforts. Lawmakers should view that figure as a floor, not a ceiling… But buying land isn't enough. Florida also must implement statewide, mandatory water conservation measures and stricter controls on pollution.” Read Go green, governor.

The Tallahassee Democrat editorial board writes – “(John) Moran calls for a new ‘environmental patriotism.’ That can be simple, for example refraining from fertilizing or watering your lawn. It can be expensive, when forgoing septic tanks for central sewer systems. It can be politically dangerous, when it’s time to put pressure on big agriculture to clean up its act… At stake is not just the beauty we Floridians love but the tourism industry that attracted 90 million visitors and $65 billion last year.” Read Protecting Florida.

Diane Roberts writes in Context Florida – “People who care about the environment — and that’s most of us, as the election showed — must be vigilant. We must insist that our legislators, who love to pontificate about ‘the will of the people,’ actually accede to the will of the people.” Read The only mandate from this election is to protect the environment.

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board writes – Gov. Rick Scott's administration made the right decision to block U.S. Sugar Corp.'s plan to build an enormous development on land that should be used to help restore the Everglades. It never made sense for the state to rubber-stamp such a large project in rural Hendry County, particularly one that included land that the state has an option to buy to help restore the River of Grass. The state's objections underscore the importance of state review of large developments embraced by local governments that are too often swayed by developers and the prospect of more property tax revenue.” Read State says no, for now, to U.S. Sugar.

Joe Henderson reports for the Tampa Tribune- In the just-completed election, more than 4.2 million Floridians voted to approve the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative... The message was unmistakable. People want the state to protect more land from development... They want wetlands restored. They want wildlife protected. They want Florida’s freshwater springs renewed. They want clean beaches and parks. This measure could be worth $18 billion over the next 20 years, and Florida will greatly benefit if it is spent as the voters directed.” Read Time to see if Tallahassee is serious about the environment.

Jim Waymer reports for Florida Today – “With the Indian River Lagoon and other waters dying, and state government balking at buying more land to buffer them, Florida voters sent a clear message to Tallahassee on Election Day. Three of every four voters OK'd Amendment 1, also called the Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment… ‘I honestly believe that there is interest in springs and estuaries,’ (Clay) Henderson said of where the money is likely to be spent.” Read Florida voters embrace land legacy.

Stephen Mulkey writes in the Unity College Sustainability Monitor – “To my environmentally minded friends: Clearly we are in deep trouble and truly meaningful progress in the near term is no longer a reasonable expectation. Expecting progress on climate change and sustainability from Congress is off the table, now and possibly for the extended future. Compromise and wonky engagement continue to fail…  I recommend ten things for the activist community.” Read An open letter to the environmental community after the midterm elections.

 Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 19th, 10:00 am – Help the Florida Springs Institute, Save the Manatee Club and the Kings Bay Springs Alliance assemble cages for aquatic plants to protect water quality in Kings Bay. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

January 15th, 2015 6:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars perform at The Moon in Tallahassee. Find more information here. Buy tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – The City of Orlando 
holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. Find more info here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

Florida Voters Overwhelming Approve Amendment 1!

Posted by Ryan Smart, Friday, November 7th, 2014 @ 3:21pm

  • Amendemnt 1, the Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment, passed on Tuesday with nearly 75% of Florida voters supporting dedicated funding for water and land conservation. Amendment 1 received more votes than any other candidate or referendum on Tuesday's ballot. 

FCC Daily News Brief - November 7th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Friday, November 7th, 2014 @ 1:41pm

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

November 7, 2014

Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times –A state agency that has approved almost every development project submitted to it has balked at U.S. Sugar's plans to develop land currently slated for Everglades restoration... (The Department of Economic Opportunity) noted that the changes sought for the Sugar Hill project provide ‘no assurances of natural resource protection.’ It said the plan can either ditch the idea of any development in areas designated for Everglades restoration, or some time in the next 180 days show ‘why these lands are no longer appropriate for conservation or Everglades restoration activities.’" Read State Department of Economic Opportunity issues rare objection to U.S. Sugar development plan.

Aaron Deslatte reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “Florida voters delivered a message to politicians last week that the state's polluted natural places need an urgent salvage mission. At least, that's how the Florida senators who pushed for water-quality reform last session are casting the overwhelming passage of Amendment 1… Dubbed the Water and Land Conservation Act, Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers now have to devote about $700 million next year to environmental purchases and to water-quality and supply threats. And for Senate Republicans, that means mostly water. Later this month, they plan to start talking with the business, agricultural, local government and environmental groups who collectively agreed to disagree last spring over a major water-policy proposal...” Read Conservation amendment faces future political fights.

David Fleshler reports for the Sun Sentinel – “As the weather cools, manatees will start streaming into South Florida for a few months of basking in warm water, munching seagrass and trying to avoid getting hit by boats… The main action for the manatee this season, however, may not be in the lagoons and canals of Florida but in the offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency is expected to make a decision early next year whether to strip the manatee of its ‘endangered’ label, moving it to the lesser status of ‘threatened.’” Read Manatee season about to begin as protections questioned.

Kevin Spear reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “Across the country and in Florida, Americans are only using as much water as almost 45 years ago, even though the population has grown by more than 100 million people, the U.S. Geological Survey reported this week.” Read As U.S., Florida grow, water demand shrinks.

Will Rogers writes in the Huffington Post – “Politicians, pundits and public officials are looking at Tuesday's election results, to parse exactly what messages the voters were sending. But one clear message was delivered: Americans cherish land and water and want to protect the special places they hold dear. And they sent that message most clearly in three large states -- Florida, New Jersey and California --approving record spending to protect land and water. Voters approved 35 local and statewide measures, generating a record $13 billion in funding for conservation purposes.” Read Tuesday's Election: A Record Day for Land Conservation.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 8th, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm – “Remembering Patrick Smith” will be held at Forever Florida in Saint Cloud. The event combines nature photography, horse rides, book talks and barbecue. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

January 15th, 2015 6:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars perform at The Moon in Tallahassee. Find more information here. Buy tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9 am – 3 pm – The City of Orlando
holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. Find more info here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

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About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - November 6th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, November 6th, 2014 @ 4:43pm

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

November 6, 2014

Craig Pittman writes in the Tampa Bay Times – The biggest winner on the ballot Tuesday wasn't one of the candidates. It was Amendment 1, the proposal to set aside some $10 billion in tax money over the next 20 years, to be used for purchasing environmentally sensitive land and protecting wildlife and water resources. The measure passed with the support of 75 percent of voters, and in effect creates the largest state-based conservation initiative in U.S. history… The next step, according to backers of the amendment, is for the Legislature to pass a bill to outline how to implement the program — and that's where things could get hairy.” Read Pro-environment Amendment 1 a big hit with voters, but no one knows what Legislature will do.

Bruce Ritchie writes in Context Florida – “A vast majority of Floridians wants to preserve the state’s landscape no matter who they voted for in political races. That should be the takeaway for all state officials after the general election on Tuesday when you analyze the results.” Read Passage of Amendment 1 should send message to state leaders.

The Associated Press Reports – Election Day was not just about the Republican landslide: Voters in states and counties across the nation supported about $13 billion in conservation funding. That amount was a record for money approved at the ballot box on Tuesday, according to the Trust for Public Land, which has been tracking such environmental initiatives for more than 25 years.” Read Landslide: $13B in state/local land and water conservation measures passed nationwide.

The United States Geological Survey reports – “Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (B gal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010. This represents a 13 percent reduction of water use from 2005 when about 410 B gal/d were withdrawn and the lowest level since before 1970.” Read National water-use at lowest levels since before 1970.

The latest episode of Anna Hamilton’s Watershed podcast reports – Seismic air gun blasting threatens fisheries and marine animals along Florida’s coasts. The process, which is used to map oil and gas deposits in the ocean, “involves sonic bursts in 10 second intervals that continue for days, weeks, and sometimes months. The bursts are 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine.” Listen to Seismic air gun testing.

Matt Kasper writes for the Energy & Policy Institute – An in-depth look at the implications of Tuesday’s election on energy and environmental issues. Read the full report here.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 8th, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm – “Remembering Patrick Smith” will be held at Forever Florida in Saint Cloud. The event combines nature photography, horse rides, book talks and barbecue. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

January 15th, 2015 6:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars perform at The Moon in Tallahassee. Find more information here. Buy tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9 am – 3 pm – The City of Orlando holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. Find more info here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

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About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - November 5th, 2014: Florida Voters Approve Amendment 1

E-mail sent by Ashley Killough, Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 @ 10:34am

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

November 5, 2014

AMENDMENT 1 PASSES WITH 75% APPROVAL! Read the Campaign News Release here.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports – “Florida voters have passed a measure that designates billions of dollars to conservation efforts over the next 20 years. The Associated Press declared Amendment 1 passed on Tuesday. With about half the expected votes counted, the amendment had 75 percent 'yes' votes to 25 percent no. It needed 60 percent of the vote to pass.” Read Florida passes conservation amendment.

Sarah de Flesco writes in the Sun Sentinel – “Right now, we have an excellent opportunity to protect our waters by supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers' proposal to protect clean water… Rather than supporting the proposal, which will significantly benefit our tourism-based economy, Florida Power & Light has not only joined polluters to oppose the rule but want customers to pay to lobby against this common sense and beneficial proposal. I want future generations to be able to enjoy the incredible natural benefits Florida has to offer. It's time others join me and tell FPL and the PSC just how much we don't want our money used against protecting our water.” Read Florida Power & Light: don’t use my money to pay for dirty water policy.

Bill Cotterell reports for Reuters – “Florida's water war against Georgia advanced as the U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an interstate dispute on whether Atlanta's suburbs are sucking dry the river flow that feeds the oyster beds and fisheries of the northern Gulf Coast.” Read Water wars between Florida, Georgia advance at U.S. Supreme Court.

Eric Staats reports in the Naples News – “A growing movement among cattle ranchers and hunters is challenging the way Florida counts panthers, the state’s official mammal and one of its most iconic endangered species… Florida Wildlife Federation field representative Nancy Payton said resolving the issues surrounding a growing panther population is key to the panthers’ future, and that includes converting hunters and ranchers into ‘missionaries’ for panther conservation rather than critics.” Read the full story here.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 8th, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm – “Remembering Patrick Smith” will be held at Forever Florida in Saint Cloud. The event combines nature photography, horse rides, book talks and barbecue. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

February 21st, 2015 9 am – 3 pm – The City of Orlando holds its annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Park. Find more info here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - October 30th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, October 30th, 2014 @ 12:14pm

                   FCC News Brief
         Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

                             October 30, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel editorial board writes – “Running for re-election, Gov. Rick Scott has been touting his administration's "historic strides" on environmental protection during his first term. With a few notable exceptions, however, those strides have been backward from where the state stood under his predecessor and challenger in this race, former Gov. Charlie Crist… On the campaign trail, Scott is now promoting a plan to spend $1 billion on conservation over the next decade. He is vowing to get tough on polluters. Scott seems to be telling voters: Don't get hung up on what I've done on the environment — trust me on what I'm going to do. His record suggests it's a bad bet." Read Scott’s record belies his green campaign claims.

The Gainesville Sun reports - "The Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star-Banner have won a prestigious international digital media award for their website covering Florida water issues." Read the full story here.

TAPP presents – An excellent short video on pollution entering Wakulla Springs. Watch Environmental Crossroads for Wakulla Springs.

Tom Swihart writes on the blog Watery Foundation – A recent report on water bills shows “significant variations” in water rates for different regions of Florida. Read The cost of Florida water.

      Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 3rd, 6 pm – 9 pm – FSI Fall Fundraiser at The Hippodrome Theater in GainesvilleTickets are $75. Register here.

November 8th, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm – “Remembering Patrick Smith” will be held at Forever Florida in Saint Cloud. The event combines nature photography, horse rides, book talks and barbecue. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your ticketshere.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - October 28th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 @ 9:51am

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

October 27, 2014

Florida Today endorses Amendment 1 – “Passage of Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment, is vital to ensuring the protection of Florida's natural environment. The amendment, which requires approval by 60 percent of voters, is supported by former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham, who pitched the measure to FLORIDA TODAY's editorial board in August.” Read Endorsement: Vote ‘yes’ on Amendment 1.

Gerald Ensley reports in the Tallahassee Democrat – “Diane Roberts is going to give her talk at Mission San Luis. Roberts will speak Wednesday evening at Mission San Luis (6 p.m.) about the pollution of Florida’s rivers, springs and lakes… Roberts will be joined by photographer John Moran, who will display and talk about his ‘Springs Eternal’ photo exhibit, which illustrates the before and after condition of Florida springs polluted by agriculture and development.” Read Seven months later, Roberts talks at Mission San Luis.

Amber Vann reports in the Suwannee Democrat – “The investment company that manages the wealth of the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, has been acquiring large tracts of farmland in North Florida the past two years, real estate records show.” Read Bill Gates buying up farmland.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

October 29th,  6pm – 8 pm – Join author and commentator Diane Roberts and nature photographer John Moran for a free presentation and lecture at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. Find more info here.

November 3rd, 6 pm – 9 pm – FSI Fall Fundraiser at The Hippodrome Theater in GainesvilleTickets are $75. Register here.

November 8th, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm – “Remembering Patrick Smith” will be held at Forever Florida in Saint Cloud. The event combines nature photography, horse rides, book talks and barbecue. Find more info here.

November 21st, 12:00 pm – The Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association will meet in St. Augustine to discuss “hot topics in water resources with a north Florida focus.” Find more info here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalitoin.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - October 27th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, October 27th, 2014 @ 11:44am

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

October 27, 2014

The Pensacola News Journal endorses Amendment 1 – “Traditionally, we have condemned the practice of loading November ballots with Constitutional amendments… (But) some things are so lasting, so long in scope, so quintessentially Floridian that they deserve to be constitutional matters. Conservation of Florida’s natural lands is one such issue. It requires a strategy that is consistent, long-term and immune to politics. It is a matter not simply of state interests, but of our birthright. For that reason, we believe that Amendment 1 deserves a yes vote on November 4.” Read ‘Yes’ on Amendment 1.

Deirdre Macnab writes in the Miami Herald – “On Nov. 4 voters have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to help reverse the ignorance and mistakes of the past by voting yes on Amendment 1, which would dedicate funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands.” Read League: Choice is clear on amendments.

Alessia Leathers writes on News-Press.com – “Make no mistake. Having access to clean water is more than an environmental issue — it’s a human right. That’s why Amendment 1 is a vote for life, yours and mine… The word “amendment,” or “enmienda” in Spanish, denotes precisely “to modify for the better,” as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Amendment 1 is our opportunity to amend not a simple error, but the fatal mistake of considering other matters more vital than the access to clean and safe water… Vote Yes on Amendment 1.” Read Vote for clean water on Nov. 4.

Susan Glickman writes in the Sun Sentinel – “It's no secret South Florida is ‘ground zero’ for climate change impacts — especially sea-level rise. Also clear is the enormous potential to meet that challenge by using energy smarter and investing in solar power, creating jobs in the process. Unfortunately, Gov. Scott has shown no interest in understanding the problem or the solutions.” Read Tallahassee still tone deaf on climate change.

Joby Warrick and Darryl Fears report in the Washington Post – “In a region where explosive “blooms” of toxic or nuisance algae have battered fisheries and killed dolphins and sea turtles in recent years, the glowing microorganisms represent another mysterious shift in an ecosystem that scientists say is out of kilter.” Read In Florida, a water-pollution warning that glows at night.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

October 29th, 6pm - 8pm – Join author and commentator Roberts and nature photographer John Moran at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. John Moran will present his stunning Florida Then & Now slideshow presentation followed by a lecture by Diane Roberts. Find more info here.

November 3rd, 6pm - 9pm – FSI Fall Fundraiser at The Hippodrome Theater in GainesvilleTickets are $75. Register here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart atrsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

Diane Roberts & John Moran Presentation in Tallahassee

  • Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: Mission San Luis - 2100 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304

    Join Florida nature photographer John Moran and author and commentator Diane Roberts for a free…

FCC Daily News Brief - October 24th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Friday, October 24th, 2014 @ 12:30pm

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

October 24, 2014

The Miami Herald endorses Amendment 1 – “Florida’s natural environment is its bread and butter, its tourist magnet, its lush and storied history and, if voters approve (Amendment 1), its glorious future... The temporary nature of the proposal is as attractive as its sole mission — protecting vital water resources and wildlife habitat, restoring degraded ecosystems; and conserving an additional 2 million acres of privately owned land to save threatened rivers, springs and coastal areas. Its other mission is just as vital — keeping lawmakers’ hands out of this cookie jar. The Miami Herald recommends YES on Amendment 1.” Read Miami Herald Recommends: Protect land

Bruce Ritchie writes in Context Florida – “The debates are over in the race for Florida’s governor. Some environmental questions have been asked and either answered or dodged. Election Day is Nov. 4, and early voting has begun but the lingering unanswered question I have that should be on the minds of every Floridian is: What will happen to the state role in managing growth with the election of either candidate?” Read Candidates say nothing about Florida’s future role in managing growth.

Karen Dwyer and Vickie Machado write in the Tallahassee Democrat “Florida families and businesses are facing severe water and air quality issues related to climate change — and that problem will get dramatically worse if fracking continues in our state.” Read Stop fracking in Florida.

Becky Newell writes in the Naple Daily News - “The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization; we never support or oppose a candidate for public office. However, after careful study and analysis, the organization may advocate in support of — or in opposition to — a public issue. In the Nov. 4 election, the League of Women Voters of Florida recommends a ‘yes’ vote on Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment.” Read League of Women Voters of Florida supports Amendment 1.

A. Quinton White reports in the Florida Times-Union - “After years of research and community discussions, artificial reefs, or fish habitat enhancements, will be deployed in the St. Johns River this fall. And it is happening because of the work and cooperation of many people and multiple levels of government environmental agencies.” Read An experiment is in the works for St. Johns River.

Jim Waymer reports for Florida Today – “The Indian River Lagoon has grown a bit grassier, according to new data released this week. Seagrass increased by 4,700 acres, or 12 percent, between 2011 and 2013. Still, the bottom plant that provides a key barometer of the lagoon's overall health remains well below what it was just two years before an algae ‘superbloom’ struck its deadly blow and killed some 47,000 acres of seagrass.” Read the full story here.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

November 3rd, 6pm-9pm – FSI Fall Fundraiser at The Hippodrome Theater in GainesvilleTickets are $75. Register here.

November 21st, 7:00 pm – The St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts the 13th annual Oyster Roast at the Garden Club in Jacksonville. Join the St. Johns Riverkeeper for one of the best parties of the year, featuring delicious food and outstanding entertainment. Find more information and buy your tickets here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart atrsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - October 22nd, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 @ 11:35am

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

October 22, 2014

The Ocala Star Banner endorses Amendment 1 – “Amendment 1 comes at the right time for Florida. As population growth propels the state into being the third largest in the nation, lawmakers have demonstrated an unwillingness to protect our natural resources… There’s no more time to wait. Florida must preserve and restore land that protects water quality in our rivers, lakes and other water bodies; serves as a wildlife habitat; and, most significantly, safeguards the aquifer that provides our drinking water and feeds our natural springs. Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment, would do all of those things. The Star-Banner enthusiastically endorses the amendment and encourages voters to support it on the Nov. 4 ballot.” Read Yes on Amendment 1.

Phil Ammann reports on Saintpetersblog.com – “Florida’s Water and Land Legacy released (a) new television spot today in the Vote Yes on Amendment 1 campaign, the constitutional referendum to provide billions of dollars for conservation efforts statewide.” Read the full story here. Watch the television spot supporting Amendment 1 here.

The Tampa Tribune editorial board writes – “The Florida Public Service Commission will consider a request today by Florida Power & Light to use money collected from its customers to fight proposed federal water regulations the utility says will cost it millions of dollars. It’s another test for the utility-friendly PSC, which has angered customers across the state with decisions that favor the companies it regulates rather than the customers they are supposed to protect… But using ratepayer money wouldn’t be fair to the customers who disagree with the utility’s fight against the proposed rules. The PSC should tell FP&L to find another way to challenge the rules.” Read Another test for the state’s utility regulators.

Patricia Edmisten writes in the Pensacola News Journal – “By voting yes on Amendment 1, you'll be ensuring that your children, grandchildren, and future generations will enjoy Florida's unique environmental treasures.” Read Vote yes on state Amendment 1.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

October 22nd, 5pm-8pm - NO Seismic Testing, NO Rigs in Our Ocean! Join Matanzas Riverkeeper at the riverfront near Castillo de San Marcos, St Augustine to demonstrate that St. Augustine and the Beaches Communities oppose seismic testing and offshore drilling. Find more info here.

November 3rd, 6pm-9pm – FSI Fall Fundraiser at The Hippodrome Theater in GainesvilleTickets are $75. Register here.

 Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart atrsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - October 21st, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 @ 11:09am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

October 21, 2014

Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “In January, Gov. Rick Scott stood in front of a room full of Department of Environmental Protection employees and praised their hard work. One accomplishment Scott singled out: making it easier than ever to obtain a permit for filling in wetlands, pumping water out of the aquifer or pouring pollutants into the water and air.’” Read Under Scott, Department of Environmental Protection undergoes drastic change.

The Sun Sentinel endorses Amendment 1 – “Florida voters are facing a number of tough choices on this year's general election ballot. Amendment 1 is not among them. Supporting the Water and Land Conservation Amendment is an easy choice. It's the right call for Florida's future.”  Read Vote YES on Amendment 1 to support land and water conservation.

The Gainesville Sun endorses Amendment 1 – “Amendment 1 comes at the right time for Florida. As population growth propels the state into being the third largest in the nation, lawmakers have demonstrated an unwillingness to protect our natural resources. Instead, the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott have dismantled environmental regulations and defunded conservation programs. When lawmakers had a chance last session to protect our polluted and depleted springs, they refused and gave an unconvincing promise that they'd finally address the issue next year. There's no more time to wait.” Read Editorial: Yes on Amendment 1.

Martin Dyckman writes in Context Florida – “The title of the Florida Public Service Commission is about as relevant to reality as that of the People’s Republic of China. In each case, the true constituency is a narrow group of self-perpetuating special interests. Making the public interest the true constituency of the PSC ought to be high on the agenda of the Constitution Revision Commission that will be appointed in 2017. Whether that can happen depends on who’s elected governor and attorney general on Nov. 4.” Read If you want the PSC to protect customers, vote for Crist.

Joby Warrick reports for the Washington Post – “At least twice in a normal year, the Biscayne Bay rises to swamp the streets of this fashionable resort town in an event known as the “king tide.” Water spills over seawalls and gurgles up through storm drains in what scientists say is a preview of life in Florida in a warming climate. But this is an election year, when even nature becomes a foil for competing political narratives.” Read Florida politicians battle over rhetoric as rising seas drive worries over climate change.

Marie Gottfried writes for the Palm Beach Post – “I would like to remind those who are opposed to Minto West of the often ignored fact that elections matter. When voters choose a governor and legislators in Florida who are pro-business, perhaps some forget that translates into pro-development. It’s a fact of life. The Florida Department of Community Affairs was established under then-Gov. Bob Graham to limit sprawl. It existed for 35 years prior to 2011… Enter Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-dominated Legislature elected in 2010. In the spring of 2011, the Legislature and governor drove a stake through the heart of the DCA and midwifed its rebirth as the Division of Community Development, a stepchild in a new pro-growth agency, the state Department of Economic Opportunity.” Read Point of View: Oppose development? Your vote matters.

Jim Turner reports for the Tampa Tribune – “Environmental advocates want state utility regulators to reject a proposal by Florida Power & Light to use ratepayers’ money to lobby against new federal clean-water rules.” Read Environmental groups argue against FPL lobbying request.

Terry Brant writes in the Tallahassee Democrat – “Millions of tax dollars in state project funding to protect our springs continues to subsidize private interests and large corporations without requiring them to stop practices that are harmful to our springs and lakes… After years of broken promises, we can’t trust our politicians to do the right thing, but voters can take action. Please support Amendment 1 to help protect and restore our water resources.” Read Broken promises on water.

Anna Hamilton reports in the Podcast “Watershed” – In the Podcast “Watershed” Anna Hamilton talks about current issues effecting Florida’s waters and the groups and individuals who have vowed to protect this valuable resource. The latest episode focuses on the declining oyster populations in Apalachicola Bay. Listen to Consider the oyster - and the oysterman.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

October 22nd, 5pm-8pm - NO Seismic Testing, NO Rigs in Our Ocean! Join Matanzas Riverkeeper at the riverfront near Castillo de San Marcos, St Augustine to demonstrate that St. Augustine and the Beaches Communities oppose seismic testing and offshore drilling. Find more info here.

November 3rd, 6pm-9pm – FSI Fall Fundraiser at The Hippodrome Theater in GainesvilleTickets are $75. Register here.

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FCC Daily News Brief - October 17th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ashley Killough, Friday, October 17th, 2014 @ 10:47am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

October 17, 2014

Bruce Ritchie writes in Context Florida – “The environment was front and center in Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate even if an electric fan received the most media attention. By now you may know that former Gov. Charlie Crist was on stage for about five minutes at the start of a televised debate without Gov. Rick Scott. That’s because of a dispute over whether debate rules allowed Crist to have the fan on stage. I know that a month from now, the impact of the election on the environment will be more important than who looked stupidest because of ‘fangate.’ The environment, climate change and solar energy each were the topic of debate questions. There is plenty for the fact-checkers to pore over in the coming week.” Read Crist, Scott also got hot over environment, climate change during debate.

WCTV publishes “The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services submitted its Legislative Budget Request today for consideration by the Florida Legislature to fund programs and projects during Fiscal Year 2015-16. In a letter to the directors of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget, the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam highlighted the need for funding to support water restoration and conservation projects.” Read Water Among Top Priorities for Commissioner Putnam in 2015-16 Budget Request.

Matt Dixon reports for Political Fix Florida – “A group sprouted by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer says it has the numbers to prove that climate change is becoming a wedge issue in Senate and gubernatorial races across the country, including Florida. ‘55 percent in Florida believe climate real and serious issue,’ said Chris Lehane, chief strategist for San Francisco-based NextGen Climate. The Steyer-funded group is targeting seven Republican candidates across the country. It has already spent nearly $10 million to knock off Florida Gov. Rick Scott.” Read NextGen: Our data shows climate change becoming ‘wedge issue’.

Lynn Hatter reports for WFSU – “Archeologists are heading to the Everglades this week to look for the remnants of a Native American settlement. The National Park Service is trying to find the location of a settlement discovered back in the late 1960’s and then lost.” Read National Park Service prepares to search Everglades for 'lost' ancient settlements.

Stephanie Carson reports for the Public News Service “This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming. Now, that number has doubled, and Manley Fuller, president and CEO of the Florida Wildlife Federation, says the best present Americans could give the landmark law is a restoration of protections for streams and wetlands, left vulnerable after Supreme Court decisions” Read Happy Birthday Clean Water Act: Legislation Turns 42 Saturday.

Tom Swihart writes in the blog Watery Foundation – “One reason that thinking about water is so difficult is that it attracts so many interpretations and meanings.” For two examples Read Florida water meanings.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. Find more info here.

October 19th, 11:00-5:00 - REFLECTING FLORIDA: How Agriculture, Art & Activism Shape Our State (panels) at Audubon Park Exchange (APEX) in Orlando at the East End Market. Find more info here.

November 3rd, 6pm-9pm – FSI Fall Fundraiser at The Hippodrome Theater in Gainesville. Tickets are $75. Register here.

 

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

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About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - October 14th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 @ 9:56am

FCC News Brief
Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds.

October 14, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel endorses Amendment 1 – “Florida voters are facing a number of tough choices on this year's general election ballot. Amendment 1 is not among them. Supporting the Water and Land Conservation Amendment is an easy choice. It's the right call for Florida's future.”  Read Vote to save land, water.

Ron Littlepage writes in the Florida Times-Union – “You know a person by his deeds. When he was governor, Charlie Crist had a better track record on the environment (than Governor Scott). He focused on climate change, the reduction of greenhouse gases and green energy. He was aggressive in trying to restore the Everglades. He fought to protect the state’s endangered wildlife. He is a firm supporter of Amendment 1… Unlike Scott, he knows state regulations are necessary… Crist is a friend of the environment. Scott isn’t.” Read Rick Scott loves the Koch brothers. The environment? Not so much.

The Herald-Tribune endorses Amendment 1 –Amendment 1 is an expression of sound public policy, consistent with principles in the constitution. We recommend voting YES, for Amendment 1.” Read On Amendment 1: Yes

Rob Williams writes in the Tallahassee Democrat: “The (Department of Environmental Protection) recently released a draft Basin Management Action Plan that is supposed to set out the strategy for making the required (nitrate) reductions (in the Wakulla Springs and River). Unfortunately, what the department now proposes as an “action plan” is only a delaying tactic designed to put off taking meaningful action to restore Wakulla Springs for five more years… The weak and ineffectual plan proposed by the department will not lead to the necessary reduction in nitrate loads.” Read DEP fails to protect Wakulla Springs.

Jessica Palombo reports for WFSU – “Supporters of Florida’s proposed land-conservation amendment have gotten a fundraising boost from two matching grant programs. The Yes on 1 campaign, known as Florida's Land and Water Legacy, took in nearly $1.2 million in one week.” Read Matching grants attract more than $1M for Florida conservation amendment campaign.

Bruce Ritchie writes for the Saint Petersblog  “The debate season is here. Now maybe we can hear candidates for governor talk about what they plan to do over the next four years rather than what their opponents did years ago… Unfortunately when I watch debates, I’m often disappointed because panelists fail to ask questions about Florida’s environment.” Read Please ask an environmental question during gubernatorial debates.

The Associated Press reports – “The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in Florida to talk about the effects of climate change and pollution on American communities.” Read EPA chief talks about pollution, public health.

Patrick Pinak reports for the Alligator  “It’s not the year of the turtle, but 2014 has been a record year for state sea turtle nesting. Leatherback turtles reached a record 641 reported nests, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, while loggerhead nesting numbers stayed high.” Read Florida sea turtle nests on the rise.

Ashley Lopez reports for WGCU – “Five state agencies weighed in on proposed development plans in the Greater Everglades area expressing serious concerns ranging from environmental issues to state resources.” Read State agencies raise concerns about controversial Sugar Hill plan.

The Panama City News Herald reports – “Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, said efforts are underway among government and business leaders in North Florida to set up a field trip-style event with Georgia officials to show the impacts of the reduced downstream flow of water into Apalachicola Bay.” Read Georgia officials need to see Apalachicola Bay.

Tom Swihart writes on the Watery Foundation blog – “(The South Dakota Department of Agriculture) concluded that agricultural production is more important there than in any other state, amounting to 11.9% of their gross state product. For Florida, they say that agricultural production is only 0.6%(!) of the state’s domestic product. One of my themes is that Florida agricultural interests use water, create water pollution, and have an influence in water decisions far out of proportion to their economic importance.” Read South Dakota Ag. Department disses Florida?

Sonny Vergara writes on the SWFWMD Matters blog – “The Tampa Bay Times has recommended against Florida residents voting in favor of Amendment 1, an opportunity voters will have to assure funding is available for environmental protection for the next 20 years. What are they thinking!! They said the constitution is no place to house funding options that are more appropriately that of the legislature and governor. TBT apparently has not been listening to itself over the last three-plus years...” Read Tampa Bay Times blows it - Takes dumb position on Amendment 1.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

October 15th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Diane Roberts & John Moran present Water & Power at the Live Oak Room on the University of Central Florida campus. Find more info here. Email Ryan Smart (smarts421@gmail.com) to request a free parking pass, or for additional information.

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. Find more info here.

October 19th, 11:00-5:00 REFLECTING FLORIDA: How Agriculture, Art & Activism Shape Our State (panels) at Audubon Park Exchange (APEX) in Orlando at the East End Market. Find more info here.

November 3rd, 6pm-9pm – FSI Fall Fundraiser at The Hippodrome Theater in GainesvilleTickets are $75. Register here.

Do you know of an upcoming environmental event or meeting you would like to include in the FCC News Brief? Send us a quick email and we will include it for you.

We hope you enjoy this service and find it valuable. Our goal is to provide you with the latest environmental news from around the state. Our hope is that you will use this information to more effectively and frequently contact your elected representatives, and add your voice to the growing chorus of Floridians concerned about the condition of our environment and the recent direction of environmental policies.

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the FCC and subscribe to the Daily News Brief (both free). Also, check out the new and improved FCC Facebook page.

If you wish to stop receiving these daily emails just reply with the subject "unsubscribe" and you will be promptly removed.

Please send all suggestions, comments and criticism to Ryan Smart at.

About the FCC: The Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) is composed of over 50 conservation organizations and a thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources.  

For more information on the FCC visit floridaconservationcoalition.org.

Orlando Presentation Featuring Diane Roberts & John Moran

  • Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: UCF - Live Oak Room 4115 Pyxis Lane • Orlando, FL 32816

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