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FCC Daily News Brief - September 17th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 @ 3:40pm

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

September 17, 2014

The Citrus County Chronicle editorial board writes – “All these respected individuals shared a goal: restore reliable and reasonable funding in Florida to provide for water quality and natural resource protection. This is the subject of a proposed constitutional amendment coming up for a vote in November. ‘Water and Land Conservation’ — called Amendment 1 on the ballot — requires that for the next 20 years, 33 percent of net revenues from documentary stamp taxes be dedicated to an existing state trust fund for water and land conservation. Although we don't generally favor legislation-through-constitutional-amendment, in some cases such citizen initiative amendments are necessary... Amendment 1 will go a long way toward protecting Florida's lifeblood from further decline. We encourage voters to say 'yes' to it in November.” Read Activists make superior case for Amendment.

Scott Maxwell writes in the Orlando Sentinel – “In this state, we don't agree on much… Still, we Floridians unite in our belief that the environment is worth protecting — that we want our water clean and land unfouled. That's why it looks like this year's Amendment No. 1 — a November ballot initiative to guarantee that about 1 percent of state budget goes toward environmental protection — is enjoying broad voter support.” Read the full story here.

Mark Ferrulo writes in Context Florida – As the November election fast approaches, Gov. Rick Scott has been barnstorming across the state, touting his environmental record while promising to spend millions on land conservation and crack down on polluters. But when it comes to protecting public health and our state’s natural resources, Scott’s record stands in stark contrast to his rhetoric. Soon after taking the oath of office, Scott launched an unprecedented anti-government agenda that has reshaped the institutions and laws intended to protect our wildlife, natural treasures, open spaces and precious water supplies.” Read You don’t need to be a scientist, Gov. Scott.

Rep. Jimmie T. Smith writes in the Citrus County Chronicle – "Each group, whether it is environmental, industry, housing or agriculture, has priorities. Those priorities use resources differently to obtain different goals. But rather than bickering and spending money on expensive lawsuits, let's redirect that energy into coming up with positive sustainable solutions that will work to accomplish the goals of all parties." Read Working together key to protecting water resources.

Ashley Lopez reports in the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting – "Environmental groups around the state are alarmed at U.S. Sugar's plans to potentially develop huge tracts of land it owns in Hendry County, which might affect Everglades restoration efforts." Read Big Sugar Plans Development In Potential Everglades Restoration Land.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

September 19th & 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 9th, 9:30 – 4:30 – The Santa Fe River Protection Forum will be held at O’Leno State Park in High SpringsFind more info here.

October 9th & 10th – The 20th Annual Florida Remediation Conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriot. Find more info here.

October 13th, 10 am Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

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

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@floridaconservationcaolition.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 - September 16th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 @ 10:47am

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

September 16, 2014

The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Boards writes – “Big Sugar's big plans are coming into sharper focus. U.S. Sugar and its allies are not just interested in influencing an upcoming water policy debate in Tallahassee. They are quietly pursuing big development plans on land the state has an option to buy to protect the Everglades. No wonder U.S. Sugar has been organizing secret hunting trips to Texas for Gov. Rick Scott, Ag. Commissioner Adam Putnam and top legislators. And no wonder the politicians are relunctant to talk about hunting with sugar interests intent on increasing the value of the land that taxpayers could wind up buying at inflated prices. It's an insider's game that Republican leaders enabled and Big Sugar exploits, and it's an outrageous betrayal to Floridians.” Read Big Sugar aims for big payoff.

John Byron writes in Florida Today - "If you agree this is a fantastic place to live and raise kids, worth passing on to future generations, you'll support the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment, Amendment 1 on the November ballot. The initiative restores previous funding for the state to purchase conservation lands, protects beaches and water sources, pays for existing and future recreation areas, and generally puts the state back in the forefront of wise environmental stewardship." Read Amendment 1 is a no-brainer.

Keith Morelli reports for the Tampa Tribune – The (Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's) gopher protection plan, which undergoes review about every year, is being tweaked now, and the state is in the process of taking public comments... The plan includes guidelines for landowners whose property contains gopher tortousies, habitat acquisition and permitting guidelines.” Read State tweaks rules to help save the underdog gopher tortoise.

Tom Palmer writes in the Ledger – “This month has been a small milestone for me. Forty years ago this month I began working as a reporter in Polk County. A lot of things have changed since then, but many of the environmental issues I covered as a twentysomething reporter are still with us.” Read Reflections Of 40 Years Of Environmental Reporting.

Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “An environmental group that frequently sues the government over endangered species issues has taken aim at the federal permitting of thousands of boat docks in Florida and how that affects manatees.” Read What about the manatees? Group targets two U.S. agencies for dock permits.

Tom Swihart writes in the blog Watery Foundation – “When Rick Scott got into office, the water management districts were forced to lower their taxation rate, regardless of current rates or water needs. Even though the Northwest Florida Water Management District tax rate was only a small fraction of the four other districts, they too had to cut... In this election year, even more tax reduction is mandatory at the WMDS. Northwest is reducing the tax level again, to a rate of 0.039 mills. The annual tax (on a $200,000 home) will be $5.85, saving 15 cent. Northwest homeonwers like me will have to decide whether to spend or invest our 15 cents. Personally, I wish it went toward improved regional water management. Read Saving 15 cents per year in Northwest Florida.

 

   Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

September 19th & 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 9th, 9:30 – 4:30 – The Santa Fe River Protection Forum will be held at O’Leno State Park in High SpringsFind more info here.

October 9th & 10th – The 20th Annual Florida Remediation Conference will be held at theOrlando World Center MarriotFind more info here.

October 13th, 10 am – Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

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

November 3rd, 6pm-9pm – The Florida Springs Institute will host a Fall Fundraiser at The Hippodrome Theater in Gainesville 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 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.

 

Amendment 1 Telephone Call with Senator Bob Graham

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Saturday, September 13th, 2014 @ 10:19pm

Dear FCC Members, 

On Tuesday, September 16th, Florida’s Water and Land Legacy is hosting a telephone conversation with Senator Bob Graham to discuss Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. 

Join the call at 6:30 pm to find out how Amendent 1 will help keep Florida’s drinking water clean, protect our rivers, lakes and springs, restore natural treasures like the Everglades, and protect our beaches and wildlife for future generations. 

Just register here to join the conversation!

Best,

Ryan Smart                                                                                                                          
FCC

FCC Daily News Brief - September 12th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Friday, September 12th, 2014 @ 10:42am

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

September 12, 2014

Christopher Curry reports for the Gainesville Sun – “In a decision released Thursday afternoon, an administrative law judge ruled that the state’s proposed (minimum flows and levels) for the Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers are invalid because some of the required technical supporting information for them were too ‘vague.’” Read Ichetucknee, Lower Santa Fe MFLs are ruled invalid by judge.

Andy Reid reports for the Sun Sentinel – “Everglades restoration is in jeopardy because of a push by the sugar industry to build houses, shopping centers, and offices on sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee. If allowed, the sprawling development threatens to block Everglades restoration efforts to move more Lake Okeechobee water south to Everglades National Park. Sugar Hill would be the ‘death knell’ of the Everglades, said Jonathan Ullman, of the Sierra Club.” Read Big Sugar building proposal raises Everglades restoration concerns.

Chad Gillis reports for NewPress.com – The South Florida Water Management District approved a budget of $720 million dollars for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. "The districtwide tax rate is about 38 cents per $1,000, or $38.42 for a $100,000 home. The $720,792,791 is an increase over $665 million for the 2013-14 fiscal year, although the tax rate is slightly less than last year." Read the full story here.

The Palm Beach Post reports – “The South Florida Water Management District on Thursday approved the request for 14 million gallons of water a day from the brackish Floridan aquifer to cool the canals at Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point (nuclear) power plant.” Read State agrees to more water for Turkey Point canals.

Tom Swihart writes in the blog Watery Foundation – “The most recent ‘Long Range Program Plan’ for the Department of Environmental Projection expects no measurable improvement in overall groundwater quality in the next four years.” Read Next four water years.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

September 13th, 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm – The 3rd Annual Adena Protest Flotilla to benefit the Water Protect Fund will depart from Silver Springs State Park at 1:00 pm and be followed by an event with live music and food at the Ocala Boat ClubFind more info and buy your ticketshere.

September 19th & 20th – The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 9th, 9:30 – 4:30 – The Santa Fe River Protection Forum will be held at O’Leno State Park in High SpringsFind more info here.

October 9th & 10th – The 20th Annual Florida Remediation Conferencewill be held at the Orlando World Center MarriotFind more info here.

October 13th, 10 am – Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. 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 - September 11th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, September 11th, 2014 @ 9:12am

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

September 11, 2014

Stacey Singer writes in the Palm Beach Post – “U.S. Sugar is seeking approval from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to build up to 18,000 homes and 25 millions square feet of commerce space… on acres once pledged for Everglades restoration… Former Gov. Charlie Crist told the Post Editorial Board Wednesday that should he re-elected, closing the U.S. Sugar land deal will be one of his top priorities. The effect of Gov. Rick Scott’s administration now giving U.S. Sugar those development approvals would be to drive up the cost of restoring the Everglades, and possibly compromise it forever.” Read Could Scott – Crist race decide future of the Everglades?

Jennifer Portman reports in the Tallahassee Democrat – “Oyster harvesting in Apalachicola Bay may need to be shut down entirely for an extended period of time if new restrictions put in place for the coming winter don’t help the imperiled fishery recovery… The bay, which is suffering from a lack of freshwater allowed to flow down the Apalachicola River, was declared a fishery resource disaster by the federal government in August 2013 and things have only gotten worse.” Read Bay may need to be closed to oyster harvesting.

Sean Kinane reports for WMNF – “This summer could end up being one of the worst on record for Florida’s corals… water temperature in the Florida Keys has been so high that conditions over the next month could tip the balance of whether corals experience just a bad bleaching season or a devastating one.” Read the full story here.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

September 13th, 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm – The 3rd Annual Adena Protest Flotilla to benefit the Water Protect Fund will depart from Silver Springs State Park at 1:00 pm and be followed by an event with live music and food at the Ocala Boat Club. Find more info and buy your tickets here.

September 19th & 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 9th, 9:30 – 4:30 – The Santa Fe River Protection Forum will be held at O’Leno State Park in High Springs. Find more info here.

October 9th & 10th – The 20th Annual Florida Remediation Conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriot. Find more info here.

October 13th, 10 am Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. 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.oncoalition.org.

FCC Daily News Brief - September 10th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 @ 4:11pm

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

September 10, 2014

Aaron Deslatte reports in the Orlando Sentinel: “About two-dozen Florida springs clean-up projects got a $25 million taxpayer infusion Wednesday when a budget-writing panel signed off on plans to clean up leaky septic tanks and polluted waters, feeding both springs and development.” The article continues, “The biggest ground-shift may be Amendment 1 on the Nov. 4 ballot, which would require state budget-writers to dedicate roughly $1 billion a year to conservation and water clean-up projects… ‘Amendment 1’s really going to drive a lot of the discussion on springs,’ (Senate President Andy) Gardiner said. ‘If it passes, it’s really going to give us a diagram.” Read Lawmakers OK $25 million for springs clean-up.

Alex Leary reports in the Tampa Bay Times: The U.S. House passed H.R. 5078, the Water of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which was opposed by environmental groups. All of Florida’s Republican representatives, and Democrat Alcee Hastings, voted in support of the bill. Read House passes Southerland bill to block federal oversight of wetlands.

Jim Waymer reports in Florida Today: “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission lists a possible 50 percent cut to the agency's harmful algae bloom monitoring program, according to a budget report on the Commission's agenda Wednesday in Kissimmee. That would severely limit or do away with FWC's ongoing investigation into recent lagoon manatee, dolphin and pelican die-offs, the report says.” Read the full story here.

Chad Gillis reports for NewPress.com: “The U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to announce Friday that it will give $20 million to the state of Florida for the construction of bridges across Tamiami Trail. Sen. Bill Nelson said the money will improve driving conditions and also help boost the $10 billion Everglades restoration by allowing water to flow under the highway, which has acted as a damn for nearly a century - choking off Everglades National Park from its headwaters at Lake Okeechobee.” Read the full story here.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

September 13th, 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm – The 3rd Annual Adena Protest Flotilla to benefit the Water Protect Fund will depart from Silver Springs State Park at 1:00 pm and be followed by an event with live music and food at the Ocala Boat Club. Find more info and buy your tickets here.

September 19th & 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 9th & 10th – The 20th Annual Florida Remediation Conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriot. Find more info here.

October 13th, 10 am Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

October 17th & 18th – Audubon Florida will host the 2014 Audubon Assembly on Hutchinson Island. 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 - September 9th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 @ 2:31pm

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

September 9, 2014

Eryn Worthington reports in the Citrus County Chronicle:  “The FCC brought in heavy hitters on Saturday to attend a major jamboree at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in efforts to showcase the park and preserving area springs’ natural beauty.” More than 2,700 people attended Speak Up Homosassa Springs. Read Activists speak up at Homosassa Springs

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board writes: “For the last 50 years, Florida’s governors have been reasonably responsible stewards of the state’s fragile environment. They initiated efforts to clean up rivers and bays, buy and preserve millions of acres of sensitive land, manage growth and preserve the Everglades… In just four years, Gov. Rick Scott has put those accomplishments at risk. Scott has bulldozed a record of environmental protection that his Republican and Democratic predecessors spent decades building... His record reflects a callous disregard for the state’s natural resources and no understanding of how deeply Floridians care about their state’s beauty and treasures.”  Read The Rick Scott record: an environmental disaster.

Manley Fuller & Jan Goldman-Carter write in the Tallahassee Democrat: “The message should be loud and clear: We need to do all we can to protect our rivers, lakes and estuaries if we want to keep our economy strong. The federal Environmental Protection Agency is currently taking comments on a proposal to do just that… Why then is Congressman Steve Southerland championing a bill to block this protection of our waterways and wetlands?” Read Let’s keep cleaning up Florida’s water.

The Ocala Star Banner editorial board writes: “A proposed rule that would clarify what bodies of water fall under federal regulation has created a political firestorm here in Florida, pitting dozens of environmental groups against a powerful coalition of big business, big agriculture and conservative politicians. The idea originally was to bring clarity to what waters and wetlands fall under EPA purview… But so far, the only thing that is clear is the opposition – led by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam – is more concerned about protecting our big business and agricultural interests than protecting our state’s steadily deteriorating rivers, lakes and springs. Read Dirty water politics.

Charles Pattison writes in the Palm Beach Post – “With the economic recovery in full swing, there are now numerous proposals for major development in rural western Palm Beach County… Last week, in a five-two vote, the Palm Beach County Commission approved transmitting plans for one of these developments – Minto West – to a variety of state agencies for their review… Approving the expanded Minto West will have considerable costs for taxpayers, harm Everglades restoration efforts and forever destroy the rural character of western central Palm Beach County. Read The fight to save rural Palm Beach County is not over.

The Weather Channel profiles: 18 stunning Florida springs.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

September 13th, 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm – The 3rd Annual Adena Protest Flotilla to benefit the Water Protect Fund will depart from Silver Springs State Park at 1:00 pm and be followed by an event with live music and food at the Ocala Boat ClubFind more info and buy your tickets here.

September 19th & 20th – The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 9th & 10th – The 20th Annual Florida Remediation Conference will be held at theOrlando World Center MarriotFind more info here.

October 13th, 10 am – Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

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

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 Urges Congress to Vote No on Legislation to Weaken Clean Water Act

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, September 8th, 2014 @ 8:37pm

Dear FCC Members,

Today the Florida Conservation Coalition requested that members of Florida's congressional delegation vote against House Resolution 5078, the "Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.” This legislation by Florida Congressman Steve Southerland is an unnecessary and poorly considered attempt to block adoption and implementation of the proposed "Definition of Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act” rule, which clarifies federal jurisdiction to protect America’s waters and associated wetlands.

Florida’s water resources and their wetlands are paramount to our safety, economy, quality of life and environment. Florida’s water resources rely on wetlands, and Florida has already lost half of its historic wetlands acreage. Continued degradation is a key issue for Florida which has the most wetlands of any state in the lower 48 and relies on these resources for drinking water, flood protection of infrastructure, water storage and groundwater recharge, water quality, habitat protection and a recreation oriented economy. 

The full FCC letter to Florida's congressional delegation is attached below. 

You can find contact information to call or write your congressperson, and ask them to Vote No on H.R. 5078, by clicking here.

Best,

Ryan Smart
FCC

2750+ Attend Speak Up Homosassa Springs Event

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, September 8th, 2014 @ 3:51pm

Dear FCC Members,

On Saturday more than 2750 people from Citrus County and throughout Florida joined Senator Bob Graham, State Senator Charlie Dean and the Florida Conservation Coalition to Speak Up for Homosassa Springs.

Attendees enjoyed a fantastic group of speakers, live music from the Magic Bus Band and more than two dozen exhibitors. 

Thank you to all of the FCC members who attended Saturday's event. For those of you who weren't able come out you, can read about the event in the Citrus County Chronicle.

Best,

Ryan Smart
FCC

This Saturday - Speak Up Homosassa Springs Free Event featuring Senator Bob Graham

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, September 4th, 2014 @ 8:57am

Dear FCC Members, 

The Florida Conservation Coalition and Citrus County Chronicle invite you to join Senator Bob Graham this Saturday, September 6th, for a FREE DAY of wildlife encounters, public addresses, live music, nature activities and educational exhibits at 
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park located at 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34448.

Come enjoy a fun and educational day in one of Florida's most spectacular state parks, home to manatees, wading birds, red wolves, a hippopotamus and an eight-month-old Florida panther, as well other wildlife and a floating underwater observatory. 

See the full intinerary for the event below.


Questions? Email Ryan Smart at Smarts421@gmail.com


                        Itinerary


Public Addresses and Live Music at the Garden of the Springs


10:00 a.m. – Exhibits Open

10:30 a.m. – Wildlife Encounters

11:30 a.m. – Manatee Program

11:45 a.m. – Magic Bus Band Performs Live              

12:45 p.m. – Public Addresses Featuring 

               Senator Bob Graham
            Senator Charlie Dean
                           &
            Other Notable Speakers

2:30 p.m. – Magic Bus Band Performs Live & Wildlife Encounters

3:30 p.m. – Manatee Program

4:00 p.m. – Event Closes

This Saturday - Speak Up Homosassa Springs Free Event featuring Senator Bob Graham

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 @ 1:48pm

Dear FCC Members, 

The Florida Conservation Coalition and Citrus County Chronicle invite you to join Senator Bob Graham this Saturday, September 6th, for a FREE DAY of wildlife encounters, public addresses, live music, nature activities and educational exhibits at 
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park located at 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34448.

Come enjoy a fun and educational day in one of Florida's most spectacular state parks, home to manatees, wading birds, red wolves, a hippopotamus and an eight-month-old Florida panther, as well other wildlife and a floating underwater observatory. 

See the full intinerary for the event below.


Questions? Email Ryan Smart at Smarts421@gmail.com.

Itinerary


Public Addresses and Live Music at the Garden of the Springs


10:00 a.m. – Exhibits Open

10:30 a.m. – Wildlife Encounters

11:30 a.m. – Manatee Program

11:45 a.m. – Magic Bus Band Performs Live              

12:45 p.m. – Public Addresses Featuring 

               Senator Bob Graham
                           &
            Other Notable Speakers

2:30 p.m. – Magic Bus Band Performs Live & Wildlife Encounters

3:30 p.m. – Manatee Program

4:00 p.m. – Event Closes

FCC Daily News Brief - September 2nd, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 @ 11:03am

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

September 2, 2014

Matt Reed writes in Florida Today – “Bob Graham, the former governor and U.S. senator, met with us to pitch Amendment 1 last week. I was unacquainted with both, but soon reached two conclusions. Graham loves Florida and knows as well as anyone how it works. Amendment 1 is a sound idea for the economy and environment…” Read Let growth pay for conservation.

A.B. Sibide interviews Senator Bob Graham in the Citrus County Chronicle – Speaking about Amendment 1 Graham says “This is the latest version of a funding mechanism that the state has used for decades to guarantee funding for the conservation program. And I think the state is a much better place because of those past efforts.” Senator Graham will headline Speak Up Homosassa Springs on September 6th at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Read Still fighting the fight.

Mary Shanklin reports in the Orlando Sentinel – State Sen. David Simmons this week encouraged commercial real-estate brokers to embrace (Amendment 1) on November's ballot.” Simmons told the group in Orlando, “Nitrates are seeping into the aquifer and migrating… We don’t want to be drinking out of the toilet, and that’s what we’re doing right now. We want to be drinking pristine, pure water.” Read Embrace water-quality amendment, Simmons tells real-estate brokers.

Jim Waymer reports in Florida Today – “Florida should guarantee a third of the taxes on real estate documents go toward buying and managing more land to protect the Indian River Lagoon and other state waters, advocates of Amendment 1 said Thursday.” Senator Bob Graham, Clay Henderson and Laurilee Thompson spoke to a packed house at the Florida Institute of Technology about the Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment. Read Graham leads land-water plan discussion.

Jenny Staletovitch reports for the Miami Herald –Florida Power & Light needs millions more gallons of freshwater to manage cooling canals that keep two nuclear reactors at Turkey Point from overheating, company officials said in an emergency request to the South Florida Water Management District.” Read the full story here.

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board writes –Many of the state's rivers and springs have been in a steady decline for years from pollution and excessive groundwater pumping. Yet lawmakers failed again this year to pass legislation to protect and conserve water, even though there was a bipartisan plan to do both.” Read Don’t reduce protection for endangered waters.

Jennifer Portman with the Tallahassee Democrat writes –The 130-page report by the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute in Gainesville brings together the most up-to-date information on the (Wakulla) springs current condition and the threats it faces — as well as a road map advocates say must be followed if the spring is to avoid becoming a ‘Black Lagoon’ and have a chance to recapture some of its former glory as a ‘Crystal Bowl of Light.’” Read Report details a people’s restoration plan for Wakulla Spring.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

September 6th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Join Senator Bob Graham, the Florida Conservation Coalition and concerned citizens of Citrus County at “Speak Up Homosassa Springs,” a call to action to protect and restore the waters of Citrus County and all of Florida’s treasured waterways. There will be no admission charge to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of Florida’s most spectacular State Parks, which features a floating underwater observatory, manatees, wading birds, red wolves, a six month old Florida panther, as well as other wildlife and exhibits.  Find more info here.

September 13th, 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm – The 3rd Annual Adena Protest Flotilla to benefit the Water Protect Fund will depart from Silver Springs State Park at 1:00 pm and be followed by an event with live music and food at the Ocala Boat Club. Find more info and buy your tickets here.

September 19th & 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 9th & 10th – The 20th Annual Florida Remediation Conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriot. Find more info here.

October 13th, 10 am Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

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

Tonight! Join Senator Bob Graham at "Choosing Our Legacy" Event in Melbourne

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, August 28th, 2014 @ 9:05am

Dear FCC Members,

Tonight, please join former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham, Preserve Brevard, the Florida Conservation Coalition and our other sponsor organizations at "Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1." The event will take place at the Gleason Auditorium on the Florida Institute of Technology campus in Melbourne beginning with live music from the Ashley Gang at 6:00 p.m. Speakers include Senator Bob Graham, Clay Henderson and Laurilee Thompson. See the flyer below for more information.

Reserve your seat at no cost by resgistering at http://amendment1.eventbrite.com.

Hope to see you tonight in Melbourne.

Best,

Ryan Smart
FCC

Sleepy Creek Lands / Adena Springs Ranch Administrative Hearing Update

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, August 28th, 2014 @ 8:52am

Dear FCC members,

The Administrative Hearing to challenge the Sleepy Creek Lands (formerly known as Adena Springs Ranch) Consumptive Use Permit and Environmental Resource Permit is underway this week at the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) Headquarters in Palatka. (Click here for a map.)

Tonight, from 6 pm to 9 pm, the Administrative Law Judge will allow the public to comment on the record at the Hearing. These comments will also be considered by SJRWMD staff in making their final recommendations to the District’s Governing Board.

The Hearing was requested by St. Johns Riverkeeper, Sierra Club Florida, and two concerned citizens, Karen Ahlers and Jerri Baldwin. They contend that the SJRWMD has failed to account for the significant impacts to the flow of Silver Springs, Silver and Ocklawha Rivers and Salt Springs and the increased nutrient loading that will result from the manure of 9,500 head of cattle and the use of large quantities of fertilizer and water.

You can find more information on the St. Johns Riverkeeper website.

Best,

Ryan Smart

FCC

Only Two Days Left - Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment Event featuring Senator Bob Graham

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 @ 3:57pm

Dear FCC Members,

This Thursday, August 28th, please join former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham, Preserve Brevard, the Florida Conservation Coalition and our other sponsor organizations at "Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1." The event will take place at the Gleason Auditorium on the Florida Institute of Technology campus in Melbourne beginning with live music from the Ashley Gang. Speakers include Senator Bob Graham, Clay Henderson and Laurilee Thompson.

For more information see the flyer below or contact me at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org
Reserve your seat at no cost by resgistering at http://amendment1.eventbrite.com.

Best,

Ryan Smart
FCC

FCC Daily News Brief - August 25th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Monday, August 25th, 2014 @ 10:56am

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

August 25, 2014

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board writes – “Florida's Republican leaders have said little about their secret trips to Big Sugar's leased hunting ranch in Texas, but their record of selling out the public interest says plenty about the impact this incestuous relationship could have on state water policy. Their low regard for clean water, cozy dealings with the agriculture industry and consistent refusal to hold polluters accountable makes it difficult to envision a fair debate over how to manage the state's precious natural resource.” Read Stacked deck on Florida water policy.

Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier writes in National Geographic – A look at the “love-hate relationship between manatees… and the humans who call this place home” at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida. Read The last spring: protecting Florida’s manatees.

Tyler Treadway reports in TCPALM – “The University of Florida Water Institute is diving right into the deep end of the pool: Plan 6.The Florida Senate is giving the institute six months and $250,000 to evaluate numerous ways to send Lake Okeechobee water to the Everglades, which — fingers crossed — could decrease or eliminate discharges east to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon.” Because of funding and time limitations The Institute will not be generating any new data or research for the evaluation. Read the full story here.

Bruce Ritchie reports in Context Florida - “Environmental issues are becoming high profile in the Florida Panhandle, as they should anywhere in Florida.” Read Environment is an issue in Panhandle race for Congress.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

August 28th, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 6th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Join Senator Bob Graham, the Florida Conservation Coalition and concerned citizens of Citrus County at “Speak Up Homosassa Springs,” a call to action to protect and restore the waters of Citrus County and all of Florida’s treasured waterways. There will be no admission charge to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of Florida’s most spectacular State Parks, which features a floating underwater observatory, manatees, wading birds, red wolves, a six month old Florida panther, as well as other wildlife and exhibits.  Find more info here.

September 13th, 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm – The 3rd Annual Adena Protest Flotilla to benefit the Water Protect Fund will depart from Silver Springs State Park at 1:00 pm and be followed by an event with live music and food at the Ocala Boat Club. Find more info and buy your tickets here.

September 19th & 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 9th & 10th – The 20th Annual Florida Remediation Conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriot. Find more info here.

October 13th, 10 am Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

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

Join Senator Bob Graham & the FCC at Speak Up Homosassa Springs Free Event

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 @ 8:14am

Dear FCC Members,

The Florida Conservation Coalition and Citrus County Chronicle invite you to a FREE DAY of wildlife encounters, public addresses, live music, nature activities and educational exhibits at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

We hope you will join former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham on September 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a fun and educational day in one of Florida's most spectacular state parks, home to manatees, wading birds, red wolves, a hippopotamus and an eight-month-old Florida panther, as well other wildlife and a floating underwater observatory. 

Live music begins at 11:45 a.m. followed by public addresses from Senator Graham and other notable speakers beginning at 12:45 p.m. There will be no admission charge to Homosossa Springs Wildlife State Park for the event.

For more information see the flyer below.

Questions? Email Ryan Smart at Smarts421@gmail.com.

FCC Daily News Brief - August 21st, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Thursday, August 21st, 2014 @ 10:59am

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

August 21, 2014

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board writes – Following a meeting between Governor Rick Scott and climate scientists on Tuesday the Times editorial board writes, “Scott has heard from the scientists, and he doesn’t have to pretend to be one to address climate change. The next governor and the Legislature should meet this challenge with real solutions rather than denying it exists and leaving future generations to pay for their neglect.” Read Scott has heard the science, now he should act.

John Dunn writes in the Ocala Star-Banner – “Star Banner editorial page editor Brad Rogers got it right. Silence, he wrote recently, is what we get from many local elected officials instead of solutions to our most vexing problems. But we do have leaders – only they’re not elected. Consider Karen Ahlers and Jeri Baldwin. They are two exceedingly brave and determined women who are waging a legal battle to stop billionaire Frank Stronach from getting a water permit for a 30,000-acre cattle farm and slaughterhouse in Marion County.” Read Two women take on Stronach to save our water, springs.

Jessica Palombo reports for WFSU – “A few years back, the polluted St. Johns River became the test case for the voluntary water-quality credit program. The theory, state regulators say, was to foster regional cooperation by adding an economic incentive for water cleanup… But Lisa Rinaman, head of the non-profit St. Johns Riverkeeper, says the river isn’t benefiting long-term from the program.” Read Can a version of cap-and-trade reduce water pollution? Florida hopes so.

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

August 28th, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 6th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Join Senator Bob Graham, the Florida Conservation Coalition and concerned citizens of Citrus County at “Speak Up Homosassa Springs,” a call to action to protect and restore the waters of Citrus County and all of Florida’s treasured waterways. There will be no admission charge to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of Florida’s most spectacular State Parks, which features a floating underwater observatory, manatees, wading birds, red wolves, a six month old Florida panther, as well as other wildlife and exhibits.  Find more info here.

September 13th, 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm – The 3rd Annual Adena Protest Flotilla to benefit the Water Protect Fund will depart from Silver Springs State Park at 1:00 pm and be followed by an event with live music and food at the Ocala Boat Club. Find more info and buy your tickets here.

September 19th & 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 9th & 10th – The 20th Annual Florida Remediation Conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriot. Find more info here.

October 13th, 10 am Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

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

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.

Register Today - Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment Educational Event in Brevard County

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 @ 11:44am

Dear FCC Members,

On Thursday, August 28th, please join former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham, Preserve Brevard, the Florida Conservation Coalition and our other sponsor organizations at "Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1." The event will take place at the Gleason Auditorium on the Florida Institute of Technology campus in Melbourne beginning with live music at 6:00 p.m. from the Ashley Gang. Speakers include Senator Bob Graham, Clay Henderson and Laurilee Thompson.

For more information see the flyer below or contact me at rsmart@floridaconservationcoalition.org. To RSVP for the event go to http://amendment1.eventbrite.com.

Best,

Ryan Smart
FCC

FCC Daily News Brief - August 20th, 2014

E-mail sent by Ryan Smart, Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 @ 11:39am

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

August 20, 2014

The Naples Daily News reports – “Lee County commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a resolution in support of a proposed Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment.” Read the full story here.

Matt Dixon reports in the Tampa Tribune – “After a 30-minute meeting Tuesday with Gov. Rick Scott, five university scientists remained skeptical he’s giving the idea of man-made climate change serious consideration. ‘There was in fact no acknowledgement of the seriousness of the issue,’ said David Hastings, a professor of marine science and chemistry at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, “He did not reflect on the science, either.’” Read Scientists fear Scott avoids climate change.

Michael Van Sickler and Craig Pittman report in the Tampa Bay Times – “To say that Steve Crisafulli is comfortable working with the sugar industry is an understatement. Crisafulli, who becomes the most powerful man in the Florida House of Representative this fall, has been a major beneficiary of the state’s sugar industry. During the last two election cycles, agricultural interests have contributed at least $200,000 to Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and his political actions committees. U.S. Sugar contributed nearly half of that total, $94,500.” Read With close ties to sugar, next House speaker admits King Ranch trip.

Jeff Schweers reports in the Gainesville Sun – “Candidates for governor and state Legislature better burnish their environmental records – if a University of Florida survey is any indication of how voters feel about the environment. The environment is one of the 10 most important issues among Floridians, with the vast majority saying they would support land conservation programs and candidates who say they support conservation efforts, according to a newly released UF survey.” Read Survey: Environment weight heavily on state resident’s minds.

 

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings

August 28th, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pmThe Florida Conservation Coalition and Preserve Brevard will host Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1 at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Find more info and register to attend here.

September 6th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Join Senator Bob Graham, the Florida Conservation Coalition and concerned citizens of Citrus County at “Speak Up Homosassa Springs,” a call to action to protect and restore the waters of Citrus County and all of Florida’s treasured waterways. There will be no admission charge to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of Florida’s most spectacular State Parks, which features a floating underwater observatory, manatees, wading birds, red wolves, a six month old Florida panther, as well as other wildlife and exhibits.  Find more info here.

September 19th & 20th  The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake WalesFind more info here.

October 9th & 10th – The 20th Annual Florida Remediation Conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriot. Find more info here.

October 13th, 10 am Preserve Our Environment is sponsoring a program featuring Sonny Vergara at the Villages Library in Wildwood to educate Floridians about the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. Find more info here.

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

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.

** The Florida Conservation Coalition has included a “one-click option” to help those who want a convenient way to reach those who need to be contacted, but it is technically impossible to make this function with all email clients. There will also be a downloadable and printable text version that can be copied into your email, but you will have to also place the addresses individually.  We are sorry for the additional time that this second option might require but that is the state of current technology.**


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