NBC 2: Written by Jaclyn Bevis. November 9, 2018. More concerns were reported after the South Florida Water Management District approved a new lease with sugar farms for land in the Everglades Agricultural Area. The district noted a requirement in Senate Bill 10 to continue the lease, but one of the bill's co-sponsors in the Florida House said that's not the case. "I would question whether Senate Bill 10 would have been the motivator for this lease," Representative Heather Fitzenhagen said. "Why the urgency at the last minute to put it on the agenda? And why not have shorter lease terms so we can have more flexibility as a state to begin work on one of the most important pieces of legislation that's come across the state of Florida in years." Continue reading "Environmentalists upset about leases extended to sugar farmers"read moreBradenton Herald: Written by Jenny Staletovich. November 7, 2018. Just before Hurricane Michael made landfall last month, a ferocious red tide that had scoured Florida’s Gulf Coast for a year, depositing countless dead sea turtles, dolphin and other marine life on beaches before spreading to the Atlantic coast, had finally started to wane. In most places, with the wet season winding down and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers easing up on releasing polluted water from Lake Okeechobee, the toxic algae that had become a key election year campaign issue had dropped to relatively low levels. Fish kills were down and so were the coughing fits among beach-goers. But in the weeks following the storm, red tide that is already considered the worst in a decade has roared back. Continue reading "Why won’t red tide go away? After Hurricane Michael, toxic algae has again spread"read more
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