PROMARKET: Meet the sugar barons who used both sides of American politics to get billions in subsidies
Reform for one of the nation’s most despicable corporate welfare programs is back on the table. Now is a good time for Floridians to get educated on the dark world in which the sugar industry works – especially the Fanjuls of Florida Crystals, who benefit the most from the lion’s share of a $4 billion annual handout.
We will continue to shine a big bright light on the legalized corruption that lives inside BOTH political parties until clean freshwater is moving SOUTH to the Everglades, where it belongs.
“Business and the environment are not at odds. They are totally linked and industry is crazy not to embrace steps to promote a clean environment.
Investments we make now to restore and protect our environment have a huge long-term positive return.” – Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft Boats headquartered in Orlando
Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani: “This airborne stuff is all new ground. People think, 'Well, if I just don't get in the water, I'll be fine,' but this is a bigger realm now – it’s the air you breathe."
Bad for the environment. Worse for humans. Subsidized by the American taxpayer.
"Kina Phillips, 44, a mother of three from South Bay whose husband works for one of the local sugar companies, says it’s time for locals to 'step up and stop turning a blind eye' to a powerful industry that is poisoning her community."
Anyone leery that change has arrived should read this Thanksgiving message from Col. Andrew Kelly. With pressure from Governor Ron DeSantis and persistent and unapologetic work from Congressman Brian Mast, the Army Corps did something they’ve never done before: They bucked the political whims of Big Sugar.
The problems that plague our waterways and are killing the Everglades won't be solved with the flip of a switch, but this is what progress looks like. For that, all Floridians should be thankful.
"It's incumbent on us to make sure the next generation does not have as much of a burden." –Chauncey Goss, Chairman of SFWMD
"I'm hoping this is a permanently changed mindset where the public really voices how they value the environment and passes that on.” –Dr. Mike Parsons, FGCU
WUSF NEWS: Florida's Red Tide Is Back. One of North America's Rarest Bird Species Is Among Its Latest Victims
“These birds are giving us a signal. What they're revealing to us is that the problems that we already know are a problem, are not going away. They're only getting worse.” – Zoologist Ken Meyer, director of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute in Gainesville
Politicians have allowed Big Sugar to commandeer the water for the Everglades. Meanwhile, politicians are considering allowing this to continue in North Florida. Just NO.
Nope. Nope. Hmmm mmmm. No. No. No. No. Hell No! No.
From the collapsing Everglades to toxic blue-green algae blooms, to red tide and brown tide, to high fecal counts in our oceans, Floridians of all stripes are waking up to the man-made causes of these broken systems. But knowledge isn’t meaningful if it doesn’t result in action. Stay awake. This is your home.
Captains For Clean Water started out as a group of fishing guides that “had enough” of Florida’s poor water management practices. They discovered the solution has been delayed for decades because of a lack of political will and public awareness. Now, they work like we work every single day – to save Florida’s waterways and America’s Everglades.