NBC2: Stone crabs may be facing their worst season in 15 years

It almost seems trite to worry about stone crab season. Unless it’s your family’s business, that is. The loss to the industry and all who enjoy the sweet crab claw is a harbinger of things to come if the Florida Legislature continues to drag its feet on real solutions to escalating toxins in our waterways.

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WLRN: Florida's Dirty Water Tops List of Woes For New Chief Science Officer

“Florida's ongoing water woes tops the list of problems to be tackled by Dr. Tom Frazer. The department plans to announce the meeting date and location of the blue-green algae task force, made up of five scientists including four from state universities, in the coming days. The meeting will be open to the public.”

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ORLANDO SENTINEL: Florida waters are killing people — I was almost one of them

“This happened in July 2016. It was during one of those blue-green algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee that prompts the Army Corps to dump water into the Caloosahatchee and the Gulf of Mexico. To the east it flows out the St. Lucie River to the Atlantic. Maybe you recall seeing stories and dramatic video from both coasts. It could have been a bad movie — Invasion of the Green Slime Monsters.”

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MIAMI HERALD: White House changes course, backs push for $200M in Everglades Funding

“You say ‘thank you’ for this $200 million but also recognize that this level of commitment needs to be there this year and the year after and the year after ... the longer things go, the more expensive they get. There’s a lot at stake for the state of Florida. Chop chop – let’s get this done.”

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TC PALM Analysis: Uncooperative Florida Crystals holds key to Lake Okeechobee reservoir expansion

Pepe and Alfy Fanjul could easily swap some of their land for state land to make the reservoir project much more beneficial, by allowing Lake O water to move south to man-made filtration marshes. After all, we all pay to clean up the pollution coming off their land and heavily subsidize their business. Why do you think they refuse 🤔

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TC PALM: SFWMD board OKs new mission statement emphasizing environmental protection, transparency

Rearranging priorities, even in their mission statement, tells us a lot about this new Governing Board's priorities. It's a 180 from the brazen sugar-aligned former board. These are the building blocks of progress.

Thank you, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, for leading the charge!

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BRADENTON HERALD: What did Florida lawmakers do about red tide? Not enough, critics say

Governor DeSantis put forth an aggressive, bold agenda, and the largest funding request to go with it, just a few days into his term of office. We have a growing number of legislators who are beginning to see the light. But not nearly enough. The sugar cartel and polluters still call too many shots in the Florida Legislature.

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FIU NEWS: Ecologist joins state algae task force

Evelyn Gaiser, PhD – Everglades and climate change superstar.

“The ecologist is among the five experts who have been called on to make recommendations to expedite nutrient reduction projects and to identify opportunities to fund those projects in and around Lake O and other key waterways.”

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E&E NEWS: Meet Florida's scuba-diving congresswoman

We have been very impressed with the work this freshman has been doing in DC on behalf of the Everglades. Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is an example of a new generation of thoughtful leaders, putting the people's priorities ahead of special interests, like Big Sugar.

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TC PALM: New SFWMD board hints at regulating water polluters, criticizes BMPs honor system

We’re witnessing a shift in the priorities of the new SFWMD Governing Board that is well overdue. It’s past time that agencies charged with the public trust actually worked for the public and not special interests. Regulating pollution and holding polluters accountable? How refreshing.

We applaud this Governing Board’s commitment to transparency, the public interest and common sense.

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