Mike Knepper of Stuart spoke at the meeting: "We have pleaded with you, we have begged you and now we are demanding you stop this spraying. The people of Florida are sick of you killing our environment and I'm here to tell you, there is a tsunami headed your way. You can't stop it because there are too many of us."
Are you listening, Rodney Barreto?
Make no mistake, generations of spineless politicians and two greedy sugar companies have done the most damage to America's Everglades. But these pythons are a close third. Let's hope technology can kick their butts.
SUN-SENTINEL, OPINION: Everglades restoration is more important than ever after we dodged Hurricane Dorian
Audubon Florida: “With South Florida at the epicenter of climate change and trends pointing to more frequent and intense extreme weather events, Everglades restoration is more important than ever. Now is the time to push restoration projects across the finish line. Mother Nature cut (some of) us a break with Hurricane Dorian. She may not be so benevolent the next time around.”
“Like a coach drawing X's and O's on the sideline, the state's Blue-Green Algae Task Force is writing its playbook for cleaning up Florida's waterways.”
This playbook will make its way to the Florida Legislature. And that’s where the public comes in. Stay tuned.
“The Everglades are dying. On this matter, there is no debate. But for the first time in two decades, there is reason for guarded optimism. That hope is the good news. The bad news: We’ve been here before, only to see hope dashed.”
Without sustained political pressure from Floridians, the sugar cartel will push us all backwards, again.
Guess what else protects South Florida from sea-level rise? A healthy Everglades.
“Cutler Bay encompasses a host of coastal wetlands habitat overseen by various regulatory agencies. While much of that land is already protected from development, the town’s goal is to make sure those critical areas remain healthy.”
Netflix, Rotten: This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.
ROTTEN. What a perfect word to describe Big Sugar – an industry that rots our political process, our Everglades, environment, drinking water supply and wildlife. (Not to mention our health.)
We’ve been shining a big bright light on their atrocities. In this episode of "Rotten," Netflix does too. "Rotten" Season 2, Episode 4 - A Sweet Deal - is MUST-WATCH.
Congressman Brian Mast: “For the last nine out of 11 years, the estuaries have been hit with massive discharges and toxic algae blooms. This summer, things were done differently."
Now, as a result of changing the paradigm of managing water, the sugar cartel is on the warpath and the lawsuits are flying. But as Bob Dylan reminds us, “The times they are a changin’."
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“The question is whether legislators are prepared to do more than throwing money at our water problems — or whether there's any appetite for tougher regulations that could make a far bigger difference.”
Governor Ron DeSantis is serious as a heart attack. DEP is working on their regulation proposals as we speak. Our collective job will be to get the Florida Legislature to act.
Now that the Army Corps, not to mention the Governor and a growing list of congressmen, is looking out for more than just Big Sugar, these sugar boys are hoppin' mad. Go Army!