We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that none of this is good for human health. And we know, with overwhelming, independent science, how to get this under control. Unless and until politicians will get agricultural polluters under control, things grow much worse from here.
Everglades Restoration 101: Get freshwater clean and sent south from Lake O. Do not let Big Sugar force polluted and toxic water east and west OR injected into our aquifer.
Pretty simple until politics (sugar cartel) gets in the way.
Environmentalists praise plan to spend hotel taxes on ailing springs and lakes. But the tourism industry is fighting it.
Say what?! Leadership in the Florida House is making a bold move, working to make Florida the first state to tie water quality to tourism. The tourism industry – the largest industry in the state by a mile – relies on clean water for its survival yet has never joined us in the battles for clean water and are fighting this.
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