In other good news, permits have been issued moving us a giant step closer to raising more of the roadway on Tamiami Trail so that freshwater can flow under and into the Everglades.
This is a crucial project for Everglades restoration, we’re thrilled to see it moving quickly!
A new bipartisan effort is underway to reform the bloated federal sugar subsidy program, a program that hasn’t changed in 80 years!
Last year, Big Sugar managed to kill an amendment to the Federal Farm Bill which would have reformed their corporate welfare scheme.
It was hard to watch, but only three Florida politicians were willing to stand up to sugar and vote their conscience: then-Congressman Ron DeSantis, Congressman Brian Mast, and Congressman Francis Rooney all voted in favor of the amendment, but that wasn’t enough to overcome sugar’s influence in Congress.
Now, we’ve got another chance to reform the program. Big Sugar will hate it. But this is where real change begins.
Call your representatives and tell them you support Fair Sugar Policy.
The Governor and DEP are taking aim at the state’s biggest sources of pollution: farms, aging wastewater treatment plants, stormwater and treated human waste used as fertilizer. Once the legislation is finalized, it will be in the hands of the Legislature. Stay tuned!
The fuse has been lit and it will take time to pull us out of the spiral. Governor DeSantis and his agencies are firing on all cylinders, but without swift and certain action from the Florida Legislature, things only grow worse from here. No more excuses, lawmakers. No finger pointing. Do your job.
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.”