NEWS-PRESS: Environment: Money, water and bears top issues

News-Press: January 3, 2016. Written by Chad Gillis.

The economy and environment go hand-in-hand in Florida, and each year the state faces a myriad of known threats and the occasional surprise.

Algal blooms like red tide and cyanobacteria can happen any year, but we also get oddities like hurricanes or an especially strong El Nino — which dropped summer-like rains in January, the middle of dry season.

And while long-term weather and tropical storms are difficult to forecast, there are several known challenges and opportunities coming in 2017. From politicians deciding the fate of hundreds of millions of dollars to the decision on whether or not to hold a black bear hunt, Florida's wild lands and wildlife will make headlines for the next 12 months.

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