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Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

Miami Herald story shows dark side of South Florida’s big-money, cash-only real estate deals

By: - July 19, 2018

The Miami Herald has a fascinating story today: “How Dirty is Miami real estate? Secret home deals dried up when feds started watching.”  The story highlights multi-million-dollar cash buyers in the real estate market who shield their identities. A new study says that once the U.S. Treasury Department issued a temporary rule to try to […]

Koch brothers set up new political committee to funnel cash in governor’s race, Politico reports

By: - July 18, 2018

Politico reports this morning that a political group backed by Republican mega-donors the Koch Brothers is setting up shop in Florida, presumably to funnel cash into the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis. – a Trump favorite. The new committee is chaired by Mark Holden, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of […]

Watch these cops trying to enforce the beach access law that isn’t a law anymore anyway

By: - July 17, 2018

Watch these two sheriff’s deputies struggle to enforce the stupid law the Legislature passed this year about “customary use” of our public beaches. The beachgoers ask the deputies where they are allowed to be sitting under the new regime, and basically they are supposed to have their chairs in the Gulf of Mexico. Gov. Scott […]

Deputies seize 2004 Toyota and kayaks from 77-year-old Maggy Hurchalla in free speech case

By: - July 17, 2018

Sheriff’s deputies seized a 2004 Toyota and two aging kayaks from well-known South Florida environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla yesterday, she says. The seizures are the latest in a dramatic legal battle that pits the 77-year-old Hurchalla against a billionaire who filed suit against her after she opposed his South Florida rock mining operation. Hurchalla is the […]

The feds say they will keep releasing vile Lake Okeechobee pollution to coasts

By: - July 16, 2018

Despite the nasty fluorescent green algae outbreak that’s happening off South Florida’s east and west coasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed releases of the polluted water from Lake Okeechobee that’s filled with fertilizer, manure and sewage from surrounding industrial agriculture operations and cities north of the lake. The Okeechobee swill flows out […]

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GOP environmentalists today: As rare as a Florida panther

By: - July 16, 2018

In Florida, Republican environmentalists used to be a thing. And they didn’t get more prominent than Nathaniel Pryor Reed. The legendary conservationist from South Florida’s Jupiter Island died last week at the age of 84. Nat loved the woods and waters since boyhood. He spent his life trying to save wild Florida so that future […]

Scott seeks oily bucks for U.S. Senate campaign

By: - July 13, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott is flying to Oklahoma City this Thursday to seek political contributions from a who’s who of American fracking, oil, and coal company executives, the media outlet Energy & Environment News reports. E&E got a copy of the fundraiser invitation, and confirmed that Scott will lunch in a restaurant in the headquarters of […]

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Legendary conservationist Nathaniel Reed dies at 84

By: - July 13, 2018

One of the most prominent conservationists in Florida, Nathaniel Pryor Reed, died Wednesday. Reed was 84 and passed away after falling and hitting his head while on his annual Canadian salmon fishing trip. Reed was a lifelong resident of Jupiter Island on Florida’s southeast coast. “In a long career spent both in and out of […]

Legendary conservationist Nat Reed dies at 84

By: - July 12, 2018

One of the most prominent conservationists in Florida, Nathaniel Pryor Reed, died Wednesday. Reed was 84 and passed away after falling and hitting his head while on his annual Canadian salmon fishing trip. Reed was a lifelong resident of Jupiter Island on Florida’s southeast coast. “In a long career spent both in and out of […]

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Prisoners with hepatitis C not getting treated, analysis finds

By: - July 11, 2018

A new investigative story, published by Kaiser Health News, found that that 97 percent of inmates who have hepatitis C in the U.S. are not getting treatment because Corrections Departments think the drugs cost too much. Florida has an ongoing class action suit on behalf of inmates with hepatitis C , which the nonprofit public-interest […]

Go Sidney Go! 99-year-old vet rolls through Fla.

By: - July 11, 2018

99-year-old World War II veteran Sidney Walton rolled into Tallahassee today to meet with Gov. Rick Scott as part of a nationwide tour where he hopes to meet with the governors of all 50 states before his 100th birthday. “This is an opportunity for my dad, at 99 years old, to meet anyone who would […]

Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency Over Green Slime Outbreak

By: - July 10, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott has issued an emergency declaration over the nasty  toxic algae outbreak in South Florida. It applies in Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. The national headlines and television reports are a nightmare for South Florida’s tourism-based economies (and Gov. Rick Scott’s race for U.S. Senate,) with disgusting […]