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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.

No, you can’t own a pet meerkat, state says

By: - February 22, 2019

State wildlife officials, already battling invasive exotic pests like Burmese pythons and iguanas that run rampant in South Florida, just put out a list of animals people are now banned from owning because the critters pose a high risk of getting loose and invading Florida wildlands. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is prohibiting […]

right whales

Groups ask court to block Trump-issued permits to harm thousands of Atlantic marine creatures

By: - February 20, 2019

Saying that the Trump administration’s approval for five corporations to conduct loud underwater blasting to find oil and gas along the Atlantic seaboard will “irreparably harm marine species from tiny zooplankton … to the great whales,” environmental groups went to federal court today seeking an injunction to stop the permits. The National Marine Fisheries Service […]

The Everglades

Environmental groups win key Everglades protection legal fight

By: - February 12, 2019

Seven environmental groups won a key legal victory Monday in a case over pollution in two of South Florida’s most critical natural areas: Everglades National Park and the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. A federal judge blocked an attempt to ditch federal oversight of Everglades cleanup. Earthjustice, the Florida Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, […]

Miami Herald: Feds to investigate Trump Labor Secretary Acosta’s role in 2008 lenient deal for wealthy Palm Beach man’s sex crimes

By: - February 7, 2019

The federal Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the role that Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary Alex Acosta played in negotiating a lenient 2008 plea deal for Palm Beach multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein in a shocking case involving the sexual abuse of at least 100 girls, the Miami Herald reports. “The probe is in response […]

Bondi

Former FL Attorney General Pam Bondi now a Washington lobbyist

By: - January 22, 2019

Florida’s outgoing top legal officer, former Attorney General Pam Bondi, is heading to Washington, D.C. to join a politically-connected lobbying firm, Ballard Partners.  The firm, started by lobbyist Brian Ballard in Florida, is closely tied to the Trump administration. Bondi will chair the firm’s Corporate Regulatory Compliance practice, according to a Ballard Partners press release. […]

algae bloom

DeSantis issues broad directive on water pollution, but something big is missing

By: - January 10, 2019

UPDATED to include South Florida Water Management District board resignations Gov. Ron DeSantis got headlines and photo opportunities Thursday for a major executive order he issued on the environment, but it’s missing a key component: preventing pollution at its source before it sparks green slime in the public’s waters. Instead, DeSantis directs his Department of […]

Fl conservationist Manley Fuller leaving state for new job

By: - January 10, 2019

One of Florida’s best known environmental leaders, Florida Wildlife Federation Executive Director Manley Fuller, is leaving Florida for a new job in North Carolina. Fuller has headed the Florida Widlife Federation for 32 years, and been at the forefront of most every Florida environmental battle to preserve the state’s natural resources, including fighting offshore oil […]

Advocates for Maine’s poor say Florida’s new health care chief slashed needed help

By: - January 8, 2019

Advocates for the needy say Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’s pick to lead the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration is a hardline conservative who fought expanding Medicaid for people who are too poor to afford a doctor and slashed food assistance and other safety-net programs while serving in Maine. Mary Mayhew is coming to Florida from […]

COMMENTARY

Fighting for a future that doesn’t suck

By: - January 7, 2019

When Florida’s newly elected Governor Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried take office tomorrow, one group of young Floridians will be keenly interested. They have a court case against Florida’s governor, the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Public Service Commission (which sets state energy policies […]

Army Major General will head Florida Department of Corrections

By: - January 3, 2019

Gov.-elect DeSantis has appointed a former U.S. Army Major General and former Trump staffer to head the Florida Department of Corrections. It’s retired United States Army Major General Mark Inch, who is also former Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Inch’s appointment is one of a string of DeSantis appointees with military backgrounds. DeSantis […]

DeSantis picks new secretaries of Children & Families and Juvenile Justice

By: - January 3, 2019

Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis has picked two state government veterans to head key social service agencies. Former state official Chad Poppel has been tapped as the new Secretary of Florida’s Department of Children and Families. According to information provided by the transition team for incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis, Poppel has been working as an executive […]

“I swear to tell the truth:” Lawmaker files bill that would make lying in Legislature a felony

By: - January 2, 2019

It’s no secret that the Legislature is a place where lawmakers and lobbyists sometimes – shall we say –  stretch the truth to make a point. A South Florida state senator has just filed legislation which would require people who give testimony in the Legislature to take an oath that they’ll tell the truth. “Any […]