Environment

Lots of lobbyists with Gov. Ron DeSantis and elected FL Cabinet on Israel trip

BY: - May 28, 2019

Update: This article has been changed to note that lobbyist Ellyn Bogdanoff is a delegation co-chair. Ensconced among the travel party accompanying Gov. Ron DeSantis to Israel this week is a cadre of lobbyists – people who make their living influencing the executive and legislative branches and whose careers rise and fall according to their […]

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Government researchers sound alarm over spraying antibiotics on FL citrus

BY: - May 28, 2019

If you drive by an orange grove these days and see someone spraying the trees, it may be antibiotics in that mist. They are spraying streptomycin and oxytetracycline – antibiotics often used on people. The Trump administration in December gave the go-ahead for agricultural operations to spray antibiotic pesticides on nearly a half-million acres of Florida […]

Finally: After 7 months, disaster aid appears to be forthcoming for devastated Panhandle

BY: - May 24, 2019

The U.S. Senate has passed long-awaited legislation to provide $19.1-billion in disaster relief for Puerto Rico, Florida and other areas crippled by hurricanes, floods and other catastrophes. The House is moving to act as well, but Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio tweeted today that it won’t be until next week at the earliest. Rubio tweeted: […]

Gov. DeSantis to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu next week

BY: - May 23, 2019

Update: Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried has already arrived in Tel Aviv, her office said Thursday. She’d announced plans to land ahead of the main travel party to begin research into agriculture and citrus, water efficiency, and cannabis. Fried, a Democrat, is the first Jewish woman elected to the Florida Cabinet. Gov. […]

Customers will pay for new buried power lines around the state under legislation now headed to governor

BY: - May 23, 2019

Floridians may have a better chance of keeping their lights on after a major storm under legislation on its way  Gov. Ron DeSantis. But they’ll likely pay for that protection with higher utility bills. With little opposition, the Legislature backed a measure (SB 796) that will allow the private utility companies like Florida Power & […]

98 people joining Gov. DeSantis and Cabinet on Israel trip starting Saturday – here are the details

BY: - May 22, 2019

Update: DeSantis communications director Helen Aguirre Ferré has issued the following statement regarding travel expenses: “All co-chairs, business, academia, religious leaders, legislators, and members of Miami consular corps are paying their own way.” That would leave the taxpayers covering costs for 24 state officials, including the governor and Cabinet. Three days before takeoff, Gov. Ron […]

The Everglades

Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried asks supporters to sign petition against FL DEP over Everglades oil drilling

BY: - May 21, 2019

It’s not often you see a state Cabinet official asking people to sign a petition against a fellow state agency. But that’s what Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried is asking her supporters to do. In an email from a Political Action Committee called “Florida Consumers First,” Fried – Florida’s only statewide […]

COMMENTARY

Stop! Just stop playing politics with Hurricane Michael victims

BY: - May 21, 2019

Ever been to Seaside, the “New Urbanist” community in Walton County? It’s  gorgeous: front porches, picket fences, bike paths, glossy magnolia trees, and even glossier people. I spent a week there earlier this month and didn’t encounter a single florescent Redneck Riviera t–shirt or Spring Breaker bar smelling of spilled beer. Seaside is the perfect […]

Nikki Fried

FL Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried: Trump trade deal hurts FL growers

BY: - May 20, 2019

If President Trump wants to put America first in revamped trade deals, he needs to do a better job of looking out for Florida farmers, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said Monday. With Vice President Mike Pence in Jacksonville promoting the administration’s new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Florida’s Democratic agriculture commissioner wants Congress to reject the deal […]

Roads vs. pristine Florida? Gov. DeSantis signs massive toll road bill

BY: - May 17, 2019

Despite pleas from two former state governors and at least 90 environmental and community groups and businesses, Gov. Ron DeDantis on Friday signed a multibillion-dollar plan to build long stretches of toll roads across undeveloped sections of the state. The legislation has been labeled “the worst environmental bill in twenty years.” And the Florida Sierra […]

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Gov. DeSantis vetoes FL Legislature’s power grab over plastic straws

BY: - May 10, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued his first legislative veto, and it targets a bill that would have forbidden local governments from banning single-use plastic straws. In his veto message Friday, the governor noted that numerous cities have enacted such bans. “These measures have not, as far as I can tell, frustrated any state policy or harmed […]

Former Gov. Bob Graham asks Gov. DeSantis to veto multi-billion-dollar toll road plan and bill that punishes anyone who challenges development

BY: - May 10, 2019

Former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, chair of the Florida Conservation Coalition, is joining the calls for Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto two bills that pose significant threats to Florida’s environment. One bill (SB 7068) to build a massive toll road network through rural areas was called “the worst environmental bill in twenty years” […]