Monday, December 1, 2008

Florida environmental and wildlife news for the week ending 11-28-08


Vehicles, budget threaten Florida panthers
An uncollared male Florida panther was killed by a car shortly after sunset Wednesday on Alico Road.
By Ryan Hiraki
Ft. Myers News-Press

Movement building to save turtles
As state wildlife officials mull new restrictions on harvesting the reptiles, Gov. Charlie Crist has joined a chorus supporting a ban on commercial turtle fishing in fresh water.
By Steve Patterson
Florida Times-Union

What's Killing Florida's Coral Reefs?
The disaster in south Florida is invisible from above water but the damage is horrific.
By Hector Florin
Time Magazine


Restore The Everglades, But Double-Check Numbers
The ambitious proposal for Florida to buy U.S. Sugar land could finally ensure the survival of the Everglades, the hydrological heart of South Florida. So the importance of the proposal can hardly be overstated.
Tampa Tribune

Water managers have 3-week deadline to sign $1.34 billion U.S. Sugar deal
South Florida water managers have just three weeks to sign off on their contract to buy nearly all of U.S. Sugar's farmland for $1.34 billion - the centerpiece of Gov. Charlie Crist's plans to restore the Everglades and the most expensive conservation land purchase in Florida history.
By Paul Quinlan
Palm Beach Post

Solar power costlier for Florida than nuclear, report finds
In a much anticipated report that could affect every Floridian's pocketbook, a consultant hired by the state says solar power could be a competitive source of electricity by 2020 in many scenarios, but it will cost considerably more than new nuclear power and natural gas, the main sources of power for present customers of Florida Power & Light.
By John Dorschner
Miami Herald

Conservationists call for ban on freshwater turtle catches
For years, Jones Fish House bought turtles from fishermen, cleaned them and sold the meat alongside the catfish that brims from its glass cases.
By Jane Musgrave
Palm Beach Post

Save environment, save money
On a brisk morning warmed gently by the sun, more than a dozen houseboats and a handful of powerboats sat idly in the St. Johns River waiting for guests to arrive.
By Sandra Frederick
Daytona Beach News-Journal

Reduce price of sugar land
Before the South Florida Water Management District board considers the $1.34 billion proposal to buy U.S. Sugar's land for Everglades restoration, the board must renegotiate the price lower and find out whether the seller even would be U.S. Sugar.
Palm Beach Post

Florida Vs. Georgia
Georgia's Gov. Sonny Perdue is hopping mad over Florida's lawsuit to keep his state from grabbing so much upstream water to feed Atlanta's growth.
Lakeland Ledger

All-out ban needed on softshell turtle harvesting, and quickly
When state wildlife officials were poised to tinker with the manatee's conservation protections, Gov. Charlie Crist stepped in with a plea not to risk the sea cow's survival.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Florida Forever Acquisition Protects Civil War Battlefield
Governor Crist and Cabinet today approved the purchase of 54.74 acres of land adjacent to the Natural Bridge Historic State Park in Leon County.
Press Release

Turtle harvest assailed
Fishing for softshell turtles has been a source of income for William Shockley and his family for three generations in the rural Central Florida town of Okeechobee.
By Kate Spinner
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Pinellas should buy Walmart's Tarpon Springs property for parkland
Walmart's unexpected announcement Friday that it has put its controversial Tarpon Springs supercenter project on hold opens the door to a great opportunity.
Related: Wal-Mart puts a hold on plans for supercenter
St. Pete Times

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