Manatee death rate hit record high in '09
By Curtis MorganMiami Herald
Related editorial: Boats, cars take high toll on Florida's creaturesIt was a landmark year, good and bad, for Florida manatees.
By Tamara Lush
The Associated PressMore than 200 manatees are wintering in a balmy canal outside a power plant, the latest exotic Florida animals seeking refuge from the state's frigid temperatures.
By Bill Sargent
Florida TodayFor the endangered Florida Panther, 2009 will be remembered as a tragic year for road kills that went down to the last day.
By Erika Pesantes
South Florida Sun SentinelWading bird populations, specifically the endangered wood stork, soared in 2009, according to a South Florida Water Management District report.
By Ludmilla Lelis
Orlando SentinelWith the U.S. Navy intent on building a new anti-submarine training range off the Florida coast, a group of environmentalists announced it would file a lawsuit to halt the plans, saying the range poses a risk to the world's most endangered whale.
By John Dorschner
Miami HeraldWhen Coleen Ware walked into Turkey Point, she was shocked to see that the indicators showing control rod positions looked like something out of an early '70s sci-fi movie.
By Jim Ash
Tallahassee DemocratWhen he gets to the register, Drew Martin always has to explain.
By Eric Staats
Naples NewsBulldozers carved up 55,000 acres south of Interstate 75 in rural Collier County with roads and canals, slicing through wildlife habitat and cutting off water flows.
By Curtis Morgan
Miami HeraldProgress, or the lack of it, on Everglades restoration is the focus of a major environmental conference this weekend in Palm Beach Gardens.
By Jim Waymer
Florida TodayStarting this month, Florida fishermen no longer can keep red snapper or 11 species of shallow-water grouper from the Atlantic.
Wading birds like the endangered Wood Stork have been flourishing in Florida’s wetlands this year.
THE BIG OIL ROUNDUP
The Big Oil roundup: news and information about Big Oil’s push to rig Florida’s coastline for the week ending 1-8-10:
Oil drilling researchers face deadline
By Jeremy WallaceSarasota Herald-Tribune
A group that stands to have considerable influence over the future of oil drilling off the Florida coast is unlikely to present its findings to the Legislature until the first week of March.
Promises of jobs, revenues from offshore drilling just don't add up
By Scott MaddoxTC Palm
I am strongly opposed to allowing near-shore drilling for oil off Florida’s coast. In coming to this conclusion, I considered several questions.
Oil lobby scaling back its presence in Tally
By John KennedyThe News Service of Florida via Orlando Sentinel
Florida Energy Associates, the group spearheading the effort to open the state’s Gulf waters to offshore oil-drilling, is scaling back its once dominant presence at the state Capitol.
Southern Strategy, hit on offshore drilling by Welch, loses bid
By David DeCampSt. Petersburg Times
Southern Strategy Group, the influential lobbying firm based in Tallahassee, has lost a bid to be Pinellas County's consultant for its latest charter review.
CEPD chairman receives ovation following speech
By Jane BrickleySanibel-Captiva Islander
Mike Mullins, chairman of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District received a standing ovation from the audience last Tuesday after he addressed the Lee County Legislative Delegation at Edison State College.
Drilling in the Gulf or Hands Across the Sand?: Debate spills into Destin Chamber of Commerce
By Fraser ShermanDestin Log
If the beauty of the Emerald Coast doesn't convince you to oppose oil drilling, South Walton's David Rauschkolb says, think of the beauty of the Emerald Coast economy.
Top Dem offshore oil drilling advocate retiring
By Jeremy WallaceSarasota Herald-Tribune
One of the U.S. Senate’s most vocal pro-oil drilling Democrats has announced he’s retiring and won’t see re-election in 2010.
A day at the beach
Would legislators take notice if tens of thousands of Floridians joined hands on Feb. 13 to protect Florida's beaches? We hope so, right now they only seem to be taking notice of Big Oil's money and influence.
Near-Shore Oil Drilling: Deep-Sea Tech Wrong for Florida
Floridians and their legislators have had many reasons to be skeptical since proposals surfaced rapidly to open near-shore waters to exploration and drilling for oil.
TAKE ACTION NOW
Big Oil and their hired hands in Tallahassee have sworn that drilling Florida’s coast would be “invisible” – that there would be no unsightly rigs just a few miles off our coast. We know different – and a recent eye opening story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has proven Big Oil’s promises completely “empty.” Click the picture above – keeping the pressure on by letting our State Senators know people like you are paying attention is how we’ll beat Big Oil.
MORE ONLINE ACTIONS
Help Drill for Solutions Not for Oil, via Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.Let us decide! Petition to Governor Charlie Crist, Senate President Jeff Atwater, and House Speaker Larry Cretul, via Civic Concern.
Contact Your Officials About New Drilling Off Florida's Coasts, via Civic Concern.Ask your state legislators to keep the rigs out, via Save the Manatee Club.
Write a letter to the editor, via Audubon of Florida.Write your state legislators, via Audubon of Florida.
Urge Senate President Jeff Atwater to oppose offshore oil drilling, via Progress Florida.Tell Sen. Atwater Not To Allow Oil Drilling In Special Session, via Audubon of Florida.
Sign the petition against oil drilling, via Protect Florida’s Beaches.Tell Salazar: No drilling off Florida's Coast, via Environment Florida.
Tell new Senator LeMieux to Repower America, via Environment Florida.Related action: Don't go drill crazy in the Everglades, via Center for Biological Diversity.
Related action: Keep oil drilling out of climate change legislation, via Oceana.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OF NOTE
Protect Florida’s Beaches, recently launched coalition website.
Protect Florida’s Beaches on Facebook.Think, Baby, Think blog via Protect Florida’s Beaches.
Don’t Drill Florida website.Don’t Drill Florida Facebook page.
Save Our Shores Florida Facebook page.
Environment Florida offshore drilling page.Southern Alliance for Clean Energy offshore drilling page.
Skytruth blog, an excellent source of info.Not the Answer blog, courtesy Surfrider Foundation.
Eye-opening map of oil and gas leases and infrastructure in Gulf of Mexico, via MMS.EnergyFLA.com, online hub of drilling proponents; their Twitter page is here.
MORE GREEN NEWS
Species return as Kissimmee River restoration makes progress
By Kevin SpearOrlando Sentinel
Biologist Lawrence Glenn knows how to sell the concept of spending $1 billion to bring the Kissimmee River and its wetlands back from the dead.
Everglades advocates gathering to push for restoration progress
By Andy ReidSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel
Flying low over the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee, Everglades advocates look out the window and visualize the time before sugar cane fields and cities blocked the life-giving flow of lake water that once drifted slowly south.
Obama environment officials to visit Fla.
The Associated PressTampa Tribune
Officials from the Obama Administration plan a visit to Florida this week for events related to ongoing Everglades restoration.
Florida joins with Ala., Ga. in seeking closed water talks
By Bruce RitchieFloridaEnvironments.com
Alabama, Florida and Georgia have agreed to at least one issue in their dispute over water -- that their talks on a water agreement should remain confidential.
Talks in works to protect more corridor land
By Dinah Voyles PulverDaytona Beach News-Journal
When two local officials proposed preserving a wildlife corridor through the center of Volusia and Flagler counties in 1998, it seemed to some an impossible dream.
Despite cold, right whales still flocking to First Coast
By Marcia LaneSt. Augustine Record
A week of cold weather isn't discouraging the annual North Atlantic right whale migration to Florida; in fact, the mammals couldn't be happier.
93 "cold-stunned" sea turtles found floating
The Associated PressMiami Herald
Ninety-three sea turtles found floating in the Mosquito Lagoon along Florida's Atlantic coast were rescued after the cold water shocked their tropically inclined systems.
Activists decry elephant suit dismissal
Staff ReportUPI News
Animal rights activists say they disagree with the dismissal of a lawsuit against a Florida-based circus by a federal judge this week.
FPL is accused of not sharing its tax break
By Mary Ellen KlasMiami Herald/St. Petersburg Times Tallahassee Bureau
The Florida Public Service Commission said Tuesday it is looking into anonymous allegations that Florida Power & Light's parent company took an estimated $1 billion in tax credits -- and didn't pass the savings on to customers.
New leader of PSC to take on FPL's requested $1.2B rate hike
By Dara KamPalm Beach Post
Public Service Commission Chairwoman Nancy Argenziano, who earned a reputation as a maverick lawmaker unwilling to cede to leaders' demands, took over as head of the regulatory panel today in advance of a decision on Florida Power & Light Co.'s requested $1.2 billion-a-year rate hike.
3 states in water wars ask for confidentiality
The Associated PressTampa Tribune
Georgia, Alabama and Florida have asked a judge to keep their negotiations in the long-running regional legal fight over water rights confidential.
Sea grass plan doesn't cut it
EditorialSt. Petersburg Times
Boat propellers have sliced up underwater sea grass beds all around Florida, impairing the environment needed to nurture marine wildlife.
U.S. Sugar shareholder suit ends in $15.9M settlement
By Paul QuinlanPalm Beach Post
If there was any doubt that U.S. Sugar Corp. was worth as much as its brass claimed, those doubts dissipated in June 2008 when Gov. Charlie Crist unveiled his extraordinary, $1.75 billion bid to buy the company and its land to restore the Everglades.
By Bruce Ritchie
FloridaEnvironments.comFlorida can increase its recycling rate to 75 percent within 10 years by requiring more recycling at construction-waste landfills, implementing innovative new programs to reduce waste disposal and by counting waste-burning as recycling, according to a state report issued today.
By Steve Patterson
Florida Times-UnionDime deposits on reusable bottles and extra fees on tires, light bulbs and landfill dumping should all be on the table to meet Florida lawmakers’ goal of recycling more trash, a state agency report released Monday says.
By Karen Voyles
Gainesville SunThe Suwannee River Water Management District spent $635,000 at the end of December to buy a 6,350 acre conservation easement in Suwannee and Columbia counties.
By Christian M. Wade
Tampa TribuneThe tap water that Tampa residents consume is contaminated with low levels of antibiotics, nicotine byproducts and a chemical used to produce firefighting foams.
Miami HeraldWhile the economic slump has had a negative effect on almost every aspect of life in South Florida, it has given our natural world a breather.
A Florida manatee sticks it's head out of the water at the Tampa Electric Company manatee viewing site Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 in Apollo Beach, Fla. An outflow of warm water from the power plant attracts the gentle sea creature as they seek refuge from the cold temperatures.
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