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Denied oil spill claimant: In the real estate industry, but not a licensed broker

By | 11.04.10 | 2:30 pm

One Bay County man whose real estate business has suffered losses due to the spill finds himself shuffled between compensation protocols, neither of which will pay out.

What do the midterm elections mean for Florida’s environment?

By | 11.04.10 | 8:33 am

In the wake of a historic election cycle, Floridians are left wondering what will change in coming weeks, months and years for a state besieged by high unemployment and other, perhaps less publicized problems facing the state, like degrading wetlands and heavily polluted waters. What can we expect in the way of environmental policy from an all-GOP cabinet and legislature?

More on defeat of Amendment 4 (Updated)

By | 11.02.10 | 8:39 pm

According to The New York Times, Amendment 4 has been defeated by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent, with a quarter of the results counted. The amendment needed a 60 percent approval to pass.
The state’s business…

After months of negotiations, Sarasota votes to accept 30-year contract with Florida Power & Light

By | 11.01.10 | 10:57 pm

After three and a half hours of protracted debate and public input, the Sarasota City Commission voted this evening to accept the proposed renewal of the city’s 30-year franchise agreement with Florida Power & Light. The contract gives FPL a…

Rubio previously supported climate legislation, environmentalists say

By | 11.01.10 | 4:46 pm

Prior to his recent bid for Senate, Marco Rubio actually supported comprehensive climate legislation, according to Solve Climate News. Critics say Rubio now denies climate change because doing so will help him win with Republicans.
Some of…

Oil spill roundup: Mon., Nov. 1

By | 11.01.10 | 4:07 pm

+ Why hasn’t the spill been much of a factor in midterm elections? Fred Grimm wonders. Andrew Restuccia offers a few explanations.
+ Federal officials continue to defend seafood testing procedures, which have found that samples taken…

New video plays up diversity of Amendment 4 opponents

By | 11.01.10 | 3:19 pm

The “No on 4″ campaign released a new video drawing attention to the diversity of groups opposing Amendment 4. The gist of it is that the opposition goes far beyond developers and Republicans:

The spotty environmental record and tough reelection bid of Rep. Boyd

By | 11.01.10 | 12:00 pm

In December 2009, several high-profile Florida representatives (including Senate candidate Kendrick Meek) wrote (.pdf) to Congress urging them to consider the economic impacts of implementing a set of numeric nutrient criteria that would strictly govern the levels of waste allowed to be dumped in Florida waters. Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Tallahassee, currently locked in a difficult reelection campaign against Republican Steve Southerland, was one of the heavy-hitters to sign the letter, and has since fought hard for deregulation.

More ex-environmental agency heads join the fight against nutrient criteria

By | 11.01.10 | 10:41 am

According to a recent blog post by The Palm Beach Post, nine former environmental agency heads are the latest to pen a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, pleading for “good science” and, essentially, more delays in implementing a…

Sarasota Power outlines 10 reasons the city shouldn’t accept FPL franchise agreement

By | 10.29.10 | 12:23 pm

In an item posted on the blog of Sarasota Power, a coalition of citizens urging Sarasota to aggressively pursue a renewable energy future, one writer lays out the “top 10 reasons” the City Commission should not vote to accept

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