Category Everglades

Holiday idea: Reading about the politics of the Everglades

The Everglades get more tourist visits during this time of year than any other. That makes it a great time to also read about the history of the ecosystem and some of the political battles that have shaped it. Then Time Magazine National Editor (current Politico writer) Michael Grunwald’s The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and […]

NPR: Rising seas push too much salt into the Florida Everglades

Rising seas are pushing too much salt into the Everglades, NPR reports.   No doubt Governor Rick Scott will either ignore this increased threat to Florida’s clean drinking water supply and the ecosystem in general or label it a “hoax” prohibiting state officials both elected and unelected whose job it is to safeguard this state from doing […]

A Progressive’s Guide to the 2015 Legislative Session – Issues: Water

Everybody is talking about water due in large part to the overwhelming popularity of Amendment 1.  The 75% passage rate changed the dialogue in Tallahassee: now at least the Legislature has recognized this is an important issue for voters on both sides of the aisle.  While there will be huge battles of the allocation of […]

New boss named for Everglades National Park

Many of our readers probably did not know that Florida has more national parks than any other state east of the Mississippi River – three parks in total, Everglades, Biscayne and the remote Dry Tortugas.  This week, The National Park Service named a new Superintendent for Everglades National Park with responsibilities over Dry Tortugas National […]

Smithsonian Channel to show “Aerial America – Florida” tonight at 8pm ET

The Smithsonian Channel’s Aerial America series stops in Florida tonight with an airing tonight at 8pm ET/7pm CT. I have already seen the program  having watched it when it debuted late last year. As a fan of the Aerial America series, I was thrilled the Florida version was so contemporary and versatile. Unlike previous programs […]

Water issues will define 2014 session, both parties in Tallahassee

Oh, I know that in one’s youth that beauty, justice, truth / Seem to be what life is all about. But when the facts are faced, you realize that life is based / On water coming in and going out. “The Plumber is the Man” by Garrison Keillor Due to national attention regarding Florida’s choking waterways it’s now […]

Dangerous Pro-Sugar Bill Working Its Way Through The Legislature With Democratic Support

By Kartik Krishnaiyer The Sugar Industry is getting its way again with the Florida Legislature and the losers will be Florida’s taxpayers, tourism related businesses and ecosystem. The bill which is needed to codify the settlement between the state and feds regarding Everglades cleanup requires Sugar to pay far less than what can be considered […]

LCV Scorecard for 2012 Released

Being a member of the League of Conservation voters does give you certain privileges. My favorite is getting access to the LCV Congressional Scorecard before it goes public. Well the organization did finally release the scorecard publicly yesterday and below are the scores from the Florida delegation.  The higher the percentage the better the member […]