Ocean and coastal protection gets mixed review
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03/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition today gave the Sunshine state a mixed grade for its efforts the past two years to reverse the decline of ocean and coastal resources.

In 2005, the Florida Legislature passed the Oceans and Coastal Resources Act to advance what it saw as Florida’s responsibility to be a national leader on oceans and coastal protection.

The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition was formed the following year to help Florida realize its vision of being a national leader on coastal and ocean protection. Then, in 2006, the coalition released a report titled "Florida's Coastal and Ocean Future: A Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership", setting forth recommendations

Joe Murphy is with the Gulf Coast Restoration Network, one of several groups that helped produce the new report . He tells WMNF why the state was given a “D’ in keeping offshore drilling away from Florida’s coasts, despite the fact that there hasn’t been any drilling there.

The Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership is available online at flcoastalandocean.org.

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