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Will express toll lanes transform neighborhoods like Tampa Heights? listen

06/08/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Tampa, Tampa Heights, Development, roads, Transportation, Linda Saul-Sena, transit

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Proposed express toll lanes could transform communities like Tampa Heights, a neighborhood north of downtown.

Joining us via phone on MidPoint is former Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena. She has a column in the current issue of Creative Loafing. It’s called: [Their way or the highway? Suddenly Tampa Heights is faced with highway expansion once thought to be decades away](http://cltampa.com/politicalanimal/archives/2015/06/04/transforming-tampa-bay-their-way-or-the-highway-tampa-he...

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Activists oppose gas station on wetlands in Brandon listen

06/08/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: wetlands, Development, Hillsborough County, roads, Lexus Lanes, expressways, toll roads

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UPDATE: after a long debate on Tuesday (June 9) County Commissioners -- acting as the Land Use Board -- continued the issue until the July 21 Land Use Hearing. The vote was 6-0.

Community activists in Hillsborough County are pushing back against proposed development of a gas station on wetlands near Brandon; Lela Lilyquist is an activist in Brandon who opposes the development of a RaceTrac gas station at the corner of W. Lumsden Rd. and S. Kings Ave.

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Environmentalists fight to save pristine Florida forest listen

12/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Earth First, Everglades Earth First, Occupy Tampa, Bailey Riley, environment, Development, Palm Beach County, Scripps

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Environmental groups in South Florida are fighting to save a pristine forest that’s being clear-cut for high-tech development; there has already been civil disobedience trying to slow or stop the destruction of the Briger Forest in Palm Beach County.

There are protests planned for the next two Fridays, December 5 and 12.

To find out about the issue, WMNF in...

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Pass-A-Grille making a move to ban McMansions listen

07/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Pass-A-Grille, Development, beaches, sea level rise

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St. Pete Beach is getting ready to make some changes to its historical Pass-A-Grille district. The small barrier island at the southern-most tip of the beach is seeing a burst in new development and is high risk for sea level rise. Residents will have a chance to weigh in during a public meeting on Thursday. Chelsey Weldon is the urban planner for the city.

The community meeting is Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Warren Webster Building on Pass-A-Grille Way. The city is working with a consul...

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Long Bar Pointe development off the table on Manatee County waterfront, for now listen

12/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Manatee County, environment, Janelle Irwin, fisheries, Development, Long Bar Pointe, WMNF News, Bradenton

A controversial development proposal on waterfront property in Manatee County is on hold for now. Nearly 500 acres of waterfront won’t be considered for a land use change at a meeting next month that would have given investors the green light on building a resort, retail center and convention center.

“All the grass flats – that’s where the Trout, the Red Fish, the Snook – they all get their nourishment in that area. If we ever get Scallops back, that’s where they’re going to be. It’s jus...

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Some residents fighting proposed Walmart in Sarasota listen

01/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Some residents in Sarasota are fighting against a proposed Walmart; they got a boost in their efforts Monday night when the City Commission agreed to hold a new hearing, even though the planning board approved the site plan in November. Jerry Sparkman is a local architect who opposes the Walmart.

"Walmart has proposed a new super center on ...

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Developers, environmentalists at odds about proposed Terra Ceia development listen

03/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A small group of landowners has proposed developing a resort and marine center along Tampa Bay at the southern end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. As proposed, the development would be hinged on a land swap with the state. Some environmentalists worry that building would be harmful to the area’s ecology.

Owners of the private land want to give the state just shy of 1,000 acres. In return they are asking the state to hand over only 77 acres. And the tract of land on the table for the s...

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists gopher tortoise as candidate for Endangered Species Act protection listen

07/26/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The gopher tortoise is being listed as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern portion of its range, including Florida. But, the ecologically important reptile won’t be considered a full-fledged endangered species because of a funding shortfall.

In January of 2006 environmental groups filed a petition to list the gopher tortoise as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern part of its range. In 2009 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service c...

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Governor Scott leaves beach renourishment funding in budget listen

06/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The state of Florida boasts of more than 800 miles of beachfront. Some of these beaches erode so much that encroaching waters threaten buildings and worsen the impacts of storm surge. Across the state, a practice known as beach renourishment attempts to stop this. Such projects rely heavily on state funding, which Governor Rick Scott threatened to cut. But $16 million dollars for beach renourishment was not among the items he vetoed when he signed the state budget passed by the Legislature. B...

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Environmentalists decry plan to do away with Florida DCA listen

05/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since 1986, the Florida Department of Community Affairs has tried to prevent sprawl throughout the state, often to the chagrin of developers. Governor Rick Scott is poised to do away with the agency by signing a bill that delivers sweeping changes to the way Florida controls growth.

Earlier today, Florida Fish and Wildlife officers tranquilized a black bear seen wandering near downtown Ft. Myers. Environmentalists say it’s a sign that development is severely encroaching on wildlife habi...

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