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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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A look at the struggle between the feds and Florida for regulation of some state waters listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, EPA, Environment Florida, Florida, environment

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It’s still an open question: who will regulate hundreds of small waterways and wetlands in Florida; will it be the federal EPA or the state?

To look at the history of the controversy and what the near future might hold, WMNF spoke with Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

According to a press release, Senator Bill Nelson's staff issued the following statement at Tuesday morning’s news conference:

“Florida’s tourism economy, fisheries and natural resources ...

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Florida environmental land group holds rare meeting in Bradenton listen

12/02/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: environment, Amendment 1, ELAPP, Hillsborough County, Manatee County, Bradenton

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update, 5 December 2014: Mariella Smith tells us:

'Not a single one of the ten members of Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) showed up for their twice-yearly “Regional Public Meeting”'

If you’re concerned about which environmentally sensitive lands in Florida should be protected with funds from recently passed Amendment 1, there’s a little known meeting wh...

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Florida residents asked how to spend $4 million for marine research after BP oil disaster listen

10/31/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: BP oil spill, environment, RESTORE Act, Madeira Beach, marine, Florida Institute of Oceanography, Audubon, Transocean

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Florida will receive $4 million for research as part of the Transocean settlement after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Thursday night at Madeira Beach City Hall, residents had an opportunity to say how they want that money spent. Eight people showed up for the forum to give their input.

Congress passed the Restore Act to compensate the states around the Gulf of Mexico that were affected by the BP oil disaster....

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Environmentalists plan to march on Rick Scott's beachfront home Saturday listen

10/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, Rick Scott, Naples, environment

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Environmentalists concerned about clean water will march on Governor Rick Scott’s beachfront home this weekend in southwest Florida.

The “It's All About the Water” march begins at the Naples Pier Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Last week I interviewed Karen Dwyer, cofounder of the Stone Crab Alliance, about the upcoming march.

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Water management district seeks input on minimum water flows and levels listen

10/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: SWFWMD, water, rivers, streams, lakes, ecology, environment

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To make sure the ecologies of the region’s freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands stay in balance, the Southwest Florida Water Management District sets minimum flows and levels, then makes sure too much water isn’t taken out.

In a workshop Wednesday night, SWFWMD is asking for public input in setting those levels. Doug Leeper is their chief advisory environmental scientist.

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Jane Goodall surprises elementary students with a talk at USF’s Botanical Gardens listen

09/09/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Jane Goodall, chimpanzee, apes, USF, University of South Florida, Africa, The Everglades, Roots and Shoots, environment

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A scientist famous for studying primates is speaking Tuesday night at the University of South Florida in Tampa. But Tuesday morning elementary students were treated to a surprise talk from Jane Goodall at USF’s Botanical Gardens. Goodall emphasized the importance of naturalists and scientists and protecting the Everglades, but first she started off with an ape greeting.

More than 100 children and USF students gathered under the shade of a sprawling oak tree to hear [Jane Goodall](http://w...

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Three Florida springs could be getting additional protections listen

08/18/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: SWFWMD, springs, Crystal River, Rainbow River, Weeki Wachee, Gulf of Mexico, environment, rivers, water, Seán Kinane, WMNF News

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Three of the largest freshwater springs systems in our region could be getting more protection; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is adding the Weeki Wachee, Chassahowitzka and Homosassa Rivers to a priority list.

The other two first-magnitude spring systems already on the SWIM program priority list are the Rainbow River and Crystal River / Kings Bay.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Veronica Craw, springs manager with the Southwest Florida Water Management District ...

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Fort DeSoto mega-cruise ship port buzz decried by environmental group listen

07/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: environment, mega ship, cruise ship, Sunshine Skyway, Fort DeSoto, birds, Egmont Key, Port Tampa Bay

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Some Tampa Bay officials want to figure out how to accommodate monstrous new mega-ships too big to call Port Tampa Bay home. But making that happen would be both costly and environmentally controversial. The latest idea being batted around is building a port near the coast of Fort DeSoto. But that idea is opposed by Barbara Howard, president of Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges.

Another $2 billion possibility is to replace the already massive Sunshine Skyway Bridge with an eve...

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Loggerhead sea turtles handed nearly 700 miles of critical habitat by feds listen

07/10/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Sea Turtles, Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity, Loggerhead, habitats, environment

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Loggerhead sea turtles will be better protected now after a landmark rule passed down by the feds. A legal settlement announced yesterday designates nearly 700 miles of beach and 300,000 square feet as "critical habitat."

The rule protecting Loggerhead habitats was the result of a 2013 lawsuit filed by several conservation groups.

Jaclyn Lopez is an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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