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Advocates want to clean up Florida's dirty water now and in the future listen

05/18/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: beaches, Florida, environment, Hands Across The Sand, water, pollution, garbage

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Environmentalists are focused on keeping Florida beaches clean and pristine; on Saturday more than a hundred people came together on Gandy Beach in St Petersburg for Hands Across the Sand. Residents, advocates and grassroots organizations were trying to raise awareness for a greener Florida environment.

Many of the participants came early to the beach on the south side of the Gandy Bridge to help pick up trash. Most beach-goers and onlookers didn’t see...

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Ocean lovers will hold Hands Across the Sand this weekend in Florida and elsewhere listen

05/12/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Hands Across The Sand, beaches, Suncoast Surfrider Foundation, Offshore Drilling, Gulf of Mexico, Oil, BP oil disaster

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This weekend, ocean lovers and opponents of fossil fuels will join hands in the annual Hands Across the Sand series of rallies; there are five locations around the greater Tampa Bay region on Saturday. Two will be in Pinellas County: Gandy Beach and Indian Rocks Beach; one in Sarasota; another in Englewood Beach and a fifth at Weeki Wachee Springs.

For a preview of what to expect WMNF interviewed Thomas ...

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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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Pinellas Beaches among cleanest in the nation listen

06/25/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: beaches, water, water quality, Pinellas County, Sarasota County, Ben T. Davis beach, Fort DeSoto

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Pinellas County beaches are among the cleanest in the nation. A report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that most Tampa Bay region beaches are consistently safe for swimming. Steve Fleischli is the water program director for the group. He says the water quality tests look for harmful bacteria.

“…that can cause a grim inventory of illnesses like dysentery, hepatitis, stomach flu, infections and rashes.”

Ten beaches in Pinellas County were tested. Most of...

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Here's why you should care about the health of the Gulf of Mexico listen

06/12/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Gulf of Mexico, environment, Florida, fishing, beaches, BP oil spill

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Most people look out at the sparkly blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and figure it’s perfectly healthy. But Don Boesch, president of the University of Maryland’s center for environmental science says there are plenty of reasons to worry.

“For example, the whole water system in terms of the water that evaporates and comes back down in rain – it removes about 2/3 of the carbon dioxide that we produce excessively.”

A White House climate change report released earlier this year shows that...

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Some Treasure Island hotel owners want to curb festivals and parking on beach listen

02/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: treasure island, beaches, Pinellas County

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Some hotel owners on Treasure Island in Pinellas County are challenging the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Treasure Island over what they’re calling overuse of the beach. They contend using the beach for things like festivals and allowing cars to drive and park on the beach is hindering the development of dunes, which could lead to more erosion. To make that case, they’ve hired beach expert Robert Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorel...

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David Jolly tells Pinellas voters he didn't lobby for offshore oil drilling; DCCC accuses him of lying listen

01/07/14 Seán Kinane and Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: David Jolly, DCCC, oil drilling, Bill Young, Alex Sink, Kathleen Peters, beaches, Oil

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is accusing Republican Congressional candidate David Jolly of lying about whether he lobbied for the petroleum industry.

During a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, Jolly was asked if he lobbied for oil companies.

During his response, he denied it.

But in emails last...

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Pinellas and Hillsborough beach goers warned about high bacteria counts

07/18/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Update Wednesday 25 July:

Hillsborough County has lifted its beach advisory for all five beaches.

Update Friday 20 July:

After re-sampling these five locations, the Pinellas County Health Department has lifted its saltwater beach advisory for

Honeymoon Island, Dunedin

Sand Key Park, Clearwater

Indian Rocks Beach (1700 Gulf Blvd.)

Madeira Beach, Archibald Park

Redington Shores near 182nd Ave. W.

They have "received lab results with moderate or good readings...

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Natural Resources Defense Council releases beach water quality report listen

07/12/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released their 22nd annual Vacation Beach Water Quality Report. The findings show an overall rise in pollution at beaches around the US, but Florida fared better than most states.

According to NRDC’s results, Florida’s beaches ranked 5th in Beachwater Quality out of 30 states. Only 3% of samples in the Sunshine State exceeded national standards for beaches in 2011. At beaches like Fort DeSoto, and Sand Key less than 5% of water samples ex...

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Sarasota County promotes environmental awareness about Florida’s seagrass meadows listen

03/28/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Environmentally engaged volunteers are acquainting the public to the importance of Florida’s unique animals and plants. At an event for seagrass Awareness Month in Siesta Key, organizers said protecting and preserving Florida’s coastal regions starts at the grassroots level.

The volunteers, calling themselves, “beach ambassadors,” have adopted a simple goal. They serve residents who are interested in knowing mor...

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