stormwater, sewage

Pros and cons of reopening the Whitted wastewater plant

One proposed solution to St. Petersburg’s wastewater treatment capacity problem is to re-open a facility that was closed in 2015; the Tampa Bay Times recently reported on a draft investigation from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that placed blame for the massive sewage spills of the last two years both on previous administrations… Read more »

What passed and failed and the 2018 Florida Budget

The proposed Florida State 2018 budget has been sent to the Governor. Educators and citizens are calling on Governor Rick Scott to veto the budget because of the shift of $140 million to private education from struggling public schools, and forcing school districts to share capital funds with charter schools . House Bill 7609 was crafted away… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

On Saturday: Hands Across the Sand & March Against Monsanto

We look at two events coming up this weekend; our guests talk about several local actions for March Against Monsanto and for Hands Across the Sand. Christine Wall, is helping to organize March Against Monsanto in Tampa. Here’s a list of several local events: *March Against Monsanto – Tampa – Gaslight Square Park (Downtown Tampa). Festivities start at… Read more »

MidPoint Thursday-Dem. gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham; Alan Snel & Kartik Krishnaiyer

Newly announced Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham was on the show on Thursday. “Floridians across the state should be up in arms about the fact that what they voted on, what they said to the state of Florida, that we want you do this and they’re just being ignored,” Graham said on WMNF-88.5 FM about the lack of… Read more »

Little Manatee River near Waimauma. By Seán Kinane (Apr. 2016).

Environmentalist slams proposed “sludge farm” along Little Manatee River

A Hillsborough County company is asking the county for permission to spread tons of human sewage waste over its property along the Manatee River system; but environmental activist Mariella Smith is fighting back against the proposal by Chris’s Plumbing Service. She calls it a ‘sludge farm’. “Chris’s Plumbing Service runs a huge commercial septic operation…. Read more »

Fruiting Plants for your Home on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Program we talked about fruiting plants with Sean and Jessica O’Toole, owners of the Wild Guava, a local fruit and plant nursery. Also joining us was Dr. Jonathan Crane, Professor of Horticulture and a Tropical Fruit Crop Specialist with the University of Florida Tropical Research Center in Homestead. Avocados, mangos and citrus… Read more »

Heavy traffic on I-275 going into downtown Tampa

Mass Transit Advocate Kevin Thurman on Radioactivity Tuesday

Tallahassee Tries to Limit Local Government Power to Decide Transportation Future In recent days you may have been stuck in long traffic jams on the interstate highway system here in the Bay area. First there was a grassfire that shut down I-275 in Pinellas County during Friday afternoon rush hour. Then there was the multi… Read more »

MidPoint-Tuesday- Pinellas County Chair Janet Long, and former USFSP political science professor Darryl Paulson

Janet Long, the current Chair of the Pinellas County Commission, appeared in studio on the Tuesday, April 18th edition of MidPoint with guest host Mitch Perry. A former state legislator who was initially elected in 2012 to the board and subsequently reelected in 2016 (without an opponent), Long has been a big proponent of regionalization… Read more »