Bob Buckhorn

Remodeled Riverfront Park is backdrop for Bob Buckhorn’s State of the City address

Tampa unveiled its newly-remodeled Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park Friday morning for Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s State of the City address. Buckhorn praised the $35 million renovation and the city staff who worked on it. Before his speech, the City showed a polished video with the theme “Finish Strong” that looked back at a tough year… Read more »

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on oil drilling off Florida

Zinke: “no new oil and gas platforms off the coast of Florida”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said again Thursday that there will be no new oil and gas platforms off the state of Florida; his position on drilling off the coasts of Florida has been confusing this year. He was challenged Thursday in a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing by Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen regarding draft regulations… Read more »

smokestack emissions

A young person suing Florida Governor Rick Scott on climate change inaction: on WMNF’s MidPoint Monday

On MidPoint Monday we heard from one of the young people suing Florida Governor Rick Scott and others in the state government over their inaction on climate change. We had two guests: 18-year-old college freshman and climate activist Delaney Reynolds and Tampa-area attorney Guy Burns, a Managing Partner at Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP. Reynolds is… Read more »

plastics ban

St. Pete businesses unveil voluntary plastics-reduction program; environmentalists want more

This Thursday, the St. Petersburg City Council will begin to discuss how to reduce the amount of single-use plastics in the city; and Tuesday morning a coalition of restaurant owners and civic groups unveiled a new campaign for businesses to voluntarily reduce the use of plastic straws. But for some environmentalists, that doesn’t go far… Read more »

stormwater, sewage

UPDATED: Will Rick Scott sign “toilet to tap” legislation?

UPDATE, Friday 6 April 2018: Governor Rick Scott has vetoed this bill. In the veto statement, Scott said “I’m not convinced that this legislation will not muddle Florida’s protection of our aquifers.” A Florida bill recently passed by the state legislature would allow more treated sewage to be pumped into the aquifer; it’s a bill that… Read more »

Environment Florida releases report called Troubled Waters on industrial pollution

Industry still dumping pollution into Florida waterways: report

In less than 2 years industrial facilities dumped more pollution than allowed into Florida waters 270 times; that’s according to a new report from the Environment Florida Research & Policy Center called Troubled Waters. During a press conference Thursday morning along the shore of Hillsborough Bay at Ballast Point Park, Tampa-area Congress member Kathy Castor… Read more »

Residents struggle for quiet with shooting range near environmentally important land

In northwest Hillsborough County there’s a 400-acre chunk of land that environmentalists hope to save as a way to keep recharging the drinking water aquifer; Monday night in the Hillsborough County Center there’s a land use meeting, in part to talk about the future of this land near Keystone that also includes a shooting range…. Read more »

electricity power lineman Hurricane Irma

Some Tampa Bay rivers still under Flood Warning after Irma

The National Weather Service has extended Flood Warnings for several area rivers after Hurricane Irma, including the Anclote River at Elfers, the Little Manatee River at Wimauma, the Hillsborough River near Hillsborough River State Park, the Hillsborough River at Morris bridge and for the Horse Creek near Arcadia. On Thursday WMNF News interviewed Robin Caton, a… Read more »

Climate Change, Renewable Energy, & Plans for Action on the Sustainable Living Show

On Monday’s Sustainable Living program we talked about climate change, renewable energy, and plans for action. The St Petersburg Area League of Women Voters is hosting an upcoming Sustainability Summit that will be addressing these issues. Joining us were two members of the League of Woman Voters Sustainability Action Team, Lisa Vanover and Claire Karas. Also… Read more »

Sabal Trail pipeline and DAPL protest

Federal appeals court rejects Sabal Trail approval; decision could affect other pipelines

On Tuesday  a federal appeals court struck a blow to the Sabal Trail pipeline that carries natural gas for hundreds of miles through Florida; to find out how the decision could impact controversial pipelines across the country, WMNF News spoke with Frank Jackalone, Florida chapter director of Sierra Club. Listen: “Pipeline fighters all across the country… Read more »

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 »

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 »