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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


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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Why a bird advocacy group opposes a wind farm in the Everglades Agricultural Area

03/28/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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The Palm Beach County Commission recently approved the Sugarland Wind construction plan. But despite the benefits of a renewable energy project, it’s being opposed by some environmentalists. They say Florida doesn’t have enough wind and it’s in the Atlantic Flyway for migratory birds. In a letter, the Clearwater Audubon Society says “Siting a wind farm in the [Everglades Agricultural Area] is flat out irresponsible.”

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Florida reclaimed water bill encourages more reuse, but may privatize the supply listen

01/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday, a Florida House subcommittee passed a bill that would shift control of reclaimed water away from water management districts and into the hands of utilities. Even though the 12 to 2 vote shows support from representatives, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

Only hours before yesterday’s agriculture and natural resources subcommittee session, former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, a Democrat, urged lawm...

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One of Florida's leading environmentalists talks about the Governor's budget & Florida Forever land preservation program

02/07/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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The governor will announce his proposed state budget tomorrow and here to talk about the budget, preserving the state's environment and the Florida Forever land preservation program is the executive director of Audubon of Florida, Eric Draper.

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Coast Guard holds secret meeting with environmental groups listen

05/04/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The oil slick out in the Gulf may be more than 200 miles from Tampa Bay, but some groups say it’s never to early to be prepared. Today in St. Petersburg the US Coast Guard held a closed-door meeting on how to respond if oil were to reach bay area beaches. Afterward, WMNF talked with several activists, who say that despite the secretive nature of the meeting, the main message was preparedness.

Since the April 20 rig explosion and subsequent oil leak, the flow of information has been heavi...

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