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Long Bar Pointe development off the table on Manatee County waterfront, for now listen

12/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A controversial development proposal on waterfront property in Manatee County is on hold for now. Nearly 500 acres of waterfront won’t be considered for a land use change at a meeting next month that would have given investors the green light on building a resort, retail center and convention center.

“All the grass flats – that’s where the Trout, the Red Fish, the Snook – they all get their nourishment in that area. If we ever get Scallops back, that’s where they’re going to be. It’s jus...

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Some residents fighting proposed Walmart in Sarasota listen

01/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Some residents in Sarasota are fighting against a proposed Walmart; they got a boost in their efforts Monday night when the City Commission agreed to hold a new hearing, even though the planning board approved the site plan in November. Jerry Sparkman is a local architect who opposes the Walmart.

"Walmart has proposed a new super center on ...

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Developers, environmentalists at odds about proposed Terra Ceia development listen

03/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A small group of landowners has proposed developing a resort and marine center along Tampa Bay at the southern end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. As proposed, the development would be hinged on a land swap with the state. Some environmentalists worry that building would be harmful to the area’s ecology.

Owners of the private land want to give the state just shy of 1,000 acres. In return they are asking the state to hand over only 77 acres. And the tract of land on the table for the s...

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists gopher tortoise as candidate for Endangered Species Act protection listen

07/26/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The gopher tortoise is being listed as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern portion of its range, including Florida. But, the ecologically important reptile won’t be considered a full-fledged endangered species because of a funding shortfall.

In January of 2006 environmental groups filed a petition to list the gopher tortoise as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern part of its range. In 2009 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service c...

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Governor Scott leaves beach renourishment funding in budget listen

06/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The state of Florida boasts of more than 800 miles of beachfront. Some of these beaches erode so much that encroaching waters threaten buildings and worsen the impacts of storm surge. Across the state, a practice known as beach renourishment attempts to stop this. Such projects rely heavily on state funding, which Governor Rick Scott threatened to cut. But $16 million dollars for beach renourishment was not among the items he vetoed when he signed the state budget passed by the Legislature. B...

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Environmentalists decry plan to do away with Florida DCA listen

05/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since 1986, the Florida Department of Community Affairs has tried to prevent sprawl throughout the state, often to the chagrin of developers. Governor Rick Scott is poised to do away with the agency by signing a bill that delivers sweeping changes to the way Florida controls growth.

Earlier today, Florida Fish and Wildlife officers tranquilized a black bear seen wandering near downtown Ft. Myers. Environmentalists say it’s a sign that development is severely encroaching on wildlife habi...

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Has China Surpassed The US?

12/16/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The USF publicity department wrote this about our next guest:

"Robert Dardenne, Journalism and Media Studies Department chair, presented a paper on China’s image in U.S. newspapers at the Fourth World Forum on China Studies held in Shanghai, Pudong, People’s Republic of China from Nov. 5-8.

"Dardenne’s presentation, “Emerging Soft Power, Persistent Hard Image: China Constructed in Select U.S. Newspapers,” showed how China’s rise as an influential nation with a growing econ...

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St Pete City Council votes against its own proposal to adopt new land-use plan listen

09/17/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After months of contentious debate and uproar, the St. Petersburg City Council unanimously voted against their own proposal to adopt a new Comprehensive Land Management Plan. They may reconsider it after voters weigh in on Amendment 4.

The proposed Comprehensive Land Plan would have reduced the city’s 22 land use categories down to 5 broad zones. Many critics, editorial boards and local and state agencies viewed it as undermining voters and illegal. That backlash led the mayor and ci...

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Backers of Amendment Four: Florida Hometown Democracy

09/02/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll hear about Hometown Democracy—it’s on the ballot this November and it’s backers say it’s a way for Floridians to curb the sprawling development that’s spoiled much of Florida’s natural beauty.

This November Florida voters will decide on proposed Amendment Four to Florida’s Constitution. It’s better known as Hometown Democracy and would give voters across Florida the right to vote on any maj...

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Mobility fees listen

01/29/10 Glenn Pendergrass
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Because of a state law past last year, counties may soon be imposing a different type of fee on new homes. This morning in Tampa government representatives, attorneys, developers, and community activists met for the Hillsborough County Mobility Fee public forum.

Peter Aluotto, Director of the Hillsborough County Planning & Growth Management Department said there will be advantages under the new law, SB 360 that requires that counties study mobility fees.

Sandra Goring of King Engineeri...

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