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Floridians tell Tallahassee: do your job, pass a budget and fund Amendment One listen

06/01/15 Samuel Johnson
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Dwight Dudley, amendment one, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Tallahassee, Cypress Point Park, Conservation, protection, water, Everglades, springs, Legislature, budget


Florida citizens are demanding state legislators uphold their duty and pass a budget to properly fund Amendment One. Saturday afternoon in Tampa and across the state, conservationists, advocacy groups, residents and local politicians rallied to put the Water and Land Conservation Amendment funding on the top of legislators minds.Florida House Representative Dwight Dudley thinks the unwillingness to fund Amendment One smacks of betrayal and tyranny.

In Tampa's Cypress Point Park more than 1...

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Three Florida springs could be getting additional protections listen

08/18/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: SWFWMD, springs, Crystal River, Rainbow River, Weeki Wachee, Gulf of Mexico, environment, rivers, water, Seán Kinane, WMNF News


Three of the largest freshwater springs systems in our region could be getting more protection; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is adding the Weeki Wachee, Chassahowitzka and Homosassa Rivers to a priority list.

The other two first-magnitude spring systems already on the SWIM program priority list are the Rainbow River and Crystal River / Kings Bay.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Veronica Craw, springs manager with the Southwest Florida Water Management District ...

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Are tough regulations needed to save Florida's springs? listen

02/13/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: springs, pollution, EarthJustice, Florida Legislature


Florida’s springs are in trouble. Whether it’s pollution causing algae outbreaks, or reduced flow threatening to dry up springs that have flown for decades or centuries, nearly everyone agrees something needs to be done. But there’s disagreement over what that would be.

Recently a coalition of powerful state business groups wrote a letter criticizing efforts by some Florida legislators to help reduce pollution near springs. And that has environmentalists, like David Guest, head of the Flo...


Florida's Vanishing Springs

11/30/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about Florida’s vanishing springs – once a major tourist draw they are rapidly disappearing…..

And we’ll hear from a Democratic activist from Florida who has been up in Washington DC monitoring the battle over the so-called fiscal cliff…Later we’ll open the phone lines…

First four listener comments- about health care, WalMart and upcoming program changes here at WMNF….


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Thousands of years of indigenous history still on Florida land listen

11/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many places across the state were home to Native Americans beginning thousands of years ago. The historical significance of some of those spots have been lost over time, but many of them have been preserved.

One of them is Maximo Park at the southern-most tip of Pinellas County. Where there is now an observation tower, beach front playground and picnic areas, there once was villages of Native Americans who were here long before Europeans settled in Florida. Jeff Moates is the Florida Pu...

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